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Chaplain's Corner July 1st

On Tuesday evening we celebrated with Year 13.  We celebrated the end of their A levels, we celebrated all their achievements during their time at Notre Dame, and we celebrated all their contributions to their school.  We celebrated the fine young adults that they have grown up to be.

The evening began with Mass in the chapel, celebrated by Fr Mervyn.  Each of the readings chosen for the Mass spoke to us pertinently about the occasion.

The author of the book of Ecclesiastes wrote about their being a time for everything: ‘a time to born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot …’.  For everything there is a proper time.  Now is the proper time for our Year 13s to be moving on from Notre Dame to the next stage in their lives.

In the psalm the response was ‘Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.’  We gave thanks, indeed, for our Year 13 students.  We thanked God for the privilege of having been part of their lives.  In the second reading, from the letter to the Ephesians, we heard St Paul’s words, expressing his own prayer, that those on their journey of life and faith may be filled with a love of Christ, and with the utter fullness of God.

Finally, our Gospel reading reminded us of the importance of having strong foundations that we can rely on, that are not easily shaken, and that will remain with us, underpinning us as we build.  For our students that foundation is their school, faithful to the ethos of St Jeanne and to the living out of the Gospel values.

Fr. Mervyn Williams at Y13 Celebration Mass 2022

During Mass each of the Year 13 students came forwards to light a candle on the altar.  As each lit a candle they were invited to make their own private and silent prayer, and all of the rest of us were invited to pray for them.

Please do pray for our Year 13 students at this time in their lives.  May all they have learned during their time at Notre Dame remain with them.  May this be a strong foundation for the rest of their lives.  May they always know the love that God has for each of them.  And may they share that love with others, changing the world in the ways that St Jeanne inspires us to do, and being the people that God created us to be.

God Bless,

Mr George, Chaplain

Year 13 Celebration Evening 2022

We were delighted to mark this wonderful occasion at school this week. What a privilege it has been to see these wonderful Year 13's flourish and mature into such wonderful young adults. 

The evening began with Mass which was celebrated with former Governor Fr. Mervyn Williams SDB.

Year 13 Celebration Mass 2022

Following Mass we had celebratory drinks on the lawn which was also an opportunity to take lovely photos.

Year 13 Celebration Drinks on the Lawn 2022

The evening continued with a delicious supper prepared by Mandy and her team and served by Year 12.

Year 13 Celebration Dinner

Speeches completed the evening and these truly were superb!

All of the photos have been uploaded to Firefly and can be seen by clicking on the collages above

Wishing Year 13 a very well deserved summer break and we look forward to seeing them on results day in August!

Tooled Up Newsletter July 1st
Tooled Up News July 1st

The holidays are just around the corner for many of our schools but your access to Tooled Up isn’t going anywhere. Our library of resources is still there to support all of the families in our schools over the summer break. Last June, we had 250 resources in the library. A year on, thanks in part to your many requests, we have almost 450 evidence-based articles, tip sheets, activities, podcasts, videos and webinars for you to browse through. 


Summer Fun

A quick reminder that we have plenty of holiday inspiration in our list of summer activities for young people of all ages. Whether your child is interested in a music, dance or sport camp, a taster of university life, or a STEM experience, there is something for everyone. Be quick though. Lots of the activities are filling up and some have imminent booking deadlines, so take a look now to make sure that you don’t miss out! You might also like to take a peek at our list of Quirky Activities for Tweens and Teens – our top 10 informative, exhilarating and educational ideas to entertain and inspire your children this summer and read our article on things you can do to avoid the summer slide.


If you are visiting warmer climes (or in fact anywhere with a pool or on the coast), make sure that you check out our water safety and drowning prevention fact sheet before you go. We’ve also created some useful pre-holiday and packing checklists, designed to encourage independence in your children and teens.


The summer also provides the perfect opportunity to cultivate our children’s aspirations. Engage them in some holiday reading with books from any of our 25 book lists, expand their curiosity with our science resources, get them moving with our sporting ideas, broaden their thinking with some philosophical questions and nudge them to be kind. And, if you ever hear the familiar refrain, ‘I’m bored’, see how many of our 100 ideas they can complete. 


Tooled Up Webinars 


We still have more expert webinars for you, before the summer truly begins. You are welcome to join us on July 5th where Dr Sophie Nesbitt will be discussing the impact of eating disorders on siblings and how best to support them. The following evening (July 6th), Rob Lightfoot from the National Association for Able Children in Education will be talking with Dr Weston about the perils of perfectionism. Book your free tickets now!

To access Tooled Up the details are all on Firefly and can be accessed by clicking on the image above!

Ultimate Summer Football Camp 2022

We are running an exciting football holiday camp for girls at Notre Dame School on Wednesday 20th July: 9:00am-2:00pm

Ultimate Euro Girls Football Coaching 2022

Please see the link below for more details and to book now:

Parents at Notre Dame School can use the below discount code for 15% off when booking:


We are also running other football themed camps at Notre Dame School from 11th- 13th and 18th-19th July, 

Ultimate Euro Boys and Girls Football Coaching 2022

Please see links below for more information:

Week 1 11th-13th

Week 2 18th-19th


Sounds in The Grounds 2022

Oh What A Night!

Sounds in the Grounds June 2022 Collage

click on the collage above to watch a video of the highlights of the evening!

We were delighted to see so many parents, teachers and friends at Sounds in the Grounds on Friday evening!  We would like to give our thanks and congratulations to all of the Acts – West End Encore, Andalus, our very own ND Alumnae - 'Plumm' and offer our sincere thanks to Paul Martin & Lila McConigley (Y5), all of whom performed show stopping musical entertainment throughout the evening. 

We would also like to extend thanks to Anthony, Mat and the Estates Team for facilitating the use of the field and assisting us in setting up. 

Our special thanks goes to Andy Searle (Y7 & Y10) who acted as compere for the evening, and directed all the wonderful performers, technical provision and schedule for the event.  Andy is a highly sought after singer on the corporate circuit, having established himself theatrically as Gaston and Beast in Beauty & The Beast in the West End, Dexter in High Society and Prince Charming in Cinderella amongst others.   Andy is the Co-Founder of Encore Entertainment – together with other great singing stars who have all played leading roles in the West End, they bring entertainment in the form of Bespoke Concerts, Surprise Singing Waiters & Chefs & other wonderful acts, for a unique experience at global events.  Do contact Andy for any enquiries you may have for an upcoming event!

We will start working on Sounds in the Grounds 2023 shortly and look forward to seeing you all there!

Best wishes,

The FoND Team

FoND Nearly New Uniform Shop Update July 1st

The Nearly New Uniform Shop is located in Car Park 1 by the all-weather pitches. 

FoND Nearly New Uniform Shop


Nearly New Uniform Shop

Monday 4th July -  due to unforeseen circumstances the shop will be open between 4-5pm only. Apologises for an inconvenience this may cause.


We are hoping to get lots of donations in the last week of term, these can be left anytime in the drop box provided.

The last day to drop off donations is Friday 8th July In the morning. This gives FoND a chance to put it away.


Over the holidays all the uniform will be sorted and ready for the shop summer opening, on Tuesday 30th August 10-1pm before school resumes. We hope to see lots of new and current families. Tea and coffee will be provided on the day.

Should you urgently need anything outside of these times or wish to contact the sales team please do so at

All the profits from our sales support FoND fundraising for our school. 

We thank you for your support. 

The FoND team

Daddy & Daughter Campout 2022

Daddy Daughter Campout - Save The Date!

First page of the PDF file: CampoutPoster2022

Unfortunately due to the size of the grounds and the increased number of pupils in the Prep school we are only able to offer this event to girls in years 3-6. 

We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any upset this may cause to younger girls. 

FoND team

Sports Board

Prep Sports Board July 1st

Sports Day

Today all pupils from Reception to Year 6 competed in the annual ND Prep Sports Day. A full report will be in next week's Friday Mailing together with a full gallery of photos.

Here are some photos from this morning's Infants sports Day

Infant Sports Day 2022


Junior sports Day

Junior Sports Day 2022


Downsend Athletics Results

Downsend Athletics June 2022

Saturday 25th June, Notre Dame took U8 – U11 girls to represent the school at the annual Downsend Athletics event. It was a fabulous morning of athletics, where all the girls achieved great results individually and as team.

The standout ND team was the Year 4 girls of which all 8 won their 80m sprint races!

For some of the girls this was their first athletics event and I was so proud of the team spirit and hard from all our ND athletes.

Team results:

U8A team- 3rd Place

U8B team- 3rd Place

U9A team- 1st Place

U9B team- 1st Place

U10A team- 1st Place

U10B team – 2nd Place

U11A team – 4th Place

U11B team- 2nd Place



U8 Cricket v Tormead

U8 Cricket v Downsend

Year 3 visited Tormead on Tuesday morning for a fabulous finish to their cricket season. The girls worked on their throwing and catching skills before finishing with a game of 4 bat. The ND girls had a wonderful morning making new friends and enjoying their cricket.

All the girls have shown so much progression this term!

Clubs next week

A reminder that there will be no before or after school swimming or sports clubs next week as it is the last week of term.


Internal events in the last week of term

Monday 4th July Colour Run/ Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday 5th July Inter House Biathlon Year 3-6


Outside School Sporting News

We love to hear about your daughters' achievements in sport outside school. Please do share any photos and news with us and we will include it in the Friday Mailing! (email


Impressive Medal Haul for Alex!

Gala Medals for Alex B

Alex was rather busy this weekend at the Guildford gala. She won three golds (200m free, 100m free and 200m fly), three silvers (200m IM, 50m free, 100m breaststroke) and one bronze (200m breaststroke). 


Mrs Jones - Stoolball Champions

Well done to Mrs Jones and her Oxshott StoolBall team for winning the Surrey League Tournament today!

Y5&6 have been playing StoolBall in school this week! 



Allison - Football skills

Allison enjoying a training session at her Football Club this week.

Senior Sports Board July 1st

Sports Day 

It was fantastic to be able to host the Senior Sports Day at Guildford Spectrum again this year.

The atmosphere was fantastic, all the pupils and staff were in great spirits. Every Pupil was involved in at least 1 field event and 1 track event (with the majority doing more). 

Field Events

Senior Sports Day 2022 - Field Events

Track Events

Senior Sports Day 2022 - Track Events

Staff On Duty

Senior Staff - Sports Day 2022

Between Events

Senior Sports Day 2022 - Between Events

There were some amazing performances, and all the pupils gave there all but there were some notable performances by 4 pupils who managed to win 3 events on the day and so be awarded Victrix Ludorum: 

Y7 Ester J

Y8 Olivia B

Y10 Sophie K

Y10 Emily G


The Year Group Winners Were: 

Y7 - Eyquem

Y8 - Montaigne

Y9 - Montferrant

Y10 - Lestonnac

With the overall winners being: Lestonnac. 


Senior Sports Day 2022 - Trophies and Certificates

A huge thank you to all the supporters, staff and pupils involved.

Ms Paul

Outside School Sporting Success

We love to hear about your daughters' achievements in sport outside school. Please do share any photos and news with us and we will include it in the Friday Mailing! (email


Team Smith smashed it at the GCSC Mini Commonwealth Meet last weekend with lots of PBs:

Smith Sisters Swimming Medals June 2022

Emily – 2 x Golds, 2 x Silvers and 1 x Bronze


  • 100 Free – 1st Place
  • 50 Back – 1st Place
  • 50 Free – 2nd Place 
  • 50 Breast – 2nd Place
  • 100 Back – 3rd Place


Ciara – 3 Silvers

  • 50 Back – 2nd Place
  • 100 Back – 2nd Place
  • 50 Free – 2nd Place
  • 100 Free – 4th Place

Medals and PBs for Serena

Serena Medal July 1st

Last week-end Serena G also achieved fantastic results at the GCSC open meet: Gold Medal in 200 Fly (2:45.57) with a 8.13 sec PB, plus PBs all around 19sec PB in 200 breast (3:14.05), 9.03 sec PB in 200 IM (2:42.26), 7.23sec PB in 200 free (2:22.24), …


Surbiton Hockey Club Summer Programme

Surbiton Colts Summer Programme 2022

The Surbiton Hockey Club Summer Hockey Programme 2022 is an 8-week programme from 2nd May to 3rd July 2022, excluding May half term.


All age groups from U8 to U14 will be able to choose to book a twice weekly or a once-a-week option. For the U14’s we have a weekly Performance Session followed by internal games on the Sunday. This programme will be lead by international players and Coaching Director Will Fulker.  

First page of the PDF file: summer-programme-2022-u8-u14_1

The U16/18 programme will be offered midweek sessions only (please note the dates) and you will need to sign up for all 8 sessions. These high-quality sessions will be focused on individual skill development and specific game play tactics. This summer programme will be hugely beneficial for those players who may be preparing for Performance Centre or International tournaments, as well as maintaining fitness and individual technical development ahead of next season. This Programme will be lead on the girls side by Ladies first team coach and 8 time Premier League winner (and former GB captain) Brett Garrard. The boys will be lead by England NAGS Coach Jimmy Culnane. Both will be ably assisted by international players and top level experienced coaches.

First page of the PDF file: summer-prog-u1618-1


Performing Arts

Senior Drama Board July 1st

Breath on The Embers

Tonight and tomorrow drama students from years 7 - 9 will be treading the boards for our special Gala performances of Breath on The Embers. The performances mark the 10th anniversary of The Montaigne Theatre, and this was the inaugural show in 2012!

A full gallery will be uploaded to Firefly and can be seen by clicking on the following collages:


Breath on The Embers Act 1


Outside School News

We love to hear about your daughters' achievements in the performing arts outside school. Please do share any photos and news with us and we will include it in the Friday Mailing! (email

Anna Performs at Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Anna L (7TK) took part in a Stagecoach showcase event at Shaftesbury Theatre in London on Sunday 26th June. There were 15 nationwide schools performing a variety of musical theatre numbers.  Anna was part of a dance troupe performing a “101 Dalmatians” routine.

Anna L - stagecoach Dance Show


Infant Soiree June 2022

Bravo to our fantastic Infant musicians on their excellent Summer Soiree this week!

Infant Summer Soiree 2022


Prep & Senior Music Board July 1st

Summer Music Soiree Series 2022

This week we were delighted to have the next of our Summer Soiree Series. 

Thank you to Miss Porter and all her lovely flute pupils for their beautiful soirée this evening

Mrs Porter - Flute Soiree


The final Soiree is as follows:

Summer Soiree Timetable 2022 - July 1st

ABRSM Results

We are delighted to report another superb set of results from this term's examinations. 

The results can be found on Firefly by clicking on the image below:

ABRSM 100% Pass Rate Keep Calm

Faith & Music Assembly

3F Faith and Music Assembly Thursday 7 July 9am

Mrs Shaw

Dance Board July 1st

RAD Examinations

Some of the Private Ballet students taking their exams this week:

Ballet Exams 2022

Outside School News

We love to hear about your daughters' achievements in the performing arts outside school. Please do share any photos and news with us and we will include it in the Friday Mailing! (email

Elisabetta Dances at Epsom Playhouse

Elisabetta took part in the Shine Epsom Playhouse production last weekend. She danced 5 dances - tap, ballet, lyrical, acro and freestyle. She was also selected for the ballet duet and did a beautiful, graceful ballet dance with her boy partner. 

Elisabetta Dance Show June 2022



Prep Library Board July 1st

Summer Reading Challenge - Gadgeteers


The UK’s biggest free reading event, run by the charity the Reading Agency, this year’s theme Gadgeteers has been launched, in partnership with the Science Museum Group.

Run for children aged 4 to 11, the aim is to encourage children to read any six books of their choice from their local library over the summer holidays. Anyone can take part and Gadgeteers begins in local libraries on Saturday 9th July.

Join the Gadgeteers for the Summer Reading Challenge to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around you, including some of your favourite things!

Curious? Perfect! Your imagination can unlock endless possibilities… We’re teaming up with Science Museum Group for a very special science-themed Challenge that will inspire you to use your imagination and creativity!

To take part:

·         Sign up for the Challenge at your local library

·         Your child is given a special folder to keep a record of their reading

·         Read at least six library books and collect stickers and rewards

·         They receive a certificate when they finish

It’s fun and totally free!

 Children can set up their own online profiles, with a personal log-in, so that they can post book reviews on the Gadgeteers website. This will help others choose the books they want to read for the challenge, over the summer holidays. If your child hasn’t made their profile yet, this is a link to the website Home-zone-src | Summer Reading Challenge

Further information at:

If your child is vision impaired, or finds printed books tricky, your local library may be able to help and the RNIB Library can be used for the Summer Reading Challenge too.


StoryTrails – Immersive Storytelling - from the Reading Agency

Story Trails Unboxed

Immersive Storytelling uses immersive technologies, to tell a story. StoryTrails is a digital, storytelling project tying in with the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge above - Gadgeteers.

StoryTrails uses augmented reality, where digital objects are made to appear in the physical world, and virtual reality where computer technology creates a simulated or completely imagined environment. The Reading Agency has produced an activity toolkit, providing resources and activities to help children explore the themes of innovation, technology and immersive storytelling.

The activities in the pack are broken down into four different sections:

·         Finding Your Trail

·         Telling Your Story

·         Expanding the World

·         Sharing Your Story.

In each section, there are some wonderful resources, including links to websites and apps, so that children can create avatars using Scaniverse; design music and soundscapes with GarageBand and Keezy, and create 3D objects using ZBrushCoreMini. By using these technologies, storytellers can create a new experience for users, opening up worlds that they may not otherwise experience. There are also some activities requiring no technology at all, for those without the same level of digital access as others.

The toolkit is available to download from the website here:


Mrs Hughes and Mrs Westwood


Senior Library Board July 1st
Summer Reading

During the Summer Term, students in Years 7 and 8 are given set holiday reading. The titles are chosen by the English Department/Librarian and may differ from the usual choice/genre of books. The aim of the reading scheme is to encourage wider reading and promote the idea of reading for fun. We hope that your daughters enjoy whichever book they choose …

Year 7

Year 7 Summer Reading Titles

The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

The 1,000 Year- Old- Boy by Ross Welford

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer/Ellen Potter

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Classic)

The Royal Rebel by Bali Rai (dyslexia friendly)


Year 8

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (Classic)

Year 8 Summer Reading Titles







The Island at the End of Everything by Karen Millwood Hargrave

The Royal Rebel by Bali Rai (dyslexia friendly)

Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer/Ellen Potter

Small Steps by Louis Sachar (sequel to Holes)

Lark by Anthony McGowan (dyslexia friendly - 13+)


Spilling Ink

Spilling Ink

Spilling Ink is a recent (non-fiction) addition to the Summer Reading List. As part of the book review we will be asking students to write a piece, inspired by what they have learnt from the book… We can’t wait to read what they produce!

Mrs Finch