Non High note to th 125 year
ISSUE 15 | SUMMER 2011
Nobis THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ST CATHERINE’S ASSOCIATION
One of the highlights of the 125th Anniversary year celebrations was the Senior School Concert at St John’s Smith Square in London on 6th May 2011. A phalanx of coaches left from St Catherine’s in the early afternoon carrying all the major Senior orchestras, choirs and ensembles to Westminster for an afternoon of rehearsal in this wonderful, atmospheric venue. An enthusiastic audience of parents, friends, VIP guests and alumnae arrived in glorious sunshine at 7.30pm to enjoy a splendid programme of music from an array of very accomplished young performers. A full report by Director of Music, Geoffrey Field, appears on the extra curricular section of the school website where you can also view the full programme. A number of audience members commented afterwards how touching they had found the warm reception the girls in the audience gave to their fellow performers. The girls’ unstinting support of each other and lively appreciation of each others talents is one of the many things that makes St Catherine’s such a special place.
w w w.s tc at he r i ne s.info
www. s t c a t heri nes. i nfo DIARY DATES 2011 Saturday 25th June Super Teams This unique sporting competition takes place biennially and involves teams of 16 all-round athletes from both the Prep and Senior Schools. All spectators are very welcome please feel free to bring a picnic. Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July Sixth Form Musical - Oklahoma Saturday 2nd July ‘Quasquicentenary’ Celebration Ball Marquee in the grounds of St Catherine’s 7.30pm until late A chance to round off the Anniversary Year in style! A 450 ticket black tie event to celebrate the School’s 125th Anniversary and all that has been achieved in opening the new buildings. Monday 4th July Prep. School Grandparents’ Tea Party Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th July LIII Play - The Roman Invasion of Ramsbottom Friday 8th July - Monday 11th July John Palmer Centre End-of-Year Displays All members of the Association are warmly invited to visit the JPC to see this year’s displays of A2, AS and GCSE artwork, as well as a good selection of Middle school artwork. Artwork includes drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, photography and DT. The displays are up for Open Day, Saturday 9th July, as well as Friday 8th and Monday 11th. Sunday 11th September Association Day & Reunion for Leavers of 2000s A day’s programme of events and activities at St Catherine’s. Thursday 6th October House Art John Palmer Centre, 6.00pm Friday 18th November November Exhibition John Palmer Centre, 6.00pm Senior School Prospective Parents’ Mornings Thursday 15Th September Wednesday 12Th October Tuesday 8Th November Boarding Information Evenings Monday 26th September 2011 Thursday 3rd November 2011
Non Nobis Domine! Not unto us, O Lord, The praise or glory be... The opening of the school hymn Rudyard Kipling
Life after St Catherine’s John Peters - former Head of English 2005 - 2009 I retired in June 2009, after four blissfully happy years at St Catherine’s. There were many reasons, both professional and personal, why I enjoyed my part-time role at the school, not least of them being the fact that Alice Phillips fully supported the teaching of the English Department. Her whole-hearted support was, for me, an inspiration and an encouragement, and for which I shall always be enormously grateful. At that point in 2009, I assumed that my days of teaching English (and especially English literature) were well and truly over and done with. I was wrong, although the two locations in which I was privileged to teach this glorious subject again were far removed from the ambitious, challenging and high-performing atmosphere which makes St Catherine’s the very special school that it is. Let me explain. Twice since October 2010 my wife and I have travelled to Africa, first to Mozambique, then to Kenya. Mozambique is the sixth poorest nation in the world, while Kenya is a country of sharp, often heart-breaking contrasts. Poverty and social dislocation are endemic to both countries, with AIDS, crippling poverty and a lack of proper medical care blighting John & Elisabeth Peters the life of so many of their people, particularly children. So when the opportunity arose to visit these countries my wife and I leapt at the idea. We worked with orphanages in both countries. In Mozambique, we helped with the feeding programme for the 300 orphans on a site in Pemba, the policy of the charity we worked for (Iris Ministries) being to accept every child who appears on the site. In Kenya, we spent a week in four remote orphanages, the main thrust of the help being a feeding programme and medical aid. Kenya has one doctor for 8,000 people and one dentist for 40,000 people, which means that countless thousands of people do not have access to even the most rudimentary medical assistance. Some of the children were suffering from cruelly debilitating illnesses, and in one day, in a remote rural location, 6oo children were seen by the nurses and doctors in our party. Far
removed from the wealth of Godalming, it was a privilege to help these children, scores of whose parents had either deserted their homes or died as a result of AIDS. Most poignant of all was working with the ‘street boys’ in Kenya, a high percentage of whom had been living in perilous circumstances from a very early age. One boy I got to know had been on the streets since the age of eight (he was now fifteen). This was because his mother had simply disappeared one day never to return, while his father had re-married and his new wife rejected out of hand the children of the first wife. Hassan (not his real name) had no choice but to fend for himself on the streets, depending for food on the kindness of charity workers and some of the local churches. He had no access to medical facilities, and his ‘bath’ that day had been in the stream running alongside the road. He devoured the bread, cakes and milk we gave him with ravenous haste. He said he wanted to be an engineer, but that hope seemed, to me, to be remote at best. But I expect that by now you are wondering about the English I taught, which was ostensibly the subject of this article. It certainly was not about the complexities and abstruse nature of T.S. Eliot’s poetry, or the flexibilities of Shakespeare’s dramatic techniques, or the satire and humour of Jane Austen’s great novels, or the biting social criticism of Duffy’s poetry. It was teaching basic spelling, grammar and punctuation, avoiding along the way- Mrs Phillips would be pleased- the split infinitive, in addition to which I was able to give advice on the preparation and presentation of essays. Yes, a thousand miles away from directing the studies of talented and able young ladies at St Catherine’s, but immensely humbling and rewarding. My wife and I intend returning to Mozambique (to help in the secondary school Iris Ministries hope to set up there preparatory to the establishing of a university) and Kenya (to work on an orphanage in Kakamega as well as assisting several Anglican ministers with teaching on leadership models) in 2012.
w w w. s t c a t h e r i n e s . i n fo
‘ARTS’ Round up! Carly Brown (2009)
Fiona Baxter (2004)
Carly Brown (2009) is studying English at Southampton University and wrote to tell Judith Hilvert (Head of Drama) some very exciting news in mid-April: “My Uni TV station went to the National Student TV Awards in Loughborough (they've been described as the Oscars of Student TV!) where we had workshops with industry professionals, as well as a big black tie award ceremony - all streamed live online. SUSUtv had entries in almost every category and we ended up picking up 2 wins and 2 highly commendeds! And one of the wins was for "Best Drama" which I directed and edited! This was the very first award my station has ever won and we were all so happy! I also acted briefly in the other one we won - Best Comedy! A 'best drama' win must have been related to my drama days at St Cats!”
Associate Director of Farnham Maltings reflects on developing a career in the Arts For some reason I chose Textiles and Drama for GCSE, I think simply because I liked them. Taking them on to A-Level I decided that I wanted to do something with them in the future, something that combined both subjects. After a little bit of exploration I made up my mind that I was going to be a theatrical costume designer. My parents were surprisingly supportive and I managed to secure a place on the Theatre Design course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. I spent three years working 10-hour days, six days a week with the forty-five other undergraduate students on my course. I studied the history of scenography, learnt how to make parquee flooring on a scale of 1:25 and performed as the bottom half of the white queen from Alice in Wonderland on the streets of Cardiff. I worked hard, was constantly exhausted, got housemaid’s knee and cried, a lot. And yet I loved it. I love theatre and I was so excited to be working with other artists learning how to make it. After three years though I wasn’t sure I still wanted to be a theatre designer. I was worried I didn’t have enough drive and belief in my designs to be successful. I did a bit of model making and some assistant designing after graduating and found it very lonely. Going from working in a studio with fourteen other artists to sitting at my table in my flat on my own was a shock. I missed working and being with people. I was not sure what to do. I had a hunch that arts management
might be more what I was looking for but I didn’t know much about that, I didn’t know what the jobs were or where to look. So I did some voluntary work. I worked on the Inside Out Festival in Dorset as front of house, with Mayfest in Bristol as their intern and I went to talk to Gavin Stride at the Farnham Maltings. A week after meeting him he rang me up. He had a problem: someone had left and they needed some administrative support for six weeks, could I do it? Yes, I could. Six weeks has now turned into three and a half years and I’ve moved from intern, to producer, to associate director.
Anna Lewis (2008)
Anna Lewis (2008) is a second year student reading English at Somerville College, Oxford and was the Assistant Director and Designer of a sell-out production of Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Oxford Playhouse which ran from 26th to 29th January 2011. The Association Director and others from St Catherine’s were delighted to attend the last night of this excellent production. Anna writes that she is: “having the most incredible time at Oxford and learning such a huge amount, whilst also attempting to do just a little reading of Renaissance drama and Chaucer for this term's papers! It is unbelievable that as students we are allowed into a professional space like the Playhouse so I'm definitely trying to make the most of the opportunities. I am also the President of my college Drama Society - the perhaps appropriately named SoDS (Somerville Drama Soc).” Anna has been involved in Oxford drama in many guises, both backstage and on stage, in productions as various as The Odyssey, Blood Weddings, The Lover, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dinner and The Alchemist. Anna has also acted in two performances for the Edinburgh Fringe and is a member of the National Youth Theatre. Anna kindly wrote to retiring Head of Drama, Judith Hilvert, after the run to say: “the fact that we put on The Seagull at all was in large part down to a love of Chekhov which you inspired in me at A Level”.
There are four of us in the theatre team and we do a lot of things. We produce six theatre companies, support four resident companies, run a biennial showcase of new English performance to an international audience, manage house, a consortium of 8 producers with the ambition of revitalising touring across the south east and east and we make our own work. I love what I do and I couldn’t not work in the arts. For me, culture and the arts, are important, especially now. It’s how we define ourselves, and I feel privileged to play a part, however small, in that. Fiona returned to St Catherine’s to be part of the adjudication team for House Drama in December 2010.
Anna in the foyer of the Oxford Playhouse
ww w. st ca t heri nes.in fo
Association Trips The Anniversary Year has seen the Association embark on two trips – the first to the Christmas Market at Amiens and the second to the Normandy Beaches and sites associated with the events leading up to D-Day in 1944. There was certainly a Christmas atmosphere as we set off from St Catherine’s last November with heavy snow forecast in Northern France! However, apart from a few perilous moments outside the Carrefour at Calais where our laden trollies of wine were threatened by the thick ice underfoot, we escaped the worst of the weather. The Christmas Market in Amiens was perhaps disappointing but an excursion to nearby Villers-Bretonneux, the focus of Australian WW1 remembrance, proved to be the highlight for many of the forty five Association members on the trip. The Normandy Beaches party departed the day after the recent Royal Wedding for a three day tour of the major sites around Bayeaux - including Point du Hoc, Utah Beach, the American cemetery at Colleville-sure-Mer, Pegasus Bridge, the D Day museum at Arromanches and the pontoons that formed the ‘Mulberry Harbour’. Both trips were once again in association with the excellent Andy Thompson of Eyewitness Tours. Andy and his wife Sue provide a superb service to the St Catherine’s Association and a typical comment from one of our guests is: “Having been to the Somme last year, we knew we would find the trip informative, illuminating and emotional. The detail and knowledge of individual events which Andy possesses certainly brings history to life”. The Association plans to develop a further trip to France next year with Eyewitness Tours. This would be based in Rouen and cover the life of Joan of Arc together with excursions to Monet’s Garden and Versailles. Details will be published in the next issue of Non Nobis.
w w w. s t c a t h e r i n e s . i n fo
Association Choir The Association Choir is now in its seventh season and going from strength to strength. Our most recent Concert on Saturday 26th March 2011 at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford was distinguished by a number of 'firsts' - not least of which was a standing ovation for the Choir. A retiring collection in aid of our EnKI sponsored student raised a record £663. This season, for the first time rehearsals were held over two terms. Our Concert usually falls towards the end of the Autumn Term but this time we commenced rehearsals in mid-September and performed at the end of March. The audience certainly seemed to appreciate the extra rehearsal that had gone into this Concert. Another first was the presence of the Prep School Major Choir who opened the programme under the baton of their conductor, Alexandra White. This group is a non-auditioned choir from Upper II and Lower III in the Prep School and had been selected by WWF to be their 'Earth Hour' choir. They were to have performed at the Royal Albert Hall during the countdown to 'Earth Hour' at 8.30pm on Saturday 26th March. However, due to a large planned demonstration in Hyde Park, it was felt unsafe for the Prep School girls to attend, and therefore their participation in the event had to be cancelled (see page 11). The next item on the programme was Aaron Copland's fiendishly difficult Concerto for Clarinet & String Orchestra. The soloist was the wonderfully accomplished Mary Tyler, an U6 Music Scholar at St Catherine's who hopes to go on to read Music at Oxford. Mary studies at the Junior Guildhall and has recently gained the ABRSM Diploma for Clarinet. Mary's outstanding playing was very ably supported by the Camerata (the School's most advanced string ensemble) under the baton of their Director, Silja Loya. Geoffrey Field, Director of Music then took the conductor's podium for a fabulous performance of the much loved Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. The Camerata were again superb and the piano duo were Hannah Winder, an U6 Music Scholar who has gained her ABRSM Diploma on the piano and hopes to study Medicine at
University - and Emily Hooker, Hannah's piano teacher. Emily is a former scholar of the Royal College of Music and recently won the RCM Concerto Competition.
The audience enjoyed drinks and nibbles during the interval before returning to their seats for the main event of the evening - Carmina Burana. All the extra rehearsal time had paid off with the Association Choir, and Senior Chamber Choir in wonderful voice, conducted by Geoffrey Field. We were priviliged to have established piano duo, Simon Phillips and Stephen Ridge, to accompany the Choir together with a fantastic percussion ensemble under the direction of Ian Young. Simon and Stephen have been playing piano together since university days at Cambridge and are frequent competitors at music festivals where they have won a number of prizes for duet-playing. They are both accomplished solo keyboard performers/accompanists and share a strong background in singing. The soloists were Fleur Bray (soprano), Peretta Anggerek (tenor) and David McKee (baritone). Fleur is well known to Association Choir audiences and is an Old Girl of St Catherine's (2002 Leaver) who graduated with a Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2009 and completed a 3 year Post Graduate Diploma in Performance under the tutorage of Sandra Dugdale. She has been the recipient of two prestigious scholarships and a number of prizes. She is now a professional soprano and has sung throughout Europe as a soloist whilst also studying for a PhD in Opera Composition.
Fleur Bray (2002)
The programme for the Association Choir 2012 will be announced shortly and Geoffrey Field promises ‘a mixture of the sacred and secular serious and fun!’. Rehearsals will commence in the Autumn Term and the Concert will again be scheduled towards the end of the Spring Term and will be held in the new Performance Hall at School - an exciting opportunity to try out the wonderful acoustic! Please register a preliminary interest in singing with the Association Choir next season by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoffrey Field - Director of Music
ww w. st ca t heri nes.in fo
Speech & Language Therapy Dr Anna van der Gaag
President of the Health Professions Council and a Public Appointments Ambassador Former Head Girl, Dr Anna van der Gaag, left St Catherine's in 1976. Whilst still at school, she did work experience as a volunteer at St Joseph's School in Cranleigh for children with severe learning and communication difficulties. Observing a speech and language therapist's work with the children at St Joseph's informed Anna's career choice and she studied Speech and Language Therapy at University College London followed by a masters in Human Communication and later a PhD at the University of Strathclyde. She went on to be a senior researcher in the Rehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Oxford and was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde for over ten years. In 1988 she published the Communication Assessment Profile for Adults with Learning Disabilities - a fundamentally different approach to adult assessment which is used in the UK, Ireland and in other English speaking countries to this day. Her wider research has led to the development of national standards and other quality assurance tools for Speech and Language Therapy as well as other health professions. She has worked with the Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Anna’s work in quality led her to join the new Council of the UK regulator in 2002. She was elected President of the Health Professionals Council (HPC) in 2006 and was appointed Chair of the new Council in 2009. The Council regulates over 205,000 health and social care professionals from 15 different professions. Anna is the first
of only two women to be appointed Chair of a health regulator under reforms to regulation brought in by the government in 2008/9. She is proud of the fact that the Council at the HPC has a 50:50 split of women and men and has a strong equality and diversity culture throughout the organisation. In addition to her work with the HPC, Anna continues to be involved in quality improvement initiatives with allied health professionals in the UK, and has published widely within the field. Her research and consultancy work has involved collaborations with NHS services and the voluntary sector. Anna's work and research achievements received further recognition in July 2010 when she was made an Honorary Doctor of Science by De Montfort University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Earlier in the year she was appointed a Public Appointments Ambassador for a joint initiative by the Government Equalities Office and Cabinet Office to encourage more people to apply for public appointments. The Public Appointments Ambassadors programme was launched at a high profile event in Whitehall. Anna writes: “Having good role models especially when you are making up your mind about what to do next is really important. I was really fortunate to work at St Josephs as a 17 year old and observe a fantastic speech and language therapist, who encouraged me to believe in myself and my abilities. The work I do now as a Public Appointments Ambassador is a lot about encouraging particularly women and people from minority groups to do just that. Believe in yourself, be strong and courageous in whatever field of endeavour you choose”
Anna-Louise Broddle Ten reasons why I love working as a Speech and Language Therapist 1. I really make a difference All the research indicates that what we do, as speech and language therapists, has a positive impact on people’s lives and I get to see evidence of this every working day. They may be small successes, such as a child with autism voluntarily making eye contact for the first time. Or they may be big breakthroughs, when a child masters sign language, but they are all celebrated. 2. I like the people I work with I work in a multi-disciplinary team with other speech and language therapists, psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paediatricians and dieticians to name a few. Everyone’s main aim is to improve the quality of life for every child and this therefore creates a positive, dynamic team environment. 3. I am challenged I work with children who have significant communication difficulties. They may, for example, have a hearing loss, cleft palate, learning disability, an autism diagnosis, a traumatic brain injury, a genetic syndrome or physical difficulty. Each child is different and I am always updating my skills and researching best practice for each individual’s needs. 4. I love learning By working as a member of a team, my skills in other disciplines are also constantly being developed. Each child teaches me something new and important.
w w w. s t c a t h e r i n e s . i n fo
5. There is career progression I enjoy working with children with complex needs. You can, however, choose to work with different client groups, including children in a mainstream setting; adults diagnosed with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease; people with dementia or complications following a stroke, voice related difficulties, hearing loss, cancer of the mouth or throat and feeding related difficulties. Some speech and language therapists specialize by working with a particular care group, whilst others choose a management role. 6. You can work in a range of settings There is a multitude of choice in work settings. I work in a dedicated disability centre, but other speech and language therapists work in local health centres, preschools, primary and secondary schools, acute hospital settings, rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, clients’ homes and specialist units, for example cochlear implant centres. 7. Good quality of life I work hard from 9-5 but outside these hours, my time is my own. I am not on call and I don’t work weekends or shifts and this allows me to pursue other activities. Some therapists run private practices in the evenings or at weekends whilst others work full time in private practice. 8. I get a consistent wage Unless I win the lottery as part of my work syndicate, I’m unlikely to become rich working in speech and language therapy. My wage is however guaranteed and I’m not reliant on overtime, commission or bonuses. 9. I love teaching Empowering others is an important element of my job. This may mean working with families, sharing information with other members of the team and training student speech and language therapists. 10. You can travel I have friends working in Britain, Republic of Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, Australia and The United Arab Emirates. My qualification, a bachelor’s degree in speech and language therapy, is recognized by most countries. Other countries, notably the USA, where they describe my field as ‘speech pathology’, currently require you to undertake additional training and local certification. My path to becoming a speech and language therapist I left St Catherine’s in 1992 unsure of my next steps. Initially, I qualified as a horse riding instructor and spent time working in eminent competition yards in the UK, Germany and France. In 1998 I completed a BSc (Hons.) in Equine Science and went on to work as a graduate trainee. Not content with my career path, I soon returned to college in the evenings, completing a computing course and a certificate in psychology. All the while I asked others what careers they thought I should consider and, very importantly, what careers they wished they had considered. Speech and Language Therapy was often referred to and after researching the profession and spending time work shadowing I took the plunge, sold my home and returned to university. I never made a wiser decision. In 2007 I graduated with a first class BSc Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy, awarded by St Mark & St John, Plymouth, a college of the University of Exeter.
Emma Osei-Mensah My first memory of St Cats is Symes boarding house in the long hot summer of ’76. Later I moved up to Bronte House where I did stints in Hildas, Aggies, and then Marys. In those days the beds were lined up in rows on either side of the “dormies”. I continued boarding right through to the end of U6 in 1983.
in fact, some were linguists with no science A-levels at all. These days there are several universities in Britain where you can study a degree leading to a qualification to be a Speech and Language Therapist. Most undergraduate courses are 4 years, but you can take a 2 year post-grad course.
I took science A-levels and was told that I was good at physics, so without too much consideration applied to study it at Uni. I was made some provisional offers, and everything was going along swimmingly until A-level results day. Let’s just say that my physics result wasn’t quite what I had been anticipating! After the initial shock, I found I was quite relieved that I was not going to have to take a degree in physics. (No offence to physicists).
Having obtained my degree and qualified, I started work in Ashford, Kent and loved it from day one. I had a “mixed caseload” so was working across several sites, seeing adults and children. One of the great things about this job is the variety of people you get to work with, from all walks of life, with a whole range of speech, language and swallowing problems. For example, we see people who have had strokes, people with voice disorders, people with special needs, people with stammers and people who are deaf. They can range in age from tiny babies (who might have feeding problems) to veterans in their 100s, with fascinating stories to tell. Speech and Language Therapists work in mainstream schools, special schools, hospitals, community clinics and prisons.
On the strength of that, I thought that perhaps I ought to make another plan. I took a year off, first re-sitting the offending A-level in November (much better result this time, phew!), and then moving to the USA with my parents. Here I spent about 6 months selling encyclopaedias door to door. I was surprisingly good at this, and even won a holiday to the Caribbean for the top salespeople in the company! During this time I did some further investigation and decided to apply for a degree in Speech Therapy (as it was called then). I flew back to the UK for several University interviews, and later accepted a place on the Speech Sciences BSc Course at UCL. I had decided on Speech Therapy as it combined the science I enjoyed with the aspect of working closely with people. The course was great, including units in anatomy and physiology (which we studied with the medical students), psychology, linguistics, phonetics and acoustics. I discovered that not all speech science students had a science background,
22 years on, I still love it. I’m now married (I met my husband at UCL) and have two teenage daughters. I work two days a week in an outpatient department of an NHS hospital. Most of my clients are adults with acquired neurological or voice disorders. Every day is different, and there is always more to learn. I am currently studying for a Diploma in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, which is a slightly different approach, probably more familiar to any social workers or counsellors out there, but which works well with SLT clients too. And on my days off I have plenty of time for horse riding in the lovely Kent countryside!
ww w. st ca t heri nes.in fo
Amanda began her career as a Speech & Language Therapist but later trained as a Play Therapist and has been awarded the Metropolitian Police Commander’s Commendation for her work is in a school which reminds me of St Catherine’s because of the strong sense of community (albeit a boy’s school!) So I’m available to support the boys through various life events – divorce, bullying, under achieving, bereavements, etc.
After leaving St Catherine’s in 1987, I studied for a BSc in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapy at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. I went on to work for the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist in community clinics and schools for children with various learning and communication difficulties. However, I was always fascinated by the emotional and behavioural difficulties children presented with, for example, the 11 year old who chose not to speak to anyone other than her mother on their own at home; or the 8 year old whose stammer became more apparent when talking with his father. So I went on to train as a Play Therapist. On qualifying, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to set up a Play Therapy service for the NHS. But due to an enormous caseload and waiting list, I decided to leave and become self-employed, so that I could offer a better quality of service. Now I work in a variety of settings with children who have experienced traumas. For example, a child who is in foster care due to her parent’s drug and alcohol addiction, can be offered the space to play about her feelings and to begin to make sense of some of her experiences before she came into care. Or to help a 5 year old express for the first time what it was like for her to be left in the house with her mother’s dead body after being stabbed by her father. Sometimes I’m brought in as an Expert Witness to assess families and help the courts decide where children should be placed if they cannot remain with their parents. I’m always struck by the enormous responsibility of this and I’m currently enjoying doing some more ‘low key’ work. This
I’ve always believed that in life if you keep your eyes open, new opportunities will present themselves, and this turned out to be the case with my second job! Back in 2004, the Home Office set up a pilot scheme covering 6 areas in the UK. Intermediaries were created, whose role was to facilitate communication between vulnerable witnesses and the Police or Courts. I was one of the first Intermediaries to be appointed. So if a very young child or an older child with learning difficulties is a victim or witness of crime, I’m called in to assess them and advise the Police how to conduct their video interviews in a child centred way. If the case continues to court, I will accompany them, ensuring they understand every question put to them and that they can express their answers fully. The scheme was so successful, with vulnerable witnesses for the first time able to give their evidence and see their offenders convicted, that it was rolled out nationally in 2009 and taken on by the Ministry of Justice. I have learnt so much during this time and if someone had told me at school, that I would be training barristers and the judiciary, writing articles for The Times and appearing on TV, I would not have believed them! At the beginning of this year, I was delighted to be awarded the Metropolitan Police Commander’s Commendation as part of this work. It followed a particularly harrowing trial where I supported three children who had been drugged and abused by a paedophile. They saw the defendant imprisoned for 18 years as a result of their courage to give evidence. Whilst my work is hugely satisfying and rewarding, there is potential for burn out due to the fairly horrific stories I hear. So I make sure I take every opportunity to balance this with my passion for travel, wildlife and photography. Volunteering is a great way to achieve this and I’ve had some awesome experiences swimming with dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays to gather photo identifications; and releasing injured cheetahs and leopards back into the wild to name but a few!
Ten heading for Medical School This year will go down as one of the most successful ever for girls applying for Medical School places. Competition for places to read Medicine is incredibly tough with approximately 20 students applying for each place nationally. Ten St Catherine’s sixth formers applying this year (five of whom are pictured below) are holding a total of 19 places for September 2011. They have been supported in their applications by the generous help of parents in the profession who gave their time to help with interview practice and others who were able to help with work experience that is so important to a successful application. Well done to everyone involved!
A very successful new event for the Anniversary year was the inaugural Association Careers Forum which took place on the evening of Tuesday 15th March. An impressive 212 current pupils attended panel presentations from a total of 70 speakers under 15 occupational areas. We were so grateful to current parents, alumnae and friends of the school who very generously gave of their time. The feedback from the girls has been overwhelmingly positive. The area of careers networking and mentoring is something which the Association aims to build upon and formalise over the next few years. Please do contact Katherine Stocks, the Association Director (katherine. email@example.com), if you would be willing to give of your time and expertise to help current pupils and recent leavers. Offers of work experience are also absolutely invaluable to young people in an ever increasingly competitive environment.
Sarah Inigo-Jones of Inigo Associates & Penny Wood (1979) of Veredus talked to the girls about Career Planning
w w w. s t c a t h e r i n e s . i n fo
Food & Nutrition News Jess Short (2010) writes: For the first 3 months of my Gap Year, I attended a cookery course at Tante Marie Cookery School, Woking. The course focuses on the development of cookery skills required to create professional food, and teaching you about where raw ingredients come from, the best way to cook them, and how to rectify mistakes! We had 1 theory lesson each week, including teaching us different cuts of meat in beef and lamb, as well as menu planning and cooking a wide variety of menus. We had two final exams, which were theory and practical, and also a budgeted lunch which we had to plan, budget and cook for ourselves. We had a continual assessment, based on the continuity and standard of our practical work in class, which affected our final grade and final practical exam. The course itself was fast paced and exciting.
Each day we were learning new skills and working with new and varied ingredients. We had a day of making different types of pasta, and one morning was making Mexican food, as well as many others. On completing the course we had graduation, and we spent about 2 days preparing food for guests. As a complete surprise, Gordon Ramsey came to present all of the certificates. He was really friendly and smiley and he didnâ€™t swear once! I came top in my year, achieving a credit for my practical cookery and a distinction for my theory, and was awarded a signed copy of Gordon Ramseyâ€™s 3 Star Chef Book. He also is taking me and the 2 other prize winners to the Savoy Grill; a very pleasant surprise! All in all, the course was fantastic. I learnt so much, and will always rely on my Tante Marie Recipes. I recommend it to anyone taking a Gap Year!
Emma Brocksom (2010) and St Catherine's Head of Food & Nutrition, Mrs Nicola Genzel, were invited to the British Nutrition Foundation's Annual Day in London on 23rd November 2010. Each year the Foundation presents awards to students from the six regional awarding bodies who scored the highest mark in their practical coursework in GCSE and A Level Food Technology. The awards recognise and reward the excellent work taking place in food and nutrition education across the UK. Emma and Mrs Genzel attended an awards ceremony, a reception, the annual lecture and luncheon. Emma was presented with her prize and a commemorative certificate by the Foundation's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
Holly takes New York! Holly Karlsson (2001) runs a Design School in New York and writes: I knew from a young age that I wanted to do something creative when I left school, but I needed to channel my creative/ arty nature into a potential career and so I chose Graphic Design.
design in a real world, practical environment, taught by art directors. I also wanted to strengthen my communication skills and nothing is a better challenge than being hooked upto a microphone, with a class full of students listening to your every word!
After I left St Catherine's in 2000 I went to technical college to study graphic design, and then went straight to university at UCA to study it and gained a first class honors-no time to be wasted!
I was lecturing at the London campus for a year or so when I was offered the opportunity to open up a new school in New York on Madison Avenue, and so here I am! I have been in the Big Apple for over a year setting up the school and I have also been promoted to Course Director, so I am in charge of course content being delivered internationally, writing and designing new briefs and ensuring the quality of the students portfolios is consistent across all our 6 campuses.
Whilst at uni I completed various internships at studios in London, specialising in editorial, packaging and branding. Working in different disciplines helped me to discover which areas of design I enjoyed the most. Straight out of uni I worked in a variety of small studios as well as large advertising agencies, working my way up to an Art Director (think Mad Men - without the smoking) I also ran an in-house design studio rebranding an entertainments company, before securing enough experience to set up my own freelance company and work in different agencies and in my small studio at home. I had met some fantastic lecturers at university and had always wanted to persue a career in lecturing and so I joined Shillington College in 2009. It is a private college that teaches graphic
The school is doing fantastically with all the previous and upcoming classes full, with waitlists, expansion here is imminent. Plans are also in place to take Shillington to the West Coast in the next year or so, San Francisco here I come! I am very fortunate that I have chosen a career that I am very passionate about and look forward to going to work everyday. From seeing my first billboard advert go live all those years ago, to now seeing my graduates landing fantastic jobs in the industry, it has been a very rewarding, challenging, fun and very busy few years since leaving St Catherines! Holly outside the Design School which is on Madison Avenue opposite Grand Central Station
www. s t c a t heri nes. i nfo
Charity News Being Inspired by Kids Company Rasing Funds for CHIKS! A selection of Sixth Form girls presented Robin Radley, the Chairman of CHIKS, with a cheque for £629.78 which was raised by staff and girls on a mufti day held at school last October. Robin Radley came in to speak to the girls at a whole school assembly and gave a moving presentation on CHIKS. The charity provides total care and education for some of the neediest of India’s children in Kerala, where many children are orphaned or sold. CHIKS is a very small organisation which was founded with just one home and is now in the process of developing a second.
Afolake Familusi (U6) wrote: On 15th March, a small group of Stoner girls accompanied by Mrs Banks and Miss Jeans visited Kids Company in London. None of us knew exactly what we would see when we arrived, but our expectations were met and surpassed. Evidence of happy children was all over the place from the smiling face that met us to the graffiti and artwork on the walls. The children were eager to show us around the cosy establishment and we enjoyed our tour by a lovely member of staff. We were highly impressed by the state-of-the-art music studio the company provided for the children to help them develop their musical talents and it was inspiring to hear the tale of a young girl who came to the
company from an abusive home at the age of thirteen. In her time at the Kids Company she was taught how to play the guitar and is now in high demand by various record labels. The company also provides opportunities for the children to have training in hairdressing and other vocations, as well as an art studio for the more creative children, Kids Company continues to do wonderful things for helpless young people and we were proud of the fact that we had been able to witness and contribute to the phenomenal work they were doing. It really was an inspirational visit.” Stoner have been raising funds for Kids Company as their nominated charity for the Anniversary Year.
Concert for NEMA Polly King (1996 Leaver) is the Director of Creative Minds Productions who recently produced a one night concert at The Electric Theatre in Guildford in aid of the Nema Foundation - a charity which was set up by another Old Girl, Amy Carter-James (1998 Leaver) in Mozambique. The "Just Imagine" evening of theatrical and musical entertainment on Saturday 23rd April raised funds specifically for Nema’s education project and feeding programme. The St Catherine's Jazz Band and two other current pupils performed at the Concert. Amy Carter-James has won multiple awards for responsible tourism and her charity work. There will be a full profile of Amy in the next issue of Non Nobis
Campbell Cycles the USA 2007 Leaver, Phoebe Campbell, is in her final year reading Political Science at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. Phoebe wrote in to tell us about big plans she has for this summer after graduating: “In June and July of this year I am cycling 4000 miles with 30 other students across America. The trip will take 63 days and we cycle from Baltimore to San Francisco, passing through 11 states on the way. This is all in order to raise money and awareness for cancer support and along the way we will be volunteering at hospices and hospitals, holding educational events and presentations and attending fundraising dinners within communities. My personal aim is to raise $4500 (a dollar per mile plus hopefully a little more).”
Amy Carter-James (1998)
Phoebe’s website: http://phoebescharity4000. wordpress.com/about/ gives lots of detailed information about the cause, where the money will go and a brief history of the organisation 4k-forcancer. Good luck Phoebe!
Phoebe making adjustments to her bike
w w w. s t c a t h e r i n e s . i n fo
Prep School News Prep School Talents
At the end of the School’s 125th Celebration service at Guildford Cathedral all pupils were given a newly minted £2 coin in a commemorative pouch with the intention that they should go away and ‘grow’ this symbolic seed capital for charity over the next year. In the Prep School it was felt that it was more appropriate for the girls to grow their talents together and so a whole school project was devised to involve all of the girls from 4 - 11 years. Through staff discussion and conversations with the girls at House meetings, it was decided to develop the girls’ artistic talents in order to hold a Prep School Art Exhibition. The talent money was used to purchase interesting art materials so that each girl in the school was able to use their talent to produce an individual piece of work to display. This included a wide range of activities from jewellery, printing, still life, weaving, decoupage, collage and painting. The girls have all thoroughly enjoyed being involved in this exciting project and parents, family and friends are being invited to attend an exhibition of all their work at our exhibition which will be held in the Anniversary Halls on Monday 11th July at 7pm. At the exhibition we shall be holding a collection for our chosen charity, The One Star Public School in Bagli, India. We hope that the exhibition will inspire those there to give generously to this very worthy project.
Cottage Garden After nine years without a garden in the Prep School there was great excitement in mid-May when the new Cottage Garden was officially opened by Monica Andres, parent of an Old Girl at St Catherine’s and designer of a statue, chosen to celebrate the 125 Anniversary Year. Monica, whose daughter, Georgina, attended the school from age 4 to 18, now lives in the Bahamas but was visiting the UK. She spent the morning at the Prep School talking to the girls about her work and unveiling the statue ‘Sitting Wistfully’. The Cottage Garden has its own environmental garden, a bird box and feeders, greenhouse and weather station as well as flower and vegetable beds. Subsequently the newly introduced Prep School Garden Club encourages the girls to try their hands at gardening. Not only will the Cottage Garden be a wonderful asset for science lessons, but it will offer many opportunities for a variety of teaching ideas. Being adjacent to the Library, it also is a tranquil place to encourage girls and staff to seek refuge with good books or to spend time in quiet reflection.
World Wildlife Fund Major Choir, the Prep School’s top choir, was thrilled to be asked to open the Association Choir concert in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford on Saturday 26th March. They had been chosen as WWF’s ‘Earth Hour’ choir and had learnt several songs from ‘One Sun One World’, a musical specially commissioned by WWF to celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year. Sadly, their involvement in the event at the Albert Hall in London on March 26th had to be cancelled due to political demonstrations in central London that day. To be able to sing their songs to such an appreciative audience was a great experience for the girls and they performed with superb spirit and style.
There are plans for a full performance by the Prep School of the musical next March 2012 in the school’s new Performing Arts Centre. In addition, we look forward to when some of the girls will join with other schools in the area to give a performance in central Guildford at the new G Live concert hall.
www. s t c a t heri nes. i nfo
Former Head Girl, Alison Stubley (Lister) (1982), was very grateful to family and friends: “who helped me to raise a staggering £1903 for Phab-kids by sponsoring me in this year’s Virgin London Marathon. The atmosphere was amazing and the crowd incredible, I was able to see David and the girls, my sister, niece and work colleagues as I staggered round - I hit the wall at 20 (the most bizarre experience I've ever had...) and have two beautiful big blisters to show to anyone who's interested… The sight of the omnipresent Rhino that seemed to keep overtaking me is one that I shan't ever forget (Charlotte later explained that there were several running the race...!).”
Royal Wedding Reporter! Katie Banks (2000) writes: As a journalist, you get to cover some spectacular events but I was overjoyed to be asked to cover the Royal Wedding for ITV's Daybreak and The Discovery Channel in the US. After three years studying alongside William and Kate at St Andrews University, I was asked to comment on how I thought they would cope with their royal duties ahead and how university life laid the foundations for a perfect fairy tale romance. On the morning of the Big Day I was collected bright and early at 4am to start filming alongside Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakly at 6am... thank goodness for strong coffee! As I drove up the Mall in my car to the media camp, just outside Buckingham Palace, the crowds were just aking up, getting out of their carefully placed tents and the ecstatic atmosphere was already building. After being whisked through hair and make-up (thickly applied with what looked like a trowel) I was sitting on the sofa in front of
Buckingham Palace with Adrian and Christine. The studio was open to the elements without a glass screen so you could already hear people shouting and singing while waving their plastic flags. The atmosphere was quite tense during the filming as Adrian and Christine had only had one rehearsal and the script was constantly changing - apparently very common in the world of TV! When the live interviews were over, I went to the ITN studios on South Bank to stream live feed to America with my co-host Ivana Trump! She was absolutely hilarious (hair back brushed into a huge bouffant with diamante pink suit) and exclaimed when Kate stepped out of the carriage: "What is the girl thinking? She needs more bling!" Watching the happy couple walking down the aisle made me feel quite emotional but as the cameras were rolling, I had to pull myself together. It was an amazing day and I shall never forget being at the centre of the action. It really was London at its best.
Susan & Sally Harvey St Cat’s Girls go head to head
Twin sisters, Susan & Sally Harvey (1953) visited the School in May 2011. Susan (Hart) now lives in California and was in the UK for a holiday during which she and her husband spent time with Sally (Griffin) and her husband at their home in the Isle of Wight. It was a great pleasure to welcome Susan and Sally to St Catherine’s and Sally later wrote: “We really enjoyed our visit and we do appreciate you making it possible for us. Our husbands also enjoyed the visit and we were all impressed with St Catherine's.”
Harriet Jordan (2008) is reading Biological Sciences at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and wrote to us in March: “I know this is rather out of the (dark!) blue but I just wanted to share some rather fun / exciting news with you! After pursuing my music career at St Cats, I decided that Oxford would be the place for me to become “sporty”. I have been rowing throughout my time here and have just won blades as part of the most successful women’s first eight crew our college (Lady Margaret Hall) has ever seen! We are the second women’s crew to get blades in Torpids since 1980 and we are very proud! However, this leads me to something closer to
home. On out last day of racing (Saturday), we were being chased by Lincoln W1. They are the second fastest women’s crew on the river and so naturally we were nervous...however as we paddled past them to the bung lines I noticed that Jess Nangle (another former St Catherine’s girl!) was rowing with them! After our race (where we bumped Corpus Christi to secure blades and then dropped out, thus allowing Lincoln to “over-bump” and also catch Corpus to get blades) we all met up to celebrate and I thought I would send you this photo as proof! It just goes to show you that St Catherine’s girls are some of the best!”
St Catherine’s Association, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0DF Tel: +44 (0)1483 899751 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.stcatherines.info Headmistress Mrs A M Phillips MA (Cantab)
St Catherine's Association Newsletter Spring 2011