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Head’s Round Up: Friday 14 September

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The first full week of term has flown by. The girls have thrown themselves back into their life at school and are already immersed in their learning.  Next week, they will be able to start their clubs and activities, which are such an important part of their school experience.

It was lovely to see so many new, and some well-known, faces at our information evenings for parents of new girls and the Lower Sixth on Tuesday. I hope you all gleaned important and useful information.

This week, we were delighted to welcome members of the PSA to school, first for the termly committee meeting and secondly for the reps’ breakfast this morning. It is very appropriate at the beginning of the new school year for me to thank all the members of their PSA for their invaluable support to the school, for which we are very grateful.  This term, of course, we are looking forward to the PSA Christmas Fair on Saturday 24 November – one for the diary as a prime Christmas shopping day.

The Boarders’ activities for this term began with a talent show, judged by Mr Rood, Ms Ritchie, Miss Kindersley and me.  The girls did not hold back and the evening was full of laughter and applause.

One of the highlights of the week was the whole school photo on Thursday – my first as Head. The weather was kind and we were able to capture the whole Prior’s Field community, smiling in the sunshine – a wonderful modern addition to our archives.

As you are aware, this is an important term for those thinking of coming to Prior’s Field next September. Our Open Day is on Saturday 29 September and our aim is to start welcoming prospective pupils and their families for a visit to the school after that date, by which time we hope that the First Form and other new girls have had time to adjust and to feel that they are an integral part of the school family. I would encourage Fifth Form girls and their family to come to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 4 October, and hope to see many of you then.  The girls will also enjoy a chance to experience life in the Sixth Form for a day.

I understand just how important a decision it is to choose a secondary school, or even a Sixth Form, for your child. Knowing your child’s personality and needs will help you find the right choice. I know as a parent myself that big decisions do not get easier as a child grows, and they tend to develop a mind of their own! Please be assured that any of the staff here would be happy to talk to you about any particular aspect of your child’s future education, up to A level and beyond. Our aim is for your daughter to leave Prior’s Field at the end of the Upper Sixth confident and ready to face the modern world and we are very excited to be able to walk beside her on her journey.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig