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					Quondam Magazine                                                                                                             2009

                                                2009 MAGAZINE

                                          Tanzania and helped to paint some              As ever, there were many visits and
                                          of the rooms! This July, for the third         trips for students in every year of the
                                          successive year, senior pupils and four        school. However, amongst this year’s
                                          members of staff devoted a week of             more far-flung trips were a Geography
Dear Quondam Members,
                                          their summer holidays to FHS Summer            trip to Iceland; a Spanish department
                                          Camp: a residential activity holiday held      trip to Gredos; a History department
This has been a busy and eventful         at Sayers Croft in Surrey for children         trip to Ypres and the WWI cemeteries
school year. The eagerly awaited new      who are under the care of Westminster          and a ski trip to Canada.
rooms in the Gloucester Wing began        Social Services. Three fund-raising            I am indebted to the Quondam
to be used in the autumn term, when       events stand out as high points                Committee, for their invaluable support
we took possession of the additional      amongst hundreds in the past year:             of the school, in so many ways. It is
Art Studio on the top floor. By the       the annual sponsored walk in Regent’s          always a huge pleasure for me to meet
beginning of the summer term, the         Park undertaken by the whole school            members of Quondam, not only at the
entire building was complete, in good     and many canine friends; a sponsored           annual Quondam lunch in November,
time for the official opening by His      sky dive by some of the more intrepid          but also at other school functions.
Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester    teaching staff and several sixth formers;      Following the success of last year’s
on May 6th. Amongst the many              “FHS Has Talent” – our contestants             event, the Parents’ Association will
Quondam members present that day,         which put the television programme             again be hosting a Christmas Fair in
it was wonderful to welcome Mrs           in the shade!                                  school on Saturday November 21st
Pamela Parsonson and Miss Sifleet,
                                          Amongst the enormous number of                 from 2 – 4pm: Christmas puddings,
Jennifer Anderson, Gwyneth Young
                                          extra-curricular activities this year, there   home-made cakes and a wonderful
and Alison Edelshain. At an open
                                          were several new events, including             array of festive gifts will be available.
evening in June, one of our few male
                                          a Science Fair for the Lower Fourths           It is always a pleasure to see Quondam
members of Quondam returned visit
                                          in late June and an extra summer               members at the School Carol Service
to the school; now grandfather to Ellie
                                          term school play, The Tempest. The             which will this year be held at St
Marks, a pupil in the Thirds, he had
                                          main school play last autumn term,             Cyprian’s Church at 6.30pm on Tuesday
been a pupil in the former prep school,
                                          directed by Miss Williamson was a              15th December. Advance details of all
when it still admitted boys.
                                          superb production of Arcadia by Tom            major school events can be found
As ever, charitable commitment            Stoppard: two casts performed twice            on the school website:
continues to dominate much of the         in the four- night run. Our annual   
activity beyond classroom lessons.        joint choral concert performance with          I very much look forward to meeting
A significant number of sixth formers     Harrow School at the end of the Easter         many of you over the coming year;
volunteer to help on a weekly basis       term was Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast:          my warmest thanks for your continued
in neighbouring primary schools           thanks to indefatigable rehearsing by          interest and support of the school.
and we value our ongoing link with        Mrs Rolfe Johnson, our choir rose to
the Jack Taylor School, for children      the challenge of this demanding and
with special learning needs, in Swiss     wonderful work. Sport continues to             Vivienne Durham
Cottage. Last December, Miss Dickens,     be a very important part of school life;       Headmistress
Head of Italian, accompanied by Ms        four girls currently play county netball
Hack, Head of Geography, and a            for Middlesex; other CG pupils are in
team of senior girls went to visit the    the top ten nationally for sports such
school we are sponsoring in Moshi,        as ice-skating, swimming and skiing.

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Quondam Committee from 2009                                                                                         Contents                                                       Letter from the Quondam Chairman
Vivienne Durham                                                    President / Headmistress                                                                                        Alison Edelshain née Day
                                                                                                                    From the Quondam President       1
Alison Edelshain née Day                                           Chairman                                                                                                        Dear Quondam,
                                                                                                                    Quondam Committee                2
                                                                                                                                                                                   I am writing this just a few days after returning from a fascinating trip to the Baltic
Susanne Nedas née Quastel                                          Joint Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                                   states. As with any holiday, one of the great pleasures is getting to meet new
                                                                                                                    Quondam Contact                  2
                                                                                                                                                                                   people and I was very happy to have shared the often very moving and disturbing
Vivien Rose née Lind                                               Joint Secretary                                                                                                 stories of what had happened during the war years in Lithuania and Latvia with
                                                                                                                    From the Quondam Chairman 3
                                                                                                                                                                                   another “polished corner”. Joan Mushin (née Behrman) and her husband Alan
Jeannine Addinall                                                  Deputy Headmistress                                                                                             were among the other members of our intrepid and enthusiastic party. It was a
                                                                                                                    Class of 58                  4–5                               lovely opportunity to get to know Joan and the wonderful description of Joan’s
Benita Mathews                                                     Treasurer                                                                                                       Class of 1958 Reunion can be found later in this magazine.
                                                                                                                    Reminiscences                6–7
                                                                                                                                                                                   This year, for the school at least, has been dominated by the building and then
Nadia Demetriou Ladas                                              Magazine Editor                                                                                                 completion of the new ‘Gloucester Arms’ wing. Quondam members were well
                                                                                                                    Quondam Awards               7–8
                                                                                                                                                                                   represented at the official opening on the 6th May 2009 and many of us were
Diane Andrews née Miller                                                                                            Staff News                       9                             privileged to be introduced to the Duke of Gloucester who officially opened
Jeanette Cumine née Clark                                                                                                                                                          the wing. It was a memorable day and the new wing’s rooms looked extremely
Carol Michaelson née Day                                                                                                                                                           impressive.
                                                                                                                    Old Girls News              10 -13
Jennifer Purchase née Shier                                                                                                                                                        Earlier in the year, we were busy judging the entries for the Quondam Travel Fund
Julia Strauss                                                                                                       Obituaries                 14 –15                              and the Essay Prizes. The Quondam Committee were very pleased to award the
                                                                                                                                                                                   main Travel Fund prize to Marium Sherwani to assist her plans to research the
Contact                                                                                                             Current Leavers’ Destinations 15                               effects of altitude in the Himalayas. Marium also intends to help teach English
                                                                                                                                                                                   in the local villages on completion of her scientific research. The Committee also
Quondam \KWAHN-duhm; KWAHN-dam\, adjective:                                                                         Quondam Prizes                  16                             decided to award an additional sum to provide some support to Iona Denniston,
Having been formerly; former; sometime.                                                                                                                                            who is volunteering in a babies’ home in Uganda helping to care for some of the
We do love to hear from you so please let us know about any change of                                               Quondam School Reunion          16                             children orphaned through Aids.
address, and email addresses in particular would be of great use in keeping                                                                                                        The judging of the entries for the Essay Prizes was as hard as usual. This year
the database relevant and up to date. The Quondam community thrives on the                                          Back Page Poem                  16                             we had moved away from the original travel theme and invited the girls to write
news of its members, so feel free to submit news and photographs at any time                                                                                                       on “My Hero / Heroine”. We received some fascinating entries and the heroes
of the year.                                                                                                                                                                       and heroines celebrated ranged from the girls’ parents and grandparents to
                                                                                                                                                                                   local people who had done something exceptional as well as more well-known
Nadia Demetriou Ladas
                                                                                                                                                                                   individuals such as Nelson Mandela and even Simon Cowell! After some very close
                                                                                                                                                                                   voting among the Quondam Committee, the Junior Prize was awarded to Daphne
Francis Holland School
                                                                                                                                                                                   Milner for her essay on Rosa Parks and the Senior Prize to Sophie de Beistegui
Ivor Place
                                                                                                                                                                                   for her essay on Philip Pullman. Our congratulations go to everyone who entered
Clarence Gate
                                                                                                                                                                                   and especially to the winners. Next year’s essay title will be “Time” and we look
London NW1 6XR
                                                                                                                                                                                   forward to reading some more excellent essays. The Committee also took the                                                                                                                                                             decision to raise the amount available for these prizes and it is hoped that the
                                                                                                                                                                                   £750 available for the Travel Fund and the £50 and £25 each for the Senior and
Acknowledgements                                                                                                                                                                   Junior Essay prizes will further encourage some inspired entries.
Quondam would like to thank the parents of FHS pupils for their support. The Editor would like to thank Old                                                                        The Quondam Committee were also sorry to learn that St Cyprian’s, the school’s
Girl Oonagh Connolly of C&C Design Ltd for her assistance in laying out this issue.                                                                                                local church, was struggling to find the £20,000 needed to repair its altar. Since
                                                                                                                                                                                   there is such a long-standing and close relationship between the church and the
                                                                                                                                                                                   school, the committee decided to not only make a £500 contribution towards
                                ST CYPRIAN’S APPEAL                                                                                                                                the St Cyprian’s fund, but to also offer a free advert in this magazine so old girls
                                                                                                                                                                                   who wished to make an individual contribution or who could help with identifying
                                                                                                                                                                                   sponsorship opportunities could help St Cyprians. Please see the advert on the
                                                                                                                                                                                   facing page.
 Photo: Br Lawrence Lew, O.P.

                                                                     The whole church, including the High           as the Tree of Life, with Christ on the
                                                                     Altar, was designed by Sir Ninian Comper       Cross and the saints. The Dossal will                          As you can see, we have continued to improve the quality and content of this
                                                                     and completed in 1903. Both the Dossal         then be suspended in such a way that                           magazine. Under Nadia Demetriou Ladas’ enthusiastic and discerning eye, the
                                                                     and Frontal (back and front) of the High       it no longer has to bear its own weight,                       former “Newsletter” has become the “Polished Corners” magazine that you can
                                                                     Altar are in severe need of restoration,       and both Dossal and Frontal will be                            see today. Our thanks to her for all her hard work. However, due to technical
                                                                     which is now being carried out. The            varnished for protection for the future.                       difficulties, we experienced some severe problems with the Quondam e-mail
                                                                     grime and cracks in the paintwork on                                                                          address during June and July and we are very sorry if we have consequently missed
                                                                                                                    If you would like to help by a financial                       some of the news entries which had been emailed to us. We will be very happy to
                                                                     gesso which are the legacy of 106 years        contribution in the restoration of this
                                                                     will disappear through cleaning and                                                                           print these in the next magazine.
                                                                                                                    unique work for future generations,
                                You will remember the beauty of      restoration so that the original colours and                                                                  Finally, it only leaves me to remind you that we will be holding the Quondam
                                                                                                                    please contact Jeannine Addinall at the
                                our neighbouring church, where       splendour of the gold are again brought                                                                       Reunion Lunch (preceded by a very brief AGM) on Saturday, 7th November 2009.
                                                                                                                    school, or Elizabeth Masson at Saint
                                all our services and many of our     out. The Frontal shows the tree in the                                                                        We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and to showing everyone
                                                                                                                    Cyprian’s, 020 7258 0724, about the
                                concerts have taken place over       Garden of Eden with Adam, Eve and the                                                                         who wishes around the new wing.
                                                                                                                    High Altar Conservation Fund.
                                the years, and with which we         serpent, and the Dossal above and behind
                                have a very strong relationship.     the Altar shows the tree’s continuation

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How To Organise A Reunion With Style                                                                                                                                                                                                    CLASS OF 58
– And An International Flavour
                                                                                              By Alison Brooke

                                                                                              Present: Alison Brooke née Baxter,           The class of 1958 is not totally out of    The highlight of our visits to Rosemary’s   I think the reunion was all about
                                                                                              Diana Carlton née Wilson, Ann                touch with the techniques of modern        very attractive house was the display       renewing and reviving relationships.
                                                                                              Charlton née Wigg, Elizabeth                 communication, though in my case,          of old school magazines plus items          It was a joy to be able to remember
                                                                                              Cowndon née Wheeler, Rosemary                I limp along, gnashing my teeth, as        of school uniform. It was so funny          old times and to translate the intimate
                                                                                              Mackay née Wiggins, Joan Mushin              my computer deskills me time and           to read about Janet and Katherine           knowledge we had of each other as
                                                                                              née Behrman, Janet Politi née                time again. However, there was a           Pilcher getting their gym colours           teenagers. Gone was the elasticity of
                                                                                              Henry, Celia Read née Vaughan-               plus side to computer failure – I did      aged 11 years. We were reminded of          youth – we had been pinned down
                                                                                              Lee and Rosamond Wheeler née                 get the cheapest New York hotel            former hilarity in class with Miss Brown    by titles such as ‘mother’, ‘wife’ etc.
                                                                                              Machray.                                     accommodation by phoning!                  (English teacher) when Janet reread         We learnt to appreciate and admire
                                                                                                                                                                                      out her poem/ blank verse account of        what we had made of our lives. FHS
                                                                                              ”I can quite easily put a date and           New York was such an exciting place
                                                                                                                                                                                      advertisements of that era. Irv gave        may have played an important part in
                                                                                              place to the start of this memorable         for us all – culture and shopping during
                                                                                                                                                                                      me great pleasure with his sayings          our early development but there was
                                                                                              and glamorous reunion of the class           the day and elegant meals hosted by
                                                                                                                                                                                      and account of the button he is prone       such a lot to catch up on and it was a
                                                                                              of 1958. It is harder to track the           Rosemary and husband Irvin at night.
                                                                                                                                                                                      to wear which says “Repeal the XIX          fantastic setting and time to do it in.
                                                                                              gathering of momentum that led to the        Rosemary’s choice of restaurants was
1958 Ski Trip. Back row from left: Janet (Henry) Politi 1st, Rosamond (Machray) Wheeler 4th                                                                                           Amendment” – for those not in the           We owe Rosemary and Irv a huge debt
                                                                                              arrival of nine of us, mostly with our       impeccable and our meals were quite
(back to camera). Front row from left: Ann (Wigg) Charlton 2nd, Alison (Baxter) Brooke 4th,                                                                                           know, the XIX Amendment to the              of gratitude.”
                                                                                              husbands. However the husbands were          delicious – positively not a mouthful
Diana (Wilson) Carlton 5th.                                                                                                                                                           Constitution of the United States reads
                                                                                              a big bonus, with their photographic         tasted like a school lunch in the 1950s.                                               If there are any more of our class
                                                                                                                                                                                      “The right of citizens of the United
                                                                                              skills, their baggage handling skills,       For one evening, the dress code was                                                    out there, even if you left before
                                                                                                                                                                                      States to vote shall not be denied or
                                                                                              their tolerance of our giggles and           ‘cocktail dresses and men in suits’,                                                   1958 please get in touch. Alison
                                                                                                                                                                                      abridged by the United States or by any
                                                                                              recognition that this was something          which put us on our mettle and many                                                    Brooke née Baxter, Alison_Brooke@
                                                                                                                                                                                      State on account of sex.” We stayed
                                                                                              really special in our lives. Janet brought   an eye catching little number was                                             or 0208 788 2228
                                                                                                                                                                                      in the Feather Bed Inn, which was a
                                                                                              her older sister Elizabeth Balcon (Puff      bought.
                                                                                                                                                                                      delight with it’s enormous feather filled
                                                                                              Henry as was), who added a special           Celia, looking stunning and fit, gave us   duvets plumped up in the middle of old
                                                                                              dimension to our memories. Five years        one of our biggest surprises saying “I     fashioned style beds. What a contrast
                                                                                              ahead of us, she was a contemporary          think I better sit down now and rest my    the inn was to our previous room –
                                                                                              of Penny Cove-Smith, Clare Hilton and        two new hips.” Wheeler has honed her       two stories of wood panelled rooms
                                                                                              Clare Tomlinson.                             ex-head girl public speaking skills and    and stairs, a folksy style with the most
                                                                                              Almost all the credit for this remarkable    gave a hilarious thank you speech after    appetising breakfasts.
                                                                                              reunion went to Rosemary. In                 the meal was over.
                                                                                                                                                                                      As we neared our destination, after
                                                                                              December of 2007 at a lunch where            Shopping for some centred around           the trip to Vermont, the downside           Oliver Brooke admiring Diana’s new hat
                                                                                              Rosemary had flown in from New               the search for Tummy Tuck jeans            of New York character was evident.
                                                                                              York and Diana from Australia, she           called “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans”!        We went into a gas station and our
                                                                                              remarked that a 50th reunion needed          These were billed as ‘less controlling’    intrepid driver Rosemary joined the
                                                                                              to be made into a special occasion. Our      and therefore, more comfortable for        queue and moved with great difficulty
                                                                                              brains got into gear but nothing much        the grandmothers that we all are.          towards the petrol pumps. The gas
                                                                                              surfaced until she said “well you could      Rosemary, the amazing woman that           station was on a corner and there were
                                                                                              all come to NY where Irv and I could         she is, spent her time working while       in-coming and out going taxis and cars
                                                                                              host you both in NY and in Vermont”.         we spent our time sight seeing in NY,      from both streets. We became boxed
                                                                                              The idea shocked us with it’s audacity       and she was heard saying when our
In the grounds of the Feather Bed Inn, Vermont. Front from left: Rosemary, Roz,                                                                                                       in at the pumps. Just as the pump
                                                                                              – high jinks in NY, our mouths both          visit was nearly at an end “Well I’m
Ann, Celia, Alison, Diana, Janet. Behind: Wheeler and Joan                                                                                                                            became free a car screeched forward
                                                                                              metaphorically and literally dropped         off to Bloomingdales tomorrow to           in front of us and we halted bonnet to
                                                                                              open. There was a very long pause            get myself a pair of those jeans with      bonnet, but they were nearer to the         Wheeler and donkey in the grounds
                                                                                              before Di remarked, “Jim and I would         sparkles, cos if Di has sparkles I think   pump. Invectives of varying degrees of      of the Feather Bed Inn
                                                                                              simply love it” – Di, ever was and still     I better have sparkles.”                   strength were hurled at the occupants
                                                                                              is, the enthusiast. The rest of us were
                                                                                                                                           Rosemary and husband Irv showed            of the car. We realised that we could
                                                                                              put on the spot thinking ‘well if she
                                                                                                                                           dedication and great stamina when          be the centre of a total impasse if
                                                                                              can travel from Australia to the US,
                                                                                                                                           driving us to their Vermont home.          yet more cars lined up in front of us.
                                                                                              we’ll be sissies if we refuse to get there
                                                                                                                                           A seven and a half hour drive each way     Intrepid Di Carlton jumped out to hold
                                                                                              from the UK?’ Slowly each one of us
                                                                                                                                           is no mean feat when you are driving       up all comers. There were calls from
                                                                                              admitted it was an extremely attractive
                                                                                                                                           a rented minibus (Rosemary) and heroic     the back of our people carrier “Come
                                                                                              idea. The beginning of October was
                                                                                                                                           when you drive a four wheel drive          back, you’ll be knifed!” With true grit
                                                                                              chosen because this is the time that
                                                                                                                                           vehicle (Irv) which is piled high with     and nerve Di flew to the offending
                                                                                              ‘leaf peepers’ come to see the autumn
                                                                                                                                           luggage with two strangers at your         motor and with non-aggressive body
                                                                                              colours in Vermont.
                                                                                                                                           side and you are 85 years old and          language asked them why the heck
                                                                                              From the first Rosemary led us, drip         about to have a serious heart              they were where they were. She then
From left: Ann, Celia, Rosemary, Roz,          Well polished corners! Front row from          feeding us ideas by means of emails.                                                    held up further away drivers, which did     Left to Right. Celia, Ann, Janet and
                                                                                                                                           operation. Vermont’s scenery and
Alison, Wheeler, Diana, Janet, Joan            left: Celia, Di, Rosemary, Alison. Behind:     As time went on she tactfully nipped at                                                 the trick.                                  Joan
                                                                                                                                           colouring were splendid.
                                               Janet, Roz, Ann, Joan, Wheeler.                the laggard’s heels.

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Reminiscences – Famous School Visitors                                                                                                                                                                   Travel Fund Prize Winner 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Emily Seward

When I cast my mind back, at the time of the HRH visit,        whose sang-froid was the greater, hers, or ours for transporting     In 1947 the then royal family King George, Queen Elizabeth,
over the past twenty-eight years – a tiny time compared        her safely and with no evidence of panic to the Lecture Theatre,     Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose toured South
with Mrs Forde’s – quite a number of names came                mercifully at an Olympian distance from the Hades that was           Africa. Our Class at FHS averaging 13 years of age were
flooding back of the great and the good who have passed        the cloakroom!                                                       encouraged to make scrap books of this historic event. I
beneath the Polished Corners’ portal.                                                                                               grouped with Juliet Raphael and Stina Soderberg. We chose a
                                                               Such luminaries are rarely demanding in matters of sustenance,
                                                                                                                                    charcoal grey book, stencilled in white lettering the towns and
Not a few of these guests had kindly agreed to judge the       but I do vividly remember Lord Hailsham, sporting his specially
                                                                                                                                    dates and then edged in red and gold each photo or article.
annual Drama Competition, still a very important part          made button boots, arriving when we hosted the Observer
                                                                                                                                    We avariciously gathered all photos, maps and articles in all        China. Even after four months of being completely immersed
of the school year, which has for a few years now been         Mace debating finals. It was very important to get in exactly the
                                                                                                                                    newspapers eg the Illustrated London News, Tatler etc. We            in every aspect of Chinese life I still feel I only scratched the
brilliantly judged by Polished Corners who are not only        right blend of single malt Scotch whisky for him. Failing to do
                                                                                                                                    revelled in our treasures as we discussed the layout and effects.    surface.
making great successes of their lives but have given the       this was not an option.
                                                                                                                                    Of course we had an index and several maps setting out the
girls wise, welcome and positive advice. They have been        The heroes who have hosted school events for us have included        route. Soon we knew the places like the back of our hands.           I arrived at the beginning of January, the coldest time of
superb role models. Unfortunately this was not always the      Jim Carter, Des O’Connor and Loyd Grossman. Des O’Connor             Finally our group was awarded the class prize. There has been        year, and to my body (used to the tropical temperatures of
case in the past.                                              coped manfully when one of those pesky bottles of Highland           just one drawback: I cannot erase the old town names from            Madagascar where I had been only a few weeks before) it felt
                                                               Spring that take ages to get open and then explode in your face      my mind and my geography is hopelessly confused. I would add         like being thrown in liquid nitrogen. Though I had been mentally
Miss Holt was delighted to have secured, as judge, one
                                                               disgorged its ENTIRE foaming contents all over him as he ran         to you personally that I have visited South Africa, but am still     prepared for these temperatures it was still a shock. Arriving at
year, a well known actor who shall remain nameless,
                                                               an auction on stage in the Hall! I was, as you can imagine, really   quite hazy!                                                          Beijing airport I was worried and amused to find that rather than
as they say, but for whom she had a great admiration.
                                                               intimidated when a French food hamper I had made up for a                                                                                 the usual lingerie adverts they were advertising long underwear
Equally famous for his diction and capacity for drink,
                                                               raffle was won by Loyd Grossman of all people! The family was
                                                                                                                                    Ann White née Schmiegelow 1953                                       instead. Just how cold was it going to be?!
he deserted Miss Holt’s official lunch to visit the pub and
returned too inebriated to deliver a proper judgement.         very nice about the home made quiche…..                                                                                                   Every Monday to Friday I had lessons in the morning at a
The word ‘disillusioned‘ is not adequate to describe                                                                                There were not many famous visitors in the fifties that I            wonderful language school located right next to Tian’anmen
                                                               The Millennium event was graced by Lord and Lady Longford,
her reaction!                                                                                                                       remember. We were supposed to have an annual lecture paid            Square. It was a bit of a trek to get there from the hostel where
                                                               Griff Rhys Jones and Posy Simmonds, among others. Posy drew
                                                                                                                                    for by The Hare lecture fund, established by the architect of the    I was living near Sanlitun. Though I took the subway on the first
Happily the vast majority of our famous judges did a           a cartoon on one of the old style white teaching boards while
                                                                                                                                    school building who gave his fee for this purpose. But it was        day, I chose to walk after that as it meant I could explore a large
very good job – Mike Newell of ‘Four Weddings and a            giving a talk which was sadly later rubbed off – we should have
                                                                                                                                    invested in some thing that did not do well, and so it lapsed...     area of Beijing that most people never have the time to visit. My
Funeral’ fame, for example. He has directed many other         framed and kept it.
                                                                                                                                    The few talks were of a charitable nature. Junior school staff       numerous walks encompassed a large number of hutongs (the
successful films, but I have rarely known a kinder or more     Memorable as ever is the visit of the Bishop and the Actress, the    came back to tell us of their missionary works in Africa, as         ‘slums’ of Beijing). Even with my big coat and covering of nearly
unassuming man. I recall finding him sitting in the corridor   Bishop of London and Joan Collins, to open the swimming pool         several went to teach abroad after leaving the junior school.        every exposed part of me, my walk to school was brisk as I tried
amid heaps of scenery, costumes and crumpled scripts           and new wing of that time. Just a little liquid on the surface       A lady from Barnardos told about the work of the charity at that     to stay warm. It was fine until the wind blew and then it ate into
on a school bench which had been pressed into service          of the floor covering the pool made the Bishop appear to be          time, in running full time residential homes for children who did    me. As I walked along with the wind behind me, it was hilarious
for a play set in a park, making notes on the plays for        walking on water as he crossed it!                                   not have parents who could care for them. We were made               to see everyone walking towards me suddenly hop around and
his verdict. I tried to lure him to the quiet room and pot
                                                               These are just a few of the many fascinating visitors who have       to feel deeply privileged. We all had Barnardos collecting boxes     stop completely, or walk backwards whenever a gust of wind
of coffee assigned to him for this task, but there was no
                                                               been good enough to spare some time to contribute                    in the junior school.                                                came, to stop the cold hurting their faces. It was like everyone
persuading him. ‘No, no – this is where I’m happy. I’m
                                                               to the girls’ education. Many also have passed the door              Then in the senior school I recall a visit from someone in the       was in a comic dance as they all simultaneously turned away
at home here’. And there he stayed until he delivered
                                                               of the Gloucester Arms in its former incarnation, not least          Foreign Office, who gave more of a careers talk aimed at “girls      and then turned back again in unison. Walking into the wind,
his excellent evaluation and presented the well deserved
                                                               Hattie Jacques, Hughie Green and John Le Mesurier whose              from nice backgrounds” being the sort the Foregn Office might        it felt like walking into a hand pushing me back and I had to
                                                               spirits undoubtedly remain now that the other sort have been         wish to admit. Even then it seemed to be a little hilarious.         walk semi-blind with only one eye occasionally peering ahead
Another group of famous visitors includes those who have       permanently removed from the shelves!                                                                                                     and then retreating behind my mittens. Or I employed the
                                                                                                                                    I wonder who the good lady concerned managed to recruit
been kind enough to speak to the Sixth Form or the whole                                                                                                                                                 Chinese technique of turning my back and waiting. The moisture
                                                               Recalled by Jeannine Addinall, Deputy Head                           or put off!!
school, including, just to pick a few, Jonathan Miller,                                                                                                                                                  from my breath condensed on my eyelashes, and when I reached
Boris and his father Stanley Johnson, Margaret from ‘The                                                                            Perhaps there was a different attitude to fame, I think it was       school it looked as though I was wearing sparkling mascara,
Apprentice’ and Tom Stoppard. The latter was excellent,                                                                             more a question of what people did, and example and perhaps          and everywhere I looked was haloed with rainbows, a pretty
but paced the Lecture Theatre back and forth while                                                                                  duty. There were two well known elderly Old Girls, Enid Moberly      cool experience even if it did quickly melt away.
speaking in such a way that the only pearls of wisdom                                                                               Bell, daughter of a former editor of the Times, who wrote
                                                                                                                                    biographies and the first history of the school, and Albertine       Beijing was dusty and dry. During my three months in the capital
most of his audience were able to catch were the ones
                                                                                                                                    Winer, a doctor who was involved in starting the Hospice             it rained only a couple of times, and before that it had been dry
that dropped from his lips as he reached the middle of the
                                                                                                                                    movement. We met them because the senior school was invited          for nearly five months. The drought in the north of China is a big
area where he was speaking!
                                                                                                                                    to the Old Girls’ Tea Party, on the school birthday. In retrospect   concern. The pollution wasn’t as bad as I had feared it would be.
I have mentioned before how the cloakrooms chose to                                                                                                                                                      Though there were days where I could see the grime hanging
                                                                                                                                    perhaps we should have made more of these encounters.
flood with raw sewage just as Esther Rantzen arrived to                                                                                                                                                  in the air, it was bearable.
speak. She sat quite calmly in the front hall surrounded by                                                                         Anthea Grainger 1962
the screeching of every alarm in the building. I am not sure

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                                                                                                                                                                                  was really loved by her pupils for her       Classics Department for many years.
                                                                                                                                      STAFF NEWS                                  ability to inspire and for her kindness      She returned to teach part time, and
                                                                                                                                                                                  and concern for each individual. Mrs         her classes have been really inspired
                                                                                                                                                                                  Bullock began as a part-time teacher of      by her teaching as well as appreciating
                                                                                                                                                                                  Spanish, and, thanks to her, the subject     her warmth, wisdom and extensive
                                                                                                                                      Current Staff                               became so popular that she rapidly           knowledge. She continues to work
                                                                                                                                                                                  became full time. We thank her warmly        in the Classics Department at Camden
                                                                                                                                                                                  for all she has done for the school.         School for Girls.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Dr Robert Chaplin                            And, sadly,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Another well loved member of staff,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Dr Chaplin, Head of History of Art and
                                                                                                                                                                                  teacher of Art, retired this summer. Dr      Mrs Emma Sullivan, who ran
                                                                                                                                                                                  Chaplin’s long and distinguished career      everything in the dining room and
                                                                                                                                                                                  – his encyclopaedic knowledge of Art         kitchen so smoothly for so many
                                                                                                                                                                                  History is truly amazing – is equalled       years, has died. Mrs Sullivan returned
                                                                                                                                                                                  by his versatility and his kindness. He is   regularly to school events and will be
I was lucky that my trip coincided with the Chinese New Year     years. She eluded helicopter searches and only returned when
                                                                                                                                      Mrs Forde has this year completed           an excellent teacher and a Sixth Form        remembered with great affection by
so I had a week off school to do lots of sightseeing and         she wanted to, a little thin but otherwise fine. Jin Zhu (golden
                                                                                                                                      thirty-five outstanding years at the        tutor who really cares about, and does       many Polished Corners. Our sympathies
a chance to see the legendary Chinese celebrations. The          bamboo) was another of my favourites. She always seemed
                                                                                                                                      school. No other member of staff at         the maximum to help, his tutees. Add         are with her family and many friends.
fireworks were plentiful, all I had to do was step out of my     to be hungry even though she was given more food than the
                                                                                                                                      either of the two FHS has achieved          to these qualities the facts that Dr
hostel to be surrounded by fire and light. They were being       others. If she saw me walking by she would get very excited,
                                                                                                                                      this length of service. She began as        Chaplin wrote the hugely successful
set off the tops of buildings, out of windows and in the         and if I were carrying food, she would hurtle into her inner
street. Looking up and down, the road was one big display        den and wait for me with her mouth wide open. Her hunger
                                                                                                                                      Miss Dennis in 1974 as a member of
                                                                                                                                      the PE Department and has gone from
                                                                                                                                                                                  Christmas staff pantomimes for many
                                                                                                                                                                                  years, and masterminded the staff book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Messages from
and the noise was definitely loud enough to drive off evil       was only comparable to Ling Ling’s, a big male who never let
spirits, believe me!                                             me forget that I was there to serve him. If in the morning I
                                                                                                                                      strength to strength, culminating in
                                                                                                                                      the posts of Head of Pastoral Care
                                                                                                                                                                                  club (where, again, his knowledge and
                                                                                                                                                                                  reading recommendations were quite
After an amazing three months in Beijing I then travelled to     wasn’t quite fast enough cleaning his enclosure and feeding
                                                                                                                                      and Senior Mistress. As someone             inspiring), and you have the perfect
Chengdu (home of the giant pandas and the giant Buddah           him, he would take a piece of bamboo between his teeth and
                                                                 play it along the bars until I gave him his breakfast.
                                                                                                                                      commented recently, ‘Mrs Forde looks        Renaissance man!                             1965
of Leshan) followed by a longish drive to Bifengxia, a nature                                                                         younger every time I see her.’ She also                                                  Anne Diss née Walters
reserve with a panda base containing over seventy giant            It was satisfying to help the keepers with whom I became           remembered being taught to swim by                                                       Peewit Castle, Gravel Hill, Gerrards
pandas, where I would live for the next month.                     very close. Their dedication to the pandas was touching and it     Mrs Forde and the difference she made,      Miss Julia King                              Cross, Bucks SL9 9QU.
China is so vast that the move from Beijing to Bifengxia           was lucky that I was conversational in Chinese as they spoke       as she has to so many Corners both          We thank Miss King, teacher of
was like travelling to a different country. It was much more       almost no English. The people at the centre were all lovely,       Polished and in the Polishing process.      Spanish and French, for the three very
like the China I had expected to see. The lush mountainous         and when the crowds came they would act as bodyguards              Congratulations, and thank you!             successful years she has spent with us       1991
landscape and clean moist air were a very welcome change           and help keep the people and their cameras away from us.                                                       in her first teaching post. Apart from       Nick Stevenson
and the people were hugely different, being more open and The problem was that if I agreed to pose with one group                                                                 her superb classroom teaching, she           11 Lennard Road, Dunton Green,
                                                                   I would then be swarmed. At one point I had over twenty            We are delighted to announce the            has been a wonderful form tutor and          Sevenoaks TN13 2UU.
curious about foreigners, as most of them had never been
                                                                   cameras pointing at me with queues of people waiting their         birth of a son, Piers, to Crispin Davis,    involved in a number of memorable  
out of the province.
                                                                   turn. Their curiosity surprised me as I thought that they would    Head of Science, and to his wife, Sarah.    school trips. We wish her good luck
As a foreigner in Beijing I had attracted a fair bit of attention. have been used to seeing western people on television if not                                                                                                Nick taught from 1981 - 91, is now
                                                                                                                                      Piers has already been to his first rugby   in her new post and congratulate her
But since I was mainly there in winter, I was normally                                                                                                                                                                         retired and would love to hear from any
                                                                   in the flesh.                                                      match to watch his father referee a         on her marriage this summer.
swathed in layers with my hair covered by my hood. By                                                                                                                                                                          old pupils or colleagues.
the time I arrived in Bifengxia it was the beginning of April      The money from my Quondam travel fund paid for my
and with no hood to hide beneath I attracted almost more           food and accommodation so that I could volunteer my time
                                                                                                                                                                                  Miss Danni O’Laoire
attention than the pandas! That is saying something. To            freely. As it happened I had arrived right in the middle of the    We wish good luck to Mrs Caroline                                                        1998
                                                                                                                                                                                  Miss O’Laoire also leaves us for a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pamela Parsonson
say that the Chinese are besotted with pandas would be an panda breeding season. This meant that not only did I have                  Elderkin of the Religious Studies           post after three fantastic years in the
                                                                   the delight of being with over a dozen 5-6 month-old baby          Department as she begins maternity                                             
understatement. At the weekend busloads of middle-aged                                                                                                                            Classics Department. Her inspired
Chinese would pour into the centre screaming like fans             pandas, but I was involved in the fascinating process of panda     leave,                                                                                   ‘I should love to hear from any
                                                                                                                                                                                  teaching led to record numbers
at a film premier and ignoring the various signs telling them mating. Myth would have you believe that they are completely                                                        choosing the three Classical subjects at     Quondam Members who were at
to ‘keep shhhh!’.                                                  incompetent but this is not true. I was very lucky to have been                                                                                             School in my time as headmistress
                                                                                                                                                                                  examination level, and her popularity as
                                                                   around at this time.                                               Last but not least, more                                                                 (1988 – 1998) to know what they are
I was helping the keepers with general panda care and                                                                                                                             a teacher and form tutor is well known.
                                                                   My four months in China went amazingly fast. At times it was       congratulations, this time to Mark          We wish her good luck for the future.        up to! I live near Holt in Norfolk but still
research. The mornings were filled with sweeping, feeding                                                                             Chiverton, Head of Thirds and teacher
                                                                   difficult being such an obvious foreigner and having to adjust                                                                                              have a flat in Harrow on the Hill, and
and faeces. A panda’s diet consists of lots of bamboo, and                                                                            of History and Politics, who married
                                                                   to such an alien life, but it was worth it. Would I have done it                                                                                            come down to it fairly regularly.’
the occasional apple or carrot. A little known fact is that                                                                           Emily this summer. Our warmest wishes
                                                                   any other way? Not for all the tea in China.                                                                   Dr Michele Cicora
pandas are not entirely restricted to eating bamboo, they                                                                             go to them both.                            Dr Cicora leaves us to take up a full
are able to eat a range of foods, though in the wild they are
                                                                                                                                                                                  time post after many years teaching          2006
normally only able to find eggs and baby birds in addition to
                                                                                                                                                                                  Italian part time at FHS. His outstanding    Pauline Edgar
the typical bamboo. Each panda had a different personality.
Some were very dopey and docile so that I could get close                                                                             Staff who have left                         teaching in the Sixth Form, and his
                                                                                                                                                                                  inimitable sense of humour, will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pauline is the principal of Queenswood.
and give them a good scratch (though always with bars in
                                                                                                                                                                                  much missed.
between). Others never let me forget that they were bears.
                                                                                                                                      Mrs Nieves Bullock
One of them called Bai Xue (meaning white snow) was quite                                                                                                                                                                      Dariana Safarian
                                                                                                                                      Mrs Bullock, Head of Spanish, has
the escape artist. She is now older than me and hasn’t got                                                                                                                        Mrs Sara Wood                                76 Dalkeith Grove, Stanmore, Middx
                                                                                                                                      been on long term sick leave since
many teeth left, but a couple of years ago she managed to                                                                                                                         Mrs Wood leaves for the second               HA7 4SF.
                                                                                                                                      2006 and has this year retired. She is
climb out of her enclosure and was a wild bear for over three                                                                                                                     time, having worked full time in the
                                                                                                                                      a shining example of a teacher who

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OLD GIRLS NEWS                                                                          Penny Newell Price née Cove-
                                                                                                                                   Prudence Atwell née Day
                                                                                                                                                                              1970 – 1979                                 Carole Harris
                                            being stranded in pack ice for a day           
1930 – 1939                                 though, with a deep blue sky and ice as                                                                                           1970
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carole has obtained a Masters degree
                                                                                        ‘Still enjoying retirement. We meet        Living in Oxford and delighted to                                                      and is now working with UNICEF in
                                            far as the eye could see!’                                                                                                        Constance Bierkan née Reynolds
                                                                                        up with several polished corners           announce the birth of my fifth grand                                                   southern Sudan as a logistics specialist.
1931                                                                                    through the year, Clare Hilton, Gilli      child this August. Being a grandmother
Joan Ostry née Bourne                       1951
                                                                                        Kersley, Charlie Halliday to name but      is tiring but great fun.                   Connie has 2 daughters Elizabeth &                            Gillian Cockburn née Pardoe                 a few. Grandchildren number 7 and                                                     Laura, is a retired interior designer and   Vivien Rose née Lind
                                            27 Park View, Winchmore Hill, London                                                                                              would love to hear from Coby Martin,        3 Grange Road, London N6 4AR.
‘I remember the headmistress, Miss                                                      6/9ths and are scattered round the
                                            N21 1QS                                                                                1964                                                                         
Crapper, as looking somewhat                                                            country. We are still in touch with Miss                                              Naomi Lichtenstein, Jessica Wingert,
                                            ‘Unfortunately after spending 4 months      MacGregor, now Ella Calver, in Taunton
                                                                                                                                   Eleanor Allen née Schacke                  and Sara Horsley. ‘I look forward to
severe. She was very High Church,                                                                                                                                                                                         Vivien would like to hear from anyone
Anglo-Catholic, and eventually went         in hospital with 2 operations for a         where our daughter lives. It is good to    Andersen                                   keeping in touch with the old girls. I      in her year to arrange a reunion.
all the way to Rome. Some of the            fractured hip in 2006-7, I have not         catch up with my Latin mistress, she                      was Deputy Head Girl and the school's
mistresses had a great influence on me,     been very successful in leaving the         has hardly changed a bit. Best wishes      ‘I am now retired, but I have retained     first Swim Captain, before Francis
particularly Miss Selon, who gave me a      category of somewhat handicapped.           to all in my years 1945 to 1955’           a link with the teaching profession        Holland even had its own pool. I was        1975
passion for literature, and Miss Denton     Living on my own following the death                                                   by becoming a governor of Lady             quite proud of these distinctions as        Lucinda Lubbock née Simms
for history. Miss Lushington gave some      of both my husband and son, life is         1956                                       Margaret's, Parsons Green. The School      I was an American matriculating in          105 Rylston Road, London SW6 7HP.
of us a passion for Latin, but M’selle      somewhat hard. However, I still keep                                                   where, coincidentally, the late Enid       a very English school... but Heather
                                                                                        Jill Leuw née Barclay
failed to arouse a similar passion for      in touch with Susan Levitt née Falk and     36 Sussex Square, London W2 2SP.           Moberley Bell, distinguished Quondam       Brigstocke (our Head Mistress) was          As well as being a mother and
French! My time at FHS was very happy       Sally Williams née Harris, which is very                   member, was headmistress in the            a ground breaker and very open-             occasional art writer, Lucy has just
and I was reluctant to leave in 1931.       nice.                                                                                  1930s.’                                    minded... There's no question she           passed the first stage of becoming a
My sisters Margaret and Charmian                                                                                                                                              ranks in the top three most influential     magistrate.
Bourne also attended the school and         Judith Neill née Mason                      Felicity Tanous née Grahame                                                           women in my life, I was very sorry to
                                                                                                                                   1965                                       hear of her death.’
we made many good friends. Sadly my            
                                                                                                                                   Susan Emlyn Williams née                                                               1976
travelling days are over and it is a very
long time since I visited Clarence Gate,    ‘I am still a Theatre Producer, in                                                     Newbald                                                                                Ruth Eaton
                                                                                                                                   10 Park Road, Richmond, Surrey             1972                              
lastly for the centenary celebrations       partnership with my husband Hugh,           1957
                                            here in Nelson NZ. I have just finished                                                TW10 6NS.                                  Alison Edelshain née Day
in 1978.’                                                                               Elizabeth Cookson née Ritblat
                                            acting in a successful season of a                                                        8 Tudor Close, London NW7 2BG.
                                                                                        15717 Bondy Lane, Darnestown, MD
                                            play called "Who wants to be a              20878, USA.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Sophia Marlas née Belegris
1939                                        hundred? (anyone who's 99)" and                                                                                                   Alison would love to hear from anyone
Jean Jaffa née Gluckstein                   have announced that I am now retiring                                                  Caroline Faircliff née Machray             in her year and hopes that many will        Sophia married in 1998, had a son in
31 Elm Tree Road, London NW8 9JR.                                                       Elizabeth is a grandma and volunteer.      10 Old Forge Close, Bledington, Oxon
                                            from acting and that will be my final                                                                                             come to the Reunion Lunch on 7th            1990 and daughter 2 years later, is a
                                            appearance on Nelson stages. Having                                                    OX7 6XW.                                   November.                                   busy mum and publishing house rep
Jean has long retired from her singing
                                            played many and various characters          Yvonne Fisher née Crisp                                                                           and would love to hear from anyone in
career, and feels like she must be nearly
the oldest old girl! She well remembers     over the years since I first arrived in     32 Huntsmans Meadow, Ascot, Berks          Caroline says, ‘Since moving here nearly   Catherine Norgren                           her class.
presenting Queen Mary with a purse          1971 and was asked to play Peter Pan,       SL5 7PF.                                   4 years ago Richard and I have enjoyed     37 Windsor Avenue, Buffalo, NY
when she visited the school in 1937         to finally this play about the retirement                                              varied new interests. Church work          14209, USA.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Jackie Thomas née Kleeman
or 1938, and has had 3 daughters            homes industry! Life is still full, busy                                               takes an increasing amount of my time
                                            and enjoyable. Still hope to visit UK,                                                                                                                                        7 Mount Harry Road, Sevenoaks, Kent
attending FHS, Naomi, Jenny & LIsa,                                                                                                and I manage the office comprising
                                                                                                                                                                              Cathy is a Full Professor of Theatre        TN13 3JH.
from when it still had a junior school.     but may not be till 2010/2011?’             Caroline Roberts née Ireland               several local parishes. I am always
                                                                                                                                                                              at the State University of New York –
                                                                                        Uwchaw'r Coed, Llanbedr, Gwynedd           pleased to hear from anyone, especially
                                                                                                                                                                              Buffalo. Currently she is an Associate
                                            1955                                        LL45 2NA.                                  from my year.’
                                                                                                                                                                              Chair of the Department of Theatre
1940 – 1949                                 Virginia Ayling née Davis                                                                & Dance. ‘Difficult to believe that my      1978
                                            Nelson House, Nelson Place, Lymington,      Caroline has 2 daughters, 1 son who        Sandra Heidenstam                          husband and I have been in Buffalo for      Caroline Braimer Jones née
1949                                        Hampshire SO41 3RT.                         tragically died aged 20 in a road          23 Russell Road, London W14 8HU.           20 years, and are 18 months from our        Phillips
Louise Coxall née Nicol                        accident, and 6 grandchildren. She is a    Tel 020 7603 2627                          25th wedding anniversary.’                  28 Crediton Road, London NW10 3DU.
131 Northwood Drive, Willowdale,            Virginia would like to hear from Felicity   retired publisher and concert agent and                                                                                 
Ontario, M2M 2K2, CANADA                    Crowther, Louise Klein & any others         would like to hear from Felicity Hall,                                                Jennifer Stephany                           Caroline has 2 daughters, with one                                                              Elizabeth Garvin and Virginia Roberts.     1968
                                            in her year.                                                                                                                      5 Waxwell Close, Pinner, Middx HA5          currently at FHS, is a journalist, and
                                                                                                                                   Catherine McGowan née
                                                                                                                                                                              3ET                                         would like to hear from Olivia Mann
1950 – 1959                                 Penny Marks née Green                       1960 – 1969                                113 Huddleston Rd, London N7 0EH.          Jenny would like to hear from any
                                            32A Eton Avenue London NW3 3HL                                                               contemporaries. She is a project            Julia Landau
                                                                                                                                        manager in the healthcare sector, now       7 Grotto Road, Rondebosch 7700,
1950                                                                                    1962                                                                                  living in Pinner ‘and hoping to have        Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
                                            Penny has 4 married children, 13            Frances George née Wishart
Sally Williams née Harris                   grandchildren and been married since                                                   1969                                       more time as from 2010!’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Julia is a writer/ film maker/ NGO
Crofton Cottage, Broad Street               1957! Her daughters Amanda and                                                         Juliet Grainger née Cline                                                              Director/ Kundalini yoga teacher. She’d
Cuckfield, W Sussex, RH17 5DX               Melissa attended FHS in the 70’s, and                                                  46 Gate Hill Road, Northwood,              1973                                        love to hear from anyone who would
                                            her grand daughter Ellie Marks began                                                   Middlesex HA6 3QP.                         Irene Fafalios                              like to write to her!
‘I went to Antarctica in January on                                                     The Hon Mrs Evelyn Singer née
a small Russian expedition ship,            her school career there last year. She is                                                       Tripodon 20, Athens 105 - 58, GREECE.
and damaged my back. I’m now 2”             an art dealer working with her brother      45 Campden Hill Court, Campden Hill        Juliet is an Oncology Research             Irene would like to hear from Dany
shorter! Due to ice we didn’t reach our     and family for the last 35 years, and       Road, London W8 7HU.                       Assistant.                                 Citroen. She is currently setting up her
destination which was where Captain         would love to hear from anyone                                                                  own Montessori nursery school
Scott had his base. It was beautiful        in her year.
                                                                                                                                                                              in Athens.

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1979                                       1983                                       hens in the garden. The eggs are quite     1988                                                                                  Sharmee Mavadia née Shah
Maria Kaminaris née                        Sarah Clarke née Davies                    something and we miss them when            Oonagh Connolly
                                                                                                                                                                             1990 – 1999                     
Hadjipateras                               New Marton Hall, New Marton,               they stop laying. We have also enjoyed                                                               ‘I married in August 2008 and am
1 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 5PX.       Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 3HR.             hatching our own chicks and seeing         Oonagh lives in Holland Park and owns       1990                                      currently working as a consultant for                              them develop into hens. All part of        a graphic design business specialising in   Nita Amin                                 a PR Company in Notting Hill.’
                                                                                      a rural life which also includes a large   all aspects of branding.          
                                           Sarah has 3 daughters aged 11, 9
                                                                                      garden and allotment where we grow
                                           and 4.                                                                                                                            Nita is a pilates teacher and had a son
Merriam Stern                                                                         a lot of our own veg and soft fruit.’      Maria Kleonakos                             born on 5 April this year.
Flat 1, 50 Canfield Gardens, London                                                                                    
NW6 3EB.                                   Anna Fearnall née Frangos
                                                                                      Zoe Manzi                                  Maria got married on 26th June 2009                Cheavely Hall Farm, Aldford Road,                                                                                                 1991
                                                                                      28 Kingsley Road, London NW6 7RJ.          – congratulations!
‘I went back to university and now have
                                           Huntington, Chester, Clwyd CH3 6EA.
                                                                                                                                            Delia Cardnell
                                                                                                                                  26 Ockenden Road, London N1 3NP.
a degree, a BSc in Nutritional Therapy.                                               Zoe gave birth to Zachary on January
I practise out of a clinic in NW London.                                                                                         Sara Knight née Rudnay            
                                                                                      20th this year, a brother for Rudy. She
My website is www.bewellnutrition.                                                                                                                                           Delia is an artist.
                                           Ruth Logue née Clifton-Samuel              is an editor at Conde Nast, and would, and I would love to hear from       21 Hammers Lane, London NW7 4BY.           like to hear from fellow classmates. ‘My   ‘My main news is I had a beautiful baby
anyone.’                                                                                                                         boy in March, Samuel Jacob Knight!’
                                                        lovely Mum, Jenny Manzi, passed away                                                   1994                                      Lucinda Sanford née Nedas
                                           Ruth is an educational psychologist and    in 2005. She was very fond of all of you                                               Rania Mahrow née Tadros         
                                                                                      and had many happy memories of her         Tamsin Ogilivie née Tillier
1980 – 1989                                would like to hear from anyone in her
                                                                                      15 years working at FHS.’        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘I got married in May 08 and my
                                           year.                                                                                                                             Rania is a solicitor, married Daniel      husband and I are living in London,
                                                                                                                                 ‘In the economic madness of last            in 2003, had a son in 2006 and is         about to move into our house in SW10.
1981                                                                                  1985
                                           Nicola Phillimore née Craven                                                          Autumn, we managed to sell our dear         expecting another baby this September.    I am running my own build & design
Katerina Bowman née Louloudis                                                         Melanie Williams née Cartwright            little house on the Southbank, and
                                                                                                                                                                                    company, LJS Property. I started the
5 Astor Close, Kingston-upon-Thames,                                                                                             bought a complete wreck in Dartmouth
                                                                                                                                                                                      company 18 months ago and we do
Surrey KT2 7LT.                            Nicola had a daughter called Rose in                                                                                              Marie Papworth
                                                                                                                                 Park, near the Heath. With the help of                                                anything and everything from reactive                    2008, is an artist and harassed mother     Melanie has 2 boys, Jake born 24/2/05                                                  Flat 2, 32 Abercorn Place, London NW8
                                                                                                                                 a lovely architect and builder we have                                                maintenance, bathrooms, kitchens and
                                           of 4, and would love to hear from Sara     and Charlie 23/2/09.                                                                   9XP.
Tatty is a mum to Izzy and George.                                                                                               pulled the old house to pieces and                                                    decorating to full scale redevelopment.
She continues to work as a speech          Laurie and Heather Greenstreet.                                                       created, what journalists are fond of       Marie is the Press Secretary to the       We are very busy and have a growing
therapist teaching children with Down’s                                               1986                                       calling 'our dream home'. We will move      Archbishop of Canterbury.                 reputation, priding ourselves on our
Syndrome and runs a charity called         1984                                       Lizzie Peskin                              in at the end of August, which will be a                                              attention to detail, care and reliability
Twenty One & Co for children with          Rosamund Heath (née Leach)                 She writes that her son Milo was born      joy! From which point, any FHS '88ers       1995                                      as well as our design style.’
Down’s Syndrome and their families.              in December 2005                           are very welcome to drop in for tea!’
                                                                                                                                                                             Anya Dillon
                                           ‘In the last year we seem to have                                                                                                           2001
Janet Mills née Lazarus                    done lots of wonderful things. We          1987                                       Hui Cheng Tan                                                                         Catherine Chang
                                                                                                                                                                             Anya is an Assistant Film Editor
19 Granville Road, London N4 4EJ.          spent 2 weeks on Harris, Scotland last     Nicola Broadhurst née St John              32 Jalan Sampurna, Singapore 268289.                                                  103 Buckhold Road, London SW18.                   Summer, where we had a fabulous            Perry                                                                                      
                                           family holiday, then travelled to the      63 Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey                                                   Claire Hackett
Janet is the SENCO at Highgate Pre-
                                           South of France for a week’s holiday       KT13 9LR.                                                                              41 Ashdale Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W,
prep School.                                                                                                                                                                                                           2006
                                           with my mother. Our daughter started            Juliet Wiseman née Bowyer                   Ireland.
                                           secondary school (Cranford House,                                                     8 Sion Road, Twickenham Riverside,          Clare is a stay at home mum to her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sophie Tunstall-Behrens
1982                                                                                  Nicola has 2 beautiful boys, aged 10       TW1 3DR.                                            
                                           Moulsford, Oxon) in September 08. She      and 11, and a wonderful husband with                                                   daughter Muireann born 28 April 2009.
Camilla Charles née                        has had a great year and made some                                                    ‘I resigned as a Senior Associate from                                                Sophie will be starting to study
                                                                                      whom she has just celebrated her 15th
Grafton-Robinson                           good friends. Our sons continue to                                                    Norton Rose LLP at the end of my                                                      Biological Sciences at Edinburgh this
                                                                                      anniversary. She is working as partner
The Garden House, Brashfield House,        make good progress at the Whitchurch       at the firm Mudays LLP, specialising in    second bout of maternity leave and          2000 – 2009                               September
Bicester, Oxon OX27 8RE.                   Primary school.                                                                       am finding life as a stay at home Mum
                                                                                      commercial franchising. She’d love to                                                                                                               to Hannah (3) and Max (1) wonderfully       2000
                                                                                      hear from Grace Chang and Melanie                                                                                                2007
Camilla would be delighted to hear                                                    Cartwright.                                rewarding (if a bit hectic!).’              Arabella Grainger                         Libby Gronquist
from anyone who remembers her.                                                                                                                                               10 Dalgarno Gardens, London W10 
                                                                                                                                 1989                                        6AD.
                                                                                      Sarah Jefferys
Harriet O’Dea née Hill                                                                121 Wyckoff St Apt 4, Brooklyn, NY         Miranda Cullen née Lyons                    ‘I’m currently working as deputy of HR
4 Hobbs Hill, Rothwell,                                                               11201, USA.                                92 Settrington Road, London SW6 3BA.        department for ITP Publishing Group,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       An advertisement from Old Girl Anna Hodg-
Northamptonshire NN14 6YG.                                                                                      very much enjoying working in the         son née Gilbertson                                                                                                              Miranda is a busy full time mother          media industry and HR has definitely
                                                                                      Sarah married in 2001, and has sons                                                    been an interesting career choice in
Harriett says ‘Chickens have become        Back to me ... having completed the        Oscar 6, and Elliot 4, and runs both her   to lively 18 month old Jasper!
                                           RHS Level 2 Certificate three years                                                                                               these challenging times! Have been
a part of our lives. We keep them,                                                    own architecture practice and teaches
                                           ago, at long last I am furthering my                                                                                              living in Dubai for a year, gearing up
have hatched them and now own an                                                      design.                                    Gemma Fumagalli née Gager
                                           gardening education. In the summer                                                                                                now for the usual stifling summer
excessive number of chicken themed                                                                                     
                                           term 09 I completed a Drawing &                                                                                                   weather... as I write 45 degrees is the
                                           Graphics course at Capel Manor, Enfield    Julia Strauss                                                                          average daily temperature!’
                                           and will start their follow on course in
Maria Pithis née Los                       September, the first stage to becoming     Married John Hill in 2008, and had                    a Garden Designer.                         a daughter, Elisabeth Olivia, on 13th
                                           We continue to have quite a few            January 2009.

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Obituaries                                                                                                                                                                        Current Leavers
                                                                                                                                                                                  Information correct at time of going to press

                                                                                                                                                                                  Flora Allen                 Queens, Oxford, English & Italian
                                                                                                                                                                                  Charlotte Anderson                   Gap Year
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sabrina Brown            Queen Mary’s, London,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Medical Genetics
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sophie Burstin         Exeter, English
Liz Eccleshare                                                      Sophie Hastings
                                                                                                                                                                                  Shakira Chanrai            LSE, Politics
19 October 1921 – 8 May 2009                                        18 July 1980 – 17 August 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Michaela Chweidan               Nottingham, Business & Spanish
William Eccleshare, son, writes:                                    Paul Jones, boyfriend, writes:                                                                                Amy Collins             Exeter, Classics
Liz Eccleshare, who has died aged 87, was an inspirational          Sophie was a confident, loving and caring person who was           choirs. Sophie played with the National
history teacher, a gregarious member of a north London              taken in her prime at the age of twenty-eight. She will be         Children’s Main Orchestra at concert       Joanna Coulson              Gap Year
liberal intellectual network and a dominant figure in the lives     sadly missed by all those who knew her.                            venues such as Ripon Cathedral and         Eleanor Daniel                Bristol, Italian & Spanish
of generations of pupils, friends and family.                                                                                          the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
                                                                    Sophie was tragically killed in a mid-air collision last August                                               Iona Denniston       Bristol, Biology
The eldest daughter of two Cambridge academics, Joan and            when she was on the approach to Coventry Airport. Sophie           I personally remember clearly Sophie’s
                                                                                                                                       enjoyment of one of the Classics           Maya Farr                Gap Year
Stanley Bennett, Liz was born in Cambridge. She read history        was being trained for a new contract to calibrate instrument
at Girton College in the city before marrying the publisher         landing systems by the pilot in command.                           Department’s trips to Greece. She felt     Amy Fass                Durham, Natural Sciences
Colin Eccleshare. They moved to London after the second                                                                                that King Agamemnon was quite right
                                                                    Sophie was a keen musician. She was awarded the music                                                         Elizabeth Gerszt          Nottingham, Politics
world war.                                                                                                                             to build his palace in such beautiful
                                                                    scholarship in 1991 at Francis Holland School. She achieved        surroundings as we saw at Mycenae,         Kate Hobden             Homerton, Cambridge, Education
Their home in Branch Hill, Hampstead, was the centre of an          grade eight violin, grade eight piano and grade five oboe.         and loved being able to stay outside                                                               with Music
energetic family life where their four children were brought        She was a lover of animals, for this reason she became a           in the warm evenings. A photograph         Sophie Hytner            Jesus, Cambridge, Modern
up, and where an endless stream of friends and relatives were       vegetarian at the age of eight, a decision that she never went     exists, which I remember being posed                                                               & Medieval Languages
entertained generously. Liz’s lifelong commitment to good           back on. After studying A levels Sophie went to study Law at       by Mrs.Wood, of Sophie and friends
food was reflected in her Encyclopedia of World Cookery,            Nottingham University where she graduated in 2003. Sophie          having fun while demonstrating how         Leila Jahanshahi     Warwick, Economics
published in 1958 (under the pseudonym Elizabeth Campbell)          had a large circle of friends. She played in the University        Greek athletes might have stood while      Emma Kelson          Durham, Natural Sciences
and reprinted nine times.                                           Orchestra and was a committee member of the Gliding Club.          throwing the discus, javelin etc. She      Letty Key             Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, Classics:
Her teaching career took her from private crammer to inner-         Having learnt to fly at Denham Aerodrome she went on to            also sang informally in the ancient                                                                Greek & Latin
city comprehensive. She joined Westminster Tutors in 1958,          study for her Airline Transport Pilot Licence written exams        theatre at Epidauros, universally known
where she coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams, with a           which she passed at the first attempt. Having gained some          for acoustics so extraordinary that        Gabrielle Khalastchy              Nottingham, Sociology
consistently high success rate.                                     more flying experience at Derby Airfield she completed her         spectators at the top of the auditorium    Daniella Krepska           Gap Year
                                                                    Commercial Pilot Licence, Instrument Rating and Instructor         can hear a pin drop on stage – and
In her late 40s, she entered the classroom, first at Godolphin                                                                                                                    Catherine Longley      Nottingham, Medicine
                                                                    Rating all in a year, which is a big achievement. All her flying   many stopped to listen to the beauty
and Latymer, then at Francis Holland, and finally as head
                                                                    tests were passed on the first attempt.                            of the sound that resulted from this       Charlotte McVeigh Nottingham, History
of department at Camden School for Girls, where she had
                                                                                                                                       impromptu performance.                     Valentine Miller       Nottingham, Geography
previously been both a parent and governor. In her 14 years         Having instructed at Derby Airfield on single engine
there, she welcomed the school’s change to comprehensive            aeroplanes for two years she went on to fly multi engine           Sophie lives on in so many hearts and      Charlotte Mindel          Nottingham, Sociology
status and led the development of the curriculum to mixed-          aeroplanes at Coventry. The flying there was interesting           places, and will always be remembered                                                              & Social Policy
ability teaching. With a distinctive, gravelly smoker's voice       ranging from mapping for OS to transporting fighter pilots         at Francis Holland, where her life also
and a fierce but good-humoured manner, she brought a                from one base to another. She really enjoyed her job and           continues in those of the current pupils   Clementine Moyes      Camberwell, Art Foundation
rigour and intelligence to her lessons that few forgot.             was well on the way to becoming an airline pilot, her life         as they learn, go to Greece and Knapp      Florence Paloschi      Birmingham, Modern Languages
                                                                    long ambition.                                                     House and play the wonderful music
In retirement, my mother remained as busy as ever. She                                                                                                                            Mikaela Pedlow              Pennsylvania, Liberal Arts
                                                                                                                                       that is so much part of the school.
took further degree courses at Birkbeck College in art              Only two days before she died she had just completed a
                                                                                                                                       Sophie’s mother Pat has very kindly        Atyanta Reando               Gap Year
history, worked for the National Trust at two of their sites -      multi-engine instructor rating course so she could pass her
                                                                                                                                       given us the Sophie Hastings Bowl, to      Dana Remez                     New York
Sutton House in Hackney, and the Ernö Goldfinger house in           knowledge and experience on to others.
                                                                                                                                       be presented in her memory to a junior
Hampstead. In her last years she returned to Camden school                                                                                                                        Hannah Roeg             Edinburgh, Philosophy
                                                                                                                                       violinist who shows real potential and
to bring order to its archives, a project she continued until
                                                                    Jeannine Addinall writes:                                          who has already made an excellent          Chloe Rosser            Edinburgh, Physics
her death. She kept up her wide circle of friends and made
                                                                    Sophie Hastings was one of the most inspiring of Polished          contribution to the school. The first
countless new ones from every generation. At a packed                                                                                                                             Alice Rusbridger      Gap Year, Italy
                                                                    Corners. Her passing was tragic and her short life packed          winner is Srutti Suresan in the LIV.
celebration of her life at Kenwood House on Hampstead                                                                                                                             Marium Sherwani            Queen Mary’s London, Biology
Heath, all were struck by the wide age range of the guests.         with enough meaning and interest for the lives of three            It is the hope of Pat Hastings that the
                                                                    people. She achieved many things, met many people and              trophy awarded in Sophie’s name, in        Leah Sidi             Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, English
The sole driver in the family, she would cover thousands of         tried to unravel those aspects of life that are mysterious and     her old school, will encourage young       Romilly Stebbings       Bristol, History of Art
miles a year in pursuit of good company and beautiful places.       even inexplicable.                                                 violinists to work hard to explore their
Few Morris Travellers can have gone a greater distance with                                                                                                                       Letty Steer        Reading, Ancient History
                                                                    While at Francis Holland, Sophie, a lover of animals as well       strengths and gifts as musicians so as
more people across rougher terrain. Holidays were spent                                                                                                                                                                                   & Archaeology
                                                                    as a lifelong vegetarian, had two cats, Spot and Claira,           to enrich their own and others’ lives,
in corners of the west coast of Scotland or at our cottage
                                                                    whom she loved. She had been awarded the FHS Music                 and if this is the result of the trophy    Rosanna Tredwell                 Bristol, Italian
near Dolgellau in Wales. Days were filled with a schedule of
                                                                    Scholarship when she was ten, auditioning on the violin and        award, Sophie’s memory will thus be        Bianca Tristao        Bristol, French & Italian
outings, picnics, wonderful cakes and intensely competitive
                                                                    the piano and achieving Grade Eight with distinction in both       honoured. Our warmest sympathies go
games of Scrabble. Colin died in 1989. Their eldest daughter,                                                                                                                     Catherine Utting Falmouth, Illustration
                                                                    instruments. Also an oboist, Sophie participated very fully in     out to Pat and to Paul.
Judith, was killed in a cycling accident in 1967. Liz is survived
by Sarah, Julia and myself, 11 grandchildren and one great-         school music, playing in quartets, orchestra and singing in the                                               Kate Walker                 Manchester, Pediatric Nursing
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                                                                                               Girls who attended the
Class of 1958                                                                                  reunion are as follows:
                                                                                               Joan (Behrman) Mushin
Reunion                                                                                        3rd from Left; Ann (Wigg)
                                                                                               Charlton 1st on Right;
A poem after “The Song                                                                         Rosemary (Wiggins)
                                                                                               Mackey 3rd on Right;
Of Hiawatha” with apologies
                                                                                               Diane (Wilson) Carlton
to Longfellow.
                                                                                               4th on Right; Rosamon
                                                                                               (Mackray) Wheeler 6th
By Janet Politi                                                                                on Right.

On the shores of the Big Apple,
By the shining Hudson River,
Stood the Class of ‘58ers,
Daughters of the age-old temple.
Polished cornerstones we once were,
Now more rounded, slightly tarnished.
                                           Quondam Prizes
50 years had sped behind us,
So much water flowed between us,           Travel Fund Prize Winner 2009                Marium Sherwani UVI
Gathered there for the Reunion.            Junior Writing Prize Winner 2008             Daphne Milner LIV
Most of us came with a husband,            Senior Writing Prize Winner 2008             Sophie de Beistegui LV
There to catch those special moments       Heather Brigstocke Latin Reading Prize       Junior: Meera Santiapillai UIV
(pretty pictures for the School Mag),                                                   Senior: Natalia Riley LV
To console us should this meeting          Julia Campion Prize                          Zoe Silkstone UIV
Prove to be a dreadful letdown.
                                           Sophie Hastings Bowl for junior
Only one was now a widow,
                                           violinists                                   Srutti Suresan LIV
She came with her elder sister,
The “big girl” we’d all looked up to.
Some of us had come with snapshots
Of our children, children’s children –
Of what interest to the others?                    Quondam Reunion and Lunch
Different lives in different places.
But the moment we all met there                              Saturday 7th November 2009
50 years slipped by as nothing.                                     12 Noon AGM
Straightway we regained our                                 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm for Lunch
Happy times of fun and laughter,                    Please joins us for the annual Reception, Lunch, & School Tour.
And we spent 4 all too short days               There will be a short Quondam AGM in the ‘Bar’ of the Gloucester Arms
Giggling hopelessly, recalling                              before lunch, to which all members are welcome.
All those trivia long forgotten,
Prizes won, colours awarded
                                                           Invitation and reply card are enclosed
(Helped by Rosemary’s mother’s                         – RSVP by October 25th with acceptances only.
All those school reports, mags,                                       Nadia Demetriou Ladas
Whose idea this awesome project?                                            Quondam
                                                                      Francis Holland School
Those of course who lived the farthest.
                                                                             Ivor Place
Did we think it all was worth it?                                         Clarence Gate
All that planning, e-mails, phone calls.                                London NW1 6XR
“Yes” we all agreed together,
“Now we’ll keep in touch for EVER!”                      

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