Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 13 March 2020

As a school we are carefully following guidance from Public Health England and colleagues at the GDST, in order to minimise the risk of the Coronavirus disease to our School community.

We are making adjustments to our schedule of events running up to the Easter break, and we appreciate your understanding at this time.

Further information about measures undertaken and amendments to the calendar will be provided in a letter which I will send to all parents via School Comms.

Thank you for your ongoing support and have a good weekend.

With best wishes,

Mrs Caroline Petryszak

Week Ahead

Monday 16 March
Senior School Assembly – Enterprise Elective
U5 Drama Exam Dress Run
Netball: U12A &B vs Thornton POSTPONED

Tuesday 17 March
Read and Relax – L5N

Wednesday 18 March
Read and Relax – L5H
Latin GCSE Masterclass: Language
6.1 Particle Physics Masterclass POSTPONED
Netball: Girls U12 A, B, C, D vs Wellingborough POSTPONED

Thursday 19 March
Read and Relax – L5S
Music Composition Evening POSTPONED

Friday 20 March
Senior School Assembly – Sports Assembly
GDST Select Cricket Training POSTPONED

Saturday 21 March
Netball: U12A, B, U14A, B, U15A, B, 1st VII, 2nd VII vs Princethorpe POSTPONED

Aspiring author Kirsten raises over £4500 on Kickstarter in effort to see debut novel published

U3 student and aspiring author Kirsten M has made it onto the front pages of ‘Kickstarter’ in a campaign to get her first novel published.

Kirsten and her sister Aiyven, who has also penned her first book, were inspired to write their debut novels after a successful entry into the BBC Radio 500 Words competition.

What started out as a fun hobby has now evolved into an exciting journey into the world of publishing, with the girls hoping to get their books printed and onto shelves across the country for people to enjoy.

Kirsten’s book, titled ‘Sagas of Anya’, is a work of historical fiction, which follows the life of 11 year old Anya from a perfect life in Cardiff to a world of drudgery in London, where she is forced to work as a maid for the nasty Mrs Axton. On describing how writing makes her feel, Kirsten said, “It’s fun to create our own different worlds and make new characters and let our minds run wild”.

The girls’ campaign to be published has been a big hit online, with their fundraising page on Kickstarter making it onto the ‘Projects We Love’ page, being seen by thousands of people worldwide. To date, the campaign has raised over £4500 towards their fundraising goal, with the girls hoping to reach their target of £5000 by Sunday 15 March.

To view Kirsten and Aiyven’s Kickstarter page, and to read a little bit more about their books, their story, and their aspirations, please click here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

High School Sport

We’ve enjoyed a busy week here in the Sports Department, starting with a successful weekend away in Shropshire at Condover Hall.

We took our U13A, U12A and U11A and B teams to the GDST Netball Tour weekend. We played in the group rounds on Saturday where our U13A team did exceptionally well winning all their games to top the group, meaning they played in the Cup on Sunday. The U12A and U11 teams had some tough matches on Saturday and finished up in the plate competition on Sunday. Sunday’s matches went well with the U12As showing exceptional progress from the Saturday, they started to gel as a

team and their flow and movement improved. We still didn’t manage a win but fought well for 2 draws and a narrow loss of 1 goal. The U11s also improved on Sunday and defended well, with some lovely attacking movements to get the ball up the court. Unfortunately, the U13s didn’t hold onto their winning streak on Sunday, however their standard of play was very strong, and they held their heads high as a team and enjoyed the competition.

During free time the girls were able to take part in lots of different outdoor adventure activities, including climbing, abseiling and zip wire. The girls enjoyed the freedom of the weekend, had a great time and made some new GDST friends along the way.

We attended 3 County Cup netball rounds this week at Oundle School, the U15, U13 and U12. The conditions on both days were very tough with lots of wind to play against. Our U15s had a very successful afternoon, only losing out to Oundle in their final match. We beat Sponne, Wellingborough, CBA and Bishop SS to finish a very respectable second place. Well done girls.

The U12 and U13s also had successful tournaments both wining the majority of their games. Both age groups finished in 3rd place with the U13s only losing one match and missing out on second place due to goal average. Well played everyone!

Finally, we had the In2Hockey Regional Finals for our U13A 7 aside team on Tuesday. The team travelled to Wolverhampton to play at Aldersley Stadium where they came up against sides such as Bromsgrove and Bedstone. We drew 1-1 against Bablake, beat Bedstone, beat Kings High Warwick and lost to Bromsgrove. Over all a good tournament, well played girls.

Mrs Blake
Director of Sport

Condover Hall

Last week, we went to Condover Hall for the GDST Netball Tournament and had a great time doing activities and playing Netball. We played a lot of matches and some very tough ones too, but of course we still enjoyed ourselves.

We played most of our matches on Saturday, but unfortunately we lost all our matches as we were playing some very tough Year 8 teams. On Sunday, because of the results, we played some more teams that were near the same ability as us. We drew 2 of our matches which we were very happy with.

I wanted to say well done to everyone for trying so hard and for playing so well – well done U3!

Gemma S
U3 – Captain for Condover Hall Trip

Sport Relief - #PoleToPoleChallenge

A HUGE thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff who have donated, ran, swam, walked, rowed, cycled and jogged to help us towards our GDST #PoleToPoleChallenge, of covering the distance from the North Pole to the South Pole this week.

We have made huge progress towards the goal, and have continued the rowing throughout the day today.

Have we done it?! Find out in next week’s issue…

Mrs Blake
Director of Sport

Book Review

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever.

On the jumbled streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and when the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Open Day - Friday 1 May 2020

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