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High News 5 March 2018

As we enter a new week, with milder temperatures and  glimpses of sunshine, it is difficult to imagine how different the weather was last week.

I was sorry that we were obliged to close school on Friday 2 March. We had been doing very well at ‘keeping calm and carrying on’ until Thursday afternoon, when the alignment of all the forecasts we had been consulting towards a negative outlook and the advice of our transport providers forced us to conclude that closure was the only safe option.

I hope that you were able to make suitable arrangements for the day without too much difficulty and were able to stay safe and warm through what proved to be a weekend of extreme weather.

Dr Stringer, Headmistress

Week Ahead

Events and activities

Monday 5 March – Friday 16 March

L5 Tutorials

Tuesday 6 March

Read to Relax Form Time U5H

Wednesday 7 March

Ministry of Silly Walks Charity Event U3N

World Challenge Launch Meeting

Berlin Information Evening

Thursday 8 March

Mufti Day for (International Women’s Day) for Plan UK

Spring Assessment Data available on Firefly 6.1

EPQ Workshop by Leeds University Staff (including lunch)

Trip to NGH Pathology Laboratory 6.1

Whole School Production Rehearsal

Whole School Open Evening 5pm-7pm

Component 2 Drama A Level Practical 6.2

Friday 9 March

GDST Techathon

Whole School Open Morning 9.30am to 12noon

GCSE PE Moderation

GCSE and A Level Classics Talk

Charity Quiz Night

Saturday 10 March

GCSE and A Level Fashion and Textiles extra session

Sunday 11 – Friday 16 March

Normandy Trip L4

Sports Fixtures

Monday 5 March

Netball County Cup, Oundle School, U12A U3, U13A L4

Tuesday 6 March

U15 County Cup, Oundle School, U15A L5

Thursday 8 March

GDST Spring Rally, Bromley, U18 6th Form, U11 Yr6, U14 U4, U16   U5, U12  U3

The Hub Presents Terry Whengam

On 7 March, Battlefield guide and researcher, Terry Whengam will be our guest speaker for the next in the series of The Hub Presents talks. He will be speaking about The First World War, Trench Warfare and the Battle of the Somme. The presentation will be held from 4pm until 5pm in E6 and will be available to all U4, L5, U5 and Sixth Form students.

Andy Donaldson, Head of History

Professor McCormack at the Humanities Hub

On 22 February, Professor Matthew McCormack visited the school to take part in the first of the Humanities Hub external guest talks for this term. The event was well-attended by pupils and we are looking forward to the rest of the series. We will be including details of the talks in High News each week.

Andy Donaldson, Head of History

GCSE Drama Trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet

Last Wednesday, 31 GCSE Drama students attended two workshops and a matinee performance of Hamlet by the Royal Shakespeare Company. They were introduced to cast members and the Assistant Director and were shown methods of approaching the text, along with practical activities demonstrated with volunteers. A Stage Combat workshop followed and students learned how to safely and realistically choreograph fight sequences, including slaps, punches and strangling! Jasmine Gould, Jaisie Burnett, Alicia Breuer and Shannon Molloy all had opportunities to take the stage and demonstrate what they had learned with the actors and directors.

We then watched an engaging matinee performance which saw Papa Essiedu take the lead role in this moving and colourful African inspired adaptation of the greatest Shakespeare tragedy.

Mrs Care, Director of Theatre

Film Competition

Imagine a world in which the Suffragettes failed and 100 years later women have yet to achieve the vote…
• Make an original short film of 2-3 minutes in length
• Prizes for KS2 (Years 5 & 6), KS3 (U3, L4 & U4), KS4 (L5 & U5) and KS5 (Sixth Form) entries
• Deadline: 20 April 2018

For more information see or email see Ms Heimfeld in C2.

Clothing recycling

A reminder about our clothing recycling facility at school. We have teamed up with Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children, so that for every kilo of clothing and other items recycled, Starlight receives 10p and FoNHS receives 40p.

Through our recycling efforts over the last three or so years, we have raised over £2,000 for FoNHS so a huge thank you to everyone who uses the facility – over 5 tonnes of items going to good use (and possibly saved from landfill) and a huge boost to FoNHS funds at the same time, and we are also supporting Starlight’s incredible work with every kilo of items we recycle.

So if you can, please do consider using the recycling facility whenever you have a clear out. The collection “bank” is bright yellow and is situated on the pathway alongside the Junior School car park. The recycling company accepts all men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothing, paired shoes (tied together please), handbags, bags, ties, belts, towels and bedlinen. Any uniform carrying school or team logos is not accepted. Please put all items in a plastic bag before depositing them in case the bank is not watertight.

Thank you very much for your support.


Saturday Art Class

I am running a weekly art class in the Wake Wing. The creative and fun classes take inspiration from artists past and present. Learn new skills and unleash your creativity!

For more details, please contact me on Facebook @ArtWorkshopsWithEmma, or by email on

Emma Lindsay

50-50 Draw Results for this Week

The 50-50 winner for this week is Rachel Hubbard.

Book Review

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – recommended for U4 and above

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

Miss Buxton, School Librarian

Sports News

There were some fantastic results in the matches against Ratcliffe. A particular highlight was the U15A team winning 57-11. Unfortunately other matches have been cancelled due to the weather. We hope to see the sunshine on Monday for the rearranged IAPS tournament.

Mrs Hackett, Director of Sport


U13A/B vs Pitsford – Wednesday 21 February

With only one loss this season the squad went into this match hoping to keep up our winning streak. The team this week consisted of players from both the A and B teams so we knew the match might be more difficult as we had not played together before. The team took a while to get going and some unforced errors allowed the opposition to score the first goal but after some good interceptions and accurate shooting the score ended 4-2 after the first quarter. In the second quarter the team was changed around and the new positions allowed the team to extend our lead with some lovely goals from Jess and Millie. The score ended 9-3 at half time.

With another change in the team we didn’t seem to adapt quite so well to the new positions, but we prevented the opposition from scoring any more goals and we took the score to 10-3. In the final quarter, with another change in the team, we ended the game with 2 more goals taking the final score to 12-5 keeping up our winning run. Given the team had never played together before, we did really well to get such a convincing win. Player of the match was Jane Ampiah.

Jess Picot, U13A Captain

U13A vs Ratcliffe – Saturday 23 February

Continuing our nearly unbeaten season, the team were determined to keep our winning run going when we played Ratcliffe College. At last the team started the match as we meant to go on and with some strong accurate passing and some excellent shooting the first quarter ended 7-1. The team continued to play well with great defense, allowing the ball to be taken back to our circle with ease. We extended our lead and the score at half time was 13-3.

In the third quarter, we really got into our stride and played the netball we know we can play. The team used the court space well and the defense of Angelica Suma & Feyi Afonja prevented any more goals being scored by the opposition. Eloise Harvey and Jess Picot worked really well in the circle and scored some lovely goals extending the score even further to 22-3 after the 3rd quarter. In the final quarter, the team decided to try some different positions with Jane Ampiah taking on Goal Shooter brilliantly, scoring her first goal for the team. Eloise came out to play centre which worked very well, and Lilli Trimble tried Wing Defense making some great interceptions. Overall the team played really well and we hope to play as well at the IAPS tournament. Player of the match was Jane Ampiah.

Jess Picot, U13A Captain

U14A vs Ratcliffe – Saturday 24 February

On Saturday 24 February, the U14A netball team played a game against Ratcliffe College. Overall we had a very consistent game. We had a strong start putting us ahead and kept our lead the whole way through, thanks to great efforts by the whole team, despite at times slightly struggling. The end result was 24-18 to us which was a great win. Also a big thanks goes to the players who stepped up from the B team, due to some people unable to play, and also to those who played out of position. Well done to Scarlett Moore who got player of the match, thanks to many great interceptions in the circle.

Lily King, U4S

U15A vs Ratcliffe – Saturday 24 February

On Saturday 24 February, the U15A team had a brilliant match against Ratcliffe. Everyone played really well with a 57 – 11 win. We worked well in units all down the court with Lily getting MVP for her great interceptions. Not letting in more than 3 goals in a quarter, our defensive units payed some beautiful netball. Our attacking end also did well, scoring a minimum of 11 goals per quarter. Well done to everyone involved especially in the cold weather conditions.

Georgie Fordwell, U15A captain

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