End of Year Newsletter
It is hard to believe that our first year at Northwood College for Girls is now complete and what an exhilarating and triumphant year it has been – packed with opportunities that our girls have embraced and full of achievements and accomplishments for us all to celebrate.
There was much excitement in Maxwell Road on Thursday 4 September 2014 when Northwood College for Girls opened its doors for the first time.
I was honoured to be joined by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr George Cooper; Deputy Mayoress, Cllr Judith Cooper; Chair of School Governors, Mr Geoff Hudson; GDST Chief Executive, Helen Fraser and GDST Finance Director, Tom Beardmore-Gray to officially launch our new school.
One of my first jobs of the year was to congratulate our excellent teachers on the set of outstanding examination results that the previous Year 13 girls had received during the summer holiday.
Our 2014 A Level results provided a 100% pass rate with over 75% of the grades being A* - B and over 90% of the grades at A* - C. Almost one half of our girls achieved at two or more A* - A grades and nearly one quarter received three or more!
I am also delighted to report that 2014’s Year 13 girls went on to achieve outstanding success in their applications to top universities and colleges with the girls receiving offers from Oxford, LSE, Bristol, Durham, UCL and Edinburgh, to name but a few.
In fact, a total of 81 girls achieved Russell Group University offers for a wide range of courses, many after a rigorous selection procedure of additional tests, challenging interviews and group assessments, in addition to their UCAS applications. Six girls will be studying Medicine and the only girl to apply this year for Dentistry has also been successful.
An outstanding set of GCSE results for 2014 put our school in the top 5% of schools in the UK for ‘Value-added’‘Value-added’ results demonstrate the difference between the exam grades a child is predicted to gain when joining Year 7, to the grades that they actually attain in Year 11.
If the final performance exceeds the predicted grades the difference represents the improvement the child has made during her school years i.e. the ‘value-added’.
Last year we outperformed 95% of the schools in the UK with our GCSE figures which highlighted the fact that many Northwood College girls added two, or even three, grades to their predicted GCSE grades. I am confident that next month will see us celebrating another set of excellent results.
In the meantime, here follows a whistle stop tour of what we have been up to over the past twelve months; highlighting just a few of the achievements that our girls have made since we opened our new school.
The year kicked off in true celebrity style with a visit from the star of Casualty, EastEnders and Doctors - Helen Millar. Helen, who won the Alan Bates award for most outstanding newcomer, spent the day running theatrical work-shops and having set the girls the task of turning their chosen novels into dramatic pieces, she was most impressed: “I wanted the girls to show a real willingness to throw themselves in at the deep end and they certainly did that! It is wonderful that these talented girls have no fear on stage” she commented.
Award winning author, Linda Newberry, spent a day in school discussing the craft of story and creative writing and the former AAA's Track and Field 100m Champion, Rion Pierre put Years 1-6 through their paces with a non-stop fitness circuit workout.
‘Getting to know you’ was a central theme last September as the former Heathfield girls settled in to their new home and the pastoral team kicked off the year by taking a very excited Year 7 to the Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre while Year 8 set off on a three day residential trip in the historic city of York.
Day trips were abound ranging for an Art trip to Kew Gardens for Year 5 to a visit to Alexandra Palace for senior school Textiles students to attend the Knitting and Stitching Show.
Our A Level Classical Civilisation students enjoyed a study day at the University of Cambridge; and back at home our Year 12 students attended a ‘Study Sensei’ seminar which was delivered by Elevate Education. Developed from the findings of research into the habits and techniques of high achieving students, the seminar provided the girls with simple and practical skills which have been proven to work and which can be used immediately.
The entire Junior School enjoyed dressing up as characters from Roald Dahl’s books and Years 4, 5 and 6 performed brilliantly in their Swimming Gala During the Sixth Form’s Health Issues session we welcomed back to Northwood two former pupils: Tiru Sivashankar, who is now studying Medicine at Birmingham University and Ellie Wood who is studying Biochemistry at Exeter University.
Our Year 12 and Year 13 girls acquired valuable insight into life as a university student and the amount of preparation needed to cope with the demands of the courses.
The Girls’ Day School Trust called upon our leaders of tomorrow to join them at the annual “Young Leaders’ Conference” and Year 12 benefited from a Presentation Skills workshop by Karen Kimura from the GDST. Karen has many years’ experience in public speaking and shared her techniques to engage your audience and tips on creating compelling presentations. It is preparation like this that makes a difference when the girls enter a world where competition for top university places and the best jobs is becoming increasingly fierce.
Life in our Sixth Form is fast-paced, exciting and focused. The girls rely consistently on the support of a team of specialist educators who are each dedicated to help each pupil realise her full potential, and it was wonderful to hear our Year 12 girls talk positively about their school at an Information evening aimed at younger girls in October.
May I thank all of those who generously donated to our Harvest Festival - this brilliant cause for the New Hope Trust typifies everything we teach the girls about compassion. From early years the girls learn that those that have should not forget those that have not. Together with our parents we are building a strong moral compass for the girls which I am confident that they will continue to develop throughout their lives.
November saw a host of alien creatures descend on Junior School as the girls raised money for Children in Need. Year 1 ventured out to the RAF museum in Hendon to investigate flying machines; while Year 7 took a coach to Oxford to see the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Year 8 set off to explore the autumnal nature of Kew Gardens with the task of observing and sketching leaves while Year 9 enjoyed an inspiring day at the Tate Modern.
Year 12 were given the opportunity to hear a talk from representatives of Zonta London, an organisation with over 30,000 professional and executive women who aim to advance the status of women globally.
We were privileged to welcome Nick Hurd, our local MP, to school and he gave a fascinating talk on his role in parliament as part of our Enrich and Extend programme.
December saw the girls enjoy their annual Christmas Parties and the Senior Hall was packed for the delightful performance of ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’.
Almost 200 very excited children set off for Watersmeet Theatre to fly with ALADDIN on a magical flying carpet at the pantomime.
Each year, Lions clubs around the globe sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. The art contest encourages young people to express their visions of peace. This Year, sixteen Year 7 and 8 girls participated in the event organised by Harrow and Pinner Lion’s Club and the winner from Northwood College for Girls represented the school in the District Final. After much deliberation Chahat Halai (Year 7) achieved second prize which is an achievement that we are very proud of.
Thanks to a number of keen Year 8 and 9 students, Northwood College for Girls was involved in voting for the prestigious Science Book award for 2014 and Year 12 benefitted from a seminar about Time Management – a must for today’s busy girls, who are often trying to squeeze in part-time jobs, community service and social lives with their studies!
We were delighted to welcome a number of Junior School parents to our ‘Love Learning’ event in January. This popular evening gave us a chance not only to give parents lots of tips to encourage their daughter’s learning but also to explain how our Thinking Skills programme makes us different from other schools.
We welcomed a group of Year 1 parents for an excellent workshop on the teaching of Maths to their daughters and Year 2 parents to play literacy games in school with the girls.
Year 2 visited the Roald Dahl Museum while Year 4 took part in a ‘History Off the Page’ Tudor Day when the girls were given a hands-on cross curricular learning experience enabling them to turn back the clock and live a day in the life of Tudor times.
In Geography, Year 9 used iMovie and Movie Maker to produce films about the eruption of the Soufrierre Hills volcano in 1995. The Year 11 and 12 girls welcomed a representative of one of the Colleges of Cambridge University to school to talk about the university application process including how to choose which College to apply to and about how academic life runs at Oxbridge.
This year’s Inter-House Music competition provided a delightful week of music-making and we welcomed the professional composer and conductor, Will Carslake, in to school to adjudicate our final competition. Notable performances were by Shephali Nathwani and Aaliyah and Aatreyie Kapoor; and Will made a special mention to Zara Siddiqi.
The Junior School took up the theme of ‘Make your face funny for money’ for Comic Relief with relish in February, while Year 3 enjoyed an Ancient Egypt themed day and Year 6’s excellent Thinking Skills workshop was designed to develop logical and creative thinking.
Our girls attended the GDST’s inaugural Digital Leaders’ Conference at South Hampstead High School. Our task was to design a new technology, plan the financial and marketing strategy and then convince industry leaders that our idea was the most innovative. The conference was a day packed full of speakers, workshops and industry mentors and culminated in a Dragon’s Den style pitch. Our team consisted of two Year 6 girls, two Year 8 girls and two Sixth Formers - they worked together extremely well, quickly identifying strengths and deciding on who should do what for the task.
Year 9 spent the day in Windsor investigating the urban environment and the impact of tourism and following a successful ‘German Speed-Meet’ with Merchant Taylors’ School, the Year 9 girls studying French hosted a French Activity Lunch with their counterparts from Merchant Taylors.
In the Spring Term, a former student came to lead a ‘Working Lunch’ with girls from Years 10-13. Clare Diskin (neé Moss) is an Associate Director of Development for the BFI (The British Film Institute) and she gave us an insight into how her career began.
The Sixth Form’s trip to Washington DC during the February half term can be summarised in just four words: cold but entirely unforgettable.
Bluebelles had a fantastic time when they took part in a ‘Sponsored Wiggle’ to raise money for the charity ‘Action for Children’ in March and our Reception girls enjoyed a visit to Odd’s Farm Park.
Book Week was a great success this year with the girls thoroughly enjoying the themed activities. They loved dressing up as their favourite characters for the Book Character Parade and professional storyteller, Vanessa Woolf, entertained the children with a range of stories which she brought to life with props.
The Book Fair was popular again this year and a percentage of the money raised was used to purchase books for school, so a big thank you all of you who supported us.
Our Think Strong fortnight featured a fascinating and inspirational talk from former RAF fast jet fighter pilot, Mandy Hickson. Mandy’s message about being emotionally resilient was very in-keeping with the ethos of the school.
I am delighted to report that over 400 wristbands were given out during the fortnight, highlighting the importance of the dispositions we have been focusing on: Communication, Curiosity, Commitment and Creativity; as well as the all-important Gold Resilience band.
Model United Nations, which was hosted by Haberdashers’ Boys’ School, provided the perfect environment for our girls from Years 10-13 who enjoy public speaking, current affairs and debating to expand their horizons, make new friends and tackle a collection of the most prevalent issues.
Our AS and A level Drama students performed two very different pieces for contrasting audiences in March. Year 12 performed an excerpt from ‘Pool, No Water’, a challenging adult piece of physical theatre; and the A level students entranced a Year 7 audience with their creative adaptation of David Almond’s novel, ‘My Name is Mina’, which is a celebration of the imagination of a child.
We welcomed Lord Rosser in to school to give a talk about his role in politics and girls from Year 11 and Year 12 were given the opportunity to visit Isleworth Law Courts to see first-hand what it is like to be a judge, barrister, or a member of the jury.
Imperial College London visited Northwood College for the ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ workshop which was an exciting opportunity for the A Level students to gain experience using state of the art chemical analysis tools, the Infra-Red and NMR spectrometers.
We welcomed some very special visitors to Bluebelle House in April - our ‘living eggs’ arrived and we were lucky to watch ten chicks hatch successfully. Nursery girls had been learning about mini beasts and so were delighted when they received a visit from ‘Zoo Lab’.
April saw a wonderful Speech and Drama recital by Year 2 girls in front of their parents. Aged just six or seven years old, our girls were confident, articulate, enthusiastic and managed to recite their poems with excellent projection and comprehension.
Around 100 girls from Year 3 – Year 10 pitched their business ideas to a panel of five ‘Dragons’ at our annual Dragons’ Den event and eleven finalists were chosen to enter the contest. This special event provides the girls with the chance to demonstrate the skills that they learn as part of the school’s innovative Thinking and Learning Skills programme. Character traits such as initiative, persistence, flexibility of mind and responsible risk taking are initiated and developed from Nursery through to Year 13.
Following on from an excellent assembly by Year 12 Politics students who presented clear manifestos from the five main political parties, we held our own Mock Election. This was an invaluable experience for the senior school girls to deepen their understanding of the British democratic process and we hope it will inspire them to vote in the future. Bluebelles have been learning about mini-beasts and the life cycle of a butterfly and on their trip to Butterfly World in May they had the opportunity to study the butterflies face to face.
Year 1 concluded their project about world religion with a special visit from Mrs Ali and Mrs Kanji who talked to the girls about Islam.
Years 1 and 2 welcomed the Dogs Trust in to school who gave a wonderful, interactive talk about how to care for a dog.
Years 1 and 2 were treated to a storytelling session from a Chinese storyteller and Year 2 enjoyed three literacy ‘games with Mummy (or Daddy)’ mornings this academic year with the games ranging from plurals, antonyms and synonyms to rhyming words and anagrams.
We are always grateful for the support that we receive from our parents on these special occasions. We were delighted to hear that Year 6’s Ameya reached the Regional Finals of the UK’s biggest search for teenage and pre-teen singing acts TeenStar, and bravely preformed in front of 400 people!
Pupils from Years 7 and 8 sat the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge and congratulations go to Ginny Kelly, who achieved the top score and a Gold certificate.
Our Year 8 pupils achieved four Gold, eight Silver and seventeen Bronze certificates! The students in Year 7, who sat the paper for the first time, also performed well and achieved one Gold (Amy Yuan), six Silver and nine Bronze certificates.
Our annual Art and Design Exhibition Private View in June included selected work across the year groups. The outstanding displays featured Fine Arts, Crafts and Textile Design and used a wide range of different media and techniques, including traditional and the latest technology with digital cameras and computer software.
As a finale to their traditional tales and homes topic, Year 1 ventured out to Windsor Castle where they were treated to an excellent workshop entitled ‘Whose Royal Home is this?’ and Year 2 set off to enjoy workshops on Florence Nightingale and the Great Fire of London.
Dr Diana Burman, of Oxford University, who specialises in teaching the Deaf, gave a talk to Junior School about sign language which reinforced their Science project on senses.
5 June 2015 was a very special day as it marked eight hundred years since the Magna Carta was signed in Runnymede. An Assembly taught the girls about the Magna Carta and imprinted the idea of ‘hope’ for the future.
Years 1 and 2 then had a wonderful carousel of themed activities and Years 3 - 6 joined the Live National Assembly, aimed at children across the country. In the evening, the Rainbows gave a delightful rendition of the Magna Carta story.
Our younger girls enjoyed a trip to Amersham Field Centre where they took part in various outdoor activities in the forest, including building their own shelters for their class teddy bears and learning how to read maps.
In Year 4 the girls had the opportunity to go on a three day, two night residential trip to Woodrow High House, near Amersham. This is often the first time that the girls have been away from home and this great experience helps embed the ethos of independence that is a key focus at this stage.
Junior School participated in an Eco Day with the aim to celebrate all of the eco activities and work we have already achieved, as well as, looking at what else we can do inside and outside school to be more eco-friendly.
Year 5 had a very successful residential trip to a PGL centre near Swindon where they demonstrated their bravery and resilience when faced with daunting abseiling towers and challenging climbing activities.
The half term ended with a fantastic trip for Year 6 to the Isle of Wight, where they enjoyed a range of different field studies related activities. A particular highlight was the beautiful views of the Needles from the Tennyson Hike, which culminated in writing poetry on top of the cliff!
A team of Year 6 girls participated in the GDST General Knowledge Quiz Finals. The heats were tough and the results nail-biting with our girls doing exceptionally well to win two out of their three rounds but narrowly missing a chance to qualify for the grand finale.
We have all enjoyed and been so impressed by the magnificent music concerts and performances organised this year through our Music Department and Year 6 impressed everyone with their brilliant production of “Hoodwinked”.
We were equally treated by the Lower School’s excellent Production of the Narnia classic, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’.
The Thinking Skills awards were presented at the Lower School Awards Ceremony on Friday 3 July. One girl from each of Years 7, 8 and 9 was chosen to receive these awards which recognise: leadership and initiative, creativity and innovation, and focus and persistence and help to demonstrate the value that we place on developing intellectual character as an essential part of education.
The annual Royal Geographical Society Competition was launched for pupils in Years 7-12 with the theme ‘does Antarctica matter?’ Please see: https://northwoodcollege.fireflycloud.net/geography/competitions/young-geographer-competition for further details.
Last term saw Year 7 Physics students partake in a ‘design and race a balloon buggy’ workshop. A team of Year 8 Chemistry students attended this year’s Salters’ Festival of Chemistry where they enjoyed getting involved in forensic science activities to solve a murder and made a coolant for the Starship Enterprise.
The Biology Challenge is an annual competition for Year 10 students and this year we are very proud that Nivethanaa Pulavan achieved a Gold Award.
The following girls should also be congratulated for achieving the Bronze Award: Sanjni Bhudia, Umme-Kulsum Pisavadi, Aaliyah Kapoor, Tanushri Warnapala, Lyaswara Valentine, Hardeep Kaur, Emma Ross, Anjali H Patel and Zara Siddiqi.
The French Department took Year 7 girls to the typically quaint French town of Guînes, where the girls had great fun experiencing first-hand a busy French market in the town square and practising their French language skills and the German Department took fourteen girls to the charming city of Cologne for a very rewarding five day Tuition Homestay.
The girls had German language lessons in the morning and visited the sights in the afternoon, including the famous 4711 perfume house, a chocolate museum, a sport museum and a history museum in Bonn. The evenings were spent with their host families, soaking up the culture and language.
We were delighted by the number of Year 7 and 8 girls who achieved gold, silver and bronze certificates in the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge and the Library hosted a Carnegie Award afternoon to which pupils from St Helen’s and The John Lyon Schools were invited. Pupils from the three schools worked together to discuss and present each of the books before voting for the winner.
The Year 9 Business Enterprise Programme proved to be popular with the Year 9 groups mentored by Year 12 students to plan and run their own mini-businesses. The girls were allowed to keep half of all profits made as a reward for their entrepreneurship while the other half was donated to the Red Cross.
The Year 10 Enterprise Day was led by Karen Kimura, Learning and Development Manager at the GDST. Working in teams, the girls were given the challenge of setting up a new and original food outlet. With the aid of laptops, the morning was spent brainstorming ideas, logos and menus and, following a very useful session on presentation skills, each group presented their ideas to a judging panel. The girls rose to the challenge with enthusiasm, coming up with some highly creative and viable ideas.
Year 12 girls also enjoyed their ‘Make it Big’ Enterprise Day during which they learnt about the business processes involved in the music industry. Y
ear 10 students participated enthusiastically in a Government and Politics ‘taster lesson’ as part of the ‘Year 10 into the Sixth Form’ day. They considered the electoral ‘journey’ from personal philosophies through to political parties and on to the merits of competing candidates.
Year 10 – Year 13 students visited ‘Defining Beauty: the Body in Ancient Greek Art’ at the British Museum and Year 9, 10 and 12 Textile students were inspired by a day trip to the V&A Museum where they enjoyed the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ Exhibition.
Year 11 girls spent the week of 29 June – 3 July gaining valuable work experience which will undoubtedly be of great value to them when choosing courses, universities and eventual career paths.
The Year 12 Higher Education Conference on 25 June marked the beginning of the next cycle of UCAS applications, with seminars led by representatives from the University of Birmingham, ‘Choosing where to go and what to study’ and the University of East Anglia, ‘What Admissions tutors are looking for’ and ‘Writing a good Personal Statement’.
We entered two Year 12 teams into the BASE Accountancy Competition. The girls were given realistic business information and had to devise a strategy for success. Both teams did well and we were delighted to report that one of the teams won the regional final.
Our Year 12 girls who are considering a career in medicine or dentistry attended a ‘Medics Day’ in school, run by an Imperial College medical student and those interested in art have attended after school Life Drawing classes over the summer term.
We have had another busy term in the Music Department including the A Level Recital Evening and Years 7-9 Chamber Concert. We experienced some great performances from both. The Jazz Band performed at the Midsummer’s Reunion and the magnificent Senior Summer Concert which took place on 1 July.
In spite of the pressure of examinations, both public and internal, a wide range of charity events have taken place over the last term. With the money raised by both Juniors and Seniors, a staggering total of £4,627.01 was sent to the British Red Cross for their Nepal Appeal.
Year 11 organised the traditional Charity show and cake sale which raised funds for CRY, in memory of Shannon Powell. 7P organised a cake sale and sponsored swim to raise funds for WWF and Cancer Research.
9H had the original idea of celebrating Ramadan by offering henna art at lunch time and collecting funds for Islamic Aid. Four groups of girls in Year 10 participated in the Wings of Hope Award and raised huge sums - Team Soar: £2306.50, Team Eclipse: £6680, Team Garden Tree: £600, Team Ignite: £1066.
This has been one of the most productive terms for supporting charities and the girls, and you, their parents, certainly deserve to be congratulated! Sports Day had us all on our feet cheering for the girls who all performed wonderfully, with Curie-White winning the cup.
Members of our Physical Education department have sprinted from one success to the next this year with match results going from strength to strength. Having won the Hillingdon Borough Tournament and the Hillingdon District netball league; our Year 8 netball heroes went on to win the Independent Schools Association London North Tournament, which qualified them for the national finals where they finished in fourth place in the country.
Year 8’s Dominque Olaleye won the Year 9 Borough Cross Country Tournament with Lucy Thornton winning the Year 11 Tournament and Rachel Ayrton finishing closely behind her in second place.
The Year 9 team claimed Silver medals and many of our runners were selected to represent Hillingdon at the Middlesex championships.
May I give huge congratulations to Year 11’s Lucy Thornton who is now ranked among the top 30 swimmers in Europe!
For the third year in succession we have won every single age group in the Hillingdon District Hockey Tournaments. The Hillingdon Borough Gymnastics competition saw our Year 8 team receive the Silver medal in the team event and Jazz-Afrique Oyenekan in Year 8 won the Bronze medal in the individual competition.
We entered Under 15 and Under 18 teams in the Hertfordshire & Middlesex Independent Schools Badminton League and are delighted that in our first season the Year 10 team finished in third place and the Sixth form finished fourth. Kirushnaga Ganeshanathan and Hamsini Shivkumar from Year 10 won the Silver medal in the Under 15 League tournament.
Our Key Stage 3 and 4 teams all achieved Silver medals in the Hillingdon Borough Tournament. The 1st IV tennis team played an excellent regional quarter final in the ‘Aberdare Cup’ against Wycombe Abbey, winning the match convincingly to progress through to the semi-finals.
On 8 July we took eight of our gifted and talented sportswomen to Wimbledon where we had tickets for Court No. 1 to watch the men’s quarter final matches and ladies’ doubles semi-finals. Our sporty success is down to the pure determination, focus and hard work that is demonstrated consistently by each member of our brilliant PE Department, so I thank them all. With the popularity of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Northwood College for Girls we have taken the step of becoming a Direct Licensing Centre for the Award. Our overall completion rate of the award has risen to 61% over the last year compared to the 50% completion rate nationally.
In the last year 66 girls have received their Bronze Awards, 32 girls have received their Silver Awards and 2 girls have achieved their Gold Awards.
At the end of every year it is time to say goodbye to some much valued members of staff. Mrs Espinoza has been an excellent Year 4 teacher and will be missed and Miss Sharma, who is relocating to India, has worked tirelessly in order for us to achieve our School Travel Award.
We are also saying goodbye to Mr Jeffrey. Mr Jeffrey has led the Thinking Skills programme in the Junior School and has been a much respected and liked member of the Junior School.
May I also say thank you to Miss O’Neil and Miss Jordan, the temporary members of staff, for their contribution to our school this year. Miss Jordan, who is heading back to Australia has been a valued member of the Year 6 team and directed the production with tremendous talent and flair.
We wish our Teaching Assistant, Miss Proust, all the best for the PGCE she is starting in September. We made a number of temporary senior school appointments this time last year to enable us to teach both former Heathfield and Northwood examination syllabuses to Years 11 and 13.
We would like to say thank you, good luck and keep in touch to the following temporary staff:- Mrs Smith, Ms Patel, Mr Jones, Mr Bermudez Caro, Ms Welkhu and Miss Parnaby. In the Biology Department, Mrs Jordan is leaving to relocate to the North and we also say farewell to Mrs Fellas and Mrs Douglas who will be missed by all.
May I thank all of the above for their hard work and dedication to our school. As I have already said, a brilliant first year is now behind us and another wonderful year is set to follow.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the unflagging enthusiasm of the girls themselves, the support and loyalty of you, the parents, and the dedication and determination of our excellent staff.
I am sure you will join me in thanking each and every one of our teachers, support staff and maintenance staff who work so hard and give so much to ensure that our girls are guaranteed the very best education and that they enjoy each day at school and benefit in so many ways.
I wish you a very happy summer break. I hope you get some rest and enjoy time with family and friends. The girls have worked extremely hard this year and deserve some quality time to relax and recoup, we have a busy year ahead! With best wishes