The Bulletin - Friday 7 July 2017

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 6 Issue 15

July 2017

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

Beginning of term
Wednesday 30 August
All other years
Thursday 31 August

Tutor Drinks
Wednesday 6 September
6-8pm, Great Hall
Tuesday 12 September 
6-8pm, Great Hall
Wednesday 13 September
6 - 7.30pm, Great Hall

We look forward to welcoming parents to meet their daughter's new tutor. Further details will follow, but please save the date in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you there.

Farr-well Ms Farr!

Today we say an affectionate farewell to Ms Farr. During her 11-year tenure, she has combined a commitment to scholarly endeavour, an insistence on outstanding and ground-breaking pastoral care and a widening of the bursary programme to extraordinary effect. She has also sought to influence national debate on issues, such as the importance of drama in the curriculum and the role of fathers championing gender equality in the workplace. She has guarded and enhanced the distinct ethos of the school, and has been an inspiring head and wonderful role model for staff and girls alike. We will miss her hugely, but wish her well in her new exciting career as writer and consultant. You can read more about Ms Farr's headship in our archivist's, Howard Bailes, article in the alumnae magazine, The Review. A couple of days ago her portrait was unveiled and will be hung in the Great Hall. This was painted by Arabella Dorman, the internationally renowned portraitist. There have been numerous events to say goodbye to Ms Farr, and she was thrilled to receive a very generous present from the Parents' Guild: a bespoke wine coaster based on Horsley's original architectural drawings of the school designed and made by Jen Ricketts. She was also presented with a framed drawing of the coaster design by St Paul's parent, Irene Lax.


We formally said farewell to the VIII at Valediction on Wednesday. This ceremony is in addition to various other events, such as the leavers’ dinner with staff, which was held last Friday. The proceedings were opened by the current Master of the Mercers’ Company, Mr Johnny Robertson, and his remarks were followed by a speech made by the High Mistress, which you can read here. As each girl’s future plans were announced, she was presented with a St Paul’s brooch and a copy of Weatherland by Alexandra Harris. The Head Girl, Megan, gave a moving speech which struck a chord with peers, staff and parents alike. The girls have each certainly left their mark on the school and will be much missed. To end the ceremony, a few members of the VIII gave a declamation of English poetry from all four corners of the Great Hall, and Helen treated us to wonderful performance of Schubert’s 'Impromptu in A flat Major'. We wish them all very well.

Sports Day

We were delighted that the glorious weather graced the skies for our highly-anticipated Sports Day on Tuesday this week. There were team colours, face paint, banners, chants, and a real buzz, energy and excitement from all. Well done to Team Zeus who won Sports Day overall and Team Hermes who were the victorious team in the year-long Inter-form Competition!
The girls’ tenacity and positive attitudes were very impressive in light of the reduced field space and facilities, and Tuesday proved a marvellous day to finish off a superb sporting year. Following their record-breaking achievements earlier this term at school, Charlotte in the V and Alice in the VII will compete in the English Schools Nationals this weekend; we wish them both the best of luck.
Narelle O'Byrne, Deputy Director of Sport
Photos by Juliana VII

Soirée Musicale

The music department concluded a wonderful year of music making with a fabulous Soirée Musicale on Thursday 29 June. It was a fantastic celebration of all the musical ability of St Paul's students with performances by three choirs, an orchestra, two string ensembles, a wind band, a percussion ensemble, two close harmony groups and SPGotSoul. The concert also raised over £1600 for the Grenfell Tower fund so a massive thank you to all the parents who supported the concert and gave so generously. It has been a busy, but a thoroughly enjoyable, year of music making with many highlights. Bravo everyone!
Heidi Pegler, Deputy Director of Music

MFL Translation Bee

On Monday 3 July, Priya (UIV), Francesca (UIV), Andreana (LV) and Jiawen (UIV) travelled to Cambridge to take part in the MFL Translation Bee National Final. All four students performed incredibly well in the semifinals in which they were required to translate sentences as quickly as possible in the past, present and future tenses with perfect pronunciation. We are incredibly proud of all four pupils for reaching the final 45 participants out of an initial 17,000 nationwide and wish to congratulate Andreana and Jiawen for coming second in French and first in German respectively!
Daniella Mardell, Deputy Head of Modern Languages

Thank you

This is the fifteenth
Bulletin of the year. I do hope you have enjoyed reading it and revelling in the extraordinary richness of the school. Thank you to our marvellous journalism team, who have helped chase and write great copy; and particularly to Holly Stevens, my assistant, who has been the driving force behind its delivery. Have a wonderful summer.
Liza Coutts, Editor


You will shortly be receiving your copy of Paulina, the school’s annual magazine. This year, the theme is ‘Food for Thought’, a fitting tribute in Ms Farr's last year. As ever, Paulinas have interpreted the theme in myriad ways, from pieces on the sugar tax, to the Irish Potato Famine of 1845, the ham sandwich theorem and appetite in Shakespearean tragedy. We hope you enjoy reading and digesting the articles in this edition.
Liza Coutts, Editor

Fundraising for Grenfell Tower

Thank you for supporting the girls in their efforts to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Through a combination of bake sales, busking, a Re-Store flash sale, an Austerity Lunch, Green for Grenfell Day and collections, the school have raised a total of £5,389.68 to help the victims of the fire. The Mercers' Company have matched this sum, so we are delighted to be able to donate £10,779.36. This is a fantastic sum of money which will make a difference to those in need.

Farewell to Staff

At the end of this term, we say farewell to the following staff: Miss Chain and Miss Rowland, our two Colet Fellows; Reverend Baron, Ms Brashaw, Mr Ellison, Mr Harrow, Ms Johnson, Mr McDonald, Miss Mulloy, Mr Reeve, Dr Slaski, Mrs Watkins, Mrs Whiffin and Mrs Wijeratna. We wish them all well and you can read more about their plans in Ms Farr’s Valediction speech here.

Fitzwilliam College Russian Studies Prize

Congratulations to Amy in the VII who was highly commended in the Russian Studies prize run by Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Her 3,000 word essay explored the ways in which Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's notoriously challenging One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
reflects some of the principal political and social issues of its age. 

The John Ruskin Prize

Rosa Nguyen, 2015. 'Tableau – Gardening with Morris’
We are proud to announce that Rosa Nguyen in our art department won first place in The John Ruskin Prize. The national art prize, which celebrated 'Artist as Polymath' this year, received a record number of entries from fine artists all over the UK and the winners were selected from a shortlist of 26 artists by a panel of expert judges. Congratulations!

Coding Club

TuringLab will be running their popular Coding Club again in the autumn term. There are approximately 12 places available as we have already had a number of girls who started this year and want to continue. The club will run on a Tuesday from 4.15 to 5.15pm in W4 and is available to girls of all abilities in all years. You can book your daughter into the club here. If you have any questions, please email Jo Moran.

Paulina Wins Uncover Copper Competition

Many congratulations to Shalini in the LV whose entry into the Uncover Copper poster competition (above) run by the Copper Development Assosciation won the Health and Medicine category in the 11 to 14 age group. The competition attracted over 600 entries from around 67 schools across the UK, and the judges commented that Shalini's poster won due to the 'in-depth science explaining copper’s essentiality and use across different fields of health and medicine, most interestingly in MRI machines'. You can view a larger version of Shalini's poster here.

Women's Open Debating Competition

Last Saturday our debaters put on the first ever UK U18 Women’s Open Competition. The idea for this came from Marua and Asisa (VII) who convened the event and handled all the organisation, with expert assistance from Tabmaster Alex (VIII) and the Middle School debaters. The inaugural winners were Urmston GS from Manchester who persuaded the judges that countries who abused civil rights should not be allowed to hold major sporting events. Our UIV debaters got some useful practice at the British Parliamentary style by performing as 'swing teams'.
Tim Askew, History Department

Feature Photo

On Thursday 22 June the new Paulinas joining the VII in September met with a group of current VI Paulinas and headed by train to Hampton Court. The new starters and their buddies had the chance to get to know each other whilst taking part in a team building exercise around the grounds. The afternoon concluded with an enjoyable tea in the grounds of the Rose Gardens before catching the train home.

Trips and Exchanges

VII Biology Fieldtrip to Orielton

Last Thursday, the VII biologists took a trip to Orielton Field Centre, Pembrokeshire. We came to gain a new perspective on the various aspects of ecology and learn how to observe and collect data on flora and fauna in situ. From investigating how ivy leaves vary with distance from footpaths to observing how fully-fledged ecosystems can emerge from nothing but bare ground, the trip was jam-packed with a unique and diverse learning experience. Fun highlights included crab-hunting on the shores of Wales, visiting the film site of (spoiler alert) Dobby’s death in the final Harry Potter film, and of course a ‘spectacular’ display of seabirds (including a myriad of puffins) and their various behaviours off the coast. We all learned a great deal about ecology and conservation, and returned with a wealth of academic content (and definitely some sunburn!).
Charlotte VII

V Computer Science Trip to Google 

The V Computer Science class went on a trip to the eleven-story Google HQ at St Pancras yesterday and met with Caitlin O'Keeffe, OP, in one of the conference rooms where we were briefed on both the marketing and engineering aspects of the company, including how they aspire to build technology like Google Home for a future of artificial intelligence. We thoroughly enjoyed our free lunch in one of the three cafés as well as visiting the YouTube shop and witnessing the rooftop view of London from the top floor. 
Anjale V

Sports News

Ballgirling at the Hurlingham Club

On Friday 30 June, 13 Paulinas took the bus to the Hurlingham club to ball girl for the Aspall Hurlingham Tennis Classic, which is well known as being a warm up for Wimbledon. Conditions were perfect when we took to the court alongside big tennis stars such as Nadal, Mark Philippoussis and Tommy Haas. The games played were all in good sport and the ballgirling was therefore very enjoyable, especially when watching the play, though sometimes the constant ball changing and point system left us a little confused. At the end of the day, we were treated to a Hä
agen-Dazs ice cream by the head official which was a lovely way to end a great day of tennis.
Cara LV

Henley Royal Regatta

The St Paul’s rowers made history by being the first squad ever to qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta in the Diamond Jubilee Cup. The boat comprised our senior rowers: Helen, Nicola, Aurelia, and Lara. The girls have had an incredible year winning the Junior Sculling Regatta and Nicola Lawless qualified for the GB Indoor Rowing World Games in Poland. The luck of the draw meant they were placed against one of the top-seeded crews Henley ‘A’ who are favoured to win the event. Undaunted, the girls attacked the start of the race with gusto to keep the gap close, and rather than throw the towel in, the girls' gallant effort meant they only lost by 2 ½ lengths (10 seconds). Given they were certainly one of the smallest clubs in the event, they attracted the attention of a number of university coaches with their incredible performance.
Amanda Chain, Colet Fellow

MIV-LV Swimming Gala

Monday morning was this year’s MIV-LV inter-form swimming gala. The five teams have practised and prepared for this competition all term, and it was fantastic to see both staff and students dressed up in their team colours cheering on their respective teams. After a hard-fought battle, Team Poseidon was victorious, very fitting considering the team is named after the god of the sea, and was closely followed by Team Apollo in second and Team Zeus in third place. Well done to those who competed!
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