Posts by, or about, teachers at the girls school
Photo provided by Ann Waterman (nee Wise)
Introduction by Andrew Anderson
Former pupils of Audrey Nicholson who read her obituary will be reminded of shared experiences and gain a greater insight into the life of a gifted and dedicated teacher who in part moulded their early lives.
My own memories of Audrey relate to her life following her return from America when we taught together at Erkenwald Comprehensive School, Dagenham. Along with other young teachers I benefited from her experience, watchful eye, guidance and generosity. She provided us when needed with second hand clothes and shoes from ‘the scruffy shop’ as she called it, meals in her tiny flat on the edge of Wanstead Flats (her home-made cheese cake and home brewed mead were legendary) and organised outings to play cricket and swim in the outdoor pool in Epping Forest. She led numerous trips to the Stratford East Theatre for pupils and staff where mysteriously, whenever the school where there, the main villain always had the name of our headmaster (there were no limits to Audrey’s influence). Continue reading →
Heather, who was a PE Teacher at Mayfield Girls School from 1973, passed away on 24 November 2010. A tribute to Heather, who touched and inspired so many people, can be found on Netball South West. Personally, she was first my teacher and then my friend who I am proud to have known for 37 years.
Kim Pearson (nee Halstead)
Heather Crouch, the popular PE Mistress who taught at the Mayfield Girls School in the 1970’s, was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List for her voluntary services to sport. Currently the Chairperson of Netball South West, Heather has been involved with the sport for forty years. She coached the England netball team for eight years, up until the late 1980s, and is currently writing her third book on coaching.
This is the official manual of the All England Netball Association. Each chapter has been written by an expert taken from a particular area of sports coaching and training. The book contains sections on rules, skills, sports psychology, biomechanics, diet and nutrition, physiology and audio visual coaching resources. The manual aims to inform and stimulate players and coaches of all ages and abilities, at school, club, county and national level.
Just found Mayfield Memories on my iPad. My maiden name was Mairwen Harries and having graduated from Aberystwyth University and with a Diploma in Education my first teaching post was at Mayfield Girls School. I was there from 1947 until 1952 and in my first year was Form Mistress of 2A, a delightful group of girls. I am now 86 years old so those youngsters will be about 73. I taught English mostly but very much enjoyed, and had a lot of fun, taking singing lessons. I taught them to read Solfa. Miss Gobby played the piano and I remember her being very amused when the choir performed a new song with a hint of a Welsh accent (my mother tongue was Welsh of course). Miss Tappenden, the Headmistress, often came in to listen to our singing.