Views from the Headmistress’ Study – 21st November 2014


Dear Parents,

Bonfire night may seem a long while ago but we had the judging of the House photography competition in which the girls were asked to capture the spectacle of a fireworks display. Congratulations to Mille C-B who won the competition. Speaking from experience, I know how difficult it is to capture ‘the moment’ of a firework!


All this week, the Houses have been battling it out at lunchtime for the coveted ‘Brains of More House’ Trophy. Although the questions set by Mr Hegarty were a little easier this year (well I managed to answer some!), he certainly got the grey matter working. Well done to Santiago who won the competition. This is not usually a competition that they win, so the other Houses better watch out in future competitions because they were on fire.


On Monday the U6 girls enjoyed a History of Art master class with Lavinia Harrington, an Italian Art Historian trained from Oxford University and the Courtauld. As a specialist in both the International Gothic and Early Renaissance period she complimented the A2 course perfectly. Having lived and studied in Florence for many years, Lavinia was able to give the students a real sense of what life was like for a C15th Florentine. The girls got a real insight into how domineering the powerful merchant families where, in particular the Medici. They learnt how they used art and architecture as a vehicle in which to express their power, wealth and political viewpoint. Next Monday, they are off to go the National Gallery to see just how much influence a patron has over what initially seems to be, a purely decorative work of art. We are so lucky that we have these amazing galleries right on our doorstep.

The Sport’s Department took 31 girls to compete against local schools in the Annual Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to Flora D who came 3rd in her age group and Hope and Nancy who came in the top 10 and top 20 respectively. Not bad when there were over 60 competitors in each age group.


The week ended with an wonderful array of over 60 performances in the Junior and Senior Informal Concert. This is a fantastic opportunity for the girls to conquer any fears of performing in front of an audience. I was impressed by all of them in so many ways; from the new Year 7’s performing for the first time, to seeing how much the girls have grown in confidence as they move up the school, to the camaraderie between the girls. It did make me giggle when Riddhima took to the drums and woke up the whole of Pont Street. I feel sorry for our neighbours on Monday morning when she will play in assembly!

I am not around at the beginning of next week as I am off to the Girls’ Schools Association Conference. I am looking forward to writing my views next week as I am going to be meeting a remarkable young lady who will be speaking to the Heads one afternoon. Unfortunately I cannot tell you who it is- you will have to wait!

Have a restful weekend

Amanda Leach


The weeks ahead

Monday 24th November Year 10 Art trip to Tate Gallery3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir4pm – 5pm: U12 – U16 Swimming Gala vs Queensgate
Tuesday 25th November Year 11, 12 and 13 Textiles trip to the Royal Academy
Wednesday 26th November 6pm – 7.30pm: More House Singers Rehearsal
Thursday 27th November 4.30pm – 6pm: U13/U14 Netball League
Friday 14th November Occasional Day Holiday: School Closed
Monday 1st December 3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir6pm – 7pm: Ski Trip Meeting
Wednesday 3rd December 6pm – 7.30pm: More House Singers Rehearsal
Thursday 4th December 4.30pm – 7pm: U6th and L6th Parents Evening
Saturday 6th December 12pm – 3pm: CHRISTMAS FAYRE


Prayer of the week:

In busy days of noise and action

and especially when my journey seems long

And my energy is spent.

Lead me to be still, Lord,

And discover anew

That you are with me

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