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The Bulletin - Friday 5 May 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 6 Issue 12

May 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

Clarissa Farr Farewell Concert
Thursday 15 June
Free tickets available here
Limited to two per family

The music department invites you to a concert celebrating the headship of Clarissa Farr, followed by a drinks reception in the Great Hall. The evening will include works by Schumann, Brahms, Holst, and the premiere of a new composition written especially for the occasion by Composer-in-Residence, Bernard Hughes. Please contact the music department on 020 7605 4812 with any queries.

 
Senior Art Show

Thursday 18 May
6-8pm, Great Hall
Refreshments provided

You are warmly invited to the reception for the Senior Art Show, an exhibition which represents the culmination of the two-year art A level course. The evening promises an eclectic mix of clay sculpture, painting, three dimensional casting, metal sculpture, paper engineering, printmaking, photography, film, animation and a giant infinity illusion room.

Head Girl Team 2017-2018


Congratulations to the newly-selected Head Girl Team for next year's VIII. Tallulah is Head Girl and Kristin Deputy Head Girl. They will be ably assisted by the Head Girl Team comprising Asha, Juliana, Sophia, Hannah, Nathalie, Chessie, Olivia , Naomi, Auraand Matilda. Each of the team has been allocated to a year group in the school. These girls have important ambassadorial and leadership roles, but it is important to stress that we see all our senior girls as student leaders at St Paul’s.

Higher Education Conference


Our annual Higher Education Conference took place on Saturday 22 April, with many of the Russell Group universities leading seminars offering university information and advice on admissions. It was a lively morning with Paulinas, parents and visitors from neighbouring schools. Old Paulinas were also on hand to share their experience of studying at university, both in the UK and US, or travelling and working as part of an exciting GAP year. Girls in the VII hosted the various speakers and school staff were available to discuss our higher education programme, now well underway, and to support girls through the application process.
Jo Moriarty, Director of Higher Education and Careers

VI Art Exhibition


Last week saw the annual exhibition of the VI Art School Directed Course. As ever, the Great Hall was transformed by the extraordinary display of different media and styles, and parents and students alike enjoyed the opportunity to appreciate the wealth of work with the artists themselves. Annabel Quick writes, 'we are especially grateful to Mr Michell, whom we remembered as we reflected on all the help he had given us, and we designed the catalogue and invitation with his creative spirit in mind; he was sorely missed. It was lovely to conclude the past two years with such a fun and inspiring event'.

Concerto Concert


On Wednesday 26 April, the Great Hall hosted the swansongs of four outgoing VIII music scholars (Rafaela, Helen, Sum-Ping, and Caroline) in the music department’s annual Concerto Concert. The scholars each gave solo performances with orchestra, offering pieces by composers as diverse as Haydn and Gershwin, and showcasing the culmination of their years of hard work and musical excellence at St Paul's. In addition to the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, there were polished performances by Paulina Voices and the Nine-tingales, a close-harmony group of nine VIII singers formed especially for the concert. The evening ended with rousing renditions of 'Jerusalem' and 'I Vow to Thee, My Country', giving the audience the chance to join in after witnessing music-making of such a consistently high calibre.
Gabbi Freemantle, Music Department Manager 

International Biology Olympiad


Congratulations to Rebecca in the VIII who has been chosen to represent the UK at the world’s largest biology competition for school pupils, the International Biology Olympiad, organised by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). She beat over 7,500 other students from 675 schools at the British Biology Olympiad (BBO) to gain a place on the team for the international final. The UK team will compete on home ground for the first time ever at the University of Warwick in July, and battle against students from over 60 other countries, taking part in theoretical and practical tasks and challenges designed to test their biosciences acumen and stretch their understanding of the subject to the limit.
Matthew Reeve, Head of Biology

French Lecture


Oxford University’s Dr Simon Kemp gave a fascinating talk on the difficulties of translating Harry Potter into French. He explained the translator’s dilemma of whether or not to change the English character names into French and whether or not to retain those names that were already French. This was a problem because, for example, if you’re French reading about ‘Fleur Delacour’, you’re actually reading about a ‘yard flower’ so the sophistication of her personality is lost (likewise with Voldemort as it literally translates as ‘flight or death’ or ‘theft of death’). Furthermore, in the French version, Neville Longbottom has become Neville Longdubas so, rather than it coming across as an unfortunate surname, in French it can be interpreted as reflecting his physical appearance!
Federica and Artemis V

Sporting Achievements

A number of Paulinas have achieved some fantastic individual sports results recently:

Federica (V) who represented St Paul's at the English Schools Table Tennis Association final for table tennis and finished third.

Linxuan (MIV) won a bronze medal in the U12 girls sabre event at the British Youth Championship Fencing Competition.

Following her success in the U14 European competition in Norway last December, where she was placed second in doubles, Jess (LV) played her first International Tennis Federation games across South Africa, Qatar and the Ivory Coast this February and Easter. She scored her first ITF points in single and doubles events and ranks 1836 for juniors (aged 13-18) worldwide.

Charlotte (V) broke the school 800m record over the Easter holidays.
 
Avery (V) finished 23rd at the World Junior Fencing Championships.
 
Congratulations to all on their magnificent achievements!

Students Supporting Street Kids Marathon


On Sunday 2 April, Alice in the VII ran the Wimbledon Common half marathon. She finished in 1 hour 43 minutes and raised over £2600 for Students Supporting Street Kids, a charity founded and run by students with branches at both the St Paul’s schools.

LV Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Thursday 20 April saw parents take their daughters into their workplaces (from lawyers’ offices to banks to the BBC Broadcasting House) for their first taste of work experience. Sasha spent the day at the BBC and writes: 'we discussed ideas for a programme about Fay Dowker’s new theory of spacetime atoms. After that, I had a tour of the headquarters, and watched a scientific news programme being recorded and edited as well as a live broadcast of the news and the professional frenzy in the newsroom'. The overall feeling from the year group was that the day was extremely fruitful and eye-opening.

Classics Society Lecture

Classics Society welcomed Dr Tom Mackenzie from University College London to give an introductory insight on the Presocratics. Taking our attribution of Western philosophy to the Greeks, Dr Mackenzie examined the thoughts of various key figures from the sixth and fifth centuries BC. From Thales to Heraclitus and Parmenides, we found out what the hot philosophical topics were for the archaic Greek thinkers, such as defining the matter from which all things are made. The conclusion of Parmenides, equating thinking with being, proved particularly interesting, whereupon we were all invited to ponder whether the Presocratics could be named the first philosophers.
Nicole VII

Feature Photo

A photo from St Paul's own mock French election and debate with speeches in French from the eleven 'candidates' two days before the first round of the French Presidential election.

Trips and Exchanges

V Washington Exchange


During the Easter holidays, twelve Paulinas spent a little over a week in Washington DC on an exchange with National Cathedral School. It was obviously a fascinating time to be there from a political point of view, but this was not all. From going to the Spy Museum, to a cooking class in Virginia, there were plenty of other interesting things to do throughout our stay. We also all took advantage of the multitude of shops we had heard of from across the Atlantic, but had never been to, which inevitably meant a trip to Target. All the exchanges were extremely friendly and the city itself was very pretty with the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Yasemin V

Cantamus Tour to Belgium


On the May bank holiday weekend, Cantamus went on tour to Belgium. We had an incredible time performing in breath-taking venues, exploring Belgium’s history and breaking off for delicious Belgian waffles. We performed three concerts, each with a varied programme including choral pieces, chamber groups, solo performances and a close harmony group. The venues included the Basilica of Holy Blood, where, according to legend, a sample of Jesus Christ’s blood is kept, as well as the huge and incredibly ornate St Bavo’s Cathedral in Gent. We also enjoyed a canal cruise on the waterways through Bruges and discovered the ten-pin bowling talents of Paulinas. The tour was a special experience, teaching me that coach sing-alongs and delicious food make the best combination for bonding!
Joyce LV

LV Italian Trip to Siena


During the Easter holidays thirteen Italian students went on a wonderful trip to Siena. Every day we had three hours of Italian lessons in the morning and then two hours to roam around and get lunch. In the afternoon we did something different every day (with varying degrees of touristiness.) We visited the beautiful Palazzo and Duomo, and got to experience the seventeen Contrada (districts) of Siena. One day we took a local bus to San Gimignano and tasted the ice cream there, which is supposedly the best in the world. In the evening we went out for dinner and had a late night stroll to the Campo before going back to the hotel.
Courtenay LV

UIV and LV Bonn Exchange


A group of girls from the UIV and LV travelled to Bonn on Sunday 26 March. We were there for six days, exploring the city and visiting museums during the Liebfrauenschule school time and immersing ourselves in German culture and with our host familes in the afternoons and evenings. Over the week our German conversational skills improved greatly, and we quickly adapted to a different living environment. Some of the most memorable moments as a school group were visiting the natural history museum, Beethoven’s house and the Haribo factory. My personal favourite was Cologne cathedral. It holds the relics of the three wise men in a shrine that took 30 years to make.
Abby UIV

V and VI German Trip to Dresden


German students from the V and VI travelled to Dresden for a week-long language trip. Each day started with language lessons in the Goethe Institute, where we learnt a lot of vocabulary but also a great deal about culture. The highlights of our afternoon excursions were a trip to the interactive Maths Museum and a trip to the Meissen factory, where we had ample opportunity to practise our German. On the weekend, we enjoyed some truly spectacular views on a hike in the nearby mountains. The jam-packed trip left us exhausted, but we thoroughly enjoyed the week!
Nicole V

VIII History Trip to Dublin


Over the Easter holidays the VIII historians went to Dublin to enhance our study of Irish history and visit some of the iconic places featured in our course. Highlights included a visit to Glasnevin cemetery, where we saw the graves of some of our favourite nationalist leaders; Croke Park, where a few tried their hand at hurling, and Trinity College Dublin, where the tour guide turned out to be the main attraction! The trip really brought Irish history alive and it was particularly exciting to get a flavour of the modern implications of the historic events we have learnt about in the classroom.
Tici and Saya VIII

UIV Classics Trip to the Bay of Naples

Almost half of the UIV went on the annual trip to Pompeii and the Bay of Naples this Easter, which gave us a wonderful opportunity to see the ruined city in real life, rather than just in our textbooks. Our sight-seeing journey took us to a wealth of fascinating and beautiful sites and museums, including the temples of Ceres in Paestum (pictured above). The trip was not only educational, but also fun too; the ideal way to spend the holiday for anyone with an interest in Latin, the ancient world…or gelato.
Lenka UIV

V French Trip to Montpellier


During the Easter holidays 31 girls in the V spent a week in Montpellier. We spent our mornings in school, consolidating our grammar and vocabulary, mainly by exchanging funny stories in French. The afternoons consisted of tours of famous monuments nearby including the Pont du Gard and the pink-tinted salt marshes of the Camargue. We also enjoyed exploring the small shops along the cobbled streets of Montpellier and a crêpe party, where we ate a lot of Nutella. After spending the last day on the beach in Palavas, we said au revoir to our French friends.
Shantavi V

Creative Writing Week at Arvon Centre


During the first week of the Easter holidays, a group of girls from the V to the VIII travelled to the Totleigh Barton Arvon Centre in Devon for a few days of intense writing. We were accompanied by Mrs Runacres and Miss Gwilliam, who acted as students alongside us for the trip. During the week, we were tutored by poet Nick Makoha and novelist and short story writer Dr Jane Feaver. The trip was filled with food, tea, walks amongst the hills and a whole lot of intense writing, which culminated in a reading of our poetry and prose on the last night.
Cia V

LV History Trip to the WWI Battlefields


Forty girls from the LV and four teachers set off for France and Belgium to visit the First World War battlefields over the Easter break. We saw a range of historic attractions, and the trip was very moving for all who participated. Some highlights were the famous Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, the Vimy Ridge memorial and the trenches in La Boisselle. We also visited thought-provoking museums such as the In Flanders Field museum. Of course, no visit to Belgium would be complete without chocolate, so on the third and final day of the trip, we visited the Belgian chocolate shop Leonidas.
Rosie LV

UIV Marseilles Exchange


Although some were worried as we set off on our trip to Marseilles, we were also buzzing with excitement, and the moment we greeted our exchange and her family, we all realised how fun it was going to be; and we weren’t disappointed. The weather gave us the dose of Vitamin D we sorely needed, and it didn’t stop there. We visited Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, Aix-en-Provence, an artisan soap factory, Arles, a Calissons factory and much more. I loved the food, especially my exchange family’s staple dessert the ‘chichi frégi’. After the cheerful environment of École de Provence, I truly felt like a Marseillaise and would whole-heartedly recommend this trip to future French-learners.
Emma UIV

Rowing Camp at Dorney Lake


The annual week-long rowing camp at Dorney Lake, Windsor, had a early 7am start on 6 April. We headed straight to the lake to take the boats off the trailer and rig them, which signalled the beginning of a whirlwind week of huge meal portions, very early bedtimes and well-intended attempts at revision. Overall, training camp was a really great experience for the whole boat club to improve on technique in  small and crew boats, and also to build team spirit for the fast approaching National Schools Regatta.
Kate VI

VII Theatre Visit to Obsession


At the end of last month a group of A level drama students headed to the Barbican to see Obsession, an adaptation directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Jude Law. Although we were excited at the prospect of seeing Law onstage, the highlight of the play actually ended up being the beautifully evocative lighting, which effortly transitioned from sunrise to sunset and exterior to interior without any change on the starkly minimalist, abstract set. While the stilted acting and dialogue was underwhelming to say the least, the evening provided a solid amount of entertainment, even if van Hove didn't intend bizarre scenes (like one in which the leading actress repeatedly slapped a hunk of meat with a cleaver) to be humourous.
Sophia VII

Sports Results

Rounders
Team

Opponent

Score
Girls-U13A
Girls-U13B
Girls-U13C
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
The Godolphin & Latymer School
4.5 - 12
5.5 - 10.5
8 - 11.5

Tennis
Team


Opponent


Score



 
Girls-U15A The Godolphin & Latymer School 7 - 6 (League)
Girls-U15A The Godolphin & Latymer School 0 - 8
Girls-U14A The Godolphin & Latymer School 1 - 12


 
Girls-U13A The Godolphin & Latymer School 3 - 13
Girls-U12A The Godolphin & Latymer School 0 - 16
Girls-U13A
Girls-U12A
Girls-U13A
Girls-U12A
North London Collegiate School
North London Collegiate School
Putney High School GDST
Putney High School GDST
12 - 0 (League)
6 - 6
13 - 12
17 - 6


 
 
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