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Headmistress’s Introduction

Summer 2012

Inside Heathfield

2012 is certainly turning out to be a year to remember for this country, with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics both taking place in London. Life at Heathfield has been, as ever, busy and productive, and all the girls have worked extremely hard for their internal and public examinations. We look forward to learning about the achievements of our Sixth Form and Form V girls when the GCSE and A Level results come out during the summer. Our annual Fellowship Day saw the biggest turnout to date with Old Girls coming from as far afield as Australia to celebrate our 113th Fellowship Day which this year was a Diamond Jubilee themed affair. The school has also achieved its Bronze Eco-Schools status which shows the commitment the school has made to becoming more environmentally friendly.

Vote of thanks to the Head Girl team

We have held a Careers Fair, welcomed our new girls at our annual New Girls’ Tea Party, and have concluded the year with the long standing tradition of Parents’ Day. A busy and successful term has been the perfect conclusion to Academic Year 2011/2012. I would like to wish all of our leavers and parents success and happiness in the future and I look forward to seeing everyone else in September after a relaxing summer holiday. With best wishes Mrs Jo Heywood Headmistress

Careers Fair A typical job interview question is: where do you see yourself in five years’ time? With twelve invited speakers including many of our Old Girls, parents and representatives from outside organisations, our Form V and Lower Sixth girls and visitors from other schools were treated to a range of talks.

Head Girl Team 2011/12 The Head Girl and Deputy Team are selected for their potential leadership qualities, their rapport with their fellow students and their ability to take on with good grace, humour and style any challenges that are thrown at them. This year, Tallulah, Emma and Alexandra have surpassed expectations and have proved to be a very successful team. Working closely with the Headmistress and the Senior Leadership Team the girls have undertaken many duties, both high profile and those concerned with the day-to-day organisation of the school. The girls have grown in confidence and the daunting task of presenting and giving talks to parents is now second nature. Along with the LVI prefects, the Head Girl team provides very effective support to our Registrar as they can be relied upon to tour prospective parents around the school and give them the unabridged insight into life at Heathfield. We would like to thank Tallulah, Emma and Alexandra for all their support this year. Ingrid, Taylor and Sophia, the bar has been set!

Is university right for me and if not, what are the alternatives? How do I approach pursuing a career in fields such as Law, Hospitality and Events Management, IT, Market

Research and Design? What skills will I require to help me gain employment? These were some of the important questions that our panel of advisors posed to the girls. The talks were thoughtprovoking and provided an invaluable insight into different career paths and how these goals could be achieved. All in all it was an extremely successful evening. Mrs Ingram, Head of Sixth Form & Mrs Bramley, Head of Careers

Mr Green talking about a career in the hospitality industry

Key Dates for Michaelmas Term 2012* 4th September 2012 – LVI Girls Return 5th September 2012 – Forms 11,111, IV, V and UVI Girls Return 6th September 2012 – New Form I & II Girls Arrive 21st - 23rd September 2012 – Exeat Weekend 5th - 7th October 2012 – Exeat Weekend 19th - 28th October 2012 – Half Term 9th - 11th November 2012 – Exeat Weekend 24th November 2012 – St Nicholas’ Stalls (Optional Exeat) 14th December 2012 – End of Term *Please see school calendar for more details of other events


Science Week

Between 12th and 16th March 2012 Heathfield celebrated Science Week. Each lunchtime the girls came to watch wild and wacky science experiments being conducted by the science teachers, which included a giant human solar system on the lacrosse pitch, making cornflour dance, creating a hammer out of a banana, shattering flowers using liquid nitrogen, and our Chemistry-loving Headmistress, Mrs Heywood, putting Kitty (Form I) into a giant bubble as well as setting Mr Lodder’s head on fire using methane bubbles. The week concluded with the winner of our recycled Paper Aeroplane competition being announced.

Kitty in a giant bubble

Miss Wells, Head of Science Faculty

Private View for VIth Form Photography, Art and Textiles

LVI girls showing their parents Heathfield’s artistic talents We had an impressive turnout for the private view of the Photography, Art and Textiles A2 and AS work, which took place in St Mary’s Theatre and the main Art room on the evening of 22nd May. It is not until we see girls’ pieces on display that we can really appreciate the quality of talent that is in our Sixth Form. The exhibition shows off the range of creative ideas, questioning minds, hard work and skills that our girls possess. In Art, Textiles and Graphic Communication the girls all took responsibility for their exhibition area and were supported by our dedicated art team. The photography staff printed, framed and displayed the photography students’ pictures and the students showed off their amazing portfolios of photographs.

Fearless Mr Lodder!

The human solar system

Form II Trip to Cheddar Gorge

On Thursday 17th May Form II went to Cheddar Gorge for the day. We were really looking forward to the trip as it had been postponed because of the very heavy rain which caused the water level to rise in the cave by 2 metres. When we got there we were all welcomed warmly by our tour guide and then entered the caves where we were told how they were first discovered. We all learnt many interesting facts about the caves such as it takes 1000 years for a stalactite to grow 1cm and the temperature is always constant at 11ºC which is ideal for storing cheese. After this we went to the small museum and learnt about lots of different artefacts; some of us dressed up in fur skins and carried spears. The 273 steps to the top of Jacob’s ladder were exhausting especially for Mrs Kemp and Mrs Ingram but they survived! Lunch and fieldwork on the limestone pavement were interrupted by rain, but some of our class had umbrellas and did not get too wet. Back down the steps we then went into the Crystal Cave of Horror, where we all came out shrieking. From there we went and saw sweets being made and tried lots of different cheeses before going to the Gorge for a bus tour. Overall the day was excellent and we would all love to go again! Tessa and Grace, Form II

It was a lovely opportunity to meet Leala, Form LVI the parents of the girls and for Private View Display the parents to see the fruition of their daughter’s efforts. The Private View was also very well attended by staff who were, as always, impressed to see the artistic ability from students. It was a wonderful evening. Mrs Leibovici, Subject Leader – Art and Design

Hands-on learning at Cheddar Gorge


World Book Day To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, our Leader Readers group decided that students in Forms I and II should dress up as their favourite character from a book. Everyone made a great effort, using their creative and imaginative talents, and the array of colourful costumes was a joy to see. After school, students and staff gathered in the library and brought along their books from which they read extracts, ranging from Chinese Cinderella to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The enthusiasm generated by sharing a love of reading with others was a fitting way to celebrate World Book Day and we all enjoyed some delicious cupcakes too! The overall winner for the best costume was Georgie (Form I), with Clare and Phoebe as worthy winners from Forms I and II respectively. Mrs Bramley, Librarian

World Book Day prize winners

Form I Rushall Farm Report Writing Competition

After Form I’s trip to Rushall Farm in March, the girls were each challenged to produce a report on what they saw and learnt during their trip. They were given a rigorous marking criterion to follow and submitted their reports just before the Easter holidays. On Friday 20th April the winners of the report writing competition were announced in Assembly with Kitty winning 1st place, Amber 2nd and Torie 3rd. All of the reports for the whole year were well executed and clearly demonstrated what the girls had learnt during their farm visit.

The winners and their prizes

Mrs Mason, Head of Humanities Faculty

Heathfield’s Awarded its Eco-Schools Bronze Award Throughout this academic year Heathfield has focused on becoming more environmentally friendly. The whole school has taken part in awareness campaigns which have included Waste Week and Switch Off Fortnight. An Eco-Schools Committee has been established which meets every term. In addition an environmental review has been conducted and an Eco Code and Action Plan have both been written. The school has run a clothes recycling campaign and now also recycles batteries throughout the year. As a result of these efforts Heathfield School has been awarded its Bronze EcoSchools Award and will continue the hard work with the aim of achieving the Silver Award. Mrs Hunt, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator

Heathfield’s Eco-Schools Bronze Award

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Heathfield Confirmation

On Sunday 4th March the Bishop of Reading, the Right Revd. Andrew Proud, visited the School to celebrate the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Confirmation at the Sung Eucharist. Eleven girls were presented for confirmation, one of whom, Ella (Form IV), was first baptized in the same service. The girls were appropriately dressed in their white dresses and were also wearing the silver crosses presented to them at the White Supper on the previous Friday evening by the Headmistress.

Sophie (Form IV) being confirmed by the Bishop of Reading

The girls had been attending preparation classes all this term which culminated in a Quiet Day at Ascot Priory. The day was conducted by the Chaplain, Fr. Roger, who was assisted by the Warden, Fr. Philip Ursell and the Conduct of Eton, Fr. Keith Wilkinson. At the service two children from the parish, Edward and Charlotte, were also presented for confirmation by the Vicar, the Reverend Catherine Blundell. It was good to unite the school

and parish in this way and give the occasion a wider context in the Church. The beauty of the service was enhanced by the singing of the Top Twelve under the direction of Mrs Dance, and by the dignified conduct of the servers. After the service there was an opportunity for all to meet Bishop Andrew before heading off for a celebratory lunch. Father Roger, School Chaplain

Vivaldi’s Gloria

On Friday 4th May, before the exeat weekend began, parents were invited to see the Choir perform Vivaldi’s Gloria in the Chapel. For half an hour the audience had the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful arrangement which was impressively executed by the Choir and Top 12. The performance was remarkable and it was evident that the Choir and the accompanying musicians had devoted much of their time preparing to make the concert a real spectacle. The Gloria was perhaps made even more special as alongside Thea-Rose on the cello, Janet (Form V Housemistress), Mr Snow and Miss Kong all accompanied the choir on the violin, trumpet and organ respectively. The performance was extremely special and set the tone for the weekend ahead. Mrs Dance, Director of Music

Louis Davis Chapel Windows

As a result of some research which has recently been carried out, we are delighted to have rediscovered three ‘unknown’ Louis Davis windows that are housed in the Heathfield School Chapel, one of which depicts Heathfield girls attending White Chapel at the school. In addition there is a series of charcoal drawings also by Davis which are displayed in the Chapel corridor. Louis Davis (1860 -1941) was an English stained glass artist, water-colourist and book illustrator and we are honoured to have his work in the school. The stained glass windows are admired every day. Miss Lloyd, Marketing Manager

One of Heathfield’s Louis Davis stained glass windows


Fellowship Day and Fashion Show

Jacinta and Antony Worrall Thompson preparing a wonderful Fellowship Day feast

As the country geared up for a summer of celebration with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics taking place, Fellowship Day 2012 was certainly met with a sense of jubilation. The Diamond Jubilee themed Fellowship Day saw the largest turnout of Old Girls to date and included both a 50 year and 10 year reunion with Old Girls returning from as far afield as Australia. The Old Girls had plenty of time to reminisce and explore the school and they also enjoyed a drinks reception in the Assembly Hall, a delicious lunch cooked and hosted by Antony Worrall Thompson, Evensong in the Chapel, a Concert and Fashion Show and afternoon tea. The weather was perfect and set the tone for a perfect Fellowship Day! Mrs Meeson, Teacher in Charge of History of Art & Old Girls’ Co-ordinator

Thriving weekends at Heathfield

Fellowship Day 2012 group photo Girls enjoying the inflatable toys which filled the sports hall!

Weekends throughout the year at Heathfield have been action-packed as always and all the girls have been given every opportunity to enhance their education and skills whilst having plenty of fun and laughs along the way. Each weekend the Housemistresses, Head and Deputy Head of House alongside the House Captains do a sterling job of ensuring there is plenty going on for all the girls, whatever their age. Prep, Chapel, sports fixtures and Sunday Lunch for the whole school play a pivotal role at weekends alongside X Factor and The Voice in St Mary’s Theatre. Throughout the year the girls have attended theatre trips, learnt new craft and cookery skills as well as getting energetic through the range of activities on offer including hamster balling on the swimming pool, playing dodge ball and learning to cheerlead. The girls have enjoyed shopping and cultural trips as well as joint socials with boys’ schools which included a Barn Dance with Papplewick and Scottish Reeling with Ludgrove. To conclude the year the girls took part in the Race for Life for Breast Cancer Research and had an outing to Thorpe Park. Madame Lankshear, Senior Head of House

House Shield

Jewellery making workshop with Westwood Rocks

All the girls and staff at Heathfield are extremely loyal to their House and take competing in House events extremely seriously. House points collected throughout the term are counted and the winner of the prestigious House Shield is announced in the final assembly of that term. De Valois managed to retain the House Shield for five consecutive terms, much to the dismay of all the other Houses. However during Lent Term 2012 Austen became victorious as their determination and hard work to win the shield paid off. Each term the winning House goes out for a celebratory supper and Austen made sure they thoroughly enjoyed every second of theirs!

The House Shield

Madame Lankshear, Senior Head of House


Summer Sports Report Despite the adverse weather conditions which prevented play at the beginning of the Summer Term, the season for Rounders, Tennis and Athletics soon got into full swing. The girls have been busy with many matches and tournaments across all three sports. This year Heathfield entered the Aegon Tennis League Division 1 for years 8 and 10, and notable performances on the court have come from Tessa and Grace (Form II) and also Daisy (Form III) who has played for the year group above her age throughout the season. Heathfield Rounders teams have played in and hosted Ascot Schools Tournaments at U12, U13, U14 and U15 levels with all teams playing to a high standard. In a local match against Charters the U12, U13 and U14 all successfully came away with a win. The girls have been busy with Athletics meets this term. Heathfield entered both an intermediate and junior Track and Field Cup. Inspiring performances came from Rosie (Form II) and Hope (Form III) in the 100m, Matilda (Form II) in the Discus, Millie (Form II) in the Javelin, Amber (Form I) in 800m and Shot Put and Ella (Form IV) in the High Jump.

Heathfield’s Show Jumping Team at The Royal Windsor Horse Show

In an athletics meet against St Mary’s, Ascot, St George’s, Ascot and Priors Field the U12 came second missing out on first place by just two points. The U12 Relay Team gave an impressive performance beating the other teams by three seconds to set a new school record. During the meet nineteen girls achieve personal bests. Several girls attended the District Athletics Selection with Hope and Farah (Form III) both being selected to represent Bracknell District in the County Championships in the Long Jump and Shot Put respectively. Heathfield’s Equestrian team has continued to perform to a high standard whilst competing at our “local” show, The Royal Windsor Horse Show. The team came an impressive eighth out of twenty-nine teams with Ocky (Form LVI) achieving not only a clear round but an impressive time of 29 seconds which put her in second place out of one hundred and sixteen riders. Miss Windle, Director of Sport

Rounders in the sunshine at Heathfield

Family Tennis

As the sun shone on Sunday 27th May, six families competed for the much sought-after Family Tennis Trophy. All the girls competing were from Forms I and II and were joined by family members which included fathers, mothers and a brother. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who played and congratulations must go to all the families that took part, especially to Torie (Form I) and her brother Paddy who came first and Georgie (Form I) and her father Mark who were runners up. After the tournament all the competitors rounded off the occasion with a picnic in the school grounds. Miss Windle, Director of Sport

Contact Us

Torie and Paddy with the winner’s trophy

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Inside Heathfield Summer 2012