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01/03/19 - Fair Trade Fortnight

Internet Crazes – The MOMO Challenge

The digital world is constantly evolving at such an incredible speed that it is often hard to stay abreast of all the new apps and games that are accessible to our children. It is therefore imperative that we, as parents, and us, as educators, keep the lines of communication with our girls as open as possible so that we can stay aware of the potential risks they might be exposed to online. The NSPCC publishes helpful advice and guidance for parents on discussing online safety with children, as well as promoting Net Aware, the UK’s parental guide to social media and gaming apps.

Among the most common signs to watch out for include children who:

  • become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online;
  • are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media;
  • are switching screens on their device when approached;
  • are withdrawn or angry after using the internet and/or sending messages; and
  • have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices.

Please take some time out of your day to read this article on safeguarding essentials. 

And now for some good, light-hearted news…


Quiz Night

Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising such a fun quiz night last night. The professional quiz master, Paul, based the questions loosely around the Oscars and got the teams thinking about films, mashups, celebrities, movie posters, alongside some random games. It was all great fun and even more enjoyable because the staff team won. Well, just… there was only half a point in it.

Thank you all for coming and for the wonderful donations to the champagne raffle.


Sport Report

Netball

We had several netball matches lined up this week against Queen’s College, Holland Park School, and Kensington Aldridge Academy.

Against Queen’s College… Sadly, the U16B team narrowly lost 8-6, with Vicky F taking player of the match. The U13 team lost 11-6, with Izzy L taking player of the match.

The Y10 netball team resoundingly won 8-1 against Kensington Aldridge Academy! Well done, girls.

The Y9 team narrowly lost 7-5 against Holland Park School.

These final matches rounded off the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea championships! Here are the final standings:

Team Standing
U12A 4th of out 7 teams
U12/U13 All Stars 5th out of 7
U13 2nd out of 6
U14 4th out of 6
U15 5th out of 8
U16A CHAMPIONS out of 8
U16B 4th out of 8

Well done girls!

Hockey

Sadly, the U12 team lost 3-0 against Francis Holland, with Issy M taking player of the match. Bella C scored an excellent goal, though!

Rowing

The girls enjoyed some wonderfully scenic scenes in rowing this week.

Dodgeball

The sixth-formers led their own dodgeball sessions for Sports Leaders. 


Y9 Geography Projects

Over the past few weeks, year 9 have been carrying out independent research on Africa. The resultant projects have been very impressive. Ecosystems, wildlife, culture, art, food, tourism, individual country projects on Tunisia and Kenya, physical features such as Victoria Falls, and population distribution (displayed on a cake!). The topics were investigated and presented back to the class. The range of creativity has been amazing! Congratulations to year 9 on their wonderful work.


German Exchange Trip

Grüße aus Lörrach!

The German GCSE pupils are currently enjoying an exchange trip in Lörrach in Germany. They have been attending lessons and taking part in cultural activities with their exchange partners from the Hebel Gymnasium in Lörrach. Yesterday, we started the day with a German breakfast hosted by the German pupils! Lessons quickly got underway after that: first up was maths where they attempted Pythagoras in German, then German where they looked at the similarities between English, German, and Dutch. This was followed by a science lesson, where Judy was brave enough to take part in a demonstration!

At lunchtime, we went to a local restaurant where the girls tried Gulash and spoke German through their break. In the afternoon, we were invited to the town hall where the education representative welcomed us to Lörrach and gave the girls a souvenir and some kuchen! The town hall has a roof terrace, so we were able to look out over the town. We are very close to the Swiss border and could see Basel as well as the Milka factory! In the afternoon, the girls completed a Stadtrallye and worked in groups with the German pupils to find out information about Lörrach. They rounded off this exciting day with a trip to the bowling alley.

Today, the girls have been studying German, Latin, ancient Greek, and science. They went home with their exchange partners for lunch, to meet their families and make videos that they will present tonight. Tomorrow, they will spend another evening in Basel and attend a fancy dress celebration in the evening!

What an exciting few days.


Faith in Action

Cardinal Hume

On February 28th, a group of girls visited the Cardinal Hume Centre to celebrate the successful completion of the Centre’s £1m rebuild project. As part of this celebration, they heard some moving and inspiring testimonials from clients whose lives had been transformed by the Centre and from volunteers who work at the centre. An introduction and prayer was led by the Centre trustee, Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster, who blessed the new building.

The Centre has a brand new hub: an attractive, accessible, and welcoming space for all. The redesigned building aims to reflect the Benedictine ethos of welcome, sanctuary, and support, which was so important to the Centre’s founder, Cardinal Basil Hume, and underpins the vital work of the charity to this day.

Bishop Nicholas Hudson said: “I’m very proud to see the Cardinal Hume Centre make this statement – in bricks and mortar – of our belief in the importance of everyone whose life has been and is being turned around by the charity.”

It was a most uplifting and inspiring event and we look forward to being able to assist the charity in various fundraising events going forward.

Fair Trade Fortnight

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies, and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world, and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year, Fairtrade are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.

As a result, the Faith in Action pupils determined that they would bake chocolate cakes and cupcakes and sell these in the dining room on the 1st March for Fairtrade. They raised £140! Their efforts will continue next week, when they will host a “Hot Chocolate” morning on Shrove Tuesday to raise more awareness and money.

The FIA pupils wanted to get involved in Fairtrade as it is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. This is achieved by making trade fair and is in keeping with Pope Francis’ Laudato Si quest to help our “common home” and those living in it.

Fairtrade is unique. They work with businesses, consumers, and campaigners.  Farmers and workers have an equal say in everything. Empowerment is at the heart of what they do. The mission is to connect disadvantaged farmers and workers with consumers, promote fairer trading conditions, and empower farmers and workers to combat poverty, strengthen their position, and take control over their lives.

It was a really successful day of fundraising and raising awareness, and the pupils had great fun. Thank you to all those who were involved and supported this worthwhile endeavour!


Y9 History of Art Trip

Year 9 were joined by the sixth-form art historians and artists on a trip to the Tate Modern on Wednesday, to see the German Expressionism exhibition. The exhibition focused on Germany between the wars and the girls found it extremely interesting to see the difference in styles and colours across this period!

For more information on this trip, please visit Mrs Hunt’s Firefly blog.


Beauty Bank

Just a reminder that we are still collecting toiletries for our Beauty Bank! Please drop anything you can spare to school.