Heathfield hosted its first ever Prep Schools Netball Tournament when teams from six Prep Schools – Glendower Prep, Kensington Prep, St George’s, Windsor Castle, Maltmans Green, Orchard House and Broomfield Prep – competed to be tournament winners. Due to bad weather the tournament had to be moved inside but the play still went ahead and to a high level. After the tournament ended everyone enjoyed tea in St Mary’s Theatre and Mrs Heywood presented the winners’ medals to St George’s, Windsor Castle.
Miss S Lloyd
Congratulations to Isabella (Form IV) who competed with her team from the Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club at the Horse of the Year Show. After the team competed to a high standard throughout the week they qualified for the Prince Philip cup and impressively came runners up. This was the first time the Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club had qualified to compete at the Horse of the Year Show and for the cup. What a fantastic achievement!
Miss S Lloyd
Well done to the U12, U13 and U14 swim teams who were placed first with 85 points at the Ascot Schools’ Swimming Gala. There were many fantastic performances which included Floria (Form I) winning three individual races: Frontcrawl, Butterfly and Individual Medley for the U12s. The U12 and U14 teams won the Medley relays.
Miss J Talbot
Head of House – De Valois
To celebrate Harvest Festival this year, Heathfield tried something completely different. Each student armed with a £5 note went to a local supermarket to buy food or items for a family of four who rely on food banks. The girls took their challenge very seriously making sure they purchased a good range of items for their money. The results were amazing – the Chapel sanctuary was filled with gifts purposely and thoughtfully given, ready for delivery to the food bank. Although we had more gifts than ever before and more money was spent than ever before, the true gift was the care, consideration and time given by each of the girls to gather items to help others in need.
Fr T Tregunno
As a member of Austen House, it has been my turn this weekend to organise one of the activities for the students. I thought I would do something different and, with the approval of Madame Lankshear, we decided to get Form II girls involved in a local initiative, supporting a charity that collects and donates heart-shaped pillows to women who are going through treatment for breast cancer. The cushions are made to a specific shape which fits under the arm and helps the recovery after a mastectomy. Please read the following article to find more out about the project: Heid’s help for Berkshire mastectomy patients
It seemed a worthwhile cause and a way of working together as a team whilst using textile techniques. We turned it into a bit of a working party with popcorn, chocolate cookies and music while cutting and stitching away. I thought if we could put maybe ten pillows together that would be a great achievement. Well, I had not considered what the II Form girls could do… not only did we have a great time, but they managed to work so well together that in just under two hours we made twelve cushions! They looked fabulous and the girls even managed to add handmade cards to accompany each cushion and wish the patients who will receive them a quick recovery.
Hopefully they will bring a little smile and some comfort to all those ladies. Well done Form II!
Mrs A Rutilli
Teacher of Art
Heathfield lacrosse players were extremely fortunate to welcome Lois Richardson for a day’s coaching. Lois is an England International Player & Captain for over 20 years, playing in five World Cups and coaching in four.
The day was split into three sessions with the first being made up of Forms I and II, the second Form III and the final session Form IV. The girls had a great day, and it was super to see Lois’s enthusiasm rub off on all the girls. The coaching certainly gave them plenty to think about for the rest of the season.
“It was a great opportunity to be able to have a lesson with Lois. She taught us the main skills that we would be able to use in defensive and attacking areas. Everyone had a go at playing in defence so that they understood how the opposition moves and would be comfortable playing any position. We also worked on our communication which is a major part of team work. We all did well at this but needed to remember to be loud and clear. We were also reminded of the importance of supporting and backing up your team. And Lois gave us a good tip – warm up in the direction you are going to play”. Katy, Form IV Student
Ms W Reynolds
Director of Sport