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June 27th 2017

Welcoming Potential Cobham Girls

The penultimate weekend of the Summer Term saw Cobham Hall open the doors and welcome many prospective girls and their families to our school.

It began on Friday afternoon, when Year 5 pupils took over the Science labs, and become detectives for the afternoon to solve a murder mystery.  Using scientific techniques, the girls, with the help of Head of Science Mr Fryer and Physics teacher Mr Hosford, were able to effectively solve the case and establish who the ‘murderer’ was.  The girls tested and compared soil samples, used chromatography to compare ink from the murder note and pens taken from the suspects, and finally, fingerprinted the suspects.

After the lesson ended, our Boarding team, who along with Head of Lower School Mrs Keys, kept them entertained and looked after the girls.  Hunting Pokémon around the school, the girls had to use physical and mental challenges to capture them.  They then settled down to make felt unicorns before enjoying a hot chocolate at bedtime.

Saturday was our Open Morning, and we welcomed our Taster girls’ families back to tour the school.  Joined by many more families, the School was busy.  There was a great buzz in the English room as for the second year running, the English Department set a creative writing challenge.  Head of English Miss West explained, “Our visitors to design their own monster, based on Caliban in Shakespeare's ‘The Tempest’.  The challenge was to design a monster using great description and vocabulary.  We had some fantastic entries, but had two favourites.”

The runner-up was Ayo, who described her creature as: “A vicious monster; the devil's pet, a witch's daughter, an enchantress. The most hideous thing ever, an evil Caliban." However, our winner was Christabel, who wrote: "'Thou poisonous slave,' A malicious conniving tortoise living on an island of magic. A most ridiculous monster, engrossed by the devil himself."  We will be sending a signed copy of Francis Hardinge's book, ‘The Lie Tree’, to our winner!

As well as the excitement of touring the various departments and seeing the activities, there was a speech by the Headmaster, Mr Mitchell, two students, Alicia (Year 7) and Lille (our Guardian and Year 13 pupil), as well as a Deputy Headmistress, Dr Coates-Smith.  Visiting parents also had the opportunity to speak with girls, senior staff, governors and current parents.

Our enthusiastic tour guides were a credit to the school, with many receiving glowing praise from our visitors.

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