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Eaton House Belgravia Headmistress’ Weekly News

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Download the latest Eaton House newsletter (Issue 3) of Spring Term 2015 (PDF, 800Kb)

Eaton House Belgravia Headmistress’ Weekly News

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Eaton House Belgravia Headmistress’ Weekly News

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Download the latest Eaton House newsletter (Issue 1) of Spring Term 2015 (PDF, 373Kb)

Eaton House Belgravia Spring Term 2015 welcome letter from the Headmistress

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Eaton House and Happy New Year!

As ever we have another busy term with lots of different events and activities planned. In the first few weeks of term, our 7+ and 8+ boys will be taking their London Day and Boarding School examinations. This is a busy and important time for the boys, the staff and parents, so your support in helping to keep them and each other, as ‘calm’ as possible is gratefully received.

We, as ever, have many events planned for this term for example the Y1 Fashion Show (13th February), Y1 Parents’ Information Evening (9th March), and Numeracy & Literacy Week (9th – 13th March) amongst many others. I am very aware that your contribution to these events and theme days is great and much appreciated. This term, we are sending home two copies of the school calendar; one for parents and one for each boy. From time to time a match or trip might be rearranged so please also check emails and Mr Cooke’s Games Board for information.

Matches

There are several sporting fixtures planned this term. We really encourage support; Parents, Grandparents, Godparents, and other supporters are welcome too.

Support is so important and appreciated by staff and boys alike. A good number of supporters also sends out a great message to our opposing schools about what an encouraging body we have!

Y1 Parents’ Information Evening

There will be an Information Evening for Y1 parents on Monday 9th March. The purpose of the evening is to look in more depth at both London and Boarding schools as well as more specifically at what we do at Eaton House to prepare the boys for 7+/8+. Further details will follow.

This year, we are reintroducing a Spring Term Parents’ Evening on Wednesday, 11th March. This will be a more informal evening and parents are not €˜expected’ to attend unless they or staff really feel the need!

Please note that the Leavers’ Disco is on Friday, 20th March.

If you have not yet signed up for Clubs, do email the relevant staff in case there are spaces. If 7+ and 8+ boys wish to do a Club (which I would encourage) they should sign up now even if parents do not wish boys to take part until later in the term.

We have new recycling bins throughout the school. The boys have embraced the concept of sorting the rubbish and I would ask you too as well!

Other News

Miss Ana (1B) re-joins us this term. Miss Ana taught at Eaton House a few years ago before teaching in British schools in Madrid. Mr Hungin joins us for two terms as a Gap Student. Mr Hungin was at Harrow and his younger brother was here some years ago.

Finally, it is with much sadness for Eaton House that Miss Nanda (SENCO) will be leaving in July. Miss Nanda has been with us for over ten years having also worked at The Manor. It is without doubt, due to Miss Nanda’s excellent direction, care and expertise, that Eaton House has what we consider to be one of the best support departments in a school of our kind. We wish her well in her future ventures in continuing to assess and help children and their learning.

I look forward to seeing you all in the near future and wish you all a happy term.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

The Manor Girls’ Spring Term 2015 welcome letter from the Headmistress

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the Spring Term. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with your families.

Term Dates

Calendars will be in your daughter’s reading folder this afternoon and they may also be viewed on our website. It is a very short, but an incredibly busy term, so please do peruse them carefully! Some key dates for your diary:

12/2/15 Parents’ Quiz Night
5/3/15 World Book Day – come as your favourite character!
20/3/15 The Senior Play – ‘Dream on’ at 6.00pm
23/3/15 Whole School Inter House Cross Country (2.00pm)

Staffing News

We are delighted to welcome Miss Siana (Stowe) and Miss Kitty (Downe House) as our new Gap Assistants this term.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are still places left in a number of school clubs, please email the member of staff in charge if you wish your daughter to join one. A clubs list and a list of all staff emails may be found on the calendar.
We shall be running Chess sessions for Senior girls at lunchtimes this term. Sign-up sheets for these may be found on the door to the Art Room.
Please note that Homework Class for girls in Forms 4, 5 and 6 has now been extended to include Friday afternoons. Places for these classes are limited and in order to secure a place for your daughter please email Miss Nicola (nborthwick@eatonhouseschools.com) who will add her to the register, if space permits.

As ever, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes,

Mrs Sarah Segrave
Headmistress

Eaton House The Manor Preparatory Spring Term 2015 welcome letter from the Headmaster

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas and New Year celebrations and feel refreshed and rested. Before looking ahead to the Spring Term, I will reflect for a moment on some of the school events that took place in the last four weeks of the Autumn Term.

Mind Over Manor Quiz
A splendid Mind Over Manor Quiz Competition ended in November, with Balmoral defeating Stirling by 13 points to 10 in the final. Congratulations to the victorious Balmoral team – Vassilis Papavassilopoulos, Alvaro de Calonje, Ethan Lim, Seb Clarke and Charlie Allison (captain).

“Julius Caesar” : Senior Play
The major drama event of the term has been the senior boys getting involved in the Shakespeare Project to celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. Hundreds of schools took part from all over the UK and the boys had the opportunity to perform an abridged version of €œJulius Caesar€ at the Albany Theatre in Deptford on 18th November. There were some terrific performances from the cast who showed great commitment throughout the term. The Drama Cup was awarded to Jasper Sodha who played Mark Antony with real panache, but it was a super team effort. Many congratulations to the boys and to the directors, Mr Rixham and Miss Jacklin, for all their hard work. Bravo to all involved – it was a huge success.

Music Concert
Our Christmas music concert took place on 1st December in the theatre. There was a wonderfully diverse selection of pieces from the boys, with all age groups represented, and there was a suitably festive atmosphere at the end when our band performed Maria Carey’s €œAll I Want for Christmas is You€ under the lights of our new glitter ball! I know the boys loved playing to a full house, so thank you for your support and excellent participation. Many congratulations to all the performers and Mr and Mrs Freer.

Primary Maths Challenge
All the boys in Years 5 and 6 sat the Primary Maths Challenge in October and we were delighted to learn that 27 boys qualified for a gold, silver or bronze certificate. We offer particular congratulations to Charlie Grimstone and Oliver Hector who have been invited to the Primary Maths Olympiad and the other gold certificate winners: Jamie Grimstone, Ben Morrison, Rory More O’Ferrall and Louis Clarke.

Football News
The 1st XI chalked up three famous victories during the term – against Thomas’s Clapham, Harrodian and Westminster Under. The 2nd XI players were particularly pleased with their handsome wins over Sussex House and Alleyn’s. There were great performances from all age groups, but special mention has to be made of the Year 5 €œA€ team which has now gone through two years of inter-school fixtures at EHTM undefeated – a remarkable achievement. Many congratulations to all boys who have represented the school over the last term and to Mr Russell and all the coaches.

The following boys were awarded cups in Final Assembly:

Junior Footballer of the Year : Alex Smellie
Golden Boot (top goal-scorer) : Nico Dykes
Senior Footballer of the Year : Magnus Ellingsen
Footballing Excellence Cup : Pedro Azagra

Carol Service
The whole school attended our Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church on 10th December and it was a delightful occasion, with the Year Group choirs, Vocal Ensemble and all the readers performing brilliantly. Tom Klafkowski started the evening in style, delivering the opening verse of €œOnce in Royal David’s City€ quite beautifully and Edward Smellie deserves a special mention for his brilliant oboe playing during the School Carol. I warmly thank Mrs Freer, ably assisted by Mr Freer, for her tremendous work in masterminding proceedings so wonderfully.

Charity Fund-Raising
Thanks to your generosity, we have raised significant funds for our various charities this term:

Jeans for Genes £1188
Ace of Clubs (Harvest Festival) Food donations made
Poppy Appeal £214
Friends of Clapham Common (Eco Day) £652
Water Aid (Year 4 Cake Sale) £333
Trinity Hospice (Carol Service) £620
Holy Trinity Church (Carol Service) £620

Final Assembly
At Final Assembly prizes were awarded to the following boys :

4RH : Milo Darley Benjamin Emerton
4JL : Vincent Muirhead Talan Overton-Edwards
4TD : Alexander Tonkin Filipe Vaz de Almada
5NP : Oliver Tidbury Henry Shippey
5KF : Caspar Fraser Jamie Grimstone
5LM : Charles Calzia Thonas Foster
6FF : Ollie Trill Sam Trimboli
6CS : Alexander Snook George Potter
6AJ : William Hunt Lucas Jones
7AS : Tobi Adesanoye Ben Hopley
7AGS : Oscar Muirhead Jonathan Moeller-Schwartz
8FL : Alexander Tsang Gulliver Woods
8AW : Oliver Gorden-Brown Harry Buchan
Year 4 Industry Cup : Harry Waight
Year 5 Quaich : Oscar Turpin
Year 6 Discipulo Egrecio : Michael Richmond
Year 7 Deputy Headmaster Cup : George Wrather
Year 8 Headmaster’s Cup : James Lawrence
Individual House Points Cup : Addison King
Good Show Cup : Jasper Sodha
House Points Cup : Windsor

We offer congratulations to all the boys listed above.

Year 8 Examinations in January
The examinations went very well at the end of November and, for the boys in Year 8 only, there are more practice CE papers to sit next week. The boys should already have their timetable, but you may find a copy on the Intranet.

New Staff for the Spring Term
We welcome Mr Alistair, a former pupil of EHTM, as our Gap Student and Mr Morrissey as Mrs Morgan’s assistant for this term. We also welcome back a familiar face, Mr Huggett, as our rugby coach.

Recycling
We are delighted to announce that we have a new contract with a recycling firm, First Mile Waste Company, and that every classroom has been equipped with two new bins which will ensure that all of our waste paper, glass etc will be recycled and that none of it will go to landfill. A really exciting development that will be supported by the boys, I am sure.

Spring Term Calendar
I hope your son remembers to bring home the new Spring Term calendar and that he is excited by the many events planned for this term. Over the next eleven weeks the boys will be able to enjoy many competitions at lunchtime or after school, including Public Speaking, Bake-Off, General Knowledge, Chess, Music and Maths – it promises to be an action-packed start to the New Year!

I hope the boys have a successful term and I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Edwards
Headmaster

Eaton House Manor Nursery Spring Term 2015 Welcome letter

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and a lovely break. We would like to welcome the new Blue Room children and their families to the Nursery and I know Miss Alina is looking forward to the busy term ahead.

Communication We have an open door policy where you are very welcome to speak to the class teacher and assistants for a few minutes each day but please arrange a different time for something that might take longer to discuss. We will email all correspondence and in addition to this, I will send all initial letters and the Nursery calendar home on paper. Do please let us know if your email address has changed. You will also find a white board near the entrance to each classroom telling you about the weekly Show and Tell theme and other information. There is a large white board outside the Nursery entrance under the lean-to for more general information.

Volunteers We appreciate any volunteers who would like to come and read to the children, help out with cooking, swimming or out of school visits. The children love to share their time at Nursery with Mummy and Daddy or any other special person. We also need weekly helpers with swimming to the Manor pool on a Tuesday afternoon.

WOW observation As part of the Early Years curriculum we make many observations on the children, however it is very important that we also know about any significant achievements outside of Nursery. This can be anything from recognising a number in the street, to riding a bike or staying in their bed all night. We have a WOW observation form for you to complete and return back to your class teacher. This can be done at any time during the term.

Afternoons The Bursar has asked me to remind you that a cancellation of a requested session will be charged in full for the first half of the term. If you add a further session to those on your original request list after the start of the term but before half-term, the full term’s fee rate will be charged. If you add a further session at any point after half-term, you will be charged half the term’s fee rate.

Parents’ Evening will be held on Wednesday 11th March when you can discuss your child’s progress. Details will be given nearer the time.

We will be packing away all our resources at the end of this term as we will be preparing for the building of our new Nursery. It will be sad to say goodbye to a building that has housed so many children at the start of their Eaton House lives though equally exciting to be getting a sparkly new facility. Watch this space!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me in the Green Room or email me at
rsue@eatonhouseschools.com

Kind regards,

Miss Roosha
Head of Nursery