St Nicholas’s Stalls

Heathfield held its annual fundraising event, St Nicholas’s Stalls, on 23rd November 2013 in aid of the House charities; S.O.S Children’s Village International, Flip’s Fund, Richard Burns Foundation and Make a Wish Foundation UK. At 11am in true Heathfield tradition girls, parents, governors, staff and old girls gathered for the grand opening at the entrance to the St Mary’s Theatre to see the youngest girl in the School, Georgia (Form I), and Mrs Heywood cut the official ribbon. Once inside, the St Mary’s Theatre was packed full of external stall holders offering an array of goods, perfect for Christmas presents, including candles, soaps, jewellery and clothing. The Sports Hall was a hive of activity as each House traded goods on its House stall. The girls were proactively selling raffle tickets and promoting their games which included Guess the Name of the Brussels Sprout, Grab a Grand and Guess the Name of the Baby. There was face painting, Santa’s grotto and a tuck shop all ran by the girls in the name of charity. Thanks are given to everyone who made this year’s St Nicholas’s Stalls such a huge success. Money from the event is still coming in but last year’s total has already been exceeded.

Miss S Lloyd, Marketing Manager


Berkshire Lacrosse Selection

Congratulations to Daisy (Form V) and Harriette (LVI) who were selected to play for the U19A and U19B Berkshire Lacrosse teams respectively. The girls represented Berkshire in the South West Counties tournament on Saturday 9th November 2013 at Westonbirt School. The Berkshire teams competed against Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & Worcestershire and Monmouthshire. At the tournament Daisy with the U19A Berkshire Lacrosse team won the South West Counties Lacrosse Tournament and Daisy has now been selected for the South West territorial trials. Congratulations to both girls.

Ms Reynolds
Director of Sport
Berkshire Lacrosse 2013

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

On Friday 8th November we saw the Chapel of the Ascension crowded with parents, staff and Forms I-III as they gathered to hear Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater performed by the Top 12, choir and instrumentalists under the baton and expert guidance of Mrs Dance. The Stabat Mater is a total of thirteen songs dedicated to the grieving mother of Christ who stood mourning at the foot of the cross. The songs moved from the heart-wrenching suspensions of the opening chorus to the final Amen and the audience were held spellbound as solos, duets and choral movements intermingled to describe the story.

The girls had been working towards this day for many months, eager to do justice to such a magnificent aria. A huge thanks must go to Miss Kong, Miss Greenwood and Thea-Rose (Form UVI) for providing the musical accompaniments and of course to Mrs Dance for all her efforts in organising the event.
Janet, UVI Form Student and Janet, Housemistress

Geography Photography Competition: Seeing is Believing

This year’s theme ‘Seeing is Believing’ appeared to stimulate even more interest than usual with the highest numbers of entries to date – both from students and staff.

The results of this Geography Photography competition were announced in Assembly on Friday 1st November. Photographs taken over the summer were joyfully judged by a panel of three – Mrs Heywood, Miss White and Mrs Mason in October and then prizes and an Assembly were prepared for the much anticipated announcements.
The interpretation of ‘Seeing is Believing’ was so diverse ranging from a sombre image of a Belgian World War cemetery from Tansy (Form I) to cows on a beach in Azerbaijan from Lina (Form V). The various creative elements were much appreciated by the audience with Form V’s Frances’s dramatic lightning shot possibly stealing the show. Seacole House was loudly applauded as the overall winning House.
Watch this space in summer for the announcement of next year’s theme!
Mrs B Mason
Head of Humanities Faculty
Frances Weston Photo Challenge

‘The Malaria Puzzle’

We were delighted to welcome back Dr Samuel Assefa on 7th November, to talk about his work as part of the malaria research team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Malaria is responsible for an estimated one million deaths a year (80% of which are children under the age of five years old) and, as yet there is no vaccine, whilst resistance against available drugs is widespread. Dr Assefa’s presentation was highly informative and the visual effects, vividly showing how the parasite invades our blood cells and the ensuing result, was extremely effective. The girls were intrigued to hear about Samuel’s genomic research and asked a great deal of insightful questions. It was heart-rending to learn that during the course of the talk another child would have died from the disease. This reinforces how vital and urgent the need for global control and elimination of malaria and the invaluable contribution made by researchers, such Dr Samuel Assefa, in trying to solve the malaria puzzle.

Mrs K Bramley
School Librarian