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Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 9

‘Children in Need’ was the theme of our Inter-House Bake Off Competition this year. The St Ignatius team of Alice, Kyra, Jessie, Kristen and Sara proudly display the two winning cakes which have since been raffled off for this worthwhile cause.  

Across Claires Court, pupils and staff took part in an Act of Remembrance this week to commemorate the service of those men and women who died in the two World Wars and in later conflicts. The School joined millions of others across the country who observed a two minute silence.

I was pleased to be invited to attend a special Centenary Remembrance Day Ceremony at Cliveden to remember the fifteen estate workers who were killed in the First World War along with 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel. Mr and Mrs Wilding opened the ceremony with a historical account of the National Trust Estate. Head Girl Sophie and G11 pupils Hannah, Kate and Emma spoke about the estate workers and the wonderful booklet they produced in conjunction with the National Trust, which told the stories of those who perished in the war from the Cliveden estate.

I enjoyed meeting Year 10 parents at the Parents Evening on Wednesday and to hear that their GCSE studies have got off to a great start.

Some excellent sport results from the weekend with our Under 14s defeating Bradfield, Maiden Erlegh and drawing with the Abbey School who went through as winners of the group at the County Netball Tournament. The Under 13s achieved a very credible 4th place at the ISA London West Netball Championships, just missing out on a place at the national finals.

National Anti-Bullying Week staff reminded pupils to speak up and perhaps most importantly to not be a bystander, because if you are a passive, you are complicit. On World Kindness Day on Tuesday,  Rachel Williams delivered an assembly on inspiring individuals to make kindness the norm, be kinder to each other and kinder to themselves.

We are looking forward to meeting the Year 11s and their parents at the Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 20 November.

Next week in the Year 9 Study Skills session, girls will be working in mixed groups looking at the human impact on the world. Through research, collaboration, problem solving and teamwork at the end of the two day period they will produce and present their findings to the rest of the groups.    

Mrs Copeman and Mrs Kirkup would like me to remind you that the annual Travelling Book Fair will be taking place next week in the Senior Girls Library. It will be open between 9am and 5.15pm on Wednesday 21 November and Thursday 22 November, including breaks and lunchtime. You will all receive a leaflet and an invitation to the Book Fair. Please come and support your school and earn some new books for your libraries.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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