Issue 4 - 25 January 2019

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

We have certainly had a busy week and although the weather tried to disrupt the smooth running of the school, it did not dampen the full programme of events we had this week. I heard stories of parents abandoning cars before they could reach home on Tuesday and having to take the train on Wednesday. Do not let this warmer air fool you; please ensure you keep an eye on the school's website whenever there is a threat of snow.

Monday provided the school with a little relief from the rigours of academic work as M&M Productions came to visit. The children thoroughly enjoyed the story of Robin Hood, as Sherwood Forest came to life in the Susan Milner Hall. These are always fabulous productions and this was no exception. Thank you Mr Wood for organising this.

Those who are budding dramatists got the chance to perform in their LAMDA exams on Tuesday. We will be treated to some of these pieces on Monday during assembly. I wish them all the best as they await their results.

On Wednesday, the Susan Milner Hall went further back in history to the Jurassic era. The younger children got the chance to dig for dinosaurs and then actually met dinosaurs in the afternoon. From all accounts it was a thoroughly entertaining and educational experience.

Although the weather was sub-freezing our hockey teams took on Durston House on Wednesday afternoon. Hockey has come a long way under the leadership of Mr Ellis and to come away with two draws against a much bigger hockey school is a credit to him and the children.

On Friday we had a very special assembly as we were joined by Sarah Hope from the charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope. We have supported this charity before as it provides children in developing countries which prosthetic limbs. Sarah founded the charity following an accident involving her mother and daughter.  We will be supporting this charity at our next Big Breakfast so be prepared!

Enjoy the weekend!

Top Mathematicians

Mrs Khan writes:
Children in P5 and P6 sat the Primary Maths challenge in November 2018.  Congratulations to Aryan, Aditya and Jamie in P6 who have reached the Bonus round for this national competition. These three mathematicians will sit the bonus round on 6 February.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best in their forthcoming test!


Children in the Nursery are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite Superhero on Tuesday 29 January.  Don’t forget that a superhero can be real as well as fictional – and the children could come as a doctor, dentist, teacher, firefighter, superman / woman, spiderman / woman, hulk, ninja turtle etc. The outfit can of course be either bought or home-made.

On that day, the drama group called ‘Perform’ will be visiting to hold a Superhero themed event. As this is a morning only event, the afternoon Nursery children are invited to attend between 9am and 10pm if accompanied by either parent. Please inform your class teacher by writing in the link book if you would like to attend with your child.

The Pre-Prep children will also have a chance to join in with these exciting drama activities during the morning!

Big Breakfast

Coming Soon – Friday 8 February!
More details next week!

Easter Holiday Club

We have been told of a forthcoming Holiday Club that will be held at Norbury School (just round the corner from QHS) during the Easter Holidays. The Holiday Club will be managed by sports coaches and other members of the Norbury School staff team.  The sessions are appropriate for children from Reception to Year 6. There will be a flyer about this on display in the QHS Office, but you can find out more on their website.


Next week we will upload the News Stories and pictures from the Dinosaurs’ visit to QHS along with other news – keep your eyes peeled!

Fund-Raising Calendar

Children in P5 and P6 have worked to produce a splendid Calendar for 2019.  All the designs are focussed on ‘Hope’ and the proceeds from sales will all go to the charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, which we are supporting this term. Please order copies from Mrs. Beevor, who is our particular link person with this very worthwhile cause. You can email her to order copies - £5 each.  There should also be copies available for sale at the Big Breakfast on 8 February. You can find out more about the fund-raising calendar by clicking here

General Knowledge Challenge

Mrs Khan writes:
The SATIPS challenge is back for 2019!  This is a General Knowledge challenge open to Prep schools nationwide, and independently marked. There are one hundred questions which the pupils complete on paper in an hour. The questions are based on a wide variety of general knowledge topics and the staff would agree they are very demanding!

The SATIPs challenge will be taking place for P5-P8 during the next week.  Why not get practising over the weekend using this link

(In case you haven’t heard of them, SATIPS is Society for support and training in Prep, Primary and Senior Schools; founded over 60 years ago to provide the best possible training in Prep Schools. It is a Society run by teachers for teachers.)

School Council

Some years ago we started a School Council, with pupil representatives from across the whole school.  This group meets again at 8am on Tuesday – any children with great ideas about how the school could improve should talk to their class representative on Monday, to get their ideas discussed at that meeting!

Newly Arranged Calendar Items

These new items are now on the website added since last time.

On the 28 February, P7 will be travelling to the British Film Institute in London for a French Film day.  Mrs Mitchell will send specific details to the children nearer the time.

Coming Soon
The most immediate key dates to note are:

  • 31 January – Headmaster’s Briefing Evening (PPR to P3) – Starts at 7pm
  • 1 February – Visit to QHS by Ian Whybrow (Children’s Author) – Assembly from 8.40am, then talking to the children about his stories
  • 7 February – Headmaster’s Briefing Evening (P4 to P8) – Starts at 7pm
  • 8 February – BIG BREAKFAST – Fund-Raiser

Timings for Parental involvement
Several parents have asked for more specific guidance on the timings for the events to which you are all invited at (or near) School.

27 March – Cross Country:
We start around 11am in the Harrow Recreation Ground, at the West end of Hindes Road.  We usually run in the northern section of the park, nearest to the Cunningham Park entrance.  Races for ALL children from PP2 to P8. The whole event lasts around 1 hour.

28 March – Inter-House Music Competition:
Start at 2pm, in the Susan Milner Hall, for about 60 – 90 minutes.  Involves ALL children from P3 to P8.

29 March – Last Day of Term:
End of Term Concert – Start at 10am, Concert lasts about 30 minutes.  Children have a break, until final assembly starts at 11am. This is then finished by 12 noon so we can all say goodbye!

Mike Still
Assistant Head (Administration)

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