Non Please join us in celebrating two significant milestones in the School’s history - the ‘Quasquicentenary’ (125th Anniversary) - and the much anticipated opening of the new buildings. We hope very much to see you at St Catherine’s during our year of celebration. Full details of forthcoming events may be found on the Association section of the school website which was re-launched on St Catherine’s Day.
DIARY DATES 2011
ISSUE 14 | JANUARY 2011
Nobis THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ST CATHERINE’S ASSOCIATION
Friday 4th February Parents’ Lecture by Gervase Phinn A Celebration of Education in anecdotes from this famous Yorkshire raconteur. Monday 14th – Friday 18th February Senior School Production Our Day Out by Willy Russell Tickets (free but must be booked) available from 1st Jan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday 7th - Friday 11th March Prep School 125 Anniversary Music Festival Thursday 17th March Prep School Creative Arts Evening Saturday 26th March St Catherine’s Association Choir Concert Carmina Burana by Carl Orff Holy Trinity, Guildford, 7.30 pm To reserve tickets for the Concert please contact: email@example.com Wednesday 30th March House Singing Concerts Speech Hall / Dining Room, 7.30pm Saturday 30th April & Monday 2nd May Association Weekend Trip WW2 D-Day Normandy Landings Details and application form enclosed Friday 6th May Senior Summer Concert St John’s, Smith Square, Westminster The annual Senior Summer Concert features all the major orchestras, choirs and ensembles in the Senior School with the majority of performers being in Lower 5 or above. There is no charge for tickets. Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd June Take Your Parents To School Current parents, former parents and Old Girls are warmly welcome to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Catherine’s celebrated its first 125 years in wonderful style on 24th September 2010 at Guildford Cathedral in the presence of the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey and the Mayor of Guildford. With 631 girls in the Senior School and 255 in the Prep School, the Cathedral was filled to capacity once Staff, Governors and a handful
of special guests had been seated. Despite the large numbers, the Service was an intimate and moving act of thanksgiving with a distinctly ‘family’ feel. A procession of mixed age pairs of Senior and Prep girls brought 125 candles to the chancel steps where they burned brightly on a special stand like a magnificent birthday cake. Continued Page 6
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ww w. st ca t heri nes.in fo Friday 24th June Reunion For Leavers Of The 1970s A day’s programme of events and activities for all leavers of the 1970s. Friday 24th June Middle School Concert & Former Staff Reunion Holy Trinity, Guildford 7.30pm All former staff are invited to return to School for a Reunion prior to attending the Middle School Concert in Guildford which will be preceded by supper at St Catherine’s from 5.30pm.
Full Professorship Deborah Bowen (Hewitt) (1966)
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 in competition with our closest sporting rivals. Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July Sixth Form Musical - Oklahoma! Tickets will be on sale from 1st May. Friday 1st July Reunion For Leavers Of The 2000s A day’s programme of events and activities for all leavers of the ‘Noughties’. Mrs Phillips particularly looks forward to seeing as many of our most recent alumnae as possible. 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! This will be 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
Amadea Morris (L4, RB) made an incredible three tier cake for the boarders to celebrate the 125th Anniversary. Well done and thank you, Amadea!
Non Nobis Domine! Not unto us, O Lord, The praise or glory be... The opening of the school hymn Rudyard Kipling
Deborah writes: When Deborah Bowen (née Hewitt) left St Catherine’s in 1966 and spent a term at Cranleigh School to prepare for Oxbridge entrance exams, she was for that term the only girl in a school of some 600 boys: a rather unnerving experience after St Cat’s, where she had been daygirl Head Girl at a time when the only men on the premises were the Art and Music teachers (Mr Mercer and Mr Dickinson)! At Oxford, too, where she went up to Somerville with a scholarship to read English, Deborah was one of a minority of women, since those were the days when there were only five women’s colleges in the university to some thirty men’s colleges. But she found that disproportion was more enjoyable than intimidating: she even met her future husband, John, there! This year, forty-odd years later, Deborah is once again in a minority position as a woman. In October 2010 she was “inducted” as a full professor at Redeemer University College in south-western Ontario, Canada: she is the first woman in this 25-year-old institution’s history to rise to that position through the ranks. This kind of gender inequality is not the situation in the Canadian universities where Deborah has previously taught, but Redeemer U.C. is small, new, private (i.e. fee-paying and not governmentfunded), and was founded by the immigrant Dutch community in south-western Ontario as a specifically Christian university, in which all the founding fathers were men. (And some of them are still around!) The professorial situation is much more evenly divided now between the genders, and about 65% of the students are female too, but none of the other women professors is quite at the stage to go for a full professorship yet, and the only previous woman full professor, now emerita, arrived from South Africa already with that status (In the North American system, there are three basic “ranks” of university professor: assistant, associate, and full. You move up the ranks through publishing articles and books, and through teaching
success.) So, Deborah is hoping that her promotion will be an encouragement for other female faculty, and for the female students as well, showing that it is possible to have a family and an academic career -- as long as your family supports you all the way. Deborah and John moved to Canada in 1977 to work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Toronto. At that point they had one little boy, Ben, who was 14 months old. Anna was born three years later, and soon after the family moved to Ottawa, Deborah started pursuing a doctoral program in English at Ottawa University. She got her doctorate in 1990, and taught for several years at Ottawa U. and for one year at University of Montreal before being offered the position at Redeemer U.C. that she has held since 1996. This year, 2010, has seen two important "births" for Deborah besides the full professorship. First, the birth of her first grandson, to her daughter Anna and husband Benjamin Percy, on Feb. 28: Owen Samuel Asha Percy is a really beautiful baby, and Deborah and John are thrilled to welcome him into the family. (Owen is the second grandchild, as son Ben and his wife Jennifer produced their delightful and precocious daughter Abigail three and a half years ago.) Second, Deborah's book, Stories of the Middle Space: Reading the Ethics of Postmodern Realisms, rather a weighty academic tome about ethics and Christian faith in relation to contemporary fiction, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in April – that one took a lot longer than nine months to gestate! It is partly as a result of this publication that Deborah has become a full professor. She wonders what Mr Mercer and Mr Dickinson would make of all this, and rather imagines she can hear them cheering her on, along with her wonderful St Cat’s English teacher Miss Varley and, of course, her redoubtable headmistress, Miss Celia Stoner. “Not unto us, O Lord, The praise or glory be.”
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Old Girls’ Day 2010
Old Girls' Day 2010 included an exciting opportunity to tour the new buildings. Over one hundred Old Girls and their families booked to return to St Catherine's this year and we enjoyed a lovely day with good weather. Chapel was a Service of Thanksgiving for the 125th Anniversary of the School. The Rev'd Canon Colin Tickner adopted the theme of ‘talents’, giving Old Girls and former staff a foretaste of the Cathedral Service which was to follow later in the month. Current pupil, Janey Hurran, trained and conducted a Choir of Boarders and Old Girls, supported by Director of Music, Mr Geoffrey Field. Chapel was followed by coffee in the Dining Hall after which we broke up for a choice of tours of the new buildings led by Mrs Chris Silver (Business Manager), tours of the existing school led by pupils, family swimming, or a music recital given by current pupils Minty Hamer, Hannah Winder, Katherine Smith, Caroline Federer, Ji-Young Park and Ibiyinka Akinnola. After lunch, very well received presentations were given by three of last year’s Travel Award recipients - Anna Drummond, Anna Jordan and recent leaver Kirsty Hart (2010) - who talked about their experiences while travelling and working overseas.
Do please let us know if you have recently graduated: email@example.com Caroline ABBOTT - Biochemistry, Bristol Hyo-Jae AN - Social Policy with Politics, LSE Laura ADAMS - Law King's, London Katharine ADAMS - History, Edinburgh Camilla ALONZO - Law, Pembroke, Cambridge Alice BAYLEY - Mathematics, Bristol Ilona BAYLISS - Veterinary Medicine, Girton, Cambridge Jennifer BURROWS - Natural Sciences, Magdalene, Cambridge Matina CHANG - Public Administration, Shanghai Jiao Tong Victoria CORBEN - Psychology, Edinburgh Eleanor CHRUSCIKOWSKA - Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh Georgina BRUINVELS - Physiological Sciences, Bristol Isabella DIERDEN - French, Spanish & Italian, Durham Lauryn ETHERIDGE - Museum and Heritage Management, Nottingham Trent Claudia FARADAY - Classical Civilisation, Kent Jessica FULLER - Natural Sciences, Magdalene, Cambridge Frances GOFF - Biochemistry, St Andrew’s Lisa GRAHAM - Psychology, Sussex Abigail HALL - Psychology with Philosophy, Exeter Charlotte HOLLOM - French & Spanish, Bristol Olivia JORDAN - Politics and Sociology, Durham Stephanie LANDYMORE - Conservation Science, Imperial College Sophie MACCLANCY - English Literature & Language, Keble, Oxford Henrietta MAIR - Medicine, Sidney Sussex, Cambridge Jessica MURPHY - French & Spanish, Southampton Catriona OMMANNEY - Spanish & French, Leeds Lucy PEARSE - English Literature, Edinburgh Abigail PICKARD-PRICE - Drama, Exeter Helen ROBERTS - Theology Cambridge
Alison STUART - Counselling Psychology, City University Rosanna WARD - Geography, Durham
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Wine Mega Assembly Tasting
On Thursday 18th November 2010, the girls of St Catherine's finally had the chance to see inside the first phase of the new building when a Mega Assembly was held in the Sports Hall. Awe and wonder blended with plenty of giggles as the whole school (staff and girls aged 4 to 18) toured the building in a human 'snake' accompanied by appropriately upbeat music selected by the 6th Form and PE Dept.
The Association planned to hold a couple of special, and purely social, events for the Anniversary year. The first of these was a Wine Tasting at School on Friday 12th November. More than 80 people booked to attend this event and, despite the bucketing rain, the majority of them turned up! Current and former parents, staff, Old Girls and friends from the village enjoyed a very pleasant couple of hours tasting wine and chatting over cheese and nibbles. Many thanks to all those who attended and made the evening a success. We plan to host a St Catherine's Association race evening at Goodwood Racecourse in June 2011. Look out for details in the next issue of Non Nobis or on the website.
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Scrapbook In 2010, the Association appealed for photographs recording informal moments past and present in the life of the School for a special Art Department November Exhibition. Jane Silk, Head of Art, had the inspired idea to mount a collage of such images as a photographic 'scrapbook’ of life at St Catherine's to help celebrate the 125th Anniversary. It was a huge task to get the exhibition up and running in time for the opening on 18th November and many congratulations to Jane Silk, David Weightman and their colleagues for achieving this feat.
The Exhibition has been very well received by the St Catherine's community and a steady stream of visitors have viewed the photos in the John Palmer Gallery. The current girls have enjoyed the show and we have had numerous enquiries about it from overseas. There will be an online version on the new school website in January and a photo book will be available to order. We have all been touched by the love and care which went into contributions and thank everyone who took the time to hunt out photos and write in with their memories.
Donor Preview We invited our donors to Project 125 for a preview of the magnificent new sports facilities on November 19. Over 100 guests came to see round the Sports Centre and were greatly impressed by the size of the building, the quality of finish and the superb equipment our girls will enjoy. Headmistresses Mrs Alice Phillips, Mrs Kathleen Jefferies and Chair of the Development Group, Mark Ommaney, thanked everyone for their generosity, especially those who gave in the very earliest days when this was still very much a dream, and for helping create such a wonderful space. We now look forward to the Performing Arts Centre being completed next summer. As I write, we have less than £94,000 to raise: it’s not too late to join the campaign and help the fitting out. Contact the Foundation Office or see our website for more information on giving, and thank you to everyone who has supported us. Alison Graham, Development Director (interim)
The Fitness Suite
A new initiative for the Anniversary Year was to invite in our Old Girl current parents to join in the Senior School’s celebrations on St Catherine's Day. Old Girls who left some time ago may not be aware of the 'festival' atmosphere at School on St Catherine's Day when no lessons are held! Everyone attends a Church or Chapel Service, traditional Cattern cakes are distributed to all, a fiercely competitive House Lax competition is watched by the whole school and staff, a full Thanksgiving/Christmas style meal is served at lunchtime, a lecture is given in the afternoon and the day is concluded in great style with all major Senior School musical groups performing in the evening at the Gala Concert. The Prep School enjoy their own annual programme of events, often including presentations by former pupils on a theme: this year celebrated women’s achievements. Class activities and presentions in Assembly followed, on ‘Women who have made a difference,’ led by the Senior School Head Girls. The first 'Cattern Clubbers' enjoyed their day and, in addition to some of the activities listed above, we took the opportunity to tour the new building and visit the Scrapbook Exhibition. The day brought back many memories for us all.
The Dance Studio
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Celebration Service Continued from front cover
We gave thanks for our 'talents' and examples of items which are important or particularly useful to current pupils in their school lives were brought to the altar as a focus for thought and prayer. Readings were given by both Headmistresses and accounts of the history of the School were read by a range of current pupils together with Elisabeth Reed (Newnham) (1949) to represent the Old Girls. The Service was led by the Dean, the Very Rev'd Victor Stock and our School Chaplain, the Rev'd Canon Colin Tickner - both of whom were impressed by the attention and concentration of even the youngest Prep School girls. At the conclusion of the Service, Alice Phillips and Kathy Jefferies distributed 'talents' (newly minted £2 coins in a commemorative pouch) to every girl in the School with the intention that they should go away and 'grow' this symbolic seed capital for charity over the next year. Everyone present gave thanks for their association with St Catherine's and, back at school, there were celebration lunches with rousing choruses of Happy Birthday sung for the School. A planned mass bulb planting was sadly postponed due to torrential rain but two magnolias were planted on the front lawn by two undaunted delegations of Governors and Former Staff/Alumnae - accompanied by some fairly competitive group singing despite the sluicing rain!
Evelyn Tinker (2009) recently gained her ARCO, and won the Sawyer Prize, Durrant Prize (both for Outstanding Performance and Keyboard Skills) and the Doris Wookey Prize for excellence in the written part of the exam, at the Royal College of Music where she held a Henry Wood Scholarship.
The service was recorded on a number of cameras, together with high quality audio, by the Cathedral and AE Productions. The full DVD is available for purchase at £12 per copy (or hire for £5) including p&p. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Pupil’s Perspective The 24th September 2010 was certainly memorable: it is not everyday that we see one of our colourful house games shirts being carried through Guildford Cathedral, get given a newly minted £2 coin, and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to our school. We began the day by travelling in coaches to Guildford Cathedral. It felt special because it was an occasion for which both the Prep School and the Senior School were present. A candle lit procession of sixth formers and 125 of the youngest girls in the school holding hands as they walked through the cathedral marked the beginning of the service. This was one of the highlights of the day, and it was a good opportunity for a large number of students from both the Prep School and the Senior School to be involved. The concentration shown by the candle bearers as they tried hard to keep the flame alight made it a lovely moment. Later, seeing someone carrying a globe, pair of trainers, or a homework diary down the aisle of the cathedral for the procession of talents was surprisingly thought provoking. It caused us to reflect on the huge range of activities and opportunities that we have at school on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, we were all surprised to learn that we would be given £2 as a reminder of the parable of the talents. The embossed bag will be treasured as a keepsake of our time here at St Catherine’s, and I know that everyone was inspired to use their talents to make our contribution to charities and people’s lives as beneficial as possible. There were five readings telling the history of the school. The authentic sources were an inspirational reminder of the generations of women who have studied and taught at St Catherine’s. The accounts were read by girls from across the school and we were privileged that Mrs Elizabeth Reed, a former pupil (1946-49), read one of the prayers for us. Trumpet fanfares and organ voluntaries provided entertainment at the opening and closing of a very successful service. It was a pleasure to be a part of this event which seemed perfectly suited to commemorate our school’s heritage as well as celebrate its plans for the future. Lizzie Corrie - Association Prefect (U6)
Birthday balloons brighten the School Dining Room
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Focus on Engineering & Geophysics Rebecca Glancy (1997 )
Towards the summer of 2004 an opportunity for a secondment to the contractor Carillion working on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project came up and I jumped at the chance, even when I discovered the site I would be based at was in Dagenham! During the year I worked in the commercial department ensuring sub contractors were paid and helping recover costs for extra work we had been asked to do. I also spent time as a site engineer supervising the construction of 19 foundations for new overhead line gantries on the Network Rail route adjacent to the high speed line. Turning reinforced concrete drawings into actual physical foundations is a strangely exhilarating process!
Folake Shasanya, Clare Lawrance & Rebecca Glancy on OG Day 2010
Rebecca Glancy is a Senior Engineer at Arup (Infrastructure London) I started sixth form not quite sure what I was going to do when I left school with my slightly odd combination of A-levels (maths, further maths, physics, French and an AS in music for good measure!). With the summer holidays approaching, at the end of Lower Six, I was told about a “girls in engineering” course that was being held at the University of Bath and decided it sounded as though it could be fun. So after a week of team design exercises, site visits and talks from female engineers working in various aspects of engineering, I knew exactly what was going on my UCAS form! I’m not sure many of my peers had much clue what civil engineering entailed – and I probably didn’t either, but I thought it would be interesting and should lead me right into a job at the end of it! After a gap year spent teaching maths and physics in very rural Uganda, I set off for Nottingham to start my 4 year MEng Civil engineering with French course. During the first two years of the course whilst the rest of the year could choose a module of their choice, us “with language” students joined up with other engineers to carry on our languages. For my third year I went to Lyon to study at INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliqués). Most people I talked to in the UK were staggered that I was going to go and study engineering in France for a year! I chose to study at Lyon partly because I knew there was a really big international student programme, and also for its proximity to the ski slopes! The range of nationalities there was overwhelming – Spanish, Finnish, Swedish, Columbian, Venezuelan to name but a few! For them, it was totally normal to spend a year studying abroad – most of them had chosen to study in France so they could learn French as obviously they all spoke English perfectly! After a year of 8am – 6pm lectures, weekend trips to the Alps and weekly meals in France’s gastronomic capital I headed back to Nottingham for my final year of projects and job applications. In July 2002 I graduated with a first and started at Arup in September as a graduate engineer in the Infrastructure group in London. I spent the first two years in the bridge division getting to grips with design of concrete structures – from the glamorous sounding Deep Bay Link bridges in Hong Kong to the slightly more functional car parks at BAA airports.
Once my secondment ended I returned to Arup and moved into the Site Development group. In this group we do more traditional civil engineering work (new highway works, modifications to existing roads) but the bulk of our work comes from supporting architects and urban planners to develop masterplans for new sites or redevelopment areas. For 4 years I was involved in the utility design and construction of Stratford City, a site in East London adjacent to the Olympic Park. Starting from the very high level strategy planning I gradually took on responsibility for most of the utility network detailed design. Developed by Westfield, when it opens (planned for autumn 2011 at the moment) this will comprise the biggest shopping centre in Europe! It’ll also be the main pedestrian gateway into the Olympic Park. I recently went out to site to see how it’s coming along and was really pleased to see paving going in and blacktop on the roads which must mean all the utilities below are in and in the right place…. In 2007, after what felt like 6 months of non-stop report and essay writing, I became a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. This is the ultimate professional qualification for the industry and involves a very rigorous process of on the job training and personal development, but it now means I can add CEng MICE to the MEng after my name! Two questions I often get asked when I tell people I’m a civil engineer – “what’s it like working in such a male dominated environment?” and “what made you decide to do that?” Hopefully I’ve answered the second, and for the first, I can only say that I’ve never worked anywhere else, so to me it’s normal! I am frequently the only woman in a meeting, but I really don’t think it makes a difference. Construction sites by their very nature have very few women working on them which can be intimidating at first, but once the blokes realise you know what you’re talking about they tend to get on with it! There are not a huge number of women at the top of the profession, but I think that is beginning to change with several high profile women in Arup alone. The biggest hurdle is making girls (and their parents!) aware of what engineering involves whilst they are at school and open it up as a career opportunity. We often have students in for work experience and once at university paid vacation placements are available (although competition is fierce!). Engineering degrees are highly valued by a range of employers outside the engineering sector – finance being the most popular. Unfortunately engineering is not likely to be able to compete with other sectors for salaries, but the range and diversity of work we get involved with helps to balance that out! I’m still in touch with quite a few girls from my year – four of us headed back to St Cats for this year’s OG Day and made the slightly shocking realisation that it was 20 years since we started in U3! Despite there being lots of new bits to the school it was comforting to go back to our old dorms and see things don’t change too much (although spotting the Nintendo wii in the common room induced jealousy in most of us, and the inevitable reminiscence of hoarding batteries to beg a game of super Mario on someone’s gameboy!). I’ve kept up the singing since I left St Cats and now sing with the New London Singers. We’ve just performed Fauré Requiem and are gearing up for a concert in November before the Christmas season gets going!
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President Barack Obama joins recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE) for a group photo in the East Room of the White House, 13th January, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson). Beverley is 2 rows behind the President & 2 people to his left!
Presidential Award for Dr Beverley McKeon Reynolds (1992) Dr Beverley McKeon Reynolds left St Catherine's in 1992 and read Engineering at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. After getting her PhD at Princeton University, she spent a few years back in the UK before returning to the USA in 2006. Beverley wrote at the time: "Ryan and I have returned to the USA, this time to the Los Angeles area. I am now an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the Californis Institute of Technology (CALTECH) and am enjoying the challenge of setting up a new research group and laboratories in a great university."
In January 2010, Beverley was honoured to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering from President Obama in Washington DC which she describes as the definite highlight of her career to date. Beverley has also just given birth to her first child and writes: "Yes, it's been quite a year. My husband Ryan and I welcomed Erin Mae McKeon Reynolds into the world on 3rd December 2010 and are loving our new life." Many congratulations to Beverley - 2010 will certainly be a year to remember.
Life as a Geophysicist Sam Long (2002)
At School my strong suits were maths, the sciences and hands-on activities, but I didn’t have a clear-cut idea of what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up’. I settled on Geophysical Sciences at Southampton University as it seemed to be a good mix of everything, and I had a fantastic time there. Once I graduated I was approached by a company based in Western Australia – Geoforce (now Groundprobe Geophysics) who hired me as a field geophysicist. In my first year I worked on an aerial EM (ElectroMagnetic) system called SkyTEM which involved building a big frame, looping an electric current around it and hooking it under a helicopter! The associated EM field induces secondary EM fields in any subsurface conductors, and we in turn can pick up their signals – basically simple EM induction with some subtleties, and the fun of having to stand under a chopper hovering at head height! Our first job was in Nullagine, WA – we were choppered 100km into the desert every morning for 12 hour shifts in temperatures exceeding 50’C. I got sunburnt.
job in Jabiru (NT) saw another week’s drive through the Kimberly where we spent afternoons cooling off in gorges (carefully selecting the ones with no crocs!)
In 2009 I was made crew leader of the SkyTEM system, and we were given the largest ever geophysical helicopter survey ever to be flown in the world, in Broken Hill, NSW. Accommodation was local shearing stations all over the town – it was fantastic! We had to make fires to heat our hot water, met locals who took us hunting and fishing, and basically lived ‘bush’ 3 weeks a month for 3 months. I loved it – I got to shoot stuff while wearing a cowboy hat! Then during the days it was back in our trucks chasing the chopper down the survey grid (we have to find suitable landing sites further down the road while the pilot is up in the air). Adrenalin CITY!
This year I have been doing Down-hole EM (same principal, we lay a large loop of conducting wire out in the desert, and winch our receiver probe down a drill hole (typically up to 1.5km deep) taking readings as we go. Working on an active mine (on the surface, or underground) is very different from remote work, but the more rigid schedule (2 weeks on, 1 week off ) means I have made some fantastic friendships with the people up at Leinster, WA – especially the bar staff and drillers. Lugging hundreds of kg of loop wire around in 50°C is pretty tough work….but you get used to it, and it makes a cold beer with the boys after work even more worth it!
Thanks to mobilizing after each job I have managed to see more of Aus than most Aussies! After SkyTEM in Tasmania we drove back to Perth for 6 days through wine country and then across the Nullabor in South Australia, stopping at Jacob’s Creek and a few others for a ‘taste’, and a
I’d recommend this kind of work to anyone – especially if, like me, you can’t think of anything worse than sitting behind a desk every day…I don’t even HAVE a desk! …..I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up…..
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Mrs Joy Lowe Headmistress St Catherine’s Junior School 1975-1998 Joy sadly died on 14th October 2010. The Eulogy (abridged below) was delivered by her daughter, Julie Lowe, at Joy’s funeral on 3rd November. “Joy loved this School deeply and it feels very right, very fitting, to hold her funeral here in this beautiful School Chapel. Her circle, like the wheel of St Catherine’s, is complete.
Prep School Going Green During the week of 4th to 8th October the Prep School took part in “Girls Go Green” week. This week, which is an annual event in GSA Schools and therefore at St Catherine’s, aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and to encourage whole school participation. On Tuesday the girls dressed up in green clothes or outfits made out of recycled materials. Particular mention goes to Zara, Saskia and Petra Bailey who spent a lot of time and effort on their spectacular costumes. Tuesday was also a walk and cycle to school day in the Prep School. The day was a great success with 86% of girls finding alternative ways of coming to school other than by car on their own. Four forms achieved 100% and three more achieved 95% which is a huge achievement. On Friday we had two more visitors to our whole school assembly. The first visitor was Verity Dinnage from Waverly Council who came to announce that Katie Walker and Alice Pink had been awarded a runners-up prize in a competition to design a recycling character. The second visitor was Toni Waters from Surrey Waste Management Services. She came to launch our new eco project of reducing food waste at lunchtimes. She urged the girls to reduce the amount of food waste they produce by selecting portion sizes that they can eat. She also talked to the girls about the importance of composting food scraps rather than sending them to landfill sites. It was an inspiring assembly and gave some environmental context to our own campaign at the school. Our last Girls Go Green event was a ceremonial switching off of all electrical items before heading off to Godalming for the Harvest Festival. All in all the week was a huge success in raising awareness and uniting the whole school in its commitment to important environmental issues.
Many thanks are due to Alice Phillips for allowing us to use the Chapel on this working day. Initially I asked to use it when the girls were absent for the half term holiday, so as not to cause any upset or distress. Alice’s response was that as Joy had played such a large part in school life during the 23 years she was here, it would be far more appropriate to mark her death also as part of an active, school day. It was a lovely, generous, response and has been much appreciated. When she arrived at St Catherine’s in 1975, it was with a sense of adventure, enthusiasm and style, and a determination to give her girls the best start in life. Fate can take away a parent, a house, or any material thing, but nothing and nobody can take away a good education. Talking to colleagues of Joy’s from the late seventies, it appears that the Junior School at that time was not held in particularly high regard. The teachers were looked on rather as “baby minders” and the “real” work only started once the girls had moved into the Senior
School. Well she set out to change all that. She decided that numbers needed to be built up from the very bottom, and engaged in battle with the bursar’s department, diplomatically of course, until permission was granted to convert one of the resident staff houses into a dedicated pre-prep unit. What has been so lovely about the cards, letters, emails and phone calls that I have received, is that so many people have mentioned the happy, positive influence Joy had on their lives. Equally they were shocked, saddened and unbelieving of her sudden, untimely death. To all of you who have contacted me with your memories, with your condolences and good wishes, I thank you very, very much. It has been a devastating and terrible time, and your kind words have been a real comfort.”
Memories Joy Lowe’s funeral was very well attended by family, her many friends and former colleagues together with some former parents and pupils. A packed Chapel bore testament to Mrs Lowe’s popularity and the high regard in which she was held. The School received a large volume of emails with people’s memories. Typical examples are as follows: “The Junior School was a very happy school and this was down to Mrs Lowe’s leadership. She was such a warm, caring person and my memory of her is as always smiling; growing up presented a number of challenges but Mrs Lowe was always ready with very fair, sound advice or words of comfort. I made great friends at the Junior School, who are still my dearest friends today, and I had a great education - these things would not have happened if it had not been for the positive, supportive and caring environment that Mrs Lowe created. I was privileged to have known her and to have been educated under her headship.” 1993 Leaver “We all thought she was so young and glamorous. Joy was such an enthusiastic Head and great fun. She was a real inspiration and helped me to gain a place in the Senior School. I remember her as very tall with short dark hair and a love of brightly
Nicole Thrower (2004) & Jenni Cooper (2004) attended the funeral
coloured clothes (red was a particular favourite!). I never remember her being strict but she seemed to instill discipline and to get the best results out of all the girls.” 1983 Leaver “Mrs Lowe was the best Headmistress. She always held a special place in my heart and I loved her very much. She was beautiful, kind, caring, generous, thoughtful, understanding and a truly wonderful person. I always felt that she treated the pupils like her own children.” 1981 Leaver
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Other Farewells ... Audrey Head (1932)
St Catherine’s lost one of its greatest supporters and champions in the Summer of 2010 with the passing of Audrey Head on 20th August. Audrey progressed from St Catherine’s to secretarial college and rose to become Managing Director of Hill Samuel Unit Trust Managers in 1976. A tribute given by her nephew on behalf of family and friends at her funeral in Shalford recalls: "This was a huge achievement and especially for a woman in such a male dominated environment. She always said that she was not a ‘woman’s libber’ but “I am quite prepared to fight for myself”. As Managing Director she was the first woman to hold such a position within the City and was selected out of 140 other directors and executives. For her success she was nominated and won the Times Veuve Cliquot Champagne Award in 1976 for a Woman in a Man’s world. The award soon changed its named to Business Woman of the Year and Audrey attended many further awards and reunions. Audrey’s recognition continued with the award of a Queens’s medal in Commemoration of the Silver Jubilee in 1977. Audrey’s career further developed and reached new heights in 1983 when she became Chairman of the Unit Trust Association for a 2-year term. In 1985 Audrey retired from the City, but still continued with a number of voluntary roles and took up some new part time jobs. These included being involved with the Monopolies & Mergers Commission, Surrey Health Authority, General Commissioner of Taxes, Pilgrim Housing Association (Chairman for a 10 year term) and a Governor at Cranleigh School. However it was her involvement with St Catherine’s School at Bramley which meant a lot to her, since the family has had a long association with the school. Audrey was a pupil there in 1932 and became a Governor in 1979 and was later Chairman of the Governors for an 8-year term. At the time of her death, she was still a regular supporter of the school and took great interest in all their achievements.”
Sheena McCall (1963) Sheena McCall Reynolds sadly died on 25th June 2010 aged only 63. Sheena studied art in Paris and at St. Martin's School of Art in London. In the sixties her artwork included stage sets and album covers for Donovan and Humble Pie. Later in her career she painted backdrops for the Royal Albert Hall and illustrated several books. She was very well known in the dog world and was a Championship judge of deerhounds for the Kennel Club and a talented and successful animal artist. Sheena’s brothers, Andrew and Simon, both gave tributes at her funeral. Extracts are set out below together with an appreciation from the Deerhound Club of Great Britain. “Sheena, following in Pippy’s footsteps, attended St Catherine’s School here in Bramley and my abiding memory of her time there was of Sheena and her best friends, Jenny Hutchison and Ann Pugsley - a striking trio of tall, dark and gorgeous girls - in black trousers and tight black roll necks holding court in Boxers Café in Guildford at the tender age of 14. They subsequently graduated to The Three Horseshoes Pub in Thursley where they continued to draw the crowds.” Andrew McCall “It was horses and dogs that were for many years the focus of her unique artistic talents, together with an emerging wonderful ability in portraiture. Her limited edition prints celebrating the Centenary of the Deerhound Club of Great Britain were a sell-out, as were her pair of limited edition silkscreen prints of polo ponies. And it must be noted that Sheena had been selected to judge deerhounds at Crufts in 2013.” Simon McCall “She drew other breeds of dogs, as well as horses and polo ponies – a very talented artist who exhibited at galleries in London, as well as the Kennel Club Art Gallery. Sheena must be the most important deerhound artist for at least the past hundred years ... She was such an engaging and attractive person. Thoroughly down to earth, but with a spiritual air about her … Dear Sheena, we will all miss you.” Deerhound Club of Great Britain
Carys Bannister (1951) Extract from ‘An Appreciation of Carys Bannister’, who sadly died on 20th August 2010, by her research colleague and friend, Dr Jaleel Miyan (Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester) “As the first “lady brain surgeon” in the UK (though she herself always said there was one before her who practised during the war years but not fully qualified) Carys received a lot of media attention appearing on the TV series about Women of Today and on radio including Woman’s Hour. Carys settled herself into her career in Manchester becoming a respected and expert neurosurgeon with an international reputation, consequently becoming also an excellent teacher and mentor to medical students. She set up the fetal-management unit at St Mary’s as a tertiary referral centre for neurodevelopmental defects which she ran without fail for her entire career. She did not keep normal office hours, spending as much time with each patient as they needed, and with the remaining patients waiting content in the knowledge that she would stay all day and night to see everyone on her clinic list. In her teaching she was loved by students for dismissing ideas she did not agree with and for interrupting lecturers mid flight to engage in heated debate in front of a grateful audience. At UMIST she endeared herself to the students so much that the course she was involved with grew in popularity year on year as graduating students informed lower years of the “fun” of learning they had experienced in the course. Carys never demonstrated a loss of humility nor passion for learning and enquiry, even though she had to demonstrate tenacity and will power on the road into a male dominated world, most particularly in neurosurgery. She was a people’s surgeon and celebrated or cried with patients and their families as and when needed. As a professional she was always available for discussions and became an integral part of many families. She drove anyone to achieve what they could and made everyone feel their contribution was vital to the research effort and to learning in general.”
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CATEY Award Winner Geoffrey Harrison, founder and MD of Harrison Catering Services, was presented with the Food Service Caterer of the Year award at the prestigious Catey awards. Known as the Oscars of the hospitality industry, the 2010 Cateys were held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel and Harrison's directors were present to witness the presentation of this fantastic award. Geoffrey himself was keen to reflect the praise back on the company: "I'm delighted to receive this award not for myself, but as industry recognition for the company as a whole. I started Harrison Catering Services with a simple idea but this award really represents the sum total of the contribution of every individual - all of whom are doing great things in their contracts every day."
Mary Aspinall New York attornery, James H. Bell, visited St Catherine's two years ago to donate some photos to the Archive. Katherine Stocks (Association Director) and Rosemary & Richard Christophers (volunteer archivists) were delighted to meet Jim but saddened to hear that his search for an old friend and St Catherine's Old Girl, Mary Aspinall (1957), had ended in the discovery that Mary died in 1971 aged just 29. Jim and Mary met at a school dance in 1957 while he was on a year's ESU exchange to Christ's Hospital from the USA. Their relationship was largely conducted through correspondence and they were both prolific letter writers. Jim had kept Mary's letters in storage with other memorabilia from his year abroad for the past 50 years and, having discovered her early death and being unable, therefore, to resolve anxieties about the way their relationship concluded all those years ago, he embarked on a remarkable quest to discover everything about Mary's short life and preserve her memory. Jim writes: "the traces of Mary's life that are left now are terribly faint... Few are alive today who even know that Mary existed... the shadow of everlasting obscurity seems poised to envelope her all too soon. I have decided to use what power I have to put that off for a while." The resulting book, "Remembering Mary", is a wonderful tribute to an early and unresolved love and gives us at St Catherine's a glimpse into day to day life for girls at that time, so very different from today.
Geoffrey started his business with a single unit at St Catherine's and Harrisons now has over 100 clients with close to 100,000 meals being served each day by over 2,300 staff across more than 400 sites. Harrisons remain the School's caterers to this day.
Connie Retires after 31 Years at St Cats Many Old Girls and former staff will recognise Mrs Maria Vieira, better know as Connie, who worked at St Catherine’s as a housekeeper for 31 years. Connie retired during the Autumn Term 2010 and staff gathered on 16th September to hear Mrs Phillips thank Connie for her long service to St Catherine’s and present her with flowers and a leaving gift. We will all miss her.
The book has been published privately but Jim would be very pleased to hear from anyone who remembers Mary and/or might be interested in receiving a copy of "Remembering Mary". Please email Katherine Stocks: email@example.com
Charlotte Ord (right) & Jemima Ingarfield
Trainer of the Year 2010 Charlotte Ord (2000): “Looking back at my time at St Catherine’s, there is no doubt that the opportunities and encouragement I received set me on the path to where I am today. As an enthusiastic netball and lacrosse player, I was able to realise my full sporting potential thanks to some truly incredible teachers. I studied PE at A-Level and then embarked on a degree in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Surrey. Following my graduation and having ridden horses professionally during my time at Uni, a career in the fitness industry felt like a natural progression, allowing me to combine my love of training, physiology and psychology with helping a variety of people achieve their goals. Fast forward five years and I have just opened the doors to my first fitness club, Phoenix Pro Fitness; a state of the art training facility in Godalming and the first gym to be focused entirely on members’ results. I was also named Personal Trainer of the Year 2010 at the International Fitness Showcase Awards earlier this year and speak regularly on a variety of nationwide seminar tours and events, educating other professionals in my field. I truly believe that if you are passionate and dedicated it is very possible to make a profitable career out of doing something you love, however unorthodox. The education I received at St Catherine’s, both in and out of the classroom, played an enormous part in helping me create my dream career, working with a fantastic team to make a significant impact on the lives of others, whether it be helping someone lose 5 stone of fat, or win a national title.”
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 Newsletter January 2011