Head’s Round Up: Friday 22 November 2019
What can I say about ‘Chicago’? I realise I am a biased – and extremely proud – Head. I have to say, though, that the production is absolutely extraordinary. Every girl on stage is transformed and unrecognisable as her normal self. The talent on display is incredible and the way that talent has been nurtured and developed is very apparent. A number of invited guests met before the performance on either Wednesday or Thursday, to chat and network, and their plaudits for the show have been pouring in. Last night, Ilse Hughes, Old Girl, was one those guests and was visibly awestruck, almost as soon as the music began. Members of Busbridge Church’s Primetime group joined the Third Form in a sneak peek when they watched the final rehearsal on Tuesday morning. The girls and staff involved have achieved a production of an incredibly high standard. A huge well done to everyone.
Old Girl, Helena Traill, visited us this week. Helena has recently graduated with a First from Central St Martin’s and spoke enthusiastically to Sixth Form Creative Arts students about her artistic journey.
Christmas card writing is often a chore for some. It was no chore for me writing cards to other schools this week with the help of my Christmas elves. It has become a tradition for girls from all groups to join me for a festive card-writing session, sustained by hot chocolate. The Oak Hall, with the fire burning bright, seemed a perfect venue for the task.
The Boarders have also been getting into the Christmas spirit. Last weekend, they went to the cinema to see a festive film, then ventured into the woods to gather foliage to make their own Christmas wreath. The Boarding staff are also very proud of their ‘Chicago’ stars and very much enjoyed watching them perform.
There has been plenty of sport going on at home and away as usual. Well done to our U16A hockey team for getting through to the Surrey South Finals; and good luck to the netballers taking part in the tournament here on Saturday.
Next week, the Music Scholars are giving their regular concert at Guildford Institute. The programme looks enticing with a wonderful cocktail of modern and classic, voice and instrumental. Do come along – it is an open concert and promises to be a real treat.
Good luck to all the girls doing LAMDA and Music exams next week – the culmination of a great deal of hard work and commitment. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh award is another example of real commitment and we are looking forward to welcoming to our meeting next week, for new Lower Sixth Form participants, all girls who might be interested. You may be aware that I am a very strong advocate of this award. Please do come along if your daughter is interested, even if she has not yet expressed an interest in school. The girls benefit hugely from the experience which is also a fabulous addition to their CV.
This week, a new House competition was introduced: spot the allergen – girls won House points for identifying common allergens in everyday foods. Continuing the focus on food, we are having a Zero Food Waste day next week, coming immediately after our Christmas Fair, which will be bursting with goodies of all sorts, both edible and otherwise. The list of stalls for the Fair is impressive and includes several eco-friendly options, as well as stalls put together and run by girls. I look forward to seeing you there.