Friday, 26 September 2014

26 September 2014

It's hard to believe it's been a whole week since the Girls Go Gold Conference 2014. One of our Year 11 pupils, Ellie Broome, attended the conference and kept a diary of the day, giving us an insight into 'A Girl's Perspective on Girls Go Gold'!

Ellie is also a keen golfer. Over the summer holidays, she was selected to be a part of the Cumbria Girls' Elite Golf team - despite only playing for two years! This is a fantastic achievement for her, and we wish her luck in the future.

Andy Paterson, film producer and Old Boy, returned to the Boys' Division earlier this week to deliver the annual Tillotson Lecture. He spoke about 'telling stories' and gave a masterclass in film production which had the audience completely captivated throughout. It was fascinating to hear from a producer who has worked with the likes of Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman!

Old Girl Olivia Brown also returned to school this week to talk to A Level Art students about her experiences doing an Art Foundation course followed by an Art degree. She brought in many vibrant examples of her work, which the girls really enjoyed looking at, and talked about her current work as a designer. Olivia was the perfect inspiration for the girls, as not only did she win the fifth annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition, she also loves her work!

Last week, girls in Year 9 were given a day off timetable to take part in a Business Enterprise Day. Old Girl Karen Diggle gave them an inspirational talk in the morning, and this was followed by a business challenge based on the FIFA World Cup 2014! The girls were really engaged with the task and took it very seriously - especially since there was a competitive element.

At the end of last week, as millions of Scots turned out to vote in the Independence Referendum, the Girls' Division also cast their ballots in a Mock Independence Referendum of their own! This was a great opportunity for them to engage with politics and to understand more about both sides of the argument. The votes were counted up and results announced on Friday: "No" won in the Girls' Division by a 70% majority!

Year 12 pupil Alex Hopkinson spent a week over the summer completing a work experience placement at the Houses of Parliament! This was a fantastic opportunity for Alex to get a glimpse of politics from the inside, and to develop her skills for the future.

The First XV Rugby Team have breezed through the opening round of the NatWest Schools' Cup with a 50-0 win! This capped off an excellent week for all of the School's rugby teams, with them victorious in 10 of 11 games played.

At Hesketh House, the girls spent Thursday celebrating the diversity in the school community on the European Day of Languages! The girls revealed that they collectively speak twenty-two different languages, and shared these with one another with great enthusiasm.

Finally, this morning, the Hesketh House Parents' Association put on a Coffee Morning before school in support of Macmillan Cancer Research. Parents flocked to the hall to sample the P.A.'s tasty treats and warm drinks after dropping off their daughters in the playground, and afterwards enjoyed sitting in on the girls' morning assembly. The event raised over £300 for the charity: a marvellous achievement for all involved!

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