Views from the Headmistress’ study – End of Year

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Dear Parents,

I cannot believe we have reached the end of the academic year and that the summer holidays start on Friday for the girls. I know that we have been waiting for the warm weather to come but my thoughts are with those schools who are still continuing for the next couple of weeks.

Last Friday evening was an extremely special time for our girls who made their Confirmation at The Oratory. Congratulations to Julia, Elena, Constance, Alana, Susanna, Margaret, Janice, Molly, Sara, Fareedah, Fran and Helena. The service was presided by Cardinal Vincent Nicholls and I was lucky to meet him at the end of the Mass. I invited him to come and visit us as our Patron- perhaps he will come in the new academic year when he has a spare minute?

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The Lower Sixth have returned from a week’s work experience. Susanna was fortunate to work with The Telegraph and had two articles published on line. Have a read, especially the one about workplace distractions:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11700864/Glastonbury-tent-for-the-price-of-a-one-bed-flat.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11691728/Employees-waste-759-hours-each-year-due-to-workplace-distractions.html

Tuesday evening saw the PE Department take us through the sporting year, reminding of our successes and highlighting that 80% of More House girls regularly take part in sport. Come on the rest of you! Well done to Honey (Junior Sportswoman of the Year) Molly (Intermediate Sportswoman) and Maria (Senior Sportswoman). The Swim Squad were voted the Team of the Year and a special mention goes to Sky, Aoife, Molly, Lucy and Maria for having participated in the most number of hours of sport this year. Thank you to Miss Minto and Mr Garwood for all their hard work and also to Mr Carroll, Ms Berntsen and Mr Robertson for helping with clubs and teams.

IMG_1027 IMG_1014 IMG_1100 IMG_1094Last night, was the final event for this academic year from the music department. We were treated to performances from all the school choirs, the newly established string group, peripatetic staff and also the winners of the music competition. Well done to Miriam, Amelia, Olivia, Lydia, Suzuka, Raya and Amara for entertaining us with their superb performances. Mr Anstice had an opportunity to thank his dedicated UVIth chamber choir members who leave More House this year. I hope that they find ways of continuing music at their universities. We also thanked Miss Ho who is leaving us to join the Music Department at another school.  We wish her all the best.
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The final event of the term was the House Entertainment competition which the girls have been secretly preparing over the last couple of weeks. The theme this year was ‘Water’ and there were some amazing props, costumes, choreography, music and story lines. The girls and staff always make it so difficult to decide the winner so I had Mr Keeley and Ms Forsyth help me once again and we decided that Iona were to take the trophy home. We also awarded the House of the Year trophy which went to Canterbury.
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The final assembly is a time for celebrations and farewells. We celebrate all the wonderful events over the year, which I must thank all the staff for organising. All the trips, activities and events greatly enhance the girls’ learning and show that there is ‘More to Life’!

It is always sad to say goodbye to some of the girls and staff but we wish them well in whatever or wherever they are off to. Miss Crawley is off to Malaysia. Miss Berntsen is off to get married and return to Norway, Mrs Crowder has suddenly been called back to America, Miss Miller is off to work closer to home in Cambridge, Ms Rogers is off to teach in Scotland, Ms Romero is moving to Milton Keynes, Miss Siem, Miss Ricci and Mrs Sym are leaving teaching and starting new adventures.and Mrs Boulter and Mrs Hextall are off on maternity leave. We wish them all the best.

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Have a wonderful summer holiday, safe travels and I look forward to seeing you at the beginning of September. 

Amanda Leach

Autumn Term savethedate

 

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