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Commemoration and Prizegiving 2015
Friday 3 July marked the ninth Commemoration and Prizegiving for Malvern St James.
Boarding Fun at Batsford
Year 2 had a fantastic Boarding Taster session at Batsford on 25 June, with big thanks to Housemistress, Ms Detnon.
Year 6 Independent Learning Projects
Year 6 worked hard all year on their varied Independent Learning Projects with Dr Jones, Learning Enrichment and Support Co-ordinator.
Pre-Prep 1 welcomed a lovely group of pre-school girls to MSJ to join them at the annual Bug Ball.
ISA Athletics National Finals
Last week, seven MSJ pupils competed at the ISA Athletics National Finals at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
Year 9 Trip to Gilwern by Miss Cole, Head of Outdoor Pursuits
All of Year 9 went on an Adventure Activity Trip to Gilwern, near Abergavenny, from 15 to 17 June. The programme consisted of lots of adventurous and challenging activities.
Weekly Letter from Mrs Wilkinson, Pre-Prep Co-ordinator
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Weekly Letter from Miss Townsend, Prep Department Co-ordinator
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Latest Sports News from Penny Green, Sports Prefect
Sports Report: 25 June 2015 Swimming Hetty Meen in Year 7 recently took part in a Swimming Gala for her club.
Drum Roll Please.....For Roseanna Gray
Roseanna Gray, Year 3, has become the youngest person in the country to pass grade 8 Drums.
National Women in Engineering Day
As part of National Women in Engineering Day, ten of our Year 9 girls visited Malvern Instruments, a high-tech company with subsidiaries worldwide.
Anyone for Tennis?
Over twenty girls and parents took part in the newly re-established Family Tennis Barbeque 2015 and even more came to spectate and enjoy the sunshine.
School Trip to the Corinium Museum by Hannah Atkinson, Anna Pickerell and Jessica Morris, Year 8
On Wednesday 13 May the whole of Years 7 and 8 were fortunate to go on a trip to Chedworth Roman villa, and the museum at ‘Corinium’, or Cirencester, as most of us now know it.
Farmyard Fun for Pre-Prep Girls
On a gloriously sunny June morning, Pre-Prep set off to the Cotswolds to find out more about farming as a part of their topic work on Living Things.
Georgia Dances Her Way to the Top
Georgia Mucklow (Year 8) spent Half Term week competing in the All England Dance Festival Midlands North Regional Final in Mansfield.
Keen Photographer Reaches the Finals
Talented photographer, Louise Hayes (Year 12) was delighted to reach the Finals of the WYPOTY Competition (Worcestershire Young Photographer of the Year) hosted by the local Beacon Camera Club.
GCSE and A level Art exhibition - 15 May
Our annual end of year exhibition was once again a resounding success, following a somewhat stressful few weeks of completing coursework, examination conclusions and mounting work.
Prep Girls Head for the Hills
Pre-Prep had a super sunny walk on the Malvern Hills just before Half Term.
Oaker Wood Residential Trip
Last week Year 3 and 4 pupils had a spectacular two day residential break at Oaker Wood Leisure, a woodland activity centre in Herefordshire.
Speech & Drama Showcase
Thursday 11 June
MSJ Scoops Special Award in Well Dressing Competition
Year 5 pupils have once again taken part in the Malvern Spa Association Well Dressing Weekend.
Pre-Prep came to School on Thursday 7 May in a wonderful array of imaginative costumes, all ready to learn some Italian and discover facts about Italy on Italian Day!
Marxism, Lenin and the Russian Revolution
Dr Chris Ward from Cambridge University gave a thought-provoking Lecture on The Ideological Origins of the Russian Revolution.
MSJ Golf Day
MSJ Golf Day Friday 25 September 2015
ISA Triathlon Championships
On Wednesday 29 April, 17 of our Prep girls from Years 3 - 6 took part in the ISA Triathlon Championships held at Lucton School, near Leominster.
MSJ Chess Queen
Ani King, Year 7, recently competed in the Worcestershire Junior Chess Academy stage of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge.
Top Award for MSJ Actors
Congratulations to Charlotte Sambrook, Phoebe Nairn and Amelia Wrinch (all Year 10), who were invited to perform in the Celebration Concert which took place on 23 April, following the Worcestershire Competitive Arts Festival.
MSJ Delegates Shine at MUN Conference
Mrs Huntley and Mrs Newby took a group of experienced and novice MUNers to the Model United Nations Conference at Magdalen College School at the end of the Spring Term.
An Easter of Golfing Action for Lucy Walton
Lucy Walton, Year 11, has been very busy over the Easter holidays competing in four major golf competitions.
Having Fun with Medieval History
Year 7 were set the challenging task of designing a game that could be played in only 20 minutes and that would teach people about life in medieval England.
Talented Skier Wins Medals in Chamonix
Congratulations to Ibble Watson, Year 7, who has achieved some fantastic results whilst skiing with the British Ski Academy in Les Houches, Chamonix.
Studying Law at Oxford
On 16 March, Issy Rawlings and I had the opportunity to travel to the Oxford University Law Faculty to hear more about studying Law (Jurisprudence) BA, which is equivalent to Law LLB.
MSJ Expressive Arts Students Scoop Awards
The Speech and Drama department had an exciting and successful day at the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival held at RGS Worcester on 21 March.
Young Enterprise Success
Since the beginning of the Spring Term the teams have been working hard to prepare for the Worcester Trade Fair at the end of February, developing a range of exciting products - Blazerz with their innovative Swedish Fire Log, Fortis continued to develop and perfect their slate products and Infinity delved into the world of scent with their Scented Reed Diffusers.
Prep Department Visits Techniquest
The whole of the Prep Department set forth to Cardiff for an exciting day at Techniquest Science and Maths Museum on 18 March, to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week.
French Trip 2015 - a report by Ms Stentiford
An early morning start saw certain members of MSJ up and awake before the dawn, eager to depart on the biannual French Tour.
Penelope and Her Maids
The Year 10 REP group performed ‘Penelope and Her Maids’ on March 11 in the Drama Centre.
Junior Schools' Art Exhibition
On Saturday 7 March 2015, more than 200 parents, pupils and staff enjoyed a marvellous display of artwork from 11 local Prep and Junior Schools.
World Book Day
The Prep Department celebrated World Book Day in style last week, with everyone dressing up as their favourite character and enjoying timetabled ‘reading slots’ throughout the day.
Latin and Greek Reading Competition
MSJ took another strong contingent of girls to the annual Latin and Greek Reading Competition, kindly organised by Cheltenham Ladies College and staged in their Parabola Theatre.
Top Position for MSJ Riders
The MSJ riding team had a fantastic competition at Bury Farm Equestrian Village on 14 Feb, when they took part in the NSEA Arena Eventing Qualifier against a very tough field.
Gold Awards for MSJ Girls
Congratulations to Isobella Bradshaw and Lucianna Ghobrial who have just received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates at St James’s Palace.
MSJ Bake Off
On Saturday 28 February over 50 keen bakers from Years R to 8 headed into School for the first MSJ Bake Off.
Victory for MSJ Debaters
The second heat of the ESU Public Speaking Competition was held on Thursday 12 February at Royal Grammar School, Worcester.
Maths Feast for Year 10
The Year 10 Maths Team took part in a Maths Feast challenge at Worcester University just before half term.
Nicky is Selected For National Team
Nicky Clift, Year 13, has been enjoying considerable success on the Lacrosse field recently.
Our Trip to Bath by Jess Burden Year 9
On 11 February Year 9 were taken to the beautiful city of Bath to explore the ancient world as revealed by the city’s Roman Baths.
MSJ Library in Book Swap Guinness World Record Challenge
On 6 February MSJ students and staff scoured their bookshelves to bring along a book to the School library that they were prepared to part with.
Extreme Weather Projects
Girls in Prep 2 have been thoroughly enthused, inspired and excited by their recent Geography project, based on Extreme Weather.
Making Tracks with Stem Club
This year members of STEM club have been investigating digital electronics and robotics.
Mud Pies and Tall Tales
Thanks to some generous donations of unwanted kitchen items, Pre-Prep have created a super Mud Kitchen in the Woodland School.
The Malvern St James Preparatory Department production of ‘Panto Pandemonium’ will definitely be remembered as a major highlight of this academic year.
On 3 February, the entire Prep Department gathered together to put their spelling skills to use and earn Ship Points.
Higher Education Success!
The University of Oxford and Imperial College London are rated in the top 5 universities in the world, as listed by QS World University Rankings 2014. We are therefore thrilled that two of our Year 13 students are holding offers from these institutions.
Safer Internet Day 2015
Safer Internet Day is an international event, co-ordinated by Insafe, a European educational charity promoting safer internet practices.
Chocolate Box Design
The Design and Technology Department has come across a winning formula by capturing the energy and youthfulness of our Year 7 pupils and combining it with their passion for chocolate!
Betsy Goes For Gold
Betsy Richards, Year 5, is delighted to have returned to School with a Gold Medal from the ISA National Swimming Finals at the Olympic Stadium in London.
Last Sunday twenty girls and staff had a special day at the Birmingham Symphony Hall singing the Mozart Requiem from scratch, with choral expert Simon Halsey and the CBSO Orchestra.
Principal Flautist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Marie-Christine Zupancic, gave a masterclass in the Lawnside Room for our Senior flautists, watched by some of our other flautists and GCSE / A-level musicians.
On 16 January, girls in Years 5 - 8 enjoyed a Roman Feast in Lawnside, which was transformed into a Roman triclinium with couches and low tables.
Ski Trip 2014 - a report by Elysia Garland
The school ski trip was a great mix of twenty seven girls from years 8 to years 13.
Room On The Broom
Pre-Prep went to see a super theatre production of Room on the Broom (children’s story by acclaimed author Julia Donaldson) at Malvern Theatres on 20 January.
OGA University Workshop
Ellie Kirby (MSJ 2011) came in to School to give a University Workshop to current girls in Years 10 to 13 and to champion the value of Arts degrees.
The Prep Department show, Panto Pandemonium, is now only two weeks away and things are really starting to take shape.
Military Music Career Beckons
Major Simon Haw, Director of Music, British Army, recently visited Malvern St James to offer bespoke career advice to one of our senior musicians, Kirsty Haines.
Hannah To Compete in Czech Republic
2015 has started well for Hannah Tapley, Year 11. She competed in her first event of the year last weekend; the Midlands AA Indoor Open at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
Made In Africa Exhibition Raises Money for Ebola Crisis
Fiyin Durojaiye, one of our Year 10 Hatfield House boarders, organised an exhibition in the lead up to Christmas in order to raise funds for the Ebola Crisis. She describes her experiences below:
Mrs Woodhouse, Headmistress, interviewed by The Independent on Sunday
The article below was printed in the Independent on Sunday newspaper on 28 December 2014.
Oxbridge Interview Time
We are delighted to see some of our Sixth Form students heading off for interview at Oxford and Cambridge universities this month.
MUN Conference at Tudor Hall School
At the end of November, twenty five girls from MSJ attended the Model United Nations Conference at Tudor Hall, along with some of the top academic schools in the country.
Evelyn Rides to Victory
Evelyn Haynes, Year 12, attended a British Show Jumping event held at the West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre, near Chippenham on Sunday 23 November.
Grace Qualifies for British Biathlon Championships
On 19 October Grace Nolan, Year 5, competed in the West Midlands Regional Biathlon Championships under 10 age group at Tudor Grange Academy in Solihull.
Oh! What A Lovely War
Malvern St. James Performing Arts Department staged a stunning production of Joan Littlewood's 'Oh! What a Lovely War' this year to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.
Inspiring Lectures for Classics Students
Latin, Classical Civilisation and Greek students in Years 11 to 13 travelled to Dean Close School, Cheltenham, recently to hear two excellent speakers.
Life Drawing Class
On the weekend of the 15 and 16 November all Year 12 and 13 artists were given the opportunity to take part in a two day intensive course in Life Drawing led by Dora Paynter.
Lest We Forget
Girls performed a programme of music entitled ‘Lest We Forget’, to a rapt audience at Hellens Manor in Much Marcle on Friday 14 November.
Expert Parents Day
On Friday 8 November, Pre-Prep held their first Expert Parents Day.
Cliona Joins County Jazz Orchestra
Cliona Maley, Year 12, has successfully auditioned to become a member of the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Georgia and Gregory Dance to Success
Georgia Mucklow, Year 8, was delighted to receive a clutch of medals at the West Midlands Dance Festival recently.
Biology Field Trip to Nettlecombe Court
In October, as part of our Year 13 Ecology module, ten of us carried out Biology fieldwork at a beautiful Field Centre at Nettlecombe Court, in Somerset.
International Golfing Success for Lucy Walton
Lucy Walton, Year 11, has returned home thrilled and delighted after achieving an incredible 3rd place in the Faldo Series Grand Final (Under 16 section) at The Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA.
Students from Year 10 went to The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford on Tuesday 14 October to perform a magical production of ‘The Tempest’ as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
MSJ in The Gambia
On Friday 10 October 2014, Team Gambia hosted 150 guests at their biennial evening fundraising event.
People Who Help Us
On Monday 13 September, the Pre-Prep went on a trip to discover ‘People Who Help Us!’.
Prep Department takes a trip to the Vet
The Prep Department guinea pigs, Lola and Pigley, were in need of having their nails trimmed, so it was time to take a trip to the vet.
Girls Visit the Newest Member of the MSJ Fleet
On 2 October three Sixth Form girls, Nicole Cheng, Nicky Clift and Cliona Maley, along with Miss Andrews and Mrs Cartwright, were invited to an Affiliate’s Day on board HMS Dragon.
Prestigious Law Firm Hosts MSJ Girls
On Wednesday 1 October, fourteen aspiring Law students visited the Solihull office of Hill Hofstetter, a specialist commercial firm offering first class legal and commercial advice to leading national and international corporations.
Sweet Success for Eleanor
Congratulations to Eleanor Revill, Year 12, who continues to amass awards for her beekeeping skills.
Year 7 STEM Trip
Girls in Year 7 were enthralled by a Next Generation Innovators’ Day, which took place in Malvern on Thursday 2 October.
Clean Sweep for MSJ at ISA Midlands Netball Tournament
On 30 September our Year 11 Netball team travelled to St Dominic’s School in Staffordshire to take part in the ISA Midlands Netball Tournament, where they would face a total of 7 matches throughout the day against some tough opposition.
MSJ Golf Day - Friday, 19 September 2014
The MSJ Golf Day was conceived by Year 11 pupil and Worcestershire Schools U18 Girls Golf Champion Lucy Walton and the inaugural event was organised at the Worcestershire Golf Club by the Friends of MSJ.
Waterside Fun for the Prep Department
Nearly the whole Prep Department gathered with buckets and spades, beach balls and nets, sun hats and rain coats, ready for a recreational trip to the Cotswold Water Park and Beach on Saturday 27 September.
Memorable Riding Season for Pippa
Pippa Wollen, Year 11, and her pony Phoenix have won the Pony Club NFU Mutual National Novice Individual Eventing Championship at Kelsall Hill.
Team Spirit Builds for Gambia 2015
Team Gambia 2015 spent Saturday 20 September under canvas at Eastnor for a weekend of teambuilding and bonding, kindly donated by D3 Events.
Drama Students Visit The Globe
It was a splendid trip to the Globe on 17 September. GCSE and A level Drama students enjoyed a hilarious performance of 'Comedy of Errors' in the wonderful setting of this recreated Elizabethan theatre.
Letter in The Times
Please follow the link to read a letter from Mrs Woodhouse, published in The Times on 24 September under the heading: Public schools 'offer the state sector a boost'. This letter was in response to an article by Janice Turner, published in The Times of 20 September entitled: Public schools must learn the meaning of charity.
Hannah Hits The High Notes
Hannah Tapley, Year 11, is nothing if not determined, as her mother will testify.
Final report on Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition 2014
24 girls successfully completed their Qualifying Venture at Gold and Silver level this July during the first week of the summer holidays.
Year 12 Enjoy MSJ Old Girl Performing at the RSC
During their Cultural and Team Building Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Year 12 were fortunate enough to attend a performance of Henry IV Part 1 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Exciting Start of Term for the Pre-Prep Girls
As well as welcoming new girls and catching up with old friends, Pre-Prep have been making the most of the last of the summer weather with lots of fun activities.
Malvern St James Girls Enjoy Record GCSE Performances Across the Board
Malvern St James Girls’ School is celebrating record GSCE performances, building on the excellent A Level successes last week and the year’s outstanding personal achievements.
Top Universities Open Their Doors to Forward-Thinking Malvern St James Girls
MSJ is once again celebrating today’s A Level results, which herald another excellent year of personal academic achievement.
Ani Plays with Nicola Benedetti
Ani King, Year 6, had the privilege to play with Nicola Benedetti MBE when she directed 2 days of workshops for promising young musicians.
Launch of the Malvern St James Girls' School Founders' Garden
On Saturday June 14, MSJ celebrated the Opening Ceremony of their Founders’ Garden, commemorating the five founding schools which make up today’s Malvern St James Girls’ School.
Congratulations to Sixth Formers Nicky Clift and Harriet Hill, who organised a ‘Memory Walk’ to raise money for an Alzheimer’s charity.
Sunrise Walk in aid of Gambia 2015
At 6.00am on 3 July, 17 of the girls from Years 11 and 12 and the 4 teachers who will be going to Gambia in 2015, met for a sunrise walk from British Camp to School before breakfast.
The Expressive Arts Production of Aladdin - a truly memorable week.
In only four days from Monday 23 June, with performances on Friday 27, Year 7 and 8 girls put together a vibrant, professional production.
Mrs Marsay reports on the Acorns' Triple Run
On Sunday 22 June, an MSJ team consisting of 15 girls and 3 staff took part in the 5km Acorns’ Woodland trail.
Flora Barber reports on the Art Trip to Cornwall
When choosing Art as a GCSE, everybody was excited at the prospect of going to Cornwall.
MSJ Chronicle 14
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new School Magazine, the MSJ Chronicle, which is the brainchild of Sixth Formers Jenny Avdoi and Victoria Gawlik.
Pre-Prep Heads for the Hills
Girls and staff in Pre-Prep all headed up to the Malvern Hills for a bracing walk on Monday 16 June.
Kay Baxter, Year 7, Reports on a Trip to Techniquest
On Monday 9 June, Years 7 and 8 went to Techniquest and after a long journey through Wales to get to Cardiff, we finally arrived.
'So You Want To Go To Oxbridge? Tell me about a banana...'
On 20 June, MSJ was pleased to host an Oxbridge Preparation Day.
Jungle Party in the Quad
Making the most of some gorgeous summer weather, Years 1 and 2 hosted a party in the Quad for prospective MSJ Girls.
Chess Championship Success
Congratulations to Ani King, Year 6, who won the Girls’ U11 Championship at the Worcestershire Megafinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge.
Junior Maths Challenge Results 2014
The Junior Maths Challenge is a national competition aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below and involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour.
English Trip to Stratford
The Year 9 English Trip took place in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 11 June.
GSA Junior Olympics
On Wednesday 11 June over 80 girls from 25 Midlands Region schools gathered at MSJ to compete in the Regional GSA Junior Olympics.
Residential Trip to Oaker Wood
Year 3 and 4 had the most spectacular residential trip to Oaker Wood, near Leominster on 15 and 16 May.
Pre Prep Trip to Bristol Zoo
In support of their current work topic, Pre Prep visited Bristol Zoo to learn more about jungles and jungle animals.
Lucy Qualifies for Golf National Finals
Following her win at the Worcestershire Schools U18 Competition in April, Lucy Walton, Year 10, qualified to play in the Midlands Finals over half term.
Parents Share Jungle Experience
Girls in the Pre-Prep Department have been learning all about jungles this term.
ISA Schools Triathlon
On Wednesday 7 May Maria Ahued Vazquez (Year 8) Hannah Atkinson, Charlotte Atkinson, Jessica Morris (Year 7) Grace Nolan and Betsy Richards (Year 4) represented MSJ in the ISA Schools Triathlon held at Lucton School.
Flora Supports a Cause Close to her Heart
Flora Barber, Year 10, has taken the initiative to raise £100 for the Anaphylaxis Campaign by supporting Orange Wig Day.
Congratulations to the MSJ Senior Dressage Team, who won the competition at Princethorpe College in Warwickshire on May 10.
Adventures for Years 5 and 6
An excited crew of 28 Year 5 and 6 girls and 4 teachers left MSJ on the morning of Wednesday 7 May and set off for Shropshire.
Five Golden Girls
Congratulations to Giselle Pearson, Becky Evans, Lucy Ellaway-Bell, Catherine Stylianou and Beth Barnes, who were invited to St James’ Palace, London, at the end of April to collect their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards in the presence of the Earl of Wessex.
'Pre-Prep have been rearing caterpillars.....' explains Mrs Wilkinson
The tiny creatures, no bigger than one of the girls’ finger nails arrived in the post on 24 April 2014.
MSJ Singing Bonanza
Last Sunday, eighty five pupils from nine schools and choirs enjoyed a two hour choral workshop run by James Davey, one of the country’s most distinguished young choral directors.
GCSE and A Level Art Exibition
Our annual end of year exhibition on 16 May was once again a resounding success, following a somewhat stressful few weeks of completing coursework, examination conclusions and mounting work.