Head’s Round Up: Friday 28 February 2020

The girls on the Creative Arts trip to Venice during half term had a fabulous time, visiting museums and locations which I am sure will inspire them in their studies.

The half term break seems a long time ago now, though, after a busy week for all. Whilst the weather has continued with grey monotony, the girls have settled back into school life with energy and enthusiasm. The Upper Sixth have shown focus and application in their approach to their mocks. I
hope the mock experience is constructive and helpful preparation for the real thing.

I was interested this week to read that 62% of parents now value their child’s wellbeing more highly than their academic achievements. A rounded approach is certainly at the heart of all we do at Prior’s Field and, as you know, we pride ourselves on knowing each child as an individual, helping her to find her passions and to follow them. It is apt that we are now listed as a ‘supporting partner’ with the Confident Child Summit, which aims to equip delegates to help children build confidence and resilience. We are very pleased to be involved with this event.

On Tuesday, Mrs Taylor, Careers Coordinator, welcomed careers advisers from several other schools for a Unifrog cluster meeting. They were shown how Unifrog can enhance the way schools help pupils consider their future. Unifrog is an application which pupils can access themselves and which enables them to start their career planning; it allows them to record and factor in their skills, research career options and also points towards additional reading and information to enhance their research. This
week the Lower Sixth have visited the UCAS Careers Convention and a group of girls have been on an Oxbridge Information trip. Next week, the Lower Sixth will be going to the National Apprenticeship Show. It is National Careers Week next week, when all girls will be looking at the skills they might need for the changing world in which we live.

The sports teams have been busy as usual. Players of the match were Lillie A for U13B hockey team, Martha F for the U12C netball team and Maria F for the U12D team. We hosted the U10 and U12 gymnastics festival on Wednesday with over 150 girls and boys from surrounding schools taking part in floor and vault. Ms Fernandes reports that there was a fantastic and fun atmosphere. A number of individual gymnasts were recognised in the presentation. Well done to our own Emma W who came 5th in the floor competition for her age group. Molly B has been in print in the Surrey Advertiser, celebrating her recent successes. And the U16 hockey team are gearing themselves up for the Tier 3 Championship Finals on Tuesday – we are so proud of the girls and wish them well for next week.

On Wednesday, the final round of the qualifying competition for the PF School Championship and the UK Chess Challenge took place. Phoebe T (15 points out of 15), Emilia C (13 points) and Saranya P (13 points) have all qualified for the semi-finals of the PF tournament. Dixie M and Yusra D are tied on 12 points, so they will play off for the remaining semi-final place. The semi-finals and final will take place in the Oak Hall later this term. Several other girls achieved the minimum qualifying score of 9 out of 15, and have earned the right to progress to the Megafinals, regional qualifying events which allow girls to compete against pupils from other local schools who have also qualified through their school or chess club. Well done to all.

Our Spanish boarders visited Crondall Primary School yesterday with Mrs Culebras, to introduce them to some Hispanic language and culture. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we have received a delightful letter from the Crondall Primary School Reporters, with very positive feedback!

The Junior Boarders are looking forward to welcoming several prospective pupils on a boarding taster this evening. I am sure they will all have great fun. Tonight teams will be battling it out at the PSA Quiz. The first question is always the most difficult: what is our team name? I have some ideas up my sleeve.

Tomorrow the Gold Duke of Edinburgh girls have a training day in school. It is fortunate it is not an expedition day, given the forecast. Over the weekend, the Godalming Festival will be filling the school with words and music.

Next week we are looking forward to the House Creative Arts Competition and the exhibition in the evening. I do hope some of you can come along. Next Wednesday, we are hosting the Inspire Sport Sisters n Sport National Netball U11 South Festival Cup, which will be exciting. Girls are taking part
in the Maths Team Challenge and House Sport on Thursday. Finally, on Friday, everyone will have fun with accessories and props for the form group photos.

With best wishes

Tracy Kirnig

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