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Broadcaster, journalist and author Clare Balding OBE delivered
an inspiring talk to parents,
pupils and governors as part of Monmouth School for Girls’ 125th Anniversary celebrations.
Clare’s illustrated lecture was full of insight into a stellar career
in sports broadcasting and was appreciated fully by the audience in the school hall.
She developed a theme epitomised by JK Rowling’s philosophy that ‘if you are not failing, you are not trying hard enough’.
Having been born into a racing family, Clare related her childhood experiences of learning to ride,
in which her father championed the idea that to fall off a horse a hundred times would take away the fear of falling.
The fact that, as a toddler, Clare learned to ride on Mill Reef, and eventually became a leading amateur  at racing jockey and Champion Lady Rider in 1990, proved her father was right.
To inspire the many youngsters present in the audience, Clare described the personal quests of many of Britain’s greatest athletes, who, in the face of adversity, became Olympic and Paralympic champions.
Her re ections on the notion that bravery involved ‘being scared of something but doing it anyway’ included her own challenges when asked to present sports such as the America’s Cup and the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 football championships of which she had had no prior experience.
Like the careers of so many athletes, Clare described how determination, focus, preparation and hard work, along with native talent, can make all things possible.
Clare brought with her copies of her latest books, including the children’s titles, ’The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’ and ‘The Racehorse Who Disappeared’.
After a question and answers session, the school presented
a cheque for £2,000 to Clare’s chosen charity, Ebony Horse Club, which raises the education and aspirations of young people growing up in Brixton, South London.
The evening with Clare Balding
is among a packed programme
of events, which have included a Joint Schools’ Concert, Old Girls’ Commemorative Service and an Anniversary Reunion, to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary.
Pictured: Senior members of staff cut a 375 anniversary cake with Jeffery Wilson, composer of celebration Mass setting
Standing up for girls everywhere
Sharing new Mass with the world
  Broadcaster Clare inspires
Students and staff at New Hall School, Essex, enjoyed a particularly special celebration at their annual Foundation Day, as festivities began for the school’s 375th Anniversary.
The school, which was founded
by the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre in Liège, Belgium in
1642, was established at Henry
VIII’s former Palace of Beaulieu,
in Boreham, in 1799. In 2001, Katherine Jeffrey became the  rst lay Principal of the school. Though the community are no longer physically involved in the daily running of the school, their presence is still felt throughout and the Catholic ethos remains central to life at New Hall.
The day started with a Mass, a
new setting written for the 375th
Anniversary by composer Jeffery
Wilson. The school community
was honoured by the presence of
the Rt Rev Alan Williams, Bishop
of Brentwood, who celebrated the Mass with School Chaplain, Fr Lee Bennett.
As part of the 375th Anniversary celebrations, Director of Music
at New Hall, Andrew Fardell, and composer, Jeffery Wilson, made
the decision to share the new Mass setting with the world, free of charge, for all to enjoy. All materials for the Mass are now available on the school website, under the 375 Anniversary section.
The all girls’ Maynard School, Devon, raised a hand in support of last month’s (October) International Day of the Girl, to show solidarity with girls around the world in less fortunate circumstances than themselves.
“Our students are lucky enough to have one of the best educations on offer and they wanted to support the International Day of the Girl
in recognition of the struggle
and plight of girls across the world who have far less privileged existences,” said Deputy Head and Head of Pastoral Care, Mrs Tricia Wilks. “The empowerment of girls and women around the globe starts at school, with a
quality education and access to culture and information. Our entire Maynard community wanted to stand up and be counted in support of this notion.”
Over 100 Maynard girls took part in a sponsored Walk in her Shoes in recognition of all those girls who, as young as 4 years old, walk miles every day to collect their families’ water supply but leaving them no time to attend school.
All donations were sent to Care International to help build wells and water pumps closer to rural communities so that women and girls don’t have to miss out on an education in order to sustain their families in this way.
 Pictured: Headmistress at Monmouth School for Girls, Dr Caroline Pascoe with Clare Balding
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