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Weekly Newsletter 12.5.17

Weekly Newsletter 12.5.17

Dear Parents

I hope you are all well and that you and your daughters are enjoying the warmer weather. This week has been another busy one here at school. All of Year 8 went on a Science Trip to the Natural History Museum on Wednesday and on Thursday evening the annual Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner took place at The Watford Colosseum. It was lovely to see the girls dressed for the occasion and enjoying the end of their time here at school. I hope very much that all of the leavers will stay in touch, tell us about their successes and come back to the school for Old Grammarian Association events.

Last week we held our Walk to School day, which was organised by the girls on the Eco-Committee. The aim of the event was for girls to walk the distance between Watford and Paris (which I am told is 516km), by walking to school and adding the miles they walked to the school’s total. This was an excellent initiative for several reasons. It encouraged girls to walk to school, rather than taking public transport or being driven, thus reducing C02 emissions   at least for that day. It also enabled the girls to enjoy the health benefits, and indeed the pleasures, of walking together to school. Some girls told me that they enjoyed meeting up with their friends and walking to school together for the first time – now they plan to walk together at least once a week in the future. The day was a real success, with Watford girls actually walking a total of 655 km, so the girls far surpassed their target and managed to get as far as Reims.  My thanks and congratulations go to the girls of the Eco Committee and the Geography Department for organising the Walk to School.

Lastly, I would like to share with you the achievements of our Year 7 linguists, who have achieved great things in the heats of the National Modern Foreign Languages Spelling Bee. Three girls went through to the regional final in Peterborough and one of our Year 7 girls has won a place at the National Finals in June. Having witnessed the round that took place in school, I can attest to the remarkable prowess required to achieve success in this competition. The girls are given a word in their chosen foreign language; they then have to translate it, and then spell it in the target language’s alphabet, ensuring they use the correct gender for nouns, all at great speed. I will let you know how we get on in the national final!

Yours faithfully
Clare Wagner

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