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20th March 2017

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13th March 2017

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3rd March 2017

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27th February 2017

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13th February 2017

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5th February 2017

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30th January 2017

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20th January 2017

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16th January 2017

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16th December 2016

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12th December 2016

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5th December 2016

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28th November 2016

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21st November 2016

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14th November 2016

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7th November 2016

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24th October 2016

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17th October 2016

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10th October 2016

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3rd October 2016

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23rd September 2016

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16th September 2016

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12th September 2016

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12th July 2016

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27th June 2016

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20th June 2016

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13th June 2016

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30th May 2016

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23rd May 2016

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16th May 2016

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9th May 2016

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29th April 2016

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25th April 2016

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24th March 2016

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18th March 2016

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14th March 2016

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7th March 2016

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29th February 2016

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15th February 2016

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8th February 2016

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1st February 2016

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25th January 2016

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18th January 2016

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8th January 2016

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7th December 2015

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30th November 2015

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23rd November 2015

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16th November 2015

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8th November 2015

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26th October 2015

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19th October 2015

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12th October 2015

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5th October 2015

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25th September 2015

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18th September 2015

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16th September 2015

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Welcome letter from Headmistress Autumn Term 2015

10th September 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a good, well rested summer. I am so looking forward to taking over as Headmistress at Eaton House Belgravia. My email is aabbott@eatonhouseschools.com.

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 which is lovely.

I am delighted to introduce you to some new staff at Eaton House.  Miss Sarah (3A), Miss Emily-Ann (F1), Miss Natalie (LKG), Miss Madeleine (KG1 TA), Miss Francesca (KG3 TA) and many of you will already know Mr Felice who joins us as a Year 2 TA.  We also welcome back Miss Emma who is taking over in her new role as the SEN Co-ordinator and also Mr Hirst an old boy and ex Gap Student. He is now joining us post university as a Year 1 TA. Mr Ker and Mr Horgan are with us as this year’s Gap Students.

We are also delighted to welcome our new Deputy Headmistress Miss Jessica who joins us from Eaton House The Manor Prep.

Head of House staff are:  Yellow, Mr Cooke:  Blue, Miss Rebecca: Green, Mr Carothers and Red, Miss Helen.  Year Group Co-ordinators are:  KG, Miss Clare:  Year 1, Miss Sophie:  Year 2, Miss Helen:  Year 3 Miss Sarah.

Term dates will be posted on our website.  We will also continue to send out a weekly newsletter.  Please make sure that we have your up to date e-mail address as well as all contact details.  If you do not receive our e mails please let us know.

Please return signed report books as soon as possible.

Scooting to school is much encouraged but if you leave scooters here during the day, please chain them to the railings.

Over the summer we have been very busy with building works as you will have noticed.  Miss Liz’s office is on the Ground Floor and the Library has moved to the old LKG classroom on the Number 5 side, Ground Floor.  My office is on the First Floor on the Number 3 side.  The new rooms are all rather smart, please take the time to have a look in the next few weeks.

Please make sure that we have up-to-date medical information and any changes of address/contact numbers.  Please let the school office know if you do not receive the weekly newsletter on Friday in case we need to update email addresses.  Make sure any relevant members of your household are aware of notices, cancellation of clubs, etc which appear in the Newsletter.

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. Cagoules are available from Perry. www.perryuniform.co.uk. If some items are temporarily out of stock boy will not be penalized for lack of kit if it is due to lack of supply!

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.

Clubs: start next week with the exception of Debate.  Debate Club will run for the first time on Monday, 21st September with Mr Gross and Mr Cooke.

Please note that if club numbers are too small, some clubs may not run. All boys should bring their own snack.

Information Evenings:  Please do try to attend these evenings as there is much to pass on to you about your son’s new class.  We hope as many of you as possible are able to attend.  Dates as follows:

Monday 14th September
KG Social Evening 18.00 – 18.30 Classrooms
18.30 – 20.00 Drinks, The Hall
Tuesday 15th September
Yr3 Information Evening 17.30 Classrooms
18.00 Q&A Session, The Hall
Wednesday 16th September
Yr 1 Information Evening 17.30 – 18.00 Classrooms
Yr 2 Information Evening 17.30 – 18.00 Classrooms
Yr 2 Q&A 7+ Session 18.00 The Hall

 

For 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 8+.  The session lasts for approximately 30-40 minutes.  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 Tuesday’s meeting as we will be able to give you some useful, general information about the process or individual schools.
There will be a similar Q&A session for Year Two parents on Wednesday 16th September.

Break: I encourage you to send in snacks/drinks in reusable containers. Crisps/apples/snack 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 allowed. 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 Y1 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, No 5 side) 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.

We are delighted to have back with us Miss Jayne (Head of Music).  We welcome her back after successful treatment for breast cancer.  Miss Jayne will be wearing scarves to cover the hair loss for the forthcoming months.  We will be honest if the boys ask and reiterate she is getting better.  I do not envisage having to give them more specific information.  Any new pupils who would like to start music lessons please email Miss Jayne, jmcgowan@eatonhouseschools.com.  Private lessons are now £20.00 per half hour.  I would encourage as many pupils as possible to take instrumental lessons.  We currently have violin, piano, guitar, drums, trumpet and voice teachers.

In January 2016 we will move towards the Yr 2/3 boys going home at 3.40pm, allowing for more teaching time in the afternoon plus ease on the stairs.  The KG and Yr 1 boys will still be collected at 3.20pm.

If you are collecting boys from a club please note that doors will not open before 5.00pm.  If you are collecting from tutoring your son’s tutor will bring him to the front door No 3 side for collection.  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 in Year 2 and Year 3 where senior lessons run until 3.30.  They also 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.

May I also request that you arrive promptly in the morning as Assembly will now start at 08.50 four days per week.  The boys will need sufficient time to be settled before the first lesson begins at 09.20.

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!

If any parents are willing to offer their services as a Class Rep, please contact your son’s teacher next week.  I will give out a full list of the Class Reps in the next newsletter.  The first Rep meeting will take place in the dining room at 09.45am on Friday 25th September.

I am delighted to announce our new Head boy is Rudyard Haggist (3A Green) and our Deputy Head boy is Aryton Bet-Mansour (3A Green). I know that they and the other monitors (to be announced next week) 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.

It 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 fun packed term.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Annabel Abbott
Headmistress

 

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2nd July 2015

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26th June 2015

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19th June 2015

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12th June 2015

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5th June 2015

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22nd May 2015

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15th May 2015

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8th May 2015

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1st May 2015

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24th April 2015

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Summer Term 2015 Welcome letter

27th April 2015

Dear Parents,

1. Welcome back to you all. I look forward to the Summer Term with what I hope will be some nice weather and some exciting events planned. We have a busy time ahead of us all (please make a note of the term dates which are displayed on our website) and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during the term.

2. We will be taking Nivea Factor 25+ sun cream to Games and all outings. Staff will apply sun cream to the boys at their discretion. If you would prefer you son NOT to use the school sun cream, please inform his teacher in writing.

3. Eaton House summer caps should be in school as part of the boys’ Games Kit. These can be purchased from Perry Uniform. Boys should continue to wear their normal caps to and from school. All boys should have boot bags at school to take outdoor shoes to and from Games.

4. Sports Day – Friday 3rd July 9am. A key date for your diaries! Further information will be sent out nearer the time but if you are new to Eaton House, please make sure that you are able to watch and photograph/video the impressive ‘Blazers Off’ at the beginning of Sports Day. There will be the usual parents’ 3-legged race, so do get practicing! As is the tradition, Mr Cooke is keen for old boys to help if, of course, they are on official leave from school.

5. Please make sure that contact details are up to date, especially e mail addresses.

6. Please note that the Kindergartens should not be in school on Friday 26th June, as we have new boys visiting on that day.

7. Y3 boys are granted a rare but nonetheless necessary day off on Tuesday 16th June after PGL.

8. Please also continue to bring in used postage stamps for the RSPB and batteries for recycling. Collection boxes are in the No. 3 hall.

9. There will not be any clubs on Wednesday 24th June because of Parents’ Evening.

10. Please help to keep the boys ‘green’ by not sending in break with unnecessary packaging.

11. Please note it is especially important that mobile phones are not in use at all whilst you are on school premises. Calls should be made outside the building and I would be very grateful if you could reinforce this rule to anyone who may be dropping off or collecting your son, particularly in the kindergarten areas or near changing rooms.

As ever, if there is anything that you wish to discuss with myself or any of the staff, regarding the welfare of your son, please do contact us.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

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25th March 2015

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23rd March 2015

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13th March 2015

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6th March 2015

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27th February 2015

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13th February 2015

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6th February 2015

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30th January 2015

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23rd January 2015

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16th January 2015

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9th January 2015

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Spring Term 2015 Welcome letter

9th January 2014

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

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5th December 2014

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1st December 2014

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20th November 2014

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10th November 2014

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31st October 2014

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17th October 2014

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10th October 2014

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3rd October 2014

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26th September 2014

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19th September 2014

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12th September 2014

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Autumn Term 2014 Welcome letter

4th September 2014

Dear Parents,

It has been 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 which is superb.

I am delighted to introduce you to some new staff at Eaton House.  Miss Lottie (LKG), Miss Becs (KG1), Miss Catherine (KG2), Miss Emma (KG3), Miss Laura (KG4), Miss Annabel (Yr1), Miss Sophie (1A) and Miss Annie (F3).  Miss Nelly and Mr Dixon-Smith are with us as Gap Students.  Head of House staff are: Yellow, Mr Cooke: Blue, Miss Henrietta: Green, Mr Carothers and Red, Miss Helen.  Year Group co-ordinators are:  KG, Miss Clare:  Year 1, Miss Lucy:  Year 2, Miss Henrietta:  Year 3, Miss Annabel.  We also welcome our new School Secretary/Head’s PA, Miss Liz.  Miss Liz joins us from Dulwich College and previously she worked at other schools both in and out of London. Do feel free to pop into the office to introduce yourselves.  She is doing a great job but do please bear with her over the coming weeks as she learns the r opes and names!  Please note that her email address is lcroftbaker@eatonhouseschools.com.

Term dates will be posted on our website.  We will continue to send out a weekly newsletter.  Please make sure that we have your up-to-date e-mail address as well as all contact details. If you do not receive our e-mails please let us know.

Please return signed report books as soon as possible.

If your son brings a scooter to school, please do not bring it into the building or leave it on the steps. Scooting to school is much encouraged but if you leave scooters here during the day, please chain them to the railings.

There will be a box in the No 3 Entrance Hall next week for a collection of donated novels (not children’s) that can be taken to the Royal Marsden Hospital. These will be sold in the hospital shop in aid of The Friends of the RMH. I would be very grateful if someone could volunteer to drop the books into The Marsden at some point next week.

Please make sure that we have up-to-date medical information and any change of address/contact numbers. Please let the school office know if you do not receive the weekly newsletter on Friday in case we need to update email addresses.

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.

I am aware that both Perry and Peter Jones are out of stock of some items. Boys will not be penalised for lack of kit if it is due to lack of supply!

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.

TUESDAY 14th OCTOBER – ARABIAN NIGHTS PARTY

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.

Clubs: start next week.  I am resending the club list as there has been some extra clubs added.  Please email the relevant member of staff directly and they will be in touch if boys are not successful in gaining a club place.  If numbers are too small, some clubs might not run.

Information Evenings: Please do try to attend these evenings as there is much to pass on to you about your son’s new class.  We hope as many of you as possible are able to attend.

For Year 3 parents, there will be a Question and Answer session and a brief talk by me and the staff in the Hall, specifically about 8+.  Last year the session lasted for approximately 30 – 40 minutes.  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 Wednesday 10th September meeting as we will be able to give you some useful, general information about the process or individual schools.

There will be a similar Q&A session for Year 2 parents on Thursday, 11th September.

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.  Sanwiches are allowed.  Pleae 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 nut for breakfast during the week as this can have an effect on boys with allergies.
Collection: Please note that KG and Year1 boys (only) may be collected at 3.20 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 classroom 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 in Year 2 and Year 3 where senior lessons run until 3.30pm.  They also 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.

Sadly, Miss Jayne (Head of Music) has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is due to start chemotherapy treatment soon and, as a result, will not be at school for some months. I will be telling the boys that Miss Jayne is unwell and will not be back at school for a while.  At this stage, I do not envisage giving them more specific information. However, if a boy does hear that she has cancer, our policy is to tell the boys the truth and say that they can help her feel better by doing things such as sending a class card.  I am sure that you will all join me in wishing Miss Jayne well.

Until we have someone to cover her role, our peripatetic teachers will contact parents of existing pupils and will organise lessons.  If any new pupils would like to start lessons, please e-mail me lwatts@eatonhouseschools.com and I will pass the request to the relevant staff. Peripatetic staff are due back next week and they will be in touch about lessons. Private lessons are now £20.00 per half hour. I would encourage as many pupils as possible to take instrumental lessons. We currently have violin, piano, guitar, drums and recorder teachers. We are due to recruit a voice teacher as Mr Warden is now spending more of his time at Sussex House and Highfield School.

If any parents are willing to offer their services as a class rep, please contact your son’s teacher next week. I will give out a full list of the class reps in the next newsletter. The first rep meeting will take place in the dining room at 09.45 on Friday, 19th September.

Our new Head Boy is Alexander West (3B Yellow) and our Deputy Head Boy is Dermot Christmas (3B Blue). I know that they and the other monitors (to be announced next week) 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 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

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Welcome letter from the Headmistress

9th January 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Eaton House and Happy New Year!

We, as ever, have many events planned for this term for example the Y1 Fashion Show (14th February), Y1 Parents’ Information Evening (10th March), and Numeracy & Literacy Week (10th 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. Term dates are also on our website. From time to time a match or trip might be rearranged so please also check e mails and Mr Cooke’s Games board for information.

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. Boys must not have extra time off prior to the 7+ and 8+ exams or interviews. It is more beneficial to keep to a routine and also not miss out on any vital information from me or staff for the boys. It is also important that they continue to have their ‘regular’ lessons as often schools will be more interested to hear that boys have enjoyed a recent science lesson, for example, rather than a day off at home! There is also very little value in hiring a with private tutor to ‘cram’ just before the exams…

Matches: There are several sporting fixtures planned this term. We really encourage support; Parents, Grandparents, God parents, 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!

Other new, sadly for us, Mr Kennedy will be returning to Australia at the end of this term. He and his wife are expecting their first child and are moving back to be with family.
Mr Koessler is our new Gap student this term. He has just left Eton and was previously at The Manor.

Reports: Please return to your son’s teacher as soon as possible. Each report must be signed by a parent.

Please note that boys may only have one item of food for break. They may not have yogurts, sandwiches or picnic type break.

We will hold LITERACY & NUMERACY week in March (Week of 10th). During this week, we will host our various events such as a book fair and a visit from The Happy Puzzle Company. We would be extremely grateful for any willing parents to help us with handwriting activities, reading stories, maths workshops etc. Any ideas welcome! Please see your son’s teacher if you would like to help. There will be more details later in the term.

There will be an Information Evening for Year One parents on Monday 11th 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.

Unfortunately, our printers have made an error on the calendars. Please note that KCS 8+ is Saturday 11th February.

If boys are absent, parents must inform the school and give the reason for absence as we are obliged to make a record in the register. Parents must also inform club staff if boys are not able to attend a club session.

Thank you for your book donations for the Marsden. I would be grateful if someone could volunteer to drop them off at the hospital. There are two boxes of books.

To support the London Eye Hospital Trust, we are collecting old pairs of glasses that you, relatives or friends may have to be sent to the hospital’s project in India. There will be a collection box in the No3 entrance hall.

Please remember that boys must have their plimsolles in school for their PE lessons and full kit for games. Any Year Two or Year Three boys who repeatedly forget kit, will lose house points. If kit is not at school on three occasions, boys may be kept at school and not allowed to attend a games session.

We are starting a slightly different morning routine. The idea is to try to create a calmer environment in which the boys and staff can start their day as well as to maximize the use of their time. We would be grateful of you could help with this. Classroom doors will be kept closed at 8.30am. Parents are still welcome to go into class but please try to keep your time in there to a minimum, if at all! The boys need to be able to get on with morning activities and staff can use this as an opportunity to be able to start to hear the boys read. The main doors will close at 8.45am. Boys should be in class at this time. Registration will be at 8.50am and assembly will now be at 9am.

I look forward to seeing you all in the near future,

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

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Headmistress’ Welcome Letter

10th September 2013

Dear Parents,

It has been 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 which is superb.

I am delighted to introduce you to some new staff at Eaton House. Mr Dixon-Smith , is with us for a term as a gap student as is Jeremy West. Miss Katie (LKG), Miss Rebecca (KG2), Miss Eleanor (KG2 TA), Miss Katherine (F3) and Miss Jayne (Director or Music) are all welcome. Head of House staff are Yellow: Mr Cooke, Blue: Miss Henrietta, Green: Mr Carothers and Red: Miss Alexandra. Year group co-ordinators are KG: Miss Clare, Year 1: Miss Lucy, Year 2: Miss Emma, Year 3: Miss Annabel.

Term dates will be posted on our website. We will also continue to send out a weekly newsletter. Please make sure that we have your up to date e mail address as well as all contact details. If you do not received our e mails please let us know.

Please return signed report books as soon as possible.

If your son brings a scooter to school, please do not bring it into the building or leave it on the steps. Scooting to school is much encouraged but if you leave scooters here during the day, please chain them to the railings.

There is a box in the no 3 entrance hall for a collection of donated novels (not children’s) that can be taken to the Royal Marsden Hospital. These will be sold in the hospital shop in aid of The Friends of the RMH.

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. Cagoules are available from Perry. www.perryuniform.co.uk

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 16th OCTOBER – 007 PARTY – 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.

Clubs: All boys should bring their own snack.

Information Evenings: Please do try to attend these evenings as there is much to pass on to you about your son’s new class. We hope as many of you as possible are able to attend.

For 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 8+. The session lasts for approximately 30-40 minutes. 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 Monday’s meeting as we will be able to give you some useful, general information about the process or individual schools.
There will be a similar Q&A session for Year Two parents on Wednesday 12th September.

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 allowed. 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 Y1 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 in Year 2 and Year 3 where senior lessons run until 3.30. They also 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. Please also try to avoid going though F3, the cut through classroom, as they have much to do in the morning and afternoon.

KG parents should form two lines outside the classrooms for collection i.e. KG3 alongside the wall by the classroom and LKG to the right of the classroom door. Similarly so for KG2 and KG1.

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 or e mail to the Director of Music, Miss Jayne, jmcgowan@eatonhouseschools.com. She, or one of her 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, Drums, Piano or Violin).

If any parents are willing to offer their services as a class rep, please contact your son’s teacher next week. I will give out a full list of the class reps in the next newsletter. The first rep meeting will take place in the dining room at 9.45am on Friday 20th September.

Our new Head boy is Hector Bridgeman (3A Green) and our Deputy Head boy is Charlie Johnson (3B Yellow) I know that they and the other monitors (to be announced next week) 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. It 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

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Headmistress’ Letter

10th January 2013

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. Boys must not have extra time off prior to the 7+ and 8+ exams or interviews. It is more beneficial to keep to a routine and also not miss out on any vital information from me or staff for the boys. It is also important that they continue to have their ‘regular’ lessons as often schools will be more interested to hear that boys have enjoyed a recent science lesson, for example, rather than a day off at home! There is also very little value in hiring a with private tutor to ‘cram’ just before the exams…

We, as ever, have many events planned for this term for example the Y1 Fashion Show (15th February), Y1 Parents’ Information Evening (11th March), and Numeracy & Literacy Week (11th 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. Term dates are also on our website. From time to time a match or trip might be rearranged so please also check e mails and Mr Cooke’s Games board for information.

We continue to collect used postage stamps for the RSPB and old batteries for recycling. There are small collection boxes in the No 3 entrance hall. Please encourage friends and family to collect stamps and batteries too. We are also collecting old Christmas Cards which we will take to Marks and Spencers for recycling on behalf of the Woodland Trust. There will be boxes in the No 3 entrance hall for the next week or so.

Matches
There are several sporting fixtures planned this term. We really encourage support; Parents, Grandparents, God parents, 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!

Mr Grant joins us as a drum teacher this term. This is a new initiative within our music department and we are delighted to welcome Mr Grant and hope that he takes on a lot of new pupils. Do, please, continue to encourage boys to learn an instrument. Any musical requirements should be directed to Mr Gale.

All music fees should now be paid by cheque or BACS. Please do not send in cash or other payments via the boys; please hand payments directly to the relevant staff.

Reports
Please return to your son’s teacher as soon as possible. Each report must be signed by a parent.

Please note that boys may only have one item of food for break. They may not have yogurts, sandwiches or picnic type break. I am now banning Innocent smoothies in cartons (not bottles) as they have a tendency to spill.

We will hold LITERACY & NUMERACY week in February (Week of 11th). During this week, we will host our various events such as a book fair and a visit from The Happy Puzzle Company. We would be extremely grateful for any willing parents to help us with handwriting activities, reading stories, maths workshops etc. Any ideas welcome! Please see your son’s teacher if you would like to help. There will be more details later in the term.

There will be an Information Evening for Year One parents on Monday 11th 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.

As of this term, tutoring that takes place in school will be charged at £30 per hour. All payments should be made directly to the relevant staff.

Other news
Miss Loulou (1A) married Robbie Thorne in December; congratulations to them both. Miss Amy Hammond is our Gap student this term. Miss Amy has recently left St Paul’s Girls’ School and her younger brother was at Eaton House.

I look forward to seeing you all in the near future,

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

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Welcome Letter

7th August 2012

Dear Parents,

It has been 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 which is superb.

I am delighted to introduce you to some new staff at Eaton House. Mr Rogers, an old boy from The Manor, is with us for a term as a gap student. Miss Lizi (KG2), Miss Kate (KG3), Mr Gale (Director of Music) are all welcome. Mr Kennedy has taken over the Science Department. Head of House staff are Yellow: Mr Cooke, Blue: Miss Henrietta, Green: Mr Carothers and Red: Miss Alexandra. Year group co-ordinators are KG: Miss Clare, Year 1: Miss Emma, Year 2: Miss Alexandra, Year 3: Miss Annabel.

Term dates will be posted on our website. We will also continue to send out a weekly newsletter. Please make sure that we have your up to date e mail address as well as all contact details. If you do not received our e mails please let us know.

Please return signed report books as soon as possible.

If your son brings a scooter to school, please do not bring it into the building or leave it on the steps. Scooting to school is much encouraged but if you leave scooters here during the day, please chain them to the railings.

There will be a box in the no 3 entrance hall next week for a collection of donated novels (not children’s) that can be taken to the Royal Marsden Hospital. These will be sold in the hospital shop in aid of The Friends of the RMH.

During the summer, we were able to refurbish our library and ICT room. Do have a look when you are next passing!

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. Cagoules are now available from Perry. www.perryuniform.co.uk

I am aware that both Perry and Peter Jones are out of stock of some items. Boys will not be penalised for lack of kit if it is due to lack of supply!

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 17th OCTOBER – BLACK & WHITE PARTY.

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.

Clubs: start next week. There are still a few teething problems with the new system so if you have yet to join up or have any queries, please contact Miss Natalie. All boys should bring their own snack.

Information Evenings: Please do try to attend these evenings as there is much to pass on to you about your son’s new class. We hope as many of you as possible are able to attend.

For 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 8+. Last year the session lasted for approximately 30-40 minutes. 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 Monday’s meeting as we will be able to give you some useful, general information about the process or individual schools.
There will be a similar Q&A session for Year Two parents on Wednesday 12th September.

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 allowed. 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 Y1 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 in Year 2 and Year 3 where senior lessons run until 3.30. They also 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.

KG parents should form two lines outside the classrooms for collection i.e. KG3 alongside the wall by the classroom and LKG to the right of the classroom door. Similarly so for KG2 and KG1.

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 or e mail to the Director of Music, Mr. Gale ngale@eatonhouseschools.com. 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 or Violin).

If any parents are willing to offer their services as a class rep, please contact your son’s teacher next week. I will give out a full list of the class reps in the next newsletter. The first rep meeting will take place in the dining room at 9.45am on Friday 21st September.

Our new Head boy is Walter Thomson (3A Blue) and our Deputy Head boy is Sebastian Fennell (3A Blue) I know that they and the other monitors (to be announced next week) 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.
It 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

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Welcome Letter

11th September 2011

Dear Parents,

It has been 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 which is superb.

I am delighted to introduce you to some new staff at Eaton House.  Mr Jones, an old boy, is with is for a term as a gap student.  Miss Fenella (LKG), Miss Arabella (KG1), Mr Kennedy (KG3), Miss Helen (1A), Miss Loulou (1B) and Miss Lucy Backham (1C) are all welcome.  Miss Davida has taken over the Science Department.

Term dates will be posted on our website.  We will also continue to send out a weekly newsletter.  Please make sure that we have your up to date e mail address as well as all contact details.

Please return report books as soon as possible.

If your son brings a scooter to school, please do not bring it into the building or leave it on the steps.

There will be a box in the no 3 entrance hall next week for a collection of donated novels (not children’s) that can be taken to the Royal Marsden Hospital.  These will be sold in the hospital shop in aid of The Friends of the RMH.

If your son is doing Friday Karate club at 4.30, he has an option to join a homework group with Mr Kennedy (3.45-4.30) There will be an additional charge for this.  Please see Mr Kennedy in KG3 if you are interested.  Otherwise, the 4.30pm club boys must have other cover arrangements.
Additional club- Mr Kennedy will run a homework club on Tuesdays (Y2 & Y3).  Please see him if you interested.

If you are interested in using the Fulham minibus service in the mornings, please contact Miss Natalie.

A number of you will know that Miss Diane was unwell at the end of last term.  She is still yet to recover and is currently not back at work due to ‘an unknown viral illness’.  I am sure that you will all join me in wishing her well and we hope that she returns to us soon.

BIKES- As you will no doubt have noticed, THE BIKES are STILL outside our school, much to my horror.  TfL and Westminster Council, in their wisdom, failed to inform me that they have had a hold up on the re housing of the site.  I have been informed that they are experiencing a two month delay on the removal of the site.
A number of you were extremely generous in donating money towards our share of the cost of removal.  As yet, we have not parted company with this money nor will we until the bikes have finally been removed.  Those of you whom know me will understand that I will not let this rest until they have been moved to their rightful home!  In the meantime, I urge you all to make sure that you DO NOT double park outside.  I am trying to keep the area outside school as safe as possible.  Please help me to do so.

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. Cagoules are now available from Perry. www.perryuniform.co.uk

I am aware that both Perry and Peter Jones are out of stock of some items.  Boys will not be penalised for lack of kit if it is due to lack of supply!

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.  This year the choir have been invited to sing at the Elizabeth Street Fair and for the first time, at Cadogan Hall.  (See term dates, all welcome)

*WEDNESDAY 19th OCTOBER LA DOLCE VITA.

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.  We hope as many of you as possible are able to attend.

For 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 8+.  Last year the session lasted for approximately 30-40 minutes.  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 Monday’s meeting as we will be able to give you some useful, general information about the process or individual schools.

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 allowed.
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 or Violin).  Please note that we are currently unable to provide Suzuki Piano lessons.

Our new Head boy is Hector Sheppard (3A Blue) and our Deputy Head boy is Orlando Angelini- Hurll (3A Blue) 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.
It 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

Welcome Letter

3rd May 2011

Dear Parents,

  1. A belated welcome back to you all. We all look forward to the Summer Term with what I hope will be some nice weather and some exciting events planned. We have a busy time ahead of us all (please make a note of the term dates which are now displayed on our website) and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during the term.
  2. We will be taking Boots Factor 25+ sun cream to Games and all outings. Staff will apply sun cream to the boys at their discretion. If you would prefer you son NOT to use the school sun cream, please inform his teacher in writing.
  3. Eaton House Summer Caps should be in school as part of the boys’ Games Kit. Kindergarten boys will be given their new caps shortly. Boys should continue to wear their normal caps to and from school. All boys should have boot bags at school to take outdoor shoes to and from games.
  4. Sports Day – Friday 8th July 2pm. A key date for your diaries! Further information will be sent out nearer the time but if you are new to Eaton House, please make sure that you are able to watch and photograph/video the impressive ‘Blazers Off’ at the beginning of Sports Day. There will be the usual parents’ 3-legged race, so do get practising! As is the tradition, Mr Cooke is keen for old boys to help if, of course, they are on official leave from school.
  5. Please make sure that contact details are up to date, especially e mail addresses.
  6. Please note that the Kindergartens should not be in school on Friday 24th June, as we have new boys visiting on that day.
  7. Y3 boys are granted a rare but nonetheless necessary day off on Tuesday 14th June after PGL, ½ days on Friday 27th May after Hill End and collection at 12.00pm in advance of the school play on Thursday May 19th.
  8. Boys are being encouraged to learn ‘Life Skills’. These include being able to do up top buttons, tie shoe laces and know their home phone numbers, for example. Please help your sons with these valuable skills.
  9. We are planning our next Parent Social Evening for Wednesday 19th October 2011. Details will be sent out later this term, but please put it in your diaries!
  10. Please also continue to bring in used postage stamps for the RSPB, collection box in the No. 3 hall.
  11. Please note that there will not be any clubs on Wednesday 29th June because of Parents’ Evening.
  12. Please help to keep the boys ‘green’ by not sending in break with unnecessary packaging.
  13. Please recycle any of your son’s spare pants as on occasion, we have need for them if a boy has an ‘accident’! Please give any donations to Miss Natalie.
  14. If you organize class/school parties, please make sure that ALL relevant staff are aware of any changes to collection plans.
  15. If boys are late on arrival, they must go to the school office so that this can be recorded in the register. It is vital that we have that recorded in the interests of safety. Please note that we are obliged to submit attendance details to the Dcfs each year.

As ever, if there is anything that you wish to discuss with myself or any of the staff, regarding the welfare of your son, please do contact us.

I look forward to seeing you all soon

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

Welcome Letter

14th January 2011

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 and next, for example the Y1 Fashion Show (25th March), Y1 Parents’ Information Evening (2nd March), International Day next term (25th May), Sports Day (8th July) and the Y3 Leavers’ concert (13th July) amongst many others. I am very aware that your contribution to these events and theme days are huge and are appreciated. We will endeavor to give you as much information and warning as possible so that you can all contribute and be involved. However, I realise that this doesn’t always happen or isn’t always possible, so please do diary date the key events now. I put out a plea to parents who have existing or have had past pupils with us, to inform and ‘educate’ new parents as to what our events entail but also welcome any queries myself or via the staff.

We continue to collect used postage stamps for the RSPB. There is a small collection box in the No 3 entrance hall. Please encourage friends and family to collect stamps too. We are also collecting old Christmas Cards which we will take to Marks and Spencers for recycling on behalf of the Woodland Trust and also paperback books (adults) for The Royal Marsden Hospital. There will be boxes in the No 3 entrance hall for the next week or so.

Matches
There are several sporting fixtures planned this term. We really encourage support; Grandparents, God parents, and other supports are welcome too.

Please make sure that if your son is playing in a match, he is aware as to what the collection plans might be e.g. return to school or collected by you after a match. Please do all try to give your support as it 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!

Games kit and uniform
Please make sure that your son has the correct uniform and games kit at school. All items should be named. Some boys might need reminding that their kit is on their pegs. This should, hopefully, avoid parents receiving unnecessary calls from school. Boys in Y2 and Y3 who repeatedly forget their kit might have to miss a games session. Boys will not be allowed to represent the school in matches if they do not have the correct kit. I realise that kit has a habit of ‘walking’….. The lost property box is kept in Miss Nanda’s room on the first floor, no 3 side as well as boxes in some of the cloakrooms. You will receive a letter about Peter Jones uniform as they will shortly be taking orders online. Please note that Perry uniform is now supplying woolen hats for use at games (only) during the cold weather. They are also quite ‘cool’ so I encourage that they are worn pre matches!

Clubs
There are a number of clubs available. I thoroughly recommend that boys join clubs; however, I advise that they only join one or two clubs. Please do look at the term’s list as there are some new clubs including, Singing and Rhythm, Junk modeling and Backgammon. Do also consider the weekend clubs as these provide a wonderful addition to our extra curricular activities.

Miss Delbar Papadopoulos joins us as a piano teacher this term and takes over from Mr Faja. Do, please, continue to encourage boys to learn an instrument. Any musical requirements should be directed to Mr Muhlemann.

Reports
Please return to your son’s teacher as soon as possible.

At the end of term, we will be hosting our ‘Green Day’. To encourage the boys to be aware of environmental issues, please help by not sending in break with too much packaging. For example, crisps or fruit needn’t be sent in a plastic bad and drinks should be in re-usable containers. Boys may not have yogurts, sandwiches or a picnic type break. They should just have one item of food.

We will hold LITERACY & NUMERACY week in February (Week of 14th). During this week, we will host our various events such as a book fair. We would be extremely grateful for any willing parents to help us with handwriting activities, reading stories, maths workshops etc. Any ideas welcome! Please see your son’s teacher if you would like to help. There will be more details later in the term.

Sunningdale Prep School
The Headmaster and Deputy Headmaster from Sunningdale will be hosting a drinks and talk here on Wednesday 9th February, 6-7pm. Their talk will be primarily about Boarding School life. I realise that not all of you are considering boarding but it promises to be an educationally informative evening and an opportunity for parents to gain insight into future possibilities. I encourage as many of you as possible to join us, regardless of your son’s year group.

There will be an Information Evening for Year One parents on Wednesday 2nd 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.

Other news
Miss Clare (F3) is now KG Year Coordinator, and Miss Henrietta (1B) is now Year One Co-ordinatior. Miss Georgie Wilkins returns to us for one day a week having had some time off to have three children as well as helping with supply and one to one lessons with Eaton House pupils. Miss Georgie Baly is with us for a term as our Gap student. She started with us in the last couple of weeks of last term having previously helped at Notting Hill Prep.

Summer Term
Although there is the long weekend, at the beginning of the summer term, due to the Royal Wedding and Spring Bank Holiday, we intend to start school, as planned on Thursday, 28th April. We did discuss the possibility of not starting term on the Tuesday with the Group and several other local schools but the majority are doing as we will and many of the Prep Schools will have Common Entrance looming at the beginning of May. It is our intention to have a cross-curricular, fun day on the 28th based on the Royal Wedding. Being together, at school will be an ideal way of celebrating a special moment in British History. If any boys are unable to attend school that day please would you request their absence, in writing, as per normal practice.

This letter will be posted on our website, as will our termdates.

I look forward to seeing you all in the near future,

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

Welcome Letter

10th September 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 2nd hand 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.

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

Welcome Letter

23rd April 2010

Dear Parents,

    1. Welcome back to you all. We all look forward to the Summer Term with what I hope will be some nice weather and some exciting events planned. We have a busy time ahead of us all (please make a note of the term dates which will be displayed on our website) and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during the term.
    1. I do hope that not too many of you have been disrupted by the plane cancellations. As I write, we have seven staff still stranded abroad. Some are due back on Friday and others we hope will return early next week. I have organised an assortment of cover with both agency and ex-staff and friends of the school. All have been wonderfully supportive and willing to help and I ask that you do the same until ‘normal business is resumed’!
    1. Miss Emily and her new husband, Ed, married earlier this month. Her new name is Poynter.
    1. We will be taking Boots Factor 25+ sun cream to Games and all outings. Staff will apply sun cream to the boys at their discretion. If you would prefer your son NOT to use the school sun cream, please inform his teacher in writing.
    1. Eaton House Summer Caps should be in school as part of the boys’ Games Kit. Kindergarten boys will be given their new caps shortly. Boys should continue to wear their normal caps to and from school. All boys should have boot bags at school to take outdoor shoes to and from games.
    1. Sports Day – Tuesday 6th July 10.00am. A key date for your diaries! Further information will be sent out nearer the time but if you are new to Eaton House, please make sure that you are able to watch and photograph/video the impressive ‘Blazers Off’ at the beginning of Sports Day. There will be the usual parents’ 3-legged race, so do get practising! As is the tradition, Mr Cooke is keen for old boys to help if, of course, they are on official leave from school.
    1. Please make sure that contact details are up to date.
    1. Please note that the Kindergartens should not be in school on Friday 11th June, as we have new boys visiting on that day.
    1. Y3 boys are granted a rare but nonetheless necessary day off on Tuesday 15th June after PGL and a half day on Friday 21st May after Hill End. Collection is at 12.00pm in advance of the school play on Thursday May 13th and boys should not come into school until 10.30am on Friday 14th May.
      The above leave is helpful to the running of the school as well as of benefit to the particular year groups. However, I strongly urge you NOT to take any other extra leave from school. I also ask that boys in any year group are not taken out of school early at the end of term.Whilst I understand that siblings might have different end of term dates, it is important that all boys have the opportunity to experience the end of term and final year end assembly together. This is something that we very much value at Eaton House and boys will only have four chances to experience this before leaving us!
    1. Please note the date of the Book Fair on Wednesday 23rd June. This will be running throughout the day. The Golden Treasury Book shop will man the sale all day and boys and parents will be encouraged to visit. There will be more information to follow and no doubt a request for helpers to offer their support at anytime during the day or evening.
    1. Boys are being encouraged to learn ‘Life Skills’. These include being able to do up top buttons, tie shoe laces and know their home phone numbers, for example. Please help your sons with these valuable skills.
    1. From now on, Mr Cooke will email team lists and match letters to parents. A copy will also be displayed in the No. 3 entrance hall.
    1. There will be an opportunity for families to have ‘Mothers and Sons’ photographs taken on Wednesday 26th May. Some of you may wish to give these to fathers (some time in June…). Whatever the occasion, this will be a nice opportunity for you and the boys.
    1. Think-a-link workshop, Friday 30th April. This is an exciting new workshop for the whole school focusing upon ‘a fun and easy way to learn and remember things’. www.thinkalink.co.uk. Details such as costs will be sent out in due course.
    1. We have our usual number of theme days and events such as Maths Day and International Day; volunteers always welcome!
    1. Please continue to bring in used postage stamps for the RSPB, collection box in the No. 3 hall.
    1. There will not be any clubs on Wednesday 23rd June because of Parents’ Evening.
    1. Please help to keep the boys ‘green’ by not sending in break with unnecessary packaging.
  1. A reminder plea about naming all of your son’s uniform, kit and shoes…

As ever, if there is anything that you wish to discuss with myself or any of the staff, regarding the welfare of your son, please do contact us.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

Summer 2010 Menu Information

15th April 2010

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the latest edition of the catering information letters once again. It’s Summer again and before we know it will be sports days and end of year events.

We continue to use pollack for the battered fillets and have sourced a product made from a whole piece of fish and not minced. We are introducing a baked salmon fillet in order to comply with the government legislation requiring us to provide ‘oily’ fish once every 3 weeks. The suppliers of these choices are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council who ensure that they come from well maintained and sustainable stocks. The quality and flavour of meat is extremely similar to cod.

Roast dinners are on the menus once a week and are very popular with pupils and staff alike. All roasts are served with a vegetarian gravy which is also suitable for most allergy sufferers and can be eaten by all at the school at present.

We have a freshly made tortilla wrap back on the menu filled with plenty of wholesome vegetables such as red peppers and tomatoes in the filling which are good providers of vitamin A and the chicken is breast meat only.

Filled baguettes are back and always prove popular with the pupils as they can have as many fillings as they like in an organic baguette.

We will also have our mini sausage pasta with our homemade pesto (nut free) and this has proved a popular choice in the past.

There are more fruit based pudding choices now that we are in the summer term.

We are now using a wholesale butcher (Heanens) based in Roehampton. They Achieved a 5 star hygiene rating from Wandsworth council who were so impressed with the quality offered that they now supply all of Wandsworth councils schools with their meats. This means that we get Fresh meats Cut Either the same day or the during the night and delivered fresh the day we want to use it. We use only fresh chickens still and are now getting a handmade unfrozen 4oz burger that is 100% beef and delivered fresh the day before use. Our roast joints are also now all fresh too.

We are now using wheat pasta and sauces that are enriched with vitamins to provide the full amounts of vitamins required by the new legislation. Wheat pasta is used so that celiac sufferers can eat it too.

A printout of exactly what levels of nutrients our menus provide and how we comply with the new legislation should also be available to see on the website and if anyone would like to know more on how this works please contact me.

Sports days will repeat last years format and not give out individual picnic bags where a lot of the items were wasted. Instead we will be allowing pupils to help themselves from a selection of fruits (bananas, melon & satsumas). These quench their thirst and give vital vitamins and potassium. There will also be pastries (muffins, flapjacks & mini doughnuts). These provide carbohydrates and sugar to replace lost energy. We will also have a selection of sandwiches and some savoury pies as well just to fill them up. Each pupil will be provided with their own bottle of water and each class will also have a large bottle of water as back up. These bottles can be filled at any time from the kitchen area of the pavilion. We will also be providing cold drinks for the adults but not any hot beverages unfortunately. There are vending facilities should you wish.

As always we are committed to providing a wholesome and healthy lunch within the new government legislation while at the same time trying to find new and better ingredients and products.

I hope that this is helpful in showing you how we put the menus together and the direction that we are trying to move towards. If any parents have any questions about the menus or food in general please feel free to contact me through the Manor office or if you are passing the kitchen and I am in just drop in and see me. Should you wish to have a specific meeting I will be only too happy to arrange this.

David Clayton
Catering Manager

Headmistress’ Letter

8th January 2010

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.

The Sussex House 8+ exam is on Tuesday 19th January. This year, boys may stay at home in the morning and come to school by 12.00pm. I strongly advise this although realise that childcare maybe an issue for some families. Please let the Y3 staff know whether boys will be coming into school that morning or not, as soon as possible. Boys not doing the Sussex House exam may also have the morning off. Please note that the Wetherby exam is 1-4pm and not in the morning.

We continue to work on improving the boys’ table manners at lunchtimes. A copy of our lunchtime rules will be displayed in the entrance halls. Photographs of the boys showing ‘good manners’ are up in the dining rooms. Along with the basic manners such as keeping mouths closed when eating (!) please make sure that your sons can hold and use a knife and fork properly.

As you know, class e mails have been set up. Please let Miss Natalie and your son’s form teacher know if your e mail has changed. Likewise, any other contact details. From time to time, staff or Miss Natalie will use these to contact you. Whilst such a system is very useful for many of us, please note that 1) not all parents regularly use e mail and 2) whilst I cannot control the subject of class e mails amongst parents, I would urge you not to use them to unnecessarily ‘wind each other u’! I and the staff are always available to help with any individual queries and will try to keep you informed and calm.
Please keep us updated of any changes to contact details, change of address, for example, is not only needed by us but is also a legal requirement. Term dates are posted on our website. Whilst this is further improving, I hope that you find the website increasingly informative and helpful. Constructive feedback is welcome!

We, as ever, have many events planned for this term and next, for example the Y1 Fashion Show (19th March), Y1 Parents’ Information Evening (4th March), International Day next term (19th May), Sports Day (6th July) and the Y3 Leavers’ concert (7th July)) amongst many others. I am very aware that your contribution to these events and theme days are huge and are much appreciated. We will endeavour to give you as much information and warning as possible so that you can all contribute and be involved. However, I realise that this doesn’t always happen or isn’t always possible, so please do diary date the key events now. I put out a plea to parents who have existing or have had past pupils with us, to inform and ‘educate’ new parents as to what our events entail but also welcome any queries myself or via the staff.

We continue to collect used postage stamps for the RSPB. There is a small collection box in the No 3 entrance hall. Please encourage friends and family to collect stamps too. We are also collecting old Christmas cards which we will take to Marks and Spencers for recycling on behalf of the Woodland Trust. There will be a box in the no 3 entrance hall for the next week or so.

Matches
There are several sporting fixtures planned this term. We really encourage parental support; Grandparents, God parents, and other supporters are welcome too.
Please make sure that if your son in playing in a match, he is aware as to what the collection plans might be e.g. return to school or collected by you after a match. Please do all try to give your support as it 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 parent body we have!

Games kit and uniform: Please make sure that your son has the correct uniform and games kit at school. All items should be named. Some boys might need reminding that their kit is on their pegs. This should, hopefully, avoid parents receiving unnecessary calls from school. Boys in Y2 and Y3 who repeatedly forget their kit might have to miss a games session. Boys will not be allowed to represent the school in matches if they do not have the correct kit. I realise that kit has a habit of ‘walking’… The lost property box is kept in Miss Nanda’s room on the first floor, no 3 side as well as boxes in some of the cloakrooms. You will shortly receive a letter about Perry Uniform from Head Office. There have been some teething troubles in our move to the new company but these will be explained in the letter. We have also booked in a date, 2nd February, for Perry to come into school with the new deliveries and to provide a fitting ordering service. In the meantime, boys may wear ‘home’ kit if Perry have not delivered (not because they have forgotten kit!). For any 7+/8+ schools which require boys to wear Games Kit, boys should borrow from a friend if possible.

Clubs
There are a number of clubs available. I thoroughly recommend that boys join clubs, however, I advise that they only join one or two clubs. Please do look at the term’s list as there are some new clubs including Sculpture and Magic Maths. The latter being great fun but also very useful for boys of all abilities. Japanese club is also on offer with Mr Gross, again a fun club and one for all abilities. DO also consider the weekend clubs as these provide such a wonderful addition to our extra curricular activities.
Miss Martha returns to us from maternity leave to take violin lessons this term. Mr Muhlemann is willing to take a recorder club but needs a minimum of two or three, at least, to make the ensemble worthwhile. I would strongly encourage such an opportunity. If this is not feasible, boys may apply to have individual lessons. Any other musical queries should be directed to Mr Muhlemann.

Reports
Please return to your son’s class teacher as soon as possible.

At the end of term, we will be holding our ‘Green Day’. To encourage the boys to be aware of environmental issues, please help by not sending in break with too much packaging. For example, crisps or fruit needn’t be sent in in a plastic bag and drinks should be in a re-usable container. Boys may not have yoghurts, sandwiches or a picnic type break. They should just have one item of food.

Over the last year, particularly in Y2 and Y3, board games seemed to have become increasingly popular. This is something that we encourage, both at school and at home. It has been interesting to hear how few boys have experienced the fun of some traditional card and board games although Chess remains very popular. I urge you to keep this interest going or to introduce some of these games at home. Boys may also join our gaming or Chess clubs.

We will have our usual LITERACY WEEK (1st February). During this week, we will host our various events such as Comic Day. We would be extremely grateful for any willing parents to help us with handwriting activities, reading stories etc. Any ideas welcome! Please see your son’s teacher if you would like to help. There will be more details about Literacy Week later in the term.

We will be hosting some Maths focus days either this term or next. We trialled these last year, at the suggestion of parents and they were most successful. We really welcome parental input and offers to help for these type of activities or indeed anything new.

I look forward to seeing you all in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lucy Watts
Headmistress

Announcement of new Headmaster at Eaton House The Manor Preparatory School
from September 2010

19th December 2009

Dear Parents,

As you are aware we have been waiting to announce the successor to Mr Hepher as Headmaster of Eaton House The Manor Preparatory School. We are now delighted to confirm that Mr Jeremy Edwards has accepted the role and will start in September 2010.

Mr Edwards is currently Master at Westminster Under School and was appointed in April 2000. He was formerly an English teacher and then Deputy Headmaster at Emanuel School where he also spent time as Head of Drama and Head of Rowing. He has a B.A (Hons) in English and a PGCE awarded by the University of London as well as an M.A. from the Institute of Education in Educational Studies and Educational Management. He is married with three children; two daughters aged 19 and 17, and a son of 15.

Mr Edwards will be writing a letter of introduction to all our current and prospective parents early next term.

We are very excited by this appointment and look forward to