Views from the Headmistress’ study – 10th March 2017

Dear Parents,

This morning I feel very proud of myself having answered at least three questions at last night’s quiz night! Congratulations to the winning team, ‘The Terminators’ who certainly knew their stuff and played their jokers at the right time. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising a fun evening and for the donations of some fantastic raffle prizes.

I don’t know if you managed to watch Panorama this week, which showed the impact of lack of sleep on academic achievement. Very much worth a watch and also for your daughters to view.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08hymf3/panorama-sleepless-Britain

You may remember a few weeks ago our Peer Mentors visited Childline’s offices in Liverpool Street to gain first hand experience of the work that they do and to speak to volunteers. Childline were really impressed with the girls and asked whether they could come in and meet them and other More House girls to discuss ideas and themes relating to their new campaign. The girls provided lots of feedback and the team were really pleased with the insight the girls provided about what it means to be a teenager and what is important to them. They are going to send through the results of the workshop so that the girls can see how they have influenced the campaign.

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On Wednesday evening we held our annual Composers’ Concert, a chance especially for the girls taking GCSE and A Level Music to show what they have been working on for their coursework. We were treated to works by all of the music students from year 10 upward. It was particularly lovely to see our 6th formers Matty, Amara and Grace sing and accompany themselves on various instruments, and the year 10 girls (all 9 of them) demonstrated a really exciting selection of the early stages of their composition projects, which I’m sure are going to turn into fantastic pieces of music. Our Year 11 students, nearing the end of their course, presented their more polished and completed works, and hearing them performed live is always a just reward for the time and dedication they have taken to compose. Thanks go to Miss Dale and Mr Keeley for accompanying and organising the students for the evening, which ran very smoothly as always.

The House competition this term was for the younger years and involved the challenges of the Whacky Olympics. Jumping over obstacles, strong team work and much laughter was had by all. Well done to Iona for winning the competition.

Yesterday afternoon, More’s Household went to see ‘Hidden Figures’ at the Empire, Leicester Square. As part of their Book Club, they have been reading the story by Margot Lee Shetterly. It is a wonderful story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the film and came away having a greater understanding, not just of these three remarkable ladies but of a period of history they may not necessarily have known in such detail.

It’s been another busy week in the PE department. Due to our original fixture against FHRP being cancelled we decided to have our own More House netball fixture, the Year 9s vs the Year 10s. After an intense warm up filled with lots of concentration drills and quick hands passing and receiving Miss Minto (Coach of Year 9) and Mrs Mercer (Coach of Year 10) psyched up their teams with some motivational pearls of wisdom and the girls performed their pre-match chants. The girls then took to the court for the battle of the year groups…
In the first quarter we witnessed some fantastic quick, clean passing up and down the court, the score was 3-2 to Year 9. The second quarter was also very even but the Year 10’s intercepted the ball and gained 3 goals in a row to make the score 7-7 at half time. The third and fourth quarters were filled with interceptions, split landings and some great shooting. In the final minute Phoebe and Lizzie (Year 9) scored two goals in a row, however it wasn’t quite enough to take the lead and the Year 10’s were crowned champions winning the game 14-13.

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Last week you may remember I mentioned the Multicultural evening. We raised a staggering £955 for Room to Read. Well done to Miss Dale for instigating the event and all the staff and girls who played their part. I look forward to next year’s!

Miss Devine is working with a number of girls from Year 8& 9 and Sixth Form to produce an art project that traces ‘Womanhood‘ – what it means to the girls and what it means to our wider community.

She will be using traditional home crafts to try and highlight how far we have come since the pre-suffrage movement, but also how far we have left to go.

Many parents have already submitted comments and others can still do so. Girls from all years have given feedback and the Sixth Form had an amazing debate on Wednesday’s International Women’s Day, which will also form a strand of the final outcome.

The end result will be a series of portraits of inspirational women and a wall hanging that maps the comments Miss Devine has received. To get involved please contact Miss Devine kdevine@morehouse.org.uk

Next week sees the two performances of our KS3 play, Macbeth, on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6pm. The girls have been rehearsing extremely hard in the past few weeks, and it looks like it’s going to be another fantastic production. Tickets will be available to purchase on the door for £5.

Rehearsals are also well under way for our Easter Choral Concert on Monday 3rd April at Cadogan Hall. Tickets are now available from our Eventbrite site here, or you can also purchase them directly from the box office at Cadogan Hall.

Today we sadly have to say goodbye to Nancy in the Office. She is off to Imperial College to work on their marketing projects and we shall very much miss her. We wish her all the best and hope that she pops in to say hello, when she is venturing down Sloane Street.  Good luck Nancy!

Have a lovely weekend,

Amanda Leach

Dates for the Diary:

Saturday 11th February Netball Trip to London Live | 4pm
Monday 13th – Friday 17th March Sports Charity Week
Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th March KS3 Play | Macbeth | 6pm
Friday 17th March Charity Fun Fun | 3.20pm | Hyde Park

 

 

 

 

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