Views from the Headmistress’s Study – 17th March 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s been another busy week at More House – read about the interesting science experiments we’ve had going on to celebrate British Science Week, the 2-minute netball shooting and rowing competitions for Sports Relief Week, and the fantastic performance of Macbeth by the Juniors!

British Science Week

The science department have been running some fantastic experiments this week. Ms Scott reports from the laboratories:

‘On Monday, there was lots of slimy slime with Miss Wijay and Miss Hollobon at the most popular science club ever. Miss Tahhan shared some interesting information about the latest research on the intelligence of chickens ahead of next week’s exciting arrivals.

Tuesday saw Miss Seconi firing coke and mentos all over the courtyard at break and we had a great problem solving session at lunch with anagrams, puzzles, and logic problems. Cecily and Maysara were our star problem solvers!


On Wednesday, Mr Keeley bravely showed his faith in science by handing over a £10 note to be burnt. After a few tense moments, the money was returned to him unharmed – although a little damp! Miss Hollobon and Miss Tahhan also made some flowers glow in the dark.

Thursday lunchtime Olaya, Lili, and Amanda assisted me in pulling a hard boiled egg into a bottle using only the power of physics!

IMG_9142And today, we had an incredible finale: the jelly babies were screaming and exploding thanks to A-Level Chemistry student Maria Wensley, and we finished off by setting the language department’s teachers’ hands on fire. Mr Carroll and Ms Stojanović loved it so much, they decided to do it twice! You can watch the video below.

I have also been busy writing a lunar diary for all the girls who are interested in astronomy to take away and complete (credits will be awarded!).’

Sport Report

It’s been full speed ahead in the PE Department this week too. Miss Minto reports:

‘We have had an active week in the PE department, holding lots of challenges to raise money for our chosen charity – Sport for Freedom. We have been hosting a 2-minute netball shoot-a-thon (how many goals each participant can score in two minutes) and a 2-minute row-a-thon (how far each participant can row in two minutes).

IMG_9064On Monday, Jagger in year 8 won the shooting with 23 goals while Aoife in year 10 won the rowing with 618m.

Tuesday saw Mr Keeley lead the rowing event, completing a mighty 639m. This wasn’t to be beaten all lunch – however, Zeena in year 7 put in a sterling effort and rowed 578m to win the top student prize. In the netball shooting there was a fierce competition between Gaia and Niamh in year 8 and Mr Carroll, with Gaia crowned the winner after 33 goals.

On Wednesday, Katie in U13 rowed a fantastic 618m to win the rowing. Niamh (back to compete again) and Lily Anderson in year 10 fought it out in the netball for the majority of lunch with each girl scoring one more than the other had on the previous round. Niamh finally won the challenge and scored a fantastic 39 goals.


Thursday saw Mrs Mercer take to the Erg, hoping her long limbs would be enough to knock Mr Keeley off the leaderboard… Unfortunately, she only managed 628m which was 11m short! Cecily won the rowing competition for the girls, rowing 597m, while Juliette won the netball shooting competition scoring 34 goals which beat Miss Minto by 1!

Our last competition runs at lunchtime today and then we will head to Hyde Park this afternoon for the annual Fancy Dress Fun Run. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for photos!

You can consult our Top Gear style leaderboards for a full list of the lunchtime competition winners so far:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous support for our charity. I am always amazed at the commitment and effort that the girls put in to the events that we hold. The Sport for Freedom charity uses sport to engage people in vulnerable communities and help rehabilitate and reintegrate survivors of human trafficking back into society. It is estimaIMG_4454ted that there are approximately 30 million people in slavery today. Sport for Freedom is a fairly new charity. The first major event was Row for Freedom, where five ordinary women with no previous rowing experience rowed the Atlantic Ocean and raised £5 million. They approach the issue of tracking with a positive and empowering message: what can you do for freedom?

In other news, the mixed U12/U13 hockey team came 3rd this week in a hockey tournament. They brought back some shiny medals, so congratulations girls!’

English BBC News School Report

The English department has been busy with final preparations for the BBC News School reports. Several girls from Year 8 made short news items on a variety of topics, from food to conservation to arts interviews with our visiting author Lucy Strange, who recently ran a workshop for the girls about her latest book.

You can find our school reports through the BBC website! Just search here for “More House School” and follow the link to view our reports.

Poetry by Heart Competition

PoetryYear 9 were put through their paces these last few weeks! They worked on memorising and reciting poetry – not an easy task but we are pleased to say that we were able to submit Emillie Barstone-Carr into the Shakespeare sonnet category for the national Poetry by Heart competition. Her recitation of ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ was both thoughtful and sensitive. Good luck to Emillie!

Cordon Bleu Careers Event

Mr Carroll (Careers Coordinator) invited representatives from Cordon Bleu to speak to the girls about careers in catering. They gave a really interesting presentation featuring mouthwatering photos of some of their students’ creations and video footage of their state of the art kitchens. The presentation also explained they could do an exciting term abroad as part of their studies to learn how to cook Asian, French, or Mediterranean foods the authentic way.

cordon bleu logoThe girls were shown patisserie and culinary pieces that were created at Cordon Bleu and even given some recipe cards so they can recreate some of the food from the show. They were also told the success stories of some previous students including Mary Berry, Michelin star rated chefs, the inventor of coronation chicken, and the chefs of numerous royal birthday cakes. Yummy!

National Rowing Competition

Good luck to Cecily and Millie in year 9, Aoife, Sasha, and Megan in year 10, and Molly, Sky, Flora, and Alex in year 11 who will be competing in the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre this afternoon. There are over 2,300 entrants so we wish them all the best.

Macbeth Performance

On Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the Dining Room was transformed into foggy Scotland for a fantastic performance of Macbeth by girls from years 7 to 9. The atmosphere was spellbinding and the choreography was very effective. Well done to all the girls for learning their lines as well as their positions on the stage. Thank you Miss Jackson for directing such a captivating play.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!



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