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Issue 18 February 2013

HEADITORIAL Dear Parents and Students, On Wednesday I went with some of the Sixth Form girls to a seminar at Croydon High School GDST run by the National Council of Young Women on human trafficking. It is safe to say we were all profoundly moved – and, indeed, shocked - by a talk from a young woman who had herself been a victim of trafficking. The shock for us all was that this young woman was a highly educated, middle class English girl from a comfortable background who had fallen prey to a highly manipulative man and found herself stranded abroad at his mercy. The girls took part in workshops and listened to a panel of speakers who highlighted the grim statistics on global human trafficking whilst raising awareness of how we can contribute towards its elimination by becoming better informed and being advocates for an end to violence against women and girls everywhere. Pupils and staff will be working together over the next few months to explore how BHHS might continue to raise Issue 18 February 2013

Music News

The Trial’ – 6th Form Play

Many thanks to the girls in Cantabile who gave up time from their very busy social life to sing so beautifully at Erika’s Concert on Friday. I was the grateful recipient of some very pleasing comments about their singing as well as the solo items provided by Tallulah and Maddie. Well done to all. The Community Choir will be rehearsing today (15th February) and again after half term on Wednesday 27th February at 19:00 in the School Hall. It is not too late to get involved!! The Choral Concert featuring all the school choirs as well as the Community Choir takes place on Thursday 7th March at 19:30 in the School Hall. Tickets priced £8 and £5 will be available on the door and accompanied children/students can come and enjoy the concert for free. The girls have been working very hard in preparation for their performances so please come along and offer your support. Unfortunately it looks like I may have to cancel our choir tour to Prague in October. I have not received sufficient responses to make this either financially or musically viable. If would like to participate I would be grateful if you could contact me as soon as possible so that I can pass on all the information. The date for the forthcoming Associated Board Examinations has been confirmed for Wednesday 20th March. I will be able to provide you a full timetable after half term. Mr P. Lloyd

On Monday the 11th and Tuesday 12th February the 6th Form Theatre Studies students performed this year’s extracurricular play: ‘The Trial’ by Franz Kafka (adapted by Ben Hales). In the play the central character, Josef K, finds himself arrested and charged of a crime, but no one is willing to explain to him what it is he is supposed to have done. During his attempts at finding out what is happening with his case he encounters extreme bureaucracy, legal complexities and useless officials.

All five cast members acquitted themselves brilliantly, taking on a range of roles, from the most outrageous to the most pitiful characters. As this was a very interactive performance, the audience was actually a part of it too, having to answer questions and respond to cues from the actors. Audience feedback was very positive, and everyone commented on how brave and challenging the piece was, and how talented our Theatre Studies students are. Congratulations to everyone involved! Mrs M. Edwards

During Half Term the Uniform Shop will be open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am - 4pm 1

awareness of trafficking and also to support some of the charities engaged in the global fight against it. Have a pleasant, and safe, half-term. Jennifer Smith

‘Congratulations to Clara Austera in 12E who has been awarded a place on the Nomura First Step Program. At Easter Clara will have the opportunity to spend 3 days at the Nomura offices in London learning about investment banking.’

U12 Brighton Schools A Team Netball Tournament A massive congratulations to our Under 12 ‘B team’ who

Spelling Bee Last Friday some very enthusiastic students from Years 8 and 9 took part in the inaugural GDST Foreign Language Spelling Bee, held as part of the GDST 140th anniversary. Despite numerous technical issues which necessitated postponing the competition for three days all our girls performed very well. The teams were as follows: Year 8 French - Emily Cormack, Lucy Haggis and Eleanor Palmer. Year 8 German - Eleanor Morgan, Miriam Ritterband and Agatha Steeles.

On Tuesday the U13 hockey team (picture below) played in a friendly match v Blatchington Mill on their new pitches. It was a close encounter, but thanks to a fine hat-trick from Almi Nerurkar, we emerged the winners 3-2. Well done, girls!

Unfortunately a couple of houses were short of players for this tournament, but nevertheless the girls who played made up for it with fighting spirit and demonstrated commitment to their team and determination. Gurney were always favourites to win with all 9 of their elected players having represented the school football team in the last year. However, Grey didn't make it easy for them and scored in the last second of their head to head game, to secure a 1-1 draw. This meant 1st position was awarded on goal difference. A good tournament, with special mention to Suzy Martin, Isabelle Parker, Molly Miller, Izzy Bolingbroke, Moniba Asgari and Elise Rutter. Final results were are follows: 1st with 7 points (goal difference +6) - Gurney 2nd with 7 points (goal difference + 2) - Grey 3rd with 3 points - Lyttelton 4th with 0 points - Stanley. Mrs N. Mostran

and came 3rd. We had 23 points and were only one point behind the 1st and 2nd teams who were both on 24 points. Well done Good Luck to the Under 19 Netball team who plat in the February 26. Good luck to the Under 12 A and B teams and the Under 13 A and B teams who play against Windlesham on Wednesday 27th February (this is the first week back after half term. The Under 13 A team match is the semi-final of the Sussex Cup

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Also on Tuesday, the Senior Hockey team played Cardinal Newman in an U16 league match. It was really exciting end to end, with some skilful play and passing. We emerged as the winners 2-0 and the scores were Jutamas Huggins and Emma Fox. Well done! Mrs S. Thomas

We are very delighted to hear that Leila Ratcliff, a former student (2005-12), has passed her piano Diploma Degree with distinction. Congratulations to an outstanding pianist.

The biennial Careers Convention was held on Thursday attended by Years 1013 and we were delighted to see Year 7 joining in too with enthusiasm. A huge thank you to all exhibitors. Mrs J. Doughty


Netball A team tournament

Such an achievement

Careers Convention


played in the Brighton Schools

Trust Rally at Oxford High on

Year 8 Spanish - Maia PageRubio, Eleanor Palmer and Alicia Phillips. Year 9 German - Emma Davies, Tessa James and Marianne Scotland. Year 9 Spanish - Eloise Ockenden, Katja Ward and Sian Welsh. We are particularly delighted and proud to announce that the Year 9 French team, comprising Gemma Bovill, Lucy Ritchie and Katja Ward have qualified for the final which will take place at Howells School in Cardiff. We wish them every success.


Leadership Conference inspires Girls to take action! Last Friday afternoon, we and four other girls from years eight and nine went to Windlesham House School in West Sussex for a conference on leadership skills and how we could help our local community. We had all gone through an application process in which we had to fill in a form, and state what activities we had done in school that showed leadership qualities. The lucky six were Monica Kelada, Eve Hull, Eleanor Palmer and Lucy Haggis from year eight and Rebecca Linford and Marianne Scotland from year nine. The girls travelled by minibus from school, accompanied by Mrs Mashford, and we were all very excited to see the speakers and what ideas they would have to offer. When we arrived we were directed to Windlesham’s lovely theatre in which many other schools from all over the country were gathered. The speakers included Gavin Shuker, (one of Britain’s youngest MPs), Julia Imonen (holder of two world records) and Luke Lancaster (who founded his own charity at the age of twelve). There were many other inspirational and awe inspiring speakers there as well. All of us were incredibly inspired and at the end we all thought our canteen complaints were a little pathetic! Our first action to help others is to put one child in Malawi through high school. We’ve done this by buying 90 kilogram bags of fair trade rice which we then must sell. So we’re going to need as much help as possible to make this sale a success! Each bag is priced at £3 and we’ll have possible recipes all around the school. They’ll be on sale in the library for fairtrade fortnight (or less if they prove popular!) and if just a quarter of the school buys it, we’ll have reached our total and succeeded in helping put someone through school. So I think I speak for all who went when I say, BHHS is now firmly invested in the local community and the world around us. Marianne Scotland and Rebecca Linford, 9F

THE MARY SCHOFIELD HOUSE SHORT STORY COMPETITION Have fun over half term writing your entry! The theme is 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost' and you can interpret this anyway you choose. There are full details on the competitions page of the English portal site. Hand your (winning?) entry in your Head of House by Thursday 28 February.

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JUNIOR EDITORIAL Dear Parents, It has been an incredibly busy half term and I sense that the girls are more than ready for the break! The second half of term is equally action packed with some new initiatives such as the KS2 inter-house cross-country and the inter-school U9 Netball tournament. Old favourites such as Grandparents afternoon mean that your support is very welcome. We also hope to see as many of you as possible at the screening of “Town of Runners” on Tuesday 26th February, soon after we get back. This is our Fairtrade project this year and we would really welcome your support.

THE GRAND ARRIVAL There was a buzz of excitement in the school last week as rumours began to spread that something very special had arrived in our school. Berniya Hamie and Olivia Giles rushed down to the hall, camera and notepad in hand, ready to record the event for the year 6 newspaper. They snapped as three removal men wheeled a beautiful Yamaha C3 Grand Piano into the school hall, the result of several months of searching, following a very generous donation from the Parents’ Association. The piano will be treasured by staff and girls. We hope it will prove to be a wonderful incentive to girls to want to perform at our school. Already the assembly performance applications have started flooding in. Watch this space for news of the first Grand Concert!

Best wishes Sian Cattaneo

PANCAKE DAY Reception have been busy as ever making pancakes this week. We made ‘healthy’ pancakes on Tuesday filled with banana, blue-berries and lemon. ‘Chef Emily’ entered school in full chef’s attire and we all had a fantastic time. Miss Wade completed several flips of the pancakes....only dropping one!!


FAIRTRADE EXHIBITION @ THE JUBILEE LIBRARY All girls in Year Six and the Year Five Ceramics Club have been working hard all this half term to prepare a special display of artwork to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from Monday February 25th – Saturday March 9th during the library opening hours. The pieces on display are made using a variety of media and techniques, including textiles, ceramics and 3D models and are intended to be thought provoking as well as beautiful. The exhibition has been organised by the Brighton and Hove Fairtrade Steering Group and it can be seen by the main entrance of the Jubilee Library. We would like as many people as possible to see the lovely work the girls have done so do try to go along to see it while it is there.

EAST SUSSEX BOOK AWARD UPDATE Congratulations to Clemmie Copeland and Mia Nathan for being awarded a prize each for writing excellent book reviews- well done girls! Year Six we hope this inspires you to keep the competition entries coming in!

We are going to look into another layer to add to the sports uniform for particularly cold weather but please could I ask parents to make sure that their daughters have their kit including both parts of their tracksuit in school as an absolute minimum. Base layers/skins are available for the juniors in the uniform shop.

ON THE MOVE On Tuesday Year 1 enjoyed a fabulous surprise visit from Quentin Blake’s storybook character, Mrs Armitage. She came to launch a carousel of fun Science activities connected with their “On the Move” topic. The girls experimented with windmills, bubbles, paper fish, sailing boats and a ping-pong slalom. By the end of the session they all appreciated that air (blowing, flapping, and pumping) can be used to make things move. Thank you Mrs Armitage and Breakspear the dog! The girls had a fantastic afternoon exploring ways of making things move.

SPORTS BOARD AND FIXTURES Could I please ask parents to encourage their daughter to look at the sports board by the dining room for upcoming team selections. If your daughter is not keen to take part in matches or has dropped attending training sessions, could you please let Mrs Mostran know as we end up being left without players for matches. Issue 18 February 2013

Please note that World Book day is on March 7th this year and we will be asking the girls to dress up as a book character for the day. Further details about school-based activities for the day will be given after half term.



Tuesday 26 February Primary Trust Swimming Rally, Oxford Away Nursery Tour, 08.40am – Reception, Y1 and Y2 Classes Town of Runners Screening, 6.00pm, Senior School th Wednesday 27 February U11b Netball V Windlesham, Home 2.30pm U9 a&b V St. Christophers, Away 2.30pm th Thursday 28 February Lunch for Parents 2A Swimming Gala, Away (Hurst) st Friday 1 March Y4 Trip to Museum, Egyptian Handling Session Governors Meeting nd Saturday 2 March U9 Netball Tournament, 9.00am BHHS Home

ECO CLUB I dropped into Eco Club this week to see what exciting things they were up to. The girls were busy planting seeds; they explained that they were looking at seasonal vegetables. The girls were planting herbs, sun flowers, peas, spring onions, pak choi and tomatoes. The plan was to start the seeds off in the science room, making use of the heat from the radiators, then to transfer them to our greenhouse. I will be keeping an eye on the progress of the seeds! Mr Hunton who runs the club is extremely proud of the girls for not being ‘fair-weather’ gardeners and keeping going through the cold months! He also mentioned that there are now 5 more spaces available if anyone else is interested in joining the club. If you would like to know more about Eco club please let me know. Miss Lyons, Eco coordinator

NURSERY POETRY AFTERNOON Nursery had a visit from a reallife poet on Tuesday. Sasha Dugdale-King came to share some poems and rhymes with the girls. It was a most enjoyable session and very interactive. The girls joined in with the rhymes and actions with real enthusiasm. It has really fuelled our appetite to discover more rhymes in our Nursery! Now what was that one about an alligator………?!

MATCH REPORTS U10’s and 11s V Farlington (Away)

A combination of U10 s and U11s played hockey against Farlington. We saw some fantastic play and a great work rate from everyone. Player of the game for the “A” team was awarded to Bessie Pratt for excellent goal keeping skills and to Rae Healey for super defending in the “B”s. Well done everyone! U8s V Copthorne – 2-0 (Away)

U8’s put up a very strong fight against Copthorne today – our defence did not stop and kept the ball out of the net as much as they could. Mary played her 1st game and what a star she was! Well done U8’s! U11a Netball V Sion (Home)

They started strongly, passing was a little sloppy in the middle, but then improved to finish on a high – winning 10-3. Player of the game Olivia Giles – Well done to you all! U9a&b Netball V Ardingly (Home) The “A” team lost 8-9. Olivia was not feeling well and tried to start the game but felt too unwell so we quickly substituted Scout on at WA. We were 3-7 down at half time and made some changes to positions being played so had a really good second half and fought back well against a strong team. Esme, Holly, Scout and Bonnie all had really good games but it was a great team effort. The “B” team lost 0-4 but played well under very cold conditions. We lost Tanusha to the cold and Isobel was retrieved from her lesson to help out. She played very well, as did all the girls, and the result does not reflect the game; we had plenty of possession but could not score.

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Issue 18 February 2013


Issue 18 February 2013  

Brighton and Hove High School Newsletter

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