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High News 26 January 2018

More than 8,000 events are being hosted across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Many of the events have been organised through the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust charity. The day remembers the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Girls in U4 to 6.2 (Years 9 to 13) are invited to come along at 4pm to 5pm next Wednesday to understand the events that resulted in the deaths of six million murdered in the Holocaust,  in the first of a series of lectures in school from staff and outside experts. ‘The Humanities Hub Lecture Season aims to stretch our girls’ understanding of the world we live in today and prompt them to think more deeply about their learning. We are welcoming a number of expert speakers into school to give our girls the opportunity to explore a number of interesting issues related to the world of History, Politics, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics, Business Studies and Economics’, commented Mr Donaldson, Head of History.  The Hub programme will include these lectures amongst others.  We will publish more information on the programme in the coming weeks, including blogs and opinion pieces, as well as highlight debating and public speaking across the school.

Week Ahead

Events and activities

Monday 29 January- Friday 2 February

Whole School Book Week

Tuesday 30 January

U5 A Level Electives Taster Sessions
U5 Mock Exam Results on FireFly

Wednesday 31 January

U5 A Level Taster Lessons

Thursday 1 February

U4 & U5 Intermediate Maths Challenge
6.1 Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Chemistry Event
U5 Visit from Anglian Water
Whole School Production Rehearsal (Weekly Event)

Friday 2 February

U4 Options Deadline

Sports Fixtures

Wednesday 31 January

Winchester House School, Netball, (H) U12A U3,
U12B U3, U13A L4, U13B L4

Thursday 1 February

Warwick 100’s, Swimming (A), U14 U4, U16 U5

Pitsford School, Netball (H), U15, L5

Saturday 03 February

Stephen Perse School, Netball, (A), U18 6th Form,
U15A L5, U15B L5, U14A U4, U14B U4

GoCode Academy

During February half term, GoCode Academy are running a coding camp at Northampton High School from 10am to 4pm each day. It is open to 11-18 year olds in the Senior School and 6-11 year olds in the Junior School.

They are offering a free taster session on Tuesday 30 January from 3.45pm to 4.45pm in Senior School and 3.30pm to 4.30pm in Junior School. To find out more information about the camp, please visit their website

If you would like your daughter to join the taster session please contact indicating her name and year group.

Mrs Heimfield, Teacher of English

Date for your diary - Charity Quiz Night

The Senior School Charity Quiz Fundraiser event has been rearranged and will now be held on Friday 9 March 2018. The event will begin at 7.00pm, hosted in the Senior School hall. Tickets will cost £10 per adult and £6 for students.

To enter as a team you will need a maximum of 8 people per table. The entry fee will include pizza and hot dogs during the interval, and a Peroni beer or canned drink of your choice. On the night, there will be a raffle taking place and a licensed bar.

All of the funds raised from the evening will go towards the whole School charity, Plan International UK: Because I am a girl.

Plan International UK is a children’s charity that strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. 58 million girls have been reached through their global ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign and 93,000 children in 50 countries are currently being sponsored through Plan International UK. As a school we are currently sponsoring Monique Boni Dassogui, a 12 year old girl from Benin, West Africa. Our sponsorship has enabled Monique to attend a primary school which takes her less than 30 minutes to reach. As a result of our sponsorship, we have not only benefited the life of Monique, but also the area of PU Nord by investing in projects for the whole community that include:

• Provision of medicines and supplies
• Activities to raise awareness on the health of children below 5 years of age
• Training for adolescents on reproductive health
• Provision of play and arts materials for schools
• Capacity building and support to women’s self-help groups

To place an order for the tickets, please email We look forward to seeing you there.

Bethany Saunders, Head Girl Team

Music Open Week

We would like to invite you to come and attend your daughter’s individual music lesson during the week of 5-9 February. This is an opportunity for you to meet with her teacher, sit in on the lesson and discuss her progress. Please ask your daughter to let you know the time of her lesson and report to reception five minutes before the lesson begins, where your daughter will meet you and take you to meet her instrumental teacher.

Mr Nathan, Director of Music

Book Review

Home Going by Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations – an intense, heart breaking story of one family and, through their lives the story of America itself.

“Homegoing is a novel I wish I could have read when I was a young woman” Zadie Smith

Miss Buxton, Librarian

Sports News

We started the week with a very exciting tour information evening on Monday night where the whole tour party were excited to order their tour kit and to find out the full itinerary for the trip.

The U12 and U13 teams played superb netball on Wednesday against Swanbourne House School with both teams winning emphatically. The U14B team played on Thursday against Pitsford School A team and put in a great performance also winning by a good score line.

We would like to wish both the U14 and U16 netball teams good luck as they represent both the school and the county at the regional netball finals tomorrow in Nottingham.

Mrs Hackett, Director of Sport



On 13 January, the U15s played a netball match against King Henry VIII, we had a brilliant game winning 45-6. We played as a team and the game flowed really nicely, with every combination we tried working well. We had a great game, especially in the 2nd quarter in which we maintained a clean slate. Everyone worked really hard and the improvements throughout the game were noticeable. By the end of the game we were working as a unit and had begun to develop great partnerships throughout the court. Overall, a great start to the year and we are all looking forward to the rest of the season.

On Thursday 18 January, the U15 A team had a great match against Wellingborough, winning by 10 goals. We were up against a strong defensive side but remained calm. We tried many different combinations all of which worked well. We applied our feedback to the game and that is what helped us gain the win. It was a great match; a big well done to everyone that played.

Georgina Forde-Wells


U13A vs Bilton Grange

Our second match of the season saw us take on a very physical side from Bilton Grange on Wednesday 17 January. The opposition took control of the game from the start with some strong, fast passing, finished off by accurate shooting. The score after the first quarter was 7-1 against us. In the second quarter we began to find our way, although too many interceptions from the opposition and some unlucky decisions against us meant the score at half time was 15-5.

In the third quarter, we changed around the team which proved worthwhile and the quarter went goal for goal with some excellent passing and defending especially by Angelica Suma, who intercepted brilliantly in the circle. The quarter finished 18-8. Unfortunately by this point the damage had been done, and although the team dug deep till the end, we couldn’t catch the opposition. The final score ended 24-12 against us. Players’ player was Jane Ampiah for all round excellent play.

U13A vs King Henry VIII

Our first match of the season was away at King Henry VIII School in Coventry. We started well in the first quarter with some good attacking in the centre third getting the ball into the shooters with some fast, accurate passing. The score was 5-1 after the first quarter. In the second quarter we made some changes to the team, but we didn’t seem to work quite as well in the new positions. However, we did score a further two goals and prevented King Henry from scoring any more taking the score to 7-1 at half time.

With renewed energy and another slight change to the team positions, we struggled to take control in the third quarter, making too many unforced errors. King Henry VIII scored two more goals followed by two more goals from us taking the score to 9-3 at the end of the third quarter. In the final quarter we got back on form and created lots of chances around the court. The defense intercepted passes, centre passes were turned over and the goals weren’t missed, scoring 10 in this last quarter. The final score was 19-5 and player of the match was given to Jane Ampiah for her excellent defending.

U13A vs Swanbourne

On Wednesday 24 January, with the weather outside against us, we played a shortened 2 halves match indoors against Swanbourne. The team had been slightly changed and we went into the match feeling very positive. We started off very strongly, winning centre passes, and with accurate passing got the ball into the circle where goals were rarely missed. The mid court players did an excellent job of getting the ball down the court, with some great balls into the circle by Maddie Down, where Jess Picot and Eloise Harvey scored some lovely goals. The score at half time was 11-2 to us.

In the second half, the team kept going with their winning form, with Jane Ampiah continuing to show she is the perfect choice to play centre for us. The defense kept the ball out of the opposition’s circle and helped the attackers bring the ball back to our end where Lilli Trimble scored some great goals. The final score was 22-5 to us and Player of the Match went to Jane Ampiah.

Jess Picot

Cross Country

Last year Milly Thompson and Lucy Shepherd both qualified to represent the District at the Cross Country County Round. On Saturday 20 January, they both traveled to Wellingborough to run in the County Cross Country Champs. The girls both did very well considering the distance and the weather conditions. It was a very rainy and cold day but they ran the 4.5k very well with Year 8 and Year 9s. The race was tough with all of the hills and the very muddy course but they both crossed the line having run and well as they could. Milly Thompson came 20th and Lucy Shepherd finished 34th. It was a very well run race from both girls. Well done!

Milly Thompson

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