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Model United Nations
Model United Nations Logo

This term a number of our sixth formers have taken part in two Model United Nations Conferences. On Sat 9th March four of our sixth formers took part in a Model United Nations Conference at Epsom College. They were Kateryna T, Rosie W, Caitlin H and Isabella P-S.  This was the first conference that Caitlin and Rosie had taken part in but Kateryna and Isabella had also attended a conference at Guildford High School along with Emanuela N on Saturday 12th January.  Kateryna was awarded the ‘Highly Commended Award’ for debate as someone who had stood out to the ‘Chair’ on the day as being an excellent debater and public speaker. All the girls have really enjoyed the experience of being MUN ‘ers’ and have developed their debating and public speaking skills. 

The Model United Nations is an international initiative designed to inspire young people to become global citizens through simulating a meeting of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. For both conferences the girls from Notre Dame School represented and had to reflect the policies of Portugal. 

At an MUN Conference the delegates have to persuade others through speeches to amend, enact or challenge aspects of a model UN resolution. The sessions of the Model UN follow the rules and procedure of the United Nations and give the students taking part an insight into how international diplomacy is conducted. Through preparatory research, discussions with other delegates and the sessions themselves the girls are given the opportunity to debate on global issues. 

At the Epsom College MUN Caitlin H took part in the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee and debated the question of ‘Pink Tax’ and ‘Disability Discrimination in the workplace’.  Rosie W took part in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and debated the question of ‘international responses to the human rights violations in Palestine’ and the question of ‘forced evictions’.  Isabella P-S took part in the Disarmament and International Security Committee and debated the question of ‘international arms deals to nations with human rights abuse records’ and the question of ‘general and complete disarmament’.  Kateryna T took part in the Economic and Social Council and debated the question of ‘tax avoidance’ and the ‘long term sustainable development in LEDCs.’

Despite giving up their Saturdays the girls had fun and really benefited by honing their debating skills and raising their awareness of global issues.  

MUN Conference

Ms Best

Young Enterprise Surrey North Competition
LadyWrite - Runners up in the district Young Enterprise Surrey Final

Notre Dame's Young Enterprise Team, “LadyWrite”, were runners up in the competition and now go through to the Surrey Final on May 8th.

ND Young Enterprise Team LadyWrite Runners Up at Surrey North Competition

Hosted by Notre Dame, the North Surrey Competition included 14 enterprise teams from local schools. Our 6th form team, LadyWrite, was highly commended by the judges for their innovative product which is a book aimed at prep school girls about women who have achieved. The girls have drawn their own illustrations and written a poem about each of the nine women who have inspired them.

Good luck at the final!

 

Mrs Franco

Year 5 Science Challenge Day

On Wednesday the Science Department hosted 12 teams of Year 5 girls from schools around Surrey to participate in our Annual Science Challenge, which this year was themed ‘Science is for Girls’ in recognition of International Women’s Day on 8th March.  The morning was full of energy and excitement as the girls designed the longest marble run they could, given limited materials and time.  Horsell Primary showed amazing creativity by including chicanes in their run to slow the marble down and St James’ produced a high- quality product which worked every time.

After a break for drinks and cookies, the girls were then asked to design a rocket and Greenfield’s flew over 27m; any further and it would have hit the back wall of the gym!  The morning also included a picture quiz and some anagrams to solve.  St James’ were the overall winners as they performed well in all tasks.  However, all the teams did brilliantly and hopefully enjoyed their morning at ND.

Finally I would like to thank the fabulous science technicians, Vanessa Catalano and Stef Duffy who do all the hard work behind the scenes to ensure the girls have a fabulous morning.

Year 5 Science Challenge 2019

Click on the collage to see the full photo gallery on our Flickr channel

Mrs Bantin

Year 4 Residential Trip to Juniper Hall

Year 4 had an amazing trip to Juniper Hall. Even though the weather was dreadful - being was so wet and muddy - it did not stop Year 4! We still had so much fun!

Year 4 Juniper Hall Residential Trip

My favourite part was when we set up our mammal traps in the evening and came back in the morning to check them. Some of us caught dormice. They were so cute. We let them go and they jumped away.

Poppy S, 4S

I really enjoyed the trip. 100% recommended! All of Year 4 loved the trip (EVEN THE TEACHERS!) It was really fun. Sleeping in dorms with your friends was incredible. I loved the mammal traps.

Clio S 4W

Katie's Marathon Challenge for Woodland School

Katie from our Catering Team has been training hard for this year's London Marathon on April 21st!

She is doing it for her little boy's school which is Woodlands in Leatherhead. It is a school for severely disabled children from ages 2-19. http://www.woodlands.surrey.sch.uk/

The school has been incredible for Mitchell and us as a family. 

They don’t get much fundraising which is why I’m doing it for them.

They are looking to get a shelter built outside of the lower school so the children can play outside in all weathers, and also they want to make their swimming pool a sensory interactive pool for the children’s swimming and therapy sessions, both of these would benefit Mitchell as he goes swimming once a week and is currently in the lower school. 

Please click on Katie's fundraising page, to support this worthy cause!

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=KatieBarker6&pageUrl=1

Katie Running The Marathon For Mitchell's School

 

Chaplain's Corner March 15th
Mother Teresa Quote

On a Monday morning, I hold a prayer meeting with a small group of parents who are mothers of students in the school. We are a diverse collection of people who worship at different churches although one thing unites us all in our ecumenical collective, and that is our Christian faith.

We have been introducing music into our meetings recently and this has proved to greatly enhance our shared prayer experience; the words seem to take on a totally different dimension when we pray through music. This week, we listened to a traditional hymn sung by a very famous country music artist,  Alan Jackson. He sung “How Great Thou Art” which holds a special place in my heart as I used to sing it as a child. The words when read are absolutely beautiful but set to music they seem to touch the soul.  Believe me, there was not a dry eye in the house when we played this and sung it together last Monday!

It made me realise that no matter how you pray; whether you talk out loud or you are in silent prayer, whether you sing or dance, whether you are alone or with friends, the important part is that you are communicating with God in your own way. During Lent as we seek to grow closer to God and to deepen our relationship with Him, prayer takes on a whole new importance, especially if we are also fasting and giving of ourselves. It does not matter how you do it, neither does it matter where you do it or when you do it. I truly believe He does not mind! The important thing is that you do it.  Remember, communication is a two-way thing so be sure to listen to what He says back to you in response.

If you are ever stuck as to what to say when you pray, think of the words to that hymn we sang on Monday. It gives you a great starting point……

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

 

Or perhaps just think of this summary:

 

“Powerful, kind and generous God sends only Son to save sinners and promises them eternal life in Heaven. Isn’t he awesome!”

Yes, He is.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Hopkins, Chaplain

FoND

FoND Weekly Update March 15th

Movie Night

Movie Night - Hotel Transylvania 3

Movie Night was a great success, making a profit of £472!  The girls had so much fun watching Hotel Transylvania 3 and all ended up dancing the Macarena at the end!  Thank you to everyone who helped and for the support of the parents who bought tickets.  All profits go towards improving facilities for our girls so we really appreciate it.  

Sarah Wilson

Popcorn Friday

Popcorn Friday

We are delighted to introduce Popcorn Friday, which will replace Hot Chocolate Fridays for the duration of Lent. 

We will be selling packets of popcorn at £1 each from the Prep Sports Hall every Friday after school.

 

Hot Chocolate

Year 1 Hot Chocolate Team

Thank you to the Year 1 parents for raising £69, bringing our total sales total for this year so far to £546.35 

Afternoon Tea

Wednesday 22 May 1.30 - 4pm

Afternoon Tea Garden Party

Easyfundraising

Nearly New Uniform

Nearly New Uniform Poster

 

Sports Board

Prep Weekly Sports Round Up March 15th

National Cross Country Competition at Malvern College

National Prep Schools Cross Country Championships at Malvern College

Very well done to the U11 girls who represented the school on Sunday at the Annual National Prep School Cross-Country Competition on Sunday 10th March.  46 schools from across the country took part in the U11’s girls race, with 260 individual runners. It is one of the biggest cross country competitions we attend as a school. The day itself was very blustery throughout.  However we did have lovely sunshine! The girls raced on a very hilly 2.6km course in the Malvern Hills.

I am very proud and pleased to let you know that we finished 5th nationally out of the 46 schools and the girls had fantastic individual placings.

Sabrina -18th
Steph -19th
Lila-81st
Chloe-84th
Ciara-117th

I am very proud of these five girls and all the hard work they put in to achieving great results, not only at the big competition but at all our local cross-country events too!

 

U10 Hockey Team at Rowan Tournament

U10 Rowan Tournament

Well done to the U10 Hockey team who finished 4th in the Rowan Tournament last Saturday! Great play from all the girls.

U10 Hockey v GHS

Thank-you to GHS for a wonderful afternoon of friendly hockey, it is great to see so many schools starting to take up the sport!

U10 Hockey v GHS

U11 Hockey v FF

U11 girls had a great afternoon of hockey against Feltonfleet on Wednesday. The games were fast and exciting! Thank you to the three girls from year 5 who stepped in and played; Megan, Charley and Taylor.

The A team lost 0-1 and the B team won 4-2!

Well played girls!

U11 Hockey v Feltonfleet

Inter-House Netball

The girls will be finishing off their Inter-house netball today! Good luck to all the houses. Results and photos to be posted on twitter.

 

Good Luck this weekend

Good Luck to our Biathletes this weekend! Girls from Years 4-6 are taking part in the Modern Schools Biathlon on Saturday 16th March at Crystal Palace. I will be tweeting all day, please keep an eye out on our sport twitter page.

 

Fixtures next week

Monday 18th – U9/U11 GHS invitational Gala 2:00pm

Tuesday 19th – U10A and B Netball v Rydes Hill @ ND 4:00pm

Thursday 21st – Reception & Year 1 Sports Festival @ ND 2:00-3:30pm

Friday 22nd – U7 Hockey Afternoon with Downsend AWAY 3:15pm

Saturday 23rd – ERPSSA District XC @ ND 8:45am-12:00pm

 

Easter Sports Camp

The letter about Notre Dame Easter Sports Camp was sent out last week.  We will be running the camp on 16th and 17th April. This camp will focus on tennis, athletics, cricket and rounders preparing the girls for the summer term of sports.

 

Clubs in last week of term

·         Mrs Purgavie and Mrs Tomlinson will not be running clubs in the last week of term, Monday 25th – Friday 28th March.

·         There will be NO football club on Monday 25th March.

·         Mrs Jones will not be running swim squad on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th March.

 

Tennis will run as normal in the last week of term

Mrs Plummer

Senior Sports Board March 15th

Cross-Country

Lulu W at National Cross Country Championships at Harewood House

Congratulations to Lulu W (Year 9) who represented Surrey in the English National Cross-Country Championships at Harewood House in Leeds in half-term. Lulu covered the 4km course in a time of 17:00 minutes + came 94th of the 362 finishers. Lulu’s run contributed to Surrey finishing a fantastic 6th of the 39 teams taking part.

Look out for Lulu running in the 2019 Virgin Money Mini London Marathon on Sunday 28th April; fantastic news that she has qualified to take part in this event.

 

Netball

U13 A and B Netball Versatility Tournament

On Tuesday the U13 A + B netball teams rounded off their season with a mini versatility tournament against Howard of Effingham A + B teams. It proved to be a very enjoyable tournament with some exciting games and all the girls experienced playing the full range of positions. The ND B team finished 3rd of the four teams and the ND A team finished 2nd.  Well done to everyone who participated.

Hockey

This week saw the last hockey games of the season being played.

 

On Monday the U18 team had an away fixture against St Teresa’s; ND had more of the possession but were denied by some excellent goalkeeping.  However, they finally managed to break through from a penalty corner shot to score and win the game 1-0. Well played to Natasha B, Camilla M, Nikhita K, Lily O’C, Sofia G-P, Caitlin P, Alice S, Ava W, Olivia F, Verity P, Lia F.

 

On Wednesday the U14 hockey team were involved in a very open game against Sir William Perkin’s. ND had some excellent distribution and managed to score in each half through some excellent build-up play. A strong team performance saw ND win 2-0, well done to Orianne V, Ella S, Katie C, Amber S, Yana S, Sam AB, Ella O, Olivia C, Bella C, Josie S, Lucy W, Poppy P, Saskia W.

Sasha 11-14 South East DMT Champion!
Sasha - Age 11-14 South East DMT Champion

Huge congratulations to Sasha K who became age 11-14 South East DMT Champion at the weekend.  This qualifies her to represent South East at National Finals in June at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena. 

Check out her winning  'Double Mini Trampoline' Vaults!

Bodyworlds Exhibition

GCSE and AS PE students visited the 'Body Worlds' exhibition in London this week. The girls had a great time and had so much information to take in!

GCSE and AS Students attend Body World London Exhibition

 

Miss Mulcahy Running The London Marathon for Leukaemia

Miss Mulcahy is running the London Marathon for Leukaemia – Please support her

London Marathon and Leukaemia Care Logos

On Sunday April 28th Miss Mulcahy will be running the 2019 London Marathon. She will be raising funds for Leukaemia Care – a charity close to her heart following the death of her grandad a few years ago. She is very excited to take part in her very first ever marathon and would gratefully appreciate any donations via the following link:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JadeMulcahy

Miss Mulcahy - London Marathon for Leukeamia

PLEASEEEEEE help her reach the fund raising target of £2,500 

Performing Arts

Prep Drama Board March 15th

Year 5 Drama Class

Where and how you learn your lines is up to you! 

Year 5 Roald Dahl Drama Class

Year 5 in action!

Senior Drama Board March 15th

Year 11 Drama Examination Showcase Performances Next Week

On Wednesday 20th March and Thursday 21st March at 6:30pm.

After the success of last week’s Y13 Drama ‘A’ Level performances, it is now the turn of our Year 11 actors, who are now in the final stages of rehearsal for their Text in Performance Acting examinations.  They will be performing a triple bill of scenes from three plays on both 20th and 21st March in the Montaigne Theatre at 6:30pm until 9:30pm. The varied programme will consist of two scenes from each play, performed with an interval in between.   

 

Hannah & Hanna by John Retallack

Hannah & Hanna by John Retallack

Set in Margate in 2000, Hannah and Hanna explores our attitudes to refugees when they suddenly arrive overnight in our community and is a two-hander about an unlikely friendship between a Margate teenager and a Kosovan asylum seeker who share the same name.  At the start of the play, Kosovan Hanna has been living in Margate for three days, having escaped from the invasion of Albania with her mother and brother Albin by enduring a harrowing journey in the back of a truck.  Margate Hannah is influenced by her racist boyfriend Bull to hate the sudden influx of ‘Kosovan scum’ who are billeted as refugees in Margate, jeering at Hanna when she first sees her.  However, when Hannah and Hanna become witnesses to a huge fight in the town, the local girl comes to the aid of the refugee and the girls become friends.

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

The Memory of Water is a play about family, bereavement and memory.

Three estranged sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral to argue and misremember in Shelagh Stephenson’s examination of the structures of memory and family. Theresa, owner of an alternative therapy business, is angry that she was left to care for their dying mother. Mary, a doctor, is still struggling with a deep loss from her past. Catherine seeks attention through reckless and egotistical behaviour. As they attempt to organise her funeral, resentments resurface and old wounds are reopened, with both hilarious and heart-breaking results.

Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington

Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington

Be My Baby is set in 1964 in a northern Mother and Baby Home and explores the heart-breaking decision often forced on unmarried pregnant women, who were shamed into giving up their babies for adoption because of society’s censorious attitude.

Middle-class Mary who is new at St Saviour's, meets tough-talking Queenie, her room-mate and realises they share a love of the girl groups of the era. Forging friendships in the laundry with other young mothers-to-be, naiive, optimistic Dolores and anxious, secretive Norma, Mary hatches a plan to find a job so that she can keep her child, however when she approaches the formidable Matron, she starts to realise that it will not be as easy as she thought… 

 

All productions are free of charge and we hope you will be able to come along to support our talented Year 11 Drama Students, particularly if you are a student in Year 8 or Year 9, interested in taking Drama as a GCSE subject in the future.

Miss Graham

Dance News March 15th

Year 1 Private Ballet

This week the Year 1 Private Ballet girls have been practising their runs with scarves.

Year 1 Private Ballet Runs with Scarves

Ballerina of the week is Ivy.

Ballerina of the week - Ivy

Grade 4 girls rehearsing their ‘Tarantella’

Grade 4 girls rehearsing their ‘Tarantella’

Mrs Thomas

Prep Music Board March 15th

Upcoming Music Events:

 Prep Spring Concert

Prep Spring Concert 2018

Prep Spring Concert Thursday 28 March at 7:00pm – please reserve this date and please note that all girls in ensembles and choirs will be involved – they will also need their instruments in school for the rehearsal day on Wednesday 27 March. Girls in Flying Strings, Fledgling Strings and Concert Band will also need their instruments on Monday 25th March!

The following groups are preparing music for the Spring Concert.  Most of these are Junior clubs but a few contain pupils in Years 1 and 2.  Infant Choir will get their opportunity in the Infant Summer concert later this year.

A Consent Form for tickets can be found by clicking on the following Firefly link:

Ticket Link

Bordeaux Choir
Lestonnac Choir
Flying Strings
Fledgling Strings

Concert Band
Percussion Club
Guitar Ensemble

Djembe Club
Samba Band

Junior Ukulele Club
Violin Starter Club
Cheeky Cellos
Cello Starter Club

The backing tracks for the songs being performed in the concert can be found in Firefly by clicking on the following link:

Spring Concert Backing Tracks

 

Faith and Music Assembly

Congratulations to 3B on a wonderful Faith and Music assembly this morning!

3B Faith and Music Assembly

The performances can all be seen on Firefly by clicking on the following link:

Link to videos!

The next Faith and Music Assembly will be for 5K on Friday 3rd May, which is the second week of next term!

WW2 Day

Year 6 girls should please bring in their instruments as we are recording their WW2 songs for WW2 day on Monday 18th March! 

Mrs Shaw

Senior Music Board March 15th

Senior Orchestra

Senior Orchestra rehearsing for their upcoming concert on Monday 25th March.

6th Form Choir

The ND6 girls have also been rehearsing hard for the Spring Concert!

ND6 Choir Rehearsing for Spring Concert

 

Library

Prep Library News March 15th

Blue Peter Book Awards – winners announced

Blue Peter Book Awards Logo

Celebrating the best children’s books published in the last year, the winners of the Blue Peters Book Awards 2019 are as follows:

Best story winner: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf, published by Orion Children’s Books; for readers aged 10 – 12.

Winner of Best Book with Facts: The Colours of History by Clive Gifford, published by QED Publishing; for readers aged 9+.

 

Story time essential for children until their teenage years!

New research shows that there is a decline in the number of children both ‘reading for pleasure’ by themselves and ‘being read to’ daily.

-          Most parents stop reading to their child by the age of 8

-          Only 32% of British children under 13 are read to daily by an adult

-          Just 19% of eight to 10 year olds are read to daily by an adult.

 

However, Nielsen Book Research’s annual survey also showed a strong correlation between children being read to and children choosing independently to read for pleasure.

 

-          74% of eight to 13 year olds who were read to each day also read independently

-          However just 29% of children who were read to less than once a week read independently.

 

Publisher Egmont, co-funder of the research, has called on the government to make a daily story time an intrinsic part of children’s school day, even up until they are in their teens.

 

It is well known that reading for pleasure is essential for children’s development and well-being, and just 10 minutes a day makes a difference! A National Literacy Trust (NLT) study in 2018 found that children who enjoyed reading were less likely to have mental health issues, and in 2013 the Centre for Longitudinal Studies found that reading for pleasure has a four times greater impact on academic success than one parent having a degree.

(Source: Guardian, 5th March 2019)

 

Post Boxes decorated for World Book Day

Post Boxes decorated for World Book Day

The Royal Mail has decorated four post boxes for World Book Day last week in honour of some of Britain’s most popular children’s authors.

  • C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia series of fantasy novels, has a post box situated in Belfast where he was born.
  • Judith Kerr, who is both a writer and an illustrator best known for the Mog series of books and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, has a post box situated in Barnes, in London where she lives.
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett, best known as the author of Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden, has a specially decorated post box in Manchester, where she was born.
  • David Walliams’s influence as a children’s author is recognised with a bright yellow post box outside London’s Natural History Museum, which featured in his book The Ice Monster.

 

National Literacy Trust (NLT) Book Giveaway for World Book Day

In addition, tens of thousands of books were given away to children last week during this year’s World Book Day. Working with corporate partners, the NLT ensured over 10,000 books were handed out by 45 football clubs at matches, thanks to WH Smith and the Premier League. Every Morrisons store in the country gave away a bundle of books to a local primary school – 7,300 in total. Arriva Trains also gave out free railway themed picture books all day, to encourage the sharing of stories. Also the Uber company put popular children’s classics in select cars in Manchester and London, for parents to take home to read with their children.

 

The NLT have also made some of their premium resources available on-line for free, for a limited time. Available at: https://literacytrust.org.uk/news/celebrating-world-book-day/

 

Shakespeare Week 18-24 March

Shakespeare Week 18-24 March

Next week celebrates this annual event, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which gives young children a chance to have a first encounter with Shakespeare’s stories, characters and rich language. Many British children first encounter this famous playwright when they are teenagers, but this celebration brings Shakespeare to life for much younger children too.

Many resources are available on the website at: https://www.shakespeareweek.org.uk/about/

 

Mrs Hughes

Senior Library News March 15th

All About Awards …

CILIP Carnegie Medal

On Tuesday 19th February, the longlists for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal – the UK’s oldest book awards for young people were revealed. The list of 20 titles span a range of genres and ‘reflect contemporary themes, helping children navigate important topics including grief, mental health, human rights and individuality.’

Alison Brumwell, Chair, CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel, comments:

“As Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 judging panel, I am overwhelmed by the calibre of this year’s longlists. The authors and illustrators recognised this year for their outstanding achievements have produced works, which entertain, challenge, inspire, and even outrage.  Young readers have the opportunity to encounter characters in a diverse range of narratives who both reflect their own experiences and build empathy for different ways of living.”

CILIP Carnegie Longlist 2019

The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 will be published on Tuesday 19th March 2019, with the winners being announced on Tuesday 18th June 2019. More information about the books can be found at https://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/

YA Fiction

YA Fiction Logo

According to The Guardian

“A major slump in sales of young adult (YA) fiction in the UK has been greeted with alarm by authors, who are leaving the category in droves because of poor returns, and by experts who have warned that failing to make books available to young people could severely affect literacy levels.

Figures from the Bookseller magazine show YA sales fell by £6.2m to £22.5m last year, the lowest point in 11 years, with volume down by 26.1% to 3.3m books sold. The decline follows a series of boom years earlier this decade, fuelled by film adaptations of bestsellers including Suzanne Collins’s dystopian Hunger Games trilogy, John Green’s love story The Fault in Our Stars and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. Formerly, a lot of YA literature was also bought by school libraries and public libraries. They have had budgets slashed and are increasingly getting rid of the professional librarians who know about what young people read - these factors too are predicted to have a long-term impact on the reading habits of our young.”

27th February 2019

At Notre Dame we continually encourage students of all ages to read and seek to find new YA books that will appeal. As well as discussing favourite reads with the students, we look at new titles which have been nominated for awards which includes the Carnegie Medal and also the annual YA Book Prize run by The Bookseller. This year they have teamed up with the Hay Festival and Publisher/ Chief Executive Nigel Roby said:   

"We were really keen to build on the fantastic first year of the YA Book Prize. The Bookseller created the prize to help build an audience for great UK & Irish teen books. Coming together with the Hay Festival gives this aim a massive boost. It takes the YA Book Prize on to a whole new level."

YA Book Prize Short List

YA Book Prize Short List

World Book Day Thanks

World Book Day Thanks

A huge 'Thank You' to everyone who took part in World Book Day! It was a lot of fun with amazing costumes, treasure hunts and quizzes in the Library and Dobby made his annual appearance!

Book Awards

Well done to Amy-Lee and Reena in Year 7 who have completed their Reading Passports and received a Book Award.

Mrs Finch

Alumnae

Alumnae Group Visit ND and Meet with Sherna Treherne

Gales of laughter filled the air in the corridors of the school last Friday evening as four 'old girls' relived their happy schooldays at Notre Dame. Lucy Windsor, Debbie Groves, Kate O'Rourke and Jo Engelsman all left the school aged 16 in 1982 and this was the first time they had returned.

Jessica Chandler - London Marathon Support

I am one of thousands of researchers funded by the BHF. Just £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist like me, but every pound helps so I’d be so grateful if the Notre Dame community could help me reach my target.