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Head’s Round Up: Friday 1 March 2019

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This week there has been so much to enjoy and celebrate.

On Tuesday, it was a pleasure to welcome the new Head of Amesbury, Sheina Wright, to Prior’s Field. It was a beautiful day for Sheina to see Prior’s Field at work.

On Tuesday evening, I joined other members of staff accompanying the Third and Fourth Forms to an interesting production of Macbeth at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. It was not a surprise, but I was struck by the girls’ immaculate behaviour, both on the coach and in the theatre, particularly given the length of the evening.

The U11 Gymnastics Festival we hosted on Wednesday was amazing. It was a privilege to present the awards to such talented and joyful performers. I would challenge anyone not to have walked away with a smile on their face. The Games staff did a wonderful job but it was particularly pleasing to see girls from Second to Sixth Form recording scores and judging alongside their teachers.

I was invited by Alistair Burtenshaw, Director of Watts Gallery, to represent Prior’s Field at a private view last evening of the new exhibition at Watts Gallery: Raymond Booth 1929 – 2015: Detailing Nature. I would highly recommend the exhibition to anyone interested in this area. Earlier in the week, a group of Prior’s Field girls were at the gallery to see the work of Sally Marriott, who is currently carrying out conservation work on our painting by John Collier of Leonard Huxley, Julia Huxley’s husband. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to see a real specialist in action. We look forward to having Leonard back hanging above the Oak Hall stairs very soon.

University offers are continuing to come through for the Upper Sixth, who were busy with their mocks this week. Many girls will have to make a difficult decision in the face of a plethora of exciting possibilities.

At lunchtime today, girls enjoyed our first ever Head’s Commendation Celebration, hosted by Mr Taylor and me – a new tradition sealed with hot chocolate, Chef’s special chocolate cake and strawberries.

This evening, staff and parents will pit their wits against each other at the PSA Quiz.  I am grateful to the PSA for their continued support.  The most difficult question of all, of course, will be: what is our team name? Answers on a postcard.

Next week, we look forward to House Art and Rock and Pop. I hope to see many of you on at least one of those evenings.

Finally, I cannot finish without mentioning Polly Murray, our Development and Alumnae Officer, herself an Old Girl, who was honoured this week at a reception in Farnham Council Chamber for her outstanding contribution to the community of Farnham. The medal awarded to Polly is in recognition of her work in setting up a community choir which has now been running for ten years and which has had real impact on the lives of its members, as well as raising money for local causes. Huge congratulations to Polly – we are all very proud of her.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig