Views from the Headmistress’ study – 5th February 2016


I know you have all been waiting for the results of the Modern Foreign Language Quiz…….. Walsingham triumphed with their knowledge of French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and even Welsh!

Do you know the Welsh for microwave? It is a POPITY PING


It was lovely to sit back and enjoy an evening of musical performances from so many girls on Tuesday evening. The Informal Concerts give the girls an opportunity to show the audience what they have been learning in their lessons and practice at performing. They all did so well and it is lovely to see how many of them have grown in confidence.

Well done to Sky (yr9) who has been selected to go through to the regional finals of  a competition called ‘Poetry by Heart’. Good luck to Sky in next week’s final. Eve and Bella (both in Yr11) must also be congratulated for being runners-up.

The PE department continues to return back to Pont street victorious. This week they won all of their netball matches; U12 beat Chelsea Academy 8-1 Well done to Mille C for being named Player of the Match. U13 beat Chelsea Academy 7-6 Player of the match was Maia and U16 beat Burlington Danes 20-2. Player of the Match awarded to Grace and Sky.

As you know from previous Views, the Yr9’s are Borough Netball Champions and they have been asked to be the Kensington and Chelsea’s team for the London Youth Games in July- what an honour and well deserved.

On Monday evening, Mrs Taylor and Miss Jackson took their GCSE Drama groups in Years 10 and 11 to see the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre. The play is based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens. With its pile of Olivier awards ad bestseller cred, it’s easy to see why it is such a hit. It is about an adolescent sleuth, Christopher Boone, who has ‘behavioural problems’. His copious anxieties include fears of strange toilets, physical contact and the colour yellow. As the first person narrative unfurls, it is impossible not to become enthralled by Christopher’s quest to discover who killed the neighbour’s dog! The choreographers amp up the movement with some incredible lifts and somersaults, while the designers turn up the sound and churn up the projections to give us a glimpse of the sensory overload that besets Christopher. These sections are gripping and thoughtful and gave us all a great deal to think about in relation to creating drama and the girls absolutely loved it. They will have a lot to discuss and write about in their preparation for the live review section of the Drama written paper.

Continuing with Drama, yesterday I had the pleasure of watching the House Drama competition where the girls had to create a performance in response to the painting The Dance by Picasso. Congratulations to all of the performers and it was a difficult decision for Miss Jackson and I to pick the winners. Well done to Iona with their winning adaptation.

Yesterday was World Cancer Day and Ilse and Lina did a tremendous job raising awareness and selling unity bracelets. Well done girls for raising over £200 for such a worthwhile cause.

Have a restful weekend,

Amanda Leach

Sunday 7th – Wednesday 10th February Science Trip to Iceland
Thursday 11th February Composers Concert | 5pm
Sunday 14th – Thursday 18th February MFL Trip to Montpellier
Monday 15th – Friday 19th February Half Term




Prayer of the Week: Taken from 10S assembly on mental illness awareness

This prayer to Saint Dymphna, printed below, succinctly identifies her as the well-known patron saint of those with mental or nervous disorders or mental illness.


Good Saint Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need. (Mention it.) Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.

Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.


To find out more about Saint Dymphna

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