Preparatory School for Girls

Friends of Halstead Alumnae Memories

Below are some of the memories that have been sent to Halstead Preparatory School. 
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We went to Woking Outdoor Swimming Pool by coach every week in the summer and learnt to swim in icy water!  I remember Friday Club after school when Mrs Davey joined us in haring around the school playing sardines.  Then there was choir with Mrs Speight and I can still remember the words of the songs we prepared for the Woking Music Festival held in Christ Church hall.  There were outings to Wimbledon, Hampton Court, Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory in Reading and Dolmetsch's place in Haselmere.  Mrs Marion Stake was a class teacher before she became Head and I recall learning art with her, also poetry. Everything was orderly and well organised and a certain innocence and freedom prevailed.  I could go on.  After nearly 60 years the memories are still very clear.

hilary ogden left 1964

Although an absolute lover of sport, the thought of swimming lessons in the summer term would fill me with dread, along with many others. Why?  Woking Swimming Pool, where we went, was outdoors and unheated and we would have to swim irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions, unless there was a thunderstorm, and then there was always an overwhelming smell of chlorine in the whole vicinity!!  The water was usually freezing cold and we would stand on the poolside shivering profusely before being coaxed into the pool. I remember that our abilities were identified by little coloured ribbons that were tied to the strap of our swimsuit. I remained a non-swimmer, white ribbon, for quite some time until the penny dropped that if I tried to swim a little I might warm up and begin to enjoy the activity!! Whilst the apprehension of that freezing water never left me throughout my years at Halstead, I am grateful that I was taught to swim well and became a proficient swimmer.

jill harrison left 1967

The magic of the Carol Service and how special and festive it felt.  The Harvest Festival in Woodham Church and the abundance of beautiful displays of fruit.  Playing 'houses' in the playground and sweeping the soil with branches of fir tree, the ground was immaculate by the end of break time!  The excitement you felt when you were allowed to walk down the main stairs near Mrs Hancock's office.  The importance of the role of 'ringing the gong' for lunch.

clare edwards left 1992

At Christmas time we would have post boxes in each classroom for the members of the class to post Christmas cards to each other.  It was such a lovely idea as on the last day of term we would all receive our cards and enjoy opening them together.  The delicious lunches including my favourite, the chocolate pudding and chocolate sauce.  I loved all of the lunches apart from the fish pie, which unfortunately put me off fish for life!  Playing in the woods at break or lunch time.  I remember how my friends and I created little houses in the tree roots and would have endless fun creating our own imaginary homes!  I also remember playing with conkers a lot in the autumn months.  Winning the Speech Cup competition with my talk on Formula 1 - a subject that was quite unexpected at the time but one I was particularly passionate about having watched every grand prix with my father as I had grown up!

georgina edwards left 1996

Mr Nockovic playing the trumpet (bugle) as the old building got knocked down.  Only being able to go up the blue stairs and down the red stairs.  Butterscotch tart for pudding, always the best days.

Joanna ward left 2002

Some of my fondest Halstead memories were playing ‘shops’ in the trees at break time, making mud pies and using stones as a currency. The excitement of getting percy pigs from Mrs Grallert for a job well done, having choc ice for lunch and seeing the ropes and climbing apparatus out for PE.  One of my favourite memories is participating in the Christmas production, my favourite being New Millennium Heroes. We all thought we were highly skilled at the kazoo. I loved my days at Halstead and will cherish those memories forever.
elizabeth gardner nattakh left 2004

The fear of what lay behind the green wall/purposely hitting your ball over the green wall in tennis to be granted permission to go behind the green wall.  Hymn practice....the best days being when 'If I were a butterfly' was the hymn in assembly.  The Munching Mike award for the best behaved table at lunchtime.

Eleanor ward left 2005

Running around the playground at break time playing in the trees which we called 'Big House' and 'Little House'.  The Leader, Follower and Door Holder badges and most importantly Mr Cepollina's butterscotch tart!

samantha olsen left 2009

There are so many memorable things about Halstead but I do remember brea times playing 'shop' with the perfectly shaped magnolia tree that looked like a shop counter and paying for things with 'ginger' from the 'ginger hole'.

annabel winship left 2011

One of my favourite memories from Halstead were the musical soirées that took place in the last few years I was there.  We were able to play music and enjoy evening picnics on the lawn outside with our families. This was just one of the opportunities at Halstead that encouraged me to persevere and take music to a high level.

darcie dorkins left 2012 

My favourite Halstead memory is of the year 6 musical and how much fun we all had acting and creating a play of the Wizard of Oz. It was so enjoyable working with my friends, practicing after school, and seeing the final production which we had all worked hard on. Everyone was very supportive and it is a happy memory that will remain with me always.
izzy bauer left 2013

The 'Sing Off' between Mr Cheadle and Mr Coulson in the playground!  I remember all our sports lessons very fondly.

isabella frewer left 2013

I remember my time at Halstead with such lovely happy memories, I can still taste the butterscotch tart and miss getting to have this as dessert at lunchtimes. Halstead was always such a positive place to be, my most favourite times were being part of the sports teams and competing in tournaments and matches and also the school productions and performances I sometimes look back and cannot believe how brave and confident we were always made to feel! I remember when Halstead’s ‘Bake Off’ was first introduced and the excitement I felt to put my love of baking into action! 

sienna morales left 2013

I remember doing my very best in maths so that Mrs Grallert would give me a Percy Pig!  When I went to senior school I had extremely high expectations for dessert but I was very disappointed as no dessert can beat Mr Cepollina's butterscotch tart.  The annoying thing was that everyone loved his butterscotch tart so much that there wasn’t enough for seconds. I remember begging my mum to find his recipe somewhere or to try at make it as Mr Cepollina but it never tasted the same!  Mrs Fellows was the Headmistress when I was at Halstead and she left the same year I did. I remember sitting on the Year 6 benches thinking I was on top of the world and Mrs Fellows would be at the front of the hall reading us a story about a boy who stole chocolate cake in the middle of the night.   I remember sport at Halstead and did everything from swimming to netball to hockey. I used to love it. I recall hitting the rounders ball hard enough that it had enough momentum to send it rolling down the hill onto the netball courts. I remember my time at Halstead fondly, it was like an extended family.

millie turner left 2013

i have many fond memories from Halstead from all the years I was there, including the trip to Harry Potter World in Year six, taking the Owl Badge times-tables quizzes and taking part in the school productions. The one that stands out to me the most is the Eagle House Maths Challenge. My best friend and I prepared for months, mastering ‘Count Down’, practicing mental arithmetic and reciting our times-tables up until the day of the event. This particular competition was a race against time – literally. I remember frantically running up and down the aisles getting a new question each time that my partner and I would answer. I don’t remember in what place we came, but I do remember having the time of my life solving maths problems (and running!) with my friends.

stephanie maties left 2015

Halstead lunches where amazing and the teachers where so kind and supportive all through the school. All the girls where lovely.   The residential trips were excellent, especially Osmington bay. I miss Halstead every day. 


Standing up on the stage at Speech Day, with slightly wobbly knees.  Making great friends, eating my first (and only) snail, the end of year production, beating Hoe Bridge in netball (not just once)!!, the Chamber Choir concerts and dabbling in the science lab.  Not forgetting the AMAZING lunches, which I definitely miss!

millie campbell left 2018