After morning lessons as usual, Founder’s Day started with a light lunch before the girls headed to St Mary’s Theatre to listen to guest speaker Major Kate Philp. Major Philp was injured whilst serving on operations in Afghanistan in November 2008. As a result her left leg was amputated below the knee. After 16 months of rehab she was determined she would return to work to pursue her professional ambition. Kate got involved with a charity called Walking with the Wounded and was selected to take part in their South Pole Challenge. It was while she was undergoing the selection process for the South Pole Challenge that she first came to talk to the girls at Heathfield. It was a real pleasure to welcome her back to talk to the girls again, having completed the expedition. Kate engaged with the girls talking about her challenging trip to the South Pole and focused on four key themes: Articulate, Reflect, Trust and Perspective. The girls asked many questions and joined Major Philp back in Mrs Heywood’s study to ask even more. After the talk the girls came together in their Houses for a high tea in the dining room. This was followed by a Chapel service which gave thanks for our founder Miss Eleanor Wyatt. The girls then attended a feast supper before the mystery evening entertainment which they had been excited about all day! They thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Founder’s Day evening entertainment by the UK’s number 1 beatboxing band, Duke.
The weekend afternoon activities started off with LVI Form De Valois students making pizzas in the Cookery Room with Forms I – III whilst Form V decorated the Assembly Hall in preparation for the evening’s formal dinner with Harrow.That evening the Lower School had a DVD night and Forms IV and LVI headed out for a night at the cinema. At 7pm the Fifth Form emerged from their rooms looking simply stunning, to the amazement of the Lower School girls who looked at them with envy. Their guests from Harrow arrived around 7.30pm looking suitably well dressed. The evening started with a three course meal, consisting of a tomato and mozzarella salad to start, chicken risotto as main and ‘Harrow’ mess for dessert. Following this they all took to the dance floor before the boys’ departure at 10pm. A great evening was had by all and a huge thanks go to Catering Manager Lee and his team for the delicious meal.