Views from the Headmistress’ study – 8th January 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2016.

Firstly thank you for the very many Christmas gifts that myself and the Staff received before the holidays.  It was most kind and I know that they were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

As I write, we have the 11+ Consortium Entrance Exam taking place and also some Year 11 mock examinations. Good luck to all of them. I don’t know what was worse, my train journey in this morning or the prospect of sitting an exam!

Miss Minto and her merry team of staff have taken all of KS3 down to Battersea for a morning of fun competitions. We would struggle to accommodate the prospective girls and our own, and as the sun was shining, what better excuse to blow away some cobwebs.

Clubs and Activities are underway and some new ones have appeared on the weekly schedule;  Sporcle, Dot to Dot, Foreign Film, Pom Pom and Fashion.

Mr Anstice has been recruiting girls for the Easter Choral concert and is also on the look out for any parents and friends who may be interested in singing with More House Singers. Due to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her 90th birthday, we shall be singing a selection of British choral works written in the last 90 years. If you are interested then please get in touch with Mr Anstice for further details (

On our second day back, the term kicked off with all Year 10 having the opportunity to see Jane Eyre at the National Theatre.

At the last minute Mr Hegarty was offered tickets for this sell out production.

Jane Eyre is a core GCSE text. The visit to see the play will be hugely helpful to the girls as they will be studying the novel this term and it will allow them to have some important visual reminders of both character and action. This celebrated production had a very contemporary feel; a modern set design, atmospheric lighting and a live jazz band, offering a range of incidental music and sound effects which enhanced the story, as it helped create the gloomy gothic nature of Jane’s struggle.

A splendid theatre visit and one which, I am sure, will stay with the girls for some time to come.


It is always lovely to hear how well More House Alumnae are doing and Jessica Costelloe (Class of 2004) has been nominated as ‘People To Watch For The Year Ahead’.

Singing was always her passion and dream. Have a read about her through this link: We wish her all the best and hope that she finds time to come and say hello.


Another busy term ahead of us! Keep reading my views for all the latest news.

Amanda Leach

Wednesday 6th-14th January Year 11 GCSE Mocks
Monday 11th January Parents Association Meeting 6pm
Tuesday 19th January Parents Meeting for Iceland Trip 6pm
Wednesday 20th January Year 11 Parents Evening 4.30-6.30pm







Prayer of the Week

Heavenly Father,

you created the sun, planets, moon and stars, and everything that breathes to give you glory.

You are almighty and powerful and yet as close to us as our breath and you live within our hearts.

Inspire us with your gentle Spirit and direction

just as you did the wise men who travelled far to see your glory in the Christ child.

We ask this through your Son Jesus.



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