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Janette's Newsletter

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Hope is the last item that flies out of Pandora’s Box.
A rainbow is the symbol of hope and you cannot see a double rainbow without looking up and smiling.
This was the anniversary of the past - now we have hope for the future...

We say farewell to Marie

There were a lot of empty plates! We can’t believe we didn’t get a picture of the spread, including the famous “Mikey’s Cakes” Guinness cake. But there was a good turnout including nurses, doctors, wider MDT members, governors, and Marie’s current and former colleagues in CCHS. They all went back full of sweetness and memories of Marie, brought back by the lovely slide show.

Martin receives Long Service Award

Martin was presented with a 20 year Long Service Award by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford. “I’m delighted to join the esteemed CCHS 20year+ club! It just goes to show what an amazing place the Hospital School is to work” - Martin

Rachael's Summer Reads

We asked our secondary English teacher Rachael for her top suggestions for new books for the summer.

“We’re at that exciting time of year when summer is stretching ahead of you, six golden weeks……. But what will you do with yourself the whole time?! This is the perfect time to pick up a new summer read, and here’s a list of writers currently causing excitement amongst young adult readers. Some by prize winning authors, some by old favourites – even one by famous beauty vlogger Zoe Sugg! Yes, reading is great for your brain, but it’s also just a great way to escape the four walls of your room for a bit. Try something new, and if you come across any amazing reads this summer, we’d love to hear about them when you come back to school.”

A huge thank-you to our charity volunteers


A huge thank-you to our wonderful charity volunteers for all their hard work baking and selling delicious cakes on our Charity Cake Stall at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. They have raised over £1290 for the Hospital School! Be sure to drop by for some delicious baking - or next time bake a cake for them to sell :)

Blake's Mosaics


Students have started an exciting 4 week project inspired by the paintings and poems of William Blake. Working with musicians from Wigmore Hall Learning's resident ensemble Ignite, our artist in residence Shaun and actor Charlie Folorunsho. They will be creating music, poetry and artworks. Keep an eye on their work on the special Blake's Mosaics blog.

Charity Cake Sale 28th June


Our wonderful charity volunteers will be holding a Charity Cake Sale on Tuesday 28th June at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Be sure to drop by for some delicious baking! Or even bake a cake for them to sell :)

Writers' Ink

Writers’ Ink is a new blog created by Chelsea Community Hospital School to celebrate children’s writing across our school.
Exciting writing is so much more than being able to identify a subordinate clause. Exciting writing is, in the words of poet and author Michael Rosen, ‘pleasure, stimulation, feeling, curiosity, wonder and fun and children finding their own voice.’ It is a love for language and the wonderful ways it can be used and manipulated to engage, entertain, inform and create. Take a read of the children's wonderful writing!

Easter Celebrations

We were thrilled to celebrate Easter as a school today as we held our Easter service with students and visitors present in the chapel at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Thank you volunteers!

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A huge thank you to all our volunteers who have been tirelessly running the Xmas stall at Brompton Hospital each week raising over £1000 for our school. See The Annual Drawing of the Raffle!

Our new minibus has arrived!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new, fully wheelchair accessible, minibus. As it’s a bit smaller it can be driven by all our MIDAS trained staff - which means many more exciting trips for all students! A million thanks to everyone who helped us fundraise.

Jack and Kaylem feed the fish

Thanks to Jack and Kaylem for paying a visit to the secondary classroom this half term to feed the fish for everyone! They loved watching and pointing at the fish as they glided through the water and munched on their favourite fish food!

Message from Gemma

Gemma was a student who came to the Hospital School 17 years ago when she was going through a very tough time. Last week she got in touch with us to tell us about the positive changes in her life and what her time at the Hospital School meant to her. Have a read...

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Students from the community and Chelsea & Westminster were lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Holland Park Opera’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. The characters were outlandish, the singing fantastic, and the sun even made an appearance!

Musical Time Machines

Musical Time Machines is an exciting new musical project taking place in our schools at St Mary's and the Brompton. Throughout June, students will be working with musicians from Wigmore Hall Learning and sound artist Gawain Hewitt, to make music for their 'time machines'. You can follow their progress on the prioject blog here: https://musicaltimemachines.wordpress.com/

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The lights-off event

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On Friday the 27th of March we are pledging as a school to not use any electrical goods all morning. We will also only reuse scrap material. We are going to find out what lessons are like without any electricity in the classroom. We are also doing a fundraiser in the afternoon from 2.30pm in aid of WWF. We will be selling books, cakes and some fantastic T-shirts, pencil cases and bags that have been designed by the children. At the same time we hope to raise awareness for Earth Hour which is at 8.30pm on Saturday the 28th of March, all around the world. Join us! Please find more information and a powerful video here: http://www.earthhour.org/

Arts Award Week 2015

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During the first week of February our students will be taking part in a huge range of arts activities including photography, puppet making, junk orchestra, meeting visiting artists, making a film and music on the computer and visiting exhibitions, all as part of working towards gaining their Arts Award qualifications. Keep a look out for some of their amazing work coming up soon!


Two of our teachers have new roles with HOPE (an international NGO which brings together teachers working with children and young people with medical needs all over Europe). Michelle is now a committee member while Marie is the official note taker for the board. www.hospitalteachers.eu

Christmas Activities

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It's the last week of school and students have been busy with a range of Christmas activities including a Christingle carol service and a visit fron Santa! The school will close for two weeks holiday but we'll be back in the New Year - Happy Christmas!

A HUGE thank you to our fabulous volunteers!

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A HUGE thank you to our fabulous volunteers Kirstel, Trish and Sue who have been running the Christmas Charity Stall every Thursday for the past 7 weeks at the Royal Brompton Hospital foyer to raise money for the hospital school. Drop by on the 18th for Raffle tickets and all things Christmassy! They also plan to be at CW Hospital foyer on the 16th.

The Hoosiers perform for our students!

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Our classroom became the newest music venue in town as the lead singer of The Hoosiers came to perform for students. One of our students Blake even debuted his own song-writing and singing, dueting with Irwin on Blake's brilliant song, 'Will You Marry Me?' A big thank you to Jamie from Roland and Kensington & Chelsea Foundation for organising the gig - what a great way to play into the weekend! See Blake's lyrics below.

Amazing Amy's Mudder Triumph!

A huge thank you to Amy our amazingly brave Learning Mentor who raised nearly £1000 for the Hospital School by taking part in the incredibly tough Tough Mudder, a gruelling 12 mile obstacle course. See below for all the details...

Goodbye Hadisa!


Today we said goodbye to Hadisa, a very special student from Afghanistan who has inspired us all with her reislience and commitment to learning. Good luck Hadisa - we will miss you!

Budoor's poppy fundraiser

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As 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War we have been learning about the history of commemoration and in particular the tradition of wearing poppies. One of our students, Budoor, age 12 was inspired to make crocheted and loom band poppies over the half term. They really look fabulous and very professional. She is selling them to raise money for The Royal British Legion. The crocheted poppies cost £3 and the loom band poppies cost £2. If you would like to buy any please contact the school office. Thank you very much! 

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  2. Ofsted report finds our school 'Outstanding'.
  3. 25th Celebrations
  4. 25th celebrations aboard the Solarshuttle
  5. Jennifer receives Pixl Special Award
  6. Hadisa at 'Guardians of the Galaxy’ Premier
  7. Congratulations to our students!
  8. Congratulations Shaun!
  9. Arts Award Week
  10. Leighton House schools art exhibition
  11. Many thanks to Harrods security team!
  12. Charity Ballet Screening
  13. The Rotary Club of Chelsea organise a Swiss music concert for the Hospital School
  14. The Rotary Clubs of Chelsea 'Spring into Summer' Concert in support of CCHS
  15. Congratulations to Collingham for QNIC Accreditation Status
  16. A Festival of Words
  17. Our staff visit Iceland
  18. A Royal Visit
  19. Cake Sale!
  20. We need your memories!
  22. Thank You to Paddington Rotary Club
  23. Hospital School SPINATHON
  24. The Digital Age
  25. Christmas Special Radio Show
  26. PiXL - The moral principle knows no boundaries
  27. Wigmore Hall Music Project
  28. Thank You to The Rotary Club of Chelsea
  29. FCCHS Newsletter 2013
  30. Big Green Footsteps
  31. Thank You Cineworld Fulham Road
  32. Dirt Biker Chris Visits Our School
  33. Article in RBKC Press
  34. Thank you to the Motcomb Street Traders Association
  35. Congratulations to Helen Damon
  36. Harrods Garden Volunteer Day
  37. Green Tokens for FCCHS
  38. Our students and staff raise £650.90!
  39. Kensington & Chelsea Foundation
  40. Grand Opening of St Mary's Schoolroom
  41. Article about CCHS in Chelsea & Westminster trustnews
  42. Leighton House Schools Art Prize-Giving
  43. Thank you to Project Linus
  44. Please vote for us as a good cause!
  45. We have achieved a GOLD status in our Arts Mark!
  46. Easter Celebrations
  47. Thank You Joe, Hayley, Scarlett & Lacey
  48. World Book Day
  49. Valentines night Zeus 'Sweet Art' benefit
  50. Nour Festival Film
  52. Carol Singing at Sainsburys
  53. International School Award
  54. The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation
  55. Crossing Borders - A Festival of Plates
  56. Plates at Leighton House
  57. Make us Smile!
  58. 8th HOPE Congress
  59. The Olympic Games by Leo
  60. The Olympic Games by Asha
  61. Our School in the Spotlight
  62. SCHOOL NEWS September, 2012
  63. First aid - child CPR
  64. Parents evening at Chelsea and Westminster
  65. Schools Summer Art Exhibition
  66. Visit to partner school in Gaza
  67. Book Launch
  68. Grand Opening of the new Schoolroom on Rose ward
  69. Thank you letters to Whole Foods
  70. Phoebe's Amazing 5km run for CCHS
  71. Headteacher Janette Steel awarded OBE
  72. Links with UN project
  73. Talking with Gaza
  74. Leo wins Courageous Citizen award
  75. A Huge Thank You!
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  77. Talking with Gaza
  78. Movember
  79. Grand Opening of the New Schoolroom
  80. School News August 2011
  81. Marvellous Medicine Ball
  82. Music with Ignite (Wigmore Hall)
  83. Happy Easter!
  84. The Marvellous Medicine Ball
  85. Speeches at www.wellatschool.org launch
  86. Launch of Well at School website by Baroness Mary Warnock
  87. School News March 2011
  88. Staff training day
  89. School staff choir
  91. Celebrity / Sponsor needed!
  92. International Award for our school
  93. Opening of New Hospital School
  94. Come to our opening
  95. Headteacher's News - Summer 2010
  96. Work in progress on our new school at CW
  97. Young people's engagement forum
  98. Our new school at CW
  99. Quality in Study Support (QiSS) Recognition
  100. Cystic Fibrosis Meeting the long term educational needs
  101. Marks & Spencer Easter Egg Donation
  102. OFSTED Inspection
  103. Accessibility Toolbar
  104. We've changed our name
  105. Thank You!
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  110. HOPE calling
  111. Our pupils win 1st prize in RBKC schools art exhibition
  112. Farewell Chicks!
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  114. Melissa ran a half marathon!
  115. School Vouchers
  116. Heart and Design
  117. Charity Fundraising gig
  118. INVIGILATORS needed
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  120. We did it!
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  122. Schools Involvement Officer
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  125. 100 Club Initiative
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  128. Hospital School Teacher Wins Poetry Prize

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