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Posted on: December 11th 2016

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much - Helen Keller


I am often struck by this quote as it is so true with the work that we do in education, in every phase. 


In the last fortnight, the power of partnerships have been writ large for our school. 


Our primaries are enjoying flourishing partnerships with Science, Performing and Creative Arts as well as our wonderful 6th formers preparing for their reading mentor schemes in Campsbourne, North Harringay, and Weston Park. It gives students great insight into other schools and relationships and develops their skills - confidence, collaboration, communication. 


Our Performing and Creative Dept hosted the Haringey Primary Dance Festival - welcoming nine different primary schools into our school to share their dance talents - and they did! Reports ran wild about a certain Headteacher's reaction when her school won an award (yes Ms Soneye-Thomas! we are talking about you!) 

Our geography department took a number of year 8 students out to Capel Manor to present in a Royal Horticultural Society project to revitalise the staff student garden. They were fantastic - poised, confident and strategic throughout - and missed the top place by only 1/2 point!

 That wasn't it - last week we hosted a number of people as part of our involvement in the Edge Foundation - a charity to support the start of the in-house programme for our year 9 to think about and start considering more formally their options and future careers. This involved a number of volunteers taking time to take part in a 'speed networking' event (more information /190/latest-news/post/74/hornsey-school-for-girls-inspiring-futures-with-the-edge-foundation ) Year 10 students involved in the Girls Network worked with year 12 students, both developing leadership and mentoring skills and strategies. We've been delighted with this partnership and are pleased that we will be expanding the students involved next year. 

Ms Hewitt, who now has her own hashtag on our school twitter (#mshewittstrikeagain) brought in the fantastic group volunteer it yourself and 'Get her Trade' to gain an accredited qualification and build some benches for the year 8 project - joined up thinking, and the key to us moving confidently ahead in all we do. Our key partnership is with parents and carers - thank you to all who joined the PSA Quiz night on Thursday and super host our very own Mr Davies. We'd welcome more in the community to join us with the excellent work of the PSA  - information on our website /205/hornsey-school-for-girls-psa​ 

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the school as you can see - and will continue to be so as we head into our final full week. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for our sold out Winter Show on Tuesday. This will be my last blog of the year so thank you for spending your time reading and have a wonderful and restful Christmas. 

Ms R