Musings from the Head’s Study – 28th February 2014



Dear Parents,

The half term holiday seems such a long time ago already. Wasn’t it wonderful to have some days without rain? Didn’t the return of the rain this week feel all the more grim for those wonderful days of absence?

This week has seen everyone getting back into the swing of things. Ms North has returned a married woman. Her wedding was a joy, so I understand, and Senior Chamber Choir did her proud by their performance at her service. The various choirs have stepped up their rehearsals for the Spring Concert which is now a month away. This should be a very special occasion in very many ways. To mark the 60th Anniversary Mr. Keeley has sent out a call for Old Girls and ex-Staff who were choristers to join us on that night to sing with the Massed Choir. In addition to commemorate both the 60th Anniversary and my retirement, the Governors are hosting a Reception back at School for anyone who wants to come along after the Concert. More details of this to follow.

Two other events well underway are another chance to see Mr. Bignell’s surreal comedy Madnesstookme and More’s Household’s celebration of talents which this term will be on the theme of freedom and liberty and which will showcase not only the talents of our own girls but also a very interesting panel of outside experts. Again, watch this space (or the Twitter feed) for further details.

Thursday of this week saw the annual GCSE Information Evening for Year 9 and their parents as part of the process by which the girls decide which subjects they will take next year in Year 10. As I am sure they are aware, theirs is the ‘last cohort’ in that they may well be the last group to take the old style GCSEs before the phased (and it has to be said potentially chaotic) introduction of the new-style GCSEs whatever they might look like – teachers still do not know yet, which makes planning for their introduction something of a challenge!

And finally: just for your own reference I will be out of school from 19th – 21st March as I have been called up to conduct an Inspection for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

With best wishes for the weekend

Robert Carlysle


The weeks ahead


Monday 3rd March 3.30pm Senior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 4th March  

3.30 ~ 4.30pm: U12 Netball v PP (Battersea Park)

4 ~ 5.30pm: Drama Rehearsal

Wednesday 5th March 11.30am ~ 2pm: Year 9 Music trip to the Royal Festival Hall

P8: Ash Wednesday Service

3.30 ~ 4.45pm: Junior and Senior Choir rehearsals

Thursday 6th March World Book Day

Publication of the School’s Novella

Year 10 Science Live!

4 ~ 5.30pm: Drama rehearsal

6pm: More House Association AGM and Annual Dinner

Friday 7th March Mufti Day to raise money for the World Challenge project ~ Inspirational Women theme

pm : Year 8 fundraising sleep over in School

Monday 10th March 3.30pm Senior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 11th March 3.30 ~ 4.30pm: U12 & U13 Netball v Portman Place

4.30 ~ 6.30pm ~ Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 12th March Year 8 Geography trip to the Royal Observatory

3.30 ~ 4.30pm: Junior and Senior Choir rehearsals

4.30 ~ 8pm: Middle School Debating Team to Godolphin and Latymer School

5.30pm: UVIth A2 Drama assessed practical

Thursday 13th March Lunchtime: More’s Household Food for Thought lunch

4.30 ~ 5.30pm ~ Drama Rehearsal

Friday 14th March  
Saturday 15th March Sports Reward trip to watch Surrey Storm


The Prayer in the Chapel this week:


Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty … Give me only Your love and Your grace: with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more


St Ignatius Loyola

(1491 ~ 1556)

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