Issue 10 - 17 March 2019 

From the Headmaster, 


On Monday, a team of Mathematicians headed over to Orley Farm to join in their Maths Challenge. It is a tribute to Mrs Khan that all the children get a chance to test their knowledge against other schools. I know Mrs Alwaheidi enjoyed the challenges too and I thank her for all that she does in supporting children at these events.

The Mathematics theme continued on Tuesday with the Inter-House Maths Challenge. This annual event sees the children dressed in their house colours of green, blue, yellow and red running up and down the Susan Milner Hall testing their maths knowledge. I eagerly await the results at the end of the term. I know Mrs Khan was certainly exhausted at the end of the day.

The Pre-prep have had a similarly busy week. On Wednesday they had their Science day where they made Rainbow milk, Lava Lamps and studied colour mixing and absorption. The highlight was testing waterproofness, a brave experiment to undertake! On Friday they finished the week with Red Nose Day where the children did a sponsored cycle/scoot around the school. I watched the Nursery children make their way up the garden path in bright helmets and multi-coloured bikes and scooters. It was a wonderful thing to see at the end of a busy week. My thanks go to the Pre-prep and EYFS staff for all their hard work preparing all these wonderful opportunities for the children.

We also had another successful week of Sport. I was lucky enough to watch the U13 team play The John Lyon School on Wednesday. The A team managed to come away victorious against a very competitive side. The U11 team had similar success against Alpha Prep on Thursday and although the girls lost their netball match against Radlett Prep, this was the first defeat of the season.

The week ended with a fabulous Art assembly presented confidently by the pupils. The message was to try everything and not to worry about failure. The assembly continued with the children singing ‘Try Everything’ by Shakira. Certainly a memorable morning. The assembly concluded with the announcement of the Royal College of Art competition winners. Congratulations to the twelve winners and in particular Jonah P who was highly commended and Noah S who came third nationally in his age group. These were outstanding achievements! I look forward to seeing their worked displayed at the RCA. I cannot thank Mrs Durg enough for all that she has done for the Art at the school and for preparing the children so well this year.

On Friday afternoon, sixteen of our musicians headed off to Merchant Taylors’ School to perform in the ‘massed Prep Schools’ concert. I was lucky enough to attend the concert in the Great Hall. I am always impressed by the quality of music that our children can perform and when you put all the schools together it does bring a tear to one’s eye. Thank you, Mr Ellis and Miss Berry for accompanying the children to MTS.

Inter-House Maths Competitions

Mrs Khan won’t tell me the actual results, but all the children from P3 to P8 had a great morning of speedy maths! Photos should appear on the website soon.

More Fantastic Science

Here are a couple more photos from the Science Museum visit to QHS last week. There are more to come onto the website in due course.

Science museum visit      science museum demonstration
Air Powered Rocket in mid-flight!

Safety around the Railway

On Monday, most of the children from P3 to P8 had the opportunity to watch videos from Network Rail on the subject of safety around the railway. If parents would like to watch these with their children, registration id's are free to view, and the links are:

Primary school version: Age 7-11

Secondary school version: Age 11-16 

Please only watch the age-appropriate video with your child – some of the content in the secondary video is quite harrowing.

Merchant Taylors’ Music Afternoon

Mr Ford has commented above on the superb concert to which our children contributed on Friday. I have added a couple of pieces from the concert onto our podcast site. I also have a number of other fairly recent musical items to add to this site – I’ll let you know when they are available!

Website additions

A number of new items have been uploaded to the QHS website – do go and have a look. There has been a lot going on!

QHS Charity Afternoon Tea – Coming in April!

Following the success of the popular Charity Big Breakfasts, on Thursday 25 April we will be holding a Charity Vintage Afternoon Tea in aid of our next designated charity ‘Toilet Twinning’. By supporting this wonderful charity, we will help fund projects in a poor community that will enable families to build basic toilets, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives.

The dining room will be transformed into a vintage tea room, welcoming QHS families and their relatives for a traditional afternoon tea from 2.45 pm until 5.00 pm. Tickets for the tea can be purchased at the School Office priced at £2.50 for a cup of tea/soft drink and cake and £6.00 for full afternoon tea including sandwiches, scones, cream and jam and cakes.

Be part of our Bake-Off!

As part of the tea, we will be holding a QHS pupils’ Bake Off with prizes for winners in the Nursery and Pre-prep, Middle School, Senior School and Staff categories. Each entry into the Bake Off will be charged at £1 with all proceeds going towards the charity. Tickets for entry to the Bake Off can be purchased from the School Office. Prizes for the winning entries will be awarded at 4.00pm and all entries will be displayed and on sale throughout the afternoon.

We ask all bakers to remember the School’s strict No Nuts policy and request that all entries are accompanied with a brief list of ingredients. All Bake-Off entries should be brought to the School Foyer (along with a Bake-Off entry ticket) between 8.00am and 9.00am on the morning of the tea. We will be unable to accept entries outside of this time as judging will take place during the morning.

We are also planning to compile a QHS Afternoon Tea Recipe Book to include the recipes of all the entries to the Bake Off, as well as any baked donations we receive from the parent body. The recipe book will be compiled and available for sale in time for the summer holidays, with proceeds also going to the charity.

A raffle will also take place during the tea with prizes to include a voucher for afternoon tea for two at The Doll’s House on the Hill, bespoke cakes and cupcakes, baking equipment and goodies, as well as food and drink hampers. If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, please contact Mr Still.  

Great British QHS Bake Off

Calling all Crockery and Cakes!

If you can help us by providing vintage style cake stands, teapots and crockery, as well as baked donations to be served and sold on the day, please contact Mrs Nishma Aleksin Shah at the School Office.  Tickets will go on sale at the School Office from Monday 18 March and will be available until the last day of term on Friday 29 March. Spaces at the tea are limited and we would advise booking your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

This Week and Next 

The end of term at QHS will get very busy!

Coming up we have:
Monday 18 March – some children from P7 and P8 going to their Able Writers’ Workshop
Tuesday 19 March – U9 Hockey (Good Luck!)
Wednesday 20 March – Year 1 out to Windsor Castle for the day.
Piano Concert 7:00 pm (All welcome)
Thursday 21 March – P3 and P4 trip to West Stow and Walsingham (return Friday)
Sunday 24 March – Chapel Choir Concert 6:00 pm – come and hear Swingin’ Samson!

And then: No after-School Clubs in the last week of term but Late class/EYFS after-school care remain
Monday 25 March – Art Club Exhibition 4:00 pm
Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March – ABRSM Music Exams
Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March – Drama, Dance and Bollywood Show
5:00 pm (get your tickets now, nearly all gone!)
Wednesday 27 March – Inter-House Cross Country 11:00 pm in Harrow Recreation Ground
12:30 pm Easter Egg Hunt (P3 to P8)
Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March – PP1 and PP2 Parents’ evenings
Thursday 28 March – School Photography Company in for individual and family shots.
2:00 pm Inter-House Music Competition (All welcome)
Friday 29 March – Last day for Main School
10:00 am Concert
11:00 Final Assembly
12:00 End of the Term

No late care or afternoon minibus service that day.

Tuesday 2 April - End of term for Nursery children

Mike Still 
Assistant Head (Administation)
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