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 committment 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.

After a ‘beauty parade’ of five we have chosen 8Build who have extensive experience in similar projects.

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.

Sunshine, serenity and sweet music

Violins and Flowers

Violins and Flowers

Our Music in the Garden event brought together some or our outstanding current music scholars with alumnae, parents and staff who are all renowned musicians in their own right.

To celebrate music past, present and future at South Hampstead and to promote our Waterlow Hall project, Dr Steve Collisson put together an outstanding programme of Brahms, Elgar and Mendelssohn all played within the beautiful setting of Sir Clifford Curzon’s original music room at Millfield Place.

At the end of the Concert, Vicky Bingham paid tribute to the musicians and shared the plans for the new Waterlow Hall and the future of the school with those present.

‘An event like this one makes you conscious of what has gone before. In 2026, the school will celebrate 150 years since it was founded and everything about this event sings to that history. South Hampstead is a huge family and today, joined as we are by former Heads, governors, staff, alumnae and our brilliant pupils, it has been a truely family occasion.’

The sun chose to shine on this exceptional event which came about thanks to vision of the Chair of Governors Helen Strange and the generosity of the Whitmore Family.

To view the photos and the programme for the event

Bid on the auction here

#WaterlowHall #Fascinatingfacts - Waterlow wellness

This week is ‘wellness week’ at South Hampstead. The new lighting sytem in the Waterlow Hall can be programmed in an infinite number of ways to suit the multiple uses the hall will have.

In particular, we can create a calm environment and simulate natural light. This, alongside temperature control and acoustic panelling will ensure the best possible environment for all the girls taking examinations within the hall.


Who was Waterlow?

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Ernest Albert Waterlow

Did you know that the Waterlow Hall stands on the site of the original Waterlow House building which the school purchased in 1921. The name remembers Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow RA (24 May 1850 – 25 October 1919) who was an English painter and lived in the house. He was born in London, and received the main part of his art education in the Royal Academy schools, where, in 1873, he gained the Turner medal for landscape-painting. He was elected associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1880, member in 1894, and president in 1897; associate of the Royal Academy in 1890, and academician in 1903; and he was knighted in 1902.

He began to exhibit in 1872 and produced a considerable number of admirable landscapes, in oil and watercolour, handled with grace and distinction. One of his pictures, Galway Gossips, is in the Tate collection.

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Video did not kill the radio star

One of the plans for the new Waterlow Hall is to start a South Hampstead pupil radio station. Find out why ‘Every school needs a radio station’ according to Interactive Schools and see if you can name just some of the South Hampstead Alumnae who currently speak to us every day throught the broadcast medium of radio.

Campaign Update 6

If you haven’t yet received our latest campaign update you can view it here.

In record time the winner of our song competition was current parent Jane Lyons who either has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop artists or a fast finger on the google button! Many congratulations Jane and the answers were :

It's getting closer -Smoke

Moving On Up -M People

It's a family affair -Sly and the Family Stone

Don't leave me this way-  The Communards

Sit Down -James

Help -The Beatles

A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay

Shine A Light -Rolling Stones

Postcards -James Blunt

Dance Yourself Dizzy -Liquid Gold

Song from a Secret Garden- Secret Garden

The Winner Takes It All -ABBA

Violins and Tambourines -Stereophonics

Girls On Film - Duran Duran

Londonderry air - Irish tune by blind harpist Rory Dall O'Cathan which has been performed by Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Mario Lanza and John Cormack.

Here is the news - Electric Light Orchestra ELO

Time is running out - Muse

The Future's So Bright - Timbuk 3

Finally - CeCe Peniston


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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