It's a family affair...

We want everyone to get involved with our Waterlow Hall project and it has been a particular pleasure to meet up with some of our former staff to understand some of the history behind the project and the Waterlow Hall.

Jean Middlemiss was the very first Head of Music at South Hampstead and taught at the school from 1957 - 1972. She very kindly wrote to alumnae who were at the school during that time about our project.

Averil Burgess was Headmistress form 1975 -1993 and oversaw the building of the original Waterlow Hall sports hall. She is very excited about our plans for the transformation and is looking forward to ‘Taking her Seat’ in the hall. Averil kindly wrote to her former pupils about the project in March.

Jean Scott was Headmistress from 1995-2001. It was lovely to welcome her back to the school in March to talk about the plans for Waterlow Hall and she helped us to get back in touch with many of the former staff and pupils from her era.

Jenny Stephen, Headmistress from 2004-2013 managed the dramatic rebuilding of South Hampstead Senior School and laid out the original plans for the Waterlow Hall. The plans today owe much to her vision for how the hall could be used in the future and we are delighted that she is helping us with our Music in the Garden event and supporting the ‘Shine a light Appeal’.

Doris Hugh is familiar to current pupils and many of our alumnae. She has taught French at South Hampstead since 1998 and was Head of Sixth Form for many years. She wrote to our most recent Alumnae to let them know about the project.

The 100th name on our 'Map of Stars'.....

Congratulations to Malaika who will be the 100th name to be recorded on the Map of Stars within our new Waterlow Hall.

So far the girls have raised over £15,000 through the Shine a Light appeal and we have received donations across the whole school community.

Anybody can ‘Shine a light’ and have their name recorded on the Map of Stars by making a donation so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get involved. To find out if your name is already there click here.

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Happy Seat Day!

At Christmas one of our pupils put a donation to our Waterlow Hall Campaign on her Christmas list and four of our girls were given seats in the Waterlow Hall as presents. The trend seems to be continuing as Leni in Yr 7 received a seat in the hall as part of her Birthday celebrations this weekend.

More than 50 people have already ‘Taken a Seat’ in the Waterlow Hall. If you would like to join them, then please read on.

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Ready, steady, go......

£2.3 million raised - £700,000 to go

This week marks the start of the final phase of our fundraising for the Waterlow Hall campaign and we want everyone to get involved.

The pupils have been busy promoting the Shine a Light appeal and have already raised over £5,000 towards the campaign. They will be selling cakes on Wednesday to mark the start of our public campaign with all the proceeds going to our Waterlow Hall fundraising.

Our alumnae returned to South Hampstead on Sunday for their annual reunion weekend. They have already given us huge support as Ambassadors for the campaign and by helping with the fundraising. We will be reaching out to all our alumnae in the next few weeks and look out for some of our special events over the next few months.

Throughout ‘Musical March’ we will celebrating music and performance with our parents, starting with the Year 5 breakfast concert and culminating in the Gym and Dance show at the end of the month. Look out for information at all these events as you ‘Compose Yourself’ ‘Take a Seat’ and ‘Shine a Light’ on our future stars.

The staff have been busy too and we are delighted that three of our former heads have joined the campaign and written letters to their pupils about the project. Look out for your letter which will be coming in the mail in the next few weeks. You can have a sneak preview of our Campaign Brochure here.

Plans are well underway for the finale to our fundraising at the Waterlow Hall Gala Dinner. Find out more, sponsor the event and book your place for this very special evening of celebration here.

Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or update yourself with our latest news on the website.

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Past meets present as we plan for the future...

More than 130 alumnae and staff returned to South Hampstead this weekend for our third Annual Reunion lunch. It was an opportunity for us to welcome back so many people who have been part of our past and share our plans for the future as we prepare for the 150th Anniversary of The School in 2026.

In particular, we were able to show our designs for the new Waterlow Hall and the fundraising campaign as we reach out to everyone to help us achieve this amazing project. It was very good to welcome back several alumnae who have already made a huge contribution to our campaign including many of our former staff.

If you would like to get involved or learn more about the future plans for South Hampstead please download Towards and Beyond our 150th Anniversary or visit the Waterlow Hall Campaign website.

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And the winner is.........

Congratulations to Mr Blaker whose name was drawn from the hat for our ‘Guess the Venue’ Competition.

The venue for our Waterlow Hall Gala dinner is the stunning Banking Hall in Cornhill. Set in the heart of the City of London, this grand art deco grade 1 listed building was designed in the 1930s. It served as the headquarters of Lloyd’s Bank until 2002 when it became an an exclusive events venue. These days it is famed for its award winning cuisine, and exceptional service.

So….if you would like to join Mr Blaker, save the date and book your ticket. We look forward to welcoming for our Waterlow Hall Gala dinner on 16th November 2019.

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