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We are preparing girls for life. Well aware that we cannot teach them all they need to know, we help the girls to develop their own enthusiasm for learning, and the resilience and courage to embrace new challenges.
In an exciting twist for 2014, we are combining the very popular golf event with a spa day.
FRIDAY 13 JUNE 2014In an exciting twist for 2014, we are combining the very popular golf event with a spa day at the 5* Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club in Ware, Hertfordshire
Year 12 and Year 13 A level Physics students had the opportunity to spend the weekend of 27–29 March at CERN, Geneva in Switzerland, exploring the world of particle physics.
to the U12 Netball Team who won their District Tournament on Monday 31 March in
great style. Tamyah Jones was voted Player of the Tournament, but it
was a fine
display of netball from the team.
We would like to congratulate Queenswood's Fencing Club and coach
Paul Davies on their outstanding success at the East Region Fencing Championship on the weekend on 29 and 30 March. It was quite a medal haul for Queenswood with
two Golds, three Silvers and a Bronze, and all five girls qualified for the
National Fencing Finals in the summer term – a superb achievement.
SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2014
Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park
Following the successful inaugural Young OQ event last year, we are delighted once again to have the rare and exciting opportunity to host a private party in The Dukes Pavilion, members' enclosure of Guards Polo Club.
On the weekend of March 1 and 2, ten gymnasts from Queenswood’s gym squad represented the school at GISGA, held at Kent College Pembury.
Years 7 to 10 (as well as some lucky Upper Sixth
students) enjoyed a range of fun, challenging and sometimes frustrating puzzles
when the Happy Puzzle Company came into school on Friday 21 March.
To help mark Queenswood's 120th anniversary, the School will be rededicating the Kennedy Hall on Saturday 7 June 2014, to celebrate the life and contribution of one of our longest serving and most renowned members of staff - Ernest Read.
Over 80 girls were involved in Queenswood's biggest ever showcase of dancing talent on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 March. Twelve separate dances were staged in the Clarissa Farr Theatre.
The Music Department are thrilled to announce that a protest song written by three Year 9 students has made a shortlist of just ten in a national competition organised by Amnesty International.
1st XI enjoyed an extremely convincing 6-0 win over Parmiters to claim
the Hertfordshire County Cup on Thursday 20 March. It was the culmination of a phenomenal week for Queenswood Hockey teams.
At the East regional finals of the National Schools Badminton Competition held at University of Cambridge Sports Village on 18 March, Queenswood were placed third overall, having won through to the semi finals.
In association with the Junior Department at the Royal Academy of
Music, Queenswood hosted the fifth annual String Day on 16 March. Over
90 young string players, including Q students, convened to form two
Queenswood's talented sous-chef, James Gilley, demonstrated the art of sushi-making on Saturday 16 March.
Thursday 13 March marked the opening day of the Big Bang Science Exhibition at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre. It is the largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for young people (primarily aged 7-19) in the UK.
Queenswood parents enjoyed an emphatic victory over the Haileybury parents in their annual tennis match, and have retained the silverware for another year.
The match was played on Saturday 1 March at the Legends Tennis Centre at Haileybury, and the final score was 13 - 63.
During February five teams of Y10 girls took on the Enterprise Challenge. They were given £1 and had to turn it into as much money as possible. These enterprising young women organised everything themselves and raised a very impressive total of just over £1000 for the school charities.
Concertgoers were treated to some truly fabulous performances from
the girls at the Finals of the Lower School Singing Competition on
Wednesday 5 March.
worked hard all season to become one of the top 18 players at U15 level
in the country, despite being a year young.
Queenswood Sixth Formers, among them many potential Oxbridge candidates, had the opportunity to chat informally to OQs from Cambridge University and the surrounding area at an OQA Networking Event held at Newnham College, Cambridge on Tuesday 4 March.
Over 80 girls participated in one of the most dynamic, accomplished and diverse music concerts of recent years on Monday 3 March.
The performers ranged from Year 7 to UVI, and the programme featured an impressive range of musical genres and ensembles.
Queenswood Sports Scholars Sara Jacobs and Hannah Williams impressed at the National Indoor Athletics championships on the weekend of 2 and 3 March 2014.
On Thursday 13 February 2014, the Year 10 team of Grace Cornell, Gretchen Kwong, Phoebe Fung and Ariel Ng participated in the regional heat of the FMSP Team Mathematics Competition.
Read a glowing write-up of the Welwyn Hatfield Sports Award, where our silver-medalist international Tennis Team scooped the 'Team of the Year' prize.
Concert-goers were treated to an evening of superb music-making on Wednesday 12 February as the culmination of the Sixth Annual Queenswood Piano Competition.
Tennis team, silver medallists at the 2013 World Schools Tennis
Championships in Australia, were presented with the award for
Outstanding Achievement in Schools Sports at the annual Welwyn Hatfield
Borough Council Awards on 13 February.
Wednesday 12 February, the Sixth Form enjoyed a tremendous talk by
former RAF pilot Mandy Hickson, as part of the Sixth Form Lecture Programme.
Mandy left the RAF
after serving for 17 years as a front line Tornado GR4 pilot. She is
now a Motivational Speaker also part of the RAF Volunteer Reserve,
flying ATC and CCF cadets in Tutor aircraft.
On Wednesday 5 February
a group of sleepy Business and Economics students had a very early start as we
set out on a trip to Birmingham.
Girls enjoyed a fabulous face-painting workshop on Sunday 9 February. Our
expert was Glyn Goodwin, a member of the International Face Painting
Association, who has been involved with the craft for over 25 years.
fun-filled interpretation of a Greek Wedding, with live music, entertainment, Greek meze and wine. Parents, Old
Queenswoodians, staff and visitors are all welcome.
Year 8 students built upon the prior learning they had
done with World AIMS around the issues of inequality with food – with added chocolate!
Far from being a lightweight diversion from the serious business of exam
preparation, the biennial Queenswood House Drama Competition is
actually an awesome test of invaluable life-skills.
The cover story in the Times magazine on Saturday 1 February,
about Russian children tutored to win places at 'Britain's best schools',
features a case study on Queenswood's Rita Avdeev (Year 7).
Queenswood's stunning chapel and campus are the setting for a segment in the first episode of a hot new TV show, The Proposers – the brainchild of OQ and entrepreneur Tiffany Wright.
Professional dancer Georgia Godfrey joined us on Monday 27 January to audition candidates for the Dance Scholarship.
were extremely fortunate to be able to invite actress Helen McCrory
(OQ) to return to Queenswood to adjudicate our Drama Scholarship
auditions on Monday 27 January.
We were honoured to welcome the world's leading expert on Tudor history,
Dr David Starkey, to Queenswood to deliver his captivating lecture,
'The Tudors and Us', on Saturday 25 January.
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The latest LAMDA Speech and Drama results are in – and once again they are outstanding.
teacher Lisa Christian and students are celebrating an excellent crop
of ISTD Cecchetti ballet examinations results. All candidates for the
December 2013 session achieved a Merit or Distinction.
Hockey Scholar Alice Wills (Lower Sixth) has received yet another accolade. The Old Loughtonians mid-fielder and England international, who captained the national squad against Belgium and scored against Germany at the Four Nations Tournament in 2013, has been named Hockey Writers’ Club 16-and-Under Player of the Year.
Finniss (Upper Sixth) has put together this beautiful memento of her
life-changing World Action trip to Malawi in July 2013.
Colette Bacon (Year 8) has been selected to represent Great Britain at a European sailing event in Holland this coming Easter.
Seven aspiring OQ Drama Queens fill us in on
treading the boards beyond Queenswood.
Sisters Emma and Rachel Poppleton have won a national competition to design a Wallace and Gromit-themed cake.
The families of Year 7 girls enjoyed a delightful winter-themed Snowflake Lunch on Saturday 11 January.
In December 2013, a group of Lower and Upper Sixth English students
visited John Keats’ house, Wentworth Place, in Hampstead.
We are delighted to announce that Katie Aggett, our
Artist-in-Residence, was overall winner at the University of
Hertfordshire's annual Eastern Approaches exhibition at the Museum of St
First shown in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life has remained a Christmas classic for decades, and is without a doubt well deserving of the title.
Athlete Jess Hurley (Year 9) has won the Daniel Sacks Award for Outstanding Young Jewish Talent.
the course of three very special carol services, the school came
together in the festively decorated Chapel to celebrate Christmas.
Queenswood won a thrilling, nail-biting play-off against Hurst School on Thursday 12 December to reach the National Finals of the Schools Hockey Championships.
Girls and staff donned their loudest (and most impractical!) costumes for a festive cross country run around the grounds on Friday 6 December.
On Thursday 26 November Queenswood’s Film Club finally got
off the ground, following weeks of deliberation over everything from potential
themes to flavours of popcorn. Our first film was Terry Gilliam’s Oscar-nominated 12 Monkeys.
Queenswood's string septet treated the school to a sumptuous
performance of the first movement of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in
morning assembly on Monday 2 December.
Over four nights in November, two casts performed a spectacular theatrical adaptation of the gory legend of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and his demonic pie-making accomplice, Mrs Lovett.
U14 Hockey team will go on to represent Queenswood, and the East Region
of England, at the National Schools Hockey Finals in February.
On Sunday 24 November, a group of Queenswood girls visited Broadcasting House in London. They toured the TV news studio, and read the news to camera as if live.
A Life with a View recently held a launch for its new collection of fine fragrances for the home, which took place at The Club at The Ivy in London.
The annual District Cross Country was held on 13
November in the grounds of Queenswood on a gloriously sunny but cold autumn
day. All Q teams, from Year 7 to
Lower Sixth, performed brilliantly and we were deservedly crowned
Grace Cornell (Year 10) sang a solo with the Military Wives' Choir at the RAF Museum in Hendon on Remembrance Sunday. She took the high soprano part in Paul Mealor's 'Wherever You Are'.
On Thursday 7 November 2013, the DT department ran a successful and enjoyable trip to IKEA in Edmonton.
Saturday 9 November 2013, 36 girls took part in a fabulous graffiti
workshop as part of the Saturday Morning Activity Programme. Each girl
had the chance to create
her own unique piece of art.
After becoming County Champions and qualifying for the East Prelims in October, the Queenswood 1st XI have been training hard to prepare for this all-important tournament.
Queenswood's Upper School Choir perform 'In Paradisum' from Fauré's Requiem at the Service of Remembrance on Sunday 10 November.
The school community was treated to a dazzling firework display on Trew Lawn on the evening of Sunday 10 November.
Queenswood senior debaters entered the national ‘Debating Matters’ competition, run by the Institute of Ideas, in October 2013.
Queenswood's footballers were put through their paces by the former Arsenal and England Ladies Captain, Faye White, on Monday 4 November 2013.
On Friday 18 October, History students in Years 8 and 9 enjoyed an informative - and exhausting - workshop of African Dance.
senior debaters entered the national ‘Debating Matters’ competition, run by the
Institute of Ideas, in October 2013.
Seven aspiring OQ Drama Queens spill the beans on treading the boards beyond Queenswood.
The Drama Scholars and Principal's Award Holders, under the direction of Dramatist/Musician-in-Residence, staged a mesmerisingly intense and hauntingly intimate production of Macbeth in the Helen McCrory Studio Theatre on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 October 2013.
On Tuesday night, our U15s picked up second place in the District Football tournament at Hertswood Academy.
The newly formed U18 Queenswood Football Team reached the Quarter Finals of the ISFA National Girls
7-Aside Football Competition at Charterhouse on Sunday 13 October.
The first girl to identify the mystery object in the Archives display
outside the Dining Hall will win a silver Queenswood spoon.
Wendy Bird, Queenswood’s Archivist and Historian, prepared a wonderful
display of items relating to Q for Speech Day in July - uniform,
Hiawatha costume, photos, books and much more..
Emma Poppleton (Year 11) is a talented animator. She was recently
awarded a runner-up prize in an international competition organised by
Read a report of the inspirational World Action trip to Malawi in July 2013.
September Year 11 History students went to the British Library for an exciting
day looking round the exhibitions.
Congratulations to the Queenswood 1st Xl Hockey team who were runners-up
at the recent Birley's invitational 1st Xl Tournament at Kings
Queenswood girls are celebrating outstanding A level and GCSE results again this year.
Speech Days have taken
many forms throughout the years.
On Friday 1 March 2013, the
Saatchi Gallery of modern art in London hosted an
evening of music inspired by the current exhibition of Russian contemporary
artists titled 'Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union'.
Chioma Okereke (left Q in 1992) published her debut novel Bitter Leaf (Virago Press) in 2010.
In September 2012, a group of Old Queenswoodian 1st XI players returned to Q to play a friendly match against
our current 1st XI.