Views from the Headmistress’ study – 6th May 2016

Dear Parents,

We all know it must be revision time and examination season because the sun is shining!

Yesterday afternoon, Father Fordham, led our Pre Exam Service with all our girls who are about to take public examinations. It was lovely to welcome him back to More House as he was once a Governor and gave us a quick lesson on the history of the School. He told us about the School Chaplain who was 6ft 8”! As we all lit a candle and pinned a prayer to our prayer tree, we were asked to look after each other and give each other strength when times in our lives are difficult.

Yr10M followed on from this with their assembly on ‘Standing Up For What You Believe In’.  They told us the story of St. Florian (his martyrdom is commemorated on May 4th) and St. Maximillian Kolbe (also know as the Saint of Auschwitz). They ended their assembly by introducing us to a video of Nick Vujicic. He was born with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of legs and arms.

Nick teaches us that we can achieve anything, even when people say it is impossible. He teaches us that we can find hope in the hardest of situations and to not wallow in self pity, but to learn and accept the gift of life, learn to laugh, give thanks to God and be willing to serve others before oneself.

We wish all those taking examinations over the next few months, the best of luck.

The rounders teams are celebrating a fantastic week. Yr7 and Yr9 were in a triangular tournament beating Queen’s Gate and St James. The U13 team drew with Queen’s Gate and then lost by ½ rounder to St James. Notable performances from Yazzi, Ella H and Grace for scoring the most rounders and to Cece, Elizabeth and Paula.

On Wednesday, Year 9 ventured to the West End to experience an action packed day in the life of Les Miserables. This is what Miss Dale had to say about this amazing trip ‘Year 9 have been exploring Musicals as a unit of study in Music this year with Les Miserables being the main focus. We were fortunate enough to experience the costume, stage and practical elements before watching the final performance. The girls were mesmerised by the skill of the costume department as the actors wore layered 6 costume changes in the opening act. We then ventured onto the Les Miserables stage and given a guided tour to the backstage area, props and rigging.

The girls then participated in a practical workshop which is designed to strengthen their appreciation of the historical context. The workshop culminated in a thought provoking performance by the girls themselves. The director was very impressed by the professionalism the girls demonstrated throughout the workshop. This enhanced their understanding of the professionalism and vocal control that is needed to portray a convincing scene. After all of this excitement we went and watched the matinee performance of the show. There is no doubt that all of the girls in Year 9 thoroughly enjoyed their trip and have learnt many different skills they can take away with them and implement into the classroom’.

More’s Household were lucky enough to listen to Sir Paul Colridge, a retired High Court Judge. Sir Paul specialised in Family Law and spoke to the girls about the three different levels of Law, shared some stories and gave them advice about entering the profession (degree plus conversion). The girls asked some fascinating questions and he has very kindly offered to take some of the girls on a tour of the Chambers.

Iona have been raising money for Water Aid by selling water at break. They made £160! Well done girls.

I have now heard back from the Children’s Trust that the Make Up evening last week, raised £1,208. This is an amazing amount. A big thank you once again to Ginni for organising such a wonderful evening.

A big thank you to all the girls and their brave relatives for signing up to our annual Race for Life run. We’ve had a record 91 entries! We have set up a JustGiving page in aid of Cancer Research and you can sponsor your daughter here 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine,

Amanda Leach

Monday 9th May Year 11 & L6th Study Leave Begins
Tuesday 10th May Activities Week Parents Meeting | 6pm
Thursday 12th May Music Competition
Wednesday 25th May Art Exhibition


As we enter into the Month of Mary let us pray:

Lord God,

we honour Mary as our Mother

because you chose her to be

the human vessel for

your Son Jesus,

who was both human and divine.

Help us to be open to

the same Spirit

who appeared to Mary,

guiding her throughout her

challenging life with

the Saviour of our world.

Through Christ our Lord.





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