Nothampton High School
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Friday 10 June 2022

Today, Friday 10 June, we were delighted to open our (metaphorical) doors once more to one of our favourite events of the year – Sports Day! For the first time since 2019, it has been wonderful to welcome family and friends back to Northampton High School in person for this event, for what proved to be a day of action-packed sporting fun!

As tradition dictates, students competed together in their House teams, with Artemis, Demeter, Hestia and Selene all battling it out to see which House would take home the coveted trophy this year.  Students were dressed suitably for the occasion, proudly sporting their House colours as they competed and cheered on their team mates.

On what is always a fun-filled day for our school community, it was a joy to see our students getting stuck in to their respective sports. Whether that be running in one of the many track events, throwing the javelin, competing in the long jump and everything in between, pupils gave it their all with smiles on their faces.

Congratulations to all of our students for making this year’s Sports Day one to remember. The spirit and camaraderie throughout the day was infectious, making for a truly memorable atmosphere. On a day that school records were smashed, we say a huge congratulations to all of our winners. We look forward to reporting on which Houses were victorious next week!

A huge thank you goes to Mrs Littlewood and Miss Fraser, their wonderful PE team, and all of the other members who staff who made this event a reality. Thank you also to our parents – it has not been the same holding a Sports Day without you in attendance, and it was truly special to have your support on the school field once more. We hope you all had as much fun as we did – roll on next year!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

The week ahead

Monday 13 June
GDST Limitless Learning Week
Senior School Assembly
We Can Sing and Grow – Nursery Session

Athletics GDST Summer Rally 
Year 7 Humanities Residential Information Evening
Summer Clubs (click here for timetable)

Tuesday 14 June
Summer Clubs (click here for timetable)

Wednesday 15 June
We Can Play and Grow – Nursery Session
Daddy & Daughter Breakfast
Summer Clubs (click here for timetable)

Thursday 16 June
Sports Teams Photographs
Summer Clubs (click here for timetable)

Friday 17 June
Senior School Assembly
We Can Explore and Grow – Nursery Session
Summer Clubs (click here for timetable)

High Sports

This week in the Sports Department, the focus has firmly been on Sports Day for all students. During Games and PE lessons, there has been a chance to practise individual events in readiness for the main event.

On Monday, we were fortunate to welcome to Northampton High Iain Drage from Northampton Athletics Club. Iain is a Long Jump specialist and led the Year 3, 5, 6 and 7 through a variety of drills and gave pointers on how to improve their jumps. The students took a lot way from this invaluable session, as you will see in the photos below:

Cricket was also on the itinerary for this week, with Nick giving our Year 9 and 10 pupils an introduction to hardball cricket.

This proved to be a very successful session, and was very enjoyable for all involved. We look forward to honing our skills further with the hard ball over the following weeks.

Mrs Littlewood
Acting Director of Sport

Year 7 and 8 District Athletics

On Wednesday 8 June, the Year 7 and 8 Athletics team took part in the District Athletics competition at Daventry Athletics track. We were all so excited and maybe a little bit nervous, as everyone just wanted to do their best.

Lyra got us off to a good start. She showed a good attitude when entering the hurdle race at the last minute; her effort paid off as she came 2nd. Natalie was up next with long jump and looked really springy to gain 2nd place, quickly followed by Isla in the 100m sprint and she came in at a solid 6th place. Poppy was up next, showing good arm technique and strength throwing the discuss which made her to finish in 3rd place. I don’t think any of us were jealous of Ellie who was up next for the 1500m, with a brave effort despite feeling sick. Lyra zoomed her way through our halfway point finishing 6th in the 200 meters.

Now we were over halfway through, and we were all feeling positive for the last 4 events, helped by the first half performances. Isla and Lily started off the second half with their events at the same time. Isla was in her second event of the day doing shot putt – she came 10th amongst some strong competition. Lily was a star, coming 1st in high jump, not only that but also gaining her new personal best of 1.28m! In Poppy’s second event, she was determined to better her discus performance of third place earlier in the day – she did it and came 2nd in the javelin! After that it was a track event with Bella doing 800 meters; she ran a fantastic race and led the whole way but was pipped when crossing the line and earned 2nd place. After all these outstanding events and performances, the relay team (Bella, Lily, Isla and Lyra) couldn’t wait to get on the track and it was a great finish with using teamwork to come 2nd.

You can see the team really tried their best, worked together, had fun and cheered for each other. It all paid off with each of us feeling proud and happy. Thank you to the teachers who took us there and also Year 8 who we could hear cheering us on, which helped us achieve our best

Bella F

Meet the Bus Drivers - Russ

Each week, we look forward to introducing you to one of our school minibus drivers. They will talk a little bit about themselves, and what they enjoy most about working at Northampton High.

This week, we are delighted to talk to Russ, who drives the MK West route.

Tell us a little bit about your career: I joined the Royal Navy after leaving school, and served for 24 years. I then joined Photo-Me ad a Photo Booth Engineer, where I spent 20 years.

What do you like to do in your spare time: I tend to fill my time doing DIY, gardening, watching sport or listening to music. I also enjoy taking photos of animals.

What is your best memory of being at school: Playing an enormous amount of football! This carried on throughout my Naval career. I played my final ‘competitive’ game at the age of 39.

What do you enjoy most about working at Northampton High: Being part of a close team, and meeting the pupils and parents on a daily basis.

To find out more about our school transport offer, please click here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week, the Creative Arts Spotlight is shining on Ruby, Millie and Aisha.

These students spent time working during their lunch break on their marine life ceramics, which we hope to have ready for our Arts Festival on 21 June. You can find out more details regarding the Festival further down the newsletter, and we hope you can join us!

Mrs Beacroft
Head of Creative Arts Faculty

Book of the Week

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam – shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2022 – recommended for Year 8 and above

One fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighbourhood escalates into tragedy. ‘Boys just being boys’ turns out to be true only when those boys are white.  Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal Shahid’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

Click here to find out more details about the Carnegie Shortlist.

Miss Buxton 
School Librarian

School Post trial – please tell us your views

As mentioned in High News on Friday 27 May, we have been running a trial this week with School Post; the trial will run next week too, ending on Friday 17 June. This trial is in response to parent feedback regarding the collation of School Post messages.

During this trial period, School Post messages are being sent on an individual basis, which allows the recipient to see the subject of the message in the subject field on email; when the messages are collated, the subject field shows simply ‘New messages’. As the messages are not collated, parents will potentially be receiving multiple messages from the school each day.

Whilst ‘communication’ is a hot topic in all schools, with some parents feeling they don’t get enough and others feeling there is too much, we are keen to get as good a balance as possible. It is worth mentioning that should you log into Firefly (to which all parents have login details), you can see each School Post message relating to your child individually. You can also search the messages easily by keyword too.

We are keen to ensure we deliver school information in a way that best meets the preferences of our parents. Therefore, we would request that parents respond to this short survey as a ‘straw poll’. This will help us to deliver future information in line with parental preference.

Many thanks for your support.

Mrs WilmotDirector of Marketing and Admissions

Cultures Day – Friday 17 June

We are currently planning to host a Cultures Day event to deepen our school community’s engagement with and understanding of culture, thereby adding to an ongoing conversation that forms part of the Inclusivity Undivided agenda.

We are coordinating a range of themed lessons in the morning and a number of activities, workshops and speakers for the afternoon.

If we have any parents or friends of the school who would be willing to run a workshop, deliver an activity or give a talk about any aspect of Cultures, we would be delighted to hear from you. These sessions will take place in the afternoon of Friday 17 June, between 1pm and 3.30pm.

We are looking forward to celebrating the cultures of our students and staff community, with the aim of everyone being able to contribute, learn, have fun, and feel included.

Should you be able to support us on this day, or should you wish to discuss this event further, please contact Mrs Carr, Deputy Director of Sixth Form, at

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Raise Her Up - Staying Safe Online

For Episode 21 of the GDST Raise Her Up podcast, our expert guest talks us through how to approach cyber-security in our homes and with our families.

As BT’s Director of Security, Michala Hart works with governments and businesses across the globe. Her work as a cyber-security expert has also led her to co-found E-Aware, an organisation which works with parents and schools to help teach their children and young people to stay safe and confident online, and to thrive in a digital age.

Listen in here to see how we can help to safeguard our families by making small changes on and offline.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

Reunion Lunch - Saturday 9 July 2022

Tickets for our Summer Reunion Lunch are on sale now!

Taking place on Saturday 9 July, the Lunch is a highlight of any year, where alumnae from both the Derngate and Hardingstone sites get together for a delicious two-course meal and to catch up with friends old and new.

For more information and to book your tickets, please click here. We are also delighted to share with you the latest edition of our Alumnae Newsletter. To take a read, please click here.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Daddy & Daughter Breakfast - Wednesday 15 June

Creative Arts Season: Arts Festival

We are delighted to invite you to attend our annual Arts Festival on Tuesday 21 June, from 6.00pm-8.00pm.

There will be a programme of performances and exhibitions taking place throughout the school celebrating the talents of students in Art, Drama, Fashion & Textiles, Food and Music. The evening will include exciting collaborations within the creative and performing arts.

Please let us know if you will be attending, by completing the form by Monday 13 June.

Mrs Beacroft
Head of Creative Arts

Northampton High Presents: Seussical the Musical

We are delighted to invite you and your family to our Senior School’s performance of Seussical The Musical, on Thursday 23 June 2022 at 7pm. The performance is suitable for all ages, so please bring along family and friends. We hope you will be able to attend what promises to be an exciting and fun-filled performance.

We would be grateful if you would complete the form to let us know whether you would like to come along, and the anticipated number of family and friends that you would like to bring along by Friday 17 June.

Mrs Marriott
Director of Theatre

Join our team!

At Northampton High School, we currently have a number of exciting employment opportunities available as we look to grow our team, with vacancies available to join our team of mini bus drivers, our site supervisor team and more.

If you are interested in joining the Northampton High School family we would love to hear from you! For more information and to apply, please click here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

Inclusivity Bulletin: June

We are delighted to share with you the latest Northampton High School Inclusivity Bulletin.

The above graphic outlines what will be happening throughout this month, but to read more and to view the May and June bulletin in full, please click here.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Community Nursery Sessions

Northampton Bach Choir - Jubilee Proms Concert

Come and join us at The Derngate for our majestic Jubilee Proms concert on Sunday 12 June.

With 150 singers from the Northampton Bach Choir (NBC) and the Wellingborough Singers and a 60 piece orchestra, it promises to be a magnificent evening to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  We are offering a special Family Ticket (2+2) with 25% off, which can be booked via the Derngate website Jubilee Proms Concert  Come dressed up for the Proms and bring your flags and banners!

Let’s raise the roof in Northampton!

Jonny Alms
Chairman of NBC

Peter Pan by Illyria - Sunday 26 June

Term Dates 21/22

Term Dates 22/23

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