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 Career mentors
The senior girls at St George’s Ascot, Berkshire, were inspired by an Alumnae Careers event which took place at the School last term.
The pupils were asked to select from a range of workshops run by old girls of the School who represented a range of careers from management consultancy and executive recruitment
to primary education and writing.
At the conclusion of the event, the alumnae formed a panel to take questions from pupils such as whether the “glass ceiling” had harmed their careers and what was the best advice they had received in plotting their future plans when they were pupils.
Mrs Liz Hewer, Head, said: ‘It was so great to have such positive role models for the girls and to generate such far reaching and stimulating discussion’.
 Carols for forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn
A talented school choir from East Sussex have given their most exclusive concert ever to the top female-selling artist of 2017, centenarian Dame Vera Lynn.
Twenty- ve choristers from Lewes Old Grammar School conducted by musical director Rachel Munro, visited 100 year-old Dame Vera
Lynn’s Ditchling home and performed a private concert of festive music.
The programme included Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Dame Vera’s favourite carol, O Come, All
Ye Faithful. Dame Vera, who doesn’t travel these days,
sang along with the choir and enjoyed every moment of the 30-minute performance.
Rachel Munro, who teaches singing at LOGS, said: “We know how much Dame Vera enjoys Christmas music and as she wasn’t able to attend a Carol concert,
we thought it would be special to take one to her.”
All the pupils knew about Dame Vera and were delighted to talk with her afterwards. They were keen to learn about The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, which supports young children with cerebral palsy.
Tim Laker, the prestigious school’s Bursar, accompanied the pupils and said: “This afternoon has been such a privilege for the school and we have decided to donate the collection from our Carol Concert to Dame Vera’s Charity.”
 Pictured: Dame Vera Lynn with LOGS Vox Choir and singing teacher, Rachel Munro
How was your work/life balance over Christmas?
Director of Studies at Yorkshire’s Ampleforth College, Dr Hannah Pomroy, believes holidays should be holidays for both students and staff...
 For the vast majority of students and staff at Ampleforth College
the Christmas holiday was essential down time. Equilibrium is one of our Benedictine core values and the holidays play an invaluable role in achieving this, with the opportunity to do some of the things term time pressures don’t allow. Spending time with others and developing social skills through shared experiences deepen bonds of family and friendship.
Whether exploring the outdoors, reading for pleasure or visiting family, holidays provide a crucial time for many students and staff to relax and unwind.
However, that said, it is always important to keep motivation and momentum ahead of the new term.
For those who want to challenge themselves, try a self-directed project such as building a PC from scratch (as my own son is planning!) or learning a new life skill such as  rst aid training or languages. What you do in the holiday can lead to a lifelong interest and even bene t your career further down the line.
For those who need a bit more direction, doing some volunteering, going on an experiential course or taking part in competition can be transformational.
Although, contrary to belief, even being bored can have immense value! Boredom is important
in developing motivation and creativity as well as self-ef cacy. Take time out to realise what your
goals are, what you would like to improve upon or where you need more training. Using the Christmas break as a time of re ection ahead of the New Year will have allowed you to focus on the things that matter in a calm relaxed setting.
  Dr Hannah Pomroy has worked at Ampleforth College as Head of Mathematics for the past 5 years. She has a  rst-class degree in Mathematics from Bristol University and PhD in Meteorology from Reading University. She is married to Jonathan, a wildlife and landscape artist, and they have two children who attend the school
Tragic death
Giggleswick School, Yorkshire, Director of Digital Strategy and Housemaster Phil Andrew, died in a car accident last month (December) in Scotland.
Headmaster Mark Turnbull said: “Phil was a remarkable man; brilliant of mind, immensely practical and above all a truly caring schoolmaster who touched the
lives of all of the boys and so many across our community.”
Phil had taught Design, ICT and Computer Science at Giggleswick for over 20 years and had been a Housemaster for 8 years. He was appointed as Director of Digital Strategy in 2014 to champion the school’s development of digital learning across both the senior and junior school.
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