Headmaster’s Newsletter – 23 June 2017

Dear Parents,

In a week of quite exceptional hot weather I thank everyone for their forbearance. This is a very busy time of year with exams, trips, concerts, report writing and Field Day rehearsals all filling the days in addition to the regular timetable.

I am very pleased to report that today’s Mufti Day in aid of the families affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower has raised £3,547.24. Thank you to everyone for their generosity in helping members of our local community and to the boys in Senior School who ran today’s cake sale.

Last week I was able to pass on the excellent Common Entrance exam results. This week we can shine a light on three boys who have been awarded prizes by their next schools for their achievements:

Edos Herwegh Vonk has been awarded one of this year’s Clay Prizes by Harrow. The Clay Prizes are awarded to those boys who achieve the highest marks in each individual subject and the three boys with the highest average mark across all subjects.

Zachary Day has been awarded two prizes by King’s College School, Wimbledon for Outstanding performance in Latin and Outstanding performance in Religious Studies.

Ali Iskefyeli has also been awarded two prizes by King’s College School, Wimbledon for Outstanding performance in English and Outstanding performance in Geography.

Congratulations to all three of them. Their awards will be presented to them during the Graduation Assembly on 5 July.

On Monday we had the finals of the Speech Competition. It was not only the confidence of all the finalists but also the quality in the content of their speeches that was remarkable. We are grateful to our two judges, the actors Nick Mohammed and, late replacement, Joe Thomas for their kind and insightful thoughts on each performer. After much deliberation they announced the following result;

1st place Claudia Hutcheson

2nd Place Arabella Scanlon

3rd Place Lucrezia Catizone

Founders’ Hall was a very busy building this week with not only the Speech Competition but also Brass, String Orchestra & Piano and Cello showcases. Next week we have the Cadogan Gardens Music Showcase on Tuesday, which promises to be an extravaganza of choirs, ensembles and solos. On Thursday Mr. Lau’s violin pupils will take the stage.

The boys and girls in their final year have been enjoying themselves with various trips and activities. Upper Transitus thoroughly enjoyed their day out at the Canalside Centre where they went bell-boating, honing their team building skills and kayaking along the beautiful Regent’s Canal. Tuesday morning saw the finals of the Upper Sixth Rocket Launch at Hyde Park. The boys designed and built a rocket that would be launched using water pressure. The finished rockets were superb and many flew missile like trajectories. Best Design went to team George Smedley, furthest launch went to team Paul Kaan Coffin and best rocket name went to team Leo Smulansky for “Daedalus IV”.

We are in the process of making a short 3 minute video to add to the school website to give a flavour of life at Hill House. We are intending to film during Assembly this coming week and at the Duke of York’s as well as in Hans Place and Cadogan Gardens. If you would prefer your child not to be seen in a “crowd shot” please email the school office. The parents of any children who might be “featured”, such as being interviewed, will be approached for permission individually. Thank you for your cooperation.

Invitations for Field Day will be send out at the end of next week. Earlier this week you will have received the information letter with logistics for Field Day, including details of t-shirt colours, size of flags etc. Please read this carefully as it contains a lot of important information to help the day run as smoothly as possible.

A reminder that Billings & Edmonds will be in Founders Hall tomorrow between 10.30am and 2.00pm for their pop-up shop. They will have the full range of uniform and sports kit available and also coloured t-shirts suitable for Field Day. See the flyer attached.

Looking ahead, the school Summer Art Exhibition will be taking place in Founders’ Hall during the final week of term with the opening night on Monday 3 July. Details of all the events in the weeks ahead can be found in the Calendar section of the website.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend