On Monday morning, the Upper School attended a talk by author and campaigner Laura Bates, who catalogues regular instances of sexism experienced by both genders for the ‘Everyday Sexism Project’. The talk, part of the girls’ PHSEE lesson, proved to be a powerful and insightful explanation of the importance of her campaign, while she challenged her audience to be aware of and reject low level and commonplace experiences that erode gender equality for both men and women.
In the penultimate week of the current series of Careers Talks, we welcomed Nick Stylianou, a senior Producer for Sky News. Nick’s talk was incredibly informative and interesting as he gave invaluable advice about entering the journalism profession. He encouraged those aspiring to be a journalist to be persistent, tenacious, and dedicated; while inspiring the girls with his fascinating and remarkable experiences covering stories of global interest such as Grenfell Tower and London terror attacks.
Last week the Chess Club completed round four of the UK Schools Chess Challenge. Laboratory One was a hive of activity as ten chess games took place simultaneously, most of which were very intense and closely fought. The leader is Third Former Emilia C who has twelve points after winning all four of her games, she had an amazing escape from a completely lost position with a brilliantly resourceful trick which resulted in a surprise checkmate. First Formers Louise and Maddie J, and Fourth Former Carlota are in joint second place with ten points after three wins and one loss each. There are three rounds still to go before we crown the new school champion. The trophy will be presented in Assembly on Friday 23 March. Girls who finish near the top of the standings will be invited to go forward to the interschool Megafinals in April/ May.
Mr Starnes reports ‘First and Second Form Climbing Club girls visited Surrey Sports Park last Friday, for indoor climbing and bouldering. They have been learning the necessary knots and safety skills in our weekly sessions, and today was a chance for them to put this into practice climbing at a new venue.’
Mrs Rusholme reports ‘Prior’s Field sent a team of our twelve top mathematicians to compete in the Guildford Schools Mathematics Competition held at Charterhouse. They completed four challenges – the area of tangrams, estimating the number of balls on various shapes, a mathematical puzzle relay race and finding the value of symbols in a grid. They worked together brilliantly as teams to correctly solve many of the puzzles.’
The First Form enjoyed their movie night social in the Sixth form loft on Monday evening. With their onesies and blankets, they snuggled down to watch Paddington and then headed downstairs to the Sixth Form common room to have their pizza and ice-cream. Acting Head of First Form, Mrs Baines, reports ‘A fun and relaxed evening was had by all.’
The First Formers continue their PHSEE trips to visit the residents of local Nursing Homes. This week eleven of the girls ventured out to talk to the residents of Eastbury Manor Nursing Homes in Compton.
Mr Taylor reports
‘On Monday, we welcomed former pupil Lucinda Parker-Roberts back to school to share her experiences of organ transplantation with all pupils in assembly. Lucinda underwent a lifesaving liver transplant in August 2017 and is recovering well. Her assembly, which detailed her illness from the age of 17 when she was a Prior’s Field Sixth Form pupil up to the present day, was both fascinating and thought provoking. The topic of organ transplantation was explored further in two seminars held during the third and fourth year PSHEE sessions. Mr Taylor, who has received two corneal transplants, also shared a little of his story about how transplantation restored his sight. It is hoped that the girls will follow up what they have heard with further discussion at home.’