Becoming part of our famously loyal and supportive school
What makes the unique ethos at Channing? In one word – community. Channing staff know the girls well and the girls in turn are secure in the knowledge that they are known.
Community is so important to us – everywhere you look, you will see pupils and teachers chatting, supporting each other, taking part in charity events, having fun, looking out for each other. Everyone at Channing takes pride in their community and in their environment.
The House System
The House system originated in the Junior School and is also now a strong feature in the Senior School. When they join the School, girls become members of one of four Houses – Goodwin, Sharpe, Spears or Waterlow. This engenders a sense of community. House activities include charity weeks, competitions, assemblies and discos. Each activity earns House points, which are read out in Spanish each week by the Year 6 House Captains during assembly. At the end of term, Mrs Elliott, Channing Headmistress, reads out the final House points – the anticipation in the Hall from the older girls is a joy to see. Another key Channing initiative is the Channing Promise, written by pupils and inspired by the school’s ethos.
Charities and Outreach
At Channing we pride ourselves on developing the altruistic nature of our girls. Having an understanding of not just those less materially fortunate, but also the happiness that help can bring is integral to building character. By exposing our girls to different charities from an early age, they learn that there are all kinds of people and life experiences in this world, and begin to see and truly understand those who are less fortunate than themselves.
We work with various charities, many local, that the girls can really engage with and understand the difference their help makes. These include: Euston Food Bank, Whittington Hospital, local care homes and Kissing it Better. Additionally we support a chosen charity each term which is selected by our Year 6 Charity Champions. We use a range of enjoyable fundraising events from cake sales, sponsored individual challenges, talent contests, to fancy dress days, raffles and many more.
The Channing Association
And let’s not forget the parents! The Channing Association is a thriving organisation that seeks to involve parents as little or as often as they like. Each class has a Channing Association rep, who helps organise social events for parents and the girls. The New Parents’ Tea is a great opportunity for you to meet each other and the Quiz in the Spring Term is a fun evening. For the girls, the parents organise a Christmas Bazaar, an Easter Egg and Treasure Hunt, and a Summer Fayre. These events plus the numerous cake sales and coffee mornings give parents and pupils the opporuntiy to be part of the friendly Channing community.