Tag: autumn term

We have continued to have a steady stream of visitors through the Rose Garden and beyond, following the AppArt trail, which is growing daily as new pieces seem to appear overnight. I have watched out of my window groups of excited children from St Hilary’s and Moss Lane examining the display, and yesterday we welcomed First Form friends and family who came to our Relatives’ Day, one of my favourite Prior’s Field events. The First Form were excellent hosts and tour guides and proudly showed their guests around their school, pointing out their favourite spots and interesting sights – like the Head, for example!

Another treat this week has been to listen to some of Mr Butler’s and Mrs McGarry’s Second Form girls read their creative writing, which was powerful, evocative and, frankly, quite terrifying! I look forward to hearing more after the holidays.

I have had the privilege over the last few days of attending as a guest two local school productions: ‘My Fair Lady’ at Manor House (with acting Director of Music for the show, our very own Mr Pratt) and ‘Hoodwinked’ at Longacre. They were both a complete joy to share with smiling parents and staff. The hat-trick was completed when Mrs Wilcock saw ‘The Jungle Book’ at St Hilary’s, another huge success. Congratulations to everyone concerned with all those shows; the hard work is worth it for the pleasure they bring.

Our own girls who attended the Annual Sports Dinner on Tuesday were both inspired by the speaker, Rachel Morris, and inspiring, as many received awards for their achievements. The celebrations of sporting success that evening were a precursor to our Presentation Assembly this morning, when a multitude of awards for a huge number of activities, both academic and co-curricular, were presented to many girls who were quite rightly beaming with delight.

Last night, our Digital Awareness pastoral evening was an important event with an outside speaker; the parents who came were very engaged and interested. We plan similar talks for the future and I would really encourage you to attend so that we can work together to ensure that your daughter is equipped for life beyond Prior’s Field. We will let you know when we have firmed up the date of our next event.

I am conscious that, for many, the holidays mean revision and I know that girls will be working hard to make progress towards their goals. I do hope, however, that everyone has the opportunity to have a rest. Let’s hope that we see more of the sun than snow in the weeks ahead.

With best wishes for a happy Easter

Tracy Kirnig

Head

As I look outside my window, I know that spring is here as there are fascinating and beautiful pieces of art peeping out of bushes and hiding around every corner. AppART is here and this week we have already welcomed several groups of prep and primary school children to wander around the Rose Garden and take part in an Art workshop with Miss Thorpe from the Art department. It was clear from the excited noise in the Oak Hall, when the girls and boys came in for their snack and were displaying their creations, that they had had great fun.

Another real treat this week was Mothering Sunday at the weekend, when the boarders invited me to join them and other invited guests from Busbridge Church Primetime Group. I was immensely proud of the girls who charmed and made conversation with the group of mainly elderly visitors, who would otherwise have been on their own, despite some having children of their own.

On Tuesday, we welcomed several families of prospective pupils to ‘Meet the Head’ and other members of the Senior Leadership Team. They were shown round by smiling girls, eager to show off their school – so eager in fact that one family nearly had a tour of the kitchen!

It was lovely on Wednesday to see so many of the Fourth Form and their parents at Parents’ Evening. I have been fortunate enough recently to have been able to find the time to observe several lessons, across all the year groups, and I have been so impressed by the way in which the girls really do throw themselves into academic study.

As always, however, Prior’s Field girls frequently manage successfully to combine work and play. This week, the U13 gymnasts impressed at their competition away to Guildford High. Yesterday evening, the audience and VIPs, including me and Mr Taylor, at the Rotary Schools Concert at G Live were treated to a fantastic Prior’s Field contribution, including a wonderful ‘Les Misérables’ medley, reminding us just how amazing that production was last term. And finally, today, in a special assembly, seven Sixth Formers received a Young Leaders in Service Award, a testament to their commitment to giving to others whilst developing themselves and their own life skills for the future. It is remarkable that these girls have been able to contribute huge quantities of time for this award, whilst also achieving in their academic studies, music and drama.

Finally, I leave you with the image of the Head very nearly photo-bombing a form group photo! The girls all so enjoyed the opportunity with their friends to capture on camera this special time in their lives – before they move on to the next one!

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig

Head

 

Whilst the north-west of England continues to have snow, spring seems to have arrived at Prior’s Field. It is hardly credible that the boarders (and I!) were sledging down the slopes in the school grounds last Friday on tea trays! Some of the girls also took the opportunity to use the wintery background to add to their Art and Photography portfolios with stunning results.

On the subject of snow, or skiing, we were excited this week to learn that, thanks to Molly in the First Form, Prior’s Field now holds the British Inter Schools U12 Grand Slalom title. Molly’s achievements this season are awe-inspiring and a testament to her drive and commitment.

Rock and Pop on Monday was another celebration of achievement. The girls who played and sang were extremely good and gave a performance that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. It was super to see so many girls invest such a huge amount of energy and emotion in what was, for some, an experience quite outside their comfort zone.

This phenomenal week continued on Wednesday with House Art: an opportunity for girls in every year group to display their skill in Art, Photography and Textiles. Creative Arts Scholars’ parents and invited guests, including the new Director of Watts Gallery, Alistair Burtenshaw, thoroughly enjoyed admiring the pieces before the judges made their decision. Prince Charles, who has been in the press this week, calling for more Creative Arts teaching and learning, would have been more than impressed with the astounding display of talent.

There was plenty of noise in the Drama Studio yesterday when the Fifth Form received their IGCSE Maths results: every girl achieved at least a C grade and 55% achieved an A*. Even the sun came out to celebrate with the girls, as they posed by the unicorn for a photograph. I am very proud of their achievement, and grateful for all the hard work put in by the Maths Department to support them.

It seems that Prior’s Field girls were involved at the start of the global women’s movement celebrated this week on International Women’s Day. A Prior’s Field girl, Margie Wetzler Coit, wrote in the school magazine in 1909 about the International Women’s Suffrage Conference she attended in London. This week, Prior’s Field girls’ achievements seem to embody the advice of one of the speakers at that conference to ‘follow the gleam’!

The First Form trips to the Robertson Nursing Home continued on Monday, and I know how much the residents enjoyed these visits, and how appreciative their families are that our girls are connecting with their family members in this way. This weekend, I have been invited to Mother’s Day lunch with the boarders, and I am looking forward to sharing the day with several members of the Busbridge Prime Time group who are also coming along.

I hope you too are able to enjoy a special time this weekend with your family.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig

Head

 

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”  Maya Angelou

The girls raised a staggering £3,082.91 for a variety of charitable causes last term by virtue of some enterprising and successful events and fundraisers. From Sixth Formers rowing the length of the Channel on a rowing machine in aid of our Tinga Tinga charity to a spooktacular Halloween bake sale collecting money for Disasters Emergency Committee for the Rohingya Refugees. Thank you to everyone who donated and took part in any of our charitable events.

Christmas may be around the corner, but the focus this week has been on mock GCSE Maths and Art exams and mock A Level Photography. Sixth Form EPQ presentations have also been a key part of the week, as girls presented the culmination of hours of individual research on topics linked to their intended degree. The chosen topics have been truly fascinating and have included:  Internet censorship in China; the future for road transport since  the introduction of driverless vehicles and an examination of the links between increased use of social media and teenagers seeking counselling.
Adolescent mental health is a topic very much at the fore at the moment and one I am passionate about. I was delighted therefore, to have the opportunity to speak at the Equality and Diversity in Schools Education Conference yesterday and to share my many years of experience in working with teenagers and best practice ideas that can be utilised.  I was both honoured (and slightly fearful) of taking the stage alongside Professor Tanya Byron, renowned consultant clinical psychologist specialising in child and mental health.
Professor Byron outlined the many complex issues surrounding teenage mental health and talked about the importance of government green paper to be launched on Sunday by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.   In turn, I spoke about how important it is for schools to enable every child to be comfortable in their own skin and the rewards of seeing a teenager blossom and thrive despite the complexities of adolescence.
Yesterday’s Second Form parents’ evening was an important opportunity for us to share feedback with you on your daughter’s progress within and outside of the classroom and equally to hear feedback from you, which we always welcome.
Meanwhile, the Community Choir has been in rehearsal ready for next Thursday’s Celebration of Christmas evening; and many thanks to our Gap students who have created their very own Christmas tree challenge for boarders, who will be enjoying a special Christmas supper tonight. A happy weekend to you all,
Tracy Kirnig

Christmas may be around the corner, but the focus this week has been on mock GCSE Maths and Art exams and mock A Level Photography. Sixth Form EPQ presentations have also been a key part of the week, as girls presented the culmination of hours of individual research on topics linked to their intended degree. The chosen topics have been truly fascinating and have included:  Internet censorship in China; the future for road transport since  the introduction of driverless vehicles and an examination of the links between increased use of social media and teenagers seeking counselling.

Adolescent mental health is a topic very much at the fore at the moment and one I am passionate about. I was delighted therefore, to have the opportunity to speak at the Equality and Diversity in Schools Education Conference yesterday and to share my many years of experience in working with teenagers and best practice ideas that can be utilised.  I was both honoured (and slightly fearful) of taking the stage alongside Professor Tanya Byron, renowned consultant clinical psychologist specialising in child and mental health.

Professor Byron outlined the many complex issues surrounding teenage mental health and talked about the importance of government green paper to be launched on Sunday by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.   In turn, I spoke about how important it is for schools to enable every child to be comfortable in their own skin and the rewards of seeing a teenager blossom and thrive despite the complexities of adolescence.

Yesterday’s Second Form parents’ evening was an important opportunity for us to share feedback with you on your daughter’s progress within and outside of the classroom and equally to hear feedback from you, which we always welcome.

Meanwhile, the Community Choir has been in rehearsal ready for next Thursday’s Celebration of Christmas evening; and many thanks to our Gap students who have created their very own Christmas tree challenge for boarders, who will be enjoying a special Christmas supper tonight. A happy weekend to you all,

Tracy Kirnig

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.’

A school mufti day is planned for next Friday 20 October, in exchange for girls bringing in donations for the PSA Christmas Fair during morning drop-off next Monday and Tuesday. The following items are requested per year group please: First and Third Form – chocolate (boxes, bars, packets) for the very popular chocolate tombola; Second Form – unused make-up or bath treats for the under 18 tombola; Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Form – bottles of any kind, from shampoo to champagne, for the over 18 tombola.

Calling all entries for Prior’s Field’s poetry competition, which takes its theme from National Poetry Day: Freedom. A reminder from Mr Butler: ‘In keeping with the theme there are no rules, other than the poem needs in some way to be about freedom, and must be emailed or given to your English teacher before half-term. Hugely wonderful prizes, merits and, hopefully, an anthology published. Get writing and set yourselves free!’

 

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Do you hear the pupils sing? It’s not long now until Prior’s Field will be filled with the wonderful music from Les Misérables. We  “Dreamed a Dream”, and now are thrilled that this is our Upper School, with a few Lower School girls added to boost our numbers of beggars, Production for 2017. With a cast of around eighty, a student band and a team of technical and backstage girls, we are extremely fortunate and honoured to have the opportunity to present this ground-breaking show. We are working in close liaison with Cameron Mackintosh’s production company, so as a school we’re not “On My Own”. The performance dates are November 21 – 23: we are absolutely confident there will be no “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”. Non, mesdames at messieurs, this will be the sell-out our girls thoroughly deserve.

Tickets are £10 each and are available to buy from our online box office www.priorsfield.eventbrite.co.uk

Les Miserables

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Do you hear the pupils sing? It’s not long now until Prior’s Field will be filled with the wonderful music from Les Misérables. We  “Dreamed a Dream”, and now are thrilled that this is our Upper School, with a few Lower School girls added to boost our numbers of beggars, Production for 2017. With a cast of around eighty, a student band and a team of technical and backstage girls, we are extremely fortunate and honoured to have the opportunity to present this ground-breaking show. We are working in close liaison with Cameron Mackintosh’s production company, so as a school we’re not “On My Own”. The performance dates are November 21 – 23: we are absolutely confident there will be no “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”. Non, mesdames at messieurs, this will be the sell-out our girls thoroughly deserve.

Tickets are £10 each and are available to buy from our online box office www.priorsfield.eventbrite.co.uk

Les Miserables