Views from the Headmistress’ study – 9th October 2015

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Dear Parents,

Once again the girls and staff have had an eventful week. As I write, we have a group of A level Geographers in the Surrey Hills completing fieldwork. I am looking forward to hearing all about their stay in a ‘Surrey bothy’.

Despite the rain this week, we have had the Mini Marathon trials and also a mixture of netball fixtures. Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the trials in Holland Park. Maria did exceptionally well and qualified for the London Youth Games Cross Country Championships. A huge well done to her!

There were some fantastic netball results this week; Year 7 won their main against Kensington Aldridge Academy 8-1, and narrowly lost in a tightly fought match against Holland Park by 4-2. Congratulations to Ella for being named player of the match for the first game, and to Ilse and Niamh as players of the match for the second.

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On Tuesday evening we had the annual fundraiser for the New York music tour. The evening was filled with delicious food, great company and some fantastic entertainment. We were serenaded between courses by Amara and Matty. The aim of the evening was to raise as much money as possible to help subsidise the tour and pay for the little extras when the girls are in New York. We raised around £5000 which is an incredible amount. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening by joining us, sponsoring the food, donating prizes or working behind the scenes.

On Wednesday the Drama AS group attended a matinee performance of Martyr at the Unicorn Theatre with Mrs Taylor and Miss Jackson. Martyr is a new play written by the playwright Marius Von Mayenburg. It was a particularly exciting trip as the play features an ex-More House School girl: Jessye Romeo. Jessye met with our current year 12 Drama students after the show to discuss the rehearsal process, the characterisation of her role, Stanislavski, Meisner and the life of an actor!

The play explores the topical issue of religious fundamentalism through the character of Benjamin, a Christian fundamentalist. Marius Von Mayenburg considers how far we should go in accommodating another’s faith, and when we should take a stand for our own opposing beliefs.

This topical production follows Actors Touring Company’s highly acclaimed The Events, seen at the Young Vic last year.

Martyr AS Theatre Trip

Some of our current girls were in the spotlight on Wednesday themselves when we had a call from the Channel 5 news team asking if they could interview some of our girls about Feminism and the fight of the suffragettes. If you missed seeing Emma, Katja, Laila, Marie and Helena on the 5 o’clock news, here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZbP8F8plwo  As one parent put it ‘Very proud of all the More House girls – articulate and thoughtful comments!’

Yesterday was National Poetry Day and Years 7 and 8 have been studying a range of poetry and this was a perfect opportunity for the pupils to write and develop their own poems ‘in the style of’.

The breadth of work was impressive, demonstrating a great range of imagination and skill. The English Department eventually decided upon a selection of poems which they felt deserved special recognition. Well done to Josie, Maysara and Jodie, all of whom created original and thoughtful poems.

Poetry Day 2015

As you can see it has been quite a week!

Have a restful weekend,

Amanda Leach

The weeks ahead

Monday 12th October Year 7 & 8 Tutor Meetings – 2pm
Tuesday 13th October Year 11 Parents Evening – 4.30pm
Wednesday 14th October Year 10, 12 and 13 Art Trip 9.30-1pm
Thursday 15th October Music Tour to NYC departs
Monday 19th October Half term until 30th October

Prayer of the Week taken from our Prayer book:

Dear God,

We want to enter your kingdom and we want to help build it on earth.

Show us how to walk humbly and to live in a spirit of awe and openness.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen

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