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High News 8 March 2019

International Women’s Day (IWD) offers an unmissable opportunity to shine a light on an area of human endeavour where women’s role has traditionally been too much in the shadows.  This year, with our recent Music Department refurbishment in mind, we have chosen to celebrate the contribution of women to music composition.  The hashtag for IWD 2019 – #Balance for Better –fits beautifully with this.  IWD is not about claiming that women are better than men are but, rather, proclaiming that balance (or diversity, to put it another way) is better than narrow exclusivity.

Men have, it almost goes without saying, achieved amazing things in music. (Just think of Byrd, Bach(s), Buxtehude, Beethoven, Brahms, Bizet, Bruckner, Berlioz, Bartok, Barber, Britten, Bernstein, Birtwhistle, the Beatles and Bowie – without moving from one letter of the alphabet!)  Women have, however historically found it very difficult to get any of their music heard.  This has been true for all sorts of reasons – to do with the way money, power and time were distributed in society and to do with deep cultural attitudes, which disapproved of women taking the limelight.

To read more please click here, and to view a selection of photos from International Women’s Day at Northampton High, please click here

Dr Stringer

Week Ahead

Monday 11 March
Senior School Assembly – Science Week (Mrs Hodgetts-Tate)
L5 Tutorials
U4 RS Components Innovation Challenge
U5 Visit of Elevate Education

Tuesday 12 March
L4 Class Assemblies
6.2 Trip to Scott Bader

Wednesday 13 March
L4 Class Assemblies
6.1 Visit to Psychology, Brain Behaviour and Beyond
Netball – U11A, B, C, D vs Bilton Grange (A)
Netball – U12B, 13B, 13C vs Pitsford (H)

Thursday 14 March
House Assemblies (Senior School)
Energy from Waste – Engineering Society Talk
School Production Rehearsals
Swimming – U10A, U11A, U12A, U13A vs IIAPS @ Stamford (A)
Netball – U15A vs Akeley Wood (A)

Friday 15 March
Senior School Assembly – Science Week (Mrs Hodgetts-Tate)
GDST Techathon
Netball – U9A, B, C vs Broughton Manor (A)

Saturday 16 March
Netball – 2nd VII at National Finals (A)

Sunday 17 March
L4 Trip to Normandy

Leah sweeps the board in International Karate competition!

Last weekend, L5 student Leah put in a magnificent performance at the AMA International Karate competition.

Leah enjoyed a magnificent time at the event, as she was entered into the Kata and Kumite categories. Taking part in six events altogether, Leah smashed her personal best by earning a medal in every one of the events – picking up a gold and two silver medals in Kata, whilst also picking up a gold and two bronze medals in Kumite.

An unbelievable effort which reaped fantastic rewards for Leah, and we look forward to hearing about her progress as she moves towards her next event.

Mr Nash
Marketing and Communications Officer

March Open Days

It was fantastic to meet so many lovely families at our Open Events, which took place on Thursday and Friday this week.

If you were unable to attend this week but would like to come and see us on a future Open Day or personal visit, please click here to find out how you can do so.

Mr Nash
Marketing and Communications Officer

Creative Arts Spotlight

This week’s Creative Arts Spotlight falls onto our Drama Prefects, who have been celebrating the most powerful women in the music industry, with their Multimedia Performance for International Women’s Day.

Mrs Care
Director of Theatre

School Sport

This has been a very busy week! After a lively weekend of Netball tournaments at Condover Hall in Shropshire, and the U15s at the Uppingham tournament, we started the week with the U12, U13 and U15 County tournaments. The highlight was the U12 team finishing as runners up.

Yesterday, host of students travelled to the GDST Rally in Bromley for the Gymnastics, Cross Country and Netball competitions. Despite the cold and windy weather conditions, we all had a great day and we look forward to receiving the final results.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport


On Tuesday this week, the U15 Netballers travelled to Oundle to play in the County U15 tournament. The girls put in some good performances in difficult conditions and finished in a very respectable third place overall.

It was lovely to catch up with a couple of ex NHS pupils, Scarlett and Lucy, who are pictured below with our girls.

Mrs Ford
P.E Teacher

Condover Hall Netball Weekend

Last weekend, the U13A Netball team travelled to Condover Hall in Shropshire for the GDST Netball weekend.

In the pool stages of the tournament we played a total of 9 matches, winning 5 and drawing one of them. We were a small squad of just 7 players, which meant lots of Netball for everyone, but also meant we had to work really hard.

The team atmosphere was very good and everyone worked together. We didn’t make it to the finals unfortunately, but we made lots of progress in our Netball which is invaluable.

When we were not playing Netball, we enjoyed the many adventurous activities the centre had to offer, such as the high ropes, abseiling, Jacob’s Ladder and the zip wire. We had a great weekend! Special mentions go to Jane and Izzy from U3 who were part of our team and who played tirelessly.


I would also like to add that Phoebe was Captain of this small, but extremely hardworking, team at Condover, and led her team extremely well, maintaining their spirit and remaining calm under pressure – Mrs Ford

Please click here to view more photos from the weekend trip to Condover Hall.

Cross Country

On 7 March, four L5 students travelled to Bromley High School to participate in a GDST Cross Country rally. All girls did really well despite the muddy conditions. Lucy came 25th, Jessica came 39th, Esmé came 46th and Suzie came 47th – very respectable placings amongst very strong competition! Well done to all the girls who took part.

Girls from L4 also competed, and despite a bad start having been at the back on the start line, the team built back up their places and got a better placing. Noteable performances were delivered Phoebe and Milly. A big well done also go to Gemma, Ava and Lottie.

Mrs Littlewood            Emilia
P.E Teacher                  U4S 

Book Review

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson – recommended for U4 and above

‘It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh. It encouraged me to appreciate this most underappreciated of professions more than ever,’ Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt.

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astounding account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, we stand by her side during her patient’s agonising heart-lung transplant, and we hold our breath as she washes the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive. In our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, Christie is with us. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in these dark days of division and isolationism, she encourages us all to stretch out a hand.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Swap Shop

We have listened to feedback from parents and we are delighted to be able to offer Senior School uniform to Junior School parents, for those who are making the transition to Senior School.  The next Swap Shop will be during Junior School parents’ evening on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March. Please bring any items for sale into reception in the morning of the Wednesday.

The Selling Process

Should you wish to sell any items of uniform, swap shop tags can be obtained through Senior School reception and are to be completed accordingly. Unfortunately we can’t return the proceeds of the sale to you without a label, so money will go into school funds in these instances.

Please do not enter a price on the tag.  We have prices in place that the clothes sell for and 20% of the item goes to the school fund, which in turn is donated to the school.

The items of uniform should then be brought into the school and given to the Senior School reception team on the day of the swap shop and not before. All items must be in a good and clean condition.

Please make sure that if you are new to using Swap Shop, that you also attach your name and address (on a separate piece of paper) to the item of uniform so that we know where to send the cheque.  If you are sending in multiple items only one name and address sheet is required. Please make sure this is placed in the bag with all clothes submitted. Cheques for sold items will be issued in June each year.

We can no longer sell blazers and sports kit with the old logo, so please don’t send any in.

Carolyn Harvey
Swap Shop Team

Kings Camp Summer Sessions

We are happy to say that Kings Camp UK will again be bringing the fun this summer to Northampton High School. Book your places today by clicking here!

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