Nothampton High School
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Friday 11 December 2020

This week, the Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto Inaaya in U3M, has crafted her own bespoke Christmas cards this year to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.

Inaaya commented, “I took simple images from the internet and jazzed them up with bells and antlers!” I am sure you will agree that they are beautiful. Inaaya is busy selling them to her friends and I was very eager to buy a few myself to post to family!

A great cause and excellent designs. Well done Inaaya!

Mrs Beacroft 
Head of Creative Arts Faculty

This week in the classroom

End of Term Arrangements

Monday 14 December
8.30am: U3 Christmas Celebration Assembly
REC Showing of Virtual Concert for U4 upwards (Form Rooms
and SFCR)
U3 & L4 House Sports Competitions

Tuesday 15 December
8.30am: L4 & U4 Christmas Celebration Assembly
REC Showing of Virtual Concert for U3 & L4 (Senior Hall)
Virtual Northampton High’s Got Talent for U4-6.2 (Form
Rooms and SFCR)

Wednesday 16 December
8.30am: Sixth Form Christmas Celebration Assembly
1.00-2.15pm: U3 House Storytelling Rehearsal (Senior Hall)

Thursday 17 December
8.30am: L5 & U5 Christmas Celebration Assembly
1.45pm: Sixth Form & Tutors Mince Pies and Mocktails
2.30-3.35pm: U3 House Storytelling (Senior Hall) 6.2 audience

Friday 18 December
Christmas Jumper / Christmas Dress Up Day
8.30 – 8.55am: Senior School Registration and Form Quiz
9.00 – 9.30am: Period 1 Lessons
9.30-10.00am Period 2 Lessons
10.00-10.30am: Breaktime
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in the Senior Foyer
Senior School Christmas Snacks (Form Rooms)
10.30-11.15am: Period 3 Lessons
11.15-12.00pm: Period 4 Lessons
12.00 onwards: Senior School Christmas Lunch
1.50 – 3.00pm: Christmas Shakespeare Sketch, Celebration of Giving This
Term and 12 Days of Christmas Staff and Student Performance (Virtual)
(Form Rooms)
3.00-3.30pm: Junior and Senior School End of Term
(No Late Prep, Late Stay or GAP Club)

Spring Term Begins on Monday 11 January 2021
(Friday 8 January INSET for Staff)

GCSE Drama students perform their exam piece

On Thursday 10 December, the GCSE Drama students performed their Component 1 exam pieces.

Each group created an original piece of theatre using John Lennon’s song, Imagine, as a starting point. All five groups performed to a very high standard and it was a wonderful celebration of their talent and hard work.

Well done to all!

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

GDST Talks

We were delighted to be joined by parents for the third instalment of our GDST Talks series on Thursday 10 December, when we welcomed virtually Destine Lord to speak on the subject of ‘How to talk to your child about racism’. For those who were not able to attend this event, the session was recorded and we are delighted to share the link with you here.

The recording of our second session, ‘What girls need – how to raise bold, courageous and resilient women’ with Marisa Porges, is now available to be viewed online by clicking here.

The response to the sessions has been fantastic, and we are happy to confirm that GDST Talks will be continuing into the Spring Term, with the next event already confirmed. On Thursday 14 January, we will be joined by Professor Abi Gewirtz, who will be talking to parents on the subject of ‘When the world feels like a scary place’. 

Registration for this event is now live, and you can book your free ticket by clicking here. This event is suitable for parents with children in Year 3 to Year 13.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Book Review

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Winner of the Booker Prize 2020 – recommended for L5 and above

It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth).

But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town.

As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son, Shuggie, who holds out hope the longest.

Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother’s sense of snobbish propriety. The miners’ children pick on him and adults condemn him as no’ right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Watch out, Kevin's about!

We are delighted to introduce you to the newest member of our catering team – Kevin the Carrot!

Kevin joined the team this week, and has been helping staff serve lunches to students and help spread Christmas cheer; he was even spotted playing the piano in the Senior School Foyer! However, Kevin has been causing his fair share of mischief too, and was caught tucking into the Christmas chocolates this morning!

We look forward to seeing where Kevin pops up next!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

SchoolBlazer January Sale!

Term Dates 20/21

Term Dates 21/22

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