Views from the Headmistress’ study – 30th January 2015

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Dear Parents,

I think the girls were praying for a snow day this week, but unfortunately their wishes have not come true! We have kept them busy with the new House competition; Temple Run, Art trips to the Design Museum, netball and hockey fixtures, indoor athletics, training and the informal music concert- another busy week which you can catch up with on the blog. The student council met this week with Charlotte (Head Girl) and Emma (Deputy Head girl) and came up with a ‘Wish List’ for me. Some very interesting ideas from recycling, to notice boards, to more sport, to oil & balsamic vinegar at lunch (In my day it would have been Heinz Salad Cream, if lucky!)

As you may have heard already, our brave staff are taking on the London Marathon in April. With £12,000 to raise, we have set up a Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/morehousemarathon2015

Thanks to all who have already supported the team members with donations and sponsorships!

One of our Yr 11’s, Emma, has been selected by the British Explorers Society to venture to the Peruvian Amazon this summer, where she will trek and study the rich biodiversity. She will be helping to protect and conserve this area and get involved in a number of sustainability programmes. I cannot wait for her to come back in September and tell us all about this wonderful experience.

Some of you may remember an ex member of staff (English Department) called Mrs Lucinda Martin who sadly left us to work in Dubai. We heard this week that she  has earned a book deal with Chicken House, a prestigious UK publishing firm, after winning second place at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s Montegrappa First Fiction Competition. Chicken House was founded by Barry Cunningham who signed J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Lucinda’s novel,  “Moth and the Nightingale” is a fantasy story aimed at 8-13 year olds. The story is set in the summer of 1937 and follows Henrietta ‘Henry’ Abbott, a twelve year-old girl who has recently lost her brother in a fire. Henry meets an old woman in the woods and the unlikely pair form a friendship that helps them uncover buried secrets and heal old wounds.

Luigi Bonomi, a top UK literary agent said, “Lucinda’s writing is beautiful and evocative. She has written a very real family story that resonates with you from the very first page. I am not surprised that Chicken House have signed on this original and charming story.”

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Congratulations Lucinda and we hope that she will return to More House and talk to the girls about her writing. Another new book for the library as soon as it is published.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Amanda Leach

The weeks ahead

Monday 2nd February 3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir

6pm – 7pm: Parents meeting for MFL trips to France and Spain

Tuesday 3rd February 4pm – 5pm: U12/U14 Hockey vs Queen’s Gate

4.30pm – 5.30pm: U14 & U15/U16 Netball vs Portland Place

5pm: Composers Concert

Wednesday 4th February 3.30pm – 4.45pm: Junior and Senior choir rehearsals
Thursday 5th February 4.30pm – 6pm: U13 Netball vs Queen’s Gate
Monday 9th February L6th trip to Royal Geographical Society

3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir

6.30pm: Junior School Play

Tuesday 10th February 6.30pm: Junior School Play
Wednesday 11th February MFL Trip to Spain

3.30pm – 5.45pm: Junior and Senior choir rehearsals

Thursday 12th February MFL Trip to Spain

6pm: More’s Household Exibition

Friday 13th February MFL Trip to Spain

 

Prayer by Cardinal John Henry Newman ‘The Mission of my Life’

(Read by Fr. Michael during the Upper VIth Mass)

The Mission of My Life

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

Amen

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