Head’s Round Up: Friday 11 October 2019
Thank you to the whole school community for another successful Open Day. The school was buzzing with so many visitors. I hope the girls enjoyed showing others who we are and what we do. Visitors were very complimentary.
Cabaret on Tuesday was, as always, a highlight of the year. Put together and lead by the girls themselves, there were wonderful performances, with some girls stepping up into large roles at late notice and doing brilliantly. There was competition for top billing this week, however, as the poetry slam yesterday was great fun and produced some fantastic work which really impressed Mr Butler and the judges. On both occasions, girls were empowered to go beyond their own perceived capability. It is this kind of event that builds the girls’ confidence to grow and develop. It was a privilege to watch them taking up the challenge they had been set.
On Wednesday, the Junior Cross Country event hosted by Prior’s Field was a great success with both the home teams coming second in their age category. Other Prior’s Field sporting successes this week include our U14 netball team qualifying for Finals Day and our U16 hockey team qualifying for the South Pools tournament. Well done, girls.
Sixth Form Options Evening last night was a busy evening of presentations and discussions. It was a lovely opportunity for us to showcase our Sixth Form and for the Fifth Form to start to think about where they might see themselves in three years’ time.
Today, we waved girls and staff off to Cheltenham to enjoy the festival. We are also saying goodbye to our exchange students from Ruyton in Australia. Charlotte and Rubi have fitted in so well here, they have become part of the school family and I know their Fifth Form friends will really miss them. We had a lovely lunchtime hot chocolate farewell party today. I am sure the girls will all stay in touch.
After a very exciting trip to the ice hockey last weekend – the boarders were such enthusiastic Flames supporters that they were awarded a Flames scarf – this weekend, they are accepting the test posed by the Guildford escape rooms. I very much hope that the Fourth Form boarders escape in time for their social with Eton tomorrow evening!
Next week the pace stays high: House gymnastics on Monday will be fiercely contested, I am sure; the Sixth Form will be gathering the many Harvest contributions – thank you for your generosity – and taking them to the Number 5 Project in Guildford; the First Form will be going on their long-awaited bonding trip to the South Downs; the netball and hockey trip to Malaysia departs on Thursday; and, on Thursday too, we say ‘au revoir’ to the group of girls and staff leaving for their educational Paris mini-break.
This morning, in an awe and wonder assembly by Mrs Harrison, the Fifth and Sixth Forms were shown a fascinating video about the effect of cymatic frequencies on matter. As well as the cross-curricular aspect of this topic, the assembly also focused more widely on the idea of seeing the unseen and the benefits of being curious and looking for that which is not obvious.
I hope those attending the PSA’s Race Night tonight are able to spot the horses with hidden winning potential!