Mrs McShane, Weekly Message – 14th May 2021

This has been a delightfully busy week. For those of you celebrating, may this Eid bring joy and love to your heart and create all the opportunities of success for you! Eid Mubarak.

With the lockdown restrictions easing we are delighted to have planned some great activities for the girls. We have opted to have in-house experiences rather than outside trips (apart from the Years 5 and 6 residential). This week we had a Maths workshop for all of pre-prep and they spent time learning and problem solving in different ways, they had a fabulous time, with lots of discussion and collaboration – learning so much without even realising that they were learning.

Years 3 – 6 are looking forward to their robotics workshop too. I am so delighted with the degree of STEM that we are able to do with the girls. Reception have been back to FOX Learning and come back buzzing with the things that they have done – and the rabbits are really enjoying the dandelions that are being brought in for them too. Remember if you would like to “Borrow the Bunnies” for a weekend or half term, please contact the office and we will add you to their social calendar.

We have a great deal to cram into the rest of this term. I am particularly pleased to have been able to schedule in some dates for “A Look at Learning”, it is always joyous to welcome parents into school to share their daughters’ achievements. As before the girls will select favourite pieces of work to discuss with you and we will give you suggested questions to discuss with your daughters.

How we talk to children directly impacts on the way that they speak with others, this is the theme of this week’s blog which can be found at Also this term, we will be looking at holding some charitable events, these are currently being discussed with the Pupil Leadership Team (formerly known as the School Council) and details will be published as soon as possible.

As we are beginning to feel a little more confident with the vaccination programme and the easing of lockdown, we are at the same time watching the unfolding tragedy of Covid in India with shock and sorrow. We have colleagues and relations in many countries severely impacted by Covid including Brazil and Chile but the crisis in India is on another level. The reported statistics only reflect a fraction of the disaster there as the pandemic ravages communities in rural areas.

Cognita have decided to step up to support with raising funds for relief efforts and I’d be grateful for your engagement with this. Cognita have selected the British Asian Trust (BAT) as the conduit for fundraising as they have an impeccable track record of delivering support effectively on the ground. BAT was co-founded in 2007 by Prince Charles and a number of senior British Asian business people.

Please click the link below see a recording of a short Teams call our CEO for Europe, Stuart Rolland had with Manoj Badale, Chairman of BAT and with Abha Thorat-Shah, Executive Director of BAT to discuss their campaign to deliver oxygen to rural India.  If you would like to donate, all donations should be made at CognitaOxygenForIndia.

I am delighted to confirm that Cognita will match any donations made by our colleagues and parents to ensure we can, together, make a real difference to the situation in India.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support, it is very much appreciated.

“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”

Henri Nouwen

Wishing you all a happy week

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