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September Roedean Round-up

Welcome back to Roedean for the new academic year.
28 Sep 2022
School News

The 2022-23 academic year has got off to a fantastic start, and typically busy, start at Roedean.

Independent School of the Year Awards

We started the year knowing we had been shortlisted in four categories in the Independent School or the Year Awards - Independent Girls' School of the Year, Community Outreach, Performing Arts (Music and Drama) and Sporting Achievement. We eagerly awaited the announcment of the finalists on 7th September and are delighted to be finalists for Independent Girls' School of the Year. These awards are hotly contested every year so it is a great honour to be a finalist. Fingers are now firmly crossed for the final results on 11th October.

Boarding Induction

The Boarding Team were delighted to welcome back returning students, and to welcome their new Boarders. To help them settle in quickly they held a packed week of welcome activities such as a selfie scavanger hunt, crafts, movie night, bingo, blackberry picking and crumble making. The photographs definitely look like the girls had a fantastic time.

The fantastic range of activities put on by the Boarding Team have also continued into the term with shopping trips, excursions to Brighton Palace Pier, lots of delicious baking, and celebrations for the Mid-Autumn Festival and Mexican Independence Day.

Reflecting on their first three weeks in House 3, Greta (Yr7) and Lucy and Gabriella (Yr8) said:

The first weeks in House 3 have been packed with loads of fun activities. From Biscoff Tiffin to record bowls, we've done it all! The weekends are filled with heaps of great activities too, such as baking, resin keyring-making and, our personal favourite, Henna tattoos. 

Besides all of the activities, we have also loved meeting and socialising with all the girls, new and old, who have become our friends. It was also great to be part of the Boarding Captain elections, where the Year 11s put in their bid to become leaders in House 3. 

To sum up the last 3 weeks, we would say they have been inclusive, fun and exciting. We can't wait to see what other surprises House 3 has for us as we continue to make it our Happy House 3 home away from Home.

Roedean Sport is off to a flying start!

Despite their disappointment at losing the first OR vs Student Hockey Match at the beginning of the month, the PE department have had a great start to the year. We started by celebrating the girls individual successes over the summer in Showjumping - Jasmine, Yr 9, placed 4th in her first British Showjumping National Championship; Rowing - Claude's team won the Coastal Amateur Rowing Association Cup in the J16x4 category and came 3rd in the South Coast Championships; and Cricket - nine Roedean girls play at Brighton and Hove Cricket Club in the U13s and U15s teams, and both teams won their leagues, and the Sussex League Finals, putting them through to the regional finals at Wimbledon.

Our main sport in the Autumn Term is Hockey, and the competitions (and wins) have already started. Our first opponents were Great Walstead, with a draw for the U12Bs and a win for the U12E. This is even more incredible as it was the first match for Roedean for these girls, and for some of them, their first ever hockey match. There have also been wins against Ardingly, Windlesham House, Eastbourne and Worth.

Enrichment Day

To mark the end of the first full week of term, and to help the girls bond within their year groups, we held an Enrichment Day, with all of the girls enjoying activities outside the classroom for the whole day.

Year 7 enjoyed an action packed day of activities at Blacklands Farm, Year 8 had a Bin Bag Fagsion show, before joining Year 9 in life-skills and team building activities, before an afternoon enjoying themselves at Jump-In. Year 10 spent the day discovering a range of new sports such as Ultimate Frisbee, and learned survival skills in the pool. Year 11 had talks and activities focused on well-being and resilience and the Sixth Form had the exciting opportunity to make a film in a day.

Roedean is in Country Life Magazine

We are delighted that Roedean is featured in the current edition of Country Life Magazine. The article focusses on schools by the sea, and so the story of our sea-swimmer put us top of the bill. You can read the article here

Scholar's Music Recital

Our first Tea Time Recital of the year is always reserved for our Music Scholars, it was wonderful to hear the range of pieces, instruments, and voices on show.  Students from Year 7 all the way up to Year 12 performed pieces including pices by Manning Sherwin, Hadyn, Britten, Bach, Mozart and Gershwin, and it was particularly exciting to hear out new Year 7 Scholars perform for the first time at Roedean. You can watch the recording of the recital here.

Kary's stunning photographs

Kary, in Year 12, is a talented photographer, and has taken some beautiful double multiple exposure photographs around the school site. These are taken using the multiple exposure setting on a mirrorless camera, allowing her to layer together the imagery on the camera, rather than post edit. She has really captured the busy nature of the school day, as you can see in her photographs below.

  

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