Mrs Heywood's Words Summer 1
It has been a week of welcoming new pupils, staff and pupils back to school - no doubt enhanced by the fantastic warm weather enjoyed by us all over the last couple of days.
We were delighted to hear that former pupil Amber Hill added a Commonwealth Games silver medal to the World Cup bronze she won last month as she continues to develop and stamp her mark on the sport of skeet shooting. Amazingly one of Amber’s peer group Ellie Rayer also celebrated success at the games. We were absolutely delighted to take the opportunity to welcome Ellie into our first assembly on Thursday morning. Ellie gave us a taste of what it is like to be part of the England Hockey and Team England 'down under' on the Gold Coast and in particular beating India convincingly for the bronze medal.
Year 10 historians were up at the crack of dawn this morning for their trip to Ypres. Such a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to experience the impact of World War 1. As always I am so grateful to staff who take on such trips, both during term time and holidays, to provide such rich educational experiences for all of our pupils.
Next week is LAMDA week as girls in both senior and junior school’s rehearse and then perform their individual pieces. The work that is undertaken via the LAMDA speech and drama awards has many benefits. It builds in verse and prose performance, increases knowledge of literature and develops communication skills - indeed skills for life! Our Y9 and Y10 athletes get their first run out of the season on Wednesday at Eton and we wish our Senior Tennis Squad good luck at Bisham Abbey on Wednesday in the Tennis National Championships Qualifiers.
On Thursday we are holding an Open Morning for prospective parents and their daughters. Guests will have the opportunity to see us at work, in lessons, teachers and pupils working together.
As the external exam season fast approaches we would especially like to wish the Year 11, 12 and 13 students the best of luck for their summer examination. Year 10 have been busily revising for their internal examinations and the younger pupils have their end of year exams just before half term. They are receiving advice and support from their subject teacher reinforced by work on studies skills during PSHE session to enable them to give of their best.
So a busy and rewarding start to term, have a lovely weekend.