Head’s Round Up: Friday 4 October 2019
The memorial service for Debbie Pretty last Friday was a lovely tribute to her and recognition of her 40 years’ service to the boarding communities of which she was part. I was very proud of the girls who contributed to the service and joined the reception afterwards. The Gertrude Jekyll roses will be planted next to the arch in the Rose Garden in the coming days by Freya L and me.
The Junior Boarders enjoyed a happier occasion on Wednesday when they welcomed many visitors to their Open House. Tomorrow is National Boarding Day, which this year has a sport focus. To mark the day, our boarders are going to Spectrum to watch a Guildford Flames Ice Hockey Match, which is sure to be a noisy and fun occasion.
The postponed House Cross Country on Wednesday was fabulous and fun. It is a mystery how Mr Taylor managed to identify correctly the exact window of dry weather, when it was possible and safe to run.
Many girls have been in action playing in hockey and netball matches in the last few weeks. Both the U13 and U15 hockey teams were successful in the first round of their Independent Schools Hockey Cup competitions and the U13’s were in action again at the Cranleigh Hockey Tournament on Wednesday. Good luck to the U14 hockey squad who are off on tour this weekend to Bristol. The U14 and U15 netball teams will be taking part in their County Tournament next Wednesday. Girls are also taking part in a swimming gala and the ESAA National Cup Run. Good luck to all the teams and individuals representing the school in any sport.
Next week we are hosting the Prior’s Field Cross Country Event for U10’s to U13’s and are expecting approximately 22 schools. The event promises to be very exciting as always and I look forward to presenting the awards to the winners.
We have a smaller hockey tournament as well as Bronze Duke of Edinburgh training tomorrow which is also, of course, Open Day. Thank you to all the girls for sharing the school with our visitors. It really is invaluable for a prospective pupil and parent to be able to talk to a current pupil and it is a wonderful way to show visitors who we really are.
I am very much looking forward to our annual Cabaret evening on Tuesday. Put together by the girls themselves, this is always a stunning event which always impresses.
On Thursday, we will welcome Fifth Form girls and their parents to our Sixth Form Options Evening. It is not too late to let us know you intend to come. Our aim is that the evening will be beneficial for all, so do come along. It has been an absolute pleasure for all those involved in the Sixth Form scholarship process to meet and talk to the Fifth Form girls who have applied for a scholarship for next year. The girls have approached their interviews with maturity; I hope the process has shown them that they can be proud of themselves and given them the confidence to grasp all the opportunities that will be on offer in the Sixth Form. Please do remember that it is not too late for your daughter to apply for a scholarship, if she is interested and has not yet done so.
The Fifth Form have a long journey ahead of them next week as they walk, collectively but in their form groups, the steps required to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as a fund-raiser for Tinga Tinga. I hope many of the girls will have the opportunity in the next year or so to visit Tinga Tinga, which is such a life-changing experience. On the same philanthropic note, please do remember that we are collecting for the Number 5 project for Harvest.
The First to Fourth Forms listened to a wonderful assembly this morning on the power of kind words. Kindness and the ability to think of others are, for me, essential qualities to learn and carry through life. Today I met the mother of a former student, who was Head Girl when she was at Prior’s Field; the family have kept their connection with Prior’s Field and would now like to help others via the Foundation. Once a Prior’s Field girl, always a Prior’s Field girl. I look forward to meeting many future Prior’s Field girls tomorrow morning.