Headmaster’s Newsletter – 13 May 2016

Dear Parents,

The Minister’s talk during this week’s Assembly on the theme of Pentecost and its relevance to Hill House was a very good illustration of one of the things that makes this school what it is. London can legitimately claim to be the melting pot of the world and the make up of its population is changing all the time. The founding philosophy of the school was to bring people of different nationalities, faiths and cultures together so that they can be better understood and not feared. When he asked who spoke two or three languages the number of hands that went up showed what a diverse group our community is. Being able to be empathetic and sensitive to others in this ever shrinking world is crucial.

Last weekend the St Nicholas Choir from Cadogan Gardens and the Brass Ensemble took part in a Music Festival with Faulkner House and Bute House. I am very pleased to be able to report that the St. Nicholas Choir was awarded First Prize and the Brass Ensemble Second Prize in the Ensemble category. Congratulations to all those who took part and thank you to Mr Brown, Miss Fisher and Mr S-C for all their work in preparing for the festival.

We have had showcases every evening this week along with rehearsals for the Upper Transitus play. The cricket season is well underway which probably accounts for the amount of rain we have had in the last week. All of Middle School have now visited the Science Museum.

Next week sees Middle School taking part in a Mini Football Tournament and various cricket fixtures higher up the school. There is a Guitar showcase on Tuesday and a Flute and Harp showcase on Wednesday. The Upper Transitus will be visiting the British Library on Tuesday and on Thursday evening it is the Transitus Speech Competition. We are very pleased that Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College has agreed to come and adjudicate. In addition to a distinguished career in education he is also an acknowledged playwright and librettist.

Richard Townend