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Head’s Round Up: Friday 14 June 2019

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The weather this week has made revision easier for the girls taking exams. Absolutely no sun to distract them! Well done to all of them and particularly the Fifth Form and Upper Sixth for their resilience – the end is in sight and has already arrived for some!

The rain has also failed to prevent other activities continuing. The First Form Alice in Wonderland social went ahead inside on Monday and the girls’ enjoyment was certainly not compromised. Yesterday it was rather surreal – and marvellous – to look out of my study window to see girls uni-cycling in the rain, as if they were born to it! I am hugely impressed at the progress all the girls in the Circus Club have made. Several members of staff are itching to join in.

On Tuesday, we welcomed current and past Governors to say farewell and thank you to Neale Andrew and Caroline Colvin, who have both given 12 years of service to the school as Governors. We are indebted to Andrew and Caroline and to all our Governors for their time, energy and experience.

As billed last week, yesterday we held our inaugural Junior Schools’ Debating Day. The event was a great success and we have had some very positive feedback. Our own girls were wonderful debating ambassadors. Congratulations and thank you to Emily A, Freya A, Georgia B, Emilia C, Sophie F, Poppy H, Greta L, Robyn M, Lily M, Mabel O and Freya W.

This afternoon we are welcoming to the A Level Creative Arts Open Exhibition the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, the Mayor of Godalming and Alistair Burtenshaw, Director of Watts Gallery. I am sure they will be as impressed by the girls’ work as the visiting parents and friends. Do join us if you can. Lower Sixth parents and guardians will be able to see the girls’ current work at Parents’ Evening on Thursday 27 June.

Next week is another busy week. Classics and Cakes makes a come-back on Monday with a mouth-watering selection of musical performances. On Wednesday, Mr Starnes is hosting ‘God and the Big Bang’ for Fourth Form girls. Four expert speakers – Dr Matt Pritchard, Anna Pearson, Hannah Malcolm and Michael Harvey – will speak to the girls and engage them on the questions where religion and science might seem to collide. It promises to be a fascinating day. Fourth Form parents will already be aware of Parents’ Evening on Wednesday evening. The girls seem to have really enjoyed Taster Day today. I popped into several lessons and there was a real sense of interest and enthusiasm about the step up to Sixth Form and the opportunities available.

New Girls’ Tea is on Thursday next week. We hope the sun will be shining on a day which is always exciting for both girls and staff.

Finally, a thank you to the pupils and staff working hard on the Lower School Production: ‘Alice in Londonland’. Rehearsals have been continuing during the week and at weekends. Remember to book your tickets for what promises to be another extraordinary production.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig