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Junior News – 16 December 2022

We want our Junior School girls to have big ideas and the passion and commitment to bring them to life. Yet, how do we, as their adult role models, set the tone, become their partners, teach them the transferable skill sets they need when the big idea might need some help being brought to life? We do it with curiosity and positivity. We do it by asking the right questions. We do it with our own learner’s mindset. We do it by working alongside them instead of out front. Together, with our girls, we create their satisfying “journey to yes we can”.

I’m very proud to be able to provide a staff team who are skilled at moulding, guiding and inspiring your daughters. They are committed, devoted and relentlessly determined to provide your daughters with the very best guidance to reach their full potential. Their true superpower is that they authentically believe in your daughters, which enables them to believe in themselves.

Even superheroes need a break and I know our staff team are looking forward to time with their families to rest and recharge ahead of our return in 2023.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your unwavering support to your daughters, and our Junior School community, over the autumn term and to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Our spring term begins on Monday 9 January 2023, and we all wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Miss Hair 
Head of Junior School 

Beautiful Christmas Carol Concert wows audience!

On Thursday 15 December, we were delighted to host our annual Christmas Carol Concert for our parents, staff, friends and members of the wider community. Our excellent vocalists and musicians showcased their talent, wowing the audience with a whole range of musical performances. The evening was filled with festive joy and Christmas spirit, proving to be a fabulous way to end the term!

This year’s concert was very special for Northampton High, as it was the first ‘in person’ concert we have held since 2019. Welcoming our community into our wonderful theatre felt even more exciting for this reason and there was certainly a buzz that we had missed in previous years.

Opening the concert was Director of Music, Mr Nathan, who welcomed the audience and encouraged everyone to relax and enjoy the carols and festive musical pieces performed by our students, alumnae, staff and beyond!

With a programme that included Christmas carols, readings, choir performances, an orchestra, solos and even a pop group, there was truly something for everyone to enjoy. The quality of the performances left a packed audience enthralled and, once again, our community exclaimed their amazement at our talented student body. This truly was a night to remember!

The evening concluded with a closing speech from Dr Lee, congratulating our musicians for all of their hard work and thanking our wonderful families for consistently supporting our school through their attendance. Our students’ dedication to their musical endeavours continues to make us extremely proud and we truly hope our audience enjoyed an evening of festivities ahead of the Christmas break.

We are delighted to offer parents professionally printed photos from the event courtesy of our photographer Jane Ellis. Photos can be viewed and puchased by clicking here, using the password HIGHX22.

Miss Price
Digital Marketing Assistant

School Photos - Discount Extended

Pret-a-Portrait’s EarlyBird discount (25% off!) for the recent photos is due to expire today but they have extended this until Tuesday 20 December so you can take advantage of the discount for longer!

Head to their website and enter your sitting ID, the discount will automatically be applied

If you’ve misplaced your sitting ID, please contact Pret-a-Portrait directly on 0800 021 7626 or

Year 1 to Year 6 Creative Writing Prep

Over the break, if the girls in Year 1 to Year 6 can find any time to draft their entry, it would be very helpful to them when they return to school in January.

We are excited to see what they put together!

World Book Day - Advance Warning!

For World Book day next year (2 March 2023) we will be having a theme of ‘Bedtime Stories’.

The children will be invited to attend School/Nursery/Pre School in their pyjamas and dressing gowns (rather than a costume of a book character) and will partake in a range of activities all centred around the enjoyment of reading and the joy of bedtime stories.

We wanted to let you know this early to avoid any early preparations with regards to book character costumes! 

News from our extracurricular offer: GAP Club

We have had a very sparkly Gap Club this half term.

The girls have created lots of decorations for the room and worked hard to transform plain play panels into a fabulous gingerbread house. They designed sweets and cupcakes, made paper chains and used paper plates to create gingerbread faces. The girls made baubles and stockings and helped to decorate a Christmas tree and wrap boxes for presents.

We created snowflakes and Christmas trees to decorate the windows and a rather fabulous gingerbread family to go on the door. It certainly has been the most wonderful time of the year.

We look forward to seeing you all next term and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mrs Howell and the Gap Club Team

News from outside of our classrooms: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas’ at the Royal and Derngate Trip

On Wednesday, Reception and Pre-School pupils visited ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ at the Royal and Derngate. It was a very exciting to travel by minibus on a snowy Christmassy morning!

When we arrived, there were many Christmas-based activities we could join in with including reading in the igloo and playing in Santa’s sleigh. The play lasted just over 45 minutes and everyone sat, listened and participated beautifully.

We even spotted the paper chains that all in the Junior School had written and sent over to the Derngate as part of the Educational outreach activities.

Awards for this week

Star Learners of the Week – Emily T, Hanaa, Olivia, Rayna, Priyana, Leah, Eloise C, Eliza, Amelie N, Cora S, All of Year 6

Swimmer of the Week – Artemisia
Ballet Dancers of the Week – All of Reception Class

Each week girls are invited to share their achievements in activities outside of school. They are listed below for this week:

Eloise A – awarded a medal in Football Club
Isabel – awarded a yellow belt in Kick Boxing
Millicent – awarded an Explorer badge at Rainbows
Rosie – achieved Gymnast of the Term
Grace B – came 1st in a tennis tournament with 43 points
Shanaya – awarded ‘Top Player’ in a tennis tournament
Amelie C – received the Chief Scout Silver Award at her last day at Cubs. This is the highest award a Cub can achieve.

Birthdays for this week

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

Harini, Shreya, Avleen

Safeguarding Disclosure

The Designated Safeguarding lead staff, first, Miss Kneen and second, Miss Hair, will be contactable by email throughout the Christmas holiday for safeguarding concerns via the email. This is for safeguarding only.

Alternatively, you can complete a form hosted on our school website to disclose safeguarding concerns and the form can be accessed from here.

Dr Lee

New look for parent FireFly dashboard!

The school’s FireFly dashboard for parents has recently undergone a revamp and an upgrade! We hope that our parents will find the information platform to be user-friendly and accessible.

If you have any questions or have any feedback on the upgraded portal, please do get in touch.

Mr Rittler
IT Operations Manager

Raise Her Up: Ellie Flynn

This week’s episode of the GDST’s ‘Raise Her Up’ podcast features Ellie Flynn, an investigative journalist and documentary maker who specialises in undercover operations around gender equality. She is talking about her forthcoming documentary Undercover Sexual Harassment: The Truth which is available to watch on All 4.

In this episode, Ellie talks about going undercover to show how sexual harassment affects the daily lives of women and girls in the UK. While we firmly believe it’s not for girls to have to adapt their behaviour to avoid sexual assault, there are things we can all do to #partysafe this Christmas season.

Listen to Ellie’s experience and advice now by clicking here.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

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