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High News

Friday 4 February 2022

When applying to become a UCL Beacon school for Holocaust Education, we realised early on in the process that Northampton High School had an amazing opportunity to bring together the fantastic range of lessons and personal experiences already being shared with the students. From studying human rights in Geography, to life in Berlin under the National Socialists, in German lessons, students were gaining an understanding of how the legacy of the Holocaust still has an impact on the world to this day.  

It therefore made perfect sense to bring the school together for a week of focused education and reflection, rather than just one day’s remembrance on the official date of January 27. 

Theology and Philosophy and History lessons were an obvious starting point, but very quickly we were able to assemble a week-long series of focused assemblies, lessons and events involving staff from Psychology, Drama, Film, Food, and English, to name but a few, as well as a team of student volunteers from Year 8 to 13. 

Reflecting on the week’s events with the volunteer student team, the Sixth Formers overwhelmingly agreed that Ms Heimfeld’s assembly and lunchtime session had the most impact on them, hearing about  how her parents survived Auschwitz in very different ways. Georgie expressed how hearing about it from a child of survivors brought a different perspective that she hadn’t considered before. They were all fascinated and moved to hear how life continues after such experiences.

To read the blog in its entirety, please click here

Miss Robinson & Ms Eldridge
Theology & Philosophy Department

Inside the Classroom

The week ahead

Monday 7 February
Senior School Assembly
Year 5 & 6 Play-In-A-Week
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Tuesday 8 February
Year 5 & 6 Play-In-A-Week
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Wednesday 9 February
Year 5 & 6 Play-In-A-Week Performance
Netball: 1st VII vs Akeley Wood
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Thursday 10 February
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)

Friday 11 February
Senior School Assembly
Half Term Break Begins
Spring Clubs (click here for timetable)


High Sports


There were a number of exceptional performances in the pool over the weekend at the the County Championships in Corby. Tanya picked up a Silver medal in the 50m Back and 4th place in the 100m Back final, with Poppy winning Gold in the Medley Relay. We wish all the swimmers luck for the next set of races over the coming weeks.

Well done to the U12 Swimming Team who took part in the Warwick 50’s competition on Thursday 3 February. Notable performances by all and they attained 3rd in the Back and Free races overall, out of 10 competing schools.


U18 vs Pitsford: The team were very unlucky not to win a very closely fought game. The team are really starting to bond and gel, making for a positive game. The final result was a 26-28 loss.

U15A vs Akeley Wood: On 1 February we faced off against Akeley Wood School. It was a tough and physical match, but we fought hard and won 18-15. The first quarter was very close, and at quarter time it was 3-3. The next quarter we took a 10-4 lead with some amazing intercepts from Hattie and Annie and lovely down court play by everyone. A good halftime chat from me, Hattie, and Miss Wall meant we were extra determined in the 3rd quarter. Unfortunately, Akeley was the better team and we fell short of our lead – it was back to a draw! This meant we had to work even harder in the last quarter, and from the start we were the better team. Our shooters were working very hard in the circle to slow down play, and we finally won the quarter 6-4. Well done everyone! Issy and Hattie

U15/14B vs Pitsford: On 3 February, our U14B and U15B teams were merged, and we played against Pitsford School, and I think we did really well considering we’ve never played together as a team before. The attacking team worked well to move the ball down the court and defence intercepted the ball many times. Well done to our Player of the Match, Carolina, who played many positions throughout the match and did a great job, and to Tara for scoring most of our goals! We won 15-4 and we worked really well together even though Kirsten and Carolina accidentally bumped into each other and fell! Well done to everyone who played! Tasneem

U14A vs Pitsford: On Thursday 3 February, the U14A team played Pitsford. Despite an unfortunate loss of 18-14 we played really well as a team and had improved massively since our last match. Our goal scoring was much better from last time with Abi, Roja, Gemma, Lucy-Mae and Hattie all scoring goals throughout the match. Well done to everyone that played! Hattie

External Netball – Evie

In Saturday 29 January, Evie received the Player of the Match Award from her coach and the opposition, in her Northants Storm Fixture against MK Dons. On the Sunday, Evie was also selected to represent the county against Notts, where she put in a fantastic performance securing the defenders award. Well done Evie!

Mrs Littlewood
Acting Director of Sport

Spotlight on Sport - Lydia

It is always great to watch our students flourish in the world of sport, both in school and also in their pursuits out from school.

In ‘Spotlight on Sport’, we catch up with students to learn all about their individual journeys in their respective sports; this week, we are delighted to hear from Lydia, who talks to us about her experiences in the world of Tennis:

“On Sunday, I ‘played up’ in a 16 & Under Girls’ Singles tournament in Nottinghamshire. This means playing above my own age group & against bigger, older players.  

In my first match I was 0-2 games down but I dug deep & managed to take the first set to a tie break, which I won 7-5. I lost the second set so we had to play a champion tie break set, which is the first player to ten & two points clear. I wasn’t going to let my hard work in the first set go to waste, and I stepped up to confidently win 10-4.

In the finals match, I played the top-rated player. We had a close match with five of the games going to deuce, but this time I couldn’t quite convert & came second to a much stronger player.

I was pleased with my perseverance, especially in turning the first match around and coming second overall. Each round of a tournament you progress earns you more ranking points; if you don’t have enough of these points you might not get accepted into a tournament. The County selectors use your recent form & ranking points for selection, so this was a great win for me.

I have two individual lessons with my coach per week, as well as a couple of squads each week. If I don’t have a tournament at the weekend I normally have a hitting session with a different coach”.

Mrs Littlewood
Acting Director of Sport

Book of the Week

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millward Hargrave, illustrated by Tom de Freston

‘The shark was beneath my bed, growing large as the room, large as the lighthouse, rising from unfathomable depths until it ripped the whole island from its roots. The bed was a boat, the shark a tide, and it pulled me so far out to sea I was only a speck, a spot, a mote, a dying star in an unending sky…’Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer – her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark.

But when her mother’s obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope…

A truly beautiful book in all respects, highlighting the significance of family combined with timely themes of the importance of science and the environment.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week, the Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto Ava in Year 7, who made a wonderful strawberry and elderflower gateau in her last Food rotation lesson.

Fantastic skills demonstrated and effective presentation – well done, Ava!

Miss Knight
Food Teacher

'Overreacting' Magazine - New edition out now!

A select team of Year 10 students has been working away on the latest edition of ‘Overreacting’ Science magazine.

The team has shown great commitment in their planning and production of this publication, and we are delighted to share it with you here.

We hope you enjoy it!

Miss Parboteeah
Science Teacher

The ECR transforms for the Harry Potter party

Raise Her Up Podcast - Conversations On Love

It’s Valentine’s Day this month, so this week on Raise Her Up we’re talking all about love with our guest, Natasha Lunn.

Natasha is a journalist and Features Director at Red Magazine. She is also creator and author of Conversations on Love, an email newsletter with over 11,000 subscribers, which was turned into a book published last summer, quickly becoming a Sunday Times’ bestseller. In this episode, she shares what she has learned about love from talking to psychologists, writers, academics, actors, and more, including Susie Orbach, Greg Wise, Esther Perel, and Candice Carty-Williams, amongst others.

This will be an episode for parents, lovers, friends, children, and anyone else interested in and grappling with love, which you can find here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

Junior Bake Off 2022

School Blazer Sale

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