FHS Regent’s Park attended a service of thanksgiving for the life of Elizabeth Sifleet on Saturday 10th
November. The service was held at nearby St Cyprian’s Church. Miss Sifleet began her career at FHS Regent’s Park in 1956 as Teacher of Mathematics, before promotion to Deputy Headmistress in 1966. Miss Sifleet spent a total of 27 dedicated years at FHS, before her retirement in 1983.
Attending the service were members of her family, plus current members of staff and former pupils and staff members. Directed by Elisabeth Rolfe Johnson, former Head of Music and colleague of Miss Sifleet, the alumnae choir sang ‘Dirge for Fidele’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Memories of Miss Sifleet were shared by Valerie St Johnston, former member of staff and colleague of Miss Sifleet and Alion Edelshain, former Head Girl and pupil of Miss Sifleet.
The service was followed by the annual Quondam Lunch and AGM at the Regent’s Park school.
Susanne Nedas, Quondam Chairman and former pupil of Elizabeth’s said, “Miss Sifleet was one of my teachers who had the most influence on me during my fourteen years at Francis Holland. Gifted with infinite patience, she managed to engage me and explain matters to me better than any others. Classic and ageless, she was as neat as a pin and usually dressed in a tweed suit with a cream blouse, sometimes with a single strand of pearls. She was always good natured and calm; I cannot think of any girl who disliked her. Miss Sifleet simply was the epitome of Francis Holland.”