Chatting With Channing

Chatting with Channing

Welcome to our award winning podcast series: Chatting with Channing. Chatting with Channing lets the listener find out more about our wonderful school by hearing from people throughout the school community. In each episode, you’ll hear real stories from staff, pupils, parents and alumnae, to give a true reflection of life on Highgate Hill.

Discover the Magic of Forest School

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Step into the enchanting world of Channing School’s Forest School program, where nature becomes the ultimate classroom. In our latest podcast episode of “Chatting with Channing,” Mr Rich and Miss Baker take us on a journey through the history, diverse activities, and profound impact of Forest School on the Junior School students at Channing School.

  • A Journey Through Nature: Learn about the evolution of Channing’s Forest School program, which began seven years ago and has since expanded to cover reception through year four, offering a wide range of outdoor activities.
  • Driven by Passion: Meet Mr Rich and Miss Baker, the passionate leaders behind Channing’s Forest School, who bring their love for the outdoors and expertise in gardening to create an immersive learning experience.
  • Empowering Students: Discover how Forest School fosters confidence, resilience, and creativity in students, as they overcome challenges, explore nature, and engage in child-led activities.
  • Seamless Integration: Explore how Forest School seamlessly integrates with the broader curriculum, from history and geography lessons to art and storytelling, enriching students’ learning experiences.
  • Promoting Well-being: Learn how Forest School enhances students’ well-being, physical health, and environmental awareness, while instilling a deep sense of responsibility for nature and sustainability.

Tune in to our podcast episode to uncover the wonders of Forest School and witness the joy of learning in nature:

A conversation with Peter Boxall, Director of Music

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Step into the world of music with our latest podcast episode featuring Mr Boxall, Director of Music at Channing School. In this engaging conversation, Mr Boxall shares insights into his musical journey, the vibrant music department at Channing, unforgettable performances, and the integration of technology in music education.

Musical Journey: Learn about Mr Boxall’s inspiring journey into music, from his early fascination with the pipe organ to his role as Director of Music at Channing School.

Channing’s Music Department: Explore the dynamic music department at Channing, where students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse range of musical activities.

Memorable Performances: Discover the highlights of Mr Boxall’s career, including grand concerts at prestigious venues and recitals at St Joseph’s Church.

Technology in Music Education: Delve into the role of technology in music education, from software tools like GarageBand to the integration of music production in the curriculum.

Join us as we delve into the world of music with Mr Boxall and gain insights into the transformative power of music education at Channing School. Tune in to our latest podcast episode to discover the magic of music and its profound impact on students’ lives.

From Channing to the Crown: Katie Nicholl’s Remarkable Journey

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Join us as Katie takes us on a nostalgic journey through her school days at Channing, where her passion for storytelling began. From conquering daunting staircases to forming lifelong friendships, Katie paints a vivid picture of her formative years and the lessons she learned.

Discover the behind-the-scenes tales of Katie’s journey from aspiring journalist to acclaimed royal correspondent. From chance encounters with Prince Harry to covering milestone events like the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Katie’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Explore the challenges of royal reporting, including navigating palace intrigue and earning the trust of sources, as Katie reflects on the evolving media landscape in the digital age.

Don’t miss out on this captivating podcast episode featuring Katie Nicholl as she shares her inspiring journey from Channing School to the world of royal journalism. Whether you’re a royal enthusiast or simply love a good story, this episode promises to entertain and enlighten. Tune in now and embark on a fascinating adventure with Katie Nicholl!

Exploring the Cosmos with Professor Lewis Dartnell

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Welcome to another episode of “Chatting with Channing,” where this month our Year 12 STEM ambassadors, Maddie and Chiara, had the incredible opportunity to interview Professor Lewis Dartnell, a prominent figure in the field of astrobiology. In this podcast episode, we delve into the fascinating world of astrobiology and Professor Dartnell’s captivating insights.

Professor Dartnell holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster and presented a captivating talk based on his book, The Knowledge at our inaugural STEM Christmas lecture.

Professor Dartnell provides our listeners with a captivating overview of astrobiology, the study of life in the universe. He shares his specific areas of interest within the field, giving us a glimpse into the mysteries of extraterrestrial life and the conditions that might support it.

Alumna Amanda Davidson and the Transylvanian Scholars Program

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In this episode, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Amanda Davidson, an alumna of Channing School. Our conversation delves into Amanda’s academic pursuits post-Channing, her career, and the unique Transylvanian Scholars Program.

Amanda sheds light on the inception of the program, its connection to her family, and how it has evolved over the years. As the leading force behind the program, Amanda shares the challenges involved in its coordination and how the program fosters cultural exchange and understanding between students from Channing and János Zsigmond School.

We explore the invaluable skills and knowledge gained by students through their participation in the Transylvanian Scholars Program, examining its impact on both Channing and János Zsigmond students.

Join us for a compelling conversation that unravels the rich tapestry of education, cultural exchange, and the profound impact of programs like the Transylvanian Scholars in shaping the lives of students.

Chicago Pre-Show Podcast

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We’re delighted to have a conversation with some of the key figures behind the upcoming production of ‘Chicago’. Joining us are the talented individuals who have played roles in bringing the production to life.

  • Miss Hill, the Director of the Show and the Head of Drama, who has guided the production with her artistic prowess and creative vision.
  • Ms. Zanardo, the Musical Director of ‘Chicago’, responsible for weaving the enchanting melodies and harmonies that have breathed life into the musical’s iconic songs.
  • We’re also joined by two Sixth Form students, Eliza and Evie, who stepped into the limelight as the leading ladies, portraying Roxie and Velma.

It’s a great episode and I think you’re going to love it. So come with me as we step into a conversation about Chicago at Channing.

Talking to Lead Counsellor at the Senior School, Jennifer Barnaby

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This episode features an insightful conversation with Jennifer Barnaby, the Lead Counsellor at the Senior School. We’ll delve into understanding her role, the range of services available to the students, and the significance of her position.

Furthermore, Jennifer graciously shares her top recommendations for enhancing mental well-being, offering valuable insights for everyone.

Stay tuned as Arabella engages in an enriching discussion with Jennifer Barnaby, the Lead Counsellor at the Senior School.

Exploring sustainability with Mr Hill, Miss Walker, and our Year 13 Sustainability Officers

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In this episode of Chatting with Channing, we’re delving into sustainability at Channing with Mr. Hill (Channing’s Bursar), Miss Walker, and our dedicated Year 13 sustainability officers, Lola and Grace. Join us as we uncover the motivations behind Lola and Grace’s involvement in this crucial cause, discuss the prominent environmental challenges Channing faces, explore why Channing has taken the step of declaring a climate emergency, and understand how this commitment manifests in the day-to-day operations of Channing.

Technical and Creative Manager, Simon Gray

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In our exciting new podcast episode, we have the pleasure of interviewing Simon Gray, the Technical and Creative Manager at Channing. Join us as we delve into the depths of his role, discovering what it truly entails and exploring his journey that led him to this position. We explore the rewarding aspects and the hurdles he faces in his multifaceted role. Simon also generously shares invaluable advice for aspiring students interested in pursuing careers in lighting, stage, and theatre design and how they can get involved and gain experience in these roles at Channing School in our professional theatre, the Arundel Centre.

Character Education with Miss Hamalis

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In this episode, we talk to Miss Dina Hamalis, Head of the Junior School, about character education. Character education is a process of teaching children the values and behaviours that are important for a good life. It can be implemented in schools through lessons, activities, and conversations. We’re going to find out more about what character education is, how it used at Channing Junior School, what the characters and the traits are, and how they are implemented into lessons.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with our student DEI Officers

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Join us for an insightful episode where we sit down with Aliya and Bea, our students DEI officers. Together, we’ll explore the significance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the role of a DEI Officer. Tune in as Aliya and Bea share their current projects and involvement at Channing, and why this topic is crucial for all of us to understand. Don’t miss out on this important conversation!

Young Enterprise

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In our latest episode we’re talking to Anushka, Inès and Grace, all in Year 12 and heavily involved in the school’s Young Enterprise programme. Anushka is from the Secure the Bag and Grace and Inès are from Need 4 Beads. We talk to them about what Young Enterprise is all about, find out about their roles in their companies, and what the important factors are for them working on these projects.

Speaking to School Alumna, Catherine Budgett-Meakin

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In this episode we’re speaking to Catherine Budgett-Meakin, she left the school back in 1964 so life back then will have, in some ways, been very different to life in 2022/23. We find out some of her memories of life in school, what that’s like when they’re mixed with life today in school, environmentalism, and how the school prepared her for life after Channing, something that’s so important today.

Behind the Scenes of the Catering Department

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In this episode we’re getting into catering as we speak to two people. Judith Hibbert our school’s catering manager and she’s joined by Chris Stanley, an external consultant who’s been working with the school for a number of years.

We’re going to hear what life looks like behind the scenes in the catering department, how Judith plans the food choices for the pupils, how she ensures there’s the right level of nutrition while also listening to what the hungry mouths would like to eat, but then we also hear from Chris who’s been consulting with the school on various projects, most recently the renovation of the dining hall.

Life in the Sixth Form

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In this episode, we speak to Maya, Sienna, Hana and Flora who are currently in our Sixth Form. We go through their whole time at Channing School, talking about what they have been involved in, what the Sixth Form is really like and how Sixth Form has prepared the pupils for later life.

Speaking to School Alumna, Jane Simpson

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In this episode we’ll be talking to Mrs Jane Simpson, a former pupil (class of 1960) who has had a very successful law career.

We’re talking to Jane about her school memories and her career as a lawyer. We will also find out what advice she would have had for her teenage self if she could go back in time.

Exploring the LAMDA syllabus with Vivienne Penglase and drama students

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In this episode we’ll be talking to Ms Penglase who teaches the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art syllabus at Channing School.

We talk about the summer exams and how students benefit from working towards them. We’ll also catch up with some students to find out what’s great about studying drama and as a real treat, we are going to hear some extracts from the students’ exam pieces.

So come with us now as we hear from Vivienne Penglase and some of her students too.

Guiding and Inspiring: Student Careers Support

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In this episode we’ll be talking to Head of Careers, Eleni Pavlopoulos, and last year’s Career Leaders, Nura and Alma.

We’ll find out about the careers programme at Channing School and about the student’s roles as career leaders. But we also get to find out more about Ms Pavlopoulos’ career and some of the more interesting careers pupils have chosen in the past…

Chatting with Channing – UCAS application advice with Ms Kung

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In our latest episode, we’re speaking to our Director of Partnerships and Higher Education, Ms Kung.

Ms Kung will be chatting to us about the UCAS application process, the importance of picking a place that’s just right for you, and some advice she’d give to those who aren’t quite sure what to do or where to go next.


Chatting with Channing – In conversation with Kitty Underhill, Channing alumna

In this episode we’re speaking to one of Channing School’s alumna, Kitty Underhill.

Kitty will be telling us all about her time at Channing, how it prepared her for the future, her favourite subject at school and some of her fondest memories.

But Kitty will also talk to us about her journey since leaving Channing in 2011, her role as a body and self acceptance coach, why body positivity is so important to her and what advice she’d give to everyone to encourage and promote body positive thinking.

So come with me now as our host Mandy takes us into this conversation with alumna, Kitty Underhill.

Chatting with Channing – Mr Boardman

In our latest episode we’re speaking to Channing Senior School’s Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning, Andrew Boardman.

Mr Boardman will be talking to us about a variety of topics, from his role at Channing and how things have changed in education during his time as a teacher, to the subject he teaches and the time and research that goes into improving how children are taught and how they learn.

But Mr Boardman will also talk to us about the learning Spotlight, what it is and how it helps both pupils and parents, as well as discussing academic buoyancy.

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Chatting with Channing – Charity Officers

In our latest episode we’re speaking to Charity Officers, Eliza and Hannah.

They’ll talk us through what the role of Charity Officer entails, CAMFED  (the charity Channing is supporting this year), why charity is so important at Channing School and what other support they provide at the school.

But we’ll also get to hear about the upcoming events they have planned, as well as some advice Eliza and Hannah would give to younger pupils interested in charity work.

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Chatting with Channing – Miss Hamalis

In our second episode we’re speaking to Head of the Junior School, Miss Dina Hamalis, as well as some Junior School pupils.

Miss Hamalis explores what makes Channing School special, what it’s like seeing the girls at Channing learn and grow and tell us all about the Channing promise.

But we also hear from some of our pupils, what they love about the school and some of the questions they have for Miss Hamalis too.

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Chatting with Channing – Mrs Hughes

We are delighted to launch the first episode of our brand new podcast series: Chatting with Channing. Chatting with Channing lets the listener find out more about our wonderful school by hearing from people throughout the school community. Each episode, they’ll hear real stories from staff, pupils, parents and alumnae, to give a true reflection of life on Highgate Hill.

And in our very first episode, we’re speaking to our Headmistress, Mrs Lindsey Hughes. Lindsey explains what it means when you hear the phrase, ‘Girls enjoying success’, she talks about the importance of being 10% braver, and we also hear about pastoral care and the educational research the staff get involved in.

We also get to find out a little bit more about Lindsey herself, how she might choose to spend her time when she’s not in school.

We hope you’ll listen along and sign up so you can receive alerts when a new episode launches. Please let us know what you think and if you have any great ideas for future episodes, or even if you’d like to be interviewed yourself!

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