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ND To Host English Speaking Union’s Winston Churchill Public Speaking competition’s 2nd HEAT!

Notre Dame is pleased to once again host the prestigious English Speaking Union’s Winston Churchill Public Speaking competition’s 2nd HEAT on THURSDAY 23RD JANUARY, 2020 from 16:30.

The English Speaking Union Logo

Altogether in our district (Guildford) there will be 4 HEATS involving 15 schools and 22 teams.  This excellent charity, (with headquarters at Dartmouth House – Mayfair), started by Sir Evelyn Wrench has improving oracy in students as its core aim – “to give young people the speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive”.   It celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

Notre Dame have entered a team of 3 and we would love if as many students and parents come along to give them our support.  Please let Mrs Best know if you are able to come.

Prep Parent E-Safety Workshop

We are delighted to invite you to a Parent Twilight E-Safety Session on Tuesday 28th January 2020  from  4.15 - 5.15pm


Open View Education


OpenView Education specialises in using theatre and performance to deliver innovative and engaging workshops around the PSHE and Relationships Education (RSE) curriculum.  

We have booked them to run a series of workshops with your daughters throughout the day and the focus will be all about internet safety. 

We would like to get you as parents involved with this by running a parent workshop at the end of the day.


'This engaging presentation will equip parents with easy to apply strategies for keeping their children safe while using the internet at home. We provide an overview of the most recent risks and challenges young people are currently experiencing online, and provide access to the best internet safety resources available for parents.'

Topics Covered


Please complete the consent form on Firefly to guarantee your place on the workshop!

Here is the E-Safety Consent Form Link

Guildford High School Model United Nations Conference

On Saturday 11th January, Amy and Tara from Year 12 and Sarah and Rana took part in a Model United Nations Conference at Guildford High School. MUN, short for ‘Model United Nations’, is a mock version of the United Nations (UN). Students act as diplomats, referred to as ‘delegates’, representing countries within the UN.  It was the first time that Rana and Sarah had taken part in a conference but it was the second time for Amy and Tara and they all really enjoyed the day and will be taking part in another conference soon.  This time Notre Dame represented Japan, having to take on the views of Japan and express these in their committee meetings.  They took part in different committees including the Environment, ECOSOC, Human Rights and SPECPOL and debated the topics ranging from ‘the impacts of declining birth rates on the economy and hosting international sporting events,’ as well as the ‘question of the legalisation of euthanasia’ and’ global flooding’ to ‘urban farming ‘as well as ‘reparations for colonisation’.  The committee meetings began with resolutions being lobbied and then motions were introduced and amendments debated and voted upon.  Each of the Notre Dame students found the day really beneficial and took part in often heated - but always fruitful - debate against other schools representing different UN countries. MUN is a fun way to improve public speaking and meet like-minded individuals who are interested in the key issues of today.

MUN Conference at Guildford High

Sarah K was awarded a certificate as the Highly Commended Delegate on the Environment Committee - a huge achievement as it was her first conference!

Mrs Best

Chaplain's Corner Jan 17th

I did not realise it at the time but one of the best decisions I have ever made was to spend two of my university summer holidays working in a nursing and residential care home.  I applied for the job simply to earn some money to take back to university at the start of the following term; I did not appreciate at the time how much I would learn about life, and, indeed, about death.

Working in residential care is hard work.  Like most of the day staff I either worked 12 hour days or split shifts: 6 hours on, 3 hours off, 3 hours on.  It was physically hard, involving a lot of lifting.  It was mentally exhausting, seeking to provide hours of company in a day to residents who were often afflicted by dementia.  It was emotionally draining, including being present when life itself came to an end.  I had enormous admiration and respect for my colleagues for whom it was not a university holiday job, but a day-in, day-out job – a genuine vocation.

It was impossible in that role for me to think of myself.  The residents I was caring for had different levels of need, but many needed assistance with almost everything.  My own needs were incidental when I was feeding a resident who could not feed themselves, or when holding a drink to someone’s lips because they could not hold it themselves, or when washing somebody, or when dressing somebody, or when changing somebody’s bedsheets.  I could provide life’s essentials.

At the start I had been thinking about me: how much money could I earn in a few weeks to take with me back to university?  What my eyes were opened to though was fulfilling a role of service; an enormously privileged role of serving those who were dependent on me - and those with whom I was working - simply to live.

the prophet Isaiah world cloud using the word servant

In three short verses of Sunday’s first reading the prophet Isaiah uses the word ‘servant’ three times:

‘The Lord said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I shall be glorified.’

‘And now the Lord has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant.’

‘It is not enough for you to be my servant … I will make you the light of the nations …’

God’s words are meant for each of us.  God has given us work to do.  God trusts us to do His work.  God empowers us to do His work.  God calls us to serve Him through the way that we serve one another.


Last week I mentioned having learned from age, experience and maturity.  I hope that with the benefit of these three things I now would recognise and be able to articulate that rather than ‘working with’ the old and sick residents in the home I was in fact serving them, and that in serving them I was doing my best to do God’s work.

There are so many wonderful acts of service that I see happening in school, often in the simplest of gestures – doors being held open, letting someone else go ahead in a queue or going up / down stairs, carrying things for someone else who is overladen and so on.  It is so often done with a smile too.  I wonder how the students would articulate the reasons why they do these things that they do … I will be interested to ask as many of them as I can in the next few days.

Mr George, Chaplain

Year 3 – Stunning Starter for the new South American Topic

Year 3 had the most fabulous Samba party to introduce their new South America topic!  We used lots of South American instruments, wore typical South American carnival headdresses and skirts, and danced  to South American music.  There is a video of us partying on Firefly!  Finally, we watched a short video which took us on a journey through many South American countries, showing us landmarks and life in those countries.  What a great start to an exciting new topic!  Well done Year 3!

Year 3 Stunning Starter for the new South American Topic

Click on the YouTube link to hear the girls ready for Samba Time!

Mrs Fletcher and Miss Boyd

Darcey Performed in The Snow Queen at The Rose Theatre

This year, Darcey was cast in a couple of parts in The Rose Theatre's Christmas production of The Snow Queen. She played the parts of Leandra, an elf  and a newspaper seller. The Snow Queen ran from 6th December to 5th January,  so Darcey was working all over Christmas, apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day! Darcey absolutely loved being part of the show and we can't wait to see what this year has in store for her!

Darcey A in The Rose Production of The Snow Queen



FoND News 17th Jan

Quiz Night 

Quiz Night Closing Date Poster

Closing date for the quiz night is 24th January.  Do hurry and book your place with your team coordinator. This event is always a great fun-packed evening. This event is open to both Prep and Senior parents. 

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate sales restart today, 17th January

Coffee On The Go

Coffee On The Go

Due to the inclement weather, Coffee Mondays will stop for now and restart in the Summer Term.

FoND Support to Sports Department

FoND Purchase Sports Hoodies and Flippers

We are pleased to inform you that last term FoND has supported the Sports Department by purchasing the hoodies for the team who made it to the finals. We have also purchased some much-needed flippers for the Swimming Department. We are delighted that all your volunteering and fundrasing has allowed us to support these departments to enrich the children's expierience. 


Second Hand Uniform

Nearly New Uniform Poster

Nearly New Uniform Sale situation vacant. Due to an increase of your generous donations we are looking for another two lovely parents to help organise and manage this aspect of our fundraising. For more information please call Gayle Douglas on the mobile provided on the poster.

Empties Please

Empties Please Poster March 2019



Sports Board

Prep Sports Board Jan 17th

U10 Rydes Hill Netball

Unfortunately this fixture was cancelled on Tuesday but we hope to rearrange this match. More information to follow.


Fixtures Coming UP 

Monday 20th January- U11 GHS XC Relays (A) 3:30pm

Tuesday 21st January- U11A-D Netball v Tormead (A) 3:45pm

Thursday 23rd January- U8-U11 Gala v Halstead (H) 4:15pm

Saturday 25th January- U10A Rydes Hill Netball Tournament (A) 9:00am

Monday 27th January- U8 Mixed teams event @ GHS 4:15pm

Tuesday 28th January- U11A&B Netball v Rydes Hill @ ND 3:30pm

Wednesday 29th January- U11B&D Hockey v Feltonfleet (A) 4:15pm

Thursday 30th January – U9A-E Netball v GHS @ ND 3:00pm

Friday 31st January- U7 Hockey v Downsend @ ND 2:30pm


Mrs Purgavie


Gala Report v St Catherine's

Swimming Captains at St Catherine's Gala

I would like to congratulate all the girls who took part in the Gala against St Catherine’s on Wednesday night.

I was so incredibly proud of the way the girls swam.

Unfortunately we had 7 swimmers unable to attend the gala and that left us very short of swimmers, especially in Year 3 and Year 4. Thankfully Aoife M and Anya-Bee agreed to help and came along to swim. Aoife and Anya-Bee you swam so well, thank you both for stepping in. Several girls had to swim extra events and it was a very exhausting evening for these swimmers.

Notre Dame showed great team spirt and everyone supported each other. The Swimming Captains Lexi and Serena were so supportive and encouraging, it was lovely to see.

There were so many great swims but I would like to say I was particularly impressed with the way the Years 3 & 4 girls swam with the pressure of extra races and at an away gala.

The results per year group were – Yr 3 ND 39 – St C 41, Yr 4  ND 52 – St C 28, Yr 5 ND 44 – St C 36, Yr 6 ND 44 – St C 36 + Final Squadron 10 -10

The Final result was Notre Dame 189 – St Catherine’s 151

Thank you to Mrs Purgavie and Mrs Douglas for helping poolside and thanks to St Catherine’s for a very exciting and friendly gala.

Next week we have another Gala against Halstead at Home on Thursday 23rd Jan. Please note there will not be swim squad on Thursday due to the gala.

Thank you FoND

I would like to say a big thank-you to FoND for our lovely new flippers. Many of the younger children have really enjoyed using them in this week’s lessons.


Prep Flippers Provided by FoND


Mrs Jones

Senior Sports Board Jan 17th


Our 12 netballers had two challenging games losing both to Danes Hill. Lots to work on!

U12 v Danes Hill

U14 v St Teresa's

On Tuesday the U14 A + B netball teams had matches against St Teresa’s School. Both games were played inside due to the awful weather conditions and some excellent netball was on display. The A team were involved in a competitive and high standard game and it was St Teresa’s who won by 14 goals to 9. The ND B team started strongly and were always ahead, winning by 8 goals to 3. Well played to both teams.


On Wednesday the U13 A hockey team had a match against Sutton High School. For both schools it was good practice for the Surrey Plate competition taking place at Charterhouse next Monday. After a slow start ND played some good attacking hockey and won 5-1. Congratulations to the team and good luck at the tournament on Monday: Sophia T, Lulu C, Eva T, Sasha K, Sophie K, Amy-Lee L, Connie L, Darcey D.


Cross Country

Good luck to Steph W, Ciara S (Yr 7), Emily S, Leonie C, Yasmin C (Yr 9) + Lulu W (Yr 10) who have all been selected to represent North East Surrey at the Surrey Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Reigate Priory Park on Saturday morning!



Good luck to Alexia W, Ciara S (Yr 7), Sophie K (Yr 8), Emily S (Yr 9) + Niamh K (Yr 11) who are competing in the Surrey Schools’ Swimming Individual Championships on Saturday afternoon at The Spectrum in Guildford.

Balls to Africa!

Balls to Africa Charity

Mr Wingrove has set up a cause called 'Balls to Africa' which collects second hand sports balls and kit and send them onto schools and orphanages in Africa. Over the past two years they have sent over 500 football, rugby & cricket balls to great causes. 

We at Notre Dame are delighted to support this cause and have donated several balls from our store cupboard!

If you would like to get involved, please do visit the following website:


Fixtures & Training

Senior Sports Jan 18 - 24th


Performing Arts

Prep Music Board Jan 17th

Save the Date – Lestonnac Choir Surrey Schools Concert Trip – Sunday 8 March 2020

the Children’s Trust for brain injured children

Please put Sunday 8th March 2020 in your diaries for all Lestonnac Choir members.  We will be performing at the Surrey Schools Concert in aid of the Children’s Trust for brain injured children at St John’s School, Leatherhead. This will be from late morning until 4pm.  A permission form with full details will be published in due course.


Prep Start of Year Mass

Thank you to all of the Prep girls and staff for their lovely singing in today's Mass. Thanks also to  the girls from Year 4 for reading so beautifully and serving. 'We are the Children of God'.

Prep Mass Jan 17th


Faith and Music Assemblies

5H's Faith and Music Assembly will be on Friday 31st January on the theme of What can we learn from Jesus’ Mission?

Mrs Shaw

ABRSM Results

ABRSM Results

ABRSM 100% Pass Rate Keep Calm

Congratulations to all girls who took exams last term. Everyone has passed and the results can be found by clicking on the following Firefly link:

Certificates will be given out in Assembly.

ABRSM exam deadlines as follows:

o   ​Wednesday 15 January: Deadline for parents to reply to the instrumental teacher

o   Friday 17 January: School internal deadline for candidate submissions

o   Sunday 26 January: ABRSM online entry deadline

o   Sunday 9 February: By this date your fee is non-refundable

o   Monday 9 March: Proposed rehearsal days

o   Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March: Proposed exam days

Year 5 Indian Dance

Last week, we had the opportunity to learn all about Indian Dance for a fabulous finish to our task topic.  We learnt about the different styles within Indian Dance and how the body, head and hand gestures are of high importance.  We looked at some pictures of different hand gestures, called mudras, and tried to create them ourselves.  Next, we watched a short video showing some examples of different dance styles and how they have become westernised.  We then went to the Junior Hall and Mrs Cesar taught us a Bollywood dance.  It required an awful lot of coordination, concentration and energy but it was great fun!

Year 5 Indian Dance

Mrs Cesar


Prep Library Board Jan 17th

Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre

Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre

This annual Children’s Arts Festival returns between 12th and 23rd February, coinciding with our half term holiday. There will be children’s theatre, literature and musical events with plenty of activities for children aged 0 -12. Authors such as Michael Rosen, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq will be attending, talking about the stories behind their writing. There are many daily events, often free of charge, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show featuring 75 colourful puppets; or solve a mystery of your own with Robin Stevens, the author of the Murder Most Unladylike series of books; or create your own environmental pledge with Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author Sita Brahmachari, author of Where the River Runs Gold.


Please visit the website for more information:



Winnie-the-Pooh Day 18th January

Winnie the Pooh

Every year, this day celebrates the famous character Winnie-the-Pooh, on the anniversary of author A. A. Milne’s birthday. Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared in print in 1926 and libraries, as well as fans of books about Winnie-the-Pooh together with friends Piglet, Tigger and Eyeore, will celebrate this much-loved bear. A. A. Milne’s stories were based on toys owned by his own son, who also featured in the famous stories as Christopher Robin. In fact, Hundred Acre Wood, the location of many adventures in the books, is based on Ashdown Forest in Sussex.

One extra-special way to mark the day could be a visit to Pooh Corner, in nearby Hartfield, where the books were written. You can pick up a map to follow in the characters’ footsteps, and even play a game of Poohsticks on the original bridge. An ideal opportunity to revisit this popular series of books, and enjoy reading them with children of all ages.


 Mrs Hughes

Senior Library Board Jan 17th
Book Trust Logo
Book Trust Information Sticker
Books Given To Children

BookTrust is an amazing charity, which seeks to promote the joy of reading to families and children in children’s centres, schools and libraries. Their prizes and awards ‘celebrate writing from the UK and beyond, bringing new releases to a wider audience and getting readers to engage in different types of books’.

The website includes valuable information about the latest books by age and genre; interviews with authors and illustrators; details of competitions; reading tips; research findings and an outline of their programmes and activities.

Image - 100 best books for children from the last 100 years.

Under ‘Books and Reading’, there is a list of 100 best books for children from the last 100 years. ‘It is the ultimate booklist to read before you are 14’.

Here are some of the selections in the Year 12 – 14 category…

selections in the Year 12 – 14 category

Encouraging Older Children to Read

Research has shown that children who enjoy reading and spend more time reading for pleasure have better reading and writing skills, a broader vocabulary, and an increased general knowledge and understanding of other cultures. BookTrust

Here are some of the useful tips to encourage older children to read:

  • Ensure that your children see you reading. It doesn't matter if it's the newspaper, a cookery book, romantic novel, detective mystery, short stories, computer manual, magazine - anything!
  • Encourage children to join in - ask a child to read out a recipe for you as you cook, or the TV listings when you are watching TV.
  • Give books or book tokens as presents (and encourage others to do so!)
  • Visit the local library together on a regular basis, and enjoy spending time choosing new books.
  • Encourage children to carry a book at all times, so they can read on journeys or in spare moments – you can do this, too!
  • Make sure your home is a reading home - have a family bookshelf and make sure there are shelves in your children's bedrooms as well.
  • Don't panic if your child reads the same book over and over again - let's be honest, we've probably all done it!
  • Encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other. This will encourage them to talk and think about the books they are reading.


Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate

The Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate is managed by BookTrust and this year marks the 20th Anniversary (originally created by Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and author Michael Morpurgo). It is awarded every two years to ‘celebrate outstanding achievement in their field, and celebrates children’s literature as an art form, recognising its contribution to culture and bringing it to the attention of a wider audience’. The Children’s Laureate for 2019 – 2021 is Cressida Cowell; information about her and Laureate events can be found on the website under What We Do/Children’s Laureate.

Writer in Residence

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

The current Writer in Residence is Cerrie Burnell - author of Harper and the Sea Secrets and The Girls With the Shark’s Teeth.

'Through overcoming my own difficulties with dyslexia, I’ve learnt that every child should have access to a wealth and wonderment of stories, regardless of whether they can read them. With the help of people around you – in my instance, my mum – all children can become enchanted by stories. I’m so excited to find out how books have been championed throughout the world and how children from every culture have found keys to unlock a love of literature.

'I am also beyond delighted to be working with BookTrust. They are a fabulous organisation who have reading and storytelling at their heart, which resonates with me so acutely.' 

Further information about BookTrust can be found at


Mrs Finch


Careers Fair 2017

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