DIARY DATES 2012 Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th February Senior School Production Blood Wedding by Frederico Garcia Lorca Thursday 1st March PTA Lecture - Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on the adolescent brain
Friday 2nd March Brass & Wind Concert Tuesday 13th March Prep PTA Lecture Preparing to parent your teenager Saturday 24th March St Catherine’s Association Choir Concert Tuesday 27th March Prep School with other local schools perform One Sun One World at G-Live in Guildford in aid of WWF Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd April Association Battlefields Trip Friday 27th April PTA Parents’ Quiz Night Sunday 29th April St Catherine’s 5K Race for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Friday 4th May Senior Summer Concert
ISSUE 16 | AUTUMN 2011
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ST CATHERINE’S ASSOCIATION
Curtain Up!! The 125th Anniversary Halls opened in their entirety at the start of the Autumn Term. The first performance in the amazing new Auditorium was from Sarah David, (2009 Leaver) at the Special Donor Preview on 6th September 2011 and the revolving door at the entrance just hasn’t stopped spinning since. No longer are the girls cramped and sitting on the floor in the Speech Hall for assembly. The first drama production in October was Arabian Knights and many more activities have followed; from Association Choir practice, music recitals to the magnificent St Catherine’s Day Gala Concert. A truly wonderful asset for the school and a dream come true for Headmistresses Alice Phillips and Kathleen Jefferies. Please see page 8 for Development news and your opportunity to dedicate a seat in the Auditorium. 1st Assembly
Saturday 12th May Prep PTA May Fair (9am – 1pm) Friday 22nd June Reunion for Leavers of the 1980s Saturday, 30th June Prep School Open Day (9am – 12noon) Saturday 7th July Speech Day
Prospective Parents’ events Senior School Friday 3rd February 2012 Wednesday 14th March 2012 Monday 30th April 2012 Boarding Information Evening Monday 19th March 2012 Prep. School Monday 23rd January 2012 Monday 5th March 2012 Thursday 10th May 2012 For further information contact: Senior School Registrar Judy Corben 01483 899 609 email@example.com Prep. School Registrar Annie Daniell 01483 899 665 firstname.lastname@example.org
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International Awards for Amy’s Achievements in Africa Amy Carter-James (1998) has won multiple awards over the last 6 years for responsible tourism and charity work in Mozambique. In 2011 alone she was the winner of both a prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ award in the category of Community Benefit and the IHIF (International Hotel Investors Forum) Young Leader Award.
St Catherine’s Presents...
One of the great pleasures which the new Auditorium has afforded the School, is the opportunity to launch ‘St Catherine’s Presents..’, an exciting new series of concerts, lectures and entertainments. This occasional series commenced on 12th November with a Song Recital given by renowned Ukrainian soprano, Alla Kravchuk, accompanied by accomplished pianist, Simon Phillips. We were pleased to welcome members from all sections of the Association together with first time visitors to the School in the audience. The programme included Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Mussorgsky’s Nursery Songs together with the premiere of Einzige Tage, a setting of poems by Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova which was specially commissioned from the well-known composer, Francis Pott.. Both performers generously waived their usual fee and all proceeds went to the St Catherine’s Development Fund. Our very grateful thanks to Alla and Simon - we could not have hoped for a better launch for ‘St Catherine’s Presents…’. The next event will be a lecture by Germaine Greer on Thursday 26th January for which there will be limited ticket availability on a first come, first served basis. Please contact katherine.stocks@ stcatherines.info if you would like to attend.
Non Nobis Domine! Not unto us, O Lord, The praise or glory be... The opening of the school hymn Rudyard Kipling
After leaving St Catherine’s, Amy spent her gap year volunteering in Kenya and realised ‘the profound impact and potential that tourism has to address poverty and conservation.’ With her husband Neal, Amy launched her business and charity at the age of only 22 in a very remote part of Mozambique where local communities were living in some of the most extreme poverty in the world. The couple’s achievements to date are significant. They currently work with 16 communities through Guludo Beach Lodge (a small boutique resort) and their charity, the Nema Foundation, using fairtrade and eco principles. The lodge was built by local artisans, and local community members have been employed and trained to help run the business. The Nema Foundation works alongside Guludo and runs projects which help over 16,000 people to benefit from clean water, better education and health care. Further details about Amy’s business, charity and awards can be found on the website www. guludo.com - including a recent feature article on Amy from Travel Africa Magazine. Amy and Neal would be absolutely delighted to welcome anyone associated with St Catherine’s to Guludo Beach Lodge.
IHIF (International Hotel Investors Forum) Young Leader – Winner
WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) Tourism for Tomorrow - Community Benefit Winner
Travel & Leisure Global Vision Awards – Winner Grassroots Outreach
Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Awards – Winner Small Lodges & Resorts
Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Awards – Winner for Poverty Relief
Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Awards – Highly Commended for Education
London’s Square Mile, “Top 30 Under 30” Award
TODO! Award for Socially Responsible Tourism, ITB - Winner
Responsible Tourism Awards - Winner, Best for Poverty Reduction
2008 New Statesman "Social Entrepreneur of the Year” – Finalist 2007
Women in Ethical Business – Finalist
Responsible Tourism Awards – Highly Commended, Best for Poverty Reduction 2006
New Statesman "Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year” – Winner
Responsible Tourism Awards – Highly Commended, Best for Poverty Reduction 2005
BCCB Award for architectural design
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Association Day & the Leavers of 2000-2010 Association Day and a Reunion for the Leavers of 2000-2010 took place at St Catherine’s on Sunday 11th September We commemorated two very important former members of our community in Chapel with the dedication of plaques in loving and grateful memory of Joy Lowe and Audrey Head. The ‘noughties’ Reunion had been postponed from July and the later date allowed our most recent leavers to see the finished Auditorium in the Anniversary Halls. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed seeing and using the wonderful new facilities with alumnae netball taking place in the Sports Hall, family swimming in the pool (now attached to the whole complex) and some wonderful singing rehearsed and performed on the new stage. Outside on the sports field, the annual alumnae lacrosse match against the School’s first team was taking place – with victory going to the Old Girls this year! Everyone came together for drinks and lunch in the Dining Room after which we enjoyed thought provoking and powerful presentations on Gap year voluntary work from recent leavers Anna Drummond, Jessica Martin, Florentyna D’Souza and Kerryn Kisbey-Green.
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Design Down Under Lara Allport left St Catherine’s in 1996 and completed her education at the London Institute’s College of Art at Camberwell and the London College of Printing and Distributive Trades in Elephant & Castle. She moved permanently to Australia in 1999 where she worked as a freelance graphic designer, completing work for prestige clients including Apple Computers Australia, Intel & Microsoft, Philips, Samsung, Rival swimwear and Surf labels NRG and CTS.
The National Grid
Lara now runs her own very successful graphic design agency and art gallery - ‘The National Grid’ (www.thenationalgrid.com.au). The agency has extensive experience in all areas of media, communication and environmental design. She has six employees in a busy studio environment; a converted warehouse space in the industrial district of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Next year, she is launching an illustration agency (www.thedrawingarm.com.au).
ARTS & Design Promising Singer in Solo Spot
Mezzo soprano, Thalie Knights, left St Catherine’s in 2003 and, throughout her senior school career, enjoyed singing with the Farnham Youth Choir, becoming Choir Leader. Thalie recalls: “This was a very exciting time of my life as, with a demanding international repertoire, we were invited to sing in many concerts around England and Europe. Particularly memorable was when we won the Sainsbury Choir of the Year at Buxton Opera House. We went on to sing before the Queen at the annual Memorial Service at The Royal Albert Hall, and St John’s Smith Square. We were also invited to perform and won the International Children’s Choir Festival at Lake Garda, Italy.” In July 2008, Thalie graduated with a high 2:1 BMus Music Degree from Sussex University, having taken every opportunity to sing with the University’s Opera Society, and to extend her repertoire in solo lunchtime concerts. She studied Performance under Ian Kennedy at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama as part of her course.
Alex writes: “It all started with Drama GCSE, a subject choice born out of a lifelong love of performing. It seemed crazy you could be qualified in something that was hitherto purely for fun. In fact, such fun was had I repeated the experience, and went on to do the A2 Theatre Studies, thus becoming one of the now notorious Dynamite Girls. Oh what a time we had. Devising, singing, laughing, dancing, moulding a piece of theatre that we eventually took to the Fringe, taking in favourable reviews and even turning a profit. I was due at Edinburgh in September to start my degree (Ancient History, fact fans) so the Fringe was the perfect introduction to the glorious city of Auld Edina and the addictive madness of the Fringe.
Lara continues to paint and has exhibited her paintings at Gould Street Gallery - Bondi, Artier Gallery - Woollhara, the Sydney Central Private Hotel, Ruby Rabbits - Oxford Street, to name a few. Last year she was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize.
French honours for Dr Jennifer Bate OBE World renowned organist, Dr Jennifer Bate OBE, was made an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters early in the year and, in August, learned that President Sarkozy has also appointed her a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. The honours are due to be presented at a reception in London given by the French Ambassador. Dr Bate leads the eponymous ‘Jennifer Bate Organ Academy’ at St Catherine’s each summer and is a friend, patron and supporter of the School.
Alex Hall fun at the Fringe
Thalie is currently taught by Eiddwen Harrhy at the Royal College of Music, and is developing an extensive classical repertoire . She is auditioning to take a Masters in Performance at the Royal College and the Royal Scottish Academy, and also considering the possibility of a Masters at the Conservatoire of Berlin. She has performed at Ardingly International Music School and Croydon Music Festival (winning the Oratorio class in 2010) and, under the direction of Stephen Hope, with the Kent Sinfonia. As a member of the New Sussex Opera, she performed in Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss, Hugh The Drover and Offenbach’s Die Rheinnixen at London’s Cadogan Hall. Most recently, she has performed the role of Andreloun in Gounod’s Mireille. Chris Peskett (was Komor), Ashcombe Housemistress, reports: “I went to see New Sussex Opera perform Gunod’s Mireille which was fantastic. Thalie Knights was part of the chorus, but she also had a solo spot as Andreloun, a shepherdess, singing a gorgeous piece absolutely beautifully. Last night they did the show at Cadogan Hall, London to a rapturous audience!”.
Such was the effect of that summer ‘04 that I’ve been back every year since. I’ve done everything from performing, to flyering, box office management to working in press offices & producing comedy, theatre & puppetry. I realised most of my show intake was comedic, so I started actively pursuing jobs in that area. I started as a press assistant working for acts including Miles Jupp, The Penny Dreadfuls and Anna & Katy. The following year I was the press manager for The Invisible Dot, working with Tim Key, Alex Horne and Jonny Sweet. I’m now working in comedy PR full time, so my life revolves around press, publicity and endless comedy gigs. Needless to say I love it. My advice to anyone contemplating pursuing a job in the arts, whatever the genre, is simple: go for it. What’s stopping you? Work work work, be it an internship for a week or a full blown role in a production over a few months. Go to the Fringe and see it for yourself. Any experience is good experience, every contact you make is invaluable and the sooner you start the better. Once you’re hooked you’ll never look back.“
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Visits & Visitors
1929 Leaver, Eileen Symonds (was Buxton)
Ann Hallowes (Gilder) & Wendy Chase (Mansbridge)
Peta Tracey (Edmonds) & Fiona Espinosa (Ennis) Peta and Fiona were unable to make it to the 1970s Reunion in June but met up with fellow 1973 Leavers for a mini-reunion on the day of the Association Choir Concert in March . Peta writes: “Fiona and I met up before our minireunion and, as we were passing St Catherine’s on our way to Guildford, decided to call in. We were not expecting to see anyone on a Saturday, but the whole place was buzzing with a lacrosse tournament! We had a wander around the school and were invited to have a cup of tea in the Dining Room. Then one of the teachers kindly asked two U3s to show us around the new buildings. We were most impressed with their friendliness and maturity. As well as the new buildings of course! I will really look forward to seeing the finished theatre on a future occasion. We were also extremely fortunate to meet Mrs Phillips and have a good chat with her. She accompanied us to the Speech Hall to take a photo of Fiona on the piano stool which she and Celia Waspy (Wood) had donated on leaving the school and which she was delighted to see still in use! This was such an unexpected bonus to our day - thanks to the welcome and friendliness we were shown!”
Miss Barbara Silver retired in 1981 after one of the longest periods of service in the School’s history. Many former pupils will recognise the evergreen Miss Silver who celebrated her 90th Birthday earlier this year. The Association Director, Katherine Stocks (was Stephenson), was delighted to have the opportunity to call in on Miss Silver when attending a conference near to her home on the South Coast. Katherine was in Miss Silver’s class in the Junior School in 1975 and much enjoyed catching up with her former teacher who is remembered with huge affection by so many St Cat’s girls.
The staff of the Foundation Office very much enjoyed meeting Anne and Wendy and a tour of the school was given by 2010 Leaver, Emily Millard, who was working as Office Junior during her long vacation. Anne wrote in again after the visit: “Thank you so much for giving Wendy and I such a fantastic afternoon. So much is going on and certainly one gained the impression that it was a thriving establishment.”
Wendy Chase (was Mansbridge) and Anne Hallowes (was Gilder) were pupils at St Catherine’s in the early 1960s. Anne wrote in: “I reckon I left in 1962 and Wendy 1963. I think I was in Musgrave House (yellow badge) and Miss Stoner was the Headmistress! Wendy has lived in Kamloops, British Columbia for many years and will be staying with me for two nights in June. I am quite sure we will see tremendous changes and a lot of development in the past 50 years!”
Eileen visited St Catherine’s on Tuesday 8th November with her daughter, Laura, and granddaughter, Charity Holden. She left in 1929 at the age of 16. She later married the brother of two St Cat’s contemporaries, Mary and Edna Symonds. She recalled a school friend, Muriel Tilleke, whose father was physician to the King of Siam and lived, with Muriel’s English mother, within the Royal Palace compound. Muriel was packed off to England aged 7 and wasn’t to see her parents again for many years due to the long journey back to Siam (now Thailand). She sometimes stayed with Eileen and her family during school holidays. Eileen had many memories of her time at St Catherine’s and was pleased to see that the original school building had not changed very much since her school days here in the 1920s.
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Reunion for Leavers of the 1970s & Former Teaching Staff The sun shone, the turnout was excellent and a good time was had by all at this year's full scale summer Reunion on 24th June 2011. Over one hundred former pupils mixed easily with forty-five former staff and a good number of current staff. The day began with coffee on the front lawn followed by Chapel and then drinks in the Rose Garden - our guests were also offered what proved to be a popular option of visiting the Music Centre to witness the official unveiling of an art installation with a musical theme. The School caterers, Harrison’s, provided a splendid buffet lunch in the Speech Hall and the Headmistress, Alice Phillips, spoke to our guests over pudding, followed by the Association Prefects who touched upon the experience of current pupils. After lunch, a willing band of sixth formers conducted tours around the site and showed returning pupils and staff familiar places and new. We met again in the Speech Hall for tea, cake and further catching up on old times. A warm and happy atmoshphere prevailed all day and we were delighted that so many 1970s Leavers chose to return to School this year. Comments received in letters of thanks tell the story best and appear on these pages. Next summer: Reunion for Leavers of the 1980s.
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Holly Berner (2006 Leaver)
'Having never had a problem with heights in my life, I discovered whilst leaning backwards over the top of the Guildford Cathedral tower that it is never too late to develop a fear! Earlier this summer myself and two others abseiled the 160 foot drop of the Guildford Cathedral tower raising funds for the Guildford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC). RASASC is a charity based in Guildford helping male and female survivors of rape or sexual abuse by offering advice, support and counselling to anyone affected by these issues. I first became involved with RASASC when I chose to support the charity whilst I was charity monitor for Russell Baker in the 6th form in 2005/6, and I have been volunteering for RASASC since 2010. When the opportunity came to help further by raising funds for this valuable cause I jumped at the chance! Not only did the abseil and stall run by volunteers raise over £1000 for RASASC, but also provided a brilliant day out and allowed me to experience falling backwards off Guildford Cathedral - something I never thought I would be doing whilst singing "Once in Royal David's City" at the St Catherine’s Christmas carol service!'
Fundraising Development Update
There is a great sense of pride every time you approach the Anniversary Halls. It was made possible by the entire St Catherine’s community working together for a common aim and these facilities are proving an exceptional asset to the School. They are not only at the physical heart of the School but also at the heart of our ethos, ensuring our students develop in an environment which suggests there is nothing that a woman cannot achieve. In September the fundraising total reached £2.2m allowing the School to complete the project ahead of schedule. This amazing achievement was celebrated on 6th September with a Special Preview where over 200 of our donors were entertained by Rosie von Spreckelson, U4 on the harp and a beautiful singing performance from Sarah David, Class of 2010, accompanied by Mr Geoff Field, Director of Music.
Take your seat
There is a unique opportunity to commemorate your family’s connection with the school by naming a seat in the Auditorium at St Catherine’s for £2,500; as a one off donation or standing order with a frequency and payment plan that suits you. Please contact Jo Dowling the Development Director on 01483 899 754 or at email@example.com for further information.
Alice Phillips ‘went over the top’ in aid of Guildford Cathedral Guildford Cathedral celebrated its 50th Anniversary year with a number of varied and exciting activities. On Saturday 11th June 2011 they had a Jubilee Summer Fair – in addition to the usual gift stall, entertainments for children, live music and refreshments, they also gave visitors the unique experience to see the Cathedral from a different viewpoint with 47 participating in a sponsored abseil from the top of the tower to raise funds for the Cathedral and other charities. The Heads of local schools that hold services in the Cathedral were invited to participate and Mrs Alice Phillips took up this challenge with much gusto. “It was an exhilarating and wonderful experience” said Mrs Phillips “I was buoyed up by the wonderful support of my sponsors”, the St Catherine’s community donated £2,500 in support of the Cathedral.
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Taking on Everest
Nicola Henderson (2009 Leaver)
Jemima Ingarfield, Class of 2001, Midleton lives in Wonersh and at 28 will be the youngest member of the Everest Challenge expedition, which is aiming to raise £500,000 for the St. James’s Place Foundation. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of St. James’s Place and the expedition aims to raise £500,000 for the Foundation which will enable the funding of projects for hospices and children with special needs. Support will also be provided for “Children of the Himalayas”, a charity, which has been responsible for building 14 Malnutrition Centres throughout Nepal. Malnourished children are returned to health through good nutrition, and their parents take valuable knowledge and advice back to their home villages. Jemima, who represented England at junior level in lacrosse with her twin Caroline, is now a Partner for St James’s Place Wealth Management. She is one of 26 colleagues taking part in a three week expedition to Everest next spring. Next spring, after flying to Kathmandu in Nepal the team will trek 120 miles of gruelling terrain to Everest base camp at a height of 18,500 feet. The team leader Roger Owen, a senior management consultant with St. James’s Place and Kenton Cool, one of Britain’s leading mountain climbers, will then go on to complete the ascent of the mountain. Jemima, who is no stranger to strenuous activity having taken part in a London to Paris charity bike ride, a half marathon, a 60km Breakthrough Breast Cancer Walk in Finsbury Park, and canoed down the Ardeche said: “Trekking to Everest was too good an opportunity to miss – what an amazing adventure it promises to be.” David Bellamy, CEO of St. James's Place, commented: “We are all immensely proud of the Foundation and this formidable challenge epitomises the importance of the Foundation to the entire St. James's Place community. The personal commitment demonstrated by the team in order to be able to give something back, is at the very heart of the Foundation.” The expedition was Roger Owen’s brainchild. He said: “the Foundation, and the Everest expedition is the ultimate challenge and the perfect way to mark our 20th anniversary with a major fundraising initiative. Many will find this an extreme physical and mental challenge where they will be completely outside their comfort zone. They will be following the route to Base Camp taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing in 1953.” Anyone wishing to sponsor Jemima can do so at www.justgiving.com/Jemima-Ingarfield
Sophie swims for Charity Sophie du Plessis (L5, Stoner) undertook a fantastic fundraising swim for local children’s hospice service, Shooting Star Chase. Sophie and her swimming partner, Hannah, are delighted to have raised an amazing £2,400.70 as a result of their swim which involved: “7 miles each (11.25 km, 448 lengths), 8 water bottles, 2 hours 52 minutes.” Anyone wishing to support the girls’ efforts by making a donation should visit: www.justgiving. com/Hannah-SophieSwim-Challenge.
I hold St Catherine’s fully responsible for the fact that I have become the type of person who would run the gruelling 26.2 miles of the London Marathon and climb 5895m to the icy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro – mad or what? A*s apart, my time at St Catherine’s has given me the confidence to challenge myself and the self belief to know I can do it. It gave me the insight, irrespective of gender, that there are no bounds to what I can achieve if I put my all into it. An appreciation of my good fortune and an understanding that others are less fortunate than myself has really hit me hard since I left in 2009. So which charity was I going to do ‘A Marathon and A Mountain’ for? The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) is a UK registered charity, is local to Guildford and needs our help! It caters for men and women, young and old, some recently abused and some others maybe 40 or 50 years ago when they were children. Remember even if it hasn’t affected you, it could be happening to someone you know – one in four people are likely to suffer sexual abuse in their lives as statistics show. Small charities find it tough to raise funds particularly when dealing with issues that we avoid talking about. Please donate generously and support me through my charity page: www.mycharitypage.com/ nicolahenderson – Your money could turn a victim into a survivor.
ww w. st ca t heri nes.in fo At the end of September all the Prep School girls took part in an assembly to celebrate the European Day of Languages. Many of the girls dressed up in their own national costume and were able to share a little of their heritage with the rest of the school. It was amazing to discover that the Prep School pupils have links with 44 different countries and 35 languages from five continents including Canada, Venezuela, Iran, French Polynesia and Poland. The girls were fascinated to hear about the diverse cultures and nationalities that make up the Prep School community and it gave everyone a better understanding of other girls’ backgrounds and cultures. The assembly ended with the reading of The Lord’s Prayer in Pidgin English by a girl who has strong family links with St Kits.
Prep School News European Day of Languages
Visit by Ghanaian Paralympians The Prep School was fortunate to be visited by two Ghanaian Paralympians in September when they were in England competing in qualifying trials for the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. Anita and Raphael are two of four athletes being supported by the charity ‘Right to Dream’ and gave an inspirational assembly telling the girls about the difficulties faced by disabled people in Ghana. They have both had polio since they were young and are hoping to qualify in wheelchair events. They told the girls about their disabilities, showed them their racing equipment and explained how their positive attitude has enabled them to achieve so much so far. Anita and Raphael want to use this opportunity to promote positive attitudes to disabled people in Ghana and change the perception of disability in the country from a negative to a positive one as well as encourage future talent.
U9 Gisga Gymnastics For the first time the Prep School was proud to be able to host the U9 Girls Independent Schools Gymnastics Association competition in our new Sports Hall at the beginning of October. Eight teams competed from around the south east as well as The British School in Brussels and all competitors achieved a high standard of gymnastics in both the set floor routine and the voluntary vault. The team competition was won by the girls from Brussels with St Catherine’s team receiving the silver medal, and Lorien Stapleton, from the Prep School, coming first in the individual medals.
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Degrees & Careers Flying High in a 737 Rosanna Barber, Class of 2003, Russell Baker, Former Head Girl Since a very early age my ambition had always been to become an airline pilot and on graduating from Durham University I was lucky enough to secure a place at Oxford Aviation Training (OAT) for an intensive (and very expensive) 18 month course. The days of the airlines paying for your training are gone and the cost is in the region of ÂŁ75,000. I took several jobs for a year to raise part of the funds and the bank was prepared to lend the other ÂŁ50,000. Ground school was crammed into the first six months before heading off to OAT's training base in Phoenix, Arizona where I did all my basic training. Because of the intense heat during the middle of the day we were up early most days at 4am to fly before it got too hot. By midday the planes were grounded until the temperature dropped again by late afternoon and flying could start again. These few months were honestly the most fun of my life. We then headed back to Oxford for the final third of the course and exams. I graduated in February 2009 just as the airline industry was falling apart. It soon became clear getting a job could take a considerable time. With so many unemployed, experienced pilots, my chances of securing a job decreased. We were all advised by Oxford that the jobs would come back but in the meantime to go and get a job doing anything relating to the industry so that our CV's would show that we had other experience within an airline. I worked for 6 months for Easy Jet as cabin crew which I really did not enjoy but at least it showed me life on the other side of the cabin door. With loan repayments and the need to keep my flying hours up I got a job as an instructor with iPilot, a flight simulator experience company. As I was instructing in a 737 simulator it did at least mean that I was keeping my flying current. I was miraculously shortlisted for an interview with Jet2. com, a small northern based airline. I was over the moon when they offered me the job. I started flying 737's out of Jet2's Newcastle base in January 2011 and although I have now clocked up many hundreds of flying hours, I will never forget the thrill of my first ever flight in an empty 737 and my first full plane load of passengers to Geneva! It was truly exhilarating and I absolutely love my job.
Graduations 2011 Abbott, Zoe, Newcastle - Geography Barnsdale, Amy, Bournemouth - Product Design Barson, Georgia, Edinburgh - French & Spanish Bruinvels, Georgina, Bristol - Physiological Sciences (2010) Campbell, Phoebe, Johns Hopkins - Political Science Comber, Emily, Exeter - English Literature Cornish, Katherine, Exeter - Childhood & Youth Studies (2010) Dagnall, Katherine, Exeter - Childhood & Youth Studies Folley, Megan, Edinburgh - Sports Science Folley, Sian, Courtald Institute of Art - C19th French Painting (MA) Gleadhill, Charlotte, Warwick - Ancient History & Classical Archaeology Hammond, Emma, Durham - English Literature Hammond, Natalie, Exeter - English Literature Hart, Georgina, Oxford, New College Chemistry Hennessy, Amy, Nottingham - Politics Hitchcock, Gemma, Bristol - Theology & Religious Studies (2010) Hitchcock, Gemma, Oxford - PGCE Hobden, Alice, Edinburgh - History of Art James, Caroline, Durham - Arabic, French & German (2009) James, Caroline, City University - TV Journalism (MA) Jones, Katie, Edinburgh - Biological Sciences with Honours in Pharmacology Kisbey Green, Lauren, Nottingham - Physics Konieczko, Eloise, Guildford College of Law - Law Konieczko, Eloise, Durham - Music (2010) Lau, Karen, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Economics Larmour, Elizabeth, Newcastle - Geography Lowe, Emmeline, Durham - Geography Morrison, Aurelia, UCL - Philosophy Nicholas, Claire, Cambridge, Trinity Hall Classics Robinson, Isobel, Newcastle - Marketing & Management (2010) Rolfe, Amy, York - Psychology Rolfe, Stephanie, Cardiff - Law & Criminology Rumball, Louise, Durham - Business, Economics & Geography Saunders, Rebecca, Durham - Geography Scott, Rosie, Bath - Civil Engineering Stuart, Annabel, Durham - Criminology Vaughan, Rebecca, Cambridge, St. Catharine's - Vetinary Medicine Weyman, Susanah, Oxford Brookes - English Literature Whateley, Helen, Bath - Architecture
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Abi Vega at Kneller Hall
In Flanders Field The famous poem by John Macrae finds new life in a haunting musical setting by Brian Knowles. Accurately described by longtime admirer, Alan Titchmarch, as “a composer of great originality who can also write good tunes”, Brian gives us a truly memorable song for Remembrance Day, made captivating by the beautiful voice of rising opera star, Fleur Bray (2002 Leaver), a former student of St Catherine’s. Produced by Ian Young, Head of Contemporary Music and Percussion. Sleeve design by Pip Tauwhare (2010 Leaver), another former student.
‘On 16th September Mr Young and I spent the day at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in Twickenham. In the morning there was an outdoor service to bless a new flag dedicated to the newly formed ‘Army Musicians Association’. After a reception and bbq lunch, I performed with The Royal Corps of Transport/Royal Army Service Corps Association Band as percussionist and gave a concert during the rest of the afternoon. After receiving an invitation from Mr Young and the Association Band to play, I was pleased to accept and take advantage of the opportunity. It was so exciting to play with a professional band and to be conducted by Captain David Marshall (ex-Director of Music, Coldstream Guards and later in the concert by The Principle Director of Music, Army Corps of Music. The whole day gave me a real sense of pride and achievement’.
125th Anniversary DVD
All involved have given their time without professional fees with proceeds from the sale going to a number of Forces Charities. CD’s are £5 each plus £1.50 p&p. Cheques made payable to ‘Ian James Music Management’ Send to: IJMM, 14 Linchmere Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU23 3QF
End of Term Lecture We were delighted to welcome back Nicki Dennison, Class of 2006, Russell Baker, to give the end of term lecture on her work with disadvantaged young asylum seekers who enter the UK via Heathrow Airport. Nicki shared with us her experience of volunteering at university which led to her job as a Residential Worker in a children’s care home in the London Borough of Hillingdon, which has a specific emphasis on unaccompanied asylum seeking children. The children are aged 12-17 and come from all over the world - mostly Vietnam, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea and others. Nicki works alongside asylum lawyers and social workers, so was able to give a certain amount of insight into those jobs as well as caring professions, residential work, and working with challenging children. She spoke about how children get into the country from abroad, through smuggling, trafficking and fake documents. The lives of these young asylum seekers who have had to flee often appalling experiences in their own country, learn a new language and culture are a far cry from the experiences of St Catherine’s pupils and the girls found the presentation humbling and inspirational.
Izzy McGregor training in Argentina Over Christmas Izzy McGregor, L5 Russell Baker will be training with one of the leading junior coaches for the Argentine Polo teams, Jose Maria Bertola. She will also be playing in an under 16 tournament and 15 goal tournament. Izzy is now the highest handicapped girl in the UK for her age and is totally committed to her academic goals and her ambition to be the highest handicapped lady polo player in the UK. Good Luck Izzy!
This is your opportunity to reserve a copy of the St Catherine’s 125th Anniversary DVD capturing all the major highlights of this very special year in both the Prep. and Senior Schools. Easy chaptering enables selection of specific points of interest. Extensive footage, over three hours, showcases concerts, exhibitions, House Drama, Association events and many other aspects of school life. The soundtrack comprises a cornucopia of musical styles - all ‘home grown’ of course! This is your opportunity to own a lasting memento of a very special year. PRICE: £15.00 . To reserve your copy please email 125DVD@stcatherines.info or telephone 01483 899692
Andrew Price at 50! Much loved Harrison’s Catering Manager, Andrew Price, celebrated his 50th Birthday on 17th September. Staff gathered to present Andrew with a cake which had been designed and made by Facilities Assistant, Kirsty Bryant – herself a former chef who has worked with Andrew in the past. A resounding chorus of Happy Birthday and a big cheer hopefully showed Andrew how much he means to everyone at St Catherine’s. As always, Andrew paid tribute to his catering team who keep pupils, staff and visitors so well looked after.
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)