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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.
The Drama Scholars and Principal's Award Holders presented a triumphant, ambitious production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus in the Clarissa Farr Theatre on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 October 2014.
School held its first annual 'Happy Day' on Wednesday 15 October, with
contributions from schools in Japan, Australia, Africa and the UK. The inaugural event that inspired Happy Day was the launching and signing of a special
celebrity ’Happiness’ book compiled in aid of BBC Children in Need, by Hanni Blaskey, one of
our 13 year old students.
This is your chance to win a holiday of a lifetime on the exclusive island of Mustique - a small private island that forms part of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies.
On Wednesday 8 October, Queenswood played host to three best-selling
authors of teen and young adult fiction as part of the Hertford
Children's Book Festival.
We would like to congratulate
Sports Scholar Hannah Williams on her selection to the Hertfordshire
Talented Athlete Scheme. This supports young athletes with
international potential in a range of sports by providing them
with physiological and psychological support.
Queenswood School is celebrating its 120th anniversary in style with an extravaganza of Music, Drama and Dance at the Barbican Hall, London, on Wednesday 3 December 2014.OQs are warmly invited to attend Queenswood's 120th anniversary celebrations, preceded by an exclusive OQ Drinks Reception at 6.30pm.
Queenswood Tennis department organised the annual Wimbledon Museum and All England Tour for Year 7 students on Saturday 28 September.
On Wednesday 1 October, girls cooked up a banquet of traditional
dishes for the boarding community to mark Nigerian Independence Day. The
feast was served in the Dining Hall, and was followed by celebratory
dancing and singing.
We are very pleased to announce that, after an exciting penalty flicks shoot-out against Haileybury, Queenswood's 1st Xl won the Hertfordshire County Tournament on 1 October. They will now go through to represent Herts in the East Prelims in November.
While Europe were sealing another Ryder Cup victory on Sunday 21
September, two sisters from Queenswood were enjoying a convincing golfing
triumph of their own in
the East Region Junior Trophy.
Year 9 pupil Hanni Blaskey's book of celebrity happiness secrets, What Makes Me Happy?,
is currently on sale in aid of BBC Children in Need in over 500
branches of Sainsbury's nationwide. The story of Hanni's achievement has
been reported widely in the local and national media, and appeared in the Daily Telegraph on Monday 29 September 2014.
On Thursday 18 September, Tim Shaw (Musician/Dramatist in Residence) achieved the ‘bucket-list’ ambition of hearing and watching a live film score recording at Abbey Road studios.
Esperanza Merry (Year 9) has just qualified for
the ITF World Junior Masters (Under 18), which takes place in January 2015 in Tarbes, France.
She has gained enough ranking points to be seeded No. 2 in Singles and No. 1
Drama Scholars' ProductionMonday 13 and Tuesday 14 October 20145.00pm and 7.30pm in the Clarissa Farr Theatre
The Drama Scholars and Principal’s Award Holders present Peter Shaffer’s scintillating and scurrilous drama about the genius of Mozart.
On Friday 19 September, Queenswood's Sixth Form were delivered a stark message about the dangers of drink-driving.
Read a fascinating account of the contributions and sacrifices made by Queenswood girls during the First World War.
We are delighted to announce the launch of 'Q The Music' – a weekly radio show featuring Queenswood students. The first broadcast will be on Thursday 18 September at 8pm. You can listen live at schoolsradio.net/queenswood; the show will also be available as a download after the broadcast.
Blaskey (Year 9) has compiled a book of happiness secrets from a host
of celebrities and public figures, including Prime Minister David
Cameron. What Makes Me Happy? is on sale in Sainsbury's stores nationwide to raise money for BBC Children in Need.
Sunday 12 October 2014
Queenswood School is holding a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the Reverend Shirley Clayton (1942–2014), who meant so much to everyone who knew her.
As part of their pre-season preparation the Queenswood senior hockey players travelled to King's Canterbury School for the prestigious Birley's Tournament.
Merry (Year 9) has been invited by her sponsor Jaguar Land Rover as a VIP
Guest to the Closing Ceremony and Concert on the final night of the
Ms Evelyn Frank, Flute Teacher, has released a CD of archive
recordings. The performances, of music by Debussy, Messiaen, Boehm and
Bartok, date from the late 1960s and early 1970s. "The selection of pieces on this CD were taken from an important time in
my studies in the 1960s, having learnt with some of the finest and most
inspiring teachers, including Hans-Peter Schmitz at the Detmold NWD
At the beginning of the autumn term, the Lower Sixth were involved in a 'bonding' session based on TV's Dragons' Den. The girls were divided into six teams and had to work together in their respective groups to pitch an idea for a business enterprise or event.
On Wednesday 3 September, all of Queenswood's new International Boarders took part in a range of fun activities in order to get to know one other.
We would like to congratulate Eleanor Grant, Year 10 music scholar,
who has been selected as one of just eight young singers for the final
of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year
During the summer holidays, Queenswood’s Director of Music, Mr
Jonathan Dobson was invited to adjudicate at the Barclampory Music
Festival, based at the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong harbour.
We are delighted to announce that Queenswood's Musician/Dramatist in
Residence, Tim Shaw, was a winner in a recent international competition
From July 14 to 17, Ellie Holden (Lower Sixth) attended a 3D Printing Technology course at the University of Warwick. She gained hands-on experience of the wide range of
practical applications of 3D Printing.
Hannah Williams (Lower Sixth) was victorious in the U17 Womens' 200m at the South of England Athletics Championships in August.
to Alice Wills (Upper Sixth), who won a bronze medal with the England
U21s at the EuroHockey championships in July.
Congratulations to Jodie Williams on a blistering performance in the final of the Women’s 200m, winning the silver medal and also attaining a new personal best. Jodie also ran the 3rd leg in the final of the Women’s 4 x 100m, bringing home the bronze medal.
Reagan Dee represented the Isle of Man in the Women’s High Jump. Congratulations to Reagan for attaining a new season's best.
Queenswood's Tennis Team came agonisingly close to their fourth Aberdare Cup win in a row in July, narrowly missing out to Talbot Heath in a nail-biting final.
After winning her first round heat yesterday, OQ Jodie Williams runs in the first heat of the Commonwealth Games 200m semi-finals tonight, Thursday 31st July.
Semi's are scheduled to commence at 6.07pm, but do check the Games or BBC website for any updates.
OQs in action at the Commonwealth Games
WEDNESDAY 30 JULY
We are delighted to announce that Queenswood's new Chair of Governors is Ed Sautter, MA (Cantab). He has been a Governor since 2007; at present he chairs Queenswood Enterprises Ltd and is responsible for Public Benefit. Ed is a highly respected solicitor and a Partner with Mayer Brown International, specialising in the resolution of financial disputes.
A cornucopia of wonders was on display at Queenswood on the morning of Saturday 5 July. As part of the Speech Day programme, the school came together to exhibit academic and co-curricular work across a huge range of departments.
This summer, Eleanor Grant (Year 9) had the privilege of playing with the Barbican Young Orchestra at the new Milton Court concert hall on the opening day of the City of London Festival.
On 24 June Year 7 completed the Squashed Tomato Challenge during their Global Citizenship Day. They began their day by learning about the Geography of Nepal as well as looking at the difficulties that many of the locals face due to extreme poverty and difficult landscapes.
On Thursday 19 June we held our annual Cheque Presentation Lunch. Slightly later than usual, we handed over cheques to representatives from the two charities we supported in 2012/13.
On 7th June 2014 OQ Diane MacLean's sculpture ‘Open Book’ was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen, assisted by President Hollande, in the Place Lepine, Ile de la Cite, Paris. It was the final event in the Queen's state visit to France and the sculpture was donated by Her Majesty to the people of Paris.
The school Badminton finals were held last Friday 20 June. The tournament is a singles knockout competition played from January to June.
After a wonderful day of music making on Thursday 12 June, 19 girls were selected from the Preliminary Rounds adjudicated by Mr Kokkinos to take part in the Final at 7.00pm in the Ernest Read Hall.
There was a fantastic atmosphere at Queenswood's 2014 Sports Day, held on Saturday 21 June, with glorious sunshine and records tumbling.
Over 300 children from ten local prep schools enjoyed a day of glorious sunshine on the athletics field at Queenswood on 17 June.
The commemorative 120th Anniversary edition of The Queenswoodian
is to be released on Wednesday 2 July. This short video shows the making
of the cover image, involving the whole school community forming the
figures 1, 2, 0 on Trew Lawn.
Music Teacher Magazine reports on Queenswood students' victory in the Amnesty International songwriter competition, part of the annual Amnesty Youth Awards.
are thrilled to announce that Ema Lazic (Year 10) has been selected by
the LTA to represent Great Britain at the IC 16 and Under Junior
Challenge Worldwide Finals, to be held at the All England Lawn Tennis
Club, Wimbledon from 26
July to 1 August.
On a blustery afternoon in May, we were
delighted to welcome to Queenswood Cathie Sabin, the first female President of
the Lawn Tennis Association, to present prizes at the Nicola Mabbitt Tennis
‘Hamelin Town in Hanover City’, sang Eleanor Grant, locating this marvellous fairy tale with her opening solo, sung from the rooftops of a charmingly wonky set.
We are delighted to announce that between Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 July 2014, Queenswood School is hosting an LTA-International Tennis Tournament for Under 18s and Under 14s in partnership with Global Tennis Connections (GTC). We hope that several of our own Queenswood Tennis Scholars will be competing. Entrance is free, and all pupils, parents, families and friends of the school are very welcome to attend on any of the days.
Upper Sixth enjoyed a fittingly stylish end to their Queenswood careers
with an afternoon tea at the stunning Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire
on the afternoon of 21 May.
Queenswood students enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the serenely
beautiful Henry Moore Foundation in nearby Perry Green on Sunday 11 May.
We enjoyed a splendid evening in the Kennedy Hall on Thursday 8 May, with some amazing performances from Queenswood’s songbirds. Our adjudicator, the vivacious Deryn Edwards, had a very difficult job deciding the winners.
Fairtrade fortnight took place between 24 February and 9 March. The focus this year was the banana trade. Queenswood organised several banana-themed activities, from baking chocolate and banana muffins using Fairtrade materials, to holding a Fairtrade chocolate and sweet sale.
The Music Department are thrilled to announce that a protest song
written by three Year 9 students has won a national competition
organised by Amnesty International.
Drama students performed their own riotous adaptation of the classic
comic diary in April 2014.
The four Year 7 winners of the French Spelling Bee competition were invited to
participate to the regional quarter-final in Cambridge on Wednesday 30 April.
Hockey Writers' Club U16 Player of the Year, Alice Wills (Lower
Sixth) has recently been called up to trial for the U21 England Hockey
team, while her Queenswood 1st XI team-mate Chrissy Horn has been called
back up into the England Under 18 National Age Group squad after
impressing at the England Academy sessions.
Bacon (Year 8) was part of the winning GBR Team at an international
sailing regatta in the Netherlands during the Easter holidays.
Sixth Form historians enjoyed a highly informative trip to Washington DC in April 2014, visiting important sites of historical and political interest.
Queenswood Geography students enjoyed the huge variety of sights and
experiences packed into a four-day visit to Iceland in April 2014.
In an exciting twist for 2014, we are combining the very popular golf event with a spa day.
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.
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.
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.
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.