Views from the Headmistress’ study – 22nd April 2016

Dear Parents,

We started the week off with a Study Skills Talk for the Year 11 and Sixth Form girls and also for the parents. Steve, the presenter, gave us lots of tips to see us through the examination season. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for sponsoring the talk.

Exam tension is building within school as the speaking examinations have been taking place and the Art GCSE is well underway. Next week continues with the AS Drama performance, Matty’s AS music recital and the AS Textiles examination. Good luck to everyone!

There has been so much excitement in the Science Department this week, with the hatching of 10 little chicks. The live feed to the incubator kept many of us up far too late and it has been lovely to see the girls’ reactions as they pecked their way out one by one. We will have them for one more week before being sent to a good home in the country.

Well done to the U14 A & B rounders teams who played Francis Holland last night. The U14 A team won 12-11 and the B’s narrowly lost 11-10. Over 50 girls attended Rounders Club on Monday –  what a great start to the rounder’s season!

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 14.51.07Another new lunchtime club has started; Miss Dale’s Accapella Group.  I am looking forward to hearing their arrangements at the Summer concert.

Last summer Ella H in the Lower Sixth took part in the National Citizen Service where she spent 3 weeks of the holiday taking part in expeditions, skills workshops and a social action project. She has continued to work on her social action project which involves collecting and distributing clothing donations for the homeless charity The Passage. Her commitment, enthusiasm and hard work has impressed the organisers and she has been selected to become an Associate Mentor for the organisation and mentor those young people joining the scheme this summer.

Well done to Scarlett in Year 7 who, the day before she went on the school ski trip, completed the 12km Mud Run in Ripley North Yorkshire raising money for “helping heroes”. 12 kms of gruelling obstacles, tough terrain and awful weather. She was 2 years under the minimum age and actually the only child amongst grown men. She breezed it and got a very good time. Well done Scarlett!

I hope that you have bought your tickets for the Makeup Evening on Thursday 28th April. It sounds like a fun evening and one not to be missed- friends and family are all welcome to come.

You can buy your tickets directly from The Children’s Trust Website here:

Have a lovely weekend,

Amanda Leach

Wednesday 27th April House Event | John Asbridge talks about Art Production | 4pm
Thursday 28th April UK Maths Challenge | Years 7 & 8
Thursday 28th April MHPA Make Up Evening | 7pm
Monday 2nd May Bank Holiday | SCHOOL CLOSED


Prayer of the Week taken from our Summer Term Prayer Book:

Lord Jesus,

You are the Good Shepherd

who calls us by name.

We listen for your voice.

We recognise your voice.

You lead and we follow.

Dear Jesus, thank you for your

faithful love and guidance.


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