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Friday 5 July 2019

How incredible to welcome so many current and prospective families to our Gym and Dance Extravaganza on Tuesday. It was wonderful to see our pupils’ talents showcased for the whole school to enjoy.

From the Nursery ballet girls to our Sixth Form dancers, the event was joyful and impressive in equal measure.  It was particularly delightful to see the pupils cheering on those on centre stage, with whooping, dancing and clapping, encouraging everyone in their performances. A thoroughly feel-good event with astounding skills on show.

We will be in touch next week to let you know how you can view photos from the event.

Mrs Wilmot
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Week Ahead

Monday 8 July
Enterprise Week
Gold DoE Assessed Expedition (6.1)

Tuesday 9 July
Enterprise Week
Gold DoE Assessed Expedition (6.1)
German Exchange Trip to Amberg

Wednesday 10 July
Enterprise Week
Gold DoE Assessed Expedition (6.1)
German Exchange Trip to Amberg
U4 Enterprise Week Visit to Bletchley Park
Alumnae Lunch and Networking Event for L5

Thursday 11 July
Enterprise Week
Gold DoE Assessed Expedition (6.1)
German Exchange Trip to Amberg
L4 Enterprise Trip to Cadbury World
Zanzibar Trip Build Up Day

Friday 12 July
Enterprise Week
German Exchange Trip to Amberg
DASH Debate Final and Presentation Assembly

Summer Holidays begin 12noon

FemSock take part in Period Poverty Awareness Week

From the 24 to 28 June, FemSock took part in Period Poverty Awareness Week. This included problems in the UK as well as in countries overseas.

We started the week with an assembly demonstrating the issues of period poverty, ensuring people knew it still existed, even in a developed country such as the UK. This also included some firsthand accounts from sufferers and from people attempting to reduce the problem, just as we are doing in school.

On Wednesday we had a showing of “Period. End of Sentence.” which is a Netflix documentary focusing on the taboo of periods in India. While the turnout for this was less than expected, it was still an eye-opening documentary. We would highly recommend watching this in your own time if you have access to Netflix as it is very informative, and really helps to understand the problem of period poverty. It also highlights many of the problems Supreme Malawi, one of our charities, is helping to fight.

We have chosen two charities to support. RedBox provides sanitary items to schools to reduce the chance of girls missing school because of their period. Supreme Malawi uses monetary donations to help support businesses in Malawi. These are run by women, making reusable sanitary pads which can be sold cheaply, providing new jobs while also empowering women. If you would like to find out more about the charities, please follow either of these links:

For these charities, we have boxes in school for donations of sanitary items (tampons and pads) which would be welcomed, and can be given to reception by parents as well as brought in by students. We also ran a cake and sweet sale and painted nails to raise money to be sent to Supreme Malawi. Our donation boxes are well on their way to being full, and while we are still waiting for a final total of our money, it is looking to be a successful week.

FemSock Team

Elizabeth takes home Gold at Royal Society of Biology's annual awards ceremony!

Last Friday, Elizabeth Johns attended the the Royal Society of Biology’s annual awards ceremony, where she came away with a Gold Certificate!

The event was held at the magnificent lecture theatre at the IET, where Dr Sophie Scott was the guest speaker. Dr Scott spoke on the Science of Laughter, which, surprisingly, has little research!

“It was amazing to represent our school in a national competition, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity”, said Elizabeth, as we congratulate her on a marvellous achievement.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Miss Needham feature on BBC Radio Northampton!

On Monday evening, you may have heard a familiar voice over the airways as our Biology Technician, Miss Needham, spoke live on BBC Radio Northampton!

Miss Needham spoke about a number of fascinating topics, including her love of Science, STEM and also her own Science based teen magazine, ‘Wonk!’

If you would like to listen to the interview in full, please click here (interview begins at 1 hour 12 minutes) and to take a look at Wonk! and how you can view the latest publication, click here

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Fish Filleting with Waitrose & Partners

Last Friday, Laura from Waitrose & Partners came into school to demonstrate how to fillet and skin a fish to L5 GCSE Food students.

This was the first time all of us had done something like this. Laura started off by showing us how to skin a fish, which was fairly easy, but we all did struggle on holding the skin as it was a bit slimy. After that she demonstrated how to fillet a trout. Most of us were a bit squeamish but we overcame it and managed to fillet our own. To finish, we fried two of the trout fillets in herb butter and ate them.

Overall, it was a really good experience that we will remember and, hopefully, use in the future.


U3 film Latin plays

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I really enjoyed filming our Latin play. It was something new and the freedom we has while doing it was nice!

It was also quite interesting thinking of a story and then turning it into a play. I like writing stories and making movies, so it was a fun chance to our normal lessons.

Being creative and making a play with my friends was great, and I hope to do more activities like this in the future!



High School Sport

It has been a really lively week in the department, with us all thoroughly enjoying the Gymnastics and Dance display on Tuesday evening.

This was followed up with an exciting Cricket match on Wednesday alongside yet another win for the U13 Tennis team on Thursday, meaning that both tennis teams are County Champions and progress to the regional rounds next term. We hope that you are all going to tuning in to the wide variety of women’s sport over the summer. Just a reminder, too, that there are no sports clubs running next week.

As this is my final message for High Sports I would like to end with the following;

I never lose, I either win or I learn

I hope all the girls continue to follow this mantra, step outside their comfort zone and work hard to maximise their potential in the sporting field that they love.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport

Athletics: We took part in our final Athletics event of the year on Monday, when we attended the Year 7 County Championships at Rockingham Triangle, Corby.

Congratulations to Jane who placed 2nd in the High Jump, Ruby who came 3rd in the 800m, Issy who placed 5th in the 1500m, and Alessandra who came 8th in the Discus.

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher

Book Review

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2019
recommended for U4 and above

After Will’s brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn’s gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will’s friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that. As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he’s doing.

This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Request for parents with STEM careers

On Thursday 14 November 2019, Café Sci are holding a STEM Careers Speed Networking event in the Senior School Hall. The event is after school from 3:45pm until 5:00pm, for U4 girls and above. We will have Science, Engineering and Mathematics-related speakers.

The girls will be split into small groups and each group will have about 10 minutes to speak with at least five of the speakers. They will be able to ask questions and the speakers will give them a short talk about their job; how they got to it from school and they will also talk about the different opportunities within their field.

This is a fantastic opportunity to find out about STEM related careers.

As we are still in the planning stages, so if any parents/family friends would like to contribute to this event, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact Mr Attwood for further information at

The Café Sci team

The Natasha Sen Prize for Modern Foreign Languages

Natasha Sen, one of our pupils, passed away in October 2006 following a serious illness. She was a talented and dedicated pupil who had opted to study French, German and Spanish at GCSE. This prize is awarded annually to a L5 pupil in memory of Natasha.

The competition encourages students to explore their language of study further in a creative fashion. All girls in L5 are invited to complete a project at the end of their L5 year on one aspect of a country where French, German or Spanish is spoken.

  • The project should be written predominantly in English; you might however decide to write a few paragraphs in your chosen language – it is up to you.
  • It should be entirely your own work and no more than 1,200 words. Please state the word count at the end.
  • You may include pictures and illustrations and please remember – quality is more important than quantity.
  • You may choose any aspect of the country. For example: a famous person, a moment in history, its geography, food, cinema, theatre, music, art, fashion.
  • These are only a few ideas. We are looking for a personal response to a topic, rather than entirely factual information; something that captures the imagination of the reader, and which has flair and originality.

The closing date for the submission of your project is Monday 9th September 2019, and the winner will be announced in assembly during the same week that we celebrate the European Day of Languages (26th September) with the prize being awarded at Awards Evening.

Mr Watson
Subject Leader Spanish


The Northampton High School Eco Team would like to request your help in raising awareness over the importance of plastic recycling, particularly in light of the recent David Attenborough series highlighting the problems associated with plastic pollution in marine ecosystems.

We are aiming to build a sculpture entirely out of plastic (which will itself be later recycled) as part of an awareness campaign in the Autumn Term. In order to achieve this we plan to make use of the Ecobricks technique, which utilises plastic bottles filled with plastic waste. This link is to a video explaining how to make Ecobricks.

For our sculpture we would welcome plastic bottles of a range of different sizes and therefore any appropriately filled plastic bottles will be accepted. For details on how to make them please refer to the video link above (written instructions are contained below the video).

If these could be brought into school immediately upon return in September and given to Mr Earp or placed neatly in the Breakout Learning Zone at the end of the E corridor then we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help with our environmental work and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via

Mr Earp
Head of Humanities

Early May Bank Holiday 2020

Please kindly note that, in line with the change to the national Bank Holiday pattern in May 2020 in order to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we will observe the early May Bank Holiday on Friday 8 May rather than on Monday 4 May, as originally advertised.

Monday 4 May will be a normal school day and school will be closed on Friday 8 May.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries about the change.

Dr Stringer 

County Netball Trials

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