Views from the Headmistress’ study – 17th November 2015

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Dear Parents,

Apologies for not writing at the end of last week but with the excitement of Prizegiving, the week flew by!

It is always lovely to see the More House community, friends old and new, gather together to celebrate the wonderful achievements and remind ourselves of all terrific events which took place last academic year.  We welcomed Claire Young as our guest speaker, who told us about her rise to success and her mantra of ‘Just Do It’- you never know where it might lead you. She has certainly done well for herself since appearing on The Apprentice in 2008 and is passionate about raising aspiration and promoting enterprising skills to our younger generation. Ambassador, and co-founder, of social enterprise www.girlsoutloud.org.uk, her aim is to raise girls’ aspirations and make them think big! She says that girls can achieve anything, which they put their mind to. http://www.claireyoung.co.uk/about

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At Prizegiving we celebrated a whole year but even one week is busy at More House!  Last week was certainly a busy one for sport.  129 girls took part in sporting activities and all but 3 girls in Year 7 did a sporting activity. I must congratulate the Year 8’s who were ALL physically active last week.

The Year 9 netball team are flying at the moment with a tremendous win against Francis Holland, especially as they were playing the year above them. The team also came 4th in an U15 tournament, the previous week.

Other recent results:

U12A beat Sion Manning 8 – 0

U13A beat Sion Manning 13-1

U13A beat Kensington Aldridge Academy 5-0

U17 played Lady Margaret, after a shaky start (lost first half) they won the 2nd half 3-2.

Well done to all the teams, keep it up!

I had the opportunity of hearing Dr Adric Sigman speak on ‘Managing Screen Time and Screen Dependency’.  Screen ‘addiction’ is a term increasingly being used by doctors to describe the growing number of children engaging in screen activities in a dependent manner. It was amazing the amount of research that has been done to show the effects of screen time on young people, as it is becoming a serious medical issue. I am hoping to get Dr Sigman in to school, to talk to the girls and parents- very insightful!

Tonight sees the first Informal Concert, where we hear all the Juniors and Seniors performing some of the pieces which they are practising in their lessons. It is always a lovely evening listening to Grade 1 pieces through to the higher levels, solo performances to groups, singing to drums- please come along if you are free.

Tickets for our production of Guys and Dolls are now available from the school office. Make sure you don’t miss out on what is guaranteed to be a spectacular performance!

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I am always interested to know who actually reads my views and how far our story is travelling around the world. I would like to end these views with wishing one of my readers in South Africa a belated ‘Happy 90th Birthday’ and ‘Congratulations on reaching this amazing milestone!’ from all of us at More House- you know who you are!

Have a wonderful week,

Amanda Leach

Tuesday 17th November Informal Concerts 4.30-7.30pm
Wednesday 17th November Sixth Form Taster Day
Thursday 26th November Year 10 Parents Evening
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December Guys and Dolls School Production at St Columba’s Church.

Prayer of the Week:

God of love and of life, let us take time to look deep within ourselves and discover the gifts you have blessed us with. May we take the time to direct our lives in a way that best uses our own unique combination of gifts. May our education help us discover where our strengths and interests lie. May our faith guide us in realising our gifts. May we always be open to the direction of the Spirit and never forget the love you have for each of us.

Amen

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