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Runway Show


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A perfect summer evening brought the first NHEHS runway show, a new initiative, conceived and organised entirely by sixth formers.

The theme of ‘nature and its elements’ brought us pieces  inspired by water, coral reefs, air, waves, flames, crystals and flowers.  These were true couture items, one off creations made with love and passion.  They showed real technical skill and design flair.  They were fitted specially for their models whose make up complemented the pieces perfectly and who ‘walked’ with an aplomb and confidence that would have graced any Parisian catwalk.

Our judging panel of fashion insiders (all Notting Hill & Ealing alumnae),   Antonia Kraskowski currently fashion editor at the Daily Express, Shailina Parti, buying and merchandising director at Jigsaw and Lucy Dartford, fashion PR and director of LDPR, gave expert feedback to all the designers before reaching a decision on their winners who received the prize of tickets to London Fashion Week.

All proceeds from the evening will go to two charities chosen by the organisers – The Mango Tree and SEED.

Pictures here of some of the designs plus one group photo of the winners in various categories with the judges

 

 

Washington


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Sixth form students of Politics and History have been to Washington DC.  This was certainly a fascinating time to visit Washington, with the city at the centre of the world’s attention. 

The trip began with a full day walking tour of all of the major monuments and memorials, enjoying stunning weather and learning a great deal. A particular highlight was being able to stand in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial. On subsequent days visits to important political centres such as the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court offered the opportunity to rub shoulders with real American politicians and helped to bring both the A Level history syllabus and the Government and Politics syllabus to life as both demand an understanding of how these institutions function.

There is such a range of museums in Washington DC that it is impossible to get bored. There were visits to the American History Museum, American Indian Museum and the Natural History Museum. Soaking up American culture at the Washington Nationals baseball game was a favourite moment for many – even if it was hard to understand who was winning and why!

 

Evensong


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The Senior Chamber Choir was invited to perform Evensong in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.  This is the fourth time the choir has performed here and as always we were honoured to be given this opportunity to sing in such a beautiful, historic location.

The chapel itself is an impressive structure, with the oldest parts dating back to the 1300s and is home to centuries of important history.  The choir accompanied the service, singing a variety of appropriate religious music in between the readings and the prayers.  Special mention must go to Miss Bushell who sang the lead Cantor part, normally performed by a church official.

The choir performed wonderfully and received many positive comments from the congregation. This incredible opportunity not only gave the choir a chance to showcase their abilities in such a stunning location, but also allowed them to play a part in a service which brings together members of the community.

India Day


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Year 4 have been  experiencing Indian culture.

The girls wore beautiful, colourful saris as they took part in various activities including traditional Indian dancing and attending an Indian carnival. They also channelled their inner Zen through the practice of Ashtanga yoga and meditative breathing.

Junior STEM


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This week, the Junior School was a hub of activity with inspiring assemblies, hands-on workshops and exciting demonstrations all centred on science, technology, engineering and mathematics as the girls got involved in STEM week.

Visitors included science broadcaster, Dr Emily Grossman, who encouraged them to follow their dreams and explained that absolutely anyone can be a scientist and Dr Martin Carette who put the girls’ engineering and design skills to the test.  We also welcomed Editor in Chief of the New Scientist,  Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Professor Juliet Pickering from Imperial who introduced Year 5 to some of the mysteries of  astronomy.  The NHEHS Senior school students also came along to run workshops including demonstrating their amazing lego-build robots while Year 12 chemists welcomed us to the senior school labs for some hands on experiments.  Finally, a firm favourite with everyone were the fabulous Bubbly Maths Pals whose show used unusual props to illustrate the mathematical fundamentals of shape and measurement. How many teachers can you fit in a cube?

Summer Sport


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Summer term sports fixtures are now well underway.  

We began the term with athletics against St Augustine’s and Godolphin and Latymer fielding teams from Year 7 – 10.  Standout performances included  a throw of 21.03m in the javelin from Year 9 captain Vicky N. while Alex M. (Year 10) put in strong performances in both hurdles and javelin.  Elsewhere on the track, Eva Maria W. (Year 7) recorded 5mins 40 secs in the 1500m and we had two outstanding winners in the sprint races with Jasmine P. (100m) and Isabella H. (200m) from the Year 8 team.

On 4 May, our Year 10 and 9 A and B rounders teams played against Godolphin and Latymer and though we didn’t record any wins the Year 9 A team put in a strong performance which led to a close result.  The Year 8 A and B teams were also in action, this time against Latymer Upper, and produced two wins.  Excellent news for Miss Munroe who continues her run as undefeated rounders coach.  

 

Waterpolo


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The NHEHS U15 water polo team travelled away to Alleyn’s School in Dulwich in February and fought against tough opposition from the likes of Highgate, Old Palace and Alleyn’s to successfully qualify for the English Schools Swimming Association national finals.

These were held in mid March and our team of 13 girls from Years 8-10 made an early start at 6.30am, travelling to Northampton School for Boys, the venue for the final. Six teams qualify for the finals in this competition, two from the North of England (Manchester High and Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School), two from the Midlands (St Mary’s and King’s Warwick) and we represented the South of England alongside Alleyn’s. The competition was very tough and we were eventually placed sixth in the medals but the girls enjoyed the day playing with enthusiasm and commitment.

Our U13 team are now about to start their campaign and will take part in the qualifying rounds for their age group at Alleyn’s School next week.  We wish them luck!

Charities


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Throughout the year, each form, in turn, chooses a charity with which they feel a personal connection or concern and spends a week raising money for it.  Their week’s efforts culminate in a special Friday event which often involves the good humoured support of staff.

We started the Spring term with 9LE supporting St. Mungo’s Homelessness Charity with an own clothes day and a clothes collection drive. A total of 42kg of clothes were collected and delivered to the charity. This was followed by 9ML’s Cereal Killer Café with Friends in support of Action for M.E. 9JRS raised money for the David Nott Foundation (a charity providing surgeons and medical professionals with the skills they need to provide relief and assistance in conflict and natural disaster zones) and rounded off their week with an excellent Teacher’s Quiz.

Then it was the turn of Year 8 who galvanised our support and cash for The Little Princess Trust, Dementia UK and ACE Africa. Their events included a brilliant Teacher Make-Over competition, and cakes galore.

The Year 7 classes supported in turn the Ella Fosbury-Hill Fund for the Brain Tumour Charity, the UK Thalassaemia Society and the Make a Wish Foundation. Among raffles, hair braiding and a henna bar their most memorable event was “I’m a Teacher, Get me Out of Here”, which had teachers eating bugs and dunking their arms into slime.

Thank you girls for all your hard work which has raised over £2000 this term for your chosen charities. Thank you too to all the staff and parents who have supported their efforts.

You can follow the charity news and activities on our twitter account  @nhehs

Engineering Success


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The Engineering Education Scheme is a 6-month long scheme designed to give Year 12 students a realistic insight in to a career in engineering. This year, our group’s mentors were Network Rail and Taylor Woodrow and their project was based around the construction of the Crossrail West stations.

The task was to conduct a BREEAM pre-assessment on the new plans for Southall station. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. As well as an assessment of the new plans for the station, the team were also asked to try and improve its BREEAM rating by at least one level within a budget of £100,000.

On the 20th of March, research complete and presentation polished, the team went to the Crossrail headquarters in Canary Wharf to present to a panel including the Director of Crossrail West and it seemed that their ideas were very well received.  Last week,  along with students from schools across London and the South East, they attended the Engineering Education Scheme Celebration and Awards Day at UCL’s Department of Engineering and were delighted to learn that much of their proposal is being considered for implementation, not only at Southall,  but at all 13 of the Crossrail West stations. This earned them this year’s top prize: the Prize for Best Contribution to Business.  

 


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