Views from the Headmistress’ study – 15th January 2016

 

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have all seen the latest copy of More Insight. If not ask your daughter to pull it out from the depths of her bag or look at our digital version here. It showcases some of the wonderful events, activities and achievements from the Autumn term.

Year 11’s finished their mock examinations yesterday and now it is time for them to reflect on their performance. There is a Year 11 Parents’ Evening next week where we can plan for the next few months, before the ‘real thing’!

All clubs and activities are now in full swing and the netball teams have had a superb week. Last night the Year10/11 team beat Holland Park 5-3 and the Year9 team won both their games; 25-0 against Burlington Danes and 7-3 against Queen’s Gate. Well done girls, we are on a roll! We have been lucky enough to secure some tickets to watch England play Australia, next Friday, at netball in the Copper Box, where the girls will be able to see the speed and skills of the best players in the world. Get your forms back quickly to Miss Minto, first come first served.

The MHPA Committee had a meeting on Monday where they are in the planning stages for some fun events this term. Save the date for the Wine and Quiz Night (10th March) which is always a fun evening for friends and family.

They would also like to invite you to the first in a series of talks, which aim to address issues of particular relevance to our role as parents.  The first such talk, given by Dr Aric Sigman and entitled Managing Screen Time and Screen Dependency, will take place on Monday 22nd February in the Dining Room at 7.30pm.  The talk will last about an hour and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the issues that are aired.  The girls will have the opportunity to attend a similar presentation earlier in the day. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for funding this talk.

The Year 7’s have started learning their instruments, funded by the MHPA. 7G are learning the clarinet with Mr Keeley, 7D and Mr Anstice will be on the trumpets and 7J are picking up their violins with Miss Dale.

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On the topic of screen time, I showed a video in assembly called ‘Look Up’ (https://youtu.be/Z7dLU6fk9QY) and had us all thinking about how technology is great for helping us to connect online, but should not ever replace human contact, face-to-face conversations and actual eye contact. Interestingly, there were two articles in the Evening Standard last night on this topic:

We’ll be losing so much if we stop talking facetoface

Cunning ways to outsmart your phone Say no more!

Have a peaceful and restful weekend,

Amanda Leach

Tuesday 19th January Parents Meeting for Iceland Trip 6pm
Wednesday 20th January Year 11 Parents Evening 4.30-6.30pm
Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th January Classics Trip to Athens
Tuesday 26th January Year 9 Options/Parents Evening 6.30pm

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Week

Dear Lord,

Thank you that you made us to connect with others.

Thank you that you gave us the abilities to develop and find new technologies. 
Help us to use technology wisely.

Help us to find ways to connect with others at a deep level today.

Help us to see how eye contact, our words and our presence can bring peace to others.

Help us to always stay connected to each other and to you.

Amen.

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