Stand up for what you believe in and develop a love of learning
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural
QM encourages girls to stand up for what they believe in - whether that is speaking on stage about women's rights or encouraging green initiatives through involvement in the Environment Club.
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Activities
The Queen’s Society is made up of the School’s Academic Scholars. The group meets four times each term for a variety of different activities. Sometimes members will give a presentation to the rest of the Society on a subject which interests them; sometimes they discuss an issue or an idea which has recently been in the news; sometimes they simply play a mind-stretching game.
Members of the Queen’s Society also take a lead in the fortnightly Scholars’ Talks. For these, girls research a topic of their choice, and deliver an online presentation for the rest of the School community to watch. There is then an opportunity for questions and answers, and for wider debate and discussion. The talks are recorded, and saved on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) so that they can be watched again. Talks this year have included a history of plagues and pandemics, an account of life in the LBGTQ community in the present and the past, and an investigation of how children’s literacy develops in the early years. Although they are called Scholars’ Talks, these talks are very much for the whole School, and you do not have to be a Scholar to give one.
The Queen’s Society also hosts guest speakers as part of an ongoing program of lectures. Once again, everyone is welcome to attend, and it is always a pleasure to see girls attending for the sheer love of learning.
As part of the Environmental Council, students from all year groups meet every month to identify ways in which we can live a greener life here at QM. Last year's Clothes Swap events were a huge success and helped to highlight the impact of fast fashion, and every student is now encouraged to carry a reusable water bottle to cut down our plastic waste on campus.
Open to anyone that would like to try meditation, these sessions may be of particular interest to those girls who have already completed the .b Mindfulness course within PSHE.
National Council of Young Women
QM is an official link school to the National Council of Young Women. Girls in Year IV and above meet a couple of times a term and organise a conference in the Autumn Term. There is also the opportunity to attend other conferences across the UK.
Voluntary Communion Service
Held weekly with the Chaplain.
All welcome from beginners to Grandmasters.
At QM Amnesty International focuses on addressing various human rights violations across the world. In the past, issues such as women’s rights, poverty and prisoners have been studied. Amnesty International never takes sides but always campaigns for human rights to be protected.
Previous campaigns to raise awareness comprise a variety of initiatives including thought-provoking assemblies and bringing in a car to highlight discriminating laws preventing women from driving in Saudi Arabia. Cloaks Corridor has, in the past, been transformed into a modern slum to raise awareness of how extreme poverty affects many people today and leads to horrific transgressions of basic human rights. Students decide which campaigns they wish to participate in and the way in which those campaigns are promoted. Involvement in Amnesty International counts towards completion of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. This group is open to all girls in Years V-UVI.
The International Council is made up of student representatives from each year group and from different countries, the International Prefect, a Deputy Head Girl and members of staff. The main purpose is to unite all international and British girls at QM. The Council aids integration and promotes cultural diversity and the interests and welfare of both international and British girls.
Through multicultural events and specific academic and enrichment projects, the International Council encourages cross-cultural awareness and interaction. It also provides a means of consulting and engaging with girls and advocates for their interests and needs.
Led by the Charity Prefect, the council organises charity fundraising events and activities across the School.
Led by the Head Girl, the Council meets every half term to discuss academic, pastoral and enrichment issues and put together ideas for the future of the School.
I love the mindfulness sessions as they make me aware of what's around me and help me to enjoy the moment.