My last View from the Top of this academic year – and I have had a very changing view this week. Initially, the corridors were fairly quiet with the majority of the girls out on one of the array of Activities Weeks trips arranged this year. Some of the Fifth Form were in school, on a Childcare Course, and the Lower Sixth have been very busy looking ahead to their UCAS application next term. The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh girls spent a day route planning before setting off on their expedition. Yesterday, the school was full again, the girls abuzz with stories from their recent adventures, and rehearsals for Speech Day started in earnest. I know we will be treated to a fantastic display of talent tomorrow.
I must thank the Sports Department for organising an exciting Sports Day again this year. The sun was shining as the Houses paraded around the top field, to start the festivities. Micky Burton-Brown remained with us all morning and very much enjoyed being part being part of the school community. Ms Fernandes has included some Sports Day results in her report below. Congratulations, not only to those who won their event, but to every girl who took part at whatever level – I was struck, as usual, by the solidarity amongst the girls and their readiness to offer support to their peers.
I am proud too of those girls who show commitment to their interests out of school. This term I have heard of fantastic achievements in a variety of sporting and other activities. Imogen W has qualified with her crew to take part in the British Rowing Junior Championships in a ; a group including Neave, Lily, Amber, Gemma, Freya, Georgie, Mabel, Katie, Lily and Martha got up at 3am last Sunday morning to take part in a sponsored 20km walk to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices; Claudia C has been selected for the South East of England team for this year’s National U18 Eventing Championships; Robyn M and two girls joining us in September are currently in a production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre; at the end of July, Lottie R will be swimming in five events over five days at the English Nationals – recently she and 99 other swimmers attempted to break the 100x400m relay record and raise money for Cancer Research UK and did so in style, smashing the record by 24 minutes – if you would like to add to their wonderful fundraising total of over £30,000, you can do so via this link. Please do continue to send in information about your daughter’s interests and achievements out of school – they are part of who she is, and we very much enjoy celebrating the whole of her!
Yesterday and today were all about celebration. The Upper Sixth Leavers’ Party was bitter sweet and primarily an absolute joy. We are all so proud of the whole cohort and look forward to hearing about their adventures in their brave new world. Today, our Awards Assembly was full of smiles and, at lunchtime, I ate cake with the very many girls who have been awarded a Head’s Commendation since half term.
I hope to see many of you tomorrow at Speech Day. I wish you all a wonderful summer full of experiences and opportunities.