Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Monday 26 February 2024

Posted: 26th February 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

This morning, we were treated to a captivating and enlightening journey into the world of the Aztecs, courtesy of Year 4’s impressive assembly. The atmosphere was electric. The melodic strains of Mexican music filling the air, expertly played by the talented Year 6 Mariachi Band, created the perfect backdrop for an immersive exploration of Aztec history and culture.

With a blend of enthusiasm and wit, the girls breathed life into the subject matter, seamlessly weaving together entertainment and education. They skillfully guided us through the Aztecs’ evolution from nomadic wanderers to the founders of the magnificent city of Tenochtitlan, nestled amidst the waters of Lake Texcoco. Touching upon various aspects of Aztec life, from their dietary habits and attire to the intricacies of their religious beliefs, including the contentious topic of human sacrifice, the girls provided a comprehensive understanding of this ancient civilization.

Through engaging skits and insightful dialogue, they brought to life pivotal figures such as Moctezuma II, valiant Aztec warriors, as well as the formidable Hernan Cortes and his band of Spanish soldiers, offering valuable insights into the complex dynamics between the Aztecs and the Spanish conquistadors.

Infused with humour and boundless energy, the assembly was a delightful play, punctuated by moments of dance and music that fostered a sense of unity and joy among all present. I commend the Year 4 girls for their exemplary commitment and dedication in delivering such a memorable performance. Their collaborative spirit, creativity, and passion for historical learning were truly evident throughout.

I eagerly anticipate welcoming the Year 4 parents to watch their daughters’ fantastic assembly on Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:00am. Please note that entrance will commence at 8:25am, where you’ll be kindly asked to sign in at the iron gates before being escorted to Fairseat Hall by our Specialist Teachers.

With warm wishes 

Miss Dina Hamalis
Head of the Junior School

Calendar & Events

School Calendar

You can view all events for the year in the school calendar via our Parent Portal: SchoolBase login. Your calendar view should already be filtered to display the Junior School events and events which are specific to your daughter’s year group. 

The ‘School Calendar Parent View’ button shows the complete calendar, which can be viewed by each month, week or day. Events also appear on the right-hand side of the home page under ‘Forthcoming Events’ and the monthly view of the calendar also appears at the bottom of the home page.

Latest TooledUp Courses for Parents

We have collaborated with Tooled Up Education: an invaluable digital library of evidence-based resources on all aspects of parenting, education and family life. Founder, Dr Kathy Weston, has collated the best and most up-to-date research from around the world and distilled it into usable, easy to understand resources which can be instantly applied to daily life. 

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For upcoming TooledUp Courses and Events please click here

  • Monday 11 March 12:30pm ~ Brain Development: The Early Years & How Parenting Can Optimise Lifelong Skills for Emotional Wellbeing
  • Tuesday 12 March 12:30pm  ~ Navigating the Teen Brain & the Parent-Child Connection 
  • Friday 15 March 12:30pm  ~ The Menopause, the Brain & How to Support the Family System through the Lens of Connection

Sports Day

Last week, we gave over approximately one third of the Stanhope Road Playing Field to the Council to use as the storage area for the contractors working on the old bridge just outside the gates. Offering this facility to the Council has meant that they are able to keep the road open for most of the period of the works. While it reduces the available area, it is still usable for our own PE lessons; the adjacent St Aloysius playing fields will also be accessible to the school. 

As a result of this, our Sports Day will now be on Thursday 4 July at the St Aloysius playing fields. This is so that we have adequate space for all of our staff, the girls and parents from Reception – Year 6.

Unfortunately one consequence is that we will not be able to run the Channing Association Fireworks in November, as the works are anticipated to run until the end of the year.

NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme

NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme

We are participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme this term. Speak out. Stay safe. is a programme for children aged 5-11 which aims to help them understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a safe adult or Childline.

This child friendly programme is aligned with the curriculum and consists of age-appropriate virtual assemblies and supporting classroom based activities which we have reviewed. The content is delivered in an engaging and interactive way with the help of the NSPCC mascot Buddy. If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme visit

Additional NSPCC resources for families to help keep children safe:

Parent/Carer support

Take a look at information, support, advice and activities from NSPCC for parents and carers.

Activities to extend learning at home

Take part in games and activities at home to help children learn about speaking out and staying safe.



Online Safety Hub

For information on a range of different online safety topics including gaming, social media, sharing images, parental controls and more.


Childline – under 12’s

Childline has an accessible website with advice, support, games and activities. Children can change the language, enlarge text and also listen to the content. (5-7) (7-11)


Talk PANTS with your children

Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep children safe from sexual abuse. From P through to S, each letter of PANTS provides simple but important messages. Download the free resources at


Competitions for the Girls

Art Competition News

Earlier in the year, over 80 children from the Junior School bravely submitted artwork for the Young Art Exhibition 2024 on the theme ‘Our Living World’. We are thrilled to announce that the following pupils have had work selected to appear at the Royal College of Art in April: Pearl G (1C), Adah G-K (3F), Leila B (4P), Livia T (5K) and Ella C (5K). Congratulations to Pearl and Ella, whose work is also ‘Commended’ by the judging panel.

Those whose work was not selected have another opportunity to exhibit their artwork at this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy. Submission is done online by parents (for free) and closes on 27 March. Please encourage your daughters to be ‘Resilient Robins’ and submit their work.

Things you need to know:

  • Pupils can submit one piece of artwork of any type and there is no theme. 
  • The artwork can be made using any medium. It can be a painting (including digital), sculpture, photograph, installation, video, drawing, or a combination. 
  • Parents submit their own child’s work on the Royal Academy website. Simply:
  • Register for an account
  • Select ‘Channing School: The Bank, London, N6 5HF’ in the school finder
  • Share the necessary details and submit jpeg photos of the artwork

The artwork will be seen by a panel of judges and selected pieces will be shown in an online exhibition. Some of the artwork will also be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in July and August.

Young Art         


Charity & Outreach

Sharpe House Foodbank Collection

Between Monday 4 March – Friday 15 March, SHARPE House will be collecting for the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation. The AWTF is a charity closely connected to the school that runs a weekly food bank in Islington. Those in the local community, who are desperately struggling, can get a hot meal, clothes and also stock up on basic essentials for the week ahead. Anything that our community can spare is very welcomed and the AWTF greatly appreciates our continued support.

Items that continue to be desperately needed are:

  • Washing powder
  • Sanitary items
  • Oil
  • Tuna
  • Sugar 
  • Salt 
  • Long life milk 
  • Microwave rice 
  • Coffee 
  • Warm coats (all ages and sizes) 
  • Shoes (all ages and sizes) 

Please place any donations in one of the blue bins labelled Food Bank collection in the courtyard at the front of school.


Channing Association News

CA Swimathon in Aid of HypoHounds: Saturday 23 March 2024 - Sign Up

There are still slots if your daughter would like to participate. This year, we will be raising funds for Hypo Hounds which supports people with Type 1 Diabetes, and is a charity close to a Year 6 family. 

If your daughter(s) would like to take part, please add their name and form to the sign-up sheet (link below), and collect a sponsorship form from the CA by emailing or downloading it from

For safety, your daughter must be able to swim at least one length (18m) on their back and front unaided, and must be accompanied on the day by an adult at the poolside.

Venue: Poolside Manor Swimming Pool, Lyndhurst Gardens N3 1TD

Time: Saturday 23rd March, between 4:30pm and 7:30pm

Sign-Up Form: Swimathon Sign Up

Event details:

Channing Association Choir: Information & Rehearsals

The first rehearsal for the new Channing Association Parent and Teacher Choir was last week – thank you to everyone who came – it was a fantastic session! 

You are still welcome to join if you are interested – the choir is for parents and carers, as well as staff, and is open to all genres of music. Rehearsals will be fortnightly, and will run on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at St Michael’s Church in Highgate. There will be a small cost per person per session to cover venue hire.

The next rehearsal dates are: Thursday 7 and 21 March.For any questions and to sign up, please email

PreLoved Uniform: place donations in courtyard bins

We are always building our preloved uniform stock up and welcome donations. Please continue to place any preloved uniform in good condition, unlabelled, washed, and bagged in the blue bins in the courtyard. Thank you!

Diary Dates for Spring & Summer Terms

  • Thursday 7 March – Next CA choir rehearsal
  • Wednesday 20 March – CA Charity Comedy Night, North London Laughs
  • Saturday 23 March – Channing Association Charity Swimathon 
  • Sunday 9 June – Summer Fair “ChanFest 2024”