High Ways

Head's Note

I hope you all had a delightful Easter break with your girls. They certainly seem to have returned to WHS rested, restored and ready for the challenges of a busy Summer Term ahead.

My exhortation, at the start of term assembly to your daughters was to: “enjoy their exams”.  For our public exam candidates the next few weeks and months are about serious hard work.  These are undeniably the hard yards in the academic calendar but the struggle is part of the point. It is, in part, the “toil and the tears” involved in understanding, internalising and then applying, which is what anchors learning. (I have very strong memories of rocking backwards and forwards on my bed before my GCSE revision reciting “uncis pedibus” over and over – in my attempts to remember the Aeneid!)  Whatever exams or tests your daughters are preparing for, I hope that they will work hard, do their very best and then remember to put it all behind them and get on with the rest of their lives...

Please click here to download my start of term letter. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

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Who's been singing in the Royal Albert Hall? Click here to find out in High Ways Juniors.


Tennis in the sun

This year the PE department ran a new trip to Vale Do Lobo in Portugal.  43 girls in total from Years 8, 9 and 10 enjoyed the life of luxury for 4 nights.  They stayed in amazing 5 star villas, where there was some serious smoothie making going on!  Every day the girls received two tennis coaching sessions from a team of fantastic English coaches.  It was great to see the level of tennis improve as the week went on.  Each day two girls were awarded player of the day and during the week these were awarded to Bella, Anna, Daisy, Sofia, Mathilda and Claudia, and Miss Shaw, won the teacher of the day.  Cecilia and Ava won the open tournament and Honor and Rosie won the plate competition.  I am thrilled to say we will be running this trip again next year and you will be receiving a letter in the next week or so.  Please keep an eye on your email inbox as this amazing trip is sure to be oversubscribed.
Mrs Doughty, Director of Sport

PE trip to Vale Do Lobo in Portugal

 Classicists in Pompeii

Classics trip to PompeiiMr Wilmore, Miss Ferro, Ms O'Brien, Mrs Franklin and Mrs Treseder would all like to thank heartily the 40 girls (16 year 8s and 24 year 9s) who accompanied them on the Classics trip to Italy (Pompeii and the Bay of Naples) in the first week of the Easter holiday. The girls were great sports, coping admirably with all we threw at them, and remaining enthusiastic, energetic and full of questions to the very end. They sang and danced in the caldera of an active volcano, scaled the heights of Mount Vesuvius, meandered through the streets of Herculaneum, hobnobbed with the glitterati on Capri, made and ate scrummy ice cream, made and ate pizza, ate some more ice cream, shopped till they dropped and of course enjoyed treading in the footsteps of Caecilius in Pompeii. Find out more, girls, in assembly on Monday or Tuesday next week.

Five minute countdown

  • Why are we scared of public speaking?
  • Is ideology nothing more than a convenient label?
  • Is fiction dangerous?

Have you ever wondered about these questions? And could you talk for 5 minutes about these subjects?:

Consumerism and the Evolution of our Inner Squirrel; Out of sight out of mind? - the politics of disease; All novels are the same...

Our Sixth Formers did just that with impressive confidence and humour in the latest series of WimTalks. Congratulations to all who took part and we look forward to the next session.

More Music News

We enjoyed a fabulous Anything but Classical Concert yesterday evening - more on that next week.

Congratulations to Miranda Porter, Year 8, for gaining grade 8 with distinction on the piano in her recent ABRSM exam.

Click here for the forms to enter this term's exams.

Cabaret Star Rises
Congratulations to Aliza Vakil, recently one of the stars of Cabaret at WHS, who has been selected for the cast for 2015’s National Youth Music Theatre’s (NYMT) http://www.nymt.org.uk/ production of Pendragon after a highly selective and gruelling audition process.

Aliza now has to raise funds for her own training and participation in the show and raise money for the NYMT bursary. She also has the ambition of raising more to assist less privileged young people to be exposed to theatre and the performing arts. To learn more and help Aliza reach her goal, please see her fundraising page: http://www.gofundme.com/o8v020

Save the date
Summer Soirée
25 June 2015, 7-8pm
In the Pit (playground) at WHS (weather permitting)

Sports News

Saturday Athletics Cancellations
Unfortunately, Saturday Athletics has been cancelled for 25th April and 2nd May due to staff illness. 

Staff vs Sixth Form Hockey
Staff won 2-0. A great match! Take a look at the video here. 

London Netball Youth Games - 5th Place out of 33 London Schools
See here for more details.

Hockey South Championships

Congratulations to Eliza Brown, Year 7, who plays Goalkeeper for Spencer U12 Hockey. Her team represented Surrey in the South Championships, with Eliza saving 3 penalty flicks to win the semi against Reading and then 3 great short corners saves against arch rivals Surbiton to win 1-0 and take the title of South Champions. They go forward to the National Finals in May.

Greg Shaw, Ace GroundsmanFarewell
It was with sadness that we said good bye to Mr Greg Shaw at Easter, trusted WHS groundsman for the past 23 years. Mr Shaw writes:

"I have been your groundsperson for over 23 years and have endeavoured to be conscientious in maintaining the schools facilities to enable the sports to be practised and played and the garden areas to be presentable. It is the career path I chose in 1978 and it has always been fulfilling and rewarding since then. When we said our goodbyes on the last day of the Spring term I would have been happy just to feel that the job had been done to everyone's satisfaction. What you gave me in the sports hall for those short moments [a pocket watch and a 'golden' rake] was the loveliest gift I have ever had and will remain with me forever. Thank you."


Photos of the week 20 -24 April

We went 'back to the future' for the Gym and Dance display. More photos in due course will be published on Firefly (Juniors and Seniors).

Coming up next week

Mon 27 April


Gold Duke of Edinburgh meeting

Tue 28 April


Year 10 Parents Evening (Senior Hall and Classrooms)

Wed 29 April


Year 8 HPV Immunisation 



Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (Senior Hall)

Thur 30 April


GCSE Art Show (Art Studios)



D&T Exhibition, Fashion Show and Awards (Exhibition from 6pm, Fashion Show and Awards from 7pm) (Senior Hall)



AbC (Anything but Classical) Concert (Junior Hall)

Fri 1 May

from 1.15pm

Year 11 Study Leave begins

Sat 2 & Sun 3 May  

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition


Catering Corner 

Girls - have you tried breakfast in school yet? Click here for the menu.

Fresh Fruit and VegatablesMatthew from County Supplies will be on site next Thursday 30 April, to promote fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and their provenance. There will also be some tasters for the girls.  County Supplies London, based in New Covent Garden, is a leading name in the supply of fresh produce to every spectrum of the catering industry.

To take a look at next week's Whole School Menu (Summer Term Week 3), please click here.

Junior Maths Challenge

Girls from Years 7 and 8 (as advised by their teachers) will join students from across the UK in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge on Thursday 30 April. There are practice papers available on Firefly. Good luck, girls!

WHS GCSE Art Show 2015, Thursday 30 April from 5pmGCSE Art Show 2015
Thursday 30 April
in the Art Studios
Admission Free



WHS D&T Exhibition, Fashion Show and Awards 2015, Thursday 30 April from 6pmDesign and Technology
Exhibition, Fashion Show and Awards
Thursday 30 April
Exhibition from 6pm
Fashion Show and Awards from 7pm
in the Senior Hall
Free entry but all donations welcome. All proceeds go to the Staff Charity: Count the Kicks
Refreshments available

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh
Training session – Wednesday 29 April
This is a route planning session for Year 10.

Practice expedition – Saturday 2 May & Sunday 3 May
At New Forest National Park with Activ Adventures.
Activ Adventures will have a stand at the Year 10 parents evening on Tuesday 28 April to offer advice and for the purchase of kit required.

Photography Competition
Calling all budding photographers! Girls are invited to submit entries to the whole school photography competition run by Miss Green, editor of our school magazine, High Notes. Remember the Aims postcards? We hope you will be inspired to take a photo to match any of the quotes on the cards and send it to Miss Clare Green c/o Senior School office by Friday 15 May. The winning entries will feature in the magazine!

Click the thumbnails below take a closer look...

 You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.  Curiouser and Curioser  Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? Asked Alice. That depends a great deal on where you want to get to said the cat  I dwell in possibility  Think and Wonder - Wonder and Think  Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the things you can think up if you only try


Thank you to everyone who supported the Car Boot Sale last week.

WHSA Quiz Night
Saturday 9 May

Come and join in the competitive fun! Tables of 8 - look out for the flyer coming soon.
Contact angela@dentalrooms.co.uk for more info

WHSA Crazy Whilst Night Flier and application formCrazy Whist Night
Friday 15 May
Senior Hall, click the flyer opposite for more details - a new and extremely entertaining new fundraising night from WHSA.

WHSA Summer Fair
Saturday 20 June, 12-4pm
12-4pm. Inventions and Discoveries themed, with lots of exciting new workshops and lots to appeal to the older girls. External vendors, food, entertainment and usual WHSA stalls. More information will be forthcoming. Help needed with Silent Auction and Luxury Lucky Dip prizes so please do contact the team if you can help at richard.irene.lee@gmail.com or victoria_bell@btinternet.com.

Hope Classic RallyHope Classic Rally
WHS parent Phil Wall, who gave the recent pastoral talk to Year 8 and 9 parents, founded the charity HopeHIV. The Hope Classic Rally gives an opportunity for those passionate about Classic Cars to participate in a unique charitable rally through either driving their own classic car or one of those being made available for the event.

The opportunity to participate follows a £5,000 donation to the work of HopeHIV. The event has been sponsored and includes the following activities for two people per car:

  • An invitation to join us for a Gala Dinner at Mercedes Benz World in Brooklands, the birthplace of British motor racing - which will include entertainment & an auction to raise even more money for the HOPEHIV charity,
  • An overnight stay in one of the beautiful rooms of the Brooklands Hotel,
  • The chance to drive, fully supported and escorted by outriders, in their own car (or a donated one) the 100 miles through the picturesque English countryside,
  • Places for luncheon at Blenheim Palace in the stunning Orangery,
  • The opportunity to mingle with celebrities and legends from the road car and motorsport worlds,
  • Inclusion in the filming of the Event by the team who created The Classic Car Show, which airs on Channel 5, presented by Jodie Kidd and Quentin Willson. 

Click the image above to download the Hope Classic Rally brochure.


Book of the Month for April - The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan




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