Views from the Headmistress’ Study – 12th September 2014


Dear Parents,

It has been the first full week back and we are in full swing. Over 100 girls have participated in the various sports clubs and the competition is hotting up for Sports Day. There has been a change of venue for the Start of Term Mass due to renovations at St Mary’s Church. We would love to see you at The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St. Thomas More, Cheyne Row, SW3 5HS at 9.30am  next Friday. You are all most welcome to follow us to Battersea Arena for Sports Day. Races and field events will start at 11am (Chelsea Gate).

The Rome Tour Choir has started their rehearsals and the itinerary for the tour is looking more and more exciting by the day. The girls will be singing at various venues including St Peter’s Basilica and will be performing to the students at St George’s International School.

The More’s Household hit the ground running this week, with a trip to the Houses of Parliament for girls in years 7-9. Their tour of the Palace of Westminster was followed by a ‘Food for Thought’ lunch with guest speaker Rupert Taylor, who led a fascinating discussion on politics, which saw girls (and their teachers) becoming increasingly spirited as they debated the various merits (and pitfalls) of inheritance tax!

Mrs Boulter, Mr Hegarty, Miss Travers and Year 11 went to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to see a performance of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Year 11 are studying the book for GCSE English Literature and we were very lucky to secure tickets, as the performance has been in great demand. The production was acclaimed by critics with the The Daily Telegraph enthusing….”If you have tears, prepare to shed them at this superb adaptation of Harper Lee’s great book… a production of tremendous heart and emotional depth”…..I think the girls would agree, certainly Mrs Boulter shed a tear! The day remained dry and warm and I was told that it was a delight to sit in the open air and watch this very imaginative production, where actors mingled with the audience as they narrated and performed the play. Rural American blues music created the perfect atmosphere as scenes moved swiftly, with quick costume changes, story telling and mime. Although the set was minimal, it was used to great effect which held the attention of the girls and of course such an original production meant the girls had lots to talk about on the way back to school.

We had Information Evenings for Year 9, 10 and 11 parents to inform them about the year ahead and talk about some of the new initiatives which will support their daughter’s progress. Year 13 Parents’ Evening was a chance to speak to the girls and parents about the AS results and the next steps to success at A level.

This year we have introduced a prayer book, which is used by Form Tutors during their time with the girls. Each week there is a theme, readings and prayers which are shared with the form. This week’s theme was ‘Sunday, the Lord’s day of rest’ and I have shared one of the prayers with you this week .

I am looking forward to meeting all the new parents at the Parents’ Association drinks on Wednesday 17th September at 6.30pm

Have a restful weekend

Mrs Amanda Leach


The weeks ahead

Monday 15th September 3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir
Wednesday 17th September 3.30pm – 5pm: Rome Tour Rehearsal

6.30pm – 7.30pm: New Parents Drink

Friday 19th September 9.30am: Start of year Mass

11.00am: Sports Day

Monday 22nd September Sixth Form History of Art Trip

3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir

Tuesday 23rd September 6pm: Year 8 Science Fair
Wednesday 24th September 3.30pm – 5pm: Rome Tour Rehearsal

6pm – 7pm: Information Evening for Berlin Trip

Thursday 25th September 2pm – 3.30pm: Talk on Eating Disorders (Pupils)

6.30pm – 7.30pm: Talk on Eating Disorders (Parents)

Friday 26th September School Portraits


Prayer for the week:

Lord God, give us a constant fear and love of your holy name, that we may honour you on the day which you made holy by the resurrection of your Son.

Through Christ our Lord,


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