Miss Hamalis’ Bulletin – Monday 17 June 2024

Posted: 17th June 2024

Miss Hamalis, Head Of Channing Junior School

Dear Parents 

This morning, the Reception girls impressed us all with their engaging and informative assembly, inspired by two exciting upcoming school events: Around the World Fortnight and Sports Day. The performance began with a spirited introduction by our young performers, setting the stage for an entertaining exploration of the Ancient Greek Olympics. Through interactive scenes and engaging dialogue, the girls depicted the challenges and triumphs of ancient athletes, highlighting the customs and traditions of this bygone era.

One of the assembly’s highlights was the emphasis on teamwork and perseverance, demonstrated by the familiar yet creatively reimagined characters Buff, Ship, Copper, and Flappy with the Magic Key from the Oxford Reading Tree books of the 1990s, alongside a group of historians. The girls beautifully conveyed the values of sportsmanship and unity, encouraging their peers to work together towards common goals.

I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication exhibited by the girls in bringing this assembly to life. Their passion for learning was evident throughout the performance, reflecting our commitment to fostering a supportive and enriching educational environment from the very beginning of the girls’ journey in Reception. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know the Reception girls, and seeing their confidence today has been a pinnacle moment for me. I felt quite emotional as I reflected on their growth right before my eyes. 

Some of you may have heard me refer to the seven stacking dolls that sit on one of the shelves in my office. These dolls represent the girls’ journey through the Junior School. The smallest doll symbolises the Reception girls, and each progressively larger doll represents the girls as they advance from Year 1 through to Year 6. Today’s Reception assembly reaffirmed that the girls are on the verge of becoming that second doll. I have the  best job, witnessing the girls grow not only in height but also in confidence, both socially and academically, as they progress from one stage to the next. It’s unbelievable that the girls who started in Reception on my very first day, as the Head of the Junior School six years ago, will soon be moving up to Year 6. 

Tomorrow morning, the girls will move up to their new year groups and spend time with their new Form Teacher and Teaching Assistants. The girls in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4 will also discover their new form groups, offering them a chance to form new friendships while maintaining existing ones. This transition helps them develop adaptability and resilience. It’s natural for everyone to feel both excited and a little nervous about moving up; these emotions are common when facing new experiences and stepping out of comfort zones. During their time with their new Form Teacher, the girls will participate in activities and games to get to know one another. I am confident that all the girls and staff will have a wonderful morning. You will receive a letter outlining the new forms and staffing before hometime tomorrow.

Additionally, next Monday, 24 June, the Year 7 Induction afternoon for Year 6 girls will be held in the Senior School from 2:00pm. The girls should bring their own clothes to school to change into at 1:30 pm, and parents can collect them from the Junior School gates at 1:45 pm. Girls who are leaving Channing at the end of Year can also be picked up at 1:45pm. If you are unable to pick up your daughter at this time, please let us know so that we can plan accordingly.

To support your daughter’s transition, you might find the article from Tooled UpEducation helpful. It offers a wealth of information about the transition process, including reflection, motivation and advice on how to best support your daughter. There is a bank of articles and podcasts that may be useful when discussing this with your daughter.

Exciting times lie ahead, and I encourage you to cherish every special moment of your daughter’s educational journey.

Eid Mubarak to our families celebrating Eid al-Adha!

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. 


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 21 June 12:30pm ~ How to use Tooled Up Education: 30 Minute Tour for New Parents & Carers


Club Cancellations

Please note the cancelled clubs this week: 

Monday 17 June:

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

Wednesday 19 June:

  • Key Stage 1 Mini Games
  • Years 3&4 Cricket
  • Years 5&6 Athletics 

All other clubs will continue to run as usual this week. Any late cancellations due to club leader absence will be emailed to you directly. 

Summer Camps

Active Day Camps

Little Hands Design ~ Sustainable Fashion

Last week, the Year 6 girls visited Little Hands Design in Gospel Oak to learn about sustainable fashion. The studio is offering their first week of summer camp beginning Monday 8 July. These week-long classes are suitable for children aged 8+ years. They also offer after school and weekend courses. All camps can be booked through this link: Summer Thoughtful Fashion Camps or you can visit their website:

Chatting with Channing

Navigating the Admissions Process

Listen on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Channing website

In the latest episode of ‘Chatting with Channing,’ we’re thrilled to welcome Mrs Rosie Gilleece, Registrar. Rosie oversees every aspect of the admissions process across both the Junior and Senior school. Join us as we dive into her journey into admissions, the unique aspects of Channing’s admissions process, and the common questions prospective parents have.

Mrs Gilleece shares insights into what drew her to the world of admissions and how her background in analytical science has equipped her for the role. She gives a detailed overview of the admissions timeline, from the initial inquiry to the final offer letter, and explains the different intakes at Channing, including the main entry points at 4+, 11+ and 16+.

Mrs Gilleece also highlights the importance of getting to know each prospective pupil personally, through one-on-one interviews and comprehensive assessments. This episode is packed with valuable information for parents considering Channing School for their child and offers a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the admissions process at Channing unique.

Tune in to ‘Chatting with Channing’ to hear more about how Mrs Gilleece and her team ensure a seamless and supportive experience for every applicant.

Channing Association News

Form Reps for School Year 2024/25 - Register Your Interest No

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 class 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: 20 June and 4 July. 

For any questions and to sign up please email

Diary Dates for the Summer term

  • Sunday 1 September – Start of term family picnic in Highgate Woods
  • Wednesday 9 October – Quiz Night
  • Friday 29 November – Winter Fair