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History has been made!!

Two of our netball teams have qualified for Surrey Finals Day which is absolutely brilliant! The U14’s showed incredible determination and were faultless on the day winning all 6 of their matches while the U16’s worked with the same determination and finished with 4 wins, 1 draw and a loss. Huge congratulations to the U14’s and U16’s for getting through and good luck for Finals Day.

The U15’s also had a great performance during their tournament and finished the day with 2 wins, a draw and 2 losses. They were placed 3rd overall and narrowly missed out on getting through to Finals Day.

Our teams have also been competing in the Independent Schools Netball Cup and Sister ‘n Sport Netball National Championships. The standard is incredibly high and our teams have put up a really good fight. Unfortunately, we suffered losses with 1st VII v Channing School (ISNC), U16 VII v Brighton College (SNS) and U14 VII v Sevenoaks (2nd round of SNS).

In other netball matches we won with the U13D & U12D teams against George Abbot, The U16B team drew with GHS while the U15 B&C and U14D lost to GHS.

The U15 and U13 gymnasts took part in the Surrey Tumbling competition at Guildford High. The standard in the U15 competition was really high and the girls completed their tumbles showing good execution, whilst it was the first opportunity for many of the U13 girls to compete at such a competitive level. Both teams finished in a very respectable 8th position.

On Wednesday last week we hosted our annual PF Cross Country run. The atmosphere and spirit of all runners was fantastic! Four age groups competed (U10, 11, 12, 13) with a real variety of schools winning across the board. Congratulations to our own second former Christina who came first in the U13 age group and to the team who were placed 3rd overall.

In the swimming pool, our swimmers enjoyed a really friendly and incredibly close competition with Notre Dame. The U13’s drew 30 points each whilst all other age groups had a very marginal loss by either 3 or 7 points.

Last but certainly not least, hockey matches have also been on the go. The U12 A&B teams are really working well as a unit and proving to be unstoppable on the pitch. They both comfortably beat SWPS during the week. On Saturday a big block fixture took place against Gordon’s School with most matches very well contested. Congratulations to the 1st XI, U14’s and U12A’s who all won their match. The U13A and U12B teams drew 1-1 while the U13B’s lost.

Yet again it has been wonderful to have so many of our girls involved with the many matches and in the range of sports.

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The leaves are now well and truly turning, as we are blown into the last week before half term.

The Scholars’ Concert at the Guildford Institute on Tuesday was well attended by both parents and music lovers who come every year. Once again the audience was extremely impressed by the high quality of the performances. If you would like another talent fix before half term, do remember that Cabaret Evening is on Wednesday. The girls have been working hard on pieces focused around a celebration of 100 years of inspiring British women: ‘Here come the girls’ – it is an evening not to be missed.

It has been very interesting to follow the debate on social media this week about the future of Common Entrance. It is exciting to see the prep school curriculum evolving. I had an interesting conversation with Neil Brooks, the new Head of Cranleigh Prep school, when he visited this week and I am very much looking forward to going to Longacre on Tuesday to help with their year 6 mock Common Entrance interviews. Prior’s Field continues to welcome girls at 13+ as well as 11+ and 16+.

In the next week, girls are going out on some amazing trips – to Ypres, Cheltenham, Rome, the Peak District, Croatia.  We will bring you news of their exploits after half term.  I would, however, like to address the First Form in particular and to wish them a wonderful time on their trip to the South Downs. I hope they enjoy the adventures that are planned for them and also the experience of being away together as a year group. The girls have settled in at Prior’s Field so well; we are proud of them all.

This morning in assembly we said goodbye to the four girls visiting as part of an exchange programme from Ruyton School in Melbourne. Abby, Nicola, Miranda and Angie have thrown themselves into life at Prior’s Field for the last four weeks. Huge thanks to the families who have hosted the girls here; I am sure their Prior’s Field buddies embarking on the return visit next year will have a fantastic time.

Today the whole school is taking part in Bright your Write – a Second Form initiative to raise funds for Tinga Tinga. The girls are hoping to buy exercise books and other stationery to send to Tanzania. We have all been challenged to use only bright colours on paper, boards and in emails today – and it has been a joy. The simple things really do put a smile on your face.

Wednesday was World Mental Health Day but, in fact, not a day goes by now without a news article about mental health, particularly in the education press. It is very much at the forefront of our minds here, in the context of both girls and staff.  I hope it would not be too bold of me to suggest that parents and guardians might also benefit from making more time to look after your own wellbeing, and set a good example for your children.  Perhaps you could have a family challenge over half term to try a few days ‘off grid’ or to go for a daily leaf-kicking walk?

With best wishes for a mindful weekend

Tracy Kirnig

The fast pace in the PE department has certainly continued over the past 10 days with all age groups taking part in a number of fixtures recently.

The seniors had their Hockey County Tournament this week and played exceptionally well. Against some tough competition, we came away with one draw (CLFS) and two losses (Reigate Grammar and St George’s, Weybridge). The 1st XI also convincingly won their hockey match against Woldingham whilst narrowly losing their netball matches (1st & 2nd VII) against George Abbot.

The U15’s have enjoyed netball matches against Manor House. The A team had a marginal loss while the B team brought home a win. On the hockey pitch, they dominated play from start to finish and had a resounding win against Christ Hospital.

The U14’s took part in a netball competition we have entered called SISTERS n SPORT National Cup. They travelled to Walthamstow Hall and had a fantastic game. They are now through to the second round. The hockey team travelled to Farlington to play in their first 11 a side hockey match. The match ended in a draw and was great preparation for their County Tournament which took place yesterday. During the tournament the team showed tremendous improvement and progress throughout the day and came away with one win (St Theresa’s) and two losses (St John’s and St George’s).

The U13 A&B’s have had two hockey matches, one against Copthorne Preparatory School and the other Sutton High. In both matches our teamwork was clinical and proved too strong for the opposition. The U13 C&D netball teams travelled to St Edmund’s and had a great time on the court. Both teams enjoyed success from this fixture.

The U12’s, like the others, have also been busy both on the hockey pitch and netball court. On the netball court the A&B teams beat The Royal but unfortunately lost their matches against Tormead. The C&D team have played against Tormead while the E&F team took on St Catherine’s. All teams put up a good fight but suffered narrow defeats when the final whistle was blown. The U12A netball team have also played their Sister in Sport match against Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. Leading for the first half of the match the team looked set for victory, however, the pressure set in and unfortunately we lost by 1 goal.

The U12 A&B hockey teams took part in our annual PF Tournament last week Saturday. Playing in only their second match of the season, they went from strength to strength during the event. The A team finished third overall whilst the B team were runners up.

Off the court and pitch, our junior runners took part in the Junior Schools Cross Country Cup competition. Six runners competed with the top four scoring for the team. Our girls had a fantastic run and have been awarded first place overall. Congratulations to the following Second Former’s: Christina who came first, Evie who came second, Molly placed 9th and Eleanor 15th. First Former’s Katie and Jessenia came 18th and 19th respectively. An exceptional achievement to have the entire team within the top 20 (out of 50) runners.

On the Tennis court we reached the quarter finals of the 14&U Sutton SV Winter Regional Tour with our Academy students Sophie and Jessica playing extremely well in the high standard Grade 3 tournament at Sutton Academy.

 

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Thank you to everyone for helping to make Open Day last Saturday such a success.  The school was positively humming with excited girls and interested parents.  The school looked fabulous and I hope our visitors really picked up on the unique spirit of Prior’s Field.

Our Sixth Form Open Evening last night was another well-supported event. The girls were able to listen to Heads of Department speak about A Level courses and to quiz current Sixth Formers about what it is really like to be in the Sixth Form here.  I would encourage the Fifth Form to continue the conversation with both staff and Sixth Form girls over the next few weeks and to consider applying for a scholarship – their journey into Sixth Form has begun.

I mentioned last week the wonderful mini-EPQ presentations given by a number of Fourth Form girls. This morning the girls reprised their performance at assembly, where certificates were also awarded.  The winner was Emilia C with her fascinating research into serial killers, and the runner-up was Mabel O with her interesting study of stereotypes. Well done, girls.

This morning, I travelled with members of the Upper Sixth to the Number Five Project in Guildford, a charity supporting the homeless, with harvest donations from girls and staff. We have now established a strong link with the project, which helps all the girls have some understanding of the reality of this huge social issue.

I am planning on venturing into the sunshine this afternoon to watch some netball at the U16 county tournament being held at Prior’s Field today. Looking at the calendar, the sports teams are having a hugely busy term. Do come along and support your daughter at weekend and after school fixtures when you can – they are great fun.

The Careers department has also been working hard to arrange the brilliant At Home series of weekly talks by representatives from various different professions. On Monday, we are welcoming Rebecca Armstrong, a solicitor with Clyde & Co, who will be talking about her role and career journey.  Do encourage your daughter to come along.

On Tuesday evening, we have another musical treat in store as the scholars are performing at Guildford Institute.  This is such a special venue and the event is open to the public.  The girls would be thrilled to have your support if you would like to come.

Thank you to the PSA for organising the parents’ social tonight; tomorrow it will be the Third Form’s turn as they enjoy a disco with boys from Eton.  I hope you too have a pleasant weekend – whether or not you are partying!

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig

It has been wonderful to see so many students, both new and existing, in the new kit on the hockey pitch and netball courts as the start of our season is well under way.

There has been an abundance of netball matches which started with a friendly U14 tournament at Churchers College. This was then followed by matches against Guildford High with every age group play against them, including all of First Form as six U12 teams took part in these friendly matches. The U13’s have also played against Manor House, Notre Dame and St Edmund’s whilst the U12 C&D team hosted Sir William Perkins. U14 A-D all had very close encounters with Tormead. All results are on our sports website.

Meanwhile our U15, U13 A&B and U12 A&B hockey teams have also been competing on the hockey pitch. The U15’s had a comfortable win against Bedales with our U12’s also victorious against Sutton High. The U13’s took part in their first tournament of the season which we hosted here at PF. Dusting off some rusty cobwebs both teams played some fantastic hockey and earned second place in their respective tournaments.

Some of our gymnasts enjoyed taking part in an in-house workshop last week Saturday where different skills and routines were practised whilst our swimmers have had their first gala against St Theresa’s Effingham.

Thank you to those who have already shown commitment to training every week. A reminder that there is definitely a club for all no matter what sport you choose, so if you are keen please come along as we would love you to be involved.

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The glorious weather this week has been reminiscent of summer and the girls have enjoyed spending as much time as possible outside. My impossible task today was to judge the annual House cross-country event. This year’s theme was ‘space’ and the outfits were a real spectacle in the sunshine.

Thank you to those of you who came to the pastoral evening on Monday. I hope you found it interesting and beneficial. There will be plenty of other opportunities for parents to attend presentations about how we can support both your daughter and you. Do let us know if you have any feedback.

On Tuesday, I very much enjoyed meeting Tania Szabo, the daughter of Violette Szabo, the Special Operations Executive agent whose amazing story (told in the film ‘Carve her Name with Pride’) captivated the Fourth and Fifth Forms.

The Fourth Form girls who produced a mini-EPQ last year were stunning at the presentation evening on Wednesday. They gave fantastic talks to a very interested and appreciative audience. The subject matter chosen by each girl and their grasp of the relevant issues were so impressive.

Classics by Candlelight last evening was absolutely exquisite. Each scholar performed a Debussy piece, specifically chosen for her by Mr Pratt and, in some cases, transposed by him from the piano arrangement for a different instrument. Each piece was accompanied by an image of an Impressionist painting, selected to complement the music. We were even treated to performances by Mr Pratt and Mrs Harrison.  The Recital Room was shown to great effect, with candles everywhere – the atmosphere was magical. The audience were spellbound from beginning to end.

The Sixth Form have been busy baking and the products of their labours went down very well this morning at the MacMillan coffee morning in the Sixth Form House. Team building skills, lots of laughter and cake – the girls so enjoy sharing experiences such as this.

We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors tomorrow at Open Day. Thank you for enabling the girls to come in on a Saturday morning – they do enjoy showing off their school. And a final reminder for the Fifth Form that the Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 4 October – we have an exciting evening planned for you so do come along.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig

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Joining in the fun at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

We started this week on a high with a record-breaking hymn practice in assembly – 7 hymns in 7 minutes – great fun! Where was Roy Castle?

There is a sense in school that all the girls are settling in and an almost tangible buzz about lessons. Teaching goes on, of course, both in and out of school. Our Fifth Form Geographers have been on a residential fieldwork trip this week in Shropshire and Snowdonia – an opportunity to view the reality of physical geography in a stunning location. Meanwhile, my first lesson observation of the time was a Biology lesson outside in the Rose Garden.

The boarders this week enjoyed a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – house warming with a difference. It was a chance for all the girls to get to know staff outside lesson time, to help them to feel part of this community which is their home from home while they are here. Do look at the photos of the mad hats below.

Next week, we will welcome Tania Szabo, the daughter of the Special Operations Executive agent Violette Szabo, who suffered under the Nazi regime in 1945 at Ravensbruck concentration camp. Tania will be talking to Fourth and Fifth Form historians who are studying Germany in that period as part of their course.  Next week is also Languages Week – I am brushing up my Swahili and looking forward to having hot chocolate with all our overseas boarders on Tuesday.

Looking a little further forward to 29 September, we have 80 families pre-booked for our Open Day and preparations are well under way. Just a reminder for Fifth Form parents and girls that we will also be holding our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 4 October.  I do hope to see you there and that you are excited by the programme of events scheduled over the coming weeks to introduce you to what life in the Sixth Form will be like.

Classics by Candlelight is a treat in store for next Thursday and rehearsals for Grease are under way. The list of girls interested in joining the Tanzania trip has been growing and everyone is already very much looking forward to next July.

Today many of the girls and staff are wearing jeans and raising money for Jeans for Genes. It is so important for us all to realise what a gift it is to have good health. We will be reminded of this again next week when we are treated to the fruits of the Sixth Form’s culinary skills at the MacMillan Coffee Morning.  I am very proud of the girls for supporting charities such as these with such enthusiasm.

The storms have kept away so far although the weekend promises to bring us some wet and windy weather. Do enjoy the September sun when you see it.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig