In the penultimate week of the summer term, the staff and pupils of Manor House School celebrated ‘Girl Power’ Theme Week and what a week it was! Hailed as the best Theme Week ever, the entrance hall paid homage to history’s famous females and the girls were regularly inspired by female role models and their achievements.
Students celebrated fashion through the ages and had the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities including workshops on Architecture, Drama and Forensic Science, Singing, Sculpture and Women of the First World War.
Girls participated in Street Dance, Taekwondo and Judo and were invited to scale a 32 ft high climbing wall, brought in especially for Theme Week. They visited a Planetarium in Science and girls in all year groups spent time in the Newsroom in English where it was clear that we had many budding journalists. Using the Green Screen to appear as professional broadcasters, the girls researched, reported and presented and showed off some fabulous communication skills.
Students learnt about the tradition of quilting and the work of contemporary women artists in Art. They tried out Mary Berry’s cooking techniques and Year 9 discovered interior design in a session run by former Manor House girl, Ellie Winter, who has just graduated from Falmouth University with a BA (Hons) in interior design. Additionally, there were senior fashion workshops by Ella Seal who has just graduated with a First in Fashion and Design from the prestigious Nottingham Trent University.
From circus skills to fashion, there were themed Humanities, Languages and Maths activities as well as lessons on Super Heroes. It was amazing to witness the enthusiasm of all the pupils. Staff and girls visited all the areas of the school gaining footage of all the amazing activities that occurred.
Mrs G Roberts put together a final Highlights i-movie for Friday’s assembly and readers can view the gallery of images from Theme Week. The week finished with girls dressing up in outfits from women’s fashion through the ages. There was a Charity Afternoon on the Front Lawn with stalls, activities, ice cream and a costume parade with prizes for the girls. The afternoon raised £905.32 and the money was divided between Oxfam and their projects for girls and education and the British Red Cross Grenfell Fire appeal.