Morning Notes

Monday 10 November

Welcome Lily!

Lily, a prospective Grade 8 student will be joining Halcyon for a Taster Day this morning!

Please welcome her!

Standing Desks

At Halcyon, we spend most of the day sitting. However, sitting puts pressure on areas of your body not used to taking it, and excessive sitting has been shown to increase risk for diabetes, weight increases, and various cancers, as well as decrease focus. For that reason, we have decided to try standing desks, which are desks that are raised so the user stands to use it. There have been multiple studies showing that in addition to relieving the stress put on your body by sitting, it increases focus by forcing you to make an effort, in the form of standing, and collaboration by making it easier to walk to someone else. As a trial, all students in Ms. Jones’ class on Thursdays, Ms. Cooke’s class on Fridays before lunch, and Ms. Mills’ class after lunch will be in the Art Room (S02), where most of the stools will have been removed. Over a few weeks, they will provide feedback to myself or their teacher about their experience with standing desks in the attached form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

(This is the form-- below!)

Nate Stumpff

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YoungMinds: raising awareness bake sale - Thursday 13 November - BREAK-TIME

Hello! This is an announcement that there will be a craft and bake sale on Thursday the 13th of November at break-time in the canteen for a charity called YoungMinds which specialises in raising awareness and helping people with mental health issues. All prices will range between 50p - £1.50, please make sure to remember to bring money! If you donate more than £1.50, you will get a free baked good. Thank you!

Daphni Linenberg, Grade 10

Halcyon Boys Indoor Football Tournament

We will be having a 5-a-side indoor football tournament at SLC on Thursday 27th November at 4pm.

This is open to all boys in Grades 6-10. There will be a Halcyon staff team entering too!

Please email Mr. Byrne before 24th November with your list of players if you would like to enter a team:

Rules are as follows:

- Each squad must be 6 players

- Max. 2 of these players can be from grades 9 or 10

- All players must wear indoor sports shoes

- Normal 5-a-side rules (so no sliding tackles - Raif!)

Please note: There will be a similar event for girls in Grades 6-10 in January.

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

The squad lists are up in the hub for the boys football fixtures on Tuesday 11th and 18th November.

Tuesday 11th November - Match vs KFA students in Grades 9 & 10

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

MONDAY Lunchtime 1245-1320

1. Student Council with Ms Fritz

2. Violin with Laura Virtanen (private tuition)

3. Drama Club with Mrs Watson

MONDAY After-School 1545-1630

1. Choir Club & Private Singing Lessons

2. String Quartet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Catering Corner

Please come back for seconds!

Thank you,


Monday's Menu

Morning Snack:

Fresh Whole Fruit (Dairy/Gluten Free)

Cereal Bars


Main Course:

Cheese & Spring onion Potato Boats (Gluten Free)


Vegetable Fajitas with Tofu and Tomato Salsa


Soup Option:

Mixed Vegetable Soup with Quinoa (Gluten Free)

Salads & Sides:

Mixed Greens (Dairy/Gluten Free)

Tomato & Basil (Dairy/Gluten Free)

Crudite Platter (Dairy/Gluten Free)

Carrots & Sultana Salad (Dairy/Gluten Free)


Apple & Cinnamon Sponge with Custard

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!