Views from the Headmistress’ study – 23rd January 2015


Dear Parents,

For those of you who avidly follow our blog throughout the week, you will see that we have had two new House competitions. ‘More Than Words’ run by Mr Hegarty saw the girls reciting poetry and prose during Monday’s lunchtime. The judges Mr Hegarty, Miss Travers and Ms Maher decided that Walsingham were victorious. I really do not know how they chose!

Miss Brown and her Modern Foreign Languages team set up another House Challenge on Tuesday to test the girls’ knowledge on all things French, German and Spanish. Did you know what the French is for Smurfs? Schtroumpfs! Well done to Iona who came first.


The Upper Sixth Business Studies group went off to the Vue Cinema in Fulham for an exam coaching workshop. Riddhima’s words from the day were ‘ It was very fast paced but really good for finding out the areas I need to do more on. I found the case studies really interesting. It was fun working with students from other schools!’

It’s been an incredibly busy week in the PE department. They have had over 140 participants, 8 fixtures and a whole range of non competitive clubs during the week. There have been some triumphs; the U13 hockey team won the first match of the season 2-0, the U13 indoor athletics squad wiped the ‘field’ with the field events at the borough tournament and the swim squad continue to improve. We had two first places at the tri-school gala this week for the Year 7 and 9 squads, narrowly missing out on the win overall, we finished 2nd. It’s fantastic to see so many students engaging in the activities the PE department are offering, even if the morning clubs require a 6am start! Next week we have the U12 Indoor athletics championships, another U13 hockey match and countless clubs, but for tonight Miss Minto will put her feet up as she goes up to Cambridge to support her home team Cambridge United take on Manchester United in the FA Cup. You never know what the underdogs may pull out of the bag!

Mrs Taylor came back to visit us with her beautiful bundle of joy, Tilly. We are glad to see they are both doing well – Welcome Tilly to the More House Family!


If you are interested in singing Mozart’s Requiem in the Easter Choral concert then get in touch with Mr Keeley to join More House Singers ( Rehearsals start next week on a Wednesday night 6-7.30pm

Father Michael continued the theme of ‘Happiness’ (last week’s Food for Thought topic) with the Year 10’s in Mass this week and spoke about an interview with Pope Francis. Follow the link to find out the ‘Ten steps to Happiness’

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Amanda Leach


The weeks ahead

Monday 26th January 3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir4.30pm – 6pm: Year 7 Borough Athletics
Tuesday 27th January 4.30pm – 6.30pm: Junior Informal Concert5pm – 6pm: U13 Hockey vs Francis Holland6.30pm – 8.30pm: Senior informal Concert
Wednesday 28th January Year 10/11 Art & L6th/U6th Textiles Trip
Thursday 29th January 4.30pm – 6.30pm: Year 8 Parents Meeting
Friday 30th January 3.30pm – 4.30pm: U16 Hockey vs Francis Holland
Monday 2nd February 3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir6pm – 7pm: Parents meeting for MFL trips to France and Spain
Tuesday 3rd February 4pm – 5pm: U12/U14 Hockey vs Queen’s Gate4.30pm – 5.30pm: U14 & U15/U16 Netball vs Portland place5pm: Composers Concert
Wednesday 4th February 3.30pm – 6.45pm: Junior and Senior choir rehearsals
Thursday 5th February 4.30pm – 6pm: U13 Netball vs Queen’s Gate


Prayer written by Amara (read in Form Mass this week)

Dear Lord,

May we say thank you for all the privileges and blessings we all have.

We pray for the all the war and poverty going on in this world.

We pray that all our hearts be full with love and peace

And that we can be strong and brave to stop this hate and fighting in the world.

Thank you for all the beautiful things you have created in the world.

May you bless us all



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