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Friday 27th May 2022 
An invitation flew into my inbox yesterday for the Summer Art exhibition on 8th June, with some sneak previews of stunning artwork produced by students across the Senior School.  It reminded me of how the Art Department nurtures all girls to be able to express themselves creatively with confidence.  My experience at school was rather different: I was instructed not to take GCSE Art, and I was certainly convinced of my own inability! 
Yet creativity is something everyone possesses, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn the key skills of artistic expression.  So it is refreshing to see the breadth of artwork in the School, and the number of students going onto further study beyond the Sixth Form.  The creative industries in the UK account for over 2 million jobs, and it has been inspiring to see alumnae flourish in this sector, from singer Hannah Reid (of London Grammar) to artist Ruth Heppel.
I am greatly looking forward to our “Hillfest” event on 1st July, an opportunity for families to gather here to enjoy musical, dramatic and other performances from across the School, with plenty of refreshments.  It should cap a year in which we have gradually been able to enjoy the Arts live again.  We have also been thinking about how we can help parents reconnect with each other, particularly those whose daughters joined the School more recently, when restrictions have made social gatherings harder.  I will be writing with the Parents’ Guild after half-term to explore some possible opportunities for the year ahead, to canvas views, and to seek involvement in the events which the Guild run with such energy and enthusiasm.
I would like to wish you all a very good half-term break.
Green STEM Challenge Presentations in Collaboration with Imperial College
On Thursday May 6th, ten Physics students from NHEHS arrived at the Imperial College Campus in White City. Five months ago, they had embarked on the Green STEM Challenge project set by the college. Read how they all got on with their final presentations in Year 12 Abha’s report here.

Global Cultures Week at NHEHS
May 9th – 13th was Global Cultures Week at NHEHS – a celebration of different cultures in our community in school and more broadly. A wide range of events/activities gave students the opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity that exists within our school, as well as the chance to deepen social awareness and understanding of the cultural richness of the world beyond us. Read what we got up to in the Senior School via this link and in Junior School here.

Music Concerts, Workshops & Trips
It's been a busy first half of term for the Music Department! First up was a fantastic trip to the South Bank to see the NYO. Then an inspiring Jazz Workshop and Concert led by Matt Anderson, jazz teacher at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. And this week our musicians have been taking part in a Conducting Masterclass ahead of our Summer Concert in July!
Year 9 Pitzhanger Gallery Art Trip
Our Year 9 students enjoyed a recent trip to the Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery. Surround
ed by stunning Soane architecture and the beautiful gardens in full bloom, students were treated to a guided tour of the Manor and embraced the solo exhibition Dappled Light, by artist Rana Begum RA. Read all about it plus see some of our students' artwork inspired by the trip here.
Miss Munro-Hall’s Good Luck Poem to Year 11!
Our Year 11s recently celebrated their last day at school before their GCSE study leave started. On their final day, they enjoyed afternoon tea and cake, good luck messages from the Year 11 tutor team, goody bags and a personalised poem from Miss Munro-Hall! You can read her lovely poem to all the students here!
Meet Ellie - Our New Games Captain
We're delighted to introduce our new Games Captain for 2021-22, Ellie M! Discover which is Ellie's favourite sport, learn what her new role involves, why she loves sport and her amazing ideas for promoting sport to students throughout the school here.
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Launch of Just One Tree Day GDST Initiative
As part of a GDST wide initiative led by PSHE Trust Consultant Teachers Mrs Ferguson and Miss Munro-Hall,  we are excited to announce our involvement with the Just One Tree Foundation. Read about the launch here plus see more photos of our activities this week including the very successful Junior Eco Art Exhibition on Twitter here!

Film Festival Success
May 4th saw our biennial NHEHS GDST Film Festival Gala night.  Well done to Sophie L and Aliyyah T for taking the reigns and delivering an engaging panel of speakers and co-ordinating a fantastic screening of our Film Competition. Read more here.
Harrow School Symposium at the Royal Society in London
Our Year 12s enjoyed another collaboration with their counterparts at Harrow School earlier in May, this time discussing the theme of gender at the Royal Society in London. Read all about it in Zoe's report here.

Year 9 Wellbeing Leads on Mental Health Awareness Week
With loneliness as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, our Year 9 Wellbeing Leads were keen to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it. So they recorded a short video to share with our school community which you can watch here.

Year 8 Astound and Amaze with Learning Amazon Presentations
Our Year 8s amazed us last week with the first of their Learning Amazon Project presentations where students had the opportunity to take on a project outside of their usual lessons, in which they develop their research skills and present on a broad open question. Read more about it here.
News From Our Sixth

Last Day at School for Year 13
Our Year 13s had a fun-filled day in school before starting their study leave. Read all about the NHEHS last day traditions as well as Miss Aherne’s good luck message to them here. We’ll miss you!

In the Careers Spotlight - Alumnae Guneet Anand & Georgina Thornton
We were delighted to welcome back  recently two alumnae as guest speakers as part of our latest Careers Spotlight sessions. Read about Guneet Anand's journey from consultancy to being a prison officer via charity work here and Georgina Thornton's career path that combines her love of sport, business and law here.
Community Update

Sunflower Appeal for Ukraine + May Charities Update
We were thrilled to welcome parent and journalist Jason Farrell to school to share his experiences of war reporting in Ukraine. He also showed us photos of his 'lucky mascot' sunflower which had travelled to Ukraine with him - one of the flowers hand-knitted by students, staff and parents at NHEHS. Our Ukraine Sunflowers initiative continues and we are aiming to make 1000 sunflowers to sell at Party in the Park on Sunday 26th June – so we are calling for knitters to join the team to help build stock to sell. If you are interested and would like to participate, please contact Mrs Duns who has been leading this amazing initiative. Read all about it here plus our Year 7's fundraising for Refuge, Toilet Twinning, a super collection for the Days for Girls charity and more!

Local Primary Pupils Get Creative at BUDS Enrichment Programme
We were delighted to welcome back pupils from Christ the Saviour C of E Primary School, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Montpelier Primary School, Selborne Primary School and North Ealing Primary School to the fifth of our BUDS Saturday enrichment sessions earlier this month. Find out what we got up to here!
We would like to keep all of our parents up to date with the latest news.

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