Star per­form­ers and rocket sci­en­tists

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL -

and a del­e­ga­tion to the Mu­nich Model United Na­tions was com­mended.

At St He­len’s Girls’ School in North­wood, head Dr Mary Short has plans for a new ju­nior school on a 21-acre site. This year’s tri­umphs in­cluded be­ing named Top Girls’ School Team at the Na­tional Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships.

St He­len’s girls have en­joyed trips to Malawi, Ice­land, Florence, Poland, Greece and China.

Re­cently, the school of­fi­cially opened The Cen­tre, a mil­lion-pound multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity for the per­form­ing arts and sport.

The school also has a new Chair of Gov­er­nors in Suzi Woolf­son.

Ab­bot’s Hill, near Hemel Hemp­stead, opened its re­fur­bished Sta­ble Block last Septem­ber, hous­ing the en­hanced art and de­sign stu­dios, ex­tended food tech­nol­ogy cen­tre and new ICT suite and hu­man­i­ties area.

In March, it com­peted against nine oth­ers at the Da­co­rum Tech­nol­ogy Tour­na­ment in Berkham­sted and won the In­ter­me­di­ate com­pe­ti­tion.

In June, a team of six year-nine girls scored highly in the Na­tional Phys­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory Wa­ter Rocket Chal­lenge. Two Ab­bot’s Hill girls rep­re­sented Eng­land in the U19 Lacrosse Squad in Amer­ica.

A Lo­cal Au­thor­ity Whole School Re­view has de­scribed Yavneh Col­lege in Bore­ham­wood as “out­stand­ing” in all cat­e­gories. Six stu­dents are go­ing to Cam­bridge or med­i­cal school this year, while younger pupils were awarded prizes for ex­cep­tional cre­ativ­ity in com­puter skills.

The in­au­gu­ral Yavneh Col­lege Film Fes­ti­val, run over two lunchtimes, saw pupils write, cre­ate and star in their own short films.

The Royal Ma­sonic School in Rick­mansworth was the only one in the area this year to be awarded a Come­nius Grant, an EU-funded ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age schools to work to­gether. RMS has al­ready hosted six Euro­pean schools and vis­ited two, with fur­ther trips planned for 2014/15. A new head, Ian Con­nors, is start­ing in Cado­gan House, the prep and preprep de­part­ment, in Septem­ber. He was pre­vi­ously head of the pri­mary de­part­ment at the Har­row In­ter­na­tional School in Bangkok.

Last year saw the launch of a ma­jor fund-rais­ing cam­paign to in­vest in a new creative arts fac­ulty build­ing, a de­sign and tech­nol­ogy cen­tre and a home eco­nom­ics de­part­ment.

The cur­rent theatre is to be con­verted into a fully equipped stu­dio theatre with seat­ing for 150. The school also hopes to fund a full size, flood­lit all­weather pitch.

Pupils wrote, made and acted in their own short films

One sixth for­mer has been awarded an or­gan schol­ar­ship to Cam­bridge, while two more gained places on the highly com­pet­i­tive Hori­zons GAP year pro­gramme with Ac­cen­ture.

Another sixth for­mer won a na­tion­wide art com­pe­ti­tion and had a por­trait fea­tured on the front cover of a magazine read by hun­dreds of schools.

A year 11 stu­dent rode for Eng­land at the World Team Mounted Games Cham­pi­onships and a year-seven pupil is county cham­pion for the 100m and long jump and is ranked sec­ond in the coun­try.

At the John Lyon School in Har­rowon-the-Hill, a stu­dent gained en­try to Cam­bridge to read maths and has been awarded a cho­ral schol­ar­ship.

Sev­eral stu­dents have se­cured places to study medicine and dentistry and more than two-thirds of the up­per sixth are hold­ing of­fers from Rus­sell Group uni­ver­si­ties.

As part of the Har­row In­ter­na­tional Schools ex­change pro­gramme, groups of year-nine boys trav­elled to Bangkok and Bei­jing. The foot­ball and cricket teams went on tour to South Africa.

In June, year sev­ens met the Duchess of Cam­bridge at the re­open­ing of Bletch­ley Park and eight boys were pre­sented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at St James’ Palace.

The school was com­mended by the Har­row Her­itage Trust for restor­ing

Mu­si­cal note-tak­ing at Yavneh

Con­cen­trat­ing on chem­istry at Hab­er­dash­ers’ Girls

Sup­port­ive friend­ships are an im­por­tant part of life at St He­len’s

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