Views from the Headmistress’ study – 15th December 2016

Dear Parents,

Over the last few weeks I have interviewed over 160 Year 6 girls for their 11+ and so it was lovely to come in this week for a bit of normality. What the last week of term and all the festivities that goes with it- call that normal?

Mr La Frenais and Miss Wijay took the A level Geographers and Biologists down to Brighton over the weekend in order to complete their fieldwork studies. This is Mr La Frenais’ account of the trip:

‘Our AS level Geographers and Biologists were treated to a weekend in Brighton to carry out fieldwork applying some of the concepts covered in lessons to the coastal environment. Our intrepid field-trippers tackled the train delays head on and made it to Brighton by midday on Friday 9th December. The group checked into Brighton’s vibrant and stylish youth hostel on Old Steine, a pebbles throw from Brighton Pier, where they were based for the weekend. The hostel provided a perfect base to explore both the human and physical geography that the historic seaside town had to offer.

After a hearty lunch on the pier, in the company of some rather peckish herring gulls, the students set off along Brighton’s extensive sea front to carry out a series of reconnaissance activities which included identifying Brighton’s coastal management and cliff stabilisation strategies and an investigation into the local flora and fauna. On Saturday, our Geographers investigated the evidence of sediment cells and beach morphology whilst our Biologists studied biodiversity in a coastal environment. This was followed by a classroom session where students were able to reflect on and evaluate their fieldwork activities and data collection techniques.

Sunday got off to a flying start as the students carried out some statistical analysis of the data they had collected before heading back to London Victoria. A big thank you goes to Ms Jackson for her recommendations on Brighton’s finest and contrasting eateries from Ed’s American style diner to the vegan Purezza pizzeria. Finally, a massive thank you to the girls for their hard work and enthusiasm which in turn made the weekend a great success.’

Last week I told you about the amazing amount of money that the girls raised at the Christmas Fayre. Millie (Head Girl) has chosen a wonderful project called The House of Daraa. This is a small school for orphans in Southern Syria that is a lovely grassroots project aiming to give comfort and a bit of normality into these children lives. You can find out about the project by clicking on their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/HouseOfDaraa/

Santiago were on form for the Interhouse netball competition and were overall winners for the second year running. Closely followed by Canterbury, then Walsingham and then Iona.

This term, Mrs Hunt has been running a History of Art House Competition entitled ‘Tell us what you think about art‘. The girls were asked to consider the links between four seemingly different pieces of art, and how time was represented in each of them. Mrs Hunt was extremely impressed by the calibre of the entries, and thought that they were considered and interesting. Congratulations to Georgina in Year 10 who was the overall winner, and to Clara in Year 9 and Florence in UVIth who were runners up.

On Tuesday a choir visited us from Salzberg. We had already met the group when we were on our music tour last October. They sang to Year 7 and 8 some Austrian carols and even got us to join in with a yodel! They then spent some time being shown around the school by the Year 10 and A level German groups, with Miss Brown close behind reminding them to speak German not English.

The Music Department invited us to join them at Christ Church Chelsea for their evening, ‘A Celebration of Christmas’.  The church was packed to the rafters for a wonderful musical evening. Congratulations to all the girls for such an eclectic mix of music, all around the Christmas theme. Well done to the Guitar Group, Band, VIth Form Choir, and A Capella Group for their debut performances.

Yesterday the school was full of Christmas jumpers, where we raised £150 for Save the Children. There were plenty of sparkles, lights and bells on show! Brahim and his team filled us up with a wonderful Christmas lunch and all the trimmings of crackers, carols and a visit from Father Christmas himself.

Miss Brown held a special assembly this morning for the lower school and presented the end of term awards. Congratulations to the following girls for their hard work and dedication:

Year 7 – Amelie
Year 8 – Marie
Year 9 – Katharine
Form of the Term – 8SG

Before saying goodbye to another wonderful term, we held our end of term Carol Service in the intimate surroundings of the Dining Room. As we lit the Advent candles and listened to the Senior Chamber Choir sing, we remembered the Christmas story.

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It is always sad to see girls and staff leave the More House family and we sadly say goodbye this term to Lee Garwood (Director of Studies) and Jenny Jones (SENCO). Lee is off to be Assistant Head at a co-ed school in Kent and Jenny is going back to her roots in Wales. We wish them all the best in their new ventures and I hope that they will pop in when they are next in town.

Thank you from all the staff at More House for the wonderful gifts that we received. It was most kind of you and I know that they will be enjoyed over the festive period.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all.

Amanda Leach

Prayer of the Week

Lord Jesus Christ,

Thank you for the festival of Christmas. Thank you for stepping down to earth, to be born as a child, grow up as a man and give yourself as a ransom for our sins. In this busy time of preparations, let us stop for a moment and remember Mary. May she inspire us to become more like you, to listen and to obey when you talk. Bless us all and keep us safe as we celebrate your birth with our families. Amen

 

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