There have been so many trips and activities this week – read on to hear about the More’s Household visit to the law courts, English and French trips to the theatre, sports fixtures, and more!
MHPA Plans for 2018/2019
This week kicked off with the More House Parents’ Association’s first meeting of the academic year. It was lovely welcoming Julie and Jenny as our new Chairwomen. A big thank you to Louise and Mary for their hard work as Co-Chairs over the last two years.
Lots of new faces joined us to hear Mrs Leach’s report on the 2017/2018 exam results, learn more about the forthcoming events for 2018/2019, and find out about new initiatives for the school. Thank you to the MHPA for agreeing to fund a defibrillator, art press and drying rack, new chamber choir music folders, and outdoor table tennis table. Students and staff will certainly be happy!
More’s Household Visit to the Law Courts
A group of students were lucky enough to be shown around the Law Courts by Sir Paul Coleridge. This is what Cecily R said of the trip:
“Visiting the Law Courts was an incredible experience. Seeing the barristers’ workplace gave me a much better understanding of what it is like to be a lawyer. I think it really helped us all when thinking about the future, while also being really fun. My favourite part was being able to go inside the courtroom and witness a case. It was amazing – I learnt that the public can go and watch cases for free. I’m definitely doing that again!”
Sixth Form Bonding Day – Self-Defence Workshop
Molly reports on the bonding day:
“Yesterday, the sixth-formers participated in a self-defence class. The training was very enjoyable as well as informative and allowed everyone to get involved. It gave us all an insight into how to deal with potentially dangerous situations, reacting quickly but effectively. It also taught us not to stereotype and be aware of the fact that danger doesn’t have a specific label – we can often be hurt by the people that are closest to us.
We definitely learnt to be more aware of our surroundings on a daily basis and not be afraid to put what we were taught into action.”
Macmillan Coffee Morning
We have been supporting Macmillans’ World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this week. It was lovely sitting down for ten minutes and enjoying a cup of tea and chat with the parents who joined us. Thank you to the students for providing us with such delicious cakes and to the sixth formers for their tea-making skills. Perhaps we should make this a weekly fixture?!
Malta Music Tour Fundraiser
Last night, Miss Calderwood, the music department, and the tour choir hosted a wonderful evening of entertainment to fundraise for the upcoming Malta music tour. We were given a sneak preview of what the Maltese have to look forward to from the More House Combined Choirs and we are certain they will be incredibly impressed. The choir sounded fantastic, as always, and we were beautifully serenaded by the individual performers also.
Visit from the Headteacher at Christchurch Primary School
We were delighted to receive the Head from Christchurch Primary, who met with all her ex-pupils at break. She couldn’t believe everything they’ve been doing at More House and how much they’ve all grown up in so many ways!
Upper Sixth French Theatre Trip
The upper-sixth French students enjoyed a rare, theatrical performance of The Outsider (L’Étranger) by Albert Camus at The Coronet in Notting Hill, directed by award-winning writer Ben Okri. The Outsider is part of the new French A-level syllabus and the students (and Mr Carroll!) were fascinated to see how Meursault’s narration would translate onto the stage. The play was brilliantly brought to life by its actors and we enjoyed the intermittent comedic moments weaved into the existential monologues. It was a great benefit to see Camus’ words come to life with our own eyes and hopefully the trip will make the essay writing a bit easier!
We kicked off the RBKC Netball Borough Championships season this week, with fixtures against All Saints and Holland Park School. The teams: in the U12 league, we have the U12 girls and All Stars; in the U13 league, we have the U13 girls; in the U16 league, we have the U15, U16A, and U16B girls.
The U12, U13, and U16 teams all won their matches yesterday. Here are their results…
The U13 team won 9-0 against All Saints. Phoebe S and Izzy L won Coaches’ Player and Players’ Player respectively. The U16B team sadly lost 17-0 to Holland Park, with Millie P winning Coaches’ Player.
The More House U16 team played the More House U15 team, with the U16s winning 8-5. Hope H won Coaches’ Player for the U16 team and Hana S won Coaches’ Player for the U15 team. Phoebe L won Players’ Player for the U16 team and Niamh O’S won Players’ Player for the U15 team.
The More House U12 team played the More House U13/U12 team, with the U12s winning 7-0. Well done! Coaches’ Player and Players’ Player went to Julia VP in the U13/U12 team. Poppy W won Coaches’ player for the U12 team and Izzy M won Players’ Player for the U12 team.
We will be registering all the Coaches’ Players and Players’ Players throughout the season, presenting trophies at our annual Sportswoman’s Awards in the summer term.
The U14 team had no scheduled fixtures and instead enjoyed a fitness session in the brand-new Imperial College gym! Here they are using the new equipment.
Meanwhile, individual sporting achievements to mention – Lucy J has done exceptionally well in the Aquathlon and made the London team. She recently competed in the Tristar Mixed Team Relay, which is part of the Inter-Regional Championships. Well done, Lucy!
English Department Events
Last week, Mr Hegarty and the sixth-form English students travelled East to Wilton’s Music Hall, an interesting and atmospheric venue, for a fun-filled performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This is an A-level text that the girls are studying from a comic genre perspective and this production fitted the bill perfectly.
Its famous opening, ‘If music be the food of love, play on’, was accompanied by the entire cast playing a wide range of instruments to create a traditional jazz club atmosphere – lively and comedic at various points.
This production contrasted with more conventional performances the students have seen, however, it was no less illuminating and will undoubtedly enhance their understanding of the text. Thank you to Ms Kempin for joining us and supporting the girls so enthusiastically.
Looking ahead, Mr Hegarty will be promoting words, phrases, and spoken word as we approach the 2018 National Poetry Day at the start of October. Keep your eyes peeled for further details.
Posters have started appearing around the school, encouraging students to get involved in this national poetry festival. This year, the topic is “Change”. Pupils will have the opportunity to recite their favourite poems, as well as write their own poems, inspired by this theme. It will be interesting to see what they come up with – some will be entered into the prize-winning competition Lost Words!
We encourage everyone to share poems on National Poetry Day. Why not spread the joy of poetry on the theme of change?
What an exciting week. Next week is the last week before half-term – we can’t believe we’re halfway through the autumn term already!