Musings from the Head’s Study – 24th January 2014


Dear Parents,

You would have thought that now that the Mocks have finished there would be some normality to life at More House, well it is as busy as usual.

Firstly I must let you all know that Mr Carlysle is recovering from his operation and will be back with us very soon. I know he is missing us all as he keeps emailing me to find out what is going on!

Secondly, a huge congratulations to Ahana Ogle in Yr9 for winning the Poetry Games 2014. There were 32,000 entries, 12 finalists and thanks to all of her friends and family for voting, 1 winner. Well done Ahana!

The Science Department have been busy this week. Yr9 went to the Natural History Museum on Monday with Mrs Sym and Megan to visit the Rocks and Minerals Exhibition. Having the opportunity to see and touch the ‘real thing’ right on our door step is a real asset to the location of our school. Miss Seconi is at Juniper Hall Field Studies Center in Dorking with the Upper sixth Biologists, where they are completing a field work study for their A2 coursework module. I hope that they took their wellies!

Unfortunately I will be missing the More’s Household Food for Thought lunch today as I will be visiting a Prep school but I am looking forward to hearing about, the hostess, Mrs Mullins talking about ‘A Man’s World~ Pursuing a career in a male dominated industry’.

I particularly enjoyed 7PC’s assembly this week on ‘Hope’ and the life of Nelson Mandela. There were great costumes, good acting and a powerful message. Thank you 7PC and Miss Crawley.

Last week saw 135 people attending extra curricular sport, which is fantastic, especially as some of the sessions start before some of us are properly awake. Remember that all of these clubs are open to every girl. So bring your tennis racket, put on your running shoes or just come along for the fun, Mr Garwood and Miss Minto would love to see you.

We had a swimming gala against Francis Holland last night and there were some commendable performances. In particular, Emma Sibbald yr10, is to be congratulated on her commitment and effort in so many races. Tonight the U12 and U13’s are playing Netball against St James’. Fingers crossed for another win.

Last night also saw the first rehearsal for More House Singers. There were some new recruits; parents, staff and old girls, which was lovely. So if you fancy singing between 6-7.30pm on a Wednesday, come along. We shall be performing Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), A Little Jazz Mass (Bob Chilcott) and 3 Songs for Capella (Philip Glass) in the Easter Choral concert alongside the girl’s choirs.

Have a restful weekend.

Amanda Leach 



The weeks ahead

Monday 27th January 3.30pm – 4.30pm Senior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 28th January All day: VIth Form French course

All day: Elizabeth Scholarship Interviews for Year 11

4.30pm – 4.55pm: U13A Netball v WLFS

5 – 5.25pm: U14A Netball v HP

5.30pm – 5.55pm: U12A Netball v HP

4.30pm: Junior Informal Concert

6.30pm: Senior informal Concert

Wednesday 29th January 3.30 – 5.30pm: VIth Form Art and Textiles Workshop

4 – 5.30pm: Drama Rehearsal

4.30 – 7.30pm: Junior Debating Team

Thursday 30th January 4 – 5.30pm: Drama Rehearsal

4.30 – 5.30pm: U15A Netball vs PP

4.40 – 5.40pm: U18 & U16 Combined v QG

7.30pm: Year 11 & VIth Form Drama Trip

Friday 31st January All day: Year 11 Spanish Course

3.45pm: U14 Football  v  G&L

Monday 3rd February House Countdown week starts

Living for Sport Day

3.30 – 4.30pm: Senior Chamber Choir

Tuesday 4th February 4 – 5.30pm: Drama Rehearsal

4pm – 6pm: Year 10 Art Workshop

Wednesday 5th February 3.30 – 4.45pm: Junior and Senior Choir
Thursday 6th February 4 – 5.30pm Drama Rehearsal

5pm: Composing Concert

4.30 – 5.30pm: U14A + U15A Netball vs SJ

6 – 10pm: PE Rewards Trip to London Lions

Friday 7th February All day: VIth Form Philosophy and Ethics day conference

Year 7 Trip to Tate Britain (during lesson time)


Prayer of the Week

Lord, you granted me the great gift of freedom.
In these times, O Lord, grant that I may be free
From any form of racism or intolerance.
Remind me, Lord, that we are all equal
in your Loving eyes.




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