Headmistress's Views - 11th June 2017
Before I embark on this week’s Views, I would like to express the school’s sorrow at the recent terrorist attack in London Bridge. We share in the grief of the community and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this distressing event.
Despite this, we will not allow ourselves to give in to the fear and hate purposed by such acts of terrorism. We will rally together as a community - and what an incredible week we’ve had as a community at More House! From art, to raising over £3,600 for Cancer Research UK, to the general election, and so much more. Here is this week’s exciting report:
On Tuesday, Year 10 girls had an interactive question and answer session with married couples from EXPLORE, a Diocesan outreach organisation that offers young people the opportunity to explore the realities of marriage and lasting relationships in our society today.
Two married couples - Caroline & David and Adam & Cristina - gave witness to their own experiences of marriage as couples and as individuals.
Like all other guests at More House, they were immediately impressed by the More House girls’ manners and engagement. They spoke very honestly and with good humour, especially in answer to questions such as 'Did having children change your marriage?', 'What is the biggest sacrifice that you had to make in your marriage?' and 'Did you consider sex before marriage?'
The feedback from the girls was extremely positive and we are glad that they have had this opportunity to consider the joys, challenges, and realities of married life in the twenty-first century.
Well done to Eleanor in Year 7, who continues to excel in the fencing circuit. Recently, she has been competing in Croatia and came first in the U12 competition and third in the U13 event. This is great preparation for the England Youth Championships, which are coming up very soon! Good luck, Eleanor.
It was lovely welcoming all of the new Year 7s starting this September to More House for their induction morning. Our Peer Mentors did an excellent job making them feel welcome and the current Year 7s were very excited to show them around and chat over lunch.
Annual Art Exhibition
On Wednesday evening, the school turned into an Art Gallery. It was wonderful seeing the girls’ amazing creativity showcased at this event - the breadth of talents and ideas never ceases to amaze me.
This year, we welcomed back Jess Ryan-Ndegwa (leaver 2009) who herself was awarded many art prizes during her time at More House. She continues to excel in the art world - after recently completing her Foundation and degree at Kingston in product design, she set up her own business Design for Disability. The aim of the company is to design products specifically to aid people with impairments and disabilities.
It was a fantastic evening celebrating the success of a More House alumna and celebrating the successes of our current girls across all year groups. The fruits of their hard work were beautifully displayed during the exhibition. Special congratulations ought to be given to the fantastic art department, Miss Beatty, Miss Rigby, and Miss Devine, without whose hard work this fantastic annual event would not be possible.
Race for Life
While some of us were leisurely strolling around the Art Exhibition, over 90 girls, mums, aunts, friends, and staff were completing the 5K Race for Life in Battersea Park.
They have currently raised over £3,600, which is an incredible amount for such a worthy cause. We hope our contributions to the incredibly charity Cancer Research UK help them beat cancer sooner! Thank you to everyone who has donated already and please keep the donations coming for as long as possible.
Well done to everyone involved, especially Miss Minto who coordinated the event and put in a stupendous amount of work into it.
More House General Election
Mr Robertson organised an incredibly fun and instructive in-house General Election, with various girls acting as party candidates. They had to run successful campaigns for their party, giving speeches at hustings, putting up posters around the school, and also talking directly to members of the school constituency in order to win their vote!
Well done to all the girls involved, who put in an impressive amount of work. Here are the results:
Manaal Quazi for LABOUR won 35 votes
Olaya Orefelt-Gutierrez for the LIBERAL DEMOCRATS won 35 votes
Aoife Chapman for the CONSERVATIVES won 28 votes
Olivia Bogle for the GREEN PARTY won 23 votes
Honey Smith for the SNP won 12 votes
Next week is examination week and I would like to wish all the girls the best of luck - by this time next week, it will all be over!