Views from the Headmistress’ study – 2nd December 2016

Dear Parents,

For those of you who were unable to purchase tickets to watch one of our three performances of ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’, I apologise as you missed an outstanding production from the cast. Mrs Taylor and Miss Jackson spent a long time ensuring that the girls really understood the Shakespearian text and it was clear that this had been achieved. I have seen many productions of ‘MND’ and this was one of the best; slick, funny, great use of music, very professional and most importantly you could tell that the cast were loving entertaining the audience. Huge congratulations to everyone who made this production possible.

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This week, More’s Household listened to a talk by Ronnie, a third year student from Imperial College, London. She arrived two years ago from Hong Kong, where she grew up but was adamant that she wanted to study Civil Engineering at Imperial. She talked about life as a student and that there is a great combination of lectures and experiencing life in the field for a more ‘hands on’ experience. Her passion is buildings and how they are constructed and showed the girls some pictures of her at a building site. As a result of this, she was emphasising the fact that, as a girl, it is ok to get your hands dirty when being part of a project. Many of the girls are interested in some area of science and it was great to see so many stay to speak to her afterwards. Considering Ronnie is a student herself, she was excellent in engaging the girls and we very much appreciate her taking the time to come and talk us. In addition to her visit, we hope to take some of the girls to Imperial’s South Kensington campus next term.

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On Wednesday afternoon Mr La Frenais took the U6th Geographers to Notting Hill where the girls planned and carried out their own fieldwork investigation exploring the characteristics of an area which has experienced gentrification. They also carried out interviews real people enquiring as to the impacts of gentrification in the Notting Hill area.
On Wednesday evening the PE Department organised a trip to the Copper Box Arena in Stratford to watch an exciting netball match – England vs Jamaica. Unfortunately the score was England 49 – 66 Jamaica, but the girls were inspired by both teams and left with lots of ideas to use in their own games.
We had an exciting end to the week in the RBKC netball league. The U16 team (Year 10) and the U13A’s are currently top of the league so needed to play well during Thursday night’s games to retain their position.
They dominated all fixtures, the results were:
U16 vs Sion Manning 17-0.
– player of the match was Grace M
U13A vs Sion Manning 8-0
– player of the match was Gaia
U13A vs Burlington Danes 8-3
– player of the match was Gaia
So we are now in the final in the U16 league, the U13s have one more match next week to ensure their place. The U14s begin their league matches next Thursday, we hope they get off to a good start.

The History of Art Department are jumping for joy this week as the subject has been saved from being axed as an A level.  The Pearson exam board, Edexcel will develop a new A level for teaching from September 2017. Art Historians from around the country are a force to be reckoned with and quite rightly!

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The girls have been working hard to prepare their stalls for tomorrow’s Christmas Fair, and I look forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget you can buy your tickets beforehand here.

Have a lovely weekend,

Amanda Leach

Saturday 3rd December Christmas Fair | 12-3pm
Tuesday 6th December Carol Singing in Waitrose | 4.30pm
Wednesday 7th December More’s Household Speaker | 4pm
Monday 12th December Sixth Form Parents’ Evening | 4.30-6.30pm

Prayer written by the Upper Sixth

Dear Lord,

Thank you that when you came to us the World lit up and there has been hope in our hearts ever since. Break all the chains in our lives holding us down to toxic situations and warm the hands of those who are alone this Christmas.

Amen

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