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Eaton House Belgravia Welcome Letter

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Dear Parents,

It is wonderful to welcome you all back to Eaton House and especially to all the new families joining Kindergarten.  Again, this year we have many siblings joining the new year group.

I am delighted to introduce you to some new staff at Eaton House. Miss Minty (LKG) and Miss Olivia (KG3). Mr Smallbone moves into KG2 with Miss Davida and Miss Louise returns to us after a few years away having had three children.  We also welcome Mr Edmund Gross, Mr George Gross’ younger brother, as our gap student.  I am delighted to have the two Gross ‘boys’ back together at Eaton House after 10 years!   Some existing staff have moved rooms or year groups.

The following staff are Heads of House; Yellow-Mr Cooke, Red-Miss Alexandra, Green-Mr Carothers and Blue-Miss Paige.

Please return white forms, medical forms and reports by as soon as possible.  Please make sure that we have all up to date contact and emergency numbers.

Uniform: Please ensure that your son has the correct uniform and kit at school at all times. To avoid any confusion or unnecessary phone calls home, please make sure that your son knows that his Games kit etc is on his peg/in school. ALL items must be clearly named with tapes (not pen).  There are lost property boxes in each cloakroom.

Boys must have a green cagoule which should be kept in the front pocket of the satchel. School caps are to be kept there too and always worn to and from school. All boys should keep caps in the top pocket of their satchels.

I am aware that there has been some difficulty with uniform orders, of course, if boys are without kit for this reason, they will not be in trouble.
We are collecting 2ndhand books (novels, not children’s books) for The Royal Marsden Hospital shop. There will be a collection box in the No3 entrance hall.

Parties – If you are collecting a group of boys for a party, please make sure that all relevant staff are notified in writing or given a list of boys and their classes attending the said party.  Please make sure that boys are told if they are going to a party, or not, and that they know of any changes to collection.  Please do not ring the school office for details of parties that parents have organized.  We are not privy to this information!

There will be the usual number of matches, sporting events and choir performances this term and throughout the year.  Parents, grandparents, friends etc. are all encouraged to lend as much support as possible.  Support means so much to the boys and the staff and is a superb reflection of us to other schools.

*WEDNESDAY 20th OCTOBER – BEST OF BRITISH PARTY AT THE ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA.

There will be more information sent out to you shortly but do please put the date in your diary- our parties are now legendary!  Photos of previous years will be displayed on the plasma screen in the No 3 hall in due course.

Information evenings:  Please do try to attend these evenings as there is much to pass on to you about your son’s new class.  In July, I shall contact you with next September’s dates so that you are able to plan time away from work or child care well in advance.  We hope as many of you as possible are able to attend.

For Year Two and Year Three parents, there will be a Question and Answer session and a brief talk by me and the staff in the hall, specifically about 7+ and 8+.  I and the staff will, of course, be available throughout the term to talk to you specifically about your son but do please try to attend the relevant meeting as we will be able to give you some useful, general information about the process or individual schools.  Details of dates are on the website/term dates list.

Break: I encourage you to send in snacks/drinks in reusable containers. Crisps/apples/snacks should not be brought to school in a plastic bag unless really necessary so as to avoid waste. Please also discuss with your son what he would like or is willing to try for break, again to reduce waste. Boys may not bring yoghurts in for break as they can be too messy for the classroom, likewise sandwiches are not necessary.

Please remember that break/snacks MUST NOT contain any nuts, Sesame extracts/oils.  Owing to some extreme allergies, please do not give your son anything like peanut butter or cereals containing nuts for breakfast during the week as this can have an effect on boys with allergies.

Collection: Please note that KG and F1 boys (only) may be collected at 3.20pm to avoid congestion on the stairs when the senior boys go home. F2s and F3s may be collected at 3.30pm. There is no exception for siblings or out of school tennis lessons etc. All boys will stay in their classrooms until 3.45pm when the doors close. At that time, they will be taken to the late/club room (the library) and a member of staff will be on duty with them until 4.00pm. If any non club/coaching boys are still in school at 4pm, they will be taken to the office and parents will be contacted. Please make sure that class teachers are notified, in writing, of any changes to collection plans.

If you are collecting boys from a club, please do not come into school before 5.00pm. If you are collecting your son from tutoring before 5.00pm, please do not let other parents/carers into the school or indeed at any other time of the day.

There may be some congestion on the stairs in the first few days of term whilst our new parents and boys find their classrooms.  Please bear with them all, but please adhere to the above collection plans.  The timings are for parents’ benefit as well as allowing for extra time- Year 2 and Year 3 senior lessons run until 3.30 as well as return to school from games at that time, so please help by not queuing outside classrooms before the given times.  It would also help if you could walk up by the wall and down by the banisters, as the boys do.

All boys will be given a small card detailing the school address and telephone number. This should be kept in the inside blazer pocket. We do this for use on trips, if needed, and I remind you now so that you know to remove it when dry cleaning the blazers!

Any requests for individual instrument or voice lessons should be made in writing to the Head of Music, Mr. Mühlemann. He, or one of his music staff, will then notify you of details of forthcoming lessons. Places permitting, I would encourage as many pupils as possible to take individual music lessons as they have been much enjoyed and most successful in the past.  (Voice, Recorder, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Suzuki Piano or Violin).

On Wednesday 22nd September, representatives from Westminster and TfL will be coming to review the bike hire site.  Hopefully, they will see sense and in a calm and friendly manner we can all work together to have it removed.  If you have not already written to them to express concerns, please do so!  If we are unsuccessful at that point, I will be asking you to make plackards and mount a 24 hour protest outside the school!
londonstreets@tfl.gov.uk

Please note that the term dates, fixtures list and menus are on our website www.eatonhouseschools.com

Our new Head boy is Alexander Rashidian (3B Yellow) and our Deputy Head boy is Gregorio Anselmetti (3A Green) I know that they and the other monitors will do a superb job to help make the school run smoothly.  I thank them all very much and look forward to working with them.

I am aware that I have outlined a lot of do’s and don’ts! The essence of this letter is to welcome you but also make sure that you know what is required for the new school year.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school. There will be other letters or e mails with information for you throughout the term, please check your son’s homework folder (and sometimes desk…) regularly.

I would also be grateful if you could pass on any relevant information to anyone other than yourselves who may be involved in your son’s time at school (nannies, drivers etc.)

I look forward to seeing you all and to a happy and eventful term.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

Eaton House The Manor Girls Welcome Letter

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Dear Parents,

It was an enormous pleasure to shake hands with the 83 girls that now make up the School this morning as their new Headmistress. The first day of the academic year is always a special one, and it was so lovely to see so many excited, happy girls rushing in to start the term.

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new girls and their families, both in the Kindergartens and further up in the school.

In addition I am delighted to welcome four new members of staff this term – Miss Kirsten returns from maternity leave in the Pre-Prep and she will team teach Form One with Miss Alice, who has just completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education. Miss Nicola returns to Eaton House and will take responsibility for Form Four and Miss Celestine joins us as Assistant Teacher in KG1.

We are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful team of teachers and I know how much they are looking forward to the term ahead.

Information Evenings

There will be Information Evenings for all parents on Thursday 16th September from 6.00 – 6.45pm.

These will be held in your daughter’s form room and form teachers will give an overview of the curriculum for the year to come and be available to answer any questions about daily routines and practical matters.

It would be extremely helpful if any outstanding address and medical information forms could be returned so that address lists can be distributed at this time.

There will be a Drinks Party for all Kindergarten parents directly after the Information Evening downstairs in the Sports Hall, and I very much look forward to seeing you there.

Communication with the School

Please do stay in close touch with your daughter’s form teacher and myself so that any queries or concerns can be quickly dealt with.

I shall be available at the door every morning and most afternoons for a brief word, and appointments may be made to see me via my PA Mrs Jane Doxford. Otherwise, please do call me on the main school number (020 7924 6000) or email me at ssegrave@eatonhouseschools.com

We are in the process of setting up email addresses for all teaching staff and relevant details will be given to you as soon as this is up and running. May I ask you to ensure that only non urgent emails are sent to staff as they will have limited opportunities to check them during the normal school day.

School Uniform

Just a reminder that Summer Uniform may be worn until the end of the month.

Please do ensure that if summer dresses are worn girls come to school wearing the boaters and in short white socks. Girls may wear either green tights or long green socks with the Winter Uniform.

Miss Nicky, our dance teacher, has requested that the girls wear ballet uniform to their lessons which take place on Wednesdays. The girls will require the Royal Academy of Dance pink leotard, pink skirt, pink socks and ballet shoes. These are available form the RAD shop in Battersea Square and from a number of other suppliers. As well as allowing the girls more freedom of movement in their lessons, Miss Nicky is hoping to introduce the RAD exams in the future and girls will need to have the correct attire for these.

If your daughter already has a ballet leotard of any style or colour that fits she may wear that for classes until it is outgrown.

Breaktime Snack

I am happy for parents to chose whatever snack they feel is best for their daughter’s morning break. I would ask that no nuts are brought into school in case of allergies and suggest that yogurt tubes are tidier than yogurt pots! Sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks are best saved for the weekend please.

‘Big Sisters’

All new Kindergarten girls have been allocated a ‘Big Sister’ from Form Three or Form Four. The girls will help them at morning break and be a friendly face around the school.

Please do read the Term Dates that accompany this letter carefully and should you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes

Mrs S Segrave
Headmistress

Eaton House The Manor Pre-Preparatory Welcome Letter

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Dear Parents,

Autumnal mists swirling around the Common herald the start of a new academic year and the festive colours of the EHTM uniform brighten up the darkening days once more.  I hope you have all had a good break over the summer and that the boys’ batteries are fully charged for the term ahead.

It has been lovely welcoming our old boys back to school and we hope that our new boys settle in quickly and soon feel part of the Eaton House family.  Each new boy will have a mentor from Form Three to ease their transition into school life.  We also have some new members of staff who are really looking forward to working with our boys.

We have been enhancing the curriculum over the summer and I am sure the boys will enjoy the new challenges we have prepared for them – more will be revealed at next week’s  Information Evening.  Particular thanks go to Miss Charlotte and Miss Helen for their hard work on the curriculum and timetable.

Early morning care

May I remind you about the arrangements for early morning care.  Mrs Narjot Gill and Mrs Emma Tillson, who are fully qualified nursery assistants from our very own Nursery, will supervise the boys in the playroom between 8.00 and 8.30 am.  Each session costs £1 and is charged to parents retrospectively, each half term.

Break

Please continue to ensure that any food brought into school (for morning break, parties, birthday cakes etc.) is free from nuts. Your consideration in this matter is greatly appreciated.

E-Mail

All staff now have a school e-mail address, which will aid communication between the Eaton House community.  E-mail addresses will be given out at the Information Evening, next Tuesday.  I am very keen, however, to remind you that we do have an open door policy in the Pre-Prep and it is often better to talk to the teachers personally rather than send an e-mail.  You can also still write a note or use the boys’ homework diaries or reading records, which are checked every day, to convey a message.  It is also worth bearing in mind that the staff may not have the time, in a busy school day, to check their e-mails and urgent messages should still go through the School Secretary, Mr Tyrone Milton.  We do also need a written record of why a child is absent, so I would be grateful if you would continue to send in a note for any absence, which we are required to have by law.  I would also prefer for communication to come through my PA Ms Jane Doxford.

Important Dates

Below is information about important events for this term but a more comprehensive calendar will accompany this letter.  Do please keep the calendar safe and refer to it for all major events – a copy of it is also to be found on the school website, along with the lunch menus for the term.

Information Evening

There will be Information Evenings for parents on Tuesday, 14th September, from 5.30 – 6.15 pm. These will be held in your son’s form room and form teachers will give an overview of the year to come and be available to answer any questions.

There will be a 7+ Information Evening, on the same date, from 6.15 – 7.00 pm for parents with boys in Form Two, in the Theatre.

Jeans for Genes

This year we are raising money for this worthwhile cause on Friday, 1st October.  Boys do not have to wear uniform on this day and can wear jeans, if they bring in a donation of £1 for charity.

Open Day

This year our Open Day will be on Saturday, 13th November, from 9.30 am to 12 noon.  All boys will be expected to attend and the programme of interesting and exciting activities planned will make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Clubs

Clubs will start on Monday, 13th September.  Please note that there will be no clubs on Thursday, 25th November due to Parents’ Evening.

Long Weekend

This year school will be closed on Friday, 19th November for a long weekend, to give the boys a break and a chance to recoup some energy for the end of term activities.

School Day

The normal school day starts at 8.30 am and boys should not enter their classrooms until this time, unless they have a coaching lesson.  Please make an appointment to see form teachers, if you wish to speak to them before 8.30 am, as this is vital time for staff meetings and lesson preparation. Please note that if your son is invited to attend the handwriting session with Miss Rebecca, the boys do not need to come into school early as they don’t start until 8.35 am.

I am delighted to report that Luchie Lawrence married Paul Cawood over the summer and would like to be known as Mrs Cawood.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs P T M Cawthorne

Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Dear Parents

Welcome to all the new parents, and welcome back to everyone else! As ever, the start of the school year can prove to be very busy, but if you are not yet used to the getting up, getting ready, and getting to school, you soon will be…

We also have two new teachers to welcome to the Vale this term. Miss Kim Versey joins us in the Early Years, teaching a mixed class of Kindergarten and Nursery. She is an experienced teacher and has already become an integral part of the school. Miss Kim will also be teaching class music, as Mrs Nicola will now be focusing on string teaching. Miss Anna-Lisa Fritz is a student teacher from Germany, and is with us for work experience, so she will be assisting around the school.

I understand that Perry, our uniform suppliers, are having difficulty supplying uniform at the moment. Please do not worry! I really don’t mind if children are not in full school uniform at this point. Until you are supplied with all the bits of uniform, I don’t mind what your child wears – I am happy to see them in school in whatever clothes work for you. Nursery age children do not need to wear uniform.

Could I ask you to please check our website for term dates so that you can book your holidays accordingly. Because this term is a long one, we will also have a long weekend, so there will be no school on Friday 19th November.

Enclosed is a form concerning medication. If your child needs to be given medication during the school day, please fill in the form accordingly and pass to the class teacher. Please note that we will be unable to administer medication without a completed form.

Finally, I would like to invite you to an informal drinks evening next Tuesday, 14th September, between 5 and 7pm. You will have received some information about what your child is doing this term, and it is a chance for you to meet the teachers informally and ask any questions you may have.

Best wishes for a fantastic Autumn term.

Mr R Greenwood
Headmaster