Heads Commendations

Awarded by :

  • Ms Treanor, to First Former Matilda D, for her impressive use of GIS and graphical techniques on her fieldwork enquiry
  • Mr Starnes, to Third Formers Phoebe, Charlotte C, Tabitha and Amira for showing excellent independent learning skills, thorough research, and a creative and thoughtful personal response on their Religious Studies memorial projects
  • Mrs Morwood, to First Formers Robyn, Lily, Norah, Freya and Sophie F, Second Former Natalie, and Third Formers Freya W and Mabel, for all of their contributions to the Debating team this year
  • Mrs Culebras, to Second Formers Madeline H, Eleanor and Isobel for presenting beautiful, accurate and innovative brochures about different Spanish cities
  • Mrs Allen, to Sixth Formers Emily B and Rebecca V, for their Biology independent research
  • Mrs Furey, to Fourth Former Jemma, for achieving full marks in three French vocabulary tests in a row

Well done to you all!

 

Awarded by :

  • Mrs Bartlett, to First Former Sophie, for producing a beautiful and accurate poster comparing the proportion of medals won by the GB Olympic team.
  • Mrs Furey, to Fifth Formers Minoushka and Alice, for achieving three full marks in vocab tests in French.
  • Mrs Alisha, to Third Former Ella L, for working so hard in English and making incredible progress this term.
  • Mrs Westerman, to First Formers Tessa, Maya, Sophie F, Grace O for excellent Geography fieldwork investigations
  • Ms Treanor, to Second Formers Charlotte, Sky and Tabitha for superb presentations in their role as Greenpeace, arguing their case for the rainforest.

Well done to you all!

Awarded by :

  • Ms Treanor, to Fourth Former Leah, for producing some really thorough data analysis as a result of her Coin Street fieldwork.
  • Mrs Furey, to Fourth Formers Phoebe, Tamsin and Evelyn, for achieving three full marks (20/20) in vocab tests in French.
  • Dr Smith, to Third Formers Kelsi, Isabelle and Greta for achieving 100% in GCSE level Chemistry test on Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table.
  • Mr Marrison, to First Former Sophie F, for producing her own website about thermal decomposition reactions!
  • Mr Sapseid, to Sixth Former Rebecca, for showing great initiative in sending her EPQ on ‘Cyberbullying’ to Kensington Palace and receiving a reply from Prince William’s Private Secretary.
  • Mr Sapseid, to Sixth Former Emma, who has been selected to compete in the Junior Commonwealth Fencing team in July.

Well done to you all!

Awarded by :

  • Ms Furey, to Second Formers Kaelin, Tabitha, Annabel and Daisy for excellent leaflets written in French about different French towns.
  • Mrs Rusholme, to Fourth Former Evelyn, and Second Formers Elle and Natalie for excellent test results in Mathematics this year.
  • Ms Treanor, to Second Former Charlotte, for writing a superb letter outlining the problems of living in a squatter settlement.
  • Mr Butler, to Sixth Formers Rachael and Bethan, for excellent English Coursework.
  • Mr Rood, to Fifth Formers Lucy N and Natasha C, for excellent organisation, work and effort in arranging the Pankhurst House Drama production.

Well done to you all!

Awarded by :
Mrs Westerman, to Third Formers Anika, Gemma and Mabel, for excellent answers in Geography on the success of China’s One Child Policy.
Mrs Teasdale, to Second Formers Ila, Emily, Lauren and Alice, for outstanding researching and presenting on coeliacs.
Mrs Horton, to Sixth Former Katherine, for outstanding commitment to the Drama department taking part in an A level performance piece to support another candidate.
Mrs Rice, to Fourth Former Emily, for achieving 20/20 in a vocabulary test

Awarded by :

Mrs Westerman, to Third Formers Anika, Gemma and Mabel, for excellent answers in Geography on the success of China’s One Child Policy.

Mrs Teasdale, to Second Formers Ila, Emily, Lauren and Alice, for outstanding researching and presenting on coeliacs.

Mrs Horton, to Sixth Former Katherine, for outstanding commitment to the Drama department taking part in an A level performance piece to support another candidate.

Mrs Rice, to Fourth Former Emily, for achieving 20/20 in a vocabulary test

Awarded by :

Miss Wallis, to Second Former Isabel, for organising and collecting for her form group’s “reverse advent calendar” for the Number Five Project.

Mrs Furey, to Fourth Formers Phoebe, Jemma, and Evelyn for achieving full marks (20/20) in three French vocab tests.

Mrs Kirnig, to Fourth Former Tallulah, for several wonderful co-curricular achievements.

Christmas may be around the corner, but the focus this week has been on mock GCSE Maths and Art exams and mock A Level Photography. Sixth Form EPQ presentations have also been a key part of the week, as girls presented the culmination of hours of individual research on topics linked to their intended degree. The chosen topics have been truly fascinating and have included:  Internet censorship in China; the future for road transport since  the introduction of driverless vehicles and an examination of the links between increased use of social media and teenagers seeking counselling.
Adolescent mental health is a topic very much at the fore at the moment and one I am passionate about. I was delighted therefore, to have the opportunity to speak at the Equality and Diversity in Schools Education Conference yesterday and to share my many years of experience in working with teenagers and best practice ideas that can be utilised.  I was both honoured (and slightly fearful) of taking the stage alongside Professor Tanya Byron, renowned consultant clinical psychologist specialising in child and mental health.
Professor Byron outlined the many complex issues surrounding teenage mental health and talked about the importance of government green paper to be launched on Sunday by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.   In turn, I spoke about how important it is for schools to enable every child to be comfortable in their own skin and the rewards of seeing a teenager blossom and thrive despite the complexities of adolescence.
Yesterday’s Second Form parents’ evening was an important opportunity for us to share feedback with you on your daughter’s progress within and outside of the classroom and equally to hear feedback from you, which we always welcome.
Meanwhile, the Community Choir has been in rehearsal ready for next Thursday’s Celebration of Christmas evening; and many thanks to our Gap students who have created their very own Christmas tree challenge for boarders, who will be enjoying a special Christmas supper tonight. A happy weekend to you all,
Tracy Kirnig

Christmas may be around the corner, but the focus this week has been on mock GCSE Maths and Art exams and mock A Level Photography. Sixth Form EPQ presentations have also been a key part of the week, as girls presented the culmination of hours of individual research on topics linked to their intended degree. The chosen topics have been truly fascinating and have included:  Internet censorship in China; the future for road transport since  the introduction of driverless vehicles and an examination of the links between increased use of social media and teenagers seeking counselling.

Adolescent mental health is a topic very much at the fore at the moment and one I am passionate about. I was delighted therefore, to have the opportunity to speak at the Equality and Diversity in Schools Education Conference yesterday and to share my many years of experience in working with teenagers and best practice ideas that can be utilised.  I was both honoured (and slightly fearful) of taking the stage alongside Professor Tanya Byron, renowned consultant clinical psychologist specialising in child and mental health.

Professor Byron outlined the many complex issues surrounding teenage mental health and talked about the importance of government green paper to be launched on Sunday by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.   In turn, I spoke about how important it is for schools to enable every child to be comfortable in their own skin and the rewards of seeing a teenager blossom and thrive despite the complexities of adolescence.

Yesterday’s Second Form parents’ evening was an important opportunity for us to share feedback with you on your daughter’s progress within and outside of the classroom and equally to hear feedback from you, which we always welcome.

Meanwhile, the Community Choir has been in rehearsal ready for next Thursday’s Celebration of Christmas evening; and many thanks to our Gap students who have created their very own Christmas tree challenge for boarders, who will be enjoying a special Christmas supper tonight. A happy weekend to you all,

Tracy Kirnig


Mrs Brook to Sixth Former Lauren, ‘who has applied herself diligently to her studies, demonstrating courage and tenacity which have been humbling to see.’
Mr Butler to Sixth Former Beatrice, ‘for a superb English coursework essay, achieving full marks. A real joy to read.’
Miss Curtin to Third Formers Elise and Georgia, ‘whose textiles projects this term have been outstanding: innovative and exquisitely designed, rising beautifully to the brief of producing a ‘sweet’ themed clutch bag, which look good enough to eat!’
Mrs Furey to Fifth Formers Francesca and Minoushka, for achieving full marks in three consecutive French vocabulary tests.
Miss Jenkinson to Sixth Former Annalee, who ‘consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of her in her role as Austen House Captain, highlighted by a wonderful First Form Festival after school on Friday which raised money for the Meath Epilepsy Charity. Well done Annalee and thank you for all your hard work!’
Miss Paterson to Second Former Evie, ‘who wrote a GCSE standard answer in her End of Buddhism Topic Test. It has since been used as a model answer for the rest of the girls to help them to see how to write to this level and use it to improve their answers.’
Ms Treanor to Second Former Hannah, ‘who has produced a detailed enquiry into the importance of tourism to Gunwharf Quays. Well done Hannah!’