GSA Girls' Boarding & Day School 11–18

Priorsfield Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2RH

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October Half Term Reunion – Class of 1992

The October half term sleepover weekend has become an annual event for Old Girls and this year we were delighted to welcome back the Class of 1992. The Friday night saw six Old Girls happily ensconced in the Sixth Form boarding house, watching DVDs and chatting late into the night. Next morning they were joined for coffee by others of their year, plus a party of former teachers.

Nostalgic tours around the school were followed by a wonderful lunch, provided by our peerless school catering company, Chartwells. All agreed how glad they were to have attended the reunion, despite some butterflies on the journey in! We are very grateful to our Sixth Form staff, pupils and catering staff for their part in making the weekend such a success.

Historian David Starkey - 2015 Huxley Lecture

An audience of over 550 had the wool lifted from their eyes last night, as Dr David Starkey talked at Prior’s Field school on the topic of Magna Carta. 

Celebrated as a cornerstone of democracy, Dr Starkey revealed how the Charter was in fact about political bargaining, deal making and the revolt by the rich against high taxation. 

We were delighted to host pre-lecture drinks in the Oak Hall for Old Girls and Friends. Among those returning was former teacher Brenda Fox, and her husband Peter. Mrs Fox was one of 12 embroiderers involved in stitching the ‘Magna Carta embroidery’, commissioned by Runnymede Borough Council and designed by Rhoda Nevins, a member of the Royal School of Needlework, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. 

The embroidery, which was three years in the making, consists of 12 A1 size panels, telling the story of how the Barons persuaded King John to agree to Magna Carta. In the ‘Runnymede’ panel below, the four figures on the lower left hand side were stitched by Brenda Fox.

Entrepreneurial Dinner

Thank you to the business alumnae who took time out of their busy diaries to have dinner with our Lower Sixth at the Entrepreneurial Dinner on Thursday 18 June. The girls were enthralled with stories of working in banking from Old Girl Lisa Scholefield (who had not been back to PF since she left in 1988) and of being a woman in the man's world of brewing by Emily Stephens (1998), now running a micro brewery down the road in Frensham. Other Old Girls, Annabel James (2007), studying at The Courtauld, Lucy Trafford (2011), Marketing Executive at Diageo and Harriet Martin (2009), Event Organiser at PIE, gave advice on living and working abroad and how to use LinkedIn to find that perfect job.

Thank you so much to all our guests for their generosity for inspiring our Lower Sixth students. It was a fantastic evening which we all enjoyed.

The Lower Sixth Girls report:

At the entrepreneurial dinner on June 18 we met 14 hugely inspirational and successful women from across many different workplaces. These ranged from Old Girls such as Annabel James who is currently at the Courtauld Institute of Art doing an MA, to motivated woman such as Maya Bogle, founder of the company Talenthouse.

Meeting these woman has enlightened us on the range of occupations and routes from which we could choose in the future. Hearing their stories is especially valuable at this time as we are beginning to look at post A Level options and our future lives in the world of work. It was fascinating to hear how our guests achieved the jobs which they have now and which routes they took in order to get there, whether this involved studying a degree at University or working their way up in the industry. A piece of advice that was emphasized during the evening was that we should do what we enjoy and work hard at it, saying 'yes' to as many opportunities as we can along the way. We were truly inspired by these different stories and they have made us aware of many professions, which, prior to this, we has little knowledge.

It was especially lovely to meet some of the PF Old Girls and hear how they have become so successful since they left Sixth Form. Their memories of being in our position made it feel more relevant and seem more achievable. Lucy Trafford was an excellent example of success as she is now the Marketing and Planning Executive for Diageo after leaving Prior's Field just 4 years ago. Women such as Cathy Newness-Smith went from studying Biology at Exeter University to now Head of Buying Womenswear at Boden, illustrating that your interests and the opportunities you grasp can take you anywhere.

It was an amazing opportunity and experience, allowing us to gain a fascinating insight into the business world. We are extremely grateful to all our guests for taking the time to offer us words of advice for the future and give us their secret to success, which was generally to do the one thing that you love!

Founder's Day

A huge thank you to Old Girl Isabelle "Izzy" Duncan (1990 Leaver), who came into PF on Friday 19 June to give a talk to our current students during our Founder's Day Assembly. Izzy is a leading woman cricketer and qualified coach. She was involved in the MCC debate to elect women in 1998 by appearing on the front cover of the then 'Wisden Cricketer' magazine wearing an MCC sweater. She has been a Full Member of the MCC since 2002, representing the club at both cricket and real tennis, and sitting on the disciplinary panel. She captains an all-male side at Albury CC in a Surrey League.

Izzy is closely involved with the charity Chance to Shine which brings cricket into state schools and inner cities. She also sits on their committee Girls on the Front Foot which aim to empower girls through cricket and still manages to find time to commentate for the BBC.

As well as all these commitments Izzy has found time to write a book on cricket which traces the history of the ladies' game, delving into its sometimes murky past and revealing its recent explosion in popularity. Called Skirting the Boundary the book is a "humorous, charming portrayal of woman's roles in one of the fastest - growing global sports" and half of the royalties are donated to the Girls on the Front Foot program.

Izzy regaled the girls and staff with stories of the female cricketing world and her part in the successful battle to allow women to become members of the MCC and enter the hallowed halls of Lords.

She encouraged the girls to think about playing cricket, which as well as being a very cerebral game provides great opportunties for girls at a national and international level. Although not one of the regular sports at Prior's Field now, in the school's infancy Cricket used to be very popular and we fielded Old Girls and upper, middle and lower school teams, which played against other girls schools of the day.

After the assembly Izzy was interviewed by the PF Radio Club and had a tour around the school finishing with a viewing of sports day.

We are very grateful to her for giving up her time to speak to the students on what is a very important day in the school's calendar.

Art and Scones

On an idyllic, warm spring day in the Easter Holidays we were delighted to welcome Old Girls and Friends of Prior’s Field to tea and a special viewing of the appART exhibition. This chance to visit the school and enjoy some excellent professional art displayed in the Rose Garden and Assembly Hall was taken up by alumnae of many generations and Friends including former parents and current grandparents.

appART, one of the largest selling art exhibitions in southern England, features the work of a wide range of fine artists, sculptors and craftspeople.  One of appART’s most distinguishing features is a sculpture trail in a natural setting and for the second year running this was displayed to great effect in Prior’s Field’s Gertrude Jekyll designed garden. The lawns, hedges and mature trees provided an excellent backdrop to imaginatively placed sculpture in many media and styles; pieces ranged in size from delicate glass leaves to display in a flower bed to a life-size stag in aluminium. Inside in the Hall there were over 400 paintings to enjoy as well as photographs, ceramics and glass. 

Old Girls, Friends and staff chatted happily and enjoyed a cream tea in the sunshine with the sculpture studded garden as a delightful backdrop. Many memories came flooding back, particularly for those who had not revisited the school for over 50 years. There were a number of impromptu tours around the school to find familiar places and discover impressive new additions. 

The success of the afternoon and the appART exhibition have inspired us to make this art tea an annual occasion. Look out for next year’s date which we will announce as soon as possible.

2014 Huxley Drinks and Lecture – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

More than 100 Alumnae and Friends of PF joined an audience of over 700, at Prior’s Field,  to hear Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE enthral with tales of a life lived at full tilt: from boyhood antics scaling the walls of Eton, to SAS selection and travel to some of the most hostile, remote parts of the world. Sir Ranulph recounted his experiences with dry wit and humility. His life of pushing boundaries and breaking records has, to date, raised £16.8m for UK charities.

He talked of the influences on his character and career the father who died when he was a baby, his first wife Ginny who masterminded many of their expeditions – and the challenges he has encountered, including near starvation, finger amputation and marauding polar bears.

His lecture was the latest in a series of Prior’s Field Culture events, always open to the wider community, that have included writers Joanna Trollope, Germaine Greer, Kate Mosse, Dame Stella Rimington and Michael Palin.

If you would like to watch the interview that Sir Ranulph gave some of our students before his lecture then please click here.

2014 Carol Service

For only the second time in the school’s history the annual Christmas Carol Service was held at Prior’s Field. The whole school community, including Old Girls and Friends, congregated in a candle lit Sports Hall for the traditional 9 readings and carols. Additional music was provided by the PF community choir and individual girls.

After the service the celebrations continued with a Christmas party, featuring food and more music, which in many ways mirrored the traditional Christmas parties held at Prior’s Field in days gone by when the “supper tables would be decorated by little Christmas trees and red ribbon” and “the girls and the Old Girls would all get together to celebrate the end of term”. 

Old Girls’ Reunion Weekend, Classes of ‘97/’98

On Saturday October 18th we were delighted to welcome back the Classes of 1997 & 1998 for their PF reunion. In all, 17 OG’s made the journey back to PF, with Zoe Speed (née De Pass) and Abby Thomson (née Best) bringing their baby girls with them – the next generation of PF students!

The day started with coffee and meeting former teachers in the Sixth Form House. This was followed by a tour around the school, visiting old haunts, chatting about school days and catching up on how their lives had evolved, post PF.

Lunch was served in the New Library, where there was much discussion about how much better the food at school is now compared to in their day.

Afterwards a stroll around the school grounds ended with a trip down memory lane in the Sixth Form common room where the photos and memorabilia were displayed and poured over by all. The day was a great success and a huge thank you to Lotte Hunter who instigated the reunion.  

Abby Thomson (née Best), Charlotte Pearse, Lotte Hunter, Georgina Hart , Harriet Hoult, Hebe Husni-Bey, Lucy Payne, Lucy Thomas, Lucy Cunningham, Melody Woodford, Nicole Robbins, Penny Bowring, Sarah Bathurtst-Brown, Sarah Coombes (née Newman), Virginia Yershon, (née Armitage), Zoe Bowring, Zoe Speed (née De Pass)

Founder’s Day

A huge thank you to Lucy Clark (née Brownlow-Smith – 2002 Leaver), who came into PF on Friday 20 June to give a talk to our current students during Founder’s Day Assembly. Lucy regaled the girls with stories of her time at PF, particularly her experiences in the Sixth Form!

She then went on to tell the girls about life after PF, studying History of Art at University and armed with a degree and a valuable work experiance, taking a diploma at the London School of Interior Design. Lucy has since gone on to work for a number of famous Chelsea Interior firms and worked on projects around the world. The girls were intrigued to hear about one of Lucy’s first solo work trips to present her designs, to one of the world’s wealthiest women in Switzerland. However, Lucy was quick to point out that as glamorous as it sounds, a lot of hard work comes before such exciting trips!

In 2012 Lucy set up her own design business, The Olive Design Studio, with her business partner Kate. They work on high end commercial and residential projects in London and the UK.

We are very grateful to Lucy for giving up her time to speak to the students on what is a very important day in the school’s calendar. www.theolivedesignstudio.com

1983 Reunion

On Saturday July 12 we were delighted to welcome back the Class of ’83 for their PF reunion. In all, 23 OG’s made the journey back to PF, some coming from as far away as the USA and Europe. Many of them had not seen each other for 30 years! 

The day started with coffee and meeting former teachers in the Rose Garden. This was followed by a tour around the school, visiting old haunts, chatting about school days and catching up on how their lives had evolved, post PF.

Lunch was served in the New Library, when the OG’s presented the school with a new Inter-House Tennis Cup, to be given yearly in their name. Afterwards a stroll around the school grounds ended with a trip down memory lane in the Drama Studio where the photos and memorabilia were displayed and poured over by all. The day was a great success and a huge thank you to Lindsay McLoughlin (née Cawston) who instigated the reunion.  

Attendees :- Jennifer Bacon(née Miskin), Zanna Buxton (née McCarthy), Nicola Dell Isola (née Glaister), Lyndsay Dunning (née Buckler), Alice Edwards (née Lowe), Monica Eve (née Catherall), Anna Forkum (née Pearson), Julia  Forsyth-Forrest (née Griffiths), Sandy Gregory ,Annabel Hewitt(née Roome), Delia Holdom(née Beck),Liza-Jane Honey (née Hurtley), Jacqueline Jasper (née Garnett), Alison Johansen (née Blythe-Brook),Catherine Lane (née Nott on SKYPE), Anne Lyndon (née Hayes), Lindsay McLoughlin (née Cawston),Vanessa Miller(née Lloyd-Jones), Mouse Parkins (née Liddle), Camilla Ransford (née Davy), Marion Robb (née North), Katherina Saunders (née Peyton-Jones), Emma  Southern(née Lush), Sarah Thompson (née Hawkins).

Careers Fair 12 May 2014

Sophie Mearing-Smith

Prior’s Field welcomed over 500 parents and pupils, 200 from neighbouring schools, to its Careers Fair on Thursday 8 May, a free event for Fourth Formers upwards.

The evening opened with an address by Virginia Isaac, CEO of Inspiring Futures and Former Director of Business Development at UCAS, who has worked in fields of education and social enterprise. With more than 50,000 higher education courses available in the UK and the increased costs of study, Ms Isaac told assembled parents and students that it has never been more important to research options carefully. While exams are a key component of equipping pupils for the future, so is persistence, resilience and all-rounded character.

Over 60 career professionals, including Prior’s Field alumnae, attended the Fair representing areas such as Science, Medicine, Engineering, Advertising and Design, Journalism, Film Production, IT and the Armed Forces. Representatives of UCAS, Oxbridge and Surrey Universities were on-hand to talk to students, as were companies offering opportunities to study and volunteer abroad.

Thank you very much to the alumnae who look time out of their busy schedules to come and not only be a part of the careers fair, but to have dinner with the Lower Sixth girls afterwards. The evening was very much enjoyed by all.

Old Girl attendees:- Season Tse – Architecture Student (OG 2011) -, Louise Clarke – Project Manager CIRIA (OG 2004), Sophie Mearing-Smith – Year 6 Teacher  (OG 2003), Chantal Borciani – Magazine Editor IPC (OG 1997), Nicola Thompson – Environment Agency ( OG 1995), Kate Anna Hogg – Chartered Surveyor (nee Clementi OG 1993), Abi Shaw – Director of Travel Company  BushBaby Travel (nee Bentall OG 1986).

Diana Jerwood (nee Wingfield) – Old Girl and Governor

We were very sad to hear this week of the death of Diana Jerwood (nee Wingfield).

Diana was a pupil at Prior’s Field from 1957 – 1962 and went on to study at Edinburgh University. She became a management trainer, working at one time for the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Co.

After having her four children (2 girls and 2 boys - younger daughter, Susie, also attended Prior’s Field), Diana became a teacher and subsequently Head Teacher at Glenhurst School in Havant. During this time she was a governor of Prior’s Field, a post which she occupied for 25 years. She only stepped down from this position in 2011. Diana played a valuable role within the governing body and was a key member of the building committee for the Sixth Form House which has proved so important in the development and growth of the school. After her retirement, Diana became Vice President of the Prior’s Field Old Girls’ Association.

Diana died after a long battle with illness. Her whole family was at her bedside. A thanksgiving service was held at noon on April 3 at St. Nicholas's Church in Itchenor.

Photography Exhibition and Sale at Café Mila, Godalming

Over 100 guests attended an exhibition of photographs taken by Prior’s Field pupils and Art Department staff, on Tuesday 11 March at Café Mila in Godalming.

The event was well attended by Old Girls who kindly bought photographs taken by current A-Level and GCSE students and with whom we enjoyed catching up. An area of the exhibition was dedicated to works of art donated by a number of Prior’s Field alumnae who are professional artists.

All proceeds from the exhibition are going to the school’s Foundation for bursaries. Foundation Awards enable girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the school which works with educational charities to identify suitable candidates.

The photographs are available for purchase online at priorsfieldschool.com/photo until 22 April 2014.

St Paul’s (Helena Traill)
Dance (Katherine Williams)
Mushroom (Rebecca Rayner)

London Drinks Reunion,1985 – 2005 Leavers

A wine bar in Farringdon provided the location for a very successful Old Girls’ reunion drinks on Tuesday 21 January. 43 Old Girls and teachers who had worked at Prior’s Field between 1985 and 2005 joined together to share in a glass of bubbly.

Of particular interest was the archive material that had been displayed for the night, and all those present enjoyed remembering school trips and other events.  

During the evening Chantal Borciani (Leaver 1997) Chair of the Old Girls' Association, gave a short presentation, updating news of the Prior’s Field Foundation bursary appeal, which many Old Girls have supported since its launch in 2012. Chantal also co-ordinated a raffle, held on the night, with prizes such as a week’s stay in an apartment in the Alps.  The raffle raised £270, which will go directly to the bursary appeal.

Everyone agreed that the event had been a great success, with individual groups of friends making their way to dinner together at the end of the reception.

Intrigue and espionage as Dame Stella Rimington visits PF

More than 100 Alumnae and Friends of PF joined an audience of over 500 to hear Stella Rimington, former Director General of M15, deliver the annual Huxley Lecture on 21 November 2013, in memory of the school’s founder.

The first female Director General, Dame Stella spoke about her life and career. She entertained with tales of being ‘tapped on the shoulder’ to join British Intelligence while working in New Delhi, juggling the demands of motherhood and working undercover. The audience enjoyed her memories of flying to Moscow to make the first friendly overtures to the KGB and, in her first few months as Director General, being pursued by the British press in a campaign which drove her underground.

Dame Stella paid tribute to her education in an all girls’ school which enabled her to follow her own interests. She did much to open up MI5 to other women, being the first female to receive agent training and then to run her own agents.

Since retiring, Dame Stella has devoted her time to writing. She published her autobiography Open Secret in 2001 and, subsequently, a series of spy fiction novels.

Before the lecture, Prior’s Field pupils interviewed Dame Stella for the school’s radio club and, at the book signing after the lecture, Dame Stella donated £1.00 to the PF Foundation for each book purchased.

Old Girls' Sleepover - class of 1995

On Friday 19 October, as the current girls left the Sixth Form house for their half term break, a very excited group of Old Girls, who left Prior’s Field as the class of 1995, moved in.

Headed up by former Head Girl Nicola Thompson the Old Girls were immediately impressed by the current girls’ rooms which are now complete with en-suite bathrooms.  They spent the night catching up over a take away meal and drinks in the  common room, and during a late night excursion around the school, discovered former teacher Mrs Darling ensconced in her motor home in the car park, an early arrival for lunch the next day!

After a good night’s sleep the Old Girl’s were joined the following morning by more former class mates and teachers for coffee. The party then ventured onto the sports field to visit a cherry tree that had been recently planted in memory of their former class mate Anna-Lisa Reed, who died earlier this year.  Anna-Lisa’s mother joined everyone and a quiet moment was spent remembering happy times.

The rest of the morning involved a more comprehensive tour of the school, lead by two current Sixth Formers. The Old Girls were excited to see old classrooms and former bedrooms, as well as all the new additions since their time at Priors Field.  The tour finished in Oak Hall where  everyone reminisced over a fantastic buffet lunch.

The overnight stay was a great success. Many of the Old Girls and former teachers had not seen each other since they left Prior’s Field and the weekend bought back many memories of their times together. Everyone commented on how nice it was to have a good stretch of time for catching up with each other and how much they had enjoyed having the school to themselves to explore.

Following the success of this reunion, please do get intouch if you would like to have a class reunion based around this format: - sbushell@remove-this.priorsfieldschool.com

Attendees :- Ashley Anderson (née Cliffton),  Cheryl Bailey (née Carrron), Ashley Gordon (née Warner), Fiona Heggie (née Katz), Nicola Thompson, Selena Mollard (née Muster), Ellie Wright (née Lux), Lucy Yeld, Mrs Carter, Mrs Gay, Mrs Cook, Mrs Cronk, Mrs Ferguson.

New Building Opening

Dame Diana Rigg officially opened our new three-storey teaching centre on Thursday 26 September. The centre brings the Creative Arts together and provides the school with a new entrance, state-of-the-art facilities for Maths and Modern Languages and six additional classrooms.

Dame Diana went on to give members of the school’s radio club a live interview and performed, to an audience of parents, Old Girls and local public, extracts from her book No Turn Unstoned, a comedic look at theatrical reviews through history. The actress urged drama students to pursue their art with courage, recognising its importance for society at large.

The opening formed the centrepiece of a two-week Arts Festival at Prior’s Field. First and second form pupils drew live birds of prey in Art classes, local sculptor Ruth Wheeler worked on site to create specially commissioned seating and participants of weekend arts workshops, including silver smithing, life drawing, glass fusing and sewing, took home an array of bangles, multi-coloured glass coasters, cushions and clay tiles among their creations.

 A special thank you to Old Girls Florence Pickard-Price and Caroline Jackman who ran workshops at the arts festival. Florence, who is a successful fashion stylist, ran a fashion workshop for younger children and Caroline, a successful artist, taught a group of children how to draw animals. Everyone enjoyed the sessions.

Third Annual Old Girls' Careers Dinner

Thank you to all the Pf alumnae who gave up their time to come and have dinner with our Lower Sixth Girls on Tuesday 11 June; the evening was a great success.  Below is a report of the evening from our Lower Sixth Girls.

Careers Dinner: Christie Garlick reports:

On 11 June, the lower sixth was lucky enough to have some PF alumnae visiting for a careers evening. They shared some of their valuable knowledge in terms of how to be successful in interviews, as well as in the workplace, and how to go about seeking work experience. This opportunity enabled me personally to speak to Alex Chan, an economist for the oil and gas company IHS. Collectively we all agree that this unique experience has definitely benefitted us, as every girl left knowing far more than when she had arrived.

"Great advice which will definitely give us the advantage when applied"
- Chloe Van Raalte

"I loved the fact that all of the Old Girls retained the special Prior's Field 'feel' that we all have"
- Susannah Whitmarsh

"Such an amazing opportunity to speak to such a great collection of successful Alumnae"
- Georgie Mclean

Paloma Badenhuizen reports:

"The careers dinner with the Old Girls on Tuesday was not only interesting, but reassuring too. It was good to speak to these successful business women and see how far they had gone with their careers. However, I found that having the common ground of having been through Prior's Field was what really made the connection. Also, the fact that they had been through the university process and were giving us tips, really helped and reassured that it is not a problem if we do not know yet, what we want to do later.

Personally, I found common interests with certain alumna such as Kate McDowell, now Head of Spanish, as not only did she pursue languages as a teacher but also went to Southampton University, which I am interested in. Overall, it was a brilliant and successful night."

Old Girl attendees:- Chantal Borciani (OG 1997), Alix Chan (OG 2002), Anna McCormick (OG 1997), Kate McDowell (OG 2000), Ruth Sheppard (OG 1998), Sarah Capes (OG 2006), Jo Bradbeer (OG 1997), Anna Hogg (nee Clementi OG 1993), Caroline Warburton (OG 1973)

Old Girls' Day 2013

Thank you to all of the Prior's Field Old Girls who came back for Old Girls' Day on Saturday 11 May 2013.

Everyone enjoyed the day, including current pupils who led tours around the boarding rooms. This was followed by the Old Girls' AGM, during which we are said our very fond farewells to PFOGA Chair Lucy Barnes and then voted in Chantal Borciani (OG 1997) as the new Chair. We are delighted that Chantal is taking on this role: not only does she have fond memories of her time at PF, but both of her sisters were also pupils.

At the AGM the Old Girls voted to add another £10,000 to the Foundation bursary fund which will be ring-fenced into an Alumnae Bursary Award to start in September 2014.

A superb lunch followed which was then worked off with a netball match against the current girls. The Old Girls lost by just 2 goals. Those who did not want to play netball were treated to a talk by Sarah Sullivan (former PF parent) and Voysey expert, in Oak Hall. The day was rounded off with coffee and all left having had a very good time.

The Big Event

The Big Event on Saturday 27 April was the most wonderful evening of dance and musical entertainment. We journeyed our way around the world from Scotland to India with Madagascar and France in between. Our talented girls were magnificent and clearly the audience enjoyed every minute of it. A huge thank you to all of our Old Girls who were involved: Becky Merrick-Wilson (OG 2010) and Sophie Valentine (OG 2010) who waitressed; Lauren Krelle (OG 2012) who helped look after siblings; Hilary Studer (Née Boston, OG 1993) and her husband Nick who donated an auction prize and to all of the Old Girls who attended the event and bought raffle tickets.

Also a huge thank you to Helen Peers (OG 1985), whose daughter Jemima is a current pupil. Helen is on the school's PSA which was instrumental in the organisation of The Big Event.

Before the event we were set an exciting challenge by two former parents. They generously offered, if we raised a minimum of £10,000, to match fund up to £25,000. We are delighted to say that we raised £22,000 on the night. 

The aim of the evening was to raise funds for the Foundation. The generosity of all those who donated to the auction and raffle, made personal donations, bought tickets, bid for items and sponsored the event means that a significant contribution of £44,000 now be made.

The money raised will go towards full bursaries, enabling girls in difficult personal and family situations to join the school and benefit from the education we provide. It will also make a significant contribution towards the smaller items listed in the Foundation brochure, under Annual Fund items.

Scottish Reunion

On a very sunny day in Edinburgh, 17 Scottish Old Girls met up at the Ellersley hotel with Sam Bushell and Louise Hunter, PF's Development Director. Over a very pleasant lunch Louise updated everybody on recent developments at Prior's Field, and the Old Girls enjoyed looking through the old school albums and magazines that had been brought up from school for the event. Some of the Old Girls brought photos of their own to share and Rosemary Buchanan even brought in her old school beret!

Everybody agreed the lunch had been a great success and plans are afoot for a repeat in 2 years' time.

List of attendees:-

Mrs Rosemary Lang (Née Mucklow, 1954), Mrs Heather Gow (Née Moncrieff 1953), Mrs Katrina Turner (Née Salvesen 1954), Mrs Veronica Kindersley (Née Maitland Markgill Crichton,1955), Mrs Ann Jarvis (Née Rintoul,1955),Mrs Rosemary Buchanan (Née Wallace,1956) Marion, The Countess of Eglinton and Winton(Née Dunn-Yarker,1957),Mrs Caroline Buchanan (Née Grotrian ,1957), Mrs Averil Valentine (Née Walker, 1957),Mrs Anna Young (Née Mucklow, 1958),Mrs Janey Fleming (Née Pearson, 1958),Mrs Briony Robertson (Née Stevenson, 1958),Mrs Alexandra Scott Hayward (Née Walker-Morrison, 1958),Mrs Jean Le Maitre (Née Finlay, 1959),Ms Nino Stewart (1960),The Hon Nicky Forbes (Née Hawke, 1966)

Mrs K Maxwell Stuart (Née Salvesen, 1953)

1983 Reunion

On Friday 1 March, Old Girls who left in 1983-85 met up for lunch at Camilla Cordle's (Née Wigram) house . Attendees included Sarah Howard, Katie Vaughan-Edwards (Née Orchard), Maria Pickard (Née Jarmen), Emma Marshall (Née Bigland), Vicky Walsh (Née Foulsham), Anna Jordan, Catherine Luff (Née Dean), Imogen Mason, Kirsty Carver (Née Gilmour) and Michelle de Young. The girls have now traced and contacted about 19 of their year and are trying to find more. They are hoping to have another reunion in October.

Kate Mosse Visit to Prior's Field

Thursday 14 February 2013

Prior's Field hosted a lecture by award-winning author Kate Mosse on 14 February. Mosse, who was named European Woman of Achievement for Contribution to the Arts in 2000 and who has written the international bestselling trilogy Labyrinth, Sepulchre and, recently, Citadel, spoke for over an hour to an audience of 200 students and adults, including Old Girls.

Sharing her passion for writing, character, adventure, legend and historical fact, she revealed how fundamental research is to her work: Labyrinth, for instance, being the result of four years' exhaustive work. This first novel in the trilogy has been adapted for television and is due to be shown this year, with Kate herself performing a cameo role.

The lecture was the latest in a series of Prior's Field culture events that have seen such speakers as Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, George Alagiah and Joanna Trollope (the latter friends with Kate Mosse) visit the school and lecture to the wider community.

Mrs Faith Hiles, Former Head of Prior's Field

We were very sad to learn from her son this week of the death of Mrs Faith Hiles, who was Head of Prior's Field from 1964 to 1973.

 

Faith's funeral will take place on Thursday 28th February 2013, 2:30pm at Scunthorpe Crematorium, Lincolnshire. Her family would welcome Prior's Field Old Girls and Friends who were contemporaries of Mrs Hiles to attend the service, but have requested that no flowers be sent.

 

Among her interests, Faith Hiles loved animals. In her memory, donations are being made to three charities:

 

Katzcastle (for cats): www.katzcastle.co.uk, 01932 864232 

 

Jerry Greens (for dogs): www.jerrygreendogs.org.uk, 01652 657820

 

Brigg First Responders: 01652 654828

 

Julie Roseblade

Head

Huxley Lecture and Alumnae Drinks - Thursday 8 November 2012

Fifty four Old Girls, former members of staff and Friends of Prior's Field attended a private drinks party in the Burton-Brown library prior to this year's Huxley Lecture.

This fascinating lecture was delivered by Baroness Greenfield with great incision and power as she outlined research into the impact of internet use on our brains and lives.

Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl Drinks - Friday 19 October 2012

On a wet Friday night in October nine former Head and Deputy Head Girls met up at The Seahorse pub, in Shalford, with Sam Bushell and teacher, Mrs Mary-Claire Cook. Much fun was had by all the ladies who were keen to find out how they could become involved with PFOGA and organise reunions for their year groups.

From left to right:-

Lucinda Southall (2005), Charlotte (2005), Cynthia Wilson (Née Wollaston 1967), Louise Clarke (2004), Sylvia Harrison (Née Wharton 1961),  Lucy Burt (2006), Helen Milliken (Née Western 1947), Emma Burt (2004), Daphne Stoddart (Née Hughes 1947)

Old Girls V Current Girls Netball Match - Saturday 15 September 2012

Thank you to all the Old Girls who played in the most recent Old Girls' Netball match. Yet again the game was played in good spirits with much fun had by all the players and their supporters. The next sports matches will be played on Old Girls' Day on 13 May 2013. If you are interested in playing then please do get in touch with either Mel James (Née Powell - OG 1985) melanie.james@remove-this.nhs.net or Sam Bushell sbushell@remove-this.priorsfieldschool.com