Views from our Study - Carol Service

Only one week of term left… What a brilliant first term we’ve had!

Christmas Fair

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Fair last weekend. Once school was over on Friday, the Parents’ Association and their team of merry helpers – parents, students, and staff – transformed the school into a mesmerising, festive wonderland. We are still counting the pennies but will update you on the final amount raised for Breast Cancer Research soon! Thank you again for your support, especially the many kind donations for the raffle and tombola.

Golfing Success

Congratulations to Julia K in year 11, who competed in the Junior European Golf Open Finals in Spain last week. She brilliantly conquered the first hurdle, making the cut after the initial three rounds. With only one round to catch up on a few shots, Julia threw herself into it, and although she didn’t make this round, she still impressively finished in the top ten!

Definitely something to be extremely proud of, especially given the very challenging course. Some of the greens absolutely defied physics – she would watch a putt veer left when it obviously should have gone right! A fantastic learning curve for her to be playing at this level. Well done!

Sport Report

The last week of the autumn term sporting calendar has been incredibly successful. On Monday, the under 13s played Queen’s College. Although we didn’t win the fixture, our students showed great promise – hopefully, we can win the next one!

On Wednesday, the under 12 and under 13 teams took on Francis Holland. We dominated the court in both games and won both matches! The U12s won 10-2 and the U13s won 15-2. Player of the match was Eleanor L in year 8 and Grace C in year 7.
Thursday saw the U12s and U14As return to Holland Park for the final autumn term fixtures in the RBKC league! The U12s (coached by Miss Gunner) played some outstanding netball and were very quick to turn the ball over from defence to attack. Our shooters were on point and the game finished with a 10-2 win. Player of the match was Issy L.
In the U14 game, we played some quick netball and had many shooting opportunities. Hana S and Niamh O-S made some wonderful interceptions in defence. These were converted by Millie, Amalia, and Yazzi, and the final score was 13-0. Player of the match was Yazzi.
Next week is Inter-House Netball week! Students will be participating in round-robin tournaments throughout their P.E. lessons. Last year Santiago were the winners – I wonder who will be champions this year?
We have had a really fantastic sporting year in 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students for their hard work in training and in the matches, and also for their participation in clubs. It’s difficult getting up early for a 7 AM session but so many of you do it on a weekly basis. Thank you also to the teaching staff who generously give up their mornings and evenings to help run the extra-curricular programme, and to all parents who have supported us along the way!
Let’s hope for even more sporting success in 2018!

Science Trips

On Friday 1st December, the science department took year 7 to the Centre of the Cell. The students were all very excited as we crossed a bridge over research labs into the pod. Inside the pod, we were introduced to lots of interactive games about cells and different diseases and spent about 30 minutes working out everything from why you get bad breath to what causes asthma. After leaving the pod, students asked some excellent questions such as “Do cells smell?” and “How can stem cells create new organs?”. We’re glad the trip provoked some interesting scientific thoughts!

Year 11 physicists took full advantage of an invitation to hear about the development of image sensors from the winners of the Queen Elizabeth Award for Engineering at an event called “Space, Surgery & Selfies”. During the panel discussion, our students were interested in the fact that many of the questions about technology require moral and ethical answers, rather than scientific ones. It was an excellent opportunity for our physicists to glimpse the world of cutting edge science and technology.

Senior Chamber Choir Cruse Carol Service

Back in May, the music department was approached by the local branch of Cruse Bereavement Care, the UK’s largest dedicated bereavement charity, with the idea that our Senior Chamber Choir take part in their inaugural Christmas Carol service. The event was being organised by Julie Hamilton, mother of former student Amber Hamilton, and they were very keen for the school to be a part of this event.

This set in motion several months of planning and organising, and the event expanded rapidly as more members of the committee brought their ideas forward. We eventually decided upon a selection of popular carols for the audience to participate in, as well as selections from the music that the Senior Chamber Choir have been preparing for the school Christmas Concert. We were joined by some guest artists, including professional soprano Milly Forrest. We were also lucky to be joined by special guests including actor David Robb (Downton Abbey), antiques expert Charlie Ross (Bargain Hunt), and radio presenter John Suchet.
The event itself was held at the beautiful St Peter’s Church in Notting Hill and was extremely well attended. We heard poems and readings from the celebrity guests, as well as personal stories and testimonies from current and former clients of the charity, which were extremely moving and inspiring.
The Senior Chamber Choir arrived in full strength and in fine voice, and their performance was greatly appreciated and very popular with the audience, many of whom came to us afterwards to say how wonderfully they sang. They certainly did the school proud!
I would like to extend my thanks to the girls in the choir and their parents for their hard work and support, and to Mr Keeley for playing the piano both for the girls and for the congregational carols, and also for his much-appreciated advice and support during the organisation of the event.

Next week is the last week of the autumn term. I hope to see you at our Christmas Concert on Wednesday 13th at 7:30 PM (Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road), the final event of 2017 at More House!