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Head's Round Up – Friday 9 February 2018

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It has been an amazing week, with Open Day and House events topping the bill.
Open Day on Saturday was a huge success. We had far more visitors than is usual for our February event, and the girls were marvellous ambassadors. We will be welcoming yet more visitors this coming weekend as we are delighted to be hosting the 2012 reunion at the girls request, such is their fond memories of their time here! I have also been thrilled to host two further alumnae in the last few days; Alison Campbell Jensen (Years: 1952-1956) and Charlotte Ellis (Years: 1955-1959), and it was so heartening to hear of their wonderful time here.
Other weekend successes include the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice and the well-attended netball tournament despite the challenging weather.
House Drama on Monday was hailed by Mrs Horton as the best ever. We all thoroughly enjoyed the girls’ performances.
House Music yesterday was great fun. It included a House Choir competition during the day – a battle fiercely fought with each house performing the song ‘Havana’, which I gather the judges continued to hear in their sleep! In the evening, I joined a select audience at the final. I confess that my contribution as part of the judging panel was a little unhelpful, as I thought every performance outstanding. You can read a fuller report below.
Parents of girls going to Tanzania were briefed by Ms Brailey on Tuesday. Having been to Tanzania with girls last summer, I know that those going this year will have a wonderful and fulfilling experience. I can feel the excitement building and I am feeling rather envious of those staff accompanying the girls this time.
The Art Department trip to Tuscany departed yesterday and I am sure that they girls will benefit hugely from what they see and experience when they are away, and that they will come back buzzing with ideas and inspiration. At the weekend, girls doing Duke of Edinburgh Gold are on a kayaking training weekend. Given the temperature, I hope capsizing does not feature too heavily.
I do hope that all the girls have a good break over half term, even those who are already revising for the summer. Bulbs are starting to show and, when we return, we will be well on the way to spring, and looking forward to the many exciting opportunities in store for the girls in the second half of term.
Last call, don’t forget to book your seat to see Super Scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, who will be with us for the first Tuesday evening after half term and will certainly deliver a star quality touch.
With best wishes
Tracy Kirnig