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Friday 3rd December 2021

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More House Christmas Fayre tomorrow!
Year 13 English
Here Nadia (U6th) gives us her summary on the online visiting Lecture Upper Sixth English had from Darren Freeman-Jones at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on Twelfth Night:

Darren was incredibly welcoming and thorough with all his ideas. Hearing an outside perspective really assisted us with our understanding of the play, essay writing and planning. From the context of Shakespeare’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth I, to a deep dive into the nature of marriage relationships into the Twelfth Night, Darren covered all the key aspects we had confusion or concerns over. He introduced us to new terms and concepts such as ‘bearbaiting’ and ‘comic antagonist’. Due to COVID restrictions and time constraints we only wish it was longer and we had more time to discuss and debate. However, we really appreciated that we could directly ask him specific questions on the text and he could give us a well rounded, detailed answer, whilst including us too.

Thank you so much Darren for chatting with us, and Ms Fischer for setting up the meeting.
A-Level Psychology City Curriculum Day
In the morning girls visited The Freud Museum in Hampstead. This was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna Freud, a pioneering child psychoanalyst. Girls encountered the ideas of Freud which have been so influential in the development of modern psychology.

In the afternoon girls attended the On Happiness exhibition at Wellcome Trust Museum, including Joy and Tranquillity, which celebrate the complexity of positive emotions.

“From serenity to ecstasy, contentment to awe, happiness encompasses many different positive feelings. What it means to be happy has preoccupied thinkers throughout history, and each of us has our own ways of feeling good”  

Joy

In the Joy exhibition girls were able to explore the diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body.
 
“Joy is uplifting. It can be intense but brief, and leaves you wanting more. Some find joy while losing themselves on the dance floor, others while catching up with friends over a meal. The exhibition shared a diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body.  Joy can bring catharsis, build resilience and bring people together. “
 
The exhibition included new commissions by Harold Offeh, Amalia Pica and David Shrigley, plus artworks and historical objects dating back to the 15th century, guide you along some of the many paths to joy that different communities have sought, even in difficult times.
 
Tranquility

Girls were able to take a deeper look at feelings of peace and balance.
 
“Tranquillity brings peace and balance, helping you to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings. There may be a wonderful simplicity to experiencing such calm feelings, but they are complex and difficult to attain.

This exhibition included new commissions that take a deeper look, such as Jasleen Kaur’s playful critique of the wellness industry and Chrystel Lebas’s sublime multisensory tribute to forests and how they affect our health.

Historical artefacts, from a régime du corps medieval wellbeing manual to the notebooks that Octavia E Butler used as self-encouragement, show you some of the different ways that individuals pursue moments of tranquillity.” 
House Fashion Show

The House competition this week centred on how to tackle fast fashion by creating dresses using only sustainable products. Each House used resources such as clay, bags for life and leaves. It was fantastic to see such creative ideas around sustainable fashion. Congratulations to Walsingham for winning!

Mercedes (U6th)
Walsingham House Captain

Book Club!
A reminder for pupils - if you enjoy reading and would like to be part of a Book Club, please join us on the following days;

Year 7 & 8: Tuesday 7th December 2021 in L27 at 1.40pm
You will need to have read: Sisters of the Lost Marsh by Lucy Strange
 
Year 9 & 10: Monday 6th December 2021 in L27 at 1.40pm
You will need to have read: Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle
 
Years 11 & 6th Form: Tuesday 14th December 2021 in L27 at 1.40pm.
You will need to have read: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Sports News!
The Year 7 netball team won 10-1 against St Thomas More Catholic school. This was such a big win for the girls and such an amazing, positive atmosphere from both teams. Aaliyah and Ivy both scored 5 each with help of their team. Aaliyah was also picked as player of the match!

Team players: Ayah (7A), Ivy (7B), Aaliyah (7A), Mimi (7B), Nancy (7B), Naza (7A), Isabel (7A) and Zahra (7A).
Amelia (8A) ran a fantastic Park Run on Saturday.  She managed 3rd place for her age group and finished in an impressive 25 minutes 10 Seconds. Well done Amelia - a fantastic time and a great result!
Congratulations!
Congratulations go to Steele (11A) who took part in a composers competition at Guildhall and received a runners up prize!

You can listen to Steele's composition on the Music department's Instagram here.
Talk from Isabella O'Higgins next Thursday
Faith in Action Christmas Appeal
This year FIA are collecting essential items for those less fortunate than ourselves and those in need this Christmas. We are hoping to collect as many items as possible for two homeless charities- The Glass Door Homeless Shelter and The Passage. We are also hoping to collect some essential items for Afghan refugee children and their families who are attending a primary school nearby. 

FIA would be so grateful if your daughter could bring in any of the following items for our appeal. The deadline for these items is Friday 10th December. Please ask your daughter to give these items to their form tutor.

The list of essential items is as follows:
  • Warm clothes (scarfs, hats, gloves)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Colouring books
  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Toiletries
  • Sanitary products 
  • Deodorant
  • Canned foods and goods
  • Toys
  • Toilet roll
  • Supermarket vouchers/Food vouchers
  • Bathing essentials such as shampoo
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
If you have any questions please speak to Miss Henvey.

We really appreciate your help and support!
 
Many thanks,
The FIA team and Miss Henvey
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 - Chrissy (7B) - for remarkable improvement in her drama performance skills and outstanding work in AP2

KS4 - Becca (10B) - for enormous effort and progress in English, beautiful writing.

KS5 - Skye (L6th) - for being very resilient in Geography and she has made some astute contributions in classroom discussions.


Well done!
Wellbeing
If you have any queries relating to wellbeing, please get in touch with Miss Henvey (Senior Teacher of PSHE & Pastoral Care): ohenvey@morehousemail.org.uk.
Online Safety
Careers & Work Experience Opportunities
Last chance to apply for Film Academy Specialist courses - Deadline: 6th December

There is a fantastic opportunity available for students who are aged 16 to 19 years old.
 
BFI Film Academy Specialist courses are now accepting applications for our five residential programmes.

Courses last between 1 and 2 weeks and are delivered over the February half term and the Easter holidays. These Specialist courses are designed to develop participants’ skills in areas such as Stop Motion Animation, Art Department, Documentary, VFX and Craft Skills. Students will get masterclasses, workshops and technical skills lessons, all delivered by established industry professionals.
 
Everyone that completes the course will become part of their alumni network and get access to fantastic opportunities including a BAFTA mentoring scheme and paid traineeships.
 
A generous bursary scheme is available and they welcome students from all backgrounds. They are also happy to discuss any access needs.
 
The application deadline is 6 December 2021 (with the exception of our Craft Skills course – deadline 16 January 2022).
 
Find out more here.

Law  | Politics | International Development | Environmentalism 

Do you dream of standing up in the Supreme Court and arguing a human rights case? Or negotiating an international treaty with UN representatives? 

Next summer you can do all this and more on one of InvestIN's flagship summer experiences in London: 

Cross-examine witnesses in a murder trial
Network with politicians in Westminster
Advocate a human rights case in the Supreme Court
Work with corporate lawyers in a City skyscraper
Participate in a 'Model UN' with UN and Foreign Office staff
Negotiate climate change policies in a simulated COP26 

Places are highly limited. Students can use code SUMMER15 by 31st December for 15% off.

VIEW ALL: AGES 12-14   |   VIEW ALL: AGES 15-18
If you have any queries relating to careers, please get in touch with our Careers Coordinator, Mr Benskin: wbenskin@morehousemail.org.uk.
Enrichment
The Royal Opera House
If you're interested in ballet and would like to watch some rehearsals or performances, please see the links below for some events at the Royal Opera House:

Rehearsals: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/insights-the-royal-ballet-in-rehearsal-details
 
The Nutcracker: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/the-nutcracker-by-peter-wright-dates
 
Romeo and Juliet: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/romeo-and-juliet-by-kenneth-macmillan-details
 
Workshop: https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/dance-with-the-royal-ballet-details
Institut Français
If you love cinema, and you’re 25 years old or under, the 25 and Under £5 Scheme at Ciné Lumière is for you!

What is it?

Whether you want to see the latest releases at Ciné Lumière or discover French ultimate classics, attend special Q&As or explore world cinema, the 25 and Under Scheme gives you discounted tickets of £5 (with no booking fees) to their whole cinema programme (upon availability*). It's free to join, all you have to do is to sign-up, so wait no further, chic and cheap cinema is at your fingertips!

Register here.
House Events this Term
9th December | Christmas Nativity
Upcoming Dates

6th December | Lower Sixth Parents' Evening via SchoolCloud (from 4.30pm)

7th December | ABRSM Music Exams

8th December | Christmas Lunch

14th December | Christmas Concert (7.00pm) Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street

15th December | End of Term (noon)

5th January | Spring Term Begins


Please note that due to the ever changing situation with regards to Covid-19, there may be a possibility that some events may not go ahead as planned - you will be notified of these changes by email.
Happy Birthday!

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

Jess (U6th)
Phoenix (U6th)
Daria (11B)
Spirit & Truth

Prayer

Lord, there are so many reasons to smile and be cheerful, so many God-given moments that are messengers of hope each day.
These opportunities for gratitude lie scattered through every day, seeding joy into greener pastures which revive the drooping spirit.
Protect me Lord from the darker valleys of pessimism and complaint, where energy and direction are lost in the shadow of self pity.
Keep me upbeat and hopeful, always.

St Thomas More,
Pray for us.

Reflection

Mark 13: 1-10

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus warned people to be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.

Reflection: We are reminded in the gospel that we should always be awake, for we never know when our Father will call us. We pray Lord, that in our busy lives, we always remain alert, aware and attentive to God’s presence and be prepared to listen to God and carry out God’s work.
Advent
Sunday 28th November marked the beginning of Advent so the first purple candle was lit.

Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare for the coming of Christ.
We are celebrating the Incarnation – God made flesh (the birth of Jesus Christ).
Advent is a time of hope and love and joy. It is about going out of our way to serve others which is what Jesus was –the Servant King (of the Jews).

Advent Preparation

During Advent we are reminded  that preparation should begin for Christmas. We pray that our preparation be a spiritual one and that our real joy be in celebrating the coming of Christ, our Saviour.

Lord, during Advent, we ask that You grant us the time and energy, the foresight and the wisdom to review how we each live our life – with our family, our friends, our community, our work and most importantly, with You, Our God.
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