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High News 25 January 2019

‘Somebody, after all, had to make a start.’

These words – spoken by a young teacher – echo down the years.

The start she spoke about was distributing home-printed anti-Nazi leaflets in her home town of Munich in the early 1940s.  Within a short time, perhaps inevitably, the government’s agents spotted her.  Sophie Scholl was arrested, tried and sentenced to death.  On 23 February 1943, she was executed.  She was 21 years old.

A second story

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a minister in the German Church, went on radio to denounce Nazi policies two days after Hitler became Chancellor in 1933.  His broadcast was cut off mid-sentence.  During the war, he volunteered in the resistance and this work landed him in prison in 1943.   Eventually, evidence of his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler was discovered.  On 9 April 1945, he was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp, just a few days before the camp was liberated.

A third story

Raoul Wallenberg was a wealthy Swedish banker working in Budapest.  Following the Nazi occupation of Hungary, he led a network, which helped Jewish Hungarians flee persecution by forging passports and providing safe houses.   The work was dangerous – Wallenberg slept in a different house every night to escape detection – but effective.  His network saved at least 4,500 people – and possibly even twice that number.  When Hungary was liberated by the Russian army, Wallenberg vanished – probably into a Russian prison – and was never seen again.

Read more here

Week Ahead

Monday 28 January
Internet Safety Workshop for Parents
Senior School Assembly – Classicism and Sexism
Netball – U13A vs Thornton College (H)
Netball – U12A vs Thornton College (H)

Tuesday 29 January
U5 Biology Anglian Water Workshop
Y5&6 NSPCC Talk
Netball – U13A vs Bedford Modern School (H)
Netball – U12A vs Bedford Modern School (H)

Wednesday 30 January
Erasmus+ Information Evening
Netball – U11A vs The Grove Independent School (A)
Netball – U11B vs The Grove Independent School (A)
Netball – U13A vs Bilton Grange (H)
Netball – U13B vs Bilton Grange (H)
Netball – U13C vs Bilton Grange (H)

Thursday 31 January
School Production Rehearsals
Cafe Sci Engineer Event
Netball – U15A vs Pitsford School (H)
Netball – U15B vs Pitsford School (H)
Netball – U14A vs Pitsford School (H)

Friday 1 February
Senior School Assembly – Erasmus+ Project
U4 Year Group Charity Play

SIMS parent app

As you will be aware from the letters we have sent recently, we have been implementing a new way for parents and guardians to access pupil data, via a portal called SIMS Parent, which has both a web and mobile app interface.

Reports and attendance data are now being made available through SIMS Parent and you should have received an individual invitation to sign up to the service recently. If you have not yet signed up, we would recommend that you do so as soon as possible so that you can start to access the important information included. The link to firefly below gives details of how to access the service.

If you have not received an invitation, please let us know by emailing the Database Manager, Mrs Lyman on—getting-started

Mr Rickman
Academic Deputy Head

Equestrian squad are County Champions again!

The Equestrian squad got 2019 off to a flying start at the NSEA County Qualifiers at Bury Farm on Saturday.  Northampton High School were really well represented with competitors in every class, and achieved some fantastic results.

The team of Lily Roberts, Imy Mitchell, Gemma Watts and Amelia Smart had great rounds in the 90cm class, finishing 3rd and County Champions for Northamptonshire. Lily, Imy and Gemma repeated their success in the 1m class, qualifying as County Champions again. Gemma also competed as an individual in the 1.10m, finishing in 2nd place, and qualifying individually at 90, 1, and 1.10m. They will all be competing in the County Championships in April against teams from all over the country.

Nancy Davis, Amelia Hine and Tilly Poole all competed in the 70cm competition, and were joined in the 80cm by Amelia Smart. They all rode really well, but huge classes and stiff competition meant no places this time.

We are very fortunate to have such a diverse equestrian squad, and are now up to 20 members. Very few schools are able to field so many teams for these competitions, and we have amazing support from the school, especially Mrs Hodgetts-Tate. We are always happy to welcome new squad members, so if you have a pony or horse, and can get it to competitions, we would love to hear from you.  Please contact me or Mrs Hodgetts-Tate via the school office.

Mrs Harvey
Equestrian Team Manager

"New Way" participate in the Milton Keynes Young Enterprise Trade Fair

Last Sunday, our Young Enterprise company, New Way, broadened their entrepreneurial horizons by participating in the Milton Keynes Young Enterprise Trade Fair. The all-day event took place in the Centre:MK and provided an opportunity for companies from schools and colleges across the UK to market their products and services.

New Way have adapted their product of LED bottle lights to focus on forthcoming celebrations such as Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday and the wedding season. They have produced some beautiful, handcrafted designs which would make wonderful gifts or just a stylish addition to any home’s dining table. A selection of the current designs are illustrated below. They are also able to produce individual personalised designs made to customer specifications.

If you are interested in placing an order, then please do not hesitate to contact the company via They also have a website and can also be found on Twitter @newwayye and Instagram

Mrs Tansley
Subject Leader Economics & Business Studies

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week, the spotlight in the Creative Arts department falls on Shri, who produced this fantastic piece of art work of fellow student and friend Anna. great work, Shri!

Mr Laubscher
Teacher of Art & Drama

Book Review

Midnight Chicken (& other recipes worth living for) by Ella Risbridger
former pupil at NHS – recommended for U4 and above

There are lots of ways to start a story, but this one begins with a chicken.

There was a time when, for Ella Risbridger, the world had become overwhelming. Sounds were too loud, colours were too bright, everyone moved too fast. One night she found herself lying on her kitchen floor, wondering if she would ever get up – and it was the thought of a chicken, of roasting it, and of eating it, that got her to her feet.

Midnight Chicken is a cookbook. Or, at least, you’ll flick through these pages and find recipes so inviting that you will head straight for the kitchen: roast garlic and tomato soup, uplifting chilli-lemon spaghetti, charred leek lasagne, squash skillet pie, spicy fish finger sandwiches and burnt-butter brownies. It’s the kind of book that if you settle down and read it with a cup of tea, you’ll also discover that it’s an annotated list of things worth living for – a manifesto of moments worth living for. This is a cookbook to make you fall in love with the world again.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

School Sport

Last Saturday, we were delighted by some great performances against Wellingborough, especially from the U14 A and B teams. The Equestrian teams went one better, with a superb performance where they have qualified for the National Finals which you will have read about earlier on in the newsletter.

Despite the cold weather conditions, the U12 B team had a superb win on Monday, and the U14 and U15 B teams were both winning on Tuesday all against Quinton House School. This Saturday sees the Regional Netball Finals and we wish our U14 and U16 teams the best of luck

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport


Our first match of the season saw us host King Henry VIII School.  With the weather looking less than favourable, we took to the court feeling determined, hoping to start our season with a win.  We had rather a slow start with some untidy passing as we settled into the game.  This wasn’t helped by the fact the rain got heavier, the court became slippy and catching the ball was not easy.  However, we began to work as a team and by the end of the first quarter we were 6-1 up.

In the second quarter, with the rain persisting, the team started to play the netball we know we can play.  Passes were more accurate, and we moved the ball down the court with precision, allowing us to increase our lead at half time to 12-1.

After half time, although we were all wet through, we took to the court with renewed energy and continued to keep hold of the ball.  Angelica Suma made some fantastic interceptions, keeping the ball out of the opposition’s circle, preventing them scoring any further goals.  In the final quarter, the rain finally stopped and we enjoyed playing some fast paced netball creating lots of chances around the court.  The defence intercepted passes, centre passes were turned over and the chances weren’t missed.  The final score was 22-1 and player of the match was given to Angelica Suma for her excellent defending, interceptions and general game play.

U14A Captain

Cross Country

On Saturday, a number of High School girls competed in the Northamptonshire County Schools Cross Country Championships, after qualifying earlier in the term.

In the U13 age group we were treated to another great performance from Ella Darby, who led her race from the start maintaining a consistent pace and came out as the winner. Ruby Curtis-Free achieved 12th position which is fantastic especially as she sustained an ankle injury whilst competing. In the U15 age group, Phoebe Haynes ran well and achieved a very respectable 15th position.

The top 14 qualify for the next round on 2nd February at Abington Park. Congratulations to all of the girls who attended on a very cold morning and for some after playing in netball matches against Wellingborough at 8.30am.

Mrs Littlewood
PE Teacher

Latin drop-in sessions

Latin Language Leaders are now offering drop-in sessions on Monday break and Tuesday break in F8, for any L4 or U4 who would like support with learning Latin, to look at feedback together or help revising.

Miss Mason
Teacher of Classics

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