Alumnae newsletter
December 2021

Alumnae News


At the end of a busy term, I am grateful for the strong sense of community at South Hampstead.


Our alumnae continue to enrich everyday life at school in so many ways. We were delighted to welcome back six alumnae to share their stories with students this term. Many more of you assisted with mock interviews for year 13 students here, and at our partner schools.  Thank you for supporting our Opening Doors Dinner which raised valuable funds for bursary places at South Hampstead.


I wish you all a restful break over the festive season. We look forward to welcoming you back to South Hampstead in 2022 for our Alumnae Reunion in March, and to our speaker events for the Spring term.


With best wishes,

Headmistress, Victoria Bingham


Alumnae Reunion 2022

Catch up with school friends and former teachers at our Alumnae Reunion Lunch on Sunday, 13th March 2022 at South Hampstead High School. Reminicse about your school days at our workshops in netball, DT or choir, followed by lunch in our new Waterlow Hall. 


All current staff, former staff and alumnae are welcome and we are organising specific reunions for the classes of 1962, 1972,1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012.  Please sign up for the event by 4th March 2022.

Book here
Save the date
Speaker Series

We are delighted to welcome author and foreign correspondent Christina Lamb to speak to the South Hampstead community on Tuesday, 18th January at 7pm. Please save the date. We will send a registration link in the New Year. 

25+ years of Pensioners Link

Partnerships and social outreach activities have always been an integral part of life at South Hampstead. Our Pensioners Link programme is one of our longest standing partnerships and was set up over 25 years ago.  History Teacher Victoria Boyarsky has managed the partnership since 2003.

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Opening Doors Bursary Dinner

On Saturday, 13th November, we invited the South Hampstead community to help raise funds for our bursary programme. During the dinner, former Head Girl Datshiane Navanayagam (class of 2005) and year 13 student Mel spoke with real passion about the opportunities that South Hampstead had given them.  You can watch the speeches here.

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School News
Critical Thinking

Headmistress Vicky Bingham was featured in The Times and then interviewed by Mariella Frostrup on Times Radio last week, discussing cancel culture.

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Class of 1977 Reunion

It was wonderful to welcome back the class of 1977 to see their school friend, professional pianist Joanna MacGregor CBE perform at our Towards 150 Concert.

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Alumnae News
The Burgess Room

We are delighted to rename one of the historic reception rooms in the Oakwood Sixth Form centre in honour of former Headmistress, and Honorary Alumna Averil Burgess.

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Recent Leavers Reunions

After two years of delayed and cancelled dates, it was with joy we welcomed back former students and staff to South Hampstead on two separate occasions this term.

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Alumnae speakers

Thank you to barrister and entrepreneur Dupsy Abiola who inspired pupils with her lessons for life at Prize Giving; doctor Grace Spence Green who challenged our perspectives on disability; broadcaster and author Jenny Kleeman who spoke at Free Thinking Fridays; Olivia Asslet who spoke to DT students; journalist Charlotte Oliver who shared her tips on breaking into the profession; and author Katie Pangonis who spoke to history students about her new book. 

Giving Back
Mock interviews

Thank you to the 13 alumnae doctors, dentists, vets and Oxbridge students who helped us with 23 mock interviews for our students, and students in partner schools. We really appreicate you finding the time to share your expertise and knowledge with year 13 students. 

Give a mock interview in 2022
Gap year interns

Thank you to our class of 2021 gap year students Mia Brent, Estie Gordon, Nil Koksal and Iona Luke who worked with the admissions, alumnae and philanthropy teams this term. Thank you also to Eva Chowdhury (class of 2019) who worked on reception and accompanied year 8 on their PGL trip.

View from the Archive
School Days story

Thank you to alumna Anita Rose (class of 1943) who sent us her memories of South Hampstead during the 1930s: from being taught loyalty to King, Country and Empire; paying a penny to retrive her lost property and playing Sousa’s “Marche Militaire” in assembly.

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Digital Resplendens

In November, we mailed 3,000 alumnae our annual magazine, packed with stories themed around scientific and medical research. If you didn't receive a copy, you can view it online below, and update your mailing address here so you don't miss out next year.

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Giving back
A Lasting Legacy

We were delighted to receive news of a generous legacy from our former Head of Music Jean Middlemiss to support our South Hampstead Bursary Campaign.

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Alumnae News
Published Authors

We are building a collection of books written by our alumnae for our school library. If you are a published author or would like to suggest a fellow alumna to include in our collection, then please let us know.

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Giving Back
Alumnae Artists

Thank you to our alumnae artists Lydia Goldblatt and Lucy Levene (both class of 1996) and Chole Manesseh (class of 2008) who kindly donated their artwork to our Opening Doors silent auction, raising funds to support bursary places for bright young women.

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School News
Diversity & Inclusion

This term, we hosted our first whole school Culture Week – a celebration of different heritages and identities within and beyond our school community, aiming to shine a light on different cultures and contribute to our on-going conversations about diversity and inclusion.

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School News
Wellbeing award

South Hampstead was one of six UK finalists for a student wellbeing award, praised for providing positive pastoral leadership and livening up lockdowns last academic year.

Read school stories from this term
School memories

Do you remember carol singing in Brent Cross with Miss Kiverstein? View this image and many more from the 1990s on our school archive site. 

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Archive site
Dates for your diary
18th JanuarySpeaker Series
13th March Alumnae Reunion
24 MarchIn Conversation with...alumna Karen Pollock

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books by alumnae in our library


alumnae visited SHHS for events or talks this term


of donors in 2020-21 were alumnae