Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Monday 29 April 2024

Posted: 29th April 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

It has been lovely to see so many Key Stage 2 parents coming into school to attend the talks regarding their daughters’ forthcoming residential trip. The air is charged with excitement as the girls eagerly share their anticipation for the adventures ahead. Our residential trip programme has continually evolved, aiming to enhance and broaden the horizons of our pupils. Commencing in Year 3, the girls embark on an overnight camping escapade right here on our school premises, fostering a spirit of outdoor exploration and unity. Moving into Year 4, they venture to Ufton Park, immersing themselves in Tudor history during an overnight stay in a Tudor mansion. Year 5 takes them to a PGL site in Wiltshire, where they embrace the excitement and challenges of thrilling activities such as abseiling, climbing, the giant swing and archery. Then in Year 6, the girls set sail for the Isle of Wight, where they engage in a transformative journey focused on team-building, alongside delving into the captivating history of Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle, as well as exploring coastal geography through beach walks and fossil hunting. Amidst activities like surfing, they cultivate enduringmemories and bonds of friendship. 

We are committed to providing a holistic education, and these trips are fundamental to enhancing your daughter’s overall development. Here are some compelling reasons why we encourage participation in residential trips:

  • Social and Emotional Growth: Residential trips offer the girls the chance to step out of their comfort zone and engage with peers in new environments. Living together, sharing responsibilities and overcoming challenges foster teamwork, empathy and resilience – essential qualities for success in academics and beyond. 
  • Independence and Responsibility: Spending time away from home fosters independence and self-reliance. From packing their bags to managing time and belongings, the girls learn to take charge of themselves, nurturing confidence and maturity.
  • Experiential Learning: These trips provide hands-on experiences impossible to replicate in the classroom. Whether exploring natural habitats, historical sites or cultural landmarks, the girls gain deeper insights into various subjects through direct experiences, sparking curiosity and a love for learning.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Away from screens and classroom confines, the girls engage in physical activities promoting health and wellbeing. Whether hiking, participating in team sports or simply enjoying the outdoors, these activities encourage an active lifestyle and a connection with nature.
  • Memorable Experiences: The bonds formed and memories created during residential trips often become cherished moments carried for a lifetime. These experiences not only enrich personal lives but also contribute to overall happiness and wellbeing.

While the majority of Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 girls are brimming with excitement about their upcoming residential trips, we understand that some may have concerns. Please rest assured that we will be working closely with both the girls and you to address any worries they may have. If your daughter is displaying signs of anxiety, I would recommend reading the insightful TooledUp article: Supporting your child if they feel worried about their school residential trip. It provides valuable guidance on how to navigate such feelings and ensure a positive experience for your daughter.

I extend my sincere gratitude to Miss Wright (Assistant Head of Co-Curricular) for her excellent oversight of our trips and workshops programme, which includes day trips starting from when the girls join us in Reception. Additionally, I want to express my appreciation to the numerous dedicated staff members who accompany the girls on these excursions, ensuring a safe and enriching experience for all.

Wishing a joyous Orthodox Easter to those who celebrate! May this special time overflow with warmth, love, and cherished moments. And to all, here’s to a delightful Bank Holiday Monday ahead, filled with relaxation and boundless joy.

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.

Form Photos: Friday 3 May

We will be welcoming back NiceSmile to take Form Photos this Friday 3 May. Please ensure that your daughter comes into school in her Summer uniform, including a cardigan/jumper, plain white, long or short socks or white tights, school shoes and a hairbrush in her bag. 

Remember to ensure that if your daughter has long hair (hair longer than shoulder length) it must be fully tied back/up in brown, black, white or Channing blue hair bands and clips. No jewellery may be worn except for religious symbols or small plain studs in pierced ears, and the girls should not be wearing nail varnish. 

If your daughter usually has Forest School or PE on Friday, please ensure she has her kit and suitable clothing in a bag to change into as necessary. 

Music Groups & Sports Teams Photos: Tuesday 7 May

NiceSmile will also be returning on Tuesday 7 May to take photos of our music groups and sports teams. 

The music groups photos will include: Spears Choir, Spears Strings, the Mariachi Band and the Folk Band. Please ensure that your daughter comes into school in her Summer uniform, including a cardigan/jumper, plain white, long or short socks or white tights, school shoes and a hairbrush in her bag. She should also bring her musical instrument/s into school.

The sports teams photos will include: Swim Squad, Football Squad (Year 5 and Year 6) and the Year 6 Sports Leaders. Please ensure that your daughter comes into school in her full PE kit and, if your daughter is a Sports Leader, she should also bring in her Sports Leader hoodie.

Remember to ensure that if your daughter has long hair (hair longer than shoulder length) it must be fully tied back/up in brown, black, white or Channing blue hair bands and clips. No jewellery may be worn except for religious symbols or small plain studs in pierced ears, and the girls should not be wearing nail varnish.

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.

Wraparound Care: Tuesday 30 April - Tuesday 7 May

Please be reminded that due to the Scholastic Book Fair being held in the Library on Tuesday 30 April – Tuesday 7 May, Late Collection for Early Years and Key Stage 1 will be cancelled on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday 30 April
  • Wednesday 1 May
  • Thursday 2 May
  • Friday 3 May
  • Tuesday 7 May

Girls who are not collected after their dismissal time will be taken to Mini Owls on these days and will be dismissed at 3:35pm.

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 attending these trips. Please contact if you wish to sign your daughter up for Mini Owls (EY and KS1) and/or Late Owls. 

As a reminder, please see below for the clubs that will be cancelled this week

Wednesday 1 May: 

  • KS2 Photography 
  • KS2 Cartoon Drawing 

Thursday 2 May: 

  • Years 5&6 Swim Squad

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 10 May 1:00pm ~ Q&A: Allergies & Asthma
  • Friday 17 May 9:30am ~ Protecting Children and Young People from Violence and Abuse
  • Monday 20 May 7:00pm ~ Experience P4C (Philosophy for Children)

Summer Holiday Camps

Active Day Camps

Active Day Camps are offering a 15% discount off bookings until Thursday 3 May with the code

‘ADCSUMMER15’ for Channing Pupils to attend their Summer Camp. To book, visit their website.

Forest School Clothing Update


Following feedback from both teachers and parents, the subsequent changes shared last week relating to Forest School clothing and organisation have been further reviewed. We apologise for any upset caused by the short notice period. This term, we encourage parents to choose between pupils wearing PE kit for Forest School sessions, or continuing to wear suitable, alternative clothing. Please note, all clothing should continue to cover arms and legs fully.

If pupils wear PE kit for Forest School sessions during dry weather, there will be no need to change at the end of sessions. However, if pupils wear own-clothes, it will always be necessary to change into school uniform at the end of the sessions.

Going forward 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. 
  • Ensure your daughter/s have an extra named plastic bag for wet waterproofs on the day they have Forest School sessions. 
  • A choice can be made as to whether pupils wear layers of alternative clothing which cover arms and legs, or PE kit items which cover arms and legs (e.g. no skorts) underneath waterproof laters for Forest School sessions. 
  • On their Forest School days, if your daughter has a session first thing in the morning, she needs to arrive at school in her Forest School clothing (PE kit, or own clothing with suitable waterproof layers on top). If your daughter’s session is not first thing in the morning, she will either need to come to school in her PE kit with a bag of waterproof clothing ready to put on before her session, or in her school uniform with a bag of appropriate clothing and waterproof clothing ready to put on before her session. 

Channing Association News

Parent Volunteers Needed For Book Fair Stall this Week: Sign Up Now!

Ms Jupp (Librarian) will be running the Scholastic Book Fair between Tuesday 30 April – Tuesday 7 May. She has requested your help: parent volunteers are needed to help run a stall for the girls to buy books with pre-purchased vouchers. 

If you are available and would like to volunteer, please sign up via this link: Sign up to Book Fair

View available books and buy vouchers:

ChanFest Tickets, Raffle & Prizes needed

Tickets are on sale for the Summer Fair, ChanFest – buy your family’s tickets now! 

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

When: 1pm-5pm, Sunday 9 June

Buy tickets: Buy tickets – ChanFest – Channing JS Summer Fair 

The CA is hosting a festival-themed summer fair for the girls and their families: with food trucks, hair braiding, games and prizes, inflatables, a surf simulator and 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 (Reception – 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 of these, please email to be put on the list. Both are capacity restricted, so first-come- first-served.

The CA will be running a charity fundraising raffle for GOSH 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: Thursday 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 Choir rehearsal
  • Sunday 9 June – Summer Fair “ChanFest 2024” 
  • Wednesday 25 September – Quiz Night
  • Friday 29 November – Winter Fair

Channing Association