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The Bulletin - Friday 8 September 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 7 Issue 1

September 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

V Meet the Tutor Evening
Tuesday 12 September 
6-8pm, Great Hall
Register here

UIV Meet the Tutor Evening
Wednesday 13 September
6 - 7.30pm, Great Hall 

Studio Production: Skellig
Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September
6.15pm, Drama Studio
Students £2, Adults £3

Directed by Meghane and Matilda (VI)


Joint Concert
Wednesday 14 September
7 - 8.30pm, Great Hall

The annual Joint Concert between St Paul's Girls' School and St Paul's School features combined orchestras and choirs, this year performing Mozart's glorious and uplifting Coronation Mass and Sibelius' magnificent 
Symphony no 1.
The concert will run without an interval, and guests are cordially invited to enjoy drinks on the Marble from 6.30pm.
Tickets are free but are required.


Senior School Open Evening for the VI
Monday 18 September
5-7.30pm, Great Hall

From the High Mistress


I am delighted to welcome everyone back for the start of a fresh academic year. The new girls have settled in very quickly and the place is already humming with activity. This is a wonderful school and I am truly privileged to be writing to you as High Mistress.
The August examination results were superb at all levels and I would like to add my congratulations to staff and girls. This is the last year of modular courses at A level. We are now moving into a linear landscape, and this summer’s Pre-U grades in particular suggest that our girls will thrive on the new diet. There is real pleasure in being able to offer two-year seamless courses in the Senior School without the interruption of AS modules and the concomitant loss of teaching time. We now have the space to nurture higher-order study skills and to foster even deeper learning than in the past, and I am sure that Paulinas will relish the challenge. The new St Paul’s Programme in the Senior School is a mark of what can now be achieved. It is genuinely exciting in its breadth and ambition and has been made possible by the contours of the new curriculum and by the expertise and inspiration of the staff. I hope that the girls enjoy it as much as we will.
It is also a pleasure to welcome the new staff, whose biographies are listed below. I wish them and the girls the very best of terms and look forward to introducing myself to you at one of our forthcoming events.

Examinations Results

Many congratulations to all of our students on their fantastic achievements in the 2017 public examinations which are the culmination of their hard work and commitment and the dedication and expertise of their teachers.
Our students have excelled at GCSE and IGCSE again this year; 91.7% of entries attained an A* grade and 99.3% achieved an A* or A grade. This is the fifth consecutive year that the proportion of entries achieving an A* grade has exceeded 90%. Fifty-nine girls have attained straight A* grades in all of their GCSE/ IGCSE examinations.
We are delighted to announce 46.7% of entries attained an A* grade at A level or the Pre-U equivalent D1 or D2 grade. 85.2% of entries achieved an A* or A grade and 97.4% a B grade or higher. We are particularly thrilled with the results from our first sitting of Pre-U examinations in English Literature, French and Mandarin Chinese with 84.8% of entries gaining an A* equivalent D1 or D2 grade and a remarkable 41.3% achieving a D1 – a grade that exceeds the A* standard at A level.
All of these examination results remain provisional and subject to change after the enquiries about results process is completed.
Download a copy of the provisional A Level and Pre-U Results 
Download a copy of the provisional GCSE and IGCSE Results

Destinations

Congratulations to all our university candidates. Most girls have secured their first choice university and all those heading off this autumn will be joining first-class institutions. A total of 41 girls will take up offers at Oxbridge colleges and a record number of 21 girls have already begun their studies in America, including Ivy League and Liberal Arts colleges across the US. This year the most popular Russell group destinations are UCL, Bristol, Durham, Imperial, Edinburgh and Warwick. There are also 23 girls taking a break from academic study and embarking on exciting gap years: travelling, working and volunteering. We wish everyone well and look forward to welcoming them back in the future to share their experiences.
Jo Moriarty, Director of Careers and Higher Education

New Staff

                                
Sarah Fletcher joins St Paul’s as High Mistress. She started her teaching career at Wycombe Abbey, and her previous appointments include Head of History at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. Sarah was also Academic Deputy, Pastoral Lead and Deputy Head at Rugby School. She has taught in the maintained and independent sectors, in boarding and day schools, at home and abroad. Sarah’s first headship was at Kingston Grammar School before becoming Head of City of London School. She is passionate about education and has worked with a number of researchers to explore ways of unlocking potential and promote originality and independence in learning. She was centrally involved in the development of the Pre-U and the Extended Project Qualification. Sarah is a keen clarinettist and has performed in chamber ensembles, orchestras and as a soloist. She enjoys the cinema, theatre and art and loves everything to do with water, be it river or sea. She is also pleased to be joining the well-established phalanx of cat lovers at St Paul's.


(above left to right)
Louise Andrews, Drama Administrator, studied Drama and Physical Theatre at St Mary's University, Twickenham, and then toured Canada after graduating with an award-winning production from Dead Rabbits Theatre Company. She has previously worked at several independent schools in the pastoral and drama departments. During her spare time, she plays rugby for Harlequins.
Tom Attenborough, teacher of English, studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has come to teaching having been a theatre director, working on various productions across the country and in the West End. He is a keen rugby player and cyclist, and enjoys theatre, film and a good book.
Gary Davies, teacher of physics, studied Mathematical Physics at the University of Nottingham before studying for a Master's in Physics at Cambridge. He took his PhD in Computational Physics at UCL, running simulations on the world's biggest supercomputers. He has taught physics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Brentwood School, Essex. He reads, plays basketball and squash, and attempts to lift heavy things at the gym for fun.

Tom Dean joins the chemistry department after completing his Master's at Oxford.
Agniete Geras joins the physics departments fresh from studying Mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford, specialising in Mathematical Physics. Having been a Paulina herself, she's thrilled to be back at St Paul's, hoping to inspire students just as she was. She loves the outdoors, travelling and reading classic novels. She is also a keen cook and a proud 'foodie'.
Katy Griffiths, teacher of RS, studied Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge before completing an MPhil in Real Estate Finance, also at Peterhouse, Cambridge. She joins us after taking an extended maternity leave. Her previous teaching role was Head of RS at Ibstock Place School. She was a keen netball player before she became slightly lazy after the birth of her son. She also enjoys baking, diving and very long walks.

Nadège Mériau, teacher of art, grew up in Brittany and attended the Universities of Nantes and Bournemouth before completing an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art.
She has exhibited widely and is represented by Jessica Carlisle London. Previously she taught at Bournemouth Arts University and on the Tate School Workshop Programme. In her spare time she enjoys scuba diving, swimming, meditating and going on long walks with her whippet.
Jen Noble, teacher of geography, joins from Alleyn’s School, Dulwich. She has been Head of Geography/Geology in five schools in UK and Dubai. Jen enjoys the outdoors, especially fieldwork, and is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor. She also is a qualified Mountain Leader, kayak and canoe trainer, and a commissioned officer in the Army section of the CCF.
Rosalind Orchard joins St Paul's as Head of Biology, from her head of department role at The London Oratory School. She studied Natural Sciences at Queens' College, Cambridge. She is a keen musician, singing with the Holst Singers, and playing the piccolo far too loudly for anyone's tastes.


Sandrine Paillasse joins us as our new Deputy Head, Director of Pastoral Care, having worked in Kuwait, Tanzania and England, in state, international and independent schools. An eager linguist and speaker of four languages, Sandrine is a fervent advocate for life-long education, and is currently enrolled in a second Master's, this time in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. In her spare time, she is a keen yogi, enjoys training her whippet puppy, and loves cooking (mostly) vegetarian food.
Alice Robinson, teacher of English and drama, studied English at St Peter's College, Oxford, specialising in Post-war British Theatre, and wrote a dissertation focused on Renaissance recipe books. Although she hasn't quite got round to making marchpane yet, she enjoys baking in her spare time, as well as swimming, going to the theatre, and singing; Alice joins us fresh from a summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing a cappella.
Lauren Speight, teacher of mathematics, studied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Newcastle before completing a Master's degree. She is currently studying for a further Master's degree at Brasenose College, Oxford. She joins St Paul’s from being Head of House and teaching maths at Putney High School. Amongst her hobbies are playing the piano, running, studying French and visiting coffee shops.

Wendy Trolove is our first sports intern and netball coach. Originally from New Zealand, she completed her Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management at Lincoln University before earning a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning at the University of Canterbury. After moving to the UK a year ago, she is thoroughly enjoying travelling to new places and experiencing new things!

Barbara Wesolowska joins the art department after studying at UCL and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Han Xu, Colet Fellow, read History and Politics at Mount Holyoke College before completing her MA in East European Studies at Harvard. She supports the US Admissions Team and Mandarin teaching at St Paul's. Previously, she worked for museums and think-tanks in Prague, Warsaw, and Berlin.

Newnham College Essay Prizes

At the end of last term, we announced the unprecedented success Paulinas had with their Newnham essay prize submissions. Over the summer, Thea and Rachel, now in the VIII, attended the special award ceremony where they were presented with their prizes by Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College.
Dr Sam Lucy, Newnham Admissions Tutor, said 'The field this year was particularly strong, with a record number of entries. Whittling that field down to the winners and runners-up of the eight prizes involved some hard decisions, but those chosen are well-deserved winners and should be extremely proud of their achievement'.
Thea won first place in the Engineering Essay Prize with her piece on ‘Engineering in Medicine’.
Rachel was awarded third place in the Biological Sciences category with her piece on cell division.

Paulina Shortlisted for BBC Proms Inspire


Congratulations to Francesca in the LV, whose musical composition was shortlisted from amongst hundreds of entries for the 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition, the UK's leading event for young composers.

Fundraising for Musicians Without Borders


Congratulations to Soojin in the VIII who made several recordings of her Grade 8 pieces available to purchase online (including 'Silvered is the Raven Hair' by Gilbert and Sullivan and 'Du bist die Ruh' by Schubert) and donated all proceeds to the charity Musicians without Boarders. Overall, she managed to raise £1,137.
Founded in the Netherlands in 1999 to heal the wounds of the Kosovo War, MWB harnesses the power of music to bridge divides and salve societies suffering from war.

Parfitt Day


The music department would like to invite you to this year’s Parfitt Day on Wednesday 1 November.
This year our Parfitt celebrity artist will be French pianist Emmanuel Despax. He will be giving a lunchtime recital 
performing a selection from Chopin’s Preludes Op. 38, César Franck‘s Prélude, and Liszt’s virtuosic transcription of Oüverture zu Tannhäuser by Wagner.
After school Mr Despax will work with three pupils in an open piano masterclass and the day concludes with our pupil concert, a wonderful opportunity to hear performances from our talented pianists, organists and harpsichord players.
All events are free of charge and open to all staff, parents, friends and students. If you would like to attend any of the above events please contact Alexis White, Head of Keyboard. 

Parents' Discussion Evening: Drug Sense UK

Our first speaker is Dave Parvin, Managing Director of Drug Sense UK which provides training on drug awareness and the prevention of misuse.
He takes the view that ‘if a parent can maintain a reasonably good relationship with a son or daughter during the turbulent growing years, this is the most valuable stone in the foundation of drug prevention. These foundations are laid before they reach 14 and it is important for us as parents to remember that these foundations do not crumble when the quest for independence starts’.
The talk will begin at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26 September with refreshments available from 6pm. Tickets cost £8 and can be booked here.

Feature Photo

After the Grenfell Tower fire, £7,271 was raised thanks to the JustGiving page set up for Jenny Quang, OP, and her family, by the development office and alumnae community. The funds were given to the family in July, and Jenny relayed the following message: 'A huge thank you to everyone who's donated. My family are shocked by how much was raised for us. The money will help more than you'll ever know. It's humbling to know I have real friends, so know that I'd help a friend in need too'.

Summer School


During the last week of July, we welcomed another lively cohort of Year 4 children to our Summer School. This has now become a cherished annual event in the St Paul’s calendar, and we were again charmed by the young students' energy and enthusiasm for learning. This year, the activities included an introduction to anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, a new session on mythology, brain-teasing workshops from the Happy Puzzle Company, and an afternoon of IT with the Turing Lab team from our Coding Club. The week was rounded off by the PE department again with (literally) fun and games. Our Paulina helpers (many of them returning for a second time) gave warm-hearted and level-headed support, clearly enjoying the experience. We are grateful to Hadron Capital for providing us with the means to fund this valuable outreach activity.
Kate Frank, Head of Lower School

Trips and Exchanges

Head Girl Team Building


Once again the Head Girl Team headed off to Taunton for training at the Outposts Centre. We really felt that it helped us to bond, with challenging team building exercises and the joys of camping in the rain. It was a particularly memorable trip which included an eighteenth birthday celebration for Julianna, two very eventful train journeys, and Chessie getting much more acquainted than she would have liked with very cold water.  
Head Girl Team

UKGermanConnection Exchange


This summer, I spent two weeks staying with a host family in Ortenburg, Germany, as part of a course funded by UKGermanConnection involving 12 students from across the UK. Each day, we accompanied our host partners to school, participating not only in German lessons, but also in extracurricular activities such as Bavarian dancing workshops, cooking classes, and excursions to local areas of interest. After school, we socialised with our host partners over various outdoor activities. I enjoyed my trip immensely, as I made new friends, both British and German, and significantly improved my German.
Madeleine VI 

Sports News

British Junior National Championships


After qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta for the first time, Boat Club morale reached another high over the summer break. Rowers from the VII and VIII raced at the British Junior National Championships at the start of the holiday with some fantastic results. As is so often the case, the weather made rowing conditions difficult, but nonetheless the championship 8+ managed to power their way to a bronze medal. For some of the crew this was their last opportunity to race for St Paul's and they were delighted to end on such a positive note. Congratulations to all who raced.
Kaarin Scanlan, Head of Rowing
 
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