Shining Letters

The Shine a Light club have written to alumna to ask them to nominate and sponsor a light for their favorite teachers. We are always amazed by the ingenuity, creatvity and enthusiasm the girls show in thinking of ways to engage people with our campaign. Next up is the year 7 assembly on the 6th November!

10 from 10 in 10


We are seeking….

10 families to commit £10,000 each in October to help us reduce our remaining target by a 1/3.

You can pledge your gift now and spread the cost over two years for a monthly donation of just £333 per month. With gift aid your donation will be worth a total of £10,000 and if you pay top rate tax it could cost you as little as £5,500 or £229 per month.

Anyone joining this group can have a name recorded on our musical frieze which will run around the walls of the hall entrance.


Charles Stanley Wealth Management - Our Gala Dinner Reception Partner

We are delighted to announce our ‘Reception Sponsor’ for the Waterlow Hall Gala Dinner.

Charles Stanley & Co. Limited is one of the oldest firms on the London Stock Exchange with origins dating back to 1792. These days it is a leading investment management company, dedicated to serving the private investor. They are the perfect partner for our Gala Dinner Reception which will take place at the Banking Hall right at the heart of the City of London.

If you would like to find out more about their bespoke investment services, please visit their website or contact Tim Venner.

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In the hands of the Gods!


Great to meet Robert Salmon and the team from 8Build today in the Waterlow Hall. Fresh from fitting out the Victoria Palace Theatre for Hamilton, Robert brings a wealth of experience to our project. He assures me that we are in the boring bit as they sort out all the duct work and utilities but in a few weeks things will really start to move and our new Waterlow Hall will begin to take shape.

Time is running out for you to secure your place in the hall by Taking a Seat, Shining a Light or adding your name to the musical frieze so don’t delay and help us to secure the final funding for this exciting project.

Lucky Stars

During the Waterlow Ground -breaking week we ran three competitions to give every girl a chance to own a light in the hall and have their name recorded on the map of stars.

The Senior and Junior School tombolas raised over £150 to buy Maple the school dog her very own star and she picked the two winning entries who were:

Rebecca (Yr 12) and Alicia (reception) - a fabulous choice to include girls from either ends of the school.

The Shine a Light Quiz was won by Georgia and her friends who all requested that their prize be given to Maisie (Yr 10).


And the winner is? Results of our Seat Fabric Survey

It was neck and neck as the votes came in during Ground-breaking week for our seat fabric survey. Parents and pupils were asked to choose between four samples to decide what fabric we should use for our new retractable seats in the Waterlow Hall.

Through Survey Monkey and voting at the Junior school we collected 388 responses and the winner is…..



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Strawberries and fizz as we celebrate the last day of the old Waterlow Hall and toast the success of the Shine a light campaign so far.

The Shine a Light club has helped to promote this pupil led campaign with energy, enthusiasm and huge creativity. Girls throughout the school have stepped up to raise funds and to date over £28,000 has been committed to the campaign through this appeal.

Any funds raised this term will be matched by a very generous donor and so far this means an additional £8,000 to the appeal. Can you help us make it more?

Sponsor a light today and ‘Double your donation’

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Waterlow Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who came to view the Waterlow Exhibition today and took part in the Shine a Light competition.

Don’t forget to cast your vote on our seat fabric survey

Ground-breaking week

Join us for our Ground-breaking week as we say goodbye to the old Waterlow Hall before the builders move in and transform the space.

We could not have got to this stage without the huge support we have had from the pupils, parents, former parents and our alumnae. People have been giving up their time, expertise and making donations to ensure that we can start work on the project this summer.

We still need to raise £500,000 but thank you for getting us this far.

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Waterlow Hall Exhibition


Join us on Wedesday 26th June for an open house exhibition in the Waterlow Hall.

·     The Virtual reality film of the new building will give you a chance to ‘walk into the new hall'

·     The Architectural plans will be on display with sample boards for walls, floors and lights

 ·    The design concept for the ‘Map of Stars’ and ‘Musical Frieze’ will be presented

 ·    You can win a light in our ‘Shine a light’ tombola run by the ‘Shine a Light’ club

·     The proposed seat fabric options will be on display and we invite you to choose which one you prefer

The Hall will be open from 12.30 to 4.30pm so please feel free to drop in anytime.

Girls' Graffiti


Usually our estates department are busy painting over the marks on the walls but this week and next for the first (and possibly only time) we are asking the girls to get busy writing and drawing on the walls of the Waterlow Hall. The message has gone out for pupils and staff to ‘Leave Their Mark’:

As we say goodbye to the old Waterlow Hall,
this is your opportunity to cover the wall.
A chance to get creative and record your thoughts,
using words or pictures or digits and noughts.
They could be good, they could be bad,
they could be happy, they could be sad.
Thoughts on the school or thoughts on exams,
things you have done and things you have planned.
Music you’ve heard or plays you have seen,
anything goes but please keep it clean…..

Year 4 outshines the rest

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Over 40% of our year 4 parents have already joined our Waterlow Hall Campaign.

We launched the campaign in March this year and have been delighted by the response so far. Former parents, alumnae, governors and staff have all got involved and more than a quarter of our current parents have already made a donation or pledge but it is our year 4 parents who have shown the most enthusiasm.

We still have £500,000 to raise and we still need your help so if you would like to get involved and be part of this fabulous project please do join our campaign.

Fascinating Facts - Building boosts bursaries


Did you know that any revenues generated by the Waterlow Hall will be invested directly back into our bursary funds?

One of our aims for the new Waterlow Hall is that it can be used by all sorts of schools and community organisations and the governors have made a commitment that any proceeds received from the hall will be invested directly back into our bursary scheme.

South Hampstead has a long history of providing an education for all girls regardless of a family’s financial means. Bursaries are awarded to able pupils whose parents cannot afford the fees and at various times in the past nearly half the girls attending South Hampstead would have done so with a bursary award.

We are determined to improve access to education and the Waterlow Hall will provide an ongoing income which can be used directly to help fund these bursary places.

So, when you donate to the Waterlow Hall Campaign you aren’t just helping us transform music, debating and drama at the school, you are also helping to transform lives by making a South Hampstead education accessible to all.

Ready, steady, go......

So exciting to have appointed a contractor to work on the Waterlow Hall project.

Now we are just waiting for the doors to close and work will start on our new Waterlow Hall.

A chance to say thank you

This week is volunteering week and is a chance for us to say thank you to everyone who has given up their time to help us with the Waterlow Hall Campaign. Your impact cannot be underestimated - in fact we did some analysis and it shows just how important our Campaign Board, Committee and parent reps have been in motivating others to get involved.

If you are a parent with a daughter in Year 1 or 12, we need your help!


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You don't have to be in the Club to be part of the Campaign


The ‘Shine A Light’ appeal belongs to every girl in the school and pupils from all the years have been getting involved from Olivia in Reception through to Rosie in Upper Sixth.

Leila ate her way through 26 cupcakes to secure a winning ticket to have her name on the Map of Stars.

Leni, Amalia and Maya all chose to celebrate their birthdays by lighting up our ceiling.

42 girls entered our ‘Shine a Light’ postcard competition to promote the appeal.

Clara & Ella swam and sold their way to raising £150 for the campaign.

The Upper Sixth girls even donated 5 minutes of their retrospective to the project and campaign - thank you girls!

Together our pupils have helped to raise over £20,000 and now a secret donor has offered to match every additional ‘Shine a Light’ donation.

You don’t have to be in the club to play your part - simply encouraging your parents to put your name on our map of stars is enough - but if you can help us with more ideas you are very welcome. The Shine a Light Club runs on Wednesday lunchtimes and the next meeting is after half term.