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High News 13 October 2017

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A Sprinkle of Glitter for Sixth Formers

This week our Sixth Form girls were treated to a special guest speaker in their assembly, Louise Pentland. Louise, who many will know as ‘A Sprinkle of Glitter’ from her online business, is an ex pupil of the school, newly appointed chair of the Friends of Northampton High School and all round inspiration to many of our students and students across the country. As a mother of one and expectant mother of two, Louise is a Times best selling Author, popular Youtuber and Vlogger with millions of followers and has worked with the BBC, literary festivals and even the UN.

Today her message was clear; “You can have it all, as long as you know what your all is!” She spoke honestly and with good humor about her time in school and some of the failures and challenges that she has coped with since leaving. Her journey has not been an easy or simple one and yet she continues to strive for something better, for herself but also for her growing family. Louise is an inspiration to all our girls, not simply because she is famous but because she is not afraid to put in the hard graft. She has achieved many of her life goals but is not afraid to keep pushing for new ones, always adding to her story.

The girls were thrilled to meet her and the whole Sixth Form at Northampton High School would like to extend our thanks to Louise for taking time out of her busy schedule to come and share a little bit of her story with us. We also wish her luck with her second book, which is currently under construction, and her second baby….also currently under construction! We look forward to seeing them both in the new year.

The Aldi Challenge – the Results

As part of the school’s Open Morning last Saturday, the Business and Economics Department ran a food tasting activity based on the famous “Pepsi Challenge” of the 1980s. Visitors were invited to taste a range of food products, with one being the brand leader and the other the Aldi look-a-like competitor. Participants were asked to decide which product they preferred: Product A or B.

Some analysis has now taken place and we are delighted to announce our findings below.

Product Product A – no. of votes Product B – no. of votes Winner
Orange cake biscuit 6 12 McVities Jaffa Cakes
Cheddar cheese 12 6 Aldi
Orange Juice 9 12 Tropicana
Caramel & nougat chocolate bar 9 11 Mars bar
Cheese biscuit 5 15 Jacob’s Cheddars
Cola drink 3 13 Coca-Cola
Hoops style breakfast cereal 11 9 Nestle Cheerios


Aldi’s cheese was a definite hit particularly with our younger visitors, but the results for the orange juice, breakfast cereal and chocolate bar are interesting – perhaps our simple experiments goes a little way to explaining the success story of Aldi in recent years. As the German based firm hits the headlines this week as it announces its expansion to the USA, it will be fascinating to see whether their success story will continue.

Mrs Tansley

Half Term Netball Camp

Please see the flyer here about an H.T Netball Camp at October Half Term.

Sports Fixtures

Monday 16 October

Badminton Home L4

Swimming Stanford High School U3

Wednesday 18 October

Hockey Home U3

Thursday 19 October

Hockey  Home U5/6th


It has been a very busy and exciting week for sport at the High School. We have had badminton, tennis, netball and hockey all taking place. Particular highlights have been the senior girls enjoying a very informative hockey umpiring course on Thursday, as well as the U13 team facing strong opposition at the IAPS regional hockey finals, however they played hard and finished their last match with a fantastic 6-1 win, setting them up for the mini-hockey festival at Wellingborough School tomorrow well.

Cross country

16 girls from the Junior and Intermediate Cross Country team attended the annual Cup meet at Shefford on Wednesday 11 October

It was a chance for some girls to take part in their first ever cross country meet and also some to attend their last Cup competition. All ran extremely well and pushed themselves to the limit over some rough terrain. Most notable performances were:

Lucy Shepherd was the first of the team to finish and came 21st overall, followed by Elysia Lay 25th and Molly Roberts Crawford 35th.

Hockey at Kimbolton School

On Monday 9 October we played Kimbolton School at home.  It was a well fought match with the end score being 2-0 to us.  The team played some exceptional hockey with specific highlights going to Bella Spokes and Jano Bhadresha (Man of the Match) for their defensive work and some excellent goalkeeping from Emma Saxton.  The two goals came from Charlotte Johns and Isabelle Thorpe.  Well done to all who played.

Phoebe Haynes

Hockey at Stowe School

On 12 October, the U14  team travelled to Stowe School. Many players were playing in slightly different positions, meaning that it took a while to get used to where we were playing. This resulted in just letting Stowe slip a goal past us fairly early on in the game. We then started to get the hang of things a little more by using our other players and the space a lot better. We struggled to get the ball back up to our attacking end resulting in Stowe scoring another goal. We then began to work more as a team including some excellent passes and good clearances from our defence. Stowe scored one more unlucky goal before half time.

In the second half, we started off strong, getting the ball down towards our attacking end but we struggled to take our chances. Stowe continued to persist against us and scored. However, we responded well to this and after four attacking short corners in a row, Lily King managed to score. Unfortunately within the last few minutes, we let our guard slip and Stowe scored in the very last minute. The score line of 5-1 does not reflect how well everyone played as everyone tried their hardest from start to finish.

Jodie Welton


Last week I competed in the national championships of the working hunter pony on my pony, minydon mascherano (Macca). It was my second time there but Macca’s first. We arrived the day before to do the warm up and Macca and I had only 1 slight error but jumped an amazing course with lots of people watching . It was a great experience and I was very pleased  as he is a novice pony and we have many exciting times ahead. We qualified together at the South of England Agricultural Show.


On October 3rd, our U15 netball team were very excited to be able to compete in the U15 Netball rally at Northampton. The girls all played with determination and finished the tournament in 11th place after a strong start but shaky finish. This was the first netball fixture of the year for the girls – they represented the school very well.

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Book of the week

Love From Lexie by Cathy Cassidy

Ever since Lexie’s mum vanished, her world hasn’t stopped spinning. A new home, a new school – even a new family but Lexie never gives up hope that her mum will come back and writes her letters every day to tell her all about her new life.

There’s plenty to tell – the new group of misfits she calls friends, the talent for music she never knew she had and the gorgeous boy with blue eyes and secrets to hide. But her letters remain unanswered and she’s starting to feel more alone than ever.

Lexie’s about to learn that sometimes you need to get lost in order to be found.

The first in a new series from the bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls and the perfect next step for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.

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