Head’s Round Up: Friday 6 March 2020
One of the most exciting weeks of the school year started with an inspiring assembly by Mrs Taylor, Careers Coordinator, kick-starting Careers Week. The focus was on skills for the future in our changing world. Careers will also be the topic for the Pastoral and Wellbeing Day on Monday 16 March, and the related talk in the evening. We hope you will be able to join us.
Monday also saw the first auditions for this year’s Lower School Production, which we all anticipate with excitement. It is always such an interesting and entertaining show, exploring relevant themes in a modern way which really captures the girls’ imagination. More on this to come in future weeks!
Entries for the Inter-House Creative Arts Competition were outstanding this year. Visitors to the Exhibition and Celebration Evening on Wednesday were hugely impressed with the girls’ pieces. Congratulations to all the entrants and, in particular, to those who won prizes.
On Thursday, the Fifth Form received their IGCSE Maths results and we are very proud of all the girls.
Last night, the audience enjoyed a wonderful Rock and Pop event with performances from both girls who are known talented performers and also from those whose musical ability was something of a surprise. This event is so special – its relaxed atmosphere seems to put all the performers at their ease and enable them to really shine. Well done to all those involved.
The Junior boarders very much enjoyed welcoming a lively bunch of Year 6’s who came for a boarding taster last weekend. They did an amazing job of hosting the visitors and activities included baking some delicious cookies and making a storage box for them and ‘air hopping’, where the girls displayed their phenomenal gymnastic and balance abilities. Our girls always enjoy showing off their home and what boarding life has to offer. Thank you, girls, for being such excellent hosts.
The majority of the sporting week continued despite the rain we have had. Swimmers, hockey players and gymnasts have been in action. Miss Fernandes reports that the U16 Hockey Squad comprising players in both Fourth and Fifth Form played really well at their Championship Finals Tournament on Tuesday. They won two of their pool matches and, with two narrow losses, were placed third in their pool. Unfortunately only the top two teams went through to the play-offs. All the girls should be very proud of themselves for making it to the Finals as well as for their performance on the day. The teamwork, camaraderie and atmosphere was fantastic.
Our only sporting casualty was House Sport yesterday lunchtime when the heavens were well and truly open. At least this gave the girls a slight breather in the middle of this busy week. House Sport has been rescheduled for next week.
So much is going on at school – and yet many girls also manage to squeeze in commitments outside of school. A number of our girls are in productions at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this week and next. There may still be a few tickets left for ‘Trap’, on today and tomorrow, and ‘Arabian Nights’, on next week. I am sorry to be missing ‘Trap’ and am looking forward to seeing ‘Arabian Nights’ myself.
Next week, Lower School Production rehearsals start in earnest. For musicians and those, like me, who like to listen to them, the highlight of the week will be the Rotary Schools Concert at G Live on Wednesday. We have been involved with this concert for some years now and it provides a valuable opportunity for girls to savour the experience of performing on a professional stage.
The sun is out as I write. I hope we all have glimpse it again at some point over the weekend.
With best wishes