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#NHEHSGetInvolved


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We are excited to announce the launch of three brand new volunteering projects at NHEHS with fantastic local charities in Ealing, plus the roll-out of a reading programme successfully piloted earlier this year.

Working with Ealing Mencap, we are looking for girls in Years 7-9 for the Volunteer Events Committee to help organise fun events for people with learning difficulties and other disabilities.

Ealing Mencap are also offering the opportunity for five of our students (Years 10-13) to become founding members of their new Young People’s Board to work alongside the charity to create, launch and update new social media content for younger people.  The five girls who win a place on the Board will be those who are able to fundraise the most money for the charity by December 14th.

Ealing Age Concern would like volunteers in Years 12 and 13 who could help out for one to two hours a week to befriend an elderly person at Greenford Community Centre or help with organised activities.

Following a highly successful pilot last year, there are also opportunities for Year 12 and 13 girls to work for one hour a week with young children at Drayton Green Primary School to help develop and practice their reading and literacy skills.

For more information please click here  or to get involved in any of these projects, please email Miss Prendergast or the front office.

 

#NHEHSGetInvolved #NHEHSHandInHand

 

Reunions


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The Atrium and Hall were buzzing on Saturday as over 250 NHEHS alumnae greeted former classmates and teachers at this year’s OGA tea. There were tables piled high with scones, chocolate eclairs, sandwiches and sausage rolls  while a glass of Prosecco on arrival soothed any  fears as to whether everyone would recognise old friends.

There were reunions for the classes of 1956, 1968, 1972, 1983, 1988, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, and it was fantastic to welcome back former Heads, Susan Whitfield and Lucinda Hunt.

There were speeches by the OGA Chair, Jane Sigaloff, who described the evolving role of the OGA Committee and thanked  two Committee members who retired this year: Jane Hering and Gillian Lowe, for their long service. Headmaster, Matthew Shoults, spoke of his delight at meeting so many of the school’s alumnae in the last year, and highlighted the great input Old Girls can have into current school life. He also talked with pride about how the NHEHS Old Girls’ network is regarded throughout the GDST as one of the very best.

The speeches were followed by tours of the school buildings, old and new, led by sixth formers and the afternoon wound up with the annual OG vs NHEHS U18 netball match (The U18s won 20 -10 and there is now considerable talk about ‘a proper training regime.’ )

To see photographs from the event please go to the album on the OGA Facebook page

Full of Fun at the Fair


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The School Hall was bursting with excitement today as the Extra-curricular Clubs Fair got underway. Subject reps across the sixth form were on a serious recruiting mission for a vast array of before-school, lunchtime and after-school clubs.

With a choice of over 60 Clubs covering topics as far reaching as Feminism, Robotics, Philosophy and Coding as well as a huge choice of sport, drama and music, the girls used their creative efforts to promote their passions. A group of drummers lured crowds towards the music department, a team of MI5 special agents promoted the Code Breakers club while a sausage-and-dog combo wondered round advertising the Backstage Pass Club (the Theatre Tech Club). Clever robots were on display to promote the Vex and Lego Robotics Clubs and amazing masks and sculptures were used to encourage sign-ups for the ever popular Art Club. 

Teachers were on hand to help with newer clubs such as “Sapere Aude” and “The Only Way is Ethics”, new philosophy clubs this term which aim to challenge with questions such as “why is it ok to eat animals but not humans”, while the Feminism and Politics Clubs is aiming to bring big issues of the day to life through exciting and thought provoking debate. Cloud 9 Weather, another relatively new club makes use of the School’s very own and unique weather station on the roof to give girls the chance to explore forecasting.

And with a full and extensive gamut of sporting and music clubs also on offer, girls throughout the senior school were spoiled for choice. Sign-ups were impressive and enthusiastically received. The buzz undisputed.

Clubs begin next week.

A Passage to India


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The long summer holidays offer the chance to recharge, travel to far flung places, grab new experiences. For our Assistant Head and Year 3 teacher at the junior school, the summer break offered an opportunity to do all three.

In an initiative organised by the Girls’ Day School Trust, several teachers from the GDST across the UK, traveled to India in August to work with and support the teachers in a school in Bangalore.

Together they spent three and a half weeks working with teachers and over 60 children in the Florida English School. Under the guidance of the Limited Resource Teacher Training team, which runs the initiative, they shared teaching methods and strategies relating to phonics and demonstrated concepts like having a positive mindset in the classroom.

“It was entertaining and also extremely rewarding sharing the phonics songs we teach in the UK. The first time we sang “A, A… Ants in your Pants” to the teachers and children we had slightly dumbfounded faces – they teach reading very differently. But by the end of our three weeks, they were enthusiastically singing along with us. As a teacher, this is very validating.

In a country with limited resources, the emphasis on using creative techniques is really important. In the UK, we revert to google to show pictures of a “zebra” for example. But in India, we had to rely on drawing images to demonstrate our ideas and this makes for a challenging but equally, more creative experience.

For sure, my time in India has made me more confident and creative in the classroom. My year 3 class will definitely be exposed to a myriad of stories this year”.

 

Record GCSE Results


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Many congratulations to Year 11 on a truly excellent set of GCSE results, the best ever for the school.

74% of entries achieved the top grades of A* (or grade 9 or 8 for new qualifications), with 92% graded A*/A (or 9-7). In addition, 99% of entries were grades A*-B (or 9-5).

19 girls gained all A*s (or the equivalent) in all their subjects and 53 girls (well over half the year) gained straight A*/A (or the equivalent) grades.

We are most proud of the time, effort and energy the girls, with the support of their teachers, have put into achieving these excellent results. We wish to congratulate each and every one of our girls on their superb achievements; they should be very proud of themselves.

Super A Level Results


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Many congratulations to the 2018 Leavers for their excellent A Level results.

  • 26% of entries were graded A* (three times the national average).
  • 65% of entries were graded A* or A.
  • 93% of entries were graded A*-B.

This is testament to the girls’ enthusiasm and perseverance, and the support and dedication of their teachers. At a time of uncertainty in the media about new A Level qualifications, we are very pleased that the girls have taken this in their stride

They now head off to a wide range of courses and universities, whether Medicine at Cambridge, Classics at Oxford, Natural Sciences at Durham, or Music Production at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. It has been such a pleasure seeing every girl finding the right path for them and doing so well.

The Ealing Half


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A team of staff and parents from NHEHS will be hitting the road and taking part in this year’s Ealing Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 30th September.

The team will be taking part to raise funds for The Log Cabin one of the charity partners for this year’s race. The Log Cabin, based in Northfields provides after school care and activities for children with additional needs. Each year at NHEHS our Year 10 girls organise an annual party for the children from The Log Cabin so it is a cause close to our heart.

You can support our runners and The Log Cabin by donating via our JustGiving Page and as the route runs right past the Senior School we hope that many of you will be there to join us on 30th September in cheering our team on. 

Tropical Style


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On a warm June evening this year’s NHEHS fashion show brought us a tropical theme and a jungle inspired runway.

In front of a large audience 11 teams showcased their designs for judges Becky Early, Professor of Fashion & Textiles, Antonia Kraskowski Fashion Editor of the Daily Express (and NHEHS alumna) and Lisa Ndukwe, Head of Design at active wear company Sweaty Betty.

The whole show from initial concept, set design, lighting and music through to front of house was put on by a team of Year 12 girls.  They also picked The Brain Tumour Research Campaign as the cause  to which all proceeds from the evening will go.

The design teams working around the tropical theme had come up with some stunning work which impressed both audience and judges and their models showed the pieces with the aplomb and style worthy of a catwalk at London Fashion Week.

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).


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