Views from the Headmistress’ study – 16th September 2016

Dear Parents,

It was such a shame to have to cancel Sports Day today especially as we have had such amazing weather since returning to school. Miss Minto is already in contact with Battersea Arena trying to find another date.

We were able to dodge the showers and celebrate the new year with our Start of Year Mass at St Mary’s Cadogan Street. It is always lovely to see the church so full and thank you to the girls, staff and parents who read the bidding prayers. We were treated to the Chamber Choir singing Domine Deus which has been composed especially for us by Michael Jeffrey.

We’ve enjoyed a multitude of new clubs this week including Ancient Greek, Lego, Mindfulness, Dream Catcher club and Horrible Histories. This was alongside the old favourites including Pom Pom club, Tennis, Netball Shooting, Tour Choir, Retro Games and 7 Minute Workout. Lego has proved to be especially popular so far!

Please visit our Eventbrite to secure tickets for our new ‘Speakers Programme’ and Parents’ Association Events. We have explorers, opera singers and experts in internet safety coming to visit us during the Autumn Term.

Thank you to the Parents’ Association who hosted a drinks reception for all of our new parents. We took full advantage of the warm evening and chatted away in the courtyard. Welcome to our community.

On Wednesday, Phil Williams, eco-warrior and BBC wildlife film producer came to Pont Street to share how we can become More Green in a hard-hitting fact-filled launch to the girls of our exciting new programme: More Green.

Phil was joined by Sharon Gaffney of Wenta who will also be working with us to become more ecofriendly.

Mrs Hunt, Mr Robertson and Miss Taahan are leading this programme and from now we shall be committing time and energy to increasing awareness and educating ourselves throughout the school on environmental issues that we can affect in a positive way to benefit our pupils today and equip them for the future. This links to the academic and pastoral curriculae as well as to the extra curricular programmes that we are able to offer our girls, in supporting their development as rounded, future, global leaders.

The juniors (Yr7-9) will be working on environmental audits of the school and putting in place resource saving policies and programmes that change our behaviour to ensure we are fully conscious and respectful of our environment. Not wanting to second guess the outcomes of their projects, we shall have to wait till the autumn to discover how we are becoming More Green.

The Year 11’s  and Sixth Form will be involved in a series of leadership and fundraising events to support our environmental programme, and some pupils will have the opportunity to go to the Amazon with Phil and his team to meet the indigenous and native tribes, to witness the mass deforestation of the rainforest and understand the impact that has on the global environmental issues that they learn about, especially in geography, science, economics and business studies.

The programme will run cyclically enabling our girls to participate as they grow up the school.

Upon their return from the Amazon, the girls will create various awareness media, blogs, apps and possibly a film and write up their experiences. The outcome beyond experiencing this fantastic and rare opportunity will also enable them to achieve a level 3 NPQ, equivalent to more UCAS points than an A level or complete the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

Mrs Hunt has written a blog post with more details here.

I am looking forward to seeing you at our Internet Safety talk on Monday evening at 7pm. Tickets can be booked here. As a parent myself, I know how important it is to try and understand the digital world our daughters live in. I would love to know more than them………

Have a restful weekend,

Amanda Leach

Monday 19th September Parent Talk on Internet Safety | 7pm
Wednesday 21st September More’s Household Event
Friday 23rd September Individual School Photographs
Friday 30th September Macmillan Coffee Morning

Prayers of the week are our bidding prayers from today’s Mass.

BIDDING PRAYERS

Millie C-B – Head Girl, Year 13

Loving Father,

We stand before You in the midst of the confusion and complexities of life.

Our futures sometimes seem distant and unknown.

Give us the vision to see the path You set before us.

Grant us the courage to follow Your way,

that through the gifts and talents You have given us,

we may bring Your life and Your love to others.

Lord, hear us. (LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.)

  1. Mr. Hegarty – English Teacher

Lord God,

your spirit of wisdom fills the earth

and teaches us your ways.

Look upon these teachers.

Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience

and endeavour always to bring the truth to eager minds.

Grant that we may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life,

forever and ever.

Lord, hear us. (LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.)

 

Ines B- Deputy Head Girl, Year 13

Holy Spirit,

You have created us

to strive for the best.

Grant to all athletes, coaches, and fans,

strength to pursue excellence

in sport.

We pray for the safety of all athletes;

Protect them from injury and harm.

And finally, we pray for your grace,

that you would provide us

with the endurance to pursue our heavenly prize:

eternal life in Your Son.

Lord, hear us. (LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.)

 

Emma C – Year 7

Lord,

we thank you for the gift of education.

We are mindful of those around the world,

especially young girls,

who do not have access to this gift.

We pray that one day,

all people will enjoy the opportunity to study the wonders of your world and make it a better place for everyone.

Lord, hear us. (LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.)

 

Mrs. Casey – Parent

We join our prayers together with our Mother Mary – Hail Mary, full of grace…

 

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