Head’s Round Up: Friday 27 September 2019

This week, as the Head has been out on inspection, I have enjoyed the best view of the school.

It has been MFL week and the school has been permeated with music, drama and activities from other cultures.  The boarders all had the opportunity to shine on Tuesday evening at Boarders got Talent and I was lucky enough to be a judge.  It was an evening full of laughs, fun and talent, with the occasional technical error to keep the girls on their toes. Miss Tandon and Mr Rood were my co-judges and we were entertained and wowed by the wealth of talent among our boarding community. This was the third year the girls have put on such a show and at the heart of it is the opportunity for all boarders to try out how it feels to perform in front of an audience.  Acts included singing, dancing and the spoken word.  The girls were very supportive of each other, giving a confidence boost where it was needed and, of course, lots of applause. They loved it so much that an additional event is being planned for the Spring Term, so perhaps we should call the event this week the ‘dress rehearsal’ for the real thing. I will be there! 

Another treat was Classics by Candlelight. Musical events at Prior’s Field are very special and this was no exception. 27 girls performed both items old and new, ranging from numbers from musicals such as ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and ‘Waitress’ to pieces from ‘Chocolat’ and ‘Poldark’. It was an evening celebrating the empowerment of women and their musical creativity. These events enable girls, some of whom have never performed solo in front of an audience before, to play or sing in a safe space and provide a hugely positive experience. Well done to all the girls involved.

Our first Pastoral and Wellbeing day yesterday was a great success. We do hope you will join us at the related pastoral evening on Monday. If you are planning to attend, it would be helpful if you could let us know via the link on the letter on the portal.

Today the Sixth Form girls have impressed us all with culinary skills for the Macmillan coffee morning. Over £250 has been raised so far; the unsold cakes, waiting in the staff room next to a donations pot, will be consumed before the day is out so that total is sure to rise. Well done to the boarders who baked for three hours in the Food Technology room yesterday evening.

I went to Ms Treanor’s Eco Committee meeting this morning – appropriately on the same day as Zero Food Waste Day – where a roomful of girls from all year groups brainstormed ideas for new initiatives for the protection of the environment, for both the school and the wider community. The girls’ enthusiasm was contagious and will enhance our existing Eco Schools Development Plan. It will be exciting to see how the girls’ passion for this cause translates into action.

The Head was very pleased that the House cross country was postponed to next Wednesday, due to the changeable weather. On Wednesday too, the Junior Boarding House is holding an Open House for the rest of the school and the boarders are very much looking forward to showing off their home.

On Wednesday and Thursday, there are a number of residential trip information meetings taking place. As the Educational Visitors Co-ordinator, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for the myriad of trips we offer at Prior’s Field. The girls are very fortunate to have the opportunity to experience a vast array of places and activities and, I know, benefit hugely from doing so.

This afternoon, at the Memorial Service for Debbie Pretty, girls, parents, members of staff and visitors will remember Debbie. We will listen to her favourite music, hear girls and members of the boarding team read poems and tributes and enjoy a slideshow of photos highlighting special moments. At the Reception afterwards, the rose and arch which will be placed in the Rose Garden in her memory will be on display.

With best wishes

Andrew Taylor

Deputy Head

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

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