Alumnae Newsletter
March 2020

Alumnae News

Never before have we been in such need of 'Mehr Licht!'


As a school, we have been opening doors, hearts and minds since 1876. On the first day of spring, we closed our doors until further notice. The fog of disruption has been confusing and exhausting. But it has also brought glimmers of light and bolstered a wonderful sense of spirit, adaptability and creativity. This is a time when our broader community is more important than ever and a huge opportunity for us to come together. See below for how you can join us through our Alumnae Pen Pal scheme, our research survey and by sharing your own experiences.


I am prouder than ever to be part of such an amazing school community and grateful we still have so many reasons to be cheerful.

Headmistress, Mrs Vicky Bingham

Waterlow Hall Festival

The Reunion Lunch

How wonderful that we were able to welcome so many of you back to the school before having to close our doors for the foreseeable future. You can view photos of this happy day here and we encourage our Classes of 1951, 61, 71, 81 91, 2001 and 11 to start planning for your decade reunions next year.

Read more about this event
Alumnae Pen Pal Scheme
'To many pens, not enough pals'

Our sixth form pupils so enjoyed meeting alumnae at the reunion that they have set up a pen pal scheme to be in touch with former pupils over this difficult period of isolation. More than 60 pupils have signed up to the scheme and we need some more alumnae for them to write to! If you would like a pupil pen pal then do sign up. You can find out more here

Join the scheme
Bursary Research
Take Our Survey

This spring we planned to hold a series of round table consultations with alumnae on bursaries and fundraising. Thank you to everyone who offered to help with this. Our research has now moved online and it takes just five minutes to complete the questionnaire. Please do take part so that we can be guided and informed by you.

Complete the questionnaire
Waterlow Hall Festival
A Royal Opening

As the doors opened to our new Waterlow Hall, we welcomed the award-winning co-stars of the Netflix series, The Crown: Olivia Colman (GDST alumna of the year 2019) and Helena Bonham Carter (Class of 1984).

Read about their visit
Waterlow Hall Festival
Come & Sing

Well done to all our choir volunteers who 'stood up and sang out' as part of our reunion celebrations. As a thankyou, Dr Collisson, our Director of Music would like to share this wonderful video to inspire you all for next year!

Music from the heart
Alumnae Events
Autumn Concert

It's never too soon to start planning and we are very excited that the wonderful violinist and former pupil, Mathilde Milwidsky (class of 2013), has agreed to perform our very first professional concert in the new Waterlow Hall. Make a note of the date - Thursday 1st October - and we will be in touch with further details on how to book tickets.

Read more about Mathilde
Alumnae news
In splendid isolation

Margaret Dunn (Class of 1960) shared this glorious photo of the view from her cottage in Wales. Join the new 'GDST helps' facebook site which has been set up to allow the whole community to share experiences and help. Beautiful photos of your own spendid isolation are welcome.

GDST helps
Words from the Headmistress

'Continuity, enduring relationships, shared experiences and collective memories are powerful anchors in a rapidly changing world." Vicky Bingham spoke to all our alumnae about resilience, perseverence and celebration on World Woman's day and you can read her speech from the event here, or follow her blog below.

Vicky Bingham's Blog
GDST Alumnae of the Year
Jess Wade Nomination

We are delighted to announce that Dr Jess Wade (Class of 2007) has been shortlisted for the GDST Alumna of the year award. You can find out here why she is such a deserving candidate. The deadline has been extended so please do vote to help secure our very first South Hampstead GDST Alumna of the year.

Vote here
School Archive
Digital Archive

Time on your hands? Take a tour through the school magazines of the 1970's 80's and 90's via our digital archive and if you have copies of any of the missing years, do let us know. Our next project is to add magazines from the 1950's and 60's.

Access our Digital Archive
Waterlow Hall Festival
Gala Concert

The highlight of our Waterlow Hall Festival was the concert performed by Gemma Rosefield (Class of 1999) accompanied by our school orchestra. Read more here

The Festival Brochure
Alumnae News
Resplendens 2020

We are working on the next edition of the Resplendens magazine so don't forget to send us your suggestions for 'In the News'. Our theme this year is on the environment and sustainability and contributions are welcome.

Email us
In Memory
Jean Middlemiss

With sadness and joy we celebrated the life of Miss Jean Middlemiss - Head of Music from 1957-72. Thank you to everyone who sent us such lovely memories about her time at South Hampstead.

Memories of Miss Middlemiss
Alumnae News
Renowned Writers

Our 'Renowned Writers' series highlights alumnae who have published books.  Follow the series on the website and do let us know if you would like to be featured or want to suggest another alumnae author

Renowned Writers
School News
South Hampstead Turns Virtual

It has been quite an adventure as teachers, pupils and parents from the Junior and Senior Schools rise to the challenge of online teaching and learning in nearly a thousand homes across London.

South Hampstead news
Alumnae news
We can't reach you

If you are in contact with friends from South Hampstead who are not part of the alumnae community, do encourage them to join. We are only in touch with half our former pupils and would love others to join us.

Register for the network here
Dates for your diary
March 2020Bursary Consultancy Questionnaire
June 2020GDST Alumnae of the Year Awards
Summer 2020Resplendens Magazine publication
7 September 20201+ year reunion
1 October 2020Bursary Gala Concert
8 October 2020Class of 2015 5 Year Reunion