Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 25 September 2020

For many years we have celebrated the European Day of Languages at Northampton High School with a whole week of activities in the run up to this special day. It is a very important week in our school calendar and the Languages faculty was determined that we would still mark this European-wide celebration of language learning.

Whilst our girls missed the ‘social’ aspect of our many events, tutor groups enjoyed quizzes on the theme of language learning, including Latin and Greek derivations. Our Year 8 girls considered sexism in language and Year 5 designed posters to mark the occasion.

Our annual European Day of Languages became a ‘virtual’ Bake Off with photos submitted of the girls and their creations.

Our week of activities concluded this morning with a virtual whole school assembly, where some of our talented linguists, from Junior School to A Level students, displayed their skills and passion for languages. All rounded off with a Kahoot challenge!

We are delighted to share some pictures from this week’s festivities as you will see above, but we invite you to view more by visiting our Flickr page here.

Mrs Hill
Head of Languages

Week Ahead

Tuesday 29 September
Virtual 6.1 Welcome Evening Students and Parents

Wednesday 30 September
Minerva Talk – Chris Arnade
Sixth Form Assembly

Saturday 3 October
Virtual Whole School Open Morning

This week in the classroom

High Sports

The weather has been kind to us these last few weeks and we have been delighted to teach Tennis, having missed the season in the summer. It is great to see both our old and new U3s engaging really well in their lessons and our L4s enjoying Tennis too. Tennis is also an option for our U5 and 6.1s and we have approximately 20 girls playing during Games on a Thursday afternoon.

Last week we asked you to keep us updated on your sporting achievements outside of school and it is great to hear your news. Last week Eliza A (above, left) also took part in the Dallington Lawn Tennis Club Championships and won the U18 Doubles. Well done Eliza!

We would also like to congratulate Ella D (above, right) on her recent success at the FA Talent Pathway Trials earlier this month. Ella was one of only two girls selected from these trials to represent Northamptonshire Girls’ FA Talent Pathway U13, which is fantastic. Not only has she demonstrated her excellent potential for County, she is also performing exceptionally well for her club, Towcester Town Tigers, a mixed U13 team. We look forward to hearing about Ella’s season over the coming months.

Mrs Blake
Director of Sport


Equestrian success at first event of the academic year

Last Sunday, the School Equestrian team headed out to the first team event of the academic year at the Berkshire College of Agriculture.

Our first team in the 80cm Combined Training consisted of Eloise H on Rosie, Alexa D on Twist and Lily B on Hattie. They started off with a bang, taking the win after some low scoring dressage tests and fabulous show jumping rounds. The following class was the 90cm show jumping in which the same team took the win once again in a competitive class. Jodie W also placed individually 4th on Coral. The 90cm Combined Training team of Gemma W on Bomba, Lily B on Floyd, Eve W on Jenga and Jodie W on Coral placed 4th in a very competitive class with some notable personal improvements, particularly in the dressage.

The final class of the day was the 1m show jumping, in which we had Eve, Gemma and Lily on their 90cm CT rides. Two superb clears and one unlucky pole meant that the team took the win in the trickiest class of the day, as well as individual 4th for Gemma W and individual 5th for Eve W. Overall, all teams had an excellent day and I am  looking forward to our upcoming competitions.

Jodie W
Equestrian Team

Book Review

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black

by Marcus and Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Alex Deacon

Recommended for U4 and above

Harry Black wakes in hospital to learn that his brother Ellis has almost certainly been killed by a V2 rocket falling during a German air raid on London. In a state of wounded delirium, Harry’s mind begins to blur the distinctions between the reality of the war-torn city, the fiction of his unpublished sci-fi novel and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Driven by visions of Ellis still alive and a sense of poetic inevitability, Harry discharges himself from hospital and begins a search for his brother that will lead him deep into the city’s Underworld…

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus and Julian Sedgwick was shortlisted for the 2020 Carnegie Medal.

Please click here to find out more about the 2020 Carnegie Medal Shortlist.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Virtual Open Day - Saturday 3 October 2020

As you know, we would usually have a whole school Open Morning in early October each year. However, given the current Covid-climate and because the health and safety of our pupils and staff is paramount, we have taken the difficult decision to close our physical doors to external visitors at this time, and to offer a virtual event.

We will therefore be hosting our Open Morning online this year. Prospective parents are most welcome to register their interest to ‘attend’ this event; should you have any friends and family who would like to get to know the school, please do encourage them to book a place.

To make a booking please click here. We do hope to be able to host personal tours of our school soon. In the meantime, we would ask that families register their interest for a personal tour on the booking form, or contact our Admissions team at or 01604 765765 (option 2).

The Virtual Open Morning will comprise:

* Presentations from our Headmistress and senior staff, providing insight into life at the High School

* Films from our students and Student Leadership Team

* A virtual tour of our fabulous facilities on our 27-acre site, as well as

* Lots of information about our school

On the morning, we will be hosting live Q&A sessions (via Zoom) with our senior team, inviting you to ask any questions you may have about your daughter joining us as follows:

Nursery and Junior School Admissions

Please join us at 11.00am for a live Zoom meeting with our Headmistress, Mrs Caroline Petryszak, Mrs Clare Bing, Nursery Manager, Mrs Jo Purvey-Pyrer, Deputy Head of Junior School and other senior colleagues.

Senior School and Sixth Form Admissions

Please join us at 11.45am for a live Zoom meeting with our Headmistress, Mrs Caroline Petryszak, Deputy Head – Academic, Mr Henry Rickman, Deputy Head – Pastoral Care and Guidance, Mrs Adele O’Doherty, and Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Julia Cantwell.

We look forward to welcoming families to our virtual event.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Admissions and Marketing

Late Prep and Late Stay

From Monday 28 September, we do not require parents to book a place in Late Prep or Late Stay.

Should numbers rise in future, we may have to return to bookings, but for now they are stable.

Pupils should sign in with the Late Stay supervisors when they arrive, which should be by 4pm.

Mrs O’Doherty
Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Headphones reminder

We have been so pleased with the way students across the Senior School and Sixth Form have adapted to using their 1 to 1 devices in school; teachers are delighted that they can continue to engage with them from home, if required.

‘Mixed Model Learning’, as we are calling the approach, ensures that there are no breaks in the curriculum and ensures that feedback and dialogue between students and teachers is direct. We are ironing out any problems as they occur and would like to gently remind students

that they should bring headphones or earbuds with their devices each day. This is particularly important when teachers are working remotely as it ensures that everyone can hear properly.

A reminder, also, that mobile phones are not a replacement for the 1 to 1 device and to check that devices are charged fully overnight before bringing them to school.

Mrs Petryszak

Swap Shop update

We are happy to confirm that we are still accepting donations of current uniform items which are labelled, but unfortunately we will not be running a Swap Shop event in the near future due to the Covid restrictions.

Should you have any clothing requests, please contact the School Office who will be happy to assist.

The Swap Shop Team

Term Dates 20/21

Term Dates 21/22

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