The warm and sunny days seem to be here to stay! And what better way to enjoy the weather than by heading out on several extracurricular trips.
This week, read all about the More’s Household, Lion King, and Tynburn Convent trips.
More’s Householders in Oxford
On Thursday, year 10 householders went on an exciting excursion to Oxford. They met a guide at Martyrs’ Memorial, who took them on a walking tour of the city and university. They visited New College and were able to enter the dining hall and chapel. For some girls, though, the most exciting part was seeing the cloisters where part of the first Harry Potter was filmed! We also visited the Divinity School, where we saw the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, and several other colleges.
After lunch, the girls were able to go punting on the river. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students, who were full of questions during the tour. Their enthusiasm really impressed the guide. Here is the lovely email we received following out visit:
“It was a great pleasure taking you and your students around Oxford this morning. Your girls were so engaged and responsive and I was very impressed with the way they maintained their enthusiasm and interest throughout the tour. I genuinely think they were the nicest group it has ever been my pleasure to take around the city.
I would be delighted to guide another group from More House School around Oxford, should the occasion arise.
Associate Member, Institute of Tourist Guiding
Member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides”
Year 9 Lion King Trip
The Year 9 girls enjoyed a trip to Disney’s “The Rhythm of the Pridelands” workshop this week. Students explored one-of-a-kind choreography and music and experienced what being a West End performer is truly like. Led by professionally-trained Disney teaching artists, the workshop gave students opportunities to perform scenes, songs, and dances from The Lion King while developing core skills such as communication and team building in a unique and creative way.
The girls learned to perform ‘He Lives in You’ and ‘The Lioness Hunt’, which later in the afternoon, they were able to see being performed by professionals themselves during the matinee performance at the Lyceum Theatre.
Congratulations to Old Girl
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Nicky has an MSci in Mathematics, a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London, and her research focused on a complexity and networks science approach to the sustainability of socio-economic systems. As a recovering network scientist, she sees connections everywhere and believes that this knowledge can be applied to everyday interactions across government and everyday life. She believes that networks science can help you be more successful in your career and personal life, as she explains in her recent TEDx Whitehall Women talk.
Eating Disorders Talk
Dr Nihara Krause will be returning to More House to deliver another talk on teenagers’ mental health. After her popular talk during Wellbeing Week, we’re looking forward to her return on Monday 21st May. She will be giving a talk entitled ‘Eating Disorders and Body Positivity’ in the afternoon to the students and parents are invited to join us for a 6 PM session.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Miss Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmands Visit to Tyburn Convent
On Monday, six of our Confirmands (Francesca, Jess, Marie, Mercedes, Niamh and Paula) visited Tyburn Convent with Mr. Green (Head of RS) and our school Catechists Mrs. Casey and Mrs. Randle.
We were welcomed by the larger than life Sr. Thomasina who gave us all a guided tour of their chapel and took us through her personal vocation story. The girls were fascinated to hear how she entered the convent in her 60s after working for forty years as a mental health nurse. She then told us about the history of Tyburn as a place of execution at the time of the Reformation, especially in relation to the forty Catholic Martyrs of England and Wales. We were astonished to discover that two of St. Thomas More’s relics – a piece of his hairshirt and a piece of his cap – are housed in the convent. We finished with a lovely tour of their herb garden (as real oasis in the busy heart of London) and the tomb of their foundress Mother Marie Adele Garnier. After a moment of prayer and adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament, a quick glass of refreshing juice and a biscuit for energy, we made our way back to school, inspired by the vision of Mother Marie and reflecting on the troubled but very special history of Tyburn Convent.
Results from this week:
U14 beat Queen’s Gate 20-17. Hana was player of the match due to outstanding batting and fielding skills.
U13 lost to Queen’s Gate 8 – 5.5. Miss Minto is very pleased with how well the team are progressing, despite the loss. Rosie scored an excellent backhand rounder (which she had been practising in her PE lesson earlier that day) and Mia bowled very well. Anna wowed us with her batting and Eleanor took an excellent catch in deep field.
U15A beat Queen’s College 12.5 – 11. We had some excellent rounders play, lots of big hits and some fantastic fielding skills. The player of the match was Phoebe.
U1510B lost to Queen’s College 16.5 – 11.5. Despite the loss, it was an excellent game and Raya was player of the match due to her outstanding fielding skills, even taking one catch with only her left hand!
U14 beat Portland Place 10 – 7.5. Lana scored 2 rounders and Emilia took some excellent catches on 2nd base. Hana has even been trialling spin bowling which seemed to work well. However, Niamh was player of match because she scored the most rounders.
Lots of fixtures next week, please ensure your daughter checks the fixture board.
There are only a few places remaining on the 2019 ski trip to Colorado, USA. If your daughter would like to participate please ensure the first payment has been made and the form has been handed in by next Friday.
Finally, we’d like to say good luck to our rowers this weekend who are competing in the Putney Regatta!
Emilie Mathews (cox)
We hope you enjoy the weekend – whether you’re watching the FA Cup Final, or the Royal Wedding, or just enjoying some quiet family time.