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South Hampstead High School teacher’s legacy celebrated by ex-students and colleagues

PUBLISHED: 14:59 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 14 March 2017

South Hampstead High School alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay. Pictured is guest speaker and former student Lara Feigal talking about Marjorie.

South Hampstead High School alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay. Pictured is guest speaker and former student Lara Feigal talking about Marjorie.

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A South Hampstead High School stalwart has been celebrated more than 40 years after she retired.

South Hampstead High School alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay. Many attendees used he occassion to catch up with old school friends and former teachers. From left Hester Goddard nee Clarke, Vivienne Gould nee Kilmnick, Elizabeth Manches nee Wood, chat with  former teacher Jean Middlemass and Hilary Jolly nee Clarke.South Hampstead High School alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay. Many attendees used he occassion to catch up with old school friends and former teachers. From left Hester Goddard nee Clarke, Vivienne Gould nee Kilmnick, Elizabeth Manches nee Wood, chat with former teacher Jean Middlemass and Hilary Jolly nee Clarke.

Marjorie ‘Joie’ Macaulay, who passed away at the age of 99 in 2015, was a hugely inspiring English teacher at the school between 1954 and 1976.

More than 50 former students and a host of Joie’s colleagues, including former headmistress Averil Burgess, returned to the school last week to remember the life of a teacher who made it her mission to pass on her love of drama and literature to her pupils.

Literary critic and South Hampstead alumna Lara Feigel spoke at the event about how their friendship grew after she contacted Joie while a student running the school’s archive society.

Lara said: “Joie gave her full self and all her passion to every new encounter. Even in her 90s, she was excited to do something for the first time.”

South Hampstead High School alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay. Former student Jill Berridge points at her name on the trust scholars board in the school hall.South Hampstead High School alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay. Former student Jill Berridge points at her name on the trust scholars board in the school hall.

Thinking back on her school days, former student and now opera singer Susannah Self, said: “She gave me a feeling that I could achieve anything if I employed focus, discipline and hard work. She also displayed an outstanding passion for literature which was inspiring.”

South Hampstead headmistress Victoria Bingham spoke about how important alumnae are to the school’s community and about how proud the school is of its history.

“The school’s past finds its echo in many places in our new, modern building,” she said. “You are always welcome here, we are proud of our past and of our alumnae who have gone on to do ordinary and extraordinary things.”

A bequest from Joie allowed the South Hampstead to fund a bursary place at the school and to refurbish the library, ensuring future generations will develop her love of literature.

South Hampstead High School held an alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay, held at the school on 08.03.17. Pictured from left former student Tessa Rajak (1951-1964), former head teacher Averil Burgess (1974-1993) and former student Ruth Ber a student from 1949-1961 and also a piano teacher at the school (1966-1991).South Hampstead High School held an alumnae event to celebrate the life of former teacher Marjorie Macaulay, held at the school on 08.03.17. Pictured from left former student Tessa Rajak (1951-1964), former head teacher Averil Burgess (1974-1993) and former student Ruth Ber a student from 1949-1961 and also a piano teacher at the school (1966-1991).


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