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					Francis Holland School
Newsletter September 2006
Congratulations !

From the Headmistress Dear Parents, The autumn term has started energetically, following some of our best examination results in recent years at A level, AS level and GCSE. Auditions for this term’s production of South Pacific were held within the first three days and rehearsals are now well underway. As ever, there is a plethora of extra-curricular clubs and activities: more than seventy are detailed in our 2006/7 extra-curricular booklet. New activities this term include: digital film making, riding club, chemistry of fireworks club and psychology society. As you will read on page two, we welcome several new members of staff this term. Architect’s plans for the Gloucester Arms have now been submitted to the planning committee of Westminster Council, following the successful outcome of an official bat survey! Also during the summer, the lecture theatre was re-furbished and the dining room has been re-decorated. Four more inter-active white boards (IAW) were installed : fifteen IAWs are now in use, in all subject areas of the school. This year’s sponsored walk in Regent’s Park will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday October 10th. As usual, all the proceeds go to charity and we shall be allocating a third of this year’s total to the FHS summer camp for underprivileged children, taking place in July 2007, which is being organised by Mr Chiverton. I hope many of you will be able to

Valentine Miller, Leah Sidi and Charlotte Richardson received letters for outstanding GCSE achievement from examination boards

RESULTS OF THE public examinations taken this summer at A level, AS level and GCSE were again very pleasing. 40% of all A levels at FHS this summer were awarded grade A; there was a total of 73.3% A and B grades. We congratulate our sixth form leavers in achieving places at their chosen universities and wish them every happiness and success in their future lives. My thanks in particular to Miss Birkett and Miss Green for their help in finalising girls’ university applications, on A level results day in August. Our current UVI achieved encouraging results in their AS exams this summer : 61.6% were awarded grade A or B, which augurs well for August. There were many outstanding achievements in individual results at GCSE, this summer. Overall, 89.5% of all GCSEs at FHS were at grades A* , A or B. Many girls achieved exclusively A and A* grades. In particular, Maheema Chanrai and Emily Seward are to be congratulated on achieving A* in all their GCSE subjects. There were also several very special achievements. Charlotte Richardson received a letter confirming that she had been awarded one of the top ten results in Geography GCSE this year. Lauren Laing-Buisson was awarded one of the top five marks in Italian GCSE. Valentine Miller and Leah Sidi, in the Lower Fifth, who took French GCSE a year early, received individual letters of special commendation from the AQA examination board, certifying that they “scored one of the top five marks in French Specification A” . Congratulations to all who took public examinations at FHS this year; I know all these girls would want me to thank the teaching staff whose dedication and expertise is reflected in these results.

attend the AGM of the Parents’ Association at 6.30pm on Tuesday November 14th, when our guest speaker will be Noel Janis-Norton, author of several books about parenting and a specialist in her field; she is Director of The New Learning Centre. Full details will be sent to you by the Parents’

Association nearer the time. As ever, I am most grateful to the Parents’ Association Committee for their organisation of the evening.

Mrs V M Durham

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Staff News
WE WELCOME SEVERAL new members of staff this term and wish them all every success and happiness at FHS. Mrs Forbes joins us as Head of Sixth Form; she was formerly Head of History at St George’s School, Ascot. Mr Jenkin is the Head of Classics and we also welcome to the Classics department Miss O’Laoire and Mrs Wood. Miss Dickens has been appointed Head of Italian in the Modern Foreign Languages department. To the English department, we welcome Mrs Needham, who was a professional actress before training to be a teacher. Miss Gallagher, who trained to be a teacher in New Zealand, joins the PE department and will also be teaching Geography to Lower School classes. Mrs Curtis is a new part-time member of the RS department. Mr Klimaschewski has joined the Physics department, while Mr Lowe remains on sick leave. We also congratulate Mr Clayton on his promotion to Head of the History and Politics department. Mrs Bullock, Head of Spanish, is currently undergoing chemo- and radio- therapy at UCL Hospital. We send her our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Miss King has been appointed to teach Spanish in the Modern Foreign Languages Department during Mrs Bullock’s sick leave. Mrs Jones, who made a guest appearance with her new daughter Melissa at the inter-form rounders competition in July, continues on maternity leave. Mrs Jones’ classes will be taught by Dr Jones (no relation!), formerly Head of Chemistry at Ipswich School. Madame Mendiaux was safely delivered of a second son in July and will remain on maternity leave until the summer. We send all best wishes to Madame Mendiaux and her family. Mrs Abresti-Safarian, who was unwell for several months last year, was granted medical retirement during the summer. Mrs Abresti-Safarian was appointed to FHS in 1987 and has taught Italian and French to generations of FHS pupils. As Head of Italian, she has made an invaluable contribution to the Modern Foreign Languages department. We thank Mrs Abresti-Safarian for her dedicated service to the school and wish her a long and happy retirement. A party for Mrs Abresti-Safarian will be held in school in early October.

School Prizes 2005 – 2006
Danton Prize: For contribution to debating Debating Prize: Best Speaker Edgar Prize: An outstanding Historian Ann Holt Prize: For excellence in English Junior Geography Prize: Gaudete Gaudeamus: Junior Classics Prize

Deborah Joseph & Josephine Walton Maryam Ali Camille Sidi Flora Allen Lotte Elton Catherine Beagent & Tilly Henderson Charlotte Hellmich Erica Seal Sophie Hytner & Alice Rusbridger Alice Pullen Rosie Goodhart Mackie Siebens Elizabeth Biggs Rallia Fafalios Rosanna Wakefield Katie de Kauwe

Harvard Book Prize: For academic excellence & contribution to school Junior Brigstocke Prize: For Latin reading

Jo Cohn Music Prize: For academic progress & contribution in the LVth Susan Pierce Prize : For the application of Science The Seifert Cup: For all round progress in LV

Charlotte Green Cup: For all round progress in UV Library Prize: For helpfulness Millennium Research Prize: Lower School Millennium Research Prize: UpperSchool Millennium Research Prize: Sixth Form

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LVI Biology Field Trip to Snowdonia

WE SPENT FOUR days in June studying ecology in Snowdonia, as part of our biology A level course. The trip brought this part of the course to life. The four days were packed with various activities, all of which gave us an opportunity to see the practical side of ecology. We collected samples of vertebrates from the local river,

which resulted in many wet feet. Later we attempted to identify the different species, which sounds a lot easier than it is. We also discovered plenty about the different type of mosses and lichens in the forests of Snowdonia and learnt how to measure different abiotic factors such as light intensity and soil acidity.

Finally we observed the succession of different species in the environment, which can be seen particularly well on sand dunes, when moving from the shore inland. The day on the sand dunes was very warm and so the paddle in the sea before getting back on the coach was very much appreciated. Mr Price

New Pin

Elizabeth Gronquist, Mrs Parsonson and Mrs Kelly with the cheque we presented to New Pin

WE HAD A treat at the end of last term, as Mrs Pamela Parsonson, Headmistress from 1988 to 1998, came in to talk in assembly about ‘New Pin’. New Pin is a local charity that Mrs Parsonson has been closely involved with over a number of years. It was set up with the idea of helping local mothers with young children. It offers parents and children a unique opportunity to achieve positive change in their lives and relationships. This is particularly true with very young or single mothers whose first language may not be English. We have been sending girls in the Sixth Form to help with this work as part of the voluntary work programme for a number of years. Libby Gronquist spoke eloquently and passionately to the school about her experiences at New Pin over the past year; she then presented Mrs Parsonson with a cheque for New Pin amounting to £1249.25, which was most gratifying. New Pin always needs much help financially as they do rely on charitable donations. Mrs Kelly

Camille Sidi and Kreya Sivathman on the Biology Field Trip

Charlotte Hellmich, Deborah Joseph and Josephine Walton on the UVI Biology Field Trip
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IIIrds History Trip to St. Alban’s Cathedral – 5th July 2006
PILGRIMS AND PLAGUE, pestilence and prayer; for the third successive year the History Department took all the IIIrds to St. Alban’s Cathedral last July in order to build upon their work on medieval monasticism. During a very enjoyable day, the entire year group learnt about what life would have been like within the Benedictine monastery of St. Alban’s in the mid-1300s during the Black Death. The girls took part in a role play scenario - dressing up as Abbot de la Mare and his monks - in order to discuss and resolve some of the social and economic problems caused by the plague. The girls also had the opportunity to experience a 'Pilgrim Trail' in which they imagined themselves to be medieval pilgrims, intent on worshipping at the holy shrine of St Alban, housed within the Cathedral. A picnic lunch was enjoyed outside in the cathedral grounds and, after a quick trip to the shop to buy the obligatory souvenirs, we returned to school happier and wiser than we had left. Mr Chiverton IIIrds visit to St Alban’s Cathedral

Drama News
The drama department have a busy programme planned for this autumn. September 29th Twelfth Night workshop day including a performance for the Lower IVths in school, given by the Young Shakespeare Company. Contact Mrs Foy for details. September 19th Guys and Dolls theatre trip open to all girls in the school , including Juniors. 7.30pm at the Piccadilly theatre. Letters available from the Drama notice-board. Contact Mrs Oakley for details September 21st Amadeus theatre trip for the Lower VIth Theatre Studies group 7.30pm at Wilton’s Music Hall. Contact Mrs Needham for details September 27 Antony and Cleopatra theatre trip for the Upper VIth Theatre Studies group and both Lower VIth English groups. 7.30pm at the Globe Theatre. Contact Mrs Oakley for details Production News South Pacific This term’s school play is a joint production with the Music department of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific. A big thank you to all girls who auditioned. Rehearsals are already underway, with weekly schedules published in advance each Friday on the Drama notice-board. Help Needed: Mrs Oakley and Mrs Rolfe Johnson would welcome parental involvement: if you can offer any help with make-up and hair, costumes, sound or lighting, we would be glad to hear from you via the school office. Performance Dates: Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December, all at 7.00pm, and tickets will be on sale from mid November.

National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY for Gifted and Talented Youth {NAGTY} was established by Government in 2002. It is run by the University of Warwick and the academy aims to develop, implement, promote and support educational opportunities for gifted and talented students throughout the country. Francis Holland has been nominating pupils for 3 years and, up to this year, 37 students have been accepted for membership. They have the opportunity to participate in online forums, weekend courses and summer schools and I am pleased to report that all those who have attended the courses have greatly benefited from them. Mrs Forde

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IIIrds History Trip to St. Alban’s Cathedral – 5th July 2006

IIIrds visit to St Alban’s Cathedral

Durham Summer School 2006
TWO WEEKS AT A University with 130 other people between 13 and 16 didn’t seem too daunting but a week before it started I was terrified. It turned out that I need not have been. The staff had all done this before and they had almost everything planned. After a crazy first evening of building structures out of pasta and marshmallows and getting very sticky, everything seemed great. However, I was there to learn about history, not play around with food. We got to see old documents, though, and fiddle with old pottery dug up around Durham. It was as hands on as possible- we did most of the talking and if we were interested in flags we could spend an hour talking about them, although there were more focused activities as well. The walls of our classroom ended up being covered with posters that were as colourful as possible. One of the two teachers happened to love town planning and house layout, so we learned about how mediaeval halls were transformed into Jacobean houses and then altered again into symmetrical Georgian housing. Apparently, you can tell from just looking at the outside of a house. We discussed the issues around sources most thoroughly, such as the problems with most records of slavery being predominately from a literate minority. For political history, we had half an hour to write our own constitution, which, if it was formally adopted, would probably lead to civil war within about a week. However, the two weeks were not all about history. In the evenings we chose activities, so I ended up on three evenings trying to remember how to debate in a fast paced, mini Model United Nations as the totally insignificant Democratic Republic of Congo. At the end, all of us wanted to stay on for at least another week but alas, we had to come home. Elizabeth Biggs UVK

The Harvest Festival
THIS YEAR’S HARVEST FESTIVAL is on the 13th October and we are hoping to make it a special event. The U1Vs are to be responsible for the church service, and we are asking that girls bring specific goods. Each class will be responsible for one particular item that homeless or needy people will find helpful, such as tins of tuna or baked beans. Your daughter will inform you nearer the time what their form is giving. The food will then be given to a local church which we have supported for many years and whose members work closely with the needy. Later on in the day we will have a soup and cheese lunch and a collection, which we hope will remind the girls of all the blessings and riches they have in their everyday life. Mrs Piercy
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Black Comedy
HER DAY STARTS even before dawn. She milks the cow, collects it in small urns and sets about delivering it to neighbours near and far. She dare not spill a single drop, since this is the only source of income that her family of eight has. Her hands shiver in the biting cold, she has no shoes to keep her warm, but she doesn’t complain. She scurries home, sweeps the house, lights the fire so that her mother, who has walked two miles to fetch potable drinking water, can make a thin broth that will see the family through the day. This is the story of almost every poor girl in the villages of India. At the tender age of ten, she is expected to be a surrogate mother to her younger siblings. Mijwan Welfare Society was founded twenty years back by Kaifi Azmi. Kaifi had always believed that equal opportunity could guarantee equal results. He believed that education, particularly of the girl child, was the most important tool of empowerment. In the face of stiff resistance from the villagers, he set about building one school, then a second, then a third. A beginning has been made. Much has been achieved but much more needs to be done. It is here, that we the students of Francis Holland School, need your support. We are putting up a production ‘Black Comedy’ on the 2nd and the 3rd of November 2006 to help these girls stand shoulder to shoulder with their brothers and to bring about equality, freedom and justice in the villages of India. Please join us…. Time: 6:00pm Venue: Francis Holland School Namrata Goyal UV1 (Director)

ITALIAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE TOUR TO FLORENCE 15 – 18 December 2006
THIS TRIP IS aimed at providing students with a deeper insight into Italian Language and culture, with a particular emphasis on Italian art history and culture – aspects of which are invaluable for GCSE and A Level study. The first visit will involve tours of Florence’s many art galleries, notably the Uffizzi, Bargello and Palazzo Pitti: a day trip to the stunning town of Siena; and a half-day spent at the prestigious British School of Florence, with an Italian/and or art history lesson and tour of the remarkable library there. The trip is for LV-UVI students of Italian (12 students). See Miss Dickens or Madame Gustave for details.

Inter-form Mathematics Competition: July 2006
IIIrd Year Winning Team Philippa Critchley Nicole Morrell Natalia Riley Thea Waxman

LIV Winning Team Tanysha Garcia Sophie Millns Romy Peires Danae Quek Kathryn Sokolova UIV Winning Team Kaammini Chanrai Naomi Haymon- Gorlov Isabel Ogden Miranda Spencer-Hope

UK MATHS CHALLENGE
MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO the following girls for their outstanding performance in the UK Maths Challenge. The UK Junior Maths Challenge results are : For the IIIrds, the following pupils have received Bronze certificates: Tilda Power, Rachel Lowe, Kate Emlyn Jones, Mizuki Yamada, Emma Jurczynski, Bessie Carter, Samar Ahmed, Isabella Bornholt, Rebecca Lumley, Lucy Goldbart, Laila El-Khazen, Arisa Kimaram, Natalia Riley, Lola Wallis, Karie Menzies and Harriet Marston. Silver certificates go to Rosie Holloway and Thea Waxman. For the LIVs, the following pupils have received Bronze certificates: Gabriella Hondrogiannis, Laura Marshall, Anneliese Gerrard, Ranya Mulchandani, Jasmine Evans, Alice Jacobs, Lotte Elton, Hannah Davidson, Mariam Mahmud, Bella Boyle, Maia Smillie, Paris Astor, Danae Quek and Chloe Palmer. Silver certificates go to Finlay Parfitt, Olivia Lesser, Emma Wong, Tabitha Steinberg, Sophie Millns, Ruby Radley and Catherine Ader. Gold certificates are awarded to Kathryn Sokolova and Sarika Ambasna who also wins the Certificate for BEST IN SCHOOL. The UK Intermediate Maths Challenge results are: For the UIVs, the following pupils have received Bronze certificates: Jessica Pinkus, Tiggi Kempe, Jodie Coller, Catherine Beagent and Georgia Weisz. Silver certificates go to Lizzy Lawrence and Alex Thompson. For the LVs, the following pupils have received Bronze certificates: Laetitia Key, Iona Denniston, Bianca Tristao, Joanna Paterson, Catherine Howell, Ariana Gul, Tiger Chadwick, Hannah Phillips and Parisa Mohajerani. Silver certificates go to Leah Sidi, Michaela Chweidan, Catherine Utting, Catherine Longley and Elizabeth Biggs who also wins the Certificate for BEST IN SCHOOL. Well done girls! Miss Murugan
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INTERFORM ROUNDERS TOURNAMENT
THERE WAS A fantastic atmosphere at the interform rounders tournament in Regent’s Park. Some excellent rounders was played and there were some very impressive banners and hugely enthusiastic supporters to add to the excitement of the afternoon. Well done to all of you for taking part and thanks to the staff for their help in making it such an enjoyable afternoon. Mrs Norman. The results were as follows; IIIrds In 3rd place were IIIS In 2nd place were IIIM In 1st place were IIIJ LIVs In 3rd place were LIVM In 2nd place were LIVJ In 1st place were LIVS UIVs In 3rd place were UIVS In 2nd place were UIVJ In 1st place were UIVM LVs In 3rd place were LVP In 2nd place were LVJ In 1st place were LVK

The interform rounders tournament in Regent’s Park

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
OVER THE SUMMER holidays, both the Silver and Gold participants completed their expeditions. The Silver expeditions took place in the Chilterns while the Gold expeditions took place in North Wales. Both groups experienced incredibly hot conditions, not ideal for hiking with 10kg backpacks! It was so hot in North Wales that the girls had to modify their walking routes in order for extra water to be delivered! I want to congratulate all girls involved on their positive and tenacious attitudes throughout both expeditions. All girls passed with ‘flying colours’! Miss Mahieu

DoE dates: Bronze Assessed Walk: 7th-8th October 2006 Silver Practice Walk: 5th-7th May 2007 Silver Assessed Walk: 26th-28th May 2007 Gold Practice Walk: 16th-20th July 2007 Gold Assessed Walk: 27th-31st July 2007 Silver

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Sponsored Walk 2006
THE ANNUAL SPONSORED walk will be held this year on Tuesday October 10th. Plans are afoot to make this event even more fun than usual (????) but for the time being you might like to know the three charities chosen by the girls as beneficiaries of the event. · FHS Summer Camp for underprivileged children, which will take place next July. A proportion of the money raised from our walk will go towards this project. · Help The Aged · Food Aid 2006 – a charity that aims to raise money to provide many families with the resources and skills, that will enable them to work their way out of poverty. Mr Clayton

History and Politics Society
THE HISTORY AND Politics Society have a very busy term. As well as talks by the Liberal Democrats’ Shadow Chancellor Vincent Cable and Lord Tebbit in October, Boris Johnson, Conservative MP for Henley, has agreed to come and speak to the Society on Monday 6th November at 4.15 pm. Parents are most welcome to join us for what should be a thoroughly entertaining hour or so. Further details will follow shortly. Mr Clayton

A week long Drawing Marathon at the Prince's Drawing School
I ENTERED THE lofty, spacious studio, with its gleaming wooden floors and high views over the city, with some trepidation. Having taught drawing classes at Francis Holland for years, it had been a long while since I had stood on this side of the drawing board. All around were fellow marathoners, students, amateur and professional artists, and teachers like myself, all busily preparing themselves for a week-long stint, eight hours a day, of simply drawing. We worked with every medium, from ink to pencil to chunks of charcoal on massive sheets of paper and in tiny notebooks, lying on the floor or standing for hours at an easel. By day three I was exhausted and ready to quit. It was no good, I could no longer draw. Teachers tended to peer silently at my tentative marks and move on. But what was it that I would say to my own pupils? When you’re stuck, keep on working through the problem, your work will ultimately be stronger. There is usually a breakthrough, and by the end of the week my work was more fluent and confident. I was only sorry that it had to stop. I came away, however, with a much greater understanding of what it is to be a pupil struggling to learn and improve and the challenges my own students face in drawing classes; also with respect for their stoicism under my tuition! I will certainly return to the Prince’s Drawing school, and resume my Drawing Workshop at Francis Holland with renewed enthusiasm. (For details of the Drawing Workshop, open to parents, teachers and examination pupils, please contact Miss Orr at Francis Holland) Miss Orr

2006-07 Sixth Form Wednesday Lectures
Autumn Term 2006 6th September 13th September 20th September 4th October 11th October Half Term 1st November 8th November 15th November 22nd November 29th November 6th December 13th December Dr Pirie – Director Adam Smith Institute John Pilkington – Travels in the Sahel Internal programme Internal programme Professor Dame Carol Black President of the Royal College of Physicians To be confirmed Carol service No lecture SMARTJUSTICE – Unlocking solutions to crime Miss Julia Cleverdon – Business in the Community Marcus De Marie – Investment Mastery Everest Max – the longest climb on Earth

Forensic Psychologist Lecture: Dr Grant Broad
THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT invites you to a talk by Dr. Grant Broad of the Kent Forensic Psychiatry Service on Wednesday 4th October at 4.30 in the Lecture Theatre. He has been a chartered clinical and forensic psychologist for 25 years. He will give a twenty minute presentation and this will be followed by forty minutes for questions of any kind. This promises to be extremely interesting. Please inform the school office if you would like to come. Mrs Bowman

Future dates for your diary
Tuesday 3rd October Thursday 12th October Evening of Nightingales 6:30pm Autumn Concert in St Cyprian’s 7:00pm Half Term

Monday 16th October - Friday 27th October Monday 30th October

Staff Inset Day (no pupils required in school)

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