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Highlights from a Fantastic Term in Boarding

02 April 2018

This term has been quite a busy one for our boarders with Year 13 and Year 11 mock examinations in addition to Year 10 internal examinations, so there has been a studious fervour about the two Houses. Despite working hard, our boarders have managed to achieve so much in a short space of time and add a little fun into their boarding time too.

Huge congratulations go to Gloucester House boarder Mathilda Craig on being elected Head Girl, following in the footsteps of another boarder, Ellie Mackenzie, and I know Mathilda already has some innovative ideas to implement within her role and will make her mark. Maame Asumadu-Addo gained the post of Deputy Head of School (Boarding), and our Year 11 boarder, Tatiana Squireobtained the position of Senior School Leader and Deputy Head of School House. Other positions of responsibility to note are Head of School House, Yoyo Chien, Head of Gloucester House, Natalie Ma, Prefect in charge of Charities, Bessie Cheung, Sports Prefect, Diana Kawonga and Key Stage 3 mentor, Emily Yan, and Gloucester House leaders are Charlotte Ness, Jovy Yu and Karina Lee. We are so proud of these girls and their achievements demonstrate how well the boarders integrate at school and have such an impact upon life at RHS.

Other congratulations due are to the boarders involved in the School Dance show, which show-cased an enormous amount of talent. Quite a few boarders are taking GCSE Dance and so have been busy choreographing for their groups as well as for the many dance clubs in which they participate. Kasandra Lo went on to take part in the GDST Dance Umbrella a few weeks ago, which was a great success.

Lucia Liu competed in the GDST Musician of the Year at Howell’s School back in February, and although she did not win this year, she enjoyed the competition and experience. Holly Lancastercompeted in the Mid-Somerset Festival on her harp and many of our boarders performed in the Spring Concert last week at school, including Susan Wang, Bessie Cheung, Aefre Mak and Tammy Wong who won Musician of the Year.

Many of the RHS girls were entered for the Intermediate or Senior Maths Challenge and Physics Olympiad this term and most are awaiting results, however, Lynne Ling attended the UK Maths Olympiad for Girls where she won Gold and Jenny Lin won best average for the year for her Intermediate Gold Award.

Ashley Ulaikere won the semi-final of the Chrystall Prize Public Speaking Competition and performed incredibly well at the final, where her fellow competitors received her speech on feminism to rapturous applause. Alisha Kayani, Elise Illingworth, Mathilda Craig and Emily Yanparticipated in the MFL Speaking Competition where the standard was very high and they did extremely well indeed. Risa Kimura and Lara Sforza in Year 7 took part in the Berbras Challenge (Informatics and Computer Fluency) where they gained a Distinction and Merit respectively.

At the Bromley Trust Netball Rally, Ellie Mackenzie, Charlotte Laurent and Litia Rakuita came runners-up in the tournament, which included all the GDST schools. Finally, Diana Kawongarepresented The Royal High School, Bath in the new re-branding video for GDST where she encapsulates our vision of a GDST girl.

I would like to extend my congratulations to all these girls as we celebrate their individual achievements.

In amongst all of this hard work, the boarders have an enormous amount of fun at the weekends and our weekend programme this term has seen trips to Cardiff Castle, Paulton’s Theme Park, the eagerly anticipated theatre trip to see Wicked, crafts in House such as decoupage, canvas painting, fudge making, Easter egg hunt to name but a few. The snow brought lots of giggles and squeals of delight as the boarders went sledging on trays, built snowmen and had snowball fights as they enjoyed the snow days with a bit of a chance to catch up on some rest. The boarding community was shown off on the final Saturday evening with the “Boarders Have Talent” show where girls’ various talents, varying from dancing, singing, dramatic reading, comedy and traditional Chinese dancing were displayed in front of a panel of judges and an encouraging audience. The winners were the Year 10 boarders who worked together as a year group to choreograph and dance to High School Musical’s “We’re All In This Together”, which beautifully sums up boarding!

Finally we say farewell this week to Augusta Riegls Gudbergsen, a Year 10 boarder from Denmark who joined us for two terms and made a really positive impact upon boarding, involving herself in all aspects of co-curricular activities in school. And a huge, very sad farewell to Miss Sarah Penny who has been a very popular House Assistant within boarding for 5 years, both in Gloucester House and School House. Her evenings on duty are always filled with chats and laughter, the boarders are incredibly fond of her (as are the staff) and she will be sorely missed. We wish her all the very best at Newcastle High School and we look forward to seeing her back here again for various GDST sports events.

As we now come the end of term, the boarders are ready for a bit of a break and we are hoping the weather continues to warm up in anticipation of the Summer Term. I am so proud of all the boarders’ achievements and I wish them a restful couple of weeks.

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