I cannot believe it is December already – this year has flown by. There’s less than two weeks left of term and only a month left of 2017! Here’s how we finished off our November.
Huge congratulations to all involved in the school production of A Little Princess at the Bhavan Theatre. The acting and singing was exceptional, a real testament to the hard work that went into every single rehearsal. It is always especially lovely to see the girls bridging friendships between year groups and working so effectively as a supportive ensemble. They certainly entertained us – well done, girls!
On Friday, Miss Minto and Miss Hails took some of our budding netballers to the Copperbox Arena in the Olympic Park. They were there to watch the England Roses take on the Malawi Queens in the Vitality International Netball Series.
We were treated to an impressive performance where the players demonstrated power, strength, and outstanding agility. The girls were wowed by the split landings, running passes, and aerial ability of the England players. Honey timed a centre pass during the game and a goal was scored in an impressive six seconds! Lucy was very impressed with the warm up drill that the Malawi players performed and thought that it looked rather similar to the one that we do before our games.
England led throughout the game but after a rocky start the Malawi Queens pulled back to close the gap. However, in the end, England proved too strong and won the game by six goals! The final score was 66-60.
And now, on to our own matches: on Thursday, we took the U13, U14A, and U14B teams to Holland Park School for the latest round of the netball league fixtures. The girls played with tenacity and spirit, and it was great to see some of the strategies that we had been working on in practice shown in action.
The U13s were playing Holland Park, they took an early lead with Rosie V and Francesca M scoring two goals. Amelie S made some outstanding interceptions as GK and Mia H showed great strength to fight for the ball. The girls won the fixture 3-1.
The U14B team were up next, they were playing Kensington Aldridge Academy. We had Anna S and Gabby H making their debuts for the team this week. It was a great game, 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2 but unfortunately the opposition had possession of the ball in the last 10s of the game and scored the winner. The girls lost 4-3, but no doubt will have taken great confidence from the game.
Finally, the U14As played against Holland Park in the final fixture of the night. Marie S, Gabby H, and Hana S had to play up for the A team as we had lost some members due to the school musical production. It was so pleasing to see such an open game, both teams demonstrated some excellent play. The teams were so evenly matched and the final result was a 4-4 draw.
In other news, Julia Kerrigan continues to battle on in the European Junior Golf Championships, she is currently in the top 10 – so we wish her all the best for the remaining rounds.
Meanwhile, huge congratulations to Aoife C who broke the British record this week in rowing for her age group. It’s an incredible achievement and we are immensely proud of Aoife!
The history of art students were off on another exciting trip this week and Mrs Hunt provides a full report here on Firefly.
You may be aware that in school we have a group of volunteers who (supported by the WE Charity and Mr Carroll) choose a different cause every month where they can lend a hand. This month the girls have come up with the idea of helping De Paul charity for the homeless, assembling emergency boxes that will contain essential supplies for those who may find themselves homeless or on the streets of London this December.
As the nights get darker and the weather gets colder these are, unfortunately, needed more than ever. We would appreciate your help if you could donate any of the items to Mr Carroll from the list below for our Emergency Christmas Boxes. We also require some old shoe boxes (or similar sized boxes) or old Christmas wrapping paper. The last day for donations will be Monday the 11th December as we aim to wrap the boxes and deliver them to De Paul before the Christmas holidays.
We thank you in advance for your kindness and hope that we can help as many London families as possible over the Christmas period.
If you have any questions or suggestions for items to add to the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items required for Christmas Emergency Boxes
Tinned food (With ring pulls)
Supermarket gift cards
Granola bars/protein ars
Dry foods (that won’t spoil)
Our Christmas tree has been delivered and we had a group of year 7 girls decorating this morning. It looks beautiful, just in time for the Christmas Fayre tomorrow. I look forward to seeing you all from 12:00 – 3:00 PM! There will be the girls’ stalls, a raffle and tombola, external vendors, refreshments, and carol singing – what’s not to like about that!
That’s it for now – more next week, the last full week of term!