As the sun beat down on us this week (especially today!) we took great solace in having such a beautiful site to find shade and respite from the heat. It was also lovely to sit outside for lunch, and for some of the lessons.
There are many highlights this week, which I hope you enjoy reading about below. Special congratulations to some of our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils who won awards at the University of Roehampton TeenTech Festival. Well done to Year 7 (Mimi, Eliana, Noah and Raffy for winning the Best Domestic Space smart building design, and to Year 8 (Can, Edie, Alex and Pollyanna) for winning the Best Business Space smart building design. We are very proud of you!
The Friends have done a fabulous job organising the Summer Fete, and I hope to see many of you at HCH on Sunday between 1-4pm. In addition to the raffle (which has some amazing prizes!), one of our vendors will be auctioning two original signed drawings from children’s illustrator Axel Scheffler, which I am sure will be collector’s items in the future. If you are able to assist at all on the day, your help would be most welcome.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families.
With best wishes,
Summer Term 2022
Dates for your calendar
16th – 19th June, GCSE and A Level Art Show (parents of exam students and staff are warmly invited on the evening of the 17th)
5th July, Early and Lower Years Sports Day: 10:00 – 12:00 on the back field at HCH
7th July, Middle and Upper Years Sports Day: 13:00 – 16:00 on the back field at HCH
8th July, Speech Day Prizegiving Ceremonies
9.30am – Early, Lower and Middle Years to Year 6
10.45am – Middle Years from Year 7, Upper Years and Sixth Form
8th July, Friends of HCH picnic, 12 noon – 2.00pm
News from across the school
On Wednesday, the Lower Years were delighted to welcome the French author Sandra Lanilis, alongside Romain Devaux (French attaché at the French Embassy) and Marie De Crécy (from the publishing house Supereditions). Sandra is currently doing a book tour around some lucky schools in the UK. She kindly read and explained page by page her story Le chat volant (The flying kitten) which follows a kitten with a mouse BFF whose dream is to be able to fly. Sandra then called on the creativity of our pupils as each one of them got a blank copy of her book containing only the story: each child got to be the illustrator of their own, unique copy. It was fantastic to witness how much each and every one created and filled up the pages with beautiful drawings. Sandra, Romain and Marie were there to help and interact in French with the pupils, who all had a fabulous experience. Seeing the excitement when they were told the books were of course theirs to keep, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear they also read the French story to you that evening, alongside some comments of their take on the story! We would like to thank again the French Institute for gifting us these amazing workshops.
Reception adventure to the Palace
Reception went on an adventure to Hampton Court Palace yesterday looking for minibeasts (they’re now experts on all things minibeast!) and learning how the bees pollinate the beautiful wildflowers.
Year 1’s weaving
Year 1 really enjoyed weaving in Art this week! They have been learning about Ghanaian Kente cloth and how it is made, and they each had a turn at weaving on a loom, a very traditional machine and they were delighted to be able to create their own fabric.
Year 9’s Hindu temple visit
On Thursday, the students of Year 9 had the opportunity to discover a hidden gem outside London: George Harrison’s former house, now converted into a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The students participated in workshops, tried traditional clothing, visited the grounds including the cow farm and tasted a delicious Indian meal cooked specially for them. They also assisted in a powerful worshipping ceremony. What an unforgettable day!
Year 2’s morning with Paddington
Year 2 children enjoyed reading their class reader ‘Paddington’ outside under the trees in their lesson today. They had an extra special guest with them – Paddington himself!
Wellbeing Group Meeting
We would like to invite you to join our Wellbeing Group Meeting on Wednesday 22 June from 4.10 – 5.10pm. We are a group of teachers, students, and parents coming together to discuss the wellbeing of our community. We will be discussing the feedback from the Wellbeing Award evaluation and planning for the next academic year. If anyone is interested in being a part of this meeting, please email Katie at email@example.com.
Friends of HCH Weekly Update
Summer Fête June 19th Programme
Picnic on the last day of Term, 8th July
The friends are organizing a picnic for the last day of school, July 8th, from 12 noon – 2/2.30pm – Please watch the space for more details to come!
Friends get together, 14th September
The friends are excited to be hosting an evening on Wednesday, September 14th, to plan the remainder of 2022. So please hold the date and speak to us during the Summer Fête!
Our graduation party events for Year 11 and Year 13 are on 27th and 28th June – more details to come asap!
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