Head’s Round Up: Friday 14 February 2020
Open Day last weekend was a very successful event and, as ever, the girls were marvellous ambassadors for Prior’s Field.
The PAW day on Tuesday focused this time on relationships, each year group covering different topics, including Safer Internet Day. You may like to visit this website for related information on online safety. The Fifth Form and Upper Sixth spent part of the day with Mr Parsons in a Memory and Learning Skills Workshop, which I hope will have given the girls new ideas to add to their arsenal for revision. The Upper Sixth have their mocks after half term. I hope the girls are able to achieve the right balance of study and down time.
The House Music Final on Tuesday evening was a fabulous event. Over 125 girls auditioned, with the top 11 from each House selected to perform in the Final. We were treated to an evening of simply stunning performances. We were delighted to welcome as our judge Ellen Bryden, an Old Girl, now Director of Music at a local school. Ellen gave all the girls insightful, complimentary and constructive feedback. I did not envy her the task of choosing the winner! The results will be announced with those of House Drama and House Art later in the term.
LOVEFEST returned this year as the First Form created an atmosphere of ‘hope, admiration and love’ to fundraise for Tinga Tinga. Each form had stalls which consisted of a variety of love-themed goodies from chocolate fountains to doughnuts, friendship bracelets to name the unicorn (winner to be announced after half term). Ms Hedley and the First Form tutors are really proud of the team effort on what proved to be a LOVEly afternoon.
At break today, I was joined in the Oak Hall by girls who have been awarded a Head’s Commendation this half term. As they tucked into Chef Ricky’s latest amazing Valentine’s-themed creations, I congratulated the girls for their talents, achievements, helpfulness, kindness and sheer brilliance! This lovely occasion enables us to celebrate so much – and to eat cake, which is always a popular past-time!
This half term, the Sixth Form girls have reported really enjoying their now transformed Sixth Form centre. The process of providing the girls with a space they really like, and which is conducive to both learning and socialising, began with a consultation with many of the girls themselves. The ideas are still flowing and I look forward to watching the area continue to evolve.
An update on the girls who last weekend took part in the regional semi-finals of the Girls Cyber Security Challenge, run by GCHQ, in Southampton: Mr Garner reports that Emma M, Jessica J, Ellie S and Emma S thoroughly enjoyed themselves and finished in the top 10% of the 11,000 entries. They were an asset to the school and were blown away by the whole experience. Their sights are now set on working in IT security for the Government!
It has been a busy week for hockey, with several wins against The Royal and Claremont. Daisy D was the player of the match for U16A team and Coco Y for the U16B team. The Upper Sixth have been enjoying their badminton sessions, seeing which double pair can become Queens of the Court.
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Phillipa Hogan of the Phillipa Hogan School of Dance. I am delighted to hear that so many Prior’s Field girls attend classes with Phillipa and that they are doing so well.
So, with girls already enjoying their cultural trip to Venice, half term is upon us. Do remind your daughter of the deadline of Monday 24 February for submission of a piece for the House Creative Arts competition; and I believe it is not too late to purchase tickets for the PSA quiz on Friday 28 February.
I hope the sun shines following Storm Dennis and that you have a wonderful half term break.
With best wishes