Views from the Headmistress’ study – 26th February 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope that you have managed to read our Head Girl Charlotte’s account on the blog of her trip to Montpellier.  A group of girls went with Mr Carroll and Ms Stanovjic to speak as much French as possible. They stayed with host families and attended a language school, so there was no excuse not to speak la langue! Alina excelled in the classes, Charlotte was put into one of the adult classes, Eve stayed with a host family by herself (for the second year in a row) and Rhea would not stop talking with her host family!

It was lovely to receive this email from one of the host families:


Charlotte et Ines sont adorables, très bien élevées et vraiment sympathiques.

J’espère qu’elles garderont un bon souvenir de leur passage à Montpellier.

Merci à vous aussi à une prochaine fois.


On Monday night the Parents’ Association hosted a talk by Dr Aric Sigman on ‘Managing Screen Time and Screen Dependency’. It was an enlightening talk and I hope that you read his notes by clicking here.


You only have to read the first two paragraphs to realise the impact of too much screen time is having on our children’s health. The girls also had the opportunity to listen to his talk and some of them have been telling me how they are changing their habits; limiting time, switching off an hour before bed time, using an alarm clock and stop having phones etc around when trying to work.

It is rather peaceful around school today as all of Year 10 are at the Science Live Lectures at  the Apollo Theatre. The day gives the chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. They are very lucky to have coming to London Prof  Robert Winston and  Prof Alice Roberts.

Prof Robert Winston is a medical doctor, distinguished scientist, particularly in the area of human fertility. He is also a well-known television presenter and in addition he is also a politician who sits on the Labour Party benches in the House of Lords.


Prof Alice Roberts is a clinical anatomist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. Alice has presented a range of programmes on BBC2, including Coast, Wild Swimming. The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, and Prehistoric Autopsy. She is also to be heard occasionally on BBC Radio 4. She has authored four popular science books about anatomy and human evolution, and writes a regular science column for the The Observer.


I am looking forward to seeing the KS3 play on Monday evening,‘Snow White and The Evil Queen’. Tickets are unfortunately sold out, but watch this space for photos next week.

Have a peaceful weekend,

Amanda Leach

Monday 29th February KS3 Play | 6pm
Thursday 3rd March Year 8 Parents Evening | 4.30-6.30pm
Saturday 5th March Netball Superleague Trip
Monday 7th March Year 7 Parents Evening | 4.30-6.30pm





Prayer of the Week taken from the Cafod Lent Calendar

Lord, help us to hold onto what is upright and true. May we cherish and protect the gifts of creation. Amen.

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