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High News 9 November 2018

Our assembly for Remembrance Day today was poignant and thought-provoking in equal measure, drawing on the theme of commemoration and the ways practices for remembering those who have died have transmuted over the last 100 years. As part of the lecture, Dr Stringer described the Victorian traditions of extended grieving which now seem unusual to us, and she shed light on the celebrations surrounding modern Halloween, again which differ so much from the historical roots of All Hallows’ Eve. Evidence of how we have remembered the fallen in the conflicts including, and since, the Great War helped Dr Stringer develop her assertion that, while our approach to grieving and remembering the dead may have changed, we remain deeply connected to the people we have lost in wars.

Earlier this year, students and teachers from the school visited our local church at Hardingstone and worked on memorialising and celebrating the lives of the village men who died in the 1914-18 war. Two of the students involved, Georgia Lockey and Florence Gundle, spoke eloquently about the experience of commemorating the lives of these people they had not met, but whose stories still touch so many people in the area. Dr Stringer showed us the memorials of two of our local soldiers in the churchyard at Hardingstone, as a fitting reminder of how important it is that we never forget the sacrifices made by those in our midst.

A beautiful and heart-rending performance by Fionn Donlevy of ‘On my own’ by Lloyd-Webber, accompanied by Mr Nathan, began the assembly and set the tone of reflection and remembrance for us all.

Mr Rickman
Deputy Head Academic

Week Ahead

Monday 12 November
A Level Geography Field Trip
Bebras Computational Thinking Competition
Book Fair

Tuesday 13 November
A Level Geography Field Trip
Bebras Computational Thinking Competition
Book Fair
Reading to Relax: L4N

Wednesday 14 November
A Level Geography Field Trip
Bebras Computational Thinking Competition
Book Fair
Reading to Relax: L4H
Charity Event: I’m a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here!
L4 Parents Evening

Thursday 15 November
A Level Geography Field Trip
Bebras Computational Thinking Competition
Book Fair
School Production Rehearsals

Friday 16 November
A Level Geography Field Trip
Bebras Computational Thinking Competition
Book Fair
Children in Need Mufti Day

Tuesday 13 November
Hockey 2nd XI vs Oundle (H)

Wednesday 14 November
Hockey Sevens U11A vs Grove Independent (A)
Hockey Sevens U11B vs Grove Independent (A)
Hockey Sevens U13A vs Beachborough (H)
Hockey Sevens U13B vs Beachborough (H)
Hockey Sevens U13C vs Beachborough (H)

Thursday 15 November
Hockey U14 vs Midlands Zone Round (A)
Hockey 1st XI vs Oakham (H)

Friday 16 November
Cross Country U11 vs Thornton Trail (A)
Cross Country U9 vs Thornton Trail (A)

6.1 Politics Elective visits Parliament

On Tuesday this week, 18 6.1 students headed to London to take a tour of the Palace of Westminster and to witness both the Commons and Lords in session discussing police resources and medical issues respectively.

Along the way, the girls had time for a short but hotly contested debate right in the middle of Central Lobby about whether 16 year olds should be given the vote. After the tour, the Elective group took part in a parliamentary workshop about the role that pressure groups play in our democracy.

Mr Donaldson was the only one to notice future Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell, walk right past our group outside Westminster Hall. However, the highlight of the day was yet to come when we spotted Jeremy Corbyn outside Parliament. The screams of delight normally reserved for the likes of Justin Bieber could be heard right across the city!

Mr Donaldson
Head of History

Student invited to Highclere Castle to watch the filming of Downton Abbey!

On Tuesday, one of our students enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience to see one of Britain’s best loved historical dramas being filmed, and also got a chance to rub shoulders with the cast!

Tiffany in L4 was invited to Highclere Castle to watch the filming of Downton Abbey, and got to go behind the scenes to see exactly what goes into the production of an immensely popular TV show.

To top the day off, Tiffany was lucky enough to meet the stars of the show, which included Hugh Bonneville – who plays Robert Crawley.

What a fantastic experience, Tiffany! We hope you had a great time.

Mr Nash
Marketing and Communications Officer

Leah grabs the Gold at Karate European Championships

During the half term break, Leah in U5 took part in the Karate European Championships. This, in itself, is an amazing achievement, but Leah was determined to give it her all, and come away with the best possible result.

Despite the tough competition, Leah’s Kata wowed all in attendance, helping her to see off the competition and be awarded the Gold medal. A superb achievement!

Along with this, Leah was able to make it through to the last 16 in Kumite, to make it a hugely successful Championships all round.

Congratulations Leah!

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport

School Sport

What a week of tournaments this week for the Senior School girls! The U14 and U16 Netball teams set the standard on Tuesday, with the U14s playing superbly with high scoring wins against Wellingborough and Bishop Stopford Schools. A strong tournament resulted in the girls finishing as the U14 County runners up. The U16 team went one better, however, and were head and shoulders better than all of the opposition all throughout the day. Particular successes were against Oundle, Wellingborough and Quinton House Schools as the team remained unbeaten and they finished as U16 County Champions!

The U12A, B and C Hockey teams had great matches on Wednesday, all of which were entertaining and very close; a 4-4 draw, a 2-2 draw and a 2-0 loss.

Yesterday, we had the second GDST Rally of the year hosted in Oxford, and all of our teams showed real strength and determination. The U12 Netball team had good wins against Norwich and Howells, and finished 12th overall. The U15 Hockey team worked well and, despite only losing 1 game, lost out on progressing to the playoffs by just 1 point. Despite this, they had superb wins against Bath, Howells and Birkenhead. The Senior Swimming team also had a good day out, progressing to a number of individual and relay finals.

We would like to wish the four teams playing matches tomorrow against Wellingborough School, both home and away, the very best of luck.

Mrs Hackett
Director of Sport

Hockey – GDST Rally

Our first match of the rally was against Newcastle. Although we fought well, we simply didn’t go out with enough intensity and we were not playing our best, which resulted in a 1-0 defeat. We then discussed and analysed the game in preparation for our next game against Howells. Despite it not being our best game, we worked much better as a team, using our width and transfers far more. This meant we won 2-0 with goals scored by Radhika Pandya and Lily King.

Our next game was against Oxford, and although we fought hard with the majority of the possession, neither team managed to score a goal leaving us with a 0-0 draw. After a slightly infuriating match, where we narrowly missed out on the win, we were keen to get some goals which we did against Shrewsbury. This was certainly the game which contained our best play, with us winning 2-0, with goals scored by Maddie Down and Jodie Welton. In the following game against Portsmouth, we worked well although took a while to score, despite having almost all the possession and a vast amount of shots on goal. We won this game 1-0 with a goal from Jodie Welton.

In the following game we did not play our best, but defended well and eventually used our opportunities when attacking to win the game 1-0 with a goal from Radhika Pandya. Our final game was against Royal High School Bath. After having six games, we were all relatively tired but fought on to win 2-0 with goals scored by Radhika Pandya and Jodie Welton.

Overall, everybody in the team played impeccably well with notable mentions to Eve, Eloise and Maddie, who all stepped up from the U14 team. The Player’s Player Award was a tie between Sarah and Jodie; the Coach’s Player was Lucy Ramskill. The team should all be very proud of their play, and we found several things to fine tune for the remainder of the season.

U15 Hockey Captain


U15 vs Quinton House
We started powerfully from the first whistle, working the ball down the wings and getting a few chances in the opposition’s D within the first few minutes. We continued to put the pressure on and with the effectiveness of our post players and pressure put on after rebounds, Esmé Ellis scored. Despite not playing our best hockey we continued to apply, just making a few mistakes. However, we did not let this affect our game and continued to attack, with Jodie Welton scoring a second goal. After this, we continued to attack however an unfortunate tackle by the opposition resulted in an injury. Sadly this meant we had to call it a day, with our final score 2-0.

U15 Hockey Captain

Swimming – GDST Rally

After a long journey to Oxford, the Swimming team was determined to do well against the rest of the Trust schools.  The teams comprised for the Juniors, Rebecca Lowe, Phoebe Haynes, Ellie Chinnock, Anna Johnson and Amelia Murphy; for the Seniors, Chloe Mercer, Bryony Bird and Eleanor McNicholas. Although we missed out on the overall podium finish, each and every girl swam outstanding races with a number of people gaining standard times, and therefore earning points for the team.

In the Senior category, Chloe Mercer placed 4th in the 100m Individual Medley, and Bryony Bird qualified for the final; placing 5th overall. In the Junior events, girls qualified for finals in the Medley Relay, Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly finals, gaining fantastic times. The Junior team placed 7th overall and the Senior team placed 8th.

Congratulations to all the girls for a fantastic swim!

Swimming Team Captain

U12 Netball Team Photo – GDST Rally

Book Review

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness – recommended for L4 and above

From the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down.

“Call me Bathsheba.” The whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself… With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.

Miss Buxton
School Librarian

Children in Need Cookie and Sweets Sale

Hot Yoga & HIIT Pilates

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