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Third Form Art Trip

On Monday Third Formers went to visit the Andreas Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery and the British Museum. The trip was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to find and record inspiration for their current project.

Fifth Form Visit to Tante Marie

Last Friday, our Fifth Form Food Technology students visited the Tante Marie Culinary Academy to prepare them for their three hour assessed practical exam over the next few weeks. The experience provided them with plenty of inspiration to present their dishes with confidence and flair.

First Form Geography Trip

The First Form braved the snowstorms on Monday morning as they made their way to the High Street for their Geography fieldwork to research ‘Why do people shop in Godalming?’ They collected plenty of data from environmental surveys to questionnaires, and are now busy presenting and analysing their results back in the classroom.

Paul from the Royal Academy of Arts visited Prior’s Field on Wednesday to mentor our GCSE Fourth Form Art students. He spent the day with the girls to nurture their life drawing skills, starting with the recreation of a Lucian Freud painting and moving on to sketching a life model who posed for the session. The students were encouraged to work in a fluid and flexible manner during this exceptional opportunity. Paul explained that this type of drawing skill relies on making the right decision at the right time, using observation skills, ensuring the capture of a range of visual phenomena and sensing when to stop.

Over seventy budding GCSE Scientists headed to London on Monday for a stimulating Science in Action conference which featured a fascinating talk by Professor Robert Winston on the ‘Wonder of Life’ and ethical issues surrounding embryos.  A Winter Wonderland at the Devil’s Punchbowl was the inspiration for our intrepid art scholars who were privileged to work with Landscape artist Mark Spray.  He explained to the girls how important it is to embrace the physicality and sounds of a landscape before attempting to capture its essence on canvas and to use materials within it, such as twigs and leaves to apply paint and chalk.

The Lower School Mathematics Master Class on Tuesday investigated folding paper to form shapes. This creative workshop enabled the participants to build a fantastic rotating image of a 3D box and then to start on a rainbow flower or a pop up pyramid. The girls were enthusiastic about the activities and interested in how a 2D net came alive as a moving 3D sculpture. The workshop was enjoyed by both our Mathematics academic scholars and girls from a variety of maths sets working together.

‘How does a lion get its Vitamin C?’, ‘Which is more powerful: word or image?’, ‘What are your views on the voting age for the referendum on leaving Europe?’ These were just some of the questions posed by external subject specialists to our students undertaking mock Oxbridge interviews this week. Prior’s Field’s Oxbridge Coordinator and Head of History Dr Goldsmith comments, ‘The evening provided them with good practice for the real thing and useful feedback on how they can put themselves across to the greatest advantage at interview.’

A gallant team of First, Second and Third Formers debated the motion ‘This House Would Make All Schools Co-educational’ at Ibstock Place School, Roehampton on Thursday, as part of the London Junior Debating League. Thanks to Sixth Formers who participated as judges.

Fourth Form Drama students visited Weydon School for a performance by Paper Birds Theatre Company on Thursday.

Upper Sixth Art students participated in a print workshop at Ochre Studios, Guildford on Wednesday.

The Third Form were inspired by some of the latest innovations in home and design technology, on Friday’s visit to the Ideal Home Exhibition.

Head of Geography Ms Treanor reports on a Second Form expedition, ‘investigating the importance of tourism to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. This included a trip up the Spinnaker Tower, questionnaires, environmental surveys and an evaluation of heritage features. They are now well prepared for the presentation and analysis of their data back in the classroom.’ The students spent the second part of their day in Portsmouth with the History department, visiting the Mary Rose Museum as part of this term’s topic on the Tudors. They investigated the mystery behind the sinking of the Mary Rose and met Hatch – the skeleton of the ship’s dog – among other discoveries.

Sixth Form students shared their experiences of a half term Art, Photography and Textiles trip to Paris:

 

‘We visited many galleries, mostly by foot, which enabled us to see so much more about life in Paris. A particular favourite was the Musée d’Orsay, which proved to be much bigger than it looked from the outside. There were many floors of paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and other renowned artists whom we have studied in class, but to experience the work first hand was completely different and truly incredible. We also visited the Musée de l’Orangerie where many of Monet’s larger water lily paintings from his garden in Giverny are exhibited. These covered all the walls and seemed abstract close up, but they had a completely different dimension when the whole painting was viewed from further away; they seemed to have transformed, each mark of colour now forming an element of the scene. One of my favourite places was the Rodin Museum where Anselm Kiefer had an exhibition. His paintings were of huge size and very textural in their approach; the layers of materials that covered his canvas were so thick that he had carved the markings into them rather than actually painting.

On one of the days, the group divided into two: Textiles students and History of Art students (the Photography students joined the group of their choice). The History of Art group went to the Louvre, whilst the Textiles group went to two fascinating fashion exhibitions: ‘Fortuny, un Espagnol à Venise’ and ‘La Maison Dior’. Fortuny was famous for using pleats in his designs, and we saw many wonderful garments inspired by classical Greek themes and motifs, but created using modern construction techniques. The beautiful gowns had simple, figure-hugging shapes, but the thousands of tiny pleats meant that they could be scrunched up into a tiny ball and still retain their flowing lines when unrolled, due to the craftsmanship!

‘La Maison Dior’ exhibition celebrated 70 years of Dior fashion. It was breath-taking; room upon room of astonishing garments, showing the progression from the origin of Dior to present day designs. Not only was every garment a masterpiece in itself, but the way they were presented was truly amazing, for example one whole room was decorated with tiny paper flowers hanging from the ceiling and covering the walls, creating an atmosphere similar to being in an enchanted forest.

In addition to immersing ourselves in art, we also found time to sample French culture, enjoying meals at local restaurants, crêpes in little cafés, and visiting the Eiffel Tower. It was a fantastic trip which has seeded our imaginations with ideas which are sure to appear in our future Art, Textile and Photography projects – look out for them in the next Inter House Art Competition!’

‘As a History of Art student, the abundance of galleries and museums that this trip offered provided me with a wealth of experience, being able to visually analyse paintings in the flesh. The Musée D’Orsay hosted many of the works of art included in the A Level course, making the trip here extremely worthwhile. To see them in the gallery setting was invaluable to deepening my understanding of the work and the plethora of works from the same period or artistic style helped to establish more complex art historical connections. Particularly interesting to me was Manet’s Olympia, with the richness of tone and model’s confronting gaze being all the more intensified through the ability to view the original painting.

Understandably, visiting the Louvre was another fantastic experience. Aside from the sheer size of the building, the thousands of artistic works housed there were overwhelming and solidified my understanding of art history. After fighting past the crowds to glimpse the beauty of Mona Lisa’s smile, the hall of monumental history paintings by the likes of Delacroix and David completed my experience of Paris.’

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Head of Geography Ms Treanor reports on a Second Form expedition, ‘investigating the importance of tourism to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. This included a trip up the Spinnaker Tower, questionnaires, environmental surveys and an evaluation of heritage features. They are now well prepared for the presentation and analysis of their data back in the classroom.’ The students spent the second part of their day in Portsmouth with the History department, visiting the Mary Rose Museum as part of this term’s topic on the Tudors. They investigated the mystery behind the sinking of the Mary Rose and met Hatch – the skeleton of the ship’s dog – among other discoveries.
Sixth Form students shared their experiences of a half term Art, Photography and Textiles trip to Paris:
 
‘We visited many galleries, mostly by foot, which enabled us to see so much more about life in Paris. A particular favourite was the Musée d’Orsay, which proved to be much bigger than it looked from the outside. There were many floors of paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and other renowned artists whom we have studied in class, but to experience the work first hand was completely different and truly incredible. We also visited the Musée de l’Orangerie where many of Monet’s larger water lily paintings from his garden in Giverny are exhibited. These covered all the walls and seemed abstract close up, but they had a completely different dimension when the whole painting was viewed from further away; they seemed to have transformed, each mark of colour now forming an element of the scene. One of my favourite places was the Rodin Museum where Anselm Kiefer had an exhibition. His paintings were of huge size and very textural in their approach; the layers of materials that covered his canvas were so thick that he had carved the markings into them rather than actually painting.

On one of the days, the group divided into two: Textiles students and History of Art students (the Photography students joined the group of their choice). The History of Art group went to the Louvre, whilst the Textiles group went to two fascinating fashion exhibitions: ‘Fortuny, un Espagnol à Venise’ and ‘La Maison Dior’. Fortuny was famous for using pleats in his designs, and we saw many wonderful garments inspired by classical Greek themes and motifs, but created using modern construction techniques. The beautiful gowns had simple, figure-hugging shapes, but the thousands of tiny pleats meant that they could be scrunched up into a tiny ball and still retain their flowing lines when unrolled, due to the craftsmanship!
‘La Maison Dior’ exhibition celebrated 70 years of Dior fashion. It was breath-taking; room upon room of astonishing garments, showing the progression from the origin of Dior to present day designs. Not only was every garment a masterpiece in itself, but the way they were presented was truly amazing, for example one whole room was decorated with tiny paper flowers hanging from the ceiling and covering the walls, creating an atmosphere similar to being in an enchanted forest.
In addition to immersing ourselves in art, we also found time to sample French culture, enjoying meals at local restaurants, crêpes in little cafés, and visiting the Eiffel Tower. It was a fantastic trip which has seeded our imaginations with ideas which are sure to appear in our future Art, Textile and Photography projects – look out for them in the next Inter House Art Competition!’
‘As a History of Art student, the abundance of galleries and museums that this trip offered provided me with a wealth of experience, being able to visually analyse paintings in the flesh. The Musée D’Orsay hosted many of the works of art included in the A Level course, making the trip here extremely worthwhile. To see them in the gallery setting was invaluable to deepening my understanding of the work and the plethora of works from the same period or artistic style helped to establish more complex art historical connections. Particularly interesting to me was Manet’s Olympia, with the richness of tone and model’s confronting gaze being all the more intensified through the ability to view the original painting.
Understandably, visiting the Louvre was another fantastic experience. Aside from the sheer size of the building, the thousands of artistic works housed there were overwhelming and solidified my understanding of art history. After fighting past the crowds to glimpse the beauty of Mona Lisa’s smile, the hall of monumental history paintings by the likes of Delacroix and David completed my experience of Paris.’

Congratulations to… Second Former Romana, a former U12 top 10 UK tennis player, who has been short-listed for the U14 GB National Team. A member of Prior’s Field’s tennis academy, Romana won a Grade 3 tennis tournament last weekend and will shortly play in a Grade 2 tournament in Bolton.

The Science Department broadened perceptions on Monday, with a thought-provoking assembly on the types of career to which studying science can lead. From polar researcher to tropical environmental scientist, aerodynamics engineer, working for the police, in sports nutrition and even…as a teacher, the big message is that you don’t always end up in a lab if you opt to study science beyond GCSE.

From scientific to sporting, talks and trips abounded this week. A level Physics students and some Fifth Form attended a lecture at LVS Ascot on the theme of ‘Our Dynamic Sun’; Drama GCSE and Lower Sixth students enjoyed a dynamic, visual and accessible National Youth Theatre production of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, directed by Frantic Assembly; U14 and U19 inter-school netball tournaments were hotly contested, as well as an U12 A and B team friendly hockey fixture against Sir William Perkins’s School, and girls ran in the first round of the English Schools’ Athletic Association cross country competition at Caterham.

PE scholars took part in an Enrichment Day at Surrey Sports Park, attending a Nutrition Workshop before spending the rest of the afternoon taking part in a series of Fitness Tests. These tested a range of components such as agility, speed, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and reaction time. Analysis was then performed to determine each scholar’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as a programme to improve and develop any areas that need focus.

The Art Department welcomed to Prior’s Field photographer David Watts, who ran a photography studio workshop for 10 Lower and Upper Sixth Form students of the subject. The Department is making final preparations for its trip to Paris next Thursday, when 16 Sixth Formers will further their photographic and artistic studies in the French capital.

Miss Curtin reports on this week’s Second Form assembly, tackling online behaviour and safety: ‘We talked to the girls about their use of social media and discussed what was appropriate to be sharing and how to be safe online. Our discussions included the importance of talking to parents and staff about any concerns. We are encouraged that a number of girls have spoken to us for advice. We have planned a PSHEE lesson on Monday to continue with this theme and would encourage you to talk to your daughter (all ages groups) about their online life. The app Zipit is one that we encourage your daughters to make themselves familiar with and use; our safeguarding newsletter will be sent out at half term with further guidance. Please do contact your daughter’s Head of Year, Mrs Sapseid or Mrs Picken is you would like further information.’