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Ctrl Alt Believe


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On Saturday the NHEHS robotics team competed in the regional round of the FIRST Lego League which took place at the offices of Bechtel in Park Royal.

The team which goes by the name of ‘Ctrl Alt Believe’ is made up of 7 students from Years 7-11 who are supported by two of the sixthformers who last year were part of the Notting Hill & Ealing team CTRLX who made it through to the finals of the same competition.

This year’s competition theme is Hydrodynamics. As well as designing and programming their robot to autonomously complete a circuit and complete as many tasks as possible in two- and-a-half minutes, the team had to prepare a technical project based on a problem associated with water and come up with a solution. Throughout they also have to demonstrate core values, as defined by the competition, which include team working and being able to work in a spirit of friendly co-operation with competing teams.

Their hard-work paid off and on Saturday the NHEHS team were overall winners of the event and received a large Lego trophy. They even picked up an additional Health and Safety award (and smaller Lego trophy) for answering some on-the-spot questions.

FIRST Lego league is an international competition involving hundreds of teams from over 80 countries and winning UK teams can progress as far as events and competitions in the USA. Having won their regional event, the next step for the NHEHS team is the national UK and Ireland round of the competition which will be held in Bristol in February.

Netball News


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Our U14, U16 and U19 teams have been in action in the National Schools Middlesex County Tournament. All teams did the school proud, with the U19s and U16s winning many of their games. However, we are delighted to report that the U14 team were crowded champions and have now progressed through to the Regional Finals in Kent on the 28th January! This is a truly outstanding achievement for the girls. Their performance on the day was exceptional and they fought off tough opposition in their pool (St Paul’s Girls’ School, Fortesmere, The Heathland School, NLCS and CLGS) and then beat LEH convincingly 14-6 to go through.

At the annual Tournament organised by Highgate School both our U12 and U13 teams won all four games in their pool to progress into the semi-finals. The semi-finals were close games, with the U13s losing by one goal and the U12s losing by two. Both teams then went onto in their respective playoffs for third place. Two convincing wins v Highgate (for the U13s) and St Albans Girls’ School (for the U12s) allowed both teams to gain third place and a Bronze medal!

Finally, in the third round of Independent Schools Cup Game the U15s went up against a strong team from Alleyn’s School. In an incredible game, in which both teams played at the highest of levels, they eventually lost 45-56 but are to be congratulated on a great performance.

Peace Ball


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On Friday 17th November, members of various NHEHS choirs headed to The Guildhall in central London to perform alongside singer and Notting Hill & Ealing alumna, Shaima Mirza, at the ‘Football for Peace Ball’

The day before the performance, Shaima came into school to meet the girls and to rehearse their performance of Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’. Music and choreography were soon mastered and excited anticipation was mixed with a little anxiety as some of the girls were told that as well as singing it would be their role to move among the audience and get the guests on their feet and dancing.

Although they were involved in performing just the one song the girls were excellent and their exuberance and natural NHEHS charm soon had the audience on their feet. In their turn, the girls were wowed, not only by the Guildhall, but by the chance to spot celebrity guests from the world of football and the sheer glitz and glamour that goes with a major charity ball.

Thank you Shaima for such a memorable experience.

Prep of the Year!


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We are delighted to announce that Notting Hill & Ealing Junior School has been chosen as Independent Prep School of the Year by The Sunday Times’ prestigious ‘Parent Power’ guide.

Parent Power is the Sunday Times’ guide to the top performing schools in Britain. It publishes a ranking of 2,000 schools (maintained and independent), using the latest results from public examinations to assess and compare academic performance. An article on the school, as well as the primary and prep school league tables, can be found in today’s issue. 

Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Schools Guide, Parent Power, said:

“Notting Hill and Ealing High School Junior School proves you can have both outstanding academic success and a relaxed, happy school where girls are encouraged to be individuals and to express themselves. An ever-present in The Sunday Times top 10 prep schools in England, NHEHS had stellar results in 2016, ranking it equal second in our table, its best ever position. Its success is no accident. Under the headship of Silvana Silva, drawing on her near-30 years of experience at the school, NHEHS is going from strength to strength.
She describes the school as a “joyous, happy place” and when we visited the school it fully lived up to that description. It was one of the easier decisions for us to name it as The Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the Year. It is thoroughly deserved.”

Head of the Junior School, Mrs Silvana Silva added:

 “I am absolutely thrilled that we have been named by The Sunday Times as the best independent prep school in the country. Notting Hill & Ealing Junior School is such a wonderful school where the girls are happy, secure and challenged to achieve their best and consequently achieve consistently high academic standards. This is due to our committed staff, supportive parents and the enthusiastic girls themselves.  Although league tables are not the only measure of a school, I am so proud of all the work that girls and staff have done, and do, not only this year but every year to make an award like this possible.”

Read the complete Sunday Times article here

Times online readers can read the article here

 

Super Saturday


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On Saturday 11th November, NHEHS had its own version of ‘Super Saturday’ with both the U14 and U15 Teams at the Middlesex netball qualifying tournament, the intermediate cross country team at the English Schools Regional Final and the dance squad performing in the National Finals of Dance Challenge UK.

The Intermediate Cross Country put on a sterling performance in very muddy conditions while the U14 and  U15 Netball teams both qualified for the Middlesex finals in March, joining the U16 who have already qualified.

The NHEHS dance squad were the only school dance team to have qualified for the Dance Challenge UK finals, with all other teams originating from dance clubs or dance schools. The team did the school proud and the girls loved the experience. They did not finish in the top four but it really was a great achievement to get to a national final in the squad’s first year of training. Well done to Miss Adams and the girls – Miss Adams’ sights are now firmly set on a top four place next year!

The following Tuesday the U14 hockey team was at the regional finals, after winning their county tournament back in October. The girls played well, drawing their first game 1-1 against Headington. They went on to play some very competitive hockey, keeping St Georges at bay for the first half of the next game but eventually losing to them and then to Eastborne. Well done to the girls and Miss Munro for getting to this stage which places the team in the top 16 of the whole of the South of England.

Archives & Gardens


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Year 7 spent the day in Kew on a trip jointly organised by the History and Biology Departments. They spent the morning at the National Archives where they took part in a workshop focusing on the skills involved in studying primary sources. They looked at a variety of documents including a copy of the Domesday Book as well as artefacts such as seals and tally sticks.

After lunch it was on to Kew Gardens where, in a workshop on plant reproduction, they looked at different plants. They were guided through thinking about how the seeds from these plants might be adapted for dispersal for example by air, attached to an animals’ fur or to float on water. The second part of the workshop involved each girl dissecting a flower and viewing the constituent parts with a microscope, before making a ‘collage’ of the parts of a flower. 

Hoopla Improv!


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Years 12 and 13 welcomed Hoopla, the comedy improv group, into school for a day of team building exercises.

Improv demands that people work together as a team to create ideas out of nothing, with no resources apart from each other. It is all based on collaboration not competition and creating an atmosphere of safety, trust and support; excellent things to base a team building day on.

There were memory games, and lots of short activities to encourage students to interact with each other as well as team based challenges. The day was voted both enjoyable and fun and a real success in terms of students getting to know each other better and building their identity as a whole sixth form.

Arkwright Scholar


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Congratulations to Cassia Fillingham (Year 12) who has won one of this year’s prestigious Arkwright Scholarships. Arkwright Scholarships are fiercely contested national awards designed to support sixth form students who would like to pursue a future career in engineering. Applying involves a rigorous selection and interview process which focuses on the application of technical knowledge and the ability to develop innovative solutions to real world engineering challenges.

Cassia will be sponsored by the Happold Foundation, a Trust committed to helping students achieve a better understanding of the world of engineering in the built environment. They are an ideal sponsor for Cassia whose interest lies in architectural engineering. Through the Foundation she will be offered a range of opportunities designed to enhance her A Level studies, including an industry mentor, work placements and the opportunity to attend various seminars and events. As part of the prize the NHEHS DT department will also benefit, receiving a cash prize to be spent on equipment and materials that enhance the delivery of STEM subjects.

Junior Science


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It has been a hands-on week in the Junior School Science Lab which is what the girls love best as they see science come to life before their eyes.

Year 1 girls were the first to don their safety spectacles, and, using laboratory equipment such as pestle and mortar, measuring cylinders, filters and funnels, they worked together to extract and blend perfumes from mint, lemons and roses.

Meanwhile, Year 2 were revising their knowledge of amphibians and the frog life cycle. The girls soon realised why each frog lays as many as 100 eggs. Frogspawn, tadpoles and froglets are all prey in the complex food webs of a pond habitat and only a very few will reach adulthood. The girls were justifiably proud of their beautiful 3D life cycle models created using coloured dough and paper plates.

Year 5 enjoyed a set of challenges from Professor Snape designed to be solved in their House teams. It was strictly a NWA lesson (No Wands Allowed) as our young wizards worked to create a Stupefying Lamp to mesmerize, an Acromantula and then disassembled Sleekeazy Hair Tonic potion into its individual components. Having to wait a whole week to see if they had recovered crystals of African sea salt by evaporation from the Sleekeazy Hair Tonic soon has Owls flying to and fro, carrying disgruntled messages, as students grumbled about the length of time sometimes needed to see results in Muggle science.

Finally, Year 6 visited the Chemistry Department in the Senior School. The girls’ special topic this term is World War I and they began by watching the effects of chlorine gas on a rose which made them reflect on its use in the trenches. In addition, they saw how chlorine gas was produced and how it can be combined with sodium, to create sodium chloride. Then, working in pairs, they used an electrical current to separate salt water into its chemical constituents and were able to smell chlorine being produced.


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