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Notre Dame – Centre of Creative Writing Excellence

At various points in the year, students are encouraged to submit creative writing (short stories, poems, sagas) to national competitions as part of the department’s enrichment programme. In 2017 members of the tops sets in Years 9 and 10 submitted entries to the Welcome to Wonderland Competition. These entries were judged as one of the best sets of entries - from over 40,000 entries from 1314 schools nationwide - and as a result the English Department was awarded £500. Congratulations to all of the students who took part, as well as to those who had their writing published in the subsequent anthology.

Furthermore, in a more recent competition entitled The Poetry Games, Emanuela N’s poem has been shortlisted as one of the five finalists from an entry field of over 7000. Emanuela now has the opportunity to create a short video to accompany her poem, which will be uploaded to the Young Writers website, where the public will have the opportunity to vote for the winner. Watch this space for further details, and please vote for Emanuela!


Young Reporter Success for Darya

As part of the Sixth Form enrichment at Notre Dame, we offer all girls the chance to take part in the Young Reporter Scheme run by 'This is Local London News'. Back in September the wonderful, and delightful, Diana Jarvis came in to speak to the students and encourage them to sign up, nine of whom did. Each month, girls must submit a news article from local news under a number of different categories such as breaking news and sport. Three students, (Samar S, Sophia B and Darya B) will receive certificates of completion, to indicate they submitted all nine articles on time. Special congratulations must go to Darya V, who was invited to the Sutton offices to receive an award for the best photograph where she was runner up in the category. Well done! You did Notre Dame proud. I wish and encourage many other students to take up the scheme next year.

Mr Newman. 


Notre Dame at The London Dungeon!

Girls screaming, people with no teeth and blood dripping down them and rats running around the room: no, not another one of Mr Newman’s Theology lessons but a trip to The London Dungeon. This trip however, was one with a difference. The school had been contacted to see if we would feature in their upcoming marketing campaign for schools to visit the attraction, which is located on London’s Southbank. The characters at the attraction explored the art of set making, props and script writing with the girls before they had a go for themselves. After this, we were taken around to explore the history of London’s dark streets and menacing goings on. Of course, the girls thought it was hilarious when Mrs Hehir or I were drafted in to one of the humiliating experiences! The video will go live on the website very shortly and the preview has been shown to girls in their form time. A good day had by all and a massive thank you to my friend Claire who invited us on behalf of Merlin Entertainments.

Mr Newman, G+T Co-ordinator.


Silver Crest Award

Congratulations to yet another group of students who have achieved their Silver Crest Award. 

Their research project was on Colour and involved, among other things, investigating how material can be dyed different colours, making different coloured eyeshadows and lipsticks, researching into why some materials glow and how this is used in the Natural World and building a spectroscope to separate light into its constituent colours.  Well done to Emma F, Emma B and Caitlin P!            

Dr Prideaux 


Missionaries of Charity

In around 1962 a living saint walked the grounds of Notre Dame. Her name was St (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta. She was visiting the Blake family who had visited her in India as one of her co-workers, and whose girls were attending Notre Dame. The senior school theme for those girls not on PGL this year was 'Inspirational Women' and so an invitation was extended to invite the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity to once again visit the school and speak to the students about the life, mission and work of Mother Teresa. We heard about the struggles faced during the life of Mother Teresa, but that she had her faith and resilience to reach out to the poor and needy who had been rejected by so many. There are about 60 sisters in the UK who work with the 'poorest of the poor' running soup kitchens, hostels for the homeless and visiting the elderly. Sr Perpetua and Sr Vianita took questions after their talk and explained the unique dress, the blue and white habit. Finally, the Year 10 and 12 girls had prepared a card and photo of Mother Teresa's visit to the school for the sisters to take back to the convent at Waterloo.  

Mr Newman


Chaplain's Corner July 6th

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

This is the last Chaplain’s corner of the academic year. Although I have only been here for a term, I feel like I have never not been here! I have already shared some wonderful moments with some of you and I hope that I will get to know many more of you when we return for the new school year.

At this time, we say goodbye to Y13 and some of Y11, as well as girls from other year groups, teachers, and support staff. It is always sad when things come to an end and moving on can be really difficult sometimes. However, I always look at the end of the school year, or indeed the end of anything as the opportunity to start anew. It is a chance to reflect on what I have achieved, what I have learned and what I could have done better. It is easy to look back and be hard on oneself and concentrate only on what you have perceived as failure; but remember that life is a journey to be enjoyed. It’s not just about getting to the destination, it’s about what happens along the way, both good and bad.  The thing that I always try to keep in mind is the fact that Jesus walks with me on my journey, just like in the famous story of the footsteps on the beach. He has been present for my successes and failures and he loves me for being me. He shares my joy, my sadness, everything. He will never desert me!

So as this school year draws to a close, don’t look back with regret or disappointment. Look forward with anticipation and enthusiasm. Be excited for all that the future holds for you and most importantly of all, be thankful to the Lord. Have a lovely Summer and keep your fingers (toes and everything crossed!) for the England team this Saturday!

God bless you all,

Mrs Hopkins

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ND Girls Are Multi-talented Outside School Too!

Molly's World Record Attempt

Molly F (Y5) was a participant in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt on Sunday 1st July at 6pm at Stagecoach Leatherhead Trinity School.

She took part in the World Record attempt for “most number of simultaneous performances of a musical”, performing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with Stagecoach schools worldwide.

It was very exciting! The GBWR Adjudicators were present, the script had to be delivered word for word, the music delivered bar for bar, and the dances delivered step for step.  It is a very exact, therefore very nerve-wracking process, and Molly loved it!

Here is a picture of Mollly with her Principal, Alison Malone, and Georgie her 5H Class bear who came along to be part of the World Record attempt! Molly received a Bronze medal for three years’ attendance and is wearing a special orange GBWR T-shirt that the performers were given to wear on the evening.

Darcie Charges from Triathlon to Stagecoach!

Here is Darcie B (Y5) racing at Trinity Triathlon and then hot footing it to the Chertsey Stagecoach performance!

ND girls certainly are #Multitalented !


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Prep Weekly Round Up July 6th

Year 2 Cricket Match

Last Friday Year 2 took part in their first Cricket match against Rowan school. It was a great afternoon where all the girls learnt and improve on their cricket skills.

Thank-you For A Great Year.

I would like to say thank-you to all parents and girls who have supported the Sport at Notre Dame this year. We have had the most successful year of sport, winning numerous titles. We have also introduced  hockey fully in to the curriculum as well as cricket, which the girls have thoroughly enjoyed! The parental support and the girls enthusiasm for all things PE, make my job one of the best in the world.

I hope you all have a restful summer break and girls keep fit over the holidays ready for another busy sporting year in September.


Opro will be returning to ND on Monday 10th September, Please visit their website to book an appointment for mouth guard fittings. The letter sent to parents is on Firefly. All girls from year 2-6 will need a mouth guard for hockey.

Summer Sports Camps:

This year there will be two camps running over the holidays. The dates are below and all the letters can be found on firefly.

  • Years 2-4 Cricket Camp Wednesday 11th July- Friday 13th July- Nearly Full
  • Years 3-6 Netball and Hockey Camp- Tuesday 28th August- Thursday 30th August- Spaces available

September Fixtures:

  • Tuesday 12th September- St Catherine’s Cross Country 4:15pm start AWAY
  • Friday 14th September – U8 A- C Hockey v Danes Hill @ ND 4:15pm start
  • Monday 24th September- U10 A-D Netball v GHS 4:00pm start AWAY
  • Wednesday 26th September U11 Netball v LEH 4:30pm


Mrs Purgavie

Senior Weekly Round Up July 6th


Congratulations to Ella D who beat Isabel C 6-1, 6-1 in the Marie Cup Tennis Singles Final this week!


After a successful tennis season, the senior team had a wonderful day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships this week!


Performing Arts

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Music Board July 6th

Prep News

Year 6 Ceremony of Achievement

Congratulations girls on your wonderful singing and playing! All of the musical performances can be found on the Prep Music Video board of Firefly by clicking here

Do click on the image below to listen to the whole year group singing ‘This is Me’ which captures the energy of the whole event! Very proud of you all!

Whole School

Goodbye and Hello

Sadly at the end of this term we are saying goodbye to two of our lovely instrumental teachers, Mr Maxwell, who has been with us for four years and has taught brass and piano, and Miss Shell, who has taught singing in the Senior School for 13 years.  We wish them the very best in their future ventures.  Joining us next year to teach brass and piano is Mr Matthew Payne, who comes to us from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and who has taught for several years in East London and Kent.  Teaching singing will be Holly Hawkes, already known to us from her deputising work this year, who also teaches at the King’s School, Canterbury, and who specialises in Music Theatre. 

Farewell to Mr Black! Good luck in your new job!

Instrumental Lessons Applications

If you have sent in an application this half term for your daughter to learn singing or an instrument these will be processed next week, after the end of term, and you should hear within a week whether your daughter has a place in September. 

Practical ABRSM exam results 

Congratulations to everyone who took exams this term.  Everyone has passed!  Results can be found on Firefly here:

Theory exams have not been published yet and the Board has been contacted to find out when we will receive these.

Mrs Shaw


Dance July 6th

RAD Ballet Classes

Please find details of next terms RAD Ballet classes below. If your daughter would like to sign up for Private Ballet please contact me on


Thank you to all the girls and boys for such a great year of dance. Have a fantastic Summer!


Mrs Thomas



Made in Dagenham, The Musical

Calling all actors, singers and dancers in Year 8 upwards.  You are invited to audition at the start of next term, on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th September from 4:30 to 6:00pm, for our next Christmas Show, which will be performed on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November. 

In a departure from our recent traditional musicals and in keeping with the 50th anniversary of the actual event, we have decided this year to opt for a modern British show, Made in Dagenham, The Musical, which originally premiered at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End in 2014.  We will be performing an age-appropriate version for our cast and audience.

Made in Dagenham, the Musical is written by David Arnold, Richard Thomas and Richard Bean is based on an award-winning film of the same name.   Set in Dagenham, in 1968, it is the story of the female sewing machinists, who went out on strike at the Ford production plant to protest about being classed as unskilled workers and therefore being paid less than their male counterparts.  Their actions and the political momentum built from their strike, resulted in the creation of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. 

It's a heart-warming story, full of wit and grit, with plenty of strong female (and male) roles, stirring songs and 1960s inspired dance numbers.  If you are interested in finding out more about the songs and style of the show, there is a trailer for the West End production on YouTube, which should whet your appetites for next term. 

So it’s time to ‘Stand Up’, and warm up your ‘Essex accents’ ladies, to join the fight for equal pay!

Drama Board July 6th

Senior LAMDA Success 2018 – A ‘Distinctive’ Year…

Well done to this year’s talented Senior School LAMDA students, who were presented with their certificates in assembly on Thursday 29th June.  Many girls took two examinations this year in both Verse & Prose and Acting and there were a record number of Distinction grades awarded. 

Mrs Treherne, Mrs Humphries and Miss Graham are very proud of all their students.



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Prep Library News July 6th

A Year of Reading

We have had another busy year at Notre Dame. World Book Day was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the pleasure of reading, when both staff and students dressed up as book characters and joined in the fun and excitement of this annual event. Our Book Fair was well supported and the children enjoyed the range of books available, enthusiastically browsing through the bookcases to make their choices. As a result, many new books were added to the library shelves.

Chatterbooks Club for Years 5 and 6 has continued to support the girls in their reading choices and provide an opportunity for them to explore the world of books. The girls have tried their hand at writing book reviews; designed book jackets for their favourite authors; developed their own comic characters; signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge with their own personal log-ins and looked at books of poetry too. Well done girls, you are all excellent reading ambassadors.

Summer Reading Challenge

Remember to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers, available at your local library. Based on the popular children’s comic Beano, celebrating its 80th anniversary, children will receive a map of Beanotown to explore on their reading journey, having lots of fun solving clues and collecting stickers on the way. With their own unique log-in to the website they can submit book reviews for books they’ve read, explore other games and competitions and even ask the ‘Book-Sorter’ for reading recommendations. The fun starts on 14th July and more information is available on the website:

The Summer Reading Challenge is an excellent way to avoid the usual dip in reading age that inevitably occurs over the summer holidays. It is also good fun, free to join and a great way to enjoy reading books over the summer. Have fun Mischief Makers!

Bookworm Awards

Congratulations to the following girls who received Bookworm Awards today at the final assembly of the year. These girls have shown great enjoyment in both reading and choosing books, and have enthusiastically recommended particular novels or certain authors to their friends. We are very pleased to recognise great progress in their reading and wonderful enthusiasm for books. Very well done girls!

Year 3 - Emelie G; Clio S

Year 4 - Coco H; Sarah G

Year 5 - Chloe G; Zahara H

Year 6 - Paige B-D; Alice C

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable summer. Happy reading!

Mrs Hughes

Senior Library News July 6th

Most Popular Reads 2017/2018

As can be seen from the top six - this year the students have read books from a wide range of genres and this is also encouraged through the Passport Reading Scheme. The most popular book for the third year running was Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth - a bold and compelling book which follows the journey of two schoolgirls and highlights issues facing teenagers today.

Most Popular Series

The most popular series have been Sophie McKenzie’s Girl, Missing and also the Murder Most Unladylike books…

'A skilful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp . . . The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective murder mystery, and Stevens can go places Enid Blyton never dreamt of . . . Top class' Financial Times

With many new titles coming in, we can’t wait to see what the must-reads will be next year. Happy summer reading!

Mrs Finch



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FoND Weekly Board July 6th


Well done to the Year 6 class reps who made £137  on our last ice-cream sales of the year.

Slushee Monday

We would like to give a special thanks to Nadine, Amanda, Samantha and Pippa for being amazing and for stepping in to help. By popular demand we will organise another couple of Slushee Mondays in September (weather permitting). We have made £113.50 worth on sales.  FoND would like to apologise to those who didn’t manage to get any slushee due to it finishing so quickly!

Brainstorming Coffee Morning.

Blessed with sunshine and great company, some prep and senior school parents met over a coffee last Friday morning. This served as a springboard for new and exciting fundraising ideas. We will be organising another coffee morning in the new scholastic year and look forward to welcoming you all.

We wish you all an amazing Summer holiday and look forward to seeing you in September!

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