View from our Study – Budapest, Open Evening, and more

Dear Parents,

It’s only the start of the second week back after half term and so much has happened already. Here’s a detailed retrospective of all the exciting goings on at More House!

Open Evening 2017

Last night, we opened our doors to over 400 guests for our annual Open Evening. We welcomed parents and their daughters to More House with open arms, eager to tell them about our lives here and what makes the school a very special place. An extraordinary number of our guests commented on the passion and enthusiasm our girls and staff have for their subjects and they were also particularly impressed by the relationships we have with the girls. They were also delighted with the building and absolutely blown away by our lovely tour guides. We had a number of old girls visiting as well and they went away gushing about their trip down memory lane and the impressive changes we’ve made to the school.

On Wednesday, we celebrated All Saints Day with a Mass in the dining room, followed on Thursday with Miss Gulin welcoming everyone to prayer group to remember All Souls.

Budapest Music Tour

Before half term, the More House Combined Choirs embarked on their music tour to Budapest, Hungary. It was a fantastic seven days, where they performed in some of the most prestigious cathedrals and churches in the city and visited some of the most beautiful tourist locations. They were especially honoured to feature on Hungarian TV for their second performance.

Their first performance took place in the Vac Cathedral in a small town outside Budapest, where they performed in Mass and held a small concert at the end. Their second performance was at St Michael’s Church, where an astounding 400 people came to see their performance. It was here that a Hungarian TV channel came to record the girls, to be televised the following night. It was an incredible honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Their last performance took place in St Stephen’s Cathedral where 600 people came to enjoy their repertoire. It was a wonderful way to end their tour and was thoroughly enjoyed by all in the audience.

When they weren’t performing, the girls visited some of the beautiful sites of Buda and Pest. They were able to see Fisherman’s Bastion, Parliament House, and Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube. Overall, the girls and staff enjoyed another successful music tour and absolutely loved their time in Budapest. Here are some of the highlights – a full gallery can be viewed on our website. And here is a clip of their exciting fame on Hungarian TV!

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Sporting Department Successes

Congratulations to Julia K in Year 11 who was extremely busy on the golf course over half term. She first won a gross event at Cottesmore Golf Club but more significantly won the Lee Westwood national final. She finished with an impressive 136 total and 8 under par, overcoming tough (and frequently, older) competition. Well done, Julia!

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Congratulations also to Aoife C, whose wonderful potential in rowing that she has consistently demonstrated in club has won her a free one-on-one sculling lesson at Fulham Reach Boat Club! The Schools Manager nominated Aoife after noting her continuously excellent performance during her lessons there. Well done, Aoife!

And even more congratulations, to Niamh O and Emma C for taking part in the Great Britain Irish Dancing Championships in Brighton during half term. We’re always delighted with their performances in school and we’re sure they wowed the audience in Brighton!

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Inter-House 5 KM Challenge

Finally from the sporting department: a quick catch up on our 5 KM Inter-House Challenge, which took place before half term, from Miss Minto:

“The 5 KM Inter-House Challenge was a roaring success, with over 50 girls, plus 8 staff competing on a Friday night after school to become crowned champions of the Serpentine! The format was simple: competitors could either compete as an individual and run the whole 5 KM or join with someone in their house to run 2.5 KM each. The first place runner scored 20 points and so on until 20th place, scoring 1 point.

There were some fantastic individual performances, notably, Daphne T (Y9) who won the individual race, Phoebe S (Y7) who finished 2nd and who incidentally had never run 5k before stepping up to be an ‘individual’ runner due to another student’s absence, and Katrina C (Y8) who finished 3rd.

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In the pairs’ race, the winning pair (and following on from their successes in the Mini Marathon) were Eleanor L (Y8) and Izzy L (Y7) for Canterbury. Second were Lucy J (Y7) and Katharine O (Y10) for Santiago, and third were Raya A (Y10) and Issy S (Y10) for Iona.

In the staff category, Miss Hollobon took the lead for Santiago, putting in a sterling performance, but her and Mrs Boulter were unfortunately caught out by the ex-marathon runner Miss Brown and her counterpart Miss Devine meaning that Canterbury strode home to be crowned staff winners.

After the points were totalled, Walsingham finished 4th, Iona 3rd, and Canterbury and Santiago miraculously finished on the same points so shared 1st place.

It was a fantastic way to end the week and we look forward to the next house sports event, netball, later this term.”

More’s Household Speakers

On Wednesday, Lilian Lindblom, Head of Design at Middlesex University, came to talk to the girls about design and all the different pathways that can lead to a very creative career. She brought along numerous examples of her own designs and showed us her students’ work, which demonstrated how they have used their imagination and talent in the most innovative ways. The list of companies they are now working with demonstrates the success of their degree. Her talk was fascinating, as she explained the differences between the BA courses, from illustration, fashion, and photography to logos, branding, and animation. I am sure the girls would agree with Mrs Tunnicliffe that it was a most stimulating hour.

Art History School Trip

This Wednesday, the A-level Art Historians visited the Royal Academy to see the Matisse in the Studio and Jasper Johns exhibitions. This was a fantastic opportunity to see the work of the twentieth-century artists through the context of their life’s works.

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“One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.” – Jasper Johns, 2006

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Here are Gallianne’s thoughts on the visit:

“The exhibitions were great – they allowed me to see the way the artists’ works had progressed and evolved over the decades. Some of my favourite works were ‘Watchmen’ (1964) from the Jasper Johns collection and a variety of pencil drawing nudes from the Matisse collection. I found it really interesting learning about how these artists’ atmospheric surroundings were so inspiring in their life’s works. For example, Matisse often drew inspiration from his collected possessions and painted many of the landscapes surrounding him. However, Johns is more subtle in the way he explores his surroundings by drawing inspiration from the familiar and rendering it unfamiliar. Many of his works include simple abstract paintings and prints of letters, numbers, patterns, and most famously, the American flag.”

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I look forward to seeing you all at our annual Prize Giving Ceremony next Thursday at 5:45 PM in Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street.

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