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The Bulletin - Friday 10 February 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 6 Issue 9

February 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

INSET Day
Monday 20 February is an INSET Day and the school will be closed to students.
There will be VIII mocks and rehearsals for Twelfth Night, but term begins for all students on Tuesday 21 February.

Studio Production: Twelfth Night
Wednesday 22 - Wednesday 23 February
6.15-8pm, Drama Studio

LV-VIII Careers Forum
Wednesday 1 March
5-6.30pm, Old Library

Spring Concert

Sunday 12 March, 6pm
St John’s Smith Square



This year’s Spring Concert is almost upon us featuring Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Paulina Voices, Cantamus, the Middle School and Senior Choirs and the Colet Choral Society. The repertoire will include Schubert’s fifth symphony, 'Cloudburst' by Eric Whitacre, 'Lonely Hearts' by Cecilia McDowall and Carl Orff’s seismic 'Carmina Burana'. Tickets can be purchased directly from the St John’s Smith Square website.

Colet Play


Last Friday marked the final performance of this year’s Colet Play, the Hitchcock classic: The 39 Steps. Organised and performed entirely by members of the VII, this year the Paulina tradition fell to Antoinette and me to direct and produce the play respectively. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to be able to see our months of hard work come to life in front of us, complete with an epic train chase, a sweeping romance, and a guest appearance by the drama department’s smoke machine! The incredible cast performed the rapid-fire dialogue with enthusiasm and excitement - even if that did mean they occasionally dissolved into giggles - and overall, everyone ended the night feeling accomplished. All profits from the ticket sales will be split evenly between the two school charities, The Eve Appeal and Let Girls Learn.
Sophia VII

Friday Lecture Series

Sir Anthony Seldon
On 27 January, the historic day that Theresa May met Donald Trump for the first time, Sir Anthony Seldon delivered a fascinating lecture on the ‘special relationship’ between the USA and the UK. He told us about the interesting history of relations between the two countries since 1776, highlighting the peaks and troughs in the interactions of their leaders, as well as what he believed is necessary in order for the relationship to be successful. The conversation then turned to speculations on how successful May would be in Washington, and, indeed, what the ‘special relationship’ would entail as the new president takes office. Overall, a very exciting lecture on a very appropriate day.
Tici VIII
 
Professor Dame Hermione Lee
Last Friday we had the pleasure of hosting Professor Dame Hermione Lee, literary biographer and President of Wolfson College, Oxford, at St Paul's. Dame Lee drew on her experiences writing the biographies of Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton to speak about the process of writing a biography and the challenges involved in attempting to record a whole life. Through reading excerpts from her biography of Penelope Fitzgerald, Dame Lee was successful in conveying the colourful personality of the novelist. She emphasised that the opening of biography is crucial as it frames the whole work and drove the point home by asking us to craft the first sentences of our own biographies. The captivating lecture truly made us consider the question of ‘what’s in a life?’
Kiran VIII

Paulina Family Ties


All too often we take small acts of kindness for granted. But what if I told you that one heroic act could be responsible for the existence of the person you last spoke to? You can imagine the surprise then that Juliana and I felt on discovering that seventy years ago, in 1942, Juliana’s great-grandfather, Antoon Lingeman, saved the life of my grandfather, Lon Monasch, a young Jewish boy. You can read the full fascinating story of the connection between the Beekenkamps and Monaschs during the Second World War, which Juliana and I have recently uncovered here.
Vivi VII

Dance Show


On Wednesday and Thursday this week, a group of Paulinas from all years performed in the annual charity Dance Show. There was a huge variety of different performances ranging from contemporary dance, ballet and traditional Indian dances, complete with top hats and fairy lights, and even a guest performer to partner a Paulina in the samba. The show was phenomenal and all proceeds have been donated to Hua Dan and Future Hope who work in China and India respectively.
Lucy and Nicole V













Photos by Sabina in the LV

Wellbeing Week


On Friday 27 January, as part of a range of activities which ran in Wellbeing Week (including yoga sessions and the wish trees which adorned the Marble), Peer Support hosted a Bright Colours Dress-up Day and bake sale all for charity. It was great to see so many students dressed in neon and a huge thank you to all who donated on the door and baked or bought some of the delicious home baked cakes on sale at break. In total we raised over £200 and all proceeds will go to Mind, a charity which supports mental health.
JoJo VI
Photos by Ahana and Cecilia in the VI

Restless Earth Cartography Workshop

Last Monday the LV took part in a workshop on the 2011 Great Earthquake of Japan. After learning about the earthquake’s primary and secondary effects, particularly how it triggered the tsunami, we were all amazed to find that the epicentre just off the pacific coast of Tohoku was a magnitude of 9.0, the largest ever in the world, and that it only lasted 29 minutes, yet caused much devastation. Our case study was focused on the city of Sendai, in Japan’s Tohoku Region, northeast of Tokyo on Honshu Island. We were given the task organising all the necessary data onto two maps which would be used by military, medical, search and rescue, and humanitarian teams. With the help of technology, we were able to translate the Japanese data and transfer the key information to our maps effectively.
Lauren LV

Geography Society Lecture

Geography Society invited Tim Marshall, author of the Sunday Times bestseller Prisoners of Geography, to speak about this new book The Power and Politics of Flags and his own theories to do with the flags of African countries. He observed that almost none of the African flags contain the colours red and blue, which are particularly prominent in European flags, therefore reasoned that the design of African flags seeks to disassociate the continent from European countries, and thus, the colonial powers. Mr Marshall also pointed out the irony of the sideways cross in the Scandinavian flags given that Scandinavia has the lowest church attendance in the world. We all left with a more profound understanding of how fundamental flags are for the identity and unification of a country. 
Kristin VII

John Gardner Centenary Concert

The City Music Foundation in collaboration with the English Chamber Orchestra are performing a concert commemorating the centenary of John Gardner on Wednesday 4 March at 7.30pm at Cadogan Hall. The programme naturally features Gardner, alongside Holst, Vaughn Williams and Howells who are all former directors of music at St Paul's. You can purchase a ticket to a concert deeply connected with St Paul's musical history and see the full programme here. St Paul's parents will receive 10% off the quoted ticket price by inputting the code SPGS10.

Backtrack


A reminder that the deadline for all entries is Monday 20  February  after half term. The competition is open to all year groups and for more information, visit our Portal page or email one of the Backtrack team. We look forward to seeing your videos!

Musical Achievements

Congratulations to music scholars Tatiana (UIV) and Miyu (VII). Tatiana recently won the Gordon Turner Harp Competition at the Royal College of Music, and Miyu was placed first in the Kingston Young Musician Competition, winning the Lilian Brain Plate. 

Russian Lecture


On Bulgakov’s 125 Anniversary, Paulinas gathered to hear Professor Julie Curtis's fascinating lecture, focusing especially on his magnum opus, the world-renowned The Master and Margarita. During her lecture, she showcased her knowledge of all things Bulgakov and questioned whether his seminal work is satirical or religious, discussed the controversial character of Woland (the devil incarnate) and explored how Bulgakov inspired other classic Russian authors such as Boris Pasternak, the author of the epic Doctor Zhivago. The best thing about Professor Curtis's lecture was her engaging personality and her verdict that culture outlives all political oppression, proved by the famous phrase from The Master and Margarita: 'manuscripts don't burn'.
Sophie VI

Parents' Discussion Evening

You are warmly invited to our next Parents’ Discussion Evening on Tuesday 7 March on the topic of exams. Members of staff will be speaking in two 45 minute sessions covering internal exams at 6.30pm and public exams at 7.30pm. The aim will be to provide you with an understanding of the nature of our in-house and/or public exams, healthy exam preparation tips for your daughter and how parents can help, as well as watching out for anxiety. Please register for the free session/s you would like to attend here.

Law Society Lecture

On Thursday 2 February, Law Society welcomed Sarah Ullathorne to speak about her experiences as a corporate solicitor. Sarah studied law in both England and the US, and it was interesting to learn about the differences between the two legal systems. She now works at a leading law firm in the City and provided us with a valuable insight into the daily life of a senior associate. We all found the talk fascinating and I’m sure it has encouraged many Paulinas to consider a future legal career.
Laura VII

LV Directors' Forum

After weeks of careful planning and rehearsing, a group of LVs put on performances to an audience of family, friends and teachers. This was the LV Directors’ Forum: a showcase of individual 5-10 minute scenes directed and acted by the LV girls themselves. Each girl wrote, directed, and acted in theri own performance, as well as organising and sourcing the costumes, lighting and sets. From Shakespeare to The Truman Show, each piece was unique and the selection was incredibly diverse, producing two evenings full of talent and fun! I thoroughly enjoyed participating in LV Directors Forum, and learned many valuable skills.
Alicia LV

Feature Photo

Last Wednesday, the school celebrated Chinese New Year with a variety of activities, lectures and, of course, food! In the morning assembly we learned more about Chinese culture through the famous 'Yellow River' piece and an impressive kung fu demonstration. Lunchtime saw Chinese checkers competitions, martial arts master classes and calligraphy workshops, with traditional 红包 given to all participants. Finally, Professor Robert Ash of SOAS gave a talk on 'Chinese Population and Migration', which provided a fascinating cross-curricular insight into China's one child policy. Overall, both Chinese and non-Chinese students alike were offered a glimpse into the country's rich and varied culture just in time for the year of the rooster.
Marua VII

Keyboard Festival


Last Friday brought the much anticipated Keyboard Festival to St Paul’s. We were very lucky to have the accomplished pianist and vocal professor Gary Matthewman as our adjudicator. All throughout the day, pianists, harpsichordists and an organist filled the St Paul’s halls with music. We were treated to a dazzling array of different genres of keyboard music: from mysterious harpsichord music, a majestic organ prelude, to a taste of stormy Beethoven, melodious Rachmaninoff and even the world premiere of Dr Hughes’ piece 'False Alarm'. It was an extremely enjoyable and fruitful day of music-making with valuable feedback from Mr Matthewman.
Andreana LV

French Debating Competition


On Tuesday 7 February, St Paul’s hosted a number of schools for a French Debating Competition, entering two senior teams of their own: Seraphina and Duvessa as one team, Nathalie and me as the other). The competition started in group stages, with Seraphina and Duvessa losing only one debate and Nathalie and me going unbeaten. Unfortunately, neither of the St Paul’s teams scored highly enough to qualify for the knockout rounds, although it was nevertheless a very enjoyable and exciting afternoon, during which we debated nuclear arms, the French electoral system and consumption rooms for legal drug-taking in Paris. Hampton was the overall winner of the competition, beating St Paul’s School in the final.
Tici VIII

Joint Strings Day


On Sunday, string players from both the St Paul’s schools met for the Joint Strings Day, a wonderful day of music-making which provided the opportunity to learn and perform exciting repertoire in a relaxed setting. It was especially lovely to have so many of our talented younger players taking part. We explored the first and last movements of Lennox Berkeley’s 'Serenade for Strings', and were delighted to premiere ‘One morning, one morning’, a new piece by our very own Composer-in-Residence, Dr Hughes. Both pieces went down a storm with friends and family when we performed the product of our hard work at the end of the day.
Lily VI

Italian Lecture


On 27 January, Dr Helena Sanson from Cambridge University came to talk to us about the life of Lavinia Guasco, a lady-in-waiting at a Renaissance court in Italy. Professor Sanson told us about her research into The Discourse, the lengthy instructions written by Lavinia’s father as to how she should behave in court. Her story is particularly significant because it gives us a rare insight into women’s education in that time period. Lavinia’s father gave up everything (including her two sisters) to afford the best education for her so that she could become well-bred and make good connections. This eventually paid off, as she became lady-in-waiting to the Duchess of Savoy in Turin.
Hortense VI

MIV Gamelan Workshop

In the MIV, we have been learning about Javanese Gamelan music and were able to try playing some authentic instruments ourselves on 30 January. We got to try out a variety of things such as peking (a type of xylophone), genders (a larger version of peking) and the massive gong-ageng. The workshop focused on teaching us the different layers of music and how some of the instruments carry the core melody while the drums and bells help the orchestra maintain rhythm and time. At the end of our session we were able to perform a piece of traditional Javanese music.
Gige MIV

Trips and Exchanges

Classics Trip to UCL's Antigone


UCL’s production of Sophocles’ Antigone raises issues pertinent to today’s society, such as the balance of obligation between family and state, and the problems of one-man rule. We attended an interesting pre-show talk by Professor Phiroze Vasunia that introduced those unfamiliar with the play to some of the core debates that the text raises. The production itself gave interesting nuances of interpretation, with a translation that provided useful insights for the VIII who are currently studying Antigone as a set text, and a performance that was by turns funny, frightening, and genuinely moving.
Bella VIII

Joint Russian and Music Trip to St Petersburg Philharmonic Trip

On Sunday 29 January, eager Paulina Russianists and musicians attended a concert by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. It was an enthralling spectacle and we watched in wonder as the brilliant piano soloist, Martha Argerich, played the extremely challenging and intricate Piano Concerto No.3 by Prokofiev. However, the piece that we all knew would blow us away awaited us, and the orchestra, indeed, did not disappoint. Shostakovich’s 'Symphony No.5 in D minor', first performed by the same orchestra eighty years ago, astounded us with its powerful melodies and its dissonant harmonies. All these Russian composers - Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Khachaturian - are a testament to Russia’s rich cultural heritage.
Rachel VI

Sports News

Quinton and Hampton Heads


The St Paul's Boat Club had their first race of the new year on Saturday 28 January, entering their senior and J16 8s at Quintin Head on the local tideway. Both crews put in impressive performances, with the senior boat finishing a close six seconds behind the winners to take second place in J18, whilst the J16s put in an excellent row to pull out a fantastic win in their category. A week later on 4 February, the J15s faced their very first race at Hampton Head and despite some initial nerves they performed brilliantly to finish 23rd and 28th respectively out of 37 crews in J15 quads. The J16s doubles placed eigth and tenth, and their 8+ finished sixth. Lastly, the senior 8+ placed eighth, whilst the coxless four managed to win their category despite an unexpected problem with the steering mechanism!
Lucinda VII

Sports Results

Cricket
Team

Opponent

Score
Girls-U12A Lords Cricket Festival Second overall
Girls-U15A Lords Cricket Festival Second overall



 

Lacrosse
Team


Opponent


Score
2nd St Catherine's School 1 - 14
3rd St Catherine's School 0 - 17





 
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
2 - 8
4 - 12
7 - 3
2 - 9
5 - 6
2 - 12
2 - 12
2 - 2
1st St Swithun's School 5 - 7
2nd St Swithun's School 4 - 13



 
3rd St Swithun's School 3 - 9
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B


Netball
Team
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School



Opponent
7 - 8
13 - 5
6 - 8
4 - 7
7 - 8
2 - 8
5 - 6
4 - 4



Score
Girls-U19A
Girls-U16B
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U13C
Girls-U13D
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U14C
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U13C
Girls-U19A
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U13C

Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U12C
Girls-U12D
Girls-U12E
Girls-U12F
Girls-U15B
Girls-U15C
Girls-U14C
Girls-U14D
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U12C
Girls-U12D
Girls-U12E
Girls-U19A
Girls-U16A
Girls-U16A
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Bancroft's School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer 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
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Regional round of Nationals
Regional round of Nationals
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Catherine's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School
Waldergrave School for Girls
Waldergrave School for Girls
10 - 2
5 - 22
12 - 10
11 - 12
6 - 15
2 - 10
13 - 21
4 -19
2 - 10
2 - 21
7 -11
11 - 10
12 - 3
12 - 9
9 - 11
6 - 10
12 - 6
22 - 14
21 - 9
12 - 11
14 - 17
16 - 1
8 - 7
12 - 2
2 - 6
12 - 7
12 - 15
4 - 3
12 - 12
7 - 10
9 - 8
7 - 5
6 - 5
0 - 0
0 - 0
Third overall
Fifth overall
10 - 10
17 - 11
13 - 13
0 - 0
28 - 18
8 - 15
8 - 26
9 - 28
17 - 11
10 - 8
9 - 13
20 - 10
5 - 14
11 - 19
22 - 2
21 - 6
29 - 2
 
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