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Athletics


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Our NHEHS athletics teams have had a good month so far. At the GDST Athletics Rally in Bath we were thrilled that our Year 7- 10 team finished in 6th place out 19 schools! This is a hotly contested competition and the competition is of a very high standard so we are delighted with the achievement which was a big improvement from our 12th position last year. Stand out performances included a 1st place in the 100m and the 800m and podium positions in high jump, discus, 300m and javelin.

In the Middlesex Athletics Championships on Saturday 9th June our athletes also competed strongly.  Particular 
congratulations go to Jasmine who ran 2 minutes 28 seconds and finished 3rd place in the 800m and Milly whose jump of 9 metres 23cm secured 4th place in the triple jump (an event which she only took up this summer).

Winning Design


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The NHEHS team of six girls from Year 8 was victorious at the IET Faraday Challenge Day held at John Lyon School.

The Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and provide solutions to genuine, tough engineering problems. The competition is supported by Bosch who send along engineers to give expert advice and guidance on the day.

This time teams from NHEHS, John Lyon and Whitefriars Schools were tasked by the Thorpe Park Engineering Team to design a new attraction for visitors of all ages to fit into the current site. The brief stipulated that the ride should suit everyone – including those who do not like the big rides and they were also tasked with designing and building, within budget, an actual working part of their design before presenting their work.

The NHEHS team explain:

“We decided to create a cat and mouse maze ride- called ‘The Chase’. It’s slightly similar to bumper cars. You have to drive the cat cart around the maze. But then adding a twist, you have to laser as many programmed mice as you can, which scurry all around the maze, and when you have come outside of the maze, it sums up your points. If you get over a certain number of points, you get a prize.

We designed a prototype of our cart using: white flexible cardboard; one potentiometer; one motor; three regular wooden wheels; one wooden pulley wheel; and an elastic band. We assembled these items, along with the basic crocodile clips etc, to create a cart in the form of a cat that can move by itself.

To win we all had to work together to make it happen, everyone had different roles and teamwork led to our success. It was great to win a trophy for the school, as well as each one of us receiving a £10 Amazon voucher! This competition was an opportunity to learn more about the world of engineering. Everyone definitely learned something new!”

Female Composers


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Our  ‘Female Composers Concert’ on 12th June was held in celebration of the centenary of the ‘Representation of the People’ act of 1918 which allowed some women to have the vote for the first time.

Students presented works by a variety of female composers, from the Classical, Jazz, Pop and Film music genres. It was also an opportunity for our own student composers to showcase their work with Bethan playing one of her GCSE compositions written for flute and piano and Session Orchestra performing two movements from a piece they had composed in their sessions.

Other highlights included a dynamic performance by Emilia of Cecile Chaminade’s ‘Concertino’ and Jazz Band’s arrangement of ‘John R’ by the jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby.

Alumna of the Year


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We are delighted and very proud to announce that Notting Hill & Ealing High School’s Dr Nirupa Murugaesu (NHEHS 1995) has been voted this year’s GDST Alumna of the Year.

Nirupa is the Clinical Lead for Molecular Oncology at Genomics England. She provides clinical leadership and oversight of the Cancer Programme for The 100,000 Genomes Project, the groundbreaking genome sequencing project – set up to harness the power of genomics in the treatment of rare diseases and cancers. The project involves sequencing the DNA codes of cancer patients, in order to be able to provide better, earlier diagnoses and personal care for sufferers. The project is transforming cancer care throughout the NHS.

Votes were cast by the whole GDST family of students, their parents, staff and alumnae. Nirupa was presented with her award by the Chair of the Council of the GDST Juliet Humphries at the annual reception following the GDST Summit on 13 June. On receiving her award Nirupa said ”I want to acknowledge the GDST for showcasing the talents of its Alumnae across such a variety of fields. This can only inspire current students to set their aspirations high.” She also thanked “ …inspiring teachers and incredible colleagues for their brilliant support.”

Nirupa with Matthew Shoults, Head, NHEHS and Juliet Humphries Chair of Council, GDST

Other nominees for the award were
Composer Anna Appleby, (Newcastle High School for Girls), writer, broadcaster, and barrister Afua Hirsch (Wimbledon High School), Professor Bettany Hughes award-winning historian, author and broadcaster (Notting Hill and Ealing High School) journalist, Alexandra King, (Nottingham Girls’ High School), Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, (Shrewsbury High School), Lawyer Sonali Naik, (Birkenhead High School Academy) and Dr Helen Scales writer, presenter and marine biologist (Sutton High School.)

Erasmus Germany


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Following on from the success of the London programme in March our Year 9 Erasmus project participants were delighted to be heading off to Germany last week for the next stage of the programme which was organised by our partner school there, the Europäische Schule, Karlsruhe.

Joined by 50 students from the Karlsruhe school and our other Erasmus partner schools (Malgomajskolan, Vilhelmina, Sweden, SOU Sveti Kliment Ohridski, Dalgopol, Bulgaria and  Collège Vauban, Strasbourg, France) our students spent a week at the Internationales Forum Burg Liebenzell which is housed in a twelfth century castle perched 440 metres above the small spa town of Bad Liebenzell in the northern Black Forest.

Once again the focus of the students’ work was gender equality in schools and they spent the week working together in mixed nationality and multi-lingual groups discussing their response to this theme and how they might effect change in their own schools and communities. Three days were spent in a programme of exciting workshops led by experts in film production, drama and graphic novellas or comics. A visit to Stuttgart provided the opportunity to attend meetings which gave insight into what Trades Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbubd Jugend and Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft) and Local Government (Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg ) are doing to promote the cause of gender equality at work and in education and the chance to discuss how this differs from what the students have experienced in their own countries.

On the final day we all traveled to Europäische  Schule, Karlsruhe and the students were able to present the films, comics and drama pieces they had been working on. Euro MP Daniel Caspary joined them for the presentations and they were later welcomed to Karlsruhe’s ultra-modern town hall by the city’s Oberbügermeister, Dr Mentrup.

In an extremely busy week there was also time to relax. Highlights included the showing of the award winning film Sami Blood by the group from Sweden along with the chance to learn about Sami culture and language, a disco in the Bergschenke and an evening walk in the surrounding forest. The students also loved the opportunity to meet up with friends made on the London programme and to make new ones. The Burg was an ideal venue for this with plenty of space and facilities for games such as basketball and  table tennis.

We are all extremely grateful to the staff at Internationales Forum Burg Liebenzell particularly Director of Studies, Gertud Gandenburger for making this such a successful week and also our huge thanks go to everyone at  Europäische Schule, Karlsruhe for making us so welcome and particularly to Ines Ladehof for organising and co-ordinating such a great programme throughout the week.

We look forward to seeing everyone again in Strasbourg next year when Collège Vauban will host the final session of the 2-year programme.

Teacher Award Shortlist


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We are very proud indeed to reveal that NHEHS Director of Sport, Sophie Nicholas has been shortlisted for the London Sport Teacher of the Year Award.  When all the nominations were considered, Miss Nicholas was one of the four teachers that stood out for their commitment to personal development and delivering cricket, hockey and netball to girls in school.

The award is sponsored by TeamUp a joint initiative launched in 2016 by the England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball. Its goal is to maximise the legacy of three consecutive home women’s World Cups between 2017-2019 and ensure that girls across the country have the chance to play team sports.

Sophie along with the other finalists Erin Hebblewhite, Connaught School for Girls; Maria Papazoglou, Whitefield School and Rob Agnew of Muschamp Primary School have been invited to the Vitality Netball SuperLeague Grand Final on Saturday 7th July. The winner will be announced and presented with their award during the match.

Track and Field


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In the  Middlesex Round of the Track and Field Cup the NHEHS Year 7 & 8 Team (Juniors) finished in a respectable third place. Points are yet to be confirmed fully, but their points score of 293- may be enough to get the team to the Regional Finals (top 24 points scores in the region go through). We will find out next week. Particularly good performances from Zoe in the Javelin (21m35), Eva-Marie in the 800m (2m43), Bronwen in the 200m (29.2) and Sofia  in the 300m (49.9).

Our Year 9 & 10 Team (Intermediates) finished in fourth place, with the two events where we scored 0 meaning we didn’t quite manage to meet our potential on the day. However, there were again some outstanding individual performances by Isabella  winning the 100m (13.6), Sophie winning the shot (7m67), Natasha  coming second in the 300m (47.80), Milly in the Triple Jump (9m11) and an outstanding performance by Jasmine who finished the 1500m in 5 minutes 24 seconds.

Spring Concert


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The NHEHS annual Spring Concert was held at St Barnabas’ Church.  The  Symphony Orchestra performed with great confidence the overture to Coriolan by Beethoven followed by several concerto movements. Charlotte  played the first movement from Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 and Lydia  performed the third movement from Shostakovich’s hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 2  accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra. Georgie and Emilia presented a movement from Handel’s Gloria and finally the Senior Choir joined forces with the Parent and Friends of NHEHS Choir and accompanied by an orchestra made up of students and professionals performed two works, the evocative Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams and the dramatic Schicksalslied  by Brahms.

GDST Cricket


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NHEHS students Hannah (Year 11) and Deepa (Year 13) were among a GDST Select XI who took on Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC) Women in a competitive match at Hampstead Cricket Club, London today.

Students from schools across the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) competed against professional players including Charlotte Edwards and Beth Barrett-Wild. The match was set-up to inspire the next generation of girls to play cricket.

England cricket superstar Lydia Greenway coached the GDST team, who battled the elements in the 20-20 over match, which saw MCC win by 115 – 71 runs.
Charlotte Edwards, MCC Women said, “Seeing these girls playing here today makes me just as happy as England winning the World Cup final. This match is all about the spirit of cricket. It’s so important that girls are given the opportunity to play in school to help us provide opportunities for the next generation. Now is such an exciting time for women’s cricket and I’m thrilled to be part of today’s match.”

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