Issue 8 - 1 March 2019 

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

We finished the week with a fabulous assembly performed by P4A. The children, staff and parents were both entertained and educated in what was a well-rehearsed performance on the theme of Fairtrade. I will definitely be checking for the symbol whenever I go shopping in the future. I must congratulate them on their delivery and confidence; it was quite simply, outstanding.

Shreks adventurePP2 were treated to an outing to Shrek’s Adventure on the South Bank on Tuesday. From all accounts, the class were extremely well-behaved and were a pleasure to take on the trip. I was lucky enough to see the children writing about their trip in their English lesson today and I can report that the visit has certainly inspired them.

P7 were fortunate enough to have two trips this week. The first being to the National Gallery and the second to see a French Film at the British Film Institute. These are all excellent educational opportunities and I thank all the staff who have gone that extra mile to ensure that the children are inspired in their subjects.

On Monday, a team of children headed off to Belmont School for the annual Mathematics Puzzle Day. Well done to all the children involved for their hard work. On Tuesday, a select few children went to the U11 youth games in London. Yet another opportunity to stretch our competitive sport. 

I look forward to next week as our annual World Book Day celebration is upon us. It is a highlight of the year seeing the very youngest and oldest children dressed as their favourite book characters.

From time to time, I come across communication regarding the school on WhatsApp. This tool is very useful for parents to communicate between each other asking who has whose sock and what was set for French homework. I am a little concerned that WhatsApp can become a device for communicating opinions about certain aspects of the school. This is not always a well-informed forum nor is it always an accurate set of opinions. Could I please ask parents to communicate directly with their form tutors if they have a concern regarding their child or the school. I believe this would make it a more successful and productive community.

Maths Challenge Day

Mrs Alwaheidi was pleased to accompany our children to Belmont School to the Year 5 Mathematics Challenge, which was an amazing experience and a very well organised competition involving 19 Schools including QHS. 

They really enjoyed taking part in all the puzzle games and they also have had the opportunity to stretch their brains and to think outside the box.

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World Book Day Final Reminder 

Mrs Beevor reminds us:

World Book Day will be celebrated in school this coming Thursday (7 March). 

As previously advised, the theme of the World Book Day assembly is Fairy Tales and Bedtime stories. Younger pupils may like to dress up as their favourite character from a fairy tale or bedtime story. Older pupils may prefer to dress up as a character from their favourite home reading book. 

Parents are most welcome to attend our assembly on Thursday morning, which will start at 8:40 (and may go on until at least 9:30) as there will be so much to celebrate!

P7 had an Eggcellent Week

Mrs Durg writes:

national gallery tripP7 attended an interesting workshop at The National Gallery this week. They observed paintings from the 12th Century and learnt to make paint.  They used eggs and dried pigments to make a paste. They also used Gold leaf on their artwork.

Now that Prep 7 are back at school, their inspiration is starting to come out onto some large canvases!  The easels are out, and the action has started.  Watch this space for the finished masterpieces.  

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Netball News 

Miss Nejad writes:

Last Tuesday QHS children set off to Harrow’s Netball Rally which was also the first stage of qualifiers to represent Harrow at the London Youth Games. This was the first time our school had participated in an event like this with both boys and girls being able to compete in the same team.  netball

QHS won 6 games and lost 1 which placed us in 4th place overall, out of the 21 schools in the knockout rounds. Unfortunately, we did not make it through the qualifiers but this was a fantastic opportunity for both the boys and girls to showcase their talent, we are incredibly proud of all the pupils who participated! Player of the match was Neel B for his ability to intercept the ball whilst defending.

Miss Nejad is now ready to depart for her maternity leave on a very high note!

Change 4 Life 

Miss Campion writes:
The topic for this half term in PSHCE is HEALTHY ME. The children from PP1 – P6 have been given a free booklet with a variety of activities, games and helpful hints about swapping sugars and keeping fit. change for life

Please find time to look at the booklet and log on to the website where there are free recipes, exercises and much more for all the family. It's great to learn together. 


fairtradeFollowing our wonderful Fairtrade assembly this morning, please remember that Fairtrade Fortnight for 2019 runs from 25 February to 10 March. It’s the most important time of the year for us all to celebrate our Fairtrade partners around the world, and think about the impact on farmers and producers of our shopping choices. 

Some resources can be found here.

Drama, Dance and Bollywood

It's all happening here later this month! 

We are pleased to announce that tickets will be available from Monday (in the School Office) for our two productions of “Music Mashup!” which will include the children who have drama lessons in school, along with all our Bollywood and Dance club children.  The two performances will be at 5:00pm, in the Susan Milner Hall, on:
Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March. drama and bollywood

Tickets are free, but apply for your tickets soon, as space is limited by the size of our hall and the number of children taking part!
Parents of children in PP1 and PP2 who are going to be involved should be aware that Parent-Teacher Consultations for these two year groups are on the afternoons / evenings of Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March so that they can plan ahead accordingly!

Mike Still 
Assistant Head (Administration)
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