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12/11/19

Today Seniors and Sixth Form we have enjoyed a full day off-timetable with Years 5, 7 & 10 joining forces for a maths workshop, high-paced debating sessions for Year 9, Study Skills workshops for Year 11, and motivational 'Inner Drive' talks for our Sixth Form. https://t.co/g7pXJN8ikD

12/11/19

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Year 5 working hard at the Morning of Maths https://t.co/Sgp9MCBIUy

11/11/19

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Thanks to the GDST family for being there ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/nUmX5Ccxo9

06/11/19

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Happy (belated!) Divali from 6H!🎆 https://t.co/XjHuCgE9Ld

05/11/19

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A very enjoyable first Monday back with year 2&3 netball club https://t.co/Oxq6Dxdjyl

22/10/19

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have had a fabulous creative time in Berlin this half term https://t.co/hB8ltajUCq

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

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Make a splash! Juniors https://t.co/zVsQcfyAbg

15/10/19

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Congratulations 5H. Proud winners of the Greenwich Maths Competition! https://t.co/0O16cBPEHI

15/10/19

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It has been a promising morning for the U16 netballers at the Kent County tournament. 2 wins, 2 loses, all to play for 🏐💪 https://t.co/IuCiFjD9ge

14/10/19

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform so far! https://t.co/rDTAYrOraA

14/10/19

We hope you enjoyed our Open Morning as much as we did! For another chance to see how we are preparing young women for the future, sign up for our ‘School in Action’ open events on 7 & 13 November. https://t.co/AZRo2SQpYI https://t.co/yxHVtQs9ac

10/10/19

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Very excited about today’s Wollstonecraft lecture https://t.co/ba1La7oRgj

09/10/19

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The rain didn’t stop us!!! Look at this amazing finish at Cross Country Club! 🏃🏽‍♀️🌦👏🏼 https://t.co/5U4Xvu5VLK

07/10/19

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hard at work at https://t.co/KtbrXwwzvM

03/10/19

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Florence deep in high level discussion with the head Girl team https://t.co/VoC8bioy1K

02/10/19

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. Thanks you’ve converted us into rugby fans! https://t.co/fCF5gy8KRE

02/10/19

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Did enjoy the tag rugby day . Just a bit! https://t.co/xF6ibNUevj

02/10/19

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Mrs Harris’ early morning fitness club literally going from strength to strength - great work! https://t.co/jRBs3dHjD1

01/10/19

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The junior girls cross country team are lined up ready to race! Beautiful weather for the first round of the ESAA 1st round https://t.co/YYgsFTTdDL

01/10/19

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Great afternoon of Hockey at Crystal Palace today against other schools! Excellent display of determination, bravery and skill! Well done everyone 💪🏼 🏑 https://t.co/4eyozQnOes

27/09/19

On Wednesday 25 September, our very own Tia presented her first show! It'll be aired Saturday 28 Sep at 10.30am on for all who want to watch. Great job Tia! https://t.co/yH7g35ydaq

26/09/19

You're welcome - so glad they enjoyed themselves.

26/09/19

It was a pleasure to host you! https://t.co/oaHh4XF5Rp

26/09/19

We had a wonderful time welcoming girls from and for our languages day today https://t.co/nyBhPMCQ4B

25/09/19

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Fantastic combo from Astonishing numbers relating to https://t.co/l3FZkmJTRx

25/09/19

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Great to see that they’re teaching their students about the importance of environmental responsibility!👍🏼🌊

25/09/19

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The sheer of being 6 years old and your heart out https://t.co/kJL78CkbQ3

25/09/19

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A group of our Year 8 students enjoyed a really inspiring day at the inaugural conference at Imperial College London. They've come back buzzing with ideas and plans. https://t.co/sSLtn9e47J

25/09/19

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Another great session at HIIT club this morning! Well done to everyone who came 👏🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/zCMQLby9ro

24/09/19

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So jealous of Year 10 and 11 right now! https://t.co/gelkjgVoyA

20/09/19

Year 10 and 11 getting their first taste of rowing and building team development on their special day trip to the Royal Albert Docks! https://t.co/CZl5dyxkfq

20/09/19

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Raft Building, as ever, is such fun! Warning there are lots of wet clothes coming home! https://t.co/MFd4cxHijT

19/09/19

We're impressed, Ms Wood! https://t.co/5V01XxzyGI

18/09/19

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After lunch abseiling https://t.co/pE16nSwLJ4

18/09/19

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And we’re here! https://t.co/DSAAXghR9I

18/09/19

Enjoy your PGL trip, Year 7! https://t.co/DjxGdGLdQX

18/09/19

Such an awe-inspiring view right on our doorstep ❤️ https://t.co/4s0yAXJGQD

October 4

The benefits of educational trips

At the start of this term, news reports were full of the Parsons Green tube attack. The following weekend saw a flurry of emails between Mrs Donnelly, our Educational Visits Co-ordinator at Juniors, and me as we debated the feasibility of going ahead with a Year 1 trip to London Zoo and a Year 2 trip to the London Aquarium. Both trips happened with some adjustments made to recognise the security alert status and the girls enjoyed the experience immensely.

The current terrorist threat is a source of concern to parents and reactions range from the stoically pragmatic to an understandably protective stance. For us as teachers, risk assessment is in our DNA; we have a myriad of written assessments from going on trains to using a sandpit but on a daily (if not hourly) basis, we are constantly thinking about what is best and safe for our girls.

The terrorist threat is taken into account on any trip with particular reference to central London. That most certainly does not mean that London trips are ruled out but we do consider the age of the children, the form of transport being used and the precise nature of the trip. For this reason, in the wake of the Borough Market attack, we decided it was not appropriate for a large group of Year 1 pupils to walk from the Globe to the Tate along the South Bank, stopping for a picnic lunch by the Thames. A Year 4 trip into London did take place a few days later but under very different circumstances.

I know that parents recognise the value of educational trips and see that subjects are brought to life and enriched. We do use the local area; it is after all, a World Heritage site and the experiences available to schools are often very different to those open to families at weekends. We also look to Kent with trips to Leeds Castle and further afield but it would be a tragedy to close our minds to the cultural delights London can offer. Even today, Year 6 pupils have just returned from the Unicorn Theatre and their English work will be enhanced as a result.

Sadly, it appears that the terrorism threat shows no sign of abating so we need to find a way to guide our children through these challenging times, keeping them safe but not terrified of the world around them. An anxious parent asked me about using a tracking device in her child’s bag; the reality is that the most likely disaster to happen would be that the tracker or the bag would be lost. Any teacher would calculate that risk as infinitely more probable than a bomb attack. In all that we do in school, the safety of the children is paramount in the context of a carefully considered risk assessment and that is how we will continue to consider all trips going forward.

 

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