Head’s Round Up: Friday 6 December 2019
The trees are up and decorated, the lights are on the unicorn and Secret Santa’s are being planned all over school. One week to go until the end of term and the excitement is mounting.
We were pleased to see girls and parents at the Lower Sixth Parents’ Evening on Tuesday. I hope you found it useful and that the girls have more insight into what they need to do to move forward with their studies. The Fifth Form will be working hard over the holidays in preparation for their mocks and IGCSE Maths and the Upper Sixth will have in mind their own mocks in February. Whilst the autumn term is nearing a close, normal service will continue with lessons right up until Friday.
Sports fixtures also continue into next week. We should all congratulate the girls on their tenacity and resilience, fighting hard for their team and the school every week, through all kinds of weather. Special congratulations must go to the U16 hockey team who this week came second in the South region. The girls have done incredibly well to get this far and are through to the National Final play-offs. If they win that match, they will be playing Finals at the Lee Valley Centre, the home of hockey, at the Olympic Park.
This morning, during assembly, we all attended hustings for our mock election next week. The girls really were impressive. Teams had been working on the manifestos and the girls presenting were articulate and persuasive, explaining their ideas and plans clearly with no criticism of their rivals – a masterclass for some of our real politicians perhaps.
The boarders are looking forward to their Winter Celebration tonight, always a special occasion. Over the weekend, there will be plenty of festive entertainment and the girls will be warming up their voices for carol singing in Godalming on Monday, one of my favourite boarding activities of the year.
Next week is of course our Christmas week, with Christmas lunch, parties, the House Quiz and Rag Day. I and other senior members of staff will enjoy (I think!) dressing up to help with House Christmas lunch on Wednesday – this year a lunch without bangs, with a view to the environmental impact of crackers. The girls will, however, be challenged to tell a good joke – so be prepared, girls! The House Christmas Window Competition is another highlight and there will be a number of rehearsals for the Celebration of Christmas on Thursday. I do hope you can join us at this truly joyful and atmospheric event, which always leaves everyone in the Christmas mood.
On Wednesday, our thoughts turn again to Julia Huxley, on her birthday. I will be visiting Watts Cemetery with girls and staff to pay our respects with some flowers. I am delighted that, this year, we have included within our readings at the Celebration of Christmas an extract from the archives, which demonstrates so well the philanthropic and caring spirit which encapsulates the essence of Prior’s Field then and now.