Head’s Round Up: Friday 20 September 2019

It has been an exciting and full week.

At Heritage Open Day on Saturday, we welcomed over 80 visitors who very much enjoyed looking around and talking to the knowledgeable staff who were on hand. We are so proud of our history; it is a real delight to share it at this lovely event. For me, a morning of new faces appearing in my office was interspersed with watching with hockey tournament. 8 schools participated, including Prior’s Field. It was a gorgeous morning and a pleasure to award the shields.

Boarding have also had a busy week, with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Monday and the flexi-boarders’ induction supper and activity on Wednesday. If your daughter has not yet experienced boarding, do remember that she is welcome to have a trial night with a ‘golden ticket’.

At lunchtime on Wednesday, there was a very special celebration of our chef, Ricky Adlington’s 30 years working with the Compass Group. We are so fortunate to be able to sample on a daily basis the delicious and innovative creations of Ricky and his team, including his wonderful wife Kerry, who has been working alongside Ricky for more than 30 years.

Today is Jeans for Genes Day, a global charity event we support every year. As you know, philanthropy is at the heart of Prior’s Field. Please do read Miss Curtin’s charity update, available on the portal today. We have many charity events going on in school this term, many organised by the girls themselves.

A number of girls have been inspired by Greta Thunberg and the issues being highlighted by the climate change marches taking place around the world today. This week, I met a group of articulate and enthusiastic Fifth Form girls, who are passionate about the environment and have interesting plans to add to initiatives in school to raise awareness and improve our carbon footprint – watch this space!

There is much to look forward to next week.  I will be out of school for two days on an ISI inspection and I am very disappointed to be missing Boarders got Talent on Tuesday and House Cross Country on Wednesday.  I will be back just in time, however, to be in the audience for Classics by Candlelight, which promises to be a real treat, as always.

On Thursday, we are holding our inaugural PaW (Pastoral and Wellbeing) day. We do hope you will be able to join us for the linked pastoral evening on Monday 30 September.

Finally, there is a letter on the portal today about a memorial event for Debbie Pretty next Friday. Former staff and Old Girls will be amongst those attending. We hope the service and reception will be a fitting tribute to Debbie, whose career in boarding spanned 40 years. At the reception, we will plant a rose in the Rose Garden in her memory, which will give the whole school community a place to go to remember her.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig

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

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