02/11/18 – Trip to the Tate

Last night, we opened our doors for our annual Open Evening. The buzz around school was electric and the girls did a fantastic job showing off More House to our visitors. Thank you to all staff and pupils for their help in making the event a success!

Feast Days

This week, we held a mass to celebrate the Feast of All Saints and today in assembly we remembered those who passed away on the Feast of All Souls. Thank you to Liv for her beautiful rendition of Pie Jesu, encouraging us to reflect on this feast day.

Critical Thinking for the Sixth Form

The sixth-formers enjoyed a workshop that allowed them to develop their problem solving, team building, communication, and critical thinking skills. They worked in teams to complete a variety of puzzles and problems throughout the three-hour session, which required tenacity, patience, and various higher-order skills. At the end, they reflected on their achievements and learnings, both in their teams and as individuals.

History of Art Report

On Tuesday, 50 More House girls visited the Tate Britain to explore the nineteenth and twentieth-century rooms and enjoy the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition.

The sixth-form art historians took groups of year 7 pupils around selected works and discussed the paintings and sculptures, looking at the works both visually and in context. It was great to see the girls sharing their ideas and learning from each other.

Here is what Georgie and Ursula wrote about the visit:

“Throughout the exhibition, we were able to detect multiple themes, within Burne-Jones’ paintings and embroidered tapestries. You could see through the colours that he was inspired by medieval art, especially enhanced by the styles of the elongated and elegant figures and by the stained glass and use of precious metals.

All his work caught our eyes through the exquisite colour, tone, scale, and their fine detail. He was almost able to make us feel as if the characters were coming out of the paintings and embroidery, especially as the scale was life-size or even larger.

History of Art 1

History of Art 2

History of Art 3

History of Art 4

Afterward, we were around the free galleries with the year 7 girls. We explained some of the sculptures and paintings to them and then brought them down the shop to buy various miscellaneous souvenirs.

It was a long, enjoyable day looking at beautiful artworks.”

Seeing Better Now

Congratulations to one of our parents, Michael Thomas, who won the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Literary Arts at the 4th BRISLA awards. Michael has written a wonderful anthology of poems, Seeing Better Now, and has kindly donated copies to the school library and English department. The inspiration for his poems comes from the ten extraordinary years he and his wife Alison spent living on the remote South Coast of Sri Lanka.

If you would like to hear Michael’s story of these ten wonderful and uplifting, tragic and harrowing years which include war, the wedding, the tsunami, murder, mayhem, and a very premature birth followed nine months trying to save the baby’s sight, he will be giving two talks this November entitled ‘Surviving and Thriving in Paradise’.

7th November, 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Tate South Lambeth Library
Entrance Free
Light refreshments available.

21st November, 7 PM -9:30 PM
St Mary Abbots Centre, Kensington
£18 for members/£21 for non-members
Includes refreshments, wine, and scrummy Sri Lankan food.

Signed copies of Seeing Better Now will be available at both events. It makes the perfect Christmas gift, with part of the proceeds going to the volunteer-run charity NEST that cares for children with severe disabilities across Sri Lanka where public funding is non-existent.

Next week is another busy week, with year 9 parents’ evening on Monday and Prize Giving on Thursday. Our guest speaker at the latter event will be Baroness Floella Benjamin, who some of you may remember from Playschool! Her speech promises to be extremely inspiring, looking at what she has achieved since her days with Humpty and Big Ted and Little Ted.

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