Views from the Headmistress’ study – 9th September 2016

Dear All,

I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday and are glad to be back into the school routine! The girls seemed to be excited about being back but by yesterday they were all looking a little shattered- time for a restful weekend.

The biggest achievements for the School over the summer were the examination results and the complete renovation of the Sixth Form Centre.

A record number of girls achieved top results across the board in their A levels and GCSE’s this year. We are proud to announce another year of 100% pass rate at A level and an incredible 66% of the grades were A*-B (compared to 45% last year). At GCSE, we saw an 11% increase in A*-C grades now at 91%, our highest ever number of A*’s and a total of 66% of girls achieving A*-B (compared to 56% last year). I do have to single out Laila who gained 10 A*s and Marie who gained 9 A*’s and 2A’s. Huge congratulations to all of the girls.

The renovations on the top floor have caused a buzz throughout the school. Walls knocked down, rooms made bigger and a rather trendy breakfast bar area have turned a rabbits warren of rooms in to a super space for the Sixth Form. We now have two large study rooms and a joint Common Room. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for funding the ‘extras’ for the space. If you haven’t had a chance to sneak up there and have a peek, please just ask and the Sixth Form would love to show you around.

In the last week of term, Miss Seconi took some budding scientists to the Big Bang Science Fair where they had to exhibit their science fair projects. Ella, now in Year 8,won the prize – beating Sixth Form students – for the best communication in the whole fair! We were then overjoyed to receive an email a week later to say that Ella had also been awarded the University of Chichester Prize for Women in Science and Engineering for her project on Frozen Seeds and Kayla also won two prizes; the Edwards Prize for Technology and the Eurotherm by Schneider Electric Prize for Commercial Potential for her project on Nanoparticles and Handbags. Huge congratulations to Ella and Kayla.

See Ella in action in the above video from two minutes in!

The day we broke up for the holidays, Dakoda took her dance troupe down to the Cadogan Hall to compete in a dance competition. The girls looked beautiful in their costumes and performed an extremely moving dance, which was a total contrast to the large amount of hip-hop entries. It was certainly good experience for them and they now have some idea as to the competition for next year.

I received this lovely email from a parent about the competition:

‘Dear Mrs Leach,

I thought you would like to know that the girls did so well in the More House entry for the Dance Showdown at Cadogan Hall on Friday night. We really enjoyed their performance. Miss Dakoda did a fantastic job of choreographing a lovely routine which very much played to the girls’ strengths.

The standard at the competition was very high and was dominated by hip hop street dancing, but the More House girls really stood out – They looked elegant, graceful and gave an enchanting dance display. They most definitely did the school proud and they all seemed to thoroughly enjoyed the experience, Clara certainly did!’

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Well done to all of our girls who were competing at the London Youth Games in July. Our Year 9 netball team, as Borough champions, made up the Kensington and Chelsea Netball Team. They came 21st out 30 teams. Congratulations also to Julia Year 10 who came 9th in the English Girls Golf Championship and 12th in the Abraham Trophy, which is a tournament to look for England’s most improved girl golfer.

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It was lovely to see so many of you at the various information evenings this week. We shall be sending through an electronic copy of all the information, just in case you were unable to attend. If you have any questions over ‘What’s in store this year?’ please do not hesitate to contact either your daughter’s Form tutor or the relevant Senior Teacher

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Year 10 & 11

Sixth Form

Director of Studies

We welcomed lots of new girls this week and also Mr Sean Green (Head of Religious Studies) and Mrs Lynsey Garwood (English).  We also welcomed a new Chaplain, Father Lawrence Nam SJ who led a joyful celebration of the Eucharist at the Mass for Lower Sixth in our school chapel. Father Lawrence will also be leading our Start of Year Mass next Friday 16th September at St. Mary’s Cadogan Street. The Mass will start at 9.30am followed by our annual Sports Day at the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park (from 11am). Please come and join us for the Mass and Sports Day.

The Sixth Form will be hosting a coffee morning from 8.15am on 30th September, in support of MacMillan Cancer Trust.  Please come and have a cup of tea and a cake to get your day started. If you are inspired by the Great British Bake Off, please do send in some delicious donations.

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The Tour Choir has started rehearsing for their forthcoming tour to Austria and I heard this week that a number of parents will be going to Vienna to watch the girls’ performances. There will be a fundraiser on 4th October, all are welcome.

Don’t forget that we have a very exciting event on Wednesday for all students regarding our new eco programme, More Green. All of our girls will gain a deeper understanding of eco issues, and the older girls will learn more about getting hands-on in order to save our planet and maybe even visit the Amazon next year!

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Have a restful weekend,

Amanda Leach

Wednesday 14th September New Parents’ Drinks | 6.30pm
Friday 16th September Mass and Sports Day | From 9.30am
Monday 19th September Parent Talk on Internet Safety | 7pm
Friday 23rd September Individual School Photographs



Prayer of the Week from our weekly Spirit & Truth prayers 

God of love, we thank you for the gift of loving relationships with our parents, siblings and friends. Through them we get a glimpse of how much You love us and we strive to return that love in abundance. Lord, in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.

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