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CONNECT Friends of NGHS Magazine

Issue 4 May 2013

Cover story: Turtle Rescue in Turkey


Welcome Welcome to the fourth edition of Connect, our Friends of NGHS magazine. Although it has only been three months since our last issue, so much has happened in and out of school, and our alumnae continue to provide us with fascinating stories, for which we are very grateful. Our production of 'Cats' was incredible. The girls received many congratulations from all who saw the performances, and I hope you will enjoy looking at the photographs in Connect and on our Facebook page. Our Spring lunch was well supported and it was lovely to talk to alumnae and hear about the interesting career paths that so many of our leavers are pursuing. I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Connect and please keep sending in your stories. Yours sincerely

Mrs Susan Gorham Head

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Girls in Years 7 and 8 took part in a science experiment as part of the GDST 140th anniversary celebrations, involving around 2,000 girls from across the country, to measure gravity in a bid to set the record for the world’s biggest practical science lesson in multiple venues. After a tense wait, it has now been confirmed that the record has indeed been broken.

Cross Country

A brilliant result at the recent Dagfa House Invitational meeting. The Years 7, 8 and 9 teams were all victorious and we scooped seven of the nine available medals.



The U12/13 Hockey team have won the central venue league.

It’s been a long and very cold couple of months but our sports teams have acquitted themselves well and should be proud of their achievements. Also, the PE department were finalists in the Sporting School of the Year category at the recent Nottinghamshire Sports Review held at the East Midlands Conference Centre.

Ice Skating

Courtney Would and Kirsty Anderson have just competed in the Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships in Helsinki. The team came 15th and achieved the highest ever score from a GB team in this competition.



Rosie Rudin, Year 10, has been selected to represent Team GB at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Poznan, Poland during the Summer term.


Our U12, U13 and U15 Netball teams have become County Champions and our U18s won the Trust Rally Championship.


The D of E season is well underway. 90 Year 10s have successfully completed their training in Farnsfield but, unfortunately, due to the snow at the end of March, had to postpone their Practice Expedition to Walesby.

53 Year 11s began their Silver training by improving their navigation skills in the beauty of Millers Dale in the Peak District. 23 Year 12s successfully completed their Gold training in Edale, where they endured the winter conditions. Much fun was had sliding down patches of snow, sleeping in a barn and getting covered in mud! Congratulations to Kat Wood, Alice Avison, Charlotte Lokes and Katie Thompson who have recently completed their Gold award. All participants are well underway with the skill, physical and volunteering sections of their award. A huge amount of time and energy



is being injected into voluntary work in the community. Alongside this, musical talent, creative activity and sporting achievements are all incredible. Well done and keep up the excellent work!


Many congratulations to Summaya Mughal and Emma Payne, Year 13, who have been awarded places on the GDST HSBC internship this summer. The standard of applications was outstanding, and so the girls have done incredibly well. The paid internships take place from 1 July - 16 August, in placements throughout the UK.


During February half term, three of our Year 12 students were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend an ‘Introduction to Banking’ day at Nomura head office in London - a leading financial services group and worldwide investment bank. They were three of forty GDST girls from all over the country. The day started with an overview of what investment banking is, followed by a networking lunch with the chance to meet members of staff from the many different departments. During the afternoon they had a talk on stock pitches, learning about buying and selling stocks and shares which gave them the chance to write and practise their own pitches in front of real investment bankers. They had a question and answer session with a junior banking panel, members of which had entered banking through Nomura’s graduate schemes and internships. Advice was given on CV writing skills, and the day ended with a tour of the Nomura building, looking out over the River Thames. The day gave a fascinating insight into the world of a major financial institution and the career opportunities within it.


We welcomed Year 9 girls from Rushcliffe, Friesland and Hollygirt Schools to a Leadership day. The girls were put into ten mixed groups and took part in enterprise leadership activities to encourage team work and personal development. Various tasks were set throughout the morning and the girls demonstrated great initiative and resourcefulness.


We hosted the NCW Intergenerational Seminar at the beginning of March. Over sixty delegates attended, made up of Sixth Form students from schools, academies and colleges, teachers and NCW members. The theme for the day was ‘making your mark’. Councillor Eunice Campbell gave a talk entitled, ‘My Journey’ and described herself as an activist and change

maker. She explained how she was brought to England from the Caribbean by her parents as a teenager in 1968, and after leaving school with only a few O levels, was encouraged by teachers and a manager at work that she ‘could make a difference’. She went in for administration and management, then joined the Trade Union movement and was selected and voted in as the first Afro-Caribbean, and one of only fourteen women members of Nottinghamshire County Council. She urged the young women to believe in themselves as worthy of respect, to understand that education was the passport to their future and to play their full part in democracy at local and national levels. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the event and benefited from talking to such an interesting group of women.


Rose Whittle, a very special Year 5 Junior girl, passed away on 25 March after a long battle with cancer. Anyone who met Rose always commented on her positivity, superb sense of humour and brilliant mind. Rose touched all of our hearts so deeply in her sheer determination to keep smiling and live for the moment every single day. Rose will always be a positive role model for other Junior girls to aspire to and she will be greatly missed by us all. Rose has left us with lasting memories that we will all cherish in the future. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family at this very difficult time. Rose Whittle is a girl to be remembered. Only she could make the sun shine on the cloudiest days. She had a bright smile and was always funny and cheerful. Even when she was very unwell. When her cancer was bad and made her very ill. Her bright personality shone through. In hospital she never cried, she would chat, saying all was well. The people on the telly said she lit up their day. The medicine that she took was horrid, but she never complained. Love and hope for her was everywhere. Especially in her family. by Clemmie Manning, Year 5


NGHS production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd

This year’s musical was the much loved ‘Cats’, based on the book of poems entitled ‘Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats’ by the author T.S. Eliot. So many people worked so hard for such a long time to put it together - and it all paid off. The set looked incredible, the make-up was magnificent, the choreography was stunning and the singing was outstanding. The girls (and boys of course, from Nottingham High School) performed wonderfully to a full house over four nights, which is quite an achievement. Everyone who saw the performance thoroughly enjoyed it and was very complimentary about the professional quality of the show. So, very well done indeed to everybody involved.




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Hello from Bristol! Graihagh Goode (Head Girl 2011 - 2012) As I write this article, I can’t really believe I’m at university. In my mind I still see myself in the Girls’ High School uniform, ready to take on the challenges of Senior School. However, the transition from Junior to Senior School and the transition from Sixth Form to University had many similarities. Both seemed daunting at the time but once I settled in, I couldn’t get enough of the new experience! I am now studying History at the University of Bristol and to be frank - I’m having a great time. The course is challenging yet rewarding with units including introductions to the British Empire, Medieval and Early Modern History. The city is also vibrant and energizing and I have greatly enjoyed exploring the surrounding area with visits to Bristol Cathedral and nearby Bath. I’ve met some fantastic people, both from my Hall of Residence and from my course, and would like to think I’ve got the work-life balance just about right. University has encouraged me to think creatively and challenge ideas and theories I would never before have questioned. My increased independence has allowed me to get involved with new activities including interviewing sports teams for the university’s TV station, UBTV, visiting Berlin with the History Society, joining the Goldney Hall Choir, Netball Team and Drama Group. We will be performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the last term of the year which is a very exciting prospect. I am also becoming increasingly interested in the university’s political agenda after attending the Student Union’s AGM and hope to become more involved in this aspect next year. There can be no doubt that university is different to school life. I relish the independent style of learning and feel that the way the Sixth Form teaching was conducted aided this transition, as we were given more encouragement to take responsibility for our own studies. However, the nurturing I received during my fourteen years of Girls’ High School education has also been invaluable to me, as it helped me become the independent and

confident student I am today, who is not afraid to speak up in my weekly seminars! Looking further into the future, there are several exciting academic and career prospects I am considering. However, for the moment I am making the most of university life and am enjoying the intellectual freedom of my course, particularly during my first year, when we are encouraged to take risks and experiment in our research and writing style. Before I began my studies at Bristol in October last year, the thought of leaving all my friends, family and familiarity was a little scary, but with the benefit of hindsight it’s been a great experience with only a few homesick instances to account for. I’ll always be a High School girl, but now I’m a High School girl with new aspirations and aims, who can’t wait for her second and third years at the University of Bristol!


Olympics 2012 Rebecca Coxon (2009) Being near to the Olympics honestly played a small factor in why I chose to go to a university in London when I left NGHS in 2009. It may sound like a cliché now, but it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I never doubted that I would get involved in some way. So when I took up my place at Queen Mary in East London, the university nearest to the Olympic site, it was such an easy decision to apply to be an Olympics volunteer. The actual games came at the perfect time too, the summer between my graduation and starting my new job at the BBC in the autumn of 2012. I applied to be a Games Maker as well as attending open auditions for the opening and closing ceremonies. I was offered roles in both, but (unfortunately) was only allowed to pick one. As I was offered the ceremonies part first I decided on that, not really knowing what my exact role would be. Soon afterwards, I was privileged enough to be selected to audition for Danny Boyle for an acting role, which was really exciting. There were only ten of us in the audition room, chosen from our previous two auditions which incorporated dancing, acting and general ‘enthusiasm’. We played drama games with Danny and his team before reading scripts to camera. In the end I was cast as a ‘Placard/Flag Bearer’ in both the opening and closing ceremonies. This involved leading out a country in the Athlete’s Parade and escorting the athletes and their flag around the stadium. Our countries were chosen at random and I


was partnered with Bangladesh, along with a child from a nearby school. These children were called ‘Petal Children’ as they carried the brass petals that eventually made up the enormous Olympic flame cauldron. Now, I admit that walking around a stadium doesn’t sound like a very difficult job, and certainly not one that would require a rigorous selection process! However, I soon found that keeping the flag-bearing athlete and a child at the same pace as you without being allowed to speak to them, listening to instructions from the choreographer through your earpiece, holding a heavy sign above your head while wearing restrictive outfits and high heels, walking at the correct pace to the music, keeping your posture straight, smiling while looking relaxed… and doing all this in front of one billion people around the world (without accidentally tripping over) was not the easiest task. My enthusiastic flag bearer also got a bit too animated with his flag and nearly knocked out the petal child and myself by waving it too low which didn’t help things either (remarkably, a few newspapers actually created a news story out of this).

The auditions and rehearsals were a lot of fun, albeit very time consuming, with my rehearsals covering well over 250 hours (and that was just for walking parts, the dancers rehearsed a lot more). But in my first auditions there was a great atmosphere and such an eclectic mix of people; many had travelled afar from Scotland or Ireland to take part and there was even one man who had lived through the last London Olympics in 1948! And what they say about the Games Makers is true; the air was buzzing in East London at that time, excitement exuded from the volunteers and army staff, and the air of anticipation married with the eagerly awaited British sunshine is something London is unlikely to see in quite the same way again.

(and at that time very secretive) event just before it was showcased to the world. We were allowed to keep our tailor-made costumes, which I will be showing to my grandchildren in years to come no doubt. Overall my experience of the Olympics was a brilliant one, and a really memorable volunteering opportunity.

One of the best and most permanent aspects of being a part of London 2012 was that I made three very good Placard Bearer friends (Bahamas, Barbados and Bahrain respectively!) whom I still meet up with in London every few weeks. On top of that I was also lucky enough to meet Louis Smith, pose with One Direction, high-five Geri Halliwell and give Ed Sheeran a kiss on the cheek‌ which made a few of my friends a tad jealous! However, my favourite moment was inviting my mum and sister to London to see the dress rehearsal, as all volunteers were allocated tickets. They loved it and it was great to give them a sneak preview of such a huge, exciting


A Career in the Army Captain Louise Bell (2003) I am a Veterinary Officer (VO) in 103 Military Working Dog (MWD) Squadron (Sqn) based in Sennelager, Germany. My day-to-day job involves maintaining the health and welfare of the MWDs based here, numbers of which can range between 40 and 140. The majority of the dogs are fit and healthy due to the nature of their job; however they still get routine problems such as cuts and scrapes, sore pads and tail injuries. We also provide veterinary care for the German Guard Service dogs that are an older population and have a different range of problems, osteoarthritis amongst them. In addition to military animals we run a civilian clinic for soldiers’ pets in order to maintain our clinical skills in a broader range of animals including cats and rabbits. On top of veterinary duties, we conduct military training with our squadron, including physical training and deploying on exercise. When other officers are away from the squadron we help to fill the gaps in general officer tasks such as appraisal writing. It is also our responsibility to provide veterinary first-aid training to the dog handlers prior to exercise and operational deployment. I went to Nottingham Girls’ High School from 1988-2003 and apart from seeing the cadets at the boys’ school over the road marching around occasionally, I knew absolutely nothing about the military! I was not especially sporty at school, I played hockey occasionally when they were short of better players and I was lucky enough to make the team, and completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was the main physical achievement I managed, so the physical aspect of life in the army initially came as rather a shock. But now I love this side of the job and regularly compete in running races and local triathlons. My favourite subjects at school were the sciences, especially biology, and after spending the work experience week at the veterinary practice of one of our teacher’s husbands, I knew that I wanted to be a vet when I grew up. I worked hard and managed to get the grades, much to the surprise of a few teachers I think!


The veterinary operating theatre in Camp Bastion

I decided I was going to join the army during my fourth year studying veterinary medicine at Liverpool University. I have a cousin in the RAF and she always seemed to be away on ski competitions and I thought that it sounded like a fun job. After passing AOSB (Army Officer Selection Board) and an interview with the RAVC, I was awarded a bursary for each of my final two years of study, plus a bonus on finishing the Professionally Qualified Officers’ (PQO) Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). This is a 12-week course which teaches the basics in military awareness, officer behaviour and fitness. I enjoyed the challenge and camaraderie that evolves through experiencing arduous conditions together. Following this inspiring course I spent four weeks on the Entry Officers’ Course at Defence Medical Services Training Group with other new entrants into the Army Medical Services (AMS) including doctors and nurses. Here we learnt more about our branch of the Army and how we integrate with the wider Battle group. One of the main attractions for me to join the army was the initial Professional Development Phase year, as this provided structure to ensure that I learnt the necessary veterinary skills. During this first year I had a series of

Captain Bell with a patient wearing ear defence in Afghanistan


placements at the Peoples’ Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) charity. This was a very steep learning curve, however, one which the other vets who worked there were very willing to help me through. I quickly picked up the necessary skills to keep to time during eight minute long consultations, and was given time on the operating table to develop my confidence. At the end of each week I had to compile a case log and a reflective log which enabled me to focus on certain areas as necessary. In addition to these placements I spent time with other military vets at the Defence Animal Centre (DAC) where dogs have their first assessment including hip and elbow radiographs. There was also opportunity for some equine work and learning from the experts at The University of Nottingham who have weekly clinics at the DAC. During this year I also spent a week in Cornwall for some adventurous training (kayaking, rock climbing and hill walking), a few days in Sarajevo assessing new dogs for procurement, and two months attached to the Cyprus MWD Sqn. After this initial year I was posted to my current Squadron in Germany who were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan six months after my arrival. We were straight into predeployment training and Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRX) in Jordan. This was a rapid way of understanding the roles of the different classification of dogs, and there was also time for a day trip to the ancient city of Petra. I spent a week with the Danish Military near Copenhagen for an exercise in surgical training which focused on traumatic injuries more likely

The snow-topped peaks in Northern Afghanistan


Adventurous training: learning Nordic skiing

to be experienced in Afghanistan, and this was reassuring preparation. I also attended a week long Pashtu language course to learn the basics. The six-month deployment was the only way to fully understand the role of the RAVC on operations and is what I joined the army to do. It was interesting to treat a different range of conditions alongside a few emergencies, and to have constant access to the hospital CT scanner was an exciting benefit! On return from Afghanistan I took 12 of the dog handlers to the AMS Snowboarding Championship as a reward for all their hard work. I also managed to pass the military ski instructors course to enable me to take more soldiers away in the future. The past year since returning from Op HERRICK has flown by and the squadron is starting preparations for its next deployment once again. A three-day exercise without dogs was run to ensure individual skills and drills were up to scratch. The next exercise will involve dogs also and some more practical veterinary first-aid scenarios. I spent a week on the human surgical training course run in London, which was an excellent update on techniques currently practiced in Camp Bastion, many of which are transferable to canine trauma patients. I have had many great experiences in the military and would thoroughly recommend it, but it is time to move on to new challenges and broaden my veterinary experience, so I am starting an internship at the Animal Health Trust later this year.

NGHS Arts Festival “Showcasing creativity from our current students, alumnae and friends of the school.”

Saturday 6 July 2013 12noon - 5.00pm This event is to celebrate the creativity and diversity of our school community. We have an exciting programme planned and many of our alumnae are taking part during the day. As the programme develops, and we have commitment from more ‘Friends’ we will be sending out further updates. If you would like to be involved in this event, in any way, please contact our Events Co-ordinator, Laura McAdam on 0115 941 7663 or l.mcadam@not.

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Spring Lunch We were delighted to welcome alumnae and former staff to our Spring lunch. The dining hall was buzzing with year groups from 1940s all the way up to the 2000s. For some alumnae this was the first time they had returned to school since leaving. After lunch guests were eager to go on tours of the school and the 2003 leavers, who were celebrating their 10th anniversary, settled down in the Reading Room to watch their ‘leavers dvd’. This was followed by a rendition of ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ in the hall, accompanied by Mrs Flewitt on piano. A fantastic day was had by all and we are looking forward to welcoming more alumnae back in November when we will be holding our ‘party in a party’ event.


Our 2007 leavers had their own party in the Sixth Form Centre. They enjoyed catching up with each other and particularly liked sitting on the decking with a glass of prosecco, or two! They watched their ‘leavers dvd’ which caused much hilarity and then wanted tours of the school. Particular interest was the new Sixth Form art rooms and the newly refurbished science labs. All agreed it had been a fun afternoon.


Turtle Rescue Ruth Coxon (2009) VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE AT A TURTLE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION CENTRE, TURKEY Last summer I travelled to Turkey to immerse myself in volunteer work at DEKAMER, a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation centre for Loggerhead turtles. It was set up by Pamukkale University in 2009 with the aim of protecting the turtle’s nesting population, with a strong focus on promoting hatchling survival and also the rescue and rehabilitation of injured turtles. Although I only worked there for two weeks, I gained invaluable field experience and really enjoyed chatting with the locals and tourists. By chance, I also stumbled across a familiar NGHS face while delivering a tour!

I applied on their website two years later to volunteer alongside Turkish students from nearby universities. The centre is situated on the beautiful Iztuzu beach, near the small village of Dalyan where turtles have without doubt become the village’s emblem, dominating the souvenir shops and attracting not just myself, but thousands of tourists. As the small site hosts approximately 12% of Turkey’s Loggerhead turtle nesting population, it is a very important conservation site for the endangered species. However, it is only thanks to environmentalists June Haimoff (known locally as Kaptan June) and David Bellamy, whose campaign in 1986 made such conservation efforts possible. They successfully campaigned against the construction of a

Currently a final year Zoology student at Newcastle University, I have been interested in conservation work since spending three months working on a wildlife project in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador when I left NGHS. Naturally, while at university I sought to embark on another adventure. During a previous visit to Turkey, I came across a friend who I had met in Ecuador by chance, and, sharing the same passion for animal conservation she recommended that I visited a turtle rehabilitation centre near where she was staying. Impressed by the centre, its beautiful location and the passion upheld by the people,



luxury holiday resort which led to the site’s Special Environmental Protection Area status so that nests could remain undisturbed during the night, as access to the beach became restricted. As the cause is so crucially defended, the work that DEKAMER does provides hope for the declining turtle population, but is only possible with the cooperation of its volunteers. So as you can imagine I had no trouble motivating myself to help towards the cause. There were various roles and tasks that we had to achieve on a daily basis, and as they were rotated, each day was very different to the next. Among the more consistent tasks were turtle maintenance duties which included cleaning the tanks to ensure optimum rehabilitation conditions. This meant getting physically inside them once they were drained and scrubbing them clean.

Food preparation was another task, which involved cutting up and weighing frozen fish as well as diving for sea grass for Fethiye, the single Green turtle at the centre. By far the visitor’s favourite, Fethiye is a long-term resident due to an infection beneath her shell, which means she is waiting until a complex operation can be afforded. I’ll always remember one occasion though, when I was out diving for her food, I saw a large circular shadow a few metres away in the water. Thinking it was a rock I ignored it, then when it started moving towards me I soon realised it was no rock, it was a turtle - and a large one at that! It was so lovely and unexpected to see one back in its normal habitat. Other volunteers believed it to be one of the older turtles that had been released a couple of weeks previously. Perhaps he came back to say thank you for our help.


A less frequent duty was to patrol the beach in order to deter predators from the hundreds of turtle nests surreptitiously incubating below the sand. Having an incubation period of two months means that eggs are very vulnerable to fox and badger predation. DEKAMER has severely reduced this since the instalment of mesh guards around each nest and the initiative to patrol the beach every night. As hatchlings emerge at night using the reflection of the moon in the sea as their guide, another of our roles was to transport any hatchlings to the sea, and count them. It’s hard to fathom, but only 1 in 1000 survive to adulthood, and so each hatchling that we help increases these small odds. We usually started patrol at 10:30pm, often not finishing until 4:00am; nests were checked multiple times – and so we covered around 15km each night! My calf muscles definitely got a good workout doing this job, but the best part was being able to see the tiny hatchlings all emerge and scramble for the sea only moments after hatching. But if you weren’t lucky enough to see any hatchlings on a particular night, you were at least guaranteed to see a few shooting stars instead. One of the most important jobs that I did as a volunteer was to give informative tours to the centre’s visitors. It was during a tour that

natural saltwater habitat to an area of densely trafficked boats, leading to a higher incidence of injury. Since learning this I set out to educate tourists of the turtles’ avoidable fates in my tours so that they too could be aware and if given the choice, refuse any involvement in these acts. We also encouraged tourists to throw away plastic as turtles can eat it, mistaking it for their favourite food, jellyfish.

I met Lynne Morgan, a former Governor of NGHS, who was spending her holiday there! I’d usually start a tour describing a few interesting facts about the species (like, did you know that turtle eggs closely resemble ping-pong balls? Or that the gender of their offspring depends on the incubation temperature of the eggs?). I would then lead visitors from tank to tank relaying each turtle’s individual story and how each became injured. My favourite turtle Nuri, was injured by collision with a boat propeller meaning his left flipper had to be amputated. Nuri’s story ended on a positive note however, because after a year at the centre he was released back into the sea, now fully capable of swimming with his three remaining flippers.

Overall, I felt that although a small drop in the ocean, my work at DEKAMER, unified with other volunteer assistance, significantly contributed towards a worthy cause. And in being immersed in a cause so passionately defended, I made some great friends, and also learnt some Turkish! The practical skills I learnt will hopefully help in my future career as I intend to continue along the path of wildlife conservation. Following my graduation this July I also intend to re-visit the centre. Hopefully though, there will come a day when the centre is not needed, but this will only happen when there is volunteer, tourist and government coherence and constructive harmony.

Unfortunately though, many of the turtles at DEKAMER are injured this way, either by propellers or from being caught in fishing lines, some even ingesting hooks. The root cause of these occurrences can be traced to Dalyan’s waterway into the village where turtle-feeding tours and restaurants bait turtles with chicken, fish or even the endangered blue crab. Thus the turtles are lured up the river away from their



Farewell to the Class of 2013 The girls’ last day at school is always a memorable and fun occasion marked in true and traditional NGHS style.

an impromptu visit in their animal costumes, before retiring to graze on a well-earned breakfast in the dining hall.

Year 13 chose an entirely appropriate theme this year, given the recent dreadful weather, as they opted for ‘Noah’s Ark’. Two by two, a colourful collection of assorted wildlife lined Arboretum Street to greet staff, girls, parents and innocent passers-by, accompanied of course by Noah and the family. The sun actually shone for the girls who provided their own rain by way of the obligatory water pistols, as well as clouds of bubbles and balloons drifting down the road.

The customary final assembly followed which was the usual mix of singing, dancing, laughter and tears. All agreed that the Ark was a triumph, and before we knew it, our Year 13 girls had sailed away into the sunset. We will miss them all and we wish them the very best of luck in their forthcoming examinations, and much happiness in whatever the future holds.

Much fun was had by all creatures great and small who then went on to surprise and delight the Junior School girls with

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In Memoriam Monica Audrey Lee (née Johnson, 1941) 1923 - 2012 Monica was the middle sister of three (Beryl, Monica, Shirley) who all attended Nottingham Girls’ High School in the years just before, and at the beginning of, the Second World War. Whilst her sisters progressed academically - Beryl graduated in Maths and Shirley in Modern Languages - Monica always said that her interest was tennis. She left school in the early years of the war to train as a nurse at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Here she found her metier through life - to listen to, and help people. At Leicester she was awarded prizes for her work as well as the ladies tennis championship. She went on to train as a midwife (in the days when midwives went around on bicycles and knew the local policeman). After a few years she specialised in the care of premature babies and worked on one of the first ‘incubators’ in the UK. When a new maternity hospital was opened at Marston Green near Birmingham, she was appointed sister in charge of the Premature Baby Unit. There, she met her future husband. From then on her life was principally devoted to her family. When her three children were old enough to leave, she accompanied her husband to meetings in Europe and later, further afield to India, Iraq and the Far East. In return she was hostess to visitors (sometimes with their wives) from many countries. In retirement she took great pleasure in her grandchildren; an emotion which was deeply reciprocated. Outside her family she was very active in the local church. Although she served on the Parochial Church Council and deanery synod, committee work did not really interest her. Pastoral care meeting and talking with people - was her real interest. In later years she would visit and take the church magazine round to the older folk, a number of whom were younger than she was! There was a very large congregation at her memorial service, and this was a fitting tribute to her life.


Nina L Douglas (2002) 8 June 1984 - 16 March 2013 Nina started at NGHS in 1990 at the age of 7 and remained at the school all the way through to the sixth form. She very quickly became a best friend of mine and gave me countless happy memories during our school years. She then went on to study medicine at UCL, where she continued to have an incredible life in London. As well as having an amazing social life, Nina studied hard and was extremely committed to her work. Training at various hospitals in London including Kings College, Nina eventually reached her goal of becoming a qualified paediatrician. Nina also loved to travel, visiting amazing parts of the world from Africa to South America. She was also a dedicated rower as a member of RUMS, her university boat club, which involved many social events where she gained even more close friends. The tragic day came in December 2009 when Nina was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Despite her illness, Nina never let it get to her and maintained an incredibly brave and positive outlook. She kept everyone up to date on her progress, posting regularly on Facebook and even held yearly ‘survival parties’.

Nina was all about her friends. She touched so many people with her friendly and fun-loving manner and she ultimately inspired us in her brave battle against cancer. She was loved by so many and brought so much joy to the lives of everyone who knew her. A beautiful girl with an unforgettable smile. It is so hard to believe she has gone. She will be sorely missed by us all, but none of us will ever forget her. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to her family. Louise Dunn (2002)


Carys Morgan (2003) 21 December 1984 - 21 April 2013 A Poem by Carys Now here’s a story of a girl, who sadly wasn’t allowed to stay in this world, She gave her all up to twenty-eight, but cancer decided this was to be her fate. At first all it seems are questions of why? And watching loved ones try not to cry, But rather than dwell on the loss and the pain, it’s better to celebrate the life and love and gain. From the moment I was born I was luckier than any other, as I had undoubtedly been given the world’s best mother. And adding to this family unit not far behind, was my naughty little sister who’s proven beyond the realms of kind. After winning a place on C4’s new talent scheme, Carys joined the Film4 team as a development intern. Carys went on to develop programmes for BBC3, and at the age of just 26, Carys joined Minnow Films to become their new Head of Development. In October 2012, Carys joined Shine TV as part of their senior management team, taking on the role of Head of New Business.

As a little unit we are blessed to have each other, a beautiful caring sister and a cheeky little mumma! We lived out our childhoods with imagination and laughter, playing pooh sticks, walking our dog, or listening for reindeer on the rafters. So many happy memories were spent with friends and all, from summer boxing days to parties in our neighbour’s pool. I’ve loved my family traditions on both sides, whether my over-identifying with Judaism, or the dreaded Welsh car rides! And as I grew older I just felt my luck boom, as my life began to fill up with all you in this room... So to close this little ditty all I will say, is grab life with both hands as you never know how long you’ve got to play!



Bursary Fund ‘Building Futures, Changing Lives’

The NGHS Bursary Fund has one goal: to finance free and assisted places at Nottingham Girls’ High School for bright, talented and promising girls whose financial and personal circumstances would not otherwise allow them to access the outstanding education that NGHS offers. Nottingham Girls’ High School works hard to ensure that its community is diverse. The Bursary Fund provides fantastic opportunities and opens doors for girls from a wide range of backgrounds. Bursaries will enable these girls to receive a well rounded education and to gain confidence and self assurance on their journey through school and their future career. Every pound counts; whether you give a pound or want to talk to us about a larger gift, we would be delighted to hear from you.

“I was lucky enough to receive a means tested bursary. It allowed me to fulfil my potential. I was airlifted out of a potentially disastrous and difficult situation.” Dr Anita Bloor, GP (1980) “Without the means tested bursary I would never have been able to attend NGHS. Being at NGHS in the Sixth Form was the most wonderful experience for me, the best two years of my school career. It opened so many doors for me and gave me lots of confidence. I became Head Girl. Without the bursary I wouldn’t have had any of these opportunities and my path could have been quite different.“ Elizabeth Charlesworth (2008)


Events Calendar 2013 NGHS Events

GDST Events

Arts Festival

Further details on all GDST events are available on their website:

Saturday 6 July, 12.00noon - 5.00pm Following on from the success of our Creative Showcase in 2011 we are planning an exciting day to celebrate the Arts. The festival will be an occasion for all the family to enjoy. It will include an Art and Design exhibition, musical performances, dance, a literary area with readings from well-known authors, an arts and craft marquee plus an array of musical talent. We are particularly keen to hear from alumnae who would be interested in performing at the event. If you would like to be involved, in any way, please contact Laura McAdam in the Development Team. Party in a Party

Saturday 9 November, 12.00noon - 5.00pm Join us for a ‘party in a party’ and reconnect with old school friends and former staff. Whether you come alone or bring a party of friends, you will find a warm welcome at NGHS. There will be live music, tours of the school, an archive exhibition and a chance to hear about our exciting plans for the future. NGHS REUNION ACROSS THE DECADES

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If your year group is looking to organise a reunion please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

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Exclusive shopping evening at Hobbs, Covent Garden

Thursday 27 June, 6.30pm, £5.00 We will have our own private shopping area and personal stylist but also free rein to explore the entire store. There will be 20% discount off full-price items, a goodie-bag with purchases and the chance to win £100 Hobbs vouchers. Guided tour of Newstead Abbey, with light lunch

Thursday 18 July, 11.30am, £15.00 Founded as a monastic house in the 12th century, but most famous as home to the poet Byron. We will have a private guided tour, followed by lunch in the Abbey’s café. Guided tour of Little Moreton Hall

Thursday 15 August, 11.30am, £7.00 Little Moreton Hall is the iconic black and white Tudor House. Dating back to 1504, it was built by the Moreton family as an ostentatious show of wealth, and its richness and beauty is still evident today, even if engineers examining in the 1990s couldn’t understand how it was still standing! Hear about the house’s many inhabitants and original features in our guided tour. Be Inspired! Work the room, London

Thursday 3 October, 6.30pm, £7.00 Is networking one of your least favourite things, and do you find it hard to know what to say? Networking isn’t for everyone, but we all do it socially and professionally. This small, intimate event will create a friendly and easy environment to go back to networking basics, from finding what you’re comfortable talking about, through to how to exit less enjoyable conversations! To help make it all a little less daunting, the group size will be small and there will be delicious canapés and drinks.

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Friends of NGHS ...stay in touch, be involved Friends of NGHS brings together alumnae, parents and other friends of the school. Whether you join to make new contacts, build on existing relationships or reconnect with old friends, we hope that Friends of NGHS will help you to stay involved in the life of the school. • Stay connected • Maintain close ties with the school • Participate in school activities and keep in touch • Become well informed ambassadors for the school • Enjoy business networking opportunities • Socialise and have fun

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Nottingham Girls’ High School 9 Arboretum Street, Nottingham NG1 4JB Tel: 0115 941 7663

Connect May2013  

Our alumnae magazine issue4

Connect May2013  

Our alumnae magazine issue4