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Enterprising Year 7 Masterminds First Ever NHEHS Swimathon!

By Isabel Hepburne-Scott, Year 10

Daria from year 7 has been inspired to create the first ever NHEHS Swimathon to raise money for the charities Cancer Research and Glass Door.

Motivated to mastermind her Swimathon by the charitable efforts of the teachers, Daria was particularly impressed by the efforts of Mr Shoults and various other teachers, who ran in the Ealing Half Marathon for a local charity, the Log Cabin last term.

Daria and her friends enjoy swimming, so she was surprised that there was not already a swimming event like this and saw it as an opportunity to raise money for charity, while enjoying a bit of competitive swimming between friends!

Daria decided to support the charity Cancer Research as she knows people with cancer and understands the importance of having medical, emotional and financial support when struggling with the disease. She also chose to support the charity Glass Door, which helps feed, clothe and shelter homeless people, as she was surprised that so little money could do so much. As little as 50p could give a hungry person a bowl of porridge for breakfast.

We hope that everyone will support Daria in making her charity event a big success!

Top tips for taking part in the Swimathon:

  • It will be held from Monday 11th February to Thursday 14th February, so make sure to sign up before then!
  • Set yourself a challenge: the individual challenges range from 400m to 5k while the team challenges range from 1.5k to 5k.
  • Ask friends and family to sponsor you.
  • The swimathon can be as competitive as you want it to be or it can just be a fun swim with friends.
  • Keep motivated up until the event, get your friends involved.
  • Remember you are raising money for charity, so try your best but most importantly, make sure you enjoy it!


30 Years at NHEHS!

This week we have been celebrating the 30th anniversary of Junior School Head, Mrs Silva, joining NHEHS.

Mrs Silva led a lively and joyful assembly for the Junior School this morning, sharing her personal memories and photographs of the school, uniforms, teaching staff and activities over the years she has been at NHEHS.

It was striking to see how the school has continued to invest in facilities for pupils, but that photos of yesterday and today have one thing in common that never changes – the presence of happy, confident girls who really enjoy learning at school.

The assembly ended with a resounding three cheers – one per decade – for Mrs Silva!

The Art of Lying & How to Spot Liars in Everyday Life

By Madeleine Taylor and Raima Garodia, Year 10

About The Da Vinci Club

As a Year 10 student, one gets a bi-monthly opportunity to get involved in and learn about a wide variety of different topics in the 6th Form Centre, known as the Da Vinci Club. These meetings entail listening to and questioning a handful of teachers about their chosen topic over the course of the year, from Brexit to criminology, from ethics to making music out of algorithms – the Da Vinci Club covers a lot, come along one day and you too will probably learn something new!

We attended to the latest session of the Club, run by Miss Prendergast on liars vs. truth tellers: The art of lying and how to spot liars in everyday life.

These are some of the telltale signs of liars that we discovered from the session!

Behavioural pause or delay

Elongated pauses and delayed reactions to answering mostly obvious questions are one of the more obvious signs of detecting whether or not somebody is not telling the truth. This is because of the neural load that lying enforces onto the brain, requiring far more brain power to be used in lying than in telling the truth.

Verbal disconnect

When lying, people can often tell straight away if they become disconnected from what you are actually saying and instead focus on your posture, amount of eye contact and harshness of tone. This will happen when you stutter a lot, say things like ‘like’ too many times etc.

Touching of the face (especially cheeks) or fiddling with hair

Know someone that is confident and usually open? With these types of people, it is often very easy to tell if they are lying because of the fact that are irregularly touching their face or their hair when speaking to you. This is a difficult one to be sure about, though,  due to many people often just doing this as a sign of nervousness or habit.

What about you?

Since the age of around four years old, we are taught that lying is wrong and owning up is always the best policy, however if you ask a group of people, “Are you good at lying?” mostly the answer will be yes, often said with pride. This is because we lie on average 114 times a day, making lying into a necessary skill that people will, without realising it, take pride in.

You may even be a pathological or a compulsive liar, feeling overwhelmingly compelled to answer a question with something that is not true or even just a slight stretch of the truth. Sometimes, stories that you tell of events  may even appear true to you, especially if the event took place a long time ago or happened at a point in time where you were exhausted. This idea of perception and the reliability of the human memory is still very much uncovered in science so think carefully about the next story that you tell and open your eyes to see how many people are lying……………



NHEHS at the GDST Day of Dance

By Sofia Stidham, Year 10

On Monday 10th December, some NHEHS girls who are part of the dance club at school went to the Pineapple Dance Studios to take part in the GDST Day of Dance. I asked one of the Year 10 girls, Alejandra, who attended the Day of Dance what she thought of it and what she did during the day.


What did you do?

 Alejandra: We went to the Pineapple Dance Studios, where each person did two workshops. I did Musical Theatre and Street dance workshops. Then we had to perform the routine that we practised during the workshops at the end.


What did you get out of the day?

 Alejandra: We got to try different styles of dance. One of the dances we got taught was to the opening number of Aladdin. We were taught the routine by a lady who performs in Aladdin the musical as one of the dancers.


Was there anything you learned that you can take forward and do regularly?

Alejandra: I learnt a new dance style, and I want to go back to the Pineapple Dance studios again and learn some more dance routines.


What was the biggest challenge?

Alejandra: Keeping up with the routine, normally it would take a whole day to learn it.


Any funny moments?

Alejandra: The lady who ran our second workshop had a cold, so she was not able to hear as well. She put on the music extremely loudly and didn’t even notice. She was very nice though.


What impressed you the most?

Alejandra: I was impressed by the fact that so many dance classes were running at the same time.


Click here for a video of our Year 9/10 girls’ performance 


NHEHS Junior School Carol Service

Friday afternoon saw the NHEHS KS2 Junior School Carol Service – the final of the festive trio of Junior School performances which followed the KS1 Nativity and Mince Pie Concerts last week.

The December cold which faced the parents as they queued the length of St. Barnabas Church was soon banished by the warmth and enthusiasm of the girls’ singing.

Opening the performance was a charming solo from Amy from Year 6 with “Once in Royal David’s City” accompanying the Year 6 girls as they walked down the aisle carrying festive candles to the front of the church. In between the carols, the story of the Nativity was told by 15 of the Year 6 girls, with readings from the Bible, which they each delivered beautifully from the lectern to the congregation.

Musical highlights from Years 5 and 6 included a lively version of “Do you hear what I hear?” from the Junior School Singers and exquisite harmonies from the Chamber Choir in “O Holy Night,” as all those early morning practices paid off handsomely.

The girls’ linguistic abilities and memories were put to the test with French and German versions of “Silent Night,” while Year 3 and 4 continued the international theme with a Christmas duet based on traditional French carols with “Ding Dong Merrily on High/He is born.” Not to be outdone, Year 5 and 6 sang their own Christmas duet on “The First Noel” and Bach’s Minuet in G in a fantastic round.

We also took a moment to pause for reflection as Gwen from Year 6 read “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, which told of the first Christmas after the Great War. A quartet of cellists accompanied the final carol “O Come All Ye Faithful” as the congregation joined in in hearty voice, before Ms Silva wished everyone a restful and peaceful Christmas.

The proceeds of the retiring collection will be given to the Ealing Soup Kitchen and The Upper Room.


Junior School Mince Pie Concert

The Junior School parents were treated to a wonderful evening of mince pies and festive music at NHEHS’ Mince Pie Concert this week.

Opening the concert, the Junior School Orchestra performed the Pachelbel Canon, followed by our “Celli Beans” trio of cellists, whose beautiful renditions of “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night” were accompanied by the harp.

The Year 6 Strings group comprising violins, violas, cellos, guitars and harps played a lovely variety of pieces, starting with Boots of Shining Leather, through Cossacks to the one of the girls’ favourites, The Sussex Carol. 

With some of the Year 3 girls performing for the first time, the Year 3/4/5 Strings group brought us up to date with a fun Open String Samba, followed by “Jingle Bells,” for which Mr McLaughlin enthusiastically drummed up fantastic audience participation!

A charming  performance from the Flute Group took us from “Walking In The Air” to a rousing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” via “The Holly & The Ivy.”

The evening then finished on a high with Handel’s Hallelujah played by the Junior School Orchestra, which certainly put all our parents in the festive spirit! 


Doing Da Vinci at NHEHS

The Da Vinci Programme at NHEHS encourages girls to take a cross-curricular approach to learning. Focusing on current events and learning new skills through debate and collaboration, the sessions require no prior knowledge of a particular subject, but an open and inquiring mind is a must-have!  Girls from Year 10 are given a choice of two topics to participate in, ranging from “Brexit: Deal or No Deal” to “Mean Girls in Classical and Ancient History.”

With the recent 2018-19 launch of our Year 10 Da Vinci Programme, we thought we would ask one of last year’s students how she benefited from the polymath approach to learning.

Hannah Schroeder, Year 11

What did you enjoy about the programme overall?

Hannah: Firstly, you could choose which one of the two topics appealed to you most, but all of them went beyond what you would usually cover for school work or the curriculum. Often, the teachers’ enthusiasm and the debates around the subject would lead us into totally new, but linked areas of fluid discussion as we followed the flow of debate and opinion. I really enjoyed the variety of sessions – some encouraged discussions in small sub-groups or as a large group as a whole.  The programme was more relaxed than I had anticipated as I had expected more of a “lecture” format, but as a result it was much more interactive and fun.

What new skills have you learned?

Hannah: The programme has helped my general knowledge hugely and was great for building on what we have learned as part of the curriculum. Also, my debating skills beyond the classroom and ability to think outside the box have improved too. We were encouraged to question things and not always simply go along with what the majority think. I would come out of the sessions with my head buzzing with new ideas and facts – then when I arrived home I would amaze my parents and family with this new knowledge and then start up a new debate with them!

Have you been able to use any of these new skills or knowledge in your GCSE work?

Hannah: Miss Croft ran a fantastic maths-based session on card tricks involving probability where you can predict how a trick will turn out. This tied in neatly with a GCSE maths section on permutations and combinations. The session on The Chemical Origin of Life really helped my overall understanding of the subject.

Which was the most fun topic?

Hannah: We loved the Mathematics of Card Tricks! We also really enjoyed the Swinging 1660s session where the science and history departments collaborated to show how interlinked historical context and the scientific innovations of the day are.

The most surprising topic was Miss Prendergast’s one on “Detecting deception – An art or science?” showed how people lie and how to detect that – through micro expressions, truth serums and lie detectors! It also gave us the chance to learn about Psychology – a subject that we could take for A Level, but we do not study at GCSE.

Would you recommend the Da Vinci Programme to the current Year 10s?

Hannah: Definitely!

Ealing Borough Junior Schools Cross Country Champions!

On 4th October, a large group of Year 5 and 6 girls represented NHEHS in the Ealing Borough Junior Schools Cross Country Championships.

Our eager runners had to run a 1500m cross country course at Berkeley Playing Fields in Greenford.

There were about 150 runners in each Year 5 and 6 event so the start was a bit chaotic with girls vying for the best starting positon. Running conditions couldn’t have been better. All our girls ran an excellent race and more importantly completed the course.


A special mention goes to Minna who finished 2nd in the Year 5 race in a time of 6:01:24 and Natasha who won the Year 6 race with a fantastic time of 5:34:85. Morven also finished a credible 7th. Both Natasha and Morven have been invited to represent Ealing in this year’s London Youth Games Cross Country in November. Congratulations to both girls.

We were delighted to get the news just before half term, that our NHEHS team once again achieved 1st place in the primary girls team event (judged on the fastest six girls) and retained the shield for the second year running.

This is a tremendous result and congratulations to all runners that took part.





Alumnae Christmas Wreath Workshop

It was fantastic to celebrate the start of the festive season with alumnae in the art rooms for our annual Christmas Wreath Workshop. We welcomed NHEHS leavers from 1989, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005 for an evening of merriment, mulled wine, mince pies and some intense crafting! The resulting wreaths were beautiful.

For photographs of the event please see the OGA Facebook page


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