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FORMS 5 AND 6 High School Musical

 

We are truly delighted with the incredible success of our High School Musical production performed by the children in Forms 5 and 6. This is probably one of the most challenging shows we have produced in terms of staging, change of settings and variety of props. Thanks to the children’s dramatic skills and great teamwork, the show ran smoothly and showed commitment, energy and enthusiasm from all members of the upper school. Our special thanks to our inspirational director of music; our IT coordinator for her special effects; one of our teaching assistants for his seamless backstage assistance and our Head of Art for the stunning sets that enhanced all aspects of the production. Thank you too to the parents for providing the costumes.

Well done, children. What a fabulous end to the academic year!

 
 
 

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CHARITY ASSEMBLY

Our BHSPA charity representative invited Emma Geidt of Kensington and Chelsea Foundation to come to talk to the children about the local charities we have raised money for this year at Bassett House. Emma thanked us warmly for raising over £14,000 for Winter Warmth/Summer Sparks and the Chelsea Community Children’s hospital. Janette Steele from the Community Children’s hospital explained how the money is put to good use to ensure that children can still have school lessons when they are in hospital. She went on to say that this is an important part of their recovery programme.

FORMS 1, 2, 3 Junior Choral Concert

 

On Monday morning, parents of children in Forms 1, 2 and 3 were treated to a choral concert with a few surprises thrown in! One of our teaching assistants led the audience in sign language for ‘You Can Sing a Rainbow’ following Form 1’s enchanting performance of the song, as well as their spirited ‘Wiggly Woo’. Form 2 sang ‘Ob La Di’ and the ‘King of the Road’ safety song. Form 3 delighted us with a lovely performance of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ followed by a rousing and precise rendition of ‘Michael Finnegan’. A pair of siblings also sang a moving duet – a touching tribute as one of them is a Form 6 leaver this year; all the children performed brilliantly.

 
EXPANSION PROJECT Construction work over the summer

Parents driving past the school during the summer holidays should not be surprised to see the front of the school clad in scaffolding and on occasion a skip on the forecourt. As parents will know, a few months ago the school received planning permission to rebuild and expand the roof space: this will provide a larger and better staff room and also additional tutorial rooms.

In order to take the weight of the new roof and extended storey, over this coming holiday period three support steels will be run vertically through the building, while the opportunity will also be taken to do other necessary repairs, replace certain windows at the end of their lives and rebuild parts of the ground and first floors. In fact, although parents are probably unaware of it, a significant first phase of the work was completed over the Easter holidays, with the foundations built and the first sections of the three vertical steels inserted and taken up to and through the ground floor level.

With the steels in place, next summer the school’s contractors will then be able to build the third storey extension and its new roof. This project is a very exciting expansion and improvement for the school and I much look forward to showing the children and parents some of the changes at the start of next term.

If any parent should need to contact the school during the holidays, the telephone and email systems will of course continue to function throughout.

STRICTLY COME SCOTTISH DANCING

 

Our final Scottish Dancing club on Monday was a triumph, The children thoroughly enjoyed performing in front of their parents during the ceidlidh.

 
FORM 3 Battle of the Bands

 

Form 3 held their ‘Battle of the Bands’ on Tuesday and what an amazing morning it was! After much deliberation, the judges selected joint winners: ‘Elemental Donuts’ and ‘Dreaming’, both bands having composed their own songs and played their own instruments. Members of ‘Starlight Magic’ even got the staff and panel of judges involved!

Well done to all of the Form 3 children! Rock on!

BHSPA Message from Ms Tina Beattie

The Summer Fair took on a new format this year. We had an amazing afternoon in the Kensington Memorial Park with wonderful stalls and frivolity. The children and parents feasted on sausages, wine and soft drinks. The cake stall excelled itself with magnificent cupcakes branded with the BHS logo and the Starbucks stand quenched our thirst with wonderful new varieties of iced tea. We were hoping for a nice day and we had a heat wave. The theme was a family event based on an old fashioned traditional fair. We ran children’s wheel barrow races, three legged races, hopping race and running races. The “best dressed pet parade”, while only attracting 3 entries was a huge success. The children all sat around the arena and did a show of hands to vote in the best behaved and presented pet!

The blow up obstacle course was well attended, but the absolute highlight of the afternoon was the Wet Sponge Throwing competition. The target being the teachers! Two members of staff were superb in their enthusiasm and the children adored participating. The sheer joy and laughter could be heard throughout our fairground. The donations of food, wine, ice cream, cakes, iced tea and parents’ time was mind blowing and continued the wonderful theme of this year’s BHSPA: school spirit and simple fun. We raised over £2,600 on the day, followed by £3,000 at the Parent’s Summer Party last night. The year has ended on a huge high and we are very proud of our community as a large proportion of this will be given to the Grenfell Tower Appeal.

 
 
MESSAGE FROM MRS CAWTHORNE

There have been many memorable highlights this term. We have been royally entertained by two major musical productions, Form 4’s spectacular Aladdin and Form 6’s brilliant High School Musical. Sports day was a wonderful opportunity for the children to demonstrate their sporting prowess and sportsmanship and the popular young musicians’ assemblies enabled children to build up their confidence by performing in front of a supportive audience. House singing and maths competitions and form assemblies have been enjoyed by all and the art produced for art week was simply stunning.

I hope you have had a chance to look at our magazine, Bassett Review, where you will see all this year’s events in glorious technicolour.

This summer promises to be a special one for the Cawthorne family as Poppy is expecting puppies! I don’t know how many she will have but they are due around 8 August. I hope to be able to tweet pictures of the puppies, so the children can share in their development.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to hearing about the children’s adventures when I see them in September.

Circulars

DATE SENT

TO

SUBJECT

Monday 10 July

To the parents of children who will be in Form 5 in September

Form 5 iPads

Wednesday 12 July

To all parents

BHSPA Summer party on Wednesday 12 July

Wednesday 12 July

To the parents of children in the Den and Lower 1

Look@Me on-line assessment

Thursday 13 July

To the parents of children in Form 4C

Progress in mathematics

All current circulars and messages can be seen in the secure section of the school’s website. Please always report any difficulty in logging in to the secure area to the school office, or to the email address shown on the website: catalina.basualdo@houseschools.com

P T M Cawthorne 13 July 2017