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CONNECT Friends of NGHS Magazine

Issue 6 February 2014

Cover Story: Beaulieu Wedding Photography


We were delighted to be one of the schools taking part in the Cathedral School’s Rugby and Netball Tour. The visiting group from Australia consisted of 31 Rugby Union players, 21 Netballers and five staff members. They spent some time in England and Ireland touring and competing in eight matches against local UK High Schools.

The girls arrived at NGHS on Tuesday 1 October. After team photos and a training session they went off to stay with their host families. On Wednesday afternoon NGHS hosted the U19 County Netball Tournament with teams from NGHS, Australia, Bilborough College, West Bridgford, Becket, Carlton le Willows and Worksop College.

In the evening there was a gala dinner for the players and host families. It was a lovely end to a successful visit.



Over half term a dressage team of four girls (Ellie Rycroft , Emily Wheelhouse, Mollie Summerland and Eloise Eggington) competed in the National Schools Equestrian Association national finals at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire. The team did very well coming 8th out of a field of 30 teams. Mollie Summerland came 11th in the individual elementary dressage and Eloise rode a personal best in her round.


During the autumn term our Sixth Form charity representatives were very busy. They delivered cheques totalling over £5,000 to Framework, Emmanuel House, Nottingham Hospitals Charity, The Arches and Nottingham Women’s Centre. Monies have been raised from nonuniform days, cake sales, sponsored runs and lots more. Well done girls and keep up the good work.


During half term a team of nine Sixth Formers and five members of staff set off on a truly adventurous expedition; the three peaks challenge. Their mission - to walk the length of a marathon over the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis 1344m), England (Scafell Pike 987m) and Wales (Snowdon 1085m) driving the 750km between them all.


Two of our Year 12 students, Freya Corner and Maddie Powell, attended a one week residential NCS (National Citizenship Scheme) course. During 2013 26,000 young adults, from all over the country, participated in a four week NCS course. Only a very small proportion of these were invited to apply for the NCS leadership course which was held during half term. Freya and Maddie were two of the 100 selected to attend. The leadership course comprised of a week's residential at PGL Liddington in Swindon and a day in London where they attended a lunchtime reception at The House of Commons.


From start to finish the team completed the challenge in under 30 hours which was a truly remarkable achievement given the dreadful weather they had to endure. The girls raised ÂŁ900 for NORSACA; the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands, and hope that the money will be used to buy new media equipment.


Many congratulations to Rosie Rudin, Year 11, who is the new World School Games champion in the 400m Individual Medley. Rosie also won silver in the 4x100m IM relay and bronze medals in both the 200m IM and 200m backstroke. The World School Games were held in Brazil and Rosie beat the current European Junior champion Farkas Adel, from Hungary, to win gold in her favourite event, the 400m IM. Whilst away, Rosie was named the Nottingham Post Sportsperson of the Year and Student of the Year at the Post’s Student Awards.

Yifei Painter and Olivia Dadge who are both in Year 11 represented the school at the semi-final of the Trust Crystal Prize debating competition. Both girls did incredibly well and Yifei will now represent the school at the final to be held at Notting Hill and Ealing School in March.



Thursday 5 December saw the official release of 'A Song for Rose'. The song was written by the Year 6 girls in the summer term to help celebrate and commemorate the life of Rose Whittle through music and video. The release of the song caught the attention of the press and the girls spent an entire morning filming with East Midlands Today and Central News. Radio Nottingham also popped in to chat with the girls and the Nottingham Post ran a front page story.


Two of our girls Isobel Carlin, Year 12, and Sophie Hinson, Year 11, recently competed in the first GDST Young Musician and Vocalist of the Year event. Hosted by Birkenhead High School Academy, 36 students from 22 schools competed in the event. During the two days the girls met and worked with a range of like-minded students, gave solo recitals and rehearsed together for a public concert on the final evening. They prepared a piece by renowned composer Dr Emily Howard, an alumna of Birkenhead High School, who had composed the music especially for the event. This was the first time it was performed in public. The girls performed brilliantly with Isobel being named Young Vocalist of the Year and receiving a trophy and a £500 prize; Sophie was highly commended for her outstanding instrumental performance.

The campaign was boosted by the annual 'busking expeditions'. Girls from Years 4 to 6, along with the help of some on the Senior girls, were asked to busk at the John Lewis Christmas launch where they raised just under £400 in 45 minutes! This was followed by a successful trip to the Market Square, Waterstones and Marks and Spencer’s, where the girls raised £700. The buskers continued to promote Rose’s message at the E39 ward on 11 December and also appeared at the National Ice Centre on 19 December. Always in our Hearts, a song for Rose is available to buy from www.asongforrose. For donations to the E39 charity, visit: www. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/SongforRose?fref=ts



One of our Year 13 girls, Aarti Chadda, has been selected to attend a one day event at Goldman Sachs. The day will provide an insight into the world of financial services. By spending the day at their London office, students will be able to meet with industry professionals and develop skills to aid their transition from school to university. The programme will include a combination of presentations, interactive business games and skills sessions to assist them in preparing for both university and future employment.


We are conscious that there are many alumnae with whom we have lost touch. We are keen to re-engage, involve and communicate with as many alumnae as possible and would urge you to let your networks know about us. If you know of friends and contacts who do not hear from us, please encourage them to get in touch and leave us their details in order for us to update the database. WE NEED YOUR HELP

We have lots of exciting plans for Connect and want it to be a vibrant magazine, reflecting all of the amazing things that our alumnae are involved in. But we cannot do this without you! Please visit our Facebook page and get involved.


Reunion across the decades

On Saturday 9 November 2013 we were delighted to welcome back some of our alumnae and former staff for an afternoon reunion!

Following a drinks reception and lunch, guests had the opportunity to have a look at our archive displays and have a guided tour around the school.


Spring lunch SATURDAY 26 APRIL in the Dining Hall

Refreshments at 11.30am for a 12.15pm lunch ÂŁ17.50 including a glass of Prosecco or orange juice

MENU *****

Spring Lunch 2014

Lamb Rendang

Fore shanks of lamb marinated in a South East Asian curry, served with lime and coriander basmati rice Fish cakes

Salmon, smoked haddock, pollock, smoked salmon and prawns, marinated with chilli, lemon and dill topped with bread crumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano Italian mushrooms

SautĂŠed wild mushrooms with fresh thyme, brandy and double cream served in a giant bouche ***** Baked peaches

Poached in a Marsala wine and topped with amoretti crumble and served with mascarpone ice cream Baked chocolate mousse

Saturday 26 April

Served with a passion fruit mousse ***** Coffee and mints



If you would like to attend the lunch, please contact Laura McAdam by email events@ or call 0115 941 7663.


Camp America Massachusetts Jenny Webb-Bowen (2013) On my last day of Year 13 I never would have thought that before the year was up, I would be back at school; only this time as a member of staff rather than the pupil I had been for the last nine years. I had waved goodbye to my life at NGHS, completed my A levels and was ready to embark upon the adventure otherwise known as my Gap Year. It was a hugely exciting, yet massively daunting opportunity. Prior to this, my whole life had had structure; term time or holidays. For the first time in my 18 years, I was faced with a whole year. No restrictions, no expectations and no fixed dates for anything. This was so liberating and an opportunity I refused to let slip by, so I began planning right away. In January 2013 I applied to Camp America, and before the month was up I had attended - and been successful in - my interview with Camp Burgess and Hayward; summer was sorted. After countless forms, endless paperwork and a (surprisingly) relatively painless trip to the American Embassy, I was all set to leave on the 14th June. My exams finished on the Tuesday, and on Friday I was off. I thought I would be nervous at the prospect of being on a different continent to anyone I knew but I was just swept along with excitement! Since Camp America had booked the flights, I was with dozens of people who were in exactly the same position as me, and before the plane was even out of


the country I knew that I had an amazing 3 months ahead of me. We landed in Boston, Massachusetts and were greeted by a welcome party of American staff who were there to meet us internationals. When I’m asked what a ‘typical day’ at Camp is, the only thing I can say is… there is no such

thing. Obviously there is some form of structure in terms of a day to day routine but each and every day holds a new adventure. Normally, the day begins with a 7.00am wake up, followed by flagpole and breakfast before the campers are divided into their interest groups - anything ranging from Outdoor Pursuits to Ceramics. After this, a quick lunch precedes the Cabin Activity Periods - CAP’s - where the 8 campers sharing a cabin all partake in a variety of activities planned by their two councillors. As councillors, we were able to plan anything for a CAP, whether we were taking advantage of facilities such as the water trampoline, zip line and high ropes, or whether we were planning something more creative. There was a second flagpole before dinner, then two more CAP’s before bedtime - 8.30pm for the juniors and 9.30 for the seniors - when the councillors headed off to Unit meetings, and the campers inevitably stayed up to the early hours of the morning, bonding with new found friends. However, in my opinion, the most memorable days were at the very end of summer. The 10 weeks I spent working at Camp Burgess and Hayward ended with the all-camp colour war, famously known as Mariners vs. Pioneers. Campers and staff alike spend all year waiting

for this event, which spans over two and a half days, and with good reason. The entire camp is split into two teams - Mariners and Pioneers, and everyone takes part in a variety of events including a boating regatta - with kayaks, paddle boards and canoes - and challenges set up all around the ball field. The waterfront is an expanse of red and blue - the team colours - and cheering, chanting and enthusiasm are all sky high ready for the ‘Spectacle Crusade’ - a wild competition on the lake which involves racing around whilst stealing life jackets and throwing dodge balls to eliminate the opposing team. This is followed by ‘Douse’, where two campfires are built and the senior campers attempt to put out the flames by throwing water over the line of people who attempt to block it. The event ends with an ‘Around the Camp Relay’ where every single camper plays their part; leapfrogging, horse-riding and bracelet making are just a few of the relay stints. This all leads up to the ‘Burn the Rope’ challenge. Teams build a fire under a rope that has been soaked in water for 5 days and is suspended between two poles. Once the rope snaps it is time to reveal the winner. Never have I experienced such tense moments as the seconds before the winner is announced. No words can describe the passion and emotion


felt by every person on camp, and being a member of the winning team will be a memory that stays with me forever. Upon my return, I was contacted by NGHS who offered me a job during the first few months of the academic year. I was beginning the job seeking process anyway in order to earn enough money to fund my ambitious travel plans, so this opportunity could not have come at a better time. My job title was fairly ambiguous to start with, but eventually settled as ‘Admin Assistant’ - helping around the office and completing tasks that other members of staff did not have time for. Over the past few months, I have gained invaluable experience of a full time working environment, and am much more prepared for University life. Although I had only intended to stay working at NGHS until Christmas, I managed to extend my contract


until February half term - just before I leave the UK for 6 months. I have booked a round the world ticket - stopping in Namibia, Thailand, Australia, Fiji, North America and Iceland. My trip will include five weeks volunteering with a company called Think Pacific, a three week tour around Thailand, and an adventure travelling up the East Coast of Australia. After that I will be stopping off in LA before I head back to Boston to complete my second summer at Camp. I am then flying to Iceland to meet my Mum for what I am sure will be a long awaited reunion, and return to England with just enough time to prepare myself for University. I am looking forward to taking up my deferred place at Manchester University to study International Management, and can say with complete confidence that none of this could be done without the help of NGHS!

Christmas drinks with our 2013 leavers On the last day of the Autumn term it was lovely to see so many of our Year 13 leavers return to school for a Christmas drink, and catch up with friends and teachers. The girls were talking about their first term at university and enthusing about life on campus. For those girls planning gap years there was much talk about travel arrangements and destinations to visit. We wish them all well and hopefully there will be lots of interesting stories for future issues of Connect!


Some notes from "A very Old Girl" An extract from an early NGHS magazine written by

Honor Keating (1912)

I left NGHS in 1912 after taking the Oxford and Cambridge Higher Certificate and went to the Slade School of Art, University of London, where I studied till the first war broke out in 1914. Most of us at Slade left to take up voluntary war work and I went to work on a farm till I joined the Women's Land Army as a Group Leader and finally became a Welfare Officer, being retained till 1920 on the re-settlement of the Land Girls. I came out myself to find most of the jobs gone and failed to get back into art work or teaching. I therefore took up a different career and trained under the Ministry of Labour scheme for ex-war workers taking the Health Visitor's course at King's College of Household and Social Science with certificate and a further training for my certificate of the Central Midwives Board. In 1923 I was lucky in getting what was advertised as a temporary post for a year as Organiser to the National Council for Maternity and Child Welfare to start County Federations and a Child Welfare Travelling Exhibition from Carnegie House, London. The "temporary" appointment lasted for 19 years, when I gave it up for war work in the second world war. There was wonderful scope in collecting, enlarging and duplicating a big travelling collection, and here my training in art was never wasted but used to its full capacity on colour schemes and groupings. I took an Exhibition to represent Great Britain at International Exhibitions on Health in Paris, Geneva, Dresden and Amsterdam, and toured throughout Great Britain in towns and villages. Queen Mary took a great interest in the work and visited it on several occasions, and had special showings of the Educational Infant Welfare films I had directed. When on tour one worked Saturday and Sunday and till late at night but it was as interesting as it was arduous. Then the National Council in 1939 decided I was due for a long rest and insisted on six months' leave and I was to choose where I would go. I chose a "Round Trip" on a Cargo Ship to the Far East and back, and my benevolent employers bought me my travelling ticket. It was a leisurely and invigorating method of travel with eight other passengers. We stopped to unload and load up again, we put down passengers and picked them up and it gave time to go to different parts of the countries we visited and to see many places. The countries we sailed to included Malaya, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Philippine Islands, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) and Ceylon (on our homeward journey). The magnificent scenery, the art treasures and cultures of different peoples and the 27,000 miles of sea - calm, choppy, rough and sometimes stormy are all unforgettable memories. Whilst away, I was offered the OBE (for services to Child Welfare) - it came out of the blue. We tied up in the London Docks, August 1939, after four months away and just in time to get through before the outbreak of war. During the second war I organized Child Care Reserve at its start, but in 1943 I left to become the Matron of the first home under the Ministry of Health for Ante and Post Natal care for Ex-Service women. This was opened at Panshanger, the big mansion and home of Lord and Lady Desborough (both now are dead and the great mansion demolished) and I look back at the many kindnesses with affection for my hosts in a time when flying bombs and rockets gave us no peace night and


Plas yn Rhiw , Gwynedd

day, but we never had a direct hit on the house, only in the grounds. In 1947 as the work was completed for the Government I closed it down, but the old patients still write from all over the world. I, unfortunately, was left with recurring pneumonia so felt obliged to retire to where my sisters and I were restoring a small and ancient manor house in the far north-west corner of Wales (on the arm stretching towards Ireland). This, with about 330 acres, we have given to "The National Trust" in memory of our parents. Reclaiming the lovely old "lost" garden, helping with the house, showing people round, as well as County work for our branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales and voluntary Child Welfare work here and in London, unfortunately leaves no idle moments "to stand and stare". It was a great pleasure to meet one day at our front gate an old pupil of NGHS with her husband, who are staunch members and supporters of the National Trust, and to show them round this ancient little house so beautifully set by its original builders overlooking the woods down to the sea, with the mountains beyond. It is a comfort to know that these lovely cliffs and woodlands rising to the heather clad hilltop are now in the safe hands of the Trust, to be enjoyed by all, we hope, for all time. As an Old Girl I thought some of my younger school-fellows might be interested to know that although the first war knocked the bottom out of my chosen career, the other career into which I seemed pitchforked by fate has been so "worthwhile" and interesting and led to so many undreamt of activities and places. My first ambition I then had as a hobby: I painted hard in watercolours and drew whenever I had a holiday. Some were hung in the British Artists Exhibition, Nottingham Local Artists and The Society of Wood Engravers at the Redfern Gallery, London, so I was able to feel it was not lost. Many thanks to Glennys Berris (née Winfield) who very kindly sent in the above article after a visit to Plas yn Rhiw (the manor house restored by the Keating sisters). We are going to include a ‘then and now’ feature within ‘Connect’ and if anyone would like to submit photographs or stories from their time at NGHS please email Laura McAdam at or call 0115 941 7663.


Beaulieu Wedding Photography Louise Dunn (2002) I’ve been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. It all began at a very young age when my family gave me old film cameras to experiment with and I’ve loved taking photos ever since. My passion for photography continued throughout my time at NGHS and when the time came to find post GCSE work experience, our careers advisor helped me to pursue this and found me a placement assisting in a photographer's studio. This was a fantastic opportunity for me to experience and learn both darkroom skills and studio practice. Some of my fondest memories at school are my time spent in the art department. During my A-levels, digital photography was just starting to emerge and my art teacher bought one of the first digital cameras I’d seen. We were encouraged to use this incredible new technology to record our work, and I loved combining photography with my art. English Language was another favourite subject at school and in fact led me to study Linguistics and Phonetics at Leeds University. Whilst at university I continued with my photography and


joined the Student Photo Society, contributing to the Leeds student magazine. When I left university I began to pursue a career in advertising, but I soon realised that I couldn't ignore my love of photography and that I wanted to take it further and so I undertook an HND in Photography at South Nottingham College. Shortly after graduation, I was asked to photograph a wedding. Having never before considered wedding photography, this was both a daunting but exciting opportunity. Thankfully, apart from the rain, the day was fantastic and the couple loved their photos. Before long I was being recommended by friends and getting referrals from clients. Before I knew it I was a practising wedding photographer and I set up my business Beaulieu Wedding Photography. I describe my style as a balance of pure documentary and fine art photography and my philosophy is to capture the couple's day as it really happens, and not how I think it should happen. I believe the day will tell its own unique story without any prompting or staging and I strive to retell the complete story of the day through my photographs.

I have been so lucky to have photographed weddings all over the country, from the Isle of Wight to St. Andrews in Scotland. I’ve met some wonderful people, not just the brides and grooms but their family and friends who are always so welcoming. I have had some fantastic experiences so far and it really is wonderful being a part of one of the most important days of someone’s life. I have had the pleasure of photographing the weddings of some of my friends from Nottingham Girls’ High School, including Frances Bacon, Asha Mehan and Liz Britton. I have also photographed the weddings of some past and present employees of the school; Trent Eriksson, Gemma Pantling and Nicola Brown. 07931 707 676 01509 889 573


NGHS and Beyond! Emma Payne (2013) During my seven years at Nottingham Girls’ High School I was lucky enough to make some amazing friends, be taught by inspirational teachers and get involved in some amazing opportunities. I can’t say my journey through senior school was an easy one but the amount of experience I’ve gained has already proved indispensable for living in the ‘real world’. One of the main lessons I picked up from my teachers along the way is that rewards don’t come without hard work, whether this be in professional life, or personal life. Giving 100% in everything I do has led to some amazing experiences already - with hopefully many more to come.

During July and August of last year, I was awarded a place on the HSBC summer internship scheme, where 10 places out of 3000 applied for by university students, were reserved for GDST pupils. To say this was an amazing experience is an understatement; I was given free rein over the work I could do during the seven weeks with the goal of understanding more about retail banking, HSBC and working towards my aspirations for both my personal and working life. Towards the end of the internship my fellow interns and I gave a presentation to senior managers in Birmingham, which involved extensive research, good time management and effective communication between all the parties involved. I think it’s fair to say that these are skills that I picked up during my


time as Bolton House Captain. I created firm friendships with fellow interns from across the UK, Europe and America. We strengthened our bonds by raising money for Marie Curie when we took over a charity shop for the day, and also by taking part in a '5K before 9' challenge which raised over £5000 for the charity. The internship gave me a chance to understand corporate life (even with the many acronyms I had to guess the meanings of!) which doesn’t always come across in the best light. Asking for help or mentoring is something I don’t particularly like to do (as many of my former teachers will know!) however, the positive attitude shown by HSBC towards its interns meant that even high ranking staff such as the Head of the Retail UK Bank, were all willing to mentor me or answer any questions I had, often sacrificing their own time to meet with me. I’ve been offered the chance to carry on the internship until I finish university with a part time job in the bank between terms. During Sixth Form I was extremely lucky to be a part of the Young Enterprise scheme - this is a competition between groups of up to 15 students in schools across the UK, who compete to set up new and innovative companies with the aim being to sell the most units and make the most profit. ‘Defined Designs’, our T-shirt company with quirky definitions, made it all the way to the regional stages where we won several awards. Although we didn’t make it to the finals, our development as individuals and as a team spoke a lot more about us than the awards we won; learning how to set up a business from scratch and then market the brand you design was a lot harder than any of us originally imagined. Finding good quality suppliers, places to sell our T-shirts and getting to know everyone’s strengths and weaknesses were just a few of the obstacles we had to overcome. After one of the trade fairs that we attended, Anna and I decided to write a letter to Sir Paul Smith, cheekily asking him to buy us lunch while we discussed business. The response

was completely unexpected - we met him for coffee during which he offered to be our business mentor! We had decided to continue the company after the Young Enterprise competition had finished, and the second time we met with Sir Paul was in his offices in London. His office is filled to the ceiling with quirky gifts and items he’s picked up during his impressive career. Three items in particular caught my eye, the first being Usain Bolt’s trademark army jacket hanging on a clothes dummy in the corner; a yellow jersey that Bradley Wiggins wore during one of the stages of the Tour de France; and the final being a sunflower covered in stamps, which Paul explained was one of many gifts that he had received from an anonymous sender over a 30 year period. The walls of the building are covered completely in artwork (even a David Hockney piece that Paul told me was a gift from Hockney) which was absolutely fascinating!

I am currently taking a gap year before studying Geography at university. I’ve taken on three jobs in order to fund my plans to travel around South East Asia, Australia and then go back to volunteer in Nanyuki, Kenya, where I previously volunteered in the summer of 2012. On top of all the work I’m doing at the moment I also want to broaden my understanding of business theory, which is why I am teaching myself A Level Business Studies. I will be studying Geography at university in September with the intention of working on creating small scale projects in local communities in some of the most underdeveloped countries in the world, in order to alleviate poverty and help improve their quality of life. Finally, I just want to express my gratitude to NGHS for providing me with all of the skills and the platform to achieve things that, when I first joined, I thought were impossible.


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Join us for an evening of fun and entertainment at our ‘Raise the Curtain’ Ball Tickets £80 per head or £750 for a table of 10 and include: • drinks reception • superb three course dinner, coffee and petit fours provided by an award winning chef • live band

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DJ and disco charity auction silent auction raffle

We already have some fabulous auction prizes: • a week in a luxury villa in Portugal (sleeps 10) • Wimbledon tickets • West End theatre break... and more For more details contact Marie Soar, Director of Development on 0115 935410 or email Tickets will be limited to 550 and go on sale at 9.00am on Monday 3 March, available on a first come first served basis. 20

Alumnae in the news ARCHERS STAR JUNE SPENCER WINS HONORARY BBC AUDIO AWARD Congratulations to NGHS alumna June Spencer OBE. June has been awarded a lifetime achievement honour at the BBC Audio Drama Awards for her role as Peggy in 'The Archers'... a role which she has played since 1951!

CENTRE STAGE: THE WOMEN IN CHARGE OF THEATRELAND 'Theatreland's top jobs...are being snapped up by visionary women who are simultaneously challenging the status quo and producing sell-out runs...' a great article that was in the Evening Standard magazine recently, and which features two of our alumnae, Rosemary Squire and Indhu Rubasingham.


It’s five in a row for husband and wife team Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, joint chief executives of the Ambassador Theatre Group. This is the fifth consecutive year that Rosemary and Howard have taken to top spot in The Stage 100.


Connect February 2014  

Nottingham Girls' High School alumnae magazine issue 6

Connect February 2014  

Nottingham Girls' High School alumnae magazine issue 6