What a dizzying week. There’s never a dull moment at More House and this week was certainly no exception.
Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all students, parents, and staff for your extraordinary patience this week while we rearranged our Open Evening. Due to the TFL tube strikes initially planned for Thursday, we decided that it was in the best interest of the girls to postpone Open Evening until Thursday 2nd November. It would not have been fair to expect them to make their way home on a late school day with extremely reduced public transport.
Secondly, thank you to parents for your patience while we deal with our phone system power outage. We are working with BT to fix this and will inform you once the lines are working again.
Now, on to the exciting goings on at More House!
This week the Art department have been taking full advantage of the wonderful exhibitions that occur right on our door step.
Year 7 had a wonderful day out at the Tate Britain. Having studied Pop Art in class, they were able to see how the movement progressed into Contemporary Art. Some of the girls had a particularly interesting discussion about Chris Ofili’s Turner Prize winning-work ‘No Woman No Cry’, which was a reaction to the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The girls made some very perceptive comments about how the colours suggest that Doreen Lawrence can be viewed as a powerful and positive figure, even in her grief.
Years 10 and L6th art students enjoyed a trip to the Barbican to see the work of Basquiat, an artist who rose to prominence at the age of 20 on the New York art scene. The exhibition was a lively mix of film, art, and paintings. The girls enjoyed Basquiat’s layered collages and mixed-media paintings.
On Tuesday, the PE Department took a group of enthusiastic runners to Holland Park to compete in the RBKC Mini Marathon. This is an annual competition that involves girls competing against other students from local schools in a cross-country competition in order to qualify for the next round – the London Youth Games. Thankfully, it was a beautiful afternoon and not too hot – perfect running conditions for the competitors. The event involved running 3km around a course in Holland Park. The U13 girls: Katrina, Ella, Charlotte, Eleanor, Phoebe, Lucy, Isabella, and Bella were up first. They ran exceptionally well, all finishing within the top 25. Yasmin was up next in the U15 age category, she finished a very respectable 13th. Finally, it was the turn of the seniors: Honey, Gabriella, and Ella. They all finished in the top 11.
Massive congratulations go to Isabella (6th), Phoebe (8th), Honey (8th), and Gabriella (10th) who finished in the top 10 within their age categories and therefore have qualified to represent RBKC in the London Youth Games in November.
Even bigger congratulations go to Isabella as she finished 6th in her race, meaning that she qualifies for the Official London Mini Marathon which involves running 3km at the beginning of the London Marathon in April 2018. What a fantastic achievement – well done Izzy!
Later on Tuesday evening, the Music Department had their Annual Music Tour Fundraising Evening ‘Hungry for Hungary’. We had a lovely three-course meal of traditional Hungarian food, a raffle, an auction, and delighteful entertainment. We raised a fantastic £3,000 for the tour, which is a fantastic amount. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening by joining us on the night, sponsoring the food, donating prizes, or working behind the scenes.
As part of the WE Day volunteering scheme this year, we are aiming to provide volunteering work on a monthly basis to get more involved in our local community and give up our time to help those in need. This month, our chosen charity was Creative Support, who offer care to those with various learning difficulties. After school, Mr Carroll, Miss Wijay, and Mr Green accompanied seven Year 11 girls to a care home in Tower Hamlets to help out at their “Fish and Chips night”. The girls served tea, coffee, and fish and chips to the residents.
Most importantly, the girls spent quality time getting to know the residents and talking to them about their lives. We were fascinated to hear about the lives of the residents and how their lives had changed drastically due to illness. I was personally inspired by a Belfast man who actively played golf, snooker, and flew planes until he suffered a stroke four years ago. He told me how he had to learn to speak all over again. Despite being told he would never speak or walk again, he treats each day as a challenge to get well again. He offered wise advice to our girls and said “You can do anything you want in this life, as long as you do it for the right reasons.” He reminded us we will never know what tomorrow may bring so we should always “Be kind to everyone.” Truly inspiring for pupils and teachers.
The girls were again an absolute credit to the school and we were so proud of their warm, friendly, and positive attitudes. The staff were so impressed by all our girls and we were given a warm invite by the residents to return again – an invite I’m sure we will be happy to accept at a later date. A big thank you to Lizzie, Connie, Caroline, Melissa, Yasmine, Julia, and Sarah VP for giving up their time and making the residents’ day. Stay tuned for more volunteering opportunities coming soon…
Yesterday was World Teachers Day. More House would not be as special as it is were it not for the incredible teaching staff here, who give so much of their time and effort to the school and students every day.
To celebrate our brilliant teaching staff here, we asked some of the girls what they love about More House teachers. Here were some of the lovely comments:
“I like More House teachers because they really inspire you to do what you love and they’re really kind and they help you loads.” – Ella Bea in Y7
“I feel like teachers can help you with any personal problems you’ve been going through too.” – Y9 student
“I love all the teachers because they’re all very friendly and very kind and they always help us out if we have problems.” – Anastasie in Y8
“All teachers are really nice here. It’s just a nice community and they’re all really supportive.” – Maysie in Y7
“I love how the teachers are so friendly and they always make all the lessons really exciting. It’s a really lovely community and I’m so lucky to be here.” – Lily in Y7
“I like More House teachers because they’re kind and I feel like they can help you even if you’re stuck.” – Lucy in Y7
“They give you lots of credits when you’re really good. If you’re getting better, they give you credits because they know you’re making progress.” – Steele in Y7
“They’re really supportive. If you have any issues, teachers are always really kind.” – Y8 girls
“I’m new but I feel like I’ve been here for a long time because the teachers are so great!” – Y8 student
“They’re really nice and fun – they can be strict sometimes but I think that’s good.” – Eleanor in Y8
“They’re very kind, very helpful. They don’t pick favourites. They’re always there when you help with something. They’re really supportive and they’re really nice.” – Lily in Y8
Next week is the last week before half term – we can’t believe how quickly the term is flying by.