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December 2016

Dear Parents and Girls,

The lights are off and the doors are closed on another successful term in Hazeldene. It seems a long time ago indeed since the beginning of the academic year – when our new Lower Fourth attended the Sunday Tea Party, apprehensive but excited for the new start of their life in Senior School. It is a long hard term, with its challenges, certainly, but also a great amount of fun, friendship and celebration too.

It is hard to capture the spirit of the term in words alone. To help celebrate the year so far, I have put together some of the footage from the term. I hope you enjoy this insight into House life.

https://youtu.be/9S2mPGSWHW0


We kicked off the year with our Family Fun night. Members of each family competed in old favourites: the three-legged race, ultra-competitive musical chairs, up-and-under, egg-and-spoon, giant Twister, limbo and even the retro Space Hopper race! Team Moore won the evening with the most victories in the various events.

Our other whole House event of the team was the highly-anticipated Nugget Night! McDonald’s received an order for 520 nuggets on Friday 25th November. And boy, did they devour them! Our highest nugget count went to Georgia Groves, with Alex Scott, Kiren Doyle and Beth Hambling close runners-up (all in the plus-20s!) This was followed by some karaoke, belting out tunes by Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Britney, Abba, Queen B and even a song from the musical, ‘Billy Elliot’ (with dance routine factored in!) for good measure. Soundbites can be heard in the video link above.

The Upper Sixth girls have been a huge help this year. Embracing their new roles as our Grandmas to the younger years in our Hazeldene Families scheme, they have organised get-togethers with their family members, sharing cake and cuppas, Christmas presents and even some delicious pizza. We will have more inter-family events next year, and I hope this will become a legacy for the House for decades to come. Particular thanks to Ellie Moore (Head of House) and Josie Wiklund (Deputy Head of House) for their support, great humour and organisational flair, to Sasha Johnston and Charlotte Goodall for their stellar work on House Song, to Emily Coleman and Esme Weston for House Sports teams, to Emily Whittle for House Debating help, and to Rachel Xuereb for her passion and directorial vision on our vibrant House Drama entry.

This term has brought with it great success. We performed the Triple: winning House Song, then both House Hockey for Juniors and Seniors, all on three consecutive days, before half term. Subsequently, we have had victories in Junior House Badminton and Senior House Swimming, and came in second place for the Junior House Swimming.

None of these fantastic achievements would be possible without the dedication of the girls. I spoke in our final end of term assembly about the one word I would sum up the girls with this term: impressive. They put so much into every aspect of school life; it is a wonder there is so much left for House life too. Yet, they keep adding fuel to the fire, and as such, Hazeldene makes a tremendous amount of heat!

After winning last year, I think we were completely amazed to retain the title of House Song Winners for 2016-17 – this is, of all of the House competitions, the most fiercely fought for and the display of the most time and effort. The success of this year’s entry was for beautiful harmonies, ensemble singing and an absolutely polished piece. Well done to everyone who soared to top notes, kept in key, worked tirelessly on harmony parts, accompanied, instructed or attended rehearsals.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in a House competition or event so far this year:

Senior House Hockey
Cup – 1st place
Ali Silk, Megan Longden, Claire Humphries, Tash Durie, Emily Coleman, Anna Murray, Maddie Bache, Ella Longden, Mollie Trow

Plate – 2nd place
Candy Lockett, Amy Staniland, Sasha Johnston, Charlotte Goodall, Isabella Breithaupt, Ellen Moore, Kara Doyle, Emily Coleman, Grace Grenfell, Jessica Fullard

Junior House Hockey
Cup – 1st place
Siena Horton, Alice Liversidge, Fleur Gallagher, Martha Edge, Kitty Luscombe, Alice Anderson, Hannah Sahota and Daisy-Mai Clements

Plate – 3rd place
Jade Jenkins, Grace Dieppe, Emily Gittoes, Gabbi Brown, Gemma Calthorpe, Maddie Cooper, Maddie Fullard, Sadie Gardner

Junior House Badminton – 1st place
Beth Hambling (Capt.), Martha Edge, Grace Harker, Tilly Giles, Grace Dieppe, Gemma Calthorpe, Lydia Matthews, Abigail Dakin, Lena Siller, Maddie Fullard

Senior House Swimming – 1st place
Kate Allely, Alex Scott, Maddie Bache, Tash Durie, Charlotte Goodall, Ellen Moore, Claire Humphries, Daisy Scott, Rachel Weller, Tabatha Nicholas, Jessica Fullard, Ella Gardner, Hannah Williams, Anna Murray

Junior House Swimming – 2nd place
Imogen Vaughan-Hawkins, Jade Jenkins, Grace Dieppe, Catrin Carter, Sadie Gardner, Kitty Luscombe, Maddie Fullard, Gemma Calthorpe, Alice Anderson, Alice Liversidge, Jessica Rai, Emily Gittoes

We also made strong impact away from the sports fields and arenas, with Junior House Debating and House Drama. In Junior House Debating, Hafsah Suleman and Martha Edge were the perfect counterbalance to one another, one fiercely logical and the other passionately argued – debating the motion, ‘This House would ban beauty pageants’. They presented some excellent points and were unafraid to add rebuttal to their opponents. Well done. In the final week of term, we had the first House Drama for nearly a decade. Four Hazeldeneans represented the House with the five-minute adaptation of John Godber’s ‘Shakers’. Maddie Cooper, Lauren Court, Olivia Dalby and Rachel Xuereb shined on stage, with great ensemble moments and humour, swapping in and out of different roles and showing versatility. Sadly, we didn’t win, but the girls put on a treat for those at the Finals on the 12th.

House Colours and Ties were awarded in our final House assembly. These House awards are not a right – they need to be earned from a combination of factors: academic effort and perseverance, representing the House in Competitions or the wider school life, and supporting and upholding the spirit of Hazeldene.

For our Juniors, congratulations go to: Maddie Cooper, Sadie Gardner, Jess Rai, Emily Gittoes, Lena Siller, Grace Dieppe, Alice Liversidge, Maddie Fullard and Gemma Calthorpe. These are our first batch – many will follow in their footsteps next term hopefully.

Senior House Colours were awarded to Ella Gardner, Jessica Fullard and Daisy Scott in 5th Form, for their consistent commitment to the House and school. It gave me pleasure to award colours also to Elise Spurgin and new recruits to the House, Tash Durie, Alex Scott and Hannah Williams in Lower Sixth.

We celebrated the successes of some of our girls who have gone the extra mile, and have been recognised for these accomplishments by being awarded commendations from teachers.
Prizes were given to:
L4: Lydia Matthews
Gemma Calthorpe
Abigail Dakin
U4: Lauren Court
Maddie Cooper
5th: Hannah Jones
Maddie Bache
Lily Rose Faulkner-Schütt
L6: Tash Durie
Anna Murray
U6: Ellen Moore
Emily Coleman

The Best Decorated Study Award was a close call – the Lower Fourth started plans early, making their study a veritable grotto of lights from mid-November, However, they were pipped to the prize by the 5th Form study, whose creativity and polish was incredible (the laptop fireplace video was the icing on the Christmas cake certainly!)

Having started this tradition last year, the coveted prize for the Christmas Music Video Award was hotly contested by the Lower Fourth and Upper Sixth. Despite a fantastic effort from the L4, our Upper Sixth ladies clinched a second-year-in-a-row victory with their version of Shakin’ Stevens’ song, ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. These videos epitomise Hazeldene – creative, fearless and a little eccentric!

Whilst the studies may have been cleared and decorations taken down across the House, we have been feeling very festive in the past week. Our 5th Form had a Christmas Movie and Pizza Night, choosing to watch ‘Love Actually’ and getting misty-eyed at the airport scene in particular! The Sixth Form took an enjoyable trip to the German Christmas Market in Birmingham with Mrs Golightly, Miss Berment and Miss Tansley.

The girls continue to thrive in the wider school. We had great success in the Mark Reading last Monday.
GCSE Subject Prizes were awarded for those who performed to the highest level in 2016:
English Language, Latin, Spanish and History – Rachel Weller
Textiles and DT: Graphics Products – Holly Peplow
DT: Resistant Materials – Natasha Durie

I was impressed at the amount of Hazeldeneans to achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award – this is a worldwide recognised achievement and a testament to their hard work. Well done to Esme Weston, Emily Coleman, Josie Wiklund, Ellen Moore, Charlotte Goodall, Ellie Miners and Kara Doyle.

Throughout the term, many students have also achieved their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards – congratulations to the following:
Silver
Elise Spurgin, Rachel Weller, Holly Peplow, Talia Mitchell, Megan Longden, Claire Humphries, Anna Murray, Tash Durie
Bronze
Abigail Gill, Lily-Rose Faulkner-Schütt, Maddie Lee

The angelic voices of our Hazeldene girls could be heard in the fabulous final performances in our two Christmas services at the end of the term. Well done to all those involved in the Choir and Music groups: Anya-Sharma James, Hannah Jones, Gabriella Brown, Maddie Cooper, Rachel Weller, Olivia Dalby, Josie Wiklund, Lauren Court, Heidi Collie, Daisy Scott and Ellie Miners. A particular well done goes to Josie Wiklund’s beautiful solo in ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, and to Lauren Court, for reading a Lesson in the Junior Service.

We return on Thursday 5th January, straight into mock exams for our 5th Form and IB2 students, the Razzle Dazzle Ball on Saturday 14th for the Sixth Form, and then many of the girls will be performing in ‘Hairspray’ when it takes to the Artrix from the 24th-26th January.

I wish you and your families a relaxing, wonderful Christmas together, and a happy New Year.

Mrs L McKee
Hazeldene Houseparent



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10th February 2018

Last Updated: 15/02/2018 08:23:52

Dear Parents,

It is a pleasure to write to you in this, my first Hazeldene newsletter as Houseparent. The weather may have been chilly when I first visited Hazeldene in my new role just before Christmas, but the welcome I have received from everyone in the House was far from cold. I would like to thank all those who have welcomed me into Hazeldene life over the past five weeks – it is an honour to lead the House, and to have joined such a vibrant and close-knit community.



Hazeldene House in the snow, December 2017


The first House event of 2018 was the Hazeldene Ball, a very enjoyable evening of good food, dancing, and charitable fundraising. Thanks to the hard work of the Parents’ Association to organise the event, and the very generous donations by guests on the evening, the ball raised £1300. This will be divided between Hazeldene’s two charities this year: UNICEF and St Basil’s, a charity that supports young people affected by homelessness in the local area.




The girls – alongside parents and friends – had a wonderful evening, and many took advantage of the professional photographer who snapped a few group shots for the House noticeboards.




The Lower VI




The Upper VI

Despite being such a short half term, the last five weeks have been full of hard work by the Hazeldene girls. Fifth Form and IB2 mocks dominated the first week for many, while other year groups have poured effort into their lessons and prep. In total, the girls have received one hundred and fifty-three commendations – an outstanding achievement and a worthy testament to their hard work.

A special mention must certainly go to Sadie Gardner (UIV), who has received the most commendations in the House this half term: six in only five weeks. Maddie Cooper (V) and Polly Dakin (LIV) have each received four commendations this term. Well done to these three, and to all those students who have received commendations for their hard work in the last five weeks.

The focus for much of House life has, of course, been on inter-House competitions. During the last five weeks, forty-one girls have represented Hazeldene in sports, music and drama competitions. Their willingness to volunteer and proudly represent the House has been exemplary.

At the start of the term, the first sports event for our teams was Senior House Table Tennis. Hazeldene was represented by Tilly Giles and Catrin Carter (both V) who, despite not winning, represented the House with enthusiasm and good humour.

Table tennis was quickly followed by Senior House Badminton, in which Tilly Giles once again competed, this time accompanied by Elizabeth Hambling (V), Grace Grenfell (LVI) and Mollie Trow (LVI). The two pairs faced tough competition but were eventually named Runners Up – well done, and thank you girls for your effort!




Tilly Giles and Elizabeth Hambling, competing against Mary Windsor House



After these paired events, it was then wonderful to see large teams represent the House for both Junior and Senior House Cross Country. Twenty-one girls ran in all, with the eleven girls in the Junior team doing particularly well. The Hazeldene runners – Gemma Calthorpe, Daisy-Mai Clements, Grace Dieppe, Emily Gittoes, Isabella Howdle, Katie Rolph, Eloise Robbins, Hannah Sahota, Lena Siller, Nell Stone and Imogen Vaughan-Hawkins – were the first team to finish the race. Five of the top six placed runners were Hazeldene girls, and Lena Siller (UIV) won the girls’ race with an incredibly impressive run.

The ten senior girls who ran – Lauren Court, Sophie Ford, Tilly Giles, Jade Jenkins, Megan Longden, Talia Mitchell, Violette Pretorius, Lina Schlinkheider, Alexandra Scott and Daisy Scott – also did Hazeldene proud with their House spirit and willingness to take part.

Congratulations to both cross country teams for two very well-run races!




The Junior Girls’ Cross Country team, before the racing begins




Lena Siller, pushing for the finish line to win the Junior Girls’ Cross Country





Hazeldene girls race for the finish 





Members of the Junior Girls’ Cross Country team celebrate with their trophy

Turning from the sports’ fields to the drama studio, and Hazeldene girls also achieved outstanding success this half term. The inaugural Junior House Drama competition took place on 23rd January, with Polly Dakin (LIV), Ciara Hughes (UIV), Hafsah Suleman (UIV) and Aggie Warner (LIV) presenting an adapted scene from Stags and Hens, directed by Hannah Jones (LVI). The competition was of an incredibly high standard, but the Hazeldene girls were awarded First Prize on the night, with Ciara Hughes also named Runner Up for Best Actor. Congratulations to all the girls involved for their excellent effort and winning performance on the night!




Junior House drama winners Ciara, Aggie, Hafsah and Polly




The girls celebrate with their trophy


Following Hazeldene’s consistently excellent performances in the annual House Song competition over recent years, expectations were high from the girls for the House Music competition this half term. The Hazeldene ensemble group was the largest to participate, reflecting a wealth of musical talent on a staggering range of instruments. The ensemble of Maddie Bache, Isabella Breithaupt, Heidi Collie, Lauren Court, Olivia Dalby, Lucia Evans, Lily-Rose Faulkner-Schuett, Millie Gore, Hannah Jones, Alice Liversidge, Tabatha Nichols, Violette Pretorius, Jessica Rai, Lina Schlinkheider, Daisy Scott and Lucy Trig, played an arrangement of Rhianna’s Stay, and were awarded the Runners Up prize. Congratulations to all the girls for their efforts.



Hazeldene House music ensemble, with their Runners Up certificate


Heidi Collie (LVI) also represented Hazeldene in the evening, participating in the soloist category of the competition. Heidi played the first movement of Haydn’s Allegro moderatoi beautifully and, although she narrowly missed out on a prize, certainly did the House proud.



Heidi Collie performs a solo piece on the violin


The Hazeldene Parents’ Association also met this half term, and has started to plan events including the incredibly popular House Easter Egg Hunt, and summer party.

Mr Gareth Spurgin has now stepped down as Chairman of the PA after years of dedication to the House. Although I have only worked with Mr Spurgin for a short time, I know what a hugely positive impact he has had on House life for girls, their families, and House staff. On behalf of all associated with Hazeldene, I thank him sincerely for his wonderful contribution.

The role of Chairperson is therefore currently vacant, as is the role of Treasurer – if you would be interested in assuming either of these roles, please do notify me.

We would also welcome anyone interested in joining the PA after the holiday. The PA is an integral part of Hazeldene life, and provides a crucial link between the parents and school. In once-termly meetings, they organise a range of events, charity fundraising, and additions and alterations to the House. It is a wonderful way of being able to connect with and support Hazeldene. It would be a pleasure to welcome new members to the PA – please do contact me if you would be interested in joining.

As such a short, but incredibly busy half term draws to a close, I would like to wish all Hazeldene girls and their families a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Kind regards,


Dr R E Whitbread
Houseparent, Hazeldene House



20th December 2016

Last Updated: 06/02/2017 15:23:40


The lights are off and the doors are closed on another successful term in Hazeldene. It seems a long time ago indeed since the beginning of the academic year – when our new Lower Fourth attended the Sunday Tea Party, apprehensive but excited for the new start of their life in Senior School. It is a long hard term, with its challenges, certainly, but also a great amount of fun, friendship and celebration too.

It is hard to capture the spirit of the term in words alone. To help celebrate the year so far, I have put together some of the footage from the term. I hope you enjoy this insight into House life.

https://youtu.be/9S2mPGSWHW0


We kicked off the year with our Family Fun night. Members of each family competed in old favourites: the three-legged race, ultra-competitive musical chairs, up-and-under, egg-and-spoon, giant Twister, limbo and even the retro Space Hopper race! Team Moore won the evening with the most victories in the various events.






Our other whole House event of the team was the highly-anticipated Nugget Night! McDonald’s received an order for 520 nuggets on Friday 25th November. And boy, did they devour them! Our highest nugget count went to Georgia Groves, with Alex Scott, Kiren Doyle and Beth Hambling close runners-up (all in the plus-20s!) This was followed by some karaoke, belting out tunes by Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Britney, Abba, Queen B and even a song from the musical, ‘Billy Elliot’ (with dance routine factored in!) for good measure. Soundbites can be heard in the video link above.





The Upper Sixth girls have been a huge help this year. Embracing their new roles as our Grandmas to the younger years in our Hazeldene Families scheme, they have organised get-togethers with their family members, sharing cake and cuppas, Christmas presents and even some delicious pizza. We will have more inter-family events next year, and I hope this will become a legacy for the House for decades to come. Particular thanks to Ellie Moore (Head of House) and Josie Wiklund (Deputy Head of House) for their support, great humour and organisational flair, to Sasha Johnston and Charlotte Goodall for their stellar work on House Song, to Emily Coleman and Esme Weston for House Sports teams, to Emily Whittle for House Debating help, and to Rachel Xuereb for her passion and directorial vision on our vibrant House Drama entry.

This term has brought with it great success. We performed the Triple: winning House Song, then both House Hockey for Juniors and Seniors, all on three consecutive days, before half term. Subsequently, we have had victories in Junior House Badminton and Senior House Swimming, and came in second place for the Junior House Swimming.

None of these fantastic achievements would be possible without the dedication of the girls. I spoke in our final end of term assembly about the one word I would sum up the girls with this term: impressive. They put so much into every aspect of school life; it is a wonder there is so much left for House life too. Yet, they keep adding fuel to the fire, and as such, Hazeldene makes a tremendous amount of heat!

After winning last year, I think we were completely amazed to retain the title of House Song Winners for 2016-17 – this is, of all of the House competitions, the most fiercely fought for and the display of the most time and effort. The success of this year’s entry was for beautiful harmonies, ensemble singing and an absolutely polished piece. Well done to everyone who soared to top notes, kept in key, worked tirelessly on harmony parts, accompanied, instructed or attended rehearsals.




Thank you to everyone who has participated in a House competition or event so far this year:

Senior House Hockey
Cup – 1st place
Ali Silk, Megan Longden, Claire Humphries, Tash Durie, Emily Coleman, Anna Murray, Maddie Bache, Ella Longden, Mollie Trow




Plate – 2nd place
Candy Lockett, Amy Staniland, Sasha Johnston, Charlotte Goodall, Isabella Breithaupt, Ellen Moore, Kara Doyle, Emily Coleman, Grace Grenfell, Jessica Fullard




Junior House Hockey

Cup – 1st place
Siena Horton, Alice Liversidge, Fleur Gallagher, Martha Edge, Kitty Luscombe, Alice Anderson, Hannah Sahota and Daisy-Mai Clements




Plate – 3rd place
Jade Jenkins, Grace Dieppe, Emily Gittoes, Gabbi Brown, Gemma Calthorpe, Maddie Cooper, Maddie Fullard, Sadie Gardner

Junior House Badminton – 1st place
Beth Hambling (Capt.), Martha Edge, Grace Harker, Tilly Giles, Grace Dieppe, Gemma Calthorpe, Lydia Matthews, Abigail Dakin, Lena Siller, Maddie Fullard



Senior House Swimming
– 1st place
Kate Allely, Alex Scott, Maddie Bache, Tash Durie, Charlotte Goodall, Ellen Moore, Claire Humphries, Daisy Scott, Rachel Weller, Tabatha Nicholas, Jessica Fullard, Ella Gardner, Hannah Williams, Anna Murray

Junior House Swimming – 2nd place
Imogen Vaughan-Hawkins, Jade Jenkins, Grace Dieppe, Catrin Carter, Sadie Gardner, Kitty Luscombe, Maddie Fullard, Gemma Calthorpe, Alice Anderson, Alice Liversidge, Jessica Rai, Emily Gittoes




We also made strong impact away from the sports fields and arenas, with Junior House Debating and House Drama. In Junior House Debating, Hafsah Suleman and Martha Edge were the perfect counterbalance to one another, one fiercely logical and the other passionately argued – debating the motion, ‘This House would ban beauty pageants’. They presented some excellent points and were unafraid to add rebuttal to their opponents. Well done. In the final week of term, we had the first House Drama for nearly a decade. Four Hazeldeneans represented the House with the five-minute adaptation of John Godber’s ‘Shakers’. Maddie Cooper, Lauren Court, Olivia Dalby and Rachel Xuereb shined on stage, with great ensemble moments and humour, swapping in and out of different roles and showing versatility. Sadly, we didn’t win, but the girls put on a treat for those at the Finals on the 12th.

House Colours and Ties were awarded in our final House assembly. These House awards are not a right – they need to be earned from a combination of factors: academic effort and perseverance, representing the House in Competitions or the wider school life, and supporting and upholding the spirit of Hazeldene.

For our Juniors, congratulations go to: Maddie Cooper, Sadie Gardner, Jess Rai, Emily Gittoes, Lena Siller, Grace Dieppe, Alice Liversidge, Maddie Fullard and Gemma Calthorpe. These are our first batch – many will follow in their footsteps next term hopefully.

Senior House Colours were awarded to Ella Gardner, Jessica Fullard and Daisy Scott in 5th Form, for their consistent commitment to the House and school. It gave me pleasure to award colours also to Elise Spurgin and new recruits to the House, Tash Durie, Alex Scott and Hannah Williams in Lower Sixth.

We celebrated the successes of some of our girls who have gone the extra mile, and have been recognised for these accomplishments by being awarded commendations from teachers.
Prizes were given to:
L4: Lydia Matthews
Gemma Calthorpe
Abigail Dakin
U4: Lauren Court
Maddie Cooper
5th: Hannah Jones
Maddie Bache
Lily Rose Faulkner-Schütt
L6: Tash Durie
Anna Murray
U6: Ellen Moore
Emily Coleman

The Best Decorated Study Award was a close call – the Lower Fourth started plans early, making their study a veritable grotto of lights from mid-November, However, they were pipped to the prize by the 5th Form study, whose creativity and polish was incredible (the laptop fireplace video was the icing on the Christmas cake certainly!)

Having started this tradition last year, the coveted prize for the Christmas Music Video Award was hotly contested by the Lower Fourth and Upper Sixth. Despite a fantastic effort from the L4, our Upper Sixth ladies clinched a second-year-in-a-row victory with their version of Shakin’ Stevens’ song, ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. These videos epitomise Hazeldene – creative, fearless and a little eccentric!

Whilst the studies may have been cleared and decorations taken down across the House, we have been feeling very festive in the past week. Our 5th Form had a Christmas Movie and Pizza Night, choosing to watch ‘Love Actually’ and getting misty-eyed at the airport scene in particular! The Sixth Form took an enjoyable trip to the German Christmas Market in Birmingham with Mrs Golightly, Miss Berment and Miss Tansley.

The girls continue to thrive in the wider school. We had great success in the Mark Reading last Monday.
GCSE Subject Prizes were awarded for those who performed to the highest level in 2016:
English Language, Latin, Spanish and History – Rachel Weller
Textiles and DT: Graphics Products – Holly Peplow
DT: Resistant Materials – Natasha Durie

I was impressed at the amount of Hazeldeneans to achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award – this is a worldwide recognised achievement and a testament to their hard work. Well done to Esme Weston, Emily Coleman, Josie Wiklund, Ellen Moore, Charlotte Goodall, Ellie Miners and Kara Doyle.

Throughout the term, many students have also achieved their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards – congratulations to the following:
Silver
Elise Spurgin, Rachel Weller, Holly Peplow, Talia Mitchell, Megan Longden, Claire Humphries, Anna Murray, Tash Durie
Bronze
Abigail Gill, Lily-Rose Faulkner-Schütt, Maddie Lee

The angelic voices of our Hazeldene girls could be heard in the fabulous final performances in our two Christmas services at the end of the term. Well done to all those involved in the Choir and Music groups: Anya-Sharma James, Hannah Jones, Gabriella Brown, Maddie Cooper, Rachel Weller, Olivia Dalby, Josie Wiklund, Lauren Court, Heidi Collie, Daisy Scott and Ellie Miners. A particular well done goes to Josie Wiklund’s beautiful solo in ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, and to Lauren Court, for reading a Lesson in the Junior Service.

We return on Thursday 5th January, straight into mock exams for our 5th Form and IB2 students, the Razzle Dazzle Ball on Saturday 14th for the Sixth Form, and then many of the girls will be performing in ‘Hairspray’ when it takes to the Artrix from the 24th-26th January.

I wish you and your families a relaxing, wonderful Christmas together, and a happy New Year.

Mrs L McKee



Hazeldene Snow Ball

Last Updated: 08/01/2016 07:59:29

Please note that the time for the Hazeldene Snow Ball has changed from 7pm to 6.30pm. 


October 2015

Last Updated: 06/01/2016 09:50:41

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This afternoon we closed the doors on Hazeldene for this half term. Already I feel the sense of new history being forged with your girls in House. Standing in the Common Area, I can easily hear the beautiful harmonies of our House song, see banners emblazoned with ‘Go Team Hazeldene’ made on the floor for House Hockey and recall the enduring smell of toast consumed at break time. This has perhaps been the busiest half term I have experienced in my eight years at Bromsgrove, but exhilarating – there is never a dull moment in this House! I am exceptionally proud to be houseparent to your daughters and would like to take this opportunity to outline some of the many successes we have had in House in the past month.

Whilst a chronological approach might seem sensible, I have to start with our crowning glory of the term: Hazeldene winning this year’s House Song competition. After weeks of rehearsing and practicing, from orchestral parts to chorus work and dance moves, last Tuesday we finally took to the stage in the Arena to perform our rendition of ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey. Having watched the girls constantly enhance and improve the quality of this piece throughout the term, I felt quietly confident in our chances beforehand, and knew the hard work they had put into it had resulted in a strong entry. Watching them on stage, they went above and beyond – it was magical. If you have not yet seen it yourselves, it can be viewed online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25RhwhIMknQ





A special thanks has to go to the enviably calm Brittany Collie, our mastermind for the musical score, and our inspirational Conductor. She worked especially hard on this and had many sleepless nights worrying about doing it justice. Additionally, thanks to Taome Jennings, our Coordinator of the Arts, whose organisation and presence in House motivated everyone to be prompt and sing! Alice Elt likewise ran many of the rehearsals, sharing her musical talents with the House to help their precision in the song. Our band also deserve special mention: Katie Moore on drums, Daisy Scott and Anya Sharma-James on violin, Heidi Collie on bass guitar, Sasha Johnston on acoustic guitar, and Miss McCanlis as our pianist (though Esme Weston did a sterling job in rehearsals too). Something that resonated me more than the Song itself perhaps was the amazing spirit and sense of tradition instilled in your girls. From holding hands on the journey from House to the Arena to the 6th Formers wearing their House ties as headbands in the performance, the House song has particular memories for all our girls. The chants of ‘We Love you, Hazel, We Do’ were echoing throughout the House on our victorious return after the verdict.


This week also saw the House Hockey Competitions for 2015-16. On Wednesday, our Senior Teams played for the Cup and the Plate. Having spent our lunchtimes in a ‘banner extravaganza’ to create some beautiful artwork to rally our troops on with, the teams were excited to play. They competed with energy and zest, but were sadly defeated; the Cup team came in third place, and the Plate team in second place. Well done to all the girls who took part: Cup – Olivia Robbins, Anastasia Brantingham, Esme Weston, Emily Coleman, Alianne Silk, Charlotte Goodall, Megan Longden, Hannah Sparkes (GK), Anna Murray and Claire Humphries. Plate – Imogen Sapstead, Sophie Greensmith, Brittany Collie, Taome Jennings, Abbi Davis, Jemma Salmon, Alice Elt, Ellie Day and Nathalie Plummer.

  








This Thursday, the Junior House Hockey Competition also took place. With our supporters once again lining the astro, our girls showed some incredible skills, especially from our new L4 recruits. It was a challenging set of matches; in the Cup, we initially lost our first match. This galvanized the team, and with greater fire and determination, they increased their intensity and won our final match 3-0, putting us into 1st place on goal difference. Elated, our winners celebrated in hilarious style with Jess Fullard running through the newly created banners as ticker tape! A wonderful memory. Our Plate team equally fared well; with some intense huddles to confer on strategy after each match, they showed their skills too and also managed to secure a win for the House. This, coupled with House Song, has made for an exceptionally memorable (and successful!) week in Hazeldene history. A huge congratulations to our Junior teams: Cup - Ella Longden, Mollie Trow, Ella Gardner, Grace Grenfell, Jess Fullard, Heidi Collie (GK), Martha Edge, Fleur Gallagher, Siena Horton and Kitty Luscombe. Plate – Grace Harker, Lauren Whensley, Kiren Doyle, Jade Jenkins, Maddie Bache, Isabella Breithaupt, Abigail Mitchell, Beth Hambling, Anya Sharma-James, Olivia Dalby and Lauren Court.


In case everything House-orientated seems somewhat extra-curricular, we have also had a really positive start to the year in academic matter. I wish to congratulate the girls on their grades this half term; they are nearly all working to a very high standard and have settled in well to routines. Thank you for your continued support with them, and in the help and guidance you provide at home. I would be appreciative if you could ensure all communications come through the House, either through myself as houseparent or through your daughter’s tutor, to ensure we are kept fully informed of the academic wellbeing and progress of your child. This half-term Cara Houlcroft and Abbi Davis received the Headmaster’s Commendations and deserve a special mention; many girls were additionally awarded School Commendations for their efforts – well done.

Many of the girls have shown their determination and dedication, in completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Those awarded with Silver this term include: Kara Doyle, Josie Wiklund, Amy Staniland, Imogen Slater, Ellie Miners, Sasha Johnston, Emily Coleman, Kate Allely, Abbi Davis, Esme Weston, and Alianne Silk. Bronze Awards were additionally awarded to Courtney-Mae Neuberg and Holly Foster, in addition to the many girls who achieved them earlier this half-term.

Individual sporting successes cannot be overlooked; Beth Hambling has continued to show prowess on the Badminton court winning Silver in Singles in the U17s Worcester Badminton England Tournament on Saturday 10th October and acquiring Bronze in Singles and Gold in Doubles in the U17s at Gloucester on Sunday 4th October. Candy Lockett has continued to move from strength to strength in Athletics, perfecting her hammer throw and shot to achieve new personal bests throughout the Athletics’ Season, especially with her National Level silver medal, throwing over 50 metres in the Girls’ Hammer. Siena Horton has been selected to represent GBR with the British Ski and Snowboard Youth Alpine Team at the international races scheduled in Andorra from 23rd -29th January 2016.

Musically, we saw further individual successes in October. At the Informal Concert in the Old Chapel, Olivia Dalby sang a delightful version of ‘I’m not that Girl’ from Wicked on the 8th October. At this year’s Scholar’s Concert on 1st October in Routh Hall, Anya Sharma-James made her Senior school debut with ‘Black Coffee’ on the piano; Heidi Collie performed a violin duet, playing ‘Palladio’, and Brittany Collie, in her final year as a Scholar, played Georgia Vale’s ‘Courante’ on the violin. Music certificates were also awarded, including to Anya Sharma James for Grade 5 Trombone, with Distinction.

In Drama, casting is now complete for the main school production, ‘Sweeney Todd’. We are thrilled to have many talented actresses in the House to rival our sporty ladies – Brittany Collie, Katie Moore and Rachel Xuereb have all been cast in ‘Sweeney Todd’, to be performed at the Artrix in March 2016. Our 4th Form girls have also had success, in being selected to be in the cast of our Fourth Form production of Patrick Marber’s The Musicians for National Theatre’s Connections Festival. This will perform in school in late February, then transfer to the Birmingham REP in May. Cast: Taylor Williams, Lauren Court, Hannah Jones, Maddie Lee, Lily-Rose Faulkner-Schuett, Abbie Gill, Anya Sharma-James, Gabriella Brown.

As the leaves have turned golden yellows and rich reds, so we celebrated the changing seasons with our Harvest Festival. Thank you for all your generous offerings and donations. There was lovely singing in the Anthem in particular from our Choristers in the House. Additional thanks needs to go to Sophie Greensmith for her work collecting money for our Own Clothes’ Day last Friday, in support of Cystic Fibrosis UK.

We held our first House Event, the Scavenger Hunt and Great Hazeldene Bake Off, on September 18th with hotdogs, samosas, salads and a well-stocked bar to boot. The girls had a fantastic time hunting down the locations to 30 different clues across the school campus, from the obvious (‘The place where Christmas Tree typically goes’) to the subtle (‘The place where the Head Boy and Head Girl could live if they were married’). Mrs Golightly and her nearly won, but it was Kara Doyle, Amy Staniland, Charlotte Goodall and Ellie Miners who were the overall winners, for their creative interpretations of some clues. We were utterly spoilt by the amazing array of cakes and deserts contributed. Our celebrity judge, the Mary Berry of the school perhaps, was Mrs Hallows, the Head of Senior School’s wife. She tested and tried everything, and whilst it was a difficult decision, it was Maddie Bache’s delectable coffee and tiramisu cupcakes that won the day, awarding her our specially-created Hazeldene Star Baker apron. A huge thanks to our PA, for their efforts and support in arranging the evening. A special thanks to Mrs Sharma-James and Mrs Goodall for catering the event – the food was a particular highlight and absolutely delicious – and to Mrs Wiklund and Mr Spurgin for their work behind the scenes in marketing and coordinating the event. Thank you to all the parents and students who attended and helped make this such a successful evening.






The minutes from this half-term’s PA Meeting will be circulated in a separate newsletter, with further details of our Snow Ball in January.

Our L4 enjoyed their Malvern Hills Walk, we have had German Exchanges in House, CCF Field Weekends, DofE training, Regional and Country netball and hockey sessions attended by our girls, and guiding on Open Mornings by our L6. They have all managed to stay enthusiastic about school in spite of the physical exertions placed on them. They deserve a holiday, certainly.




The Best Decorated Study Noticeboard competition also occurred, with some stunning entries in particular. Krispy Kreme doughnuts were awarded to the winners, our L6 Study, for their beautiful collage of photos; the runners-up were our U4th Study who also enjoyed a few Krispy Kreme’s too. The U4th have their eyes firmly set on the gold this Christmas when decorating their studies… I sense a friendly rivalry emerging! Filming took place in House for the new school video prospectus, capturing life at break and with students enjoying cups of tea in their studies; for those captured on film, they will find it a lovely way to remember their time at school.

Next half term we have a pizza and karaoke night to look forward to, Laser Quest trips, Christmas market trips, carolling and much, much more!

I would like to thank all the Tutors for their hard work and effort, in helping your daughters to achieve their potential and in supporting them pastorally. UCAS applications have dominated Mr Williams and Miss Tansley’s time in particular; I thank them especially for the extra work this takes, with nearly half of the U6 having sent off their applications. Excitingly, offers are already starting to trickle in… I would also like to thank Zoe our wonderful Housekeeper. Reliable and organised, she is a delight to have in the House to help and support our girls, ensuring their environment is as friendly and tidy as possible.

If you have any issues, queries or wish to share any of your daughter's successes with me, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is lmckee@bromsgrove-school.co.uk

I hope you and your families have a restful and relaxing half term.

With best wishes,

Lucy McKee
Houseparent of Hazeldene





November 2015

Last Updated: 06/01/2016 09:42:33

Dear Parents and Guardians,

While last half term’s House victories still linger pleasantly in the memories of the girls in Hazeldene, they have returned from the break rejuvenated and refreshed. Eyes are now firmly set on the future and on making the most of the next four and a half weeks.

We have many House events planned for the second half of this term. This coming Friday (20th November) we will have our first Pizza and Karaoke evening from 5.30pm to 8pm. I, for one, am looking forward to grabbing a slice and then grabbing the mic to give my vocal chords a much needed workout!

I am also thrilled to announce the first details for what will be the highlight of the Hazeldene social calendar for many: the Snow Ball. This year's event is to be held at the Hilton, Bromsgrove, on the evening of Saturday 9th January 2016. We would love you to join us for a magical evening, dining and dancing in a Winter Wonderland. Tickets are exclusively available for Sixth Form students and their guests currently, and tickets will be opened for all Hazeldene parents from Monday 30th November. Please see the attached poster for further initial details:



We will be also holding a Charity Auction during the duration of the evening at the Snow Ball; we would be incredibly grateful for any suitable items, opportunities or experiences that you may be able to generously donate. Please contact Gareth Spurgin if you can help with this matter further, via email: garethspurgin@hotmail.co.uk

To help us create a sensational experience for our Snow Ball this year, we would appreciate any help with the decoration and Ball event planning. If you would like to get involved, we are having our first sub-committee meeting this Tuesday 17 November 4:30 in the school café. Please contact Carrie Wiklund, our Secretary, for further details or with any apologies for attendance via email at carriehwik@yahoo.com. We would love to welcome new members to add their input to make this a successful evening for the girls and parents alike.

The first Liaison Committee meeting is also to be held this week; this is our opportunity to raise issues directly with the Head of the Senior School through our PA representatives in the House. If you have any further questions you would like to raise, please contact Gareth Spurgin by Monday.

With best wishes,

Lucy McKee
Hazeldene Houseparent


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