Views from the Headmistress’ Study – 23rd June 2014


Dear Parents,

What a contrasting two weeks! Although the girls had a week of exams we still managed to have some fun. Over 60 girls, staff, parents and friends took part in the Race for Life at Battersea Park. It was a glorious evening, lots of pink and over £3000 raised. If you would still like to donate to such a worthy cause then our Just Giving page is:

We also celebrated with the Year 11’s the end of their exams with a huge bowl of strawberries and cream. Although they have an extended summer holiday ahead of them, many of them are still in school, rehearsing for the summer concert and helping out at various events.

As soon as the internal exams had finished it was back to business. Year 7 had a wonderful day visiting the medieval splendour of Bodiam castle in East Sussex, dressing up and exploring the castle and grounds.

House Entertainment rehearsals have started and the Houses are keeping it very secret what their final performances will consist of at the end of term. The theme this year is ‘Space’ and the Houses have to choose their music, design costumes and props and put some choreography together. It is real team work between the girls and the staff.

It was lovely to welcome all the year 6’s on Tuesday who will be joining us in September. They had a busy morning of lessons followed by some team building games with Miss Minto and Mr Garwood. They arrived all quiet and shy but it didn’t take them long to warm up and feel at home.

The Year 9’s went down to Fishbourne to see the wonderful Roman palace and the mosaics. The girls learnt about Roman domestic life and were able to touch some of the artefacts.

We also had this week the annual Art Exhibition which is definitely a highlight of the school year. Various rooms are transformed into galleries and the standard and variety of Art is incredible. Our guest of honour was Emily Peacock who designs and sells contemporary needlepoint kits in Liberty’s and online

Emily presented the Art Prizes 2014 to:

Year 7: Juliette, Olaya and Maud 

Year 8: Vanessa and Francoise

Year 9: Ruby and Rosanna 

Year 10 Meryem and Milly 

Year 11: Emily 

LVIth Domenica 

UVIth Aruna, Courtney and Eloise 

Congratulations to everyone who exhibited and won prizes. 

We have also just heard from some of last year’s UVIth Art students who went off to complete their Art Foundation courses, that they have been accepted to do Fashion at Edinburgh and Fine Art at Chelsea. Well done Ella, Anna and Daisy. I would not be surprised if one day they returned to present our prizes at a future Art Exhibition.

We also managed to fit in our last Food For Thought lunch with More’s Household for this academic year. Miss Seconi lead a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion on the relationship between science and faith. As always, these lunches lead to some impressive and insightful ideas from the householders, and are an opportunity to explore some of the more challenging areas of the curriculum in greater depth. The Householders are currently preparing for their ‘Celebration of Talents’ evening on 1st July. Book your ticket in the school office!

The grand finale of a very busy week was the celebration of our patron saint St. Thomas More. Father Aidrian at St Mary’s Cadogan Street presided our service and gave us the message that although we have talents and gifts we must never use them to belittle anyone or become arrogant and we must always stand up for what we believe in. The Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei , from The Little Jazz Mass (performed at our Easter Choral Concert),  were led by the Senior Chamber Choir with sections that the whole school joined in with. After the service, Father Aidrian commented on the standard of music, the clarity of the readers and the exceptional behaviour of the girls.

Once Mass had finished we made our way down to Battersea Park for a day of Rounders between the Houses. The day was splendid, good weather, lots of competition, plenty of rounders being scored, catches being made and most importantly fun.  Iona took home the trophy for the second year running. Thank you Miss Minto for organising such a fantastic event and thank you to all the parents who celebrated out Feast Day with us either at Mass or at the park.

There was still one more event to finish off the week- the VIth Form leavers party. Ms Majerus and Mrs Hutchinson, with the help of Florence, put on a fantastic spread. As the girls walked into the courtyard it was incredible to see how much they have grown and blossomed over the last 7 years. Mr and Mrs Carlysle were able to celebrate the evening with us which was very special as these were Mr Carlysle’s first year 7’s when he arrived at More House. They sure have changed since then! They are a wonderful group of young women and we wish them lots of luck in their future lives.

The last few weeks are equally busy and I hope to see you at the Drugs Talk on Monday or at the Summer Concert on Tuesday.

I must thank all the staff for organising all of the trips and events to enhance the girls’ learning. I know that they enjoy spending time with the girls outside the classroom and showing them that there is ‘More to Life’!

Have a lovely week,

Amanda Leach


The weeks ahead

Monday 23rd June All Week: Harrods PE Kit Fitting

2.30pm: Drug’s Talk Year 10 & L6th

6.30pm: Drug’s Talk Parents

4.00 – 5.15pm: U12 & U14 Rounders vs Portland Place

5.30 – 6.30pm: More House Singers

Tuesday 24th June 4.00 – 5.15pm: U13 & U15 Rounders vs Portland Place

7.30pm: Summer Concert

Thursday 26th June 2pm: 10km House Challenge

7pm: Annual Sports Dinner

Friday 27th June Year 9 Battlefields Trip
Monday 30th June Choir Trip to Thorpe Park
Tuesday 1st July 6.30pm: Celebrations of Talents
Thursday 3rd July Midday: End of Term



Prayer for the week in celebration of our Feast Day.

The Prayer of St. Thomas More


O Lord,

give us a mind

that is humble, quiet, peaceable,

patient and charitable,

and a taste of your Holy Spirit

in all our thoughts, words, and deeds.


O Lord,

give us a lively faith, a firm hope,

a fervant charity, a love of you.

Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation

and all dullness in prayer.

Give us fervor and delight in thinking of you,

your grace, and your tender compassion toward us.


Give us,

good Lord,

the grace to work for

the things we pray for.

St Thomas More, 1478-1535

One thought on “Views from the Headmistress’ Study – 23rd June 2014

  1. It was a delight for us both to be with the girls to mark their transition into adult life. They were as graceful gracious and brilliant as we knew that they would be when they first came to the School all those years ago.

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