The Bulletin - Friday 26 May 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 6 Issue 13

May 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

Mock General Election
Thursday 8 June
The Marble
Lunchtime (Students only)

Dearest Electorate, 
After the political beef that aired in the Great Hall yesterday, you MAY (if you'll pardon the pun) be aware that there is a general election next month. Upholding those Fundamental British Values, we are holding a free, fair and democratic mock election on election day itself, 8 June. Absent year groups, do not fear, as you will be able to support your comrades in the major parties on the Portal; please exercise your right to franchise. 
On your Marx, get set, go! Sending lots of strong and stable love!

Alice in Wonderland

Way back in March, the cast of this year’s magical and memorable Junior Play, Alice in Wonderland, fell down the rabbit hole towards suitcases, deely boppers, packs of cards and rehearsal schedules. Taking inspiration from the Kneehigh theatre company, Miss Foley guided us through our creation of all the crazy characters of Wonderland, from the adorable Door Mouse to the formidable Queen of Hearts. With just ten suitcases we created an entire world of rabbit holes, houses, magic mushrooms and rooms with doors through doors behind doors! Anyone who has acted before will know that rehearsal time vanishes like a Cheshire cat without its grin, but with some hard work, a lot of laughter, and more silliness than you could shake a Dodo at, we put on three excellent performances. You can see more production photos here.
Allaa LV

VIII Art Exhibition

Thursday 18 May saw the launch of the VIII Art Exhibition in the Great Hall. The VIII artists had the opportunity to display their creations from the last academic year in a beautifully curated exhibition open to parents and Paulinas. Featuring works by Apolline, Milly, Sophie, Ella, Isabel, Ariella, Emilia, Ana and Caroline, visitors were delighted by an array of sculpture, video installations and digital paintings. You can view the pieces on the Portal.
Esther VII

New Views Competition

Congratulations to Berenike, Fox and Costi, all from the VI, who have been longlisted for the New Views playwriting competition run by the National Theatre. They had weekly sessions at school, met twice with a professional writer and each wrote a thirty minute play, which have been chosen out of the 300 plays that were submitted.

Appeal for Old Sports Kit

The lost property team would be grateful to receive any unused and outgrown sports kit (including tennis rackets, lacrosse sticks and lacrosse boots) after half term. We will be selling any donated items at the new MIV tea on Monday 19 June to help raise money for the bursary fund. Please bring any suitable items to the lost property room.

Parents' Prayer Group Summer Lunch

The Parents' Prayer Group are holding a summer lunch at 12pm on Friday 16 June. Short prayers will be held in the Holy Trinity Church on Brook Green at 11.30am, before moving to the church hall (same venue). Any food
contributions would be helpful, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Jones.


Feature Photos

To complete the drama SDC course, VI students were tasked with creating original pieces of devised theatre in response to texts featuring the themes of grief, sanity and memory. All students performed exceptionally well and should feel very proud of the thought-provoking and heartfelt work they created.

Mock Leaders' Debate

After weeks of anticipation stoked by hilariously pun-filled emails, six Paulinas gathered in the Great Hall yesterday to represent Britain’s major political parties in advance of our school mock election. Paulinas hit the question suggestion board quicker than a Labour MP’s resignation from Corbyn's shadow cabinet, and these served as a springboard for debate. The candidates, draped in Union Jacks and tartan kilts, all certainly looked the part, and their enthusiasm in dress was certainly matched by the liveliness of the debate; each candidate scrambled to make jibes at their opponents and vigorously sell their party platform to the constituents. Just like the real election, votes will be cast on 8 June, so don’t forget to take your chance to exercise your democratic voice.
Sophia VII

News From Living Room Literature

It's been a mere six months since Living Room Literature opened its doors to parents and I am delighted to announce two new courses for autumn; availability is limited so please book swiftly to avoid disappointment. 
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels wonderfully illuminate 1920s New York. However, as one party rolls into another in The Great Gatsby, the fizz goes flat in Tender is the Night and we are forced to see the dark and sticky residue that lurks at the bottom of the champagne glass. If you like a cocktail with a sour twist, then this course is for you. George Eliot’s Middlemarch is widely regarded as the greatest novel in the English language, but I am well aware that the prospect of tackling this hefty tome on your own might feel daunting. This course promises to elucidate the novel’s key ideas and aspects of narrative style and should appeal to enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
Sarah Wah, English department

Trips and Exchanges

Drama Trip to The Ferryman

On Wednesday 10 May, the drama A level students went to see a production of Jez Butterworth’s newest play, The Ferryman, at the Royal Court. The three hour-long epic took place over the course of a single day, following the preparations of the Carney family for harvest season set against the backdrop of the Irish Troubles of 1981 and increased menace from the IRA. The acting displayed excellent amounts of nuanced tension and energy, with standout performances from the lead, Paddy Considine, as well as the real rabbit, goose, and baby that were brought on stage, which all eventually led to the shocking, overwhelming climax.
Sophia VII

Russian Theatre Trip to Chekhov's Three Sisters

On Friday 12 May, Russian students from the V to the VIII saw Chekhov's Three Sisters staged and performed by the legendary theatre company Sovremennik, who travelled all the way from Moscow to put on the production at the Piccadilly Theatre. The narrative was communicated beautifully by the actors' stunning performances under the direction of Galina Volchek, and also by the set, which consisted of a bridge suspended over a circular stage space that rotated at key moments to create a whirlwind. Thankfully, we had subtitles for reference, but the original Russian dialogue was maintained throughout, for an authentic and immersive experience.
Matilda V

Sports News

Junior Sculling Regatta

On 14 May, the St Paul’s Boat Club travelled to Eton Dorney to compete at the renowned Junior Sculling Regatta. Our J15s faced some tough competition, with the coxes four placing seventeenth in the time trial narrowly missing out on the final. The J15 double of Isobel and Anna (V) performed incredibly well, placing ninth out of 23 crews in the time trial and went on to win the B final by a large margin, placing them sixth overall in their category. Lucinda (VII) performed fantastically, placing third in her semi and finishing fifth overall in the A final of J17 singles. The senior quad of Aurelia, Lara, Helen and I had a very successful day, going from second place in the time trial to winning the A final of J18 coxless quads and setting a new record time for their category.
Nicola VIII

Sports Results



The Lady Eleanor Holles School
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
Putney High School
Putney High School GDST
Putney High School GDST
13 - 18
9 - 16.5
8.5 - 8
12.5 - 13.5
14.5 - 19.5
7 - 18




Girls-U15A Channing School 6 - 7
Girls-U15A The Godolphin & Latymer School 0 - 8
Girls-U15A The Godolphin & Latymer School 7 - 6

Girls-U13A The Godolphin & Latymer School 3 - 13
Girls-U12A The Godolphin & Latymer School 0 - 16
Lady Margaret School
Mill Hill School
Putney High School GDST
Putney High School GDST
4 - 8
12 - 0
25 - 12
21 - 7

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