Views from the Headmistress’ study – 4th December 2015

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Dear Parents,

Last Friday, I was invited to City Hall for the Mayor’s Education Conference, where I heard Boris Johnson and Nicky Morgan MP speak about education and opportunities for young people in the Capital. We shall definitely be looking into some of the exciting opportunities on offer.

A bit of trivia. Did you know that Boris Johnson’s mother is an old girl of More House! Charlotte Johnson Wahl is an artist and hopefully we may be able to get her in to speak to the girls about her Art and also show her how much More House has changed!

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Some very exhausted girls this week, nonetheless, Y9 continued their winning roll and beat St James U14 by 12 – 6. There was some good play in the U17 game vs St James but we lost 8-4. In the RBKC league, the U12A beat the U12B 1-0 however, the U12B then beat Burlington Danes 5 – 1.

No fixtures until the New Year now, lots of hockey and netball matches to look forward to.

A huge congratulations to all of the girls who starred in our production of Guys and Dolls this week. We enjoyed two nights of pure entertainment, and the girls did extremely well. A big thank you to all staff involved too, especially Mrs Taylor and Miss Jackson for all their hard work. The pictures are up on our website now – be sure to have a look!

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The History department’s recent trip to Saint Petersburg was a real success. The girls have come back with such exciting stories to tell. They visited many world famous sites, including the Winter Palace where the Romanovs resided. It now houses such a huge art collection that if you spent one minute in front of each artwork, it would take you eight years to see it all – and that’s if you’re doing it for 24 hours a day!

They also visited the Church of Spilt Blood, built on the site of where Alexander II was assassinated. They’ve even kept the cobbles and canal railings where it happened right outside the Church.

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On Thursday, the sixth form Art Historians and Artists visited the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery to feast their eyes on the Goya portraits; the Giacometti ‘Pure Presence’ and the Simon Schama ‘Face of Britain’ Exhibitions. We also spent time in the Renaissance and Baroque rooms, discussing the evolution of Humanism and the rediscovery of the ‘Ideal’ from Classical art that so interested the 15th and 16th Century artists.

The purpose of the day was to experience, first hand, the works, and to enable the girls to spend valuable time appreciating the impact of scale and technique which no books can re-create.
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The way the exhibitions are curated enables a different perspective on the artists which is important for developing an understanding of context, since by nature of being in an exhibition, the works are dislocated from their original location and de – contextualised,  but by dint of being collected with their ‘siblings’ gives a social and biographical perspective of the artist.

Painting at a time of Spain’s turbulent Social and Political History, this exhibition focuses on the self-trained portraitist who rose to be the Court Painter and was known as ‘the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns’. Francisco de Goya became totally deaf early in his career and the loss of one sense finely developed the others, so that his paintings evoke the psychological character of the sitter and show rather more than the status and fame of the subject in all their vainglory.

The girls marvelled at Goya’s rapid technique which evoked so much more than they are used to seeing in traditional portraiture and they were left with a real sense of the period, the people and the painter.

 

Our Upper 6th Geographer enjoyed an informative A2 study day at the Royal Geographical Society. The day involved a series of lectures presented by academics on a range of topics including ‘Tectonics’, ‘World Cities’ and Water supply and conflict’. The final session was run by an A level Geography Chief Examiner, Simon Oakes, who provided delegates with a clear insight into what is expected from students aspiring to attain the highest grades.

Congratulations to Mr Garwood and his wife on the birth of Mabel Grace who arrived into the world yesterday, weighing 5lbs 6oz.

Looking forward to the Christmas Fair tomorrow. There are some wonderful raffle prizes to win and the girls are gearing up to raise lots of money for MISSIO.

With best wishes for the Advent Season,

Amanda Leach

Saturday 5th December 12pm-3pm More House Christmas Fair
Thursday 10th December Christmas Jumper Day
Monday 14th December Sixth Form Parents Evening
Wednesday 16th December Christmas Concert

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Week

Merciful and loving God, help us to stand firm and to hope in you. Show us how to tread carefully, and to love our earth and our neighbours as we love you. Amen.

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