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Today we began our Christmas festivities with our School Fayre. The Prep Choir sang beautifully to open the event and all our girls had great fun, playing the games on the stalls and of course, spending their money on the chocolate and teddy tombolas and all our stalls selling goodies and hot dogs. It was delightful watching their excitement bubble as they queued to meet Father Christmas, and see the special relationships the younger girls have with our Year 11 and Sixth formers, who designed special stalls for them to decorate gingerbread men, make marshmallow snowmen and play Christmas games. I was extremely proud of each of them today.  Our Fayre also included lucky dips, hoop a bottle, face painting, craft making, Body Shop, Usbourne books and the M&R Florist with her beautiful wreaths and festive florals. Congratulations to the winners of the Jazzy Jar competition: EYFS – Neive, Y1&2 – Georgia, Y3 – Rose, Y4 – Mia, Y5 – Lucy and Y6 – Lucy.

A huge thank you to Mrs Todd, Mrs Powell, Mr Macnair and the Parents and Friends for organising another tremendous event. My thanks also go to our many parent and pupil volunteers and the Old Girls’ Association for their support.

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I am so excited to see all the hard work come together when the girls perform in their Nativities. My own girls are too old now for these and it’s wonderful to share in the experience with you and your families. The girls always bring their best smiles and voices.

We are preparing in earnest for our wonderful Carol Service, which will again this year, take place in Durham Cathedral. It is such a reverential occasion and we would be delighted if you would join us to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

Congratulations to Lara and Isabella who met with me on Wednesday to sign the Excellence Book. Lara was nominated for producing a fantastic nerve cell model and Isabella created a lovely model of xylem cells. I look forward to meeting our other nominees over the coming weeks.

Crisis was averted today at the High School, when our Fish Friday delivery didn’t arrive. The girls still enjoy a treat and were relieved to hear they would have it on Monday instead.

Upcoming Events

Friday 1 December Christmas Shopping Trip for Year 10 – Upper Sixth

Cinema Trip for Year 8 and 9

Festive Fun afternoon for Year 7

Monday 4 December Year 3 and 4 Christmas Performance
Tuesday 5 December Year 5 and 6 Christmas Performance
Wednesday 6 December Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas Performance

Senior Department Christmas Concert

Thursday 7 December Nursery Christmas Performance
Monday 11 December Year 3 and 4 Christmas Party
Wednesday 13 December Carol Service at Durham Cathedral- 2.15pm
Friday 15 December Prep Elf Run

Senior Department Hot Chocolate treat at breaktime

Carols and mince pies around the tree 3.15pm outside Reception. Prep Choir will be leading us in carols.

Monday 18 December Christmas Lunch

Pre-Prep Christmas Party

Tuesday 19 December Non-Uniform/Christmas Jumper Day

End of term at midday

Senior Department Christmas Concert

Join us for mulled wine and mince pies on Wednesday 6 December at our Senior Department Christmas Concert. The concert starts at 7pm in the Main Hall, and always promises to be a wonderfully festive occasion. Tickets can be purchased through School Gateway at the cost of £4 for adults and £1 for children/concessions. We hope to see you there.

Carols around the Tree

On 15 December at 3.15pm. Join the parents and Friends for a mince pie and an opportunity to sing some of our favourite Christmas carols with our Prep Choir.

Swimming Success

Poppy and Maiah in Year 8, competed against 25 other girls in the Durham City Aquatics Annual Medley Challenge on Saturday. Poppy won the competition, with Maiah making the final and achieving 4 personal best times across all of her races. Well done to both girls on their tremendous achievements in this competition.

Science Sparks

Our Science Sparks club for Year 6 girls had great fun building LEGO Education technic powered creatures last night. There was brilliant perseverance and problem solving demonstrated by students and mentors.

Sport Update

On Monday, the U14 Hockey Team played in a friendly match against Whickham School. The team dominated the game, securing a 4-1 win. A wonderful performance girls.

Members of the team were in action again on Tuesday when they joined Year 10 pupils to play in the U15 Durham and Northumberland County Hockey Tournament, with great attacking moves on the pitch and many superb individual performances.  The girls reached the semi-finals finishing in 3rd place, which is another fantastic achievement.

Our U12 and U13 Football teams were also in action on Tuesday playing in a friendly tournament against teams from Framwellgate Moor School. They played competitively throughout, scoring lots of goals. Player of the tournament was awarded to Oriana for her strong tackling. Congratulations to the whole team on their tremendous effort.

Our runners were all fantastic at the District Schools’ Cross-Country on Wednesday. There are special mentions go to Anya in Year 7, Millie in Year 9 and Harriet in Year 10, who have qualified to represent Durham Central at the County Championships in January. Well done girls and good luck in the New Year!

The U12 and U13 Netball teams have also been busy with two league fixtures this week. The U13s lost 4-14 against Durham Johnston and won 8-3 against St. Bede’s, whilst the U12s claimed two impressive victories winning 21-3 against Durham Johnston and 16-2 against the St. Bede’s Year 8 team. Congratulations to players of the match, Zoe, Esmee, Isla and Sophia.