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Friday 22 March 2019

It is over two years since we last carried out a comprehensive survey of our parents (on that occasion via Mungo Dunnett Associates) to gauge your views about all aspects of school life.

Since then, you have been asked to give your opinions about a number of specific issues, notably homework and mobile phones. We have been pleased by the level of response to these surveys and your answers have informed our thinking and planning in these key areas.

I hope that you will now welcome the opportunity to provide more wide-ranging feedback to us by completing the Parent Survey 2019. The survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. In order to respond to the survey, please click here and answer the 12 questions provided.

We will close the survey on Friday 5 April 2019 in order to provide ample time to analyse the results and act on any significant findings before the start of the new academic year.

Thank you in anticipation for your feedback.

Dr Stringer

Week Ahead

Monday 25 March
Senior School Assembly – Rome

Tuesday 26 March
L4 Class Assemblies
German Exchange Visit to Northampton
Fixture: Swimming: U9A, 10A, U11A, U12A vs Oundle (A)

Wednesday 27 March
German Exchange Visit to Northampton
German Exchange Visit Welcome Breakfast
Young Enterprise Company of the Year Competition
Fixture: Netball: U11A, B, C vs MK Prep (A)
Fixture: Hockey: U13A vs Bilton Grange (H)

Thursday 28 March
German Exchange Visit to Northampton
House Assemblies
School Production Rehearsals

Friday 29 March
German Exchange Visit to Northampton
Senior School Assembly – Eco Team
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March
German Exchange Visit to Northampton
L4 Grehsam Hockey Weekend (A)

Mrs Fournès visits Northampton High

We are delighted to have been able to welcome a very special guest into the Northampton High School family.

Marie Fournès is a French native speaker, who teaches English at the Collège Louisa Paulin secondary school just outside of Toulouse. We are delighted to be able to welcome Marie into our community for two weeks as part of the mobility programme offered by the CIEP (International Centre of Pedagogical Studies).

Since her arrival last week, Mrs Fournès has been spending time in the classroom observing lessons and co-teaching some French lessons alongside the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) team. Marie has also been attending classes in different subject areas, to help her to formulate an understanding of the British educational system.

Mrs Fournès, along with Ms Diez from the MFL team, run an eTwinning project together, which involves Year 7 to 10 pupils in France, and Year 8 pupils from Northampton High. This project entitled ‘United Traditions’, aims to raise the students’ cultural awareness, promoting international openness alongside a Greek and Spanish school.

Marie’s presence in the school brings a concrete dimension to these projects, and we are having a wonderful time hosting her here in school.

Mr Nash
Marketing and Communications Officer


Junior Students create clay owls

On Thursday, we were delighted to welcome Junior School pupils from Year 4 into the Art Department.

The task set for the girls was a fun challenge to create clay owls, and the girls made a fantastic start using hand building and coiling techniques.

We are really looking forward to seeing our your ceramisits next week when the fun will continue!

Mrs Beacroft
Head of Creative Arts

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Y5 learn about food in French

This term, Year 5 students have been learning about food in their French lessons.

As part of a crosscurricular activity, the girls visited Senior School and celebrated our version of ‘La fête de la chandeleur’ by making our very own crèpes! We also learnt a song with all the new words and expressions relating the recipe for the crèpes… Caroline, prend la farine!

Thank you very much to Miss Knight for a wonderful experience!

Miss Diez
MFL Teacher

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Rotary Chef District 1070 (West) Final

Tilly in U4S took part in the district (West) final of the Rotary Chef Competition on Saturday 9 March, having won the local heat.

She came an amazing third out of 16 and was up against competitors who were studying at GCSE level. For her three dishes, Tilly made a stuffed mushroom with a side salad,  glazed salmon with asparagus and piped potatoes, and a crumble served with crème fraîche; they were all professionally presented.

Congratulations Tilly on a brilliant achievement and good luck for next year!

Miss Knight
Subject Leader for Food

Creative Arts Spotlight

This weeks Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto the L5 GCSE Food class.

The task was to make homemade mozzarella and then use it to make bruschetta. They all did a great job presenting and styling their dishes, and here are Maaya and Kirsty photographed with their outcomes.

Well done to you all!

Miss Knight 
Subject Leader for Food

Weekly Sport Review

This week, we enjoyed our final busy week of fixtures for this term.

The highlights have been the superb performances last Saturday at the National Finals from the U16 Netball team – we are so proud of them and their performances throughout the year. On Monday, the Badminton team played their socks off at the Regional Finals, winning all matches until the final game. They fought well but were just edged out 3-2, which makes them Regional runners up – a magnificent achievement. In addition to this, the U12 A, B and C Netball teams played well at Oundle on Monday, with the A team having the result of the day, and they continued with their success on Wednesday with both the A and B team beating Wellingborough.

We look forward to our last Saturday fixtures of the year and wish them all good luck against Princethorpe.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport


The U16 Netball team travelled to Stanborough School in Welwyn Garden City last weekend, to compete in the National Schools Netball Finals.The weather was unkind (high winds, cold and occasionally wet) but the team put in some great performances throughout the day, showing great resilience and teamwork. The team finished a creditable 12th in the whole country at U16 level. We are so proud of these girls for their team spirit and commitment to Netball this year!  Mrs Ford

This week, the U12 C Netball team played in an away match against Oundle School. Sadly we lost 11-6, but there were many highlights of the match – we scored the first goal on the first attack in the match and we managed to get into space well and defended a lot of shots. Connie was awarded Player of the Match, after playing centre and wing attack. In the second quarter, Oundle scored 4 goals putting them ahead of us; unfortunately our weakest part of the match. We improved as the match went on, improving our marking and not letting the other team get the ball, with our only problem proving to be their effective bounce passes. Our team does not really like to use bounce passes, so that is something we are going to work on in the future. Bella shot 4 of our 6 goals with Elisha scoring the other 2 goals, but every member of the team e tried their best. It was a good match and our stronger areas really shone through and we will work on our weaker area in the coming weeks. Mrs Littlewood


On 18 March, the U16 Badminton team went to Nottingham to take part in the Regional round of the National Schools Tournament. The team, consisting of Diya, Shreya, Anraj, Radhika and myself played against 3 other schools. We started off well, winning 3 out of 5 games against our first school, and against the next school we won 4 out of 5 games; everyone put a lot of effort to think tactically and beat their opposition. At this point, the team had their minds set on Nationals since we only needed to win one more match. Unfortunately, we lost against the last school. They were a strong school, but our team worked hard nevertheless. This placed us 2nd overall, which is still very impressive, so well done to all members of the team. Shri, Badminton Captain

Book Review

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these ‘colored computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of mankind’s greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian


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