Morning Notes

Monday 11 May

Standing Desk by Nate G9

This week, Halcyon received its first standing desk. Standing desks have been shown to help students stay more active during the day, decrease the health risks of sitting, which can include diabetes and colon cancer, and increase student focus and productivity. In order to trial them for our school, we have ordered three desks, the first of which arrived this past week. It is located in the Humanities classroom, S02, where it has been well received. “They make me feel more focused and engaged,” says a Grade 9 student who used the desk on the first day. “Every class I’ve got more than one student wanting to use it…I’ve noticed that students who use it are more focused and fidget less,” says Ms. Cooke, the Humanities teacher, “I’d welcome a couple more!” Two more standing desk are arriving in the month. For question or comments, email

Interested in debate?

Interested in debate; tired of adults making inept decisions; do you struggle with the important issues; is it 'education, education, education' or do you believe it is 'the economy stupid'; do you say 'yes we can' more than Obama, are you interested in making a stand and making a change.

Everyone has to start somewhere, start today after school with model united nations club. Everyone is welcome and you could get the opportunity to debate at Halcyon MUN.

Do you need Service As Action?

Come help sort out donated clothes for WLS.

Lunch times from 1240-1320.

Starts on Wednesday!

Questions: Please see Ms Watson

Reminder! Drama Production: “2099: The Ninth Capital”

Tuesday, May 12th, 7-9pm

33 Seymour Place

Halcyon Drama Club Presents:

“2099: The Ninth Capital”

a play written by Halcyon students.

Upcoming trip: Grade 8 Trip - Tate Modern

Tuesday, May 12th, 12:15-3:30pm


Departure: 12.15

Return: 15.30

Grade 8 will be visiting the Tate Modern, to explore Surrealist art-works within the Dreams and Poetry section. This will give the students the opportunity to investigate the characteristics of this genre, giving the students source material for their written research and to make connections to their own pieces for their unit called "Dreams are made of this"

We will be leaving at 12.15 on Tuesday 12th May 2015 travelling on the Cenrtal line to St. Pauls and returning at 3.30pm to the school. Students will be provided with a packed lunch.

Please could students wear comfortable shoes and jacket, bring a topped up oyster card, a fully charged iPad and some money for an extra snack at the Gallery.

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Grade 6 - hanging out ;)

Upcoming trip: Grade 6 Trip - British Museum

Wednesday, May 13th, 10:30am-1:15pm

Great Russell Street

Depart: 10.30

Return: 13.15

Grade 6 X+Y will be visit the British Museum on Wednesday 13th May travelling by tube to Holborn. Students will be looking at Mythological Masks in the African, Sri Lankan and Mexican sections. Students will have the opportunity to explore the different shapes, textures and colours that the different cultures expressed through their Masks, giving them inspiration for their own Masks!

We will leave at 10.30am and return to the school at 1.15pm. Students will be provided with a packed lunch.

Please could students bring a fully charged iPad, a fully topped up Oyster card and wear comfortable shoes and a jacket and some money for an extra snack.

Free the Children

Emily will be collecting any change you have for the 'Free The Children'. This will be a competition between all of the advisories.

On Thursday 14 May, at lunch, each advisory will put their change on the floor and we will see which advisory has collected the most change. Emily will collect the change each day of the week, next week.

REMINDER: Invitation for Grade 9 Parent & Students’ Meeting

Date: Thursday 14 May

Time: After the student-led conferences at 1630

Location: Halcyon Hub

After the student-led conferences at 1630 Grade 9 and their parents are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about Grade 10 subject options and a preliminary information session about the IB Diploma Programme.

REMINDER: Invitation for all parents - 14 May Student-Led Conferences

Date: Thursday 14 May

Time: 1430-1630

Come and view your child’s work in progress in each subject. Meet your child(ren) at school at 1430 and they will take you on a tour of their learning and demonstrate their work. Parents do not need to make appointments and can move freely from classroom to classroom with their child.

Students are encouraged to stay at school for the event even if their parents cannot attend but may leave school at normal dismissal time (1535).

Please RSVP to If you have any questions, please contact Lori Fritz.

Off campus / park this week

Monday 11th of May - Park sign up (all grades)

Tuesday 12th of May- Park sign up (all grades)

Wednesday 13th of May - Grade 7 and 8 Off Campus

Thursday 14th of May - Park sign up (all grades)

Friday 15th of May - Grade 9 and 10 Off Campus

Off-campus: Sign up for NEXT week 18/05/2015

Off Campus Sign up Term Three 2014/15

DEADLINE: Please sign up for next week off campus by 15/05/2015 at 14.00.

FOLLOWING WEEK (commencing 18/05/2015)

Monday 18th of May - Grade 7 and 8 Off Campus

Tuesday 19th of May - Park sign up (all grades)

Wednesday 20th of May - Grade 9 and 10 Off Campus

Thursday 21st of May- Park sign up (all grades)

Friday 22nd of May- Park sign up (all grades)

Spring is HERE! Check out the weather forecast:

Halcyon Musical Showcase: 1 June 2015

All student musicians are invited to participate in the Musical Showcase during the afternoon School Assembly on Monday the 1st of June. Select a favourite piece of music or form a duo with a friend and prepare to share your talent! Many of you have already signed up. Practice and planning for duo groups is this Wednesday (today) the 6th at lunchtime from 12:50 - 1:20 and Thursday the 7th from 12:20 - 1:20. Room F04 on the first floor. I will look forward to listening to your ideas and practicing with you. Cathy Smith

A Message from Sharon Jewell, School Counsellor:

Dear Students

You can self refer to speak to me in private about anything that is worrying or upsetting you. Just send me a message at I work with students both individually and in small groups. Some young people come for a one off session and others for a longer period of time. I look forward to working alongside some of you.

Extra-Curricular Activities

MONDAY Lunchtime 1245-1320

1. Student Council with Ms Fritz (S01)

2. Violin with Laura Virtanen (private tuition) (F01)

3. Drama Club with Mrs Watson (T01)

4. Homework Club (rota) (Lab)

MONDAY After-School 1545-1630

1. Choir Club & Private Singing Lessons (F04)

2. String Quartet (F01)

3. Elite Table Tennis Academy (Stern Hall)

Today's menu:

Option 1:

Vegetable Risotto GF

Option 2:

Vegetarian cheese Burger with oven chips


Egg mayonnaise roll


Mixed Salad

Greek Chickpea Salad

Rainbow Fruit Salad

Summer Potato Salad


Moist Chocolate cake with seasonal fruit

Lost and Found items?

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