Week 4 – Leadership
Friday 30 September 2016
As September draws to an end I amreminded by my youngest son that there are ‘only 87 sleeps until Christmas!’ My
first month as Principal has flown by, and I now find myself reflecting on my
fourth wonderful week at Q.
The theme for Chapel this week
has been Leadership and Greatness, so it was very apt that I received an email
on Sunday telling me about the fabulous couple of days that Year 7 had spent at
Cuffley Camp. So many of them demonstrated such a high level of leadership
skills and qualities – we clearly have a fine prefect team in the making!
I stood in Chapel on
Monday morning explaining the metaphor of ‘a glass ceiling’. Having the
privilege of reading and hearing the speeches and school tours that our girls
have been preparing for Open Morning, I am convinced that Queenswoodians really
are ambitious, highly motivated and armed ready to smash those ceilings. I have put together a blog posting on this theme on the QED forum.
On Wednesday afternoon I was
delighted to be able to meet many of our Year 11 parents at our ‘Into the Sixth Form’ evening. I know that the staff love this opportunity to share their passion
for their subjects, and the evening really helps the girls to make the right
A-Level and Pre-U choices at this vital stage in their academic career.
Exciting times for Year 11!It was also a pleasure to meet a number of external
girls and their families – there was a real buzz to this event.
This week we have celebrated
European Languages Day. The MFL Department have been sharing their passion and
enthusiasm for their subject by setting quizzes in tutorials, displaying
information posters about world languages and screening videos about
polyglottism – and of course the Catering Department served a magnificent language-themed
lunch on Tuesday, with dishes from France, Japan, Spain and Italy.
Finally, I am looking forward immensely to
my first full Open Morning on Saturday, where I will have the chance to welcome
many new families to the Queenswood community. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the girls and staff who will be helping to make the event a success.
Jo Cameron, Principal