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October 08th 2018

Open Morning Buzz

This weekend’s Open Morning saw a record-breaking number of families visiting on Saturday morning, and the buzz of chatter filled the air.

The misty morning began early for a number of girls who had joined us on the Friday for a Taster Afternoon and Sleepover. They had enjoyed Computing and Latin lessons before taking part in activities with our Artist in Residence Miss Bowdery, and with our Lower School Tutors. Hot chocolate with marshmallows was a welcome treat before bedtime.  One girl, who had never been to a sleepover before, said it was the best thing she’d ever done.

The girls rejoined their families on Saturday morning, and delighted in showing them where they had been the day before and seeing more of the School.  Our tour guides, girls from Year 8 through to Year 13, were widely praised for their conduct, friendliness and confidence. 

There was excitement in the English Faculty, as they ran a competition for our guests. Head of English Miss West explained, “It was such a pleasure to welcome our visitors on Open Morning to the English Faculty. As well as answering questions and getting to know them, it was great fun to have the girls take part in our writing competition. In line with National Poetry Day's theme of 'Change', we looked at the Poem: 'Instructions for NOT becoming a Werewolf', presuming that this is a change that most of us would not like to happen to us!  The girls were asked to imagine all the warning sights, sounds, smells, sensations and tastes that they should avoid if this 'change' started to happen!  We loved all the imaginative responses, but our favourites were Nikayla (3rd place); Isobel (2nd place) and Morayo (1st place).  Morayo imagined a different change, that of turning into a vampire! She wrote evocatively of, "The smells of musty dark and dank; the eerie sound of night and the hoot of the owl; avoiding the greatest source of life: the sun; the irresistible taste of blood lying faintly on your tongue and the sensation of fangs vying their way out of your mouth." Superb writing! Thank you to all the girls who took part and congratulations to our winners. The books you chose are on their way to you.”

Our Geography department were also offering more to their visitors, with a QR-code based Treasure Hunt. Our guides would help guests find and scan the codes, and those who returned to the Geography room with the correct answer won a small treat.

As well as touring the School, Parents and Guardians also had the opportunity to hear from our Headmistress, Ms Roberts, our Deputy Guardian Izzy, and Anya, a Year 7 pupil.  Ms Roberts spoke of everything Cobham Hall has to offer, from the individual attention girls receive to the importance of being a Round Square school. Izzy’s warm speech was well received, giving the audience a sense of how Cobham Hall helped shape her from a disenchanted Year 7 girl to confident Deputy Guardian. Anya, having only been at the School for five short weeks, gave her perspective of the opportunities offered and the clubs and activities available.

We look forward to seeing many families return in a few weeks, for our Entrance Assessment Day, on Friday, 9th November.    

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