Views from the Headmistress’s Study – week of 24th April 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s already the end of the first week of term and next week will be May. As always, time flies incredibly fast at More House. The abundance of activities that characterises the school lends it its buzzing atmosphere, which is always particularly potent in the summer term.

We are heading into a period of mixed emotions. The Sixth Form and Year 11 girls have returned from the Easter break with the stresses and strains of their upcoming exams weighing on their shoulders. They are also especially aware that, for some of them, their shared time at More House is coming to a close. On the other hand, the younger years are blissfully ignorant of the difficulties facing the older girls and remain happily looking forward to new subjects, new material, and even more opportunities. Oh, what it is to be a Year 7 again!

It’s been a busy week back and term will only get busier. The next school musical is already in the works – girls were auditioning this week for roles in A Little Princess. We wish them all the best and we can’t wait to see what the drama department have in store for us.

The school is eerily quiet today. This is due to the Classics Department taking all of Year 8 and GCSE Classicists to see the Roman Baths in Bath. Moreover, the GCSE artists have been completing their final pieces over the last two days for their exam. Their artwork – which is sure to be as incredible as it always is – will be displayed in the Summer Art Exhibition on 7th June. Save the date in your diaries!

Another one for your diaries: there are a few places left on the Mother/Daughter Personal Safety workshop being held next Thursday 4th May between 4:00 and 8:00 PM. Please contact Mr Keeley via email to book your place (

The Parents’ Association will be meeting on Monday 8th May at 6:30 PM in the Library. If you would like to be part of this vibrant group and hear about events both past and present, please do come along. We are always grateful for any little help at any of our social events and they are always great fun.

Notting Hill Geography Trip

On Wednesday, our Year 12 Geographers braved the cold snap and took to the streets of Notting Hill to investigate the impacts of gentrification on environmental quality along Portland Road. It is a road of extremes with multimillion pound properties at one end while at the other it is amongst the 20% most deprived neighbourhoods in the country.

Notting Hill Trip

Our geographers carried out their fieldwork with their usual enthusiasm and were treated to an impromptu meteorological event which led to much discussion on the UK’s unpredictable weather!

Poetry by Heart

This year, the Poetry by Heart Competition was held at the British Library. Every year, hundreds of young people from a variety of schools and backgrounds choose poems that mean something to them and learn them by heart.

2017 saw the introduction of a new Sonnet competition. Several Year 10 students learned and recited their chosen poems with great vim and vigour but it was Emillie B-C who was nominated as More House’s Poetry By Heart finalist. Her rendition of the Shakespearean sonnet ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ was both thoughtful and eloquent. It is a great credit to Emillie that she was in the national finals and she was awarded a poetry book prize for her efforts, which was very well deserved.

I hope that you enjoy this letter from the paper:

letter newspaper

That’s it from us, for now – have a wonderful and restful bank holiday weekend! prayer 1prayer 2

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