CO-HEADTEACHERS' BLOG - 08/11/2017
8th November 2017
Dear Parents. Guardians and Friends
Last week, Ms Hunt. Mrs Ezekwe, Ms Rawlins and Miss Harris shared with all our students their love of literature in assembly through the theme of Hidden Voices. They explained to the girls that writers can help us find out about people and events that we did not know about or fully understand. They explained that some writers choose to create characters that give a voice to types of people that history or society overlook; hidden voices. Therefore, literature can help us learn about others and explore our identity. Mrs Ezekwe shared her love of the work of Grace Nichols, from Guyana, but has lived in the UK since 1977, and how she writes about the hidden voice of identity. Grace’s poem Hurricane reminds us that no matter where you live in this world, it can become a part of your identity and a wonderful thing to embrace. Miss Harris talked about Jennifer Worth, who wrote Call the Midwife series and how she shared the hidden voices of many of the characters midwives would see back in the 1950s. Ms Rawlins explained that the reading by Simon Armitage called Give was about homelessness and wanting change. Finally, Ms Hunt talked about Warhorse by Michael Murpurgo, War Horse tells a powerful story of humanity and friendship and that War Horse gives a voice to the ordinary man’s experience of war and the cost of war on humans, animals and nature.
War features heavily in our assemblies this week as Miss Herron and some sixth formers reminded us of the importance of Remembrance Day in assemblies. We have our beautiful handmaid poppies displayed in the school grounds to remind us of those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.