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God, the Universe and Everything Else

There has been a distinctly astronomic feel to the first ten days of term!  The stratospheric start to the New Year saw the focus on Fifth Form mocks and aiming high as the girls gallantly entered a demanding exam schedule.  Results were out today, and many saw the benefit of their hard work over Christmas, come to fruition. We look forward to discussing the results in more detail at next week’s post exam interviews with the girls and with you at Fifth Form Parents Evening on Thursday.

Elsewhere the Second Form were in Heaven at their chocolate inspired social;  Fourth Form were tackling the taxing issue of ‘God and The Big Bang Theory’ at an event at Guildford Cathedral whilst we are eagerly anticipating next month’s Huxley Lecture which features the BBC’s Face of Space.

Chances to meet an inspiring space Scientist and Broadcaster like Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock only come around once in a Blue Moon and in anticipation of her appearance at the annual Huxley Lecture at Prior’s Field on 20 February, we have been looking at up moon for inspiration. Thrillingly, for the second time this month we are expecting a Full Moon on 31 January, it’s called a Blue Moon and is technically also a Super Moon. We hope there will be an equally super turn out at the event next month! Please invite friends, neighbours and extended family to join us tickets are on sale via https://pfhuxley.eventbrite.co.uk.

Looking forward into next week, our Sixth Form Chemists will visit Reading University to take part in a Spectroscopy Workshop and girls in the Upper School will have the opportunity to hear a fascinating talk giving an insight into the science of Criminology.

Tracy Kirnig

First Former Molly recently won both the Slalom and Giant Slalom ski events in the Artemis Anglo/Scottish Cup taking place in Crevacol, Italy. She skied very well in tough conditions, her hard work and summer training have really paid off.

Third Former Georgina represented Prior’s Field in a recent British Shooting Schools Pistol Championship for the SE, part of the Triathlon discipline in which she competes for Chiddingfold Pony Club.  This was her first Pistol competition, shooting from a distance of 10m at a Rifle Club in Leatherhead.  Georgina came 18th out of 35 competitors, with both boys and girls in the Intermediate class.

Fourth Former Tallulah received several Distinction accolades this week. She was awarded a Distinction in her Grade 6 LAMDA exam, her Grade 6 ballet exam and also her Intermediate Foundation ballet exam.

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”  Maya Angelou

The girls raised a staggering £3,082.91 for a variety of charitable causes last term by virtue of some enterprising and successful events and fundraisers. From Sixth Formers rowing the length of the Channel on a rowing machine in aid of our Tinga Tinga charity to a spooktacular Halloween bake sale collecting money for Disasters Emergency Committee for the Rohingya Refugees. Thank you to everyone who donated and took part in any of our charitable events.

Awarded by :

Miss Wallis, to Second Former Isabel, for organising and collecting for her form group’s “reverse advent calendar” for the Number Five Project.

Mrs Furey, to Fourth Formers Phoebe, Jemma, and Evelyn for achieving full marks (20/20) in three French vocab tests.

Mrs Kirnig, to Fourth Former Tallulah, for several wonderful co-curricular achievements.

It has been a week filled with fixtures for gymnastics, netball and hockey, and it has been especially busy for the U13 girls who have taken part in several matches this week.

Last week Saturday all age groups were involved with hockey matches against Highgate School. It was exciting to be playing new opponents and matches were highly competitive. Congratulations to U12 A&B, U13 A&B and U15XI teams who won their match.

On Tuesday, the U13 Gymnastics squad competed at the Surrey Floor and Vault competition at Putney High school. For many of them, it was their first competition having to perform a routine to music on the floor and execute two vaults. All girls performed well which resulted in the team finishing 12th out of 17 schools.

In other matches, the U13 A&B netball and hockey teams played really well and won all of their matches against Royal Russell and Sir William Perkins, respectively. The U13D netball team has also enjoyed a win against The Royal.

On Wednesday, the U13 A&B and U14 A&B netball teams took part in a triangular with St Cat’s and Guildford County School. Yet again, it was great to play against some different opposition with U14 A&B and U13B being successful against Guildford County.

 

Also this week the U15’s played hockey against Sir William Perkins and netball against Howard of Effingham. Linking well together and dominating possession of the ball earned them a win in both of these matches. The 2nd VII team had a very competitive fixture with Christ Hospital as play was end to end throughout the match. Well done to the team who came away with a very close 16-15 win.

Classics by Candlelight – 23 January 7-9pm

Our talented BTec girls will be mesmerising us with an evening of Classics by Candlelight, performing a diverse medley of pieces including Chanson Triste by Tchaikovsky, Life on Mars by Bowie and Oh Woman Oh Man by London Grammar.

We would like to welcome all the Priors Field Community to this wonderful evening, online sales have now closed however a number of tickets will be available to purchase on the door. Please email events@priorsfieldschool.com to reserve your tickets.

The Annual Julia Huxley Lecture – ‘Reach for the Stars’ on Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm

We are delighted that tickets are now available to purchase for our annual Julia Huxley Lecture, via Eventbrite here https://pfhuxley.eventbrite.co.uk.

Scientist and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE will share her passion for why women should pursue a career in science and explain how she has become known as the BBC’s ‘face of space’.

App Art

AppArt’s annual Easter art exhibition and sculpture trail will open on Friday 30 March at Prior’s Field. After exhibiting here at Prior’s Field for a number of years, AppArt’s reputation continues to grow as a showcase for some of the finest artists in the South East.  Roger Dellar will open AppArt  on Friday 30 March (Good Friday) and will be one of many distinguished artists on view. Roger is a member of several national groups including the “Wapping Group” of which he was recently elected as President.

National artists exhibiting work include sculptor Philip Jackson, Rosa Sepple (President of Painters in Watercolour), Sorya French (President of the Society of Women Artists) and sculptor Marie Ackers. Local artists exhibiting are Christine Thompson, Christopher Cole, Susan Fisher and Ruth Bacmeister.

For more information go to http://www.appartonline.co.uk or https://facebook.com/AppArtSurrey

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On Tuesday night, the Upper Sixth girls gave their Gold Duke of Edinburgh presentation. This was the final part of the expedition section of their Gold Award. They shared their experiences of last summer’s expedition to Albania, where they undertook a 4 day circular walk in the Balkan Mountains which included crossing the border into Montenegro. They impressed an enthralled audience with their adventures and gave advice on what, and what not, to eat while on expedition. There were also number of certificates awarded for Bronze, Silver and Gold Award completions, including ex Prior’s Field Sixth Former Sophie, who returned to collect not only her Gold Duke of Edinburgh brooch, but also her own certification as a qualified Duke of Edinburgh Assessor. We were pleased to welcome Cath Tanton, Operations Officer for the South East Region who helped give out the awards.

 

On Wednesday this week, Fourth Form attended the ‘God and the Big Bang’ event at Guildford Cathedral. They heard from scientists about their research into finding better treatments for heart attacks and cancer, understanding earthquakes, and investigating decision making in the brain. These led to some really fascinating philosophical discussions about free will, why God allows natural disasters, and the values that influence investment in different kinds of scientific research. Practical activities included collecting some of their own DNA. Each of the scientist spoke about how their science fits with their faith, with the common message being that faith and science can work together.

A wonderfully entertaining and enlightening exhibition exploring Prior’s Field’s archives and the schools relationship with Godalming will open on Tuesday 30 January and run until 17 February at Godalming Museum. The exhibition is called ‘At the Heart of Godalming’ and refers to the architect Charles Voysey’s motif for the school. Our new Archivist, Joanne Halford, has collated a huge number of fascinating records, memories and photographs from our 116 year history that will be on display at the Museum. Highlights include photographs that have never been seen as well as enchanting action shots from the Edwardian era, School Rules dating back to the 1950’s, Festival of Britain documents, early moving film footage, memorabilia from notable alumni as well as original paintings and artefacts.

Careers Talks

What do a Criminologist, a Biomedical Scientist, an Actress, a SKY News Reporter and a Media Communications Producer for Apple Europe all have in common? In a series of Talks spread across 5 weeks, they will visit Prior’s Field to speak to the girls about their careers and the path they took to success, and to answer any questions that they girls would like to ask.

This is an amazing opportunity for students to not only hear about possible career choices, but also to understand where their current school subjects can lead. The Talks are open to the entire school, except ‘At Home with a Criminologist’ which is open to Fourth Form and above.

To find out more and to book a place on one or more of the Talks, please visit FROG.

Second Form Social

The mouth-watering smell of chocolate drifted from the dining hall on Monday and Wednesday afternoons as the Second Former’s enjoyed a Chocolate Making workshop run by Sara Jane Chocolates. The girls filled chocolate moulds with a delicious caramel and were invited to make their own creations from an assortment of sweet treats.

LAMDA

Mrs Horton has reported fantastic LAMDA results with over half the girls awarded distinction in their exams and most others getting merits. Well done to all of you and a big thank you for the continued hard work of our wonderful LAMDA teachers Mrs Rogers and Mrs Venus.

Huxley Essay

A reminder that entry to the Huxley Essay Prize closes on 31st January. This year’s theme is ‘Independence’, which can be interpreted any way the girls wish so long as there is a connection to the theme. More information can be found  here.