Head’s Round Up: Friday 29 November 2019
What a joy to see blue skies today! I hope it lasts into the weekend.
Our thanks go to the PSA for the Christmas Fair last weekend – a fabulous event, as usual. Girls, staff, parents and visitors ambled around a huge variety of stalls – a lovely way to kick off the Christmas season. I know that a huge amount of work went into the fair; we are grateful as ever to the parents who give their time and energy to raise funds for the school.
The Boarders very much enjoyed being part of the fair and running their own sweet stall. They relaxed afterwards with a fantastically chilly trip to see ‘Frozen 2’ at the cinema – they even had a picture taken with Olaf – and some retail therapy at Bluewater on Sunday! This weekend, the girls will be decorating the boarding houses for Christmas. The excitement is mounting!
Chess Club has been making exciting strides this term and, this week, there have been two significant chess events. On Sunday, Mia S, Sharanya P and Luisa B competed in a chess tournament at Wellington College organised by Grandmaster Nick Pert, who has been training our chess team since September. The girls were up against older and more experienced opponents, and they were nevertheless resilient enough to complete all 6 rounds. Luisa was our top scorer with an excellent 2.5 points out of 6. Yesterday, Prior’s Field hosted the first ever chess match between Prior’s Field and King Edwards School, Witley. Our young team fought hard against older and more experienced opponents, with the final score being a 5 games to 12 win for KESW. The top scorer for PF was Louisa who contributed a win and a draw. Mia and Phoebe also scored a win each for PF. The clash of the teachers between Dr Smith and Mr Sibachir ended in a draw after a tough battle.
There was a new initiative this week from Annie M in the Upper Sixth. Annie would like to start a pond club, with the object of creating a better eco-system in the pond beyond the Rose Garden. The plan is to disturb the existing habitat in order to put in place a new one. The waders have been ordered so there is no going back now! Annie and the Science Department hope that the club will grow and become a permanent fixture on a Tuesday.
On Tuesday, our Music Scholars performed at the Guildford Institute. Mr Taylor was fortunate enough to be in the packed audience to hear the interesting mixture of classical and contemporary solo pieces. He commented that the girls gave beautiful performances, with confidence and grace. Well done, girls.
In Sport this week: the U15 hockey team did very well in their county tournament, coming third overall; Prior’s Field won the swimming gala with St Catherine’s after a very close-run competition; we also won the relay cross country competition against Tiffin, a new event for us. Congratulations to everyone involved – what fantastic results. We will be sending positive vibes to our U16 hockey team who have done brilliantly in reaching the South regional finals which take place next week. Good luck to all the team.
Creative Arts students have started their mock examinations this week and Fifth Form girls have a mock IGCSE Maths examination on Monday. I am confident that all the girls’ hard work and preparation will have stood them in good stead.
The whole school has been contributing donations to The Hygiene Bank, an outreach project launched recently. Janice Sedgwick from The Hygiene Bank lead an inspiring if sobering assembly this morning. If parents would like to join in and help support this fantastic charity which aims to provide hygiene items to those in poverty, look here to see a wish list which enables you to donate specific items online. To find out more about the charity, look here. Thank you for your help with this very worthwhile cause.
We are going up another Christmas gear next week, starting with our Christmas jumper mufti day on Monday. Christmas trees will start appearing all over the school and my Christmas card sessions will be continuing. The week will end with the Boarders’ Winter Celebration on Friday evening. The count-down will then really have begun.
Today, I took some of the senior prefects to put flowers on Julia Huxley’s grave, as it is the anniversary of her death. I am thrilled that the girls are so interested in and connected with the school’s heritage and original aims and ethos, still very much alive today.