Weekly Newsletter

Thoughts from the Study

Dealing with rejection

I was recently asked to contribute to Insight Magazine, a thought leadership publication on the topic of Philanthropy. I have used a shorter version of this article as my Thoughts from the Study this week.

In my experience, philanthropic thinking is accompanied by a high level of rejection; it demands vulnerability, considerable resilience, and a substantial reserve of positive energy. If one wishes to attract investment, all the aforementioned qualities are requisite, in addition to having a purpose and a compelling narrative. When executed correctly, philanthropic thought leads to the greater good, supporting initiatives and ideas that might otherwise fail to materialise.

My intention here is not to indulge in a self-congratulatory reflection, but rather to serve as a helpful reminder of my experiences in the realm of fundraising. Whilst the physical demands alluded to are not to be understated, they are dwarfed by the challenges of philanthropic fundraising, which represents the ultimate test of resilience.

The challenge

The challenge that became my narrative occurred on 15th June 2019, when I found myself in a team at the starting line of the world’s most difficult cycle race. The Race Across America (RAAM), often dubbed “the Everest of Cycling,” is a continuous, ultra- endurance event that begins in Oceanside, California, and concludes 3,078 miles later in Annapolis, Maryland. Traversing twelve states and encompassing over 190,000 feet of climbing, the race presents a plethora of formidable environments, including the traverse of Death Valley, the hottest place on Earth. We completed it in a little over six days.

The purpose

As we all know, climate change is a colossal issue that affects us all. Conservation efforts are essential to safeguard wildlife and ecosystems for future generations. My goal was to spotlight the ongoing work of the African Wildlife charity, Tusk, thereby raising much-needed funds to support their endeavours. With Prince William as a patron, I was confident that the royal endorsement would ensure the charity’s accountability and effective use of the funds.

Learning from past experiences

I was no stranger to participating in large- scale fundraising ventures or adventures. In 2012, my twin brother completed the Talisker Atlantic Row, spending 51 days at sea with a group of injured servicemen and raising one million pounds for a military charity. The event enjoyed coverage from ITV and benefitted from a substantial logistical and operational support team, highlighting the advantages of being part of a cohesive group.

Heeding advice from peers

In my quest for significant sponsorship, I reached out to several fund-management firms known for supporting similar ventures. With limited experience of persuading people to donate and to refine my pitch, I arranged a call with a world-record-holding cyclist who had recently circumnavigated the globe in 80 days. I anticipated a positive and motivating chat that I was on the right lines. However, the essence of his advice was a reality check: these companies sought substantial national exposure or groundbreaking achievements in exchange for their backing. I was also advised that they do not write cheques for less than six-figures. Despite some interest in my story, my proposals were ultimately met with polite refusal.

The importance of persistence

 After countless in-person meetings, phone calls, emails, and letters, and numerous rejections, I finally secured interest from a major American pharmaceutical company. My hopes were reignited, as it appeared my efforts to secure sponsorship for the race and raise funds for the global conservation charity were back on track. My excitement was short-lived, however; a day later, during a seven-hour training ride, I received a call from the company explaining they had to withdraw their sponsorship due to U.S. trading regulations preventing them from funding a British national, even though the event was in America. This setback was truly disheartening, sending me back to square one.

Entrepreneurial thinking

 I remained determined to find support for a cause I passionately believed in. With only a few months before the race’s start, I had managed only to secure a sponsor for the bike and equipment, with a modest amount raised for conservation efforts. Many ideas came close to fruition. Realising the race coincided with the presidential election campaigns, I decided to reach out to a Democratic presidential candidate with the proposal of featuring her image on the support vehicles, which would be seen by thousands of potential voters en route. This idea was nearly successful, but timing constraints ultimately thwarted our plans. It was, however, a learning experience and gave me fuel to keep going.

Finding shared vision and purpose

My fortunes (or that of the charity) changed dramatically in a single day, thanks to prior networking and efforts to connect with the right people. A UK-based IT company, with whom I had been in discussions for six months, agreed to become a lower-level sponsor and cover additional race expenses. An American technology firm then reached out after a board member learned of my story through a friend. Lastly, a prominent European city bike manufacturer, seeking to expand its international visibility, offered sponsorship in exchange for my participation in a photoshoot, riding one of their bikes. Naturally, I accepted and within a day, everything fell into place.

Final thoughts

Philanthropy is often associated with the extremely wealthy, deemed best positioned to support large-scale projects. Many independent schools who are charities will have witnessed generous donations at their schools, contributing to buildings or scholarship endowments. Such donations are crucial for sustaining important work. However, through this journey, I have learned that philanthropy is not exclusive to the ultra-wealthy; it is a calling that can unite us in a shared objective. It involves rallying support for initiatives that surpass individual goals, aiming for a collective benefit that can significantly impact the lives of others and the broader world.

Wishing you all the best for the weekend.

Mr Anstey

and Notices

Whole School


We warmly invite parents to attend our Summer Serenade Instrumental Concerts taking place this May. This is a wonderful opportunity for our Broomfield children who receive instrumental tuition either at school or externally to perform for you all.  There will be a Senior School Concert and Lower School Concert for children who play an instrument. The Senior School Serenade will include children from Years 4-6 and will take place on Thursday 9th May from 6pm – 7:15pm. The Lower School Serenade will include Years 1-3 and will take place on Tuesday 14th May from 5:45pm – 7:15pm.  Children should be in the main music room at 5:30pm (wearing school uniform please) where they can leave their school bags and instrument cases. Children performing in the concert will be provided with a small snack at this time before the start of the concert. As the programme will be finalised next week, it is especially important for parents of children who have lessons outside Broomfield, to let Miss Fourie know via email the instrument, the name of the piece and the composer their child would like to perform. Please provide this by Wednesday 1st May as we will need to plan and rehearse the accompaniments. Children are responsible for their own instruments and sheet music. Broomfield music teachers will pass on to Miss Fourie their pupils’ performance information directly. If you wish for your child not to take part or if you have any questions, please email: ifourie@broomfieldhouse.com 

Year 5


Following on from the hugely successful trip to Spain with Year 6, Mrs Ali is now planning for next year. There will be a meeting on Monday 29th April about the proposed visit to Spain in 2025. The meeting will be held from 3.40pm in the Year 5 classroom. Year 5 children and siblings can attend if they would like. There will be a short presentation and an opportunity to ask questions. We will be travelling with Voyager School Travel who specialise in school trips and will be staying at the Bea Beach Hostel again in Águilas, Murcia. The aim of the trip is to provide the children with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the Spanish language while participating in outdoor water sports and other fun activities with the support of their peers and highly skilled and experienced monitors. The trip will run the week before the Easter holiday which is the week of Monday 24th March 2025.  More details will be given at the meeting.  

Year 3


The Richmond Safe Walking Scheme involves practical training in crossing roads and children in Year 3 will be taking part on 7th, 8th and 9th May 2024. Training will take place on roads around the school and will be carried out by a team of trained instructors from the Road Safety Team, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Mrs Crocker has sent the Safe Walking Consent Form to all Year 3 parents which needs to be completed by Wednesday 1st May.  



Pre-Kindergarten are looking forward to welcoming the amazing Forest School for their next forest school session with Scott on Friday 3rd May from 9:45 – 11:45am. They will continue their outdoor learning exploring the natural environment, crafts and finishing the session with snack and songs around the campfire. We cannot wait for all the excitement. 

Dukes Plus


Meeting Agenda

The PTA is looking forward to the first meeting of the Summer Term, scheduled for Monday, April 29th, at 7 pm. Please enter through the Princes Road gate. From event planning and sports day merchandise to fundraising initiatives, there is much to discuss for this term.

Please see here the the agenda: BHS Summer Term Meeting 1 Agenda


Art Week

We are reflecting on a very busy art week with every class participating in our workshop. Throughout the spring term, each child in the school made a small clay element, which was then integrated into our mosaics this week. The children had the opportunity to learn about the different steps of mosaic making and enthusiastically took part in creating four large mosaic panels representing the four seasons. We are looking forward to seeing them on display soon.

General Knowledge Quiz

The Year 6 children took part in a class-based general knowledge quiz to determine the top scores for their House teams. With the top three scores in each House, the following children were selected to compete in the grand final of the Broomfield House General Knowledge Quiz on Wednesday 24th April:
Palmer House: Bethan, Faraaz and Dillan
Mead House: Austin, Rohan and Ava
Rose House: Sam, James and Charlie
After a very tight first couple of rounds of teamwork on logos, music and selected general topics, Palmer House (on 31 points) and Mead House (on 32 points) went through to the final.  We had to say goodbye to Rose House at this point despite the team scoring a magnificent total of 28 points!
The final quickfire round was hotly contested with Mead House winning on 43 points, whilst Palmer House scored a very respectable 37 points.
The children showed great determination and resilience as they worked in their teams and their classmates rallied in support. A fun morning for the whole school!

Artists of the week

Charlotte in Year 6, along with Claudia and Lola in Year 5, are our artists of the week for their beautiful artwork. The children designed clay pieces, crafted them with clay, and painted them with underglaze paint.

Weekly Awards

Artist of the Week
Claudia (Y5)
Artist of the Week
Charlotte (Y6)
Artist of the Week
Lola (Y5)
Drama Star of the Week
Charlotte (Y5)
Drama Star of the Week
Emma (Y5)
Drama Star of the Week
Anika (Y5)
Sports Star of the Week
Elizabeth (Y4)
Sports Star of the Week
Adil (Y4)
Music Star of the Week
Kriton (Y2)

Polite Person of the Week

Pre-Kindergarten: Theodore
Kindergarten: Oliver

Year 1: Pippa
Year 2: Oliver

Year 3: Isabella
Year 4: Christopher

Year 5: Leonardo
Year 6: Benjamin

Upcoming Events

Monday 29th Apr

3:40 – 4:30pm: Spanish information evening for Y5 Parents – Year 5 classroom 

6:30pm for a 7pm start: PTA Meeting 

Tuesday 30th Apr
Wednesday 1st May
Thursday 2nd May
Friday 3rd May

9:45 – 11:45am: Forest School Session with PK 

Monday 6th May
Tuesday 7th May

1:30 – 3:30pm: Year 3 Safe Walking 

Wednesday 8th May

Year 6 Spelling Bee in assembly

8:30 – 1pm: Hampton Maths Wizard Competition (Y5) 

10 – 11:30am: PK to Kew Gardens  

1:30 – 3:30pm: Year 3 Safe Walking

Thursday 9th May

1:30 – 3:30pm: Year 3 Safe Walking 

6 – 7:15pm: Senior Summer Serenade Concert (Y4-6) 

Friday 10th May

Playground Snapshots