Nothampton High School
High News

Friday 6 December 2019


On Thursday 5 December, a packed out Senior School Hall was treated to what is now one of our favourite festive traditions, Mrs Hodgetts-Tates Ele-mental Chemis-Tree Spectacular! In an event loved by students and staff alike, Mrs H-T took the audience on a magical journey though the wizarding world of Harry Potter, by showcasing some truly mesmerizing chemistry.

The mind blowing experiments, expertly explained by our team of Sixth Formers, ranged from the Whoosh Bottle, the Hogwarts houses colourful fire and everything in between – including a whole lot of Troll snot – as the crowd gasped in awe as the magical reactions. Audience participation was required for some of the more tricky spells, as students helped to make different drinks with the ‘Aguamenti’ chant, with Mrs Down and Miss Kneen also on hand to get placed into their houses with the ’Sorting Bottle’ experiment.

The lecture was closed by Mrs H-T using her ‘Maruaders Map’ to reveal two themed messages; a Harry Potter mural designed by Fleur, and a Merry Christmas message from Mr Turney. A fantastic evening of entertainment, and one that all members of our school community, young and old, look forward to and enjoy. A huge thank you go to Mrs Hodgetts-Tate and Mr Turney for the organisation and running of the event, and to our Sixth Formers for their fantastic assistance. We are already looking forward to seeing what next year’s event brings!

Please click here to view more photos from the event.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Week Ahead

Monday 9 December
Senior School Assembly – Classics Christmas
GDST Day of Dance at Pineapple Studios
Drama Rehearsals

Tuesday 10 December
GCSE Food Trip – Borough Market

Wednesday 11 December
Sixth Form Carol Singing – Garden Centre

Thursday 12 December
Christmas Carol Concert

Friday 13 December
Christ Embassy – Film Event

Mia and our Art Department scoop big University of Northampton Arts prizes!

It was a great honour for me to attend the University of Northampton Schools and Colleges Art & Design Competition on Thursday 5 December.

This annual event recognises talent across Northamptonshire and the East Midlands, and it is quite clear that Art and Design is thriving as a subject in all schools. The competition was fierce, with a huge range of talent on show from many creative and talented students and their dedicated staff back in departments across the county and beyond.

We entered many of our own girls’ work from the Art and Fashion & Textiles departments and I am proud to announce that Mia W, who is now studying Fashion Image Making and Styling at Salford University, won First Prize in the Fine Art category and collected her trophy, certificate and £500.

Mia and the Art Department also won ‘The Most Outstanding Work in The Exhibition’. We were recognised as a school for our support we give our students, receiving our £500 and trophy, which we will be proudly showing off in school. A wonderful evening and it was fantastic to spend it in the company of Mia’s family. I also want to acknowledge all of our excellent students whose work looked amazing in the new Waterside Campus. We are immensely proud of everyone who took part. Now, we can look to our younger students, who I am sure will be scooping up future prizes.

The exhibition is open to all until 10 December in The Learning Hub, Waterside Campus, feauturing many of our A Level students’ work including: Mia W, Evie R, Kristy Z, Flora K, Zaynah Y, Emily J, Naomi W, Elena C, Amy W, Hazel K and Leila S.

Mrs Beacroft
Head of Creative Arts Faculty

High School Sport

The final week for sport this year and we enjoyed a fantastic start to the week!

The U13s Hockey team faced off against Winchester House, and the District Cross Country took place at Abington Park, Northampton with some fantastic performances and strong finishes. Ella D (opposite) won the U13 race with a fantastic run, with Ruby CF coming home 16th in the U15 race, with Lucy S placing 6th for the U17 race.

We wish the best of luck to our Hockey teams travelling to King’s High School this weekend, and we will keep you posted via Twitter on the progress of the Tennis Team travelling to Bolton for the National Finals.

Mrs Littlewood
Director of Sport

Creative Arts Spotlight

We are delighted to bring you a bumper edition of the Creative Arts Spotlight this week, as we celebrate the talents of our students across the arts.

Firstly, it has been great to capture our L5 and 6.1 students together in Art. It was great to see the A Level girls advising and encouraging L5, using their experiences to help with their GCSE work. Thank you girls, keep talking to each other and share good practice.

Secondly, we are delighted to feature our U4 students, who have been preparing for a study of Van Gogh portraits. The students will now interpret the portraits into his style of painting, and we look forward to seeing the results. Well done girls!

Mrs Beacroft & Mr Laubscher
Creative Arts Department

Book Review

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

Recommended for U4 and above

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat . . . but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. In this perfect present for anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heart breaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Christmas Dinner Menu - Tuesday 17 December

Sports Centre Christmas Opening Times

Term Dates

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