Views from the Headmistress’ study – 6th November 2015

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Dear Parents,

Having had two weeks off for half term, it was time to hit the ground running.

The girls returned from the New York Music Tour full of tales and I hope you have had time to read Catalina’s account of the trip on the Head Girl’s Blog. One of the reasons New York was chosen as a destination was because we were asked by Bishop Murphy, an American Bishop who heard us at the Beatification in St Peter’s last year, if we would come to USA and sing at St Agnes Cathedral in Long Island. He was very pleased to see us and told us that once again we had sung beautifully. We are getting quite a reputation around the world!

The Junior Debating club visited Godolphin and Latymer school on Monday to take  part in a debating workshop. They had talks from sixth form debaters which were very informative and gave them lots of tips about how to improve their debating skills and how to prepare for debates. It was all very new for Victoria, Sophie and Ella from Year 7 but they took lots away from the workshop and Manaal enjoyed finding out how to be a judge and is looking forward to playing this role later in the term. The inter schools debating competition starts at the end of this month, so look out for the reports and see if we can put this advice into practice.

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On Wednesday the Art Department took all Year 7 girls on a trip to Tate Britain. They focused on looking at Pop Art for their current coursework project. All the girls completed a written comparison of two works of art and made a full-colour copy of one of them.  Everyone enjoyed seeing works of art that they had studied in class and enjoyed seeing the beautiful Tate building.

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The A Level English students enjoyed a trip to the Playhouse Theatre this week to see the comedy ‘The importance of Bering Earnest’. They are studying the play as part of their comic genre studies, so to be able to go along to the West End with such ease and see the comical antics of this very funny cast, lead by David Suchet, was a real pleasure. It certainly lived up to its five star reviews and I think all the girls would thoroughly recommend it!

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Rehearsals for Guys and Dolls are well under way, costumes are being sourced, props and staging being made and plenty of well known numbers coming out from the music rooms. Save the dates in your diary.

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Next week is busy with the Year 11’s and their parents joining us on Monday for the Post 16 Information Evening, when they hear about life in the Sixth Form and all the wonderful subjects that they can study.  Remember on Thursday it is Prizegiving and the girls will all have supper in school before going down to Holy Trinity Church at 6pm. We are looking forward to listening to our guest of honour, Claire Young.

Here is a little bit about her:

‘Claire is the straight talking, no-nonsense business woman who is well known for reaching the final of series 4 of BBC1’s The Apprentice (2008) watched by over 11 million viewers. She is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise to our younger generation. Claire works ‘hands on’ in schools (primary through to university age), and across multiple government organisations and projects including Global Entrepreneurship Week, helping students to raise aspirations, take off the blinkers and think big!

Claire has been nominated for the Queen’s Enterprise Award and is honoured to represent the UK in The European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors.  She is Honorary President of Young Chamber UK (http://www.youngchamber.com/) a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation which is dedicated to ensuring that young people of all levels of ability and background are equipped with the skills needed to fulfil their aspirations and achieve their goals.

Claire is Ambassador, and co-founder, of social enterprise http://www.girlsoutloud.org.uk/ and enjoys working with female students. Her aim is to raise their aspirations as girls can achieve anything which they put their mind to’.

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the fireworks.

Amanda Leach

Monday 9th November Post 16 Information Evening 6.30pm
Thursday 12th November Prizegiving Ceremony 6.00pm
Friday 13th November Occasional Day (School closed)
Tuesday 17th November Informal Concerts 4.30-7.30pm

Prayer of the Week

This week in assembly I talked about November being the month when we remember other people who have died. Rosanna sang beautifully ‘Pie Jesu’ and we lit candles to represent our own individual prayers, our love, hope and peace as we remembered All Souls.

Grant them O Lord eternal rest,

And let perpetual light shine upon them,

May they rest in peace

Amen.

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