Views from the Headmistress’ Study – 10th October 2014

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Dear Parents,

Once again the girls and staff have had an eventful week. As I write, we have a group in Berlin, with Miss Brown and Miss Crawley, visiting the city and spending a day in a language school. I am looking forward to hearing all about their ‘long weekend’ when they return on Monday.

Despite the rain this week, we have had the Mini Marathon trials and also a netball fixture against Holland Park and Chelsea Academy. Congratulations to the 25 girls who took part in the trials in Holland Park and a special mention to Flora who qualified for the London Youth Games Cross Country Championships, which will be held in November. Good Luck Flora! There were some fantastic netball results this week; Year 7 won against Holland Park 1-0 and Year 8 won against Chelsea Academy 10-1 and against Holland Park 6-0. Congratulations to Phoebe and Lily for being named player of the match.

On Tuesday evening we had the annual fundraiser for the music tour. The evening was filled with delicious food, great company and some fantastic entertainment. We were serenaded between courses by Rosanna, Mr Anstice, Rhidhimma, Charlotte, Dom and Emma (not all at the same time!) The aim of the evening was to raise as much money as possible to help subsidise the tour and pay for the little extras when the girls are in Rome. We raised around £6000 which is an incredible amount. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening by joining us, sponsoring the food, donating prizes or working behind the scenes.

Over the last few weeks Mrs Boulter has been collecting ‘old’ technology for the More’s Household event which occurred last night. The oldest item donated for the evening was a Brownie camera from 1959. The Dining Room was transformed into a mini museum and it certainly was for me a trip down memory lane as half of my childhood electronic games were on show! It was great to see the girls reactions to old typewriters and slide viewers but it was also sad to see that these items did not grab their attention for very long and they soon moved on to something new. The other half of the evening was spent listening to our guest speakers.  We had David Farmer from Royal Holloway, who spoke about physics, technology and our future. Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia from Imperial who gave us an insight into Optical Quantum Computation. Followed by Dr Jenny Griffiths from UCL who introduced us into the incredible world of Biomedical Engineering. Radmilla Topalovic from Royal Observatory Greenwich talked about astrophysics and all the new telescopes which are being launched into space. And then finally Natalie Fletcher from Google introduced us to some of the new personal technology which is being used around the world so that everyone is able to access the internet. It was a fascinating evening and showed us just where our school science could possibly take us in our future careers.

The prayer this week is from 7S’ Form Assembly. They spoke about Acts of Kindness and showed us ways in which a simple gesture could make someone’s day.

Have a restful weekend.

Amanda Leach

The weeks ahead

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
Monday 20th – Friday 31st October Half Term

Prayer of the Week:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all of the kind things that others do for us. We ask today that you give us opportunities to do kind things for others.

Please help us to pass on your light to others as we well as being grateful for the light you are in our lives.

Amen

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