Views from the Headmistress’ study – 3rd February 2017

Dear Parents,

Exciting news from the PE Department, as the results from the Borough Netball League have been announced. Huge congratulations to the U15’s (2nd year on the run) and U13A’s for being crowned Champions!

It has been confirmed that we have finished in the following places in the RBKC netball league:

U12A – 3rd

All Stars – 7th

U13A – Champions

U13B – 4th

U14 – 2nd

U15 – Champions

The U12 and U13 leagues were out of 8 teams, the U14 and U15 were out of 6. Last year one champion year group, this year two, well done to you all!

On Saturday, after a bright and early meet time, the PE department took the U12, U13, U14 and U15 teams to Brighton for a fun filled mini netball tour. Here is Miss Minto’s report of the trip:

‘Our first stop was to Roedean School for the netball matches. Their courts are in a picturesque location right by the sea, these looked even better as we were blessed with glorious sunny weather.

The matches were a close affair with the U12’s drawing their game 7-7. Miss Dale was very proud of the girls, particularly considering they had to play against some very tall (older!) opposition. The U13’s lost 13-6 but had some great play and Niamh made her successful debut at centre for part of the game which won her player of the match. The U14’s lost 10-7 but Mr Robertson said they were drawing until they got tired in the 4th quarter! The U15’s stole the show and won 26-2, their new look team cohesively worked well together and they showed off some fine netballing prowess which meant they dominated the game.

After the netball matches we were treated to a fantastic hot lunch in the boarding house (to rival that of Brahim’s lunches!).

Following the quick refuel we headed down to Brighton pier to play on the amusements and see how many tickets we could win. Some of the girls decided to buy ride wrist bands – rather you than me. Our next stop was Lazer-Tag which proved to be a popular activity. The girls all had code names such as ‘Zap’, ‘Thunder’, ‘Ironwave’ and ‘Sub Zero’. A delighted Raya Arunachalam in Year 9 was crowned More House’s top assassin and defeated all other girls to have the most kills and least number of hits. Unfortunately some of the others spent more time being tagged rather than tagging others!

After another pit stop back at the pier we stocked up on doughnuts, churros, crepes and candy floss (clearly my healthy eating campaign has gone out the window!) before returning to school at 6pm.

Thanks to Mrs Mercer for co-ordinating the trip and for Mr Robertson and Miss Dale for giving up their Saturday so we could attend.

We hope to re-visit Roedean in the summer for a multi sports festival, a spot of cricket, and rounders by the sea. Watch this space!’

On Wednesday, we also came 3rd in the U15 Indoor Borough Cricket Championships. What a week for sport!

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Mr Hegarty has had the girls debating topical issues against local schools. ‘More House hosted the second round of the London Junior Debating Challenge. Schools in our heat were St Paul’s Girls , Hammersmith Academy and  Whitmore School. Our debaters, Beena, Margot and Mercedes put in a tremendous performance throughout both debates. The prepared challenge, THB that London should be an independent state allowed for quite heated post-Brexit opinions to be aired and equally the second debate, concerning the state visit of Donald Trump also  caused quite a stir! All this is good stuff for debating and the girls prepared well  and are starting to appreciate points of clash and rebuttals. It was pleasing to hear the judges describe our team as ‘powerful and passionate speakers’ and we look forward to building on this experience and winning the next round!

Mention must be made of our own judge and time keeper, Tala and Nadia, both of whom carried out their duties with skill, allowing for the evening to run smoothly.

Visiting teams not only commented on how much they liked the school but also on the quality of the refreshments – thanks Brahim!’

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Yesterday, we thoroughly enjoyed watching the Interhouse Drama Competition. The theme was ‘Changes’, loosely based on the song by the late David Bowie. The performances were excellent, and Miss Jackson had a hard time choosing a winner. However, Iona were crowned the champions with their entertaining performance focusing on changing your appearance. Congratulations to Yasmin, Cece, Phoenix, Carmen and Niamh.

I hope you all have received and found time to read Mr Keeley’s latest safeguarding bulletin which was emailed to you.  In this edition we have focused on the topic of ‘friendships’, which the girls are studying as part of the PSHEE programme with their tutors and also drawing your attention to an App called ‘Yellow’ which I would recommend is closely monitored. You can read the bulletin here.

The annual MHPA Quiz Night is fast approaching. You can purchase your tickets here.

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Have a restful weekend,

Amanda Leach

Monday 6th February Year 7 & 8 Young Voices Event
Sunday 12th – Thursday 16th February MFL Trip to Montpellier
Monday 13th – Friday 17th February MFL Trip to Spain
Monday 13th – Friday 17th February Half Term

During Form times the girls follow our Spirit and Truth Programme. This week the reflection and prayers made us think about recent events happening around the world:

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