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Friday 14th January 2022

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Christmas Concert
More House’s Christmas concert was yet another success for the Music department! As always, the students were outstanding. The music on offer ranged from contemporary numbers such as Jason Robert Brown’s Christmas Lullaby, to modern arrangements of classics such as Lully Lulay by Stopford. Although this time, the pandemic prevented our parent body from attending, the students sang their hearts out and presented us with fantastic music. Thank you to everyone who took part. We are really looking forward to working on the Easter repertoire for our Easter Choral Concert on 29th March at Holy Trinity.
Christmas Fayre - Thank you!
The Christmas Fayre raised a fantastic £3,300.00! A big thank you to the Parents' Association for organising the fayre.

The pupils' stalls raised a wonderful £580.50, which will be used to support The Brain Tumour Charity and Winston's Wish.

Thank you to all who attended and contributed towards the Christmas Fayre.
The Epiphany
Last week, Thursday 6th January, we celebrated the Epiphany at More House. The Epiphany is the great feast of the Church that celebrates the visit of the Wise Men to Bethlehem; seekers after truth who found it in Jesus, the Word made Flesh. 8B and 9A shared some of their stories about the galette des rois that the French eat at the Epiphany.
Vegan Tuesdays!
In our efforts to become more sustainable, this term we have introduced Vegan Tuesday to the menu. This Tuesday was the first of many where chef, Brahim treated us to a delicious butternut squash barley risotto and a tasty vegetable stir fry with rice noodles. Yummy as always!
Year 7 City Curriculum Day
On Wednesday the History Department took Year 7 to the Museum of London to explore how London became London. We looked at various themes which have been present throughout London’s history and the students got the opportunity to discuss which artefacts they felt best illustrated London’s rich story.  All in all, a great day out rounded off with some excellent and thoughtful presentations. 
Year 7 Drama
Today in Drama Year 7 explored the world of Macbeth using home-made drums to create atmosphere.
Themed Week: Film, Music, Stage & Literature
This week was Film, Music, Stage and Literature week and we kicked off with an assembly all about careers in the creative industries. We heard from a range of professionals working in the field and heard all about a typical day for them and what is exciting about their jobs. Thank you to our guests: 
  • Charles Anthony Sylvestri - Lyricist, Poet & Composer
  • Cath Shipton - Stage and Screen Actress (Casualty) 
  • Matt Stern - University Lecturer and Musical Director (University of Boston) 
  • Frankie Fearis - Casing Associate (Sophie Holland Casting)
  • Oran Doyle - Productions Manager & Creative Producer (Bill Kenwright Limited)
  • Mark Shields - Academic Researcher(University of Leeds) 
  • Callan Purcell - Swing (Hamilton) 
The students participated in a wide range of clubs to explore the different professions in  practice. 

KS3 students worked as make-up designers for the upcoming school production, The Addams Family, and made some beautiful renderings for the characters in the play. Meanwhile Year 10s and 12s tried their hand at lyric writing, inspired by Charles Anthony Sylvestri’s talk in assembly. 

On Wednesday afternoon the Year 8s headed off to see Back To The Future The Musical and the KS4 and KS5 students watched classic films at lunch time. At lunchtime on Friday the Year 7, 8 and 9 students looked at how the novel Wonder was adapted into a hit film.

Throughout the week we learned all about how crucial the creative industries are, not only for the sense of enjoyment they bring but as a means to developing empathy and solution-based thinking. As with a lot of industries, the pandemic has decimated the creative work forces and so Miss O’Callaghan presented a call to action in our assemblies:
Year 10 & 12 Lyrics
 
“Endless hues of grays and blues
A lone light shimmers dimly, lonely.”
 
‘The brick-like rocks crumble apart
So silent yet so loud’ 
 
‘Standing tall amongst the crowd,
Is the man who saves us all,
Tired, yet ready for another round, 
Yet he is the man who takes the fall.’ 
 
‘Alone in the crowd
With no comforting sound
A battle of me against the world
With nothing but my words.’
Book Club
If you enjoy reading and would like to join our Book Club, com and join us on the following days...

Years 7 & 8
Book: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
When: Monday 7th February at 1.40pm
Where: L27

Years 9 & 10
Book: Educating Rita by Willy Russell
When: Tuesday 8th February at 1.40pm
Where: L27

Year 11 & Sixth Form
Book: You'll be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
When: Wednesday 9th February at 1.40pm
Where: L27
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 - Ivy (7B) - for her kindness to others.

KS4 - Alexia (10A) - for contributions to lessons.

KS5 - Camille (L6th) - for being a wonderful ambassador for the school and her effort and resilience in class.


Well done!
Parent Access to Seneca Learning
What is Seneca all about?

Seneca is an online learning platform that uses the latest research into the science of learning to support students in learning, revising and embedding key content in a wide range of subjects.

As a school, we have a premium subscription to Seneca Learning, which gives our students access to the best that Seneca has to offer.

Two thirds of subjects at More House have made use of Seneca over the past month to set assignments and some students have clocked up to 20 hours of additional revision in this past month alone, with over 300 additional hours being logged across the school.

More House is currently leading the Seneca School League in the Borough.

Why Parent Access?

Parent Access is a new feature that has recently been launched by Seneca. It lets you see how long your daughter has spent on their different subjects, their average score and number of questions answered.
 
Here are some instructions for getting started:
  1. Click here to create a parent account (if you arrive at a login page, make sure to click on the 'Sign up' option)
  2. Click 'See your child's scores'
  3. Copy and share the unique link with your child (or you can use the e-mail or Whatsapp buttons)
  4. Ask them to open the link on their phone or laptop (whatever device they typically use Seneca with). They must log in using the Google option and not by entering their email address and password on the main login screen.
  5. Once they've successfully opened the link they'll see a linked confirmation 🔗
  6. Refresh the page on your parent account to review their progress. 
If you have any issues, you can find a video guide here. To add a second or third child tap the "add another child" button - and repeat steps 3-6 above.
 
Please note: Learning through Seneca is possible anytime anywhere and students do not need to have an assignment set by their teachers to use this fantastic online learning tool.

Please direct any further queries to Mr Robertson (trobertson@morehousemail.org.uk)
Our young people face many challenges, as adults we have to do all that we can to ensure their awareness of these challenges. Their safety at all times is paramount. As a school we work very hard to keep our students informed of the risks posed on them in society and the ways in which they can access support if required.
 
All the staff at More House have a level of safeguarding training informing them of their duty to spot signs and refer any concerns to the safeguarding team.
 
If any student has a concern at any time they can speak to any of the safeguarding team or fill in a concern form. Forms can be found in a folder on our Safeguarding Board. There are also outside agencies that they can call should they wish to speak to someone outside of school time.
 
Should you have any safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate in contacting our Safeguarding team Ms Phelps our Designated Safeguarding Lead (directorofpastoralcare@morehousemail.org.uk) or Mr Keeley our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (keeley.head@morehousemail.org.uk).
  
Upcoming safeguarding events:
E-Safety talks: 20th January
Police Talks on consent: 27th January
Invitation to Parents - A Guide to Internet and Social Media Safety

You are warmly invited to an E-Safety presentation on ‘A Guide to Internet and Social Media Safety’ on Thursday 20th January 2022, between 17:30 - 18:15pm. The presentation will be led by Mr Golabek (IT Support at More House), Alexia (U6th) (Student Digital Strategy Lead) and Ms Phelps (Deputy Head Pastoral). 
 
If you are interested in attending please use the following link to complete the Google Form confirming your attendance.
Careers & Work Experience Opportunities
The Weekly Surgery by PremedProjects

Every Monday evening at 7.30pm PremedProjects have work experience sessions running online for students aged 14 - 18 who might be considering careers in healthcare. The sessions have proved to be very popular with over 300 students from across the UK joining in each week. 

They take a different medical case each week and their doctors, with the help of the students attending, diagnose and treat the patient in the interactive 2 hour sessions.

Students are able to obtain a certificate every month for their participation in the sessions too. 

If you are interested in becoming a doctor or in any career in healthcare, PremedProjects are offering a 1 month free subscription - all you need to do is visit www.theweeklysurgery.com and use your school code: WEEKLY90 for your 1 month free for which you will also obtain your certificate to use in your university application. The code will be valid until 20th January 2022. 

It's usually £39 per month and you are free to cancel before your renewal.
Spring Term Work Experience Opportunities from InvestIN
Students can now register for our spring term career opportunities, which are available in 20+ cutting-edge industries. Students will learn directly from some of the UK's best professionals - doctors, forensic scientists, architects, MPs, filmmakers, engineers and more - through a series of live, interactive simulations which provide tailor-made, professional experience to ages 12-18.

Students can choose to attend either at UCL or live online from the comfort of their own homes. 
They expect to be fully-booked for our most popular programmes by 30th January.

VIEW ALL: AGES 12-14  |  VIEW ALL: AGES 15-18


All Spring Term Programmes

Medical Programmes
Medicine | Psychology | Veterinary Science | Dentistry | Forensic Science

STEM Programmes
Engineering | Architecture | Video Game Design | Software Engineering | Cyber Security

Business Programmes
Investment Banking | Entrepreneurship | Management Consultancy | Marketing

Creative Programmes
Fashion Design | Filmmaking | Journalism | Music Production | Sports Professional

Law & Politics Programmes
Law | Politics | International Development | Environmentalism


The Future of Careers Education

InvestIN have now launched the world's most innovative platform for career development in students aged 12-18. AmbitionX gives students access to hundreds of hours of live online career development sessions which are delivered on weekends and evenings. Each time a student attends a session they will receive coveted experience points to demonstrate their levels of professional development. 

How do students access it? All students receive 12 months' access to AmbitionX free-of-charge when they register for any of InvestIN's programmes!
If you have any queries relating to careers, please get in touch with our Careers Coordinator, Mr Benskin: wbenskin@morehousemail.org.uk.
Fencing Classes
Upcoming Dates

17th - 21st January | Sustainability Week

20th January | E-Safety Presentation - A Guide to Internet & Social Media Safety (more details in newsletter above)

24th January | Year 11 & Upper Sixth Parents' Evening via SchoolCloud (from 4.30pm)

24th January | Year 11 Sixth Form Taster Day

24th - 28th January | Careers Week

25th January | Year 9 City Curricular Day

26th January | MH Parents' Association Meeting (6.30pm)

27th January | Police Talks on Consent & Personal Safety

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...

Matilde (9A)
Eenes (11B)
Ana G (10A)
Spirit & Truth
Prayer

Lord,

As we begin the New Year, 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 with God. We pray especially for people in power –that they will use it correctly and for the good of all citizens and humanity.

St Thomas More,
Pray for us.
Reflection

Luke

THE Baptism of Jesus

The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.  John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire".   

When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened  and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Modern Reflection – Why was Jesus baptised? Perhaps Jesus wished to show that he identified himself with all those people (including ourselves) who want to live a decent life following the word of God. This means acknowledging our shortcomings and trying to put things right!

Peace Sunday - 16th January

The theme of the Pope’s message for World Peace Day is ‘Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace’.

Consider case studies of where dialogue has worked to build lasting peace.

Please see the Pax Christi ideas for young people on how to work on world peace:
https://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Justpeace-with-Peace-Sunday-poster.pdf  
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