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CONTENTS 04 From the Headmistress 08 Commemoration & Prizegiving 12 MSJ Sixth Form 20 DofE & Outdoor Pursuits 26 Expressive Arts 50 Humanities 58 English 62 Classics 66 Model United Nations 68 STEM 74 Food Science & Nutrition 86 MFL 92 Boarding 98 Wellbeing at MSJ 104 Riding 108 Visitors 116 Pre-Prep 122 Prep 135 Seniors 134 Sport

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From The Headmistress

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adies and Gentlemen, welcome. It gives me great pleasure to have you here with us today for this full stop to the academic year.

And what a year it’s been. The girls have achieved so much. I am incredibly proud of their hard work and determination, their sense of humour, their warmth and enthusiasm, and the way they pull together as a team.

And I thank my staff, too, and you as parents, for the same sense of team-work and dedication. We had an alumna, Sue Garrard, a senior leader at Unilever, come to MSJ earlier this year, and what she said struck a chord. “What you can achieve on your own may feel small, but what you can achieve when you get everyone wanting the same thing is amazing.” I feel that collective ambition at MSJ, and it’s a powerful force. So what can we achieve together between now and 2025? We are in the so-called third industrial revolution. Revolutionary backdrops require innovative leadership; and MSJ will stay ahead of the curve, future-proofing the girls’ learning. I have distilled my vision into three key pillars which are at the heart of MSJ. They are: delivering excellence in teaching and learning, focused on academic achievement, and the soft skills students need for careers in a fast-changing commercial landscape; delivering the best pastoral care wrapped up in a modern, supportive

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From Her speech at Prizegiving, 4 July 2019

boarding environment, to create resilient and capable women; and finally, community – to provide collaborative networks which offer mutual support, inspiration and enrichment. Translated into the real world, what will this look like? For teaching and learning, there will be a greater emphasis on e-learning and critical literacy. In the age of so-called ‘fake news’ girls need to be adept at examining source material. They also need to be able to work effectively independently and collaboratively. They need to see global perspectives and emerging trends. There will be greater cross-curricular teaching where subjects blend – think STEAM not STEM, think Sport Science, think Computer Aided Design. Classrooms will need the physical space and IT infrastructure to support multiple ways of working. At the centre of all learning is the Library – the metaphorical brains of the school. The next generation is Smart – ie tech enabled and dynamic – and so we will be investing in creating Smart classrooms and workspaces. Modernising our boarding provision and extending our well-being initiatives is well underway. Greenslade reopened in September as a Year 13 transition-touniversity house, following a £500k investment. Batsford, our Junior boarding house, has benefited

and so it is with MSJ. We are rooted in our community. We support it, and are supported by it. This will never be more true than as we move through the next years. We will see initiatives such as community service embedded in the curriculum; working with state sector institutions, sharing facilities and insight; continuing to support charities; and harnessing the power of local and regional business and our 4,500 strong alumnae network. Our Malvern Alumnae 100 project this year has delivered unbelievable inspiration and role models to our girls. There’s nothing like seeing female ambition and attainment all around you.

from redecoration. Next we will turn our sights on Senior boarding, and in particular a new project for Year 11s. MSJ Buzz, our well-being programme will expand, delivering, for example, lessons in communication and relationship management, and more parent workshops. To misquote John Donne, no organisation is an island,

As we help our community, I hope that our community will lean in to support us. We will be looking to fundraise for our bursary provision which remains vital for ensuring the diversity and inclusivity of the school. We can only do this with the generous help of those in our community. If you feel that you can help us to reach out to talented girls and their families, please do speak to me about how we can work together. Coming back to that Sue Garrard quote I mentioned at the beginning, “what we can achieve when you get everyone wanting the same thing is amazing”.

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From The Headmistress

Today I have just touched on our upcoming plans. In the Autumn we will be sending out more information to our parent body and we will look to undertake some consultations and keep you at the centre of communications as we move forward. As we celebrate 100 years of all-girls education in our building, commemorated by Malvern Civic Society last week, we should remember that all of us stand on the shoulders of previous benefactors. It was quite something, in 1919 before most women even had the vote, for two single women – Miss Lily Poulton and Isabel Greenslade - to buy our school building which had been the Imperial Hotel. Over the hills at St James’s school, the Baird sisters were doing the same. These prescient women believed in a cause that was to prove significant – girls’ education. They knew, contrary to popular opinion, that true independence and equality could come only from the ability for women to earn their own living. We take that for granted now; but their thinking was way ahead of its time. Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. I can see that our girls are women who are going to do exactly that – just like Misses Poulton, Greenslade and Baird before them. A century on, MSJ continues to provide first class girls’ education, with conviction and with passion and ambition. All that remains is for me to say a massive thank

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you and farewell to our Leavers and their parents, and in particular all of our girls in Year 13 who move on to university and life after school. It has been an absolute pleasure to have you with us. We look forward to finding out about how you progress – I’d like to think that some of you will be in our Malvern Alumnae 100 of the future. Whatever it is that you do, I wish you the very best. I’d like to pay special tribute to my outgoing Head Girl team and school Prefects. Hajer, Nicky and Holly – you are strong women and have been excellent leaders. There is no greater embodiment of our mantra ‘Be Anything, Achieve Everything’. And of course, thank you to all of my ever-enthusiastic, dedicated staff, and in particular those who are retiring after long and dedicated service, or moving on to pastures new. Your contribution to the school – teaching and non-teaching staff – is immense, and we wouldn’t be here without you. My final thanks goes to our Guest Speaker, Dr Caroline Copeland, Lecturer in Neuropharmacology at St George’s, London. Caroline is one of our Malvern Alumnae 100, the celebrated group of Old Girls who are achieving remarkable and inspirational things in their lives and careers. We are delighted to have you with us today. So, thank you Ladies and Gentlemen, and I hand you over to Caroline.


From Her speech at Prizegiving, 4 July 2019

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Commemoration & Prizegiving

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End of the Year Speech

HAJER ZUBAIRU Good Morning. Welcome, honourable guests, governors, parents, girls. Thank you to Dr Caroline Copeland for an engaging and thought provoking speech. I am beyond honoured to stand before you today, giving my own end of year speech. It’s incredibly hard to fathom that I have reached the end of my school journey here. If you know me then you’re fortunate or unfortunate enough to know that talking isn’t really much of a problem.

I often find myself telling people I’m not sentimental, that feelings of sadness or tenderness do not creep up on me. And for the most part that is true, or at least I thought it was. But o my dear MSJ, I am sentimental for you. I am sad, I am tender because… I love you. Will I ever associate the word brunch with anything other than Susan’s warm welcome and wonderful smile? Can I look at tartan or even hear the word Scotland and not think of reeling and Mrs Huntley’s moves and Charlotte during practice? And pigeons, those dreaded Poulton pigeons, staring at you while sitting comfortably on your bed. Now that’s a moment you never forget. The list could go on and on forever. But MSJ is the people, it’s every single one of you. It’s Miss V and our lovely trips begging for visas around London. It’s Tito my amazing partner who for some reason always makes me want to murder people on stage both as my infuriating niece in Antigone and of course as my wife Lady Macbeth. I feel an overwhelming sense of pride and gratitude and of course achievement! Year 13, we have made it through, this past year has been a challenge for most of us but here we are out on top. And to my amazing prefect team - did you think that the time would pass so quickly between those long Monday meetings and now here we are? On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank the teaching staff and the housemistresses for being a part of that achievement.

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So it ends, just like that. It's kind of unbelievable, hard to describe even. Endings are…the best of times and the worst of times. On the bright side, leaving school means there are no more rules! We can wear white socks now! I know right… so radical. Sorry Mrs Fowles. But coming to the end is always a good time to look at how things began. When I wrote my hustings speech for the position of head girl , I denounced quote using in speeches not because I don’t like quotes as I do love them (and you will find some in my speech today) but because I wanted a speech that was thoroughly and utterly myself. I wanted to show the school the most honest version of me, the version that they would be getting all year round. I made a choice that day about rhetoric but I also made a choice about me. I chose to give myself to the school in every way, so that with every word and every action I could always say that it was mine. Having the opportunity to be your head girl has been an unbelievable and life- changing one. This job isn’t just something I did, it was something I became. But I didn’t come here alone. One of my favourite Maya Angelou poems is Still I Rise. In it, she says “bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, ham the hope, the dream of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise”. For me this quote highlights the importance of not going it alone. Like Maya I bring the gifts of those who love me. I didn’t get here by accident. I am my parent’s daughter, my sister’s sister, my friend’s friend.


End of the Year Speech

Now I know some of you are waiting for me to get off this stage so we can to the most important part of the day which is lunch… duh. However, I am meant to leave you with something I was told the advice section was a mandatory part of this speech. My first piece of advice would be: give yourself permission to be your own biggest fan. Stand up for yourself and love yourself enough to know that that person deserves everything. Ladies, we need to take up space. A lot of times we tell ourselves or we are told that we shouldn’t be there. I want you guys to ask “Why not me?” You are just as worthy, just as talented, just as incredible. I asked myself “Why not me?” And here I am delighted to be the first black head girl of Malvern St James in its 11 year history. I will be honest and let you know now that there is no easy way out. Stop looking for it. I can tell you as I’ve wasted much time trying. In 1974, Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in what was famously dubbed, “The Rumble in the Jungle’. Ali had to take all those punches, so that he could win. So enjoy the struggle, the difficulties, it doesn't last as long as you’d think. Have faith. The universe isn't working against you, things always fall into place one way or another so relax. Do not miss out on greatness, on happiness, on peace because of worry. In short, just live you can only

do it once after all. So I had never given much thought to legacy before I became Head Girl because it was never relevant or so I thought. Legacy is defined in the dictionary as something left or handed down b y a predecessor. This can be architecture, wealth or even problems. So I started thinking about legacies. For me, Nicky, Holly… for all of us. So I guess my final piece of advice is: Let every word have meaning and every action purpose, because we are all leaving legacies. MSJ has given me a legacy, being an intrinsic part of my identity. It has educated me by giving me examples to look up to, by challenging all that I know and pushing me outside of my comfort zone, daring me to dream beyond conventional, beyond easy. Our legacy is about unity, caring, truth and initiative. We are the sum of our experiences but not only that, we are more than that. Each and every single one of us has a chance to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. I actually think that this is the true purpose of an education; it is legacy that allows thoughts and deeds to transcend time and boundaries giving life to new ideas, making icons, inspiring transformations in this world. There lies our challenge and our opportunity——it’s our time. What will your legacy be?

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Sixth Form

SOMERVILLE SUPPER

WEDNESDAY 5TH DECEMBER

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he topic for the Somerville supper on December 5th was, "What is the future of humanity?" Academic scholars from Year 12 were joined by the Academic Prefect, Galina Boskh, Mrs Whitmore, Mr Morris and Mrs Raraty to consider this theme over dinner. The conversation, led by Dr Jones, started with the concept that it is humans that are the real threat to the planet. The impact of diet, farming and pollution was discussed including how people could be persuaded to change their behaviour and live more responsibly. Consumerism as a way of life was also questioned in response to sustainability. Developments in technology were raised included artificial intelligence (AI), robots and biohacking, which is a process whereby individuals implant technology into their own bodies. The possible extinction of species such as bees was raised along with whether this would be a trend that happened on a global scale. Does the near future involve an extended life span? How individual could live for up to 150 years old was imagined. Overall, we enjoyed a full and wide-ranging conversation over supper with everyone adding their

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ideas, challenging and also questioning the concepts that were presented during the evening. Some final comments from the pupils: "It's a shocking idea that chemicals could be used by humans to artificially create emotions." "What is the impact of technology on our ability to do things; will technology do everything for us? Will we have to reimagine what it is to be human?" "After this discussion, I will make some changes and reduce my use of plastic to live a more environmentally friendly life." "We like to think of our generation as caring, but are we as proactive as we would like to think?" "The media can exaggerate problems and influence how people feel, when perhaps we should be concentrating on problem diseases such as malaria." Dr Jones (Learning Enrichment & Support Co-ordinator)


Young Enterprise This year, 37 Year 12 students signed up for Young Enterprise (YE), where they formed three companies – Current, Meraki and Puzzle. They went through the motions of setting up their own companies – coming up with a name, electing Managing Directors, selling shares, opening up a bank account, raising finance, creating and marketing a product to the public. They finished the year by closing down their companies and splitting their dividends and any remaining stock. As always, the three companies decided to concentrate their efforts on very different product ideas. Current was focused on spreading awareness about plastic pollution and created two environmentally friendly zero-waste starter kits – one for the kitchen and another for the bathroom – to help get the public started in reducing their plastic waste. To go alongside these kits, the girls sewed cotton bags to form not only the packaging for the kit, but as a product in itself (and seeing as though not many had ever sewed before, it was an impressive feat)! Meraki was looking at stress and made a box which they called “Take 10”. It was full of ten different items to encourage individuals to take ten minutes out of their day, to help relax and de-stress. Their kit included items such as aromatherapy oils, a code to a Spotify playlist they made, tea and handmade candles. They also made an information sheet to go with each item, explaining how it is best used and how it can help to relieve stress. Finally, Puzzle wanted to spread positivity and happiness, though their hand painted wooden quote boards to put around the house. They had a variety of signs including sayings such as ‘will this matter a year from now?’, ‘but first, coffee’ and ‘laundry today, or naked tomorrow!’. Besides the creation of the product, Young Enterprise is also a competition. Throughout the course of the year the teams were judged on their trade stand at the Spring Trade Fair, a written report, an interview by a panel of judges and a four-minute presentation. The first stage of the competition was the Spring Trade Fair where all three companies set up a stall on the Worcester High

Street. Despite a rainy and windy start to the day, the girls did a very good job of interacting with the public, creating awareness about their mission and of course selling their items. Puzzle was also awarded Best Trade Stand at the awards ceremony at the end of the day. At the end of March we attended the South Worcestershire Presentation Evening alongside ten other companies in the area. The MSJ teams did extremely well at the Area finals – they presented themselves professionally in their interviews and their presentations went off without a glitch! The awards part of the evening showcased just how well they had done this year - Current won the Sustainability award, as well as Best Finance for working with suppliers to waive the minimum order quantity and reduce the price

Presentation Evening was at the beginning of May, where the three MSJ teams were up against six other teams in the region. Once again, the girls did an amazing job throughout the day – they set up their stands quickly, did a very good job in their interviews and their presentations were smooth and to a very high standard. Puzzle was awarded Best Finance and Current won Best Presentation, which they were both very pleased with. Although this was the end of the journey, the girls were delighted with their performance throughout the year and represented Malvern St James extremely well. We finished off the year with our annual YE Awards dinner where the companies thanked both the Business Advisors and the Year 13 mentors for their help and

of goods (having a revenue of £1,400 didn’t hurt either)! Furthermore, Meraki, won Best Presentation for their smooth, clear and well-articulated presentation. Not only did the girls win a combined three out of eight awards that were given out on the evening (with Current, being the only company to win multiple awards), but all three companies were deemed Area Winners and advanced to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Presentation Evening, along with two other companies, to represent South Worcestershire. To top it off, not only was MSJ the only school to get multiple companies through, but this was the first time that MSJ has ever had three companies advance to the next stage!

support over the course of the year. Awards were given out to the Managing Directors for all of their hard work, as well as to girls who were nominated by their MDs for having gone above and beyond the call of duty. Overall, the year was a huge success, with the girls learning valuable business lessons, alongside winning some more trophies to add to the cabinet! Some of the girls have enjoyed the experience so much, that they are already looking forward to mentoring next year’s companies! And for those girls who are entering Year 12 in September, hopefully this gives you motivation to join Young Enterprise and inspiration to start thinking of products for your company!

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MSJ STUDENT SHINES LIGHT ON GLOBAL ISSUE Lily explained, “This project enabled me to combine my passion for fashion with raising money for a global issue. The aim of the show was to raise awareness of ocean pollution through an entertaining fashion event. I was giving fashion a voice, and the sponsorship from Elle Magazine UK and Two Farmers helped me gain credibility and traction for the event. This project has taught me lots of practical textiles skills as well as project management.” Mrs Raraty said, “Lily’s event was a real triumph. She spoke so confidently and passionately about the pieces she had created and gave the audience some very powerful messages about upcycling, and playing our part to protect the environment through the day to day choices we make.”

Lily Rawlings (Year 12) has raised over £600 for a leading marine charity after creating a fashion show to raise awareness of the damage that plastic is doing to our oceans. Lily drew on her love of fashion for her Extended Project Qualification to design and make 14 unique outfits that were modelled in a catwalk show – ‘Trashion’ – held at MSJ. She chose to support Ross-on-Wye based charity, Marine Conservation Society, the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. ‘Trashion’ was endorsed by Elle Magazine UK and the Herefordshire-based company Two Farmers. Anne-Marie Curtis, Editor-in-Chief at Elle UK, said, “I’m very impressed with your project. Clever to combine fashion with passion for an environmental cause – brave and bold; it so deeply affects the fashion industry.” Lily used upcycling and recycling to create her designs, combining clothes found in charity shops and plastic materials that would otherwise have been thrown away. Bin bags, shower loafers, party tablecloths, bags, foam netting, straws and duct tape were just some of the plastic ‘trash’ that Lily used in her designs. Lily studied at the London College of Fashion last summer and drew on her inspiration and experience of the course to create her designs.

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For this year’s Ball the girls chose Monet’s Waterlilies as their theme. It was lovely to be joined by so many parents and friends alongside MSJ girls and staff. Blessed with perfect weather at the end of June, the evening began with a drinks reception in the Quad, made all the more atmospheric by the playing of our guest pianist, Tim Sidford. Following the feat of organisation that is the group photo (link to purchase it here: https://www.brucefosterphotography.co.uk/ f583054414), we were treated to a superb French-inspired dinner. We began with a seasonal tomato and gazpacho salad

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BALL 2019

with Parma ham and feta; this was followed by an impressive (if difficult) choice between coq-au-vin or halibut with buerre blanc, and all rounded off with chocolate fondant. The dance floor was soon filled with happy guests enjoying the music and lighting effects supplied by PulseFX, as well as taking many selfies in the photo booth and having more formal photographs in the studio, both provided by Bruce Foster. A great evening was had by all.

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Meet the new Head Girl Team

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advantage of it. Balance is key. Definitely use your free time to read around your subjects and work, but also take some time out to see your friends too. Don’t forget to make the most out of subject drop-in sessions – teachers are always willing to help you if you need any extra support. What is the role of the Head Girl team?

Grace Clifford, Head Girl, performing in Macbeth

What advice would you give to a new girl starting at MSJ? Grace Clifford, Head Girl: Throw yourself into everything! The School offers you so many different opportunities so it’s key to get involved with as much as you can. It’ll really help you make new friends too as you’ll be introduced to lots of different girls. Bea Clifford, Deputy Head Girl: If you’re joining in Year 10, you should definitely make the most of Exeat weekends and bring girls home to stay if you can. It’s really nice to catch up away from School! Vivi Manning, Deputy Head Girl: If you’re joining in Sixth Form, make the most of your free time and take

Grace, HG: We’re here as a midway point between the students and the teachers. It’s really important that we’re approachable as we want the MSJ Prep girls, as well as the Seniors, to feel like they can come up to us and ask us questions. Bea, DHG: We really want to use our knowledge and experience of being at MSJ since Year 7 to help find solutions to any problems the younger girls are facing.

Bea Clifford, Deputy Head Girl, would like to work in science journalism after MSJ

Vivi, DHG: We need to help identify what works and what might not be working at School. Grace, HG: We do want to find a better way of feeding back to the School if we do make a change though. It’s important that everyone knows what is going on. If you could only achieve one things this year, what would it be and why? Bea, DHG: I really like the idea of having students as mentors for the younger girls. We’ve just put on a production of Macbeth where I realised how little I knew the Year 7 and 8 girls.

Vivi Manning, Deputy Head Girl, is a Grade 8 pianist

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Grace, HG: I agree. It’s easier the other way, when you’re in MSJ Prep you know the names of the Prefects and Head Girl Team, but I think it’s important that we know the younger girls too. We have Academic


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Scholars that offer support but we should definitely be doing something on a pastoral level too. Bea, DHG: That would be so nice. I would have loved that if I were lower down the School. Grace, HG: I’d really love to go around each form room at the start of September and introduce ourselves to all the girls, which should make starting the mentorship scheme a bit easier. Grace, why did you want to be Head Girl? Grace, HG: I wanted the opportunity to be able to lead the School that I love, make a difference and ensure that girls coming through the School have a great experience – just like I have. What A Levels are you studying? Grace, HG: Religious Studies, History and Drama. Bea, DHG: History, Chemistry and Biology. Vivi, DHG: Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Music.

Grace (holding certificate), was part of the Young Enterprise company, Meraki, which won Best Presentation in the South Worcestershire heat

What extra-curricular activities are you involved in? Grace, HG: Netball, MUN, Reeling and Speech & Drama Bea, DHG: Choir, MUN, Lacrosse, Reeling, DofE and Macbeth Vivi, DHG: Choir, Piano, Lacrosse, Netball, Riding, MUN, Macbeth, Reeling, Ballet and DofE. What are your plans after MSJ? Grace, HG: I’d like to read History at university and then go on to Drama school after. Bea, DHG: I want to study Biology at university and then I’d like to maybe then move on to science journalism, reporting on science-related news stories. Vivi, DHG: I’m hoping to study Veterinary Medicine and become a large animal vet.

Vivi is Riding Team Co-Captain

Bea is an active member of the School choir

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DofE and Outdoor Pursuits Malvern St James is proud to offer The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at all three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The DofE is a national and international Scheme of Achievement recognized by schools, universities and employers worldwide. The different elements of the Award are designed to be a balance to the academic life, in that they are activities that happen outside of school and outside of the classroom. It fosters self-sufficiency, resilience, responsibility, independence, leadership and teamwork, all within a safe and enjoyable environment. It encourages the participants to learn new skills, meet new people, and leave their comfort zone and to be of service to others outside of school.

The time and commitment required to complete the Award increases up through the Levels, so Bronze (the gentlest) is open to girls from Year 9, Silver from Year 10 and Gold from the age of 16. Each girl needs to complete 4 sections:Skill: Musical instruments, YE, Choir, learning a foreign language, etc. Volunteering: Pool Lifeguarding, working with juniors, library and reading skills, etc.

Physical: Yoga, Lacrosse, Badminton, Fitness, Horseriding, etc. The range of activities open to the girls within these sections is HUGE and all of these and more are available at MSJ. At Gold level there is the fifth section, attending a five-day residential away from home with a bunch of strangers, either learning a new skill, e.g. sailing on The Tall Ships, or helping others in the National Trust or Revitalize, a respite care home et al. Many of our girls do all three levels. Successful completion of Gold culminates in a trip to either Buckingham Palace or St James’ Palace where they receive their Gold certificates in the presence of HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex. Now if you were counting, you think I missed a section! The fourth section! It is the one that looms large in all the stories! All the photographs! All the memories! So I left it to last… Expedition: This is overseen by the Outdoor Pursuits

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Department and is designed to foster a spirit of adventure and discovery. The girls go out in groups to undertake a self-sufficient journey, which they have planned and prepared themselves. Full training is given in navigation, First Aid, hillcraft and campcraft so that the requirements of the expedition can be fulfilled safely and enjoyably. Training days and expeditions take place in some of the most scenic areas of England

Storm Hannah in The Black Mountains. As you read this, 20 Silvers and Golds have just completed their Qualifying Expeditions in the Yorkshire Dales in the summer holidays! Words by Mrs Cole, D of E Manager

and Wales - namely, Long Mynd, Yorkshire Dales, Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons - and, of course, in our own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – The Malvern Hills. This year we have ‘enjoyed’ many different weather conditions from snow on the Stiperstones, rain and wind on Sugar Loaf, sunny Malvern Hills, breezy, to THE BEACON 2019 EDITION

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SUCCESS IN GOLD

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It is with great delight that I can announce that 8 Gold D of E Awards have been achieved this academic year. Three Old Girls and five current girls have finished off years of hard work with determination and flair. The successful girls are Old Girls, Hannah Nolan, Katie Jeynes-Cupper, Emily Walker (2017) and current Sixth form, Galina Boskh, Lucy Nelson, Cora Croft and Year 12 Sophie Flanaghan and Anna Smith. Five of them have done all three levels, and the other three have done two levels.

Cora’s cookery course, Anna and Sophie’s adventurous activities week, Katie learning about plant science at Cambridge University, Hannah helping out at CHICKS, a respite home for children with Cancer and Lucy, working at Revitalize, a respite care home for adults. Each of them have coped with many different challenges through their D of E participation, and they are to be congratulated on their achievement. They have all received a Gold Brooch or badge and Lucy, Anna, Sophie and Emily will be invited to St James Palace in London to receive their certificate from a celebrity speaker in the presence of Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex. Cora, Galina, Hannah and Katie have already been to Buckingham Palace in May this year. They were presented with their certificates by author, environmental campaigner (and famously ‘grumpy old man’) Bill Bryson. It was a very special day.

The range of activities they have done between then is vast, from playing the piano, to conservation work at Kemerton, hockey coaching, MUN, YE, community work in their local areas and more. Throughout the three levels, I estimate that they have done 668 hours of voluntary work between them, helping and coaching people younger or less privileged than themselves. For their expeditions, they must have done at least 195 miles of walking each, through some of the more scenic parts of England and Wales. At Gold they also have to do a residential course, again the range is vast, from Galina volunteering for a Russian Charity, looking for and identifying the remains of missing Russian soldiers from the Second World War, to Emily and

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Congratulations to them all. Words by Mrs Cole, D of E Manager


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Every year, the year 7 and 9 (old and new) go away at the beginning of the school year for the purpose of breaking the ice and getting together as a new complete year group. The year 7 went to Malvern Elements in West Malvern and the year 9 went to Gilwern, South Wales. Year 7 did a shorter programme of on-site activities, ropes course, orienteering, climbing and other group dynamics. The year 9, going further afield, were able to do more adventurous activities such as Jacob’s Ladder, crate stack, climbing, canoeing the River Wye and caving in Porth y Ogof. (see photos) Going away to a neutral venue, where everyone is new, is a great icebreaker, you share new experiences, make new friends and you learn a lot about yourself and about other people in these situations. The adventurous activities are deliberately set as a personal challenge and it is hugely satisfying to see the girls achieve things that they thought they could not do!! To see them grow and mature as a result and most importantly having fun whilst doing so! So here’s to next year’s adventures. Remember ‘’be adventurous, achieve anything!’’

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n the first day of the summer holidays 10 year 10s doing Silver and 10 year 12 doing Gold and 6 staff left Malvern on a sunny day to drive to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where the girls were going to complete their final journey for the expedition section of their D of E. This section requires the girls to be totally self-sufficient for the duration of their expedition, cooking for themselves, walking a previously prepared route and camping each night. They have to carry everything that they will need, tents, sleeping bags, clothes, cooking equipment and food for the whole journey and complete the journey with the minimum of adult intervention. The Silvers walking in two expedition groups had planned and prepared a 3 day expedition from Littondale over High Cote Moor, to Gordale, to Stainforth, via the famous Malham Cove to the Ribble Valley with 2 nights of camping.

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The Golds completed a 55 km 4 day journey with 3 nights of camping starting on the east side of the Dales at Malham, exploring Dentdale and Ribblesdale, and going over the famous Yorkshire Peaks, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough. They finished in good style at Ribbleshead next to the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct. The weather was so much kinder this year, NO extremes. Just lovely pleasant walking weather, giving fantastic views! Though, shame, the Golds got a touch of rainy weather on their last day. My thanks go to the 5 staff, who gave up their holiday to come along and support the girls, Mr Watson, Mr Perkins, Mrs Cole. And Mrs Allsopp and Mrs Ewence who assessed the Silver and Gold groups respectively. It could not happen without them. Sue Cole


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The girls were: GOLD SILVER Eloise Attlee Kay Baxter Cindy Deng

Claire Ding

Hattie Baxter

Mignonette Ghobrial

Saskia Drake

Cicely Gallagher

Flora Jauncey

Holly Harvey

Romilly Hughes

Christy Lee

Stephanie Leung

Evelyn Liang

Joyce Lee

Marnie Probert

Ellie Lo Karenza Pearson Emily Shih

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Year 10 Residential ART TRIP TO CORNWALL 13 - 16 JUNE 2019

The annual Year 10 Art trip to Cornwall was hugely enjoyed by everyone who took part. The girls and staff visited Oakhampton Castle, the Merry Maidens standing stones at Lamorna, St Michael’s Mount, the Kurt Jackson Foundation, Barbara Hepworth Gallery, Minack Theatre and Tate St Ives. The girls found inspiration by visiting artists’ studios, St Ives, Mousehole, the St Just Makers’ Emporium, the tin mines at Botallack and the Minack Theatre.

In the girls’ own words: “We started our journey in English drizzle, which miraculously stopped to let us visit the ruined castle at Oakhampton taking us back in time to the 15th century.” “The rain kept away to let us draw the famous St Michael’s Mount giving us our first breath of Cornish air, surrounded by the whistle of the wind and the lapping of the waves.” “It was a great opportunity to draw the dramatic, rugged landscape.” “The cliff top location of the ruined mine shafts at Botallack was very atmospheric and alluring.” “Visiting the studio of Textile and Mosaic artist Suzie Chaikin was really inspirational. She was very willing to share her artistic experiences with us.” “I loved the modern but simplistic Kurt Jackson gallery, housing a wide range of paintings showing a freedom of expression in his botanical studies and seascapes.” “St Ives gave us the chance to shop, eat ice cream and discover the essence of a typical British sea- side town, complete with inviting turquoise blue sea and marauding sea gulls.”

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OVER TWELVE MONTHS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT ASKED IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THEM ON A MUSICAL AND CULTURAL TRIP TO BUDAPEST. EARLY IN THE MORNING OF TUESDAY 9TH JULY, 31 GIRLS FROM YEARS 8 TO 13 AND FIVE MEMBERS OF STAFF SET OFF FOR WHAT WAS TO BE A WONDERFUL TOUR.

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usically, the girls gave outstanding performances in three very contrasting venues. The first at the Jaki Chapel within the City Park allowed the MSJ Singers and Senior Vocal Ensemble to take full advantage of the wonderful acoustics along with some beautiful chamber music and instrumental solos. Our evening concert at the Institute of Musicology was hugely appreciated by those attending and the more complex programme of instrumental and vocal music led to an encore following the Hungarian 'slow clap', something we quickly understood to be a very positive thing rather than a request for us to leave the stage! Our final concert in the surroundings of the first Hungarian

life, particularly in the city where you either identify with Buda or Pest. We enjoyed a cruise along the River Danube and visiting the pretty town of Szentendre as well as experiencing the Hungarian weekend custom of time at the Gellert Thermal Baths and shopping in the Market Hall. Several girls enjoyed visiting Bartok's Memorial House and learning about the life and work of one of Hungary's greatest composers and we all took on the sights from the Fisherman's Bastion in the Castle District. A ridiculous amount of fun was had Funbiking on Margaret Island, where it was clear map reading and sense of direction is something we can all work on, and a morning spent on the Children’s Railway was a joy (for Mrs Miller in particular!). The railway is run completely by children aged from 10-16 who take their job extremely seriously. The School Song made an appearance in the carriages on our way back down from the Budapest Hills with assistance from some of the other passengers. Our final evening was a celebration in a Hungarian restaurant where new friendships were further cemented, achievements, both serious and more humorous, celebrated and an overall agreement that all aspects of the Tour, both musical and cultural had been a success. It was a pleasure spending five days with all girls and staff on Tour and the girls were a real credit to MSJ. One question remains unanswered. Where are we going next.......?

capital's Basilica at Esztergom was a much lengthier affair than initially planned. Due to the majority of our intended audience being held up in traffic, the girls did an incredible job creating an alternative programme to entertain those who had already arrived. Again, the slow clap featured at the end of almost two hours of music making and the School Song raised the roof, a fitting end to our concerts. When you're working so hard, having fun and finding out about the culture of the country in which you're in is a must. Much fun was indeed had! With the help of our amazing guide Kata we learnt an awful lot about Hungary's history and the Hungarian way of

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Expressive Arts Week 2019 This year’s Expressive Arts Week was a triumph of creativity and participation. The girls in Year 7 and 8 spent a jam-packed week working towards their Trinity Bronze Arts Award and took part in workshops with Vamos Theatre Company, professional artist Karen Stone, wedding photographer Cath Regan, professional singer Rachael Willment, Dance in Motion and Bollywood Dreams. The girls also learnt about Samba music, stage management, stage fighting and enjoyed a trip to Nature in Art Museum and Gallery. All the girls gave the week their all and were fully engaged in everything that was on offer. At the end of the week all the girls had learnt new skills and created an inspiring logbook.

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Talent Shines Through at Junior Schools’ Art Exhibition Talented young artists from across the county and beyond recently displayed their work at the annual Junior Schools’ Art Exhibition, hosted by Malvern St James Girls’ School. The exhibition brought together pupils from 13 schools – Abberley Hall School, Airthrie School, Berkhampstead School, The Bluecoat School, Bosbury CofE Primary School, The Croft Preparatory School, The Downs Malvern, The Elms School, Hatherop Castle, Malvern St James Girls’ School, The Richard Pate School, Stratford Preparatory School and Suckley School. The standard of work was extremely high and included family portraits, aboriginal art, paintings inspired by famous artists and 3D work including pottery rabbits, clay work based on the Ancient Greeks, a colourful wire dragonfly and a striking installation based on Oliver Jeffers’s book, Lost and Found, complete with the boy, his penguin, a bright umbrella and a sea of hand-felted fish. MSJ was thrilled to welcome renowned Worcesterbased artist Karen Stone as this year’s Exhibition Judge, who chose winners in each category (Reception to Year 8). The winner of the ‘Best in Exhibition’ prize was Kirsty Thomson from The Croft Preparatory School, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Kirsty’s winning work of art was a charcoal pieced entitled Still Life. Mrs Olivera Raraty said, “The Junior School’s Art Exhibition was a huge success and we were delighted that over 300 people came to see the artwork on display. It was so inspiring and encouraging to see all that talent and we hope that the event will inspire all the children who visited to embrace their creativity.”

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MSJ SINGERS PERFORM IN LONDON PREMIERE On Saturday 6 October, a group of over 30 singers from Malvern St James Girls’ School travelled to London to take part in the London premiere of Stari Most, a work about the tragedy of a community divided by racial hatred and war.

Written by renowned composer, Dr Richard Chew, Stari Most tells the story of the old bridge of Mostar – built in 1566 at the height of the Ottoman Empire to link the steep gorge carved by the river Neretva, destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War and reopened in 2004 after being rebuilt. For over 400 years, Mostar has hosted a diving competition off the bridge which links the Muslim and Croat sectors of the city. The concert tells the story of the relationship between a Croat diver, Dino, and a Muslim woman, Alma.

The girls describe their day: “After an early start of 5am we walked or drove to school for a departure from school at 6.10am. Most people slept on the coach and as we got to London our bus driver gave us a mini sight-seeing tour. We arrived at St John’s, Waterloo; which was a very impressive building. It was here that we met Dr Richard Chew and some of his students to start a two hour rehearsal. During this we refined our parts in the piece and were rewarded with a delicious Mexican lunch kindly provided by the church. After this we had about four and a half hours to spare in which we did homework, played games, watched films and chatted. A couple of people slept! And then it was time to change into our uniform and the excitement was beginning to brew. The Orchestra got ready to rehearse with us and we had one final rehearsal, this time the soloists joined us for the first full run through. The choir sat at the top of the church during the first half where two people read news reports from over the years and a man told his experiences of the Bosniak-Herogivinia war. During the interval we got ready and then performed. We made no mistakes, the soloists told the story well and the orchestra was amazing. Over all it was a massive success. As soon as the performance was over we rushed downstairs to grab our belongings and got onto

The premiere of Stari Most took place at St John’s, Waterloo with Dr Richard Chew conducting the MSJ Singers from Malvern St James Girls’ School, The Jenny Lind Singers and the London Graduate Orchestra. The concert was in aid of The Sentry, a human rights charity that was founded by human rights and anti-corruption activist John Prendergast and actor George Clooney. Despite an early start and a long day of rehearsals, the girls were very excited by the time of the concert. In the impressive surroundings of St Johns Church, the girls joined the soloists and orchestra for a powerful performance of Stari Most that was enjoyed by a packed audience. Mrs Raraty said, “It was a wonderful evening and an amazing opportunity for the MSJ Singers. Huge thanks to Dr Richard Chew for the extraordinary concert, which was powerful on every level.”

the coach. As everybody was so tired we all slept on the way home. The boarders got off first at their boarding houses and then the day girls got delivered to school to be picked up. It was an amazing experience and we will remember it for the rest of our lives.” Harriet Hope-Ryan, Michaela Holmes and Chloe Lewis (Year 9)

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MACBETH 15 June 2019 The Summer Term’s student-led production of Macbeth was a dramatic and innovative triumph. With a steampunk themed set and costumes, girls from Year 7 to Year 12 took on the challenge of performing Shakespeare’s blood-curdling tragedy. The production was directed and produced by MSJ’s Year 12 Drama students – Millie Pope, Grace Clifford, Anna Hampton, Karenza Pearson, Abbie Heptinstall, Flora Jauncey and Rosie Carson to huge critical acclaim.

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DIDO & AENEAS By Karenza Pearson (Year 12) Recently MSJ put on their annual school play and this year the exciting opportunities and challenges of an opera, Dido and Aeneas, were taken on. This opera was written by the English baroque composer Henry Purcell in 1689 and was the only opera he ever wrote. It tells the moving and poignant story of Dido, played by Lara Maylor-Wrout, who is the Queen of Carthage and Aeneas, played by Sylfiana Wong, the man that she loves who leaves her as a result of the witches’ scheming. Mrs Fisher and her creative team decided to set the opera in the lively and light-hearted 1950s. This allowed for beautiful costume choices, meaning that Dido was able to wear a stunning and graceful 1950s dress which greatly supported her role as an elegant queen. One particularly atmospheric scene

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was when Dido went on a picnic, in which the floral chorus, through the wafting of coloured cloth, helped by the sailors, who used physical theatre to create a waterfall, formed a beautiful and graceful backdrop to the exciting performance of Dido, Aeneas, Belinda and the other ladies in waiting. On top of this there was a lot of dance which accompanied the opera. These were graceful and delicate, perfectly accompanying the beautiful music and singing. The music itself was highly technical and challenging. However, the cast tackled this skilfully and the combination of musical and theatrical talent was clear throughout, resulting in an incredibly powerful performance. As a performer in this piece, I found this experience a highly rewarding and exciting one, as I know all the other performers did too.


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n Thursday 20 September, Sixth Form art students, accompanied by Ms Weissberg and Ms Prior, made their way down to London for the day. First up the girls visited the National Portrait Gallery where they had the opportunity to visit the ‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’ and ‘BP Portrait’ exhibitions, as well as the rest of the gallery. In the afternoon, the girls moved on to the V&A Gallery, viewing the ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up’ and ‘Fashioned from Nature’ exhibition. “Altogether, Michael Jackson: On the Wall exhibition was an amazing and informative experience for me; it educated me about ways in which Michael Jackson, an influential cultural figure, made impacts on contemporary art. This exhibition wasn’t exactly a biography about Michael Jackson; it was more or less based on the affect he had on the people of the 20th and 21st Century and how each artist interpreted their own thoughts of what he represented. Todd Gray titles one of my favourite pieces from this exhibition “Dizz”. The main purpose of this piece, I feel, is to convey how people of colour and women had to work twice as hard to be successful. Another favourite piece from this exhibition, is titled “As We See You: Dreams of Jand” by NJideka Akunyili Crosby. It fuses collage, photo transfers, acrylic, and colour pencils to portray the inside of a Nigerian home. Several musicians inspired by Michael Jackson were included in this piece. And in case you were wondering, “Jand” is a Nigerian slang that means abroad. This piece is a snapshot of how Michael Jackson influenced the lives of Nigerians, Nigerian artistes and those who aspired to be artistes.” Words by Olamide Lawal

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Composer Inspires at MSJ Renowned composer Dr Richard Chew gave a workshop and concert at MSJ on 24 September ahead of the London premiere of his acclaimed work Stari Most, which a group of MSJ pupils will be singing in Richard performed The Last of England, a piece for solo piano inspired by the painting of the same name by Ford Madox Brown, which hangs in the City of Birmingham Art Gallery. Richard also talked to the audience about his process as a composer and the background to the writing of this piece. Richard was born and grew up in Birmingham and, like those in Madox Brown’s painting, emigrated to Australia where he now lives and works. As well as the concert, Members of the MSJ Community Chorus (which encompasses around 80 members, all with a connection to MSJ, including both current and past pupils, staff and parents) took part in a workshop where Richard taught them tips and techniques for singing. Roseanna Gray and Abigail Miller (Year 7), who took part in the workshop said, “To begin with we did some warm-ups that we had never done before, and

a delightful chorus of all kinds of voices, filled the room like a balloon that will never pop. We focused on Wade in the Water and Dr Chew helped us to open our mouths when we sing and become more relaxed. He taught us good posture and how to have good resonance. We all really enjoyed this fabulous opportunity to be taught by a professional composer. Everybody had an amazing time and we hope that an opportunity like this will come again.” Erica Borwell-Fox (Year 9) said about The Last of England performance, “It’s a piece of music about the journey to Australia and the emotions and stories the passengers felt along the way. The piece is split into sections, which are different places and challenges, for example, rough seas, love, waltzing, and my favourite which was harbour lights. I loved the pauses when all was calm, before it became chaos again – it made me jump!” Dr Richard Chew is Director of the Arts Academy, Federation University, Australia. He is a senior lecturer in Performing Arts and a renowned composer, whose works have been widely performed, recorded and broadcast in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia.

Shakespeare Workshop at the Courtyard The Year 10 GCSE Drama pupils and Year 9 Drama Scholars took part in the Shakespeare Schools Workshop at the Courtyard Hereford, ahead of performing The Tempest in the Shakespeare Schools Festival in November. The girls were helped with performance techniques by theatre professionals and are now looking forward to putting everything they learnt into practice.

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MSJ Community Carnival 18 MAY 2019 MSJ was buzzing with excitement as rehearsals came to a close for the MSJ Carnival Charity Show – an evening of show-stopping performances by MSJ’s talented girls, in aid of Women’s Aid. Produced by MSJ’s Expressive Arts Graduates and Technician, the Charity Show is a much-anticipated highlight of the Summer Term. Girls from all year groups volunteered to perform, with many embracing the chance to get up on stage and showcase their talent.

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The evening was a colourful journey exploring the hidden talents and passions of MSJ’s pupils with a varied programme that included dancing, singing and acting, as well as many other Carnival-esque surprises! All the money raised at this event went to Women's Aid, a charity committed to ending domestic abuse and ensuring violence against women is no longer tolerated.


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Speech and Drama 2018-2019 It has been a busy and exciting year in Speech and Drama. In the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms we held LAMDA sessions. We still await the results from the Summer Session. Spring was our bumper session with 2 Merits and 22 Distinctions, and 9 girls scoring 90% or over. Across the two sessions, 44 girls took part and 30 passed with Distinction. The girls should beware, however, of attaching too much significance to marks, which do not tell all of the story! These examinations should be a healthy learning experience. At the Worcester Festival in March, 22 Malvern St James girls took part, all handling their nerves and props well. Grace McSpadden won her Solo Acting 12 and Under class, Briar Munn won her Sonnet Class as well as the Verse Speaking 12 and Under. Abigail Miller came second in the Sight Reading 12 and Under Class, Claire Ding won the Verse Speaking EAL 14 and Under class, Lexie Preston came second in Solo Acting 14 and Under, Teagan Manning won Gold in this class, and Lola Weale and Lexie Preston won the Duologue Acting 14 and Under with Honours. We are proud of all these girls and of everyone who participated, gaining confidence from the knowledge that they confidently faced an audience. We have also had our Preparatory Department Speech and Drama

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Showcase on Tuesday 4 June. This was an interesting and varied programme, showing some thoughtful, well-controlled work and thorough preparation. It ran smoothly and with style.

celebratory drinks afterwards.

Our Senior Showcase on Thursday 20 June was possibly the most packed programme we have run in recent years. There were 26 performances in all, but they were so interesting and in some cases amusing that it was a pleasure to watch. We had our usual

We are constantly impressed by the difference this training makes to our girls and how they present in public and manage challenging situations. They develop increasing resilience, learn to think on their feet and find a confident voice to tell their stories.

We have also had some lovely readings in the Christmas service and our School’s Commemoration Day Service, which rounded off the year.


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When we first arrived at the Mandir we were astonished by the detailed architecture exactly resembling a Mandir from India. It was built over two and half years purely by volunteers. Almost 3,000 tonnes of limestone was shipped from India and then carried on its journey 4,800 miles to North London. We arrived at the Mandir in the morning. We had

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to take off our shoes and wear loose fitting clothes as a sign of respect. We walked into the prayer room in time for arti, a form of Hindu worship. It was fascinating to watch arti as we had spent time looking at it in class as it is a key part of the Hindu religion. It includes praying to their significate murti (a personal figure) using chants and actions and lighting candles. When we walked in the room we were separated from the men so you could focus on Brahman (God). The gurus led the worship and gave the offerings to the deities including flowers, water, food and money. Following arti, we gathered to walk around the separate deities. This was interesting to us as it is very different from worship in a church, it was fascinating to see how devoted people were to their specific deity. In class we found out people may follow a specific deity because of their family or because they relate to it. For example, Ganesha who represents success, knowledge and wealth.


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After this, we walked around an exhibition showcasing the origins of Hinduism. We found out about the effect of Hinduism on society including their contribution to literature, education, geometry and astronomy. There were several representations of different deities and their stories and how they come about in Hinduism. The exhibition also

featured a documentary about their significance and story of the Mandir’s creation. Finally, we gathered with our tour guide and he answered some of our much-awaited questions. Some of the question topics included equality in the faith, his experience in faith and some meanings behind the pictures on the walls. He answered the first question by telling us about the atman (soul) and how this relates to us not having a gender. We discovered this links to their belief in reincarnation and the ideology that you could be born a man and them reborn a woman etc. The following question he answered by telling us the simplest form of Hinduism relates to earth, water, fire and air. This explains why the gurus lead simple lives and are not at all materialistic. Finally, he spoke about the story behind the pictures on the walls and the creation of the religion. All in all, we really enjoyed our trip to the Mandir it was interesting to see what we had learnt in class brought to life and broadened our religious knowledge. Words by Emily Wheaton and Ellen Macaulay

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PARLIAMENT TRIP At 6:45 On Tuesday 16th October 14 of us, along with Dr Jones and Miss Marfleet, arrived at school so we could catch the 7:15 train to Paddington. After the three-hour journey we arrived. London’s busy and exhilarating atmosphere was infectious and we were soon all rather excited. From there we got a tube to Westminster station, which was a new experience for some of us, and arrived at the Palace of Westminster. We saw the sculpture of Millicent Fawcett.

TOUR OF PARLIAMENT We had a fantastic tour guide called Damien. As we walked through halls that emanated history and we felt the presence of previous monarchs and Prime Ministers who were depicted in paint and sculptures. We experienced some of the tradition as we saw the Speaker of the House walk through to open the session in the House of Commons. We learnt of the roles of the different Houses and how Parliament works. First we visited the House of Lords, which is decorated lusciously with red leather benches and gold. Microphones dangle from the ornate ceiling and there are television cameras on the walls. Our guide told us where different the different groups sit in the room. Next we visited the House of Commons and sat in the gallery to watch MPs in action during a live debate regarding local business. It was amazing to see the clarity and articulation with which the MPs spoke and how they expressed the concerns of their constituents. Our guide really linked the building to its history and we learnt that part of Parliament had burned down in 1834 and that it was rebuilt to a design by John Barry. Overall, the tour was fun and we learnt a lot from it.

The National Portrait Gallery After eating our lunch in the gardens outside in the sunshine we walked up Parliament Street, past Downing Street and on to Trafalgar Square and to the National Portrait Gallery. Here we had some time to look at the displays including some of the women who had been suffragettes and had campaigned for the vote, and also portraits of other inspirational women. “The portrait of Charlotte Despard, the leader of the woman’s freedom league and protested peacefully for woman’s freedom with other suffragists, impressed me because even though she was imprisoned twice she continued to fight for woman’s rights.” We then returned to Paddington to catch the train back to Malvern. It was a great day that was a lot of fun. We feel lucky to have been able to visit these places and to learn about how the country is run. It was a fun. by Romilly Hughes, Cecily Gallagher, Emma Green, Alex Byrne and Dr Jones

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fter our tour, we went to the education entre to take part in a workshop about laws and debating. We were divided into two teams and tasked with thinking of a new law we would like to see introduced. One group came up with the reinstating of the death penalty and the other wanted to introduce a carbon tax for individual households. We decided that we would debate the death penalty, an emotive topic on which many of us held an opinion. One side was tasked of arguing for the law and the other had to argue against it. One member of the group volunteered for the role of speaker; she was in charge of the proceedings and chose who could speak. After a strong debate, the bill to reinstate the death penalty lost by just one vote. It was a good session and we learned how laws can ‘ping-pong’ through the House of Commons and the House of Lords until an agreement is reached.

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We were then lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet Harriet Baldwin, our local MP for Worcestershire, who came into our session and she remembered speaking at our Equalitea event that we had held at school last term. She answered all of our questions regarding life as an MP and she spoke of her recent experiences as Minister of State for Africa. We were then lucky enough to get a photo with her.

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Year 11 Geography Field Trip to Slapton “On Friday we were all at school at 8am, excited for our long weekend in Slapton. Although it wasn’t the holiday some of us expected, we kept our high spirits throughout! We spent four and a half hours on the coach, with a quick stop at the services in the middle where we all enjoyed some Greggs and Costa! Once we arrived at the field centre, we got into our rooms, unpacked, and met our tutors for the week: Debbie and Hannah. We got dressed in our warm layers to combat the coastal breeze and headed out to Slapton Sands. We drew a field sketch from Slapton Sands, looking out to Start Point and then walked to the other end of the beach. We started at Torcross and separated into groups of four. We positioned a group every 100m and noted the beach profile using a clinometer, took a shingle sample, measured the beach and of course took a classic jumping beach photo or two! After we walked back to the centre, we used geological sieves to sort the shingle sample into different sizes of each rock, using the Phi scale to work out the average size at each point and see the effects of longshore drift. After a lovely dinner of fish and chips, we headed back to our rooms for a good night’s sleep.

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On the second day, we drove an hour and a half to the source of the River Lemon on Dartmoor. The rain was pouring down on us, but armed with oversized waterproof trousers and zipped up coats (inspected by Mrs Hutton) we headed out through the mist to conduct our investigations. We had predicted before leaving that the width and depth of the river would increase the further away we travelled from the source and that the bedload size would decrease. We began by measuring the width of the river and then took depth readings at regular intervals as well as taking bedload samples. We then used a flow meter to measure the speed of the river. It took us a while to get the hang of it, but soon we had all of our readings and headed back on the bus. We repeated this process at three different sites along the river, getting wetter and wetter each time (including inside our wellies!), but that wasn’t to put us off. After collecting all out data, we got back on the bus laughing and singing and headed back to the centre to write up our data. On Sunday, we did a long coastal walk amongst the spectacular scenery and walked from Start Point back to the field centre at Slapton Sands. When we started it was very windy and a little bit rainy so we were quite cold! However, we wrapped up warm (once again inspected by Mrs Hutton!) and we all decided it was a lot better than the rainy river! We started walking, stopping at points such as Hallsands to look at the effects of the ½ a metre a year rate of erosion, and Beesands to look at sea defences like the seawall and rock armour. We stopped at a total of 5 points on our walk and did a Bi-Polar chart for each type of sea defence we looked at. We also had a discussion about whether it was financially beneficial to protect the houses when some defences cost so much. On the walk, we had a lot of fun as the sun started shining: singing, dancing and making jokes! We even managed to get tea and cake from the church at Beesands when we stopped for lunch, and we all made donations to their charity in return. We were also kitted out with the geography iPads and in groups, we drew sketches along the way. Once we had returned from the walk, we discussed the processes we had taken on this day and on Friday, to help with the coastal section on our exam. After supper, we all got ready for our last night by packing up our things and having a good night’s sleep!

On the final day, we headed off to Lower Fuge Farm to meet the much talked about Farmer Mark. Mark is a third generation dairy farmer and told us everything there was to know about farming and the changes that had happened to his farm since his grandfather’s time. We learned about adaptations for new machinery, different land types, grazing and how to care for cows. After seeing some of his fields we went to see his new milking parlour and cowshed, this met new regulations from the council, allowed him to milk more cows, and provided better welfare for his animals. Finally, we went to see the newborn calves (everyone’s favourite part) and after a lot of stroking and fussing we headed back to the bus. After a busy weekend, we boarded the

coach and began the long journey back to Malvern. There were tricky roads to navigate but thanks to our amazing driver, Greg, we made it out of Devon and on to the motorway. It was a long time on the bus but group singalongs and movies got us to the end. It was cold and wet but it takes more than a little rain to dampen our spirits and together we had an amazing time in Slapton.” Words by Mia Greenland and Emily Cox (Year 11)

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Humanities Year 12 Snowdonia Field Trip In the penultimate week of the Summer Term the Year 12 Geographers completed a four-night residential field trip to the Drapers Field Centre, Rhyd-y-creuau near Betws-y-coed. Wearied by the challenges Year 12 and exhausted by the rigours of end of year examinations the students set out with a mixture of anticipation and fear of the unknown as they set off by minibus from Malvern. What awaited them was a totally alien landscape to that expected by those who knew anything about North Wales. After honing their data collection skills at Cwm Idwal and Llandudno the students devised their own fieldwork plan and spent two days collecting the raw data which will be used in their individual investigation, specialising in a range of topics with a focus of either glaciated landscapes or urban change.

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CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL On the 8th of October, Year 7 and 8 Academic Scholars had the opportunity to visit the annual Cheltenham Literature Festival. After the bus ride to the centre of Cheltenham, we headed to the festival and the Waterstones tent. Waterstones had a wide selection of excellent books for all ages and Mrs Neville and Dr Jones recommended some books for us. After visiting the book shop and writing our own haikus on the festival wall and enjoying the displays around the festival (especially the large owl!), we went to our workshop with Miranda Walker, an author and comic scriptwriter for stage, TV and radio. Some of her writing accomplishments include sketches for the The Now Show and The News Quiz for BBC Radio 4, as well as Diddy TV for CBBC. We watched a few clips and then generated some ideas that could be used in sketch that was about a proposal or an interview, using the elements of comedy we were taught. Miranda explained to us that comedy comes in different types such as satire, slapstick, and deadpan. We gained some ideas on how we could use our ideas to write a half an hour episode or to just write a gag. It was a great experience and we hope we can go again! By Natacha Blankenship and Roseanna Gray

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JEMIMA'S DELIGHT AT WRITING ACCOLADE Jemima Hatcher-Wilkins gaining highly commended in the Malvern Civic Society Writing Competition for local schools. There were 139 entries and the task was to write about a favourite piece of music and what it means to you. Jemima wrote about Elgar’s Nimrod and how the piece inspires her. From the 139 entries there was only one winner and 2 runners-up in total. Jemima’s sister won the competition last year with her book review and gained the cup which was displayed at MSJ. It was lovely to see both talented sisters gaining recognitions as diligent English scholars!


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YEAR 7 CREATIVE WRITING DAY AT CROOME COURT The day involved a carousel of activities including poetry, drama and prose-writing. In addition the girls received an introduction to the house and estate from NT staff and a presentation on the Grayson Perry tapestries currently on display there – which they were glad to do a bit of extra writing about when it started raining!

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English MSJ PUBLIC SPEAKING MSJ Public Speaking team comprising Rachael Lam (Chair), Faye-Lynch-Williams (Speaker) and Rose Forester-Smith (Questioner) – declared runnersup in the Regional Round, so came extremely close to making it to the national final. Faye’s topic was ‘Justice Delayed is Justice Denied’. A demanding competition in which Chair and Questioner have to host and interview a speaker from another team, whose subject they only get to find out about immediately before the actual competition.

YEAR 8 ENGLISH TRIP TO WIGHTWICK MANOR The Year 8 English trip was in support of a module on Victorian poetry. This is an annual trip in which the girls are given a customised tour focusing on the Victorian idealisation of the Middle Ages reflected in Wightwick’s Arts and Crafts interiors and Pre-Raphaelite collections. This gives the girls a first experience of writing about Literature with a clear sense of connection to a specific cultural and historical context.

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he weekly Classics club has gone from strength to strength this year with lots of girls attending from Years 7 and 8. We enjoyed a whole range of activities, but the definite highlights were the kahoot quizzes and the Saturnalia celebration. The biggest hit, however, was the By Jove board game which became highly competitive and was eventually won by Mia Buckland-Machowiak after weeks of wrangling with various spiteful gods and monsters, hunting down the golden fleece and finding the way through the minotaur’s labyrinth.

Year 12 Classical Civilisation Visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford On 14 November the Classics department took girls studying A Level Classical Civilisation to the Ashmolean Museum for an introduction day. We began with a personal guided tour and were shown the highlights of the collection in the Ancient Greece and Rome galleries. The girls were introduced to some of the most famous works of sculpture through the extensive cast collection and they were amazed to discover that ancient statues would not have been white at all but would have been painted to make them look almost human. They particularly enjoyed seeing a vase painting of Odysseus being blown by the North Wind Boreas and a Greek theatre mask, both of which directly relate to their A Level. We then had a taught handling session and the girls had the exciting opportunity to hold real Greek and Roman objects, which ranged from coins dating thousands of years old to a strigil used in the bath house. All in all the girls agreed that it had been a fascinating day and one that superbly brought alive the rich and vibrant civilisations of Greece and Rome.

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Classics At the end of last term all of Year 7 and 8 visited the Cheney School in Oxford for the inaugural Iris festival. Spearheaded by the Classics department this was a cross curricular event with museums coming from across and beyond Oxfordshire to create an exciting and interactive museum trail. There were five zones to explore: Natural History, Anthropology; Archaeology; Art and Storytelling. This eclectic mix was sure to have something of interest for everyone and the girls’ highlights ranged from animated Greek vase paintings to Roman medical instruments and armour to birds of prey to conquering their fear of spiders by holding a tarantula.

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Model United nations MSJ MUN CONFERENCE In November we hosted 8 schools at our MSJ MUN Conference (Hanley Castle, Abingdon, King's Worcester, St Helen and St Katherine, Our Lady's Abingdon, Shrewsbury, King Edward's School, St Mary's Calne) totalling around 180 delegates in total on the day! Our girls chaired the main committees with great success. The General Assembly (GA) faced an existential crisis in which North Korean hackers seized control of a range of weapons systems across the globe. The crisis video was an MSJ production and helped stoke the dramatic tension on the day. Sadly, no winning delegates on the day BUT much kudos to Sylfiana Wong, Holly Harvey (Sec Gens) and Charlotte Pyle (Deputy Sec Gen), who were singled out for praise by a range of teachers from different schools.

ABINGDON MUN CONFERENCE Following on from our MSJ Conference in November, we took 20 girls to Abingdon in Oxforshire. MSJ girls performed brilliantly and dealt well with the demands of a long and intellectually demanding day. Faye Lynch-Williams won Outstanding Delegate (the highest award) for her robust defence of the Russian Federation in the Security Council. Zainab Lawal Garba won Commended Delegate while representing Ethiopia.

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BLETCHLEY PARK DAY AT MSJ – GET THE MESSAGE! During November, Bletchley Park’s Enigma Outreach Programme came to MSJ. The whole of Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9) were off-timetable on a bespoke STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) day focussing on ‘Get the Message!’ Rotating through a carousel of five activities, the girls were immersed in the art of espionage, propaganda, computational thinking and undercover activities! Thomas Briggs from Enigma Outreach set the scene with an overview of code breaking at Bletchley Park. A more in-depth explanation on how the enigma machine operated and the impact that breaking the codes followed. The highlight was the hands-on demonstration of a real, working Enigma machine. Spy recruitment took place in Computing! Armed with Micro:bits, our ‘spies’ sent encrypted messages to each other. There was a group of spies in one ICT Room and another group next door. Once you received a message you decrypted it using a key and a cipher wheel and then sent back an encrypted reply. English and History formed an alliance providing insight into the use of propaganda posters in WW2; looking at the techniques applied to influence an audience’s perception and thinking - getting straight to the point, using bold letters and colours to get the

using the German note names for the ‘h’. Shostakovich also used the German notes, however, his perspective was a little more of a statement. Working in pairs, our intrepid composers wrote their own names in music resulting in some very quirky sounds! They then went on to write pieces that included messages for others to decode. Code breaking in Mathematics looked at many different ways to code and decode messages; using pig pen, dancing men and Morse code. How putting the word ‘hello’ at the beginning of a coded sentence helps you work out the other letters; or finding out how double letters in words help to decode messages, culminating in creating personal codes using shapes and pictures. In the evening, fifteen Chase Sixth Form students joined our GCSE and A-Level Computing Students for an advanced Code-Breaking session with Thomas. The workshop was a whistle-stop tour of encryption methods used throughout history, beginning with simple encryption techniques, and dipping into some of the mathematics behind making ciphers more secure. As with the younger pupils, the older students were able to try some code-breaking of their own, and had a hands-on demonstration of a real, working Enigma machine!

attention of the people. Everyone then created their own propaganda poster. Music posed the question – how did composers such as J.S Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich used their music to spell out their names? Bach included his surname,

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It was a hugely successful day; the girls were outstanding – they immersed themselves with good will into all the activities. Thomas Briggs said “It was so lovely to have groups that engaged and actively contributed to the workshops – I had a great day!” Jess Purvis, Year 8, said, “I really enjoyed the day and found it very exciting. I found the enigma machine fascinating and I didn’t realise you could convey messages through music!”


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Hope Medcroft, Year 8, said, “I liked how we were doing the same topic in very lesson but every lesson we learnt something new to do with the war/ coding but it was all unique to the subject.”

communicate. And at the core of that security lies encryption. It is vital that we encourage these links between Mathematics and Computer Science, the economic prosperity of Malvern depends on local technology companies being able to apply such ideas to the development of new technology to keep us safe from people who would do us harm when online. As such, the Computing Department will continue to explore opportunities for our girls to investigate, explore and learn more about cyber security. Watch out for further updates on our Bebras Challenge and CyberFirst activities. If you have any questions, suggestions or recommendations, please contact either Mr Shaw or Mrs Aynsworth – shawgg@malvernstjames.co.uk or aynswc@malvernstjames.co.uk

And, Lily Meen, Year 8, said: “Overall I thought the day was amazing. There were lots of interesting activities to do. My favourite lesson of the day was Computing even though at times I might have sent the wrong letters I still had great fun. I also found that the talk about enigma machines was very interesting because we were taught how to use one and we also got a go on it.” Digital security is becoming increasingly important to protect us as we bank, as we shop, and as we

ASTRO PI MISSION ZERO Earlier this year, the European Space Agency, in partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, launched the Astro Pi Mission Zero challenge to students in schools across the European Union, or affiliated states, to write a short program to greet the astronauts and display the temperature. Poppy Rice and Chloe Lewis in Year 9 formed team ‘Cloppy’, and their program was accepted and awarded Flight status. It was run on a Raspberry Pi on board the International Space Station, orbiting the Earth over Africa, on the 3rd of May. They have been awarded a certificate recording the event and the location of the International Space Station when their program was run. Congratulations.

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YEAR 12 CHEMISTS EXTRACT AND PURIFY CAFFEINE AT BRISTOL UNIVERSITY Our enthusiastic Year 12 A-Level chemistry students visited the Chemistry department at Bristol University and had a fabulous experience of what life might be like studying at this top UK university. In the morning, they worked in the undergraduate laboratories working under the expert supervision of postgraduate research students to extract caffeine from tea leaves. They honed skills such as vacuum filtration and using separating funnels to purify their product before running their own Infrared Spectrum to check its purity.

In the afternoon, they had a fascinating lecture from one of the PhD students who spoke about her work using nanoparticles for anti-cancer treatments before a lecture-demonstration by a post-doctoral researcher on Atmospheric Chemistry. Before leaving, we all had a look at a few of their NMR machines as Year 12 had just studied this analytical technique in their lessons. We all had a great time experiencing University Chemistry for a day. Dr Guy, Head of Chemistry

YEAR 8 CYBERFIRST SUCCESS After an excellent week long, Year 8 girls-only CyberFirst Competition in January this year, an MSJ team finished in the top 10% of all the schools who entered. This is an improvement on last year and reflects a larger number of teams entering. Following this, four of our Year 8 girls successfully completed a four day non-residential CyberFirst Defenders Course in Cheltenham, gaining a valuable introduction to the tools, knowledge and skills required to build and protect small networks and personal devices. They each received a certificate acknowledging their success! Freiya Elton Romilly Hatcher Wilkins Zinnia Newton Daniella Pomroy

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MSJ TOP OF THE BENCH COMPETITION Faye Lynch Williams (Y11 team captain), Joyce Lee (Y10), Phoebe Woods (Y9) and Cyra Mead (Y9) have completed the first round of the Top of the Bench Chemistry Competition answering questions on topics from chromatography to the discovery of potassium. The girls worked together brilliantly as a team sharing their knowledge and ideas, recalling things covered in Year 7 (sublimation) to topics covered only the previous week in lessons (mole calculations). It was a very interesting challenge to have to answer a single exam paper between four of them and they rose to the challenge really well, ably led by their captain Faye. Dr Guy, Head of Chemistry

MATHEMATICS ENRICHMENT Faye Lynch Williams, Academic Scholar with mentoring in Mathematics The Mathematics Department has a broad range of opportunities outside of the curriculum, which enables the students who are passionate about this subject to enrich themselves. The annual Mathematics Challenges offered, provide students with problems designed to test their knowledge and appliance of Mathematics. I have particularly enjoyed the Mathematics Olympiad for Girls during which, facing a 2.5-hour test of wickedly hard questions, I was able to explore wider areas of Maths and further my mathematical capabilities. In addition, Mrs Bell has begun, due to popular demand, a Mathematics Club for interested Year 11’s on a Friday lunchtime. During this club, we are able to discuss UKMT mentoring problems, which not only enables us to prepare for upcoming challenges but also a fun environment in which we can tackle the problems.

Chicks Arrive at MSJ What better way to learn about the life cycle of a bird than to hatch and raise some chicks? During Science lessons in the last half term, Years 5 and 6 were beside themselves with excitement as their turn came to ‘do the chicks’ - we successfully hatched 8 bantams in a gorgeous variety of colours. The important moments were captured via a webcam and the wider school community who were able to follow every jiggle and crack day and night. The girls were assigned a chick to handle and study and we were all fascinated with how quickly feathers and personalities emerged.

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STEM British Science Week at MSJ Girls from Pre-Prep to Sixth Form enjoyed a fun filled week of activities to celebrate Science and technology-based activities. All girls watched a Falconry display, learning about food chains and habitats of birds of prey. Dr Guy and Reverend Taplin were chosen as a perch by one of the birds! Workshops engaged girls throughout the week, from dissection to coding. The Institute of Physics held their lecture in York Hall attracting record numbers from the public and our girls.

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STEM NETTLECOMBE FIELD COURSE STUDIES Year 13 Biology students visited Nettlecombe Court to complete their ecological and mathematical skills at the Field Studies Council in Somerset. Year 13 encountered a variety of habitats including a rocky shoreline and encountered cattle wanting to drink from the same section of stream they were conducting their experiments.

MALVERN FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION, YOUNG INNOVATORS Year 7 enjoyed an a hands-on day at the Malvern festival of innovation speaking with entrepreneurs, businesses and science societies, experiencing the space dome, discovering new planets and many interactive activities throughout the day.

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CLUB Cooking Club 2019 was as popular as ever with Yrs 7,8 and 9. It was oversubscribed every week with girls really keen to make the dishes of this year’s theme, Tea Time Treats. Delicious dishes cooked were apple and cheddar scones, rhubarb and custard tart, sausage rolls, dipped shortbread, cheese straws and chocolate fridge cake and finished with an old favourite, the fairy cake!

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WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT THE PIG FARM From the trip to the pig farm on Monday, we all enjoyed seeing the piglets, we also enjoyed learning about the conditions & requirements for looking after pigs. We will remember that imported meats tend to have lower animal rights standards than English meats, this sometimes means pig reared in the UK cost more. It was interesting to see how the pigs are fed, often with crops humans would eat. We learnt that there is such little waste in the food industry that when yogurt makers are washed the watery yogurt is sold to be put in pig food. We also learnt that each sow can have 11 piglets twice a year as their gestation period is only 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days! Thank you very much for taking us, From Sassy, Joyce, Cicely and Romilly

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HEALTHY EATING WEEK During June the school completed our Healthy Eating Week 2019, the 5 challenges were: Have breakfast, have your 5 a day, drink plenty, get active and sleep well. The second challenge of eating your 5 a day minimum was smashed by MSJ as lots chose the healthy options during lunch and those of you that came to our fruit and vegetable tasting session at lunch. Making sure you eat breakfast each day sets you up for a full day of school or work. It was lovely to see some of you making your own pancakes and smoothies, as you can see from the pictures, we all had a lot of fun at the smoothies and pancakes breakfast! The infused water was popular all week and hopefully it encouraged you to drink more, as staying hydrated is so important for many bodily functions. We also ran a popular Just Dance session after lunch and saw you all you moving, burning calories, having fun and generally helping your wellbeing. So all in all I think it was a successful week. We don’t want to finish there and just leave it at that, I think we should have a legacy for HEW2019. So, as of September, we will be asking you to bring your own reusable, named, plastic boxes for your Food and Nutrition lessons as part of your kit list for school. This way, we will be cutting down on all the takeaway foils and single use plastic containers that you all use each lesson. You can leave them in school in the Food Room and it can be our way of doing our bit for reducing single use plastic waste.

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MASTER CHEF 2019 The grand final for the annual Master Chef competition took place on Wednesday 19th June. It was a huge celebration of cooking with nine girls competing for the top spot. This year, the heats were extremely close and it was therefore necessary to include more girls in the final cook off. The finalists were; Isobel Advani, Jemima Green, Mia Rook-Hodges, Amber Forsyth, Jemima HatcherWilkins, Michaela Holmes, Charlotte Milne-Bennett, Tegan Taylor-Davies and Susannah Watkins. It was staggering to see the range and skills of dishes cooked. There was an excitement in the air and a buzz around the room as all the girls chopped, sautéed, rolled, blended and presented in great anticipation of the judges decisions. The aromas escaping from the food room were amazing, so much so, that other staff and pupils came in to view the activities and offer their support and encouragement. We had dishes ranging from Sea bass with potatoes and samphire, to Rack of lamb, Gnocchi and homemade pesto to Pea and bacon risotto, and

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Raspberry and vanilla tarts to Soufflé. The judges admitted they had not expected it to be such a difficult competition to judge. The girls had such comments as “I would pay for this in a restaurant,” “smells lush,” “stunning” and many more. The winner was Tegan Taylor-Davies in Year 9 who wowed the judges with her dish, Flavours from the Three Counties, including lamb, beef and pork and raspberries and strawberries three ways. She scored an outstanding 59/60, only dropping one mark for timing issues. In second place was Jemima Hatcher-Wilkins with an amazing Asparagus and feta tart followed by some deliciously light and refreshing Lemon and raspberry cupcakes. Third place was awarded to Mia Rooke-Hodges who produced a delectable Thai prawn red curry followed by a refreshingly light Raspberry meringue trifle. It truly was an extremely memorable evening. Well done to all the girls who entered the heats, the finalists and the winners. Words by Mrs Thomas, Food & Nutrition teacher


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all guns, beaters and pickers-up (40 in total) and they have their own commercial kitchen. Tegan’s family has a regular supply of pheasant, partridge, duck, rabbit and venison so Tegan can experiment with lots of interesting dishes!

Tegan is studying Food & Nutrition and practical lessons have given Tegan confidence and furthered her passion. Tegan lives with her family on a farm in the Wye Valley where Tegan uses fresh produce - sustainably sourced from their land. They provide 3 meals during a shoot day to

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had the ‘wow’ factor in every respect. Many of these students had not cooked game before the joined the Schools Game Changer programme 18 months ago, so it is very pleasing to see how quickly their skills have progressed in that short time. Annette Woolcock Head of Taste of Game said ‘ the number of entries were really impressive and the standard shows just how successful the game changer project is, the students are now happily cooking with game which has not happened before and developing fantastic recipe suitable for today’s menus’ Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen said “We were thrilled to see so many entries – the standard was very high which made it incredibly difficult to choose winners. Throughout the entries there was clever use of ingredients and the recipes really brought game to the table in an inspiring way. To everyone who didn’t win this time, please try again, it’s been very enjoyable seeing many different ideas submitted. It’s been a fantastic first year of the competition and hope there will be many more to come."

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COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON INSTITUTE IN PARIS Congratulations to Kelly Lee who came in second place in a competition she entered in the autumn term. The competition, which was organised by The University of London Institute in Paris’ (ULIP), was open to AS/ALevel French students. The first prize was a trip for two to Paris. Pupils were asked to listen to Professor Cerquiglini, renowned French linguist, who shared his thoughts about la Francophonie, answer questions in French and write (700 characters maximum) on the topic: La Francophonie and the richness of the French language. There were just under 500 entries and Kelly’s entry was selected based on the clarity of her ideas and the quality of her French. Kelly has won a £50 gift card. Words by Mrs Wadman, Head of MFL

BROMSGROVE TRIP The trip to Bromsgrove School gave us a great opportunity to learn outside our own classroom and immerse ourselves into nothing but Spanish for a whole day. There were five different lectures that we attended during the day each one on a different topic ranging from grammar techniques to cultures and food in different regions. The speaker’s pronunciation made it easy to understand and we were all surprised by how much we already knew. Overall, we had a fruitful and exciting day and it really improved our confidence in listening and speaking in Spanish. Qué estupendo! Cherry Lam Year 11

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TRIP TO SAINT OMER, OPAL COAST, FRANCE We tried to understand Flemish. All of us were surprised to see that people got around in horse and cart. The teachers allowed us to go shopping for souvenirs for our families. Then we went on a canal trip. We saw the smallest window in Bruges. We went under tiny bridges and admired the height of the houses.

at all the marvellous creations of chocolate there. We attended a workshop where we learnt how to

The next day we were given a delicious breakfast with pains au

It was a long coach journey, but we had movies to watch. The trip across the ferry was calm. We arrived at the chateau. It was so beautiful and spacious. The food was delicious. We decided to play rounders and we tiredly went to sleep in our comfortable beds. The next morning, we had a delicious breakfast. We took a short journey to Ypres. We took

photos inside the magnificent cathedral. We admired the gold statue on the top of the cathedral. Next, we were taken to the marble arch in Ypres where we tried to match each other's surnames to the soldiers who had died in the First World War. We then took the coach to Bruges.

make chocolates. We even had the opportunity to decorate our very own chocolate bar. chocolat and cake. Next, we went to the bakers. It smelt amazing. We learnt that the baker was one of five bakers in France who used fire to bake his bread. Then we went to the market in Boulogne-Sur-Mer. We bought multiple things from a watermelon to meringues. After we had eaten our lunch, we went to the largest aquarium in Europe, ‘Nausicaa’. We were stunned by the aquatic life and amazed by the gracefulness of the manta ray. We saw crocodiles, tunas, and hundreds of weird but wonderful sea creatures and sea birds.

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CHRISTMAS MARKET TRIP We left school after hymn practice and walked down to the train station. Our train was luckily on time and we were on there for about 1 hour. When we arrived in Birmingham, we departed the train and made our way

towards the Christmas market. It was freezing! The first stall we got to was selling crepes and the smell was

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delightful. The first thing I bought was kartoffelpuffer which is German potato cakes and they were amazing. Lots of other people in our class bought them to as they were delicious. The next thing I bought was a small Nutcracker for my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas. I had lots to eat including marshmallows covered in chocolate and a German sausage, they were both brilliant. As it was so cold some of us went into Greggs and Lush to get out the rain as well as the coldness. The best part was a singing moose which sang Christmas songs and spoke about Christmas. When we had finished our shopping, we went back to the train station but found our train had been cancelled so we had to wait for the next train. As the next train was 50 minutes after our original train we had lots of time to spare so we went around the shopping centre. Lucy and I went with Poppy, Jemima and Phoebe but they wondered off! We finally caught a train back to Malvern and went back to lessons. It was a fun trip and thanks to Frau Z we had a great time. Michaela Holmes, Year 9


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his was my first time celebrating Lunar New Year outside my home country. Lunar New Year is a traditional Chinese festival, I was surprised and delighted that the school arranged a series of celebration activities for us. We held a Chinese New Year assembly to begin our ‘new year’, students from different year groups took part in various performances. There were dancing show, singing performance, a short drama and a presentation as to the culture (an introduction of the year of pig, the spring couplets and the significance of the colour red).

differences, I really enjoyed such a golden opportunity. Besides, I have broadened my horizon. In the past, I knew that ‘red’ is an auspicious colour in China but I did not know the reason behind. In preparing for the assembly, I have learnt more about the background story of Chinese New Year. Another celebration event was that the School prepared a special lunch for us, Chinese food was provided on that day, the food was extremely tasty.

I was one of the participants in the presentation, our group gave an introduction to the significance of colour red. We had a great time sharing our cultural

Last but not least, I would like to thank my school, especially Mrs Raraty, for giving us this opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year and spread the vibe to everyone. Also, I would like to thank our Chinese teacher, Mrs Wu, for holding the assembly and inviting me to take part in it. I had a joyful Chinese New Year in MSJ and I wish you all good fortune in the Year of the Pig! Words by Gladys Cheung

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SHOPPING AND IC E SKATING

Girls “shopped ‘til they dropped” on their last weekend trip of the Autumn term to The Mall, Cribbs Causeway. Staff could be found tentatively waiting outside Claire’s Accessories, Lush and Smiggle as the girls expertly navigated their way through the crowds to pick out their Christmas gifts for family and friends as well as treating themselves along the way. The day was finished off with some ice skating at the Christmas Kingdom. A perfectly festive way to end the term!

LONDON TRIP Excitement was running high all week in the run up to the London shopping trip as plans were made of what to buy and, more importantly, what to eat. We were dropped off on a very busy Oxford Street ready to shop as soon as the shops opened. The best part of the trip for many was the food! Girls went off for slightly more exciting meals than Malvern has to offer sushi, Korean food and pizza were all on the menu. Plenty of bargains were snapped up in the few hours we had and the window displays at Selfridges were a great favourite. For some it was their first ever visit to London, so of course, photos had to be taken by the tube, a red phone box and Marble Arch. A sleep on the coach home was much needed after a hectic day!

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n Sunday 18 May, the boarding girls rather sleepily stepped on the minibus for a real treat to go and learn how to ride a husky sled; they were a bit surprised by the early morning wakeup call as we had to set off at 7am! Once they'd recovered from the shock and after

the short drive to Tewkesbury's Croft Farm, they were welcomed by a gorgeously sunny morning and 28 beautiful, and very friendly, husky dogs. The older girls took up the challenge first and after conquering the idea of how to balance the sled without any dogs (not as easy as you might think!), they were sorted into groups as to who wanted to go fast, medium or slow. This meant

each girl could be paired with just the right husky, and bearing in mind there were some world champion dogs there, this had to be got just right! The girls were taught how to use their voice for commands. The dogs certainly knew the first one - "let's go" and the huskies would shoot off like a rocket! They needed constant encouragement of "good girl/ good boy" and if there were any rustlings in the hedge, the girls needed the final command of "on by" which meant the dogs would not stop to investigate further and carry on sprinting; some were better at giving this command than others! The louder and more vocal the girls were, the more they got out of it and it was great to see all returning with big smiles on their faces. There were a couple of girls who made acquaintances with the hedge, but all finished the sled run. The skill of balancing, steering and giving verbal commands all at the same time should not be underestimated. The dogs were super friendly and really welcomed the fuss that was bestowed upon them by 24 adoring MSJ boarders! Lots of selfies were had with the huskies being the stars of the show, and then it was on to some welcome hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows on the camp fire. Despite it being a really early start, the girls were full of the joys of spring having raced across the countryside on a beautiful spring morning after learning how to husky sled. Thank you to Vickie and her huskies from Pullin-Power and sharing with us her expertise!

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Drayton Manor We had an exciting trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park in the Summer term. When we arrived, the girls wasted no time and were straight into the queue for the biggest rides available! Some enjoyed the adrenaline rush of the fast rollercoasters, whilst others preferred the more sedate speed of Thomas the Tank Engine. A special mention must go to some of the Batsford Prep boarders, who quickly realised they were just tall enough for every ride and proceeded to go on the most frightening one three times! Our bravery was tested on the Apocalypse Drop Tower, plummeting us to the ground from 54 metres up! Not for the faint hearted, but of course, MSJ boarders are made of strong stuff!

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very excited bunch of Years 9-11 accompanied us for Go Karting in Worcester. It proved an interesting driving experience, especially for those who had not been behind the wheel of a Go Kart before! A whole range of driving styles emerged; from full-on professional Formula One driving to those more out for a leisurely Sunday drive! This allowed for a variety of crashes and spins but the girls soon got used to following the ground crew’s flags to ensure they were safe. After a few practice circuits, the girls all raced in their groups twice, aiming for the fastest circuit. The Top Ten racers from the heats then had a final race to determine the top three places with Chancy Han gaining first, Chloe Chan in second and Zainab Lawal Garba in third.

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HARRY POTTER

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hen the doors opened into the Great Hall, it was a magical moment - one of our Batsford boarders even got to be the one to open the door as it was her birthday! The scale of it was incredible and we loved seeing the different outfits, especially Daniel Radcliffe’s tiny Hogwarts uniform from the first film! We were fascinated by the amount of work that went into making the films - the costumes, sets, graphics and more had us all mesmerised! The spooky Forbidden Forest had everyone a little scared and some were grateful for the very thoughtful “No Spiders” route! We also took a trip on the Hogwarts Express, learned to control our broomsticks and took a stroll down Diagon Alley. Drinking Butterbeer was an interesting experience and really made the Harry Potter world come to life. The true Harry Potter fans were able to buy a mountain of Hogwarts House merchandise and so although we arrived with a bunch of MSJ girls, we left with a surprising amount of Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs and Slytherins!

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ear 13s proudly presented their newly revamped boarding house on Sunday 14 October for a rededication ceremony, exactly 30 years to the day since it was opened by the Bishop of Worcester. This time, Mrs Raraty and Rev Taplin were the officiators and we all raised a glass of fizz to the House’s continued success. Over £500,000 has been spent on the project, which sees a new structure in Sixth Form boarding with the Year 12s all in Poulton and Year 13s all in Greenslade. This allows us to create a real school-to-university experience where the girls are given far more independence and a more grown-up living space where they can enjoy continental breakfast in the House, have visitors over, cook and entertain, and both study and play hard! Pianos, pool table, giant sofas, giant wall-mounted TVs, snug spaces, places to get away from it all and places to hang-out together are all on offer. It was great to see Housemistresses past and present in attendance, including Mrs Elisabeth Rambridge, Mrs Liz Prophet and Mrs Lynne Poynton, along with Ms Grainger Ms Van Ravenstein and Ms Cole.

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he idea for the MSJ Colour Run was first born over a year ago. Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors completed a day of training with the Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Pro and during the course of the day, came up with lots of brilliant ideas for events and activities, one of which was a colour run to celebrate the diversity in our community. Fast forward to May this year and see the pure joy on everyone’s faces as they are engulfed in clouds of blue, green, pink and yellow. Prep bravely ran through the lanes of paint throwers alongside girls throughout the senior school and into the Sixth Form. None were more brave though, than the staff runners, battling through blast after blast of colour thrown by girls and their supportive colleagues. Those not running got to enjoy the other side of the fun, dousing friends and teachers in paint and cheering the runners on. In some cases, the paint throwers ended up worse off than the runners,

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mentioning no names (Mr Forsythe!). Mrs Raraty proved a dab hand at the paint extinguisher and took great delight in opening the run with sprays of colour across the start line. It was a special day for many reasons but especially so as it brought the whole school community together, an ethos something MSJ is founded on. It certainly made being at school on a Bank Holiday a little more bearable. We also raised £205.72 through the event and these funds were donated to Mermaids UK, supporting gender diverse and transgender young people. We would like to say a special thank you to Kester Wilkinson who consulted in the organisation and running of the event which wouldn’t have been such a success without him. Following great feedback and the success of the event we hope to make is a regular item in the MSJ calendar.


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India Wilkinson

TRIBUTE DAY

Saturday 13 October was a special day at MSJ, when our community came together to celebrate the life of India Wilkinson, one of our Old Girls. India loved many things: science, art and netball being just a few. So we decided to bring all of those things together. Old Girls, led by Katherine Barnes, played netball with staff (thanks to Ms Sarah Townsend, Mrs Kelly Shaw-Young and Mrs Melanie Detnon) and current students in a fast-paced friendly, while Honorary Members including Mrs Liz Prophet and Mrs Joan Newby cheered from the sidelines. The group then repaired to the main building for Tea, where we were joined by many more staff and Honorary Members. Dr Sarah Guy and Mrs Raraty spoke about India’s life and impact on us all. There is no doubt that India was destined to be a great scientific mind. An artwork modelled on Klimt’s Tree of Life was unveiled. Our huge thanks to Josselyn Chau who created this beautiful piece, featuring Merlin, India’s dog and pictures of India and friends from their time at School. This will be mounted in school for everyone to enjoy.

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Coffee Morning 2018 On Friday 28th September York Hall was filled with students, staff and parents for the MacMillan Biggest Coffee morning. Year 9 ran stalls with games, and there was even a Year 6 stand. Delicious cakes were on offer, baked by our own catering team as well as cakes and biscuits made by each of the boarding houses. The chocolate fountain proved extremely popular! The tombola was busier than ever and the raffle with the grand prize of the giant teddy also had a queue for the tickets. Huge thanks to all who participated behind the scenes setting up, baking, selling, helping – we all raised a whopping £712.05! Words by Ms Detnon, Batsford Housemistress


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MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING WEEK This February marked MSJ’s second Mental Health and Wellbeing Week in line with Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. We joined schools across the country, getting the conversation started about mental health and enjoying activities together to boost our wellbeing. Some of the things we got involved with were Breaditation, Pavement Picasso, Mindfulness, Yoga and much more. Staff joined in too and particularly enjoyed board games in the staff room for a day. The week came to a close with an assembly which hi-lighted

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Riding ALLENSHILL JWS The MSJ Riders were brilliant on Sunday 2 June at Allenshill! Due to exams we only fielded a team of three so weren’t expecting a win but they did! Tegan, Lottie and Tiggy managed to win the 90/95cm and qualify for National Champs in October. Then each of them qualified as individuals; Tegan was 2nd in the 80/85cm, Lottie was 1st in the 90/95cm and Tiggy was 2nd in the 100/105cm.

ALLENSHILL DRESSAGE At the Allenshill dressage on Monday 28 May we were represented by Hannah de Wit as Individual who came 2nd in the warm-up class. The team of Vivi Manning, Hattie Gill, Tiggy Manning and Ollie Haddock were 3rd! Hattie also won her Elementary class so qualified for the championships.

ELMWOOD ONE DAY EVENT On the Sunday the girls went to the Elmwood ODE. Our team of Millie Pope, Vivi Manning, Ibble Watson and Tiggy Manning WON the 90cm Team event! Lottie Gilderson and Tiggy Manning were also 6th individual place in each of their sections and Millie Pope was 8th. All these girls have now qualified for the SEG Eventing Champs in October.

Dressage Success The MSJ Dressage Team had a brilliant outing on Saturday 15 September to Kings Equestrian in Bromyard to compete in the NSEA Dressage Qualifier for National Championships in October. Our MSJ Team consisting of Lottie Gilderson, Ibble Watson, Tiggy and Vivi Manning won, and so qualified for the National Championships. The girls were also placed as individuals; Lottie 1st Prelim, Ibble 2nd Novice, Tiggy 5th Prelim, Vivi 5th Novice and then Ibble won the Elementary Qualifier too which was for individuals only! Well done, girls!

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National Championships in October MSJ had a really successful National Championships this year at Keysoe Equestrian in Bedfordshire on the 19, 20, 21, 22 October. We were represented by Jess Morris, Vivi Manning, Millie Pope, Ibble Watson, Georgia Barrett, Hattie Gill, Tiggy Manning, Lottie Gilderson, Harriet Whitehouse, Tegan Taylor Davies and Tilly Lacey. There were approx 800 competitors from schools all over the UK. Typically our teams were competing against 47 other teams in each class so it was no mean feat to get placed. The following photos show MSJ successes over the four days and as usual the girls all rode brilliantly, showed great team spirit, camaraderie and support through the highs and lows that competing at this level brings!

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BLENHEIM 90cm Eventer Challenge

Representing Malvern Pony Club, MSJ girls took part in the Blenheim 90cm Eventer Challenge. Our team consisted of 3 MSJ Riding Scholars: Lottie Gilderson (Year 9), Tiggy Manning (Year 10) and Vivi Manning (Year 12) plus Old Girl Georgie Toole who was an integral part of MSJ Riding when in the Sixth Form (now at Cardiff Uni). The girls rode really well and managed a fantastic 6th out of 47 teams from all over the UK. They had to wait until the final team had gone at the end of the day, to then be presented with their 6th place rosettes and goodies from William Blane, one of the Pony Club chief trainers. Whilst they were waiting, the girls were able to soak up the atmosphere and watch the ‘Eventing Greats’ do their dressage tests in front of Blenheim Palace, before the cross country test on Saturday and Show Jumping on Sunday.

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MALVERN ALUMNAE 100

Following closely on the tail of International Women’s Day, Malvern St James Girls’ School is putting #BalanceforBetter into action with the launch of Malvern Alumnae 100, a project aimed at empowering current students with inspirational female role models, using 100 of the school’s alumnae as real-life evidence of what women can achieve in every aspect of their lives.

To Dream’, Malvern St James is showcasing its own pioneering women. This includes Susan Shaw, the first woman to walk the floor of the London Stock Exchange in the 1970s; Dame Lesley Rees, first and only female Dean of St Bart’s Medical School, and Ursula Martin, the first female professor at St Andrew’s University in its 600 year history. There are plenty of firsts amongst younger alumnae, too: the youngest female Director appointed at Baring Asset Management, the first women to be appointed into various military regiments, and the first to win the Queen’s Medal for most outstanding Officer Cadet. Almost half of the women featured in the 100 came to the launch, to talk to students in person about what they’ve learnt on their own life path, including author,

Malvern Alumnae 100 is about women in their 20s and 30s right through to their 70s and 80s, reaching down the life ladder to empower the next generation of female talent in the workplace and also to advise what makes for a fulfilled and happy life. It is encouraging diversity in the choices young women are making for their future careers and facilitating a more unusual or perhaps ‘typically male’ career path. Chiming with Louise Palfreyman’s ‘Women Who Dared journalist and screen-writer Imogen Edwards-Jones; CFO of Talk Talk, Kate Ferry; the Permanent Secretary for Communities, Housing and Local Government, Melanie Dawes; renowned artist Emma Woffenden; and European Space Agency engineer Kotska Wallace amongst others. Headmistress Olivera Raraty says, “Malvern Alumnae 100 has come together beautifully – more inspirational, more nuanced than ever we expected or could have hoped for, to create a very personal, relatable message for our girls. The project will run for at least a year, with an exhibition of all of our 100 placed around the building so that girls are inspired as they go about their day.”

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As well as careers, there is a focus on young women finding personal and professional balance, and promoting the value of social contribution. Our 100 alumnae have set up charities, sit on charity boards, or have been involved in volunteering - everything from military families assistance, school governorship, the Girl Guides organisation, and starting a nationwide charity following the death of a child - or set aside one day of their working week to volunteering. Alumnae talk about issues such as corporate responsibility, business sustainability, balancing career and family

responsibilities, and the advice to ‘live a life full of meaning’. Asked to provide their definition of success, one, Chairman of a FTSE 100 company, says, “being part of a happy family; life’s most important ‘achievement’”: profoundly different, perhaps, to what a man might think. Malvern Alumnae 100’s message about resilience, making sure you do something which makes you happy, and not being afraid to fail, is one that all of us – young and old, student and teacher – should listen to. THE BEACON 2019 EDITION

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JUST GEMS LECTURE On 12th November it was our pleasure to welcome Geologist and Gemmologist Helen Plumb to talk about her career path from studying Geology at university to working in the oil industry and then setting up her own gems business. Helen is an internationally recognised gemmologist who now owns the company Just Gems, which sells “high-quality, certified diamonds and coloured gemstones, set in fine jewellery”. She came to MSJ to provide an accessible introduction to gemmology as well as sharing her experiences of buying and selling gems. She spoke about the importance of identifying synthetic and treated gems as well as the importance of building trust with your sellers to gain a future, potentially advantageous, relationship. Helen noted that, contrary to popular belief, stones such as Aquamarines are not always a pale colour, and that those with deeper, darker shades are worth more. Perhaps the most interesting topic was the cultural differences in terms of the Lilac sapphire ring in 18CT white gold types of gems desired, as well as how the gems that naturally occur in countries have shaped their cultures and economies even to this day. It was particularly interesting to learn about the spiritual position of Jade in Chinese ideals, as well as the symbolism of wealth it holds. From her lecture we have taken away a new-found appreciation of the field of gemmology and its role in jewellery design, in particular the role of coloured gems in the creation of unique pieces. It was interesting to hear about Helen’s varied career. Molly Rice & Maddy Laband

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HOLOCAUST TALK FROM JANINE WEBBER

When your little brother gets shot standing right next to you, your mother dies of typhus, and your father is executed, you have a story to tell. This was the story told to us by Janine Webber as she vividly recalls her harrowing experience of the Holocaust. Janine’s incredibly moving and thought provoking testimony left many students, including me, stunned and emotional as it put our lives into perspective and made us appreciate everything we have. We were privileged enough to ask Janine questions, which were all met with honest and sincere answers, and something often taught so factually and distant as past history became very real and engaging. This left me questioning the meaning of forgiveness, resentment and love. Despite the horrors suffered by Janine, I was profoundly inspired by her positive outlook on life and her passion and enthusiasm to share her experience with a younger generation so that her story will truly not be forgotten. Bea Clifford

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Sue Garrard Lecture In November it was our pleasure to welcome to MSJ Sue Garrard from Unilever. Sue is an old girl of MGC and has had a varied career in the civil service and industry. She gave a lecture to the Sixth Form and other members of the school about her successful career and in particular focusing on her work at Unilever. It was inspiring to hear Sue’s experiences through the various stages of her career, and her focus on sustainability in industry with a keen eye to the future was really enlightening. She gave insight into how more traditional business models and ideals will need to adapt to meet the demands of a world where consumer focus is increasingly on sustainability. As an A Level Economics student, I found the lecture extremely engaging as she presented a different perspective when thinking about global business. For example, Sue spoke about the severe environmental impact current business is having and will have on the world and therefore she emphasised the importance of reducing this in order to ensure the planet's secure future. This has made many of the girls and myself think much more widely and adapt our thoughts about careers we may want to pursue in the future and the companies we work for. Similarly, when I asked about companies who are car manufactures or depend on the oil industry and their futures in business, Sue highlighted the fact that these businesses would have to no longer exist in order to achieve the world's environmental targets and therefore she explained the importance of forward thinking and adaptation in business, an importance concept which has changed my view on business and the type of companies I may want to work for in the future. Eloise Attlee (Year 12)

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SHONE Our Year 6 - Year 13 girls, parents, staff and Friends were thrilled to welcome James Shone on 21 May for his inspiring talk #ICanAndIAm. James is the founder of ‘I Can and I Am’ www.icanandiam.com, a charity which aims to offer inspiration and affirmation to young people and the important adults in their lives. An ex-Headmaster himself, James has faced and overcome remarkable personal adversity and uses his experience, both as an educator and a victim of circumstance to motivate through his excellent talks.

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SURVIVING THE VOLCANO LECTURE On Monday 14th January, we welcomed David Edwards to MSJ to give a talk about the ecology of Monserrat and the impacts of the 1995 volcanic eruption. David is a geologist, volcano guide, and environmental sustainability lecturer who shares insights from the many fascinating places he has studied or worked in. The talk began with the recalling of his various experiences from working in the field with multiple biologists with whom he had travelled to Monserrat, in order to survey the Island’s animal inhabitants. The most prominent story was the day when after finally catching a snake with his bare hands, he was forced to drop it as it lurched towards his face. Being a geologist himself, it was he who started to notice natural phenomena which occur when an eruption is imminent. However, the survey had to continue which lead to him being precariously close to the volcano when it first erupted. His eye-witness accounts showed the resilience of the Montserratians as their idyllic island paradise was turned into a hazardous landscape. There was also a pause in the audience as he recounted the horror of realising that most of the habitat the group had been surveying for the past two months had either been covered in ash or destroyed by pyroclastic flows. After revisiting the island in recent times and showing the audience before and after photos, it is clear that Monserrat will never be the same as it was in before the 1995 eruption. Overall, this inspiring, eye-opening lecture served as a reminder of how devastating natural events such as volcanic eruptions can be while providing insight into animal scale survey projects. Nicky Connell Year 13 Photos available on David’s website: https://www.guestspeaker.earth/

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n Thursday 7 February 2019 Mark Green, an MSJ parent and founder of Two Farmers Crisps came to give an inspiring talk at MSJ. Girls studying Food and Nutrition from Year 10 to Year 13 were joined by girls studying Business Studies, Economics and Geography. Mark explained how he had been inspired to create a new product after all the years of growing potatoes and so ventured into the crisps market. He has created a high-end product with a unique selling point where all the ingredients to create the different crisp flavours, promote local produce from Hereford nad the surrounding area. Not only that, but the crisp packets are 100% compostable, something which the food industry needs to take a bit more note of, given the use of plastics and nonrecyclable crisp packets! Both girls and staff found it a hugely insightful lecture about the way that farming has changed in recent years to make it more environmentally friendly, make better use of natural resources such as water, and the high standards expected in animal welfare. In lessons since, the GCSE girls especially on their food sources topic, have made really significant statements that show just how much they’ve had their eyes opened up to modern farming. The subject overlap was seamless and promoted wider thinking in all the different areas. It was great to see a joint venture like this be such a success with a wide audience receiving it well. We are all so grateful for Mark Green giving up his time for MSJ to share all his knowledge and expertise, let alone all the lovely crisps he provided as product samples!

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NATIONAL Poetry Day 2018 October 4th was National Poetry Day and this year we welcomed Brenda Read-Brown, Gloucester’s Poet Laureate to MSJ. She started her visit by performing some of her work for us at assembly. She covered themes such as tidying a messy bedroom, being home alone at Halloween and how to cope with life’s setbacks. It was a great experience to see her deliver her poems. She then took some workshops for the rest of the morning with Year 12 and 13 English and then with the Year 8 English groups. The whole class considered the theme of ‘change’ and after composing individual lines, Brenda helped to form them into a class poem showing how ideas could be shaped and edited. Each pupil then wrote their own poem and performed their work to each other in class. At lunchtime, Brenda, kindly offered expert advice to Year 7 pupils who for English had written their own poems on the theme of communication. We had a excellent day with Brenda and now have a signed copy of one of her books. As a result of the workshop Lydia Leong (Year 12) produced this poem: People come and go. From Japan to Chicago. He took a footstep further from home, a step closer to dreams. The Leavers sat down in mid-July, the beating sun heats them up. a step closer to future a step closer to dreams. Coffee left from burning to cold. Nervousness to excitement, he met who he has been waiting for as they hopped into each other’s lives and hearts. A change of heart. People come and go. Talking of Michelangelo. Dishes turned cold – Hearts grew bold. How we are a change of heart.

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Pupils from Malvern St James Girls’ School were joined by those from Malvern Parish CofE Primary School and Great Malvern Primary School. With plenty of audience participation, pupils (and staff!) were introduced to characters from the Amelia Fang series and given tips for writing their own stories. Everyone enjoyed drawing along with Laura, hearing about her favourite books when she was growing up (The Witches, The Snowman and The Twits) finding out that Laura is afraid of the dark and learning about where ideas for her stories come from. Laura shared her top tip for writing with the children – “Take a notebook everywhere you go so you can write down ideas”. Highlights for the children included meeting Laura and seeing her Amelia Fang-inspired outfit, learning how to draw Amelia Fang’s pet pumpkin, Squashy, and seeing their ideas come together in a hand drawn book cover design, created by Laura right in front of their eyes. Laura even treated her audience to a sneak peek of the title and front cover for the next Amelia Fang book which will be published next March - Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday. Some comments from the girls: “I liked seeing Laura Ellen Anderson because she was energetic, lively and very kind. Her drawings were really fun, interesting and cute.” Ilana Coldicott (Year 6) On 2 October MSJ welcomed author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson to talk to a gathering of book fans. Laura stopped off at the school as part of her tour to celebrate the publication of her latest books in the popular Amelia Fang series – Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords and Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief.

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“Laura was very inspiring.” Freya Wall (Year 6) “Meeting her, seeing all of her books; it was really fun. And I love her drawings.” Elizabeth Motteram (Year 6) “It was very engaging. I loved it and can’t wait to read the books.” Claudia Sefton (Year 6)


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Laura Ellen Anderson is the creator of Evil Emperor Penguin and illustrator of Witch Wars, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider, as well as many other children’s books. She is also the first female to have illustrated a Terry Pratchett book.

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NEWS Ballet A number of our Pre-Prep girls attend Miss Amelia's Ballet Club and have thoroughly enjoyed their lessons across the past academic year. At the end of the year, all girls have the chance to earn their Ballet Medal in a Ballet Medal Test. Each girl is graded on the things they have learnt over the past year and is given a mark and a medal at the end. All of our Pre-Prep girls earned a medal and we are so proud of our beautiful ballerinas!

Diversity Day Diversity Day was a new addition to our calendar this year and definitely something we will do again. Pre-Prep spent the day studying why being different, celebrating differences and accepting people’s differences is one of the most important lessons they can learn. We spent the reading stories about diversity, role playing scenarios, foot printing and making multi coloured accessories. During the afternoon, we spent time outside in our Woodland School doing something called Bug Love, this consists of picking up a range of different bugs and whispering to them why they are so wonderful and unique. We loved creating some big art outside on the playground too and finished off the afternoon by sharing what makes us all different, some examples were, 'I am different because I am the only one with short hair', 'I am different because I have epilepsy'. We were so impressed with how well the girls had understood all we had learnt and how much they were embracing and celebrating their differences. The day finished with a bang as everyone from Reception to Sixth Form, including teachers, took part in the first ever MSJ Colour Run. What a memorable and meaningful day for all!

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CUBA DAY Each year, the Pre-Prep celebrates a Language Day where we learn all about a different language for one day, we also have the chance to learn about a country where that language is spoken and a different culture to our own. This year, we focused on the language Spanish and the country Cuba. All of our Pre-Prep girls and teachers dressed up, our fantastic Catering Department created a special Cuban Tasting Menu for all of the girls to enjoy at lunchtime- churros with chocolate sauce being the most tasted thing on the menu! We utilised our wonderfully diverse Prep Department and two of our lovely Spanish girls came down to teach the little ones some of the language. We did some Cuban dancing, singing, learnt all about the country and had a superb day all round.

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he Pre-Prep Summer Term topic was 'Under the Sea', so what better opportunity than to go to the beach! When we arrived in Weston, the sun was shining down on us and the tide was in, waiting for us to splash around in the sunshine. We had been studying British seaside holidays and sketching seascapes earlier in the term and the beach couldn't have looked more picturesque on this particular day. Barely ten other people on the whole beach when we arrived, it was like having a private beach. There were girls jumping the waves, splashing the teachers (!!), playing tag in the shallow water- everyone had a blast! After our dip in the sea, we all retreated to our blankets and dried off in time for lunch. The afternoon consisted of constructing a giant sand trench, donkey rides, sandy ice creams and some beach gymnastics. It was a fabulous way to see up close and personal all of the things we had studied earlier in the term. If ever there was a No.1 trip for wellbeing and developing friendships, this would be the one. The girls were all so happy and content. This definitely won't be our last beach trip!

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Pre-Prep have a link with Madresfield Early Years Centre and were invited to attend a morning of fun in the Madresfield Forest School. Mrs Bennett kindly gave us a ride on her tractor trailer so as we could see the beautiful farm land on our way across to the Forest School. Talk about fantastic, this Forest School was like the King of all Forest Schools. A large open space with bridges, teepees, slides, zip wires, log fires and so much more. We all toasted a marshmallow and squashed it between two biscuits to create s’mores. Everyone had a go on the zip wire, then two and three and....! The MEYC staff were professional, helpful, caring towards our girls and we hope to visit again in the future.

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Prep THREE COUNTIES On Friday 14 June, Years 3-6 all went to The Three Counties Showground in Malvern. This was a specific day, especially designed with school visits in mind, as there were many educational workshops which the girls could participate in. All girls in took part in various activities, including learning about electricity with Western Power Distribution, cycling to create electricity (the girls made enough to power a radio!), how to look after farm animals, weaving laces the medieval way and much, much more. Although it was a very soggy day, the girls all thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor learning experiences and out of classroom fun.

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PREP SPORTS DAY On Monday 1 July, every single girl from Reception through to Year 6, took part in the Prep Sports Day. There were races galore, including running, hurdles, egg and spoon, sack and even the 600m! Not only were the girls taking part on a personal level, but they also did so for the Ships, earning significant points in the process. The sun came out to play, the event was slick and great fun was had by all who participated and spectated. As always, it was a day to remember and the girls were a credit to the Department.

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Prep YEAR 3 AND 4 RESIDENTIAL TO BORFA HOUSE, WALES From Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd May, all girls in Years 3 and 4 went to Borfa House in Wales, on their annual Residential Trip. The sun shone from beginning to end and the girls threw themselves into all activities which were so carefully and thoughtfully planned by the instructors. Body Boarding, Rock Climbing and Bushcraft fun were amongst the favourites, but above all, the girls enjoyed making memories with their friends, working as a team and overcoming various challenges. I hope these help a little? Sorry they are so brief, but not being a part of them, it makes the write up a tad tricky.

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Prep GRANDPARENTS’ DAY Each year, grandparents are invited to MSJ Prep for a day of fun! It is a hugely exciting event for the girls and grandparents. For teachers, it is so lovely to see the children’s grandparents come and spend this special day with their granddaughter to make a memory that will last for a lifetime. After a delicious turkey roast with all of the trimmings, the grandparents shadowed their granddaughters for the day, attending all of their lessons. There was creativity in the Art Department, mystery maths problem solving with Year 6, hot chocolate around the woodland campfire and much, much more. We rounded off the day with songs over tea and cake to thank our grandparents for attending, giving our visitors a little taste of our show, Mary Poppins. It was a memorable event for all and we very much look forward to next year.

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WORLD BOOK DAY 2018 The girls and teachers in the Prep Department at Malvern St James Girls' School had a fabulous day dressed up for this year's World Book Day. Costumes included Hermione Grainger, Mary Poppins, Captain Underpants and even the crayons from 'The Days the Crayons Quit'. The girls enjoyed World Book Day-related activities throughout the day, inspiring them to read new books and revisit old favourites.

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Supercalifragilistic expialidocious!

On Friday 22 March, MSJ Prep and MSJ Pre-Prep performed a matinee and evening performance of Mary Poppins to a packed York Hall! After weeks of rehearsals and so much hard work and dedication from all the girls and staff involved, both productions were great fun and went off without a hitch! Sylvie in Year 6, who played Mrs Banks, said, "The play was an absolute success! The characters, costumes, and set were amazing, not forgetting the fabulous director, Mrs Aris! A special thanks to the digital leaders who created the Mary Poppins trailer for us!" Madeleine in Year 6, who played the Cook, said, "A big thank you from the whole of MSJ Prep must go to the backstage crew including the director (Mrs Aris), the pianist and choreographer (Mrs Woodhouse) and Mrs Jones for the sets and all the costumes".

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Prep Singing on the steps "On Saturday 24 November Years 3-6 had the great honour of singing on the steps next to the Elgar statue in Malvern, which happened as part of the celebration of turning on the Christmas lights. They sang all different carols including Silent Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The weather was very cold, but all the girls had lots of layers to keep themselves warm. All the girls enjoyed the experience and said it was super fun! For the girls, this was a massive occasion as it was broadcast live on BBC Hereford and Worcester. This is an annual event that all girls look forward to from the start of term." Words by Imogen Hobbs, Year 6

MSJ PREP GIRLS ARE ALL YOUNG WRITERS Congratulations to Miss Townsend's MSJ Prep English class! Every single girl that entered the Young Writers' Poetry Wonderland Competition is having their poem published! The feedback from Young Writers was that they had in excess of 20,000 entries! The girls from Miss Townsend's English group were told that their entries were winning ones as they all had perception, imagination and creativity, as well as expression, originality and good use of language. Poetry Wonderland – West Midlands Voices was published on 10th July 2019. As a participating school, we will be receiving a complimentary copy of the book. Well done, girls!

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HOLLAND OPTICIANS DISPLAY MSJ was thrilled when Holland Opticians got in contact and asked whether MSJ Pre-Prep wanted to make a window display for the shop, all about eyes (of course!) Knowing our girls well and what fabulous imaginations they have as well as how excited to try new things they are, we knew this would go down very well. Last term we had been studying the sense of sight and looked in detail at the eye. We talked about how important sight was and how lucky we are to have this sense. This term, we have been focusing on creative writing and so we decided to link our window display into this theme, the magic of sight. We talked about describing things that we see, using a range of exciting vocabulary and this led us to design and paint our very own magical eyes. The girls decided to call the collection of eyes, 'MSJ's See of Eyes', as they thought it was quite funny to interchange the word 'Sea' and 'See'. Shortly after completing our eye artwork, we went on to write about the amazing things we can see through our magical eyes. We think it is so important to keep up with regular eye tests so as we can keep our eyes in tip-top condition and continue to see the magic of the world! The work will be displayed in Holland Opticians in Malvern, so do go and take a look! The quotes from the girls'I loved painting my eye, thank you for asking us to do it'- Eliza, Age 6 'I really like the opticians because they help if I can't see'- Sophie Age 7

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BATH TRIP

YEARS 3-4

The pupils of Years 3 and 4 had a wonderful trip to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. It was a day of history, art and social etiquette. On arrival at Number 1 Royal Crescent, the girls were greeted by Lady Catherine and invited to dress in gorgeous Georgian clothing! The girls learnt about the history of the Royal Crescent and the etiquette of Georgian England. After writing with quills, sealing letters with wax and looking at historical artefacts, the girls enjoyed an interactive tour of the house.

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The afternoon involved a trip to the Art Gallery, where the pupils took part in a portrait workshop. There were many beautiful paintings on display, including one by the Georgian artist, Gainsborough. The ideas of the various artist inspired some self-portraits that the girls did of themselves. A thoroughly enjoyable trip with some wonderful memories made! Words by Mrs Woodhouse, Year 3 Teacher


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iss Townsend, Head of KS2, and her partner Jamie Thompson, who has Motor Neurone Disease, have been celebrating the transformation of their Cradley home thanks to the generosity of national charity, Band of Builders. In just one week, the Band of Builders’ professional volunteers have worked from dusk to dawn to complete Miss Townsend and Jamie’s home, creating a kitchen and garden accessible to Jamie’s wheelchair so that the family can be together. Jamie, Miss Townsend and two-year-old son, Ollie, moved out in the last week of August. Progress was kept under wraps until the unveiling took place last Saturday, September 1st. The Band of Builders volunteer team has come from as far afield as Kent, Essex and North Wales, with volunteers giving their time for free, and covering their own expenses. The Cradley and Malvern community have chipped in to share the load: from the local fish and chip van donating a meal for the whole crew, to Jamie’s sister cooking evening meals, to armies of neighbours supplying food, tea and cake. MSJ also came to the rescue when they realised that the volunteer builders would have to pay for their own accommodation or sleep in their vans. MSJ gave them all rooms in a staff boarding house on the school site, and the catering team delivered bacon butties to the hungry workers every morning. Mrs Raraty comments, “It’s hard to believe how selfless and amazing these individuals are, giving up their own holidays and time with family, to help complete strangers. It shows what can be achieved when a group of people come together with a determination to make something happen. It’s a great message and inspiration for our students and young people everywhere.” The garden has been redesigned with a wide pathway

running around it; the kitchen has been completely stripped back and redesigned from scratch, with French windows leading out onto a decked area with table and seats. Miss Townsend comments, “Jamie and I are totally bowled over with the work which the Band of Builders carried out at our home in just one week – it’s staggering! The end result is creative and breathtaking. Already Jamie and the children have utilised the whole of the garden, something which in recent years, has not been possible. This incredible group of people have created two extra spaces in our home which Jamie can now safely use and utilise to the full. The team thought of every tiny detail to make Jamie feel special and included in their design process, enabling him to create valuable memories with his children in spaces which had become redundant. The Band of Builders deserve every success and huge recognition for what they do. Giving up their precious time over two weekends, (one of which was a bank holiday), right at the end of the school summer holidays, away from their families, to help Jamie enjoy his home once more, has been very humbling. Thank you Band of Builders, The Lighthouse Charity and Jewsons. You will all have a special place in our hearts forever.” As to why they do it, the Band of Builders volunteers’ reasoning is simple: “Ordinary people can do extraordinary things and really make a difference to other people’s lives. We are able to help, so why wouldn’t we?” The Band of Builders’ remit is to help fellow tradespeople in their hour of need, by banding together and completing projects which will improve lives being negatively impacted by illness. Volunteers fundraise through charity auctions and events, and are helped by businesses large and small up and down the country.

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Seniors MALVERN HILLS DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY 4TH DECEMBER

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n Tuesday 4th December, eleven Year 10 girls volunteered to give a presentation at a MHDC meeting to the 38 councillors and their senior management team, Chaired by Councillor Andrea Morgan. The girls had been invited to share the policies that they had devised whilst taking part in their Independent Learning Challenge last summer. This task challenged them to create their own political party included writing a manifesto, filming a party political broadcast and writing a speech. The girls then took part in an Equalitea event that was hosted at Malvern St James in conjunction with MHDC. Councillor Morgan was so impressed by the content of their policies that she was keen for the whole council to hear their ideas.

The Chair then invited the councillors to ask questions about the proposed policies. The girls faced some quite challenging questions particularly about their ideas on restricting treatment on the NHS, educating prisoners and the value of speaking another language. The girls responded decisively and were able to provide valid points to explain the reasons behind their position, with Emma Green receiving a round of applause for one of her answers. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to experience a council meeting in session and the team gave an impressive performance. We would like to extend our thanks to the Chair and all the Councillors for the invitation and experience and especially to Claire Vaughan-Wood. Community Leadership and Engagement Officer who co-ordinated our visit.

As part of this presentation each girl had selected a policy that they wanted to champion. They had written and edited their speeches and everyone had a turn to speak in the council chamber. They covered topics including policies to reduce plastic waste, the treatments that should and should not be funded by the NHS, how social media should be used to engage younger voters, how to protect the environment, their stance on BREXIT, ideas about prison reform and how they would make it compulsory for pupils to learn another language.

The Year 10 girls who spoke to the Council were: Alexandra, Cecelia, Chloe, Cicely, Claire, Emma, Lana, Romilly, Rosemary, Sofia and Ysabel Dr Jones & Mrs Neville MHDC also wrote this press release: https://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/news-alerts/-/asset_publisher/ ze6ALdaw0Mh9/blog/budding-politicians-from-malvern-st-jamesvisit-the-council?redirect=%2Fnews-alerts

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eason 2018/19 was as busy as ever for our teams and individual athletes at MSJ. It was really pleasing to see the introduction of ‘Fixtures PRO’ which has enabled better communication amongst our community. Other positive changes this year have been the introduction of a Physical Literacy programme which has generated a better grounding for the fundamental movements needed to play sport, Cricket coaching and Lacrosse matches against University teams. We have continued to inspire the Lacrosse stars of the future by hosting a Junior Schools’ Lacrosse Festival, where we welcomed over 150 pupils from across the region. The new Dance classes with Miss Amelia have proven popular with girls from the Pre-Prep up to Sixth Form. These new forward-thinking initiatives will help to build upon the pupils sporting success. Three new staff were appointed as part of the Sport and Physical Education Department, who have coached and competed at International Level. The department are keen to drive PE and Sport at MSJ forward, using the skills of the team to good effect and are very proud of the girls’ successes to date. The Senior Hockey team reached the England School Championships quarter-finals Division 2 plate competition. Very much part of the team’s success was Charlotte Harmer who has been selected to attend the England Hockey DiSE program as part of the NAGS player assessment phase. She was also successful in winning the U18 Tier 3 National final with her club team. Charlotte Harmer We are very proud of her success on the big stage and it is a remarkable achievement to play for England at the Home Nations Tournament. Meanwhile, Susannah Watkins, Grace Earp and Lilia Mico represented Worcestershire as members of the U12 Hockey Squad and Susannah is training with the Regional Squad. Looking ahead, we are very excited about our ‘new astro-turf’ being built this summer. It will allow our girls and the community to train on a high-quality surface and take our games to the next level. Over the course of the term, we had 14 Hockey teams representing the school across all age groups. The U15 team were crowned ISA champions. The U12’s had a successful afternoon at the County Tournament finishing 3rd overall and the U10 team won the RGS The Grange Tournament.

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MSJ's U10 team won the RGS The Grange Tournament.

The Lacrosse programme at MSJ has seen great improvement and development this season. Teams have shown that they can compete in fixtures and individual players have increased their skills and knowledge of the game. At Senior level, highlight games have included playing against Cheltenham Ladies College in a close match with a final score of 3 – 5, with the second team beating the local rivals by one goal in September. The Seniors also experienced playing a different kind of competition in the form of University teams including

Lacrosse Senior 2nd Team

Bristol University and The University of Birmingham. Both the first and second teams had an impressive win against Denstone College, 11-0 and 5-0 respectively. At Junior level, there has been some great performances, with the U14 XII beating Marlborough (14-0), Rendcomb (8-3) and Tudor Hall (13-0). The U13 team have improved throughout the season with notable wins against CLC and Rendcomb. The team’s lacrosse knowledge is developing, and they will be looking to build on this for next season. MSJ has seen a tremendous season with the U12 team; they have shown grit and determination in their matches, winning five out of six fixtures.


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Marnie Probert, Elise Frostman-Clarke and Katie Guthrie were all selected to play at the Super-Counties Tournament and gained valuable experience with playing at such a high level.

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Lacrosse with the Prep department

The National Schools’ Championship is always a tournament every Lacrosse team looks forward to and this year did not disappoint. The aim for each squad was to perform well, no matter the outcome. It was great to see all teams improve on their performances from the year before with some amazing team goals along the way. I have been impressed with the talent we have and look forward to next season where MSJ Lacrosse will no doubt be looking to develop and improve on this year’s successes. The U12 Team

Lacrosse is flourishing in the Prep Department and this has led to a standout performance from the Year 6 team who competed at the Regional POP Lacrosse competition hosted at MSJ. In hard fought group matches, MSJ beat the reigning champions Prestfelde to set up a final against Haberdashers’ Monmouth. In a close game with two competitive teams going head to head, MSJ pushed through to be victorious. This win qualified the team to attend the National POP finals in Sheffield. The team performed extremely well against tough opposition, in a mixed competition of boys and girls, especially as they were one of only two all-girls teams out of the twenty-five teams.

U13 Aegon Team (Lilia Mico, Susannah Watkins, Myrtle Probert and Tallulah Locke) qualified for the Regional tournament at Loughborough University in September. A family of tennis players - the Mico girls (Lilia, Beth and Eva) have all been successful in being selected to represent Herefordshire Eva Mico and Worcestershire County Squad. Lilia was selected to play number 2 out of 4 for Herefordshire and Worcestershire U12 girls annual county cup competition. She was also selected to play for a premier team in Gloucester and helped their

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team win their south west regional qualifying stage and for the national finals. Our athletes have reached great heights this summer; Poppy Elton, Grace Nolan, Charlotte Gilderson, Molly Garvin, Lilia Mico, Isla Wall and Eva Lilia Mico Mico have gained representative honours in their chosen Athletics event. Poppy Elton qualified for the English Schools Championships in 800m and reached the final to finish 8th out of this strong field of 42 competitors. Poppy finished fourth at the ISA National Cross Country finals and qualified for the English School Championship. Grace Nolan won the ISA National Triathlon Tristar 3 Competition and also qualified for the ISA National Cross Country finals. She has also been selected to represent the West Midlands team to compete at British Triathlon Championships in September. Charlotte Gilderson represented the County in Discus at the Mason Trophy. Molly Garvin lifted the high jump title at the County Minors Championships. Lilia Mico finished 15th Poppy Elton out of 200 competitors and Lottie Gilderson in the English Schools Cross Country finals in Loughborough. She won the Regional Schools Games Cross County Event. She received athlete of the month from Worcester athletics club for her impressive performances of breaking the U13 girls 1200 record and for becoming county champion in U13 1500m. Isla and Eva represented the region at the ISA National Finals. Several girls qualified for the county championship and secured many PB’s and silverware. Cricket started to take shape with the introduction of a new Cricket programme to encourage more girls to play the game and gain honours. Many girls are playing for clubs and at county level throughout MSJ Prep and Senior school. Darren Abbott, our cricket coach, led

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two groups from both the Senior and Prep school, engaging them in the technical and tactical aspects of this growing game. Katie Guthrie, Charlotte Gilderson, Myrtle Probert, Chloe Aris and Kyla Crichard all gained county honours for their respective counties. The MSJ EquestrianTeam have gone from strength to strength each year, and this year has been no exception. Every year MSJ is represented by the riders at regional competitions in several disciplines and levels; coming 1st or 2nd allows us to qualify for the National Schools’ Equestrian Association Championships. The NSEA Championships, which take place  in October,  is always the highlight of the year. The competition is four days long, and the girls


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competing in many classes stay over in the lorries, which is great fun for the team. 2018 was a particularly successful year for MSJ; we were  represented in all 12 classes of showjumping, jumping with style, and dressage at  National Championships, held at Keysoe Equestrian Centre. Highlights of the competition included team and individual placings in all disciplines, as well as lots of fun to celebrate the end of a busy and successful year.

riding team will be continuing to compete through summer to qualify for more classes at championships. Hattie Gill and her horse Zalentine, won the inter schools Elementary level dressage. Congratulations to the 2018/19 Equestrian Team of Vivi Manning, Jess Morris, Millie Pope, Ibble Watson, Georgia Barrett, Tiggy Manning, Hattie Gill, Lottie Gilderson, Olivia Haddock, Harriet Whitehouse, Tegan Taylor-Davies, Tilly Lacey, and Natacha Blankenship.

Since the championships, the MSJ Equestrian Team has been competing in qualifiers for both the 2019 NSEA Champs, and the Schools Equestrian Games Eventing Championships, which will be held at Broadway in October. We have had lots of success so far qualifying two teams for Eventing championships, as well as multiple teams to compete in dressage, showjumping and jumping with style for the NSEA champs. The

I am sure the Home Netball World Cup has inspired the girls this summer to return in September and continue to improve on this season’s results and honours. The U12 Netball squad finished Runners up in the School

The MSJ U14 Netball team

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Hattie Gill

Games County Finals and came runners in the District Tournament. The U14 team qualified for the County Tournament, they also followed this up winning the ISA Regional Tournament. The U16 team were runners up in the District tournament to qualify for the county finals. Tallulah Richards was selected for the U12 Worcestershire County team. Eight girls have been asked to attend further county trials next term. Betsy Richards, Grace Earp, Grace Nolan, Ellie Morris and Tallulah Richards have been training hard throughout the year for their clubs and county squads. Betsy and Grace Richards finished well in many open meets and performed well at the UoB & Bristol Henleaze National Qualifier. Grace Nolan placed well at the Gloucestershire County Championships in a number of

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Sixth Form Enrichment programme. Our sports scholar programme is gaining momentum, with our athletes having the opportunity to train four times a week and receiving 1-1 physical training and mentoring from PE staff. Some of our Senior scholars enjoyed an inspiring Girls Go Gold Conference, allowing them to listen to some of the world’s top athletes and experience some of the best Sport Science available. We had a wonderful evening at the annual Sports Awards Dinner. Sports Prefects Charlotte Renaud and Emily Marriot led the celebrations with highlights of the year and awards for some remarkable performances and sportsmanship throughout the season.

MJS's U11 Football Team

events and swam well at the regional championships. Grace Earp represented the Worcester A team in breaststroke at the National League Finals and made the finals at West Midlands Regional Championships. After such a successful year she was awarded overall U12 top swimmer 2019 at Worcester Swim Club. Ellie Morris represented the West Midlands Swimming Team at the ISA National gala, winning bronze in the Freestyle relay. She was selected to represent Gloucestershire at a Three Counties Gala.

Overall it has been a very pleasing year for all – the future MSJ SPORT and PE is bright, the future is BLUE.

The U11 football team regained the District Championship title. Elise Frostman Clarke won 2 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals, and the trophy for overall champion in her age group at the U17 Dudley invitational Gymnastic Competition. Emily Aris gained first place on the floor at the U10 Worcestershire Clubs Competition. The U15 Rounders team finished runners up at the ISA tournament. Several sixth form pupils were successful in completing the Sports Leaders course as part of the

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WHY WE

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Setting Goals and Ambitions

I love being part of any school sports team. The teachers are supportive and I am very eager to learn and get their advice. My sport teachers are patient, kind and have faith in every single pupil. They love to watch us grow and develop our sports skills. When I see my name on the fixtures pro team sheet, I am filled with happiness and relief, because I know then, that I am performing and progressing well in lessons. In team sports, I love working with my friends and relish the feeling of representing MSJ. I always go to team practices, as I believe it is very important to train together so we can prepare for matches as a squad. For MSJ I have played in the following sport teams: Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket, Netball, and Badminton.

Why I do Gymnastics?

By Amber Forsyth, Year 7

I do Gymnastics because I loving performing flips and being in the air. I mostly taught myself so then I asked my mum to join a Gymnastics club so I could get better. I started with just a fun non-competitive group; I progressed and moved up to floor and vault groups, then all around. I go on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for seven hours a week. I just love it! My goals in Gymnastics Floor: Round off flick half twist Beam: Flick to one Bars: Circle up three quarter giant back away Vault: Round off flick double tuck back My ambitions in sport I love sport. PE is one of my favourite subjects. I love all the sports, especially Rounders, Cricket and Netball. I really want to be in the A team for all sports.

Being Active I love being busy and through Sport I get to express myself. I started to Dance when I was four years old and I have loved the sport ever since. I love dancing because the joy I get and I feel like no one can stop me. The adrenaline I get makes me feel like I am on top of the world. My teachers give me inspiration to keep on going as they have been very successful in the dance world and I would love to have that success one day. I train hard every day and when I go to competitions, I can see my work has paid off. Dancing is my passion and I do not think I will ever stop. By Molly Garvin, Year 8

By Emily Aris, Year 5

Training hard to Achieve Success I must admit commitment to Swimming is definitely hard. During race week I go to training every day for over two hours and sometimes twice a day. I would say my coaches are my biggest motivators, alongside the outcomes of achieving PB’s. Seeing even the slightest improvement, demonstrates to me, that the endless hours of training has paid off. It is not all about swimming lengths, which makes you better; with the right mind-set, you can achieve your goals. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will also give you a better chance of improving your personal goals. By Betsy Richards, Year 9 THE BEACON 2019 EDITION

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Sport Community Sports Clubs Links Playing for Worcester Hockey Club has me helped me develop new skills as a goalkeeper. I have become more confident in skills such as diving, going in and out of my goal and now I am saving more shots than ever. I am now able to go out and tackle the opposition who are attacking my goal. My specialist coach, Andy has given me lots of great advice and has encouraged me to put them into practice when I train against the U14’s Worcester Girls’ team. I am now more confident when playing matches for my school and feel I can make a difference to my school hockey team. By Amelia Hemphill, Year 6 I have learnt new skills from playing for my club team Worcester Hockey club, this has helped my confidence in lessons, and I can assist with demonstrations to help friends learn as everyone does this in different ways. I have gone from a discreet player to a confident and dominate performer, who can put pressure on the opponents. I understand the reasoning and tactical thought for creating space and communicating clearly to my teammates. The best thing about playing for a club are all the new players who join and the friendships that are made. By Elizabeth Bryant, Year 6

Balance and Progress - Stepping up I have made fast progress from Year Six to Year Seven in several ways. Firstly, I have trained and been competing more frequently; in tennis, training four times a week; in hockey, training twice a week and cross-country; training once a week. In the summer, hockey and cross-country stops and I train in athletics once a week. I have competitions nearly every weekend, making it a major time commitment. When the commitment increases some people struggle and drop-out but the standard gets even higher. Since year 6, I have had more interest shown by the teachers and they help me to improve. They have shown me I have to have a good diet to prepare and recover, so I can be the best I can be, which has made a big improvement in each of my sports. By Lilia Mico, Year 7

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COACH AND PLAYER RAISING THE BAR TOGETHER The trust and communication between a coach and athlete is extremely important, as you have to have trust in your coach’s knowledge and what they are doing, whether this is for a warm up or race. Communication is key because if you have injured yourself you need to be able to tell your coach, in order to prevent bigger injuries. If it is too hard to tell your coach about an injury is important, as it will not be beneficial for you progression long-term. Having your coach present at events, makes you feel more confident and they give you good advice. By Poppy Elton, Year 9

Elite Sport – Drive and Determination Besides the obvious anatomical and physiological factors required in order to achieve at the highest level in sport, practice is one of the most important factors to succeed. It is not just practice for practice sake but focusing on the breakdown of specific elements and then repeating until they are perfectly executed. As well as developing your skills and athleticism, the core factors that England Hockey look for in an individual is drive and determination. It is these personal attributes they value above all else and illustrate this by highlighting it is not always the most skilful who succeed but the one who is the most determined. Starting at an early age does not always matter. Some of the most successful Olympic athletes did not start until they were 15 years old, so it is never too late. By Charlotte Harmer, Year 12

Leadership The U13 girls’ Herefordshire County Cricket team competed in an Indoor 8’s Tournament. Knowing we would be facing strong teams, as Captain, I was apprehensive. After winning our first three matches, and therefore getting through to the final, we had already built a secure base. Having the feeling of success stayed with us after each


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game and built up the team’s confidence in order to face the best. Going in to the final, we were unsure of the outcome, but it was our chance to make a name for ourselves. Knowing I had a large amount of control in whether we won was scary, but once we had, receiving the Champions’ Cup made up for that fear. I led from the front and gave good advice to my team when needed. I enjoyed the experience of leading a team and look forward to captaining a school team again this year. By Myrtle Probert

Umpiring - it’s not all about competing! It was an honour to umpire MSJ’s U13’s Cricket match. I have been playing Cricket since I was six years old, but this was my first time umpiring. I was given the opportunity by my teachers, who believed in my ability and knowledge. Although I was quite apprehensive about this, I realised it was a great experience for me. I knew there was more to sport than just playing and it would be a good way for me to build up my CV to say I have umpired a Cricket match. I felt a little daunted at first and wanted to make sure I got it right, but I soon realised the girls were very respectful and cooperative. They managed to claim the win on the last ball thanks to their team spirit and determination! The experience was very enjoyable and I feel privileged to have been a part of it.

Theories and Principles behind Sport - what I have gained from BTEC in Sixth Form Whether you are striving to be the next Usain Bolt or simply have an interest in sports theory, I would recommend choosing Physical Education as one of your academic subjects. At GCSE level, you are introduced to topics ranging from the mechanics of movement to the ban on performance enhancing drugs. I liked the fact that there is a practical assessment on your ability at GCSE as this took a little pressure off the summer exam! Choosing to study subsidiary BTEC Sport alongside three A-Levels has definitely been challenging at times. However, the skills I have taken away, such as time management and meeting deadlines, will be invaluable in future endeavours. The range and depth of assignments means you cover all aspects of sport as a subject. One of the highlights of the course for me was creating a diet plan for a Commonwealth games weightlifter. This made me more aware of the foods that could aid my own performance. Completing the BTEC has not only given insight into the various applications of sports theory in sporting performances, but has also aided my application to university. As linear A-Levels are brought in, BTEC carrier more UCAS points then AS’s and are impressive to include in personal statements with the transferable skills they require. Overall, I would very much recommend choosing sports related subjects, which are offered at MSJ to anyone who is considering it! By Nicola Connell, Year 13

By Charlotte Gilderson, Year 9

MSJ Sport – made me who I am today! I decided to become a Level 1 Unassessed Hockey umpire last November. I thought that would not only be a great opportunity to earn some money on the weekends, but to learn more about the sport I love to play myself. The course was a day, during which I learnt many things, one being the correct way to blow a whistle because apparently there is in fact an art to blowing my whistle! Since then I have umpired many matches and am planning to achieve my Level 1 Assessed soon. By Romilly Hughes, Year 10

Throughout my time at MSJ I have had the opportunity to play a range of sports and activities, some I had never participated in before, ranging from Lacrosse to Zumba. MSJ has given me many sporting memories, such as competing at the National Lacrosse Championship and ISA Netball Tournaments. At these events, I enjoyed the team camaraderie and not only trying to be the best we could be, but also having lots of fun at the same time. Being an MSJ Sports Prefect has allowed me to engage in sport in many different ways, including organising the Sports Dinner. I love sport and MSJ has given me so much passion to continue to develop my skills at University. By Emily Marriot, Year 13

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