Head's News 20/10/2017

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We have made it to half term and as ever, the time has rattled by in a busy whirl of class-time, activities, trips and clubs. At each of the school sites it has been a pleasure to witness children rising to new educational challenges with the characteristic Abercorn ‘Go for it’ attitude. I feel that the pupils will benefit from the break. Do enjoy having them at home with you and we shall look forward to seeing them on Monday 30th October ready for the second half of term.

New Album

Given our central London location we are spoiled with the quality of our music teachers at Abercorn. Many of you will know Mr Andrew Matthews-Owen and I am delighted to share with you the forthcoming release of a new album which he has produced in conjunction with some living composers, some of whom have written pieces specifically for him to perform on piano. The album will be featured on BBC Radio 3 over the coming weeks, as we reach the official November release date. Mr Matthews-Owen would like to point out that the project, with Nimbus music publishing, is specifically aimed at promoting the work of living composers and that any monies raised go to supporting future projects of this kind. It is a labour of love and I know that he committed a large part of the summer to this production. I hope that some of you might be interested in exploring the link below to discover more.




At Portland Place this week we were joined by Peter Suchet of the honeypot children’s charity (Yes, brother of David and John!). Honeypot is one of our chosen charities for the year and it was tremendous to find out more about their work, not to mentioned becoming acquainted with Bumble their mascot who was us in person! Their work is about giving respite to child carers aged between 4 and 12 years old. It is estimated that there are 500,000 children in this category in the UK. Currently there are 1,400 children on a waiting list for help from Honeypot. The presentation highlighted the need for this work in a clear and moving way. Our pupils asked some very pertinent questions at the end.

As a school we aim to educate our pupils about the need to support such charities and this was a fine example of the educational side of our involvement. Portland parents, please do ask your children about what they learned during this assembly.


Today we welcomed a paramedic from the London Air Ambulance who explained to TOGS pupils the vital role they play in saving the lives of Londoners in peril. He explained that The Air Ambulance is used when every second could mean the difference between life and death and it was very exciting for the children to meet such a brave medical officer.

air ambulance assembly togs

Whatever you are up to, may I wish all members of the Abercorn community a very happy half term.

Benedict Dunhill


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