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!
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.
Last Friday some of our Fourth Formers attended a Gifted and Talented conference with university style lectures at Bloomsbury Cathedral where the audience were challenged by the experienced gifted educator Julie Arliss and lecturers from the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and London to develop their critical thinking skills.
Following last week’s round seven of the UK Schools Chess Challenge, Third Former Emilia and Fourth Former Carlotta found themselves in joint first place with nineteen out of twenty-one points. We held a tense playoff between the girls on Wednesday to find our ultimate champion, and despite the game being closely fought, Emilia emerged as the winner. First Former Maddie was in third place with nineteen out of twenty-one points.
Well done to all the twenty-one girls that have taken part over the last seven weeks. Dr Smith would like to thank Lower Sixth Former Sammy (last year’s school champion) for being assistant referee this year. Participants who would like to go forward into the Megafinal round (competing against players from other local schools) should speak to Dr Smith before the end of term. This is only recommended for girls who scored 15 points or more.
We will be presenting the trophy to Emilia in assembly on Friday 23 March.
A few of our Sixth Formers returned with Mrs Troup to Waverley Abbey School to pick up a boot full of generous book donations for the charity Delight. The girls led an assembly at the school a couple of weeks ago on behalf of the charity which collects books for disadvantaged children in Surrey. Thank you so much to all the pupils and staff at Waverley Abbey, we are now sorting the donations into age-appropriate groups before distributing them to Delight. For more information about the wonderful charity Delight please go to http://delightcharity.org.uk/
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.
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!
Mr Taylor reports ‘As part of Student Volunteering Week, we welcomed back PF Old Girl Jess Best to present an assembly on her charity work and to talk to the Lower Sixth Geographers. Since leaving Prior’s Field in 2013, Jess has achieved a degree in Human Geography and Masters in Social Science Research Methods in Environmental Planning and, having recently returned from volunteering in Nicaragua for three months, she wanted to inspire others to go and make change too. Whilst there, Jess was working on a water, sanitation and hygiene project, constructing latrines and teaching about the implications of poor sanitation/hygiene. Prior to this, she was volunteering in Bolivia alongside conducting research for her Masters dissertation and helping local children by working on social development projects to help improve confidence in themselves. Jess also believes that helping others can also be done at home, for example she ran a dance club in a primary school in Cardiff for a year, after being President of the dance society at her university.
The overall message from Jess’ presentation is that anyone can go and help those less fortunate than themselves, anywhere, and no project is too small to make a difference. Jess certainly inspired our girls.’
On Tuesday evening the Mathematics Department held its Spring Term Master Class on 3D Escher tessellations. The girls enjoyed a presentation on the famous “Sky and Water” illusion before making the first two platonic solids – the tetrahedron and cube – covered with tessellating seals and seahorses that went over edges. At the end of the session the girls were presented with Escher inspired flexagons from the Singapore Museum of Art and Technology.
DofE Gold – Kayaking training
Over half-term, some of the upper school girls took to the freezing Thames to hone their kayaking skills as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition training. Despite the cold, wet weather and lack of hot water at their campsite in Marlow, the kayakers spent a couple of days on the river determinedly practising, including some capsizing drills into the icy cold water. Well done girls, you’ll be ready for sunny Croatia in October!
First Form trip to Nursing Home
At the beginning of the week, eleven First Formers took a trip along Priorsfield Road to the Robertson Nursing Home. The local residents adored talking with the girls and were thrilled when they performed some musical pieces. Mrs Baines was very proud of the girls who were all excellent ambassadors for the school.
Third and Fourth Form Huxley Squad meeting
The Third and Fourth Form Huxley Squad girls met this week and were encouraged to develop thinking skills and team work. They were given the challenge to stack 10 plastic cups without touching them with any part of their body. Supplied with 4 lengths of string and an elastic band they had to work as a team to build a tower.
“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.