Senior girls who have come from the Junior School will remember with great fondness our wonderful Wild Area. Half an acre of woodland and rough grass, at the extreme boundary of the school grounds, has been the setting for many adventures at Forest School, and the clearing of the pond four years ago providing a perfect location for pond-dipping.
In recent years, the area has seen many further improvements, prominent among them the addition of a bug hotel, bird-feeding station and fire pit. Last year, we became the proud owners of a ‘green’ composting toilet. Our most recent innovation has been the installation of a shelter, made of wood and canvas with retractable sides. The shelter has transformed a chilly corner of the Wild Area into a cosy spot, enabling our fearless Forest School girls to enjoy their outdoor lessons whatever the weather. Here they are, for example, enjoying the brief spell of snowfall we had a couple of weeks ago.
The shelter was made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of Northampton High School (FoNHS) last year, including a Charity Summer Ball and a fabulous Fun Day in June.
On behalf of all the girls and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the FoNHS Committee members, led by the Chair Esther Sooriah in 2017/18, and all parents and colleagues who organised and supported the events, enabling such impressive fund raising for our girls.