24/02/19 - Looking Back at the First Half of Term
We can’t believe we are now halfway through the term and halfway through the academic year! Hopefully, you were all able to enjoy a restful half-term break. As we look forward to the second half of the spring term, we want to take a moment to look back at some of the things we’ve accomplished so far in 2019!
Our themed weeks have been an overwhelming success. We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff involved for curating such exciting weekly programmes of events. We kicked things off with The Country In Which We Live, followed by Around The World, followed by Wellbeing Week, and wrapped things up with Money Matters before half term. Some of the brilliant clubs the girls have enjoyed: Britpop workout, 17th century folk dancing, origami, tai chi, yoga, mindfulness colouring, and more.
Our final themed week before the break, Money Matters, saw the girls learning about budgeting and consumer rights, taking part in an entrepreneurial recycling challenge, playing Monopoly and Money Snap. The sixth form also held an assembly that helped us think about those living below the poverty line. In light of this informative session, we will be starting our own “Beauty Bank” from tomorrow, where we will be collecting toiletries, sanitary products, and more! All donations are welcome. These will then be delivered to a local Trussell Trust food bank.
It was a fun and insightful themed week and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this next half term.
One of the highlights of the music department’s year so far was definitely the exciting Young Voices performance at the O2. The 8,000-strong crowd of singers, led by renowned conductor David Lawrence, gave an impressive performance and ensured the girls left with an unforgettable musical experience to cherish forever.
The musical calendar wrapped up at the end of the half term with a delightful composition concert, where the GCSE and A-level pupils performed the compositions they have prepared for their coursework. It was wonderful listening to such a varied mix of music and hearing about the genres and composers who have inspired the girls – Baroque, jazz, musical theatre, Fauré, and Bach among them.
An annual highlight for the drama department is a visit from award-winning theatre practitioners Frantic Assembly. Their interactive and engaging two-hour workshop left the girls enthused about their practical work as they experimented with abstract movement!
Trips are always an essential cornerstone of the department’s extracurricular activities. Last week, Stephen Mallatratt’s enthralling adaptation of Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story The Woman in Black had More House girls on the edge of their seats. Directed by Robin Herford, the eerie atmosphere and controlled horror created a truly engaging and mesmerising experience for the audience. And Miss Jackson was absolutely delighted to receive two compliments from members of the public regarding the girls’ exemplary behaviour.
History of Art
The sixth-form art historians will definitely cherish their exciting trip to Paris from the first half of term. They thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of the most influential art of the Western world in the flesh!
Another extracurricular highlight for the girls is certainly their weekly Art Detectives club at St Mary’s in Hampstead. They led a group of year 5 girls and helped them produce 12 art projects in groups, which were then exhibited back to the sixth-formers. The More House girls gave detailed feedback to each group and chose a winning group, awarding certificates and edible prizes to all the girls with a special prize for the top two teams.
Mrs Hunt will soon share a detailed report on the term’s activities with St Mary’s – they are always extremely appreciative to the girls and have asked us to return next year!
And not to be forgotten: the history of art competition saw some impressive entries as girls responded to various artworks. Congratulations to Erin for her winning piece, a personal response to Damian Hirst on the theme of self-image!
As usual, it was a busy term for the sport department. They’ve played rowing fixtures, football fixtures, and netball fixtures. We are especially proud of the U16A netball team who were crowned champions of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s league! Their final match saw them defeat Queen’s Gate 9-5. And the U13/U14 football team did us proud in a scintillating match against Queen’s College that saw them win 6-0.
In the final week before half term, the U12 hockey team got through to the finals of their tournament and came 4th overall. Well done, girls! We also enjoyed some fun, costumed “Around The World” badminton tournaments. Team Canada won the tournament, Team Japan won the teamwork award, Team USA and the armed forces and Team Brazil won the fancy dress award.
In terms of individual sporting achievements, mention goes to Issy in year 7 for winning a silver medal with her acro trio at the Bristol Acro Competition out of 25 groups.
As the weather gets warmer and the days get sunnier, we’re looking forwards to more sport to come in the second half of term!
Our parent talks are always popular – Dick Moore’s presentation on adolescent mental health was particularly riveting during Wellbeing Week. He gave plenty of helpful information on how to assess children’s mental health.
Unfortunately, our social media talk had to be postponed as the speaker was ill. More details to come on the rescheduled date. However, it will definitely be as relevant then as ever – screen time and social media use is certainly on the agenda for government ministers. Mrs Leach and Mr Keeley received this interesting infographic from the UK Chief Medical Officers. We look forward to learning more.
Our next parent talk will take place on the 26th February at 6 PM, on the theme of sex and relationship education (SRE). We hope to see many of you there!
What a packed few weeks. Refreshed after our half-term break, we can’t wait to see everything the girls and staff get up to the rest of this spring term. See you tomorrow!