Views from the Headmistress’ study – 10th June 2016

Dear Parents,

I think the girls will be glad that their week of exams is nearly over.  We did manage to have some fun on Wednesday evening, with 70 of us taking part in the 5K Race for Life at Battersea Park. During the day I had never seen weather like it (nor had the PE Department and Year 9 who had to shelter in Knightsbridge Station for 20 minutes on their way back from Hyde Park!) but by the time we got down to the park it was a glorious evening. Congratulations to our Sports Captain, Maria Perez-Hernandez and Head of PE Miss Minto who were the first runners home in 25mins 30s, they even managed a sprint finish. Well done to Phoenix’s mum Roisin who was the first parent home. So far we have raised over £4485 for Cancer Research which is a fantastic amount. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us and if you would still like to donate to such a worthy cause then please visit our Just Giving page here.

 

 

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Mrs Hamley and Miss Gulin (RS Department) received a lovely email from St Philomena’s School in Kenya, thanking us for sending out some gifts for the children.  St Philomena’s is located in the Busia County in the West of Kenya, in a little village called Kajoro, near Tangakona.

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Before Christmas the Year 8’s filled and decorated bags for the pupils at the school. As you can see from the pictures, they received a wonderful collection of gifts that they would not normally have- little items that we take for granted.  I would have loved to have seen their faces when they opened the boxes!

If you are free on the 29th or 30th July and fancy a night at the theatre, have a look at the ‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton. http://www.thecourtyard.org.uk/whatson/705/the-ruby-in-the-smoke

The play has been written by one of our old girls, Madeleine Perham. Madeleine graduated with a 2:1 from St Hilda’s Oxford last summer after studying English. During her time at Oxford she was very heavily involved with the Drama Society and on January 1st 2016 she decided to ‘do one thing every day that scares you’! Having previously met the author Philip Pullman, she emailed him asking if she could adapt his book ‘The Ruby in the Smoke’ as a stage play. The next day he replied with full permission, and she is now making her professional debut as a writer and director by taking the show on tour at the end of this month. Well done to Madeleine!

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Next week is going to be a little different from this one! On Monday the choir are off to Thorpe Park. Not to sing, but to enjoy the rides as a treat for all their hard work throughout the year. On Tuesday afternoon, girls and staff will be taking part in the House 10K challenge in Hyde Park. Wednesday we welcome the new Year 7 2016 for their Induction Day. On Thursday evening the Dining Room will be filled with budding scientists, presenting their Science Fair Projects. Then on Friday we celebrate St Thomas More Day, with Mass at St Mary’s Cadogan Street in the morning, followed by House Rounders at Battersea Park. Please come and join us for our Celebratory Mass and Rounders Day. If the weather is lovely, bring a picnic.

Just thinking about next week, I need a rest!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Amanda Leach

Monday 13th June Music Rewards Trip to Thorpe Park
Tuesday 14th June 10K House Challenge | Hyde Park | 2pm
Wednesday 15th June Year 6 Induction Day
Thursday 16th June Science Fair Projects | Dining Room 5.30pm

Prayer sent to us from St Philomena’s School, Kenya

Faith makes all things possible

Hope makes all things work

Love makes all things beautiful

May all these things be yours throughout this year.

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