The Creative Arts Department has been very active over the last few weeks with both the Fifth and Sixth Form students visiting London art galleries before half-term as part of their GCSE and A-Level coursework, additionally a number of lucky artists travelled to Florence in the holidays for the annual art culture trip.
Miss Thorpe reports on the Tuscany trip which has been a school tradition since 1933, when a group of our young PF artists first journeyed to Tuscany on an art cultural trip. ‘Students were enriched by the beautiful architecture of several Tuscan cities including The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and Camp di Sienna. Over the five days there was lots of walking as well as climbing these historic sites including The Leaning Tower of Pisa and The Duomo where the challenge was to climb more than 500 steps to the top of the dome. The prize was magnificent views of the city of Florence surrounded by the Tuscan hills. This experience was even more special as the view was bathed in the famous Tuscan light.
Visits to The Uffizi and Accademia museums in Florence gave students a unique insight into art history, some of the highlights included Michaelangelo’s David and Boticelli’s Birth of Venus amongst other famed masterpieces. One painting of particular interest included a recently restored work by Leonardo Di Vinci which he had left incomplete. It showed his working process and even had his finger prints still visible on the work.
During the trip, students were encouraged to produce drawings in their sketchbooks as well as photograph the many sites and document their experiences. A major highlight for the students was the excellent Italian cuisine and in particular the delicious Gelato.
A guided tour of Sienna gave further insights into Italian history and culture and a perfect end to the trip was the carnival at San Gimignano where confetti was thrown around the streets in the family party atmosphere. Special thanks goes to the Art department for their hard work and valued insights. They very much enjoyed the company of the young students.’
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.
On Tuesday evening the Mathematics Department held its Spring Term Master Class on 3D Escher tessellations. The girls enjoyed a presentation on the famous “Sky and Water” illusion before making the first two platonic solids – the tetrahedron and cube – covered with tessellating seals and seahorses that went over edges. At the end of the session the girls were presented with Escher inspired flexagons from the Singapore Museum of Art and Technology.
DofE Gold – Kayaking training
Over half-term, some of the upper school girls took to the freezing Thames to hone their kayaking skills as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition training. Despite the cold, wet weather and lack of hot water at their campsite in Marlow, the kayakers spent a couple of days on the river determinedly practising, including some capsizing drills into the icy cold water. Well done girls, you’ll be ready for sunny Croatia in October!
First Form trip to Nursing Home
At the beginning of the week, eleven First Formers took a trip along Priorsfield Road to the Robertson Nursing Home. The local residents adored talking with the girls and were thrilled when they performed some musical pieces. Mrs Baines was very proud of the girls who were all excellent ambassadors for the school.
Third and Fourth Form Huxley Squad meeting
The Third and Fourth Form Huxley Squad girls met this week and were encouraged to develop thinking skills and team work. They were given the challenge to stack 10 plastic cups without touching them with any part of their body. Supplied with 4 lengths of string and an elastic band they had to work as a team to build a tower.