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Chaplain's Corner March 5th

At one of the entrances to our chapel is this wood and ceramic plaque.

Jesus and two companions on board a boat

It shows Jesus and two companions on board a boat; Jesus is calming the rough waters.  Above Jesus’ arms, a dove represents the Holy Spirit, and the bright sun represents God the Father, creator of all.

A boat is an ancient symbol representing the Christian church.  A boat is a means of travel, from one place to another; it represents the church in our journey through life on this earth to eternal life in heaven. 

As the plaque shows, a boat will often encounter choppy waters, and will need to be relied upon to bear its passengers safely to their destination.  This is faith, a steadying and guiding rudder in times of challenge.

The past year or so has been a time of choppy waters.  But thanks-be-to-God there is calmer looking water just on the horizon.  Thanks-be-to-God we will be back in school next week, and really looking forward to the rest of the school year.

In all that we look forward to, and in all that we do, may God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit protect us and guide us.  May the waters on which we travel be calm.  Amen.

God Bless,

Mr George, Chaplain

Senior Assembly 5th March

Mrs King’s assembly is about how to be a good friend to everyone when we return to school

Anna King - Assembly Feb 10th

As we return to school we need to remember that people might feel differently about that. All of us will need to re-adjust. As a school we have the example of St Jeanne to help us and one of her sayings is very helpful at this time – keep friendship among you.


Mrs King

MFL Year 10 Showcase

Express Yourself in Lockdown

The impact of Covid-19 has meant that many pupils have had fewer opportunities to speak the languages they are learning.  Therefore, the Association for Language Learning , the British Council and the cultural and linguistic bodies in the United Kingdom have combined efforts to devise an exciting event entitled ‘Express Yourself in Lockdown’.

Year 10 Language students were invited to submit entries for this showcase.

Here is the brief:

Create one powerpoint slide with images which illustrate your poem or Free time work and record your voice on this slide too.

We were delighted with our entries and very proud of our girls!

MFL Express Yourself in Lockdown Showcase

You can listen to their entries by visiting our MFL twitter account:


Mrs Claveau

Prep World Book Day Assembly March 4th

Yesterday morning over 190 of us logged in to our special virtual World Book Day 2021 Assembly!

WBD Assistants

Mrs Morgan introduced her special book character guests, namely, Mrs Simmons, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Westwood who proceeded to entertain us with a fantastic assembly!

World Book Day Assembly March 4th

Masked Reader

The girls were shown short videos of 7 contestants and invited to guess the name of the masked reader, the book title and its author! Many thanks to the staff members who submitted their creative films!

The Masked Readers

The World Book Day Song by MC Grammar

We thoroughly enjoyed the official, and first-ever, World Book Day song by MC Grammar.


The World Book Day Song

You can listen to it again by clicking on this YouTube link:

Get on your feet for the nation's favourite rapping...

We finished by singing a hymn together and turned our cameras on to reveal so many wonderful book character costumes!

WBD Costumes and hymn



World Book Day 2021

We may have been online but Team ND really did look splendid dressed as their favourite book characters!

Here are some of them!


World Book Day staff Gallery

Individual Girls

World Book Day Characters

Online Classes

Group World Book Days Photos

Throughout the week we have enjoyed a series of fantastic online events.

Ten Minute Story Sharing

Here are a few examples where the authors read excerpts from their books and then invited schools to engage in Q & A sessions:


An Audience David Walliams

An Audience with David Walliams


An Audience with Welsh storyteller and author Daniel Morden

An Audience with Daniel Morden

Year 4 Baking

Ola’s chocolate cupcakes presenting Ania‘s book choice “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. All decorated by the girls!

Ola's CupCakes for WBD


International Mother Languages Day (21st February)

International Mother Languages Day is a yearly celebration which aims to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Over the last two weeks, in years 3-6 we have been discussing the importance of valuing all languages and the girls have been encouraged to share some knowledge of their own mother languages and cultures. Here are some wonderful examples of what was shared:

·         A Flemish song by Anya-Bee

·         A poster in four different languages by Tilly

International Mother Language Day - Tilly's Poster

·         A traditional Colombian wooden doll by Isabelle

Traditional Wooden Doll

·         A Zulu necklace by Campbell

Zulu necklace

·         African statue and animals by Charlotte

African Statue and Animals

·         A poem from Nigeria by Olanna (below is an extract).


A poem from Nigeria by Olanna


Thank you everyone for all the knowledge you shared! We certainly have a very diverse and multilingual community at Notre Dame!

I leave you with a Thai saying that Jia taught us:

Kwan Jing la ni ha say ot an hit ka lay.        

Translation: The sky is blue and so are you.

(This means you are connected to God)

Mrs Macdonald

Turn on the Subtitles!

Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading. It’s so brilliantly simple and can help children’s literacy so much that we want to shout it from the rooftops!

Turn on Subtitles

There’s extensive global research that shows just how effective this is and with the help of our wonderful partners – including charities, companies and famous ambassadors – it’s our mission to share the results in this simple message.

So now, along with our friends at a number of leading charities and universities, we’re encouraging broadcasters, policymakers and parents to Turn on the Subtitles.

Click on this link for further details:

Home - Turn On The Subtitles

Year 3 Home Learning March 5th

As part of their TASK projects, Year 3 are working on presentations on the famous UK dog show, Crufts.  Here are some examples of their work so far!  The girls were allowed to independently research fascinating facts about the history of Crufts, the different types of classes within the show, and are choosing how to present their findings to their class when they return to school. 

Frida's Dog Training

Frida Dog Training Collage

Francesca's PowerPoint About Crufts

Crufts by Harriet S

Crufts Ideas by Amelia D

Gallery of TASK Posters 

Crufts Gallery


Year 3 have been having a super time experimenting at home with some fun practical Science experiments that Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Hunt challenged them to do during Science Week!

Year 3 Science Experiments

Francesca Filmed Her Experiment - Storm in a Glass:

There were four experiments for the four days of this week, and the girls earned extra housepoints for taking part!  These experiments complemented Mrs Stolcere’s Science challenge, and helped the girls to develop their independent learning, following instructions and creating several masterpieces!


Well done girls!  Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Hunt

Infant Assembly March 3rd

This week our infant Assembly was all about Science Week!

science week 2021

Miss Deen introduced the Infants to our Head of Science - Mrs Stolcere who explained to the girls all about exciting ideas which will be taking place for Science Week!

Infant Assembly - Science Week


We looked at lots of examples of science and thought about inventors and inventions!


Stars of The Week

Miss Deen then went on to celebrate all the fantastic work the girls have been doing during what we hope will be the last week at #NDOnline! We finished with a lovely hymn!

Infant Stars of The Week March 3rd

Well done girls! We cannot wait to see you all in person next week!

Year 2 Birds Nests

Year 2 have been taking advantage of the glorious sunny weather and took their art lesson outside this week. They have enjoyed making birds nests using a range of natural materials. They were set the challenge to make a nest strong enough to hold an egg using all the natural materials they could gather. Some of the girls enjoyed putting their nest outside for the birds to enjoy!

Year 2 Birds Nests

Miss Harris

Parent Pastoral Information Evenings 2021

We are delighted to announce that our programme of Pastoral Care Information Evenings will re-start this term via Zoom for Parents from Year 6 upwards.

Parent Pastoral Information Evenings 2021

We have arranged for some interesting external speakers and experts to talk to you on a wide range of subjects, starting next Thursday 11 February, 7-8pm with our own School Counsellor Janet Drummond (and myself) talking about Self Harm.  Sadly, this is becoming more common, particularly amongst teenage girls and is something we should all be aware of.

The full programme of meetings and dates which includes E-Safety, Relationships & Sex, The Teenage Brain in light of Covid and Equality & Diversity is shown above and Zoom links to the meetings will be sent out nearer the time. 

I do hope you will be able to join us - please come along with your experiences and questions, they are very welcome and form a valuable part of these meetings. 

If you have any other subjects you would like us to cover as part of this programme, please let me know.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards

Amanda Windibank

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Sports Board

Senior sports Board March 5th

Calling All Budding Cricketers Y7 - 9!

Effingham Cricket Club


Prep Sports Board March 5th

House Point Totals so far this term

Gaston 17,154

Jeanne 16,139

Michel 18,368

Richard 15,522


PE and Games Next week 

We look forward to welcoming the girls back to school on Monday. All girls from Year 2 upwards will be focusing on Cricket and Netball for the last 3 weeks of this term. They therefore won't need their hockey sticks in school. 

All girls should be dressed for appropriately, although the sun is shining, the weather is very changeable and the girls need to be prepared to wrap up warm.

We aim to teach all lessons outside, where possible. 


Last week's Keeping Active Challenge Photo Gallery

Prep Keeping Active Gallery March 5th

Mrs Purgavie

Performing Arts

Prep Drama Board March 5th

Year 3 and 4 Productions

The Glint of Gold - Year 4 Production

Online rehearsals have gone well for the  Year 4 production of The Glint of Gold on 23rd March and the Year 3 Showcase on 25th March, which we are all very excited about.  We are looking forward to resuming rehearsals in the theatre next week. The girls should now know all their lines and song words and your continued support in facilitating this is appreciated.


Year 3 Performing Arts Showcase

We are currently organising costumes for the production.  Please kindly provide the base items listed below.  These items should need to be in school by Monday, 15th March. Please send them in a named bag and make sure all items are also named. 


Year 4

black leggings

white round necked t-shirt

ballet/jazz shoes


Year 3

black leggings

white round necked t- shirt

ballet/jazz shoes


If you have any questions you can email Mr Lawson Lean or Mrs Cesar.  Thank you for your assistance.



Prep Dance Board March 5th

In our dance lessons this week, the girls have been taking part in a virtual street dance activity which has been organised by Active Schools and Surrey School Games.  The event has been created to help children keep active during their time at home.  As lovers of dance at ND, we have embraced the challenge!

 Year 3 Virtual Street Dance

Most of the Year groups have had an opportunity to learn a street dance set by the organisers. Next week, when we are back in school, we will film them performing the dances to share with Active Schools.  The girls will receive a certificate for taking part in the event.

It has been such a fun way to end our online dance lessons!  

Mrs Cesar

Prep Music Board March 5th

Virtual Junior Hymn Practice

Almost 130 junior girls at #virtualhymnpractice this week! Hopefully this will be our last one at home!

Junior Hymn Practice March 2nd

Folded hands

#NotLongNow #singingtogether


Virtual Infant Music Lesson

Year 1 had a lovely lesson learning lots of new songs! Lots of actions too!

Year 1 Music Lesson

Well done everyone! 

Mrs Shaw

ABRSM Information 2021

Please find on the link below the timetables for the ABRSM rehearsals and exams.

Please note that for Senior students the rehearsals may be their first day back.  For Prep girls this will be the second day they are back in school.


Exams will take place on Monday 15 March.


Parents of candidates have been sent this Firefly page to confirm their daughters' rehearsal and exam times.


Mrs Shaw


Prep Library Board 5th March

World Book Day Week!

Celebrate Stories-Love Reading

The Prep School has been celebrating World Book Day all week with quizzes, games and competitions for the children to take part in. This year we have enjoyed virtual author visits from David Walliams, Michael Rosen, Catherine Johnson and Cressida Cowell, amongst many others.

World Book Day 2021

Yesterday, on World Book Day itself, both staff and pupils dressed up as their favourite book characters and enjoyed a special assembly considering all the ways in which books and reading are so important. We learned about the importance of reading, how it shapes our lives for the better and helps us to become better writers. We also enjoyed the teachers’ Masked Reader contributions, where they were heavily disguised as they revealed their favourite book!

The Masked Readers

The ‘Share a Story’ theme encourages everyone to tell or read a story a day, if only for 10 minutes, so that parents and children can all enjoy the pleasure of sharing stories together. This can take place in the car before school, at bath or bed-time, or outside in the garden.

Share a story

It is so important for parents and carers to share stories with children, even if they are at an age when they happily read alone, as this shared experience benefits both the storyteller and the listener. Indeed, reading for enjoyment has an impact on how well children and young people perform at school in general, as children who read for pleasure do significantly better at school than their peers (Sullivan and Brown, 2013); and reading for pleasure is linked to higher outcomes in other areas such as maths and science (PISA, OECD, 2011).

World Book Day Book Tokens

Book Token

Free World Book Day book tokens have been sent home by email this year. These can be exchanged at a bookshop for one of the special £1 books available, or even used as a £1 discount against the price of a book of your choice. Details here:

The £1 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB. The book tokens are valid until Sunday 28 March 2021. However, this year the tokens will be honoured beyond this date, while stocks last.



2020 has been a rollercoaster year for children and young peoples’ mental health. Almost two-thirds (60%) of children aged 8 – 11 say they feel ‘stressed, sad or worried at least once a month’ according to the charity The Reading Agency. Without doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has led to concerns about a worsening of mental health across the UK, as described in a BBC report here:


However, school libraries are doing our bit to help support good mental health and positive well-being. Increasingly, it is being recognised that reading for pleasure is an important tool that helps to create a calm environment, boost children’s mood and even tackle their loneliness. The Reading Agency recently launched the ‘Read, Talk, Share’ initiative helping children to escape into books and reading, as the fastest way to de-stress. Bibliotherapy is increasingly regarded as another important tool, enabling children to make more sense of their feelings and providing a beneficial environment in which they can better share these with adults.

Further details here:


Mrs Hughes and Mrs Westwood

Senior Library Board March 5th
International Womens' Day
A challenged world alert
Votes for Women

International Women’s Day (IWD) is Monday 8th March and is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

“IWD has been observed since the early 1900’s - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.” The day was officially honoured in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. For a historical time-line visit:

IWD: History of International Women's Day

IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge

International Women’s Day also “marks a call to action for accelerated gender parity”. This year’s theme is choose to challenge.

“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.”

The IWD campaign asks individuals to “Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.”

What does the IWD website hope to achieve?

IWD Website Achievements

To support worldwide activity, the International Women's Day website provides:

  • free guidance and resources
  • a searchable IWD events database
  • a platform for collaborative purpose-driven missions 
  • a hub showcasing the work of women creatives
  • a speakers register for IWD event managers
  • a women-owned business IWD supplier directory
  • a fundraising channel for female-focused charities (100% direct to charity)

Prime Employers for Women

As part of the collaboration, there are a number of Employers and Partners who are listed as ‘Prime Employers for Women’, and there is option to research for job vacancies and research the work of women in a variety of areas. The ‘Where Women Work’ careers platform also “showcases the impressive work and achievements of women, whilst shining a spotlight on the organizations supporting them.”

In order to qualify, the organizations have to meet the following criteria:

  • demonstrate executive leadership commitment to gender equality
  • embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • forge a female hiring pipeline from early career to executive level
  • value and support flexible working arrangements
  • provide formal avenues to address any concerns of bias
  • ensure women's inclusion from supply chain through to decision making
  • ensure marketing and communications are consistently free from stereotyping
  • provide external support for women's advancement
  • monitor progress and outcomes from equality initiatives and activity
  • maintain external validation of progressive employer practice

We will be promoting International Women’s Day during Library lessons and advertising the wide range of related resources we have in The Senior Library. These include:

The Female Lead Book
The Female Lead Book cover

Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama.

Good Night Stories - Rebel Girls

Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

I Am Malala

Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize 'Malala is an inspiration to girls and women all over the world' J K Rowling

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education.

She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Inspiring Women in STEM Posters

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.