Thursday’s Relatives Day was a great success, the First Formers welcomed over 160 of their relations into school for a personal tour and tea. It was heartening to see many of the girls and their grandparents and other family members exploring the beautiful AppArt sculptures in the Rose Garden. For many of the relatives, it was the first opportunity they have had to visit the school, and it was plain to see that they cherished being shown around by their special tour guides. We received some super feedback, one parent wrote ‘I just wanted to email in to thank you very much for organising Relatives Day. My mother, who lives alone, called me when she returned home to tell me how much she had enjoyed the day. She also remarked how the school had such a lovely atmosphere and that everyone was so friendly and she feels comfort knowing our daughter is in such an environment. The day meant a lot to her as I am sure it did to other grandparents’.
Mr Butler’s First Form English class have been studying ‘The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny’ and on Friday last week, they split into 3 groups to perform their interpretation of the piece to the rest of the class. The three performances were imaginative and entertaining, and it was thrilling that the groups came up with such different ideas. Costumes and wigs were donned, and the girls thoroughly enjoyed using accents, singing and using dramatic entrances to perform their versions of the ballad.
We have very much missed the company of the First Form in the last few days. They have been based in the Welsh Borders near the River Wye on their Bonding Trip, aptly named to mark the end of their first half-term here and aimed at ensuring all of the girls have truly got to know each other and made firm friendship bonds for the future. With an opportunity to climb, abseil, kayak and undertake a series of ‘Mission Impossible’ tasks we are looking forward to welcoming them back and are confident they will have achieved much and have great memories of that trip for years to come.