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Notre Dame School has won the Marketing Campaign of the Year Award at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2020.

tes winners of Marketing Campaign of The Year Collage


We set out to ensure that our Admissions Journey, in being kind and authentic, is reflective of the Notre Dame ethos at every step, and we are very proud that this has been recognised at a national level.

We have focused on customer-facing activities over the last three years, while cutting our marketing and admissions expenditure by 50 per cent and advertising expenditure by 85 per cent. New admissions and marketing approaches have been introduced, aimed at creating an accessible, transparent and kind admissions journey that would be less stressful for prospective parents and children. Friendly, informative information packs were produced, while key messages were identified to build a word-of-mouth reputation and address misconceptions. Importantly, the role of the admissions team was reframed as that of an advocate for families rather than a gatekeeper.

The figures are impressive. The Prep roll is up 26% in three years and the Senior roll is up by 18 per cent in two years, with applications at 11plus up by 42 per cent. The school is now a first-choice destination for candidates, including those of the highest ability.

Lead judge Rachel Hadley-Leonard said Notre Dame had run a brave and insightful campaign that recognised the importance of customer service throughout the admissions journey. “The school took bold steps to cut back on more traditional marketing strategies and focus on ensuring that every family was given a personal and five-star customer experience, resulting in pupil growth and improved feedback,” she added.

Mrs Anna King, Senior School Headmistress said:  “We are delighted to win this prestigious award for our admissions strategy. It genuinely reflects the ethos of our whole school and is a credit to every member of staff.”

We were honoured to attend a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by award-winning comedian Ivo Graham, where more than 400 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in independent schools across the UK.

Beccy Johnson, Director of Marketing and Admissions

5K Assembly - Love

5K's assembly this morning was all about 'Love'

5K Assembly - Love

The girls acted out each of the lines of this poem:

Love is:

Love is patient,

Love is kind,

Love isn't jealous,

It doesn't boast

It's not rude

It's not selfish,

Love doesn't get upset with other people,

Love doesn't keep a list of all the wrong things people do,

Love isn't happy with evil but happy with the truth,

Love patiently accepts all things,

It always trusts, always hopes,

And always remains strong


They certainly made us all think about the meaning of Love. The acting, singing and dancing was wonderful! Well done girls and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Here is a video of their dance to 'Love is in The Air':


Spotlight on Prep Departments - TASK
TASK Poster

The aim of the TASK curriculum is to offer a variety of enquiry-led teaching and learning focussed around history, geography and awareness of our world. Our aim is for your children to identify areas of their own interest, within a given topic, and lead research towards an end showcase of their learning.

Ideas for Inquiry Based Learning

Within TASK lessons, your children will be taught the following skills and be encouraged to carry them out with increasing independence:

  • The ability to create their own deep thinking questions as a stimulus to their project work.
  • To be able to accurately use a variety of sources to obtain relevant and specific information from.
  • To be an active and collaborative learner, developing their own and others’ ideas during group work.
  • To acquire and retain knowledge with real understanding.
  • To use creativity and imagination when planning final showcase projects.


Miss Hobbs and Miss Kent - TASK Leaders

Miss Kent and Miss Hobbs – TASK Subject Leaders

Happy 20th Anniversary at Notre Dame, Colin!

We would like to take this opportunity wish Estates Team member Colin Green a very happy 20th Anniversary at Notre Dame! He has been an integral part of the Estates team for two decades and can always be relied upon for his very dry jokes and sense of humour.

Happy 20th Anniversary at ND Colin

Come rain come shine Colin will usually be found to be wearing his shorts!

We would also like to take this opportunity to mention other longer serving members of staff whose 20+ year anniversaries have taken place over the past couple of years.

Senior Staff Anniversaries
  • Mrs Sherna Treherne - LAMDA Teacher and Examiner
  • Mrs Heather Marsh - Head of Senior PE
  • Mrs Vanessa Catalano - Science Technician
  • Miss Tina Graham - Director of Senior Drama
Chaplain's Corner Feb 14th

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

I have spent some time over the years researching my family history.  My mother’s side comes close to home.  Although both originally from the north-east my maternal grandparents actually met in Cobham, both having moved south in their teenage or young adult years.  My grandmother was a nurse at Cobham Cottage Hospital.  My grandad lived in Cobham, and was an ARP warden in Cobham during World War 2.  It was during the war that they married.

My father’s side were slightly less local, with my paternal grandmother and her ancestors going back three or four generations at least having been born in Essex.  Whilst researching that line of my family I was amused to discover that one branch of the family had the surname Card, and I did indeed have a relative (second cousin twice removed) with the name, you’ve guessed it, Valentine Card.  He was born on Valentine’s Day, 1913.  I never knew him, but was interested to find a short BBC Radio Essex audio about him recorded after he had died in 1993, which told of how he had used being a real-life ‘Valentine Card’ to great altruistic effect, raising tens of thousands of pounds for Parkinson’s and MS charities.

There is some uncertainty about the details of the life of St Valentine himself.  What is known is that he was a priest who lived in Rome, and died a martyr in about the year 270.  What led St Valentine to become known as the patron saint for those in love is also rather lost in the mists of time.

St Valentine died as a martyr.  He sacrificed everything for someone else – for God.  His love of God was total and complete, serving God even at the cost of his own life.

Few of us are called to martyrdom, but when we love we too are called to sacrifice.  We are called to think of someone else before ourselves, to be selfless.  St Valentine’s example is one of love without limits.

If we think about the Bible and we think about love our minds are likely to be immediately drawn to St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and five of the most well-known verses in the whole Bible:

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.


My mind is also drawn to the first letter of John, chapter 4.  In this chapter John twice writes, ‘God is love.’


Over the years I have been fond of ending assemblies: ‘We are born to be like God.  We are born to show God’s love in our faces.  There is no more important message than ‘God loves you’.  God loves you.  God loves me.  God is love.’


On Valentine’s Day, and every day, God says to us ‘I love you,’ because ‘God is love’.

God is Love


Mr George, Chaplain


Year 10 GCSE Science Live trip

Year 10 girls attended a day of stimulating lectures in London. This involved talks on global warming, fertility and genetics from four prominent scientists, Lord Robert Winston, Dr Helen Czerski, Professor Andrea Sella and Professor Alice Roberts. It was really interesting to find out how science impacts on our everyday lives and the students gained an insight into the research that is taking place in the UK at the moment. The lectures also reinforced many of the topics covered in class and the girls were provided with a very useful booklet with top tips on how to succeed in the new GCSE Science examinations.


Mr Lee

Silver Crest Award Feb 2020

Congratulations to Alicia W and Hannah L (Y11) for achieving their Silver Crest Award.  They decided to research into making more natural make up and spent three school terms designing and formulating lipsticks, mascaras, blushers and bronzers.  They then compared their products to shop bought ones in terms of ingredients used, consistency and colour achieved.  Following on from their experiments, Alicia and Hannah then wrote a report on their findings which was judged by an external examiner.

Here are some photos of their experiments:

Improved Lipstick and SPF Foundation Experiment - CREST Silver Award
Improved Lipstick Experiment - Melting Beeswax and Beetroot Powder
Lipstick Experiment 1


Forest School Round Up - Feb 14th

Reception Forest School  

Reception Forest School - Raft Building

Reception Class has been learning all about traditional tales focusing on the Gingerbread Man, so we took the opportunity to link it to their Forest School session to extend their learning.  We laid out materials and the children had to choose what they thought would make the perfect raft for the gingerbread man.  The excitement was truly infectious!  As the rafts were put to the test each group was encouraged to talk about their creation, what they had used and why, and how they built their rafts supporting the development of their reflection and critical thinking skills.



Nursery Forest School - Sustainability

The theme of this week’s session was sustainability.  On Wednesday we went on a litter hunt around Notre Dame!  We found lots of litter and this prompted lots of discussion on why we should not drop litter and MUST use the bins provided. On Thursday we headed to our Forest School site and tidied up after Storm Ciara.  Our fairy garden now looks better than before and all of it planned by the children.  This just left us with some time to look at the new signs of life in the forest!

Year 2

Year 2 Forest School - Palm Drills

It was the last session of Forest School for and sadly - because of Storm Ciara - we had to have a classroom-based session! The children were introduced to Palm Drills and made some lovely pendants.  The children showed great perseverance as they found it tricky!  They also decorated some pebbles turning them into fairy doors and some powerful positive quotes.  Well Done !


Mrs Skuse, Forest School Leader

NSPCC Number Day 2020 - Prep

'Last Friday 7th February, our Prep School took part in the NSPCC Number Day. Our teachers had planned our lessons so each one included a number element. This meant we could enjoy maths all day'.

The main event was a ‘Number Treasure Hunt’ - with a twist! Posters had been placed around school which could only be read using the QR code reader on the iPad. Years 1 to 6 had to decode a matrix barcode which revealed the question before it could be solved.

  The number fun continued during Golden Time with a skipping league table, netball hoops tally, a traditional game of “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?”, some crafty clock making and games involving dominos and cards.

We are so pleased to announce that due to the efforts of our teachers and children, and with the support of our generous parents, we raised £340 for the NSPCC.

Thank you and well done everyone!

Mrs Davies and Miss Shaaban

Here are some pictures of the activities that took place last Friday!


KS1 Treasure Hunt

KS1 Number Day Treasure Hunt

KS2 Treasure Hunt

KS2 Number Day Treasure Hunt

Year 4 Number Art

Year 4 Number Art

Golden Time

Golden Time Number Day


Year 2 Maths Challenge

Ila, Michelle, Amelia and Ivy (Year 2) spent Wednesday afternoon at Shrewsbury House school where they took part in a Maths Challenge. The girls worked tremendously hard to apply their Maths knowledge to a series of challenging Maths problems. It was a very enjoyable afternoon with the added bonus of talking to - and getting to know - other children from schools in our local area. The girls were all awarded a certificate and should be very proud of themselves. 

Year 2 Maths Challenge Feb 2020

Miss Harris

Convent Lane - Change of Priorities

Changing Priorities

Give Way Signs

Following feedback from residents and users of Convent Lane, the Burhill Group will be reversing the priority on the one way section between the School and the Seven Hills Road.  Priority will be given to drivers heading from the School to the Seven Hills exit.  This change will take effect during half term.

They will also be extending the one way section between the School and Painshill back towards the underpass, though the direction with priority will remain the same.

Please take care while you get used to the changes and remember to show courtesy and consideration to other road users and residents. The lines of sight on both sections are restricted, so please make sure that oncoming drivers have seen you before entering the one way sections.


Thank you

SHC - National League Home Games
Surbiton Hockey club - Watch National League Home Games

Super Saturday 22 Feb @ 4pm - Surbiton Men's 1s vs Old Georgian’s Men's 1s 

  • this local derby between these two leading Premier League teams promises to be an action-packed event.  Both teams have several GB players who will be participating in the 2020 Olympics.  
  • This is an opportunity to watch world-class, elite hockey on your doorstep.
  • £5 entry for adults, children free 
Exam Invigilators Required!

Exam Invigilators (Internal)

Exam invigilator Image

We are seeking to appoint Exam Invigilators on a casual basis who are able to work flexible daytime hours to join the existing team in running the examinations.  An integral part of this role is to ensure regulations are followed in a supportive environment for our pupils taking formal examinations.


Remuneration:           £11.75 per hour


Closing date:             9am on Friday 28th February 2020


Interviews:                  TBC


Start date:                  April 2020


How to apply:


  Applicants are required to complete the online application form available on our career site:


  If you have any questions, please contact or call 01932 589480.


FoND News Feb 14th

Senior Disco

Neon Dance Party

Movie Night

FoND Movie Night - Lion King

Tickets will be organised through FireFly.

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate
Reception Hot Chocolate Team

Thank you to the Reception volunteers for selling Hot Chocolate. The total raised was £59. As usual, hot chocolate will be sold today by the Sports Hall in the Prep playground.


Nearly New Uniform Sale - Situation Vacant

Nearly New Uniform Poster

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 Feb 14th


U10 B & C Netball v MHS

U10 Netball v Manor House


On Monday the U10B and C teams played Manor House in not ideal netball weather, but the girls soldiered on. Both teams played great netball, some lovely passage of play from all, which was a pleasure to see. Well done to Coco and Darcey who were voted players of the match. The C team won their game and the B team had a narrow loss.

U11 A & B Netball v MHS

U11 A & B Netball v Manor House

On Tuesday, Manor House visited Notre Dame with their U11 girls this time! Again we had some very exciting games with the A team being three goals down but bringing it back to draw 7-7.  Well done to Taylor who got Player of the Match and scored some lovely goals from the edge of the circle. The B team played brilliantly too, with a good team effort from all, keeping their lead throughout and winning 5-3. Well done to Charley who was voted Player of the Match.

U10A-C Netball v LEH

U10 A-C Netball v LEH

The U10 girls were back in action on Wednesday night, this time playing LEH. All the girls played very well in some tough games, working well as a team and applying skills learnt in their lessons this week. Well done to Michelle, Lauren and Evelyn who were all awarded Players of their Match. The A and B teams lost, however the C team had a wonderful 2-1 win! Well played to all the Notre Dame girls.


Club Cancellation

On Monday 24th February- Year 3 & 4 Hockey club will be cancelled due to a number of fixtures taking place that afternoon. The club will restart on Monday 2nd March 2020.


Swimming Captains at St Catherine's Gala

Swimming Galas after Half Term

Swimming squad girls please be aware of the following galas:-


  • GHS invitational Gala (one U9 and one U11 Team) – Monday 16th March
  • St Teresa’s at home on Thursday 19th March (year 4,5 & 6)

Invitation letters will go out after half term.

Have a great holiday.

Mrs Jones

Fixtures after half term

Tuesday 25th February- U11C & D Netball v Rowan @ Oaken Lane (A) 3:15pm

Wednesday 26th February- U10/U12 Gymnastics @ Priorsfield 12:30pm (A)

Thursday 27th February- U9/U11/U14 Danes Hill Cross Country 9:00am-12:30pm (A)

Thursday 27th February – U11 IAPS Netball Tournament @ Cranleigh (A)

Friday 28th February- U7-U9 Cross Country (H)- Parents are not invited

Monday 2nd March- U8A-C Netball v Feltonfleet @ ND 4:00pm


Senior Sports Board Feb 14th


U16 and U18 v St Teresa's

On Monday the U16 + U18 A teams had close and competitive matches away against St Teresa’s School. The U16s had a narrow defeat, losing by 13 goals to 11, but the U18s had an excellent win, 12-7. Congratulations to everyone who played.

U16 Netball v St Teresas

U16 team: Lily O’C, Poppy C-S, Ava W, Natasha B, Verity P, Caitlin P, Ella M, Helaina K, Lulu W

U18 Netball v St Teresas

U18 team: Olivia C, Lily O’C, Poppy C-S, Emanuela N, Lucy M, Emily G, Amelia D, Anna G, Lulu W


U15 and U18 v Reeds

U15 and U18 Netball v Reeds

Congratulations to the U15 + U18 netball teams who had matches against Reeds on Wednesday after school. The U15s secured a very convincing 33 goals to 7 win against Reeds 5th team, while the U18 team had a very close and competitive game against Reeds 2nd team; Notre Dame were ahead going into the final quarter but Reeds had a strong finish and managed to get ahead and win 23 goals to 20.

Inter-House Netball

Year 10 and 11 Inter House Netball

Congratulations to the Year 10s + 11s who took part in a combined age group House Netball competition on Thursday after school. The standard of netball was high and the matches were played in a great sporting atmosphere. The results were as follows:


2nd – Montaigne

3rd – Montferrant

4th - Eyquem

Sports Fixtures & Training Sessions Feb 24 - 28th

Senior Sports Feb 24 - 28th Feb


Performing Arts

Prep Music Board Feb 14th

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Congratulations to the Year 3 and 4 cast of The Snow Queen for their wonderful singing! I could hear every word and am very proud of you all!

Faith and Music Assemblies

The next Faith and Music Assembly will be on Friday 28th February for 6S on the theme 'Living in Communion – what can we learn from each other'?

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.


Mrs Shaw

Senior Music Board Feb 14th

Senior Choir

The girls were in fine voice at rehearsals this week. They are preparing for the Spring Ensembles Concert which takes place on Wednesday 25th March in the Chapel.

Senior Music Scholars Concert

Senior Music Scholars Concert Feb 2020

Wow! ND certainly has so much musical talent! Congratulations ladies on a wonderful Senior Music Scholars Concert last night!

The performances were filmed and can be seen by clicking on the following Firefly link:

Senior Scholars Concert Video Link

Prep Drama - The Snow Queen

Congratulations to the cast and crew of this wonderful Year 3 and 4 Production. The singing, dancing and acting was superb! Well done everyone!

The Snow Queen Dress Rehearsal Performance

click on the collage to see the full photo gallery on our Flickr Channel



Videos of the 'musical & dance' numbers from the dress rehearsal can be seen by clicking on the following Firefly Link

Snow Queen Videos

Here is the finale:

LAMDA Success for Evelyn

Evelyn received a high distinction for her grade one LAMDA exam that she took outside school late last year, receiving an outstanding: 91% mark.

Well done Evelyn and good luck with your next exams!

Evelyn - LAMDA Certificate



Prep Library Board Feb 14th

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March

World Book Day 2020

This year’s event continues the #ShareAStory campaign, which celebrates the importance of sharing stories for just ten minutes a day, anywhere, anytime!

To help parents and children create regular reading habits, many creative resources, including games and quizzes, are available here:



On Thursday 5th March, we invite pupils in the Prep School to dress up as a favourite book character. So that they can get as much as possible from this event, we would like the girls to know the title of the book, the author and something about the character they have chosen. This week girls have been searching the Prep Library shelves for their favourite books, and looking for inspiration for dressing-up ideas. A reminder to parents that the girls will follow a normal timetable on World Book Day, which will include swimming and PE lessons as usual, so costumes should have easy access for changing quickly, please. Thank you.




Library visit


Nursery Library Visit

Each week the younger children visit the Prep Library to change their Library books and listen to a story. They eagerly open the new books they have chosen, showing that you are never too young to enjoy a good book!


Chatterbooks Club

Chatterbooks Logo

In readiness for World Book Day next month, this week the girls enjoyed playing online games such as ‘Title Dash’ and ‘Title Thief’ where they had to find the missing word in a book title, against the clock.

They also spent time cutting out and creating their own decorated bookmarks, from the World Book Day family of book characters by the well-known book illustrator Rob Biddulph.



Mrs Hughes

Senior Library Board Feb 14th
Celebrate Stories - Love Reading
World Book Day 2020

World Book Day is Thursday 5th March and is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and above all a celebration of reading. This year, we will be running some exciting activities on the day and all students (and staff!) will have the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book characters. We also have World Book Day book tokens to give away.

Reading is Power

Check out the World Book Day website for news, events, share a story ideas and a list of 50 books that will change your life! There are also games; competitions and an Imagination Channel with videos of authors and illustrators and how they really get their inspiration.

World Book Day Dress Up Ideas

By popular demand, students in the Senior School (all years) will be able to dress up as their favourite book characters. Whether they choose to be Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen or Gangsta Granny – we can’t wait to see them take on their characters!

Fun Games

At lunchtime in the Senior Library, there will be a Book Quest, a tantalizing Literary Tasting Menu and many prizes! We will also be giving out World Book Day tokens.


There will be an opportunity to have a photo taken with Dobby the House elf!

Harry Potter Potion Making

New this year. Harry Potter Potion Making! There will be limited places available (Science Lab) so sign-up sheets will be in the Senior Library from Monday 2nd March.

Roald Dahl inspired lunch

In the Dining Room we will be eating a Roahl Dahl inspired lunch...


Books Cipart

Mrs Finch and Mrs Spafford


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.