Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 18 October 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the highly regarded British Council National eTwinning Award.

The eTwinning National Award ceremony took place at a Gala dinner on Saturday, recognising outstanding international projects led by UK schools. There were 12 awards presented across various categories and one award for the overall winning project.

Northampton High was awarded the prize for outstanding contribution to international school collaboration. To secure the award, our pupils have worked in partnership with pupils in five other countries – Spain, France, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia – to create an outstanding project using digital collaborative tools.

The project was entitled ‘Don’t judge a person by a face #eTwinclusion!’, and judging panels commented about the school’s award-winning project, “This eTwinning project emanates commitment, collaboration and community engagement. The students engaged enthusiastically in the universal theme of inclusion as it impacts at all ages. Through the diverse and extensive use of technology, face to face encounters with their communities, artists and parents they have related high impact outcomes and legacy. Well-presented evaluations, dissemination and a well-structured TwinSpace have added to this excellent project.”

The project scored highly against each criteria of the below pedagogical framework.

  • Pedagogical innovation
  • Curricular integration
  • Communication and exchange between partner schools
  • Collaboration between partner schools
  • Use of technology
  • Results, impact and documentation

eTwinning, the digital community for schools has seen over 700,000 teachers from 44 countries across Europe and beyond register since 2005. The programme is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme and managed in the UK by the British Council. The eTwinning National Award is issued to schools that produce outstanding work as part of their eTwinning partnership.

Mrs Alicia Diez, Teacher of Spanish and French said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the eTwinning National Award. Everyone at Northampton High School has enjoyed working with the five partner schools on ‘Don’t judge a person by a face #eTwinclusion!’ and a number of other projects. To secure the eTwinning National Award is a real honour for the students and teachers who participated in the project. The eTwinning project has brought a broad range of benefits to our pupils, and is yet another example of the international flavour we enjoy at our school, as a commitment to developing our pupils’ global outlook in these times of change.”

Well done to all involved, and we know you will continue your excellent work on these exciting international projects.

Week Ahead

Monday 4 November
Senior School Assembly – Chemistry Fireworks
Drama Rehearsals
National Theatre New Views Writer Workshop

Tuesday 5 November
Netball: 2nd VII, U14A at County Netball (A)
Badminton: U14A at Northants Schools (A)

Wednesday 6 November
Hockey: U11A, B, C vs Spratton (H)
Hockey: U13A, B, C vs Beachborough (H)

Thursday 7 November
GDST Autumn Rally at Oxford
Senior Mathematical Challenge

Friday 8 November
Awards Evening

Halloween in the Dining Hall!

Senior Drama Company presents 'Seasons' & GCSE Trip to 'Woman in Black'

Congratulations to the Senior Drama Company for their stunning performance of their devised piece, entitled, ‘Seasons’ on Monday 7 October. Special mention to Jessica who collated the poetry, even writing many of her own pieces, as well as choreographing selected dances.

On Thursday 3 October, GCSE Drama students went to see The Woman in Black at the Royal Theatre in town. The play was an excellent example of how tension is created through storytelling, lighting and staging devices.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

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Erasmus+ Ambassadors visit Riga, Latvia

On Sunday 29 September, five Erasmus+ Ambassadors embarked on our visit to Riga, Latvia to attend the second student conference of the project ‘Creativity and Digital Competences: Pre-requisites for the World of Work 4.0’.

Although we met at Luton Airport very early in the morning, our spirits were high and we were all raring to go, excited to meet all the other schools from across Europe, and most excitedly, our host families! This moment became true once we stepped out the door of baggage reclaim and were greeted by a group of smiling and welcoming Latvian girls.

After a few group photos we were soon whisked away by our host families to get settled into our new home for the week and get a sneak peak of Latvia before the conference began. Our Monday began with a welcome assembly at the Latvian school which included a special performance by their school choir that left us obsessed with their song “I like the flowers, I like the daffodils!” sung in English and German. After the welcome assembly, we had a tour of the school and after lunch we had a guided tour of Riga. This was really interesting as we got to see the old town and all the historic buildings, as well as learning about the myths associated with some of the monuments.

On Tuesday we observed a lesson at their school; we were all very intrigued as to how their school system differs from ours. On Wednesday we had careers interview practice where Anisha and Alex showed off their interview skills to a rigorous employer which led to Daria, Alex and Anisha going in tough when given the chance to interview the ’employer’ himself, the workshop leader. It was very useful as we all picked up tips for the do’s and don’ts of an interview as well as some good ideas of questions to ask.

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We visited the Europahaus, where we learnt about internship opportunities in the EU and why languages play such a vital part in the world of work. On Thursday, we visited Sigulda where we walked around Gauja National Park with its beautiful autumnal leaves. We had lunch at a restaurant which included a meatball, carrot and onion soup. We really enjoyed trying traditional foods of Latvia and found out that chicken and rice formed a big part of their diet! On Friday, we visited the national library, an amazing building with its own story, which houses not only books but also artefacts from Latvian history. It also had a 12th floor where we could see a panoramic view of the capital.

After this we had another day out at Jurmala, where we visited the beach and devoured two 40cm pizzas: it was safe to say we were full afterwards! We returned to the school where the school band put on a performance, which was such a lovely way to end the whole trip. Saturday was another early start, but an emotional one too, as we were leaving our host families. There were a few tears, but soon we were back in England and were messaging them.

We really enjoyed the trip and learnt a lot of skills that we are continuing to use on a daily basis. We would like to thank Mrs Diez and Mrs Hill for organising the trip and for making this opportunity possible.

Claudia, 6F2

House Storytelling Competition

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Year 6 and Sixth Form students were treated to impressive adaptations of popular children’s stories through the medium of drama in our House Story Telling competition.

Selene presented ‘The Fish who could Wish’, Artemis, ‘Felicity Wishes’, Hestia, ‘The Cat in the Hat’, and Demeter, ‘The Bad Bunnie’s Magic Show’. All performances demonstrated excellent narration and ensemble work with colourful costumes and imaginative direction. Congratulations to Demeter House who won the trophy, and well done to all participants and to the House team for working so hard to prepare the pieces.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

Sophie to take part in parachute jump in aid of the RAF Association

On Saturday 26 October, I will be doing a parachute jump with my Dad for the RAF Association, in memory of my Grandfather who served during the Suez Crisis. This fantastic charity works to support RAF personnel, RAF veterans, their families and the families of the fallen.

To help with fundraising, I held a sale in the Dining Hall throughout the week, where I sold RAFA pens, pin badges, teddy bears, bookmarks and magnets, with a guess the name of the teddy bear competition also taking place.

Thank you to all who supported me, and if anybody would like to donate directly, please click here to access my JustGiving page. Thank you all for your support.

Sophie, 6C1

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week, the Creative Arts Spotlight falls on to the L4W Art group.

The girls successfully used chalk pastels in order to draw colourful jellyfish for their marine life project. Please enjoy the below gallery which highlights the fantastic work, well done girls!

Mrs Beacroft, Mr Laubscher, Mrs Bull
Creative Arts Department

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School Sport

A very busy last week for the Sports Department before the very welcome half term break. The U13 Tennis team qualified for the Midlands GB Regional Finals on Monday. This is an amazing achievement, to be recoginised as one of the top 16 Year 7/8 teams in the country.

We were delighted to host the Autumn Rally, which involved over 600 girls and 100 staff from GDST schools. The sports on display were primary Swimming, U13 Football, U14 Netball and U18 Hockey events.

To round off the week, the U13 Hockey team finished 2nd in the group matches at the IAPS and qualify for the National Finals on the 15 November at Repton. They are also involved in the In2Hockey Schools Hockey Tournament at Spratton Hall School today – good luck girls!

All the girls involved in sport this term have earned well deserved rest over the next two weeks, ahead of coming back revitalised and ready for more sport in November.

Mrs Littlewood
Director of Sport

At the GDST Rally, we were delighted to enter a Football team for the first time. All of the girls played very well especially as this was the first time we’d played as a team competitively. Losing a few games, drawing one and winning two meant we finished in the top six out of sixteen teams. The girls should be very proud of themselves for this achievement. Special congratulations go to Ella and Eryn for playing up a year. Alessandra, L4N

Hockey: The 1st XI Hockey team played in the finals of the GDST Rally this week, having played our qualifying rounds at the Northern Rally. We played Oxford High in the quarter finals and started strongly, exhibiting some excellent passes and linking well between the units, with Sophie making some superb saves.  We had many opportunities to score, and eventually put one away to lead 1-0 before the final whistle, courtesy of a goal from Maddie.

In the semifinals we met Norwich High, a superbly strong team. We allowed them to take control in the first 6 minutes and score, however, we fought well to regain control and had some scoring opportunities; unfortunately we did not manage to convert any of these. Having lost this game, we went on to play Nottingham High in the play off for 3/4th position. We dominated this game, scoring early with an excellent reaction shot from Ellie, and holding on for the victory claiming a 3rd place finish overall in the whole of the GDST. Well done to all who represented the school! Miss Hurst

Hockey: The U14 Netball team competed in the GDST Autumn Rally, which we were delighted to host here at Northampton High. A full day of Netball resulted in 4 wins and 7 losses, resulting in a 14th place overall finish.Well done to all members of the team. Miss Littlewood

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EquestrianOn Sunday 13 October, the Equestrian Team headed off to the Beachborough Eventer challenge, our first event this academic year. The event was really well attended and lots of fun.

The 70cm riders kicked off the day and, despite the awful weather, Isobel, Frankie, Nancy, Eve and Fee all produced some lovely riding. A massive well done goes to Isobel who came 6th and Frankie who came 9th. The 40cm team, consisting of Indiana, Lexie, Ella and Emily, then went on to ride really well at their first event together. The 80cm was successful with Megan producing a great individual round. The team (Eloise, Nancy, Lily and Amelia) then jumped brilliantly to finish 2nd overall qualifying for the Championship at Hickstead next year. Finally, a team made up of Gemma, Eve, Lily and Megan, along with Jodie jumping as an individual, ended the day on a high note in the 90cm class. All girls rode really well and big congratulations go to Gemma, who placed 3rd, and to Jodie, who placed 4th.

It was great to see so many riders out and we all owe an enormous thank you to Mrs Harvey and Mrs Hodgetts-Tate for organising everything and making the team possible. We would also like to thank Mrs Petryszak, Mr Rickman and Miss Fraser who all braved the rain to come and support us. Amelia, 6H1

Book Review

A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader by Maria Popova Ed and Claudia Bedrick Ed

Kindly donated to the Senior School Library by Mrs Stock

In these pages, some of today’s most wonderful culture-makers―writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers―reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist’s visual response.


Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy’s first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman.

This project is woven entirely of goodwill, generosity of spirit, and a shared love of books. Everyone involved has donated their time, and all profits will go to the New York Public Library systems.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian


There will be a short meeting to discuss the accounts and the future of FoNHS.

This will take place in the Senior School at 10.30am on Tuesday 5 November and all are welcome. Please contact Mrs Dee brown at if you would like to attend.

Mrs Petryszak
Acting Head

October Half Term Swimming Lessons

Term Dates

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