Issue 11 - 24 March 2019  

From the Headmaster 

Dear Parents,

This week was incredibly busy. I would like to start by thanking Mr Still and the teachers from P4 and P3 for organising and taking these year groups on a most memorable trip to Walsingham. When Mr Still announced it in Monday’s assembly there was a cheer, and from all accounts, the trip truly lived up to expectations. The staff go that extra mile to ensure the children get the best out of these outings and I know there will be some tired staff and pupils on Monday.

On Wednesday morning, two academic teams set off from school. The P8 scientists headed to Oxford University to compete in the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry and our General Knowledge team headed to Merchant Taylors’ Prep to compete in the Middlesex General Knowledge Quiz. They all found it both educational and entertaining. Thanks to Mrs Khan and Mrs Alwaheidi for escorting the children.

PP1 also visited Windsor Castle this week. This is always a great hit with the children even if they do not get to see the Queen. The children had a lovely day and I know they made the most of it as they were exhausted by the end of the day. Thank you, Mrs Khan and Mrs Sweeney for organising such an entertaining day.

On Wednesday evening, we were treated to the String Concert in the Chapel. It was wonderful that the concert was highly supported. We certainly do have some budding young musicians. I am always really impressed by the standard and this is down to the music staff and the children for all their hard work.

On Thursday, our Under 7 team fought out a number of very exciting Unihoc matches against Aldenham. It was lovely to see how well they played. A large number of spectators enjoyed the event, exploding into cheers of joy from time to time. Well done to our budding hockey stars.

The week finished with a superb assembly or should I say a ‘play’ by P5 who celebrated Holi with the school. The performance was faultless and I know the children and staff have rehearsed a great deal to ensure that it was such a successful assembly, thank you. It was a lovely celebration and it was very colourful! Well done, Mrs Ghaghda and P5.

Please keep an eye on the calendar as this week will be very busy and it would be a shame to miss an event. 

Chapel Choir Concert

If you read this in time, and are free from 6:00pm for an hour or so, why not come along to The Chapel Choir Concert (in our Chapel).  Come and hear the story of Swingin’ Samson!

Battery Recycling

Ms Campion introduced an assembly on recycling this week, particularly looking at the resources that can be saved by recycling used batteries.  The children should all have been given a box to bring home to enable them to recycle used AAA, AA, C and D batteries (all the cylindrical ones!)  Next term we will ask for these to be sent into school, ready for a bulk recycling collection from QHS.

REMINDER

Following the success of the extremely popular Charity Big Breakfasts, on Thursday 25 April we will be holding a Charity Vintage Afternoon Tea in aid of our next designated charity ‘Toilet Twinning’.  By supporting this wonderful charity, we will help fund projects in a poor community that will enable families to build basic toilets, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives.

The dining room will be transformed into a vintage tea room, welcoming QHS families and their relatives for a traditional afternoon tea. To clarify, tea will be served throughout the afternoon from 2.45pm with the last service at 5.00pm. We expect the event to end at 6.00pm, so come along when you like and stay for as long as you like!

Tickets for the tea can be purchased at the School Office priced at £2.50 for a cup of tea/soft drink and cake and £6.00 for full afternoon tea including sandwiches, scones, cream and jam and cakes. Eggless and vegan cakes and eggless scones will be available.

Be part of our Bake-Off!

As part of the tea, we will be holding a QHS pupils’ Bake Off with prizes for winners in the Nursery and Pre-prep, Middle School, Senior School and Staff categories. Each entry into the Bake Off will be charged at £1 with all proceeds going towards the charity. Tickets for entry to the Bake Off can be purchased from the School Office. Prizes for the winning entries will be awarded at 4.00pm and all entries will be displayed and on sale throughout the afternoon.

We would ask all bakers to remember the School’s strict No Nuts policy and request that all entries are accompanied with a brief list of ingredients. All Bake-Off entries should be brought to the School Foyer (along with a Bake-Off entry ticket) between 8.00am and 9.00am on the morning of the tea. We will be unable to accept entries outside of this time as judging will take place in the morning. We look forward to seeing you on 25 April and Happy Baking!!

We are also planning to compile a QHS Afternoon Tea Recipe Book to include the recipes of all the entries to the Bake Off, as well as any baked donations we receive from the parent body. The recipe book will be compiled and available for sale in time for the summer holidays, with proceeds also going to the charity.

A raffle will also take place during the tea with prizes to include a voucher for afternoon tea for two at The Doll’s House on the Hill, bespoke cakes and cupcakes, baking equipment and goodies, as well as food and drink hampers. If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, please contact Mr Still

Great British QHS Bake Off

Calling all Crockery and Cakes!

If you are able to help by providing vintage style cake stands, teapots and crockery, as well as baked donations to be served and sold on the day, please contact Mrs Nishma Aleksin Shah at the School Office. Tickets are now on sale from the School Office and will be available until the last day of term on Friday 29 March. Get your tickets now!

Winning Artists

Mrs Durg is pleased to inform us that: 

Every year, we participate in the Young Art's competition in association with the Royal College of Art which raises funds for Cancer Research.  It is a wonderful opportunity where aspiring artists have their work judged by well-known professional artists, the best work is exhibited at the prestigious Royal College of Art and, at the same time, money is raised for Cancer Research UK.  In 2018, an amazing total of £83000 was raised. We are proud to announce that this year we have 12 winners in total whose art will be exhibited at the Royal College of Art at the end of April.

Age group entered                                    
Reception and Year 1 Ottilie F  Year 1
Year 2 and Year 3 Abdullah M Year 2
Year 2 and Year 3 Aadam A Year 2
Year 2 and Year 3 Dawud H Year 3
Year 2 and Year 3  Nidhi P Year 3
Year 4 to Year 6 Neel R Year 6
Year 4 to Year 6 Rohan M Year 4
Year 4 to Year 6 Alexandra W Year  5
Year 4 to Year 6 Diya R Year 6
Year 4 to Year 6 Amaan D Year 5
Year 7 to Year 9  Jonah P Year 8
Year 7 to Year 9 Noah S Year 7


Aspiring Artists

Also, Mrs Durg wants to remind us that the Art Club Exhibition is on Monday 25 March from 4:15 in the Susan Milner Hall.  All parents are welcome to this, to see the results of the children’s hard work in the club this term.

Music Exams

Good Luck to all our children who are taking their ABRSM Exams this week! 

This week 

Monday 25 March – Art Club Exhibition 4:15pm
Monday 25 March – Prep 8 boys to John Lyon for an Author Visit (AM)
Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March– ABRSM Music Exams
Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March – Drama, Dance and Bollywood Show
5:00pm
Wednesday 27 March – Inter-House Cross Country 11:00am in Harrow Recreation Ground
12:30pm Easter Egg Hunt (P3 to P8)
Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March – PP1 and PP2 Parents’ evenings
Thursday 28 March  – School Photography Company in for individual and family shots.
2:00pm Inter-House Music Competition (All welcome)
Friday 29 March  – Last day for Main School
10:00 Concert (all welcome)
11:00 Final Assembly (all welcome)
12:00 End of the Term
No late care or afternoon minibus service that day.
Tuesday 2 April – End of term for Nursery children. 


Website


There are several new materials ready to be uploaded to the Website, covering so many recent activities.  Keep visiting to see lots of photos.
 

Next Term


We are busy finalising the Calendar for next term at present; I will send an email to let you know when all the relevant information up to July 2019 has been uploaded onto the QHS Website.

Mike Still
Assistant Head (Administration)
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