Waterlow Hall – Opening Doors
With £2.3 million now raised, the school community is embarking on a final push to raise the last £700,000 to start works on our state-of-the-art performance space this summer.
This week marks the start of the final phase of fundraising, as we edge closer to opening the doors to a stunning new Waterlow Hall, complete with feature lighting, retractable seating and beautifully timbered acoustic panelling.
Pupils have been busy promoting the Shine a Light appeal, and have already raised over £5,000. Girls are also fundraising by selling cakes this week to mark the start of our public campaign. On Sunday, our alumnae returned to South Hampstead for their annual reunion weekend. Illustrious former pupils have already provided huge support as Campaign Ambassadors and by helping with fundraising. We will be reaching out to all our ‘old girls’ in the coming weeks, with some exciting alumnae events planned over the next few months. Staff have been busy too and we are delighted that three of our former heads have joined the campaign and are writing to their former pupils about the project.
Throughout ‘Musical March’ we will be celebrating music and performance throughout the school, from Junior School breakfast concerts to the spectacular Gym and Dance show. At all these events, audience members can find out more about how to ‘Compose Yourself’ ‘Take a Seat’ and ‘Shine a Light’ on our future stars.
Plans are also well underway for the finale to our fundraising at the Waterlow Hall Gala Dinner in November; find out more, sponsor the event and book your place for this very special evening of celebration here.
The new venue aims to bolster the school’s already outstanding legacy in the performing arts as well as build community engagement and local partnerships via projects such as our debating initiative, which invites local schools to train and compete in public speaking contests. Additionally, revenues generated by the new space will be invested back into the school’s bursary scheme to fund pupils who could not otherwise afford an education at South Hampstead.