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Chaplain's Corner Sep 18th

It was ten years ago this week that Pope Benedict XVI visited this country.  It was a historic visit, only the second time that a Pope has visited Great Britain, following Pope John Paul II in 1982.

Education was a big focus of Pope Benedict’s visit.  In particular, on 17 September 2010, at St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill, he addressed Catholic school teachers and religious, and led a ‘Big Assembly’ for students in Catholic schools across Great Britain.  Some schools were fortunate enough to get tickets and so were able to take some students in person, while thousands of other students and staff in Catholic schools watched live via the internet.  Ten years on, I have been reflecting on Pope Benedict’s ‘Big Assembly’ words.

Pope Benedict

During the ‘Big Assembly’, Pope Benedict spoke about the pursuit of excellence and the pursuit of happiness. 

On excellence, Pope Benedict emphasised breadth over narrowness, and learning in its broadest sense.  He spoke about ‘rounded education’, ‘for the whole person’.  Learning not just to be an excellent mathematician, or historian, or chemist, but to be an excellent person.  At Notre Dame, inspired by St Jeanne de Lestonnac, we speak of ‘Well-balanced heads, rather than full ones.’

On happiness Pope Benedict cautioned against striving for fame or money, mistakenly thinking that this would equal happiness, or idolising celebrities and thinking ‘I’d like to be like them.’  Pope Benedict talked instead about openness to God, and again in our Notre Dame words, ‘Finding God in all Things.’  God is the route to happiness, Pope Benedict said, because unlike people who are famous but do not know us, God does know us, does love us more than we can imagine, does invite us to respond to his love, and does passionately desire our happiness.  True happiness comes from holiness, Pope Benedict said, and holiness comes from friendship with God.

The whole text of Pope Benedict’s address to students is well-worth reading:

On this ten-year anniversary, I will conclude by picking out just one line from the address: a good line to dwell upon whether we are a child or an adult –

‘He [God] loves you much more than you could ever begin to imagine, and he wants the very best for you.’

 God Bless,

Mr George

Prep Welcome Evening Sep 2020

We were delighted that over 160 families logged in to our Prep Welcome evening this week! Mrs Morgan, Mrs Barber & Miss Golding shared their exciting plans for the year ahead!

We do hope you found the evening useful and had a chance to watch all of the relevant year group and subject specialist videos too!

Despite the fact we were on a Zoom meeting, we really felt the warmth of our community spirit!

Prep Welcome Evening Sep 2020


Senior House Points Champions League - Week 1

And we’re off… well Geography and Chemistry are, setting their stall and intentions out early doors. The rest of us know full well House Point champions league is a marathon not a sprint.  

Subject House Points Week 1

We’re still assigning Year 7 and new pupils to Houses so for the time being it wouldn’t be fair to say that Montaigne are already in the lead, continuing where they left off last year, but Eyquem are already putting in a better performance. Keep it up! 

House Totals - Week 1

The first week has seriously put the year group’s competition all out of kilter. Year 11 in 2nd? Yet, the battle of Year 7 & 8 starts again. Miss Rowe’s Year 8 are serious competitors as we know but can this new Year 7 intake bring it?  

Year Groups - Week 1

Well done to the following too for kicking off the individual competition. Nice to see new GCSE and A ‘level students being rewarded and settling into their courses. Well done! 

Champions League - Top of League - Week 1

Mr Lawley

Year 2 TASK Stunning Starter!

Year 2 have kick started our Great Fire of London topic by exploring the forest to dig up an old box of artefacts buried by Samuel Pepys. We all enjoyed opening it up and discussing what was inside. We were all very shocked to see Samuel Pepys had buried cheese and wine! Most importantly, we discovered Samuel Pepys' diary and discovered what really happened all those years ago.

Year 2 TASK - Samuel Pepys Artefacts

Miss Harris

Forest School Weekly Round Up - Sep 18th

It's been a busy week back at Forest School!

Forest School Club

We were delighted to start our first Notre Dame Forest School Club session last night. The girls had a wonderful time - enjoy the photos!

Forest School Club Sep 17th

Upper Nursery

Upper Nursery session 1 had their snacks outside! We did lots of measuring, checking the size of our sticks making sure we had the correct size - look at the concentration on their faces! We finished off in our mud kitchen creating some fabulous mud pies & yes gruffalo pie!


Upper Nursery Forest School - Mud Kitchen

Upper Nursery session 2 didn’t stop till we found Superworms! We had all the necessary kit - binoculars, bug pots, patience & determination.... We found him! Just left enough time for washing hands in our FS sink & snack outside what a fun afternoon we had!

Upper Nursery Forest School - Superworm


Reception had their first visit of the school year to Forest School this week and what a glorious day! The sun was shining and our theme today was all about friendship. It was wonderful to see the girls working together and smiling.

Forest School - Reception Sep 18th


FairyYear 1

What a great way to finish off their week - exploring at Forest School! We started surveying our site, completed our safety talk around the fire circle, hugged lots of very interesting Trees & finished off with lots of Hedgehog Facts!

Year 1 Forest School - Sep 11th

RainbowMrs Skuse, Forest School Leader

Convent Lane Sep 2020

Give Way and Priority Signs

Give Way Signs

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your patience this week as term started.

Please note the Give Way and Priority sections at the underpass towards the Painshill end of the lane as well as that by the first set of Cottages after you have left school towards Seven Hills.

The lines of sight on both sections are restricted, so please make sure that oncoming drivers have seen you before entering the one way sections.

With so many users in different vehicles on the lane, please take care and remember to show courtesy and consideration to other road users and residents.

Thank you


Sports Board

Prep sports Board Sep 18th

It’s been a wonderful week of sports clubs and PE lessons in the sunshine. The girls have loved their athletics, hockey lessons as well as getting back on the pitch for hockey club as well as restarting gymnastics!

Prep Sports Collage Sep 18th

Clubs Next week

Monday 21st September- Year 3 and 4 Hockey Club after school 4:00-5:15pm

Tuesday 22nd September- Year 6 Hockey Club after school 4:00-5:15pm


We are alternating to Fitness/ XC for Year 4 and 6 on a Monday activities break


Mrs Purgavie

Senior Sports Board Sep 18th


It is lovely to see the girls back on the rounders pitch this term and enjoying the beautiful sunshine!

ND6 and Year 10 Rounders Collage



Amy-Lee - Surrey Cricket Selection

Congratulations to Amy-Lee who has been selected for the Surrey County Cricket U/14 team for 2021!

Amy-Lee- Surrey County Cricket Selection

They managed to play quite a few matches, and along with 5 other girls (also U/13 in 2020 like Amy-Lee) she was selected to play for the older U/14 teams in recent weeks. It was a tough ask but they all did really well - as can be expected from a Notre Dame girl!

We look forward to hearing about her achievements at U14 County level!

Year 7 Netball Trials

Year 7 Netball Trials

Great to see so many enthusiastic Year 7 girls at Netball trials this week! 

Year 7 Netball Trials


Performing Arts

Dance News - Sep 18th

Miss Fletcher says welcome back Private Ballet girls!

Miss Fletcher says welcome back!

Mrs Thomas was delighted to see these lovely Year 5 girls back in the ballet studio this morning!

Private Ballet - Year 5



Prep Library Board 18th September

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl

During the past week, the Prep Library celebrated 13th September – the famous author Roald Dahl’s birthday.

Matilda Wormwood and Willy Wonka

Every year, on his birthday, there is a global celebration of this famous storyteller’s works, and his much-loved books and stories. In addition, the story of the author’s personal life and inspirations for those wonderful characters is also celebrated.


There are many ideas for exciting activities and competition entries on the Roald Dahl website:




Daydreams and Jellybeans Poetry Writing Competition

Alex Wharton

The South Wales poet Alex Wharton is calling on all 7 to 11 year olds to enter a poetry writing competition. Entries must be no longer than twelve lines, but can be in any poetic form i.e. haiku, limerick, free verse, rhyming couplets or ballads. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 21st September 2020. Entries to be sent to: with the subject line Daydreams and Jellybeans Poetry Competition. Entries should include the child’s name and date of birth.


The lucky winner will see their poem printed in the back of Alex’s forthcoming poetry collection, due to be published in January 2021 - Daydreams and Jellybeans!


Penny Thomas, Firefly publisher, said: Alex’s poetry is both funny and reflective, and is perfect for primary school-age children, inspiring we hope a love of words, poetry and reading.”

More details here:

Mrs Hughes

Senior Library Sep 18th
Book Trust Logo
Book Trust Transforms Lives

In the Senior Library we use a number of useful sites which recommend books, provide tips for reading and articles about authors.

BookTrust is a charity, which seeks to promote the joy of reading to families and children in children’s centres, schools and libraries. The website includes valuable information about the latest books by age and genre; interviews with authors and illustrators; details of competitions; reading tips; research findings and an outline of their programmes and activities.

Under ‘Books and Reading’, there  are a number of useful links…

Book Trust - In This Section
Book Trust - Tips and Advice

The latest booklists include:

Nature non-fiction

Water and Earth

"From flora- and fauna-themed early learning books to detailed studies of species and habitats, these non-fiction nature books are perfect for any young inquisitive minds."

13 books to help your child feel more calm and mindful

By The Sea

“Why should adults get all the self-help books? You can also find some lovely reads and activities for youngsters who need a little extra support to feel relaxed, mindful, grateful, inspired and happy.”


Trueman Bradley

“We believe that books are a great way to raise awareness and improve understanding of different experiences. This booklist aims to provide a range of children's and teens' books that feature characters who are on the autistic spectrum or have Asperger’s Syndrome.”


Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate

The Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate is managed by BookTrust and was originally created by Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and author Michael Morpurgo. It is awarded every two years to ‘celebrate outstanding achievement in their field, and celebrates children’s literature as an art form, recognising its contribution to culture and bringing it to the attention of a wider audience’. The Children’s Laureate for 2019 – 2021 is Cressida Cowell; information about her and Laureate events can be found on the website under What We Do/Children’s Laureate.

Writer in Residence: Smriti Halls

Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer or Illustrator in Residence to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Smriti Halls

“In the role, Smriti will concentrate on using books to help children navigate tricky times and new experiences, whether that’s transitioning back to school after lockdown, solving friendship difficulties, getting to know a new sibling or thinking about some of the challenges that face our world.”

“Smriti Halls is an award-winning, critically acclaimed children’s author, published in more than 30 languages worldwide. Her books include #1 bestseller I Love You Night and Day, I’m Sticking with You, Elephant in My Kitchen and The Little Island. With a cast of characters as varied as mischievous monsters and disgruntled geese, she explores relationship and identity; the personal and the political; how it feels to be in your own skin — and in someone else’s. Her books, often fast-paced and funny or lyrical and tender, are always full of heart and hope and speak to the child in all of us”.

“Her forthcoming picture book Rain Before Rainbows (illustrated by David Litchfield) has been made available ahead of publication in partnership with Save the Children as a free e-book to support their work with families most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Further information about BookTrust can be found at


Mrs Finch



Careers Fair 2017

Can you help inspire our girls? From medicine to marketing, whatever career path you chose after leaving Notre Dame, your experiences are very valuable in helping our girls make important career choices for the future.