Three of our Second Formers, Isabel, Alexa and Sandetti, are performing in the Man in the Moon production of ‘The Jungle Book’ taking place at the Electric Theatre in Guildford from 5 April to 7 April. Tickets can be purchased here : https://electric.theatre/shows/man-moon-presents-jungle-book/
Most of the AppArt sculptures are already installed and looking amazing in our gardens, the trail and exhibition open fully on March 30. For more information go to http://www.appartonline.co.uk or https://facebook.com/AppArtSurrey
Exciting news this week as the girls have been auditioning for the Lower School production, which has the working title of a ‘Midsummer Mash Up’. With perfect timing in what happens to be Shakespeare Week, Mrs Horton today announced the cast list before the hard work begins in earnest with rehearsals next term.
House Music Finals
On Wednesday 7 February the Assembly Hall will be jammed with melody and soul as the girls battle it out in the House Music final. Will last year’s winner Frank be victorious again? Come and support your House, all of the Priors Field Community are welcome! Doors open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start with a cash bar available, the running order for the performances will be Austen, Frank and Pankhurst. The winner will be announced after Half Term.
The House Drama and House Choir
Continuing with the theme of House competitions, next week will be a hive of creative activity, House Drama takes place on Monday within the school timetable and on Wednesday, during the school day, House Choir will be filling the corridor with heavenly voices. Winners will be announced in due course!
Sixth Form Lecture – Special Investigations
On Monday 5 February we look forward to welcoming Louise Brittain to talk about ‘Special Investigations’ as part of our Sixth Form Lecture programme. Louise works for Wilkins Kennedy and leads the Restructuring and Recovery Contentious Investigation and Insolvency team. She specialises in high profile, fraudulent and litigious insolvencies, international asset tracing and civil and criminal recovery cases. She was voted in the “Power 100” 2011 by Insolvency Today and the Accountancy Age top 100 power players in 2014, 2013, 2010 and 2003.
The Careers Department are continuing their series of Careers Talks which take place on Mondays between 4.30 – 5.15pm.
We encourage the girls to attend one or more of the Talks, which can be booked on FROG.
At Home with an Actress – Monday 5 February Lauren O’Neil shares her experience as stage and film actress following her graduation from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
At Home with a SKY News Reporter – Monday 26 February Nick Stylianou is a senior Producer at Sky News, having previously worked at the BBC, ITV News and Channel 4 News. He currently specialises in defence and technology and spent most of 2017 chasing terror attacks and investigating the Grenfell Tower fire.
At Home with a Media Communications Producer for Apple Europe – Monday 19 March Fleur Holcroft will talk about her successful career in advertising and media, including her current role for the Apple Corp in the advertising team.
The Annual Julia Huxley Lecture – ‘Reach for the Stars’ on Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm
Remember that tickets are now available to purchase for our annual Julia Huxley Lecture, via Eventbrite here https://pfhuxley.eventbrite.co.uk.
Scientist and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, will share her passion for why women should pursue a career in science and explain how she has become known as the BBC’s ‘Face of Space’.
AppArt’s annual Easter art exhibition and sculpture trail will open on Friday 30 March at Prior’s Field. After exhibiting here at Prior’s Field for a number of years, AppArt’s reputation continues to grow as a showcase for some of the finest artists in the South East. Roger Dellar will open AppArt on Friday 30 March (Good Friday) and will be one of many distinguished artists on view. Roger is a member of several national groups including the “Wapping Group” of which he was recently elected as President.
National artists exhibiting work include sculptor Philip Jackson, Rosa Sepple (President of Painters in Watercolour), Sorya French (President of the Society of Women Artists) and sculptor Marie Ackers. Local artists exhibiting are Christine Thompson, Christopher Cole, Susan Fisher and Ruth Bacmeister.
For more information go to http://www.appartonline.co.uk or https://facebook.com/AppArtSurrey
We are delighted to show you a highlight reel from the spectacular and ground breaking whole school production of Les Misérables last week, which many of our community were fortunate enough to see during the 5 performance run. Details on how to order a DVD of the production can be found at the end of this post.
The feedback has been sensational and reflects the commitment, passion and talent of the girls who took part whether on stage, in the band or as part of the brilliantly efficient and professional back stage and technical crew.
“It was without a doubt the best school production I have ever been to see……and I have been utterly blown away by this.”
“Each and every girl sang so beautifully and with such emotion in it. Truly brilliant.”
“It was absolutely superb – and what an amazing store of talent the school has to choose from!”
“It was a total triumph to achieve such an innovative and convincing interpretation with an all-female cast. “
“I was blown away by how good it was – every girl was strong, from the main characters to all the smaller parts. The depth of emotion and intensity shown on stage was incredible, as was the cast’s ability to sustain that throughout the performance.”
“It was a monumental undertaking, creating a staggeringly brilliant show, leaving no stone unturned, the memories of which I know will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
Just a few of the comments from audience members who enjoyed the show.
The Band were phenomenal, underscoring the action with sensitivity and professionalism for what amounts to a 2 and a half hour score. There was, unsurprisingly, an abundance of admiration and appreciation for their talent and resilience in sustaining such a high standard of musicality throughout.
The girls on stage performed with authenticity and commitment drawing the audience into their divided and revolutionary world. Every member of the company brought focus and belief to their role and we could not be prouder of them.
Well done Prior’s Field for another smash hit! We wait in eager anticipation for the release of the DVD in the New Year! If you would like to order a copy of the production on DVD you can download the order form here, once complete the form should be sent direct to CLproductions.
*to view the highlight reel in HD change the settings on the video tool bar to 1080p HD
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.
Drama students began the week by performing at Waverley Abbey Junior School, to Year 6 students who have been studying Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Several of the Year 6 pupils had seen Prior’s Field girls in action last week at G Live, when 33 of our First to Fourth Formers delivered a simply spine-tingling performance from ‘The Scottish Play’, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Such was the quality of the experience, to quote Mrs Kirnig, ‘It was hard to believe you were watching school children on stage’. From the cloying evil of the Three Witches in billowing, black cloaks, to the tension of the precarious relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and Macduff’s terrible grief at the deaths of his family, the performances were mature and captivating. Girls sang and mimed, and innovative staging and costume enabled cast members in effect to morph from trees and castle walls to a cauldron.
Later in the week, staff and students tip-toed past the Drama Studio, as 19 girls performed before a RADA assessor, most for their Bronze Award.
The stage lit up with electric Eighties performances on Thursday evening with our student led Cabaret which one reviewer described as “ comedy and song, along with a dash of theatre, all mixed up into a delicious cocktail of 1980s pizzaz “ From vibrant renditions of such classics as ‘Every breath you take’ and ‘Footloose’ to light-hearted sketches paying homage to comedians such as Billy Connolly and Victoria Wood, extracts from theatre works Top Girls and Once we are Mothers and a pop-tastic pub quiz.
Assembly this morning began with a spine-tingling rendition of ‘A Heart Full of Love’ by our cast members of Les Mis to announce the opening of the box office on-line. The excitement continued as following a dramatic drum-roll, Mrs Horton delivered news of the next PF Production Studios classic – Grease in 2018.
Yet more stunning performances will be aired next week at the eagerly anticipated ‘Electric Eighties’ Cabaret evening on Wednesday; tickets are now also on sale at www.priorsfield.eventbrite.co.uk for this unmissable evening and of course for Les Misérables.
The site was buzzing with visitors again this week; from a packed tour schedule for our Admissions team to many eager competitors in Wednesday’s Junior Cross Country Competition, to which we welcomed over 150 10-12 year olds from local schools. Their spirit and determination, despite the wind and rain, was fantastic to see and was rewarded with hot tomato soup at the end of the course and a very enjoyable prize-giving ceremony.
Co-Curricular extension and enrichment has been very much at the fore this week with Oxbridge outings to Cambridge; Physics Lectures at LVS Ascot and a Studio Photography Day led by professional David Watts. Whilst in class, I had the chance to see a wonderful Third Form exploration of characterisation in the work of Edgar Allan Poe; the first GCSE photographer’s dark room session and Fifth Form tackling their final practical pieces in DT.
As we look to next week, the fast pace is set to continue, not least with the First Form’s adventure bonding trip to Welsh Bicknor. A reminder to everyone that next Friday 20 October is a mufti day for all girls bringing in items in support of our PSA Christmas Fair. Thank you, as ever, for your ongoing support.