Headmistress’s Views – 23/06/17

Dear Parents,

Happy St Thomas More’s Day! As you read this, we will be celebrating Mass together at The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer & St Thomas More in Chelsea. Very aptly for our feast day celebrations, the church is located only a stone’s away from the house St Thomas More lived in from 1524 until he was taken to the Tower and subsequently executed on 6th July 1535. His residence, Crosby Hall, was moved stone by stone to Cheyne Row in Chelsea from Bishopsgate in 1910.

Following Mass, we shall head off to Battersea Park for a rounders festival and our house feast, supplied by our wonderful chef Brahim and his team. Look out for these photos next week!

Last week, we were shocked and horrified to learn of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire. Miss Devine and Miss Brown immediately rallied the More House troops and arranged a collection of donations for the victims of the fire. We are always awed by the way our school community – girls, parents, staff – comes together during times of crisis. The overwhelming generosity on this occasion was no exception and we are grateful to everyone who contributed to this effort. Miss Devine and Miss Brown took our collections of clothes, shoes, toiletries, bedding, toys, and more to the Cardinal Vaughan Centre where they will be distributed to those in need.

Music Rewards Trip

On Monday, girls involved with the music department were rewarded for their hard work throughout the year with a day trip to Thorpe Park. Miss Dale reports:

‘It was a glorious day, with the sun shining and a steaming temperature of 31 degrees. The girls were ready to head straight to the water rides and start the day drenched to help them cool down. The favourite ride of the day was Tidal Wave, where the girls were on a water boat that dropped 26 metres straight into cold water. Although the splash resulted in a group of very drenched girls, I think that is exactly what they wanted in the heat! Some students explored the racing roller coasters while others enjoyed the arcade games and won an impressive amount of prizes. Overall, it was brilliant day with many stories to share at home. I know we all can’t wait until next year’s trip.’

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You always worry when a member of the public writes in, so it was lovely to receive this email after the trip:

‘I just wanted to say my 8 year old daughter and I paid a visit to Thorpe Park on Monday, where we came across many of your pupils. Every one of them was courteous and friendly – three of them even jumped into one of our photographs, which my daughter found hilarious! In a place where many teenagers were sadly pushing, shouting, and using foul language, the pupils from your school set a great example and did your school proud.’

Science Reward Trip

This year in the labs, the girls were shocked to discover that a heinous crime was committed at More House School. Year 8 had been studying a Forensic Science Unit, which involved analysing evidence gathered from the crime scene. They were dismayed when they found out Mrs Scott, our very own Head of Science, was the guilty party.

As a reward for their hard work, the science department took a group to the Immersive Escape rooms in Highbury and Islington, where they worked in teams and had to use their logic and code-breaking skills to escape a locked room. You will be pleased to know that they cracked the codes and returned to More House, safe and sound.

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Music Captain’s Recital

On Wednesday evening, we enjoyed a wonderful – yet poignant – moment when we said goodbye to our lovely Music Captain, Matty. Her recital, entitled ‘A Midsummer Night’, featured a programme she had devised herself and that covered a wide range of styles and periods – from Renaissance madrigals to ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles. She asked Millie, Anahita, Amara and special guest Mr Coady-Booth to join her in a performance of some of her favourite pieces from her time at More House and we were also lucky to hear some of her own compositions, one last time. Matty will be sorely missed by many and I know that she will go on to do great things in the music world. Thank you Matty for your wonderful contributions to our school and we wish you all the best in the future.

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History of Art Excursion

Yesterday, Year 12 art historians and those girls taking art history next year went to the Victoria and Albert Museum to look at the materials and techniques of some of the grand masters.

They compared Michelangelo’s Dying Slave with Rodin’s Age of Bronze, learned about the lost wax process, admired Gianbologna’s influence on Bernini from his portrayal of the Greek Myths, and explored the Asian impact on 19th and 20th century painting. In particular, they admired the beautiful functionality of Asian art in comparison with the academic cultural high tradition driving Western art.

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The soon-to-be upper sixth inspired and educated the incoming lower sixth and it was a pleasure seeing them proudly express their knowledge and understanding. They finished off their day with a practical pottery painting workshop, where they had to make artistic decisions about function, form, style, composition, line and colour, and consider available resources and skills.

They will collect their finished pieces next week, but here are the raw results from yesterday:

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Activities Week

Next week make sure you are following our twitter feed @morehouseschool to keep up to date with photos from the activities week trips. Year 7 are off to Germany, Year 8 are travelling to Spain, Year 9 are venturing to the Isle of Wight, and Year 10 will be walking through the fields of Sussex on their Duke of Edinburgh excursion. Have fun everyone!

As we celebrate today our feast day, let us pray:

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