Views from our Study – Week 4

Dear Parents,

Apologies for the lack of newsletter last week – I was enjoying the sunshine down at Battersea Arena. Parents often think it is strange holding Sports Day at the beginning of the year, but it is a wonderful opportunity at the start of an academic year to bring the whole school together as one.

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We started off the day with a Mass at St Mary’s with Father Lawrence, who reminded us of all our individual talents and how to use them in the correct way. It was lovely to see so many parents at the Mass in the morning and then cheering on the athletes later on in the day.

It is always great to see the younger girls mingling with older ones; all running, jumping, throwing, and cheering together. Well done to Florence and Iona who did a sterling job of retaining their title for the fifth year running.

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Special congratulations to the following girls for breaking several records:

Demi H for breaking the Middies High Jump record – 1.25 m
Niamh O for breaking the Middies High Jump record – 1.25 m
Yasmin H for breaking the Middies Javelin record – 20.14 m
Ella H for breaking the Seniors Javelin record – 20.14 m

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Our Head Girl, Lydia B, wrote a wonderful account of the day here.

IMG_3359 copyIMG_3372 copyLast Wednesday, journalist Rebecca Lowe came to speak to the girls about her career as part of our excellent More’s Household programme. She shared the story of her inspiring and informative experience cycling from London to the Middle East. She wanted to show the girls the difference between the media’s portrayal of certain cultures versus the reality. Rebecca experienced many negative comments when she first told people about her plans, however, they soon changed their minds once she shared some of her wonderful experiences and memories of the people she met during her travels. Her talk was informative and the girls were fascinated by her photos and stories.

IMG_4443 copy.jpgThis Wednesday, Kiko Matthews was our second motivational More’s Household speaker. She spoke of her experience being diagnosed with Cushings, a debilitating disease that she was determined would not hold her back. She showed girls some slides of the journey she is planning in January from the Canary Islands to Barbados. Kiko hopes to break the record for the fastest solo female rower and she assured us that we will be able to track her journey. We hope that, on her safe return, she will come back for another visit to share her victory story.

The A-level drama students went to see Benedict Andrew’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre this week. Miss Jackson reports:

‘The students marveled as Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece was thrust into a bleak contemporary setting. Sienna Miller delighted the audience with her vulgar yet vulnerable Maggie and Jack O’Connell startled us with a whisky-infused, wounded Brick. Magda Willi’s minimalistic and symbolic set design beautifully echoed the mendacity in which the family live. The trip provided a fantastic opportunity for the students to enrich their understanding and appreciation of their Component 3: Text in Performance written examination.’

“Since we cannot know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”
John Holt

This year we are very excited to offer a new course for girls in Year 7: Learning to Learn aims to teach girls a set of principles and skills which, if understood and used, will help them to learn more effectively and consequently become keen learners for life. At its heart is the belief that learning is learnable.

So far they have covered topics such as:
• transition and the differences between learning at primary school and learning at secondary school
• organisation at home and at school
• strategies for memorising key information

The older girls had a fun-filled study skills session on Tuesday learning lots of tricks and techniques in order to help with the forth-coming assessment points and future examinations. There will be further after-school workshops and study sessions available to them throughout the year.

The Year 10 and 11 scientists ventured off to Thorpe Park to test out all the rides before they attended an educational workshop in the afternoon on “The Science of Rollercoasters”. During the workshop, they answered questions with confidence and participated in a fairly lengthy Q & A session at the end, leaving all the staff impressed by their level of questions. Well done!

IMG_4464Thank you to the Parents’ Association who sponsored our talks on Anti-Bullying from ActionWork. The presenters, Becky and Chris, had the girls exploring what the word bullying means, strategies for dealing with it, and building confidence and assertiveness skills. The sessions were full of fun, full of energy, and very powerful.

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I have decided that spending Friday morning drinking tea and eating cakes is a lovely finale to the week. Well done to the Sixth Form for hosting the Macmillan Coffee Morning today! Thank you for all the donations, especially Mrs Scott’s baking club, as we raised £148.00 for this worthy cause.

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Before I mention some of the events which will be happening next week, congratulations to Steele F-T, Vittoria A, and Emma B who have been invited to join MENSA.

And now on to our next busy week:

I hope that you have been able to buy your ticket for the Hungarian Music Tour Fundraiser, as they are selling fast. On Tuesday 3rd October there will be an evening of food and entertainment and it is always good fun. The event is open to everyone, not just those going on the music tour! The more the merrier, so hurry up and buy your tickets before we sell out.

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Next Thursday is Open Evening and you will receive an email from Mr Keeley about the arrangements. Also don’t forget to book an appointment with your daughter’s form tutor if they are in Years 7 or 8 for Monday afternoon. Another busy week ahead of us!

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