Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Monday 22 April 2024

Posted: 22nd April 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

In this morning’s assembly, I delved into the rich history of our esteemed School, Channing. Originally known as Channing House School, it was founded in the 1880s through the collaborative efforts of Reverend Robert Spears and the dedicated sisters, Miss Emily and Miss Matilda Sharpe. Together, they forged a visionary path, driven by a profound mission: to extend exceptional education to the daughters of Unitarian ministers. Their foresight was revolutionary, especially considering the limited educational opportunities available to young women during that era. Through their unwavering commitment to this noble cause, they laid the cornerstone for the cherished principles that continue to define our School’s ethos today.

At Channing, we embrace and honour our Unitarian heritage, fostering an environment that nurtures intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness and respect among our pupils. The term “Unitarian” derives from the concept of unity, reflecting our belief in the interconnectedness of all beings and the importance of caring for one another and our planet. This principle is deeply ingrained in our school community, reminding us of our collective responsibility to foster compassion and stewardship.

During our assemblies, Mrs Hughes and I sometimes begin with a mantra adopted from the Children’s Service at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, that we have a strong relationship with: ‘We gather today with open minds, loving hearts and helping hands’. This very much encapsulates the ethos of our School, prompting me this morning to ask the girls to delve deeper into the meanings embedded within these words:

  • Open minds: We encourage our pupils to be receptive to diverse perspectives and ideas, fostering a culture of lifelong learning and empathy. We champion open-mindedness as a cornerstone of learning and growth. This commitment to openness is beautifully embodied by the two Channing Characters: Curiosity Fox and Respectfulness Hedgehog. They symbolise our dedication to fostering curiosity, respect and a genuine appreciation for the richness of different perspectives.
  • Loving hearts: We instil in our pupils the value of compassion, empathy and care for one another, promoting a supportive and inclusive community. Nurturing compassionate hearts is at the core of our educational philosophy. We cultivate within our pupils a deep appreciation for empathy, compassion and mutual care, fostering a harmonious and inclusive community. This ethos is beautifully exemplified by our beloved characters, Empathy Rabbit and Respectfulness Hedgehog, who symbolise our dedication to fostering understanding, kindness and solidarity among all members of our community.
  • Helping hands: We emphasise the importance of extending a helping hand to those in need, teaching our pupils the significance of solidarity and support. This principle is epitomised by Empathy Rabbit and Responsibility Badger, who exemplify our commitment to compassionate action and shared responsibility within our community.

Thank you for entrusting us with the education of your daughters. Together, as partners in your daughters’ journey, we look forward to continuing to uphold the values and traditions that make Channing such a special place.

Wishing everyone a joyous St George’s Day tomorrow filled with pride, heritage and camaraderie! To those observing Passover, Chag Pesach sameach, may your Passover be marked with blessings of freedom and renewal. And to those celebrating Theravada Buddhist New Year, may this new beginning bring you peace, prosperity and spiritual growth. Let’s embrace the diversity of our celebrations and unite in the spirit of harmony and goodwill.

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.

Scholastic Book Fair Timetable & Vouchers: Tuesday 29 April - Tuesday 7 May

Don’t miss the Scholastic Book Fair, which will run from Tuesday 29 April – Tuesday 7 May as a pop-up bookshop in the Library. You are warmly invited to visit on the allocated day with your daughter. Book vouchers will be available for parents to purchase in advance at Book Fair Parents Hub – Scholastic Book Fairs. We ask that you print your daughter’s voucher before attending the fair as we are unable to accept cash. Whilst it is possible to pay by card via an online form, vouchers are the quickest and easiest method of payment. There will also be an extra opportunity to purchase books on Tuesday 7 May for parents and pupils who missed the previous week. 

Each form will also be timetabled to browse the books during Library lessons and choose books for their class reading corners with the rewards the school earns from running the fair. KS2 pupils will be able to purchase books with their Scholastic vouchers during regular Library lunch and break time opening hours.

TooledUp Courses for Parents

We have collaborated with TooledUp 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. 

Channing Pin: cha0706

For upcoming TooledUp courses and events please click here

  • Friday 26 April 9:30am ~ TooledUp Education online conference: Reaching Girls Early: Proactive approaches for mental health – appearance, anxiety & body dissatisfaction
  • Friday 10 May 1:00pm ~ Q&A: Allergies & Asthma

Activities at Lauderdale House

Sunday Fun Day: Sunday 19 May, 11am -3pm
A free monthly activity: these relaxed, drop-in workshops are designed for children aged 4 – 10 and include tactile and sensory lessons, as well as crafts related to specific periods in Lauderdale House’s history. For the first workshop, pupils will be learning about Lauderdale House in Tudor times. Please note all children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Find out more here: Sunday Fun-Day Family Workshops

Guided Tours
Guided tours are created on an individual basis and are bespoke to your needs. Find out how to submit an enquiry here: Guided Visits 

Wonders of Waterlow Park Activity Book
This free activity book – funded by the Art Fund – allows children to learn more about local nature through fun and creative activities. Follow the trail around Waterlow Park whatever the season and discover the local flora and fauna of Highgate. Find out how to get yours here: Waterlow Park Activity Trail

Children’s Drawing & Painting
There are spaces available in Lauderdale House’s Drawing & Painting Class (ages 5-8),taught by an experienced, supportive and friendly teacher, Aynur Erdal. Please see the§ir website for more details regarding date, time, and costs: Children’s Drawing & Painting

Forest School Clothing


Originating in Scandinavia, Forest School is a way of learning in a woodland environment where children can develop socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually through child-led activities, following individual and preferred learning styles. As the girls will be outdoors in all weathers – rain, hail or shine – we need to ensure they are appropriately dressed and prepared. 

A reminder that girls in Reception – Year 4 must bring in one pair of named wellies that remain in school. In addition, pupils in Year 3 and 4 must bring waterproof clothing to school on their Forest School days and will return home with these on the same day. 

On the day your daughter/s have Forest School, please provide an extra named plastic bag for wet waterproofs.

Following feedback from both teachers and parents, we have made the subsequent changes related to Forest School clothing and organisation. The changes will come into effect immediately:

  • Please provide your daughter with a complete set of dry and clean school uniform, underwear and socks in a labelled plastic bag. This will be stored on her peg and only used if a complete change of clothing is necessary after Forest School sessions. 
  • The girls must wear their PE kit underneath essential waterproof laters. 
  • On their Forest School days, if your daughter has a session first thing in the morning, she needs to arrive at school in her PE kit with suitable waterproof layers on top. If your daughter’s session is not first thing in the morning, she will need to come to school in her PE kit with a bag of waterproof clothing ready to put on before her session. 

To prepare for Forest School sessions, please see the list of items required below:

  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers or waterproof outfit (separates are easier for getting dressed independently)
  • Named wellies (NB: Reception – Year 2 will keep these at school)/ Fleece lined wellies or snow boots for the colder months
  • PE top
  • PE jumper
  • PE legging
  • Warm socks 
  • An additional thermal base layer, e.g. Merino wool
  • Hat and scarf/ Baseball cap
  • Gloves (preferably waterproof, not mittens)

Waterproof items and additional base layers can all be ordered from a variety of online shops, including Mountain Warehouse, H&M, The Leif- Spring Break Blue | OUTSY Kids, and 

Competitions & Challenges for the Girls

Writing Competition: Year 3 - Year 6

ISEB is promoting a creative writing competition, ‘Time to Write‘, for pupils in KS2 (Years 3 – 6) that is all about celebrating the past and looking forward to the future. The inspiration this year is…

A time machine is found hidden in a cave. Inside, there is a clock with two options: the first, to travel in time 120 years into the past, and the second, to travel in time 120 years into the future. Who finds it, and what happens next?

Support articles and information will be available for the girls on Google Classroom from today to spark inspiration and support them to enter their stories if they wish.

Competition rules:

  • Stories must be written by an individual and not by a pair, or writing team. 
  • Writers may only submit one typed story each (which will then be submitted at school, by Miss Bharucha, English Lead as a PDF document). 
  • No pictures can be included.
  • Entries must be a piece of original fiction and cannot depict events that actually took place. 
  • Entries cannot use details of any living person and must not include personal details about the writer and their family, teachers or friends.
  • Entries must be submitted by Friday 26 April, 8.00am.

If your daughter is in Year 3 – 6, please encourage her to enter a digital piece of independent writing, using the assignment shared on her form’s Google Classroom before Friday 26 April, 8.00am

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Summer Term Clubs

Our Summer Term Club Programme begins on Monday 22 April  and will run until Thursday 27 June, with the exception of the clubs listed in the tab below. 

It is essential that you log onto Schoolbase again to check the day, time and cost (where applicable) of your daughter’s allocated club(s) and which, if any, she is currently on the waiting list for. Please note that once clubs start, we are no longer able to add or change your daughter’s club choices. Please support us in encouraging your daughter to commit to a club and attend every week. 

Additionally, it is important to remember that once chargeable clubs have started, you will be charged for the full block of sessions for this term. If your daughter misses the same club for three consecutive weeks, her place may be given to someone else. If this is an external club, you will still be charged for the block of sessions.   

Please contact Miss Radford,, if you have any further questions about your daughter’s club allocations for this term.

Club Cancellations

Due to the Key Stage 2 residential trips taking place this term, there will be a number of club cancellations due to staff being unavailable. Please contact if you wish to sign your daughter up for Mini Owls (EY and KS1) and/or Late Owls. Please make a note of the following cancellations: 

Wednesday 1 May: 

  • KS2 Photography 
  • KS2 Cartoon Drawing 

Thursday 2 May: 

  • Years 5&6 Swim Squad 

Tuesday 14 May: 

  • KS2 Arts & Crafts 

Wednesday 15 May: 

  • KS1 Mini Games cancelled  

Thursday 16 May: 

  • KS2 Touch Typing 

Monday 20 May: 

  • Years 3&4 Cross Country  
  • Years 3&4 Athletics 
  • Years 5&6 Cricket 

Tuesday 21 May: 

  • Years 5&6 Cross Country

Wednesday 22 May: 

  • Years 3&4 Cricket 
  • KS2 Paper Jewellery 
  • Years 5&6 Athletics 

Thursday 23 May: 

  • Years 5&6 Swim Squad 
  • KS2 Scratch Art 


Practice-a-thon for the Camden Music Trust

The Camden Music Trust would like to thank those of you who have made your donations following the girls’ Practice-a-thon last term. To date the girls have raised £430. If your daughter participated and you are yet to donate, please click on the link to make your kind donation: Thank you for your support and well done to the girls for their dedication.

Channing Association News

Summer Fair "ChanFest 2024": Buy Tickets Now!

Tickets are now on sale for the Summer Fair – ChanFest! We hope you can come…

The CA is hosting a festival-themed Summer Fair for the girls and their families. There will be food trucks, hair braiding, games and prizes, inflatables, a surf simulator, bumper cars, a 360 photo booth, glitter tattoos and nail painting, ribbon wand and flower crown making stalls and much more.

As with all festivals, there will be live performances and interactive fun! Sharkey & George will be running a dance workshop (Rec – Year 2 recommended) and there will be a theatre production of ‘Rubbish Romeo & Juliet’ (Year 3-6 recommended). If your daughter (and her siblings) would like to sign up for either please email to be put on the list. Both are capacity restricted, so first-come-first-served.

Where: In the school grounds, on the MUGA / Fairseat Hall (not in Stanhope Road playing fields) 

When: Sunday 9 June, 1pm-5pm

Buy tickets:

ChanFest Raffle & Prizes needed

The CA will be running a charity fundraising raffle for GOSH at ChanFest on Saturday 9 June, and are looking for fabulous prizes to list. If you have a product, service or experience you could donate, we would be most grateful. Please email Tickets will go live in due course. 

Prizes so far include: tea party with Miss Hamalis for a girl and friend of her choice, 4-night holiday for 6 at Secret Meadows Luxury Glamp site in Suffolk and 2025 Greg Davies Wembley comedy tickets.

The CA is collecting small preloved items for the ChanFest prize stall – toys, hair accessories, stationery etc in good condition that children can pick as a prize using the tokens they win from the games stalls. Nothing bigger than a Sylvanian family piece please. Your donations will help us reduce the amount of new items we have to buy and promote sustainability. Thank you very much in advance. 

Form Reps for School Year 2024/25: Register Your Interest Now

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

Channing Association Choir: Info & 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 the Summer Term

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

Channing Association