Head’s Round Up: Friday 15 November 2019
The PGL netball trip last weekend was a huge success. Mrs Farnell reported that the girls had a fantastic time competing in the Liddington PGL netball tournament. The U13 netball team came first overall winning the tournament and the U12A team came third. The girls received their medals from England netball star Eboni Usoro-Brown who also gave the girls some professional tips. The girls also faced different challenges from those on the court with the adventure activities arranged between matches – the vertical challenge was the favourite of the group. All the girls played really well improving their netball skills and technique throughout the weekend.
There was a fantastic buzz around the New2You Sustainable Project Clothes Swap days on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday more than 50 girls enthusiastically swapped items of clothing and ‘unswapped’ items were available for sale on Wednesday. Well done and thank you to Jenny T and Freya B for this brilliant idea.
On Wednesday Pastoral and Awareness day for the First to Fourth Forms focused on Drugs and Alcohol Awareness. Estelle Longcroft from the Drug and Alcohol Education Services spoke to the girls during the day and to parents in the evening. I hope the girls now have more information on which to base their decisions in the future.
Meanwhile, the Fifth and Upper Sixth Forms were engaging in a joint enterprise task led by Mrs Lutwyche, Head of Business and Economics. The challenge was to plan a festival from scratch, looking at all aspects, including budgeting and safety issues (covering drugs and alcohol amongst other things). The girls displayed impressive team work, communication and creative skills. It was clear that they enjoyed the exercise. Prizes will be presented in a special assembly at the end of November.
Finally, the Lower Sixth on the same day attended Safe Drive Stay Alive, a hard-hitting presentation which is a joint initiative by Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue and Surrey County Council to promote safe driving. The girls’ feedback was that it was a difficult but very worthwhile hour.
Yesterday the Sixth Form Boarding House held an Open House. The girls are so proud of their school home – they thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to show off their space. Members of the PF community were able to see the recent summer renovations, boarders’ decorated and personalised bedrooms as well as catch up over tea and cake. It was a lovely informal event and the cake went down a treat.
Boarders are heavily involved in the production of ‘Chicago’ and will also provide valuable help on Preview Day, tomorrow, when we have more than 160 eager prospective pupils, currently in Year 6, coming to take part in a variety of unicorn-related activities! There will be a warm welcome – it promises to be a busy and happy day. There will be a touch of magic in the air!
I am not shy about mentioning ‘Chicago’ again in my weekly piece. We are so excited about seeing the finished article. The girls and staff have been working extraordinarily hard and next week will see all this work come to fruition. Next week will be thrilling for everyone – those taking part and those watching. The Third Form are watching the final dress rehearsal on Tuesday, so they will have a sneak preview. On Wednesday and Thursday, invited guests, including Heads and Heads of Drama and Music from other schools and the Mayor of Godalming, will be lucky enough to join the Prior’s Field audience. I am lucky enough to be watching the show more than once – I cannot wait.
Over the next few weeks, I am meeting several Heads from other schools, either at home or away. This week, I was delighted to meet Philip Oldroyd, the new Head of Barrow Hills, who sampled school lunch cooked by our wonderful chef Ricky. My visit to Eaton House School in London on Wednesday was an absolute pleasure. It is so beneficial for Heads to meet and discuss the issues we all come up against every day.
Thank you to all those of you who have completed our Parent Survey. The views of current parents really matter to us. If you have not yet done your survey homework, we would be very grateful if you could do so by Monday.
Next week is ‘Chicago’ week. It is also, believe it or not, the week before the Christmas Fair. Members of the PSA will be here on Sunday and during the week, preparing for the Fair next Saturday. Please do come along and support them – you might be able to tick off everything on your Christmas list before December is even here!