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Chaplain's Corner October 15th

The last of the five teachings of St Jeanne on which we are focussing this year is ‘Stretch out a hand.’  I would like to think of this in two ways: stretch out a hand to help, and stretch out a hand to welcome.

Chaplains Corner Oct 15th - Hands Stretched

This week students from throughout the school have been so generous in their support for Cobham Foodbank.  Once again, we have filled every crate we were given.  So many individuals and families will benefit because of students and their families looking beyond themselves and their own needs, and thinking about the needs of others.  The hand of generosity has well and truly been stretched out this week.

Students in our school want to make a difference; they want to help.

This week we have also had many opportunities to stretch out a hand in welcome.  We may not have shaken hands as in the past, but the warmth and sentiment has been just the same as we have welcomed hundreds of visitors, to Open Morning last Saturday, and on other occasions during the week.  We have done our best to make everyone feel welcome.

In his letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’ Pope Francis wrote about seeing each and every other person in our world as our brother or sister, and treating them in this spirit.  This is what we have been united in doing this week, by stretching out a hand to those in need, and by stretching out a hand to welcome in love those we have greeted for the first time.

God bless,

Mr George

Open Morning Oct 2021

We were delighted to welcome a large number of visitors to our open Morning last weekend! Two sessions of visitors listened to speeches in our theatre followed by tours of our beautiful school. The students were tour guides & year 7 took part in a variety of activities throughout the subject areas so that our visitors could see the subjects in action! 

Open Morning Oct 2021

Thank you to everyone who helped set up and took part in Open Day on Saturday morning.  It all went incredibly smoothly and we have had some wonderful feedback already from families who attended.

A big thanks to year 7, 8 and 9 and all the girls who came into school to help – they all did us proud touring and talking to prospective families.

A special thanks to the Estates Team for getting the school looking so wonderful and to our catering team for preparing some delicious treats for us all to enjoy!

Holroyd Howe open Day Treats


Year 13 Biology Field Trip at Juniper Hall

On Thursday 7 October Year 13 Biologists attended Juniper Hall field centre in Dorking for a day of fieldwork. This allowed them to carry out techniques such as sampling with quadrats and transects. They also studied biotic and abiotic factors. They carried out one of their required practical's, where they investigated the effect of environmental factors on the distribution of species on Box Hill.

Year 13 Biology Field Trip

The girls really enjoyed the day.

C O’Keeffe

Rag Week Oct 2021

The Sixth Form have been busy planning lots of fun activities for Ragweek. The money raised will be supporting ODNS Cobham Outreach and Shooting Star Children's Hospices, as chosen by our Year 12 chaplaincy team.

Rag week Poster 2021

Raffle Prizes

Raffle tickets are being sold for a chance to win one of these delicious chocolate hampers!

Chocolate Hampers - Raffle Prizes

Sweet Stall

Long (but patient) queues for the sweet stall in Senior School RAG week.

Sweet Stall - Rag Week 2021


National Poetry Day Winners and Runners Up - Poetry Competition

Years 7-9 studied poems on the theme of 'choice' to celebrate National Poetry Day on 7th October. They then wrote their own poems on the theme and the best from each class were entered into a competition. The winners from each year group are:

National Poetry Day 2021

Y7 - Daisy F 

Y8 – Rebecca F and Livvy H

Y9 – Charlie R and Lottie C


Congratulations to these students, whose poems were also highly commended:

Y7 - Eva S, Valentina S F, Grace P, Freya S

Y8 - Flora D, Leah E, Niamh G

Y9 - Sienna R, Sophia C, Olivia O


Many congratulations to these students on their wonderful poems; the English Department very much enjoyed reading your poems. 


Mrs Rusholme

Head of English

Senior Art - Black History Month Portraits

Year 10 Art

To celebrate black History month year 10 have produced a series of painted portraits to celebrate great figures from Black history from Martin Luther King and Michelle Obama to Audre Lorde and Daisy Bates who was a great human rights activist who worked against segregation in schools.

Year 10 Black History Month Portraits

Mrs Basra

Prep Harvest Celebration 2021

Thank you to all the girls for their beautiful singing in our Harvest Celebration today.  It was lovely to hear the special songs from the infants, from Bordeaux and Lestonnac Choirs and from the Staff Choir as the girls in the chapel all brought their gifts to the altar.

Thank you to our musicians Mrs Walker and Miss D'Aprano for enhancing our worship with their lovely playing!

Harvest Celebration

Thank you to Mr George for organising the service, delivering a thought provoking homily and preparing all our beautiful readers in Year 4 who read our scripture readings and prayers. 

Harvest Gifts

It was wonderful to see all the food and household goods for Cobham Food Bank piled up on the altar steps.  Thank you to all the Year 6 girls who helped Mr George to organise these before and after the service.

We were glad to welcome parents from home and Years 5 and 6 from the theatre over Zoom.

Food and Nutrition Oct 15th

Year 9

Last week Y9 Food Styling Challenge - Tunnocks teacakes

Year 9 Food Styling - Tunnocks Teacakes

Year 11

Y11 mock practical skills day 1 - homemade ice cream (custard base) - filleting fish - marinating - presentation skills - de-boning a chicken - stuffing & rolling a chicken breast - fresh flavoured pasta - reduced tomato sauce!

Year 11 Food and Nutrition Practical

Open Day

Open Day stuffed bread plait

Open Day Bread Making

Mrs Anderson

Science Corner - October 15th

Brain Implants to Cure Depression

Brain Implants to Cure Depression

Prof Katherine Scangos checking Sarah's device and progress

US scientists believe after promising results that they have found an electrical implant that can detect and treat severe depression. This implant sits in the skull and is wired to the brain, it works by stimulating areas of the brain which have been seen to eliminate feelings of depression.

The first patient to receive this treatment is 36-year-old Sarah, who had the device fitted over a year ago and has claimed that it has been lifechanging. The device, which is the size of a matchbox, is always “on” but only delivers an impulse when it detects that she needs the stimulation. The researchers, from University of California, San Francisco, have stated that it is too soon to say if it might help other patients, like Sarah, with hard-to-treat depression, but they are hopeful and plan more trials.

Since Sarah’s success Dr Scangos has enrolled two other patients in the trial and hopes to recruit 9 more. He says that they need to look at how the circuits being detected vary across patients, as well as how an individual's biomarker or brain circuit changes over time as the treatment continues.

Dr Edward Chang, the neurosurgeon who fitted the device, warns that Sarah’s success is not a demonstration of efficacy of this approach because “there was only one patient and no control condition, it remains to be seen whether these promising results hold in clinical trials."

By Maya, Verity and Emily

Senior Art - Year 7 - 9 Oct 15th

Year 7

Year 7 have been working on fantasy fish artworks and have started their designs for their clay fish tiles

Year 7 Fantasy Fish

Year 8

Year 8 have created some beautiful tonal drawings of Buddha heads.

Year 8 Tonal Buddha Heads

They have also been working on beautiful lotus flowers to add to their Thailand design!

Year 8 Lotus Flowers

Year 9

Year 9 have been busy designing their Balinese masks.

Year 9 Balinese Masks

Mrs Brennan

Year 6 Author Talk by Joseph Coelho

Years 5 and 6 enjoyed an inspirational virtual talk by the author and poet, Joseph Coelho, for Black History Month. The girls loved learning about the things which were a catalyst for Joseph to write poems as a child growing up in London. They particularly enjoyed writing an abecedarius (a poem using all the letters of the alphabet!).

Year 6 Poetry Talk

Miss Comber

Year 3 RE - Family

In RE, we have concluded our first topic of “Family”.  Year 3 were thinking about the importance of showing kindness towards others within our Notre Dame family, and reflecting on the positive changes in our community. As such, we decided to make some Congratulations cards for Miss Harris and Matt to welcome baby Etta Grace to our Notre Dame family!

We had a lovely time writing and decorating our cards, and we sent them to her on Thursday.

Y3 PSHEE - Congratulations Cards

Well done girls, you will make Miss Harris and Matt very happy I’m sure!

Mrs Fletcher

Baby News Oct 2021!

We are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of 2 baby girls this week!

Miss Harris's (Year 2 Teacher) little daughter Etta Grace was born Saturday 9th October at 5.32pm weighing 7lb 10

Etta Grace


Mrs Amy Lipscombe's (School Secretary) baby girl Leia arrived on Sunday 10th October at 10pm also weighing 6lb 10 oz!

Baby Leia

Both Mums and daughters are doing really well!


Infant Assembly Oct 15th

Golden Rules

Infant Assembly Oct 15th

This week Miss Deen asked the girls to think about how we are honest. She read the familiar story - The Boy Who Cried Wolf and the girls thought about how it made them feel and how we need to be truthful!

Stars of The Week

We celebrated our Stars of the Week and finished by singing Happy Birthday to Mrs Martin!

Infant stars of The Week and Birthday Girl


Year 2 Science Afternoon!

As part of our Science Topic on Everyday Materials the girls enjoyed a lovely afternoon full of science experiments (with a touch of art too.) The girls all dressed up as scientists and really looked the part.  It was a great afternoon where lots of predicating, questioning, fair testing and reporting of results took place. 

Year 2 Science Afternoon

The girls were fully engaged throughout and had a wonderful afternoon, well done 2K!

Mrs Kinghorn

Year 1 Trip to Garsons Farm

1S had a fantastic (and very muddy!) morning at Garsons Farm.

Year 1 Trip to Garsons Farm

Linking to the story of Oliver's Vegetables, the girls explored the pumpkin fields and chose their very own pumpkin to take home. We know that eating locally produced, organic food definitely keeps our bodies healthy. 

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Back at school, we used one of the pumpkins to make our very own bird feeders and hung them outside our classroom window.

We are excited to see which birds will come and visit!

Mrs Sargeant

Charlotte Interviewed by the BBC
Charlotte G BBC Interview

The photos above show Charlotte G being interviewed by the BBC on Wednesday for something she is doing with the 9th Walton Cubs. It aired repeatedly yesterday on the news. 

The Head of Media Relations for the Scouts has also picked her to do an interview with ITV (although that is yet to happen!)

She loved meeting the BBC reporter and seeing how the film cameras work - an exciting experience! 

(click on the images to watch the video of her being interviewed!)

Forest School Oct 15th

Forest School at Notre Dame

At Notre Dame Forest School our aim is to build on the children’s motivation and positive attitude to learning.  We want our pupils to engage with the outdoors and foster a love, respect, understanding and responsibility for our environment. Our pupils are offered opportunities through practical activities, to take beneficial risks whilst building on their decision making, creative thinking and problem solving skills. 

Here are this week's activities that took place in Forest School!

Please do note that all of the Forest School activities and photos are shared on our EYFS Firefly Page

Forest School Firefly Page

We also tweet lots of lovely photos:


Mrs Skuse was not here this week so Mrs Hunt joined Mrs Ford and the girls for a lovely Nature Walk in the sunshine.  We found lots of interesting things growing, like some giant mushrooms, and also saw a long slithery slug moving across the crunchy leaves and twigs. Then we had an exciting game of hide and seek amongst the trees which was great fun! Please enjoy our photos below.

Reception Forest School Oct 11

Year 2

Year 2 have been learning all about The Great Fire of London and the learning was extended to Forest School. We made houses circa 1666 era, re-enacted how buckets of water were passed from the Thames to the fire and experience how quickly the Fire took hold.

Year 2 Forest School - Great Fire of London

We finished off the week with a toasted marshmallows and popcorn! Thank you Mrs Morgan for visiting us at Forest School and extending FS for year 2 all year round

#breathingspace #itsgoodtobeback #OurGreatOutdoors

Mrs Skuse, Forest School Leader
Ear of rice
The Twilight Walk on behalf of The Brain Tumour Charity
The Twilight Walk

Peter Lole, a local piano teacher who taught at Notre Dame for many years and parent of three children, is taking part in a charity walk on behalf of the Brain Tumour Charity. He will take part in the 10k Twilight Walk with friends and family on 16th October.

His Wife Katie had the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumour in March this year, so the family decided to focus on what positive action they could take. The Brain Tumour Charity works on research into finding a cure for a condition that is currently desperately under-funded and is the biggest cancer killer of children and under 40s. Only 3% of £580 million given by the government and other cancer charities is spent on researching Brain Tumours-clearly this needs to change.

If you would like to sponsor them please click on either of our JustGiving links:
Peter’s Page

Katie’s Page



FoND News October 15th

FoND Meetings

The Next Meeting will be held on Monday 17th January 2022 at 9.30am on zoom unless otherwise advised!

All are welcome to join. Zoom link will be sent on class list.


Avorians Fireworks Display

Firework Poster 2021

We are delighted to now have our school code ND21.

Please do go and book your tickets for this wonderful event as per poster link. Spaces are limited.

Should you be able to support us selling popcorn and doughnuts on the night please do email us at : with subject title Avorians fireworks or whatsapp 07519915668.

Best wishes

The FoND team

Open Morning

FoND Stall at Open Morning

We were delighted to welcome lots of visitors to our stand at Open Morning last weekend. 

Ice Cream Sales

Ice Cream Sales

Thank you to everyone who purchases ice creams each week. The sale continues to make profits which boost our fundraising for equipment for the Girls at school.

Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre 2021

We need your support!

We are looking for raffle and silent auction gifts. Any vouchers or tickets to events would be greatly appreciated. This is a vital part of our events.

If you would like to volunteer to help at this event please click on the following link:

Christmas Fayre Volunteer


Winter Ball

We are really looking forward to this event this term!

Winter Ball 2021 Sold out

Nearly new uniform sale.

The following will be the dates we will be open for the Autumn term:

Thursdays  2:45pm till 3:45pm

4th & 18th November 2021
2nd & 9thDecember 2021

We are pleased to inform you that we now also accept card payments.

Donations can be dropped off either in Car Park 1 by the FoND hut this is situated by the all-weather pitch or at the school main office.


Easy Fundraising

Raise money for Friends of Notre Dame (FoND)  when you shop online (at no extra cost to you!)
A few years back we had joined a fundraising initiative which does really help raise much needed funds for FoND to support the school and it couldn't be simpler for you to help!
Whenever you buy anything online, you could be raising a free donation for FoND.  So far over £9 million has been raised through for good causes throughout the UK.
If you shop on your mobile or tablet, get the free easyfundraising app and you’ll never miss a donation.  To get it, visit the App Store or Google Play and search ‘easyfundraising’ or find more here:

How it works….
1.  Start at easyfundraising
Let’s say you want to buy a pair of shoes from John Lewis.  Instead of going to directly, you first go to
2.  Make a purchase
From the easyfundraising website, click through to John Lewis to make your purchase.  This tells John Lewis you came from easyfundraising.  The price of the shoes is exactly the same.
3.  Get a donation
After you buy your shoes, John Lewis will make a donation for your good cause.  Easyfundraising automatically collect this and send it on to FoND at no extra cost.
4.  Get the easyfundraising Donation Reminder
You can skip steps 1 and 2 with the easyfundraising Donation Reminder.  Just click the reminder when you shop to receive any eligible donations. You’ll never forget a free donation again!
Pretty much anything that you buy online could be helping FoND support our school.

Friends of Notre Dame School - Surrey Fundraising | Easyfundraising
Thank you for your support!


A few dates for your diary:

  • 5th November Cobham Avorians club Fireworks
  • 12th November 2021 A Merry Victorian Christmas Fayre
  • 27th November 2021 FoND Winter Ball at Hampton Court.

Join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all that is going on at FoND this Summer term.

Gia Borg Darcy
Chair FoND

Sports Board

Prep Sports Board Oct 15th


U8 and U9 Hockey v CLFS

Well done to all of Year 3 and 4, who played hockey against CLFS on Friday 8th October. The girls played great hockey, using all their skills and knowledge learn this half term as well as acquiring new knowledge through their matches.

U8 and U9 Hockey v CLFS

U10A and B Hockey v St Teresa’s

The U10 girls played against St Teresa’s on Monday in thrilling matches. The girls in the A team worked hard to come from 0-2 down, to win 4-2, Well done to Holly who was awarded player on the match.

U10 hockey v St Teresas

The B team played great hockey but were unable to get the ball into the goal. They should be very proud of their performance. A big well done to Emilia who was awarded player of the match and also to Molly, who played as GK for the very first time and made lots of saves!


U11A and B Rowan Hockey Tournament

U11 Hockey Tournament at Rowan

Well done to the U11A and B teams who finished 2nd and 3rd at the Rowan Hockey Tournament on Tuesday. It was a brilliant afternoon of hockey. The girls had a wonderful time and it was great to see so many girls involved, playing competitive sport again.

Well done to all those who represented the school.


U11A and B Netball v Halstead

U11 Netball v Halstead

The U11 girls played their first BEE Netball match on Tuesday against Halstead and had a wonderful afternoon, playing against another school, learning a new game. Well played girls.

After School Clubs

When we return in November, the after school club will change from Hockey to Netball on a Monday and Tuesday after school.

Good Luck Biathlon Girls

Good luck to all the girls who are representing the school this weekend at the National Modern Schools Biathlon event in Bath. Updates will be put on twitter with a full write up next week.

Fixtures in November (first 2 weeks)

Monday 1st November – U9 Hockey v Halstead (H) 4:00pm

Tuesday 2nd November – U11A-C Hockey v Feltonfleet (A) 3:00pm

Wednesday 3rd November – U11 Netball v Westward (2 teams) (H) 4:00pm in Sports Hall

Friday 5th November- U8 Hockey v Downsend (H) 2:30pm

Friday 5th November- U9 Hockey v St Teresa’s (H) 3:45pm

Saturday 6th November – U9 Netball Tournament @ Rowan Oaken Lane

Monday 8th November – U9A and B Hockey v Surbiton (H) 4:00pm

Monday 8th November- U10 Netball v Milbourne Lodge (H) 3:00pm

Tuesday 9th November – U11A-D Hockey v Downsend (H) 2:30pm

Wednesday 10th November – Swimming Gala v St Catherine’s, Bramley

Friday 12th November – U8 Hockey v Feltonfleet (A) 2:30pm

Friday 12th November- U9 Hockey v Feltonfleet (H) 2:30pm

Saturday 13th November – U10 Hockey v St Georges (H) 9:30am


Mrs Purgavie

October Netball Camps at Reeds School

We are very pleased to confirm that we are able to run netball skills camps at Reeds's School this October half term for Y2-Y6.

The camps will run as follows:
25th, 26th and 27th October

Reed's School, Cobham 

10am - 1pm 


£30 per session per child 

If you would like to reserve a place or have any questions, please email by return to

As usual we are dependent upon enough bookings in order to run the camps.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kathryn & Lisa



Prep Half Term 1km Competition

Dear Parents, 

This Half Term we will be running the interhouse 1km running competition, which we did at the very successfully at the start of the year. The aim is for the girls to run 1km as quickly as they can.

It would be lovely to see as many girls as possible from years 3-6 taking part. The girls will earn 50HP for their entry, which I hope is a good incentive. 

I will also run my 1km as quickly as I can and if the girls beat my time they can earn an extra 20HP.

The girls will run their 1km and complete the form on firefly. I know some of the girls have smart watches and they can use these but if this isn't possible then I will suggest using this website to measure out 1km from your front door.

Running Challenge Form Link

We do want pictures of the girls out running so please feel free to WhatsApp me on my work number; 07849088313.

1 Mile Monday

Good Luck girls!

Mrs Purgavie

Senior Sports Board October 15th


U15 v Manor House

U15 Hockey Team

On Wednesday the U15 Hockey Team had their first match of the season against Manor House School. It was lovely to see the girls back playing competitive hockey after such a long break from school games due to the Covid restrictions. The team all played well, combining strongly to create some good attacking play. Goals from Emma G, Sophie M + Amy-Lee L gave ND a 3-0 win. Congratulations to the whole team for a very good first performance.

Team: Emily S (GK), Eve T, Connie L, Sasha K, Sophie K, Emily G, Sophie M, Emma G, Alice H, Amy-Lee L.


Year 10 and 11 Netball Tournament

It was a really good District Netball tournament for the U15 and U16 teams. All players did very well with U16 narrowly missing out on a medal! Both teams played 6 matches against schools including Manor House, Box Hill, Howard, St Teresa's, CLFS, SWPS and Rosebery. 

U15 and 16 Netball Tournament

Walton Firs

Year 8 enjoyed their last session at Walton Firs this week crate stacking!

Year 8 Crate stacking Oct 14


Performing Arts

10th Anniversary of the Montaigne Theatre!

We are so excited that this academic year is the 10th anniversary of the Montaigne Theatre.

We will be posting videos and news of celebratory events on Twitter (@NDS_THEATRE) and our YouTube channel for you to enjoy throughout the year.

Here is our first video which shows the construction process of our fabulous theatre from the demolition of the old school hall to the finished building.

Prep Music Board Oct 15th

Faith and Music Assemblies:

The next assemblies are as follows:

5T Faith and Music Assembly Friday 5 November: Living in Love and Joyful Hope

Harvest Celebration

Thank you to all the girls for their beautiful singing in our Harvest Celebration today.  It was lovely to hear the special songs from the infants, from Bordeaux and Lestonnac Choirs and from the Staff Choir as the girls in the chapel all brought their gifts to the altar.  Thank you to our musicians Mrs Walker and Miss D'Aprano for enhancing our worship with their lovely playing.

Click on the image below to listen to the pre-recording of the Lestonnac choir singing 'For the Beauty of The Earth' by John Rutter:

Lestonnac Choir

Mrs Shaw

Prep Drama Board Oct 15th
Mystery at Magpie Manor

Year 4 received their parts and started reading through the script for their annual production “Mystery at Magpie Manor” which will take place in the Theatre on 10th February 2022. The show is a stylised musical comedy based in the 1920’s, and should be a lot of fun. Year 4 will need their scripts in school every Tuesday for rehearsals.

Mr Lawson Lean

Senior Drama Board Oct 15th
Sweet Charity Poster

Rehearsals are going well for the Senior School Musical “Sweet Charity”. A reminder that there is a rehearsal on the last Sunday of Half Term (Sun 31st October – the day after the clocks go back!!) at 10am in the Theatre.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Miss Graham

ABRSM Exams Autumn Term 2021

Dates and deadlines for this term:

Practical Exams:

Monday 1 November: PRACTICAL EXAMS: ABRSM Absolute Candidate Deadline Online - by this date your exam fee is non-refundable

Monday and Tuesday 15th/16th November: PRACTICAL EXAMS: Proposed Rehearsal Days

Monday and Tuesday 29th/30th November: PRACTICAL EXAMS: Proposed Exam Days


Theory Exams:

Wednesday 20 October 2021: THEORY EXAMS: Deadline for instrumental teachers’ candidate lists to Mrs Shaw

Monday 1 November 2021:THEORY EXAMS: school deadline for parental Candidate Registration for Online Theory exams on Firefly

Friday 12 November 2021: THEORY EXAMS: Booking Period closes: ABRSM Absolute Candidate Deadline for Online Theory exams - by this date your fee is non-refundable

12 November – 10 December 2021: THEORY EXAMS: Exam Window





Prep Library Board Oct 15th

Lollies Shortlist for 2022

Lollies 2022

The Laugh Out Loud book awards (or Lollies for short) have released the shortlisted books in all three categories:

Lollies Shortlist 22


Picture Books

·         Never Show a T-Rex a Book by Rashmi Sirdeshpande

·         Octopus Shocktopus! By Peter Bently

·         I’m NOT a Mouse! By Evgenia Golubeva

·         101 Bums by Sam Harper

Ages 6-8

·         Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of the Dark! By Kevin Tsang and Katie Tsang

·         Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies by Pamela Butchart

·         Anisha, Accidental Detective: School’s Cancelled by Serena Patel

·         Cats React to Science Facts by Izzi Howell

Ages 9-13

·         Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay

·         Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad and Henry White

·         The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Rob Biddulph and Jenney Pearson

·         Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho

Further details about the books, including how children can vote for their favourite, here:

Harry Potter Book Night – 3rd February 2022

Harry Potter Book Night

This event is promising to be huge, as 2022 is the 25th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The theme will be Magical Journeys. A date for next year’s calendar!

National Non-Fiction November 2021: Heroes

National Non-Fiction November

Once again, next month we celebrate National Non-Fiction November. This year’s theme Heroes applauds all the real-life superheroes around us. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things, trying to make a positive difference to the world we live in.

These people are ‘spanning history and from all around the globe, ground-breakers, freedom fighters, political pioneers, environmental activists, super scientists, awesome authors, inspiring inventors, sporting superheroes, and rebels who have rocked the world.’ Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG).

The FCBG have produced a booklist exploring this theme concentrating on recent publications, but including many older titles and a few books that won’t be published until November. View here.

‘Not all heroes wear capes…and not all heroes are human.’

More details here:

Mrs Hughes and Mrs Westwood


Senior Library Board Oct 15th
BHM 2021

Black History Month has been celebrated nationwide for over 30 years and was originally founded “to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations.”

The original aim “was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools”. BBC Newsround.

The theme for Black History Mont this year is: PROUD TO BE

“Black History Month UK magazine is launching a new campaign to mark Black History Month 2021 in October. Inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events, the new campaign is called ‘Proud To Be’. It will invite Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be.”

News Banner

 The official Black History Month website includes a wealth of information about the past and present – including articles on Windrush, History of Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. There are also details of national events taking place so that Black history can be shared more widely in museums, galleries, schools, universities, public places and communities.

History of Slavery

During Library lessons, and at lunch-times we have been promoting Black History Month 2021. We have a poster display celebrating amazing individual achievements and a book stand - with new fiction titles and thought provoking non-fiction books. Some of these are favourites of the English teachers and will be displayed on posters in the classrooms.

BHM Poster

Windrush Child  

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

In this heart-stopping adventure, Benjamin Zephaniah shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation. Leonard is shocked when he arrives with his mother in the port of Southampton.

His father is a stranger to him, it's cold and even the Jamaican food doesn't taste the same as it did back home in Maroon Town.

But his parents have brought him here to try to make a better life, so Leonard does his best not to complain, to make new friends, to do well at school - even when people hurt him with their words and with their fists. How can a boy so far from home learn to enjoy his new life when so many things count against him?

(BfB) 12+

On The Come Up

On The Come Up - Angie Thomas

As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill.

But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it - she has to.

Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. (BfB)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love.

Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can.

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning 'Americanah' is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today's globalized world.

(BfB) KS4

500 Words - Black Lives Matter

500 Words - Black Lives Matter

Almost 6,000 children, aged between 5 and 13, submitted stories expressing their personal experiences, tales of empathy, learning and respect, building on the international conversation around Black Lives Matter. Originally devised by Chris Evans, the 500 Words competition has a rich 10-year heritage, giving children of all ethnicities and backgrounds a platform to express their imaginations and creativity through storytelling.


“Throughout history, black people have always been present in the UK but there has been a lack of representation in the history books”. BBC Newsround


Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

A Moroccan woman is baptised in a London church. Henry VIII dispatches a Mauritanian diver to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose.

From long-forgotten records emerge the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England... They were present at some of the defining moments of the age.

They were christened, married and buried by the Church.

They were paid wages like any other Tudors. The untold stories of the Black Tudors, dazzlingly brought to life by Kaufmann, will transform how we see this most intriguing period of history. Browns for Books (BfB)

Black and British by David Olusoga

Black and British by David Olusoga

A short, essential introduction to Black British history for readers of 12+ by award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga. When did Africans first come to Britain? Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings?

Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution? These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of the Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian's Wall right up to the present day.  (BfB) 9-14

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as `Human Computers', calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements.

Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women.

Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.


Timelines from Black History Leaders, Legends, Legacies

Timelines from Black History Leaders Legends Legacies

This DK children's book boasts more than 30 visual timelines, which explore the biographies of the famous and the not-so-famous - from royalty to activists, and writers to scientists, and much, much more.

Stunning thematic timelines also explain the development of Black history - from the experiences of black people in the US, to the story of postcolonial Africa. Did you know that the richest person ever to have lived was a West African? Or that the technology that made the lightbulb possible was developed by African American inventor, and not Thomas Edison?


This Book Is Anti-Racist

This Book Is Anti-Racist

What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. 'In a racist society, it's not enough to be non-racist-we must be ANTI-RACIST.' -Angela Davis Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it.

An activity at the end of every chapter gets you thinking and helps you grow with the knowledge. (BfB) 11+

Other Useful Resources

Book Trust

BookTrust as an excellent source for books and reading tips and for Black History Month they have put together a booklist of historical stories from Black History around the world. “From picture books to teen novels, spanning fiction and non-fiction, these books are bound to captivate and inform.”

An additional list of book recommendations can be found on Firefly/Senior Library/Black History Month 2021.

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.