St Catherine’s Presents...
The first four events in the ‘St Catherine’s Presents…’ occasional series of lectures and entertainments have taken place in the superb Auditorium of the Anniversary Halls over the past six months. All Association members are warmly welcome to these events.
ISSUE 17 | SUMMER 2012
Nobis THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ST CATHERINE’S ASSOCIATION
Internationally renowned Ukrainian soprano, Alla Kravchuk, and pianist, Simon Phillips, premiered a new work by the composer Francis Potts as part of a Song Recital at the inaugural concert back in November. Then, in January, we were delighted by a lively and provocative talk from feminist icon, author and broadcaster, Germaine Greer on her forty years as a feisty feminist and academic. At the end of April, TV racing pundit, former jockey and author Brough Scott gave a enlightening talk on his grandfather’s famous charger and ‘war horse’, Warrior, and their joint service in the Great War. And, most recently, on Saturday 12th May the Guildford Chamber Choir with guests, the Will Todd Jazz Trio and soloist, Bethany Halliday, performed a varied programme of upbeat, melodic contemporary music, including Bob Chilcott's exciting Jazz settings of Folk Songs, his mellifluous 'My Prayer', Morten Lauridsen's wonderfully melodic Nocturnes and finally Will Todd’s vibrant and original setting of the Latin Mass: 'Mass in Blue'. We are very excited to announce that our next St Catherine’s Presents speaker will be the well known and respected broadcaster and author Francine Stock, a former pupil of the School. A date will be announced shortly and we hope you will be able to join us.
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www. s t c a t heri nes. i nfo DIARY DATES 2012/2013 Monday 18th June GCSE Art/Textiles Private view Upper Atrium, Anniversary Halls, 6.30-8pm Friday 22nd June Reunion for Leavers of the 1980s Friday 22nd June AS/A2 Art/Textiles and Photography Private view, John Palmer Centre, 6.30-8pm St Catherine’s Art, Photography and Textiles Depts warmly welcome all members of the Association to our annual GCSE and A Level Exhibitions. We are very much looking forward to celebrating our girls work and hope that you can join us at the private views. RSVP email@example.com (Head of Art) Saturday 30th June Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight Please see page 3 opposite for details Saturday, 30th June Prep School Open Day (9am – 12noon) Saturday 7th July Senior School Speech Day & Open Day Sunday 9th September Association Day A day’s programme of events and activities for leavers and staff of all generations March 2013 (tbc) Association Careers Convention Please indicate your willingness to participate on the enclosed form Friday 21st June 2013 Reunion for Leavers of the 1990s A day’s programme of events and activities for all leavers and staff of the 1990s.
Prospective Parents’ events Senior School Thursday 13th September 2012 Wednesday 10th October 2012 Tuesday 6th November 2012 Boarding Information Evening Monday 24th September 2012 Thursday 15th November 2012 Prep. School Monday 17th September 2012 Thursday 11th October 2012 Monday 12th November 2012 For further information contact: www.stcatherines.info
Non Nobis Domine! Not unto us, O Lord, The praise or glory be... The opening of the school hymn Rudyard Kipling
Teacher Feature Head of Woodwind, Tia Kuchmy, writes on:
Two careers at once
As I come to the end of my long training to become a Jungian analyst, Mrs Phillips has very kindly invited me to explain what I have been doing in my spare time over the past twelve years. So here is some background. I developed a passionate interest in the psychology and writings of C.G. Jung in my mid-twenties. Later I joined the various Londonbased Jungian societies and, in the 1990s, experienced a life-changing Jungian analysis myself. Gradually I came to realise that it was my vocation to train as an analyst. I relinquished my post as Head of Music at Surbiton High School in order to make more space for this new venture, arriving as an assistant teacher at St Catherine’s in the autumn of 1998. My current four day a week job here involves senior school class teaching at all levels, from U3, through GCSE to A2. I am Head of Woodwind, a teacher of flute, recorder and piano, and I coach a large number of ensembles: currently these comprise five recorder consorts, two flute choirs, a chamber group and a particularly lively wind band! It has been quite a task to navigate the many and varied demands of a rigorous psychotherapeutic training alongside my somewhat intensive teaching commitments, and I am especially grateful that, with the blessing of the school, I was able to gain a Teacher Study Award at Pembroke College Cambridge in 2011. This has provided a golden opportunity for uninterrupted study in the Easter and summer holidays, and has enabled me to complete my thesis and various other vital written assignments in a peaceful yet stimulating environment. To return to the training, I was accepted by the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists London in October 2000 and spent a wonderful few years attending weekend lectures, seminars and residential courses. For the entire duration of the training I also continued with my own personal analysis. This is essential, as one needs to have a very secure inner stance in order to be in a position to help anyone else. In IGAP there are no modules and no fixed time frame. You work at your own pace and take your
exams when you and your Review Committee consider you to be ready. Because I was working full time, I took a slowish route towards my halfway assessments - called ‘Dialogues’, because four out of six of them are viva voce exams. Areas to be covered were strikingly diverse: psychopathology (we all spent a mandatory year observing once a week in acute psychiatric wards), Jungian theory, religion, myths, fairy tales, the history of neurosis and above all, dream interpretation. Jungian dream analysis diverges from that of Freud in a number of fundamental ways. Jung did not recognise Freud’s ‘dream censor’, nor did he invariably point to a sexual meaning behind every dream. Rather, he regarded dreams as healing, prospective and endlessly creative; they are a completely natural form of emotional homeostasis. Since passing my Dialogues in 2005, in my work as a psychotherapist I have been struck again and again by the enormous healing power of dreams. When a dream interpretation really ‘clicks’, it can transform a life. My final assessments will take place over the course of 2012, by the end of which I hope to have become not only a full member of IGAP but also of the International Association of Analytical Psychologists. Over the past twelve years I have found my teaching and psychotherapeutic lives to be entirely complementary: the former a world of extraversion and joyous activity and the latter a quiet space for listening, reflection and ‘being’. I intend to continue my two lifestyles for some time to come, eventually ‘retiring’ into the psychotherapeutic world. I also find it a great joy to give lectures on psychology and music. This has become a regular part of my life for some years now, and this summer I shall be giving a day of seminars to the C.G. Jung Club London on psychological aspects of Bartok’s opera ‘Duke Bluebeard’s Castle’. I know of no greater privilege than to be able to work alongside my psychotherapeutic clients as they strive to overcome their problems, develop new perspectives and open out into fuller and more authentic lives. The training to become a Jungian analyst has been one of the greatest adventures of my life.
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Battlefield Tour to Vimy Ridge & Arras
3 Peaks Challenge
trenches and underground tunnels we spent time at the monument designed by Walter Seymour Allward, dedicated to the memory of the 66,000 Canadian Forces killed during the First World War. There are 20 human figures carved into the impressive white limestone with the focal point being Canada Bereft, a cloaked young female overlooking the Douai Plains with a sarcophagus of an unknown soldier beneath her at battlefield level.
The Association Battlefields trip was once again a huge success! Over forty Association Members joined Andy Thompson of Eyewitness Tours on a fascinating trip to Vimy Ridge on 21/22 April. Our first stop was at the French memorial where we wondered at the beautiful chapel of remembrance and the amazing mosaics. A small museum adjacent to the site housed three dimensional photographs from the trenches, uniforms and memorabilia from the forces that served there. Outside, some volunteers were working on restoring a section of the original trenches which was fascinating to observe. The highlight had to be the 240 acre Canadian Memorial Park. On arrival the Canadian pine trees, each representing one of the 11,285 missing Canadian Soldiers, make an impressive backdrop to the site. After visiting the preserved
We stayed in Arras overnight and enjoyed a very spirited dinner in an underground cellar. On Sunday we visited the British Cemetery designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens with sculptures by Sir William Reid Dick and said prayers for the men who had an association with St Catherine's and the ancestor of one of our group. Our next stop was at the Wellington quarries some 20 metres underground where we marvelled at how literally thousands of men were billeted there before breaking through to face the Germans in one of the key battles of the First World War. The final stop of the tour was to the Neuville-St Vaast German War Cemetery, here 44,833 German casualties of the First World War are buried four to a grave marked by a field of black crosses. Today, the German War Graves Commission administers the Cemetery which was established by the French in 1919. Thank you to Andy, yet again, for a very illuminating visit and we all returned with much food for thought.
Round the Island Race Saturday 30th June 2012 In 2011 a team of five St Catherine’s Dads and friends took part in the Isle of Wight ‘Round the Island Race’. Following the success of this venture, current parent, Paul Narraway, nurtured the hope of expanding St Catherine’s involvement by getting more than one boat together and bringing Mums and girls on board. Following a well attended preliminary meeting at school, Paul’s dream has become a reality with three boats training for the race – two crews of Dads and one Mums and girls’ crew. Paul explained that the RTI is one of the great events in the World sailing calendar and a great social event too. Often over 1000 spinnakers will be hoisted as boats round the Needles, a magnificent sight. Spectators are encouraged to watch the race from an excellent viewing point at the aptly named St Catherine’s lighthouse near Ventnor on the South of the Island. Jo Dowling, Development Director, has coordinated a competition at school to design a logo for the team shirts and we look forward to reporting on the race and featuring the winning design in the next issue of Non Nobis. Good luck to all the St Cat’s crews participating in the RTI this year!
Current staff member, Melissa Hinde, writes: “On 6th August 2011, myself, along with my best friend, Hannah, and father, Gary, attempted the National Three peak Challenge tackling the three highest mountains in the UK: Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales). With the kind generosity of many St Cat’s staff, we managed to raise over £1,200 for the Guille-Bare Syndrome Support Group (GBSSG). The charity is one close to our heart after a close family member was diagnosed with the disease in 2008. In November, we were invited to a dinner at Windsor Castle by the charity’s patrons where they detailed plans for a wider awareness campaign for 2012 and the news that they have finally received backing from the government to increase funding for research into the disease. With this in mind, we once again donned our walking boots and took part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge over the Easter bank holiday this year raising a further £1,130 for GBSSG, again with help and encouragement from many St Catherine’s staff.” Congratulations Mel on all your fundraising achievements.
Bramley Village has commemorated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a competition for children attending schools in the village to produce designs for a plate. From 227 entries received, Prep School pupil, Elodie King-Fretts, produced the winning plate design. Congratulations to Elodie! If you would like to order a jubilee plate (£15), please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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HORSE RIDING St Catherine’s Equestrian Team We featured the achievements of polo player Izzy McGregor (L5 Russell Baker) in the last issue of Non Nobis and now have further good news to report for current pupils who ride. The St Catherine’s Equestrian Team WON the National Schools Equestrian Association Surrey County Team Championships. The team was Evie Maslen, Freya Hough, Charlottte Cole and Savannah Sartori in the 70cm class. Evie Maslen is the Surrey individual champion with the fastest clear round. Helena Klein also came 3rd in the 1m class – jumping double clear in a hailstorm! Many congratulations to the entire team.
Charlotte Flammiger 2010 Leaver: ‘Having been involved in organising riding at St Catherine’s, I went on to compete for the team at Cambridge University, where I study History. The team reached the national finals of the inter-university competition (BUCS) eventually finishing 6th out of over 200 teams across the country. University riding is based on a two-phase competition – dressage and show jumping – where each of the four team riders must compete on previously unseen horses allocated randomly. I was selected to compete against Oxford University last year and achieved a ‘half blue’ and this year was made Captain of the team. We secured a resounding victory in the Varsity Match.’
Laura Normand U6 Stoner
‘This year is the last in which I am eligible to compete in the U18 Junior classes of Eventing (Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country) with my horse Vardigo (George). My aim is to make the most of this last opportunity and to represent Great Britain in the Junior European Championships held in Strzegom, Poland, in September as part of the Junior team. This season started well, as I was placed 6th in my first Intermediate at Gatcombe Park and was awarded highest placed U21 rider. I was lucky enough to receive my award from Princess Anne – I made sure I practised my curtsy beforehand!
Although two of the team trials have now been cancelled due to bad ground, I am focusing on keeping George fit for the next few trials, and then finally travelling to Glanusk in Wales on the 5th-8th of July for the last where the long list will be drawn up. Competition from my peers is very strong this year; a lot of hard work and intensive training programmes lie ahead along with revision for my A2 exams of course! ‘ STOP PRESS!! Laura won her U21 GB Team trial on Friday 18th May. Many congratulations to Laura on a fantastic achievement and the best of luck for July.
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Nicky Hemery (was Ide-Smith) 1984 Leaver
On leaving St Catherine's in 1982 after my O'levels (read GCSEs!) all I wanted to do was ride horses! My parents had more foresight than me and whilst agreeing I could follow my dream, insisted I had a back-up plan should I ever want to give up horses (unthinkable I thought). Consequently, I did a one year Associated Studies course at Hampshire Agricultural College and Chattis Hill Equitation centre. This involved qualifying as a riding instructor whilst also gaining qualifications in Typing, Food Studies, Animal Husbandry, Accounts and First Aid. During the course I was offered a job working in an International Eventing yard. For the next three years I worked for Ginny Elliot (neé Holgate). This was a fascinating and life changing time for me. I was there from 1984 to 1987 during which time Ginny had just returned from the LA Olympics having won an individual bronze and team silver medals. She went on to win Badminton and Burghley horse trials, the National, European and World championships, all during my time working for her. I had the privilege of looking after and riding her top horses and attending many of these events. With this valuable training under my belt I then returned to Surrey where I was able to put all I had learnt into practice. Having been heavily involved in competing in the Pony Club during my school years I was now ready to take up competing once again. I was very blessed to find a job just down the road from our family home managing Dunsfold Ryse, a small eventing yard that also ran an affiliated Horse Trails every
year. During this time I had the opportunity to compete on a number of horses in Horse Trials up to Advanced level. A highlight of any eventers career is to compete in Three Day events – which involve dressage, speed & endurance (including roads & tracks, steeplechase and cross-country in my day) and finally show jumping. I was lucky enough to compete in these events as far north as Blairmore in Scotland and also at Windsor Horse Trials and more locally. Most of the horses I competed on came from rather 'broken' backgrounds so I gained great satisfaction in regaining their trust, building their confidence and reaping the results through successfully competing and moving up the grades with each horse. There is no doubt that working with horses is hard work with no set hours, few days off, and facing the elements every day – whatever the weather may bring - but it is also very rewarding and great fun. However my parents were right – there came a time when I was ready for a change and every single one of the associated studies I undertook became utilised in one way or another as I 'jumped out of the frying pan of horses and into the fire of outside catering' – but that is another story, probably best told by my sister (another old girl), Penny Ide-Smith (1980 Leaver) who ran her own company Occasional Cuisine for some 25 years. I became her PA. I still avidly follow Eventing but more from ground level now and judging by my 5 year old daughter's love of ponies it looks as if I may well find myself back at the Pony Club again!
Charlotte Ord 2000 Leaver
If my mum had known that by taking me for a riding lesson aged 3, she would ignite an absolute passion in me for horses, I think she probably would have kept me well clear. No one else in my family was even vaguely horsey but, thankfully, kitted out in a fetching pink tracksuit, I did have that first lesson, and many, many more were to follow. ‘Pony mad’ through and through, whilst the other girls in my class passed notes about boys, I drew hearts with my first pony’s name inside. Isla, a wild little chestnut mare with a reputation for being dangerous, was as competitive as I was, and together we formed a fairly formidable team. Isla didn’t have much time for dressage, but we formed the backbone of the eventing, team chasing and show jumping teams, and when I hopelessly outgrew her, we turned our hand to mounted games. I can honestly say that these were some of the best days of my life. There is nothing quite like the exhileration of galloping flat out alongside your team mates to the cheers of the crowds, and travelling all over the country to compete. By the time I was 16, I was riding professionally for a number of owners, backing young horses and producing them to event. I trained a few horses to international level eventing and even chose my university on its proximity to the yard! Once I graduated, I set up my own place, taking in competition and schooling liveries. I ran the yard for a few years and loved it, although it was very hard work with little compensation besides the love of the job. In fact, I think I only had one whole day off in a 12 month period! Eventually, when two of my top horses got injured, I realised that the struggle of the business was dampening my passion and that I really wanted to pursue another career and keep the horses as my hobby. I am now a fitness coach, run my own gym, Phoenix Pro Fitness, and have definitely found my purpose in life. But I honestly believe the skills I learnt from being around the horses, from the hundreds of people I worked with from a young age to the highs and lows of competing, set me up for success in my new career.
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The Asssociation A world wide network to benefit us all
With Members in 55 Countries: Australia Bermuda Brazil Canada Channel Islands China Croatia (Hrvatska) Cyprus Denmark France Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Guernsey Hong Kong Ireland India Israel Italy Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kingdom of Bahrain Korea Malaysia Mauritius
Moldova New Zealand Nigeria Norway Pakistan Peru Poland Portugal Russia Saudi Arabia Sicily Sierre Leone Singapore South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland Tanzania Thailand The Netherlands Turkey U.S.A. Ukraine United Arab Emirates Vietnam West Indies Zimbabwe
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It’s not just for former pupils…it’s for EVERYONE! You may not realise it but if you receive Non Nobis you are a member of the St Catherine’s Association. The Association was set up in 2004 and offers free membership to all the constituent groups that make up the wider St Catherine’s family – current and former pupils, current and former parents, current and former staff, current and former Governors and friends of the School. With representation in all the countries listed, we are a global network and hope to offer our members networking opportunities through our shared links with St Catherine’s. Current pupils benefit enormously from contacts with former pupils and parents in terms of University contacts, careers advice, mentoring and work experience opportunities. We also run an annual programme of events and seek to keep our members in touch with the School and each other. Please consider getting more involved with this exciting organisation in one of the ways listed on this page.
Careers Advice, Work Experience and Networking In today’s competitive work environment young people leaving school and University are finding it increasingly tough to find jobs and are often required to have completed a considerable amount of work experience or internships before even being considered for a post. Please take the time to fill out the form enclosed with this newsletter and indicate whether you would be willing to offer careers advice/mentoring to current and former pupils. This might involve attending our biennial Careers Convention where you would meet and offer advice about your work to current pupils – or, indicating your willingness to receive a direct enquiry from a current St Cats girl or former pupil for advice or possible work experience. We are also looking to organise career networking events for all our members in specific occupational areas. Do let us know if you would be interested in attending this sort of event.
Association Committee We are a friendly group of former pupils, former parents and former staff who meet twice a year to plan and review events in the Association calendar and adjudicate applications from current pupils for travel bursaries. Membership is not at all onerous and simply involves attending bi-annual evening meetings over supper and giving your advice and opinions on our programme. Please let us know if you would like to join us.
Year Reps For our former pupils, we are introducing a system by which each Year of Leavers has a Rep who encourages their year group to send in news and attend Reunions. Most people are far more willing to gather with their old school friends if they know that others from their year will be attending – and we hope that having a year rep will make being invited to a Reunion a more personal experience. Some years of St Cats Leavers have already set up their own Facebook groups and we would like to facilitate this for other years. Please let us know if you would like to be a Year Rep.
Country Reps For those living outside the UK, please let us know if you would like to be a focus for other members of the Association in your country of residence. We have concentrations of former pupils, parents and staff all over the world and know that some people would welcome a local St Cats network and maybe the opportunity to meet informally from time to time. We would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in a small coordination role of this type.
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Association Concert 24th March 2012
The annual Concert this year was not only the eighth for the Association Choir it was also the first to be held in the magnificent Anniversary Halls at the school. The wonderful acoustic of the Auditorium enhanced the enjoyment of the audience who were treated to a mixed programme of classical and more popular works. The Choir was joined by the U3 and Senior Chamber Choirs and the Camerata String Orchestra. The proceeds raised from the evening were in aid of The Education Kenya International Fund (EnkI), a charity established in 1997 by former pupil Rakhee Dodhia (1990 Leaver) to arrange the educational sponsorship of bright but needy Kenyan children and to improve educational facitilities. To open the evening the Association Prefects, Abigail Legge and Bea Stafford-Smith, inspired the audience with their talk about the charity and showed a film about its work. After successfully sponsoring Julius Komu through his secondary education, attention will now turn to 14- year old Rael Namaye. The audience gave very generously to a retiring collection in support of Rael’s sponsorship.
Bea Stafford-Smith (U6, Midleton) & Abigail Legge (U6, Merriman)
The Association Choir, conducted by Geoffrey Field, our Director of Music, began the musical programme with Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse – The Little Organ Mass, so named because of the organ solo in the Benedictus played by Simon Phillips and sung exquisitely by Eva Wichtowski, the soprano soloist in this movement. Having achieved a distinction in her Grade 8 ABRSM examination, Eva also sings with the National Youth Choir and hopes to study History at University. The Senior Chamber Choir augmented the Association Choir and the Camerata String Orchestra accompanied. The orchestra next performed Haydn’s Organ Concerto with tremendous sensitivity. The organ soloist, Caragh Bennet, is the Jennifer Bate Organ Scholar, and she demonstrated her accomplishment and flair in interpreting the virtuosity and charm of the work. Already learning the piano and flute, Caragh began to play the organ in Lower 5 and has now reached
Grade 8 standard on all three instruments. She hopes to study Veterinary Science at university. To round off the first half of the concert, the Association and Senior Chamber Choirs took to the stage again for the second mass: Mozart’s Mass in C. With soloists selected from amongst our most talented singers to form an octet and with the additional soprano solo in the Agnus Dei sung by Molly MacConnol, the performance received resounding applause. The U3 Choir introduced the second half. All members of the year group sing in the Choir and here performed a medley of British Folksongs, accompanied by Maria Williams, which they had studied as part of the Music curriculum. The next item on the programme was the famous St Paul’s Suite, originally composed by Holst for St Paul’s Girls School. Under the direction of Barry Sutton, Camarata played quite superbly revealing great ensemble work. The orchestra was led by Hannah Pilkington, who is also Head Girl. With distinctions in both Grade 8 Violin and Voice, this Music Scholar is also co-leader of the Surrey County Youth Orchestra. She is working towards her ABRSM Diploma on the Violin in July 2012. The popular Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo was a work that many Association Choir members remembered singing in their childhood and it was performed with enthusiastic energy and spirit. The professional accompanying band comprised Simon Phillips on piano, Ian Young on drums and Peter Kime on bass. With its mix of rhythms and its underlying watery motifs the piece, written by Joseph Horovitz and Michael Flanders (of Flanders & Swann fame), was a sure fire winner. With cries of ‘more’ from the receptive audience, the Choirs performed ‘Seaside Rendezvous’ as an encore. Written for five choral parts and kazoos, this version of the Queen song arranged by the King’s Singers and Geoff Field provided a fittingly fun finale to a most successful evening. Fran Flammiger Association Choir & Foundation Office
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Dawn Reader - Artist Artist, Dawn Reader (1983 Leaver), very kindly allowed Association Director, Katherine Stocks, to visit her London studio in March. Katherine writes: ‘Turning off the New Kings Road with its high end antique and lighting shops, I wondered if I was in the right place to visit the studio of a working artist. However, hidden behind the main road is a warren of studios and offices in the old Chelsea gas works – apparently once the prime terrorist target in London. Dawn met me on a dull March morning and when we entered her work space I was startled to find the studio aglow with the pure light of the Arctic from the many canvases lining the walls. Dawn’s lifelong love of the sea and captivation with the landscapes of the frozen north is immediately apparent and the quality of light captured in the actual paintings is difficult to describe or adequately replicate in photographs. Dawn’s work can be seen at top London gallery, W.H. Patterson, in Picadilly and she has exhibited widely. On leaving St Catherine’s, Dawn took a first degree in community arts and murals – the latter being something which is still very much part of her life as she accepts two or three commissions annually from a top London designer with whom she has a long established working relationship. Dawn specialises in painting the iconic birds and trees of antique Chinese wallpapers in her mural work which has taken her from stately homes to the mansions of Belgravia. Dawn’s overwhelming desire to paint and her early determination to make this her career saw her take a Masters at Chelsea and things have gone from strength to strength since. She describes her life as having been spent with her ‘head in a paint pot’ and spends the majority of her time working in her studio where her neighbours include other artist friends. Her process is painstaking; a very time consuming layering of glaze and paint to achieve the quality of light that fascinates her. The canvases need to dry between each glaze so completed works represent a huge investment of time. It was such a great pleasure to meet Dawn. Her working life is an inspiring story of having a passion and the tenacity to pursue it.’
Dawn’s artist statement: I have been painting the sea for as long as I can remember. What I love most is the quality of the light. But when the first ‘proper snow’ fell in London last year, I found myself captivated by the early-morning silence and brightness that enveloped the City. Having long been drawn to the Atlantic, Baltic and North seas, I began to wonder what it would be like to go further north where the oceans are covered in ice and the ground is frosted over. So in the summer of 2009, I took my first trip to the Arctic, returning in early 2010 with a visit to Iceland. I probed every angle: sketching at a distance from the deck of our polar vessel; zooming in close on a zodiac; I donned crampons to hike across glaciers and explored the ice caves below. I was blown away by the landscape; it is lonely, bleak, craggy and treacherous - but also somehow majestic and free and beautiful. It is these qualities I have tried to capture in my paintings, simplifying and softening the topography and using a limited and somewhat muted palette to convey the stillness and tranquillity I found there. But to reflect the light - the surreal quality of the midnight sun - I have used handmade translucent glazes, building layers of colour and structure. My use of light and dark naturally brings depth and perspective, but it also emphasises the force and power in creation. Painting ice has been a complete departure for me, and I have loved the challenge. But my expeditions to the Arctic have been a first in another sense too; I became acutely aware of its fragility. Global warming and pollution have become serious hazards to the polar regions; the icecaps are melting, the environment and the wildlife are threatened. It’s not just the polar bears; I fell in love with the little auks, tiny puffin-like creatures that clumsily fly around and nest on the island cliffs. I hope that, through my work, I manage not only to convey the immense unspoiled beauty of the Arctic, but also to raise awareness of the need for its preservation. www.dawnreader.com
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Prep School News
Surrey Champions In January an U11 Cross Country Team competed in the Surrey Cross Country Championships. The team consisted of Claudia Lance Jones, Cressida May, Francesca Rix, Rebecca Gardner, Esmé Goodridge, Molly McLean and Grace Edwards. They had to run a hilly and muddy 2km course. They ran with maturity and determination to become Surrey Champions which was a first for St Catherine’s. They subsequently competed in the National Prep Schools Cross Country Championships coming second overall and being presented with a cup for the highest placed small school which was a huge achievement by them. In March the Prep School was proud to host the Under 9 Surrey Gymnastics Competition. This is a fiercely fought competition and has been won by Putney High School for the last few years. The Prep School Under 9 team of Lorien Stapleton, Evie Lamb, Camilla Francis, Emily Benkert and Lily Telfer-Smollett all performed extremely well with poise and a high skill level and were delighted when it was announced that they were clear winners. This was the first time St Catherine’s has won a Surrey Schools Gymnastics Competition and everyone was thrilled with the shield and gold medals they received.
Pre-Prep Nativity It was with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that, for the first time, the PrePrep Department started rehearsals for their Nativity Play in the school’s large Auditorium just before Christmas. It became apparent very quickly that, in fact, there was no need to worry. The youngest girls in the school from 4 to 6 years old took everything in their stride, adapting to the size of the stage, speaking up into the microphones and enjoying being in the spotlights! They gave the audience a wonderful performance of the Christmas story, this year entitled ‘Starry, Starry Night: A Sing and a Prayer’ and, with plenty of comfortable tiered seating in the Auditorium, everybody could be accommodated and could see and hear the young performers. Funds from the PTA provided the new ‘Star Cloth’ which created the perfect setting and the performances were a wonderful start to the Christmas festivities.
One Sun One World Prep School Director of Music, Alex White, was the inspiration and driving force behind a recent, inspiring concert in aid of World Wildlife Fund involving over 340 Guildford children from five local schools. The musical was written by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon to celebrate WWF’s 50th Anniversary and, after attending the premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, Alex set about replicating the performance in Guildford’s G Live. Children from St Catherine’s Prep School, Burpham Primary, Lanesborough, Rydes Hill and Tormead schools were joined by soloists from the Guildford School of Acting and accompanied by the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra. A second concert was also performed by all of St Catherine’s Key Stage II pupils in the Auditorium. The children had a memorable experience working with other schools and were inspired by the words of the songs to play their part in living sustainably within the ecological limits of our one world. Over £5,000 was raised for WWF and the concert was sponsored by South East Arts and Guildford Borough Council.
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Olympic Connections Rachelle Rogers Rachelle Rogers (L6, Ashcombe) writes: ‘In January 2012, I had the honour of representing Team GB in the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games, which were held in Innsbruck, Austria. It was an absolutely amazing experience, possibly the best one a young athlete could ever had. I was also crowned English Slalom ViceChampion and English Slalom U18 Champion 2012 in February. Although I had many injuries and have not been performing to the best of my ability, the two previously mentioned achievements have resulted in my selection onto the British Ski Team for the 3rd consecutive year, which I was delighted to hear. Another announcement which gave me great pleasure to hear about came to me at the end of the Spring term where I was told that I had been chosen to be Individual Sports Mentor, which is a new role in the School Office positions, as of this year. Individual Sports Mentor involves me promoting the achievements of the young sportswomen, aging from Upper 3 to Upper 6, within our school community in a fantastic variety of sports including Badminton, Ice Skating, Skiing, Hockey, Sailing, Horse Riding, and many more. I promote their achievements through announcements in assemblies and through the Individual Sports Achievements board in the Anniversary Halls. I also help mentor the girls by providing advice in various elements which are found in the life of a sportswoman, having learnt from my own experience, I can pass down my knowledge to the rest of the school. It is a very interesting role and I am thrilled and honoured to have been given it. I am taking it and the role of Ashcombe Vice-Games Captain, on with enthusiasm.’
Victoria Corben Victoria Corben (2004 Leaver) studied Psychology at Edinburgh University and graduated in 2009. She is now Corporate Events Manager in the Events and Sponsorship department of an integrated Marketing Agency. She is currently working on the delivery of a 2000 guest hospitality programme for a tier two sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games and will be ensuring that VIP customers are well looked after during the biggest sporting event in the world.
Georgie Bruinvels Georgie Bruinvels (2012 Leaver) works for UK Anti-Doping, and will be seconded to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) during the Olympics this summer. Georgie will be based at the Aquatics Centre where she will be notifying and chaperoning the athletes who have been selected for doping control.
Gail Whattingham Gail Whattingham (1964 Leaver) is to be Olympic Torch bearer No. 66. Selected for her charitable work, she will carry the torch in the Portsmouth area on 16th July 2012. For the past 20 years, she has dressed her house in Christmas decorations lit with 80,000 lightbulbs. She was nominated by her son. Victoria Corben
Juliet Stevenson Juliet Stevenson (1974 Leaver) is the narrator of ‘Spinal Chords’, written by The Times journalist, Melanie Reid, who was left paralysed (a tetraplegic) after a fall from a horse in April 2010. This was set to music composed by Sally Beamish in celebration of the Paralympics and was first performed in February 2012.
Dr Helen Hein Dr Helen Hein (1944 Leaver) delighted us with her memories of attending the closing ceremony of the 1948 Olympics in London when she returned to St Catherine’s on Friday 30th March for the first time since leaving school. Dr Hein was one of a very small minority of women attending University in the 1940s, particularly to study veterinary science. However, she was determined enough not only to obtain her BVMs from Glasgow University but followed this with a PhD becoming an expert on poultry vaccines and later working as a research officer at MAFF (now DEFRA) at New Haw. Dr Hein’s interests also include dog breeding and at one time she had over 100 German Shepherd dogs. Dr Hein enjoyed an extensive tour of the School and was particularly interested to see the boarding accommodation and hear about the life of today’s 165 Boarders. She found St Catherine’s much changed and thought the girls of today very fortunate to have the opportunities and comforts of the modern day St Catherine’s.
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New Prep School Headmistress Naomi Bartholomew was educated at Portsmouth High School for Girls and went on to read English and Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. Having spent two years in South West China with Voluntary Service Overseas, she went on to teach both in state and independent schools as a primary class teacher. Naomi then spent five years as Head of English at Yateley Manor School before moving on to Deputy Headship at St Catherine’s Preparatory School. She was appointed as Headmistress in January 2012.
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Broadcast Success for Julia Stoneham Congratulations to Julia Stoneham (was Parker) (1948 Leaver) who has just completed her latest commisssion for the BBC. At 2.30 pm on Saturday June 9th on BBCRadio 4, her damatisation of TALKING IT OVER, the novel by Julian Barnes will be broadcast. It was recorded at the end of February at the BBC's Maida Vale studios and the cast included Hermione Norris, best known for her role in Spooks. In the meantime, Julia's WW2 trilogy (Muddy Boots And Silk Stockings, The Girl At The Farmhouse Gate and Alice's Girls), continues to sell well in "all good bookshops"! More radio and fiction projects are in the pipeline.
Walking Coast to Coast Jane Silk, former Head of Art (1987-2011), writes: “I have many fond memories of my time at St Catherine’s, going back to the late ‘80s (I arrived the same year as the hurricane!), and remember so many former pupils and staff. Doing the ‘Scrapbook’ exhibition in my last year at the School was a wonderful way to revive memories and recall individuals and stories. It has been a real pleasure to remain in touch with so many of you over the years.
My friend and walking partner, Mo, and I will set off on 1st July and we are both really excited about taking it on, although we suspect it will be the hardest thing we’ve ever done… We are raising money for Cancer Research UK, having lost beloved family members and some of our dearest friends to cancer over the years. It feels utterly appropriate to do this and it would be fantastic if you would like to sponsor us: http://www.justgiving.com/janeandmo
My retirement from St Catherine’s last summer has enabled me to fulfil one of my long-held dreams... To do the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk, 192 miles from St Bees head to Robin Hood’s Bay in 13 days, averaging 15 miles a day, with the longest day stretching to 23 miles. Probably a totally crazy thing to do at my time in life, but I am really excited about it and am training hard as I know it will be a considerable challenge having to keep going from one day to the next.
Retirement is proving a busy time for Jane who also has an exhibition coming up soon in Albury Heath. Jane writes: ‘this is “a mixed exhibition of work by around 30 artists in a whole range of disciplines all displayed in a gorgeous old Victorian house and garden. If you’d like to come it would be wonderful to see you at the Preview evening, which is Friday 8th June, from 6.00-9.00pm, but otherwise it’s on till Sun 24th June, 11am-5pm every day (Thurs 11am-8pm) at Fircroft, off New Road, Albury Heath, Surrey GU5 9DD.
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)