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Head’s Round Up: Friday 21 September

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Joining in the fun at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

We started this week on a high with a record-breaking hymn practice in assembly – 7 hymns in 7 minutes – great fun! Where was Roy Castle?

There is a sense in school that all the girls are settling in and an almost tangible buzz about lessons. Teaching goes on, of course, both in and out of school. Our Fifth Form Geographers have been on a residential fieldwork trip this week in Shropshire and Snowdonia – an opportunity to view the reality of physical geography in a stunning location. Meanwhile, my first lesson observation of the time was a Biology lesson outside in the Rose Garden.

The boarders this week enjoyed a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – house warming with a difference. It was a chance for all the girls to get to know staff outside lesson time, to help them to feel part of this community which is their home from home while they are here. Do look at the photos of the mad hats below.

Next week, we will welcome Tania Szabo, the daughter of the Special Operations Executive agent Violette Szabo, who suffered under the Nazi regime in 1945 at Ravensbruck concentration camp. Tania will be talking to Fourth and Fifth Form historians who are studying Germany in that period as part of their course.  Next week is also Languages Week – I am brushing up my Swahili and looking forward to having hot chocolate with all our overseas boarders on Tuesday.

Looking a little further forward to 29 September, we have 80 families pre-booked for our Open Day and preparations are well under way. Just a reminder for Fifth Form parents and girls that we will also be holding our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 4 October.  I do hope to see you there and that you are excited by the programme of events scheduled over the coming weeks to introduce you to what life in the Sixth Form will be like.

Classics by Candlelight is a treat in store for next Thursday and rehearsals for Grease are under way. The list of girls interested in joining the Tanzania trip has been growing and everyone is already very much looking forward to next July.

Today many of the girls and staff are wearing jeans and raising money for Jeans for Genes. It is so important for us all to realise what a gift it is to have good health. We will be reminded of this again next week when we are treated to the fruits of the Sixth Form’s culinary skills at the MacMillan Coffee Morning.  I am very proud of the girls for supporting charities such as these with such enthusiasm.

The storms have kept away so far although the weekend promises to bring us some wet and windy weather. Do enjoy the September sun when you see it.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig