Views from the Headmistress’ study – 25th September 2015

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Dear Parents,

Another week has flown by and it was lovely to see many of you at the MacMillan Coffee Morning, where we raised £440. Thank you to everyone who baked such wonderful creations- they certainly did not last very long!

It was with great pleasure that Walsingham House Captain, Emma Sibbald and her deputy, Ines Bunge welcomed Sister Cathy Jones from a local convent in Kensington. She had taken time out of her busy schedule to come and speak with Walsingham House to explain about the work of her Holy Order.

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The Convent of Assumption is not a closed order and the nuns are particularly active in social welfare and Education, often reaching out to the most deprived communities in our society, both in the UK and abroad. It was interesting to hear Sister Cathy speak, not only explain about the work of the Order, in providing retreats and educational programmes but also to hear of her personal journey in becoming a nun.

The talk was very friendly and informal with the girls having lots of opportunity to ask questions. It is hoped that the House might be involved in some charity event over the academic year to help some of the projects that the Sisters are involved with.

Perhaps some girls will visit the convent and experience the charitable work first hand and the older girls will have an opportunity to find out about teaching abroad, in one of their overseas convents.

However, in the short term we are just happy get to know and support our local convent. It was a most interesting start to the day.

Our 6th form Geographers were treated to an informative and thought provoking lecture by Danny Dorling at the Royal Geographical Society. Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. The lecture titled: ‘Not just economics: what we know about why inequalities still persist’ gave the students an insight into the geographical reasons for, and consequences of, wealth inequality in the worlds most unequal countries.

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Congratulations to Darcy in Year 7 for being awarded Lower School Pupil of the Week. She has been a great support to all in her Form and many have commented on her kindness and positive attitude. Well done, Darcy!

Next week is Open Evening and you will have received an email from Mr Keeley about the arrangements.

Make sure you have 6th October in your diaries, for the New York Fundraiser for the Music Tour. It will be an ‘awesome’ evening.

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It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Miss Kristine Atti from the Office. She has been invaluable in transforming so many aspects of the School marketing and trying to keep me up to date with technology. She still moans that I tweet at the wrong time of day! We wish her all the best in her next venture.

Have a lovely weekend,

Amanda Leach

 

The weeks ahead

Monday 28th September 3.30pm – 5.30pm: Senior Chamber Choir
Thursday 1st October 4.30pm – 8.00pm: OPEN EVENING 2015
Monday 5th October 3.30pm – 5.30pm Senior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 6th October Music Tour Fundraiser Night
Wednesday 7th October Year 12 Drama Trip

 

Prayer from my assembly ‘Treasured Possessions’

Dear God,

We remember the refugees who have had to leave everything they value behind and flee to a new country.

May their identity, their roots, their family and friends and their education be protected.

As for us, may we recognise our identity, appreciate our roots, value our family and friends and make the most of our education.

Amen.

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