Views from the Headmistress’ study – 9th December 2016

Dear Parents,

‘It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas!’

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Thank you for supporting the Christmas Fair last weekend. The girls raised over £1000 which will be going off to Syria Relief in order to help children affected by the Syrian crisis. The Parents’ Association made £4150, which is a fantastic amount and will be spent on school projects. Thank you for all the kind donations for the Raffle and Tombolas.

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The choirs have been busy this week, carolling at Waitrose and also at the annual CAFOD carol service. They were raising money for Kensington and Chelsea Foundation’s Winter Warmth Campaign, shaking collecting tins at the Waitrose checkouts.

Lili and Olaya from the Eco group have been going around the school making us warmer by introducing reflective boards behind each radiator- this will also make the Bursar happy!

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On Wednesday, the girls listened to the final talk of the term by Louise Bamfield, Managing Editor at Associated Press. She talked about her experience as a journalist and all the places she had visited. She explained the different areas of media and discussed how technology had helped us to access news 24 hours. Many of the girls were interested in her talk and we have been invited to visit her at The Interchange in Camden next term. We very much appreciate her taking the time to come and talk to us.

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More House debating club were put to the test this week with their first round challenge in the London Junior Debating League. They faced Whitmore High school from Harrow and St Paul’s Girls school, with the debate taking place at St Paul’s. Beena from Year 7 and two Year 8 girls, Margot and Victoria made up the team and there was excellent support from Nadia and Tala, who were time keepers and helped with the judging. The first debate, ‘This House believes that exams should be abolished‘ was hotly contested with the girls holding their ground against St Paul’s and it came down to wire with the judges with the team losing by only 3 points – very frustrating! The girls prepared well and delivered their speeches with fluency and great audibility but for the next round they need to work on their interruptions and points of order.

The unprepared debate was a challenge as the topic is taken from a current news story and the girls are only given 20 minutes to plan their speeches. The debate centred around the recent development of banning the burqa in Germany and the girls put together a sterling and committed challenge. Not easy stuff but they did well and the experience has been valuable.

The club is looking forward to a return challenge in the new year, which More House will host. Please feel free to come along after 4.30, refreshments will be provided and the debates will no doubt be lively and interesting.

A huge congratulations to the U13 Cricket Team for winning a Borough tournament and becoming Borough Indoor Cricket Champions. The early morning cricket practices have paid off and there was some excellent play from all of the team. Well done to Daphne, Yasmine, Millie, Darcy, Cece, Jodie, Amalia, Paula, Scarlett and Phoenix.

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This week we had a couple of netball matches with pleasing results. The U13 team played against KAA, beating them 6-3, great match, they nominated Demi as the player of the match. The U14 team played Holland Park and unfortunately lost 6-1. However there were excellent performances from some girls in the team, Holland Park elected Hope as the player of the match and our U14 girls chose Phoebe and Vicky as their players of the match. Well done to all!

Have a restful weekend,

Amanda Leach

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th December AS Geography and Biology trip to Brighton
Monday 12th December Year 12 & 13 Parents’ Evening | 4.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 13th December Christmas Concert | Christchurch Chelsea SW3 4AS | 7.30pm
Wednesday 14th December Christmas Jumper Day & Christmas Lunch

Prayer taken from 10M’s assembly this week:

Dear Lord, thank you that we live in a country where we can be educated freely. We thank you for the many opportunities we have open to us. Let us work hard, take advantage of every situation and experience worthwhile things that might make us not only more employable but also more rounded individuals. We thank you for the chance to become whoever we want and pray that you may be with those who are less fortunate and who have less opportunities than ourselves. AMEN

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