Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 24 May 2019

‘Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen at once and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you.’

This quotation, from the late Susan Sontag, is a favourite of mine and its elegant simplicity in explaining the fundamental mysteries of our world always raises a smile when I remember it.  However, as this most fleeting of half terms draws to a close, I am led to doubt its truth.  With the public exam season starting almost as soon as Easter was over and a dizzying sequence of events to enjoy in a mere twenty-one school days – including a Higher Ed event, the School Birthday, the U5 celebratory lunch, Leavers’ Week, the junior play-in-a-week, a Year 6 residential, Silver D of E, a visit from BBC’s ‘Question Time’ and the Welcome Evening for seniors – it has felt at times as though everything has happened at once (almost, at least).

From the vantage point of the last day, however, we can look back and savour a succession of exciting memories and realise that we would not have it any other way.  How satisfying to know that our Year 6s spend SATS week having a ball at Osmington Bay, knowing full well that their future progress into senior school is already secure.  How pleasing to see our 6.2s letting their hair down a little (with help from the staff, complete in fancy dress) in the days before study leave.

I know that ‘it doesn’t all happen to me’ really but, rather, that I am a privileged onlooker. Marvelling at the comic timing of the junior girls in ‘Magpie Manor’ or the inventive genius of the science faculty’s costume scheme for ‘Through the Ages,’ revelling in the nostalgia of the Birthday celebrations or the buzz of the ‘Question Time’ warm-up with Fiona Bruce, I get to share in the fruits of the work of my colleagues, who make all these things happen on time and to plan.  Parents and families, too, you play your part by weaving the complex logistics of school life – as chauffeurs, coaches and cheerleaders – into your own demanding schedules.

For this, I thank you all and wish you a pleasant half-term break – with time and space to do with as you please.

Dr Stringer

Week Ahead

Monday 3 June
Senior School Assembly
Cricket: U12B vs Quinton House (H)

Tuesday 4 June
Pupil Charity Committee Meeting
L5 & 6.1 Trips to Graduate Fashion Show
U3 Humanities Residential Information Evening

Wednesday 5 June
German Exchange Information Evening

Thursday 6 June
Senior School House Assemblies
School Production Rehearsals

Friday 7 June
Senior School Assembly

Saturday 8 June
Bronze DoE Practice Expedition (L5)
Swimming: U13A vs IAPS (A)
Whole School Production Rehearsal

Sunday 9 June
Bronze DoE Practice Expedition (L5)

Eleanor commended in the The Food Teachers Centre challenge

Congratulations go to Eleanor in U5H, who was highly commended in The Food Teachers Centre and Tunnock’s teacake presentation challenge!

Eleanor demonstrated techniques such as sugar work and feathering, and we thank Tunnock’s for our gift bags, The Food Teachers Centre for organising the competition, and congratulate Eleanor for her creativity!

Miss Knight
Subject Leader for Food

High School Sport

We were delighted this week to be able to welcome all of the Directors of Sport and Junior PE Coordinators from across the GDST, for the annual GDST Sport Conference. It was a wonderful day and an opportunity for a wide variety of best practice to be shared and information to be disseminated.

Due to exams we have not had any Senior fixtures this week, but we have enjoyed the U3 and L4 house swimming galas, which showed some excellent swimming as well as wonderful support for each other.

We look forward to the whole school Sports Day on Thursday 6 June, and we hope that you will all be able to join us.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week’s Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto Olivia in U4N.

Olivia’s contribution to Orchestra has been much appreciated this academic year, and her playing has gone from strength to strength.

Well done Olivia!

Mrs Beacroft
Head of Creative Arts

Northampton High School Community Choir

As always, the Music Department encourages not just our girls but also the entire community to participate in musical activities. Next term, the Community Choir will join our girls to sing harmonies from the great show ‘Cats’. During the interval, look out for the ladies dressed in black who will be handing out leaflets, encouraging you to come and join us in song.

We hope to meet you there.

Mrs German
Music Teacher & Community Choir Member

Book Review

Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2019, recommended for U4 and above

‘Hoop kings SOAR
in kicks with wings.
Game so sweet
it’s like bee stings.’

It’s 1988. Charlie Bell is still mourning his father, and struggling to figure out how he feels for his best (girl) friend, CJ. When he gets into trouble one too many times, he’s packed off to stay with his grandparents for the summer. There his cousin Roxie introduces him to a whole new world: basketball. A legend on the courts is born. But can Charlie resist when trouble comes knocking once again?

Please click here to find out more about the Carnegie Award 2019

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Northampton High presents CATS!

Tickets are now on sale for Northampton High School’s production of CATS!

With live performances taking place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June at 7pm, this is a show not to be missed, so click here to book your tickets today and avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to help.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Arts Festival 2019

Arts Festival: Invitational Event

As part of our upcoming Arts Festival (noted in the above flyer), we are delighted to be hosting our Arts Invitational Evening on Thursday 27 June.

Starting at 4pm, the invitational will showcase a vast array of work produced by students of all ages here at Northampton High, across all of the different areas of the Arts. Creative Arts, Fashion, Textiles, Food, Film, Drama and Poetry are just some of the exhibitions and activities that will be on display during the Invitational, and we do hope that you will be able to join us in school as we proudly present the creations of our talented students.

To get a flavour of what you may expect at the event, please click here to view a gallery of photos from last years invitational.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Swap Shop

Do you have any unwanted school uniform at home? Is your daughter sitting her GCSEs and soon joining our Sixth Form (no longer needing her uniform)? We would like to remind you about our Swap Shop service.

If you would like to sell any uniform, please pick up some labels from the Senior School Reception, complete, and return to school with the items you wish to sell. Please kindly note that we are no longer accepting uniform with the old school logo. All items must be clean, in good condition and labelled.

Your items will then be put up for sale at our next event, and you will be contacted if/when your clothing sells.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

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