I have very much enjoyed welcoming you and your daughters into school at morning drop off for the last couple of days. It always astounds me how much the girls in Year 1 – Year 6 grow in height and maturity over the summer and I forget how small the new Reception girls (if you can believe it, the class of 2037) are when they embark on their Channing journey.
This morning we went across the road to attend the beginning of year whole school assembly at the Senior School. It was great to hear from Mrs Hughes, our headmistress, and the Year 13 Head Girls, Flora and Imani. I was incredibly proud of the Reception girls for listening intently during their first whole school event as well as for standing up to wave to the Year 13 students, the class of 2024. Our new Year 6 Head Girls, Helena S (6D) and Ruby S (6B) enthusiastically helped me with my section of the assembly. Together, we created ‘A Recipe for Success’ inspired by the popular TV programmes, ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and ‘Junior Bake Off’. Donning chefs hats and aprons, Helena and Ruby placed the people in our community (lots of jelly babies) into a large bowl: 1036 pupils across the school, 150 teachers and 70 support staff. We agreed that as a community it is imperative that we work together to make this year as successful and enjoyable as possible.
As I asked the audience, the pupils across the school, what qualities and values they thought would help us to make a fantastic school year, Helena and Ruby added the ingredients (lots of confetti) into the bowl and stirred it into the mix. I was impressed by the excellent array of characteristics that the pupils selected, many based on The Channing Promise and the Channing Characters. We agreed that with time, our recipe for success will make a great school year! Moreover, everyone in the school community will need to play their part.
To find out more about life at The Junior School, please see New Families Booklet. Every summer term, we give joining parents a hard copy. As it consists of many reminders, including The Channing Promise and the Channing Characters, existing parents will also find it very helpful.
Regular readers of the Bulletin will have noticed that we have changed the style so that it is more streamlined and easier to navigate. This is following feedback from you in the parents’ survey regarding communications. We will, of course, continue to celebrate the girls’ many achievements during Monday assemblies. However, moving forward, rather than these being listed on the Bulletin, Girls Enjoying Success Awards will be displayed on the Trilby TV in the main corridor and soon on a new Trilby TV that will be placed facing the courtyard in the entrance area. The girls absolutely love these screens which display notices and achievements. As they walk past they are fascinated to see what will be displayed and who will be ‘famous on the school TV!’
Additionally, we have made significant improvements to the School Calendar and will no longer post a summary of key events on the Bulletin each week. You are able to view the calendar most easily via our Parent Portal here: SchoolBase login. Your calendar view should already be filtered to display The Junior School events and some specific to your daughter’s year group. This is a working calendar so there will be regular updates. I look forward to seeing you all at our first event this term, Welcome Evening on Wednesday 13 September (6-8pm). Please see the details below.
Here’s to a successful and happy new year! With warm wishes
Miss Dina Hamalis