Despite the uncertain nature of the English weather, our whole school trip to the RHS gardens at
Wisley went ahead as planned.
With clipboards to the fore, the girls investigated a huge variety of flora including exotic food
plants in the glasshouse and fragrant herbs in the sensory garden.
We ate our lunch alfresco and then explored the diversity of flowers, discovering that they come in all colours including green. Here are some of their comments:
“The orchids in the glasshouse were beautiful and vibrant with so many different colours” Grace (Tops)
“I really enjoyed looking at the waterfall in the glasshouse and the cacti were very prickly!” Alice (Middles)
The Carols by Candlelight service was a wonderful evening showcasing our very talented girls. The choir and soloists sang beautifully and the orchestra and instrumentalists played exceptionally well.
Many thanks to Mr Morton and Mrs O’Gorman for their hard work in preparing the girls and organising a truly memorable evening.
This is a short version of our DVD from Carols by Candlelight service in December 2016. If you would like to purchase the full length DVD please contact the office.
We have seen and applauded all the girls during their various Christmas performances. Click Read Post for further comments and our photo gallery.
Year 1 & Year 2 Production
Well done to the girls for a wonderful performance. The girls thoroughly enjoyed entertaining their parents
and grandparents and sang, acted and danced beautifully.
I would like to thank Mrs Butt, Miss Murphy, Mrs Turbervill, and Mr Morton for helping the girls and putting the extra time in to ensure that you as parents/grandparents were so beautifully entertained.
Little Bramley and Reception Nativity
Another well done to Little Bramley and Reception for their wonderful Nativity. It was such a confident
performance and difficult to believe that the girls are only 3 and 4 years of age. Their singing and acting was exquisite!
Once again, thanks to Mrs Nunn, Mrs Odell and Mrs Fleming and all the Early Years team for helping to make the performance a success.
Nestled amongst the leafy suburban houses in Wimbledon and just off the bustling High Street, lies a tantalising taste of Thailand. It appears unexpectedly on an otherwise ordinary road and lifts you abruptly out of your routine world to be greeted by voices speaking in Thai and the sight of Buddhist monks in their traditional saffron robes.
Our first sight was of the peaceful gardens with their elegant bridges which are looked down upon by a gold statue of Buddha, who stands in front of the Dharma wheel. By the time we climbed up from here to the temple itself, we were convinced that we were anywhere but London.
Our monk guide gave us a very informative talk about Buddhism and about the paintings on the walls in the Temple, which depict the life of Buddha, but also detail various influences from diverse cultures, from Colonel Gaddafi and Margaret Thatcher to Superman! Well done to India for finding a well-disguised image of the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben!
The girls were asked to repeat certain affirmations to help them remember more about Buddhist beliefs and were even thrown complex maths questions (thank you to Jemima for saving us all with the answers!).
Fully informed, we were then led through a walking meditation: a new experience for all of us and one that I am sure the girls especially will remember. It was particularly interesting to learn that meditation is present in every activity that the monks undertake in the form of mindfulness. Indeed the monk made an expeditious exit at 11 o’clock, the time of one of their most mindful events of the day: lunch!
Back to reality and back to school in time for our own lunch and the girls probably did not linger too long on the novel experience they had just had, and yet I am certain that it is one on which they will return to reflect for a long time to come.
Photographs from the recent performance of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears by Year 1 and 2.
Photos from the Prep girls performance of The Jungle Book.
Girls graduating from Bramley School were presented with their leaving gifts by Shiva Feshareki, the award winner composer. Shiva won the BBC Young Composer Award and has worked with Bramley School on several projects and in association with The Royal College of Music.
Shiva spoke about her ambitions as an 11 year old and encouraged every girl to keep an open mind, to find their passion but also to enjoy the present moment.
In part of Shiva’s speech she asked: ‘What is the definition of a successful individual? Well, it is someone who has been encouraged to have faith in their unique abilities, and someone who knows they are loved, and uses this to live their lives to the full’, very much the ethos that Bramley School shares.
Each Tops (Year 6) girl received a personal accolade from the Headmistress, Ms Paula Burgess, as they now move on to the Senior School of their choice. 50% of the girls have been awarded an academic or sports scholarship to their next school.
Ms Burgess spoke of the ‘growth mindset’ that Bramley School has, where every girl is nurtured and supported to fulfil their potential.
In his speech, Chair of Governors, Mr Mike Webb, outlined the development plans that Bramley School has over the next five years which will see the buildings and facilities enhanced and a 20% growth in pupil numbers projected.
Shiva Feshareki is a composer and scholarship graduate from the Royal College of Music. She won the BBC Young Composers Award in 2004 and has awards ranging from the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, to British Composer Award shortlisted works. She has had performances at major UK venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbican, Roundhouse and has had working relationships with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta and London Contemporary Orchestra. Additionally, Shiva has worked and toured with musicians ranging from cellists Natalie Clein, Oliver Coates and Colin Alexander, to video-gamer/youtuber Freddie Wong, jazz organist Kit Downes and artists Simon Fisher-Turner and Haroon Mirza. She sometimes DJs, and presents experimental classical music on NTS Radio in Dalston.
Congratulations to all the girls who took part in The Bramley Dance Show on Tuesday evening at The Riddell Hall. The
show opened with two very energetic dances from the musical Hairspray, danced by the Tap class. The girls have really
enjoyed learning these dances and this showed in their high energy performance.
The ballet classes presented Tales from Beatrix Potter. Each Tops girl danced a solo and the girls from Uppers had a duet
and then they joined together in a group dance. Well done for learning and remembering such long and complex
The younger classes had group dances representing some of the characters from Beatrix Potter. Little Bramley enjoyed
their first appearance in the Ballet Show as kittens, Reception girls were mice, Year 1 were hedgehogs and Year 2 were
frogs – they all danced beautifully and were assisted by the older girls.
Karen & Ella Robinson
A glorious sunny but cold day was enjoyed by 43 golfers, including for the first time a current Bramley girl, Mili Greener.
Mili, who played with last year’s Walton Heath Lady Captain, performed exceptionally well. A true pro in the making!
The course was in super condition ahead of the USA PGA qualifier to be held soon and all of the staff at Walton Heath
were present for the presentation and speeches by this year’s Head Girl, Cerys Denny and Deputy Head Girl, Jemima Hain.
I would like to give a personal thanks to Walton Heath and all of the past parents and others that have continued to support this day for the past 20 years. We managed to raise £818 for FOB and I would like to thank Nick Willet and Valley Automotive for mugs and champagne.
A reserve date of 26 April has been pencilled in for 2017 so please put this date in your diary for next year.
Our annual Music Evening was held at the end of last term. The choirs and the Choristers sang, the orchestra played and soloists performed with their instruments and vocally to a really high standard. 20 girls, the youngest from Reception, treated the audience to a wide range of traditional and more contemporary pieces – with the orchestra in full Star Wars costume to add a certain authenticity … Congratulations to all our singers and musicians.