Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Tuesday 7 May 2024

Posted: 7th May 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

I hope everyone had a fantastic time over the extended Bank Holiday weekend. For those who celebrated Orthodox Easter, Christos anesti or Khristos voskres!

As a school, we are required to actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, which serve as guiding principles for individuals across the UK. These values, as outlined by the Government, hold immense significance in shaping our pupils’ understanding of citizenship and preparing them for the challenges and opportunities that await beyond our school gates.

British values are the cornerstone of a thriving and inclusive society, embodying principles that uphold harmony and progress for all. These fundamental values encompass:

  • Democracy: Central to British values is the bedrock belief in democracy, where freedom and equality reign supreme. It’s about amplifying every voice and ensuring that each individual plays a vital role in shaping our shared future.
  • The Rule of Law: At the heart of British society lies the principle of the rule of law, where fairness and justice prevail. It’s about establishing a robust framework of rules and regulations that safeguard the rights and wellbeing of every member of our community. 
  • Individual Liberty: Integral to British values is the concept of individual liberty, where every person has the freedom to live authentically and pursue their aspirations. It’s about empowering individuals to express themselves, make choices aligned with their beliefs and enjoy personal freedoms while respecting the rights of others. 
  • Respect and Tolerance: British values celebrate diversity and affirm the inherent worth of every individual. Respect and tolerance serve as the foundation of a cohesive society, where differences in beliefs, backgrounds and identities are not merely accepted but celebrated.

In embracing these core values, we uphold the essence of a vibrant and inclusive society, where unity in diversity thrives, and every individual has the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life.

It’s not enough to merely promote these values; we weave them into the girls’ educational experience so that they learn to play a confident, informed role in society, have a fully developed values system, and are able to interact with other people in a positive way. Here are some examples of how we do this at school: 

  • Engaging in Conversations: By fostering dialogue and active listening, we empower the girls to learn from the perspectives of others.
  • Roles of Responsibility: Through active participation in elections and initiatives, the girls ensure their voices are heard, driving positive change within our school community.
  • School Trips: Exploring various cultural sites and places of worship not only broadens horizons but also cultivates a deep appreciation for diversity.
  • Staying Informed: Encouraging the girls to keep abreast of current events through programmes such as Newsround and newspapers such as First News expands their knowledge and understanding of the world around us.

We firmly believe that by instilling these values in our pupils, we are providing them with the essential tools to navigate the complexities of society with empathy, integrity and respect.

In a recent assembly, Mrs Hughes illustrated the concept of democracy using a relatable example: the voting process in the popular television show Strictly Come Dancing. She explained how public involvement through voting adds excitement and significance to the show, underscoring the importance of every vote. Transitioning to the upcoming London Mayoral elections, she emphasised the pivotal role of voting in shaping our communities. She also highlighted the global significance of elections, noting the numerous national elections taking place in 2024.

Delving into the history of voting rights in the UK, we paid homage to the tireless efforts of suffragists and suffragettes in securing women’s right to vote. We commemorated key milestones, such as the 1832 Reform Act and the eventual granting of equal voting rights to men and women over the age of 21 in 1928.

Throughout the assembly, the value of democracy and the responsibility associated with exercising the right to vote was reiterated. Thoughtful consideration of voting choices was encouraged and concluded with a moment of reflection, expressing gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy in the UK while acknowledging the ongoing struggles for democracy worldwide.

I am planning on doing another assembly to delve deeper into the four fundamental British values for the girls. Additionally, we’ll focus on fostering a sense of responsibility akin to Responsibility Badger and cultivating empathy reminiscent of Empathy Rabbit.

With warm wishes

Miss Dina Hamalis
Head of the Junior School

Staff News


This week, we warmly welcome Ms Lingis, Teaching Assistant who will be based in Year 1 for the rest of the academic year. Ms Burnside, who the girls and staff know well, will be covering Mrs Tunkel’s maternity leave, remaining as a Year 1 Teaching Assistant until the end of the Summer Term.

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.

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)

Year 6 Junior Entrepreneur Programme

Sale for all Pupils

The Year 6 girls have created their own businesses as part of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. This week, all pupils are invited to purchase Kute Keyrings and Prickly Pots! They are available at break times in the playground. Please send your daughter(s) in with the correct change – in a named purse or wallet – as this will help to speed up the sales process. Prices are as follows:

6B’s ‘Prickly Pots’

  • £2 each
  • £4.50 for a ‘Mystery Box’ containing two pots. Could one of them be a limited edition glittery cactus?

6D’s ‘Kute Keyrings’

  • £1.50 each (no tassel)
  • £2 with a tassel

Health & Wellbeing

MMR Vaccine

We have recently been informed by Haringey Health Protection Team of an increase in measles cases in the borough. As a result of this, we have been asked to remind parents that the MMR vaccine is safe, free, effective and the best protection for our children and young adults. Everyone should have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine at ages 1 year and 3 years 4 months. Anyone who has missed out on theirs can be brought up to date via their GP practice. It is essential that we know who has been vaccinated, so we ask that you ensure your daughter’s vaccination status is up-to-date on SchoolBase. 

Head Lice Reminder

Head lice are not serious, but can be very annoying. Research has shown that infections of head lice occur just as often in school holidays as during term time. Despite young children being the most affected, it is a community problem rather than a school problem. As a school, we need to follow the advice as outlined by Public Health England:

  • School nurses should not send out letters informing parents about any incidents of head lice.
  • There is no need for a child who has head lice to stay away from school.
  • Routine screenings/ head inspections should not be carried out at school. 
  • Parents should be encouraged to check their children’s hair regularly using a nit comb on wet hair.
  • Parents should be advised to only treat if live lice are found.

Click the link for further information.

Following this guidance, we do not share information regarding specific cases as this could result in bullying and unkindness towards individuals and/or groups or children and/or parents. We do, however, include reminders in the Bulletin in order to remind you to check your daughter’s hair.

If individual parents would like to share information with other parents in their daughter’s form, you are, of course, able to. 

If you are at all worried about head lice, or feel you need more advice, then you should consult our school nurse, your health visitor, pharmacist, or family doctor. Some parents also choose to work with professional nit and lice removal services, who will support you to remove head lice in a clinic or at home. 

We encourage everyone to check their daughter’s hair and treat it if any live lice are found. It is thought that if we all do this three times per year, once every school term, then we will eventually reduce the spread of lice.

Chatting with Channing

Forest School

Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Channing Website

Step into the enchanting world of our Forest School programme, where nature becomes the ultimate classroom. In our latest podcast episode of ‘Chatting with Channing,’ Mr Rich and Miss Baker (Forest School & Sustainability Leads) take us on a journey through the history, diverse activities and profound impact of Forest School on our Junior School pupils. Tune in to our podcast episode to uncover the wonders of Forest School and witness the joy of learning in nature:

  • A journey through nature: Learn about the evolution of our Forest School programme, which began seven years ago and has since expanded to cover Reception through to Year 4, offering a wide range of outdoor activities.
  • Driven by passion: Meet Mr Rich and Miss Baker, the passionate leaders behind our Forest School programme, who bring their love for the outdoors and expertise in gardening to create an immersive learning experience.
  • Empowering pupils: Discover how Forest School fosters confidence, resilience and creativity in pupils, as they overcome challenges, explore nature, and engage in child-led activities.
  • Seamless integration: Explore how Forest School seamlessly integrates with the broader curriculum, from History and Geography lessons to art and storytelling, enriching our pupils’ learning experiences.
  • Promoting Wellbeing: Learn how Forest School enhances pupils’ wellbeing, physical health, and environmental awareness, while instilling a deep sense of responsibility for nature and sustainability.

Channing Association News

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 9 May – next Choir rehearsal
  • Sunday 9 June – Summer Fair “ChanFest 2024” 
  • Date Change: Wednesday 9 October – Quiz Night
  • Friday 29 November – Winter Fair

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