Alumnae newsletter
January 2021

Alumnae News


Once again, our students, parents and staff are rising to the challenge of guided home learning. We are grateful that, compared to the last national lockdown, we have much more experience of teaching and learning from home with the added silver lining of the vaccine roll out to look forward to. 


As always, you have continued to offer guidance to our students by giving your time or donating to our bursary campaign - thank you for your support. I wish you a healthy and safe 2021.

Headmistress, Victoria Bingham
Lockdown Pen Pals

Some of our students have suggested that they link up with members of our alumnae community who find themselves alone during this period. They would love to write to you via email and share their experiences of South Hampstead. 

Read more
Speaker Series

Last term, we were thrilled to welcome back alumna and BBC journalist Katya Adler as our latest guest, who shared fascinating insights into her life and career, live from Brussels. Read a summary here and view her talk below. 

Watch the talk
School News
Amanda Johnson

In December, South Hampstead said goodbye to one of its longest standing teachers: Amanda Johnson has taught Philosophy & Religion for almost 30 years.

Read Amanda's interview
Giving Back
University Interviews

We would like to match all students interviewing for university places with a suitable alumna. Thank you to all our alumnae who helped with mock interviews for those applying for medicine, veterinary school and economics at Oxbridge. If you would like to help next year, please let us know.  

Read about our volunteers
Diversity & Inclusion

Our steering group includes staff, pupils and alumnae. They have discussed the evolution of our History curriculum; plans for a more inclusive bursary programme; and training and research initiatives. 

Read more
Towards 150

We were delighted to welcome former bursary pupil and renowned musician Mathilde Milwidsky to play in the first of a series of concerts, as we launched our bursary campaign. 

Watch the concert
Alumnae News
View from the Archive

Thank you to alumna Jean Crossley (class of 1945) who told us her memories of South Hampstead during the war: from sharing classrooms with the London Fire Service and a 'buzz bomb' landing on John Barnes, to having tea with BBC radio presenter Nicholas Parsons. 

Read Jean's story
Motivational Mondays

Thank you Jilli Crosby (class of 2012) and Ziba Sarikhani (class of 2007) for sharing their career stories in our Motivational Monday series on our website and LinkedIn alumnae page. If you would like to feature, please let us know. 


Read Ziba and Jilli's interviews
Alumnae News
Portrait Award

Congratulations to our alumnae who continue to achieve career success across all sectors, including alumna Lydia Goldblatt, whose image 'Eden' came second in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2020. 

More alumnae achievements
School News
Project Zero

Thanks to the passion of our pupils and the generosity of our community, we are making great strides as we seek to reduce our environmental impact. 

Read more
Giving Back
Alumnae Speakers

Thank you to our alumnae who spoke to students this term: PhD student Ana Hallgarten (class of 2012) led a GDST Limitless Learning session on medical law and ethics; Karen Pollock, CBE (class of 1993) and CEO of the Holocaust Educational Trust spoke to the Jewish Society; Laura Marks, OBE (class of 1978) and founder of Mitzvah Day spoke to pupils about social action. 

Read about Mitzvah Day
Digital Resplendens

In October, we mailed 3000 alumnae our annual magazine, packed with stories: our lockdown pen pal scheme, profiles of alumnae eco warriors and former bursary pupils reflecting on their experiences.

Read Resplendens online
Giving Back
Minerva Circle

The Minerva Circle recognises those who choose to remember South Hampstead and the GDST in their will. Our most recent member, Elaine Willis (class of 1970), talks about her reasons for joining and how she hopes to influence future generations. 

Read Elaine's story
Giving Back
Towards 150

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our initiatives via the Philanthropy Review. Your support has already helped us increase the number of means-tested bursary places and extend our eco, speaker and partnership initiatives. Watch Mrs Bingham speak about our plans here

Get involved

We are delighted so many alumnae have joined the SHHS LinkedIn Page and the GDST Life alumnae network. Both networks are a great way to connect with your old school and the wider GDST community, access to online resources, careers discussions and networking groups. Find out more here.

Join GDST Life
GDST Talks

Child psychologist and South Hampstead alumna Professor Abi Gewirtz joins the GDST Talks series for parents on Thursday 14th January, talking about her new book, When the World Feels Like A Scary Place. 

Book your ticket
Reunion Lunch

The reunion lunch on Sunday 9th May is open to all alumnae and former staff. This year, we are organising specific reunions for the classes of 1961, 1971,1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011. If you would like to be a year group rep to encourage your friends to join, let us know.  

Be an alumna rep for your year group
Dates for your diary
14 JanuaryGDST Talks - Professor Abi Gewirtz
24 February Speaker Series: Mark and Diana Carney
9 may Annual Alumnae Reunion Lunch
May (TBC)GDST Evening of Thanks
Summer 2021 (TBC)Alumnae drinks for recent leavers

South Hampstead stats


alumnae currently supporting South Hampstead bursaries


alumnae profiled in Resplendens 2020


known alumnae who published a book in 2020