After studying for her A levels in the sixth form, Anne opted to take advantage of an offer to join the fast track management programme whilst she was working part time as a student at the Waitrose in Harpenden.. Clearly Anne has not looked back since and has carved out a successful career at John Lewis where she is Head of Partner Support, Registry and now a senior Registrar at the London branch of the John Lewis Partnership.
Nick Hill [ 2006] and Omar Shahryar  kindly accepted our invitation to be judges at the second House music event held in October 2014. Both are highly talented and accomplished in the field of music. The evening was another immense success and as before orchestrated by Michelle Rooney with ample assistance from staff members. With so much talent on show it was difficult to find a winner but our judges gave an insightful and enthusiastic response to the performances before announcing their overall winning House.
Nick is a Hertfordshire based musician who is a composer and a music programmer. He has assisted Michael Price on multiple projects including the BBC’s Sherlock, Tractate Middoth, Mr Stink and Gangsta Granny, Simon Pegg’s A Fantastic Fear of Everything and ITV’s Lightfields. In 2012 Nick worked as a Music Programmer on the multiple award winning feature film Les Misérables – directed by Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). Currently, Nick is working on a number of projects, including composing music for animations, live action, theatre and library music.
Omar is a freelance stage director(opera), Music Director and founder of ‘East End Notes’ and a workshop leader. He has an extensive repertoire and has been involved in numerous musical productions worldwide.
At 19:45 on Thursday 13th November 2014, Jade was performing at the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival in The Chapel at the Old Naval College , Greenwich with the Trinity Laban Soloists and Baroque Orchestra directed by Andrew Butterfield.
Dr and Mrs Smith had the pleasure of attending this concert at Jade’s suggestion and were suitable thrilled to see and hear Jade’s solo performance of CPE Bach’s flute concerto in A major.
Jade is currently in the final year of a Masters Degree in Flute Performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, studying with Anna Noakes. She is a recent recipient of the Michael Hirst Award and is also generously supported by the Harpenden Music Foundation.
In July this year she was awarded the Sir James Galway’s Rising Star Award and will be erforming as a solo artist at his flute festival in Switzerland in 2015.
Jade is also a very keen orchestral player and has been principal flute in the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London since 2010, where she has had the opportunity to perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf. She has also been principal flute in the City of Birmingham Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she was given the opportunity to perform Debussy’s Prelude a I’apres-midi d’un faune.
Jade graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a Bachelor of Music honours degree in 2012. During this time she studied flute with Jonathan Rimmer, Colin Lilley, Marie Zupancic, Jane Mitchell (baroque flute) and Andrew Lane (piccolo). Prior to this she attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Nicolas Bricht. Jade has participated in masterclasses given by Sir James Galway, Philippa Davies, Anna Noakes, Trevor Wye, Peter Stark and Rachel Brown.
Jade has been an active participant on the Sir James Galway International Flute Master class course in Switzerland for the past three years. In 2011 Sir James Galway awarded her with an engraved Haynes head joint and in 2012 she was a scholarship student in the class. She also regularly attends their master classes in Villa Medici, Italy.
After his A levels, Carl went to the University of Durham wher he gained a BSc in Geophysics and then on to gained an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College, London. He did his student placement at BG group and after graduation joined the BG group and progressed through a number of key positions relating to exploration both in the UK and in Norway. He is currently the Europe Core Licences Exploration Team Leader at the BG Group.
Sophie [class of 2011] has just graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) in Psychology from Stirling University and spent the summer travelling in S.E. Asia. After a brief return to the UK before setting off again but to Sri Lanka.
Sophie leaves on 14th September to embark on a 3 month volunteer graduate mental health placement. Kings College London have a trauma unit near Colombo where she will work under clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. It is mainly based in their hospital but she will also be working with children and ladies in a half way house where she will live and eat with the locals.
A quick thinking teacher has been praised for her life-saving actions after she came to the rescue of a pupil with a defibrillator. Sophie Demain [class of 2006 ], 27, of Ashwell Street, St Albans, teaches PE at Lea Manor School in Luton and received an award at the Royal College of Nursing on Saturday. In December last year Sophie was walking to the main school building when a group of frantic pupils came to get her. A 15 year old pupil, Rahul, had collapsed, and Sophie and a colleague quickly assessed him, started CPR and called for the defibrillator, which was only installed the week Sophie said: “Rahul had a total of four shocks, two from us and then again on the way to hospital and when he arrived. It looked very unlikely that he was going to live.” After being in an induced coma and in hospital for a number of weeks, Rahul came round and sat his GCSEs in the summer, achieving brilliant results. Sophie said: “I know every establishment should have a defibrillator on the premises; chances of survival without one are “I cannot express my thankfulness to my school for putting me on the training course and buying one. “Rahul would not be with us today and I would have struggled to comprehend a student life being taken while in a PE lesson.” After being nominated by Rahul’s family, Sophie went to a ceremony on Saturday to collect her award. She said: “I feel extremely proud. When teaching you hope nothing goes wrong like “I love my job and I am glad that my passion for the protection for all the students I teach just took over. The award does mean a lot to me, but Rahul’s life means more. I know he will appreciate each day and strive “He has made me realise how precious life is and the importance schools.”
Lea Manor High School PE teacher Sophie Demain with her award and the defibrillator machine she used to save a pupil’s life
From the Herts Advertiser 23/10/2014 by Sophie Crockett