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Junior Newsletter 1 March 2019

Dear Parents and Girls,

Statistically speaking, we are educating a great number of our girls for a life that will span into the twenty-second century. Few dare to speculate what that means, but there is a general consensus that the ability to work collaboratively is – and will continue to be – vitally important. When PISA introduced an assessment of collaborative problem-solving in 2015, they found that girls performed ‘significantly’ better than boys in these tasks in every one of the 52 participating countries. Years 3 and 4 proved that they could keep up with the best this week as they tackled group problem-solving and team-building activities ahead of their trip to Beamanor Hall. These included a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine, during which they competed to build the highest K’nex tower possible, impressing their teachers and amazing themselves with their ability to work together and to overcome difficulties.

Social intelligence, adaptability and the need for critical, computational and creative thinking are skills for the future, too. The girls have the opportunity to develop these in class, of course, but also through the numerous clubs and extracurricular activities that are on offer. This term these have allowed the girls to learn a new instrument or language and to develop or take up a new sport. They have been discussing books, solving problems, making ebooks, developing their performance skills and learning to create animations amongst other things. For next term the School Council have conducted a survey and produced a report of the clubs that the girls would like to see offered. It’s a fantastic and diverse list of requests and we will do our best to meet as many as possible, though ‘circus skills’ is proving to be a bit of a challenge at present! Personally, I am grateful that there wasn’t a request for ‘calligraphy club’, as I gave up hope of running this (and maybe even continuing my day job…) earlier in the week: stepping in to take over a KS1 handwriting lesson for a few minutes, I was struggling to copy the cursive script on to the board when I muttered (almost to self) “I’m not very good at this, am I?”. A lone voice piped up from behind: “No. Are you even a real teacher?”!

In other news, we had two visitors to the school this week and on both occasions representatives from each of the KS2 classes joined us for a semi-formal lunch. They were articulate, entertaining and humorous in equal measure and their enthusiasm for the school really shone through. I would like to thank them for representing us so well; the visitors were truly impressed.

My thanks, too, to Year 6 for their Eco-assembly on Wednesday. Their group presentations on ‘How can we make our world a better place to live in?’ were a culmination of the skills they had learnt as ‘Young Geographers’ and of their discussions in PSHE. By considering physical and human factors they were able to explain how they could make the world a better place for themselves and for future generations; a serious consideration for the twenty-second century and beyond.

Looking to next week, we celebrate World Book Day on Thursday (about which, more below) and International Women’s Day on Friday. We also welcome parents of girls in Year 5 to our information session on Wednesday and external visitors to our Open Events at the end of the week.  We also look forward to hearing more about the residential and KS1’s trip to the Sealife Centre when they return.

I wish you all a lovely weekend – and, for parents of those in Years 3 and 4, good luck with the packing, too!

Caroline Petryszak
Interim Head of Junior School


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 4 March: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday
  • w/c 11 March: Monday/Thursday/Friday
  • w/c 18 March: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
  • w/c 25 March: Monday/Thursday/Friday
  • w/c 1 April: Monday/Thursday/Friday

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


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

Arna K – A Spooky Saga

Fern A – PB times
Elizabeth A – moved up a level to Marlins
Gabriella M – moved up a level to Marlins
Emily M – front crawl came 1st, backstroke came
Emily S – freestyle came 1st, other strokes came 2nd
Hania S – butterfly came 1st, backstroke came 2nd

Safiya C – Level 6
Emily F – Level 6
Sophia P – Level 4

Vivienne P – bronze badge

Odelia S – came 4th in 3 competitions

General Messages


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

Reception – 6 March

Year 1N – 13 March

Year 3N – 27 March

Year 4N – 3 April

Dates for the diary

  • Tues 5 – Thurs 7 March – 3N and 4N Residential to Beaumanor
  • Weds 6 March – Reception Class Assembly
  • Weds 6 March – Y5 event ‘Looking Forward to Senior School’ – 4.30 -5.30
  • Weds 6 March – KS1 Birmingham Sealife Centre
  • Thurs 7 March – No Teacher-led clubs
  • Weds 13 March – 1N Class Assembly
  • Weds 20 March – Parents’ Evening (see below)
  • Thurs 21 March – Parents’ Evening (see below)
  • Sat 23 March – Year 5 and 6 Ski Trip
  • Weds 27 March – 3N Class Assembly
  • Sun 30 March – Year 5 and 6 Ski Trip returns
  • Weds 3 April – 4N Class Assembly
  • Fri 5 April – Last day of Spring Term
  • Weds 24 April – INSET DAY
  • Thurs 25 April – Summer Term starts

Parents’ Evenings:

  • Weds 20 March – Nursery: 4pm – 6pm
  • Weds 20 March –  Reception to Year 6: 6pm – 8pm
  • Thurs 21 March – Nursery to Year 6: 4pm – 6pm

World Book Day Thursday 7 March

Hopefully your daughter has already brought home her World Book day £1 token. We will be celebrating the day by wearing mufti/book character costumes and ask that your daughter selects her favourite book from home and brings it in to share with her class.


Clubs that are cancelled:
Year 3 Computing Club on Monday 4 March
Year 5 and 6 Book Club on Monday 4 March

Clubs led by Junior School Teachers on Thursday 7 March are cancelled.


Under 11 B team Netball v Pitsford School
On Wednesday the B team played against Pitsford School. Unusually, we played inside. We won 10 – 4. Isobel and Roja scored the goals. Player of the Match was awarded to Phoebe. Well done team!

Phoebe J – Captain

Swap Shop

Swap Shop will be held on Parents’ Evenings. They will take place in the Junior School Community Room on:

  • Wednesday 20 March from 6pm to 7.45pm
  • Thursday 21 March from 3pm to 5.45pm.

This will be the perfect chance to stock up on summer uniform ready for the uniform change after the Easter break.

Swap Shop will also be selling Senior School uniform for those transitioning from Junior to Senior School in September.

If you have any uniform you wish to sell through Swap Shop, please:

  • ensure all items are washed, clean and in good condition (no marks, frays, buttons missing etc)
  • print the labels, complete the first portion and secure to the garment
  • bag up and leave with reception

Please note that dirty, stained, damaged or discontinued items will be returned to you or will be placed in the yellow recycling bin at school (depending on the choice selected on the label; if no choice is selected we will recycle).

Swap Shop can accept payment by cash or cheque, however we are looking at trialing mobile banking/bank transfer. We cannot guarantee to be able to accept payment by this method, so please make sure you have cash or cheque available just in case.

Labels can be found on Reception or email me at

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Our week


Kipper Room
This week in Kipper Room we have been having a ‘Daffodil and Yellow’ week.  We have studied real daffodils, painted pictures of daffodils, made craft daffodils and been out for a daffodil hunt around the school grounds. The girls have also enjoyed playing in the new green grocery home corner.

Elmer Room
This week in Elmer Room the girls have had fun learning about the growth of flowers. They have enjoyed putting the life cycle of a plant in order, planting cress seeds and participating in ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ story using props. They especially liked going for a walk to observe the changes to the plants and trees around the school.

This week the girls have been very busy learning our sound of the week ‘n’ through different activities. We have put nine Nemo’s into a net, explored noodles and thought of objects beginning with ‘n’.  We have also made hand prints to turn into tall and short flowers with good control, drawing spirals on to snail shells. The café role play has been very popular with lots of cake and tea being served and menus being written.

On Friday we celebrated St Davids’ Day.  The girls made daffodils, flags and ate Welsh cake for snack.

Next week your daughter may experience the following activities:

  • our sound of the week is ‘p’
  • making paper plate pizzas for the cafe and cutting them into halves and quarters
  • planting pansies
  • ordering the Life Cycle of a Plant
  • making muffin pizzas

General Information

Thursday 7 March is World Book Day. Come dressed as a character from your favourite book.

Look out for the signing-in sheet to make an appointment for your daughter’s Parents’ Evening. The sheets will be on the noticeboard before you enter Nursery from Monday.

Please can you check your daughter’s belongings to make sure you haven’t got anything that doesn’t belong to her. Thank you!


This week the girls have been very excited to find out that they are leading the assembly next Wednesday. We hope that you are able to come and watch, so no spoilers!  We have also introduced our new topic ‘People who help us’ and our role play is now an opticians. In Maths we are learning all about doubles and have been pouring drinks in our capacity work.

Year 1

Year 1 have enjoyed learning Aboriginal Dreamtime stories this week and we even created a role play about Tiddalik, the greedy frog who drank all the water in the land. The girls demonstrated great expression in their reading and creative miming through different drama activities. We have also been using 100 squares to learn number patterns and place value of some big numbers. In Science we have found about ocean habitats, in readiness for our trip. The girls have come up with a list of things they want to find out at the aquarium. Impressive!

Year 2

We have had a busy first week after a well-deserved rest last week. In Maths we have been looking at fractions. We have worked on fractions of shapes as well as quantities. In English we have been exploring non-fiction texts and their features. In Science, we have been doing some learning in preparation for our school trip next week, exploring the layers of the ocean and the different animals that live there.

“We have enjoyed making our ocean habitats.”  Sophie and Ishani

“I have enjoyed exploring non-fiction texts and looking out for the different features in books!” Avleen

“I have liked finding out about fractions.” Jessica

Year 3

Reminder there is no Year 3 Computing Club on Monday and Miss Taylor’s book club is also cancelled.

“On Tuesday we had an epic battle of who could build the tallest tower out of Knex. We worked in groups with Year 4 and it was great fun. Two towers ended up being the same height.”  Vivienne

“I liked sticking in the pictures of the timeline, it was very challenging, which I enjoyed.”  Rianna

“I enjoyed working on the money challenges in Maths.”  Esme

We are all getting very excited about our residential trip next week. Remember to keep practising packing up those sleeping bags!

Year 4

“My highlight of the week was in Science when we wrote down times, every 30 seconds for 25 minutes, for an experiment about melting ice cubes on a cooker.” Isla

“My highlight of the week was when Year 3 and 4 tried to build a big tower in groups on the playground.”  Miraya

Year 5

“In PE we are starting a new sport called hand ball. It was quite hard but we did some exercises to help our understanding of hand ball. It was fun when we did the quick pass exercise because we had to pass the ball so fast it was hard to catch it! Once we got used to it, we got better and better till we looked like experts.” Emily

“In Humanities we are learning about Islam and we were learning about one of the five pillars. It was Hajj and we had to find out information to put in a newspaper article. Like where to go for Hajj, what to wear for Hajj and what Hajj meant. It means pilgrimage to Mecca.”  Dharmini

“I enjoyed Maths this week because we got to draw triangles and I learned how to draw an equilateral triangle. At first it looked tricky, but once we had learned how to do it, it was actually quite simple because once you have done one angle all the other angles should be the same.”  Amy

“I have really enjoyed the weather this week and going outside and playing with the equipment at break-time. We played with tennis rackets and we made obstacle courses, and then the younger girls tried them out.”  Charlotte

“In Science we were discussing whether the earth was flat or a sphere. We had to prove that the world was round and we had evidence cards to look through. One of them said we know that the world is a sphere because some ships sailed all around the world and people watching could see the bottom of the ship disappearing over the horizon.”  Poppy

Year 6

This week we have taken part in many exciting activities including performing our own assembly and learning about inspirational women with the L4.

Manha K and Maisie B

“This week, in Maths, we looked at a fraction puzzle and using our knowledge of fractions, including addition and subtraction, had to piece the puzzle together – it was quite hard but we got there in the end!”  Ashana

“We really enjoyed learning about a number of inspirational women from the 20th and 21st Century with the L4. My group looked at Rosa Parks, which was really exciting because we already knew some facts about her. We cannot wait to tell the rest of the Junior School about our inspirational women in next Friday’s Achievement Assembly as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day.”  Eryn

“I really enjoyed practicing our play songs this week, especially the solo parts.”  Maisie

“I really enjoyed learning about what makes a good short story and making notes in my notebook about my chosen character, setting and the different types of good endings that I could use.”  Phoebe

“On Wednesday morning we performed our Eco Island assembly. We talked about how our islands were Eco-friendly and what rules we had in place to make our islands a pleasant place to visit for all.”  Isobel

GAP Club

The girls have spent lots of time outside enjoying the beautiful weather this week. They have also enjoyed playing games and using water colours, crayons and felt tips to decorate spring flowers.

This week two girls from Nursery and one girl from Year 1 have shared their highlight of the week:

“Painting with water colours.” Harini, Year 1

“I liked playing outside.” Harriet Nursery

“Painting.”  Didi, Nursery

Kings Camp Summer Sessions

We are happy to say that Kings Camp UK will again be bringing the fun this summer to Northampton High School. Book your places today by clicking here!

Dates for your diary

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