February 2022 Half-Term Update

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy half-term at Hampstead Hill School! We are immensely proud of all our children’s achievements in Year 2. It has been an extremely turbulent two years of learning for the children, but they have risen above the challenge. I want to thank our dedicated teachers, support staff and parents for their support and contributions to the children’s progress.

It has been wonderful to mark children’s mental health week – the children have enjoyed assemblies and lessons to support this important topic. On Tuesday, it was Safer Internet Day – both Stella and Saima provided the teachers with some great material to educate our children about how to remain safe when using computing devices online. We thoroughly enjoyed Year 1 and 2’s participation in Inside Out Day – at Hampstead Hill School, we love to celebrate differences and our diverse community. Thank you for supporting our initiatives.

When we welcome the children back at school after half-term, we have plenty of exciting learning for the children to engage in. Across the week beginning Monday 21st February, children from Reception to Year 2 will engage in a cross-curricular Wow Week driven by our school value, Conservation. Much of the learning will be off the normal timetables and you will see areas of our site change as we create an immersive and interactive learning environment for our children to enjoy.

Additionally, later in the term, we aim to hire virtual reality headsets to once again immerse our children in their learning and take them on some virtual school trips. As Covid cases within London begin to reduce and the Summer term approaches, you should see our normal school trip schedule return.

On Monday 28th February, the HHS Reading Team and I will host a Reading Workshop for parents in Reception, Year 1 & 2. We aim to share how we facilitate progress at Hampstead Hill School and share some tips on how you can help at home.

A gentle reminder that school is closed on Friday 11th February as we are completing a training day for our staff. Please visit the new school website to view important dates for your diaries: https://www.hampsteadhillschool.co.uk/news-events/

Thank you once again for your support throughout this half-term and I hope you enjoy seeing and hearing about the exciting learning we have coming up soon.

Best wishes,

Ross MontagueHeadteacher