Views from the Headmistress’ study – 14th October 2016

Dear Parents,

I cannot believe that it is half term already. It only seems like yesterday that I was opening the door at the beginning of September.

As I write this the hills are alive with the sound of More House……. well the Music Tour has landed in Austria and they have their first concert in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna this afternoon and then they are off to the Amadeus School to sing to the pupils. I know that Miss Brown is putting their language skills to the test and plenty of strudel is being eaten. Look out for separate blog posts over the next few days with updates from the trip…

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The netball season is in full swing and this week the U16 team beat Queens Gate 18-12. Elena made a fantastic debut and scored some excellent goals.

In their first match of the U12-U13 league the All-Stars won 1-0. Well done to Clemmie, Cece and Mimi for being the nominated Players of the Matches.

Matilda in Year 8 took part in a Sleepout in Duke of York’s Square:

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‘On Friday 7th October me and my Mum and Dad joined over 250 other people at Duke of York Headquarters on the Kings Road to sleep outside to raise money for the homeless charity, Glass Door. I did it last year with my Mum but this year my Dad and Toffee, my dog, came so it was a family event. This year the event raised an amazing amount of £150,000 and over £1000 of that amount was raised by me, my Mum and my Dad. Shops like Pret provided us with food for the night and Partridges provides us with some very yummy bacon sandwiches to wake up for at 5:00am. We arrived at 9:00 in the evening and set up our beds that were made up of sleeping mats for my Dad and I and some cardboard for my Mum! On top sleeping bags and then a blanket for me, a blanket for my Mum and Dad and a small blanket for Toffee. I found it quite breezy as my blanket kept falling off and my zip was broken. It was louder than we thought it would be on the streets from the cars and motorbikes travelling around, and also the very loud drunk people that were shouting on the pavements. The weather was very good until we woke up. As people were getting up for their bacon sandwiches it started to rain. After most people had finished their bacon sandwiches we had a group photo with everyone. After that everyone went home to their comfy beds. After sleeping out, it gave me a small idea on what it is like to sleep rough every night on the streets. Glassdoor is an amazing charity that provides shelter, food, warmth and conversation to those that don’t have homes to go to. Glassdoor are amazing people and do this every year so there are plenty more chances for you to get involved!’

Written by Matilda Year 8

Congratulations to the following girls and their amazing LAMDA results:

Clara LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance (Grade 5) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Hope LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance (Grade 5) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Lily LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Nessie LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Dunia LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Solo) – Pass with Merit
Maia LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 3) Acting (Solo) – Pass with Merit
Gaia LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Solo) – Pass with Distinction
Demi LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance (Grade 5) Acting (Solo) – Pass with Distinction
Francesca LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 3) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Victoria H LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 3) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Sarah VP LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance (Grade 5) Acting (Solo) – Pass with Merit
Barbara LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 2) Acting (Solo) – Pass with Merit
Darcy LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Mercedes LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Libby LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Merit
Hanadi LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Merit
Lana LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction
Carmen LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance (Grade 1) Acting (Combined) – Pass with Distinction

Our new Speaker Programme continued this week with a visit from Ruth and Sammi from Middle East Education (Meedu) who spoke to us about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Beforehand, they had sent a timeline for the girls and an interactive map, to see if they knew the Geography of the countries involved. It was truly enlightening to hear from Sammi, who is a Muslim and has experienced, first hand, this conflict. His talk was very moving and shocking, while very informative. Ruth then gave her view from a Jewish perspective. They encouraged the girls to research the conflict for themselves and not to take everything they hear in the news at face value.

All are welcome to join us at any of the lectures. Book your ticket on Eventbrite here.

Why History of Art is lungs full of air…

History of Art has always been a core part of More House, due as much to our central location, close to some of the finest art collections in the world, as to our strong belief as educators that the whole child should be nurtured, in an inspirational and strong cultural environment.

Teaching Art History to our juniors as well as seniors gives access to greater debating and literacy skills, as our girls learn to analyse and evaluate visual texts as well as written ones. It is this access to visual texts which often facilitates   pupils’ achievement and self confidence,  as they grapple with developing higher level thinking and literacy skills. This helps our girls to be more rounded, better prepared, and more competitive, in the increasingly global market place.

Whilst we are very sad to see the news about AQA’s History of Art course, we would like to assure you of our commitment to continuing to provide teaching this fantastic and exciting subject, both to our juniors and seniors.

It may be that the public pressure on AQA overturns their decision, however whether this is the case or not, our current sixth form and year 11 pupils are not affected. We shall continue to offer the current syllabus until the last exams with AQA on this course in 2019. After this time, we shall provide an alternative for our A level students of equal calibre. You will be pleased to know that there are already alternatives to the current syllabus in place and we are evaluating these.

You may be interested in the article in the Spectator on why History of Art is such a valuable subject.

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/10/dont-argument-history-art-level-axed-soft/

…and by Mrs Hunt’s poem which questions a world without knowledge of art and thus a society without opinion.

What is a Carbuncle*, Daddy?

What need we the iconoclasts

When beancounters and bureaucrats

Our citadels destroy?

Build castles in the air – they said

Put more than butter on their bread

Let myth and legend fill their head

Rebuild the walls of Troy.

For whom the thumbs up in the square?

The unmade bed? Carbuncle there?

If no debate… let’s all despair

And to our bunkers we repair

Lessened, not lessoned,

by this state.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/5317802/The-Prince-of-Wales-on-architecture-his-10-monstrous-carbuncles.html

Good luck to Emma Year 7 and Niamh Year 8 who are competing in the All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships and also the Southern England Regional Championships over the next couple of weeks. These competitions are qualifying events for the 2017 World Championships. Good luck girls!

Have a wonderful half term break,

Amanda Leach

Friday 14th October Half term begins | 3.20pm
Wednesday 19th October Music Tour returns from Austria
Monday 31st October School Reopens
Tuesday 8th October Year 9 Parents’ Evening | 4.30pm-6.30pm

 

 

 

 

Prayer taken from the Head Girl’s Assembly:

Father,

Allow me to serve others with a joyful heart;

Never keeping score;

Always giving;

Never expecting to receive.

Allow me to give of myself,

To give of my talents and of my goods,

To give of my time and of my energy,

To give of my heart and of my soul.

Help me understand the needs of others,

Never criticizing,

Never demeaning,

Never scolding,

Never condemning.

You have been so gracious to me,

Always Loving,

Always forgiving,

Always restoring;

Never gloating over my defeats,

Even when I have been so wrong.

Father, keep a condemning spirit

Far from my heart and further from my lips.

Allow me to serve others as You serve,

With gentleness, compassion, and tenderness,

Never diminishing the worth of another,

Choosing to extend mercy to the brokenhearted,

Like You have repeatedly shown it to me,

Amen.

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