Headmaster’s Newsletter – 10 February 2017

Dear Parents,

We have arrived at Half Term already and yet an enormous amount has been accomplished in this short time. The girls in their final year and some boys have been sitting the entrance exams to their next schools. Roughly half of the school has now had a Parents’ Evening with the rest to follow after Half Term. There have been three trips to Switzerland where we have been lucky with the snow and largely blessed with good weather. Hopefully the three courses after the break will have the same fortune. There have been more than twenty sports fixtures, the Betjeman Competition for poetry reading, music Showcases and trips to the Museum of London.

Last week I wrote about Assembly and the special part it plays each week in the life of the school. So far this term we have been able to award more than two hundred certificates of achievement, and pupils from every year of the school except Small School have performed in front of an audience of nearly one thousand people. As I said last week, the confidence they show is inspiring. Even the confidence of the children in Small School when receiving their swimming awards in front this large audience is wonderful to see.

The Good Schools Guide is one the leading independent guides to private schools. It is different to many other guides in that they select which schools are included. Schools cannot pay to be included. Earlier this year one of their reviewers came to visit Hill House to write an independent appraisal of the school. I am pleased to include their review which has now been published on their website and will be published in the new printed edition next month. Not only have we been included in the guide but we have also been selected as a “[Star] GSG School”.

Last Tuesday was Safer Internet Day. The fast pace with which technology is constantly changing and the safe use of the Internet is something that both pupils and parents need to be constantly up to date with. This is covered comprehensively at school but needs to be reinforced at home. I would urge you to follow the links below. Read, watch and absorb the advice they give. There is also a copy of “E-safety: a parent’s perspective” at the end of this newsletter. It is important. Ignorance is not bliss in this circumstance.

www.internetmatters.org

www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3b6y4j

The first week after Half Term sees Parents’ Evenings for Senior School (Classes SS3, SS4, SS5) in Founders’ Hall on Monday; Lower School in Pont Street on Monday and Wednesday; a String Orchestra Showcase on Tuesday; Brass Showcase on Wednesday and the Schumann Piano Competition with guest adjudicator Benjamin Righetti, from Lausanne on Thursday. The fourth Winter Course flies out on Tuesday. Assembly on Wednesday also promises to be packed with performances from the Brass Ensemble, members of Upper School with a French song and Lower School telling the story of The Tortoise and the Hare in addition to swimming awards for Small, Lower and Middle School.

As ever, a full list of dates with further information is available on the school website.

I wish you a restful Half Term.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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Hill House – Good Schools Guide Review 2017

eSafety – A perspective for parents and teachers