Morning Notes

Friday 14 November

Halcyon Guest Speaker: Steve Whiffen on environmental activism

Friday, Nov. 14th, 12:45pm

Halcyon Hub

On Friday 14th November Steve Whiffen will be joining us at lunchtime in the Hub to talk about environmental activism and how young people can make a difference in the world through social justice campaigns. Strongly recommended if you are a member of GIN, or in Grade 10 as we will be studying social justice campaigns, but suitable for all students.

Halcyon's Library

Please find the link to Halcyon's library below. The link will be featured in every Morning Note. Should you have any questions, please contact Miss Dutton. Thanks!

All Students : Get ready for your close up!

Rachel Green in Grade 10 is making 2 short films for new parents and students about what it is like being a Halcyon student.

She will be filming (and photographing) around the school over the next 4 weeks starting this Monday.

Filming will be done all around the school so please be aware of your behaviour when you see her with her camera!

If you would like to be specifically interviewed please come and find her whenever to let her know so it can be organised :)

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Are you interested in public speaking?

The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland and sponsored by Gandys (Orphans for Orphans).

If you are interested, please let Ms. McDonald in FO3 now ASAP and you will find a day that is suitable for everybody to meet.

We will be taking part in a public speaking competition at ASL on the 3rd February, so we need to start preparing now. Two teams from Halcyon will be entered:

Intermediate 11 to 13 years

Senior 14 to 17 years

Each team will consist out of 3 students.

UPCOMING TRIP: Grade 8 Drama Students to Ambassador's Theatre

Friday, Nov. 14th, 1:45-4:30pm

West St

Grade 8 Drama students will be attending a production of "Private Peaceful" at the Ambassador's Theatre in London. This trip links to an interdisciplinary unit on World War One that the students will be studying between History and Drama. Claire Mills, the History Teacher will also be attending the trip.

Students will need to bring:

  • topped-up Oyster card.

*** Girls Football Fixtures ***

Girls G7-8 v Dwight School London

Thursday 20 November. Details to follow.

Girls v KFA

Thursday 4 December kickoff 1500 at King Fahad Academy.

*** Boys Football Fixtures update G6-10 ***

The squad lists are up in the hub for the boys football fixtures on Tuesday 18th November.

Tuesday 18th November - Match vs KFA students in Grades 6 - 8

Any questions please see me.

Mr. Byrne

Student Lanyard - Important!

Please remember to take very good care of your lanyards and return every time you leave the building into the appropriate Grade box on the reception desk. Lanyards must be worn at ALL times when in the building and NOT put into bags, or hidden from view.

Please let Emily at reception know if you cannot find your Lanyard or have accidentally taken home, and you will be given a spare for 24 hours to give you time to find your lanyard. Thank you

FRIDAY Lunchtime 1245-1320

1.Photography Club with Mrs McDonald

2. Action & Service Club with Mrs Zago

3. The Fantasy Games Club with Ms Mills.

Tuesday 18 November: Half-Day

Due to staff inservice training on Tuesday 18 November, students will be dismissed from school after Period 4, at 12.20. While snack will be served as usual at 1030, lunch will not be provided to students. Normal school resumes on Wednesday 19 November.

INVITATION: IB Diploma Programme information evening for Grade 9 and 10 parents

Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 6:30pm

33 Seymour Pl

We would like to invite Grade 9 and 10 parents to join us for an information session about the IB Diploma Programme, which students in Grade 10 will begin in September 2015 when they enter Grade 11. This information will be useful for all Grade 9 & 10 parents as the students start to think about their subject options in Grade 10 and 11. This format will provide the important opportunity for Grade 10 parents to ask questions and learn about the IB Diploma Programme and how it works. Grade 9 parents are encouraged to attend to begin the learning process of fully understanding the IBDP and how course choices affect work load, IB requirements and university options.

We Want To Hear From You!

Do you have a powerful learning app, tech tip or trick that you think Halcyon staff should be using in their classrooms? We are looking to hear from you at our weekly staff meetings every Monday after school. Please send an email Mrs. Crannell with a short description of what you would like to share and why. Mrs. Crannell will schedule a time for you on the staff agenda to present.

REMINDER: school photographs

Monday, Nov. 24th, 8:45am-3:45pm

33 Seymour Pl

We are pleased to announce that on 24 November, NiceSmile will be taking our official school photographs. These will include individual pictures of students, Grade group pictures and a whole school picture.

There will be no particular dress code on the day, however students are advised to dress smartly.

Grade 10: Step One Career Testing

First ‘step’ Friday 21 November Periods 1-4 in FO3

Halcyon is very pleased to announce that Step One Career Testing for our Grade 10 students will take place on the morning of Friday 21 November. Step One Career Testing will be an integral part of our Careers programme and our subject selection counselling process for students selecting their IB Diploma Programme subjects. Each student will complete an online questionnaire (scheduled for 2 ½ hours). The questionnaire attempts to identify students’ strengths, weaknesses, and main areas of interest.

Catering Corner

Please come back for seconds!

Thank you,


Friday's Menu

Morning Snack:

Fresh Whole Fruit (Dairy/Gluten Free)

Homemade cookies


Main Course:

Bean Chilli Con Veggie Carne on Quinoa (Gluten Free)


Pasta Bake with Ricotta and Mozzarella (Gluten Free)


Soup Option:

Vegetarian Style Minestrone Soup (Gluten Free)

Salads & Sides:

Mixed Greens (Dairy/Gluten Free)

Pasta Salad

Tomato, cucumber & Basil Salad (Dairy/Gluten Free)

Greek Salad (Gluten Free)


Banana and Custard Pots

Lost and Found items?

Please visit Emily at Reception for any lost items - we have quite the collection here!

Talk @ Halcyon

In addition to, which is an email address that you can write to with any concerns you have, we also have a created a Google form that you can fill out at any time should you wish to raise awareness of anything either anonymously or with your name attached. Check it out!