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Mrs Lampard bows out in style

06 May 2016

Each year, I think this is the best show we have produced, but the standard seems to keep getting higher. This could be put down to many things, but the high quality of teaching and consistent dedication from the students, both play a major part.  The GCSE Textiles group last year achieved nearly all A* and A grades and top grades always feature at A Level.  These girls work hard and have creative talent for design, particularly in the Textiles field. Those who progress to A Level are certainly passionate about Textiles and the Fashion Show is an excellent event to showcase their garments. The many comments of admiration following the show regarding the quality of finish, the range of decorative techniques and complexity of the constructions are testament to their skills. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Mrs Mooney for her enthusiasm, professional skills and the desire to push Textiles forward as an important subject especially in a time of change and uncertainty about our subject areas. The photos will tell you a lot about their innovative designs and how she brings out the best in our girls.

We are a strong team as a department supporting each other at all times; the Fashion Show is a fantastic opportunity to display our strengths so I would also like to thank Mrs Harris and compliment her on her ability every year to come up with amazing ideas, like this year’s washing line of Year 7 pyjamas in the Ante Hall. Mrs Saddington and Mrs Schofield (retired but always willing to return to prepare food) bring experience and practical skills to both Food and Textiles.  Miss Cummings is the newest member of the department and has enjoyed taking on the Year 10 GCSE Textiles group; encouraging them to produce a good range of imaginative designs reflecting the Fairground/Carnival theme which opened this year’s show.

The Senior School hall was transformed into a colourful and vibrant venue to host our show; the brightly coloured flowers, multi-coloured candles and masks added to that carnival vibe. The afternoon tea was prepared and served by our A Level Food & Nutrition students under the watchful eye of Mrs Harris. Thanks must also go to Mila Manandhar in Year 9 who provided delightful accompaniment on the piano whilst the audience sipped their Prosecco and enjoyed the delights of the cake stands!

Beatrice Kessedjian was an excellent compere;   able to ad-lib with ease when the screen was slow to rise or a girl missed her cue!

As I retire in July, this was my last Fashion Show and the presence of a whole table of Old Girls was particularly moving for me. I have so many happy memories of my 15 years here at EHS and I look forward to coming back next year to the Fashion show as a guest…although like Mrs Schofield I am happy to butter the bread!

Mrs Phyl Lampard

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