Views from the Headmistress’ Study – 6th October 2014

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Dear Parents,

Last week was buzzing with visitors coming to see all the wonderful things that we do. Open Evening was fully booked and so I have been seeing as many prospective parents  as possible during the working day.

The cast of ‘As You Like It’ went to see a West End performance and came back to school with lots of ideas for their own performance in December.

On Tuesday, the netball season kicked off with fixtures against Queens Gate and Portland Place. We had 4 teams battling it out and there were some stirling performances for the first match of the season.  A particular mention must go to the Year 9 team who beat Portland Place 11-1. Well done girls!

Wednesday saw the Yr 11 artists off to the British Museum to look at the ancient Egyptian, African and South American artefacts as research for their current sculpture book. This is always a well received trip and this year was no different with some superb drawings being produced. Sixth Form Textiles and Art students spent the day on Friday comparing historical paintings at the National Gallery with contemporary work in the Tate Modern. This allows them to identify perennial themes in Art whilst make connections between different artists, which is a vital component of their A-Level course.

For Open Evening on Thursday, girls were asked to volunteer to show off their school and they all did an amazing job. We had the senior Chamber Choir serenading our guests and girls demonstrating all sorts of activities from science experiments, art, how to host a Roman feast, a musical treasure hunt to netball. There were so many exciting activities going that our guests were spoilt for choice from one room to the next. When asked ‘Which was your favourite room?’, it was a hard one to answer!

Some of you may have already heard about some very exciting news for the girls who are part of the music tour to Rome.It was brought to our attention some weeks ago that on Sunday 19th October the Vatican is celebrating the beatification (the first stage to sainthood) of a former pope, Paul VI, with a Mass.  We duly sent a request to the Vatican, asking that More House School Choir be allowed to take part in the Mass, which will be celebrated by Pope Francis, as it happens to coincide with our tour.  Our patron, Cardinal Nichols, also wrote to the Vatican in support of our application.

We heard last week that our request had been accepted!

Although we are still awaiting details of our involvement, it would appear that we will be performing at the Mass with the Vatican choir. Clearly this is a very great honour, both for the girls and indeed for the school, and one that very few choirs are lucky enough to receive. Book your flights to Rome now!

I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night at the Rome Tour Fundraiser or the More’s Household event on Thursday. Another busy week ahead…

Best wishes

Mrs Amanda Leach

The weeks ahead

Monday 6th October Year 9 Trip to the National Gallery

3.30pm – 5pm Senior Chamber Choir

AS English Trip to Trafalgar Studios

Tuesday 7th October Year 7 Trip to the National Gallery

3.30pm – 6pm: RBKC Mini Marathon Trials

6pm – 9pm: Rome Tour Information and Fundraising Evening

Wednesday 8th October Year 8 Trip to the National Gallery

3.30pm – 5pm: Rome Tour Rehearsal

Thursday 9th October Language trip to Berlin leave

6pm: More’s Household Exhibition

Monday 13th October Year 10 Art Competition Week

2pm- 4pm: Year 7 & 8 Form Tutor meetings

2pm – 7pm: Rome Rehearsal for evening concert

7pm – 8pm: Pre Rome Tour Concert

Tuesday 14th October 4pm – 5pm: U14/U15/U16 Netball vs Portland Place
Wednesday 15th October 3.30pm – 5pm: Rome Tour Rehearsal

 

Prayer of the week from our Prayer book:

The ‘Thought of the Week’ is Helping Those in Need

Lord,

Make us worthy to serve those

who live and die in poverty and hunger

throughout our world, seeing you in them.

Through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

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