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2014 WOHAA Semi Finals – House of Lords

On Tuesday 29th April 2014, 34 lucky WOHAA teams took to the stage at the House of Lords to present in front of the panel of judges at the WOHAA 2014 Semi-Finals. Battling through the London Underground strikes, teams arrived at Millbank House to present their fundraising efforts to the distinguished panel of judges


Panellists this year included: Sir David Jason (legendary actor), Sean Biggerstaff (actor- Oliver Wood in Harry Potter films), Sophie Kinsella (author – Confessions of a Shopaholic), Alok Sharma (MP Reading West), Christopher Sandamas (Chief Clerk, Buckingham Palace), Amur Lakshmi (Tata Consultancy Services global leadership team), John Thornhill (Deputy Editor, The Financial Times), Lady Elizabeth Roberts (Dean of Studies for Scholars at Oxford University) and Baroness Verma.


The House of Lords

group shot (3)

Teams being briefed before their presentations

Judging Panel

The judging panel


Team Heros (Newstead Wood School) mid-presentation

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Team Summit (Latymer Upper School) aboard the Team Summit Express

Sean Biggerstaff

Sean Biggerstaff sits on the judging panel

Sir David Jason

Sir David Jason enjoying one of the presentations

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Team Reach (Merchat Taylor’s School) after their presentation

Baking for Poverty

Baking for Poverty (Hasmonean High School – Girls) having tempted the judges with some delicious chocolate cupcakes during their presentation

Green Bean (2)

Green Bean (Tiffin Girls) during their presentation

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Right2Write (Hasmonean High School – Boys)

Vita Nova (2)

Vita Nova (St Angela’s Ursuline School)

Connect 6 (3)

Connect 6 (Hasmonean High School – Girls) leading the judges on the Connect 6 Tour

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WOHAA Warriors (Bentley Wood and Claremont High School)


e-LEMON-ators (Heathfield School, Henrietta Barnett, Richmond upon Thames College and Beaconsfield High School)


Team STEP (Collingwood College) giving it their all

The standard of presentations was exceptionally high, with students recounting their fundraising events to the delight of the judging panel. Events included a 24-hour bake-a-thon, a sponsored swim the equivalent length of the English Channel, fusion concerts, a Bollywood Ball, and International Food Cafe, sponsored walks, an online auction, a 100km cycle and even a 24-hour famine! The Award Ceremony for WOHAA 2014 is due to take place on Friday 2nd May when the winners and runners up for the six WOHAA categories will be announced.


Each team was given five minutes to present followed by a brief Q&A session with the judges.

Teams through to the Semi-Finals:

Amethyst – Woodbridge High School

Arise- Heathfield School

Aspire – St Mary’s High School

Baking for Poverty – Hasmonean High School (Girls)

Bikes for Likes – Latymer Upper School

Connect 6 – Hasmonean High School (Girls)

Dynamic Dreamers – Featherstone High School

Ed-Spread – Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School

e-LEMON-ators – Heathfield School, Beaconsfield High School, Henrietta Barnett School, Richmond upon Thames College

Embrace – Tiffin School, Southborough High School, Tolworth Girls School, Richard Challenor School and Coombe Girls School

Fuchsia – Notting Hill and Ealing GDST

Fuse – Heathfield School, North London Collegiate School, Upton Court Grammar School, St Helen’s School

Green Bean – The Tiffin School for Girls

Jolly Ninjas – Whitmore High School

L & Co – Queen Anne’s School

Live2Learn – Woodbridge High School

Mini Monets – Notting Hill and Ealing GDST

Outshine – Northwood College Reach – Merchant Taylor’s School

Right2Write – Hasmonean High School (Boys)

Spirit – Bentley Wood School

Summit – Latymer Upper School

Team Change – Dulwich College

Team Heros – Newstead Wood School

Team IGNITE – Claremont High School

Team STEP – Collingwood College

Team Tomorrow – Hasmonean High School (Girls)

Team Utopia – Tormead School

Tenacity – Archbishop Tenison’s CofE High School

Utopia – The Abbey School Vita Nova – St Angela’s Ursuline Convent

WOHAA Angels – Surbiton High School

WOHAA Warriors – Bentley Wood High School and Claremont High School

Wirral Wonders – West Kirby Grammar School

Young Volcanoes – Nonsuch High School for Girls and Greenacre High School