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Ms Hagerty
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Parent Survey

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Year 11 Transition to Sixth Form
This week Year 11 students commenced their transition to become Sixth Formers by ascending the staircase to the fourth floor and finding themselves a new home in the common room! Lessons began in each A-Level subject as well as sessions introducing the new style of learning they can expect in their A-Levels, academic research, Core RS, Core PE and the EPQ.

The girls are also working towards the 'Beyond Project' which looks beyond the curriculum and helps them build the skills needed for effective post-16 learners whilst also developing their CV's. In this project the girls will work in groups to pitch for a hypothetical commission for either Arts Council England or the Department for Education. The teams are all developing some really fantastic and creative ideas, including the development of a film about the Women's Liberation Movement, and a festival celebrating female-owned brands in and around Knightsbridge. As part of this project the girls visited the Rose Garden in Hyde Park and the Saatchi Gallery. We look forward to seeing what they come up with next week at their pitch presentations!
Year 11 transition lesson to A-Level History of Art.

Jemima (11A) explores materials, techniques and processes of figurative sculpture.
Duke of Edinburgh
Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh girls had a glorious day in the London sun on Tuesday, training for the DofE Bronze expedition, the students can't wait for their assessment expedition!

Charlotte (11B) said: On Tuesday 8th of June Year 11 went to Richmond park where we were able to hone our orienteering skills and map reading skills. We were also able to enjoy the weather and the view as we walked through Richmond.
Year 12 Art
Nadia (L6th) has chosen to look at Human Distortion as her theme for her new Art journal.  This has led her to research the horrifying Chinese practise of foot binding - luckily outlawed some time ago now!  Nadia has started her idea development by binding a foot and producing a detailed observational drawing to scale - with striking results!
Deutsch für Anfänger!
This week saw Year 13 student, Josie, begin her ab initio German sessions, learning how to pronounce key German phonetic sounds, the alphabet, how to greet someone in German, key verbs in the present tense, introduce herself and count up to 19 - all in 60 minutes!
 
This all serves as excellent preparation for her future language studies at university next year and will give her some preliminary knowledge before she embarks on the next stage of her academic career.
 
Wunderbar Josie und viel Glück!
History of Art
Exploring materials and techniques in modernist sculpture... considering the decisions artists continuously make... here Emilie (U6th) works off post exam steam in History of Art.
Clubs
Art Club

The 7 and 8 art club have finally finished their mural to celebrate 50 years of More House on Pont Street. Well done girls!
Year 7 Art Piece
Year 7 have made this lovely collaborative clay tile art piece in celebration of More House being on Pont Street for 50 years. It was then framed and has now taken pride of place on the wall of Ms Hagerty's study.
Pupil of the Week

Each week teachers nominate pupils from KS3, KS4 and KS5 who have impressed them in lessons or extra-curricular activities.

This week Pupil of the Week has been awarded to the following pupils;

KS3 - Lucrezia (9B) - received one nomination.
  • Tremendous effort and progress seen in both French and Spanish with a high level of grammatical accuracy in spoken and written work.
KS4 – Rana (10B) - received one nomination.
  • For going above and beyond in English and for making fantastic progress!
KS5 - Emma (11B) - received one nomination.
  • An outstanding start to sixth form!
Well done!
50th Anniversary Celebration
More House School marks fifty years on Pont Street!

2021 marks fifty years since More House School moved to its home on Pont Street. To celebrate this landmark, the Music department has organised a 50th Anniversary Concert to celebrate the best of More House School, both past and present. The concert will form the centrepiece of a day of celebrations to coincide with our annual St Thomas More Day festival on Friday 18th June, in Battersea Park.

The professionally recorded concert will feature choral music from the KS3 choir, Junior Chamber Choir, Senior Chamber Choir, solo numbers from girls in the upper school, dance, art, and poetry readings. It will document the school’s history and include contributions from notable alumni!

Limited edition commemorative umbrella order form (all parents are to fill this out)
In order to celebrate this milestone, we will be ordering an umbrella for each student. £19.99 will be added to your school fees during the Autumn term. We would also like to offer parents the opportunity to order umbrellas. Please make sure you complete the google form below to secure your order.


Umbrella order form: https://forms.gle/FTs2s43htm9Zchcx9
Orders must be completed by noon on 14th June 2021.

Parent Invitation
The celebration would not be complete without our parents. We do hope that you will be able to attend and help us mark this occasion which will take place at Battersea Park on Friday 18th June. You are welcome to join us virtually for a whole school Mass, and then in person from 1.00pm at Battersea Park. You may wish to bring a picnic. Pimm’s will be served for parents.

Please note these dates for your diary...

Friday 18th June - St Thomas More Day at Battersea Park
ORDER OF EVENTS

9.00     Virtual Mass: A link will be sent out if parents wish to join us for this.
10.00   Students will leave school by coach to Battersea Park to play rounders.
12.30   Break for lunch (lunch will be provided for all students)
13.00   PARENTS ARRIVE: Rounders finals
13.30   Refreshments will be served for parents and additional guests
14.30   Screening of our Anniversary Concert on a big screen at Battersea Park!
16.00   Screening ends.
16.30   Event ends.

Arrangements for leaving the park:
Years 7, 8, & 9: Girls will be taken by coach back to school and should be picked up from there at 17.30
Years 10, 11 & Sixth Form: Girls will be permitted to leave the park at 16.30
More House 50th Anniversary Umbrella

Don't forget to fill in your umbrella order form. Click here to complete it.

Please note: All students will be recharged an umbrella in their Autumn term fees, but any additional orders need to be placed by noon on Monday 14th June.
Wellbeing

Covid Testing

Please can you remind your daughter to test herself twice a week at home. I have issued more home testing kits to pupils today, please let me know if you have any questions.

Action Breaks Silence Workshop

The self-defence workshop will take place on Monday morning for those pupils in Year 10 and above who have signed up to take part.

On Monday 14th June at 6pm Debi Stevens will be leading a workshop for parents to provide advice and guidance on the topic of sexual harassment. She will also provide strategies to help empower your daughter and help her to deal with any situations she may encounter. There is a charge of £20 per family, please let me know if you would like to attend.

Co-Curricular Clubs next week
 
Please see the amended co-curricular timetable for next week. 
 
It is very important that all pupils involved in Duke of Edinburgh attend their training session on Monday at 3:30pm.     
 
There will be no Fencing on Wednesday.
 
There will be no Art Club or Rounders after school on Thursday due to Year 10 and 12 Parents' Evening. 
 
Before School
 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Running
(7:15 at More House)
 
Fitness
(7:30 at More House)
 
Orchestra
(7:45 in School Chapel)

 
Running
(7:15 at More House)
Rounders
(7:15 at More House)
 
After School
 
KS3
 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Year 7 Choir
 
 DofE
 
Rounders Y7 & 8
Battersea Park - Return to school at 5:10pm
 
 
Homework  Club

 
Carnegie Book Club
 
Year 7 & 8 Dance
 
Homework Club
 
Y7 – Mandala
 
 
Homework Club
 
 
KS4 & KS5
 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
 DofE
 
   
Year 10 Composition 
 
Senior Chamber Choir 4:15-5:30

 
 
 
A reminder that it is St Thomas More Day on Friday and all girls are expected to wear their House T-Shirt with their PE Kit. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Miss Brown
Senior Teacher Pupil and Staff Wellbeing
sbrown@morehousemail.org.uk
More Summer - A summer school in Art, Music and Drama
 
More House is delighted to be launching its own summer school in Art, Music and Drama for 10 to 13-year-old children from 26th to 30th July 2021.

What?
More Summer is a week long summer school inviting children aged 10 – 13 from More House and other local schools to take part in Art, Music and Drama workshops, making the most of the school’s central London location.

Specialist practitioners will facilitate creative and engaging workshops, and the whole enterprise will be run by More House sixth formers as a small business, teaching them valuable skills in areas such as finance, marketing, operations and administration.

How?
This year’s theme will be Street Art and Performance. Think Banksy meets the Edinburgh Fringe! Street art, street theatre and street music will be explored and all work produced will have that theme. While some workshops might take place inside, the majority will utilise the courtyard and other locations around More House’s central London position. Social distancing will be implemented in all workshops and external visits.

Why?
Our Summer school is a wonderful team building event that will give your daughters an opportunity to meet girls who are joining us in September, other More House pupils and children from local schools. The course is open to girls and boys of all abilities and levels of experience.


To Book:
Note: Numbers and group sizes will be limited, so please click on the button below to register interest for your child to attend More Summer.

You will then be contacted by the More House team with further details and costings for the week.
Register now for More Summer
Enrichment
Enrichment Events this term:

Years 11, 12,13 Artists and HoA A-Level pupils - V&A and Pottery Project - COVID ALLOWING - Thursday 24th June - All Day

Year 8 - Mufti Day - 30th June
The How To Academy

An Evening with Bill Clinton and James Patterson - In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes.

WHEN: Thursday, 10th June 2021, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the 42nd President of the United States and the World Record-breaking master storyteller as they share insights into their thrilling new collaboration. Tickets and Info

Tickets to this livestream event are available individually or for free when you take out a subscription to How To +, their new digital service.

Why Is Democracy Under Threat?
Friday 25th June 2021
Obama’s speechwriter Ben Rhodes joins former foreign secretary David Miliband to investigate the extent to which America sowed the seeds of discord we see across the world. Tickets & Info

Humankind: a Radical New History of Our Species
Sunday 4th July 2021 
Philippe Sands meets Rutger Bregman, one of the greatest young thinkers of our time, to hear a new story of human nature that places our capacity for kindness, not selfishness, at its heart. Tickets & Info

What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Tuesday 15th June 2021
‘With intelligence and care (as well as with a trove of sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes heart-opening true stories) Heather McGhee shows us what racism has cost all of us’ – Elizabeth Gilbert Tickets & Info
 
How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists Are Taking Over the Internet – From Theranos to Fyre Festival
Friday 18th June 2021
Vice journalist and producer of the Netflix Fyre documentary Gabrielle Bluestone joins us with an eye-opening look at the con artists of the digital age – and why we can’t stop falling for them. Tickets & Info 

 

The National Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Copernicus

Traverse the night sky and unravel the fascinating story of two of Poland's most famous figures.

Fourth Plinth Shortlist
Explore models of the final artworks shortlisted to go on the plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Monet Returns
See Monet’s Water-lilies back on display after its long-term loan to Tate Modern, alongside works by Cézanne, Bellows and Sorolla.

Popular Portraits
Luxurious velvets, silks and furs – take a tour of European portraiture, including Moroni's 'The Tailor' and Holbein's 'The Ambassadors'.

Van Dyck Portrait
Take a closer look at the elegant and formidable figure of 'Abbé Scaglia' – the folds and detail of his lavish black robes now visible after cleaning.

Gainsborough's Wood
'Cornard Wood' was last cleaned during World War Two. Appreciate the grand, sweeping sky of this traditional English landscape as it returns to its former glory.

Click here for more information.

Art History in Schools

Art History in Schools are delighted to confirm that their Art History and Art & Design Higher Education Conference will this year be online.

This event is aimed at A-Level History of Art students and also Art & Design students and will offer a range of talks from industry professionals including curators and historians. There will be History of Art representatives from leading UK universities, with Art Colleges offering guidance on a variety of topics including portfolio production.

Tickets for students can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ahis-online-zoom-art-history-art-design-higher-education-event-tickets-156574730233

Own Art - www.ownart.org.uk

Own Art is a national initiative that makes buying contemporary art and craft affordable by providing interest-free loans for the purchase of original work. Own Art reduces the financial barriers and perceptions of elitism that commonly exist within the art market, by making it easier and more affordable for people to purchase and enjoy original art and craft, regardless of their income and socio-economic background. Since 2004, the scheme has enabled more than 50,000 customers to get access to the art they love. Delivered through a network of over 300 galleries across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Own Art has so far supported £56 million of sales of contemporary art and craft to UK customers.

To find out more click here.
Jewish Book Week 2021

Upcoming Events...


ROBERT ALTER ON NABOKOV, MONDAY 14 JUNE, 7PM
The work, life and legacy of one of the most polarising novelists of all time is the subject of the latest book by leading literary and biblical scholar Robert Alter, Nabokov and the Real World: Between Appreciation and Defense. He joins Jewish Chronicle critic David Herman live from the US to discuss. 
BOOK THIS ONLINE EVENT

X TROOP, 12 JULY, 7PM
After Inglorious Basterds, now the full story of the real-life Jewish commandos who wreaked havoc against the Nazis is revealed by Leah Garrett in X Troop. As the shadow of the Third Reich falls across Europe, Churchill forms an audacious plan: a new unit of Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria who escaped to Britain just before the War. In conversation live from the US with historian Helen Fry. In partnership with the Association of Jewish Refugees.
REGISTER FOR THIS FREE ONLINE EVENT
Careers & Work Experience Opportunities
On Wednesday 16th June Young Professionals will be hosting an Insight to Law event alongside Charles Russell Speechlys. 
 
Charles Russell Speechlys are a top 30 law firm headquartered in London with offices across the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and revenues of £120 million. Over the course of the evening we will provide students with a really great insight into how a law firm works and makes money, the different departments they have, and an opportunity to talk with lots of different solicitors.
 
Insight to Law: 
Wednesday 16th June, 5pm - 6pm 
An insight to law, their different departments and areas of work (including non law routes) 
Breakout rooms with solicitors in talking about different areas of law
Client relationships and winning new business
Workshops & interactive sessions
Summer Work Experience opportunities!
Open to students in Y10 / S3, Y11 / S4, Y12 / S5, Y13 / S6 & Y14
 
Application Link: 
https://www.research.net/r/CRS-Law
 
They have limited spaces so book soon to secure your place.
If you have any queries relating to careers, please get in touch with our Careers Coordinator, Mr Benskin: wbenskin@morehousemail.org.uk.
Schools Climate Summit
Upcoming Dates

14th June | Year 10, 11 & Sixth Form Self Defence (P1 - 4)

15th June | Open Morning for Prospective Families


17th June | Year 11 Book Return & Strawberries & Cream (10.00am)

17th June | Year 10 & Lower Sixth Parents' Evening via SchoolCloud (from 4.30pm)

17th June | Year 9 Parent Social (5.30pm - 7.00pm)

18th June | St Thomas More Day

18th June | Upper Sixth Leavers Party (6.00pm)

21st - 25th June | Activities Week

21st - 25th June | Lower Sixth Work Experience

22nd June | Year 10 Parent Social (5.30pm - 7.00pm)

24th June | Year 7 Parent Social (5.30pm - 7.00pm)
Happy Birthday!

We would like to wish a happy birthday to the following pupils who celebrate their birthday this week...


Clara (7A)
Eya (U6th)
Mercedes (L6th)

Alice (7B)
Spirit & Truth
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