Views from the Headmistress’ study – 13th February 2015

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Dear Parents,

After the week we have had the girls all deserve a good rest over half term.

Monday and Tuesday evening saw girls from years 7 and 9 performing three Grimm’s Fairytales. Under Miss Berntsen’s direction, they used physical theatre to perform Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Cap and Ashputtle. With so little props and just themselves to tell the stories, every girl had their moment to take centre stage and they fully captivated the audience. Well done to them all!

Continuing with Drama, yesterday I had the pleasure of watching the Junior House Drama competition where the girls had to create a two minute performance in response to the painting Dali does Escher or Shakespeare’s sonnet number 18. Congratulations to all of the performers and I can understand why it was a difficult decision picking the winners. Well done to Santiago with their adaptation.

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February 12th is Red Hand Day which marks the anniversary of the signing of a protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that forbids the use of children in conflict. But despite the existence of this protocol, more than 250,000 children are still being forced into conflict in at least 17 countries – including some that have ratified the treaty. Every year children send ‘red hands’ to the UN in order to raise awareness about the Convention. 7T spent some time this week thinking about things they are grateful for and prayed for children having to live amongst conflict.

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The PE Department had a successful time at the Borough Indoor Athletics. Year 7 came 4th overall and Year 8 came 2nd (they missed winning 1st place by 3 points). Special mentions go to Victoria F (1st in the 4 lap relay) Maud (1st in the shot put) Honey  (1st in the speed bounce) and Juliette(1st in the triple jump). I was very impressed that some girls took equipment home to practice! Miss Minto would like to mention that she has arranged a Netball Superleague Trip on 7th March. There are a few tickets left if anyone is interested.

Mrs Jones and her merry team of helpers have been selling books and stationery during lunch time and after school. We heard this week that they have done such a good job that Scholastic Books, the publishers have given us £210 worth of books as a thank you.

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Over the last couple of weeks, Year 9 and AS Geography students have sampled the delights that the Royal Geographical Society have to offer. Year 9 students attended a “Going Places with Geography” taster day ahead of their GCSE options which helped them to think about Geography at GCSE and beyond. The day involved a number of lively workshops run by “Geography Ambassadors” from Universities around the country. Year 12 attended an AS Study Day which focused on topical geographical themes and exam skills to help support their exam revision. The students came back to school feeling informed and positive about all the wonderful opportunities that Geography has to offer.

The MFL Department is busy this week and next. As I write this we have a group in Los Urrutias, Spain which is a charming small village on the shores of the Mar Menor in southern Spain. The girls are attending a language school and sampling Spanish cuisine and culture. You can keep track of them through our twitter account @morehouseschool. Next week, although it may be half term, Miss Brown and Mr Carroll are off to Montpellier  with another group who will be immersed in French life. They will be staying with host families and so there will be no excuse not to try out their spoken French. I’m sure those French Exchange trips bring back memories to us all!

Last night we had a More’s Household event continuing with the theme of ‘Happiness’. Mim and Emma led us through an interactive quiz based on our thoughts of happiness. What would your response be to the statement ‘Truly happy people are born, not made’? Thank you to the Parents’ Association who have bought us a set of interactive keypads. We could see instantly on the screen everyone’s responses and they got us all talking. The remainder of the evening was spent listening to Monika Waszczuk a PhD student from King’s College who talked about Mindfulness. What I thought was a little worrying is how big this practice has become and that we find it hard to switch off from all the chaos and constant interruptions in today’s society. So perhaps half term has come just at the right time!

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Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Amanda Leach

 

The weeks ahead

Monday 23rd February GCSE Music Trip3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir
Wednesday 25th February 3.30pm – 5.45pm: Junior and Senior choir rehearsals
Thursday 26th February Year 11 GCSE English Trip6.30pm: Year 9 Options Evening
Monday 2nd March Year 9 History trip to Imperial War Museum3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir6.30pm: Parents Association Meeting
Wednesday 4th March 3.30pm – 5.45pm: Junior and Senior choir rehearsals
Thursday 5th March 6.30pm: Parents’ Association Make Up Masterclass
Friday 6th March Year 7 Trip to Imperial War MuseumYear 10 Science Trip
Saturday 7th March PE Trip to Superleague

 

Prayer of the Week

(read with 7T as they thought about Red Hand Day)

God of Peace,

We pray for peace around the world.

Wherever there is hatred, sow seeds of calm.

Where there is destruction, help us to rebuild.

Where children are crying, bring an end to tears.

Shelter your peoples and protect them.

Guide them and keep them from harm.

Amen

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