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Friday 10th December 2021

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Christmas Fayre
Last Saturday 4th December we held our annual Christmas Fayre. We had several stalls where pupils sold handmade Christmas decorations, handmade bookmarks, pin the nose on the reindeer, hot chocolate, lots of cakes and sweet treats, guess the teacher from the baby photo and many more. We also had a photobooth, a bottle and gift tombola, a raffle and Christmas carols sung by the choir. Lots of fun and festive cheer was had by all!
Thank You
The More House Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone for their fantastic contribution to this year’s Christmas Fayre.

From the amazing raffle donations, to the generous Tombola and Bottle Tombola items, to the gift of valuable time.
All of which has enabled us to raise funds that will now benefit our daughters

Recent MHPA funding has gone towards
Music Room Mac Suite
Table Tennis Table
Choir Folders
Art Drying Rack
Art Heat Press
Science Fish Tank
Science Data Loggers
Drama Stage Blocks
Confirmation Gifts
RS Prayer Books
6th Form Leavers’ Gifts
and much more

We also fund the New Parents’ Welcome Drinks, the 6th Form Leavers’ Party and catering at the Annual Art Exhibition.

If anyone would like to join the MHPA organising committee, please contact your year group rep.
Next MHPA meeting January 26th. Everyone is very welcome.
Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumpers
On Wednesday we were all treated to a delicious Christmas lunch served by our chef, Brahim and his catering team. All money raised from us wearing our Christmas jumpers will go the The Cardinal Hume Centre.
Christmas Cards
This morning, Year 7 were busy making Christmas cards with their Year 12 buddies.
Year 7 Panto
Year 7 treated some staff and their Year 12 buddies this lunchtime to their short performances of Cinderella which they have been working on in their Drama lessons this week.
Year 8 City Curriculum Day
Year 8 headed off to The Horniman Museum on Monday. They spent the day learning about our natural planet, the animals that existed hundreds of years ago, as well as learning about the importance of conservation. We then went on to visit the Instrument Gallery which is one of the largest presentations of both Western classical instruments and world instrumentation. After our picnic lunch, we met a llama and an alpaca, as well as some friendly farm animals on the 'animal walk'!
Year 8 English
8A have employed their English skills to write and send messages of hope to recent Afghan refugees who will be spending Christmas in this country for the first time, many away from family and friends, uncertain of their futures.

Feel free to write your own by following this link:
Over the past two weeks our Year 11 and Sixth Form biologists have had the amazing opportunity to step into the role of a clinical bacteriologist at the renowned Royal Institute. They used research-grade laboratory equipment to investigate DNA samples from new outbreaks of bacterial disease through the use of gel electrophoresis. The biologists were able to get their hands on restriction enzyme digests to analyse the DNA as well as get involved in additional activities to reinforce learning about DNA, restriction enzymes and evolution.
Singing for Charity
Senior Chamber Choir Singing at The Royal Marsden and Childline's Merry Little Christmas Carol Concert 

What an amazing evening our Senior Chamber Choir had last night! First, singing for the ‘Celebrate a Life’ carol service a The Royal Marsden, where Ella Bea (11A) had the privilege of switching on the Christmas lights! We then sang for Childline’s, ‘A Merry Little Christmas’ carol service, which included celebrity readings, and featured the talented actor Natalie Dormer, who chatted to us afterwards, and expressed her gratitude, and praised our girls for their brilliance! We witnessed incredible performances by a number of choirs and soloists which included, Ruby Skilbeck, the 2021 BBC Young Chorister of the Year, and a stunning solo cello rendition of Handel’s ‘He shall feed his flock’ by Daniel Simojoki, the principal cellist for Hampshire County Youth Orchestra.

We are so proud of our Senior Chamber Choir for their poise and professionalism. They were the lead choir for the evening, and sang their solo item ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ just brilliantly. Possibly, the best performance yet! Yesim (L6th), sang Lauren Daigle’s ‘Light of the World’ which received huge praise.

Well done ladies. So proud.

We received this lovely email of thanks from The Royal Marsden:

On behalf of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, I would like to thank you for performing at Celebrate a Life 2021. We are very grateful for all your efforts in preparing for the evening. Your choir sung beautifully and was really appreciated by the audience, the Royal Marsden team and all those at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.  

As I am sure you are aware, the event went very well and the audience was able to celebrate the lives of those most special to them. We managed to raise £116,845 had 2956 stars named in memory of loved ones. 

We hope that you all enjoyed the experience and hope to work with you in 2022.

Thank you again. 

Best wishes,  

Freya and the RMCC events team

Our Little Library
During the last lockdown and the most recent one, I’ve spent over £100+ on books. So, in an attempt to save money and some trees, I began to trade/borrow books from my fellow classmate Aurora (8A), and soon, half my class wanted to join in. So, with the help of Aurora, we set up a ‘little library’! 
I took inspiration from a telephone box in Sigtuna (where I’m from) where you can borrow and return books for free. My class is really enjoying it and many people have donated books that they no longer read/enjoy. Our goal is to set places like this all around the school one book at a time!

Jona (8A)
A Little Bit of Merry Christmas
Christmas is here, it’s that time of year again
Singing carols all night long
Ring those bells out loud and clear
Ring those bells out loud and clear
Ring those bells 
Santa’s coming down the chimney tonight
Be good not bad or you’ll get some coal for your fireplace
Ring those bells out loud and clear
Ring those bells out loud and clear
Ring those bells
Step outside the door
See the falling snow
Like clouds come down to earth
Ring those bells out loud and clear
Ring those bells out loud and clear
Ring those bells
Look outside the window
See the fallen snow 
And the tracks Santa made in his sleigh
Do you believe
Do you believe
Do you believe in Santa Claus 

By Elizabeth (7B) 
Be More
Our first Be More speaker was Isabella O'Higgins, who gave an inspirational talk on Thursday about how to find your area interest and her ambitions to use her mental health training to go into international health politics and work with NGOs to support refugee families.

We'd like to thank Isabella for taking the time to give us a fascinating talk.
Faith in Action Appeal
Dear Parents, 
Thank you so much for your kind donations to our Faith in Action Christmas Appeal. We have received an amazing amount of essential items for our three charities and we are so very grateful for your help and support in this initiative.

We have decided to amend our appeal slightly as well as extending the deadline until Friday 21st January in the hope of collecting even more items or unwanted Christmas gifts. Our appeal is now a ‘Winter Appeal’ and we thank you in advance for any further donations. 
We hope you have a healthy and happy Christmas! 
The Faith in Action 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 - Matilda (8A) - for excellent contributions to the Christmas Fayre.

KS4 - Flora (10B) - for excellent English Language work.

KS5 - Victoria (U6th) - for her home made carrot cake for the Christmas Fayre.

Well done!

On Thursday 2nd December, Ms Hagerty and I visited Queen Mary’s University to hear a series of talks from the newly formed Well-Teen Network on adolescent mental health. Well-Teen Network is a group of researchers and academics who want to build a platform to combine research methods in science, through schools and via parents to help teenagers with their mental health.

Mental health problems can begin at childhood and can even go through adulthood. However, mental health in teenagers isn’t understood enough. Problems that adolescents face (such as neglect, death of a parent, abuse etc.) are called “Adverse Childhood Experiences”, known as ACES. Dealing with too many ACES in childhood can cause mental illnesses and even premature death.

One of the Professors from Oxford University talked about a programme of that he has launched called Attune, which is about how the creative arts can help children/teenagers struggling with their mental health. Creative arts such as: music, art, theatre and creative writing can help with depression as it empowers young people. There was a project being designed for the performing arts system to help the prevention of PTSD symptoms and also lower the symptoms of trauma as well.

This Attune project gave both Ms Hagerty and I an idea for Well-Being Week to have a creative arts programme in place for pupils to get involved in. I found this experience really fascinating and it gave me inspiration for ideas of how to help young people at school. 

Sarah (L6th)
Wellbeing Officer.

If you have any queries relating to wellbeing, please get in touch with Miss Henvey (Senior Teacher of PSHE & Pastoral Care):
Online Safety
Careers & Work Experience Opportunities
Investing in Futures

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a real sense of confusion and uncertainty for students, with question marks raised over the state of the employment market and future career prospects.

To counter this, the Early Careers team at HSBC have created a series of bite-sized virtual events and material all with the aim of developing your soft skills. This is designed to give confidence on employment prospects, mythbust common recruitment misconceptions and target key employability skills to give you an advantage when looking for a career.

Apprenticeship Opportunities
They are still live with various Foundational Apprenticeship opportunities within theirr Branch Network. To view and apply, visit UK Apprenticeships page. Applications are open until 12th of December.

A taste of success – Work experience
HSBC 2022 Work Experience placement opportunities will be going live week commencing 13th December and students will be able to view and apply via our Work Experience page.

Find Out More
The zoom webinars will all be free to attend and are safeguarding compliant. Please register in advance via the provided links. Spaces are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

December - 12 Days of Winter Work Skills
Soft skills play a critical role for creating and growing professional career. They help to build relationships and solve day to day situations within the world the work. For full exploration please see pdf attached:   
  • Day one Resilience - The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and toughness
  • Day two Communicating with impact - Conveying a message so the recipient believes and supports your message
  • Day three Networking - Building working relationships with others
  • Day four Adopting a Growth Mindset - Believing that you can improve skills over time
  • Day five Creativity - Using your imagination to come up with new ideas
  • Day six Feedback - Sharing constructive comments on performance / behaviours
  • Day seven Problem solving - Working out the solution to an issue
  • Day eight Leadership - Inspiring and encouraging others to achieve and progress
  • Day nine Emotional Intelligence - Understanding your emotions to manage stress and form stronger relationships with others
  • Day ten Being proactive - Actively coming up with solutions and seeking learning opportunities
  • Day eleven Time management - Using your time effectively
  • Day twelve Embracing change - Accepting change and helping it be a success
13th January at 5pm - 6pm - How to stand out?
Opportunity to get an understanding of what a CV should look like, hints & tips to help you stand out from the crowd. To register click here.

February – National Apprenticeship Week
Panel Event with Apprentices, Degree Apprentices - An exploration of various career routes that are available for a career at HSBC. More detail to follow

17th March  at 6pm – 7pm - How to stand out?
Opportunity to get an understanding of what a CV should look like, hints & tips to help you stand out from the crowd. To register click here.

13th April at 5pm – 6pm – Commercial Awareness
A session that will help you understand what commercial awareness actually is, both on a small and large scale, alongside helping you to begin building this essential life skill for world of work. To register click here

May – Wellbeing
June – Transition workshops
July – Graduation Apprentice story
August – Resilience Growth Mind-set
Summer Career Experiences

Shadow doctors in a hospital. Explore a supercar with Formula 1 Engineers. Trade the stock market against investment bankers...

Updates for students wanting to attend InvestIN's immersive summer career experiences in London next year:

1) The Young Doctor, Young Engineer and Young Investment Banker Summer Experiences are already more than 50% full so interested students should register as soon as possible.

2) The early-bird discount offer of 15% off all summer experiences will end on 31st Dec. Students can use the code SUMMER15 at checkout to benefit.

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:
Upcoming Dates

15th December | End of Term (noon)

5th January | Spring Term Begins

4th - 15th January | Year 11 Mocks (TP1)

4th - 14th January | Year 13 Mocks (TP1)

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...

Isabella (11B)
Ella (10A)
Ana (10A)
Spirit & Truth
This marks the second week of Advent and a candle of joy was lit.
Please read Gerard Manley Hopkins' God's Grandeur for inspiration this week.

God's Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
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