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Yet again it’s been a busy couple of weeks and great to see so many of the joint events with boys’ schools over that time. The Choir’s joint pop concert with Eton was terrific as well as the Form II Scottish dancing with Sunningdale and a return match has already been promised. Form II also went to Papplewick to see Julius Caesar which they greatly enjoyed and this kind of normalcy is really important to your daughters’ futures. Meanwhile, the polo, cricket, rounders, athletics continues with a flash of Lacrosse with girls from prep schools who are looking at Heathfield – all very exciting. The Form V girls whose exams start this week are calm and ready to perform and their efforts supported by the staff mean that they are ready to succeed. Best wishes Mrs Gardiner Legge

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Chemistry Festival Heathfield had a very successful and enjoyable day at The Salters Chemistry Festival at Reading University on Wednesday 9th May. Four pupils Ella, Hanna Katrina and Orianna from Forms I and II, were involved in a very exciting day of experimenting in the labs. In the morning they were faced with a taxing challenge where they had to carry out chemical analyses to discover what had happened to a stolen trophy. After a nice lunch in the sun in the grounds of Reading University, an afternoon was spent on a problem solving task to make a reaction clock which lasted exactly one minute. The girls were almost spot on with their experimenting and their reaction lasted one minute and one second! They followed this up with an excellent evaluation of why the experiment had worked so well. After a fun lecture, full of fire and bangs as the lecturer showed what really could happen in a Chemistry lab, we eagerly awaited the final judging and announcement of results. We were all delighted when it was announced that Heathfield had come second against seventeen other schools from the region. Many congratulations go to Ella, Hanna Katrina and Orianna on this fantastic achievement. Mrs Allison Ellis, Deputy Director of Sixth Form & Teacher of Science

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Form II Trip to Cheddar Gorge, Tuesday 1 May Amongst the week of showers and rain, Form II were lucky enough to find a window of warmth and sunshine for their visit to Cheddar Gorge. The focus of the trip was to see the landscapes created by the Carboniferous limestone that they had been studying and to see how the area has been used by people both in the past and in the present. Our first stop was the impressive Gough’s Cave where we had a guided tour of the cave network first explored and excavated by Richard Gough over 100 years ago. We were reminded how the gorge was formed following the giant meltwater rivers of the Ice Age and saw stalactites and stalagmites and frozen rivers of flowstone created by calcite deposits. The skeleton of Cheddar Man was a reminder of life around 10,000 years ago when man inhabited the caves after the last Ice Age and died there. Form II had learnt about Cheddar Man from his recent news appearance where new techniques had been used to reconstruct his facial features and skin colour. Other life in the caves included ferns growing under the artificial light and the evidence of the many bats, mostly the Greater Horseshoe Bats, who were dangling above our heads. They were also surprised to learn that the Caves had been used for many years to mature the Cheddar cheese – the giant truckles spent several months in the Caves at the consistent temperature of 11°C. Our next visit involved climbing up the 274 steps of Jacobs Ladder to see views of the Gorge, the village of Cheddar and the surrounding valley. Form II practised their skills by drawing field sketches and trying to capture and label the geographical features before descending the steps back to the bottom. We then watched the newly opened video feature giving us stunning aerial shots over the gorge and panoramic views. Then, following a little time to visit some of the tourist shops and enjoy an ice cream, it was time to return to the minibuses for the journey back to school. With thanks to our drivers, Steve and Ken, to Mrs Mason and to Form II for their great company and enthusiasm. Mrs L Worrall, Head of Lower School and Teacher of Geography

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GCSE & A Level Drama The GCSE and A Level performances took place three days apart, with the GCSE girls showcasing their acting through group performances of two extracts from the same play. Audiences were treated to everything from black comedy to harrowing thrillers, and the girl’s performances were truly outstanding and a testament to their hard work and commitment. The A Level students examination required a performance of a scripted extract and a devised piece entirely written by the girls. The devised work saw the creation of Heathfield’s first fully immersive production, with Angelina and Evie being examined as actors and Lisa in costume and make-up design, for which she had to create four complete costumes, but chose to costume the entire cast! The entire piece took place in different locations around the school, all of which had been dressed to create an extremely elaborate set, including a tunnel lined top to bottom in bubble wrap! With seven additional cast members and 2 lighting technicians made up of girls from Form I all the way up to LVI, this piece of work truly was a labour of love for all involved - and https://mailchi.mp/3069c95a184a/bfi797nxwa-1351645?e=ff3707fc99

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Mrs Lucy Halcrow, Subject Leader of Drama and Theatre Studies

Cheese Photography Competition Just before Christmas, Mr Stone, Sibylla’s father, approached me to ask if the photography students might be interested in helping to advertise his cheese company. Mr Stone asked if the photography students could help to advertise his cheese and create images that were exciting and diverse and suitable for advertising purposes. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to work on a ‘real job’. Mr Stone agreed that the photographers of the winning images should be paid for their work and LVI and UVI photography students produced some amazing images. Whilst they were shown to all the girls in assembly I also shared a few food photography secrets. When photographing food, you need to make sure everything looks appetising and appealing, this means that you need to pay particular attention to all of the food you are photographing and overcome some issues that might occur when using hot studio lights for a long time. Sometimes food dye in mashed potato might be used to portray ice cream so it doesn’t melt. Emulsion paint can be used instead of single cream because it pours more evenly. Grapes can be coated with clear nail varnish to make them look shiny. Cardboard is placed inside burgers give more volume. PVA glue is used instead of milk so food doesn’t go soggy. Shoe polish can be used to darken meat that is too red. Antacid tablets are dropped into water to create fizz and bubbles. Incense sticks can be used to add steam to hot food and drinks. And lastly, hairspray will make dried out food look fresh again. My advice to everyone here would be – never eat any food after it has been photographed! All of the images submitted were so imaginative, vibrant and of such high quality. A Highly Commended prize was awarded to Frida (LVI). Mr Stone was so impressed with the quality, https://mailchi.mp/3069c95a184a/bfi797nxwa-1351645?e=ff3707fc99

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Mr Stone and I would like to make this an annual competition to expand students’ photographic knowledge of techniques and help him advertise his cheese. Next year the competition will be offered to the new GCSE photography group, so start thinking now! Karen White, Head of House Seacole & Teacher in Charge Photography

Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland Photography Competition Theme – A different perspective The Young Photographer Competition is a well-established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI). It is a three-stage competition designed to support and encourages the development of photographic skills. During an LVI lesson, the class voted for the work which was to be submitted into the senior category. The class chose Flora, Tanya and Frida’s work. Currently, the work has been judged in the ‘local’ round. There are two more rounds to follow, district and national. Frida’s and Tanya’s work was Commended and Flora won the Senior Category and her photographs have been sent off to be judged in the district round – well done! Karen White, Head of House Seacole & Teacher in Charge Photography

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Guest Speaker Ben Hunt-Davis MBE It was a pleasure to welcome Olympic gold medallist Ben Hunt-Davis MBE to Heathfield on Wednesday 2 May to speak to our pupils. Ben started rowing at school where his natural competitive nature took over and he worked hard to get onto the U18 GB team. Whilst he didn’t make this first attempt he didn’t give up and he finally made it onto the U23 team and went to the Olympics. Unfortunately, the next seven years were dogged with losing races and two years before the Sydney Olympics, the team decided that a dramatic change needed to be made. Not just working or trying harder, they needed to come at the problem from a new angle, so they asked the question ‘What will make the boat go faster?’ From that moment on the focus was on everything that would make the boat go faster. The rest is history - the team won gold at the Sydney Olympics. The girls really enjoyed meeting and asking Ben questions afterwards and took away with them the message that you must keep focused on what you want and set yourself small but regular goals. Ben’s talk proved a great end to this year's speaker programme and we are looking forward to next year’s programme already.

Mrs Rushi Millns, Head of ICT, Careers & Outreach

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Theatre Trip Last week, the Form II students enjoyed an afternoon of Wildean Wit at the Windsor Theatre Royal whilst watching The Importance of Being Earnest. The students commented that seeing the performance helped them appreciate Wilde’s impeccable timing and comic use of dramatic irony. They are thoroughly enjoying studying the play in English at the moment and they have voted Lady Bracknell as their favourite character. Miss Charlotte Jackson, Deputy Head of House - Seacole & Teacher of English

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“Pop Night”, The Top 12 collaboration with Eton The Top 12 vocalists were delighted to be invited to collaborate with Eton ECMS (Eton College Music Society) to perform a joint concert of pop and musical theatre songs. Solos included Olivia singing: It’s a Man’s World and Amber singing: Cry me a River, while duets included Daisy and Charlotte’s State of Grace, Sophia and Tansy’s Poker Face, Harriet and Sam’s could we start again, please? from Jesus Christ Superstar, Charlotte and Andrew’s Falling Slowly from Once, accompanied by Ed and Alex on violin and cello and Sophia and Tansy who then joined with George to sing Don’t go Breaking my Heart. The grand finale consisted of the Heathfield Top 12 and Eton ECMS singing an inspiring medley from Les Miserables followed by the haunting Seasons of Love from Rent with Olivia singing the female solo part. A wonderful collaboration and we hope the first of many more. Julie Dance, Director of Music

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Introduction to Lacrosse Day for Preparatory Schools

We welcomed 131 girls from St Georges' Windsor Castle, Glendower, Farleigh and Redcliffe Preparatory Schools for our annual Lacrosse Day. The girls were mixed into different teams and enjoyed a Masterclass in the sunshine by our Director of Sport, Wendy Reynolds. Wendy is the only female in the United Kingdom to have played, coached and umpired Lacrosse at World Cup Level. For some of the Prep school girls, it was their first time playing Lacrosse and their enthusiasm was a pleasure to watch. A well earned Afternoon Tea including cakes, Heathfield biscuits and Pink Lemonade was provided by our catering team and the girls left proudly wearing their Heathfield Girls First hats. Ms Elizabeth Massey, Marketing and Events Assistant

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Equestrian - SUPA Polo The girls played extremely well on Sunday at Ranelagh with both teams placed third in their divisions. Solid defence by both teams prevented their strong opposition from scoring. An excellent day of polo for the younger Heathfield players. Well done!

Mrs Gill Glimmerveen, Equestrian Co-ordinator

Ascension Day Thursday 10 May was a special day in Chapel dedicated to honouring the Ascension of Jesus, which we celebrated in Heathfield tradition in the form of ice cream. An ice cream van parked up outside our Chapel and the girls had the chance to enjoy the sunshine with a refreshing ice cream or lolly! Fr David Clues, Chaplain

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Open Morning The sun shone brightly for our May open morning on Saturday and we were delighted to welcome so many new families to Heathfield resulting in a lot of interest for 2019 entry. A huge thank you to Panda Sim from the HPA for attending and speaking to so many of these families and supporting Heathfield, it is much appreciated. Ms Anna Morgan, Director of Marketing & Admissions

SPORTS REPORT Athletics Athletics on Tuesday 1 May took place at St. Mary’s School, Ascot and consisted of field events only (throws and jumps). Form III Calia Logan-Griffin came 2nd in Javelin with a distance of 26m Roxy Fielder came 3rd in Shot-putt with a distance of 6.35m https://mailchi.mp/3069c95a184a/bfi797nxwa-1351645?e=ff3707fc99

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Subscribe Form IV Past Issues Carolina came 2nd in long jump with a distance of 4.25m Kiki came 3rd in long jump with a distance of 4.19m Amelia came 1st in high jump with a height of 1.4m Belle Belle came 3rd in shot putt with a distance of 7.14m On Wednesday 2 May Auriel, Calia, Tamara (Form III) and Impi (Form IV) competed in the Independent School Girls Relay Championships and narrowly missed placings but gained great experience for next year’s competition. Rounders U15A & U14 Rounders matches against Downe House resulted in a great win for Heathfield. On the same evening, the U14B Rounders Team played Luckley Oakfield with a narrow loss. Tennis The team from the U15B age group Belle Belle, Lila, Rosa and Tabby (Form IV) played against Luckley House and they all came away with convincing wins. Tuesday 8 May - U12 & U13 Tennis Teams travelled to St Mary's, Ascot where they competed successfully against the St Mary's teams. On Wednesday 9 May - U15B AEGON Team consisting of Cesca and Tamara (Form III) with Minty and Olivia (Form IV) travelled to Newlands Girls School. Well done to Minty for winning her singles match and both Minty and Olivia for winning their doubles match. On Thursday 10 May the U13 team played in the AEGON Tennis vs The Abbey which proved to be a tough one with losses but well done to Tessa and Martina (Form I) and Elicia and Ella (Form II) for representing Heathfield.

Miss Wendy Reynolds, Director of Co-Curricular & Sport, Head of Expressive Arts Faculty

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De Valois, 12 & 13 May

Following the action packed Open Morning, girls were involved in a number of activities for the afternoon both in and out of school. Girls enjoyed experimenting with batik making, concocting Knickerbocker glories while others completed tennis matches as part of the Heathfield Doubles Championships.Those in the Twelfth Night production, as part of the Shakespeare for Schools competition, had their first rehearsal, while others travelled to Oxford to watch the theatre production of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. On Saturday evening DJ Dan set up for Karaoke and we were treated to a number of entertaining numbers as girls vied for possession of the microphone and expended energy on the dance floor. A well-deserved lie in was in place for Sunday morning followed by a delicious brunch to set everyone up for an action-packed afternoon. Senior Girls had their heads down revising for the upcoming exams while the Junior School headed off in different directions. At JB Water Ski Park girls spent the afternoon on the Giant Aqua Park, surfing on the kneeboards and enjoyed falling off the Banana Boats. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the water park and the warm weather was greatly appreciated by all. Another group headed off to the Wild Wood Adventure Park in Guildford to swing through the trees on the High Wires course. This proved to be quite a challenge, especially for those that took on ‘the adrenaline / extreme route’. Two girls conquered this route which saw Lexi (Form III) stranded for quite some time attempting to pull herself back up onto the platform and Tamara (Form III) thought it would be a good idea to attempt the splits – all at 60ft above ground. The course finished with a dramatic zip wire and ‘death’ leap which tested everyone's nerves but we all rose to the challenge. Janet Talbot, Head of House de Valois

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17 May

Form IV Geography Field Trip

19 May

Form III Social with Eton

20 May

Fellowship Brunch

20 May

Copenhagen Cup, Guards Polo Club*

20 May

Form III Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Training

22 May

Taster Day for Prospective Pupils

25 May

Heathfield Parents Association Meeting*

25 May

14.30 Music Concert in Chapel

25 May

15.00 Form I Parents Meeting

25 May

15.00 School Ends for Half-Term

26 May - 3 June - Half Term 3 June

20.00 I to III Boarders Return, 21.00 IV to VI Boarders Return

9 June

Art & Design End Of The Year Show*

16 June

Sports Day*

16 - 17 June Optional Exeat Weekend 17 June

Senior Nationals Polo Competition, Longdole*

19 - 23 June Royal Ascot Week 22 June

New Girls September 2018, Taster Day & Sleepover

23 June

New Parents Event & Lunch

23 June

Form I & II Social with Papplewick

24 June

Dance & LAMDA Showcase*

28 June

Form I History Trip to Dover Castle & Canterbury Cathedral

30 June

Form III Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

1 July

Form III Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

2 July

LAMDA Examinations

5 July

IV into VI Presentation & BBQ

5 July

Lily Ball

7 July

Parents Day & End of Term*

8-13 July

Gold Duke of Edinburgh

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