The Bulletin - Thursday 29 March 2018

St Paul's Girls' School

Volume 7 Issue 10

March 2018

The Calendar

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Upcoming Highlights

LV Take Your Daughter to Work Day
Wednesday 25 April
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SDC Art Exhibition
Wednesday 25 April
6-8pm, Great Hall

Concerto Concert
Thursday 3 May
7-9pm, Great Hall

From the High Mistress

This has been a wonderful term, short but brimming over with activity. The Spring Concert was virtuosic. Holst would have been bowled over by the power of The Planets suite and by the professional performance of his choral hymns. Jazz at the 606 Club and Songfest were also joyous occasions. The theatre and drama studio have also seen some extraordinary performances, not least the visceral renditions of Earthquakes in London and Lord of the Flies. Our sports teams have braved freezing conditions and frost bite, while teams from all disciplines have enjoyed the opportunity to pit their skills and wit against like-minded competitors. And, quietly, day by day, an enormous amount has been achieved in the classrooms, libraries and studies across the school. I would like to thank everyone for their contributions this term, and for the friendship and generosity that make the school so special. I wish you all a restful holiday.
Sarah Fletcher

Science Week

Science Week 2018 kicked off with an electrical engineering workshop for LV to VI students run by Professor David Howard from Royal Holloway, the first of many external speakers which included bio-engineer Dr Huni-Ti Lin from Imperial College and neurology expert Professor Pankaj Sharma. The VII ran a variety of activities for our younger students such as walking on custard, making Coke-Mentos fountains, and dissecting a sheep’s head, whilst the LV designed and tested their own bath bombs and the V made necklaces using their own DNA to celebrate the reinstallation of the DNA model in the biology department. The V Plant Captains also raised £78 for the African Science Academy in Ghana by selling plants they have grown from cuttings and bulbs. The winning MIV group investigation at our Science Fair featured huge marshmallows which had been expanded via vacuum pump. The cross-curricular Mars Lander Challenge saw the UIV design innovative devices that could both get to Mars and collect and analyse samples to look for signs of life. As is tradition, students also enjoyed a tour of the Solar System in the inflatable planetarium and Explosions Society closed the week with many bangs and fizzes.
Emma Payler, Head of Science

Dads4Daughters Day 2018

We marked the second annual Dads4Daughters Day in style this year with two wonderful events. The first was a breakfast for 170 fathers and daughters from the LV-VIII. After watching our
new film and revealing the results of our recent survey, students and their fathers were able to discuss the findings and come up with possible solutions to achieving greater gender equality in the workplace. Needless to say the gender pay gap and greater uptake of extended parental leave featured heavily. The breakfast ended with the perspective of two alumnae: Nilam Patel who is in banking and Lauren York from The Times. Their experiences were both illuminating and inspiring. At lunch time, we hosted a very special interview. Our very own Miss Robinson of the English department, put her father, Nick Robinson (former BBC political editor and now Today presenter) through his paces. Conversation ranged from the gender pay gap (again!) to proudest moments to embarrassing situations. Perhaps the most touching moment was when Nick re-told the story of when he was interviewing Senator George Mitchell at the height of the Northern Ireland peace negotiations and was interrupted incessantly by a two-year-old Alice banging on the door!
Liza Coutts, Director of Communications

Colet Play

On Wednesday 14 March, students in the VII performed the first of three performances of the annual Colet Play, which this year was William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Written for the stage by Nigel Williams, the play follows a group of schoolchildren as a plane crash leaves them stranded alone on an uninhabited island; their disastrous attempts to govern themselves result in turmoil and murder. We adapted the premise by featuring an all-female cast, which emphasised how the story is a universal tale of degeneration and breakdown of civilisation irrespective of gender. Almost every member of the VII was involved in making the production, with teams including technical, publicity, set and props, and the hard work certainly paid off with audience members on the edges of their seats and some even being reduced to tears.
Susie VII

In Conversation with Rory Kinnear

On Wednesday 21 March and Tuesday 27 March, the VI went to the National Theatre to watch a production of Macbeth. It was very interesting to see the staging possibilities the play presented in live action. To follow this, yesterday, we had the privilege of welcoming Rory Kinnear, who played the eponymous Scottish anti-hero in the production, to the school. He shared his insights regarding Shakespeare’s portrayal of the character of Macbeth and the depiction of his relationship with Lady Macbeth. We were enlightened by his experiences working in theatre and film and appreciate the advice he bestowed upon us.
Meghane VI

Paulinas Win Hans Woyda!

On 6 March, our Hans Woyda team, Alice (VIII), Petra (VII), Sara (VI), and Mansa (LV), travelled to Channing School for the final of the Northern Plate Hans Woyda Mathematics Competition. We were up against Highgate School having beaten North London Collegiate in the semi-final with a score of 46-30. Our team worked well together, winning the final with a score of 42-38 and receiving the Heard-Collins Plate for the first time in St Paul's history!
Alice VIII

Debating Successes

The season has finished strongly with more St Paul's teams reaching the semi-finals of major UK U18 competitions than any other school. Asisa and Marua (VIII) became the first St Paul’s team ever to make the Oxford grand final after a superb case against local militias in areas of high crime. They also reached the semi-finals of the Cambridge and Durham tournaments. Rachel and Sara (VI) reached the grand finals at both Cambridge and Durham, an amazing achievement for such a young team. We also had more teams than any other school reaching the concluding stages of these competitions, with Ilyana and Emma (VII) and Lucy and Nikaya (VI) all getting through their West London qualifying section in style. Finally, at Imperial we had the first two teams in qualifying at a London competition for the first time. Asisa teamed up with Lucy to be joint top speakers at an event filmed by the BBC! The girls can all be very proud of their achievements.
Tim Askew


Congratulations to Fox in the VII who placed third in the London final of the ARTiculation Competition on Friday 2 March. She was speaking about Sol Le Witt’s early 1968 work 'Wall Drawing 1: Drawing Series II 18'. A work like this is testing, but Fox has a gift for finding words for the visual. She was poetic and eloquent in her understanding of the processes at work here. She managed to carry her audience and earned the admiration of Dr Gabrieli Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, who compared her ten-minute presentation to the work of the eminent art historian Roberto Longhi: high praise indeed!
Kate Evans, Head of Art History

Greek and Latin Reading Competition

On Wednesday 7 March, girls from the UIV, VI and VII competed in the annual inter-schools Greek and Latin Reading Competition held at Queen’s College, Harley Street. All our teams performed brilliantly, winning either a gold or silver medal in their category. Congratulations to: the Beginners’ Latin UIV team (Helena, Kiersten, and Amelia) for winning first prize; Carla (VI) who won a gold medal in Beginners’ Greek; Thalia  (VI) for her first prize in Pre-GCSE Latin; Charlotte and Lily  (VII) who won silver in the Greek dialogue, and Ilyana (VII) who won silver in Open Latin.
Thalia VI

Friday Lecture

Thomas Marks

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to hear about the meandering career path of Thomas Marks to his current role as editor of the international art magazine, Apollo. Particularly fascinating was his discussion of the combination of change and continuity, old and new, which the magazine aims to encapsulate. Founded nearly 100 years ago, it celebrates the antiquarian and, at times, amusingly niche, yet all the while remarks on the current art scene, supports young artists through their Apollo '40 Under 40' programme, and is concerned with the relationship between the artistic and contemporary political, a tension on which Marks dwelt extensively. Perhaps most interesting, however, was his non-romantic depiction of editing the magazine. Whilst evincing great enthusiasm for the task, Marks was keen to dispel ideas of the glamorously aloof art critic, insisting instead that to run Apollo was to run a business, rooted very firmly in the real world.
Cecily VIII


Today we bid farewell to Paul Vanni, Deputy Head, Director of School, who embarks on the headship of Kensington Park School. His extraordinary warmth, humour, and unflappability will be much missed. We also say goodbye to Holly Stevens, Communications Assistant, who has supported me so magnificently over the last two and a half years on a huge number of ventures from, Dads4Daughters to Paulina, has assisted so many parents with their communications needs, and has been largely responsible for creating the last 41 editions of this Bulletin; she will leave a very big hole in the Front Office.
Liza Coutts, Editor

English Prizes

The English department have had much to to celebrate this term. Amara in the UIV won the prestigious English Association Jane Eyre Essay Prize, a national competition for under-15 budding writers. Amara's winning submission was a letter from Jane to Mr Brocklehurst describing the injustices that she faced during her childhood, which you can read here. Congratulations also go to Anna in the VII whose poem 'Little Liberty in London' was shortlisted in the Young Romantics Prize run by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. Poets were asked to write on the theme of liberty to celebrate the bicentenary of Shelley's Prometheus Unbound and you can read Anna's response here.

England Debating Team

St Paul’s debating received a boost last November when Marua in the VIII and Rachel in the VI were selected for the ten-strong England Development Squad. Competition for the five team places was intense as the squad included three of last year’s England team who placed second at the 2017 World Championships. After a series of gruelling practice sessions, Marua was selected as reserve, while Rachel has the honour of being our first England debater. We wish her all the best at the 2018 World Schools’ Debating Championships to be held in Croatia in July. Marua and Rachel have been at the heart of our collective success this year.
Tim Askew


Congratulations to Melissa and Alesia in the VI who formed part of a mixed team with SPS in the CyberCenturion competition and finished as runners up in the final against the top ten teams. The series of cyber defence, puzzle and code-breaking challenges for 12 to 18-year-olds is led by Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK. 

Musical Acheivements

Congratulations to Hannah (MIV), Anna (LV), Jai (V), Anastasia (V), and Cristina (VI) who all won classes in the singing section of the Richmond Festival, some in multiple categories. Particular congratulations to Anna who was awarded Young Singer of the Year 2018. We are also celebrating the  achievements of Francesca (LV), who has progressed to the regional final of the EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) Competition, and Madeleine (V), who will be playing at the finals of the RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Duet Prize in April. Good luck!

Mock Russian Presidential Election

On Thursday 15 March, T14 briefly became the site of an intense debate that felt as if it could be broadcast on television. Four candidates with vastly different views stood head to head, debating issues that modern Russia faces such as inequality and pollution. The candidates gave introductory speeches and were then heckled by audience members and their opponents. The four candidates were as follows: Sophie Vladamira Putin (independent/VII), Shaajana Ksenia Sobchak (Civic Initiative/LV), Vicky Pavel Grudinina (Communist/V), and Chiara Vladimira Zhirinovsky ('Liberal' Democrat/LV). After the careful and transparent counting of votes, General Secretary Grudinina of the Communist Party was pronounced newly elected Russian President of St Paul's.
Vicky V

Required Reading!

We are unashamedly plugging our very own Jonny Patrick’s crucial new book: How to Write an Essay. Those outside the St Paul's community will now also be able to benefit from our Head of English’s words of wisdom, but you will all want to pre-order your own copy here.

St Paul's Keyboard Festival

If you heard a spectrum of different genres of music booming from the Singing Hall on 9 March, you were probably listening to our annual Keyboard Festival. The music department was filled with performances from the over 50 skilled organists, harpsichordists, and pianists amongst us, and pieces varied in style from expressive piano sonatas to the delicate harpsichord to extraordinary chamber music. At the end of the day, we all had gained valuable personalised feedback on our performances from Mr Gareth Owen, who we were honoured to welcome to St Paul's as this year's adjudicator.
Ciara UIV


Thank you to everyone who took part in Assassins this year. Overall the Charities Committee raised a fantastic £800 for our school charities! Over three days of deception, the 400 participants were whittled down to three winners:
Lower School:
Sophia in the UIV
Middle School:
Aleta in the V

Senior School:
Alex in the VII

Radley Piano Extravaganza

On 4 March, ten very excited girls participated in the Piano Extravaganza at Radley College with around 65 boys and a group of teachers (totalling 101 pianists in all) performing together on seven Steinway grand pianos with two or three pianists at each instrument. We performed a fabulous programme of well-known music, ranging from David Bowie to show tunes, all revolving around the theme of flight to mark 100 years of the RAF. The grand finale was 21 of us playing The Dam Busters theme on all seven grand pianos. It was a unique experience and an enormous amount of fun.
Sophia MIV

Castalian Quartet

On Tuesday 13 March, the music department welcomed back the award-winning Castalian Quartet for an afternoon of masterclasses with St Paul's chamber groups. From Beethoven’s Ghost Trio to John Ireland’s Phantasie Trio, it was incredibly inspiring to get professional feedback and hear their outlook on the pieces. We were surprised with an incredible rendition of the scherzo from Schumann's quartet in A minor to end the informal Chamber Tea.
Guilia VIII

Spring Concert

Over one hundred Paulinas gathered in the Great Hall on Sunday 25 March to perform a memorable choral and orchestral concert for their friends, relations, and other supporters. The first half of the concert showcased the beautiful singing of Paulina Voices and the Senior Choir, whilst the Chamber Orchestra gave polished performances of a work by Sibelius and new composition by Bernard Hughes, St Paul’s’ Composer-in-Residence. The second half of the concert had a great historical significance, as the Symphony Orchestra celebrated the centenary of Gustav Holst’s composition of his seminal work The Planets by giving it a skilful and resplendent performance. Notable moments in this difficult piece included the exquisite solo passages in the second movement, and the distant singing of Paulina Voices as the final orchestral notes died away
Gabbi Freemantle, Music department


In early March, 11 girls from the V took part in the invaluable experience of the Artist-in-Residence programme with Helen Maurer. Ms Maurer was intrigued by the art workshop’s former life as the school swimming pool, but rather than instructing us based on her inspiration, she let us draw together our personal ideas and memories (including those of miserable primary school swimming lessons!). The school archive also provided us with some fascinating and rather amusing photos. One particular technique I loved after experimentation with light, sound, and ink under Ms Maurer's tutelage was using projections and slides to manipulate light and create intricate images from unassuming objects. The week culminated in our final exhibition, where we used our sound recordings, underwater photos, beautiful slides and projections, marbled paper and, of course, water to create a series of artworks that surrounded our viewers.
Jai V

Aeschylus’ Agamemnon

On the last Wednesday of term, this year’s Greek Play, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon,  was performed in the Singing Hall. It was a joyous occasion, a celebration of the hard work of a wonderful cast of girls from the UIV to the VIII. The opportunity to take part in a Greek tragedy in the original language is a rare one which we are very lucky to have had, and I can safely say that working on this play was an experience we will never forget. I must commend all those involved for taking on a difficult task with such enthusiasm, commitment and skill; Aeschylus’ language is notoriously complex and the cast can be very proud of what they have achieved. With any luck, our feminist interpretation of the play left the audience with food for thought.
Lily VII

History Conference

Last Tuesday, the history department held their annual conference for the Senior School. It was a magnificent historical feast with offerings for both medieval and modern historians. The medievalists were treated to talks on the Crusades, notions of kingship and the treatment of Jews, while the modernists dined off German unification, Old Corruption and the French Revolution. It was a privilege to hear from so many eminent historians, who included William Doyle of the University of Bristol and David Carpenter of KCL. The conference came at a perfect time in the year as the VIII get stuck into serious revision for their Pre-U and the VII are well into their courses.
Liza Coutts, History department

MIV Charity Fair

The hugely successful MIV Fair on Wednesday 7 March was, once again, an assault on the senses.
The sight: 110 girls busy in the Great Hall manning their many stalls…
The smell: Popcorn, pancakes with cream, marshmallows and chocolate, Haribo, more Haribo, rubber balls, strawberries, brownies…
The feel: Sticking both hands in a covered box and guessing what is inside...a squidgy, ice cold, wet, very surprising feel that makes you call out loud…
The taste: Mostly yummy!
The sound: Smarties tingling, cotton candy machine humming, girls laughing, straw sucking… and coins dropping into little metal containers.
The girls have raised a staggering £1038. 64 with their efforts, and we are very proud of them. Half will go to the school charities and half to our bursary fund.
Kate Frank, Head of Lower School

Lunch with Lu Nei

On the 21 March, the Chinese Pre-U class was lucky enough to have lunch with Lu Nei, the esteemed author of many novels such as Young Babylon and A Tree Grows in Daicheng.  Although he refers to himself as ‘one of the least-educated writers in China’ it was fascinating to hear his many opinions on the clashes between Western and Asian culture, as well as how Chinese history has impacted his writing. He expressed a desire for Westerners to engage more with Chinese culture and literature, so as to rewrite their misinterpretation of the Cultural Revolution.
Avery VIII

Creative Writing Speaker: Joe Dunthorne

On 22 March, novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne visited St Paul’s to read and discuss his work. Dunthorne’s debut novel, Submarine, presents the story of Oliver, an obnoxious yet witty teenage boy and his adolescence. The sense of humour that permeates Dunthorne’s novels was palpable as he read the first chapter of and was equally present in the poetry he read out. Dunthorne also read from his new novel, The Adulterants, a dark comedy set in London. Dunthorne’s writing encapsulated the sprawling nature of the London metropolitan and suburbs, whilst perfectly illustrating the individual experience of a millennial desperately attempting to navigate his way through modern life. After reading, Dunthorne answered a series of questions ranging from the creative process to his relationship with the characters he creates.
Annabelle V

Feature Photos

Over the past two weekends, the St Paul's Environmental Action Committee (SPEAC) has been helping Friends of Brook Green plant a wildlife hedge and meadow. Friends of Brook Green that work to maintain and improve the aesthetics of the green spaces, and SPEAC’s aim this year is to begin giving back to our local community. We have partnered with them in applying for funding from the Royal Horticultural Society for resources to help improve the biodiversity of the green and recently students and teachers have battled the snow and rain to plant seeds that will hopefully blossom into some beautiful wildflowers.
Tara VII

Art, Architecture and Design Careers Networking

The Art, Architecture and Design Careers Networking event was held on Tuesday 27 March at the Mall Galleries with thanks to OP Annabel Elton. Girls from the VI to the VIII had the opportunity to ‘speed network’ with 15 Old Paulina mentors from these particular industries. The knowledge and advice was vast; from independent artists including Georgea Blakey and Emma Chambers, to practicing architects Victoria Manser and architecture lecturer Tooney Phillips, to more design-led careers represented by Laura Gompertz (kitchen designer and artist) and Kim Whatmore (garden designer). This event is part of a series of inspiring careers networking events that have been offered, giving students and Old Paulinas an invaluable opportunity to have first-hand careers advice with other in the Old Paulina community.      
Emma Porter, Alumnae Relations Manager

Trips and Exchanges

UIV Bonn Exchange

Thirty girls from Bonn arrived at Heathrow to be greeted by both their Paulina exchange partners and the second wind of 'the beast from the east'! Despite the flurries of snow, a lot of the German girls were taken to the lacrosse county tournament at LEH, and were introduced to a new sport in the process. Over the weekend, many private outings took place including treats like tea at Fortnum’s and West End musicals. During the weekdays the group explored the London sights; this year this included Tower Bridge, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Globe Theatre, the National Gallery and a trip by river boat. Thursday came faster than expected, and we are now looking forward to our return trip to Bonn in the last week of the Easter holiday.
Eliza UIV

Vladimir Ryzhkov Lecture

After school on Tuesday 20 March, the St Paul's Russianists took a trip to Winchester College to hear Vladimir Ryzhkov speak to their Slavonic society. Ryzhkov is a Russian politician, akin to Hillary Clinton, who spoke to us about his opinions on the outcome of the recent Russian presidential elections. It was fascinating to hear him talk, as he has completely opposing views to Putin, who had just been re-elected as the Russian president for the fourth time two days earlier. Ryzhkov was able to pick apart Putin’s policies and promises, explaining the truth behind them. The eye-opening experience gave us a deeper insight into Russian politics.
Rebecca and Anya VI

The Plough and the Stars

Following a talk by artistic director, Sean Holmes, a few weeks ago, senior drama students (and some historian interlopers) were excited to see his latest production, The Plough and the Stars, a show written by Sean O’Casey. The play, which revolves around the 1916 Easter Rising but was staged in modern day, explores the struggle and poverty of the residents of Dublin. Set in a scaffolded tower block, this dynamic show gave a vivid picture of tenement life. From Mollser, an overlooked teenager dying from consumption, to Bessie Burgess, a woman who has turned to alcohol in the face of her son’s death, each character showed a different aspect of society. The production clearly evoked the sense of bitter anger and determination of 1916 Dublin. 
Costi VII

Sports News 

National Lacrosse Championships

The U19A lacrosse team had a very successful run at the Rathbones National Lacrosse Championship at Wycombe Abbey. After six games of pool play on the Sunday, they were placed into the Championship bracket (Top 16) for final playoffs on Monday. After losing their first game (to a team that ended up winning the competition), they were put in the Plate Championship to play in a knockout bracket competing for 9th to 16th place in the country. They won the championship playoff and took home the Plate title. This is the highest ranking St Paul’s has achieved at the national level and all the girls should be extremely proud of their accomplishments!
Jessica Basch, PE department

Junior County Lacrosse

The U12A and B and U13A and B lacrosse teams braved the blizzard like conditions to compete at the County Lacrosse Tournament last weekend. All four teams coped superbly well with the tough conditions, notching up significant wins against strong opposition. The U13 A and B teams both finished a respectable third in their categories. The U12s had a sterling day, both squads really coming together and putting into practice all they had learnt in training. Both the A and B team went unbeaten, including a nail biting 1-0 win over LEH in the U12A team final. Both teams were crowned County Champions for their respective categories.
Sophie Corthine, PE department

Junior County Netball

Our junior teams continued their fabulous run into the County Netball Finals held at Highgate School. Both the U13A and U12A teams won all of their pool matches to reach the semi-finals. After a convincing 8-1 win, the U13A team qualified for the final against a strong Latymer Upper side. The final was a tense affair with both teams playing the best netball of the day, but we narrowly missed the crown and instead took silver position. After a shaky first half, the U12A team finished their semi-final game strongly, winning 4-0. The final against old foes Godolphin & Latymer could not have been closer, finishing 6-6 at full time and 8-8 after extra time. It therefore came down to golden goal. After two narrow misses and a tough umpiring call that didn’t go our way, Godolphin just pipped us to the post to win the game. Both teams can be very proud of finishing runners up in the county – we’ll get them next year!
Sophie Corthine, PE department

South East Schools Cross Country Championships

On Sunday 4 March, six girls worked extremely hard at the South East Schools Championships at Harrow School after the treacherous snow week. The snow refused to melt in some places, therefore the race course was shortened to 3k rather than 3.5k, and it wasn’t surprising to see that every participant had their legs, and even their faces, covered in mud by the finishing line. Charlotte (VI) did extremely well with 11.34 minutes and came first, followed by Alice (VIII) who came fourth, Isobel David (V) came 24th and Nicole (VIII) 26th, and Emily (V) and Laura (VIII) came 29th and 35th respectively. The team performed very well under such conditions, finishing only two points away from third place.
Holly Shao

St Paul's vs Westminster: The Football Showdown

On Thursday 15 March, the St Paul's football team played against Westminster girls. It was a six-a-side game. The first half was filled with excitement as we battled to break through Westminster’s strong defence. At half-time the score was 0-0, and after an encouraging pep talk we returned to the pitch; I was able to score the opening goal just after half time. Rachel (UIV) and Natasha (V) demonstrated excellent defence from a Westminster corner. This enabled Freja (V) to pass the ball efficiently to Hannah (V) - she sent it swiftly to Josephine (UIV) who shot it cleanly into the goal. At this point it was 2-0; we persevered until Josephine scored another goal before the match ended, winning against Westminster by 3-0.
Isobel V
Sports Results


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Latymer Upper School
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