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This week sees the end of the Year 11 and Upper Sixth mock examinations. The girls have approached their exams with consistently high effort and determination. I am incredibly proud of how well they have navigated these challenging two weeks. We look forward to discussing their progress with you at the upcoming Parents’ Evenings.

I would like to congratulate our Year 6 girls, and external candidates who were in school this morning to take their 11+ Entrance Tests. There were some nervous faces this morning, but they took the tests in their stride.  Juice and cookies at break time helped to smooth the way. May I take the opportunity to wish good luck to those girls with Sports Scholarship Interviews and or Music and Performing Arts Scholarship Auditions, over the next few weeks.  If you require any further information regarding Scholarships, please contact Mr Hall.

On Wednesday, I attended the first Parents and Friends of the new year, where we reviewed past events, including our fantastic Christmas Fayre, and planned for future events, including our School Ball. It will be held on Saturday 27 April in The Ballroom at Ramside Hall Hotel. Our theme this year will transport us to Atlantis! I look forward to joining many of you on the dance floor.

This week saw tickets go on sale for our annual performance at the Gala Theatre, Durham. This year will be the Tony-winning classic, Evita. The multi-award-winning musical features countless unforgettable songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber including the anthemic Don’t Cry for me Argentina. Mrs Lonsdale has reported that rehearsals are going well. I am very excited as I loved seeing Evita as a teenager and haven’t revisited this musical for quite some time.

There will be evening performances from Thursday 29 February to Saturday 2 March at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm. You can book your tickets on the Gala website now.

We pride ourselves on the high standards we set at the High School regarding uniform. Thank you for your support in ensuring that your daughter is wearing the correct uniform. It is important that we maintain these standards.

Old Girl Enrichment Talk

It was a pleasure to welcome back one of our alumnae, Alyssa Teasdale, who came to talk to the Lower Sixth girls on Friday as part of our enrichment programme. Alyssa shared her knowledge and experience of taking a sandwich degree at university – an undergraduate degree with a year-long placement in a professional setting.

Alyssa, who completed her studies at Durham High School in 2021, is now taking a Business and Politics sandwich degree at Aston University and is currently working in the marketing department at Bishop Auckland College for her placement.

We are always grateful when our Old Girls return to the High School, whether to give a talk to current pupils, share their experiences, or just to pay a nostalgic visit.

Swimming Success

Congratulations to talented swimmer Poppy, in Year 8, who competed in the Newcastle County Qualifier last weekend and won gold medals in the 400m Individual Medley, 200m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke, and a silver in the 400m freestyle. She was also presented with a trophy from her swim club, Durham City Aquatics, as best in her age group.

Top American college place

Club and County Golf Champion, Lucy, in the Upper Sixth, will join Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), in Georgia, this September on completing her A Levels.

The 17 year old, who first picked up a golf club at the age of four and has been named Ladies Champion at Chester-le-Street Golf Club for the past three years, will follow in the footsteps of her brother William Nimmo, a professional golfer who graduated from SCAD in 2021.

You can read more about Lucy’s journey on our website.

Year 3 Shadufs

The girls in Year 3 have been using their knowledge of forces to investigate why the Ancient Egyptians used a counterweight on the shadufs, which they used to lift water from the River Nile to their irrigation canals. They enjoyed constructing their own shadufs and using Newton meters to measure the force needed to lift the bucket.

Outdoor Tots

Outdoor Tots is a great way for girls and boys aged 1-4 to have fun, exploring the natural world in a safe and stimulating environment. Our sessions for this half term start on Monday and take place in our wonderful outdoor learning environment in the Forest Area of the school grounds. Sessions run every Monday morning, from 9.30am – 11.00am, during term-time.

Places are limited and booking is essential. Tickets are £5 per child (1-4). Additional siblings (1-4) are £2.50 each and any accompanying under 1s are free. You can prebook a place by clicking here.

Sports Update

Huge congratulations to Anya, Millie and Harriet who ran at the County Cross-Country Championships last week, where they represented Durham Central. Fantastic effort girls! Well done to Millie, who qualified for the Inter-County Championships next month.

Recent league Netball matches against Durham School took place for our U12, U13, U14 and U15 teams. Great games were played by all, and we secured fantastic wins for the U12’s – 25-5 and the U14’s, 28-12. Congratulations to the Players of the Match Esmee, Phoebe, Emily and Linnea!

We enjoyed, four fantastic wins for our U8 and U9 Netball teams against Chorister School. Super shooting and great teamwork. Outstanding performances from Scarlett, Lakinya, Zaria, Isla, Emelia and Annabelle!

Our Year 3 and Year 4 teams enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of Netball against Mowden Hall. For many of our girls it was their first experience playing in a competitive game and they had two brilliant wins. Well done girls!

Our U10 and U11 netball teams also had a great time on Wednesday playing against Mowden Hall.  It was brilliant to see all of the girls enjoying competitive netball. The U10’s won 2-1 and the U11’s won 12-9.