Views from the Headmistress’ Study – 19th September 2014


Dear Parents,

As you read this I will probably be standing on the side of the athletics track at Battersea, cheering on the Houses. I will report next week on the records that I am sure will be broken and also on the result of the highlight of the day; the staff relay race! Another busy week has flown by and looking at the calendar, the term is just warming up.

On Monday, the Sixth Form Enrichment class went on a trip to the V&A to see an exhibition called Disobedient Objects. The girls spent time reflecting on the political activism that people have been involved in over the years (in particular from the 1960s up until today) and also understanding that there are still lots of demonstrations and protests going on in the world and also in London. The V&A website describes the exhibition; ‘From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.’ The girls returned to school and discussed what they had found particularly interesting, moving and effective.

On a different note, the AS English Literature course is a laugh a minute at the moment, as girls in the Lower Sixth discovered on Tuesday, when they went to see Oscar Wilde’s well-loved comedy, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ as part of their study of this dramatic genre. The Harold Pinter Theatre in Piccadilly was sold out for one of the last shows in this run. The play will be touring the UK, so if you’re a fan of Wilde, there is still the chance to see it!

The lunchtime clubs and activities programme is well under way and the girls are keeping themselves busy during lunchtime doing all manner of things, From photography, listening to audio books, tennis, board games, 7 minute workout, TED talks and there is even a Werewolf club!

On Wednesday evening it was lovely to meet some of the new parents at the drinks reception, hosted by the Parents’ Association. Welcome to our community.

Next Friday, I would like to invite all of you to a MacMillan Coffee Morning from 8am-9am. Come and have a cup of coffee and a pastry. If you are able to donate some home baked cakes, it would be most appreciated and hopefully as a result, lots of money will be raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Have a restful weekend

Mrs Amanda Leach


The weeks ahead

Monday 22nd September Sixth Form History of Art Trip3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 23rd September 6pm: Year 8 Science Fair
Wednesday 24th September 3.30pm – 5pm: Rome Tour Rehearsal6pm – 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
Monday 29th September 3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 30th September 7.30pm: U6 English Theatre Trip
Wednesday 1st October 9.00am: GCSE Art trip to the British Museum3.30pm – 5pm Rome Tour Rehearsal
Thursday 2nd October 4.30pm: Whole School Open Evening
Friday 3rd October 9.00am: L6th & U6th Art trip to the National Art Gallery


Prayer of the week from our Prayer Book:

Merciful Father,

Through the example of patience given to us by your Son, may we be conscious of the harm which our words may do.

Through Christ our Lord,


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