Head’s Round Up: Friday 13 September 2019

It was fabulous to see a large number of girls at the sports trials on Saturday, supported by parents and family. We have so many talented girls – I am looking forward to a thrilling year of sport, as always.

Our visit to the Tatler Schools Awards on Monday evening was an opportunity to network with Heads from other top schools. On Tuesday evening, the focus was on our new parents and parents of the new Lower Sixth cohort. It was a pleasure to chat to you informally, following the information-gathering part of the evening, which I hope you found useful.

During the school week, I very much enjoy my frequent regular meetings with girls from all year groups.  My weekly meetings with the Head Girl and her team are always relaxed and constructive. My break time hot chocolate meetings with individual tutor groups – which other members of the senior leadership team also host – are a treat for all. In these first weeks of the new term, I am getting to know the new First Form whose energy and enthusiasm is contagious – a real delight.

Yesterday, I joined the audience for one of the Biology Discussion Meetings which take place regularly in Science. These meetings allow girls to give a presentation on a particular topic and take questions afterwards – a hugely beneficial experience for them. This week, Imogen R talked about the role of music in treating autism and Emma V talked about her work placement at a wildlife park.

Thursday afternoon saw the launch of the Clubs Carnival and what a spectacular event it was. The girls were treated to popcorn, candy floss and doughnuts whilst strolling amongst a myriad of stalls offering an incredible selection of clubs and activities. I must formally thank Miss Curtin and her support team for all the work which went into making this event truly brilliant.

Next week the PSA start their academic year with a committee meeting on Monday and a class rep breakfast on Friday. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive PSA. Please do try to support them and their events.  There is so much in school that we would not have without them. Over the summer, for example, a new stage has gone up in the Recital Room and completely transformed the space. We are, as always, very grateful to the PSA. Do come along to our next Classics and Cakes to see the stage in use.

New boarders will enjoy their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Monday and, on Wednesday, the junior flexi-boarders have their induction supper and special activity. Another boarding engagement for me next week is the GSA Boarding Committee meeting, a group which focuses on issues particularly facing boarding schools.

On Thursday evening, we will welcome Fourth Form girls and their parents at our Introduction to GCSEs evening. This is a vital event, at which you will be given a great deal of important information. I look forward to seeing you there.

The weather seems set fair for the weekend. We start early tomorrow with an exciting hockey tournament and we are also participating in Heritage Open Day. We hope to welcome many visitors, especially enthusiasts interested in Voysey and Arts and Crafts. Do enjoy the sunshine.

Best wishes

Tracy Kirnig

PRIOR’S FIELD, Priorsfield Road, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2RH United Kingdom

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