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Prep Girls Fund-Raise for WWF


Coco and Rachel Fundraising for WWF

Year 5 Eco Warriors Rachel G and Coco H have been fund-raising for WWF!  “We chose WWF because we are very fond of animals, and want to try to help save as many endangered animals as possible.  We are also worried about pollution and the effect of climate change on the environment. We contacted WWF and they sent us a fund-raising pack.  We asked for donations from our school friends, and some parents were also very generous and supported us too.  We collected donations at school one day in October, giving children WWF stickers as a thank you for their donation. We also ran a disco where people could attend for a small donation.  There, we sold bracelets and jewellery to help boost our funds.  Our final total collected was £689.68!  We were thrilled with the support we received from our friends and family, and want to say a big “Thank You” for your donations towards such a worthwhile cause.”  Tanya Steele, CEO of WWF UK says “We are so grateful for your support, it means we can continue our vital work to help protect some of the world’s most threatened animals, places and people; tackle climate change and address the unsustainable consumption of precious natural resources; thank you again”. Well done Coco and Rachel for bringing such a worthwhile charity to our attention!

Year 1 Victorian Day 2019
Year 1 Victorian Day at Guildford Museum

On Wednesday, the Year 1 class visited the Guildford Victorian Museum. We all dressed in Victorian costumes and spent the morning learning about and playing with the toys that children would have used. We also visited a Victorian classroom where we learnt why sugar paper is called sugar paper and what happens to children who do not sit up straight and those who fiddle with things during lesson times!  The children really enjoyed making paper hats and writing on slates. It really was a wonderful trip.

Victorian Day at Guildford Museum
Victorian Artefacts at Guildford Museum

Mrs Davies

Chaplain's Corner Jan 18th

Yesterday, I spent the day with Year 11 at their Reflection Day. It was a time of fun, laughter and spending time with each other. Of course, there was time for reflection and we had a lovely, silent, prayerful meditation in the Chapel at the end of the day.

One of the topics of the day was ‘being you’ and how as we grow we change. As we change, we may drift apart from certain people, but the nature of life is that it is a series of changes to be embraced and experiences to be learned from. Sometimes these changes in our relationships with others might be difficult, but we learned yesterday that you must be true to yourself and be the person that God created you to be, irrespective of how others view you. That is not to say that we should be selfish, arrogant or unkind, but we must concentrate on the mission that God has for us. Indeed, during the final meditation, David, our facilitator suggested that we close our eyes and repeat gently to ourselves “You and Me”. It is this that I took away from our day yesterday; it is you and God.

And that’s all.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) summed it up perfectly in her “Final Analysis” poem here……

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.”



Just Me and God

Mrs Hopkins, Chaplain

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Prep Weekly Sports Round Up Jan 18th


U11A&B Netball v MHS

Well done to the U11 girls who played Manor House on Monday. The ND girls played wonderful netball, winning both games. Very well played to both teams and a great start to our netball term.

The A team 31-4 with Scarlet as player of the match.

The B team 7-2 with Cameron being awarded player.

U11 A & B Netball v Manor House

U10A/U11A Netball v Tormead

Very well played to the ND teams who had Netball matches against Tormead of Tuesday. The U11 girls worked extremely hard to come from four goals down to draw the match. The U10 girls played great netball and despite not winning, took plenty of positives away from the match, it was a great start to their netball term.

U10 A and U11 A Netball v Tormead


U10 Hockey v Milbourne Lodge

The U10 girls played Milbourne Lodge on Monday afternoon, working very hard on the pitch. Mrs Tomlinson was very impressed with how the girls rallied in the second half, working well as a team to secure the 5-0 win.

U10 Hockey v Milbourne Lodge


U8 Hockey v Milbourne Lodge

Good luck to the U8 girls who are playing Hockey on Friday! Photos to be put on twitter.


Fixtures next week

Monday 21st January- GHS XC Relays @ Stoke Park 3:00pm

Tuesday 22nd January- U11A Netball v Claremont @ ND 3:00pm

Tuesday 22nd January- U10A- D Hockey v CLFS @ ND 4:00pm

Thursday 24th January- U8-U11 Swimming Gala v Halstead

Friday 25th January - U8A&B Netball v Tormead School AWAY

Saturday 26th January- U10 Netball Tournament @ Rydes Hill School


Mrs Purgavie

Senior Sports Board Jan 18th

Qualifiers for the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships

Congratulations to Isabella A, Ellie D, Sophie K, Sienna W, Tate, Emily S, Daisy P, Olivia C and Poppy P who have all qualified for the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championships in Crystal Palace on March 16th.  

Well done girls and good luck!

Miss Mulcahy


Swimming Gala against Sir William Perkins on Monday 14th January

The U12 A&B, U13 A&B and U14 A and U16 A teams swam against Sir William Perkins at Notre Dame on Monday 14th January. It was a very close and exciting gala with great swimming from both schools. The overall results were Notre Dame 86 and Sir William Perkins 70.

Swimmers of the night:

U12 Bella A

U13 Tate G

U14 Sophia K

U16 Niamh K

Well done girls!


On Tuesday,  Netball matches were played against St Teresa’s School. The U12 A squad had a very strong first quarter and managed to maintain their good play and teamwork throughout the match, winning by 12 goals to 6. The U13 A team were up against strong opposition but they displayed good determination and resilience but it was St Teresa’s who won 19 – 10.

U12 A & U13 A Netball v St Teresas

Inter- House Hockey

The Year 8s were the first age group on Wednesday to participate in the annual Inter-House Hockey competition. Despite damp conditions, all the girls rose to the challenge and played some excellent hockey in a very supportive yet competitive atmosphere. Congratulations to Montaigne who won overall but well played to all the Houses.


1st – Montaigne

2nd – Lestonnac

3rd – Eyquem

4th – Montferrant

Year 8 Inter-House Hockey Tournament 2019

Miss Dudgeon


Performing Arts

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Prep Music Board Jan 18th

Upcoming Music Events:

 Prep Spring Concert

Prep Spring Concert 2018

Prep Spring Concert Thursday 28 March at 7:00pm – please reserve this date and please note that all girls in ensembles and choirs will be involved – they will also need their instruments in school for the rehearsal day on Wednesday 27 March. 


Faith and Music Assemblies

The next Faith and Music Assembly will be for 6S at 9:00am on Friday 1 February.  The theme will be 'The Bible and how it helps us to learn'. 

ABRSM Dates Jan 18th

If you think your daughter should be doing an ABRSM exam this term, please contact your instrumental teacher.  The rehearsal day and exam dates are provisional at the moment and will be confirmed in due course.


Wednesday 16 January – Closing date for parental consent

Friday 25 January – Online Closing date for entries

Friday 8 February – from this date your fee is non-refundable

Thursday 14 March – proposed rehearsal day

Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 March – proposed exam days


Mrs Shaw

Senior Music Board Jan 18th

New Clubs!

ND6 Choir

Sixth Form Choir has started this week. Any girls in Year 12 or 13 wishing to join are very welcome to come along to Music Room 2 on a Tuesday lunchtime.

ND6 Choir Advert


Jazz Band

Jazz Band is also starting next Tuesday lunchtime in Music Room 1. All welcome, please email Mrs Andrews if you wish to join.

Jazz Band

Miss Arthur

Prep Drama Board Jan 18th

Year 5 intently watching their peers performing their interpretations of 'The Visitor'

Year 5 Drama - The Visitor


Senior Drama Board Jan 18th

Emil and the Detectives and Inter House Drama Festival are off to a great start

Emil and the Detectives_1

The Drama Department had a great turnout for the auditions this week for Emil and the Detectives and the Inter-House Drama Festival (PANDA) in activities, with lots of talented new actors in Year 7, 8 and 9 auditioning and joining both projects.  It promises to be an exciting Summer Term showcase for our actors, with the four plays in the Inter-House Drama Festival performed during the day on Wednesday 8th May and the Lower School Play scheduled for evening performances on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of June.   


For those who are eagerly awaiting news about the auditions, the cast list for Emil and the Detectives will be published next week.  Those already on board as actors in this year’s Inter-House Drama Festival 2019, will also find out about their house play and roles shortly.  Good luck everybody!    


A Level and GCSE Drama Examination Performances in March

After half-term in March, the A level and GCSE girls will act in their scripted examination performances in the Montaigne Theatre.  There will be more information about the plays, dates and times in the next two weeks.


Senior LAMDA Examination Preparation

We are now three weeks away from the Senior School LAMDA examination session in February, for which many private drama students are entered.  As you start to polish your examination pieces, one helpful tip would be to type them up to produce your neat ‘examination copies’ as early as possible.  This is a great way to check that your learning has been accurate, as well as being good preparation for the exam itself.  Don’t forget to review your theory and questions as well.  If you need any further help or guidance, speak to your LAMDA teacher.

Miss Graham



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Prep Library News Jan 18th

Winnie-the-Pooh Day 18th January

Winnie The Pooh Day

Today is the anniversary of author A. A. Milne’s birthday. Libraries, and fans of his books about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, are celebrating the stories about this much-loved bear that have been entertaining children since the 1920s.

A. A. Milne wrote several books featuring the bear, together with his friends Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore, including Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926 and The House at Pooh Corner in 1928. Toys owned by A. A. Milne’s son, who also stars in his own book Christopher Robin, inspire all of the stories and, in fact, Hundred Acre Wood is based on Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Indeed one special way to mark the day could be a visit to Pooh Corner, in nearby Hartfield, where the books were written. This is an ideal opportunity for parents to revisit this popular series of books, and enjoy reading and sharing them with children of all ages.



Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre

Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre

This annual Arts Festival for children runs between 13th and 24th February, coinciding with our half term holiday. There will be children’s theatre, literature and music events with lots to do for children aged 0 -12. Authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell will be attending, talking about the stories behind their writing. There will be a screening of the animated film adaptation of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ with accompanying classical music; ‘Peppa Pig: My First Concert’ with accompanying live orchestra and much more. Please visit the website for more information:



Chatterbooks Club Year 6

This week Chatterbooks looked at four popular genres of books – Classics, Poetry, Biographies and War. The girls looked at the merits of a small selection of books in each genre, comparing opening sentences, the ‘blurb’ on the back cover and the most eye-catching front covers in each category. This activity took place under timed conditions, which meant they had to quickly assess each book and write down their results, before moving on to the next section. It was great fun racing against the clock, and we will revisit this activity with a different range of books later in the term.


Mrs Hughes

Senior Library News Jan 18th

Poetry Competition

First News Living Planet Report Poetry Competition

To mark a special edition of the Living Planet Report, the World Wildlife Fund launched an exciting poetry competition about endangered species. Last term, during Library classes, students in Years 7 – 9 read the report, did their own research and wrote/illustrated their poems. We had some fantastic entries, which we have been reading out in class and awarding prizes.

Of special mention is Mercedes in Year 9. Her poem about a Snow Leopard reached the top 20 out of over 2,000 entries! Well done to Mercedes and here is her powerful poem:

Shadows of a Warrior by Mercedes - Year 9

Mrs Finch


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FoND Weekly Update Jan 18th

Hot Chocolate Sales

Hot Chocolate Poster

Hot Chocolate is sold every Friday afternoon at 3:15pm outside the Prep
School Sports Hall. 

Big thanks to the Year 1 parents who raised £69.10 in sales last Friday.

Year 1 Hot Chocolate Sales Team

FoND term meeting

This term’s FoND meeting will be held in the Lytton Parlour on Monday 28th
January at 9.00am - all welcome. 


FoND Meeting Invitation

Quiz Night

Quiz Night March 2019

Time to get your teams organised for the Annual Quiz Night. Join us in the Montaigne Studio on Friday 1st March 2019.  The price of £20 includes the quiz, a curry and a glass of wine. Booking forms have been sent out via Intouch. We advise you to nominate a table captain to collect your details and payment and send one bank transfer for the entire group to avoid disappointment and to secure your place as soon as possible.  All the payment details are on the Booking Form which can be found by clicking on the booking form image below:

Quiz Night Booking Form


A special thanks from FoND to Natalie Jesshop and John Azzopardi who helped clear the Christmas decorations off the Tree House.

Thank you Natalie and John

Nearly New Uniform

Nearly New Uniform

Our “nearly new” uniform  service is run by Gayle Douglas and Mary Watt from the FoND hut located in Car Park 1. 

You can donate or purchase nearly new uniform, with proceeds supporting FoND.

Easyfundraising App

The easyfundraising app allows you to donate to FoND every time you make a purchase from the online registered outlets such as Amazon, John Lewis, Argos and many more at no additional cost to your original purchase.

Empties Please

Empties Please -Ink Cartridges

Please keep posting your empty ink cartridges into the drop off box in the school office.

It is such an easy way to make money for the school.  Thank you for your donations. 


Empties Please Recycling Drop Off Box



Sydney Pimbley with VogueUk_Margiela_Galliano

Sydney Pimbley, is an intern working for John Galliano at Maison Margiela and is featured in the group photograph taken by Thomas Lohr which appears on pages 146/47 of January Vogue.

Francesca at Easyjet Flight School in New Zealand

Trainee Easyjet pilot Francesca Edwards, 24, has passed her first set of exams and has now moved to New Zealand for the flight phase of her training.