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The Bulletin - Friday 3 March 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 6 Issue 10

March 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

Parents' Discussion Evening: Exams
Tuesday 7 March
Internal exams at 6.30pm
Public exams at 7.30pm

Singing Hall
Please register here


VIII Play: Welcome to Thebes
Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 March, 7pm
Celia Johnson Theatre
£8 Adults, £6 students available here
Not suitable for under 14s


This year’s VIII play, Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes is a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world's richest and the world's poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war. Set in the present day but inspired by ancient myth, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice, promises peace to her nation, which she can only fulfill with the aid of Theseus, the arrogant leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens.

Spring Concert
Sunday 12 March, 6pm
St John’s Smith Square
Tickets can be purchased directly from the St John’s Smith Square website.


Dads4Daughters Day


Wednesday 15 March
Great Hall, 6 - 8pm

For students in the LV-VIII and their fathers
RSVP here


Greek Play: Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound
Wednesday 22 March
Singing Hall, 6pm

High Mistress Announcement


As you heard before half term, Sarah Fletcher, currently Head of City of London School, has been appointed as our new High Mistress. We are now very pleased to announce that she will be joining us in September 2017. After graduating from Oxford with a first in history, Mrs Fletcher started her teaching career at Wycombe Abbey before moving to Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, and then becoming both Director of Studies and then Deputy Head at Rugby School. Sarah’s first headship was at Kingston Grammar School, before becoming Head of City of London School. She is widely respected as a leading educationalist, having helped develop and launch both the Pre-U examination and the Extended Project Qualification. Amidst this busy professional life, she finds time for her passions: the clarinet, art, theatre and fresh air. She is very excited at the prospect of beginning in September and building on Ms Farr’s highly successful tenure.

Higher Education Update

The VIII have now received most of their offers from a range of universities and will soon be at the exciting stage of making decisions on where they plan to study next year; or in some cases, what they will do in a planned GAP year. Whilst there will always be some individuals disappointed in such a competitive process, we are delighted that 46 girls have been made offers by Oxbridge colleges, nine already have places offered by prestigious US colleges, and many others have offers from their first choice UK institution. It is still early in the interview process for medicine, but it is encouraging that the majority of candidates now have options, with the remaining girls awaiting the outcome of recent interviews. The outcome of US regular applications won’t be clear until April.
Jo Moriarty, Director of Careers and Higher Education 

Friday Lecture Series

James Harpur
On 10 February, James Harpur, poet and creative writer, travelled all the way from Ireland to deliver a Friday lecture to the Senior School. His lecture focused on the subject of the imagination, which he calls the ‘yeast of the brain’. Mr Harpur described how poetry has a power to connect people, recounting a story of how, during World War Two, a British officer and his German prisoner bonded over the poetry of Horace. He also explained how the imagination allows one to look at things in a fresh way, particularly through the use of metaphor, and demonstrated this by reading pieces from authors as varied as Homer and the Venerable Bede.
Kiran VIII

Spring Awakening Fashion Show


The Friday before half term the great hall was truly transformed into a 'Spring Awakening' for this year's Re-Store and Charities fashion show. The catwalk was beautifully lined with spring flowers, kindly arranged by the Parents' Guild, and we were delighted to welcome Stella McCartney, Stewart Parvin, Stacey Jackson and Ronit Zilkha as our celebrity judges. All entrants interpreted the theme of Spring Awakening uniquely which resulted in an exciting display of outfits, which ranged from a rose-covered dress to an outfit inspired by the Great British weather. Lydia and Sophia (both in the V) won an internship with Stewart Parvin for their asymmetrical flowery design incorporating a cape. A number of donations, including high-end sportswear and couture ball gowns, were auctioned off after the show which contributed to the staggering £1700 total raised by the event. This sum will be distributed between four deserving charities; West London Action for Children, the Eve Appeal, Let Girls Learn and the school bursary fund.
Amita and Bella VIII

Backtrack Awards Night


Backtrack is a music video competition run at St Paul's which can be entered by anyone from the MIV to the VIII. This year, the Backtrack Awards Night took place on 28 February. It was really exciting to showcase the entries we received; which were all of an exceptionally high standard this year. The winners were chosen by our three teacher judges- Miss Corthine, Mr Peck and Dr Patrick. Avery (V) won first place with her stylised submission for 'Lost Boy', followed by Amelia (V) in second place who created a stop-motion animation from paper cuttings to accompany the now Oscar award-winning original song 'City of Stars' from La La Land . Amelia (MIV) was awarded third place for her apt music video for '500 Miles' filmed on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland. You can watch all the entries, including the three winners on the Backtrack Portal page.
Anjali VI

When Stars Explode: The Supernova in the Cigar Galaxy


Dr Fossey, an astronomer from UCL, gave Space Society a whistle-stop tour of the history and types of supernovae, as well as talking about the supernova in the Cigar Galaxy which he accidentally discovered in 2014. It was brilliant to see images of the galaxy before and after the supernova in a variety of wavelengths to understand how physicists spot and then characterise them. The ninth brightest star in the sky, Betelgeuse, in the constellation of Orion could become a supernova ‘anytime soon’, which in cosmological terms means within the next 10,000 years! Betelgeuse’s transition into supernova will be so bright it will be visible even during the day.
Hannah VIII

Old Paulina Led Open Days

Old Paulina mentors gathered at St Hugh’s College, Oxford

The VII have learnt much from the experience of watching their fellow tutees go through the process of applying, and have now begun their own research into courses and institutions which interest them. Old Paulinas are a wonderful resource as mentors for the girls, and we have had excellent attendance at OP led open days in Oxford and Cambridge, over the half term break. Two further events are planned, to allow VII to hear from those studying in London and across the UK. We are also looking forward to our Higher Education Conference on Saturday April 22, to which VII and VIII post A Level candidates are invited, together with their parents.
Jo Moriarty, Director of Careers and Higher Education 

Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night, a traditional play, was given a modern twist last week when our studio production version presented Shakespeare’s classic with a contemporary city theme. The studio production was directed, abridged, written, cast and produced by Clementine and myself. A cast of UIV and LV students put on the play, which experimented with the limitations of bringing traditional or older scripts to a modern stage and a modern audience. The play also aimed to challenge gender norms and feminism, both prevalent issues in today’s society. Directing Twelfth Night was an amazing experience for both Clemmie and me; it was certainly a steep learning curve!
Alicia LV

Punctuation Survey

As part of their English work on grammar and punctuation, a group of LV students have put together an online multiple choice quiz based on punctuating speech. They are going to use the results to help them design effective resources for improving accuracy. The link is being emailed across the school and you can access it here if you’d like to take part. To spare any blushes, all answers are strictly anonymous!

Debating News

At UCL Schools’ last Saturday Rowan (VIII) and Rachel (V) topped the qualifying with maximum points, defeating the England captain twice. Melissa (VIII) and Sara (V) came third and Rebecca (V) and Vicky (LV) made the novice final. Just before half term, a very young squad assembled at King’s Cross to catch the 7.30am Saturday train to Nottingham. All seven teams performed well, one highlight being 20/21 points on a feminism motion. As a result four of our teams made the semi-finals, with Yasmine and Ilyana (VI), Liberty and Joyce (LV) all 'breaking' for the first time.
Tim Askew

Musical Achievement

Congratulations to Jiawen in the UIV, who has been awarded both an ABRSM Gold Award and the ABRSM Laura Marco Prize for achieving the highest mark in the country in her Grade 8 flute exam.

Parents' Prayer Group

We are holding our next informal, ecumenical Christian Prayer Group in the Warburg Library on Friday 10 March at 9am for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This group is open to all parents and is an opportunity to pray for the girls, staff and wider community of St Paul’s. We always welcome new members and would be delighted if you were able to join us, please do come along. For further information, please contact Elizabeth Jones (07715 170363).

Careers Forum

On Wednesday evening, two Old Paulinas and the current site manager at St Paul’s visited to tell us about ‘The Built Environment’. It was a very insightful talk as there was a huge variety of careers paths represented by our speakers: engineer, architect and site manager. The evening provided students in the LV to VIII with a holistic view of how different jobs operate and interlink within this domain.
Federica V 

Feature Photo

Last Tuesday Asisa and Marua in the VII (pictured) were crowned West London regional champions and so go through to the ESU Mace finals day at Dartmouth House on 22 March. It was a fine performance, arguing for the benefits of private military contractors, which continues our strong tradition in this competition. At Cambridge finals day we were one of only two schools who qualified three teams and they all finished in the top third, in spite of a very strong international presence. Rachel (V) was the seventh best speaker and narrowly missed out on the semi-finals with her partner Sara (V).  
Tim Askew

Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank Visit

Foodbanks are a vital resource in our community, helping locals who cannot afford basic meals both in the short term, and working with the Council to find long term solutions. After an insightful talk about the incredible effect that foodbanks can have on those struggling in the local community, we were ready and excited to sort the food that had been donated. With piles for everything from baked beans to exotics, the experience was both enjoyable and rewarding. However, after weighing, sorting and storing kilograms of food, we found out that these provisions would only last two days. This highlights the importance of raising awareness for the foodbank, and we can’t wait to further foster the cooperation between St Paul's and the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.
Costi VI

Maths Society Lecture

On Tuesday this week, Dr Stella Dudzic from the Royal Statistical Society spoke about the use of statistics in measuring income and wealth inequality. She explained different ways in which inequality can be quantified from the Gini coefficient to the RP 10% or 20%, or the Pietra ratio (otherwise known as the Robin Hood index). She discussed the change in economic inequality in the UK over the last century, comparing it to countries such as the Netherlands and the USA. We then considered correlations between conditions such as diabetes, or high cholesterol levels, and wealth, and finally considered the definition of poverty used in the UK (‘earning 60% below median income’) and how this compares with other countries. The talk was a fascinating glimpse into the ways in which statistical measurements inform social policy.
Bee VII

Trips and Exchanges

LV and V Ski Trip


On the first day of half term, 35 girls from the LV and V set out for Le Corbier in the French Alpa via Turin in Italy. On our first day, we got into our ski groups and met our wonderful instructors and learned that, as a whole, we were very fond of sliding down slopes face-first and eating snow. Evening activities ranged from karaoke, in which we discovered that all of us girls ‘harmonizing’ together sounds wonderful, to bumboarding and a treasure hunt around town, which led to the heated dispute as to whether faded red in the dark is actually orange.
Sabina and Liesel LV

Senior Theatre Trip to Hamlet


On Wednesday 1 March, a group of A level drama students headed to the Almeida Theatre to see a new production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott (best-known for playing everyone's favourite villain in BBC's Sherlock). Although the production received mixed reviews from the students, most of us agreed that Scott’s increasingly manic and frenzied portrayal was beautifully engaging and provoked a surprising amount of sympathy for the mad Danish prince. The relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia (Jessica Brown-Findlay of Downton fame) was equally captivating and made full use of Ophelia’s limited lines, but after four hours the quality of the production inevitably deteriorated, with the final scene in particular ending on a bizarrely peaceful note for a play so infamous for its violence and gore. However, the production’s use of live camera feeds to relay news items, especially in the crucial scene confirming Claudius’ guilt (pictured above), deeply resonated with current debates concerning ‘fake news’ and the behaviour of political figures.
Sophia VII

Classics Trip to KCL's Prometheus Bound


Victims, appeasers, sycophants and resisters: the manifold reactions to the rise of a new τυραννίς (despotic rule) are ever more pertinent in today’s society. On 9 February, nine Hellenists went to King’s College, London's production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, performed in the original Greek. The pre-show talk by Professor Edith Hall shed light on the original context and later reception of this tragedy. Prometheus became the symbol of the campaign to abolish slavery in the eighteenth century, and it was Karl Marx’s favourite play. In the KCL production, through hostile, wild scenery, lines of tape focusing in on the fettered protagonist and rather minimalist physical theatre set to pulsing, modern music, we were plunged into an ambience of unnerving stillness. This memorable production culminated in a cacophony of thunder and rapidly flashing light.
Nicole VIII

Senior Russian Theatre Visit to Heart of a Dog


On Friday 10 February the VIII Russianists went to see a production of Heart of a Dog at the Arcola Theatre in Islington. Mikhail Bulgakov's satirical story tells of a stray dog who is picked up from the streets of 1920s Moscow by a medical professor and, through a bizarre transplant, is accidentally transformed into a human, with disastrous consequences. The production successfully used a series of technical maneouvres in order to easily transform the set from the streets of Moscow to the rich interior of Preobrazhensky's flat. Although some technical difficulties ensued, we were nonetheless impressed and the production was very successful in helping us visualise the world of our set text.
Helena VIII

Sports Results

Cricket
Team

Opponent

Score
Girls-U15A County Tournament Second overall

Lacrosse
Team


Opponent


Score



 
1st Bedford Girls' School 7 - 9
2nd Bedford Girls' School 5 - 3
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U12C
Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
5 - 11
6 - 4
2 - 9
2 - 8
7 - 1
4 - 3
3 - 11
2 - 2





 

Lacrosse
Team


Opponent


Score
Girls-U19A
Girls-U19B
The Godolphin and Latymer School
The Godolphin and Latymer School
20 - 11
12 - 23
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U14C
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U13C
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
7 - 11
11 - 10
12 - 3
12 - 9
9 - 11
6 - 10


 
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U15C
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U14C
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
31 - 14
14 - 11
4 - 9
4 - 8
4 - 6
8 - 0
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U13C
Girls-U16A
Putney High School GDST 
Putney High School GDST 
Putney High School GDST 
St Benedict's School, Ealing
13 - 10
4 - 9
7 - 9
13 - 10
 
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