The end of term is accelerating towards us as the school becomes even busier and the level of the girls’ excitement mounts.
This week Charlotte C, Gvantsa G and Summer W represented Prior’s Field at the BSA Boarders got Talent final in London and their wonderful musical performance made Mrs Jones very proud. Well done, girls, for reaching the final.
National Boarding week reminded us why so many of our girls love boarding. We celebrated with a rounders match organised by the Sixth Form House, an amazing BBQ and a Treasure Hunt for the First, Second and Third Forms.
Congratulations are also due to Romana B, Kira T, Sophie Q and Jessenia B – our 18&U tennis team – who have qualified for the Aberdare Cup UK National Finals. This is a fantastic achievement and, as Mr Martin, the Head of Performance of the Tennis Academy, comments, an incredible success for Prior’s Field as it is the first time the school has qualified for the national finals, which take place in July in Nottingham. We will all be waiting excitedly to hear how the girls get on.
There were many highlights in what was a very busy week. The latest Classics and Cakes was very well-received and was particularly successful, showcasing a range of talent. Thank you to the girls and congratulations to all the Music and peripatetic staff. God and the Big Bang was an innovative, stimulating and fascinating Religious Studies and Science immersion for our Fourth Form girls who were impressed by the expert speakers and were themselves impressive with their contributions to the discussions.
New Girls’ Tea was, as ever, a hugely happy event. It was lovely to see our new First Form already making friends and exploring opportunities, including a tantalising taste of our Clubs Carnival, which will take place next term. It was also really delightful to see our PF Peers, Uniform Ambassadors and Prefects supporting and interacting with the younger girls. Standing in front of a room full of excited new girls full of trepidation is the beginning of a journey for them that will end with a similar yet very different feeling of excitement and trepidation, when they leave the Upper Sixth ready to embark on the next stage of their life. For me and colleagues, it is strange but also completely normal to say ‘hello’ to new faces yesterday and ‘goodbye’ to familiar faces in two weeks’ time.
On Wednesday evening, I only just managed to catch the end of the Fourth Form Parents’ Evening as I was a guest at the St Hilary’s Heads’ Dinner, for the Heads of future schools for the Year 6 children. The theme was 1920’s Glitz and Glamour and it was a delightful evening to share with St Hilary’s. I hope to see parents and guardians of Lower Sixth girls at the Parents’ Evening next Thursday. Do remember to visit the ‘pop-up’ Creative Arts exhibition when you are here.
The Lower Sixth in fact have a busy time ahead of them as some of them embark on a Teaching English as a Foreign Language course this weekend, while others start their Chartered Management Institute Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management next week. This is a nationally recognised adult management qualification that helps prepare young people for leadership roles. The course will be delivered by a highly experienced manager from StudyFlex Ltd and will cover modules in Personal Development, Information and Communication, Developing Good Working Relationships, Project Management and Coaching. Both courses provide an exciting opportunity for the girls to enhance their CV and develop skills to make them stand out when applying for higher education and future careers.
On Monday, girls and staff may have a tea clash or a double date with cake! Our annual Pink Tea, arranged by the Boarders, will raise money for breast cancer research while, in the pavilion, girls in the summer Sports Teams will be enjoying a special treat. Next week sees more exams, this time in the Music Department – good luck to all the girls involved. On Wednesday the Fifth Form will enjoy one of their rites of passage moving up the school: mocktails with staff in the Rose Garden. The next day, some of them will depart to complete their Silver Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition on Dartmoor.
On Thursday, mouths will be watering at the Prior’s Field MasterChef Final. I always think that the judges should really have the lion’s share of the tastings! In the afternoon the Boarders welcome once again the Prime Time group to afternoon tea in the Rose Garden. It is clear to see that the girls, whilst being perfect hosts, enjoy this event just as much as their guests!
Finally next week sees the culmination of huge amounts of work and impressive levels of commitment from both girls and staff to produce this year’s Lower School Production: Alice in Londonland. The reputation of Mrs Horton of Ms Hedley is now legendary and I have no qualms in encouraging you to beg, steal or borrow any spare ticket that might be available. I hope to see you there.
With best wishes
Stop Press: Well done to Alice S who single-handedly sold 85 ice-creams at lunchtime today and, in doing so, raised £170 for Tinga Tinga.
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
This week, the anniversary of D Day has provided us all with incredible spectacles, celebrations and, for some, memories of a momentous period in history. I was in fact in Portsmouth on Wednesday evening and Thursday and, whilst not at the celebrations themselves, I certainly sensed the excitement and the conflicting emotions engendered by the occasion.
In school, exams have again been the focus. This week GCSE and A Level exams continue and it has been the Fourth Form’s turn. Their exams continue into next week, when the Lower Sixth join the silent rooms where the concentration levels are almost tangible. I am so impressed with the girls’ commitment to showing what they can do.
On Tuesday, I attended a Year 6 luncheon at St Ives School in Haslemere. There was a festival theme with decorations in Aladdin colours (purple and orange). It was a delight and I very much enjoyed being the guest of the St Ives girls joining us in September.
I am looking forward to joining the whole school community this afternoon at the GCSE Creative Arts Open Exhibition. I have seen several of the pieces already. Seeing the girls’ stunning work displayed together, though, is always a treat. I do hope you can join us either today, or next Friday at the A Level Creative Arts Open Exhibition.
Next week, the First Form will be able to sample all kinds of delicacies at the annual Alice in Wonderland social. We hope the weather will have improved by then, as the Rose Garden is such a perfect venue.
Thursday will be a busy day. The Fourth Form will become Sixth Formers for the day and will be able to experience what life will be like for them in the Sixth Form, both academically and in the Sixth Form House. In another part of the school, we will be welcoming participants from Longacre, Aldro and St Ives to our inaugural Junior Debating Day. This is a very exciting initiative: a product of our very successful Debating Club. I know that staff have been working hard to make this a fun and interesting day. I am sure the verbal battles will be hard fought and I will enjoy presenting the prizes when the judges have made their decision.
With best wishes
The focus of the week for most of the younger girls has been their internal exams. The girls should be proud of how they have conducted themselves this week, both in terms of their attitude to the exams and their determination to do their very best. I am aware that this can be a challenging time for some. We are keen to and do encourage the girls to focus on their own abilities and achievements and not compare themselves to others, and we help them to understand the relative importance of their exams depending where they are in the school. The Fourth Form will be revising for their exams after half term; remember, girls, to work hard and also to ensure you reserve time for a little relaxation.
On Monday, I attended one of our regular Heritage Group meetings. There are exciting things happening with the archives – news to follow soon – and we are planning to be involved once again with the local Historic England Heritage Open Day in the autumn. We would be delighted to hear from any pupil or parent who would like to help with this.
I very much enjoyed my first weekly meeting this week with the new Senior Prefect Team. They are brimming with ideas for the Sixth Form House and initiatives for the school. We were all equally excited about next year by the time the girls went off to their lessons.
Yesterday, we welcomed Stuart Maginnis, Principal at Farnham Heath End School, to Prior’s Field. It was his first visit and he was particularly impressed by the very visual way in which we celebrate girls’ achievements.
Our Sixth Form Information Evening for Fourth Form last evening was a great success. Please do contact us if you would like further information at this stage. We would also welcome any feedback. There are several events organised for the Fifth Form (as they will then be) in the autumn.
Congratulations to all the girls who recently passed their LAMDA examination, more than half with Distinction. A number of girls were awarded more than 90 marks: Erin G, Lilly C, Madeline H, Natalie B, Amber W and Charlotte J – a fantastic achievement, well done.
I also want to express how proud I am of all the girls doing the Sports Leader award. This is a new award for Prior’s Field and the girls have embraced it with vigour, supporting primary age children both in their own school and at Prior’s Field with enthusiasm and commitment.
When we return to school after the break, we will be looking forward to our Creative Arts Open Exhibitions on 7 and 14 June. Please do come along to see the fantastic work the girls have produced.
I hope everyone has a chance to unwind and perhaps enjoy some sunshine over half term.
With best wishes
Public exams are well under way. The girls seem focused and determined. I am sure their hard work will pay off.
This week we have welcomed the PSA to school twice: first for their termly meeting, then for the class rep breakfast this morning. As always, huge thanks must go to the PSA, who contribute so much to the school. We are very appreciative of the fund raising and events they organise.
We were all ‘bowled over’ with the Fourth Form’s Goals for Bowls fundraising day on Wednesday. From popcorn bowls to competitive boules, bowl hoopla and a lucky dip bowl, great fun was had by all. The goal was to raise enough money to provide every child at Tinga Tinga school with a bowl for their lunch and over £250 was raised. At break and at lunch, in the sunshine in the Rose Garden, girls enjoyed the activities; an array of prize vouchers were won, all valid on Monday. Well done to Emily A, who won the golden ticket and will choose a lunch menu.
The Lower Sixth mock interview evening went really well. Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to interview the girls who had applied for the ‘mock’ jobs. Congratulations to the Sixth Form girls involved, who were very impressive, particularly Saffron G, Eve M, Darcy C, Isabella P and Amber W who were all ‘hired’. My thanks go to Ms Jan and Mrs Taylor for organising the evening.
Today is the Upper Sixth’s last day in school and they have, typically, organised a fabulous ‘give back’ day for everyone. Colleagues came in this morning to be greeted with bunting made of cards adorned with photos of the girls as their much younger selves and heartfelt messages to their teachers. They had left for the staff room a delicious-looking cake and mugs celebrating this year group’s time here. At lunchtime, we all, in very British fashion, enjoyed our BBQ outside; the girls seemed oblivious to the chill and the First and Second Form stalls were a great success.
Next week, the First, Second and Third Form will sit their end of year exams. This is an opportunity for the girls to gain exam practice and to demonstrate to their teachers how much they have progressed during the year. I know they will all do their best.
Finally, I encourage all the Fourth Form and their parents to come to our Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday next week. Whilst it may seem early to be thinking about this, the next year will pass very quickly. The evening will useful for both girls planning to stay and those considering other options. The Sixth Form team and students are very much looking forward to telling you about what to expect in our Sixth Form, how it differs from the rest of the school and the new opportunities you will be encouraged to take up. Follow the link in the letter sent out to let us know you are coming.
With best wishes for a lovely weekend