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Issue Number 17, w/c 20th January 2014 & w/c 27th January 2014 Founder’s Day 2014 Founder’s Day is certainly one of the highlights of the academic year and this year proved no exception. After a light lunch the whole school congregated in the St Mary’s Theatre to listen to our guest speaker, Vanessa Vallely. Vanessa, author of Heels of Steel,is regarded as one of the most well networked women in and out of the City and is passionate about sharing her know-how and experiences with others. In 2008 she launched the networking site www.wearethecity.com. Vanessa encouraged the girls to think about the power of their networks; she explained to them the importance of their personal ‘brand’ and explained that you need to be bold and ask. After Vanessa’s talk the girls had a question and answer session with her, and when this came to an end the girls were still so keen to continue questioning Vanessa that a large proportion of the school ended up congregating back in Mrs Heywood’s study to ensure their questions were answered! Founder’s Day continued with a high tea being served in the Dining Room where the girls sat with their Houses, and this was followed by a Chapel service. Later that evening the girls enjoyed a feast supper before heading over to the theatre for the evening entertainment. The staff had managed to keep the entertainment a big secret and the girls didn’t know what to expect but the laughter, applause and singing certainly indicated they approved. The staff scripted, rehearsed and performed the pantomime Cinderella, Heathfield style. Everyone loved the unique and personal production which concluded Founder’s Day 2014 perfectly. Miss S Lloyd Marketing Manager


Issue Number 17, w/c 20th January 2014 & w/c 27th January 2014 ‘The Girl Guide to Getting Ahead’ On Thursday 23rd January we were thrilled to welcome back Laura Witjens, Chief Executive of the National Gamete Donation Trust. Laura introduced her inspirational talk, entitled ‘A Girl Guide to Getting Ahead’, by highlighting the fact that girls are outperforming boys academically both at school and university level yet women are still underrepresented as CEOs, MPs and holders of top jobs. She emphasised that it is up to women to take responsibility if they are to get ahead and her emphatic message is: “Dream big, believe in yourself and step up to the task.” She urged the girls to “dare to be different”: aim high, work hard, keep learning and have confidence and self-belief. We greatly appreciate Laura’s generosity in sharing her experiences with us and in encouraging the ‘leaders of the future’ to believe in themselves and show the world how good they are. With inspiration from mentors and role models such as Laura, the future looks a great deal more promising for our girls. Mrs K Bramley Librarian

Form V into Sixth Form at Heathfield Talk Girls and parents had an insightful discussion about career paths and A Level options at the timely arrival of their mock results. It is decision time, and the Form V girls now have the unenviable, albeit exciting task of determining which subject areas they wish to specialise in next year. Girls were also reminded of the influence good GCSE grades have on university and job applications, particularly the core subjects and languages. Selecting A Levels is no mean feat, especially when university applications are increasingly competitive. But we are offering the Extended Project Qualification for this cohort, which should stand them favourably amongst other university applicants. This qualification is widely recognised and respected by the Russell Group universities. Girls and their parents also learned of the Scholarship programme including the application process and deadline dates. And of course, Heathfield is renowned for its excellent pastoral care provision, and that extends to the Sixth Form. The pastoral side of our Sixth Form includes providing all girls with leadership opportunities, work experience programmes, Higher Education talks and UCAS preparation, including SATs for the American universities. There is a lot for these girls to consider: are A Levels for me? What prefect position should I apply for? Should I go to university, or go straight into work? Where do I want to go? Miss J Dawson Subject Leader Business Studies & Economics, Deputy Head of House: De Valois and Deputy Head of Sixth Form

RIBI Young Musician Competition On 28th January 2014 two students from LVI Form, Honey-Bee and Emily, went to a RIBI Young Musician Competition at Charters School. Both of them had to prepare two pieces from different centuries and genres. They competed against six other students from different schools. There were vocal performances as well as instrumental, including piano, cello and flute. Honey-Bee was honoured to have been placed second in the vocal performance, securing her place in the next round. During my small interview with her, Honey-Bee revealed that she felt nervous. However it did not stop her from putting her soul and emotions into the song to show the judges what she was capable of. In my opinion all the competitors were excellent performers which made it a hard decision for all of the judges. Diana, LVI Form Student


Issue Number 17, w/c 20th January 2014 & w/c 27th January 2014 Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening On Tuesday 28th January, 28 Heathfield girls headed to the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead for Windsor and Maidenhead’s Annual Youth Achievement Awards Celebration. The girls were amongst youth volunteers from throughout the borough who were all rewarded for their volunteering efforts. Heathfield girls were presented with their Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards by the Mayor, Councillor Andrew Jenner. Thanks must go to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Volunteering Services team who put on a fantastic presentation evening full of inspiring speeches, videos and performances. Mrs D Hunt Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator

Spanish Trip to British Airways On Thursday 30th January, Form IV and V Spanish girls visited The British Airways Learning Centre at Heathrow accompanied by Mrs Pullen and Miss Menon. This was a really exciting opportunity for our girls, in which they took the role of being a stewardess for a day using the target language in a work environment. Girls made a passport, checked passengers in, made announcements at the airport, went through safety procedures in an aircraft – all in Spanish – and they went for a tour of the centre in which they saw how languages were used in business and meetings, and the importance of learning a foreign language for their future careers. Mrs A Pullen Teacher of Spanish

Somerville Weekend 1st and 2nd February 2014 Rehearsals for Fiddler on the Roof played a major role during the weekend with girls involved in rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday. Girls in Forms I, II and III made their own pizzas with Form III playing it safe by generally choosing cheddar as their main topping whilst girls in the younger year groups were more adventurous, choosing between feta, mozzarella, salami and French sausage, just some of the ingredients on offer. On Saturday afternoon Forms I and II went swimming at Coral Reef and 48 girls from Forms IV to LVI went to Eton’s Rock Society show; it was certainly loud! On Sunday Forms I and II played Mr Doyle’s favourite activity “Capture the Flag” on the field which resulted in an honourable draw. Form III went to Laser Quest and Form IV took part in a First Aid course as part of their DoE training. In the evening there was White Chapel for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus. It was Candlemas so each girl held a lit candle and all of the readers executed their readings perfectly. Lily (Form LVI) organised a meal out at an Asian restaurant for the LVI which was a relaxed way to finish the weekend. Mr J Doyle Head of House – Somerville and Teacher of Mathematics


Issue Number 17, w/c 20th January 2014 & w/c 27th January 2014 Heritage Art Competition Heathfield’s Art Competition this year had the theme Heritage. In total there were 68 entries from girls and staff and the entries were extremely varied and exciting. Some of the entries were produced during the summer holidays whilst others used their free time during the Michaelmas Term to complete their competition entry after researching their ideas and options. It always proves challenging to decide on the prize winners but everyone who entered a piece received a merit mark with the following girls receiving two merit marks for their work: Mencia and Floria (Form I), Grace and Ellie (Form II), Amber, Sofya, Yuliana, Elinor, Monica, Anastasia, Blanca, Angelina, Emilia, Jemima, Bota and Isobel (Form III) and Maria and Olympia (Form IV). Certificates, prizes and five merit marks were awarded to the following: 1

Form I: Sophia Form II: Chloe Form III: Christabel Form IV: Chinenye Staff Prize: Pauline, UVI Housemistress Best Mixed Media: Georgie (Form III) Most Unexpected but Pertinent to the Theme: Constance (Form I) Best Graphical Technique: Kale (Form IV) Headmistress’s Prize: Lily (Form IV) who received not only her certificate and prize but also 10 merits and a badge. Mrs J Leibovici, Subject Leader - Art

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Artwork by: 1 Sophia (Form I) 2 Kale (Form IV) 3 Lily (Form IV) 4 Olympia (Form IV) 5 Chinenya (Form iv) 5


Issue Number 17, w/c 20th January 2014 & w/c 27th January 2014 Poetry Declamation On Thursday 30th January, twelve pupils from Forms I to III participated in Heathfield’s annual Poetry Declamation. Each girl was taking part on behalf of her House and they had practised extremely hard in the run-up to the event. This dedication paid off as the audience was treated to twelve brave, bold and touching performances. Each of the participants brought something individual to their performance, so that each of the three interpretations of Lewis Carroll’s mysterious classic The Jabberwocky felt fresh and vibrant. Heathfield welcomed Mrs Dee Wall as the judge for the competition and she expressed to the audience her pleasure at hearing such a variety of poems performed so engagingly as well as complimenting the girls on their choices. Whilst the judging was taking place, the audience heard some of the staff offerings. The staff choices were as varied as those of the girls with Miss McSweeney’s enthusiastically delivered and engaging maths poem, Mr Johnson’s interpretation of Sylvia Plath and a deep, emotional reading of The Green Fields of France by Mrs Heywood with musical accompaniment. All girls did their Houses proud but a special mention must go to Form I winner Clemmie of De Valois who moved the audience with a profound recital of Rossetti’s Remember, Amber of Somerville for Form II whose vibrant performance of Pam Eyre’s I Wish I Looked After Me Teeth had the audience laughing and Frances of Somerville who was the Form III winner with a bold performance of The Jabberwocky. The Declamation was deservedly won overall by Amber of De Valois in Form III who wowed the auditorium with a stunning and vivid recital of Thunderbirds. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and the audience left with their appreciation very much enriched by such fantastic performances. Mr T Pithers Teacher of English

HPA Quiz The Heathfield Parents Association is delighted to invite you to the 2014 Quiz Night on Thursday 6th March 2014. Doors open at 7.30pm and the Quiz will start promptly at 8pm. Please bring your own table picnic, beverages and glasses and we will provide the questions to test your knowledge! Teams of 10 or 12, £10 per person (we can assist in putting teams together). If you would like to book your place, have any questions or queries, please contact reception on 01344 898343 or reception@heathfieldschool.net. Debbie Cave, HPA Chair

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