It has been an exceptionally busy and successful week to end an exceptionally busy and successful term.
On Monday, the Fourth Form GCSE Drama students performed their devised group pieces to an invited audience. They chose very challenging topics to explore and all four pieces were incredibly mature and extraordinarily powerful.
Later that evening, I was fortunate enough to be able to watch a performance of Manor House’s production of Barnum. It was spectacular and so joyful. Congratulations to everyone involved, and in particular to our own Mr Pratt, who again lent his musical support, and also to his wife, Mrs Williams, who was the director.
Our annual Sports Dinner took place on Tuesday, attended by the many girls who have achieved so much on the sporting front already this year. The speaker, Hannah Jones from Surrey Stars, was fascinating and passed on a message belying her years in its strength: she encouraged the girls to judge themselves only in the context of matters and circumstances they can control. I hope the girls listening remember that advice as they encounter the ups and downs of their sporting endeavour and also life in general.
The gym and dance on Wednesday was absolutely fabulous: an exciting showcase of talent with a terrifying and mesmerising triumphant finale. You can see some photographs in This Week in Pictures.
The Easter holidays begin any moment now, after an Awards Assembly celebrating the huge variety of successes and achievements of the girls this term. One new award was presented this year for an enterprise competition which took place during one of our PSHE days. Fifth and Sixth Form teams were charged with planning and designing a festival. Parents, guardians and grandparents will be as delighted as I am that the winning festival theme was a festival especially for the over 50s who may be ‘tired of feeling so old’ – the festival’s name is ‘Staying Alive’. During assembly, Mrs Horton made the exciting announcement that the school has been able to secure the rights to perform the musical ‘Chicago’, which will be our Upper School production in the autumn.
We have two residential trips taking place during the holidays. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition contingent are off to the Yorkshire Dales and the ski trip leaves very early tomorrow – I am not promising to wave goodbye to the skiers!
We were grateful for the sunshine this morning when 91 girls – and some staff – tried to squeeze into the Oak Hall for a Head’s Commendation Celebration. We were able to spill out into the Rose Garden, adorned as it is now by a multitude of different artwork. Do pop in over the holidays to have a look.
I hope all the girls have a good break, even, and perhaps especially, those who will be revising for public exams next term. I look forward to seeing girls and staff back refreshed and re-energised after Easter, ready for the challenges and opportunities awaiting them in the summer term.
With best wishes