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News from Exeter House - our newest member of the Exeter family arrives!
This has been a very exciting first half of term for the Exeter girls as they eagerly awaited the arrival of their new baby sister, Isla, who arrived on February 1st and was warmly welcomed into the Exeter sisterhood! Mrs Goff has taken over from Miss Tierney as acting house parent, but the girls are delighted that Miss Tierney (and Mr Wilks) are still living in House so they get to see lots of them each day. The girls are missing Miss Tierney very much but each cloud has a silver lining, and this comes in the form of Mrs Goff's baking, so the girls are enjoying the brownies, cookies and flapjacks which greet them when they return to House after their afternoon lessons!
We were also delighted to welcome Julia into Year 12, who very quickly found herself playing for the House volleyball team, even after just one week in school! Both the A team and the B teams did very well and we were hugely proud of them as they showed real teamwork, determination, House pride, as well as having fun. In addition Mr Mason has joined the House team as "Mr Tuesday" and we are delighted to have him working with us, together with Mr Tweedie who is working as a personal tutor to a group of the Sixth Form girls - they are enjoying his expertise and experience greatly.
The snow has been both a delight and challenge this half term, with many of the girls perfecting the skill of descending Exeter Hill in record time to get to Meditation and Assembly, and we have been hugely grateful to the Estates team for keeping us all safe during such heavy snowfalls! The girls have all enjoyed their twice weekly formal lessons out on the slopes, with glorious snow and perfect conditions, as well as expeditions on the weekend including ice climbing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skinning and snowboarding. The views from the Exeter balconies (once we make it up Exeter hill!) are totally stunning and remind us how lucky we are to live in such an inspiring location.
Year 11 girls all went on Cultural Long Expedition to either Rome or Milan and enjoyed the opportunity to sample Italian culture, as well as Italian food! It was a very packed three days for them but they all learned a great deal and enjoyed each other's company. They have all now completed their mock IGCSE examinations and made their choices for the IB programme - Sixth Form will soon be here! Year 13 will be going to Athens later on this term for their final CLE, after all the girls have been out on their skiing long Winter expeditions, which I know they will enjoy. Their lives are very busy indeed but they enjoy all these varied aspects which make up an Aiglon education.
We are also half way through the Inter-House debating competition and having examined the role that competition plays in our lives, we are awaiting the release of the topic for the second round next week. The girls acquitted themselves extremely well - as speakers (Adelina, Lea and Frankie) as well as floor speakers and supporters and I was very proud of them all.
I have very much enjoyed my first half term working with the girls; they are a delightful and hugely impressive group of young ladies who embrace all the challenges presented to them, engage fully in life both in and out of the classroom and are happy, positive and fun. Exeter is a wonderful House with fabulous girls and we are all delighted to be part of this caring, supportive and empowering community. Isla is very lucky to have 53 such amazing big sisters!
Written by Mrs Goff