It feels like only yesterday we were all saying goodbye at the end of another school year and now we are back again. We are already settling in well and getting back into the swing of things.
Before we get started on our report of the first few days back, we want to congratulate all A level and GCSE girls on their fantastic results – all their hard work was rewarded and we couldn’t be prouder of our girls. They responded positively to the examination reforms and obtained some truly excellent results. Given their extraordinary commitment to extracurricular activities throughout the school year, despite the overwhelming amount of work they faced, their results do them much credit. We look forward to seeing their continued success in their future studies and careers.
It’s always an especially exciting time for the Upper Sixth girls who are embarking on their adult lives, and this year’s cohort are off to incredibly exciting places – to study English Literature at St Andrew’s, Art Foundation at Kingston University, Ancient and Medieval History at Kent University, Montessori Teaching and Culinary Arts in Canada, to name just a few. We are very proud of each and every girl’s achievements.
There have been some big changes over the summer. Firstly, you will start spotting Mr Keeley in the Head’s Office, as he joins me as Co-Head. Miss Brown will be taking on the role of Director of Pastoral Care throughout the school. Mr Robertson will be working closely with Mrs Boulter (Director of Studies), looking at teaching and learning across the years. Mr La Frenais will be working with all the senior leadership team on rewards and sanctions.
We would like to issue a hugely warm welcome to all the new girls, new parents, and new staff across the school – welcome to our wonderful community! New teaching staff include Mr Reilly (Geography), Mrs Aldou (Psychology, a new A-level subject), Miss Hails (PE), Miss Davidson (Science), Ms Fischer (Drama), and Miss Crowley (Learning Support).
In the school building, you’ll also notice some changes: refurbished rooms, stairs painted with anti-slip paint, a new water fountain in the courtyard (requested by the School Council), upgrades to the computers, and redesigned exercise books, homework diaries, and sixth-form journals. We have also made some exciting improvements to the assessment points system and come up with new ideas for the girls’ wellbeing – come along to our information evenings next week to hear more about those.
We are looking forward to a report from the Head Girls about the More Green Amazon trip next week. A group of Sixth Form girls trekked to Ecuador with Mrs Hunt and Mr Robertson and we can’t wait to hear about their amazing experience. Keep your eyes peeled on the Head Girl’s Blog!
Finally, Mrs Hunt has been kind enough to put together a list of the Autumn must-see exhibitions happening in town – thank you, Mrs Hunt!
Top five exhibitions for autumn 2017:
1. Impressionists in London, French artists in exile (1870-1904), Tate Britain, London, 2 November to 2017 to 7 May 2018 (50% off with National Art Pass)
2. Tove Jansson (1914-2001), Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 25 October 2017 to 28 January 2018 (50% off with National Art Pass)
3. John Piper, Tate Liverpool, 17 November 2017 to 18 March 2018 (50% off with National Art Pass)
4. Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness, Norwich Castle & Art Gallery, 21 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 (free with National Art Pass)
5. Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, V&A, London, 30 September 2017 to 25 February 2018 (50% off with National Art Pass)
We look forward to seeing you all soon at our various school events. Please don’t forget to subscribe to our school calendar, school blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular bite-sized updates!
Have a lovely restful weekend.
Mrs Leach and Mr Keeley
Prayer for the Beginning of Term
Another term begins and we come back to school Refreshed and restored by the break,
Grateful for those we share our lives with,
For the memories of the past few weeks,
For the opportunities we have, which are denied To so many in our world today.
We come back to school pleased to see our friends,
Determined to make the most of our talents,
To grow in understanding of the kind of person we are called to be, To turn over a new leaf, perhaps,
To make up for the times we were less than our best self.
We come back to school and are grateful
For the energy and enthusiasm a new term brings,
For the optimism and good humour in the air.
Bless our school, keep us safe and well,
Keep us on the right path.
Bless our teachers and support staff
Who look after us and help us to grow in knowledge and skills. Bless the new pupils and staff
As they begin their journey with us,
May they very quickly feel at home.
Bless all our efforts to build up the kingdom of God, To make the world more just and compassionate Beginning here, in this school of ours,
Our home from home.