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Congratulations to:

Fifth Former Rio, who attended the annual Jim Day Memorial Pole Vault in Carshalton, Surrey last Sunday, obtaining both a Season and Personal Best of 2.43m.

 

Sixth Former Bethan, awarded her Sergeant’s stripes by Group Captain Al Lewis (Regional Commandant, Air Cadets).

Sixth Former Alice who has enjoyed a great sailing season, highlights including: being 3rd girls’ overall in the 29er class UK Grand Prix series for 2016/2017; representing the UK at the 29er class European Championships; being 2nd girls’ overall at the National Schools Senior Sailing Championships at Itchenor, with fellow Sixth Former Georgina, sailing for Prior’s Field. She has also been invited to be a lady helm in a Royal Yacht Club yacht race this weekend.

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Poems of all kinds and languages – declared staff favourites – were on display in the English Department on Thursday, marking National Poetry Day. We welcomed visiting poet Hannah Lowe, who ran workshops for the Second, Third and Fourth Forms and for Sixth Form students of English or those just interested in this rare opportunity of working with a poet.

Mrs Haddock shared learning from a Sociology lecture at the LSE on Tuesday evening: ‘Human dynamo, Professor Beverley Skeggs, left Sixth Form Sociologists reeling after her lecture on the power of social media sites. Her research included findings such as the instant you open your browser you will have been traded – in a millisecond – by data trackers. They use their machine learning algorithms to assess your potential to buy certain products and offer your details at auction to big companies. Think you are safe watching TV? It bounces sensors off you from its commercial ads to let the TV viewing brokers know exactly what captures your attention and can target you more effectively. Governments can’t control these trackers, indeed they may even sell your data, as the Indian government did recently. The answer, she suggested, was to come off all social media sites – or create your own internet. The Sixth Form, needless to say, weren’t buying into either of these options!’

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Bonjour, buenos días, bore da, moi moi – French, Spanish, Welsh and Finnish were just some of the languages in which teachers were encouraged by the Modern Foreign Languages Department to greet their classes, to mark European Day of Languages. Activities extended throughout the week, with a Languages Accessories Day on Wednesday – with pupils and staff sporting everything from berets and strings of garlic to full Spanish dress – and, at different lunchtimes, the Catering team offering wonderful French and Spanish fare. A Languages Day assembly reminded students of the 4 main reasons to learn a foreign language: it increases the size of your brain; helps you with other subjects; helps you find love and helps you to find a good job! Girls in the Second Form performed a wonderful and lively rendition of ‘la Bamba’, complete with maracas and ponchos.

Mrs Furey reports, ‘As part of this week’s Languages focus, Second Form pupils had a great time in their French lesson today enacting the story of d’Artagnan and ‘les trois mousquetaires’. Our external speaker was lively, enthusiastic and all girls got involved, showing off their wonderful French pronunciation. All in all, an eventful day but filled with fun, surprises and laughter!’

Lower Sixth Food and Nutrition students made fougasse in honour of languages week – Head of Department, Mrs Teasdale capturing the moment on camera.

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5 sporty second Formers took the opportunity to join a golf taster session delivered by coach Nicholas Sharratt, a PGA Advanced Professional with over 27 years coaching experience. The whole First Form went on to try their hand(icap) at the sport during afternoon Games. Any girls who would like to take part in future golf activities should speak to Miss Fernandes or Dr Smith.

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Miss Curtin reports, ‘Second Form students recently channelled their inner Bear Grylls and enjoyed a campfire cookout in the Prior’s Field woods. Mr Swansborough taught them how and where to find the best fire wood and the girls soon had fires burning ready for hotdogs and marshmallow s’mores.’

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Parents’ Social, Friday 6 October, 7.30pm

A relaxed evening for parents to get together in their class groups or with friends across the school.  The event takes the form of a buffet supper followed by after dinner entertainment; this year, magician Mike Fairall (www.michaelfairall.co.uk) will be performing for us.

Please book early as numbers are restricted: tickets are £25 per person and a booking form is available via the parent portal.

Year 2 Disco with Aldro, Friday 10 November

Venue to be confirmed and details to be sent out via Class Reps.

Year 3 Disco with Charterhouse, Saturday 11 November at Prior’s Field

Details to be sent out by Prior’s Field.

Year 5 Dinner/Disco, Saturday 25 November at Charterhouse

Details to be sent out by Prior’s Field.

Christmas Fair, Saturday 25 November 11.00am to 3.00pm

This is a great chance to do some serious present shopping: gifts range from soaps and candles to cashmere wraps and ceramic table ware. There are over 55 external stall holders at the fair – please look at the PSA web pages for details PSA Christmas Fair

 

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Mrs Rusholme reports, ‘On Monday the First Form attended a Robotics Workshop at Legoland with the Mathematics Department. The workshop focused on the importance of correct sequencing in programming to achieve the desired robotic control. Students enjoyed the remainder of the day getting to know girls in their Maths group as they explored Mini Land, passed their driving tests and went on a few rides.’

Mr Butler says… ‘

This week’s Word of the Week is

Adjure

  • Look up the word in a dictionary
  • Find a definition and a word class (adjective, noun, verb etc)
  • Think of a sentence that shows that you can use the word properly
  • Fill in the form on Frog (including your FULL name)
  • Get merits and, perhaps, chocolate

Last week we had ‘Halcyon’, a really beautiful word, originally from a Greek legend in which a mystical bird – often associated with the Kingfisher, with which it has become synonymous – bred in a floating nest at the midwinter solstice. As an adjective in English, it has come to describe an idyllic past time, and is first recorded in late Middle English – around the beginning of the 16th century. All rather lovely. The winner was Third Former Mabel with: ‘I wish more than anything that I could somehow transport myself back to the carefree halcyon days of my youth when I could do as I pleased and worry about nothing.’ Second Former Natalie and Lower Sixth Former Hannah did good’uns too. Choc and merits for Mabel.

This week’s winners will be informed next Monday