News from Maths

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

The UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge took place on Thursday 6th February. 174 girls from Year 9,10 and 11 entered the 1 hour long challenging pencil and paper competition, with problems requiring significant out-of-the-box thinking. Certificates were awarded to the following 75 students:

Year 11

Hester Peart GOLD
Yuxi Chen GOLD
Elisenda Henderson GOLD
Ruby Cain SILVER
Emily Mayes SILVER
Vanessa Liu SILVER
Iona Dixon SILVER
Olivia Reynolds SILVER
Alex Crewe SILVER
Rebecca Sheffield SILVER
Amelia Botting SILVER
Evie Reilly SILVER
Amelie Anstead SILVER
Matilda Moore BRONZE
Molly Marriott BRONZE
Amelia Green BRONZE
Giselle Garrott BRONZE
Georgina Waller BRONZE
Harriet FowlerNoon BRONZE
Isabel O’Reilly BRONZE
Amelia Fosher BRONZE
Madison Hunter BRONZE
Alex Kavanagh BRONZE
Lily Woodward BRONZE
Verona Richardson BRONZE
Rin Mitchell O’Reilly BRONZE

Year 10

Niharika Jha GOLD
Opeyemi Adenekan SILVER
Emilia Johnson SILVER
Ishara Hettiarachchi SILVER
Maeva Leroux SILVER
Tabitha Legg SILVER
Maggie Bristow SILVER
Lotty Hobson SILVER
Leah Manning SILVER
Gbayike Adekola BRONZE
Madeleine Stewart BRONZE
Ria Cabbani BRONZE
Darcy Chance BRONZE
Isobel Souter BRONZE
Madeline Robb BRONZE
Maisie Pryke BRONZE
Elizabeth Brand BRONZE
Jodie Austin BRONZE
Madeline Fowler Noon BRONZE
Bethan Sleath BRONZE
Katie Swindell BRONZE
Lauren Byrne BRONZE
Isobel Foxon BRONZE

Year 9

Juliette Mckenna GOLD
Laura Wilkinson SILVER
Evie Martin SILVER
Kim Pittaccio SILVER
Ella Richardson SILVER
Ami Unadkat SILVER
Juliette James SILVER
Stephanie Moor SILVER
Lydia Freeman SILVER
Caitlin Flatman SILVER
Josie English SILVER
Maisie Johnson BRONZE
Emily Sheffield BRONZE
YuQiong Chen BRONZE
Alexis Broad BRONZE
Emily Srikantha BRONZE
Madeline Parry BRONZE
Jasmine Marshall BRONZE
Melissa Komodromou BRONZE
Hannah Nash BRONZE
Holly Coleman BRONZE
Matilda Endersbee BRONZE
Saoirse Slater BRONZE
Grace Cox BRONZE
Lucy Sacre BRONZE
Ellen Hair BRONZE

In addition, nine girls have been selected to take part in the follow-on round competition called the Grey/Pink Kangaroo. This takes place on the 19th March and we wish them well. High achievers in this may well be invited to Maths Summer schools or rounds.

Hester Peart
Juliette Mckenna
Niharika Jha
Yuxi Chen
Elisenda Henderson
Laura Wilkinson
Evie Martin
Kim Pittaccio
Ella Richardson

Mrs Rugg-Gunn
Head of Maths

Year 10 Maths Feast

Two teams of Year 10 students were accompanied by Mrs Share and Dr Gale to the Year 10 Maths Feast at John Warner School. There were lots of local schools represented and our teams of Isobel, Zoe, Opeyemi, Maeva, Niharika, Emilia, Lotty and Madeline had a great morning of maths which tested problem-solving and teamwork skills.

There were several rounds requiring different knowledge and strategies for success and we were awarded a certificate for high scoring in all the rounds.

The girls worked together brilliantly and supported each other so well to solve some really challenging problems, requiring great resilience. Well done to them all!

News from English

World Book Day 2020

Students and staff enjoyed World Book Day at Presdales on Thursday 5 March, with some of the teachers dressing as book characters. Pictured are Mrs Teal as Little Red Riding Hood, Mr Samways as George from “Of Mice and Men” and Miss Turner as Matilda. Miss Jennings also joined in as the Italian writer Dante.

Students had the chance to compete in a literary treasure hunt around the school at lunchtime, answering questions on a range of books from Winnie the Pooh to The Hunger Games. All the answers were numbers and competitors had to add them all together to come up with the solution. Well done to Deborah in Year 13 who was first to the library with the correct answers!

Chapter One… creative writing competition

A reminder that the House Creative Writing Competition deadline is on Monday 9 March (extended from Thursday). The task is to write the opening chapter of a mystery story in 800 words or fewer. Choose from the following titles:

The Secret of Annex 263
The Buckingham Palace Mystery
The Window Cracked From Side to Side
Last Bus to Montgomery
The Purple Daffodil
The Curious Incident of the Lamp in the Night-Time

The judging panel includes children’s author Alice Hemming, who will be visiting the school on Friday 13 March to give a talk to Year 7 and award the prizes for the competition at our lunchtime awards ceremony.

Ms Hobbs

Year 11 GCSE Food Preparation students wow Staff and Visitors!

As part of their GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification, our very talented Year 11 students successfully completed their 3 hour practical exam, this half term. This year, the Food Preparation Task themes are based on Traditional British Cuisine and dishes which appeal to active adults. Year 11 have produced a wide range of exciting dishes to fit their chosen task. Staff and visitors lucky enough to taste the food all made extremely positive comments about their exciting dishes and the high standards achieved including: “amazing aromas”, “sophisticated, authentic flavours”, “fantastic, creative presentation” and “delicious, looks very professional”.

Mrs Garcia 

Presdales Ski Trip 2020

On Friday 14th February, 111 girls and 13 teachers left school to head to Leysin in Switzerland. The journey was fine and passed quickly, watching films, chatting and sleeping. We arrived in very good time to sort out our ski fit and chill for the remainder of the day. The weather was a mixture of sun, rain, snow and cloud and but the gorgeous warm conditions on the last day made for an amazing end to the ski trip. We all had such fun – the instructors were all so experienced and knowledgeable and everyone made great progress. We enjoyed all our evening activities too, especially the tobogganing and spa/swimming night. We were all proud of the progress everyone made and for showing great resilience on some very challenging slopes – especially the beginners!!

Mrs Dann and Mrs Share

“I loved the trip and had a fantastic time. Thank you so much to all the teachers who looked after me. I had a wonderful time with my friends.” Student

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the staff for taking my daughters on the ski trip! They had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!” Parent

“Thank you for taking such good care of her and we are also very grateful for the effort the staff made, especially the lunch at the top of the Gondola on the last day, she really enjoyed that!” Parent

Charity Pancake Day Sale!

Tuesday 25th February was a very successful day for the charity committee, raising a total of £97 for the school charity, ‘World Vision’. The day began with Year 9 students making several jugs of pancake batter in their food lesson; then sixth form members of the charity committee helping out at lunchtime to cook the pancakes for the rest of the school. It was a really fun and lively atmosphere, with students from all year groups purchasing their pancakes, with the option of decorating them themselves. The committee would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Garcia for helping with the buying of ingredients and cooking of the pancakes and Mrs Finch and Mrs Schillachi-Rowland for supporting on the day.

We are currently planning our next Charity events which will include Easter-themed activities and competitions.

Kiera Murphy (Year 13 Charity Committee Member)

German A Level Trip

Monday 10th February

Our A Level German students were determined to get to the evening performance of ‘The Visit’ at the National Theatre. Storm Dennis and the resulting changes in travel plans involved much sprinting to get to the theatre on time! ‘Der Besuch der alten Dame’ or ‘The Visit’ in English was written by the famous Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt and is one of the A Level set texts. The performance was first class and enabled us all to gain a greater understanding of this thought provoking tragicomedy. An enjoyable and memorable evening was had by all.

Mrs Yates

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