CHS Girls Chronicle 2017-18

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Cumnor House Girls School Magazine 2017-2018


Welcome

From

The

Head

Mistress

I would like to officially thank

you – pupils, parents and staff,

for welcoming me to Cumnor

House School for Girls and

helping me along my first steps

of this stage of my life’s journey

– one that I began with a degree

of excitement and trepidation.

It seems particularly pertinent

to think about journeys with

our Year Six girls moving on to

their next schools, other girls

leaving to pastures new and staff

moving on to their next stages.

When we know that we are to

journey, we plan where we will

go, who and what we will see,

we have an idea of some of

the destinations, and we may

even put a time scale on things.

Girls, as you journey there will

be set events, things that are

inevitable like birthdays and

GCSE’s. You will expect some

family events; births, marriages,

funerals and every event will

have a different effect upon you.

It’s exciting, this journey into

the unknown, there should be a

feeling of anticipation, excitement

– perhaps a touch of nerves.

Journeys require that you prepare

and this is no different, you

need to pack your metaphorical

bag. I was thinking about what

would be useful things to have

– apart from Kendall Mint Cake.

Curiosity – always be curious,

never be afraid to wonder

and ask questions.

Good humour – no one wants

to spend lots of time with

people who are negative all the

time and sometimes difficult

times can be helped by having

a smile and kind words

Courage - on this journey

there will be tricky bits and

you will need to be brave –

but know that you can be

Resilience – you will have

setbacks, I can guarantee

that. Resilience will help

you to deal with them

Humility – accept that others

will know better, see that

as a safe thing and it goes

hand in hand with Trust,

don’t forget to pack Trust.

Adaptability – you may have to

change route, mode of travel, with

little or no warning but stay calm,

think, problem solve and adapt

what you do in order to carry on

Self-reflection – never be

complacent or arrogant, by

thinking that your way is the

best and only way, be prepared

to admit your mistakes

and then do things better.

There is no shame in that

Compassion – care for those

around you, those who you love

and those who you don’t love.

Have empathy and understanding.

Faith – your faith, if you have

one, but also faith in yourself.

Believe that you can. Tell yourself

that you can – you are stronger

than you would ever believe…if

you allow yourself to be that is.

Where will you go? There is

no fixed destination, you go

where your heart leads you.

Circumstance may take you in one

direction and serendipity may

take you in another. Sometimes

you just need to accept and go

with the flow. Know that the

journey will be filled with twists

and turns – that is what will

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make it interesting. There will be

bumps, and potholes and after a

while you will learn to recognise

them and walk around them. You

will fall over, you will get knocks

and bruises – think of them as

learning injuries. Don’t let the

fear of getting hurt stop you from

journeying on. There will be flat

and uninteresting parts, some

easy downhill bits and some

steep climbs. There will be joy

along your road, don’t forget to

enjoy it, don’t be in too much

of a hurry to miss the view and

try not to avoid conversations.

Connect with what is around

you, don’t be so busy that you

keep your head down – look

up, see the clouds morning

across the sky, listen to bird

song and wonder at waterfalls.

Connect with people, some will be

with you all the way through your

journey, others will drift in, stay

for a while and drift out - they

were there for a reason, connect.

Some people who wish to travel

with you may not have your best

interests at heart – choose your

travelling companions carefully.

Enjoy it, it won’t be easy all of

the time, it may not be easy

most of the time but you have

the right things packed in your

bag – remember to rummage

through and unpack what you

need to help you along the

way. Remember, this is no

one else’s journey but yours;

walk, sometimes scamper, or

skip – your journey, your way.

Amanda McShane

Headmistress

“Life is a

journey

filled with

unexpected

miracles”

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Message from

our Head Girl

My time at Cumnor has been an exciting and fulfilling journey.

Throughout the years, I have grown my tree of friends and

so many wonderful opportunities have been handed to

me. There was a lot of hard work too!! And it did pay off

when I was sitting my 11+ entrance exams. It was then that

I realised how well my school had prepared me, and how

the work we do at school is to such a high standard. I am

proud to say that, although the girls in my class and I had

our highs and lows during the 11+ period, nobody really

struggled and we have all had successful outcomes.

We have been blessed with amazing teachers who do a great

job presenting information in incredible ways, making it fun

to turn dry facts/serious events into plays, posters or Power

Point creations. We are always given challenging tasks to do.

I am sad thinking about leaving this school, all my memories

will be packed away and I will be forced to make new ones.

However, my time at Cumnor has already given me a head start

in life and I look forward to the rest of my learning journey.

Enough about leaving though! At the point of writing this, we

still have 2 months left of this school and we, together with

our teachers, are planning to make the most of it. So many

fun activities will fill our schedule during this last stretch: the

bushcraft trip and “the lion king” play are just a “preview”

in our programme; and it will be so much fun to be huddled

together with my classmates in a tent under the stars.

I am so grateful for Cumnor and I hope many other children

and their parents, look past its seemingly small appearance

and catch a glimpse of the beating heart of the school.

Lianna Iversen

Head Girl 2017/2018

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Scholarship

Results

2017-18

20 Scholarship

Offers

Caterham

4 Scholarships

(1 Sport, 1 Academic and 2

Music)

Croydon High

2 Scholarships

(2 Academic)

Streatham and

Clapham High

2 Scholarships

(1 Academic and 1 Art)

Ewell Castle

1 Scholarship

(Academic)

Reigate Grammar

2 Scholarships

(1 Academic and 1 Music)

Old Palace

2 Scholarships

(2 Mathematics and 1 Head’s

Award)

Royal Russell

3 Scholarships

(1 Academic, Music and 1

Sport)

Woldingham

Sutton High

3 Scholarships

(1 Academic, Art and 1

Music)

1 Scholarship

(Academic)

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Speech Day

Held at Croydon Minster, with Bonita Norris, Keynote speaker.

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Performances

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It’s been another busy and productive year in

the drama department. Every girl in the school

has been in at least one production and the

girls have also produced some wonderful

work in their weekly drama lessons.

The year started with performances at Harvest

Festival - poems, playlets and speeches were

performed with great confidence by all our girls.

December saw our youngest girls take on the

challenge of the annual nativity play. This years

offering was A Midwife Crisis and followed the

journey of a midwife who had heard about the

impending arrival of a special baby to Bethlehem

to see if she could be of help. Accompanied

by her trusty donkey, Steve, she ventured

across the land towards Bethlehem meeting

innkeepers, shepherds, wise men and angels

in their way. Reception, Year 1 and 2 performed

with great confidence and the audience really

enjoyed the festive atmosphere created.

The spring term saw Year 5 tackle Shakespeare and

Macbeth. Using a live lesson available via the RSC

the girls were able to learn from one of the RSC

directors about some of the most important scenes

in the play and use that during their rehearsal

process. We staged the show as if the girls were a

group of travelling players in Elizabethan England

and we saw some very fine acting from our Year 5’s.

The summer term was packed full of excitement

for the drama department. The year 6 girls went to

London to see The Lion King in the West End so they

could prepare for their moment in the spotlight.

Years 5 and 6 were treated to an extraordinary

workshop provided by the West End company

Showstoppers, where they spent their time learning

the craft of musical improvisation - with some

exceedingly amazing results and the facilitators of

the workshop were very impressed with our girls.

At the beginning of June Years 3 and 4 performed

their production of The Mystery of Magpie Manor.

This was a whodunnit style 1920’s musical so

there were feathers and flapper girls galore. We

saw some very lovely dancing and fine acting

skills and the girls really enjoyed the rehearsal

process and performing to a very full hall.

Year 6 (with support from the rest of KS2) staged a

magnificent ‘sell out’ production of The Lion King at

the end of June. The hall was packed with parents

who could not believe their eyes when the Circle

of Life played out and the whole hall was filled

with a menagerie of animals - all created by Year

6 - under the expert guidance of our wonderful Mrs

Clingan. A true whole KS2 effort - I think it’s safe to

say that the whole experience will not be forgotten.

Year 6 were outstanding in the leading roles and

we mustn’t forget Meghan and Sara who ably ran

the lighting and sound - assisted by Mr Kimber.

The final drama show of the year was presented

in the final week of term, by Reception, Year 1

and Year 2. The Bee Musical was a delightful

way to showcase how much our youngest

students have grown in confidence during

the year with a play filled with lovely music,

beautifully sung and with a strong message.

Year 5 held a mock election as part of

their public speaking and debate unit of

learning in drama in the summer term.

The girls have worked for most of the term on

understanding the democratic system in our country

and thinking about what would make a good election

speech and manifesto. The girls performed 6 parties:

Future, Progress, Vision, Tomorrow, Transform and

Discovery. We also had an election committee

which oversaw the official running of the election.

On Wednesday 13th June, the girls presented their

manifestos to the rest of the school in assembly

and on Thursday 14th June the big vote took place.

Counting was done and the result was decided

by how many year groups each party won. The

end result was a hung parliament with both

the Future and Discovery parties winning 3 Year

groups each! Congratulations to party leaders

Penelope and Naima and to party members

Matilda, Ilaria, Toluwa, Amaya, Alisha and Ruby.

Mrs Kimber

Head of Drama

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The

Lion King

Performance

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Easter

Easter festivities at Cumnor House School for Girls.

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Yr 6 Autumn Poems

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Yr 6 Charge of the Lightbrigade Parodies

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Yr 6 Emotion Zoo Poems

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(Above)

Yr 6 Personal Recount

(Left) Yr 6 Poem in the

Style of Ogden Nash

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Year 3

Science

The Year 3 Girls took their learning

outside and enjoyed the sunshine

while studying their current Science

topic ‘Helping Plants Grow’. The girls

can be seen busy (above) recording

plant species on the school fields.

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School Life

Year 5 Girls’ MFL

Mastermind Competition

at Reigate Grammar School

Ten carefully selected pupils from Year 5 were

invited to take part in a Modern Foreign Language

Competition at Reigate Grammar School on Monday.

Eager to participate in their first Mastermind

Language Competition, the girls collaborated

with excitement when deciding upon their final

answers to the different questions and tasks they

were asked to fulfil. After discussion and a short

presentation by the girls to the other schools about

what ‘culture’ meant to them, we soon realised

that this competition was about the importance of

foreign language speaking across the world. The

competition began with an introduction to Japanese.

With interest and confidence, they soon discovered

that they were able to communicate successfully

and exchange information in Japanese within only

one hour’s teaching; proof that we are all able to

learn a new language, whichever one that may be.

Then there was a general quiz about national

flags, which was swiftly followed by a quiz about

French food. The girls particularly enjoyed the

poetry task they were set, which involved reciting,

by heart, a short poem in French. They performed

brilliantly, with perfect pronunciation, fluency and

intonation. The girls were awarded First Prize and

were each handed a certificate and a gift bag. Many

congratulations to each of you for being such perfect

ambassadors for Cumnor House Girls’ School. In

particular, for being so sociable and friendly with

the other school pupils taking part, and also for

working so effectively as a team. Bravo, les filles!

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Portraits

A collection of portraits drawn by our Year 3 Girls.

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Drawing ‘En Plein Air’

Year 3 Girls enjoying an outdoor art lesson which involved drawing the

beautiful natural surroundings Cumnor House School for Girls has to offer.

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Yr 4 Art

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Emotion Portraits

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Degas

Inspired

Dancers

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Easter Bunnies

(Right) Kandinsky Inspired

Abstract Art

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Year School 4 Artwork

Life

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Observational Drawing

and Colour Mixing in Chalk

A wonderful collection of chalk art by our Year 5 Girls.

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Painting Tone

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Portraiture at

Wilhelmena House

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Chalk Still Life

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Lion King

Cumnor Girls busy making their costumes.

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Sculpting Animal Heads

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Wilhelmena House Nursing Home

Reception visit Ladyland Farm

Tate Modern Gallery Visit

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Lion King Trip

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Sport

Touch

Rugby

During the Spring term Year 5

Cumnor Boys made the short journey

to the Girls School for a game of

touch rugby versus Year 5 Girls.

It was great to see the girls and

boys enjoying their rugby together

and compete in what was the

girls’ first ever match! It was a

close encounter but the boys left

victorious. The superb afternoon

was kindly organised by HB Sports.

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Sport

Lorem Upsume a Thing

Start Your

Swimming

We have seen some

fantastic results in the

swimming pool this year.

The swimming team have

won all of their friendly

galas against other

local prep schools this

year, well done girls!

ISA National Finals

The ISA National

Finals were held at the

Olympic Pool on Sunday

21st January. All girls

performed well and were

a credit to the school. The

fantastic achievements

of our girls are below.

Age Group

Distance

Stroke

Position

Swimmer

U10

50m

Breaststroke

Silver

Matilda P

U10

50m

Freestyle

Bronze

Matilda P

U9

50m

Freestyle

Silver

Ella O

U9

4x50m

Freestyle Relay

5th

Zara T

Jessica C

Mia K

Ella O

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Sport

Croydon Schools Gala

The girls received ‘Best

Girls Team’ at the Croydon

Schools Prelims and

many of the team secured

themselves places in

the final on Wednesday

14th (Results Below).

Overall Cumnor Girls

came second out of all of

the Croydon Schools and

narrowly avoided first

place by only 3 points!

Age Group

Distance

Stroke

Position

Swimmer

U8/9

50m

Freestyle

1st

Ella

U8/9

50m

Freestyle

2nd

Meenakshi

U10

50m

Breaststroke

5th

Penny

U10

50m

Freestyle

1st

Matilda

U10

50m

Freestyle

3rd

Sahana

U10

50m

Backstroke

5th

Claire

U8/9

50m

Breaststroke

5th

Olivia

U8/9

50m

Backstroke

1st

Mia

U11

4x50m

Freestyle Relay

2nd

Lianna

Sahana

Ella

Matilda

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Sport

Cross

Country

Cross Country

The cross country season

saw a variety of weather

conditions, varying from

snow and ice to beautiful

sunny weather. Girls

from Years 3-6 competed

at a variety of events.

Some of the girls best

performances are below.

Event

Result

Croydon Schools Cross Country Event 1st Overall girls team - Year 5

ISA Cross Country

Surrey Primary Schools Cross Country

Warlingham Park

Matilda P and Zoha securing top positions

during the London South Prelims and

qualifying for the ISA Nationals

U10 - Matilda P finishing in 8th position and

qualifying for Surrey Training

U15 – Zoha finishing in 15th 8th position and

qualifying for Surrey Training

1st Overall Girls Team

South London Harriers Primary

Cross Country League

3rd Overall Girls Team

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Sport

Netball

The girls have had a

fantastic time playing

netball this year and

have represented the

school in various matches,

tournaments and

competitions. A particular

highlight was the U11A

team winning the St Davids

Trophy earlier this year!

Biathlon

Matilda P came second

and qualified in the

South Regional Biathlon

Championships in October.

At the National Biathlon

Championships held at

Crystal Palace. Matilda

came second overall and

received a silver medal,

she narrowly missed out

on gold by 0.4 seconds!

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Sport

Cricket

Cricket has been introduced to the girls school

this year, which has been a great success. The

students have embraced the sport and absolutely

loved taking part in House Cricket as well as at

fixtures and tournaments. The U11A team won

the Girls Croydon Schools Cricket qualifiers and

represented the borough at the Country Cricket

finals. The girls have done incredibly well!

Athletics

Cumnor Girls took part in the Croydon Schools

Athletics Event for the first time this year. Each

school in Croydon fielded an 11 strong team, the

standard was high and the competition fierce.

Four of our girls qualified for the finals event,

well done to Lianna, Penny, Jasmin and Ama!

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Sport

The P.E department

would like to say

a BIG thank you to

all of the parents

who have supported

the girls at fixtures.

Whether home or

away your support

and encouragement

is invaluable and

much appreciated!

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Sport

Sports Day

Sports Day in particular, both for Prep and

Pre-Prep, was a fantastic day. The girls ran,

threw, jumped, balanced and swam (in the

novelty race!) incredibly well. They enjoyed not

only their own races but watching their Mums,

Dads, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles etc having

some fun of their own. Thank you to everyone

for coming to watch and support the girls and

we’re already looking forward to next years!

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