Founder’s Day 2015

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.

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