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£3m to build a Jewel at the Heart of South Hampstead

We are seeking support from the whole South Hampstead community to help us to create an inspiring new hall for our pupils and the surrounding area.

In 2014 with help from the GDST and some generous donors, we were able to transform the senior school at South Hampstead into the modern, flexible and inspiring building pupils enjoy today.

The Waterlow hall sits at the heart of this building and is the centre for a huge range of the activities which take place each day at South Hampstead.

Our ambition now is to transform this hall into a contemporary, flexible performing arts space.

“Waterlow Hall will be a place of inspiration for our pupils to learn, rehearse and perform. It will encourage all to stand up and be heard in an environment that matches the quality of their intellectual thinking and creative talents. It will be the very heart of the school and the shining jewel in our beautiful building.”
Vicky Bingham, Headmistress

A DESIGN TO INSPIRE

The proposed design has been developed with our architects and a range of specialist consultants to ensure that we can achieve the very best facility whilst accommodating the wide variety of uses required by the school and surrounding community.

“The sculptural, elegant design proposal for Waterlow Hall will provide a beautiful canvas to support and encourage creativity in the school’s everyday life, while enhancing the atmosphere and experience for both performer and audience.”
Broadway Malyan, Architect
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A Steinway D Grand Piano:

The hall will become home to our new piano and enhance the performance of our pupils as well as attracting professional musicians.

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Acoustic Panelling:

The walls will be lined with vertical timber panelling and the walls, ceiling and technical gantry will be designed to optimise the reflecion, absorption and diffusion of sound. 

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Retractable Seating:

244 retractable tiered seats in a romboid foormation will improve views and the flexibility to use the hall for a whole variety of school and local events

Technical Gantry:

A gantry will surround the hall and allow for lighting and technical support for productions and provide safe and secure access for pupils to learn about backstage areas of theatre and concert productions.

 

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LED Lighting:

Integrated LED lighting can be controlled to create the right environment for all uses ranging from exam conditions to evening events.

Storage & Support:

The heating and ventilations strategy will ensure a comfortable environment in all conditions and unsightly services will be integrated within the timber panels, creating functional systems without compromising the design aesthetic.

 

A Hall for all occassions

We need this hall for so many different things. From storage to stages and performance lighting to projectors, we have carefully examined how this space will accomodate and enhance the wide variety of ways we use the hall every single day.

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#WaterlowWisdom 

Find out what our Staff, pupils and notable South Hampstead Alumnae think about the project and how much it means to them.

 

  Charlie is a theatre director, producer & educator. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. As the Artistic Director of Grey & Green Theatre Company, which was founded in 2013, she has staged new female-led plays for Vault Festival, Edinburgh Fringe & Secret Garden Party, amongst others. In 2017, she was interviewed on BBC Asian network about her theatre work, feminism and the suffragette movement.    Charlie was formerly Associate Director at Peaceful Lion Productions, which makes high-quality theatre for family audiences. She has trained and worked with organisations including Outside Edge, the Almeida Theatre and Theatre for a Change, and has created and led drama workshops for all ages. Her work with Lagnet Cric, a grassroots Kenyan theatre company, in late 2017, was featured in The Stage.

Charlie is a theatre director, producer & educator. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. As the Artistic Director of Grey & Green Theatre Company, which was founded in 2013, she has staged new female-led plays for Vault Festival, Edinburgh Fringe & Secret Garden Party, amongst others. In 2017, she was interviewed on BBC Asian network about her theatre work, feminism and the suffragette movement.

Charlie was formerly Associate Director at Peaceful Lion Productions, which makes high-quality theatre for family audiences. She has trained and worked with organisations including Outside Edge, the Almeida Theatre and Theatre for a Change, and has created and led drama workshops for all ages. Her work with Lagnet Cric, a grassroots Kenyan theatre company, in late 2017, was featured in The Stage.

Charlie Ely (SHHS 2007)
Theatre Director - Campaign Ambassador

"I realise now that the creative freedom offered at South Hampstead far surpassed most other schools. We explored such a range of content and styles in our drama lessons that I became increasingly hooked. A Level Drama allowed us to talk about subjects that might be somewhat taboo, in a safe space. We saw it as a laboratory for examining possible situations in the outside world. It helped us develop knowledge of human behaviours and psychology. We worked as a team. We performed as birds and policemen, we wrote songs about feminism & speeches about war.


Drama at South Hampstead gave me so much confidence and joy to bring forward into the rest of my life. It helped me strike my own path and adapt to all sorts of varied communities and environments. The performing arts are so important - creativity is so important - to personal and professional development, whatever career/s you go into, so I am hugely excited that South Hampstead will be transforming the facilities available to students to reach their potential."

Despina Tsatsas (2000)

Theatre producer and Campaign Ambassador

Despina is a theatre producer with experience across the subsidised and commercial sector, and recently joined the Young Vic theatre as Executive Director. Previous roles include Executive Producer at UK theatre companies Punchdrunk and Frantic Assembly and work for organisations including Almeida Theatre, and Ambassador Theatre Group. She was also Associate Producer for West End General Management company Mark Rubinstein Ltd where clients included National Theatre Productions and the Royal Opera House. Whilst at Mark Rubinstein Ltd, Despina acted as Main House Producer at the Young Vic theatre between 2010 and 2012. Despina is a Clore Leadership Programme Fellow (2012/2013) and received a Stage One Apprenticeship in 2006/7. She is a Board Member of UK charity Clean Break – a women’s theatre company working with women offenders and those at risk of offending, as well as medical-educational charity The Laura Case Trust.

  "Theatre at South Hampstead laid the groundwork for my career. Through the leadership of our drama, music and art teachers we learned vital lessons about the collaboration and joy of making something in a group, as well as experiencing first hand the impact of creative expression. By years 9 and 10, we were not only expected to perform in the plays of the canon (Shakespeare, Rattigan et al) but also encouraged to devise and write our own works; to be our own authors and directors influencing the content and form of what audiences experienced. Looking back this somehow feels typical of the leadership lessons which were embedded in all the learning at SHHS but I think on a personal level, it also enabled me to understand early the craft of theatre-making as not being limited to the performers visible on stage but that whole teams of people were required to make something really special."

"Theatre at South Hampstead laid the groundwork for my career. Through the leadership of our drama, music and art teachers we learned vital lessons about the collaboration and joy of making something in a group, as well as experiencing first hand the impact of creative expression. By years 9 and 10, we were not only expected to perform in the plays of the canon (Shakespeare, Rattigan et al) but also encouraged to devise and write our own works; to be our own authors and directors influencing the content and form of what audiences experienced. Looking back this somehow feels typical of the leadership lessons which were embedded in all the learning at SHHS but I think on a personal level, it also enabled me to understand early the craft of theatre-making as not being limited to the performers visible on stage but that whole teams of people were required to make something really special."

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Lilah Fear (YO 2017) 
Ice dancer - Campaign Ambassador

Lilah has competed all over the world, including the European and World Championships, and was chosen for the GB Ambition Programme to travel to the Olympics in Pyeongchang as official reserves and to prepare for the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. Lilah trains full time in Montreal, Canada and is also enrolled in McGill University’s Psychology Department

'I was well prepared for all of the experiences by my time at SHHS. I learned a lot about leadership as part of the Head Girl Team and loved my time as a Music Scholar. The music department at SHHS is truly inspirational and I know it and the whole school would benefit greatly from the Waterlow Project.'

 

Gemma Rosefield (YO 1999)
Professional Musician - Campaign Ambassador

Gemma is one of three sisters to attend South Hampstead and her father was Chairman of the Governing body from 2005 to 2015.

Her musical career started when she began to learn the Cello and sing in the choir at the Junior school and she made her concerto debut at the age of sixteen, when she won First Prize in the European Music for Youth Competition in Oslo, Norway. Gemma now gives some 50 performances a year as cellist of Ensemble 360, Royal Philharmonic Society Medal Winners. She is also cellist of the Leonore Piano Trio, and regularly performs on BBC Radio 3. Having made a career as a professional musician, she is passionate about giving young women as many opportunities in music as possible.

‘Environment can have a huge impact on performance and aspiration. Music played a huge part in my life at South Hampstead and the proposed Waterlow Hall will be a truly inspiring venue. I am honoured to support the campaign to raise the funds for this project and help South Hampstead make this vision a reality’

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Ms Etheridge

has recently been appointed our new Director of Debating and Public Speaking.

'I am hugely excited about the re-development plans for the Waterlow Hall. Our girls will benefit from a wide range of public speaking opportunities in this state-of-the-art facility, from small-scale talks and presentations to competitions and debates in collaboration with other schools. The flexible seating, fantastic acoustics and impressive appearance of the new hall will make it the ideal venue to host South Hampstead’s exciting programme of events. The new space will open up huge possibilities for the future of public speaking at South Hampstead – I can’t wait to make the most of it!'

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Mr Murray

The man to go to if you need something done at SHHS, Mr Murray has been part of our estates team for six years and knows Waterlow Hall like the back of his hand -Our lighting and sound desks are antiquated and face completely the wrong way! That means we are forever calling in outside suppliers which is expensive and time-consuming. The new lighting and technical gantry will be fantastic and allow the pupils to get much more involved in this side of things. There is also very little storage in the current hall so we are always having to squeeze equipment in behind screens and move things around. The plans for the new hall include great storage which is neatly hidden away. The other thing I am really looking forward to is the air conditioning. That will make such a huge difference to the whole experience of being in the hall’

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Mrs Bernstein/Mrs Kamps

Mrs Bernstein and Mrs Kamps see the possiblities for physics with the new Waterlow Hall

‘The redeveloped hall presents all sorts of opportunities for teaching and learning. The new lighting rigs and technology will help us to explain about colour mixing, LEDS, semi-conductors and much more and the whole building will enable us to show how physics can be used in all sorts of creative industries and the wide variety of STEM careers that are available to our pupils.’

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Mr Clulow

Mr Clulow has worked in the Estates department here at South Hampstead for the past 3 years.

The Waterlow Hall is used for so many different things that we are in and out setting it up and moving the furniture numerous times every day. The new seating will make such a huge difference to the versatility of the Hall and the time it takes to get it ready for assemblies, talks, productions, concerts, functions and all the other uses the hall has. Roll on retractable seating – we can’t wait!

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Mr Christensen

The head of music in the junior school is really looking forward to the new hall - “Having conducted several large-scale Junior School events and productions in a space which is essentially un-equipped for instrumentalists new to ensemble playing, I thoroughly look forward to a hall designed for live music; where tiered seating allows every member of the audience to enjoy the results of the hard work our girls put into orchestra and choir rehearsals week on week; where flexible staging makes it easier to produce events ranging in scale from our Year 1 Strings Project to the Year 6 Musical Production; and, finally, where world-class acoustic engineering make concerts more enjoyable for both performer and listener”

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Campaign reception events

Hosted by members of our Campaign Board, these events are an opportunity for parents to learn more about the project and the fundraising.

We have invited those with a specific interest in the project or with children in similar year groups but these events are open to anyone who is interested in supporting the Waterlow Hall Fundraising campaign so please do contact development@shhs.gdst.net if you would like to be included on the guest list.

Tuesday 25th September - Music and upper senior school

Wednesday 26th September - Drama and Public Speaking and middle senior school

Thursday 11th October - Junior School

Thursday 10th January - Lower senior school

Wednesday 16th January - New parents

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Breakfast drop-in

For parents new to SHHS or parents who have not yet had a chance to see the designs.

Come and find out about the exciting plans to develope the Waterlow Hall and our fundraising campaign.

Our next breakfast drop in will take place on Tuesday 20th November at the Junior School - no 12 Netherhall Gardens.

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The Fundraising Finale

Saturday 16th November 2019

Keep the date for our fundraising finale. Full details will be available shortly.

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Past Events

We are keen to make sure that everyone has had a chance to see our plans and ask questions about them before we seek your support. Over the past year we have held more than 18 events to show parents our plans but we know that you can never find the right time for everyone to attend so if you would like to arrange a separate meeting then please contact development@shhs.gdst.net

Consultation events : Feb-March 2018

Head’s receptions - Feb-April 2018

Junior School Open day - July 2018

Campaign Board meeting - Sept 2018

Virtual Reality model - Sept 2018

Campaign board receptions - Sept 25th 2018, Sept 26th 2018, Oct 11th 2018

Breakfast drops-ins - October 6th 2018, October 12th 2018

Senior School parent evenings - November 2018