Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 27 November 2020

The Senior Drama Company have recorded their virtual play entitled, Until It’s Too Late.

The play is a devised piece that started by considering how we now must keep our distance and cannot hug some of our loved ones during these current times, and how that lack of touch can be very upsetting.

The ideas were then researched and a plot was developed around a girl who had lost her sister in an accident, using verbatim theatre to develop the characters and to structure the script. The company were introduced to methods of devising by reading an article in the Guardian and by watching the National Theatre’s film about creating chorus led by movement director, Aline David.

Congratulations to Mo and Anika for producing a moving and thought-provoking virtual play. We are delighted to be able to share the performance with you, please click here.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

Week Ahead

Wednesday 2 December
Sixth Form Assembly

Thursday 3 December
Lower Fifth Parents’ Evening

This week in the classroom

Maisie features in BBC Philharmonic's ‘You Will Be Found’ song for BBC Children in Need

We are so very proud of our amazing student Maisie, who features in this wonderful video produced by BBC Philharmonic, to help raise money and awareness for this year’s recent BBC Children in Need appeal.

Maisie, who is bravely battling her own illness, features in the heart warming song titled ‘You Will Be Found’, which includes other amazing singers from 17 music projects funded by Children in Need. Maisie has also featured on BBC Radio Northampton to promote the song and to share her story, as she continues to help fundraise for a fantastic cause.

Well done Maisie, we are all so proud of you! To view the video, please click here, and to donate to this year’s BBC Children in Need efforts, please click here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

National Theatre New Views scriptwriting

For the past six years, Northampton High students have had the opportunity to participate in the National Theatre New Views scriptwriting programme. Students explore their talent and learn about the process of developing a script, articulate ideas on key ethical questions and dilemmas, engage and respond to the changing world, all the while developing transferable skills including self-management, communication and critical engagement with creative arts. Past Northampton High participants have gone on to study creative writing at university, finding their participation in the programme is highly valued on their applications.

Starting with a creative ideas workshop run by a professional playwright, the students then have weekly creative writing sessions in school. Each time we look at different aspects of scripts – character, dialogue, plot – and engage with contemporary issues. Students share their work, offering creative encouragement and support, as a highly valuable writers’ group.

Once a first draft is written, the students receive individual feedback from the playwright on how to improve their work. The final draft is sent to the National’s Literary Department for feedback.

This year, our professional playwright is Ashlee Elizabeth-Lolo, who is under commission from Birmingham Repertory Theatre. She will be holding a workshop on Friday 27 November via Zoom. If you are interested in joining the scriptwriting group, please do email Ms Heimfeld.

Ms Heimfeld
Subject Leader Film

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week, the Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto our U3 Textiles students. In lessons, students have been exploring needle felting this term. Pictured below are Scarlett C, Suki L, Evie F and Alexandra R with their superb felted woodland miniatures.

Alexandra’s owl, picture opposite, has captured this animal’s features brilliantly. Well done, Alexandra.

Miss Lycett
Subject Leader – Textiles

Book Review

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

Recommended for U4 and above 

Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the colour of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman pulled out his knife . . . and took Sophie’s heart.

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumours, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule — a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed

everything she’d heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie from becoming too powerful, too strong . . .

With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realises that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic cannot extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Online Safety - TikTok

You may have heard of a new ‘challenge’ on TikTok and other social media platforms regarding a film called Megan is Missing.  The film in question is an extremely disturbing one and not something you would want your daughter to watch.  It is often presented on TikTok, YouTube and other sites as a ‘clickbait’ link which reads ‘Do not Watch’ which, of course, is more likely to pique interest.

As ever, we advise you to keep an open dialogue with your children about social media, including discussing the dangers of clickbait links and why people promote such challenges online.  I would not recommend mentioning this video specifically to children and teenagers unless they bring it up with you, but general discussion about being very careful about clicking things that have been posted as adverts is wise.

Mrs O’Doherty
Deputy Head – Pastoral Care and Guidance

GDST Talks: Next two events announced

Our GDST Talks series continues with two presentations taking place in December, and we would be delighted if you were able to join us.

Our second event, How to Raise Bold, Courageous and Resilient Women, will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. For this presentation, we welcome Dr Marisa Porges author of What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women (Viking Press, 2020). This talk is suitable for students in years 3 to 13.

Our third speaker is Destine Lord, an anti-racism consultant who will be presenting on How To Speak to Your Child about Racism. This will take place via zoom on Thursday 10 December at 6pm. Destine is currently working with GDST teachers and students and her talk ties in with GDST Undivided, our commitment to diversity, inclusion and real change.

For full information about each talk and the fantastic speakers, please click here. We look forward to welcoming you to the events.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Mrs Hopley's Sweet Cones help raise money to support My Bailey

A huge thank you to everybody who bought a sweet cone last week!

Along with a ‘Guess how many purple sweets are in the jar?’ competition with my U3 class, we raised a total of £47.20 to help our fundraising efforts supporting Mr Bailey.

Thank you all again for your continued support. To visit our fundraising team page, please click here

Mrs Hopley
Teacher of English

Northampton High Student Talent Show

Term Dates 20/21

Term Dates 21/22

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