Year 7 Grandparents' Tea Party

Our annual Year 7 Grandparents' Tea Party took place last Friday and is genuinely one of the highlights of the Woldingham social calendar! It was a pleasure to welcome to Woldingham the grandparents of Year 7 and to watch the girls confidently tour them around the grounds.

This year, Year 7 performed a medley of pop songs to their captive audience in our Auditorium, followed by a particularly special showcase led by a few Mardeners and some students from The Orpheus Centre in Godstone. The Orpheus Centre was set up by Sir Richard Stilgoe as an independent specialist college, designed to increase the confidence and skills of young disabled adults through the performing arts. Each week since the autumn term, three Marden girls have attended a collaborative musical theatre workshop there and the culmination of this work was witnessed by all on Friday afternoon. It was a powerful and moving performance of song and dance from "Annie", "Hairspray" and "Matilda", demonstrating a real sense of friendship without barriers. Our Orpheus friends joined our other guests for a delicious cream tea to round off this very special occasion.

Miss Charlotte Owen, Head of Marden