Views from the Headmistress’ study – 11th March 2016

Dear Parents,

We are half way through this half term and continue to fill the week with so many enriching activities.

Last weekend the PE department went to watch the Netball Super League alongside a large crowd of avid netballers. The girls were amazed by the speed of the game and picked up lots of tips- now they just have to use them in their own matches! Some girls were even lucky enough to snap a photo with international player Sasha Corbin.

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The Tenner Challenge has begun where groups of girls are given £10 and have to make as much profit as they possibly can in one month. I have already come across one group who have already made over £100 with their home baked cookies and muffins.

I had the pleasure of watching scenes from ‘Daisy Pulls It Off’ performed by the GCSE Drama group. They had us in fits of laughter and their take on the Headmistress was comical- I question where they got their ideas from though.

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Year 8 have been busy taking part in news making activities for the BBC School Report News Day. On Thursday we were able to publish our reports online. If you have time please listen to the girls reporting on ‘The Dangers of Segway Hoverboards’, crime and Global Warming. You can watch them below:

On Monday Year 9 went to the Imperial War Museum as a cross-curricular trip to see Lee Miller exhibition and to view the First World War exhibits and study The Somme Archives. Here is an account from Mrs Hunt:

The day was extremely full as the IWM hosts such a plethora of artefacts relating to the war both as a feature of protecting civilisation and defending honour, as well as highlighting its fatally destructive nature.

Having been a muse and model, Lee Miller was a successful and celebrated figure in the society of the Surrealists and other Modernist artists of the 1930s, in England and America.  She became a photographer and concentrated her later career as a commentator on the paradoxes and ironies of the age.  Her work shows a playful perspective but captures the details and subtle nuances that, as a woman in a man’s world, caught her attention.

Working as an official war correspondent for Vogue, Lee Miller captured field hospitals in Normandy, concentration camps in Dachau and even the inside of Hitler’s apartment. She focuses on gender impact and the role of women in WW2.

Lee Miller is on at IWM London until 24 April 2016

Video: Katie Adie on Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

Year 9 have been studying the representation on women over time by both male and female artists and are developing their understanding of how society represents gender at different times.

They will be looking next at representation of war in their History of Art lessons.

Next week is an extremely busy week. Please sponsor staff and girls for all the Sport Relief activities, which we shall be participating in. Girls are ‘Swimming the Channel’, staff are ‘Cycling from Pont Street to Paris’ and we finish the week with our Fancy Dress Mile in Hyde Park.

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Mrs Mercer practising for our bike ride for Sports Relief next week!

Next Thursday is the Easter Choral Concert in St Luke’s Church. The school is continuously full of music with girls rehearsing and it is sounding beautiful. Don’t forget that there is an extra rehearsal on Saturday at St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, Chelsea from 2 – 4pm.

If you have not yet bought a ticket, please contact the Office.

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This morning staff are recovering and celebrating from a victorious evening at the Parents’ Association Quiz Night. It was a fabulous evening and certainly got the grey matter working. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved or supported the event.

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Have a lovely weekend,

Amanda Leach

Saturday 12th March Easter Concert Rehearsal
Monday 14th-18th March Student/Tutor Sixth Form Feedback Week
Thursday 17th March Easter Choral Concert | 7.30pm
Friday 18th March Fancy Dress Fun Run | 3.20pm

 

Thank you to Walsingham for reminding us in assembly that Easter is a time of new beginnings and new life.

Prayer of New Beginnings

God of new beginnings, we are walking into mystery.

We face the future, not knowing what the days and months will bring us or how we will respond.

Be love in us as we journey.
May we welcome all who come our way.

Deepen our faith
to see all life through your eyes.
Fill us with hope and an abiding trust
that You dwell in us amidst all our joys and sorrows.

Thank You for the treasure of our faith life. Thank You for the gift of being able
to rise each day with the assurance of Your walking through the day with us.

God of our past and future, we praise you.

AMEN

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