Manor House School is an independent day school for girls aged 2 through to 16 years. We are a supportive and nurturing educational environment delivering strong academic performance in a smaller setting. We make the academic difference by being small enough to know all our girls individually. This means that unlike so many larger schools with growth aspirations, Manor House School makes the difference by being smaller.
Making Butter 'Live' - iPads as a Tool for Virtual Learning
Every pupil in our Senior School has their own iPad as a tool for learning and this has proved invaluable in the past few months as our Senior School timetable has continued, supplemented by as many live lessons as possible ...
12th June 2020 — Every pupil in our Senior School has their own iPad as a tool for learning and this has proved invaluable in the past few months at Manor House School, Bookham as we have continued with a full 'virtual' senior timetable during lockdown.
As an example of how we are using technology to continue with our teaching and learning, Mrs Knight, Head of Food Science and Technology, conducted a live practical lesson earlier this week with Year 8 in their kitchens at home. Pupils were taught how to make butter in a glass jar whilst Mrs Knight, Head of Food Science and Technology, made it alongside the pupils - but in her own kitchen!
Here is a photograph (shown here on Mrs Knight's laptop) of a number of Year 8 students on screen on her iPad shaking their jars of cream, then the final results showing off their pats of butter wrapped in cling film. Mrs Knight had the iPad fixed on a tripod at the other side of her kitchen work surface, with the video running so they could see her and she could talk through the steps with them as the lesson progressed.
For more information on our senior school virtual learning programme or to discuss a school application, please email: email@example.com
A Fantastic Set of LAMDA Examination Results and Classes Continue on Zoom!
Our London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) examinations were held in March and the girls have been eagerly awaiting their results. Finally they have arrived and what a fantastic set of results they are!
11th June 2020 — About a third of pupils at Manor House School, Bookham now choose to take LAMDA lessons as a co-curricular activity. They use it to improve confidence in speaking and listening, in delivering formal presentations, in creating and defending arguments in debate, in improving self-expression by expanding vocabulary and for memorising and recalling information. It can also help students in working successfully alone and in a team.
Sixty seven (67) girls received Distinctions and two girls received a very high Merit in the Spring term examinations. Everyone worked so hard on their examination pieces and should be extremely proud of themselves. What a great achievement!
Unfortunately not everyone was able to take their examination in time before the lockdown. For those girls, LAMDA will be re-scheduling their exam dates for early in the Autumn term.
In the meantime, classes are continuing by Zoom and the performances get more and more creative by the week! From a cooking show with a live chicken in it to a dancing dog interrupting a news broadcast. There is never a dull moment in our LAMDA classes and all the girls have adapted brilliantly to performing online.
If anyone is interested in taking up LAMDA tuition, please email Mrs E Hamer at email: firstname.lastname@example.org - LAMDA Tuition is available from Year 1 in the Prep School to Year 11 of the Senior School.
Announcing the 2020-2021 Core Prefect Team including New Head Girl and Deputy
Following applications from Year 10 pupils and a series of on-line interviews and virtual voting by students, we are delighted to announce our newly appointed Core Prefect Team for 2020-2021.
1st June 2020 — The Head Girl at Manor House School, Bookham for 2020-2021 will be Alicia P (pictured right) and our Deputy Head Girl, Amelie B (pictured left). They will be supported by Senior Prefects, Verity A and Alice H.
Ms Tracey Fantham, Headteacher, commented: “I am delighted for these girls and very much look forward to working with them over the coming year.”
Alicia, Head Girl, has been at Manor House School since she was two years old and has represented the school in many sports, captaining the A team in Netball, Hockey, Athletics and Rounders and representing Central Surrey in High Jump. Alicia has taken part in Science, Languages and Public Speaking competitions and more recently been cast as Helen in the Senior School production of ‘Half a Sixpence.’ She is a member of the Supportive Friends Team who are on duty every break time to provide support and to chat to girls of any age.
Amelie, Deputy Head Girl has also been involved in many aspects of school life and has particularly enjoyed working with girls from all year groups during House Arts, held in the Autumn term. Amelie said, “At Manor House, we can be whoever we want. Individuality is embraced and encouraged and that is why Manor House is so special.” She added, “In my thirteen years at Manor House, I have experienced so much happiness, friendship and support.”
Appointments will now be made for a Supporting Prefect Team which includes House Captains, Academic Prefects, Sports Prefects, Subject Prefects, a Lead ‘Supportive Friend’ Prefect and Prep Leader Prefects.
We look forward to seeing them in their new roles in the next academic year.
Year 11 Pupil's Design Initiative Raises Money for NHS
A few weeks into the lockdown, Senior School pupil, Hannah, in Year 11 of Manor House School, Bookham decided that she needed to do something to get the School community raising money for the NHS. Here's what she did and how you can help ...
26th May 2020 — A few weeks into the lockdown, Senior School pupil, Hannah, in Year 11 of Manor House, decided that she needed to do something to get the School community raising money for the NHS. After considering the options available, she decided on creating something that people in the school community could wear and, in keeping with the warmer weather, set about designing a T-shirt. Her first step was to design a specific logo that brought together an element of the Manor House School identity with that of the NHS and nationwide feeling.
Her chosen logo includes a rainbow, which has been a symbol of hope during lockdown, plus one aspect of the Manor House School, Bookham (MHS) logo. This has been placed on the background of a white T-Shirt, symbolising the white of the seventeenth century Manor House.
"I’m hoping to raise £1000. The NHS will feel this pandemic long after it’s over and this is one way that we can show our appreciation for all the amazing key workers!” The T-shirts are £15 each, regardless of size, and can be ordered in XS, S, M, L or XL through the school office at email: email@example.com - anyone is welcome to order a T-shirt and help support the NHS charities.
Hannah added, "Children and parents have ordered them and everyone seems to be really happy with them. I'm so pleased to be able to support the work of the NHS. So I can reach my target and sell the remaining T shirts, I'm asking as many people as possible to buy and donate to this important cause."
Here is Hannah wearing her T-shirt. Do watch out on our social feeds for photos of other pupils who share their pics of them wearing them too! Meantime, we would like to thank Hannah for her community spirit and charitable support.
What Does a Virtual English Classroom Look Like at Manor House School, Bookham?
What does a virtual English classroom look like at Manor House School, Bookham? Mrs Nicola Roberts, English Teacher, discusses how we have been delivering our English lessons via remote learning and how learning continues at a pace.
21st May 2020 — Mrs Roberts, English Teacher says, "Teaching English virtually has been helped by the resources made available by the RSC and the National Theatre. I had booked to take my Year 10 class to the Globe in July to see their GCSE Shakespeare text, Romeo and Juliet. Unfortunately, this trip will no longer happen but instead as a result of the Globe’s free streaming on YouTube and the wonders of MS Teams we have still spent our lessons at the Globe! We have had the added bonus of me being able to pause the actors and discuss their delivery of lines, costume choices and interaction with other characters with my class."
Sadly, Year 11 didn’t get to show their GCSE examiners their amazing knowledge of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein but instead, courtesy of the National Theatre streaming of Danny Boyle’s award winning production, we had a MS Teams viewing along with popcorn whilst sitting in the comfort of our own homes.
Years 7 and 8 have been studying poetry since Lockdown, so the English Department was keen to give them a poetic voice to express how they were feeling during this time and give them some time away from their screens. This resulted in the Poetry Project Competition judged by Headteacher, Tracey Fantham and Head of Key Stage, Tracy Evans. The winners are to receive prizes through the post. The arrival of a postman can often be a highlight for many of us during this time. A poetry anthology is also being created so that the wider Manor House School community can read the wonderful work of our girls.
Year 9 classes have been studying dystopian literature which suddenly seemed far more relatable to the girls and has resulted in the creation of some wonderful dystopian short stories. Many of them being based upon being locked in due to a mysterious virus. We have enjoyed watching trailers for The Hunger Games, Noughts and Crosses and reading short stories together.
Mrs Roberts commented, "I have been so impressed by the resilience and adaptability of all the girls I teach. Moving to a virtual world has not fazed them and they have been focused and have continued to learn. However, I miss interacting with them and look forward to seeing them all back together in my non virtual classroom."
Senior Winner at the Rotary Young Photographer Competition
Manor House School Senior pupils were delighted to win two prizes at the recent Rotary Young Photographer Competition.
17th March 2020 — Isabelle S won the Senior competition and her entry has been submitted for judging at District level. Lauren I was awarded third place in the Intermediate age group.
The competition celebrates the photographic skills of young people with a sequence of competitions that allows them to demonstrate and display what they can produce on a digital camera, as an art form and through sheer talent.
Entrants are required to produce a portfolio of three photographs based on a theme, with local heats organised by Rotary Clubs. The winners are entered into the District Young Photographer Competition and the best entries in that competition are forwarded to compete nationally at the end of March. We wish Isabelle and Lauren the very best of luck!
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