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Feast Day May 14th

Happy Feast Day Everyone!

This morning we gathered as a community, online, to celebrate the Feast Day of our foundress St Jeanne de Lestonnac.

Feast Day May 2021

Year 6 were present in the chapel and special thanks to Father Daryl for leading the service for us, and to everyone who helped to make this so special:

Feast Day congratulations to everyone especially:

Prep

Years 1 and 2 who recorded the Gathering Hymn ‘Come Into His Presence’

Year 5 Choir from the Spring term who recorded our Offertory and Communion Hymns ‘Gather Around for the Table is Spread’ and ‘This is the Day’

Years 3 and 4 who recorded the School Hymn ‘St Jeanne’  to close the mass

Senior

Sarah K (Y13) for the Opening Hymn ‘So Long Ago in Bordeaux’ and for the parts of the Mass: Kyrie (soloist Maisie T Y13), Gloria, Gospel Acclamation, Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, Agnus Dei  

Year 9:

Ella I, Sophia M

Year 10:

Holly F, Scarlett R, Dina S

ND6:

Sarah K, Maisie T

Thanks to Mr Whiting for accompanying and supporting the singing

Picnic Lunch

Prep Feast Day Picnic Lunch

Mandy and her team put together an amazing picnic lunch for Feast Day today for the whole school! We were blessed with a dry day and so everyone was able to enjoy their lunch in our beautiful school grounds!

 

Chaplain's Corner May 14th

Happy Feast of St Jeanne!

One of the many remarkable things about St Jeanne de Lestonnac was the fullness of her life experiences.

The vows St Jeanne took in her religious life, first with the Cistercian Order, and then - in response to God’s call - founding the Company of Mary Our Lady, came after years of faithfulness to marriage vows she had made, the birth of seven children, and eventually the death of her husband.

For many years St Jeanne’s life was going along one path – the path of marriage, and raising her family.  This was God’s plan for her.  It was not God’s only plan for her though.  God was always speaking to her and St Jeanne was always listening, so when the time came, she was able to respond to her new calling.

There is a great message and example in this for us.  God is always speaking to us.  We don’t know what God’s future plans for us are, so like St Jeanne, we need to be listening to His constant speaking.  Is God calling us to remain on a straight path, or is He calling us to a change of direction?  We will only know by listening.

There would be no better way of honouring St Jeanne today than to try to spend a few moments in silent reflection.  What is God saying to you today?

Statue of St Jeanne in Prayer Garden

Mr George, Chaplain

Year 9 WWII - Trenches

In History this term Year 9 have been studying WWI including methods of warfare, the trench system and what it was like to live and fight in the trenches of WWI.  

They were tasked for homework to create a visual image to show what life was like for soldiers fighting in the trenches in WWI.  They could choose to present their project in any way from a 3D model, to a film documentary, to a cake, to actually building a trench in their gardens at home. They had to include information such as labelling the different parts of the trench system including no man’s land and the reserve and supply trenches.  They were also able to include facts on the weapons used and how the trenches were attacked and defended.  Additionally, they could choose to include medical reports from a doctor explaining the symptoms and treatments for ailments such as trench foot and they could include a diary entry or a letter from a WWI soldier. 

The work that the students produced has been exceptional.  Well done to all the girls for their super work this term.  Here are a few photographs to show the fantastic examples of the models made by the girls:

Year 9 WWII History Trenches

Emily Gw and Sophia M and Emma Gr, Eva K and Star M A.  A special mention to Star and her fantastic piece of work.  Having just moved house Star was able to dig up her garden and single handily re-created an incredibly lifelike WWI trench!

Here is a film of Star's brilliant presentation!

Mrs Best

Royal Mail Art Competition

Enter the Heroes Stamp Design Competition

Honouring the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic... on stamps

Royal Mail stamp Competition

If you would like to enter this competition please collect a template from Mrs Brennan in the Prep School or Mrs Basra from the Senior School Art Department.

The deadline for entries is 24th May so we have time to package and post.

Entry Requirements

Please click on the following link which explains how the competition works and the entry requirementys:

https://www.stampcompetition.ichild.co.uk/ 

Good luck!

Mrs Brennan and Mrs Basra

Year 4 Trip to the Wildfowl Wetland Trust

Year 4 had a wonderful time at the Wildfowl Wetland Trust (WWT). We spent the morning mini beast hunting and the girls enjoyed investigating, grouping (and naming) their finds, such as Woody the Woodlouse. ​

Year 4 Trip to The London Wetlands Centre

After lunch, we went for an explore around the beautiful grounds. We saw lots of different birds in their natural habitats and couldn't believe how many different types there were. The girls had their binoculars to hand so they could get up close from a safe distance so not to scare the wildfowl. A firm favourite was a blue billed duck which our guide told us was very rare.  We loved watching the ducks chasing each other in the water and diving for food with their little feet poking out the surface. 

 

We finished the day with a visit to see the otters called Todd and Honey. They even showed off with a backflip in the water. The day was perfect and wouldn't be complete without a trip to the gift shop before heading back to school. 

​Year 4 

 

Year 3 Trip to Hindleap Warren May 13th

The excitement had been building all week in year 3 and finally Thursday, the day of our trip arrived.  We picked up our lunches from Mandy and boarded the coach.  Off we went and the singing began.  A chorus of “are we are there yet?” began immediately!!!!

We arrived in no time at all and spilt ourselves into 2 groups.  We completed so many exciting and fun activities, including team building, obstacle course, rock climbing, pond dipping, camp fire building, group singing and toasting marshmallows.

Year 3 Trip to Hindleap Warren

We were amazed with all of the girls – they showed such excellent resilience especially through the team building activities - our leaders Emma and Kat said that they had never experienced such superb team efforts from any year 3s before!  How proud were we all! Mrs Skuse was particularly thrilled with the amount of effort put into rock climbing by you all, Mrs Hunt was really excited to take part in the mangle on the obstacle course, and Mrs Fletcher was bowled over by the amount of kindness and compassion showed by you all to each other.

 

What an excellent day!  Thank you so much, Year 3, you were phenomenal!

Here are some quotes from some of the girls:

Year 3 Quotes about Hindleap Warren

Mrs Skuse, Mrs Hunt and Mrs Fletcher

click on the photo gallery to see the full set of photos

Infant Assembly May 14th

Mental Health

This week's Infant Assembly was all about Mental Health and how we bring nature into our lives!

Infant Assembly - Mental Health

Smiling face with smiling eyes

Miss Deen talked about lots of examples of how we can bring nature into our lives and this was illustrated by our wonderful experiences at Forest School.

International Nurses Day

Infant Assembly - International Nurses Day Prayer

We celebrated International Nurses Day and said a prayer together thanking God for our nurses who are very special people with kind & caring hearts.

Stars of The Week

Infant stars of The Week May 12th

Congratulations to these girls for working so hard and being awarded stars of the week!

 

Forest School May 14th

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:

https://twitter.com/ND_ForestSchool

Year 2

Year 2 Forest School May 14th

Year 2 - what a great way to end #FeastDay singing our favourite Hymn - St Jeanne around the camp fire

Reception

Reception Forest School May 12th

FS Reception had a very creative session today! We used wooden spoons, clay and we had an abundance of natural materials in the forest to help us create some magical woodland spirits! Lots of fun and hard work

Upper Nursery

NDEY Forest School Learning Through Play

FS Upper Nursery - had a colour theme this week! We found so many colours while exploring our grounds at Notre Dame. Thank you to our wonderful gardening team - so many glorious plants & flowers

#breathingspace #itsgoodtobeback #OurGreatOutdoors

Mrs Skuse, Forest School Leader

Ear of rice

IMPORTANT - Prep Snack Guide May 14th!
Prep Snack Time

The best snacks to keep you energised and ready for learning are:

  • Fruit (Grapes, melon, a banana, strawberries, a tangerine, a pear, a peach, a plum, an apple etc)
  • Vegetables (tomatoes, celery, carrot and cucumber sticks, sliced peppers, sugar snap peas, carrot sticks, cucumber, seaweed etc)

If you are unable to have fruit or veg for any reason, you may bring in either of the following as an alternative snack:

  • 2 plain biscuits e.g. digestives, rich tea, crackers.
  • Plain popcorn or breadsticks.

Remember:

These are just a snack to keep you energised until lunch time! You don’t need to bring a whole lunch box of snacks in. The best way to keep energised is to make sure that you are eating enough at breakfast and at lunchtime, with only a small snack in between times.

Remember to stay hydrated with water – bring a named water bottle to school every day and refill at any of the water fountains around school.

Please do not bring in any of the following items for snacks:


Processed foods

e.g. cheese strings, dips, pepperoni, sausage rolls, scotch eggs etc.


Sugary foods

e.g. sweets or chocolate, squares bars, jammy biscuits, waffles, pancakes, fruit flakes/roll-ups/winders.

Salty Foods

e.g. crisps, salted biscuits, snack-a-jacks. This includes snacks such as Sun Bites.

Anything that contains nuts – other children or adults in school may have a nut allergy

Birthdays

Happy Birthday

You are welcome to bring in a treat to celebrate your birthday! Please make sure they are individually wrapped so they can be shared with your class at the end of the school day for them to take home.

  • If home baked, please provide a list of ingredients included.
  • If shop bought, please bring in the packaging with the ingredients on.

FoND

FoND News May 14th

Virtual Quiz Night

Get Your Team Ready!

Virtual Quiz Night 2021

Daddy Daughter Camp Out

Daddy and Daughter Camp Out 2021

Nearly new uniform sale.

Nearly New Uniform Poster

Please leave donations at reception or by the FoND hut in car park 1 any time at drop off or pick up.
Our shop will be open again between 3pm and 4pm on the following summer term dates:

20th May
10th June
24th June

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

https://twitter.com/NotreDame_FoND

Sports Board

Prep Sports Board May 14th

PE Weekly Sports Gallery

Prep Sports Clubs May 14th

 

 

Sports Fixtures this half term

Tuesday 18th May – U11 Cricket v Milbourne Lodge 3:00pm (H)

Tuesday 18th May – U11 Tennis (3pairs) v Downsend 4:00pm (A)

Monday 24th May – U10 Cricket v Milbourne Lodge 3:00pm (A)

 

Fixtures Monday 7th- Saturday 12th June  

Tuesday 8th June- U8 and U9 cricket v Manor House 4:00pm (H)

Thursday 9th June- U9 Cricket v Rowan 3:00pm (H)

Friday 11th June- U8 Cricket v Downsend (H) 2:30pm

Saturday 12th June- year 6 Athletics @ Downsend

 

Mrs Purgavie

Senior Sports Board May 14th

Year 10 GCSE PE

Year 10 GCSE PE - Levers

This week the girls were learning about lever systems by making models in the woods

Year 7 Tennis

Year 7 Tennis v Freemans

Year 7's had their first fixture tis week! It was extremely exciting and good to get the narrow win! Thanks Freemens for a lovely afternoon!

After School Clubs

Senior after School clubs

We have had some busy afternoons of Sport tis week! Year 7 Tennis, Year 8 Cricket and Year 10 Athletics! Great to see so many happy faces out there!

Miss Paul

Thames Ditton Junior Netball Club Trials
Thames Ditton Junior Netball Trials

 

Summer Hockey at Surbiton Hockey Club

SHC Junior Summer Hockey Programme 2021

Surbiton Hockey Club Logo

Comprehensive timetable information is below, but please note the following important information.

Our summer programme is open to both members and non-members. We expect places to be snapped up fast and with limited places due to Covid restrictions, do book early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Current Colts Members

·         Book via your Teamo app. Click here for instructions

Non Members: How to Book

·         Click on this link to open Teamo in a new window and follow the instructions below

o    Agree to the Ts&Cs & click "register"

o    Scroll to bottom of Privacy Notice and click "continue"

o    Click "Colts Registration Form / Under 18"

o    Fill in the details. Under 'Club Section/Team' please select the appropriate Summer 2021 category you wish to book onto

o    Complete payment at the time of booking. Your place is not confirmed until payment is made.

Age Group Information

·         We are offering several different options for each age group. Open your notification on the Teamo app, where you will be directed to your age group section. Click on “Concessions” to enable you to select and pay for your chosen summer hockey activity.

·         Groups are based on our current age groups. As an example, if you are U12 in the main season you will be U12 in summer hockey (unless you have been told otherwise).

·         Mixed U8 can choose to attend a weekday session only, a Sunday session only, or a weekday session and a Sunday session. Please check the full timetable as there are options at different venues on different days.

Book for One or Two Blocks of Coaching

You can book in one block of 4 weeks (Block 1 or Block 2) or you can book them both together (Blocks 1 & 2).

·         Block 1 dates: 17th May – 20th June (excluding half term week 31st May – 6th June).

·         Block 2 dates: 21st June – 18th July

·         Prices

·         Payment must be made at the time of booking. Your place is not confirmed until payment is made.

·         Prices are visible here or on the Teamo app when you book.

·         There is no sibling discount for summer term hockey.

Timetable for Sessions at Notre Dame School

AGE GROUP

Times & Additional Information

Mixed U8

Friday 5 - 6pm
U8 can also choose to attend the U8 Sunday session at SHC as an addition

Mixed U10

Friday 5 - 6.30pm
Also attend Sunday age group session at Surbiton HC, times as above

Mixed U12

Friday 5 - 6.30pm
Also attend Sunday age group session at Surbiton HC, times as above

 

Timetable for Sessions at Surbiton HC

AGE GROUP

Times & Additional Information

Mixed U8

Monday 5.30 - 6.30pm / Friday 5.30 - 6.30pm / Sunday 9 - 10am
Select Monday OR Friday OR Sunday OR Monday & Sunday OR Friday & Sunday

U10 / U12 Goalkeepers

Friday 6.30 - 8pm & Sunday sessions with age groups

Girls U10

Monday 6 - 7.30pm & Sunday 10 - 11.15am

Boys U10

Friday 6 - 7.30pm & Sunday 4 - 5.15pm

Girls U12 (Yellow - for beginners / less confident players)

Tuesday 6 - 7.30pm & Sunday 11.30am - 1pm

Girls U12 (Red - for more experienced players)

Friday 7.30 - 9pm & Sunday 11.30am - 1pm

Boys U12

Friday 6.30 - 8pm & Sunday 4 - 5.30pm

U14 / U16 / U18 Goalkeepers

Wednesday 6.30 - 8pm & Sunday sessions with age groups

Girls U14 Performance

Thursday 6 - 7.30pm & Sunday 1 - 2.30pm

Boys U14 Performance

Monday 6 - 7.30pm & Sunday 5.30 - 7pm

Girls U16/U18 Performance

Wednesday 6.30 - 8pm & Sunday 2.30 - 4pm

Boys U16/U18 Performance

Tuesday 6 - 7.30pm & Sunday 5.30 - 7pm

 

Regards

SHC

The Downs Netball Club

Netball

The Downs Netball Club are recruiting players!

The Downs Netball Club

 

Performing Arts

Senior Drama Board May 7th

A Level Drama Performances

Congratulations to our fantastic Year 13 drama students for their amazing performances of their scripted pieces on Thursday. You were great ladies!

Year 13 Alevel Drama Performances

 

ABRSM Summer Exams 2021

Exam Dates for next term

 

 

Theory

26 May - 23 June 2021: THEORY EXAMS: Exam Window

Practical

Friday 14 May: PRACTICAL EXAMS: Deadline for instrumental teachers' candidate lists to Mrs Shaw

Friday 21 May: PRACTICAL EXAMS: Deadline for parental Candidate Registration for Practical exams on Firefly

Monday 31 May: PRACTICAL EXAMS: ABRSM Absolute Candidate Deadline Online - by this date your exam fee is non-refundable

Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 June: PRACTICAL EXAMS: Proposed Rehearsal Days

Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 June: PRACTICAL EXAMS: Proposed Exam Days

 The registration forms for parents are on the following links:

Theory

https://notredame.fireflycloud.net/instrumental-music-lessons/abrsm-exams/abrsm-exam-registration---theory-examinations

Practical

https://notredame.fireflycloud.net/instrumental-music-lessons/abrsm-exams/abrsm-exam-registration---practical-exams

Mrs Shaw

Library

Senior Library Board May 14th
Mental HEalth Awareness Week

10-16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. The website has a plethora of information about mental health issues and includes research documents, advice, blogs/videos, how to get involved, and is well worth a visit…

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Nature and Mental Health

The theme this year is nature:

Why Nature?

“During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.”

“Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.”

Nature is our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future.

“For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.” Chief Executive Mark Rowland 

There are various sites with recommended books/activities to support mental health awareness…

Hot topic: Children's Mental Health Week | National Literacy Trust

Anxiety & Wellbeing - 50 Books to Help Children Cope | LoveReading4Kids

Children's Mental Health week reading and writing tips and activities | Words for Life

Books to Support Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 | Hachette UK (hachetteschools.co.uk)

Book Trust
Sad Book

Recommended Reads (BookTrust)

The Mystery of the Colour Thief
The Goldfish Boy
Running on the Cracks
Paper Avalanche
Optimists Die First
Am I Normal Yet
The Ghosts of Heaven

 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies
More Than This

We have many of these resources in the Senior Library, as well as the books below…

Your Are Awer Some

The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mind-set author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired.

Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly. Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes it's the rumbling roll of thunder . . .

Quotes

Each year, inspirational quotes and positive sayings are shared across social media and between family and friends to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

Here are a few memorable quotes:

Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud
Maya Angelou

 

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow Helen Keller

 

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream CS Lewis

 

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory
 Dr. Seuss

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
 Amy March, Little Women

 

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light
Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

 

Mrs Finch

Prep Library Board May 14th

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental HEalth Awareness Week

This year’s theme is ‘Nature’ and this week many books for young children, acknowledging or exploring mental health issues, are brought to the public’s attention.

The Book Trust lists a range of books that can help parents to explore their children’s range of emotions and perhaps provoke a useful discussion at the same time.

Ages 3 - 8

My Monster and Me

My Monster and Me

Author: Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books Interest age: 3-5

A boy introduces both himself and his monster, who has been with him for as long as he can remember. An all-round perfect picture book for entertaining and reassuring any child that though anxiety may be a part of life, it does not define us and can be managed. 

The Cloud

The Cloud

Author: Hannah Cumming Publisher: Child's Play Interest age: 4+

Reading age: 6+

Everyone loves art class; everyone except the little girl who sits alone and draws nothing, a black cloud glowering above her.

 

The Colour Monster

The Colour Monster

Author: Anna Llenas Publisher: Templar Interest age: 3-8 Reading age: 7+

An original and entertaining picture book using colour, collage-effect illustrations and a delightfully cute monster to help youngsters identify and understand different emotions.

The Colour Thief

The Colour Thief

Author: Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters Illustrator: Karin Littlewood

Publisher: Wayland Interest age: 4-8 Reading age: 7+

Drawing on personal experiences of living in a family blighted by depression, this unusual, yet important, book may help youngsters to make sense of an illness they cannot see.

 Up and Down Mum

Up and Down Mum

Author: Summer Macon Publisher: Child’s Play Interest age: 4-8 Reading age: 5+

Everyone has good days and bad days, but in some cases, it is far more extreme. This powerful and moving portrayal of a parent with Bipolar Disorder is laced with hope and reassurance. An inspired picture book, created in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust.

The Pond

The Pond

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher Publisher: Graffeg Books Interest age: 5+ Reading age: 7+

A young boy and his father are planning a pond in their back garden - but they only get as far as digging a muddy hole when Dad passes away. A raw, emotional but ultimately hopeful take on grief, loss, nature and love.

 

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake Publisher: Walker Books Interest age: 6+ Reading age: 6+

The subject of bereavement is treated in an unusual way in Michael Rosen's Sad Book, which deals with the death of the author's own son.

 

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Author: Gill Lewis Publisher: Oxford University Press Interest age: 8+ Reading age: 7+

 

At times heart-rending, this is a powerful story which skilfully gains our sympathy for those who are often misjudged, feared and derided by society. 

 

Ages 9 – 11

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Author: Horatio Clare Illustrator: Jane Matthews Publisher: Firefly Interest age: 9-12 Reading age: 9+

This fabulously illustrated book addresses the difficult subject of parental depression, at once describing the horror of Aubrey’s dad’s experience but also remaining upbeat and full of surreal humour.

Hopewell High: All Too Much

Hopewell High: All Too Much

Author: Jo Cotterill Illustrator: Maria Garcia Borrego Publisher: Bloomsbury Interest age: 9+ Reading age: 9+

An absorbing school story that looks at the pressures and mental health challenges for young people when trying to live up to expectations. Part of a series that provides age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers.

The Red Tree

The Red Tree

Author: Shaun Tan Publisher: Hodder Children's Books Interest age: 9+ Reading age: 9+

The perfect blend of words and pictures, this is a wonderful book to share with anyone suffering from depression or uncertainty.

 

Tiny Infinities

Tiny Infinities

Author: J H Diehl Publisher: Chronicle Books Interest age: 9+ Reading age: 9+

 

Thirteen-year-old Alice is trying to stop her family falling apart. A very beautiful and sensitively handled book that touches on themes of mental health, family relationships, friendships and love.

 

The Mystery of the Colour Thief

The Mystery of the Colour Thief

Author: Ewa Jozefkowicz Illustrator: Sophie Gilmore (front cover) Publisher: Zephyr Interest age: 9-11 Reading age: 9-11

The book paints a convincing picture of a harrowing time in a young life, and the time, talking and friendship that helps her to process trauma. But this is by no means a gloomy read, offering ample humour, hope and optimism.

 

The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

Author: Lisa Thompson Publisher: Scholastic Interest age: 9-12 Reading age: 9+

Matthew has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Can he help an investigation into the abduction of a child, perhaps without even leaving his house? A captivating read, combining a compelling whodunit with an engaging protagonist.

 

The Illustrated Mum

The Illustrated Mum

Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt Publisher: Doubleday Interest age: 10+ Reading age: 10+

This is a moving yet unsentimental account of two children coming to terms with their mother’s depression, mental instability and alcohol problem.

 

Running on the Cracks

Running on the Cracks

Author: Julia Donaldson Publisher: Egmont Interest age: 11+ Reading age: 11+

Julia Donaldson's first novel for young adults is a tense thriller about a runaway. Donaldson addresses numerous issues in her gripping text, including abuse, mental health, mixed-race families and, above all, loyalty.

  

Why is Nature Good For Our Mental Health

 

It is well known that reading books encourages dialogue, reduces stigma and increases understanding. Why not take a book outside and share it together, while enjoying the benefits of the natural world all around us?

More details here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Benefits of Letter Writing and Wellbeing

 

The National Literacy

The National Literacy Trust’s research into letter writing among young people found far-reaching connections between literacy engagement and wellbeing, especially during last year’s pandemic. Research found:

  • Children and young people’s letter writing has risen in popularity with 36.7% now writing letters in their free time, compared to 28.9% in 2011
  • Children are mostly writing letters to stay in touch with family and friends (52.7%) or to make the letter recipient happy (47.8%)
  • Children also say that writing letters makes them feel happy (33.8%) and helps them express their feelings (30.7%)

 

Writing Challenge

The poet Rutendo Tavengerwei, author of the poem The Store Full of Magical Things which features in The Book of Hopes, has set children a challenge to write a letter to a friend or family member sending them “a smile that can never fade”. More details in her video here.

 

More information here: https://literacytrust.org.uk/resources/rutendo-tavengerwei-inspiration-for-letter-writing/

 

Mrs Hughes and Mrs Westwood

Alumnae

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.