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Weekly Newsletter 27/04/17

Weekly Newsletter 27/04/17

Dear Parents

Just when we thought that Spring had arrived, the weather has turned cold once again. Nevertheless, it is a pleasure to see the girls playing rounders out on the school pitches and enjoying the sunshine, when it chooses to appear, around the grounds. As the girls settle into their studies and their revision routines, the atmosphere around school is one of calm inustriousness. Nonetheless, as you would expect, our extra-curricular programme continues apace. During the holidays the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition took place, and last weekend it was the turn of the Bronze group. This week we also had a visit from the Globe Players who performed ‘What the Dickens’ (a play based on some of Charles Dickens’ best loved characters) for Year 7 and an abridged version of ‘Macbeth’ for Year  9. Year 8 are busy preparing for the Great Year 8 Debate, which will be most enjoyable and will focus on the girls’ oracy skills, building their confidence and ability to think on their feet and express their ideas clearly and fluently.

As you know, the safety of the girls is our priority, and these days this includes being vigilant for their personal safety in school, and making them aware of how to keep themselves safe out of school and online. This week Hertfordshire Police has drawn the attention of schools to a new online challenge which may be of concern to parents. The Blue Whale Challenge targets vulnerable young people online and befriending them.   Once their trust is gained they are set 50 challenges, which include a variety of challenges that build up in terms of risk and severity.  The 50th challenge culminates in a dare to the vulnerable person to kill themselves. Although there have not been any incidents of children in the local area being affected by this, it is important that we all remain vigilant of the Safeguarding issues around online activity. I apologise for the direct nature of this warning, but it is key that we are all doing all we can to keep young people safe online. If you become aware of your daughter being targeted, please do inform us as soon as possible.

As you are aware, on Friday we celebrate our Founders’ Day. I am sure all the girls will come to school in their smartest uniform and enjoy the annual celebration of the founding of the school. It is also the symbolic moment when the outgoing Head Girl Team hand over to the new appointees. I would like to thank the Head Girl Team 2016-2017 for welcoming me so warmly to the school and for all they have done this year. I look forward to working with their successors in the weeks and months ahead.

I wish you all a very enjoyable and restful Bank Holiday weekend,

Yours faithfully

Clare Wagner