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January 2019: I hope that everyone at the school is well and going strong. Olivia and I both still have very fond memories. Olivia is now in her last year at South Hampstead, doing History (of course!), French, Spanish and English for A-level. I just wanted to let you know that Olivia has just been offered a place at Oxford (Queens College) to do joint honours in History and French. Her love for these subjects is in no small part due to the early inspiration she received at the Village, particularly a love of language and creative writing from Mrs Bolsom and Mrs Jarvis. So thank you, from both of us. And of course, she’s still very much into drama, playing the ‘Wolf’ in the school production of ‘Into the Woods’ this year and was a brilliant Harold Wilson (complete with pipe and accent!) last year. All the very best to you all for 2019, Sarah.
I am so grateful I had the opportunity to visit The Village School. Since visiting I have been reflecting on the truly incredible and countless opportunities you offer your students. I am left feeling inspired by the education that the girls receive at The Village School and can only imagine that this reflects your student’s daily experience. Clearly, the school is far beyond a place of academic learning and the breadth of enrichment is remarkable. I could not imagine a greater privilege than spending ones childhood at The Village School. It was also refreshing to see that in the face of so much to be proud of, this has not come at the expense of humility.
Miss Gay, I just wanted to write a quick note following this morning's cultural assembly. As always, I find the mornings truly amazing and it's fantastic to see how the girls grow and develop through the years. I have to admit I wasn't expecting such a heavy topic for a Friday morning as I probably would have made a stronger coffee. But as usual, you are right "on topic" in your timing. I spent half of my week finding resources for contingency planning on where to house asylum seekers (migrants and refugees) as the appetite of local authorities is severely waning in light of red doors and other recent events. IIIrd Form's performance this morning will stick with me for a long time. It would be a shame not to do something more on this issue given the 400 unaccompanied children currently in the jungle. I will have a chat around to see if there is something more we can do.
I was very pleased to be able to attend The Village School’s Cultural Assembly last Friday morning. It was very evident that a lot of work had been done by staff and students in all departments of the school. Thanks to your inspiration and enthusiasm, The Village School took on this big project and made it a huge success. I was impressed by the sheer range and quality of art on display and of the presentations made in assembly. LIGCA’s name was prominent and it was so good to see our mission being implemented so effectively. It was great to witness the support and appreciation of the Headmistress. Please extend my thanks to her. London International Gallery of Children’s Art (LIGCA) can do more such work if we can establish further links. I wish there were more schools like yours. Maybe there is a need for more people like you!
On behalf of all of our family let me thank you for such a great result for Ivanna at 11+ exams. Ivanna would be unable to achieve what she achieved without your care and tremendous contribution. What happened is extraordinary. It is amazing that a girl who could not speak English 5 years ago finally made it into one of the best Senior schools in London. The Village School is unbeatable, thank you for your care, professionalism and tireless dedication. We appreciate it a lot and will always remember this.
We just thought we would send you an update for Harriet from Francis Holland - particularly for Mrs Bolsom. Francis Holland has an annual poetry competition and all girls enter. There are then year group winners, highly commended entries and a whole school winner, this year's theme was London and the area around the school. I am delighted to say that Harriet was the winner of the competition for the whole school (the first ever winner for that year group apparently!). We particularly wanted to send the news and the poem, attached, to Mrs Bolsom, as her efforts, enthusiasm and encouragement with Harriet and her creative writing were very much to play here, I am sure. There is no doubt that this was all fostered and encouraged at the VS, we are thrilled, so wanted to send it over.
Dear Ms Gay and Mrs Bolsom, I hope you are both well and the new school year is off to a flying start. Eva's start at South Hampstead is very encouraging. She throws herself into it with full enthusiasm and bags of energy. Our challenge is to temper her appetite a little bit to prevent burnout. Ms Gay, You'll be pleased to know that Eva received the first and only Merit Award in all of year 7 for the first half-term. The award was in Physics for a 100% test result. And Mrs Bolsom, you'll be happy to know that Eva was selected as one of 7 in the class to attend a workshop with SHHS's writer in residence, and she produced an interesting short story. Of course, she is loaded up with clubs - Maths, Science, Drama and ..... Trampolining. Also, Eva and Lucy were selected for the Y7 Tennis Team. So things are going well. Eva misses everyone at the Village School. She would like to come by next week during her half term. If that's OK, what day/time would be suitable for her to visit?
Suffice it to say none of Matilda’s success at Francis Holland would have been possible had Matilda not had such a strong start to her education at The Village.
Dear Miss Gay & Mrs Bolsom, We hope that you both had a lovely half term break. We just want to say how delighted we are about Isabella's school place offers We also would like to express our huge gratitude for all she has received from you and all the inspiring teaching she has had along the way. Isabella has been so blessed.
Dear Miss Gay & Mrs Bolsom, A really big thank you for treating the girls with such a fun-filled and rewarding adventure. Selina had a truly wonderful experience. Whilst exhausted, I can see that she is thrilled and also proud to have had such a positive and rich first field trip with her teachers and friends (and first ever three day and two nights away from her parents!). I am very grateful to you both.