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Friday 4 December 2020

Monday heralded the end of an era when the Junior School said a fond farewell to Mrs Eggleton, who started her retirement this week.

Mrs Eggleton, who worked at Northampton High School for nearly 15 years to the day, was a well-loved Teaching Assistant and a familiar friendly face for pupils in the Nursery, Junior School and Senior School.

Joining the school originally as a Lunchtime Supervisor, Mrs Eggleton’s role grew as her (many) talents for connecting with the girls were discovered, and we witnessed her exceptionally caring attitude – whether listening to pupils’ stories or helping them with a tricky problem.

We know that our pupils will really miss reading with Mrs Eggleton and discussing their books with her.  All staff will miss her helpful, cheery and positive personality.

Due to the pandemic, our farewell was in part virtual; the whole Junior School participated in her presentation – Year 5 in person, and the rest of the pupils and staff via Teams!

We all wish Mrs Eggleton a happy and healthy retirement and we hope to see her again very soon!

Mrs Dadge                          Mrs Purvey-Tyrer
Year 3 Teacher                   Deputy Head Junior School

This week in the classroom

Students collect donations in aid of the Northampton Hope Centre

Over the Summer, students Anisha and Abhi collected donations from their neighbourhood to give to the Northampton Hope Centre to help those in need. With winter rolling in, the sisters have decided to do something similar, again appealing for donations as they strive to help those less fortunate at what can be a difficult time of the year.

Anisha and Abhi are collecting donations from peers and teachers, with collection boxes being placed in breakout zones and common rooms for people to drop off their items. The smallest donation will make a huge difference, and if you would like to make a donation, please watch the below video for more information on how you can help.

Congratulations Miss Hurst!

We are delighted to congratulate Miss Hurst on becoming Mrs Hurst-Ramsay last weekend!

Miss Hurst and her partner had planned to get married earlier in the year, however this was cancelled due to the first lockdown. Having rearranged the date for 2021, they realised that this date might, too, need to be rescheduled, so they decided to elope and get married in Gretna Green, Scotland!

Thanks to the Covid restrictions allowing travel to a wedding, Miss Hurst became Mrs Hurst-Ramsay last Saturday afternoon. It was a bright,  sunny and crisp winter’s day – perfect conditions for such a special occasion!

We wish them lifelong happiness together! Mrs and Mrs Hurst-Ramsay would like to thank everyone for their best wishes.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

National Theatre New Views writers meet with Ashlee Elizabeth Lolo

Last Friday the National Theatre New Views writers held a zoom creative writing session with Ashlee Elizabeth Lolo. After outlining her route to playwriting via journalism, Ashlee gave us idea generation and character development tasks, including creating an album pitch for Sony Records and The Case of the Golden Flask.

Here are some of the comments by the students:

Katie – I found the session really built my confidence as a writer and gave a look into the mindset of a professional playwright.

Mo – I especially liked how fun and casual it was rather than being in a regular Zoom call.

Florence – I think my favourite writing exercise was when we had to defend a character we had created earlier in the session against a burglary charge. It really allowed me to think about the dimensions of my character.

Ms Heimfeld
Subject Leader for Film

Book Review

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better Than We Think by Hans Rosling, with Anna Rosling and Ola Rosling

Recommended for U4 and above

‘Hans Rosling tells the story of “the secret silent miracle of human progress” as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.’ MELINDA GATES

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

When asked simple questions about global trends – why the world’s population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty – we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

GDST Talks: First talk available to recap online

As you will know, we recently launched the GDST Talks programme with a presentation from Consultant Psychologist Dr Deborah Woodman of Evelina Children’s Hospital, on ‘How to help your child through Covid‘. You may be interested to watch a recording of the talk, which you can find here. This will be available until 4 January.

You can find out more about upcoming GDST Talks, including next Thursday 10 December’s talk entitled ‘How To Speak to Your Child about Racism’, by clicking here.

If you have any questions about any of our GDST Talks events, please do get in touch.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Car Park Safety

We would like to politely remind staff, parents and visitors to be mindful of the 5 mph speed limit in the school car park.

Pedestrians have right of way, so please continue to remain vigilant of people crossing the roads at the crossings and other points. When driving from the Senior School side towards the exit, please be mindful of cars exiting the Junior School car park.

Thank you for your continued assistance in this matter.

Mr Stubbs
Operations Manager

Northampton High Talent Show

SchholBlazer January Sale!

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