Views from the Headmistress’s Study – 12/05/17

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Dear Parents,

During the pre-exam service last week, we were asked to write a prayer for all those taking exams this term. Mr Green has put up a wonderful display in the Chapel of all our thoughts and prayers. For the next few weeks, I will pick some of these for my weekly newsletter.

After the excitement of last week’s Inspection, we’ve had more excitement with this week’s Coffee Mornings! These events involve hosting prospective parents throughout the week and giving them a glimpse of life at More House. It was a pleasure talking to them about my wonderful role as Headmistress and our incredible school!

I would particularly like to thank our lovely Year 7s, who did a wonderful job talking so confidently to the parents during these events. All the parents commented on how lovely the girls were, with one parent taking the time to write and say, ‘It was evident looking around the school that More House really is a big family, where the girls are happy, confident, and thriving in their special way, whether academically, in the Arts or in Sport.’ How true!

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Sport Report

This week, we kickstarted the rounders season with fixtures against Queen’s College, Queen’s Gate, and Portland Place. There were some fantastic displays of sportsmanship and sporting prowess on show and I am pleased to announce that the U13 team are currently unbeaten! The U13s beat Queen’s Gate 14.5-14 and then beat Portland Place 15-14. These were incredibly close games but fantastic experiences for the girls.

The U12 squad have been learning the rules of the game and are starting to get the hang of backing up, hitting with power, and decision making during game play. We have high hopes for them at St Thomas More Interhouse Rounders Day.

On Thursday, the U14 and U15 teams beat Portland Place 12-11.5. It was a fantastic game and Phoebe Leonard Y9 was awarded Player of the Match.

Geography Trip

On Wednesday 3rd May, a group of excited GCSE Geographers met at Paddington station to catch a train to Taunton. They were treated to three dry – albeit cool – Spring days, the perfect conditions for some hardcore fieldwork. The newly refurbished Nettlecombe Court Field Studies Centre provided an idyllic setting in a beautiful remote rural location. The girls carried out fieldwork in preparation for the new 9-1 Geography GCSE, which will be examined next summer.

Day trips to Taunton and Porlock Bay were welcome first visits for More House geographers! They were perfect locations for bringing to life some of the key concepts studied in lessons. The geography department staff were hugely impressed by the girls’ enthusiasm and positive approach to their studies.

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RS Revision Class

On Friday, our Year 13 RS students spent the day with noted academic Peter Baron who gave them an intensive all-day Philosophy & Ethics revision session. Peter was extremely impressed with their knowledge and application of the syllabus and the girls were grateful for the added clarity and revision strategies that Peter delivered.

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That’s it for this week. Next week we’ll be reporting on the exciting trips to Imperial, taking place this afternoon!

A reminder about some important upcoming dates: on the 17th, some of the More’s Household girls will be off on a trip to Cambridge. We also have a Music Competition happening on the 18th!

Until next week,

Mrs Leach

 

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