Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Monday 10 June 2024

Posted: 10th June 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the Summer Fair, ‘ChanFest,’ yesterday afternoon. It was wonderful to watch the girls and all of you enjoying the games, the Adventure Playground, and the delicious food and drink. Many thanks to the Channing Association for organising such a fabulous event. Mrs Graham and Mrs Taylor certainly considered every single detail! The atmosphere was fantastic, and it was great to soak it all up together.

This morning, the Year 1 girls took us on a delightful journey inspired by the enchanting adventures of Sunny the meerkat in the book, ‘Meerkat Mail.’ Their assembly served as a gateway to explore various environments, encounter diverse animals, and marvel at the wonders of nature alongside Sunny. Through engaging performances and interactive learning, the girls explored the vibrant world of meerkats and their habitats.

As the girls vividly portrayed the life of Sunny in the Kalahari Desert, they not only entertained but also educated the rest of us about the unique characteristics and challenges faced by meerkats.They artfully wove together important lessons about unity, safety, independence, and the significance of family bonds, all through the lens of a meerkat’s journey. The assembly showcased the girls’ creativity, teamwork, and enthusiasm for storytelling. They seamlessly integrated facts about deserts, animal behaviours, and environmental adaptations into a compelling narrative that captivated the audience’s attention and sparked curiosity.

I commend the girls for their dedication and hard work in bringing this assembly to life. Their commitment to learning and their creative talents were truly evident throughout the performance, and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.

Assemblies and other such experiences play a vital role in the holistic development of our pupils, fostering not only their academic knowledge but also their oracy skills, confidence, and collaborative spirit. At the Junior School, we place a strong emphasis on oracy skills – the ability to communicate effectively through spoken language. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of developing these skills from a young age, both within the curriculum and through co-curricular activities.

Oracy skills are fundamental for the girls’ academic success and personal development. Strong communication skills enable children to express their thoughts and ideas confidently, engage in meaningful discussions, and articulate their understanding of various subjects. Moreover, oracy skills are essential for building positive relationships, collaborating effectively with peers, and succeeding in future careers that require effective communication.

At the Junior School, we integrate oracy skills across the curriculum to ensure that the girls have ample opportunities to practise and develop their speaking and listening abilities. From participating in class discussions and presentations to engaging in drama activities and debates, we aim to nurture the girls’ confidence and proficiency in verbal communication. In addition, we also offer a range of co-curricular activities (for example storytelling sessions and Drama workshops) and extracurricular activities (including Drama and Debating clubs) that further enhance your daughter’s oracy skills. These activities can help your daughter to explore different forms of expression and build a strong foundation for effective communication in various contexts.

We encourage you to support your daughter’s development of oracy skills at home by engaging in meaningful conversations, reading together, and providing opportunities for her to express herself verbally. By fostering a language-rich environment and valuing communication, you can contribute significantly to your daughter’s overall growth and success.

In conclusion, oracy skills are a vital aspect of the girls’ education and future prospects. By working together to develop and nurture these skills, we can empower the girls to become confident, articulate communicators who are well-equipped to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in your daughter’s education. Together, we can create a nurturing and enriching environment that empowers her to thrive and grow.

Wishing all the dads reading this a very Happy Father’s Day on Sunday! 

And Chag Sameach for those families who will be celebrating Shavuot this week. 

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. 


Author Visit - Daniel Geey: Thursday 13 June

The author, Daniel Geey, is visiting us this week on Thursday 13 June to talk about his new book, 50 Ways into Football.  If you missed your chance to pre-order a copy, Daniel will be selling a limited number of signed copies in the courtyard from 8am on Thursday morning.

The Junior Olympics - Sports Day: Thursday 4 July

You are invited to join us at the St Aloysius playing fields for our SPORTS DAY. All of the girls will be treated to a picnic lunch (provided by the school) and an ice cream kindly provided by the Channing Association. The girls in Early Years & Key Stage 1 will eat their packed lunches at school whilst the girls in Key Stage 2 will have a picnic-style lunch at St Aloysius playing field.

The gates will open at 1pm with introductions starting around 1:15pm. We aim to start our carousel of events from 1:30pm – 2:15pm, followed by some competitive races and the much anticipated parents’ race (remember to wear your trainers). We hope to finish the event by 3:15pm. 

Please note, there is no parking available on site and spaces around the site are limited. The ice cream man, Gussy, as well as a small coffee vendor will be on site to provide delicious refreshments. 

Please show the ‘Channing Junior School Olympics’ badge (pictured below) to a member of staff, who will be standing at the gate, to help us identify you as a member of the Channing Community. The badge will also be emailed out to you closer to the date.

Spears Food Bank Donations: Monday 3 June - Friday 14 June

From Monday 3 June – Friday 14 June, SPEARS House will be collecting for the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTH). The AWTF is a charity closely connected to the school that runs a weekly food bank, which has recently been relocated to Archway. 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.

LCDA Cheerleading Summer Camp

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

  • Monday 17 June 7:00pm ~ Getting Children Nursery School Ready: Tips for Parents & Carers
  • Tuesday 18 June 7:00pm ~ Getting Children Nursery School Ready: Tips for Parents & Carers
  • Thursday 20 June 7:00pm ~ Getting Children Nursery School Ready: Tips for Parents & Carers
  • Friday 21 June 12:30pm ~ How to use Tooled Up Education: 30 Minute Tour for New Parents & Carers

Lauderdale House Events & Activities: June & July

Highgate Festival: 8 June -16 June

To celebrate Highgate Festival, Lauderdale House will be hosting a range of events including exhibitions and concerts for all ages. More info here: Highgate Festival 

Grand Summer Raffle: 8 June – 30 August 

Tickets £2, booklet £10

Support Lauderdale’s Arts & Education programmes and win some cool prizes including 2 tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong, 2 tickets to SIX the Musical, vouchers for local businesses and many more. If you would like to purchase tickets, pop over to Lauderdale House where you can pick some up from the office.

Sunday Fun Day: Sunday 23 June, 11am -3pm 

A new, 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. In this workshop, pupils will be learning about Lauderdale House in Stuart times. Please note all children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Find out more here: Sunday Fun-Day Family Workshops

Much Ado About Nothing: Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 July 7.30pm 

The East London Shakespeare Festival is bringing this sparkling rom-com to the Tea Lawn. Don’t miss this festival-like outdoor performance of sun-soaked mischief and romance for all ages. There will also be mask-making workshops for children 4+ commencing at 6.45pm before both performances. More info here: Much Ado About Nothing East London Shakespeare Festival.

Tips from the Sustainability Team


The Sustainability Team have been talking about saving energy and have seen a rather remarkable fact: Ovo Energy says that if every Brit sent just one email less per day, 16,433 tonnes of carbon would be saved per year, or the equivalent to 81,152 flights from London to Madrid.”

With this in mind, they have created some practical advice to save energy and cut CO2.

  • “Try to delete your old emails.” – Luna
  • “Try to unsubscribe from mailing lists if you don’t need to be on the list.” – Minty
  • “Try to avoid unnecessary emailing!” – Iris

Channing Association News

Preloved Uniform Sale for Incoming Reception Girls ~ Small Donations Needed

The CA is running a preloved uniform stall at the Welcome Morning for New Families on Tuesday 18 June for incoming Reception girls. Please donate any unwanted, clean and unlabeled uniform (especially PE kit) in sizes 20, 22 and 24. Other sizes are also welcome

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 class, 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 class 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 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: 20 June and 4 July. 

For any questions and to sign up please email 

Diary Dates for the Summer term

  • Tuesday 18 June – PreLoved Uniform Sale for incoming Reception girls at New Families Welcome Morning
  • Wednesday 9 October – CA Quiz Night
  • Friday 29 November – Winter Fair