I thought you would both be excited and pleased to hear that H earned himself fantastically top grades (Music, English and Art) at Purcell School, where he went for the 6th form after Habs, and as a result was able to take up his offer of a place at Magdalen College Oxford to study Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art. I can't begin to tell you how excited he is, each day brings news of more things he is involved in and today he moved into his (distanced) studio, which he set about covering with a splattering of paint. Probably not much different from how he was 16 years ago with you. He still plays the violin, to a very high standard and is obsessed with film and film-making, as well as creating things in general.
Anyway, just to say another big thank you to you and to GHS for setting H on this path, I am sure his happiness studying there will only increase as things move forwards.
I hope this email finds you and your family well.
Over the years you have never been very far from our thoughts and in particular remembering your kindness and invaluable help with A. I have wanted to write and update you many times but have stopped myself for fear of things going wrong again for her. Though now her time in formal education has ended we can at last exhale!
Life at school for A was never a smooth path and I remember your words only too well ‘a square peg in a round hole’. Her time at Highgate senior school was not a happy one but she worked so hard, despite her dyscalculia and dyslexia and immersed herself fully into school life. Thankfully, UCS offered her a place for 6th Form and she excelled there, made many good friends and finally found a school to be happy in.
She was allowed to follow her passion there for art and design and has just started reading Fine Art at Christ Church, Oxford where she joins M, who is in his 3rd year reading PPE at Oriel.
Without sounding too biased they also happen to be two of the nicest young people.
They both have such fond memories of their time at Golders Hill as do D and I and whilst I am certain their time with you laid the foundations for working hard it also gave them a warmth and safety they hold with them dearly.
Thank you for being there when we and A needed you.
With warmest wishes,
D & S
Memories from an ex GHS student:
I attended Golders Hill School from 1985-1988 – in my fact I was fortunate enough to have Mrs Eglash as my form teacher in my last year!
I have extremely fond memories of my time at Golders Hill School. There is something about the sense of community – whether it be amongst the children or amongst the parents – that envelops the school that makes for an incredibly, warm and nurturing atmosphere.
I formed close bonds with many of my class mates who I am still in touch with 30 years later. So much so in fact that my best friend (we were each other’s best man at our respective weddings some 8 years ago) was someone I met at Golders Hill one fateful afternoon during our weekly spelling test. The fact that we got in trouble for talking during that test is beside the point!
Which brings us to a few years ago. Some 27 years later, I found myself back at Golders Hill – introducing my wife to the school as we checked it out for our son who was 2 at the time. Here is the incredible part. Mrs Eglash remembered me, my sister, my mum, my dad and what hat he used to wear when he picked us up. Basically everything. Immediately I felt I was back in that caring environment and we quickly signed up my son and a few years later, my daughter.
They both had a great experience and Golders Hill - and each ended up in the School’s we had hoped for them.
Today, my children have fond memories of Golders Hill very much in the same way I do and even stay in contact with many of the friends they made there even though they are now all in different schools.
Testimonial from an ex GHS student:
Going to Golders Hill is one of my most cherished memories of my childhood. The caring and kind atmosphere has made me into the person I am today. I remember it often, especially when I pass by the school, and am so grateful for the friends I made then and still carry with me to this day.
A message from a parent, whose child left GHS the previous year:
"Hi Mrs Eglash,
I thought you would like to see these pictures. Their strong bond was forged in your school, and still today one year on even though they have all moved onto different schools, their bond is as strong as ever.
The pictures were taken yesterday. They won the cup final of their football league. Much excitement (as you can imagine!)
Thank you for having created such a wonderful environment for our boys to flourish in."
Ex- GHS pupil, Noah Austin here in February 2018:
Noah came 2nd in the UK University Debating Challenge - Noah was debating "This House believes that the FANGS (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix & Google) hold too much of the world's data and should be broken up." Noah is a second year student at Bristol University studying Philosophy & Economics.