Views from the Headmistress’ study – 16th October 2015

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Dear Parents,

As many of you know the Music Tour has departed for New York and will spend the week singing around Manhattan and Long Island as well as some sightseeing and shopping. I am very jealous that they have been invited to sing in St Patricks’ Cathedral – what a wonderful experience for them!

On Wednesday, the Art Department went to visit the Auerbach Exhibition at Tate Britain. In their project on the Environment, the Year 10 artists are learning about different paint techniques. As part of this they are studying the work of Frank Auerbach and were delighted to see that Tate Britain had mounted the perfect exhibition for them. They also took the Sixth Form artists with them.

Auerbach applies paint in thick layers which often makes work very difficult to reproduce on-line and in books. Seeing the work first hand gave them the chance to see the vibrancy and richness of his technique. The girls were amazed to see the 3-D quality of his work and the bright flashes of colour that had clearly be squeezed straight from the tube. Auerbach lives and works in Camden and it was inspiring to see London represented in this way.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/frank-auerbach

The Year 7 and U16 netball teams were out in force this week against Chelsea Academy and Queensgate but unfortunately the opposition were too strong for us. Well done to Maria, Demi and Margot for being awarded the Player of the Match.

Congratulations this week go to Sophina (Yr8), who took part in a dance workshop where she was picked out of 90 children to perform with Diversity- how cool is that!

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Also Julia K (Yr9) returned this week from competing in the National Finals of the Lee Westwood Golf Tour. The tour is played over 4 months and provides the opportunity for junior golfers to play in a national golf tournament. She came in the top five for her age group, which is an amazing achievement- well done Julia!

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Our intrepid explorer Anastasia (yr9), who climbed the Matterhorn in the summer, was asked by Knightsbridge School to speak to their children about her incredible ascent and overcoming her fear of heights. I am hoping that she will talk to some of our girls after half term and show them that it is possible to follow your dreams even if something holds you back.

7G gave us a wonderful assembly on the ‘Power of Words’. One part of the assembly that struck me was this Persian proverb ‘The arrow that has left the bow cannot return”. They told us how we cannot take back what we have said and how really important to choose your words carefully. They also spoke about how we can use the power of words to do something good and make someone feel great everyday. Have a look at his video that they showed us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU

Have a wonderful half term break,

Amanda Leach

Monday 19th October Half Term Begins
Thursday 22nd October New York trip returns
Monday 2nd November School Reopens
Wednesday 4th November Year 7 Trip to Tate Britain

Prayer from 7G’s assembly this week:

Dear Lord. Help us to understand the power of words. Help us to think before we speak and be aware that our words can sometimes hurt others. Help us to use words for good and say things that will make others feel happy about themselves. Amen.

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