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Junior News

Junior News – 15 September 2023

What a start to the year we have had! It has been wonderful to welcome 15 new pupils to our Junior School community. In true Northampton High style, they have been warmly welcomed and, as a result, settled incredibly quickly and positively.

It was lovely to see so many parents join us on Thursday 7 September for our information evening. Meeting the class teachers and seeing the children’s classrooms are important in setting our children up for a collaborative, happy and successful year.

I also enjoyed meeting with some parents at our first parent coffee morning of the year. I will be hosting these each half term over the year and they are an opportunity to meet other parents, discuss with me any key aspects of the school and I will ask for your input or feedback on a variety of aspects of school life. They are another opportunity to strengthen our working relationships and collaboration between home and school.

Miss Hair 
Head of Junior School 

Upcoming Events

Autumn Term Holiday Club for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Bookings are now open for the autumn term Holiday club for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

We are pleased to be able to offer childcare during the two week October half term and part of the Christmas holiday, 8am to 5pm at a charge of £39 per day.

We have a limited amount of spaces available and would encourage you to secure your places as early as possible to ensure we have availability. Please see the following links:

October Holiday Club: 08:00-17:00 (Monday 23 October to Friday 3 November)
December Holiday Club: 08:00-17:00 (Monday 18 December to Thursday 21 December)

Bookings will close one week in advance. Should you need extended care during the holiday dates, the following daily sessions are also open for bookings: Early Session – 07:00-08:00 (includes Breakfast) and Late Session – 17:00-18:00 (includes Tea)

If you wish to pay for any of the above via Childcare voucher or Government Tax Free Childcare Allowance, or have any further queries then place contact

For any support with booking the sessions you require, please contact

Parents Evening Appointments

Our autumn term parents evening for all children from Nursery to Year 6 will be held on Thursday 19 October, 3.00-7.00pm.

To book an appointment with your child’s class teacher please complete this form expressing your preferred time slot.

We will allocate appointment times based on your responses and communicate these with you on Friday 6 October.

Nursery and Preschool News

This week in Nursery we had an exciting morning meeting some emergency service visitors. We had a chance to meet some of the uniformed officers and look at their vehicles, and listened to the sound of the sirens.

We enjoyed our Cooking session making fruit kebabs, and we visited the library to listen to our ‘story of the week’ and choose a book to take home. In the classroom, we have explored different materials and have seen how they scoop and pour differently, and we have explored our senses with scented tea in the water tray.

We have also been thinking about different sounds different objects make in the environment.

It has been wonderful to welcome our new children into Preschool, some of whom have moved up from Nursery and some who are new to the school. Using our own observations, and those from home, we have been able to plan the learning environment around the children’s interests.

This week, we have listened to and identified sounds as we have walked to and from Forest School.

The children have benefitted from our developmentally appropriate Maths and phonics planning, which has been subtly introduced into their day as well as our planned Ballet, Cooking, French and PE sessions. On Tuesday morning, we welcomed the emergency services on site which the children fully engaged with.

Reception Class of 2023-2024

We are pleased to share that everyone has settled very quickly and positively in their new routines and relationships have been strengthened and formed. It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to our classes for 2023-2024:

We have been very pleased with how the class have all settled into their new routines and being in Reception Class. They have been very busy with all of the activities on offer and investigating all the different areas of learning. Our new joiners Anaisha, Emily and Inyat have made friends and fitted seemlessly into the group.

Confidence and enthusiasm, laughter and chatter are all good signs in the first week of school!

Well done to everyone and have a lovely weekend rest.

Year 1 Class of 2023-2024

Year 1 already feel at home in their new environment, particularly enjoying using Victorian washday tools in the role play and making incredible creations with matchsticks, buttons and playdough.

It is lovely to see Robyn settling so quickly into her new school and observing how her classmates have made her feel welcome.

The curriculum is now in full swing. The girls have particularly enjoyed identifying materials in Science and making their own passports in Humanities.

Year 2 Class of 2023-2024

Year 2 have had a fantastic start to the term and it has been a pleasure to welcome Inara to the class.

Everyone has settled back into school life really quickly and have been working really hard in all of their lessons.

The highlight of our week was meeting the Police and Fire Service. It was exciting trying on their hats and hearing the (very loud) siren! Afterwards, we talked about what to do in an emergency and how to call the emergency services. The children were surprised to know that even children can call 999 if they need to, but only to do this if they genuinely need help.

We were particularly proud of the Tower Bridge drawings we created in our new KS1 Art Room. We are very much looking forward to visiting there next week!

Year 3 Class of 2023-2024

Year 3 have had an exciting start to the new school year. We have 1 new joiner who has settled in quickly and made lots of new friends.

Year 3 is quite a jump from Year 2, and we are now into a new Key Stage with lots more focus on being independent and taking responsibility for our own learning.

We have persevered with some quite tricky Maths problems using place value, and have started our work around the Stone Age with an exciting rebuild of Stonehenge using custard creams!

Year 4 Class of 2023-2024

4N have made an excellent start to the term, and it has been a joy to be welcomed each morning by their smiling faces. Orla has settled well and the girls have been very welcoming and supportive.

Pupils have been working hard in Maths working out the different increments on number lines and solving place value problems.

Students showed persistence when using directional clues to find the different states of the U.S.A, and have had great discussions about what freedom means to them as we start our new book ‘Tar Beach’.

The girls are really looking forward to our trip on Monday and please could everyone arrive by 07:45am.

Year 5 Class of 2023-2024

What an amazing start to our new school year! Our week has been full of enthusiasm, curiosity, perseverance, independence and collaboration.

We started a new book in English; ‘The Man who Walked Between the Towers’, and decided that we could build up to the risk-taking part of Year 5!

We are delighted to have welcomed Elizabeth into our class and are enjoying getting to know her. She’s “good at spelling, expressive, kind, funny and smart” so we know she’ll feel completely at home in Year 5!

Year 6N Class of 2023-2024

6N have welcomed Imogen and she has settled quickly into the school, and said the girls have been very friendly.

There have been many clubs for the girls to join, and particular highlights have included a ballet lesson, orchestra, sports clubs, patchwork club and current affairs.

The girls have coped well with moving around the school to all their lessons, and are setting a good example to the younger girls.

Year 6H Class of 2023-2024

6H have welcomed 4 new joiners;§ Jesleen, Hazel, Lulu and Alishba to the school and they have settled in very quickly, saying that NHS feels homely and welcoming.

Being in Year 6 is a lot of responsibility as the oldest pupils in Junior School and they are already setting a good example to younger pupils!

Highlights so far have included developing badminton skills in PE, using watercolour paint to create mood boards and working with 7 digit numbers and beyond.

News from outside of our classrooms: Autumn Term Clubs Round Up

We are pleased to be offering 4 clubs before school, 24 clubs at lunchtime and 19 after school clubs for the Junior School girls to enjoy this term. The clubs have started with strong numbers engaging in them already. We note the administration of clubs has been challenging and we appreciate your patience and support.

As usual, our sports clubs are proving popular with pupils showing strong levels of commitment to our hockey season, as well as trying new sports such as tag rugby and continuing to strengthen their skills in swimming, netball and football.

The Junior School choir has its largest group post COVID and preparations are underway for performances at the end of this term and for Young Voices in February.

Atomic Tom has returned for the term and as ever, our girls are keen to develop their skills in STEM areas.

Chess club has now been split into small group coaching; one for potential team players and a session for learning the basics of the game and enjoying developing these with a range of competitors. We are looking forward to forming our chess team and competing locally when the girls are ready.

News from outside of our classrooms: Emergency Services Day

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a unique assembly celebrating Emergency Services Day and we were visited by personnel from local police and fire service!

The girls from Nursery to Year 6 were enthused and listened to, and questioned in equal measure, the visitors with maturity and curiosity.

It was a very interactive experience with listening to the sirens, trying on uniform, sitting in vehicles and exploring equipment kit bags all included!

A memorable learning opportunity for us all!

News from outside of our classrooms: Women's Cricket England vs Sri Lanka

The rain may have stopped play on the pitch but it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits on Tuesday at Northampton County Cricket Club! England Women took on Sri Lanka in this match and the players showcased inspiring talent.

Thank you to the Scears family for hosting our group at the match, which facilitated this opportunity for the girls.

If it’s true that once you’ve seen it you can be it, then I’m looking forward to the next cricket season at Northampton High – it will certainly be successful!

News from outside of our classrooms: Year 6 leadership roles

We are pleased to introduce to you the Year 6 Leaders for this academic year.

We are looking forward to supporting their development in leadership skills and working alongside them to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Sports captains will be selected and shared in the coming weeks.

House Captains – Amelie, Cordelia, Aurelia and Sakinah
Vice House Captains – Asmi, Anna, Cora and Poppy
School Council Chair – Angelie
School Council Vice Chair – Lily
School Council Secretary – Avelyn
STEM Champions – Diya and Annabelle
Creative Arts Champions – Artemisia and Eliza
Reading Champions – Hazel and Emma

News from outside of our classrooms: Dance Achievement

Siena-Louise (Y3) and Emily (Y2), joined 4 of our Senior School pupils and other dancers from their Dance School in a rather unique experience to dance onboard a cruise ship in the summer holidays.

They spent 5 days on board as the ship sailed from Southampton to Spain. The group performed their dances twice a day in the theatre of the ship.

Well done girls, we are really proud of your achievements with your dance passion!

European Day of Languages

We are looking ahead to celebrating the European Day of Languages this month and have an exciting week-long programme of events planned for the week beginning Monday 25 September.

During this week, we would like to showcase careers involving languages (or those who studied Languages and have gone on to do something different!). If you, a member of your family, a family friend or an alumna of the school feel able to contribute, we would be very grateful!

Please contact if you can help or would like any more information.

Mrs Peto
Classics & Latin Teacher

Awards This Week

Star Learners of the Week – Robyn F-W, Ella K, Lily P, Emily K, Amber K, Cristina S-R, Amelie, Nasr, Luisa P

External Achievements:
Pearl P
– awarded Distinction in her LAMDA Solo Introductory Stage 1
Georgina P – achieved Gymnast of the Week
Ella K – awarded Distinction in her LAMDA Solo Introductory Stage 1
Emily T – performed on a cruise ship and awarded Pony Camp rosettes
Eloise A – awarded a Tennis medal
Ellie A – achieved a Mercury awarded in Gymnastics
Grace B – came 1st in Tennis competition
Caoimhe – achieved Star Dancer in Irish Dancing
Annie T – awarded a First Aid Stage 2 and Make a Change Stage 2 Brownie badges
Diya B – moved up a level in Diving
Aurelia T – achieved a Distinction in her Performing Arts Exam

Birthdays This Week

This week, we wish a very Happy Birthday to the following members of our Junior School family:

Avani A, Jasmine I, Emily K, Angelie B, Siena-Louise D-B

What's On - Autumn Term

Community Sessions

Children's Activity Morning

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