Welcome to the latest edition of Purcell’s Weekly Highlights!
It is with great pleasure that we share the lovely news of NBH Houseparent Rachel Tagoe’s wedding. Rachel travelled to Ghana over the Christmas break to marry her fiancé. She has shared the following message and stunning photographs of the big day.
I had my traditional Ghanaian engagement ceremony on the 15th December, and then the wedding at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Accra on the 18th December. Even though several of my family and friends were unable to attend from the UK due to the pandemic, we had the most wonderful celebrations and are now happily enjoying our first month of marriage. I’ve managed to convince my husband to keep my name, so will be Mrs Tagoe-Torkornoo! A bit of a mouthful so some of the students have decided to call me Mrs TT.
Thank you all for the well-wishes and outpouring of love and support.
Please join us in congratulating them!
Cymatics Research Work
Over the Christmas break, Purcell Science teacher Svetlana Emelianova set her KS3 students a research project on Waves. She has been amazed by the quality and depth of the work received so far, and would like to share one such outstanding piece by Phoebe (Year 9) about Cymatics.
Dame Fanny Waterman
It was with great sadness that, in late December 2020, we announced the passing of Purcell Patron Dame Fanny Waterman at the age of 100, but it is with huge respect that we pay tribute to her remarkable life. She was and continues to be an inspiration to all at The Purcell School, and has left an Astonishing legacy in the Leeds International Piano Competition.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Further information about Dame Fanny Waterman’s extraordinary life is available here.
Gregynog Young Musician of the Year
Flautist and alumna Sofiia Matviienko has become the Gregynog Young Musician of the Year in the prestigious competition’s first virtual incarnation. Sofiia, who now studies at the Royal Academy of Music, also won the Woodwind category for the second consecutive year. Our congratulations to Sofiia on a fantastic achievement.
St Johns Ambulance Service
Purcell Physiotherapist Sarah Upjohn has undertaken training as a volunteer vaccinator with the St Johns Ambulance Service. Once the training is complete, Sarah will be joining the army of volunteers who will be delivering the COVID-19 vaccine. All at Purcell are behind you, Sarah, and very proud indeed.