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Junior News – 28 April 2023

Welcome to the summer term! What an encouraging and positive start it has been!

Our summer sports are underway with cricket, tennis and athletics proving to be engaging and challenging in equal measure; I’m very much looking forward to our sporting experiences and successes this term! We are being offered swimming galas, fixtures, tournaments, celebration evenings and sports days so we will certainly be busy on the sporting front! New topics and units of study have begun across the school and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed how enthused the classes have been to delve in to new learning and consolidate previous learning by transferring their skills. 

Above all else our commitment at the High School is to enable our students to use their belief in themselves to achieve whatever they choose. We want our students to bravely and doggedly pursue their dreams whatever they may be. Confidently raising ones voice in a room that lacks diversity can be challenging, but we want our girls to challenge injustices with determination by putting themselves forward for all opportunities that inspire them. 

I was encouraged recently to read that the US space agency NASA has named the four astronauts who will take humanity back to the Moon after a 50 year gap. Christina Koch will become the first woman astronaut ever assigned to a lunar mission, while Victor Glover will be the first black astronaut on one. They will join Reid Wiseman and Jeremy Hansen to fly a capsule around the Moon late next year or early in 2025. The astronauts won’t land on the Moon, but their mission will pave the way for a touchdown by a subsequent crew. Christina is an electrical engineer, and she holds the record for the longest continuous time in space by a woman of 328 days. With NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, she also participated in the first all-female spacewalk in October 2019. In selecting a woman and a person of colour, NASA is keeping its promise to bring greater diversity to its exploration efforts. All the previous crewed missions to the Moon were made by white men.

Vanessa Wyche is the director of NASAs Johnson Space Flight Center, the home of mission control. She said; “Among the Artemis-2 crew are the first woman, first person of colour, and first Canadian on a lunar mission, and all four astronauts will represent the best of humanity as they explore for the benefit of all.” We shouldn’t underestimate the barriers Christina Koch will have faced in her journey to this achievement milestone. To have reached this point she will have had to possess a great level of resilience, an unwavering amount of determination and an encouraging amount of self belief. These are all personal qualities we recognise as being important for each of our girls to develop. To have role models such as Christina to inspire them our girls appreciate the importance of working on these skills. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.”

I hope our students can watch Christina representing females in space and use this to stoke their self belief that they too could be a pioneering astronaut if their dreams so dictate. If space isn’t sparking their interest then being boosted by this female representation in a male dominated area should itself be a reassurance and motivation for all of our students. 

I’m looking forward to our summer term as it promises to be full of opportunities to grow and develop the personal attributes that will enable the future Christina Kochs to have been students at Northampton High!

Miss Hair
Head of Junior School 

Dates for your Diary

Class Assemblies (8.35am unless specified):
10 May – Year 5H
17 May – Year 5N
24 May – Year 4
14 June – Year 2
21 June – Year 1
05 July – Year 6 – End of Junior School Celebration event (8.45-10.00am)
05 July – Reception (3.00pm)

Other Trips:
Year 6 – Residential trip to Osmington Bay, 9 to 12 May
KS2 – Women’s Ashes, 23 June
Year 5 – Globe Theatre, 4 May 

Key Dates:
Year 3 to 6 – Sports Celebration Evening, 4 May (5.30pm)
Nursery to Year 6 – Cinema Event, 15 May (3.30-5pm)
Reception to Year 6 – Open Classrooms, 24 May -(3.30-5pm)
Year 3 to Year 6 – Sports Day, 9 June (all day)
Nursery to Year 6 – Summer Fayre, 7 July (3.30-5pm)
Reception to Year 6 – Open Classrooms, 12 July (3.30-4pm)
Reception to Year 6 – End of term, 14 July (11.45am)

Father’s Day Breakfast: Friday 16 June (more information to follow)

KS2 Forest School sessions:
24 April – Year 5
15 May – Year 3 and Year 4
22 May – Year 6
12 June – Year 5
19 June – Year 3 and Year 4
03 July – Year 6
10 July – Year 5

School Trips for this term:
EYFS – Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Year 1 and 2 – Warwick Castle
Year 3 – Aquarium
Year 4 – Lego Discovery Centre
Year 5 – Everdon

Swimming Watching Weeks and Galas:
Year 6 Gala – Friday 19 May (10.20am)
Year 2 Watching Week – Monday 22 May (1.10pm)
Year 3 Gala – Tuesday 23 May (9.00am)
Reception Watching Week – Tuesday 23 May (1.10pm)
Year 4 Gala – Friday 26 May (9.00am)
Year 5 Gala – Friday 26 May (10.20am)
Year 1 Watching Week – Friday 26 May (1.10pm)


Summer uniform is optional this half term and then compulsory from May half term. It is important that all children comply with the uniform expectations to ensure consistency, and I thank you for your support with this. 

Please remember that the school sun hat is a compulsory part of our school uniform, and therefore we politely request that you ensure your daughter has hers ready for the warmer days that should arrive soon! 

With multiple House sporting events this term, it seems prudent to remind you of the need for your daughter to have a t-shirt that matches the colour of her House in her PE kit please. SchoolBlazer stock these for us and whilst they are optional this year, from next year they will be a compulsory part of the uniform so you may wish to purchase these now if you haven’t done so already.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Sports Celebration Evening

We are looking forward to hosting our annual Sports Celebration Evening on Thursday 4 May 2023.

The event will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, with doors opening at 5.30pm for a drinks reception. Parents will be responsible for their child until we filter into the hall ready for the formal celebration to begin. Students are asked to attend in their school uniform, and they will sit on the chairs at the front of the hall.

We are delighted to let you know that bookings are now open for this event by clicking here. Parents are limited to two seats per child and you will sit separately from your child.

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday.

Junior School Sports Day Events

Junior School Sports Days this year will be held on the following dates:

Nursery, Pre School and Reception – 7 June, 9.00 to 10.00am, to be held in Junior School.

Year 3 – Year 6: 9 June – all day event.
Parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch for themselves over lunchtime, which they can eat with their daughters.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Sports Morning: 6 July, 9.30 to11.30am.

On arrival, please make your way to the Sports Field. All parents and families are welcome and we would love to see as many of you as possible cheering on your daughters.

We look forward to welcoming you for a day of sporting fun!

Film Night Event: Monday 15 May

Our next film night will be held on Monday 15 May from, 3.30pm until 5.00pm and we will be showing two films: ‘Matilda the Musical (PG)’ and ‘A Bug’s Life (PG)’

You can secure your daughters place via Parent Pay at a cost of £3.

Swap Shop Events

Our next Swap Shop events will be held on:

Tuesday 23 May
3.00pm – 4.00pm – Junior School Swap Shop, Junior School Dining Room

Friday 30 June
8.00am – 9.00am – Junior School Swap Shop, Junior School Library
11.30am – 12.30pm – Junior School Swap Shop, Junior School Library


Over the last term, there have been a growing number of occasions that some children have arrived late for the start of the school day. Whilst I’m sympathetic to mornings being a busy time for all families, and occasionally there will be unforeseen circumstances, I’d ask that you consider your own routine to mitigate lateness as much as possible.

For clarity, all children from Reception to Year 6 should be in class for 8.30am. Our breakfast club is open from 7.30am each morning, and teachers are in the classrooms from 8.20am to allow entry from 8.25am. Our assemblies (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) or lessons (Tuesday and Thursday) start at 8.35am.

Thank you for your support with this important habit for the children.

Miss Hair
Head of Junior School 

No Mow May! 

Plantlife’s ‘No Mow May’ is back this year and blooming better than ever! We are taking part as a school, and we’d like to encourage you to do the same at home if possible.

To join the ‘No Mow May’ movement, you just need to not mow your lawn from Monday 1 to Wednesday 31 May. This will liberate your lawn, freeing the wildflowers so that they can grow and provide a feast for pollinators, tackle pollution and lock away atmospheric carbon below ground.

We hope you are able to engage with this project at home, we are looking forward to observing the changes with the children in school.

News from our classrooms: Nursery and Preschool

A big welcome to our new friends who have joined Nursery!

Our ‘pet’ theme for this term has started really positively, thank you for all the photos that you have sent in. These have, as intended, created lots of interesting conversations, which have continued into our vets which is set up in our outside area. During their play, the girls have demonstrated their knowledge and displayed how caring they can be.

As always, the girls have settled back like they have never been away, quickly adjusting to the routines and expectations of preschool.

It’s been so nice to be able to give everyone the opportunity to develop the life skill of swimming in this last term. It’s even more special we get to be part of this journey. It amazes me that in a short space of time within the lesson, they can achieve so much showing their adaptability and passion to learn.

Minibeasts have entered the preschool and so have many engaging activities. The opportunities are endless – the girls have been developing their physical skills with drawing and painting them. Some wonderful creations have been made, turning into different insects during our PE lesson, improving our number skills through counting with objects within our ladybird activity and much more.

News from our classrooms: Reception

It has been lovely to see the class return to school, eager and ready for learning. A rainforest role play greeted the girls, which led to discussion about where these are found, what animals live there and can we go and use it! The class made some leaves and vines, hung snakes and set up a campfire.

At Forest School last week, we made a wormery and luckily it rained so we found lots of worms. We have also had some caterpillars arrive for us to watch grow and change. In writing, we are researching facts about caterpillars.

In Maths, we have been learning about ‘doubles’ and have enjoyed using mirrors, dominoes and dice to help us. Focusing on minibeasts with no legs, led to snails and naming parts of a snail, and looking at the artist ‘Matisse’ and his famous snail painting.

For cooking this week, we made cakes by using the balance scales to get the same weight of flour, sugar and margarine as the egg. The new routines of snack and using the dining room at lunch time are going very well – another step closer to being ready for Year 1!

Year 1 Writing Focus

Year 1 arrived in the classroom on Tuesday to find a giant treasure chest, sand scattered across the carpet and shiny shells in the classroom. They gingerly opened the chest and inside found a scroll tied with some sea grass.

It contained a letter from Wise Fish Naima, telling the class to follow their dreams and use their imaginations. We spent the rest of the lesson using our imaginations and writing our dreams onto paper shells which we will display in the classroom.

Next lesson we will read part of the story ‘Julian is a Mermaid’, and find out how Julian follows his dreams.

Year 2 Writing Focus

In writing this week, the girls have been producing leaflets to help visitors know where they may spot dragons hiding around the school! After the discovery of many dragons around the Junior School last week, we decided it would be useful to explain to visitors where they might see them and why they may be in those locations.

We have been working hard to use prepositions, interesting verbs and adverbs in our writing to make our sentences more informative and interesting.

Year 3 Writing Focus

Year 3 have started a new class text this term called ‘How to Live Forever’ by Colin Thompson.

We have also been discussing the pros and cons of immortality and using our ideas to write multi-claused and persuasive sentences.

Year 4 Writing Focus

At the start of the week, Year 4 wrote diary entries as the main character ‘Lenny’, from the text they are reading ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’. Their learning objective was to turn direct speech into reported speech; Annabelle did an excellent job of this.

They have also been writing poetry using antonyms inspired by the line from their book, ‘You can’t be brave if you are not frightened in the first place’. They enjoyed sharing their poems to the class. Well done everyone!

Year 5 Writing Focus

This week, Year 5 pupils have embarked on two very different journeys. The girls in 5H have started preparing for Hobbies Morning, while the girls in 5N have been studying the first few chapters of ‘Kaspar, Prince of Cats’ by Michael Morpurgo.

“We can’t say too much because we don’t want there to be any spoilers for the other class, but we are really looking forward to finding out what happens to Johnny Trott next and if he stays friends with Kaspar for the whole book” said 5N!

Year 6 Writing Focus

It is always a pleasure to see how creative young minds, are and as a teacher of English, I am fortunate to witness this in the writing they produce.

Without exception, the girls in Year 6 have worked hard to produce carefully crafted stories, descriptions and poems through the use of various stimuli including ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan, poetry exploring important issues including the environment and diversity and inclusion, and most recently ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies.

The extracts below, taken from the stories written by the girls after the study of ‘The Promise’, demonstrate how the power of the written word is thriving at Northampton High School:

In my childhood, I lived in a city that was broken, grim and miserable. Its streets were as wet and as dank as a greasy bar of soap, and never blessed with even a single ray of sunshine. The clouds constantly grieved, and a biting wind howled like a bereaved wolf.  

I sat there, hugging my cold, bleeding knees from always being thrown about, longing to reverse time. The bars of the prison cells were a warrior, letting nothing go past them. My eyes slowly lifted from my lap, and were suddenly drawn to a few cans, sitting in the corner of my dark, lonely cell.

I moved from city to city ,spreading hope and colour to each one, but one day as I was moving to another city I came across a lonely orphanage. I decided it was time to pass my chalks down to another broken girl. So, I went inside and left my package with the same old note, knowing how a heart can change, knowing that my drawing will go on.

News from outside of our classrooms: Rounders Tournament

We had a fantastic time on Thursday afternoon ,when a group of girls from Years 4 and 5 took part in a rounders tournament organised by some of the Sixth Form students. These pupils have been training for their Community Sports Leader Award, and this qualification means they will be able to run sports events independently in future.

The sports leaders organised a fun warm-up for us, including high knees, lunges and squats. We were then put into teams to play matches against 3 other local schools; Caroline Chisholm, Hardingstone and Spring Lane. We had an amazing time and we were able to improve our batting and fielding skills in a game situation.

We would like to say a big thank you to the Sixth Form students for all their hard work, and to the PE staff for helping with the umpiring.

Hester, Annabelle and Zara – 5H 

News from outside of our classrooms: Bronze Award Woodland Trust

We are very pleased to say we have surpassed the points threshold to achieve a Bronze certificate in the Woodland Trust Green School Award!

Started many years ago now and interrupted by Covid, the school has planted trees, edible hedge row plants and shrubs, examined recycling and carbon footprint, and considered the history of tree dressing (including making decorations in winter and spring).

Well done and thank you to everyone for their help and support.

Awards for this week

Star Learners of the Week – Marine A, Pearl P, Sophia R-N, Isabel S-R, Grace B, Holly G-S, Leah W, Poppy P, Tara S, Tami S, Zoe S

External Achievements: 

Marine A – achieved a Construction Rainbows Badge
Pearl P – achieved a Silent Disco Rainbow Badge
Georgina P – achieved a 20m award in Swimming
Annabel W – awarded a Level 5 in Trampolining
Siéna-Louise D B – participated at the Northampton Dance Festival during Easter and achieved a 1st for Junior Modern group, 2nd for Junior Character group, 2nd for Junior Greek group, 3rd for Character Duet and 3rd for Ballet Solo
Evie I – achieved a Silent Disco and Earth Day Rainbow Badge
Aurelia M – achieved an Earth Day Rainbow Badge
Isabel S-R – awarded Kick Boxer of the week
Millicent S – achieved a Silent Disco and Earth Day Rainbow Badge
Ellie A – achieved a Level 9 in Gymnastics, completed a wellbeing challenge and achieved a Brownies Take Action Badge and Influence Stage 2 Badge
Grace B – competed in the County Cup
Caoimhe H-T – achieved a Kids Club certificate
Rhoda J – awarded a Level 6 in Gymnastics
Amariah S-A – awarded Centre Parcs Activity certificates
Eloise C – achieved Badges 7 and 9 in Gymnastics
Thea S – achieved Badges 7 and 9 in Gymnastics
Lily C – achieved a Gymnastic award
Risara S – awarded 1st place in Tap and Dance at the Dance Festival
Harriet S – awarded Distinction in her Ballet and Contemporary exam

Birthdays for this week

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

Holly G-S, Nellie L-S, Maya R, Daneka S and Daisy P.

Community Sessions

Turning 'can we?' into 'we can!' - Early Years Taster Events, Saturday 13 May

We look forward to welcoming so many lovely families to our upcoming Early Years Stay and Play Event and Junior Arts Morning on Saturday 13 May. The event promises to be a superb showcase of life at Northampton High School.

If you would like to come along, please do feel most welcome, and should you have family, friends, or neighbours keen to visit us, please encourage them to book their place here and join us!

Mr Nash
Marketing & Communications Manager

Creative Arts Festival

Alumnae Reunion Lunch

External Sports opportunities

Term Dates

Northampton High School
Newport Pagnell Road, Hardingstone Northampton NN4 6UU
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