Mr Ford's Blog

The latest news from the Headmaster's office.
 

Welcome back 

Dear Parents,
 
QHS HeadWelcome back! We have certainly been blessed with beautiful weather to start the term. I hope that you have all enjoyed a safe and relaxing summer break. It is certainly wonderful to see all the children back in school looking so well and happy. 

The School was yet again a hub of activity throughout the holidays as we worked busily to complete our extensive development plans and maintenance. New computers and Promethean Activboards have been installed and will be a real asset to the teaching at Quainton Hall School. The Nursery has had a face lift and is now an impressive open space teaching environment. We continued with our classroom refurbishment programme with pre-prep rooms being carpeted and having their IT provision updated. The middle school and senior school have had new desks and chairs along with an upgrade to the IT provision. Behind the scenes we have had a new boiler system put into the school. We will certainly notice this in the winter months. The Chapel has now been refurbished and offers a wonderful new music room and hall.

My sincere thanks go to the whole team for their tireless efforts throughout the summer break and for all their hard work. The staff and I are certainly looking forward to sharing the school with our many visitors to this year’s Open Day which takes place on the morning of Saturday 22nd September. 

As well as our new pupils, we welcome a number of new faces to the staff too. Mrs May and Mrs Chohan join us to oversee and teach in the Nursery. Both being qualified teachers ensures that the provision for our youngest goes from strength to strength. Mrs Sweeney joins us in PP1 with 20 years’ experience in this age group. Mr Diaz joins us as a P3 class teacher and games teacher. Mr Anandasivathas takes on the role of P4 tutor and English teacher and Mrs Ghaghda joins the Mathematics department. Mr Antoine joins the games department on Monday. The welfare of the children now falls to Mrs Shaw who comes to us with 19 years’ experience in the same role at Whitmore High School. I am very pleased to announce these additions to an already strong staff.

A few role changes have taken place over the summer. Mrs N Khan will be overseeing PP1 and PP2 and Miss Agius will be the Early Years Lead. Mrs H Khan is now fully in to her role as Assistant Head, (Assessment and Exams) and she also takes over the role of overseeing the 11+ transfer of pupils. 

Our programme of activities will be fully up and running on Monday. My thanks go to Mrs Aleksin-Shah for all her hard work coordinating your requests. I am thrilled at the number of children who have signed up and are making the most of the many opportunities on offer here at the School. For all of those pupils and parents still to confirm their activity requests, I would urge you to book as soon as possible as places are limited. 

I would like to remind parents of the rules for dropping off and picking up their children. Before 8.30am parents can park on the single yellow lines but not the resident bays. Please may I ask parents not to park near the junction of Harrow View. At the end of the day we have an agreement with the council that parents at QHS can park in the resident bays on Hindes Road (only) for 10 minutes to allow you to pick up your children. Some parents are using Tesco’s car park which is about a 5-minute walk. Could I ask that parents do not at any time park across our neighbours’ drives. I have witnessed this on Radnor Road from time to time.

I would like to wish you all an enjoyable term. It promises to be a very busy and fruitful time.

Finally, could those parents in P6 whose children are sitting senior school exams inform me by email when their children will be absent from school.

 

Simon Ford, 07/09/2018

Sun and Fun Make for a Busy End of Term

If a busy end of term is what you want you certainly got it!

The leavers and their parents gathered for their dinner on a warm   Tuesday evening with drinks in the garden before we settled down to fine food and speeches in the Hall. This is always a special event and it was lovely to see our boys and girl dressed so smartly. It is always an emotional evening and I did see some tears in the pupil’s and staff’s eyes. Well done to Serena S and Mide S for their superb speeches. They have both been truly exceptional Heads of School.QHS

The last two weeks have been full of the joys of music. On Wednesday we were given a superb concert by our pianists in the Chapel, a truly superb evening where the standard of playing was outstanding. Today we had our end of term concert where the Orchestra, Wind Band and PP2 Recorders gave us all a smile early on in the day.  I am always  impressed by the standard of playing. The children are lucky to be given such a fabulous opportunity to show off their talents.

The parents were treated to a number of gymnastic displays last week. Although I did not get the chance to see them myself I did hear that they were impressive displays. Miss Nejad has certainly taken gymnastics to new heights! Thank you.

There have also been a number of trips out. P4 headed off to the     Wallace Collection and PPR to the Sea Life Centre in Chessington. Both trips Sea Lifewere bathed in sunshine and it always impresses me how the children behave on these outings. Thank you to all the members staff who take and offer these opportunities to the children.

On Thursday we were joined by Bishop Jonathan who took the School Mass. It is always an honour to have a member of the clergy come to school to speak to the children. The children always benefit from his wise words. We are indeed very privileged.

Friday afternoon saw the Susan Milner Hall come to life with the Art Club Exhibition. The work exhibited was of a very high standard and I congratulate each and every child for their hard work and creativity. There were prizes awarded but I can safely say that everyone was a winner.

The Summer Fair was a great success. Mr Still and his team yet again pulled out all the stops to make it a fun day for all. It was so impressive to see so many parents and future parents attending the event. Thank you to all of you who made the effort to be there on yet another sunny day.

They thought it was all over but it wasn’t, as early on Sunday morning a large team from QHS set off along the Grand Union Canal on their sponsored walk led by Mrs Beevor and on her birthday! It was certainly a hot 12 mile journey and I must congratulate the team for their perseverance and determination to see it through.

Monday was a very busy day. The evening started with the Arabic Club presentation.  Mrs Alwaheidi’s group were most impressive; they had obviously learnt so much this year. The age of the Children ranged from PPR to P7 and each one spoke well and obviously had a good grasp of the basics of Arabic.

On Monday evening P7 and P8 put on an outdoor performance of ‘Rule Britannia’, a play written and      directed by Ms Campion. It was a very clever script which took its audience back to the 1980s. The standard of acting was superb and congratulations must go to all involved.

P8 are coming to the end of their Enterprise Challenge and I would like to thank them all for their hard work and creative ideas. I must say the biscuits, smoothies, juices and popcorn were most enjoyable. May the best team win!

The rest of the week needs careful planning. The leavers’ service is at 9.00am on Thursday followed by the end of term assembly where many prizes will be given out. The Pre Prep will be gathering after lunch to head off to Trinity Church for Speech Day which starts at 2pm.

Following the speeches the pupils and parents are invited back to school for tea and a drink. The Prep School’s Speech day will be held at the same venue on Friday at 11am and you are all welcome to join us for light refreshments back at school afterwards. There will be no afternoon school on Friday.

Just a reminder that  upon our return to school in the Michaelmas term, there are no after school clubs on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September.  The minibus are running.  Breakfast club and late classes are  also resuming.

After school clubs start week commencing Monday 10th September 2018.

Simon Ford, 02/07/2018

On Track for Summer Sports

Sports
Well, we certainly had fabulous weather for our Athletic events last week. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Pre Prep event at Old Millhillians as a parent and Headmaster. The children and parents had a very entertaining and successful afternoon. I would like to  congratulate the children for performing so well and truly giving of their best.

The Prep School gathered together on Friday at The Merchant Taylors’ School Athletics track for a most enjoyable day. The parents made base under the trees whilst the children took full advantage of the large open spaces available to them. The day was about competing and the children did not let us down. They all ran, jumped and threw to the best of their ability with a genuine smile on their faces. The day was yet again organised extremely well by Mr Bester and my thanks go to him on another successful Sports’ Day event.

Sport was the main theme for last week with our U7, U9, U11 and U13 all competing against other schools. This season has certainly been the most successful since I have been Head. Well done!

On Wednesday P3 and BeachesP4 enjoyed a well-deserved break at HOAC. Some may argue that outdoor activities are not a break but they are    certainly fabulous at building teams and I hope that the children can take the skills learnt and apply them to their activities both in and  outside the classroom next term.

On Thursday Childnet presented 3 workshops on ‘the safe use of the internet’ to the children in P3 and above. All the workshops were greatly received by the children and staff. I would like to thank those parents who attended the evening presentation. I think you will all agree it gave us food for thought.

The last two weeks of term are very busy and I would strongly recommend you read the calendar and newsletter so that you do not miss out. On Tuesday this week we have the Leavers’ Dinner and on Wednesday we will be hosting the piano concert in Chapel.

As the temperatures soar I would ask that parents apply suntan lotion in the morning and send their children into school with a hat for break time. The school has called ‘shirt sleeve order’ and the children will not be required to come to school with their blazers or ties this week. Please keep these items at home.
 

Exciting News our New Business Manager...

Kelly AlexanderAs you will all be aware we had the pleasure of  welcoming our new business manager into our school this term. Ms Kelly Alexander will be overseeing all financial matters.

Kelly joins us with a number of years experience in a local Primary School and I am sure will keep the school moving forward with our exciting development plan.






 

New Parents' Dinner is a huge success. 

I would like to thank all the new parents who made the effort to attend Thursday nights 'New Parents' Dinner'. It was certainly an enjoyable event and it was a pleasure to introduce the staff to so many of you.  I must say the children in Reception were full of spirit today, no signs of Mum and Dad being out late last night.

Reception


 

Simon Ford, 22/09/2017