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“The Best School Trip of My Life” & 10/10 for Year 4 Trip!

By Aneesha Gupta, 4C

On Friday 22nd November 2019, Year 4 went on an extraordinary trip to the Science Museum and the Royal College of Music. I personally think this was the best trip of my life.

Firstly, we went to the Science Museum with my class and two extra teachers, Mr McLaughlin and Dr Raguz. I could not contain myself as Science is my favourite subject and I had never been to the Science Museum before! I was literally jumping with excitement.

We were given sheets to find information. We looked around Science City and the Clockmaker Gallery.

Next we went to the Royal College of Music.

It was a spectacular show where we learnt about sound and how it travels through sound waves. They played us some lovely music and showed us compression, rarefactions and vibrations using salt and a metal pad. It was amazing. The salt took many awesome shapes and the Rubens tube was outstanding. It was put on fire and was connected to music. Different flames burnt at different times. Then we connected two speakers together with a human chain. Finally, the show came to an end and we had to leave.

I would suggest this trip to the world. I enjoyed every second and would definitely go again with my family.

It was fun learning about frequency. It was the best day of my life, rated ten out of ten.


Top Marks for Year 12s at UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge Regionals

On Monday 2nd December, four of our Year 12 students: Diana, Chloe, Emily and Isabella, travelled to St Paul’s School for Boys. We ventured to the school in order to compete in the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals 2019/20.

After scoring full marks in the group round and dropping only 2 marks in the crossnumber round, the team went into the 3rd and final round in a great position.

After a misread question early on in one of the relays, we anxiously awaited the final team positions.

We were delighted to find out that our girls came 3rd! Behind only Tiffin Girls and the host school. An incredible achievement!

The Maths Department is very proud. 

Miss O’Connor

It Takes Ten to Mango!

This Wednesday, December 11th, 10 students from Year 12 will be dancing the night away to raise money for The Mango Tree Project, starting from 2.30 pm.

Over the course of 2019/20, they will be fundraising for the Mango Tree Charity, in the hope of raising enough money to buy a school bus for the school located in Kenya, to help students in their journeys to and from school.  This coming summer of 2020, the group will be visiting the school in August and participating in their summer program, doing lessons and activities with the students over the two weeks. Fundraising events are planned throughout the year, which kicked off successfully at the school’s Christmas Bazaar last weekend, where they ran two stalls for selling cakes and sustainable items along with raising awareness for the charity, as well as over £500.

But next week the group face their biggest challenge so far – a 10 hour danceathon! We asked how preparations were going.

Have any of you done anything like this before?

None of us have ever done any exercise for this long before! Over half of us do dance shows/classes out of school, which is an advantage but we’ve never danced for longer than a couple hours, so it’s definitely a challenge!

What style of music are you dancing to?

We have a collaborative dance playlist that is over 12 hours long, containing a real mixture of styles, from musical ballads to 90’s pop and a lot of ABBA!

Are snacks allowed?

Yes, we will be providing our own snacks, which will hopefully keep our energy topped up!

Is sleeping/napping allowed?!

We are going to take shifts dancing, but we aim to have at least a handful of people dancing at one time. In these breaks, we can take naps, but to be honest it’ll be quite hard when there is blaring music and maybe some singing!!

Who is the motivator among the team?

I think we all motivate each other! We have two designated team members who aren’t dancing, but they will be staying with us the whole time, motivating, DJ’ing & controlling our social media accounts

What will be the hardest thing about it?

We all think the hardest part will be keeping our motivation high, rather than the physical aspect – as it is such a long time, so we need to keep spirits up and remember the great cause we are doing it for!

Do you have a name for your Danceathon dance troupe?

We’ve had discussions about our dance team name, and we’ve come to the conclusion of ‘It takes 10 to Mango’ – it’s a bit long, but we tried to combine the charity name with the dance, and that’s what we came up with!


If you would like to donate to The Mango Tree Project, please visit our Just Giving Page. Please follow our progress via Twitter.  Thank you! All support is very welcome. 

Debating with Conviction at LOSMUN 19 (London Oratory School Model United Nations Conference)

By Rose Slocock, Year 12

A group of Year 11 and 12 students from NHEHS travelled across London to spend a full day debating some of the most pressing issues facing the world on November 23rd at LOSMUN 19 (London Oratory School Model United Nations Conference 2019).

With this year’s LOSMUN being the first MUN for many of us, this was an immensely gratifying experience as we learnt not only the essential skill of public speaking, but the intricacies and structure of an MUN assembly. Confidence, I found, was something I lacked when it came to addressing my fellow peers. Therefore, this was a brilliant opportunity, within an informal atmosphere, to appreciate the importance of expressing one’s viewpoint with conviction. 

Jess Berry and I represented members of SPECPOL, with the two topics of debate being the Yemen civil war and the increasing threat of Small Arms and Little Weapons. These topics were unknown to us, so it was a welcome chance to expand our knowledge on such important issues. Both these topics were debated with great ferocity, with amendments being enthusiastically offered up to each resolution. Speaking in defence of your country’s political position or against another country’s beliefs was something we observed with great admiration and amusement; whether viewing people’s ability to talk with such passion, the way Points of Information were received with eagerness and witnessing the progression of debate as ideas were developed and expanded. 

The General Assembly was also one of friendly fire and intense discussion. The crisis that all country representatives were tasked with was the current emergency in Hong Kong. With the situation dire as protestors, calling for universal suffrage and the right to democratic reforms are faced with increasing opposition from the police and Chinese government, the GA sought to find ways to address the situation. I found the avid note passing as well as heated negotiations concerning resolutions that aimed to find a solution, were a great thrill to witness. 

Overall, this was a hugely beneficial experience, showing us all the importance of international cooperation in times of political emergency. Additionally, the knowledge I have acquired surrounding current and pressing issues which threaten individual rights has been invaluable. I am also much more aware of the problems that endanger the democratic progression of our world and the need to solve them. 

We would like to thank London Oratory School for creating and holding such a fantastic MUN and Miss Gordon for organising and encouraging us throughout the process!

From AI to the NHS – the IEA’s Lectures at NHEHS’ Economics Conference

By Mahi Kapadia and Steph Owen, Economics Reps

On Thursday the 28th  of December, three lecturers from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) (Kate Andrews, Julian Jessop and Dr Steve Davies) came in to give presentations on topics as diverse as the potential privatisation of the NHS, the future of jobs (robots, artificial intelligence, and jobs as seen from an economist’s point of view) and the importance of infrastructure.  Dr Davies also provided useful careers advice for people interested in not only economics but in the business world.

Students from both Bradfield College and Radnor House were very involved during the conference and seemed to enjoy themselves which was helped by the healthy number of flapjacks on offer! 

Overall the day offered an excellent insight into current affairs and helped us to consider new ways of approaching economics.

GDST MandarinTeach-Meet at NHEHS

At NHEHS, we were delighted to host the 2019 GDST Mandarin teach-meet last week for teachers of Mandarin from all over the GDST.

The event kicked off with a keynote speech from our Head of Modern Languages, Mr Piesse and Mrs Zheng, Head of Mandarin.

Our keynote speaker was Mrs Aarons, CEO of Anglo Education UK, who spoke about the importance of Mandarin learning and what has inspired her to set up the Foundation. This was followed with talks delivered by Mrs Zheng and Mr Garvey on how to stimulate independence in Pre-U, looking at writing, exam techniques and use of virtual reality in language learning.

In the afternoon, Mrs Luo and Mrs Tang ran a session on teaching Mandarin in primary school, focusing on the use of games and assessments. The final session focused on how to stimulate independence in Pre-U, with particular emphasis on speaking was delivered by Mrs Li.

The event was very successful l would like to say a big thank you to all teachers from Belvedere Academy, Blackheath High School, Northwood College for Girls, Oxford High School, Portsmouth High School, Royal High School Bath, Sheffield High School for Girls and South Hampstead High School for coming and participating in a busy and inspiring day, and also my colleagues for their support. The NHEHS Mandarin department will continue to act as a learning hub within the GDST, sharing good practice and useful resources to promote excellence in Mandarin teaching.

Mrs Zheng, Head of Mandarin, NHEHS




Festive Fete for Ealing Mencap

Our volunteers welcomed visitors from Ealing Mencap to NHEHS yesterday lunchtime for a special Christmas fete in our Recital Hall.

Our Ealing Mencap Events Committee comprising Year 9 and Year 10 students had been planning the fete for the last few weeks.

With tables sparkling with fairy lights, the students ran a variety of fun activities for our guests, including cake and biscuit decorating, making tree decorations, crafting Christmas cards, a photo booth with dressing up and props, mindful colouring and the very popular nail painting.

A very festive and enjoyable time was had by all, including some lovely spontaneous carol singing. 

Thank you to Ealing Mencap for coming!


Launching the NHEHS Volunteer Programme 2019/20

Last year was an absolutely tremendous year for charity work here at Notting Hill and Ealing High School raising over £14,000 pounds in the last academic year. Building on the commitment and success of this charity work in our local community and across the world, we decided to develop a new exciting strand to our charity sector – The NHEHS Volunteer Programme.

With the celebration of International Volunteers Day later this week on December 5th, we were excited to announce a wide range of volunteering opportunities as part of this programme for girls of all ages at assembly. 

Brand new opportunities are available with Rumi’s Kitchen, the Riding for the Disabled Association, Two Minute Litter Picking,  The Felix Project, Dementia Concern, Hounslow Toy Appeal and the Teenage Cancer Trust. In addition we are continuing to work alongside several local organisations with whom we have built strong links over the last few years. These include Ealing Mencap, Drayton Green Primary School, The Log Cabin and Ealing Age Concern. 

Open to girls age 13+ are soup kitchen support roles with Rumi’s Kitchen, serving food to the homeless people who visit Rumi’s kitchen on Saturday/Sunday lunchtime in Harlesden/Cricklewood and having a chat with them.

Another brand new opportunity is to work with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) whose the horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With activities such as riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK.  They are looking for horse riders to help coach the disabled riders, but also other skills too, eg IT skills for their website, social media for charity promotion, and fundraising (open to girls age 12+).

Could you spend 2 minutes (or more) using the 2 minute litter pick equipment in local parks in Ealing? You can also earn while you pick with the BetterPoints App. This free App rewards you with points when you’re active and when you litter pick. BetterPoints can then be redeemed for high street shop vouchers or donated to your favourite charity. Open to all ages.

We have worked together with The Log Cabin charity in Northfields for a number of years and they are looking for volunteer play workers to encourage and enable children of differing abilities to play in an adventurous, creative and imaginative way, in a caring, secure environment both individually and within a group for children aged 4-15 years.

The Felix Project helps feed local communities in London by rescuing surplus food from the food industry and delivering it to over 350 frontline charities and schools. They are looking for volunteers aged 16+ to take up walk/cycle/co-driver roles collect left over food from suppliers and take to warehouses, or deliver food to shelters, plus warehouse assistants sort the food for delivery.

We are looking for volunteers from Years 7-8 to join our Ealing Mencap Events Committee to help organise fun and engaging events for the people with learning difficulties and other disabilities (application deadline January 8th).

The very successful Reading Programme we have run with Drayton Green Primary School is seeking volunteers from Years 12 and 13 for an hour every week during your free periods – Mon-Fri 9 am-3.30 pm to work with young children who attend Drayton Green to develop and practice their reading and literacy skills.

Another volunteering programme looking for volunteers age 16+ is Age Concern Ealing who would like volunteers to befriend an elderly person who attends Greenford Community Centre. This may involve having lunch and chatting with the elderly or helping with organised activities throughout the day.

Dementia Concern would like to find volunteers age 18+ to help in Ealing. Volunteers will be matched with a cared-for person who has dementia and will visit them in their home or take them out to a local place of interest for 3 hours each week. This valuable service will provide carers in your community with a break from their responsibilities, whilst giving the cared-for person the chance to befriend someone new and engage with shared interests. You can volunteer during your free periods or at the weekend.

Hounslow Toy Appeal 2019 need volunteers to wrap presents on 15th December between 11 am and 2 pm, ready for distribution to several local charities. Based in Isleworth, volunteers can be from age 10+, with parental/guardian supervision. 

If you would like to help Teenage Cancer UK, why not be a ‘Bucket Boss?’ They are looking for volunteers aged 16+ to collect monetary donations at big events at Wembley stadium and the O2 throughout the year.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health, including learning new skills, making a difference, making new friends, being part of a team, enjoy being outdoors, boost your CV……so if you would like more details on how to get involved and help make a difference to other people’s lives, please get in touch with Ms Motyer or Mrs Johnson by December 13th for all roles except for  Hounslow Toy Appeal (apply immediately) and The Log Cabin (deadline December 6th). Thank you!



Konnie Huq Returns to School with Explosive Book Launch!

NHEHS  alumna Konnie Huq  (1986-1993) returned to school today to share a fun-filled science workshop – ‘Science, Explosions and Scribbling’ – focused around the main character in her book, ‘Cookie!…and the Most Annoying Boy in the World.’

Konnie fondly remembered her time at school: “Notting Hill & Ealing High School has a special place in my heart. I remember doing English in Room 24 and I fondly remember the Science block – which is still there. My English and Science lessons have come full circle now that I’m introducing current students to my new book.” In a similar vein, the lead character in the book, Cookie, also loves big words and loves science. As Konnie said, “Science is super cool. Without science, we would all be troglodytes. Science is the reason the tech all works. That we can fly planes, drive cars and that the floor doesn’t fall down.”

Together, Konnie and over 200 children (Years 3-6 from our Junior School and from Christ the Saviour, C of E Primary School) developed a comic strip focused around the key ingredients to creating a great story, which Konnie illustrated as the pupils came up with the storyline.

This was followed by a brainbusting science quiz which had hands straining to provide answers and an uplifting reading from her book. “Reading books is so mega important” Konnie said. “Books give people empathy, which makes people good and kind and become amazing adults which makes the world a nicer place.”

In an exciting finale, Konnie then chose two students from her enthused audience to demonstrate what happens when mints are mixed with lemonade!

The morning ended on a high with questions for Konnie from all corners of the audience, with many about her record-breaking time presenting Blue Peter, such as how did she get the job as a presenter (Konnie made a video of herself, then had to present a mini programme, including interviewing someone, jumping on a trampoline and completing a craft activity on camera!).

Konnie was also quizzed about the Blue Peter challenges – which was her favourite (using a ‘flying’ jet pack) and which was her scariest (feeding sharks in the ocean). The pupils also asked Konnie about her writing – how does she choose character names (they are often based on a real person), when does she write her books (between school drop off and pick up!),  who is her favourite character in the book (Axel) and which is her favourite part of the book (the ending!). And is she friends with David Walliams? Yes! 

Our thanks to Konnie for enthusing us all with science, writing AND illustrating!

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