It’s been a busy week as all the girls settle back into school and lovely to meet up with parents at our welcome evenings.

Before we’re completely absorbed in the new term it’s worth recalling what a wonderful summer we’ve had. Our Year 13 and Year 11 girls did themselves proud by achieving excellent public examination results: their success was well deserved and all their hard work paid off. Many of our girls are off to university this weekend – we wish them much happiness and success. At the start of the holidays, a party of Year 9 girls and staff, tents in tow, travelled to our sister school in Ipswich where they took part in the GDST festival, Multitude, with live music, a Big Wheel and Helter Skelter fairground, workshops on Music, Dance, Drama, Poetry, Cookery, Arts and Crafts, plus a Silent Disco, Inflatable Cinema, Open Mic sessions on stage, Swimming and Capture the Flag amongst many other activities. It was a splendid end to the year for the girls. Also during the holidays, some very intrepid students embarked on a trip of a life time to Ecuador, the Amazon Rainforest and the world famous Galápagos Islands.

Our sports department has been busy over the summer. We’ve re-decorated the foyer and refurbished our PE teaching classroom; sports coaches for Netball and Rugby have joined our staff and we’re delighted to be the new home of Brighton Gym Club: . Note, too, that our resident dance company, Penny and Jules Dance, will be holding youth dance auditions next Thursday at the school.

And so we look ahead to the new school year. One of the things I spoke to the girls about in last Monday’s assembly was how important it is to have hobbies – activities that ground us when everything else might seem a little overwhelming at times. Today all of our girls have been taking part in enrichment activities – from assault courses to visiting the Hindu Temple in Neasden – designed to push them a little out of their ‘comfort zones’ by trying something different and mixing with new people.