Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Monday 25 March 2024

Posted: 25th March 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

As we approach the end of the Spring Term, we look forward to our beloved annual tradition: the Easter Bonnet parade. It’s always a highlight of the school calendar, and I anticipate a delightful and vibrant display of creativity and joy. I am eagerly looking forward to welcoming the girls into school on Wednesday morning, adorned in their homemade Easter Bonnets. 

In preparation for the event, I took a moment to delve into the history of Easter Bonnets, much like Curiosity Fox would. It’s fascinating to discover that this tradition dates back to the 19th Century, symbolising the renewal and new beginnings associated with both Spring and Easter. In those times, attending church on Easter Sunday was not only a religious observance but also a social affair, marked by the wearing of new clothes, including hats. Women would acquire or adorn their bonnets with delicate embellishments such as ribbons, flowers and lace, adding an extra touch of elegance to their Easter attire. 

As an intriguing aside, I stumbled upon a photo from 1892 depicting a group of people sporting Easter Bonnets on Hampstead Heath (see below). It’s remarkable to see how such customs have endured over time. 

To provide the girls with further inspiration, we watched the beginning of a video of the Easter Bonnet Parade in New York. It’s a spectacular event that showcases creativity and imagination on a grand scale. 

I am confident that the upcoming Easter Bonnet parade will be an unforgettable and delightful event for everyone participating. Your ongoing support is much appreciated, as it contributes greatly to the magic of our gatherings. 

As this is the last Bulletin before the holidays, to our Christian families, Happy Easter! To our Hindu families, a colourful and joyous Holi and we hope you welcome Ugadi with full enthusiasm, hope and fervour! To our Muslim families, Eid Mubarak! 

Wishing you all a lovely holiday! 

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.

‘All About The Bow’ Sale: Monday 25 March & Tuesday 26 March

The Senior School Young Enterprise Team are going to be selling their beautiful hair accessories from their business All About The Bow on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March. Bows will be available to buy after school in the courtyard, from 3pm. Prices range from £2-£4 for a single bow and £5-£8 for a set of three.

Lost Property: Tuesday 26 March & Wednesday 27 March

Any unclaimed and unnamed lost property (both school uniform and non-uniform) will be out in the courtyard from 2.50pm on Tuesday 26 March and Wednesday 27 March. Any unclaimed items still remaining will be donated to charity (non-uniform) or the preloved uniform sale (school uniform).

Easter Bonnet Parade: Wednesday 27 March

On Wednesday, as per tradition, the girls are asked to bring in homemade Easter Bonnets to wear when they participate in a fun parade. A simple sun hat decorated with a few flowers/bunnies/eggs/chicks is fantastic. All girls need to come to school in their school uniform.


Collection Times: Wednesday 27 March

Passover: Lunch at School from Monday 22 April - Tuesday 30 April

We have made arrangements for lunch for the Jewish families who would like their daughters to observe Passover from Monday 22 April to Tuesday 30 April. If you would like your daughter to bring in a Passover packed lunch, please complete this form. Please remember that we are a nut-free school. A separate table, with a disposable cloth, will be set up in Fairseat Hall so that the girls can eat at the same time as all of their friends. As usual, fruit will be available at break, although you may wish to send in a snack.

KS2 Summer Music Concert: Wednesday 24 April 6:30pm Arundel Centre

The ensembles performing in the Key Stage 2 Concert are:

  • Form 4W 
  • Form 4S
  • Fairseat Fretters (guitars)
  • String Quartet
  • Cello Squad
  • Training String Orchestra (Thursday lunchtimes)
  • Spears String Orchestra (Monday lunchtimes)
  • Spears Choir
  • Mariachi Band
  • Brass Ensemble

Please confirm your daughter’s attendance here. 

Booking details for audience tickets can be found here.

Free Trial for the Girls

Explore the World of Oboe, Tuba & Trombone

The oboe, tuba and trombone are considered endangered in modern musical education and eagerly await the attention of our pupils. We are offering free trial lessons (to selected girls) in the Summer Term to find the next generation of wind players!

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity for your daughter, please fill in the Google Form.

We are excited to receive applications from girls who are in Year 2 and above AND are:

  • Accomplished pianists who would like to learn an orchestral instrument
  • Children who learn recorder and who would like to swap to the oboe
  • Children who took part in the P Buzz club

Our tryouts will provide your daughter with the chance to explore these instruments under the guidance of experienced instructors, Ms. Hart and Mr Woodcroft who will support and encourage your daughter every step of the way.

Art Competitions for the Girls

The RA Summer Show 2024: Deadline Wednesday 27 March

The deadline for this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy is Wednesday at 5.00pm. Please submit your daughter’s work online and Mr Fellows (Art & DT Lead) will be able to view them on their website. 

How to enter:

  • Pupils can submit one 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 artworks will also be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in July and August.

i-art Competition 2024: Deadline Friday 19 April

A further opportunity for the girls to enter an art competition, this time inspired by the Paris Summer Olympics and its motto Faster, Higher, Stronger, Together. Artwork can be directly related to the Olympic Games but the words could also mean something to your daughters and can be linked to their lives, family or personal experience.

The girls are invited to paint, draw, make a collage, create a model – anything that stimulates and interests them, as long as it relates in some way to the theme Faster, Higher, Stronger, Together.

Please send your daughter’s entries to Mr Fellows (Art & DT Lead) by Friday 19 April.

First Maths Challenge

Year 2 - Year 4

This June, all pupils (aged 7-9 on Monday 17 June) in Years 2-4 will have the opportunity to participate in the online First Mathematics Challenge (FMC). The FMC is a school competition-style challenge which is run by the registered charity The Primary Mathematics Challenge.

The questions asked are not necessarily topics that have been covered in the Mathematics curriculum by this time, but they can create a great starting point and lead to discussions later in the year. The questions are not heavily reliant on formal mathematical knowledge, but can be solved by logical reasoning. 

Whilst we wish to offer the opportunity to all pupils, we do not wish the FMC to cause upset for pupils who are developing their mathematical confidence and aptitude. We would not encourage pupils to sit the challenge unless they feel comfortable and confident. We recommend only encouraging pupils to sit the FMC if they feel they have shown above expected mathematical aptitude in lessons; focus when completing mathematical tasks in lessons and homework tasks; as well as the confidence and growth mindset to tackle unknown challenges. 

We encourage you to discuss this stretch and challenge opportunity with your daughters at home over the holidays. Please contact your child’s Form Teacher, via email, by Friday 19 April should your daughter wish to enter and participate in the PMC. Form Teachers in Years 2-4 will review the list of entries and will also nominate girls who regularly complete extension classwork activities and who they believe will excel and enjoy participating in the FMC.

Throughout the week beginning Monday 17 June, all pupils in each Year 2-4, who have been self-nominated or teacher-nominated, will then sit the FMC online, during one Mathematics lesson within their timetable. Alternative work will be planned and supported for this lesson, for girls who do not wish to take part, or who are ineligible due to age. Additionally, in preparation for the FMC in June, Form Teachers in Years 2-4 will provide optional practice papers and answers to work through at home.

Channing Association News

North London Laughs Comedy Night: Fundraising Total

Thank you to everyone who came to the North London Laughs Comedy Night last week and helped to raise money for Great Ormond Street’s Gastroenterology Department. We will be able to share the total funds raised after the Easter break.

A special thank you to Mr James and Imogen Taylor (Y2 parents) for managing the evening, and to Mr Adam Jefferies (Y6 dad) and Mrs Sonu Natt (Y7 mum) for donating refreshments backstage for the acts from Bohut Tasty and Neckstamper Beer!

CA Swimathon in Aid of Hypo Hounds: Well Done & How To Donate Funds Raised

A huge well done to all the girls who swam in the CA charity swimathon last Saturday afternoon. A wonderful effort from all, with over 2,000 laps collectively swum!

Please can you email with the amount you have raised, and we will share the fundraising total once we have the final figures in. 

To donate/ submit funds raised please use this link. Alternatively, if you can gift aid, please bank transfer to the charity directly using the following bank details (Acc: 30437999, SC: 200262, Ref: Channing) and send your sponsorship form to the address provided on the form.

Georgia (Y6), her parents Mrs Janine and Mr Patrick Craig, and their Hypo Hound, Buzz, wanted to say “a very big thank you and congratulations to all the girls who participated. Your efforts will make a huge difference to other children with Type 1 Diabetes. Well Done!”

Class Reps for School Year 2024/25: Call For Volunteers

The CA is recruiting and confirming Form Reps for the next school year (2024/25). If you would like to continue or step into the role for your form, or have any questions, please email 

The role of the Form Rep is to help run CA-organised events and activities for our girls and their families, to organise class socials, and to manage subs/ arrange seasonal gifts for teachers. You are supported by the Co-Chairs throughout the year.

PreLoved Uniform: Next Sale Thursday 18 April

Our next preloved uniform sale will be held on Thursday 18th April from 7:45am until 8:45am in the courtyard area. Uniform is priced at £5 per item, and PE kit is £10 per item. 

To donate, please place any unwanted, washed and unlabeled uniform/ PE kit that is in good condition into the blue bins in the courtyard. We are particularly looking for uniform items in sizes 24, 26 and 28. Thank you!

Channing Association Choir - Info and Rehearsals

The Channing Association Parent and Teacher Choir meets fortnightly in term time on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at St Michael’s Church in Highgate. The choir is open to all genres of music, and there is a small cost per person per session to cover venue hire and sheet music.

Upcoming rehearsal dates are: 25 April, 9 May, 6 and 20 June, and 4 July. 

For any questions and to sign up please email 

Diary dates for Spring & Summer Terms

  • Thursday 18 April – PreLoved Uniform Sale
  • Thursday 25 April – next CA Choir rehearsal
  • Sunday 9 June – Summer Fair “ChanFest 2024”