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Women Mean Business

Women empowering women – what could be more inspiring? The latest in our NHEHS Alumnae Networking Series focusing on entrepreneurship was a great success. The panel conversation was brilliantly curated by Olivia Stamp (NHEHS 2012) of Entrepreneur First and we heard motivating words from Meg Cope (NHEHS 1987) founder of Zaccys,  Aaisha Dadral (NHEHS 2005) – Founder of  CRAVE, Amy Lynch (NHEHS 2000) – Founder of  Ginger & Moore and Katie Tyndale (NHEHS 1988) Founder of  Bee Green Wraps  and Great Little Rewards, as they outlined how and why they set up their own businesses.

We heard how failures make you stronger and all about the challenges of working independently; “The best experiences are when things don’t go to plan, because then it’s an opportunity to learn.” (Meg Cope)

After the panel discussion and some Q&As there was a reception in the atrium with drinks and canapes, where the alumnae had the opportunity to network with each other. Animated discussions followed and fantastic new connections made. 

To see photographs from the evening please go to the album on the OGA Facebook page

Weekly Sports Round Up – 15th March

A number of our NHEHS teams were competing on national or regional levels this week as the winter sport seasons headed towards their finales.

Water Polo

On Thursday 14th March the NHEHS U15 water polo squad headed to the U15 ESSA National Finals. The girls played 2 matches in their pool; they lost their first game against Bedford Modern but came back fighting in their second match to beat Manchester Girls School 4-3.  This meant the girls went through to the Semi-Finals as they placed 2nd in their pool. They then came up against Highgate who had won their pool. The girls put in a huge team effort and managed to score two goals but eventually lost 2-4.

This meant the NHEHS girls went into the 3rd v 4th play-off. We unfortunately then came up against Bedford Modern again who had lost their Semi-Final. The girls definitely had more confidence going into the match and managed to score more against them the second time round but lost 4-8.

This meant the girls came 4th; meaning they are the 4th best water polo squad in England for their age group! The girls did incredibly well and Mia led the team very well as captain.

 

Netball

It was a busy week for our netball squads with the Middlesex Schools’ Netball Finals.

For our U18s, a great morning of matches against St Paul’s, Godolphin & Latymer, Latymer Upper, LEH and Highgate resulted in the team being placed 4th in the whole of Middlesex!

Our U15A team played brilliantly all morning against St Paul’s, Godolphin & Latymer, LEH, SHHS and Waldegrave to win silver medals. We did not lose a game all day, but drew with G&L which meant final places went on goal difference, so our team missed out on first place by just one goal.

Despite playing strong matches to beat both Godolphin & Latymer and St Paul’s, our U14A team lost to Highgate, St Helens and NLCS, meaning they also placed 4th in the county.

More House provided the opposition for friendly matches for our U16B, U15C and U14C teams who all won in high scoring games (W 15-12, W22-7, W19-3).

Finally, the U15, U16 and Senior Netballers attended a Super League netball match on Monday night between London Pulse and Team Bath. The match was filmed for Sky.

The girls were given VIP tickets, which allowed them to meet the players both before and after the match, many of whom play are international players, including players who represent England. This was a super experience, which the girls thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

Dance

On Tuesday 12th March, our junior and senior Dance Squads travelled to the Copper Box Arena in London, to represent the Borough of Ealing at the London Youth Games Dance Finals. Our dancers were competing against 24 boroughs in total and performed in front of all of them plus three professional dance judges. The junior team of ten Year 7 girls performed very well even despite nerves and finished 14th out of 24. Next up were the seniors (five Year 9 girls and five Year 10 girls). Again, they performed very well and received positive feedback from the judges, placing 19th out of 24. All of the girls should be proud and congratulated for representing Ealing.

 

Hockey

Our U14 hockey team played in the annual Ibstock Hockey Tournament on the 15th March.

Teams were divided into two sections and we were drawn to play Francis Holland, Ibstock and Surbiton School. We beat Francis Holland 1-0, drew with Ibstock after having a goal disallowed and then beat Surbiton 1-0, to comfortably top of our group.

We then met Radnor House in the semi-final, which proved a really tough match: We went 1-0 down but came back to draw 1-1 with them before the match finished. The rules dictated that we went straight to a penalty shuffle competition with no extra-time to be played. Three girls stepped up to take the penalties and Ayna secured our victory by scoring the final penalty for us.

Godolphin & Latymer were to be our opponents in the final. Despite the team playing our hearts out, we lost 0-3 in the final, but were overjoyed we came second overall, and a great afternoon was had by all at this tournament.

The U13A hockey team also took part in the tournament, drawing three matches, losing two and winning one, with the results placing them fifth overall.

Our U12A were not so lucky with the weather the following day, with their 7-a side competition at the same venue sadly cancelled due to heavy rain after the teams had arrived. The U12A & B teams both took the win 4-0 vs West London Free School.

Swimming

NHEHS U14A swimmers took the win at home to Francis Holland School (Regent’s Park).

 

U12 Middlesex County Netball Champions 2019!

Tuesday 19th March saw the U12 Netball Team, a squad of 10, travel to Highgate school for the Middlesex County Tournament. The girls wanted to perform well in this tournament and had it as one of their goals for the season – so spirits were high with a mix of excitement and nerves!

The first game saw the team play Francis Holland Sloane Square, who we knew from past fixtures in the season were a strong team. Despite leading at half time, NHEHS came out with the draw at 4-4. Not the start the girls were hoping for, but definitely some positives to take away.

The team came out firing for the second match, beating Henrietta Barnett School 7-0 and all ten players took to the court during the match.

The third game was against local rivals Godolphin and Latymer – we knew this would be a tight match based on the draw we had had against them in our fixture earlier this season. The girls trailed 2-1 at half time and some inconsistency in attack saw the team take the loss 2-5.

The girls were disappointed and a strong team talk was had. This brought the team a new level of confidence and determination, which was shown in the results in the remaining  pool matches. The girls went on to beat North London Collegiate School 8-0, Highgate School 9-3, Fortismere 8-1 and Channing 4-2. With only one loss in the pool the team had finished in second place and were through to the Semi-Finals where they would face St Paul’s Girls School, who were winners of their pool.

The determination to win, and self-belief within the team was evident from the first whistle of the Semi-Final, where the team turned over the first centre pass to score. Outstanding play by every girl on court saw NHEHS take the lead at half time 6-0! In the second half St Paul’s came out stronger, but NHEHS held their lead with some excellent shooting under pressure to seal the win 8-4.

It was then the final – everything the girls had worked so hard for during the season was coming down to this one match- could they be County Champions?

The final saw NHEHS against Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH). Again the team came out strong, leading 2-0 for the early part of the game. The team made numerous interceptions from an excellent defensive effort, but LEH came back to level the scores at 2-2. However, the team weren’t going to give up without a fight and all their training came into play when their movement and trust in each other saw them take the lead 5-3. The final whistle went – and the girls couldn’t believe it- they had made their goal! U12 Middlesex County Champions 2019!

A special mention should be had for Centre Addy who had a truly phenomenal tournament. Many bystanders and opposition commented that she was player of the day. Although it was truly a full team effort to get the result the team did, Addy’s composure, work rate and vision to get interceptions really helped the team reach their goal, so well done to her!

U13 Netballers Shine at Middlesex County Tournament

On Tuesday 19th March the U13 team travelled to Highgate school for their Middlesex Netball tournament. The girls had a very strong start winning their first three match against St Catherines, St Benedicts and LEH convincingly 8-1, 8-2 and 5-3. They then came up against North London Collegiate School in the fourth round in a very physical game which they lost 6-2, followed by a 3-8 defeat against Godolphin and Latymer in the fifth round. The girls came back fighting in the sixth round and put in a great performance against Fortismere winning 10-1. NHEHS then went onto win their last two matches against Highgate and FHS 6-3 and 6-0 respectively.

This resulted in NHEHS placing third in their pool out of eight teams. Unfortunately,  this meant they just missed out and did not go through to the semi-final as only the top two went through, which meant they finished 5th overall out of 16 teams!

Huge congratulations to the whole team and special mention to Genevieve who captained the team superbly.

 

A Cappella Festival Fundraiser

Organised by Putney High School and featuring NHEHS and Dame Alice Owen, we were privileged to be invited to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability to raise money for them and for the Voice Festival UK.

The day included musicianship workshops with the Kings Singers, beat boxing with Shamime Ibrahim (who features on the most recent Shawn Mendes album) and choreography with the Oxford Alternotive – just some of the excitement on offer as part of the A Cappella Festival.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and put on a great concert to an audience of several hundred to round off the evening.

U11A & B Netballers Strike Silver at GDST Tournament at Condover Hall

By Mrs Vao, Head of Junior School PE 

This is the first year that the GDST has organised the annual U11 GDST Netball Tournament over a weekend at Condover Hall in Shropshire.

Alongside the formal netball tournament run over two days, the girls also had the opportunity to participate in on-site adventure activities such as abseiling, aerial trek, archery, climbing wall, high ropes, trapeze, gladiator wall, silent disco and more. The girls had been looking forward to this tournament for weeks and were thrilled to receive their Condover Hall hoodies, although my decision to order white hoodies was not perhaps the best as I was the first to spill hot chocolate on mine.

It was a five hour journey leaving school on Friday afternoon and finally arriving at Condover Hall at 5.30pm. The girls were shown to their dormitories and were then given time to explore their surroundings.

The netball tournament started on the Saturday with the A Team playing all their seven 10 minute matches that morning and the B’s playing four of their seven matches on the first day. Both NHEHS teams were delighted with the results of their first day’s matches, winning all their games.

They now had the afternoon to have a go at all the activities. It was an early night for all with more netball matches scheduled for the Sunday.

Unfortunately, the weather had turned during the night and we woke to miserable, wet conditions. This did not deter any of our girls who were looking forward to the last day of matches.

NHEHS A were re-grouped and had three more matches against Nottingham, Sheffield and Portsmouth and needed to win all three to make the final. They managed this quite comfortably, displaying a high level of netball skill along with positive team work. With no time for a team talk the girls went straight on court for the final against rivals Brighton and Hove, who had recently beaten us into 2nd place at the Bromley GDST Tournament. This was a very tense match with both teams making uncharacteristic errors, but in the end Brighton and Hove managed to keep more consistent possession of the ball to win 6 – 4. Our NHEHS A girls were of course disappointed with the outcome but I was very proud of how well they had played throughout the tournament and delighted to see them receive silver medals.

Our U11B girls played their remaining four matches from round one which they also won quite comfortably, despite losing their goal shooter in the first match due to a finger injury. The B team were drawn to play Norwich in the semi-final whom they had already beaten in an earlier match, and did so again in the semis.

All the team was excited to be playing in the final against Kensington Prep but they knew it wasn’t going to be an easy match.

Both teams gave the game their all as they both wanted to win and on the final whistle the score was 2- 2. They now had to play one minute of extra time to hopefully decide the winner. Despite NHEHS B’s playing their hearts out and Mrs Conway’s shouts of encouragement, Kensington Prep managed to score in the last few seconds before the end of extra time. Bitterly disappointed at being so close to winning, the NHEHS B’s can be proud of how well they played and fully deserved their silver medal.

 

U11 A Team: Natasha, Dana, Jaspreet, Jasmine, Morven, Emma, Josephine and India. 

A Team Player of Day 1: Josephine Cull.

A Team Players of Day 2: Dana and Morven.

 

 

 

U11 B Team Alexandra, Sadie, Gwen, Evie, Juliet, Alice, Sofia and Jennika.

B Team Player of Day 1: Sofia.

B Team Player of Day 2: Gwen.

Animals Amaze at NHEHS Science Week!

From Juniors right through to the Sixth Form – what a week we had with Amazing Animals as the theme for this year’s NHEHS Science Week, all starting with the fascinating story of the Bone Wars and how the wonderful rivalry in digging up of dinosaurs massively damaged early palaeontology !

Here at NHEHS we love when subjects work together and this week was no exception.

On Tuesday, artist/designer and inventor Darcy Turner worked with the girls and their own ideas to create huge metal sculptures of a shark and a turtle, which now hang proudly in the atrium! On Wednesday, our Sixth Form Languages Reps prepared a whole-school form time quiz on Kahoot to discover what noises animals make in different languages.

Thursday 3.14 was Pi Day and we collaborated with our Maths department to put together our Pi Recital where an awe-ins-pi-ring number of pi digits were recited, with Cleopatra victorious with 171 digits! We also approximated pi as 3.13 by putting together our version of Buffon’s Needle – throwing celery on the floor!

 

Our NHEHS Eco Reps brought plastic waste and climate change to the fore with an art exhibition, with model sea creatures made with our own plastic waste on display in the atrium, highlighting the need to scale back our consumption to protect our oceans.

Our wonderful catering team also got in on the act, providing tasty treats for the busy scientists including “fish pellets”, “ninja turtles” and “mischievous mice!”

 

Our Sixth Form Science Reps organised their own Amazing Animals activities at lunchtime every day. Biology Reps Jojo, Hana, Isabel & Esha kicked the week off with an octopus dissection, followed by the Chemistry Reps (Sarah, Amrita & Emily) who conducted messy but highly successful elephant toothpaste experiments

 

Our Physics Reps (Erin, Avani & Elizabeth) held a Butterfly Dance Party – demonstrating how butterflies see flowers by bathing the drama studio in UV light and using UV paint on banners… and each other! The Psychology Reps investigated the effects of animal psychology on humans. The Science Reps also shared some of their favourite animals and the amazing reasons why by conducting their own assembly, with the incredible Blobfish taking centre stage!

Our Sixth Form subject Reps also taught “mini” science lessons to Year 3 and 5 on Friday: Biology prepared their own red onion cells under the microscope, and looked at skulls and an ostrich egg, while in physics they strain tested strawberry laces for their ability to plastically deform! Psychology Rep Hannah challenged the girls to see how many animals they could remember in a quick memory test – many beat the average score of 7, and seeing how revisiting the learning would change this. In chemistry, the Juniors inflated a glove with a reaction between sodium bicarbonate and mild acid, then drew colourful animals on the inflated gloves!

Over in Junior School, Year 4 created a whole class mountain range for their topography project while Year 5 successfully built ‘Moon Landers.’

We had some amazing visitors come to the school throughout the week, enabling both Senior and Junior girls to get up close and personal with animals on two separate days to learn about their different adaptations, including a snake, parrot, tarantula, lizard, giant millipedes and more!  

Animal experts visited throughout the week, including a Dog Behaviour Psychologist from The Dog Trust, who dispelled myths about dogs’ behaviours, notably that dogs DO see in colour- but only yellows, mauves and blues.

Three  experts from the National History Museum came in on Wednesday to give lectures to Years 6,7 and 9 on shrinking seafood; super sharks; octopus, squid and other Cephalopods and mass extinctions. Megaladon tooth included!

We finished with a flourish with the unmissable annual visit of the Royal Institution to talk to the Year 7s on the topic of “Exploding Food”. We measured energy in food by exploding it, learned about the digestive system using a pair of tights and took part in blind tastings!

Thank you to Mr Ives, our Science Department teachers, technicians and reps for an amazing week!

NHEHS U11s Take Second at Belmont Prep OTI Cross Country Relays

A team of Year 5 and 6 NHEHS Cross Country runners took part in the annual Belmont Prep OTI Cross Country Relays at the end of February.

A total of 11 schools took part in what was quite a demanding 1400m course which undulated across fields and through woodland. Weather conditions couldn’t have been any better though – sunny and no wind.

 

Each school entered a team of six runners who each ran a lap of the course before handing the baton on to the next runner. All our girls completed the course and in very fast times. A special mention goes to Natasha who recorded the fastest NHEHS lap time of 6.52.79s which was also the second fastest lap time overall – fantastic effort.

 

Our NHEHS Cross Country team were placed second overall behind North London Collegiate. This was a brilliant effort by all our runners – Natasha, Morven, Vita, Isabella (Year 6) and Daisy and Minna (Year 5). 

Musicals, Classical, Jazz & Rock Performances Hit The High Notes at NHEHS Ensembles Concert

The Ensembles concert, held on 13th March gave the stage to all the ensemble groupings rehearsing regularly in school time.

The 12 strong flute group opened the evening with an arrangement of ‘All that jazz’ from Chicago, Shreya and Kikuko, winners of the 1st and 2nd places in the NHEHS Musician of the Year junior competition impressed with pieces of Beethoven and Grieg.

 

 

The three school choirs sang enthusiastically, Chamber Choir continuing their discovery of music by female composers performing ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’ by Eleanor Daley.

 

The Jazz Band performed ‘In the Mood’ and the Rock Band lifted the roof with their version of ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk.

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