Views from the Headmistress’ study – 20th March 2015

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Dear Parents,

It does not feel that a week ago the girls were all getting excited about the charity mile in Hyde Park. We raised over £2000 and there is still some more sponsorship money to come in. Well done Amelia Yr7 who raised a stunning £320 and Amanda Yr8 who raised £230. I hope you have been able to see some of the photos. Remember it is not too late to sponsor our staff who are running the Marathon at the end of April – http://www.justgiving.com/morehousemarathon2015

This week we thought about both our fathers and mothers. Yr9G gave us a wonderful assembly on Mother’s Day and read their own personal ‘Thank you’s’ to their own mothers. This is the video they played to us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V-20Qe4M8Y 11M celebrated Mass with Father Michael on the Feast Day of St. Joseph, which is celebrated as Father’s Day in some countries around the world.

This week the Year 9’s had a fabulous time at the Les Miserables Experience. The girls got to experience being on a West End stage, see some of the costumes and watch a fantastic performance. Lucky them!

The French exam classes went to the Ciné Lumière on Monday evening to see a film called Lou. They said that it was funny and ‘ a little weird’ but good for their French.

Sport continues to thrive with over 150 participants in the extra-curricular clubs this week. There was a netball fixture against Queens Gate for the Yr7 A and B teams. It was  a very close contest in both games. The A team lost 4-2 but the B team drew 2-2! Well done to Emilie for some stunning goals.

Mr Hegarty has been busy debating again this week:

‘You may have seen from ‘Debating News’ that the debating club were intending to develop a Little League, where we could create a series of friendly challenges with local schools.  The first encounter took place this week with Hill House. On Tuesday we hosted several pupils from Hill House for a debate in the library. It was a cheerful and relaxed event with both teams brining several supporters. This meant that when the Chairman asked for comments from the floor there were a varied and interesting selection of questions.

There were two motions. This House would ban exams and this House believes that Life Is About Number One. More House  stoutly argued against the second debate with Clara and Hope giving coherent arguments against selfishness and the Hill House judge gave very positive feedback about how impressive Anoushka’s opening opposition speech was. She was very emphatic in her delivery, confidently addressing questions from the floor with ease. Hope was also very fluent and assured in her dealings with rebuttals and I was particularly pleased to welcome on board Clara, who is our newest member in debating club. She really has shown a great deal of potential. However, it was in the first debate where More House really excelled. Judy, the opening speaker, was forthright as she proposed the banning of exams, highlighting the fact that education is more than just box ticking and going through hoops. It was a lively and fluent opening to the debate. Hill House came back with some clear arguments for retaining exams but thwarted by the fiery opposition from Genevive and Anoushka. Both were fluent and emphatic in their delivery and combined with Anoushka being able to confidently handle questions from the floor, in a controlled and informed manner, meant that More House won.

It was a delightful encounter and one we hope to repeat. Well done to all the debaters.

Our next London Junior Debate challenge is against Putney High next week, so let’s hope this confident win carries us through the next round’.

Unfortunately the weather was not good to us this morning for the solar eclipse. Keep your glasses for the next partial eclipse which  is in August 2018, to be viewed in northern Scotland!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Amanda Leach

 

The week ahead

Monday 23rd March 3.30pm – 5pm: Senior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 24th March 7.30pm: Year 12 Classics trip to Barbican
Wednesday 25th March 7.30pm: Easter Choral Concert
Thursday 26th March U6th Classics Civ trip to British Museum
Friday 27th March END OF TERM: 3.20pm

 

Prayer from the Cafod Lent Calendar:

Lord of all hopefulness, give hope and protection to those whose way of life is unjustly challenged.

Amen

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