Summer Drinks on the Lawn: NHEHS leavers 2011 – 2016
The school terrace was crowded on a sunny afternoon in June with alumnae and teachers catching up over a glass of Pimms and a canape or two. This was a new event specifically for recent leavers and so it was a wonderful opportunity to exchange experiences of university and the beginnings of working life. This was also the perfect chance for the Old Girls to reconnect with school, their favourite teachers and other alumnae who are studying or working within similar fields. Mini school tours were offered by Year 12 students and a fantastic time was had by all who attended.
Photos of the afternoon are available to view here on the OGA Facebook page.
Alumnae Careers Networking Breakfast with Year 13
We were delighted to welcome a group of Old Girls to join current Year 13 Girls for a breakfast networking event in the Recital hall at School.
We began with 4 short talks from a panel of Old Girls about their career journeys; followed by the opportunity to sit in smaller groups and discuss further the wide variety of professions available. The girls left the event inspired and invigorated, and keen to stay in touch with the alumnae they had met. The morning culminated with an alumnae tour of the new school buildings – much to everyone’s delight!
OGA Bristol Reunion Tea
A group of Old Girls living in and close to Bristol were delighted to meet at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on a sunny Saturday in March and to enjoy the hotel’s famous afternoon tea in the Drawing Room together. It was a fantastic occasion to catch up and network with other alumnae living locally. Many wonderful memories of school and teachers were shared making for a very enjoyable afternoon.
OGA Christmas Wreath Workshop
What a wonderful evening of fun in the NHEHS Art Room! Old Girls, including leavers from 1965, 1998, 2000, 2002 & 2009, enjoyed conversation, mulled wine & mince pies as they created garden-inspired Christmas wreaths; whilst merrily humming along to carols! A big thank you to Louise from The Cracked Pot Flower Boutique for tutoring us so brilliantly!
Photos from the evening are available to view here on the OGA Facebook page.
Old Girls’ Tour of the Houses of Parliament
Members of the Old Girls’ Association were thrilled to take a fantastic tour of the Houses of Parliament, followed by a delightful tea on the terrace in the Autumn sunshine, where they were joined by Dr Rupa Huq MP (NHEHS 1990).
It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with each other and to hear news from Rupa, who is not only an Old Girl herself, but also our local MP in Ealing. She was a wonderful host and rounded the afternoon off perfectly by arranging front row seats in the gallery above the House of Commons, from where we could watch the fascinating debate on the UK leaving the EU!
OGA Tea Party
The 2016 Tea Party was the biggest NHEHS Old Girls’ reunion to date with almost 300 Old Girls attending to drink tea, eat cake and reminisce. As each Old Girl arrived, embraced old friends and marveled at the changes that have taken place in the school, it was a reminder of what a special place NHEHS is.
Jane Sigaloff, the OGA secretary, gave an update on the changes that have taken place in the OGA in recent months. Reminding us that most importantly all alumnae are now members of the Old Girls’ Association, with no subscription fees to pay.
Rebecca Irwin, the Acting Head, gave an update on all things current at NHEHS. She also gave us some information on our first ever male Head Matthew Shoults, who will be arriving to take up his position as Head of the School in January 2017. Matthew is joining us from North London Collegiate, where he is currently Senior Deputy Head.
Photos of the afternoon are available to view here on the OGA Facebook page
Old Girls vs Sixth Form Netball
Huge thanks to all the Old Girls who came back to school this week to play netball against the NHEHS Senior Squad.
On what was officially the UK’s hottest September day for 105 years, the match provided moments of inspiration and lots of perspiration. The final scoreline may not have been in the Old Girls’ favour this year but they were 8-1 down at the end of the first quarter, so 24-11 at the final whistle shows great improvement as the game progressed.
Jane Sigaloff (OGA Chair and Wing Attack) said “Bearing in mind that we are not used to playing as a team, that there was no training, let alone a warm-up, that half of us were more than twice their age, it was an excellent effort. And thoroughly enjoyable. Of course the team were all a little disappointed not to have managed a draw like last year – or indeed a victory – but that’s only because we are NHEHS girls and like winning.”
1940s Leavers Talk about their time at NHEHS
The OGA have recently embarked upon an oral history project within the OGA. Earlier this year we interviewed a selection of NHEHS leavers from the 1940s and have edited a couple of clips of their video testimonies. Please do have a look here:
Careers Breakfast with Year 13
On Friday 29 April 2016 NHEHS welcomed a brilliant group of alumnae to have breakfast with the Year 13s and talk about life beyond school. With truly diverse range of careers represented there was something for everyone, and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed it. To kick off the morning four Old Girls talked about their own experiences, offering valuable insights and wisdom about how to carve out your ideal career.
Charlotte Cooke, Marketing Manager at Transport for London talked about the importance of making the most of long university holidays, by getting work experience, doing placements and professionally accredited training courses. Making the most of the long summers will widen your networks, broaden your horizons and unlock other opportunities.
At 18, Vanella Jackson, now Global CEO of Hall and Partners, did not get the grades to get into her first choice of University. She promptly sought out an alternative course and unabated continued to pursue her goal of a career in advertising against the advice of some who told her ‘it’s a very competitive jobs market’. Vanella is now at the top of her game and a living example that you ‘create your own destiny’.
Now Financial Director at Walt Disney Company, Anne-Marie Pearce didn’t know what she wanted to do when she left school. After a gap year she decided to train as an accountant and soon after took a job at Walt Disney. She nearly dismissed the opportunity seeing herself as someone who would work in the Foreign Office, or for an NGO but now works in a job she loves, an environment she loves and enjoys being part of a company which ‘touches everyone’s life in some way.’ She advised girls to stay open-minded and work out what you love to do as that is what will really make you stand out at interview.
Helen Kelisky, Vice President at IBM Cloud, explained that if you work hard, you’ll be luckier and above all, ‘believe in yourself – its infectious!’
Following the talks, Old Girls chatted to Year 13s in small groups, giving them a snapshot of many different career paths, from veterinary science to politics. One Year 13 summed up what she learned from the morning brilliantly… ‘Hard work is directly proportional to luck’.
Edinburgh Reunion Tea
On the 20 February NHEHS Old Girls met in Edinburgh for a delicious cream tea and the opportunity to meet fellow alumnae living in Scotland.
There was plenty of catching up to do. It was fascinating to find out what Old Girls had been up to since leaving school and to discover all the things we had in common, despite the fact that we had all attended NHEHS at different times. Leavers were from the class of 1956 through to 2003.
We look forward to next year as the Scottish Reunion becomes a highlight of the NHEHS OGA calendar!
If you are interested in organising a local reunion, whether in the UK or overseas then please do contact the Alumnae Relations Office.
Friday Night Presents: Pippa Evans, Rachel Mars, Philippa Boyle et al.
Comedian Pippa Evans (NHEHS Head Girl, 2000) performance maker Rachel Mars (NHEHS 1998) and lyric soprano Philippa Boyle, (NHEHS 2003) alongside guest comedian Liz Mee gave great performances showcasing their incredible and unique talents.
The sense of affection for the school was palpable, from both performers and audience, and it was a real treat to have our Old Girls performing at school.
The NHEHS OGA would like to say an enormous thanks to Pippa, Rachel and Philippa for everything they did to make the evening such a success.
Old Girls vs Year 13 Netball match
15 September 2015
Would their netball skills have stood the test of time? Would they be far outshone by their younger counterparts?
However, NHEHS gives you a fighting spirit which never leaves you and the Old Girls were well and truly in the game from the start. The final result? A tie at 18 all! It was a fantastic match.
All the players are very much looking forward to the next fixture. A tournament next time perhaps?!
OGA Tea Party
Over 200 old Girls joined us for tea this year. There were organised reunions for the leavers from 2010, 2005, 2001, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1975, 1965 and 1960.
If you are thinking about getting a group of old girls together from your year and would like some help do get in touch and we will assist as much as we are able. Tracking people down can seem a most daunting task but it is always worth it, however large or small your reunion. Those who are able to make it invariably have a fantastic afternoon and will be very grateful that you found the time to contact them.
Photos from the afternoon (Go to our Facebook page to see many more)