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Oxford Masterclass in Blue Sky Thinking

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.

Chess Champion 2018

Checking in to Chess Challenge

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.

Delight Boot

Delight Donations

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/

 

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Careers Talk

In the penultimate week of the current series of Careers Talks, we welcomed Nick Stylianou, a senior Producer for Sky News. Nick’s talk was incredibly informative and interesting as he gave invaluable advice about entering the journalism profession. He encouraged those aspiring to be a journalist to be persistent, tenacious, and dedicated; while inspiring the girls with his fascinating and remarkable experiences covering stories of global interest such as Grenfell Tower and London terror attacks.

 Checking in on Chess – Round Four

Last week the Chess Club completed round four of the UK Schools Chess Challenge. Laboratory One was a hive of activity as ten chess games took place simultaneously, most of which were very intense and closely fought. The leader is Third Former Emilia C who has twelve points after winning all four of her games, she had an amazing escape from a completely lost position with a brilliantly resourceful trick which resulted in a surprise checkmate.  First Formers Louise and Maddie J, and Fourth Former Carlota are in joint second place with ten points after three wins and one loss each. There are three rounds still to go before we crown the new school champion.  The trophy will be presented in Assembly on Friday 23 March.  Girls who finish near the top of the standings will be invited to go forward to the interschool Megafinals in April/ May.

Reaching The Summit

Mr Starnes reports ‘First and Second Form Climbing Club girls visited Surrey Sports Park last Friday, for indoor climbing and bouldering.  They have been learning the necessary knots and safety skills in our weekly sessions, and today was a chance for them to put this into practice climbing at a new venue.’

Guildford Maths Challenge at Charterhouse

Mrs Rusholme reports ‘Prior’s Field sent a team of our twelve top mathematicians to compete in the Guildford Schools Mathematics Competition held at Charterhouse. They completed four challenges – the area of tangrams, estimating the number of balls on various shapes, a mathematical puzzle relay race and finding the value of symbols in a grid. They worked together brilliantly as teams to correctly solve many of the puzzles.’

Guildford Maths Competition

Girls Night In

The First Form enjoyed their movie night social in the Sixth form loft on Monday evening. With their onesies and blankets, they snuggled down to watch Paddington and then headed downstairs to the Sixth Form common room to have their pizza and ice-cream.  Acting Head of First Form, Mrs Baines, reports ‘A fun and relaxed evening was had by all.’

First Form Social

First Form PHSEE

The First Formers continue their PHSEE trips to visit the residents of local Nursing Homes. This week eleven of the girls ventured out to talk to the residents of Eastbury Manor Nursing Homes in Compton.

First Form Nursing Home

 

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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’!