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This week has been very busy for everyone. In between the start of academic revision workshops, the UKMT maths challenge and the like, the girls have been treated to visiting speakers, a number of trips, the continued fun of the lower school MasterChef challenge and have played several sporting fixtures which have enjoyed much drier weather than in previous weeks!

One highlight of the week was the opening of our own school exhibition, ‘Prior’s Field at the Heart of Godalming’, at Godalming Museum. The exhibition opened on Tuesday and runs until Saturday 17 February. Our archivist, Joanne Halford, has designed the exhibition, which incorporates many items which have never before been on public display, and explores both the history of the school and its association with the town of Godalming. I joined friends of Prior’s Field, old and new, at a Private View last evening. Our guest of honour was Mrs Lizanne Milton. It is thanks to the kind gift from Mrs Milton and her husband, Robert, former Prior’s Field parents, that this exhibition and the entire archive project have been possible. I do encourage you all to go along to see what is a truly fascinating display.

I must also mention our wonderful debaters. This week alone, we have had teams involved in the Junior London Debating League (First and Second Form), the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition (Fifth Form) and the Senior Oxford Schools Debate (Lower Sixth). The girls are going from strength to strength and we are all incredibly proud of them. Credit must also go to the committed staff who are supporting the girls and travelling with them to every competition. I wish the ESU team the best of luck for the district final tonight at the Guildhall in Guildford.

You may have noticed in the news this week a report that schools are enabling children to access performing and creative arts far less. It is heartening to see at Prior’s Field girls preparing for House Art, House Drama and House Music. I hope to see some of you at our House Music Final next Wednesday evening. Do encourage your daughter to produce an entry for the House Art competition over half term; and I would remind girls in the First, Second and Third Forms that entries for the 500 Words Story competition must be submitted by Friday 9 February.

So this week, as the Third Form reflect on their options for GCSE after their Parents’ Evening and Options Evening last night, we are starting to look forward beyond half term. If you have not yet bought your ticket to The Julia Huxley Lecture on Tuesday 20 February, there is still time to do so, via Eventbrite. We are very excited to be welcoming Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the BBC’s ‘Face of Space’, and a local celebrity as she lives in Guildford, to speak to us about her passion for science and, in particular, astronomy. Dr Aderin-Pocock’s journey – via the Clangers, Star Trek and the Ministry of Defence – has been a fascinating one, and her talk promises to be enthralling. She has huge experience of presenting both to children and adults, so please do bring all your family and friends.

Finally, thank you to all the girls coming in for our spring Open Day tomorrow morning. We are very much looking forward to welcoming parents of girls who we hope will be our chefs, debaters and scientists of the future.

Tracy Kirnig

Head