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Junior Newsletter 1 December 2017

Dear Parents and girls

The second FoNHS event of the year was a glittering success! The Winter Sparkle Party was attended by almost every girl in Junior School, undoubtedly because the previous event had been so good. We had face painting, letter writing, delicious food, dancing and the highlight being our four legged visitors – Tasha and Snowflake, two very tame and friendly reindeer. Thanks, once more, to the committee and their team of helpers. They are dedicating considerable time and effort to make sure our girls have these wonderful social events.

Our entrance hall has had its festive make-over and it is nice that every girl has contributed to the decorations in some way. Thanks to Mrs Revie for coordinating the staff efforts on this annual event which created the perfect atmosphere for our Early Years Christmas performances this week. I have been impressed by the talents of our youngest girls and thoroughly entertained. It is such a huge undertaking for girls as young as 2 to stand in position on the stage and perform when their family are in the room and haven’t given them a cuddle! They are all at different development stages but it is amazing to see the difference that starting in Reception makes and is a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of our curriculum. Thank you to the Early Years team for preparing the girls for this week.

We have two more performances to come before the term ends, as well as parties and Christmas lunch. It is always a privilege to work with children at this time of year and I received a very persuasive letter from 3 Year 6 girls which reinforced why I love my job. Their English lessons had inspired an idea and they went about the task of convincing me to change an aspect of our uniform. I will be replying to them shortly and it will be a tough assignment to respond with as reasoned an argument as they provided to me.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 522  |   Hestia - 611  |   Artemis - 569  |   Demeter - 558

House point badges

Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Beatrice Thorpe
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Celesani Bhebe Francesca Beale Sophia Pang Sofia Gordon-Harris
Charlotte Fordham Dharmini Kara Monpriya Dhaliwal Elizabeth Aston
Tara Etemadi Lola Andrew Ananya Rastogi Emma Bristow
Sophie Johnson Gia Sidhu Ariana Baninoe
Rishika Thakur Connie Harvey
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Ella Darby Manha Kamath


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

Hockey Tournament Swimming
Grace Moulton Grace Larin-Alabi – Ducklings 4
Nikki Atife Beatrice Thorpe – 400m
Harriet Fordham Sophia Pang – Stage 5
Alessandra Jahina Tanya Murugan – 800m
Emma Bristow Sophie Johnson – Club Championships
Gynnastics Indian Classical Dancing
Abigail Waugh – competition Ishika Shah – Grade 2 Merit
Kumon Maths
Tanya Murugan – Level 2

General messages

Looking Ahead

Tuesday 5 December Nursery Stay & Play
Thursday 7 December Year 1 & 2 Christmas Play
Friday 8 December Christmas Jumper Day
Tuesday 12 December Christmas Celebration
Wednesday 13 December Christmas parties for all.  Girls may bring in party clothes to change into
Wednesday 13 December END OF TERM
Wednesday 3 January INSET DAY
Thursday 4 January Spring Term
Sports Fixtures
Monday 4 December U11 Swimming v Bedford (HOME)
Wednesday 6 December U11 Hockey v The Grove (AWAY)
Wednesday 17 January U11 Netball v Broughton Manor Prep School (HOME)
Friday 19 January U9 Netball v Broughton Manor Prep School (AWAY)
Wednesday 24 January U11 Netball v Milton Keynes Prep School (HOME)
Wednesday 31 January U11 Netball v Winchester House School (AWAY)
Weekend 2 February U11 Netball v Wimbledon & Newcastle (AWAY)
Wednesday 7 February U11 Netball v Thornton College (AWAY)
Friday 9 February U9 Netball v Bedford Modern School (AWAY)
Wednesday 21 February U11 Netball v Winchester House(AWAY)
Friday 23 February U9 Netball v Thornton College (HOME)
Wednesday 28 February U11 Netball v Stamford Junior School (HOME)
Wednesday 28 February U11 Netball IAPS Regional Round (AWAY)
Monday 5 March U11 IAPS Swim Gala (AWAY)
Wednesday 7 March U11 Netball v Bilton Grange School (AWAY)
Thursday 8 March GDST Spring Rally (AWAY)
Friday 9 March U9 Netball v Quinton House School (AWAY)
Wednesday 14 March U11 Netball v Pitsford School (HOME)
Friday 16 March U9 Netball BMS High Five Tournament (AWAY)

Christmas Jumper Day

Girls may wear a Christmas or special jumper with their uniform on Friday 8 December and donate £1 to the Save the Children charity appeal.

Eco Team 2017-2018

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This week, the Year 6 Eco Team representatives, Jessica McClurg and Rishika Thakur,  took part in a Senior School Assembly about the work of the Eco Team. They outlined the work they are doing this year to investigate and manage waste in school. They are encouraging everyone to avoid wasting water or electricity. They are organising litter picking sessions. In addition, the Eco Team is encouraging pupils to avoid wasting food in the school dining room. Then Mr Earp and Gigi Howard from the Senior School, talked about the effects of climate change and the difficulties countries face when there are natural disasters. This year The Eco Team is planning to raise money to support Action Aid.

Running Club

There will be no running club on Friday 8 December. Running club will take a winter break at the start of next term but will return once the weather warms up and I will invite Year 4 girls to join us for an invigorating run on Friday mornings.


There will be no clubs during the last week of term.
A firefly form has been sent to all parents in Reception to Year 6 with the club choices for next term. Please see the office if you have not received it and responses are required by Friday 8 December.

Ski trip 2018

If you missed the meeting last week the presentation and a kit list are now available on Firefly. All girls have had the page recommended to them.

Sixth Form Head Girl Initiatives

Salvation Army Collection.

In aid of the Christmas spirit, help Salvation Army to spread some Christmas cheer and transform the lives of less fortunate children. This Christmas, we are collecting any unwanted toys that are in good enough condition to give to a child who may not otherwise receive a present. We will be collecting the gifts in the junior and senior school foyer From Monday 4 December until Tuesday 12 December.  Christmas is as much about giving as it is receiving.

Charity Quiz Fundraiser.

The senior school will be holding a charity quiz fundraiser event on Friday 19 January. The event will begin at 6.00 pm in the senior school hall. Tickets will cost £10 per adult and a discounted £6 for students. To enter as a team you need a maximum of 8 people per table. The entry fee will include pizza and hot dogs during the interval and a Peroni beer or canned drink of your choice. On the night, there will be a raffle taking place and a licenced bar. The evening is likely to finish by 9 pm. All of the funds raised from the evening will go towards the whole school charity, Plan International UK: Because I am a girl.

Please order tickets by Friday 12 January at the latest and to place an order for the tickets please email to reserve tickets for the evening.

Plan International UK

Plan International UK is a children’s charity that strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. 58 million girls have been reached through their global ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign and 93,000 children in 50 countries are currently being sponsored through Plan International UK. As a school we are currently sponsoring Monique Boni Dassogui, a 12 year old girl from Benin, West Africa. Our sponsorship has enabled Monique to attend a primary school which takes her less than 30 minutes to reach.  As a result of our sponsorship, we have not only benefitted the life of Monique but also the area of PU Nord by investing in projects for the whole community that include:

  • Provision of medicines and supplies
  • Activities to raise awareness on the health of children below 5 years of age
  • Training for adolescents on reproductive health
  • Provision of play and arts materials for schools
  • Capacity building and support to women’s self-help groups

WANTED - an expert in the Global Confectionery Market

The Upper 6th Business students were delighted this week when the context for their Paper 3 exam was confirmed – what could be a better market to study than the Global Confectionery Industry?!

The girls have to undertake some research into this market focusing on the current trends in manufacturers including investment, growth and takeovers; influences on the market; the competitive environment facing producers and retailers; human resource management in the UK chocolate confectionery industry and marketing and promotions in the global industry.

Obviously this type of research can be done using secondary sources, but there is nothing like a real person with real experience to bring an industry to life. If there are any parents with contacts to this industry, who may be willing to spend an hour talking to the students about one or some of these topics, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact me by email:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mrs Tansley
Subject Leader Business & Economics


Under 11 Hockey A team v Beachborough

Northampton High School Under 11 A team played Beachborough Prep on Wednesday 29 November. We started slightly slow in the first half and let in two goals. However, after our Team talk at half time we started to play more as a team, and picked up our play! In the second half we had the majority of the possession but failed to convert our opportunities. The final score was 3 – 0 to Beachborough Prep. Player of the Match was Arianna Hay.

Captain – Arianna Hay

Under 11 Hockey B team v Beachborough

On Wednesday 29 November the Under 11 B team played a match against Beachborough, and we won 3 – 1.  We all played really well!  Samiha Chaudhary scored the first goal and Emma Neville prepared the second but Beachborough scored for us!  The third goal was scored by Emma Neville.  Charlotte Urban won a well deserved Player of the Match.

Captain – Connie Harvey

Under 11 Hockey C team v Beachborough

On 29 November the C team played a match against Beachborough and we won 1-0.  It was a very successful game and everyone enjoyed it.  The goal was scored by Caitlin McClurg.  Our team played very well, our goalie Freya Harrison performed amazingly and let in no goals.  The captain this week was Libby Moore.  The Player of the Match was Emma Bristow as she defended extremely well.  Everyone quickly settled into their positions even though they were changed many times!  It has been a good season for the C team and hope the netball season will go as well!  Well done to all those who participated and thank you to all the supporters.

Captain – Libby Moore

Under 11 Hockey D team v Beachborough

This weeks match was against Beachborough.  Everyone played their best but unfortunately no one scored.  The score at the end was 0 – 0 but we still had a lot of fun.  Player of the Match was Manha Kamath. Shruthi Padmabushan was our goalkeeper, and she didn’t let any goals in, so well done!

Captain – Nikki Atife

Under 9 Hockey v Bedford Modern School

The final match of the season was a re-match of a previous away fixture and our 2 teams, including all girls, demonstrated how much they have improved. The A team drew 1 – 1 and the B team lost 6 – 0. Thank you to the willing group of parent supporters and we are now looking forward to the Netball season.

Our week


This week the Nursery team are feeling very proud of all the Nursery girls. It is very daunting to go into the large hall and then to perform and sing. It was amazing.
We have also been busy looking at the colours ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ and the sound ‘t’.

Next week we are going to begin thinking about Christmas and Christmas activities.

Our letter sound is ‘d’.

On Tuesday we have Stay and Play from 8.00 am – 9.30 am.  On Friday we are looking forward visiting the theatre to see ‘The Singing Mermaid’. Please can parents visiting with us arrive at school by 1.00 pm.  Friday is also Christmas Jumper Day, please wear your Christmas jumper on top of your uniform.

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We hope that you enjoyed watching your daughter in ‘A King is Born’ and are justifiably so proud of how they have learnt the words for songs, said lines and performed confidently in front of several audiences.

During the cold weather please can you ensure that your daughter has the school uniform hat and gloves (named), to wear for outdoor playtime. For Forest School you may choose to send in a different hat and gloves (or use the same uniform set) and remember to provide them with layers of warm clothing.

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Year 1

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Year 2

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Year 3

Christmas Reminders/Notices!

  • Girls can come into school on Wednesday 6 December and Wednesday 13 December in PE kits and remain in them all day. No uniform needed.
  • Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 8 December. Normal uniform with jumper over the top (no tank top needed).
  • Christmas performance – Tuesday 12 December. Please can girls return to school for 6:15 pm.
  • Christmas party will be held on the final Wednesday 13 December. Please bring in party clothes in a named bag.


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Year 4


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Year 5

Please could all girls bring their hockey kit into school on Monday 4 December. We will be having an extra hockey lesson at 9.00 am with a very special visitor. There will be no swimming. Thank you.

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Year 6

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GAP Club

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