Sixth form

Sport Relief Riotous Race

Before they spent time at an important UCAS presentation looking forward to their exciting futures, the Sixth Form organised a fun run with a twist on Wednesday to raise money for Sport Relief. They draughted in some teaching legends to take part in a ‘High Heel Race’. The winner by a square mile in speed and style was Ricky, our Head Chef, who got off to a cracking start, wearing a beautiful pink dress! It was a good effort from all the other competitors; Mrs Allen, Mr Butler, Mrs Horton, Mr Marrison and Mrs McGarry but the pack couldn’t catch up with the breakneck baker!

History Conference

Mrs Haddock reports ‘After a successful rendez-vous under the clock at Waterloo Station I and a select party of Sixth Form Historians headed off to be enlightened on the finer details of Russia’s rulers at a revision conference on Russia 1855-1964.

The speakers were all leaders in their field and provided some fascinating insights into Russian History as well as some top tips on question analysis. The talks covered key examination questions including the collapse of Tsarism and the success or otherwise of Stalin’s rule. Inevitably, comparisons between Stalin and Putin were made and we came away with the depressing thought that, perhaps the very nature of Russia and its people, leant itself to some form of strong leadership. The discussion that followed was testament to the intellectual ability of the girls and their capacity to absorb lots of information over a short time period.  A day well-spent!’

 

In this morning’s assembly, Deric Quaile, President of the Guildford Lions Club presented seven of the girls with their Young Leaders in Service awards, taking the number of awards completed by pupils at the school to 12. Well done to Sixth Formers Bethan, Katie, Holly G, Jinyan, Emma, Wing Sze and Chloe!

The girls did a variety of activities including one to one respite for disabled children, teaching French and Chinese as foreign languages, marshaling at park runs, assisting in the school library, undertaking voluntary work in charity shops, and supervising junior boarding.

The Lions Young Leaders in Service Awards (also known as YLiS) recognise young people between the ages of 11 and 18 for their community service in a 12-month period. They receive a Bronze (up to 50 hours), Silver (up to 100 hours) or Gold (100 or more hours) award. This is an internationally recognised award and encourages young people to volunteer their time to help others in their community.

 

As part of their assessment, the Lower Sixth Food Science and Nutrition students were set the task of producing a three-course meal in a three and a half hour time limit. They demonstrated their high-level skills; they filleted and poached fish, boned chicken, made meringues, choux pastry, ravioli and soufflés.  They produced ballotine of chicken breast, mackerel pate, plaice veronique, sweet potato rosti, veloute, mayonnaise and tartar sauce among a variety of other amazing dishes. All their delicious masterpieces were presented in a creative and professional manner.  Huge congratulations to them all for stepping up to the challenge and making such a success of it!

 

 

Upper Sixth

The Upper Sixth have been busy getting a taste of life beyond school with one half of the year being given the opportunity to learn how to cook on a budget under the watchful guide of our talented Head Chef, Ricky.  The other half took part in a budgeting workshop. The groups will swap activities next week.

Lower Sixth

On Tuesday the application process was launched for finding next year’s Prefect team, including the roles of Head Girl and Deputies, School Council Representatives, Heads of House and Prefects. We will announce the names of those elected just before Speech Day in July.

Earlier in the week, the Lower Sixth attended a UCAS Convention at Surrey Sports Park which was a wonderful opportunity to talk to a multitude of universities and the courses they offer.

 

Sixth Form Brain Day

After attending the lecture, the Upper Sixth Form Biology and Psychology students continued with Brain Day. Dr Sutton spoke in depth about brain development, function and disfunction. He gave the students the opportunity to learn some Second and Third Year Degree level information on the function of synapses and secondary messenger systems. The day culminated with the students participating in the dissection of a sheep’s brain, giving them the rare opportunity to see for real the actual structures within the brain which they had been studying.

Sixth Form Holly reported ‘Such a great day!! Really interesting to build on our A Level knowledge and see where this could lead to. Very inspiring for those of us planning to study Biology at university. Interesting and detailed lectures, and a brilliant dissection.’

Emma said ‘It was very interesting and Dr Sutton was very enthusiastic. It really helped me understand further the workings of the brain.’

Georgina added ‘I thought the brain day was really interesting and inspiring to see and learn about some of the really new developments showing how exciting science currently is and how much more that is yet to be discovered about the brain.’

Brain Day

Geography trip

Ms Treanor reports ‘A Level Geographers have been investigating coastal systems this week along the Dorset Heritage Coastline. Using Swanage as our base, we were able to travel to Lulworth and Durdle Door and then spend a day collecting psammosere data at Studland. On our way home we stopped in Southampton to investigate urban regeneration and practise human geography related data collection techniques. The girls are now well prepared for their own independent investigations!’

Heroines of Science

Miss Brailey reports ‘On Wednesday, Sixth Formers Charne, Martha, Katie and Hannah gave a ten minute presentation on their chosen Heroine of Science, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, at the University of Reading’s annual event. The girls met and interviewed Dr Aderin-Pocock at this year’s Huxley Lecture, and were inspired by her work both in the field of Space Science and her educational work promoting science to young people, particularly girls. After their session the girls listened to other schools’ presentations of their Heroines of Science, as well as having a guest lecture from the University of Reading’s Dr Ann Chippindale on her work, Sparkling Cyanide, which was based on her current research. A great afternoon!

Delight Assembly

Some of the lower Sixth Formers visited Waverley Abbey to lead an assembly encouraging the children to donate books to disadvantaged children in Surrey as part of the Delight charity campaign.

Geographical Association Lecture

A Level Geographers attended a lecture at the local branch of the Geographical Association on Tuesday evening. Jonathan Schifferes, the Associate Director in Public Services and Communities from the RSA spoke about urban regeneration using case studies stretching from New York to Guildford train station!

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It’s been a busy week in the Sixth Form area, dominated by the Upper Sixth sitting their mock exams – well done girls for working really hard.

Some of the Sixth form girls played important roles when they attended the Julia Huxley Lecture, interviewing Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock MBE, entertaining and hosting the VIPs, and ending the evening with a brilliant vote of thanks by Bea, our Head Girl.

Lower Sixth girls were given a talk by Inspiring Futures on their options after Prior’s Field – including University, Degree Apprenticeships, entering the world of work, GAP years. They also enjoyed the PIL (Partners in Learning) scheme, mentoring the girls in the younger years by sharing advice and best practice tips for learning success.

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‘Show the Love’ for the Third Formers
Third Form student’s artwork will be exhibited in the window of Chandlers Opticians in Godalming High Street over half-term as part of the ‘Show the Love’ initiative highlighting the effects of climate change. After researching artists that explore land art and environments, the girls developed a themed project and final piece based on an environmental issue. For more information about the initiative run in partnership between The Climate Coalition and the WI, please visit theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love and please do take a look at the artwork over half-term.
Checking-in on Chess Challenge  
Twenty of our chess club players are competing in this year’s UK Schools Chess Challenge, which is split into seven rounds. The first stages of the competition take place internally at school, and after Monday morning’s round three, Third Former Emilia and Fourth Former Carlota are undefeated joint leaders on nine points.  Fourth Former Kate, First Formers Louise and Maddie are all in joint third place on seven points.
Mr Smith says ‘We will continue with round four on Monday 19 February, when the two leaders will play each other.  The girls play a different opponent each week and, as they progress through the competition, they earn badges, gold spots, merits and mascots.  The school champion will receive her trophy and winner’s certificate in the presentation assembly at the end of term and those girls who have performed at a high enough level during the seven rounds will be invited to go forward to the next stage known as the Megafinal in April and May, where they will compete against other local schools. Regional and national rounds follow later in the year.’
Chess Club 2018
 Pancake Day
Pancake Day didn’t ‘crepe’ up on the Sixth Formers, they were ahead of the game as they held their annual Pancake Day race on Thursday! You’d ‘batter’ sit down while I tell you the joint winners were the girls in 6R and 7L.
Sixth-Form-PancakesCareers Talk
In the latest in our series of talks, Head of Careers, Jill Buckley interviewed the accomplished film and stage actress Lauren O’Neil. Lauren spoke vehemently about her path to working full time in the acting profession and shared her experience on how to avoid the pitfalls of show business. She gave the audience some invaluable advice, including the importance of having other skills which can be applied between contracts, for example, Lauren pursues her writing. Thank you Lauren for talking to us from ‘the red chair’!

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‘Show the Love’ for the Third Formers

Third Form student’s artwork will be exhibited in the window of Chandlers Opticians in Godalming High Street over half-term as part of the ‘Show the Love’ initiative highlighting the effects of climate change. After researching artists that explore land art and environments, the girls developed a themed project and final piece based on an environmental issue. For more information about the initiative run in partnership between The Climate Coalition and the WI, please visit theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love and please do take a look at the artwork over half-term.

Checking-in on Chess Challenge  

Twenty of our chess club players are competing in this year’s UK Schools Chess Challenge, which is split into seven rounds. The first stages of the competition take place internally at school, and after Monday morning’s round three, Third Former Emilia and Fourth Former Carlota are undefeated joint leaders on nine points.  Fourth Former Kate, First Formers Louise and Maddie are all in joint third place on seven points.

Mr Smith says ‘We will continue with round four on Monday 19 February, when the two leaders will play each other.  The girls play a different opponent each week and, as they progress through the competition, they earn badges, gold spots, merits and mascots.  The school champion will receive her trophy and winner’s certificate in the presentation assembly at the end of term and those girls who have performed at a high enough level during the seven rounds will be invited to go forward to the next stage known as the Megafinal in April and May, where they will compete against other local schools. Regional and national rounds follow later in the year.’

Chess Club 2018

 Pancake Day

Pancake Day didn’t ‘crepe’ up on the Sixth Formers, they were ahead of the game as they held their annual Pancake Day race on Thursday! You’d ‘batter’ sit down while I tell you the joint winners were the girls in 6R and 7L.

Sixth-Form-PancakesCareers Talk

In the latest in our series of talks, Head of Careers, Jill Buckley interviewed the accomplished film and stage actress Lauren O’Neil. Lauren spoke vehemently about her path to working full time in the acting profession and shared her experience on how to avoid the pitfalls of show business. She gave the audience some invaluable advice, including the importance of having other skills which can be applied between contracts, for example, Lauren pursues her writing. Thank you Lauren for talking to us from ‘the red chair’!