The Bulletin - Friday 23 June 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 6 Issue 14

June 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

VII Art Exhibition
Tuesday 27 June
Warburg Library

You are invited to attend the VII art exhibition 'Honey, I'm Home!', next Tuesday from 6-8pm at which there will be various artworks on display
responding to the theme 'the domestic'. The exhibition has been
produced, curated and designed by the VII art A level students and promises to be a wonderful evening. The event is open to any students, parents or friends that may wish to attend.

Sports Day
Tuesday 4 July
Sports Field
From 1.20pm

Our annual sports day will be held at the field on Tuesday 4 July. This is an informal event primarily for girls and staff, but parents are very welcome to attend from 1.20pm. 
Please bring photo ID to enter the grounds and use the entrance on 
Luxemburg Gardens
. For security reasons, access may be denied to those spectators unable to produce appropriate identification.

Wednesday 5 July

A reminder that the school day finishes for all years at midday on Wednesday 5 July as we will be formally saying goodbye to the VIII at this year’s Valediction. Lunch will not be available to students.

A Farewell Concert for Clarissa Farr

On Thursday 15 June, the music department held a special concert and reception to celebrate the High Mistress’ time at St Paul’s, and to thank her for her years of support. An audience of staff, students and parents enjoyed wonderful performances by members of the department, plus a guest appearance by John York (a former Head of Keyboard) and Fiona York (a current Visiting Music Teacher) playing Holst’s 'Jupiter', from an arrangement of The Planets for piano duet. The final piece in the concert, composed especially for the occasion by Composer-in-Residence, Bernard Hughes, featured all nine members of the music staff in a finale which was both touching and stirring!

Dads4Daughters Update

Dads4Daughters gathers apace and we are delighted with the continued support of our fathers and girls. Last week, for example, Scott and Charlotte Thiel (VII) organised an event at BlackRock to discuss unconscious bias, which Annie Auerbach, OP, addressed. Over 7,000 people took our unconscious bias test and the results were illuminating: men and women are equally likely to be biased, but fathers of daughters are less likely to consider leadership a male attribute. We were thrilled when the founder of HeForShe, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, contacted us and we are now working on a memorandum of understanding with them. We also have the Association of State Girls’ Schools on board and are hoping that the initiative will be rolled out across the state sector next year. The cause continues to generate press interest and you may have seen the recent articles in The Sunday Times and the Wall St Journal. If any fathers would like to be involved further please do contact our Director of Communications, Liza Coutts.

UIV Prize Giving

On Wednesday 21 June the whole of the UIV, along with parents and staff, gathered in the Singing Hall for the UIV Prize Giving. The event consisted of a lovely mix of musical and dance performances, academic presentations, extra curricular demonstrations and, of course, the awarding of prizes. UIVMF and UIVEA kicked off the event with a group dance to Disney’s ‘Under the Sea’, followed by an art presentation on pinhole photography and surrealism. This was then followed by an English presentation on The Taming of the Shrew, a mock debate on the motion ‘This House would Ban Exams’ and finally a computer coding demonstration. Following the presentation of prizes, the UIV music scholars treated us to a wonderful performance of ‘Marching Melody’, an original piece composed by Francesca. The event was a celebration of everything the year group has achieved over their two years in the Lower School. They can look forward to life in the LV with confidence and excitement.
Sophie Corthine, Head of UIV

V Careers Conference

As part of our Futureworks programme, the V have recently enjoyed their annual careers day. OPs returned to talk about their career paths in the morning and there were afternoon visits to a variety of work environments. These included; IBM, an architects' practice, the BBC, the Royal Opera House, an engineering company and a local primary school. Nikaya writes, ‘I really enjoyed the careers day. The stories the OPs told really helped to ease my mind about subject choices and job prospects. The afternoon session was incredible; I visited the BBC and definitely felt that I would flourish in a similar environment'.

Middle School German Play

Swiss author Dürrenmatt would have much enjoyed our performance of Die Physiker last Wednesday. The cast of 20 girls from LV and V and four guest-starring teachers presented a gripping show which mixed frank comedy with a moving reflection on the theme of science and responsibility. The girls had to learn large chunks of German and work hard on pronunciation and intonation, but from the ease with which they spoke their lines, you would not have guessed the huge effort that lay behind the performance. Surtitles were translated by Lexie in the VII. The team had great fun together and received loud applause. Ein Erfolg! 
Hélène May, Modern Languages Department

Onyx Brass Workshop

On Tuesday 13 June, the music department hosted  Onyx Brass, the country’s leading brass quintet. Their visit was split into three parts: they gave the school Brass Ensemble a masterclass and prepared a new work written specially for the event by our Composer-in-Residence, Bernard Hughes, entitled Carole Dance; they then encouraged complete beginners (including girls starting in September) to come and try a brass instrument and got them performing a wonderful arrangement of Rossini’s William Tell Overture. Finally, they treated us to an exceptional concert in which they gave the world premiere of Carole Dance alongside our Brass Ensemble. It was a magnificent occasion which has hopefully inspired a new generation of brass players at the school.
Matt Dickinson, Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion

Routes into Languages Translation Bee

On Monday 12 June we hosted the regional finals of the UIV and LV 'Routes into Languages' Translation Bee. The last 85 competitors of the initial 5,870 were invited to compete for five places in the final for each language out of French, German and Spanish. Although the other 40 schools proved stiff competition, four St Paul's girls managed to get to the National Final at Cambridge university on 3 July. Many congratulations to all who took part and especially to Francesca (first place, German, UIV), Jiawen (third place, German, UIV), Andreana (first place, French, LV) and Priya (third place, Spanish, UIV).
Daniella Mardell, Modern Languages Department

Joint Strings Day

On Sunday 18 June, musicians from both St Paul’s schools participated in a day of string playing over at the boys’ school. Under the direction of Dr Evans and with Miss Sturt in the viola section, we rehearsed Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, an orchestra piece in three movements that lasts just twelve minutes. Having such a long stretch of time allowed us to master the difficult syncopated rhythms of the first movement which was described as ‘almost like jazz’. The concert, attended by parents at the end of the day, went very well. As a surprise, we also played 'Speak Low' by Kurt Weill. It so happens that my grandfather, David Drew, devoted much of his life to writing about and promoting Kurt Weill’s music so my mother was very grateful that she could celebrate Father’s Day by listening to that beautiful piece.
Bella MIV

Success at the Shine Media Awards

Congratulations to the editorial team for The Marble, St Paul’s school newspaper, which won first prize in two categories: ‘Best Business Strategy’ and the coveted ‘Best Newspaper’ award at the Shine Media Awards at Stationers’ Hall on Monday 19 June. These prizes represent the best performance by St Paul's in the awards, especially as the team were also highly commended in the ‘Best Cover’ category. 

Essay Prizes and Research Placements

Congratulations to all VII students who have excelled in nationwide university competitions this year. Paulinas have done particularly well in the scientific field, placing in three separate categories in Newnham College’s prizes, which is a St Paul’s first!

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. You can read her submission here.
Anna was highly commended in the Weston-Smith Physical Sciences Prize, which places her in the top five entries. Her essay was on antibodies.

Furthermore, Ayesha and Vernuja have been awarded competitive Nuffield Research Placements where they will be able to work alongside
professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Outside of the scientific field, Cecily was highly commended in the Christopher Marlowe English Essay Prize at Corpus Christi, Cambridge. You can read her essay on the role of the shoe in Madame Bovary here.

Paulina vs Pauline Moot

On Wednesday 21 June a team of four Paulinas crossed the bridge to take on the boys’ school in the annual moot. The case was regarding the legality of assisted suicide, namely, whether the 1961 Suicide Act breaches the ECHR. After a week of intense preparation, that involved wrangling with large volumes of complex case law and multiple pieces of both UK and EU legislation, the time had come to show our knowledge. We are very grateful to the two lawyers who came to judge the case and we were thrilled
to be awarded winners of the moot this year. 
Betty VII

Law Society Lecture

On Thursday 17 June, Law Society welcomed OP judge Audrey Sander to speak on her path into the law and her time in the profession. Judge Sander was the 84th woman to be admitted to the Bar and has practised both as a barrister and a solicitor, as well as becoming a circuit judge towards the end of her career. It was wonderful to learn about the cases that she worked on, and her experiences as a woman at the Bar were thought-provoking for us all. I am sure her talk inspired many of us to consider a future career in the legal profession!
Laura VII

Year 5 Enrichment Day

On Wednesday 14 June we were delighted to hold our annual Enrichment Day at St Paul’s. Over forty girls from Year 5 joined us for a day of exciting curriculum based activities. The day is intended to stimulate the girls and provide a snapshot of life at secondary school. They discovered pentominoes and applied logic in order to solve creative problems in maths, conducted experiments into the acidity of various substances in chemistry, wrote poetry about sherbert in English, together with trying out their linguistic skills in German. Our Peer Supporters helped out and ensured that our young visitors were well looked after. This Year 5 day is a key part of our ongoing outreach work developing links with many primary schools across London.
Claire Richardson, Admissions Officer

Mock Election Results

Politics has never been so gripping and no more so than our St Paul's mock election (following the mock leaders debate), which ended on a tie; both the Tories and LibDems polled identical votes with 154 each, closely followed by Labour on 128. It is interesting that the LibDem vote was consistent across all year groups, whereas the Conservative vote was highest amongst the younger years. Conversely, the staff and older students proved to be more left-leaning.

Feature Photos

Both the construction of the new building on the main school site and the new pavillion at the school field are progressing well. This week, the PE department toured the new pavillion (above) and Ms Farr, Mr Vanni, school governor Dervilla Mitchell, and Director of Resources Katie Kerr visited the new building whilst window installation was underway (below).

Trips and Exchanges

UIV Bentley Copse Camping Trip

On 10 to 11 June, the UIV went to Bentley Copse for a weekend of camping and outdoor activities. It was our first residential trip for the whole year group and we were all looking forward to it very eagerly. Bentley Copse was filled with many exciting activities including the zip wire, pedal karts, jacob’s ladder, rock climbing and having a dip in the swimming pool in our free time. During the trip, the aim was to make dinner and breakfast within our tent groups by ourselves, which was well worth the experience. The highlight of the trip was when we all sat around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing songs together.
Shaajana UIV

V Biology Fieldtrip to Epping Forest

Last Wednesday, the entire V took a biology field trip to Epping Forest. Despite the rather chilly June weather, we ventured into the forest and investigated how the plant coverage varied in different areas. Led by enthusiastic members of the Field Studies Council, we enjoyed throwing quadrats and counting flowers. We were not used to the abundance of bugs in the forest, but ultimately had fun batting 'nature' off of our biology worksheets. We were lucky that it didn't rain, so we all returned tired, but dry, with a better understanding of ecology.
Rosa V

UIV Geography Fieldtrip to Dorking

We were introduced to geography fieldwork through a trip to the River Tillingbourne and Dorking. Surveying people in Dorking was an interesting experience; we were investigating whether
Dorking is a great place to live, with most local residents seeming to think it was, although the increase in traffic seemed a contentious issue! Paddling in the river Tillingbourne, whilst collecting data on velocity, depth, width and sediment size was really fun. We are now analysing our data in the classroom to see if this river conforms to the Bradshaw model which shows how a typical river is expected to change downstream.

PSHE Trip to the Supreme Court

On 5 June, the PSHE Ambassadors spent an afternoon at the Supreme Court to learn more about the British legal system. Upon arrival, we visited the permanent exhibition which explained the history of the Supreme Court, as well as how it translates into our lives and law. Afterwards we were taken on a tour of the building during which we visited each of the three court rooms. We learnt a lot about the appeal system and discussed real cases in the hands of barristers, such as gay marriage, euthanasia and the freedom to worship Star Wars. We voted on difficult decisions and questioned real verdicts.  
Elise MIV

VII Visit to Quantum Black

On 7 June, five members of the VII visited Quantum Black, a data analytics software company. We learnt about how computer science and creativity combine to form innovative solutions to problems faced by major companies. By talking to employees from some of QB's different divisions, we were able to get an insight into the multiple disciplines that come together to deliver QB's distinctive answers. We discussed the extent of gender inequality in senior positions in technology companies, but it was heartening to hear about what QB and McKinsey (their parent company) are actively doing to combat this. A highlight was meeting Anna Watkins (in the background of the photo), GB gold medalist for double sculls in 2012, who now works at QB as Vice President of Business Development.
Georgie VII

Russian Trip to Intelligence Squared Debate

On 8 June (Election Day!), a group of Paulinas from the LV and V went to watch a debate in Westminster organised by Intelligence Squared on the motion 'It’s time to bring Russia in from the cold: rapprochement is in the West’s best interests'. The four speakers were all well-known and respected experts. Proposing the motion were Vladimir Pozner (known as 'the face of Russia') and Domitilla Sagramoso, and Michael Hayden (former director of the CIA and NSA) and Radek Sikorski (former Polish minister for defence and foreign affairs) stood in opposition. The debate was both exciting and informative to watch, and definitely helped broaden my knowledge of Russia.
Vicky LV

LV Geography Fieldtrip to East London

On our LV geography trip to East London on 9 June, we investigated how population was changing in Spitalfields. This involved carrying out a population survey, interviewing a sample of residents and mapping the shops and services in the area. The second half of our day was focused on investigating sustainability in East Village, Stratford. This included another resident interview, but also performing a community assessment during which we gave scores to different aspects of the site on its sustainability. By the end of the day, the whole year group had learned a lot about two different, but equally interesting and important, aspects of London's geography, particularly in areas that are rapidly growing and diversifying due to varying pull and push factors.
Lizzie LV

V Greek Trip to the British Museum

Two weeks ago those of us studying Greek in the V visited the British Museum in order to enrich our knowledge of classical civilisation. We were intrigued to see artefacts such as spindles, loom weights and knee-guards for processing wool (shown in the picture above) which were actually used by the women of Ancient Greece. We were especially amazed by the number of pots of varied shape and beautiful design that have survived over 2500 years.
Federica, Charlotte and Artemis V

MIV Drama Trip to Matilda

Tuesday 6 June saw the MIVs frantically excited about the evening’s award-winning and much-loved production of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre. The evening whizzed by, thanks in large part to the extraordinarily witty and energetic performances from the talented young cast. We flew through moments of song and dance, drama and comedy (but thankfully not through the air, like the unfortunate Amanda Thripp, who is savagely swung and thrown by her pigtails by the brutish Miss Trunchbull). It all ended with the MIVs applauding not only a wonderful story well-told, but the tantalising prospect of much mischief and mayhem to come, the seeds of which the play had sown in their minds.
Anya MIV

UIV Drama Trip to On the Town

Last week, the UIV went to the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park to see a production of On the Town. This musical transported us to the bustling city of 1940s New York. The play, through the combination of voice and movement, told the tale of three sailors who had only a single day to explore and enjoy the Big Apple. I am sure all Paulinas particularly appreciated the modernisation of the production, specifically in the way it defied gender stereotypes and paid attention to the important roles of the female characters.
Imogen UIV

Sports News

Athletics Highlights

We’ve had another exceptional term of athletics results this summer. Highlights include:
  • Nine Paulinas were selected to represent Hammersmith and Fulham borough at the Main Track and Field Championships in Battersea. Freja (LV) placed second in the junior girls’ high jump, Helena (V) placed second in both the intermediate girls’ high jump and 300m, and Avery (V) came first in the intermediate girls’ triple jump. Particular congratulations to Charlotte (V) who not only achieved first place in the intermediate girl’s 800m, but also set a new London Schools best performance time of 2m11.03s in the process.
  • Another eight of our top MIV and UIV athletes competed in the LSAA Year 7 and 8 Track and Field Championships at Mile End for the borough. Anya (MIV) won silver in the Year 7 girls’ long jump (pictured above) and Katinka (UIV) won bronze in the Year 8 girls’ long jump (pictured below).
  • At the first round of the ESAA Track and Field Cup our junior team placed fifth in the county and the intermediates won by over 90 points. This earned them qualification for the South East of England Regional A finals where they fought hard to finish fifth overall last Thursday.

St Paul's School Records Broken

We have had a total of five school records broken this year. Alice in the VII who took a whopping ten seconds off the previous record set in 1992 for the senior girls’ 800m with a time of 2m14.40s. She also set a new 1500m steeple chase record in a time of 5m16.19s and has been chosen to represent London at the English Schools National Championships in this event. Also, Charlotte in the V has broken three records in the intermediate girls’ 300m, 400m and 800m races. Charlotte broke the school 300m record set 11 years ago in a time of 40.7s as well as the 400m record by 5 seconds set just last year, but most impressively Charlotte has smashed the 800m record taking 14 whole seconds off the previous time in 2m08.49s! Charlotte is also competing at the English Schools National Championships in this last event.

Senior Rowing Team Pre-Qualifies for HRR Regatta

The senior girls quad have pre-qualified for the HRR regatta as a result of their top 6 finish at the National Schools Regatta. 600 crews have entered the regatta from 27 different countries with 52 crews competing in our event, the Diamond Jubilee. Eight other crews have been pre-selected, whilst all the other entries must race a time trial for the remaining eight spots. The women’s events at this regatta are elite and the majority of the competitors have raced internationally, therefore pre-qualify is a real testament to how far the St Paul's Boat Club has progressed and how hard the girls who will be taking part have trained.

Sports Results



The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School
Putney High School GDST
7.5 - 15.5
8.5 - 11.5
3.5 - 7.5
13.5 - 18
17 - 7.5
12.5 - 8
17 - 7.5




Girls-U13A The Godolphin & Latymer School 22 - 35
Girls-U13A The Lady Eleanor Holles School 2 - 10
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
Latymer Upper School
St Helen's School
2 - 10
4 - 12
8 - 2

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