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Games Captain Jojo named Squadkit Ambassador 2020!

We are very proud to announce that our Games Captain, Jojo has been named a Squadkit Ambassador 2020!

The judges were impressed with Jojo’s performances in rugby for Middlesex and at the Wasps’ Ladies Centre of Excellence Academy. Jojo also plays hockey for Ealing Hockey Club and NHEHS as well as coaching Years 7 and 8 at hockey too. You can read all about a typical busy sporty week for Jojo here when she was interviewed for Schoolsport  Magazine.

A full list of the 2020 Squadkit Ambassadors can be seen here. Congratulations, Jojo!

NHEHS Weekly Sports Update February 7th – 14th 2020

Another great week for NHEHS sport!

GDST Select Teams

A huge well done to Hannah L who represented the GDST Select Netball last weekend, Natasha J who represented the GDST Select Hockey, and our very own Miss Dunkley who coached the GDST select netball team!

The netball team beat Loughborough Lightning U17 and U19 and the Hockey beat Repton first XI and Leicester Hockey Club on their touring weekend to Loughborough.

A fantastic achievement for our girls and Miss Dunkley, who all did the NHEHS name proud!

 

Athletics

On February 10th, the U12 (Year 7) athletics team took part in the Regional Round for the London Youth Games representing the Borough of Ealing and finished in a brilliant second place.

They came up against the best schools selected from eight other boroughs (Camden, H&F, Haringey, Harrow, K&C, Tower Hamlets and Westminster), and were fantastic on the day. The organiser said St George’s and St Thomas More had previously dominated at this level so they were impressed how well our girls fared! The NHEHS Ealing team will now be only one of eight schools from the whole of London competing in the finals on Tuesday 24 March! Well done to the team – Hannah, Natasha, Emma S, Julia, Zoe J, Kiki, Careena and Helena.

The Year 8 team also finished an impressive 4th place, with many individuals finishing in first, second or third places in their races.

Team Ealing were voted by other boroughs to also receive the ‘Sportsmanship Trophy’, with comments written such as “superb team spirit…such friendly pupils and great sportsmanship shown.”

Hockey

Our U15A hockey team won against The Harrodian School and West London Free School 2-0 and 3-0 respectively at a triangular tournament on February 13th.

Netball

Various NHEHS teams played at home to St. Benedict’s on February 10th, with the U12A team winning 29-8 (MVP Natasha), the U12B 30-1 (MVP Jasmine), U12C 9-2 (MVP Zoe J).

Our U15 teams were not to be outdone, with the A team winning  26-11 (MVP Jasmine S) and the Bs 28-1 (POM Zara playing up from the U14 team). The U14A team took the win (26-10 MVP Beatrice) and the B team also by 28-1 (MVP Katherine).  Our U13A-E teams did not fare so well the following day at LEH, losing all 5 games, while our U18A and B teams beat St. Benedict’s 19-15 and 23-5 in a triangular tournament on February 12th. 

Swimming

NHEHS took part in a triangular swimming tournament on February 12th with Godolphin & Latymer and St. Paul’s Girls Schools and came away winners in both the U12A and U13A age groups

Water Polo

Our U18 team took part in the ESSA Water Polo National Championships qualifiers. NHEHS got off to a flying start with a 4-1 win against Brighton College, then narrowly lost 4-5 in a tight match vs Alleyn’s before just missing out v. Old Palace and Trinity School, Croydon (both 2-3 defeats). This placed NHEHS 3rd in the group.

NHEHS #SetTheExample at GDST Film Festival

The biennial GDST Film festival ran from 12-14th February, with an aim to inspire girls to get creative, learn new skills and explore the varied career opportunities in the film industry.

We were so grateful to so many people who gave up their time and shared their expertise and experiences with us. We enjoyed workshops from award-winning hair and make-up academy Delamar; the UK’s largest film school (and Ealing locals) Metfilm; film trailer and creative content agency Silk Factory; and set and prop designers Palmbrokers, who also dressed our Atrium with various sets from some of the films they have worked on, including Jurassic World and Game of Thrones. It’s not every day you have a dinosaur in school and everyone has been utterly amazed!

Wednesday evening saw the screening of the finalists in the GDST-wide film making competition, kindly hosted by Everyman Cinema in Hampstead (or should that be ‘Everywoman’?) – it was such a treat to watch the short films on the big screen and we were delighted to welcome judges Karen Krizanovich and Liz Tucker to the event, as well as the friends, families and teachers of all the finalists. You can find the winners @nhehs twitter.

On Thursday afternoon we hosted a ‘Women in Film’ panel event, expertly compered by Mel Giedroyc to a sell-out audience.

Our panelists, Casting Director Lucy Bevan, Actor Freya Allan, Director of White Lotus Picture Company Savyna Darby, Director Coky Giedroyc and Pathé’s Deputy Managing Director Jenny Borgars inspired us all by sharing their experiences and giving girls some top tips, including ‘prep, prep, prep’, ‘make yourself indispensable – and learn how to make the best cup of tea in the business’ and ‘be five times better prepared than a man’.

As part of the Film festival, the Year 12 Film team created the campaign ‘#SETtheExample’ -to show that every girl or woman can make a difference – by supporting films that represent them, by creating them and by being more involved in the industry.

Postcards were handed out encouraging people to send words of encouragement to those in the film industry actively championing women in film – more are available in the main reception!

A huge vote of thanks goes to Assistant Head Mr Cheney, the co-coordinator the festival, who, in his initial enquiry stage, listened to the entire Harry Potter score several times over, whilst on hold to ask if we could borrow any props. (the answer? it was a very short conversation- no! – and very understandably so!)

NHEHS Weekly Sports Update January 31st – February 6th 2020

Cricket 

On February 4th, the U15 cricket team took part in the U15 Lady Taverner’s Indoor Middlesex Cricket. In a tough competition, the A team cricketers lost against Godolphin & Latymer School and St Paul’s, but won against Queens College while the U15B team lost matches to Putney High, Godolphin & Latymer School, Francis Holland and St Paul’s.

Badminton

Teams from U12-U18 took on St Augustine’s Priory at badminton in a home fixture on February 4th, with NHEHS just losing out by 90-93 overall.

Hockey

Francis Holland Regents Park were our opponents on February 6th as our U12A team won 5-2 and our Bs drew 0-0. 

Netball

Our U15A team’s cup run finally came to an end with a narrow defeat to Reigate Grammar as they went down 35-37 at home in the fifth round of the SistersnSport National Cup Plate, just losing out on playing in the national finals.

Kew House provided our opponents for our U15A and U14A fixture on February 4th, with NHEHS taking both wins – 36-10 (MVP Jasmine) and 16-14 (MVP Zara) respectively.

Our U12 teams took on our U13 teams on February 4th at Trailfinders, with our U12s getting the upper hand. The U12As defeated the U13B (16-2 – MVP Caterina), the U12Bs won 18-4 vs U13C (MVP Georgia) and the U12Cs drew 8 all with the U13D team (MVP Zoe).

 

Trampoline

On 4th February our trampolinists from U12 up to U16 enjoyed a fun session practising routines with girls from St Augustine’s Priory.

NHEHS Team Designs AI Watch at Nesta Longitudinal Explorer Prize Semi-Final

By Grace Sergeant, Year 12

At the start of the year, a small group of us from Year 12 and 10 discovered a competition called the Nesta Longitudinal Explorer prize. The task was to pick one of four categories and design a product around that category that incorporated AI. Our group chose the category ‘living longer’ and designed ideas for a watch, specifically adapted to the needs of the elderly, without over complicating it with hundreds of confusing features. We worked hard to figure out as many of the details as we could and submitted our application. We made it through to the semi-finals and were invited to a day of workshops in Stratford on January 30th, to meet other teams and take part in activities, designed to help us improve our skills  for working on our project.

In the morning we participated in short seminars about creating the right first impressions and being aware of using eye contact as well as ‘filler words’. Although it seems obvious to not use filler words and constantly look away when talking to someone, the talks made me more aware of it and also helped us how to prevent it happening altogether. Afterwards, we had a session based around making an app tailored for a specific person and their needs and were encouraged to come up with as many different ideas as we could, as fast as possible.

During the lunch break, we were given a chance to talk to other people brought in to help us and network. I spoke to someone who made VR Headsets and simulations for job training. The company designed simulations for events like space travel or other potentially dangerous tasks that required practice beforehand. I also spoke to some professors from Sheffield University, who had brought some of their robots along with them. We were given the opportunity to code one particular robot, which was designed to look like a cross between a dog and a rabbit. They were a type of social robot and could react to touch and movement like a real animal, using sensors. Another robot they brought was one with a working head, arms and fingers. However, it was all controlled through remotes and a VR headset. This meant it was possible to sit in a chair, sit in the perspective of the robot and tap yourself on the shoulder. It was extremely cool, however it did leave us feeling creeped out for a while!

Then after lunch, we took part in more seminars and workshops, which highlighted some of the speakers’ achievements and journeys. For example, one speaker was only a year or so older than us and he had dropped out of school to run his own ethical hacking company that he founded when he was in Year 9. Finally, after all of the activities we made our way back into the main event area to be given instructions on our applications into the finals. We were instructed to make a presentation explaining our product in further detail and create a video about our reasons for entering the Longitudinal Explorer Prize competition. From there, 30 of the 60 semi-finalists will reach the finals, and they will be given the funds, mentoring and resources to actually create their product.

 

First Charity Event of the Term

Friday January 31st saw the first charity event fete, led by Year 8.

A month’s worth of planning had gone into the event, starting with the girls choosing their form’s charity and each form deciding which charity to support. 

Working with the Year 10 and 12 Charity Reps, the girls next made contact with the four charities (one per form) in order to generate publicity materials, organised collection buckets and created media interest. The event was then advertised in assembly, with posters put up around the school. There was even a competition between the forms to raise the most money!

Each form was also given a day when they can use the atrium for smaller events such as raffles and bake sales to further help their chosen charities.

On the big day itself, we saw a number of fun activities, including palm reading to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation, a henna tattoos stall for wildlife hospital Tiggywinkles, a virtual reality experience for Crisis, and the ever popular food stall to help the Salvation Army.

The event was a big success. Well done to all involved. 

 

75+ Advisors & 7 Careers Planets at NHEHS Careers Fair

By Alice Jenkins, Year 10 Journalist Leader

Last Tuesday, Notting Hillers in Years 9-13 had the privilege of meeting professionals at a careers evening, where they were given career advice.

Jobs ranged from working at TikTok to being a prison officer, and it is fair to say that everybody found a career that interested them. Organised by Ms Parr and the Parents Guild, the fair was split up into ‘planets’, such as medical, number and construction planets. There were also several ‘7 careers in 7 minutes’ sessions. These aimed to give a speedy overview of several vastly different careers.

This was followed by an ‘entrepreneur panel,’ with women who had given up stable careers to set up and run their own businesses. It was amazing to hear how happy they were in their jobs — the control that they had to take their careers in any direction, and the dedication and perseverance they clearly had was very inspiring.

Overall, the night was very rewarding. Whether it was the older girls who had a great opportunity to network, or younger students who had less of an idea of what they wanted to do, it was clear that everyone got something out of the evening — thank you to Ms Parr and the Parent’s Guild for putting so much effort and time into providing us with such a wonderful opportunity!

Move to Ealing Day

NHEHS celebrated ‘Move to Ealing Day’ last Friday February 7th with a series of events to commemorate the move from the school’s home in Notting Hill (Norland Square) to Ealing.

The original move was announced in Summer 1930 by the then new head, Miss McCaig, at the start of what was to become a twenty year long tenure. The School had its final Christmas celebration in Notting Hill that year before opening completely anew on 20th January 1931 in its new home in Ealing.

First up to mark the occasion was the candle race with our  Year 5 and 6 girls who had to swim lengths of the swimming pool, all while keeping their candles above the water. 

Meanwhile, out on the astro, teams of Year 4-6 girls were taking part in maths relay races.

This year, Move to Ealing Day had the theme of NHEHS’s role in the Suffrage movement. At break, girls told the stories of those who have gone before us, and to whom we owe much gratitude.

After an inspiring and uplifting Move to Ealing Day ceremony in the afternoon, including a rousing rendition of the Notting Hill song, governors, staff and Year 13 tucked into a delicious grand tea.

Visiting Music Teachers & Students Concert

Last night saw a collaboration between some of our visiting music teachers and their students to put together an enthusiastic and exciting concert.

After a series of solos from our staff, a series of joint numbers followed. 

Highlights included Flo performing her GCSE ensemble piece ‘Sull’aria’ from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart with her teacher, Ms Harries, and a piano, violin, cello accompaniment.

Ms Rolfe-Johnson performed with three of her Year 10 students, Saira, Zoe and Ami singing both the Jazz standard ‘Blue Moon’ and the lilting ‘Evening Prayer’ from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Grace, Lizzie and Chloe played pieces on the piano, collaborating with both student and teacher guitarists/bassists and drummers.  Students Grace and Lizzie performed with visiting teachers Ben, Helen and James (see video below). 

The night ended with Harmony Choir singing ‘Mercy’ by Duffy accompanied by bass, piano and drums.

A huge thank you to our amazing piano teacher Mr Janik who masterminded the evening and entertained us throughout.