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Junior News

Junior News 24 May 2019

Our week

Dear parents and girls

Headlines May 2019

‘Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen at once and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you.’ This quotation, from the late Susan Sontag, is a favourite of mine and its elegant simplicity in explaining the fundamental mysteries of our world always raises a smile when I remember it. However, as this most fleeting of half terms draws to a close, I am led to doubt its truth. With the public exam season starting almost as soon as Easter was over and a dizzying sequence of events to enjoy in a mere twenty-one school days – including a Higher Ed event, the School Birthday, the U5 celebratory lunch, Leavers’ Week, the junior play-in-a-week, a Year 6 residential, Silver D of E, a visit from BBC’s ‘Question Time’ and the Welcome Evening for seniors – it has felt at times as though everything has happened at once (almost, at least).

From the vantage point of the last day, however, we can look back and savour a succession of exciting memories and realise that we would not have it any other way. How satisfying to know that our Year 6s spend SATS week having a ball at Osmington Bay, knowing full well that their future progress into senior school is already secure. How pleasing to see our 6.2s letting their hair down a little (with help from the staff, complete in fancy dress) in the days before study leave. I know that ‘it doesn’t all happen to me’ really but, rather, that I am a privileged onlooker. Marvelling at the comic timing of the junior girls in ‘Magpie Manor’ or the inventive genius of the science faculty’s costume scheme for ‘Through the Ages,’ revelling in the nostalgia of the Birthday celebrations or the buzz of the ‘Question Time’ warm-up with Fiona Bruce, I get to share in the fruits of the work of my colleagues, who make all these things happen on time and to plan. Parents and families, too, you play your part by weaving the complex logistics of school life – as chauffeurs, coaches and cheerleaders – into your own demanding schedules.

For this, I thank you all and wish you a pleasant half-term break – with time and space to do with as you please.

Dr Stringer



Mrs Petryszak's availability

Mrs Petryszak’s days on site will vary over the coming weeks in order to align with school activities and events:

  • w/c 3 June: Monday/Tuesday/Friday
  • w/c 10 June: Monday/Tuesday/Friday
  • w/c 17 June: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday
  • w/c 24 June: Monday/Tuesday/Friday
  • w/c 1 July: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
  • w/c 8 July: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

She is, however, contactable on or via the school office on any day of the working week.


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

Isla H – grade 3 merit & 6 year award

Poppy M – Rose Cup Competition 4th
Emily F – badge 5

Cheer Leading Competition
Charlotte E-H – came 2nd out of 24

Gege O – 9km Wendale Walk

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Isla H – gold medal grade 1
Manha K – gold medal grade 2

Emily G – verse speaking came 6th in category
Eloise K – verse speaking, came 4th in category
Manha K – distinction grade 3

Lily A – Willen Hospice

Artemisia U – medal

Show Jumping
Felicity L – 2 clear rounds, 2nd at 60cm, 5th at 50cm


Class Assemblies are held in the Junior School Hall at 8.35 am on Wednesdays and parents are most welcome to enjoy refreshments from 8.00 am. Here are the dates for the Summer Term:

Year 2N – 5 June

Year 3N – 12 June

Year 4N – 19 June

Year 5H – 26 June

Year 5N – 3 July

Year 6N – Thursday 11 July afternoon Leavers’ Assembly


Year 4 have had a great day fundraising for WWF, raising over £190.00.

As donations are still coming in the final totals will appear in Junior News after half term.


Class Photographs, please note your daughters’ class photograph is on Monday 3 June.

As it is the Summer term please ensure your daughter is wearing the Summer uniform, which includes white socks or tights.

Year 4 team photographs are also taking place on Monday 3 June.

Dates for the Diary

Mon 3 June – return to school

Mon 3 June – Class photographs (Summer uniform)

Tues 4 June – no teacher-led clubs

Weds 12 June – Year 4 trip to Brixworth Country Park

Tues 18 June – 11:45 am Reception Open Ballet

Weds 19 June – Author visit Pippa Goodhart

Thurs 20 June – Year 5 trip to Everdon

Mon 1 July – LAMDA exams

Fri 5 July – Welcome Day

Weds 10 July – KS1 trip to Castle Ashby Gardens

Fri 12 July – End of Term




Under 11 A Cricket Team v Broughton Manor

On Wednesday 22 May, both the A and B cricket teams had their first match of the season against Broughton Manor. The A team had a very successful game and won the match by 236 runs to 227. I was very proud of my team and hope that we will continue winning in the future, but no matter what we do it’s all about having fun. The fielder of the game was Eryn C, I was the bowler and Manha K was a well deserved batsman. I look forward to our next match!

Ella D – Captain

Under 11 B Cricket Team v Broughton Manor

We had an exciting match against Broughton Manor and although we lost by 20 points (276 runs to 256) it was a close call. Myself and the Vice-Captain, Sonya, both saw much improvement in everyone playing in this match. Every player in the B team should feel incredibly proud of themselves. It was a fantastic match and we put up a good fight. Well done everyone!

Tess H – Captain


Wednesday 26 June – 2 pm to 3 pm

Reception to Year 2 
Monday 24 June – 2 pm to 3 pm

Year 3 to Year 6
Thursday 6 June – All day


We would like to invite you to watch your daughter swim after half term; the dates and times for each year group are shown in the tables below.

For Reception, Years 1 and 2 this will take the form of a ‘watching week’, where family are able to attend and observe a typical lesson. For years 3 upwards the girls compete in a swimming gala with a variety of different races from the competitive strokes to the traditional High School float races. Each girl will take part in a number of races, representing her house in the hope of winning the swimming competition for her year group and overall in the Junior School. The viewing gallery will be open for spectators and there will be refreshments after each event.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sonia Fraser
Head of Swimming


Year Date Start Time Approximate Finish Time
Three Monday 17 June 10.45 am 11.45 am
Four Monday 17 June 11.25 am 12:25 pm
Five Tuesday 18 June 9.10 am 10.15 am
Six Thursday 4 July 2:30 pm 3:10 pm


Year Date Start Time Approximate Finish Time
Rec Thursday 13 June 9.15 am 10.15 am
One Thursday 13 June 10.50 am 11.45 am
Two Thursday 13 June 11.30 am 12.25 pm


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Cancelled clubs:

Tuesday 4 June –  teacher-led clubs due to a staff meeting

Tuesday 2 July – Recorder Club

w/c Monday 8 July – teacher-led clubs in the last week of term


Kipper Room
This week we have been exploring water activities. We have experimented with a range of different flavour teas with our tea set. We have mixed different colours of water together using test tubes and pipettes and also splashed in large buckets of water wearing our wellies.

We have also been focusing on our jigsaw puzzles and identifying and ordering numbers 1 to 10.

Elmer Room
This week in Elmer Room we have been revisiting different occupations.  They have loved taking Betty the dog for a walk and learning about what a dog needs and where a dog goes if they are poorly. We have also been having fun making walkie talkies out of junk modelling and learning about what the police do. We have also had fun practising our physical skills during gym where we competed in an obstacle course.

This week the girls have enjoyed finding out about the opticians. They have made glasses, role-played being opticians checking everyone’s eyes and giving them glasses.
They have also been exploring colour mixing and different types of animals.

After half term your daughter may experience the following activities:

  • Our sound of the week is ‘f’
  • We are beginning our topic on travel and transport, please read the topic letter to find out more information
  • Making boats
  • Looking at information books on different types of transport
  • If you are going away during half term or go out and about on visits it would be great if you could get a postcard. We will then share them.
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The girls thoroughly enjoyed presenting their Class Assembly on Wednesday and are continuing to be enthusiastic about looking after our own plants in the garden area.

Art work this week has been focused around the painting ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh. We have been also doing some mixed addition and subtraction sums, requiring some very careful looking at the sign in the number sentence to see which operation is needed.

The week and the half term finished with dressing as wild animals, which seemed to bring out our ‘wild’ side; luckily the afternoon was spent at Forest School, a fitting place for a class of wild animals!

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Year 1

Year 1 have just begun learning about sharing equally in Maths and how to solve problems using concrete objects and pictorial methods. This has been rather challenging and we will continue to practise sharing real objects.  You can certainly help at home by sharing out food, pencils and toys into equal groups. In English we have been planning our own versions of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and learning about adjectives. The girls know that adjectives make our writing much more interesting to the reader.

Please model exciting adjectives at home whenever possible to help broaden your daughter’s vocabulary. We took our handwriting lesson outside this week and practiced cursive handwriting in chalk on the playground. Working on a large scale can really benefit our gross and fine motor skills.

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Year 2

In Year 2 this week we have been designing gardens in Maths. We had a budget to stick to and we had to choose different items to buy. We then had to think about who was going to work in our garden depending upon the amenities we had chosen to include. Finally, we had some visitors and so we had to calculate how much money we made in our first week of opening. We worked collaboratively to come up with the design and layout and we used concrete resources to help manage our spending. In English, we have been looking at the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and imagining we were the wolf. We thought about how we might feel being thrown out of the forest by the woodcutter and then thought of reasons why we should be let back in ready to write a persuasive letter to the woodcutter. In DT we have been sewing our fairytale character puppets, adding accessories too!

“I liked designing the garden and working out what to buy.”  Harriet

“I have liked getting ready for our assembly.”  Avleen

“I liked learning about the big bad wolf and thinking about why he should be let back in to the forest!”  Jessica

“We have enjoyed DT and sewing our puppets!”  Harini and Sophie

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Year 3

“Year 3 have finished their summer embroidered flowers and we are really proud of them.” Esme 

“I liked making the shoes in Humanities, we have made two different sorts of shoes now.” Diandra 

Have a good rest over half term, no formal PREP set but do keep reading!

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Year 4

“In Science, we were doing sound and testing which material was the best at muffling sounds.” Florence

“In Humanities, we did some pairing up where we had pictures and sentences about farming in Ancient Egypt and we had to pair the sentences with the right picture.” Gaby

“My favourite part of the week was when we were in PE and we were practising the relay and running around the track.” Sima

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Year 5

“On Wednesday, Year 5 went down to Forest School. We did weaving with natural materials such as long grass and giant daisies. Later on, Pre-school came down as well and we had lots of fun.” Chanan

“On Tuesday, in English, I enjoyed reading a piece of information about Apollo 11 landing on the moon and answering the questions. Also on Monday I enjoyed drawing Mayan hieroglyphs in History.” Leela

“Last Friday we did some printing in Art. We used polystyrene pieces and drew a seascape design on them with a pencil. We used two rollers to print – one of them was to put in the ink and roll on our picture, and the other one was to press it down once we had put it on the paper. I found that the white paper worked best for my drawing.” Sherain

“In Science we learned about gravity and air resistance. We made parachutes to test which material was best because it floated to the ground slowly. We were really surprised that the silk had less air resistance than the leather!” Millie

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Year 6

“This week has been extremely busy. We have studied algebra in Maths, evolution in Science, coasts in Geography and have started to look at compiling our Leaver’s Book in English!” Fee and Tara

“I have really enjoyed the challenge of finding the value of missing numbers in the algebra puzzles we have been investigating!” Deeya

“In Science we have been studying evolution. We have looked at a variety of trilobites and examined how they evolved over time, as well as looking at what the fossil record tells us about the past and how we can learn from this to preserve life in the future.” Fee

“We have been focusing on coasts in Humanities and so far we have learnt about different structures and how they are formed including caves, arches and stacks.” Gege

“In English we have started to compile our Leaver’s book. This will include our favourite moments as well as some of our funniest!” Tara

“Last but not least we wanted to share with you some memories from Osmington Bay, the fabulous residential we went on last week. We took part in lots of activities including the Giant Swing, the Trapeze, Zip Wire, Kayaking and Dragon Boating.

Whilst we were there we were encouraged to strengthen our team work, build resilience and also had lots of fun learning new chants and hand clapping rhythms. Overall, we were all encouraged to overcome our fears and we all had great fun!” Abigail

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GAP Club

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Arts Festival

Arts Festival: Invitational

As part of our upcoming Arts Festival (noted in the above flyer), we are delighted to be hosting our Arts Invitational Evening on Thursday 27 June.

Starting at 4pm, the invitational will showcase a vast array of work produced by students of all ages here at Northampton High, across all of the different areas of the Arts. Creative Arts, Fashion, Textiles, Food, Film, Drama and Poetry are just some of the exhibitions and activities that will be on display during the Invitational, and we do hope that you will be able to join us in school as we proudly present the creations of our talented students.

To get a flavour of what you may expect at the event, please click here to view a gallery of photos from last years invitational.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Northampton High presents CATS!

Tickets are now on sale for Northampton High School’s production of CATS!

With live performances taking place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June at 7pm, this is a show not to be missed, so click here to book your tickets today and avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to help.

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Officer

Term Dates

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