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.
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!
Senior Winners at the Rotary Young Writer Competition 2020
For the second year running, senior girls won both senior prizes at the Rotary Young Writer Competition 2020. Manor House School pupils also won a record number of Highly Commended awards!
17th March 2020 — Evie W was the Senior winner and Harriet F the Intermediate winner. The students have both received £20 book tokens. Ms Fantham, Headteacher, said: "We are delighted with our continued success in this Young Writing Competition and my congratulations to the girls and our English Department. There was clear evidence of original and individual thinking that the Competition has tried so hard to encourage in recent years."
Here are the comments from the Judges for Harriet's and Evie's pieces:
Winner: Harriet F
A beautiful story well told. You have taken huge steps in mastering one of writings great tricks, "show, don't tell". Casually dropping the fact that you woke up glowing immediately, tells the reader about your character's state of mind. Well done, please keep on writing.
Winner: Evie W
Very black and moody, almost Kafkaesque in its tone. An excellent piece of writing. It is good to see a girl writing from the point of view of a male protagonist. The use of a series of short staccato sentences helps build the atmosphere, drama and urgency. I want to know more. What happened next?
The following girls received Highly Commended awards:-
Highly Commended Senior
Highly Commended Intermediate
At District level, Scout W and Alicia P won Highly Commended for their stories. The judges had a difficult job as they were very impressed with the standard of entries and commented on how original they all were. Congratulations girls!
Skilled Senior Bakers Win the Surrey Schools Baking Competition!
The Surrey Schools Baking Competition is an annual event, which has been run for the last five years and this year, Manor House School in Bookham was invited to take part.
6th March 2020 — The Surrey Schools Baking Competition is an annual event which has been run for the last five years and this year, we were invited to take part in the Competition which was held at Claremont Fan School in Esher, in early March.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 of the Senior School did a ‘Bake off’ style session in class to select the best two entrants from Years 7 and 8. Students had to bake a large cake from scratch, then decorate it with handmade decorations, all within two hours. The theme was 'Spring Carnival'.
On the day of the Competition, there were nine different schools taking part, with a Junior category of Year 6 students and a Senior category of Year 7 and 8 students. So, there were eighteen different cakes to be judged on appearance, taste, texture, quality of the bake, use of handmade decorations and the theme.
We are delighted to report that Manor House School won both 'Winner' and 'Runner Up' prizes in the Senior category. Both our student winners, Amelia S and Isabella C, are from Year 7. They produced some amazing creations for such young bakers!
The competition was judged by the Mayor of Elmbridge (pictured here), along with the owners of a fantastic cake shop and decorating business in Claygate called 'Afternoon Crumbs' http://afternooncrumbs.com/
Senior Pupils Write Children's Books for Younger Pupils
The English Department at Manor House School in Bookham, devised a creative learning project for girls in Year 9 of the Senior School. Their task was to work in groups to create, write and design a children’s book to read to younger pupils.
3rd March 2020 — With the approach of World Book Day and the emphasis on the importance of reading and the written word, the English Department at Manor House School in Bookham, devised a creative learning project for girls in Year 9 of the Senior School. Their task was to work in groups to create, write and design a children’s book for pupils to enjoy in the Lower Prep School.
The learning objectives of the project included: story telling, group-work and collaboration, time management, writing for a specific audience, identifying the conventions of children’s books, using language appropriate to an audience and purpose, using structure effectively and combining language and illustration to tell a story. Additionally, girls had to use their artistic skills and technology (Book Creator) to design the book whilst making props and preparing a performance to the Early Years Department. Groups were asked to write promotional content to promote the story, much like you would find on the back of a book cover.
On World Book Day, senior girls read their books to the Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 children during their English lesson. It was lovely to see children in the Early Years Department join the older girls in the Senior English classrooms where pupils used the iPad technology to prompt their independent story reading.
Mrs Roberts, English Teacher, gave an inspiring introduction to the project. Mrs Lorenz, Head of English, said: "The girls were highly engaged from the very start. Throughout the last week of the project, they worked cooperatively and enthusiastically in their groups and they were really looking forward to presenting their stories to the Early years on World Book Day.” Charlotte M in Year 9 was appointed chief photographer throughout the English project and created a shared album for the group. Girls then turned the photos into a short iMovie demonstrating the whole process from start to finish.
Following World Book Day, pupils conducted an evaluation and feedback session on the project and their writing.
"It was really enjoyable to be able to draw on our favourite books from childhood and then follow the creative process through from the first ideas to completing and presenting the book." (Sophie)
"I loved the creative aspect." (Matilda)
"It was entertaining to see the children’s faces as they listened to the stories." (Emme)
"It made you realise how you needed to plan your time effectively." (Felicity)
Runners-Up in the Annual Local Schools 'Love Languages Competition'
iEnorabuena! Félicitations! Glückwünsche!
28th February 2020 — Congratulations to the group of Gifted and Talented Year 8 linguists for coming Runners-Up in the 'Love Languages Competition' held at City of London Freeman's School on 14 February.
Senior pupils performed mini plays and songs in all of the three languages that are taught at Manor House School; Spanish, French and German. Manor House was the only school to perform in all three languages.
Our girls beat stiff competition from a number of local schools from both the Independent and Mainstream Education sectors. Students had given up a number of their breaks to rehearse and the Modern Foreign Languages Department would like to thank the girls for their efforts and hard work.
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