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The Bulletin - Friday 13 October 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 7 Issue 3

October 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

Parfitt Day
Wednesday 1 November
12.15pm Lunchtime Recital
4pm Parfitt Piano Masterclass
7pm Parfitt Pupil Concert
All events are free

You are warmly invited to this year’s Parfitt Day, the St Paul's annual keyboard day. French pianist Emmanuel Despax will be performing works by Chopin, César Franck and Liszt in our celebrity lunchtime recital. Following this, Mr Despax will be working with three piano pupils in an open masterclass. The day concludes with the Parfitt Pupil Concert, a wonderful opportunity to hear some of our talented piano, organ & harpsichord players. If you would like to attend any of the above events please contact 
Alexis White, Head of Keyboard.

Colet Day 2017


The first Thursday of October is always much anticipated; it marks the annual assembly of the three St Paul's schools at, aptly enough, St Paul's Cathedral. Colet Day began in true London fashion: a sense of exasperation in the wake of the threat of a city-wide tube strike. Thankfully, the suspension of the strike meant that MIVs were able to tour the Tate Modern in the morning before we all congregated under the highly-decorated dome famously designed by Christopher Wren. During the service representatives from the three schools recounted the story of Old Pauline Thomas Clarkson and his involvement in the abolition of slavery, followed by a sermon by The Reverend Dr Jamie Hawkey who explained John Colet's and Erasmus’ role in the foundation of our schools. We ended with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, and the school spirit was palpable throughout the day.
Eve VI

Friday Lecture Series

Professor Joni Lovenduski

Last Friday, the Senior School welcomed Professor Joni Lovenduski as the Friday lecturer for half an hour of feminist politics focusing on women in the political system. Having been asked to head hunt female advisers for David Cameron’s government, she spoke forcefully on the lack of women applying for jobs in this male-dominated field. On the divisive issue of female quotas, she is in favour, arguing that having women included in legislative processes ensures laws benefit both sexes equally, and without them, we wait until 2060 to have an even balance of both men and women in politics. Comprising two very relevant topics for Paulinas, this was definitely a lecture to remember.
Chessie VIII

Academic Symposium

Last night we were treated to an extraordinary array of scholarly presentations from students from the two St Paul's schools at the annual symposium. Prize winners from our Senior Scholarship and the boys' school equivalent, the High Master's Apposition Prize, gave short, pithy, and sometimes witty, orations summarising their research. It was a veritable feast with subjects ranging from how life began on earth, to assisted suicide, to Alzheimer's disease, to predicting elections, to the medieval poem Pearl and the 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator. The evening encapsulated all that is best about the intellectual traditions of the two schools: joyful scholarship and partnership. It was an inspiring event for us all.
Will le Fleming, Deputy Head, Director of Senior School

Northern Junior Debating Championship


A long trip to Newcastle proved rewarding as our U16 debaters emerged victorious on their third visit to the north east. Liberty O and Joyce C from the V topped the qualifying, with Liberty taking the ‘best speaker’ cup and Joyce finishing in second place. They had to master some very challenging motions on environmental legislation, zero hours contracts and politics in post-conflict democracies. In the grand final, two St Paul's teams faced two Scottish teams. Lucy B and Nikaya V from the VI triumphed on a football motion, trusting in Mr Askew’s advice that ‘sports motions are rarely about sport'. The Northern Junior Championship is the UK’s premier U16 competition with teams competing from as far apart as London and Dundee, so it was a wonderful experience for all involved. 
Sara VI

Communications Careers Fair


One of the best things about St Paul's is that we are encouraged to interact with OPs, and learn about their career journeys. The Communications Career Fair on Tuesday allowed us to do just that. What struck me most was the huge variety of potential pathways towards and within a communications career. Paulinas had studied a wide range of subjects at university, from theology to history to art, and their current roles were similarly diverse. Helen Slater gave me advice about marketing within the arts, and I learnt a lot from Katrina Kutchinsky about her career in lifestyle PR. Over the course of the evening, I also found out about jobs which I didn’t even know existed, and all in all, it was a massively inspiring event. 
Costi VII

Hispanic Theatre Festival


Last week on Tuesday, six Spanish students took part in an inter-school Hispanic theatre competition at North London Collegiate School. We performed an extract taken from the Golden Age novel Don Quijote, adapted by Miss Mardell. Although learning lines in another language proved challenging at first, in the end we delivered a clear (and, in our opinion, humorous) piece. Even with some questionable judging, the experience was hugely rewarding and we are so grateful to Miss Mardell for guiding and rehearsing us in preparation for such a fun evening celebrating Spanish theatre. 
Asha VIII

A Senator's Visit


The Singing Hall has rarely been as packed to the rafters and full of febrile anticipation as it was yesterday lunch time. Why? The eagerly awaited arrival of Senator Mike Lee, Republican and junior Senator for Utah. Senator Lee gave a crisp and wide-ranging introduction to the American political system and a clear annunciation of his views on the Bill of Rights and the need for constitutionally-limited government. He then faced a series of challenging
questions from the girls, which dealt with issues such as climate change, gun control, abortion rights, positive discrimination and the nature of the two-party system. The session was thought-provoking and controversial, and discussions continued into history and politics lessons, and beyond, all afternoon. It is always illuminating to be removed from one's own echo chamber!
Tom Peck, Head of Politics

Musical Achievements

Huge congratulations to all our exceptionally committed Paulina musicians:
Miyu in the VIII has been awarded her LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) for piano. This is three levels above Grade 8, and the highest level a Paulina has ever have achieved.
Guilia in the VIII has gained her DipABRSM in cello with distinction and has been named the principal cellist in the National Youth Orchestra.
Andreana who is only in the V has earned an ARSM award in piano with distinction.

Dmitri Alexeev Concert


On Friday 6 October, we were honoured to welcome the critically-acclaimed Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev to St Paul's. He performed Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasie in A Flat Major op 61, followed by Scriabin's 24 Preludes op 11. Described by Hilary Finch as a 'great poet of the piano,' Alexeev's concert was both memorable and moving, and he produced extraordinary tone colours and sound worlds. Teachers, parents and students from all years were enraptured by Alexeev's playing, and it was described by one student as 'unforgettable.'
Priya LV

Poetry Discussion with Hannah Lowe


Hannah Lowe started writing poetry after the death of her Chinese-Jamaican father. Accordingly, her poems deal with the loss of the mystery man - simultaneously familiar and unknown - at their heart, whilst also engaging with fundamental questions of cultural and racial identity, marginalisation and inheritance. After Lowe’s intimate reading from her works Chick and Chan, discussion darted from dealing with writer’s block to whether personal poetry should slip into the public sphere. Most interesting for me was her unromantic representation of the poetic process; Lowe laughs at the Romantic idea of ‘spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling', describing instead a painstaking method of research, vision and revision. Lowe’s poetry is crosshatched with myth, wit and history, a eulogy and elegy to not only a father but also a London increasingly cramped by gentrification and cultural homogenisation.
Cecily VIII

St Paul's Charities 2017

We are thrilled to announce this year's school charities, voted on by the whole school. This year's domestic charity is The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity which was established in memory of a young man called Charlie Waller, who tragically took his life after suffering from depression. Its aim is to help remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, and raise awareness, particularly among young people, so they are not hesitant about seeking help. Our international charity is Days for Girls, a charity which provides free and sustainable sanitary products to young girls in developing countries across the globe. It also aims to provide health education in this area, combating misunderstanding around periods so that every girl can continue to attend school every month. We are proud to be supporting these charities, and look forward to many successful fund-raising events in the months ahead.
Ilyana VII

Paulinas Become Mercers' Apprentices


On Tuesday 3 October, Amy and I went to the Guildhall, to take part in a ceremony where we were both indentured to be apprentices to Past Master Peter Clark of the Guild of Mercers’ Scholars (pictured). Later in the evening, we participated in the seventieth anniversary Installation Dinner at Mercers' Hall, to celebrate the appointment as Master of Jessica Bethell-Jones OP 1989-1996. This was a particularly special evening as Amy and I are amongst the first Paulinas to become apprentices. Dr Bailes was also present as a newly elected Guild Member and our School Court Assistant. As part of the evening, I was also given the privilege of performing the Debussy Cello Sonata with Miss White, to the members of the Guild.
Guilia VIII

Classics Society Lecture

On Wednesday 27 September, Classics Society welcomed Dr Bruno Currie of Oriel College, Oxford to talk about the reunion of Odysseus and Penelope in Homer’s Odyssey. Rather than delivering a lecture, Dr Currie invited the audience to read out sections of Book 23, and to discuss whether Penelope had recognised her husband at that point. As the talk progressed, Dr Currie guided us towards the realisation that Penelope recognises Odysseus far sooner than expected, illuminating the complexities both in her character and in their relationship. We were all encouraged to re-consider this scene of reconciliation between the long-estranged couple.
Nicole VIII

Feature Photo

The notice board on the Marble: another busy and diverse week at St Paul's!

Trips and Exchanges

Senior Geography Fieldtrip to London Docklands


We are currently learning about how the characteristics of an area influence people's perception of the place. We began with some preliminary research on the East End, which included enjoying a melodrama-filled episode of the well-known soap opera EastEnders and collecting census data which gave us an idea of the demographic, cultural, political, socio-economic, natural and built environment of the area. Arguably, this gave us an one-sided impression of the East End, and it was interesting to see how some of our views evolved as we gauged a sense of place from real life experience and our own collected data. We began at the London Docklands Museum, made our way through the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf, and ended at the regenerated area of Stratford and the legendary Olympic Park. 
MiriamVII

Drama Trip to Les Enfants Terribles


On Friday 29 September, drama students travelled to the East End for an evening performance of Les Enfants Terribles at Wilton's Music Hall, one of the most important early music halls in the world. An exquisitely designed sequence of macabre cautionary tales spun by an outstanding cast of five actors and musicians, this peculiar production incorporated song, poetry and puppetry in a sad, funny, sinister and quirky performance that both terrified and moved students and teachers alike.
Isabella VI

Senior Drama Trip to B


The A level drama students went to see Guillermo Calderón's new play B at the Royal Court yesterday. Set in a single apartment in Chile, two young anti-capitalist anarchists prepare to plant a bomb as the show explores questions of violence, generation gaps, ideology, and whether terrorist acts are ever justified. Moments of humour appeared as the codewords 'cow' and 'cheese' replaced the forbidden term ‘bomb’, which inadvertently relieved the tension in even the most emotionally fraught scenes. Overall, Calderón presented an often heavily ironic, but fascinating examination of revolutionary violence in the modern world, with a standout performance in her final monologue by actress Aimée Ffion-Edwards.
Sophia VIII

Sports Results

Football
Team 

Girls-U13A

Lacrosse
Team

Girls-U19A

Opponent
The Godolphin & Latymer School


Opponent
Lady Eleanor Holles

Score
2 - 6


Score
3 - 14
Girls-U19B
Girls-U15A
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
4 - 5
3 - 5
3 - 13
1 - 5
8 - 7
9 - 6
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U19C
Girls-U13C

Netball
Team

Girls-U16A
Girls-U16B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U13C
Girls-U13D
Girls-U13E
Girls-U13F
Girls-U19A
Girls-U19B
Girls-U19A
Girls-U16A
Girls-U12A
Girls-U12B
Girls-U12C
Girls-U12D
Girls-U19A
Girls-U19B
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U14A
Girls-U14B
Girls-U14C
Girls-U14D
Girls-U15A
Girls-U15B
Girls-U15C

Swimming
Team

Girls-U13A
Girls-U12A
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
Putney High School
St James Senior Girls' School
St James Senior Girls' School


Opponent
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Notting Hill and Ealing High 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
Putney High School
Surbiton High School
Surbiton High School
Surbiton High School



Opponent
London League
London League
4 - 2
3 - 6
8 - 3
3- 10
8 - 8
12 - 3
10 - 3
3 - 5
5 - 11
7 - 0


Score
13 - 12
4 - 17
28 - 7
13 - 14
17 - 11
12 - 10
10 - 8
4 - 5
3 - 1
8 - 0
16 - 17
20 - 12
26 - 10
18 - 11
9 - 11
4 - 10
2 - 7
15 - 9
18 - 20
16 - 10
13 - 24
4 - 27
16 - 15
21 - 18
5 - 12
3 - 17
4 - 30
11 - 7
9 - 5



Score
First Place
First Place
 
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