Views from the Headmistress’s Study – End of Spring Term 2017

Dear Parents,

We have just returned from our Mass of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Cadogan Street. We welcomed Father Gianni as our celebrant and he reminded us about what it means to be a Catholic school. To effectively explain this, he used giraffes in a powerful illustration: giraffes have big hearts and good vision, which are two attributes we should also adopt. We should use our vision to look outwards at other members within our community and beyond. We should use our big hearts to be thoughtful about ways we can help these people and ensure we do and say the right things.

He also explained that when giraffes are in danger, they huddle in a circle together. This is what we should do as a community – always be ready to form a supportive circle during times of need! As we walked back to More House after the Mass, one of our sixth formers said to me: ‘Mrs Leach, do you know what the definition of community is? It’s More House’. What a true statement, one that I never want the girls to forget!

Easter Choral Concert

On Monday evening, our community was mesmerised by the performance of the More House Combined Choir with their rendition of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and some spirituals by Tippett and Durufle’s Requiem. There was also an extremely special performance of a new commission for the Senior Chamber Choir by local composer Michael Jeffrey, which was absolutely stunning and we are truly grateful to Michael Jeffrey for allowing his beautiful work to be performed by our girls.

The soloists blew me away with their confidence and professionalism in such a prestigious music venue as is Cadogan Hall. It was wonderful to see some of the younger girls have an opportunity to shine and there is some exceptional talent being nurtured by the music department. There were also a few alumnae present in the More House Singers choir and it was lovely seeing them in our midst again! Congratulations to everyone who made the evening so special and special thanks to Mr Anstice and Miss Dale for their efforts in putting on such a wonderful event.

Sport

We are extremely proud of Julia in Year 10 for competing in the Hertfordshire Golf and County club on Sunday – she won a place on the European Junior Tour later this year in Spain. I think she is more excited about Sky Sports filming the competition in November!

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Also on the sporting front, we’d like to congratulate Eleanor Loo in Year 7 as she returned to the biggest youth fencing competition in the world, Wrocraw, Poland, to represent Great Britain. This season she was the youngest in the Under 13 category. There were a total of 162 international girls at the competition and Eleanor was seeded 73. She fenced with her heart out against opposition who were always taller and finished 26th! An impressive achievement.

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Year 9 Pamper Evening

Summer came a bit early and Year 9 girls were able to enjoy blue sky, sunshine, and friendship Friday night in the Gardens. They played team games until the evening chill brought them indoors for refreshments and tuck. Yet again, the girls were able to relax and engage in pampering and fun-filled activities, fulfilling that vital need to chill-out with no internet, mobile phones, or electronic devices to get in the way of good old fashioned dancing, karaoke, and communication.

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Two film rooms were set up after their pizza supper to cater for different tastes, rom-com versus adventure. The evening was yet another great success. A huge thank you to supporting staff – Miss Brown, Mr Green, Mrs Revell and Mrs Hunt – without whose time and energy, these events could not take place.

So far from these events, the girls have worked hard to raise a fantastic £1,300 in support of the More Green Amazon programme and your charity is greatly appreciated. Watch out for the animal mufti day on May 5th!

House Talent Competition

We concluded our Spring Term with the traditional House Talent Competition. There were some incredible and diverse performances – singers, dancers, spoken word performers.

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Amara Rossi, Grace Goodhart, and Kira MacLeish stunned us with their vocal performances. Sophina Bradshaw-Davis performed an incredible dance routine – she deserves special congratulations for carrying through despite technical difficulties during her first performance to the Juniors.

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Kayla Kongsamran stunned the audience with her spoken word performance of all the countries in the world at a startling speed! And finally, we welcomed back Duke the Labrador to the stage alongside Maia Bunge and he worked very hard and deserved every treat he was awarded.

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An incredible afternoon of entertainment – well done to all the girls involved!

Happy Easter!

That concludes our Spring Term this year. We have accomplished so much and I look forward to an impressive Summer Term also! Enjoy your holidays and see you next term!

Lord,

We feel so blessed to have been given such a wonderful school family at More House.

We ask that our roots would be deep in your love.

Fill our lessons, hearts, friendships and homes with your truth and forgiveness.

We thank you for each person in this school, for their unique qualities and special characters.

Watch over each one and keep them safe,

Fill their lives with your goodness,

Inspire their hearts to follow you,

Bless the work of their hands,

And weave us all closer together.

Amen.

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