Nothampton High School
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Friday 27 September 2019

Week Ahead

Monday 30 September
Senior School Assembly – SSLT
Drama Rehearsals
Hockey: U13 A&B vs Kimbolton (H)
Hockey: U12 A&B vs Kimbolton (H)

Tuesday 1 October
6.1 Welcome Evening (Parents & Students)

Wednesday 2 October
Somme Trip Information Evening

Thursday 3 October
L5 and U5 GCSE Drama Trip – Woman in Black
Politics Society Visit of Anna Soubry

Friday 4 October
Senior School Assembly – Pumpkins

Saturday 5 October
Whole School Open Day
Hockey: U12 A&B vs King Henry VIII (H)
Hockey: U13 A&B vs King Henry VIII (H)

Students visit the #GDSTEM Conference at Imperial College London

On Tuesday 24 September, 12 girls from Northampton High attended the #GDSTEM Conference that took place at Imperial College London.

To start the day, we had an inspirational talk from Dr Helen Sharman who was the first British astronaut to visit space. She talked about her exciting journey beyond the skies and what she did in that time period. Dr Sharman inspired many of us during her speech, and hoped that we would want to follow her in these footsteps. Later we went to learn about bio-engineering, Geo Science and Material Science, and we thank Dr Stella Pedrazzini, Dr Lidia Lonergan and Dr Eleonora D’elia

for taking the time to explain these interesting topics in Science for us. We all really enjoyed learning about these areas and hope to learn more in future.

In the afternoon, Dr Angela Kedgley talked to us about different woman STEM ambassadors that have made big differences to our world. We had lots of fun throughout the day, learning about different Sciences, meeting female pioneers and expanding our minds. Thank you to Mrs Hodgetts-Tate and Mrs Vizor for taking us there, and now our first mission is trying to inspire as many people to become STEM ambassadors.



U3 students enjoy Pizza and Disco evening!

On Friday 13 of September, the U3 girls had a fabulous time at the annual Pizza and Disco evening.

For new girls, it was a great chance to get to know people in the year and for older girls it was a fantastic opportunity to regroup and have a lovely, relaxed laugh together. The whole year loved watching the teachers engage in a ‘flossing’ match (or try to!).

Some girls knew the lyrics to the songs and sang along enthusiastically. The last track was ‘Let it go’ from Frozen, and everyone joined in, belting out the choruses as loud as possible. All in all, it was a fantastic start to life in U3 and the Senior School, and a chance for us to let down our hair and dance!


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The Senior Drama Company presents, 'Seasons'

Northampton High School warmly invites you to attend the Senior Drama Company performance of the devised piece, ‘Seasons’, taking place on Monday 7 October at 7pm.

Admission to the performance is free, and for seat reservations, please email

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

#NowsTheTime2 Conference – Breaking down barriers for women in medical careers

Following on from our successful #NowsTheTime conference last year, Northampton High School’s Outreach programme, Queen’s Cross Connect, is curating a follow-up event which will enable opportunities for young women to advance their careers in medicine.

#NowsTheTime2 conference will be held on Thursday 10 October, and we encourage all students interested in medical careers in years 10 to 13 to join us for the event. Speakers include Jane Marshall of Optimising Futures on making a successful university application, Dr Christopher Nordstom of The Medic Portal on where to apply and how to get in, and Dr Melanie Crofts, professor of

law at De Montfort University on narrowing the gender pay gap. There will be opportunities to network with professionals in medicine and to meet with potential medical applicants from local schools. A carousel of workshops offered will include preparation for MMI interviews, Finding Your Voice and Hands on Dissection. We aim to empower young women to aim for successful medical careers without barriers.

Please click here to view the programme for the event, and we look forward to seeing students there.

Ms Heimfeld
Subject Leader Film

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week, the Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto Sahitya, Connie and Samiha.

Sahitya and Connie have both made a fantastic start on their ‘Places and Spaces’ project, creating free machine embroidery of some of their favourite architecture and buildings, and Samiha put on a fantastic performance on her guitar in the Junior assembly, and also ran guitar club.

Well done girls!

Miss Lycett
Subject Leader Textiles

Mr Nathan
Director of Music


Sporting Spotlight: Annabel

For the last two years I have been a member of Northampton Archery Club. I shoot a Recurve bow with a sight, this is the same bow type used by Olympic archers.

For six months of each year over the winter, we shoot indoors at Moulton College at a distance of 20m, and in the summer we shoot outdoors at Sywell over a range of distances depending on our height and the strength of our bow, as well as our ability.

Archery is my favourite sport because it is very friendly and accessible to everyone, everyone can work each week to improve their own best or can be involved in competitions. Our club has members as young as eight and over the age of eighty, as well as archers who compete in their wheelchairs. Archery is officially classed as an endurance sport, in a competition we will typically shoot sixty arrows (taking around 3 hours) and sometimes we compete in double or treble rounds on the same day.

The skill in archery is in carrying out precisely the same motion every time you shoot an arrow, a tiny change in how you hold your bow or loose (release) your arrow creates a big difference in where the arrow goes.

I am looking forward to the new indoor season, last indoor season I set two Under 12 County Records on a WA-18 round (a small 40cm target face). The records were for a single round of 60 arrows and for a double round of 120 arrows. I was also proud to achieve first place in the Ladies’ U12 category at the County Championships, shooting a Portsmouth round round (on a standard 60cm target face at a distance of 20m).

This winter I want to improve my personal best shooting a Portsmouth round. I will also be in the next age category which means the club and county records are a lot harder, I’m looking to make progress towards them.


School Sport

A jam packed couple of week for sporting fixtures kept the Sports Department and girls on their toes

The first two Saturday matches saw the Second XI, U15, U14, U13 and U12 Hockey teams play against Bedford Girls School, coming away with 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Midweek saw the U15 and U18 team draw 2 and win 1 game against Rugby and Akeley Wood. The next round of the team Tennis knockout stage was hosted by Headington School Oxford; the U13s won and the U15s narrowly lost. Good luck to the U12 A and B teams who travel to Loughborough for their annual Hockey Tournament.

We would also like to congratulate Angelica and Jessica who have been selected for the Wasps U15 Netball Academy – well done girls!

Mrs Littlewood
Director of Sport

Hockey: The first home game of the season for the U13 C team, on the 21 September, went very well. We were playing against Bedford High School and the final score was 1-1.

Being our first game, we were nervous and a little unsure of our positions. In the first half, Bedford scored first with some good passes, but overall the play was very even with some good attacking and defending from both teams. In particular Emma in defence made some strong tackles, while in the midfield Freya made good attacking runs. At half time the score was 1-0 to Bedford.

After half time our team came back strong and with some very strong attacking play from the team and in particular Sophie we scored a goal. Everyone played well with some great determination and teamwork and the match finished in a 1-1 draw, a great result. Caitlin, L4H

Hockey: On Thursday 26 September, The 1st team faced off against a strong Rugby School side.

Despite the warm afternoon, the team worked hard with the defence putting in an extremely strong shift. We managed to equalise the score to 2-2 in the second half, with both goals scored by Evie, but sadly Rugby managed to score an unlucky goal putting them ahead. We hope to work on our game ready for Thornton College in a couple of weeks. Ellie, 6E2


Tennis: On Tuesday 24 September, the U13 and U15 Tennis teams traveled to Oxford to play Headington School in the Knockout Round Competition. The U15s were unfortunate to not come away with a win, narrowly missing out on a Championship Tie break. Well done to the team which consisted of Anraj, Lilli, Lydia and Eve.

The U13 side played really well winning all matches – both singles and doubles – convincingly. The team consisted of Charlotte, Ella, Izzy and Hattie. With us only dropping 8 games in total, we are feeling ready and confident ahead of the next round. Charlotte, U4S

Book Review

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan – recommended for U4 and above

Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding.

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret.

When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

School celebrates European Day of Languages and supports Macmillan with baking competition and coffee morning

On Thursday this week, cakes and bakes were the order of the day in school as we celebrated two special occasions.

Firstly, to celebrate European Day of Languages, the MFL department hosted their annual baking competition. With many fantastic entries all impeccably themed to suit the occasion, the judges had a hard task on their hands to rank the tasty treats!

Alongside this competition, we were delighted to support Macmillan by hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the staff room. Taking place on Thursday and Friday, many staff members put on their aprons and baked a whole host of delicious goodies to be enjoyed for a donation, with proceeds going to support the wonderful cause.

It has been great to celebrate and support two worthy causes in such a creative (and tasty!) way, and we look forward to our next in-house competition and fundraiser.

Mr Nash
Marketing and Communications Officer

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Sports Centre Facilities at Northampton High

We would like to let all of our parents know all about the fantastic facilities and classes we have available here at the Northampton High School Sports Centre, which is open in the evenings and weekends to members.

We offer a special membership rate of £20.00 for parents of pupils at NHS plus over 16s can join too on our Junior Membership rate, and If you would like more details, please click here.

If you would like a tour of the facilities, please do contact us on and we would be happy to arrange a day and time with you.

  • Fully equipped 30 station gym with free weights and brand new, functional equipment
  • A range of cardio vascular equipment
  • Free 30 minute PT session with Alex our Personal Trainer on joining
  • Induction Programme to get you started in the right way
  • Individually designed training programme and ongoing support from our fully trained Sports Centre Team
  • Gym Member challenges – serious or just for fun!
  • A range of instructor led classes held in the Dance Studio, Sports Hall or outside
  • Options range from Boot Camps, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and Aqua Zumba
  • Book one of two squash courts
  • Join our own squash club (men’s and women’s leagues) or play just for fun
  • Swim with the family on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
  • Join the Aqua Zumba class

Mr Slater
Sports Centre Manager

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