Find out what our staff, pupils and notable South Hampstead alumnae think about the project and how much it means to them.
The Senior Leadership team have been involved with the planning for the hall from the very start. Mr Foster, deputy head (academic) has no doubt about the benefits it will bring:
‘Of course the new Waterlow hall will be a huge improvement to the everyday life of South Hampstead. It will adapt much more easily to the daily needs of the school and be a better environment for assemblies, student presentations, and the sitting of public exams. But, more importantly, it will be a wonderful and inspiring setting to showcase our girls’ incredible talents and help them to aspire to even greater things’
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!'
The man to go to if you need something done at SHHS, Mr Clarke has been part of our estates team for eight 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’
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.’
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!’
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”