The Assembly Hall roof was raised on Tuesday night by Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock, MBE, when she inspired us all to ‘Reach for the Stars’. In a speech completely aligned with Prior’s Field’s philosophy, Maggie encouraged the audience to dream big and aim high, sharing how this ethos had enabled her to achieve so much in her life. She recounted her childhood, and underlined that by being an opportunist, she has opened many doors for herself – even fulfilling childhood dreams of meeting the Clangers and Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols (Uhura)! In a lecture brimming with humour and humility, Maggie explained that many scientific careers are not attracting girls and offered a three pronged approach to plug that gap – role models, relevance and creating science wonder.
She certainly inspired the entire audience to find their inner scientist, and has earned her place in the Hall of Fame that she mentioned needs to recognise more female scientific idols. After the lecture, Maggie answered questions from the enthusiastic audience, and happily took part in a book signing, spending over an hour chatting with audience members.
It’s been a busy week in the Sixth Form area, dominated by the Upper Sixth sitting their mock exams – well done girls for working really hard.
Some of the Sixth form girls played important roles when they attended the Julia Huxley Lecture, interviewing Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock MBE, entertaining and hosting the VIPs, and ending the evening with a brilliant vote of thanks by Bea, our Head Girl.
Lower Sixth girls were given a talk by Inspiring Futures on their options after Prior’s Field – including University, Degree Apprenticeships, entering the world of work, GAP years. They also enjoyed the PIL (Partners in Learning) scheme, mentoring the girls in the younger years by sharing advice and best practice tips for learning success.
Half-term is an ideal opportunity to get those creative juices flowing and enter the Interhouse Art competition which closes on Monday 19 February. Last year’s entries were breath-taking in both quality and quantity for the Art, Textiles and Photographic categories, and we just can’t wait to see the creative endeavours that are produced this year!
The Careers Department are continuing their series of Careers Talks which take place on Mondays between 4.30 – 5.15pm.
At Home with a SKY News Reporter – Monday 26 February
Nick Stylianou is a senior Producer at Sky News, having previously worked at the BBC, ITV News and Channel 4 News. He currently specialises in defence and technology and spent most of 2017 chasing terror attacks and investigating the Grenfell Tower fire.
At Home with a Media Communications Expert – Monday 19 March
Fleur Holcroft will talk about her successful career in advertising and media, including her current role for the Apple Corp in the advertising team.
Rock and Pop
Tickets are still available for the annual Rock and Pop extravaganza taking place on Thursday 1 March. The music is provided by fifty Prior’s Field girls in various band combinations and is the culmination of all their hard work over the past few months. Visit Eventbrite for further information and tickets.
The Art of Illustration
Prior’s Field Art Technician Sophie Allsopp is also a talented book illustrator. She is displaying her work at Cranleigh Arts Centre in ‘The Art of Illustration’ exhibition, as part of the 2018 Cranleigh Literary Festival. The exhibition is on until Saturday 17 March and entry is free. More examples of Sophie’s work can be seen at www.sva-illustrator.co.uk.
AppArt’s annual Easter art exhibition and sculpture trail will open on Friday 30 March at Prior’s Field. After exhibiting here at Prior’s Field for a number of years, AppArt’s reputation continues to grow as a showcase for some of the finest artists in the South East. Roger Dellar will open AppArt on Friday 30 March (Good Friday) and will be one of many distinguished artists on view. Roger is a member of several national groups including the “Wapping Group” of which he was recently elected as President.
National artists exhibiting work include sculptor Philip Jackson, Rosa Sepple (President of Painters in Watercolour), Sorya French (President of the Society of Women Artists) and sculptor Marie Ackers. Local artists exhibiting are Christine Thompson, Christopher Cole, Susan Fisher and Ruth Bacmeister.