Issue 22 - 24 June 2019 

From the Headmaster 

Dear Parents, 

Last week, there were several different things occuring within the school. There were numerous trips out and I know that all the children enjoyed the opportunities on offer.  The Pre-Prep headed off to Paradise Wildlife Park on Wednesday where they enjoyed a day amongst the lions and other exciting creatures. The buzz amongst the children on their return indicated it was a most entertaining and educational trip. Thank you to all the Pre-Prep staff.

PP2 started Friday with a most entertaining assembly on the theme of super-heroes. The message was that we can all be super-heroes even when doing our Maths homework. Well done to them all as our season of Pre-Prep assemblies draws to a close. 

On Thursday and Friday evening, a group of children from P6 to P8 put on a performance of ‘Let Loose!’ as this year’s leavers’ play. They were ably supported by P3 and P4 who sang superbly under the guidance of Miss Shah. My thanks go to Ms Campion who spent most of the Easter break preparing the script and then casting the children. It certainly was a great success and she deserves huge praise for putting on such a challenging production at such a busy time of year. 

Friday afternoon saw the Astro turf come to life as the nursery pupils gathered for their sports afternoon. A mixture of balls in buckets, skittles, and egg and spoon races made for a very entertaining afternoon. It was lovely to see all the parents enjoying the fine weather and to watch as the children really put their all into this fun, yet competitive, afternoon of sports. My thanks go to Mrs May and all her team for a hugely successful afternoon.

The Summer Fair was a great success again this year. Mr Still and his team pulled out all the stops to make it a fun day for all. From bouncy castles to hook the duck, delicious food to games in the Susan Milner Hall. It was all there for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to all of you who made the effort to be there on a sunny day. This was in my opinion the most enjoyable fair in my time as Head and it would not be possible without the parents pulling together and going that extra mile. I would like to single out Mrs Birdi who was on her toes all afternoon. Thank you.

As we enter the last two weeks of term please ensure that you read the Herald and keep up to date with all the events that are happening.

On a slightly selfish note

Many families will know of the training which I have been undertaking over the past three years in preparation for becoming a Priest in the Church of England.  This initial training is now over, and on Saturday 29 June I will be ordained as a Deacon (the first stage towards priesthood in one year’s time).  

Any QHS family who would like to attend this public service on 29 June is most welcome to come along – I already know of a few who are planning to do so. The service is at St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn (at the junction of Holborn and St Andrew Street).  Nearest Tube stations are Farringdon or Chancery Lane.  The service starts at 11:00am.

If you are unable to come along, I would very much value your prayers and support as I take this next step along my Christian journey.  After 29June, I will be normally spending my time around school in my clerical attire, and the children will very quickly get used to calling me ‘Father Mike’!

Prep 8 and Leavers in South of France

Many of our parents will already follow the Quainton Hall twitter feed, but if you don’t yet, you should follow us – you will see some of the activity on the Leavers Adventure Trip.  They will be having an amazing time!

Chess Success

We were very pleased to hear that Aryan S has been successful at the recent Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Megafinals and has gone through to the next stage, the Gigafinals!  We wish him every success with the next round of the competition.

Summer Reading Challenge

summer reading challenge

Saturday 13 July - Sunday 8 December

The long hot summer holidays will soon be here. Harrow Libraries are inviting children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge - the FREE annual celebration of reading which is held in libraries nationwide.  The Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, is an annual reading scheme held during the summer holidays to encourage children to read. This year the theme is Space Chase inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

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In order to participate, the children need to be a member of the library, then they can register for the Summer Reading Challenge. Once signed-up, the children read books and collect small prizes along the way. Those children who finish the challenge, by reading six books, will receive a medal and a certificate.  

In Harrow Libraries, there are a variety of free activities for children to encourage them to take part. 

You can visit Harrow Libraries to find out more. 

Summer Fair 

Initial estimates indicate that a profit of around £1500 was produced from what was reckoned to be one of the most enjoyable summer fairs for many years.  Of course, the good weather helped, but there was a great turnout, and the family social atmosphere was wonderful!  When I get a few more photos, I will create a website article, but here are a couple of shots which give a good idea of the fun we  had at the fair.

summer fair           summer fair 2 

Speech Days 2019

The invitations for our two Speech Days have now all been sent home, with all the details of timings for the last two days of the term – These Prize-giving ceremonies are on 4 July for Pre-Prep classes and on 5 July for Prep classes.

Please use the reply slip, or email me, to give us an idea of numbers attending.

Coming up very soon

All this week - Creative Arts Week!

Monday 24 June:
P3 to visit Metro Bank in Harrow.
P5 Parents’ Evening – from 5:30pm.

Tuesday 25 June:
P6 Parents’ Evening – from 5:30pm.

Wednesday 26 June:
Pre-Prep Sports Afternoon

Friday 28 June:
After School – Art Club Exhibition in the Susan Milner Hall

Saturday 29 June:
11:00am – My Ordination to become a deacon in the Church of England (see above).

Next Week – Speech Days and Prize-Giving Ceremonies

Mike Still
Assistant Head (Administration)
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