Head’s Round Up: Friday 18 October 2019

The baton has been passed to me this week and I can report that the view from my office this morning was of blue sky – a hopeful sign on the brink of the half term break.

After the successful Fourth Form social with Eton at Prior’s Field on Saturday, enjoyed by all, our Lower Sixth Chemistry girls made a return visit to Eton on Tuesday, where they participated in a joint forum with their Eton peers. Students from the two schools gave presentations in front of staff and pupils from both Eton and Prior’s Field. Mr Taylor and Dr Smith reported that the girls performed brilliantly and well deserved the supper that followed on the roof terrace of Eton’s new research facility, with views over the river and Windsor Castle. We are hoping to hold more joint events of this sort with Eton in the future, so watch this space.

An update on the Fifth Form’s fundraising initiative for Tinga Tinga – ‘Walking for Walls’: a year group climb up Mount Kilimanjaro: the girls have been ‘climbing’ for two weeks and have now collectively taken over 128,263 steps – so they have done it! They have raised an amazing £736.05 with the total still rising. Dixie M, Amira H and Holly C are to be congratulated for raising significant amounts individually. Well done to the whole year group – fantastic effort. Please do read the letter on the portal about another Fifth Form initiative: NEW2YOU, also raising funds for Tinga Tinga. The girls are on a roll and the ideas keep on coming. This one is a great combination of philanthropy and climate change action. Do have a look and join in if you can.

The First Form went off on their bonding trip on Wednesday and are due back later today, when they will present a short assembly to parents. I hope they have enjoyed all the activities and cemented friendships, old and new. School friendships are so valuable and can be life-long. This evening, we welcome the class of 1990 for a sleepover. Rumour has it they have plans for a fun-filled trip down memory lane.

During the half term break, we will be launching our new Archives Online service at a special launch event. This is the culmination of a huge amount of work by our archivist, Jo Halford. Anyone visiting http://archive.priorsfieldschool.com/ will be able to search approximately 5,000 pages of key Prior’s Field digitised publications. Do have a look – it is a fascinating collection.

The Sixth Form have been taking full advantage of their new lunchtime bus shuttle into Godalming on a Monday and a Thursday. The shuttle is a great success, allowing the girls some free time off site. This morning the Lower Sixth started to relax into the holiday spirit when they held an inter-tutor group quiz. Mr Parsons was fortunate enough to be there and reported that it was great to see the girls challenged in their awareness of current affairs as well as harnessing their competitive nature. Mr Butler and Miss Scott were quizmasters and announced 6ABU the triumphant winners.

Meanwhile in the assembly for Second to Fourth Form, Mr Marrison introduced the girls to Movember – as a fundraising idea and also a way of raising awareness of men’s health issues. We will keep you posted on Mr Marrison’s hair growth next month!

As Mrs Kirnig mentioned last week, many girls left on residential trips yesterday. Two other trips go out during the half term break: the Sixth Form History trip to Kent and Northern France and the GCSE and A Level trip to Nice. The first week back is a full one with the boarders’ Spooky Supper, when they will wear fancy dress, decorate the Dining Hall in all things spooky and then be entertained with a fireworks display, House Sport, another Pastoral and Wellbeing day (which will be followed by a Pastoral Evening the following week), a PSA reps’ breakfast and our Remembrance Assembly on the Friday.

We are fortunate to have a two week break so that the girls, whether or not they have been away, should be able to return refreshed on 4 November and ready for the run up to Christmas.

Have a restful break

Karen Wilcock

Deputy Head Academic

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