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Junior Newsletter 10 November 2017

Dear Parents and girls

The trip to Grafham Water was a great success and Year 5 clearly enjoyed their time away from school. With one of my own children away this week on an A Level Geography field trip in Shropshire I am very much aware how much we, as parents, miss them when they are away from us. It is however an important experience for children and I am sure all parents fondly remember their first residential school trip and can look back now, seeing the difference it made to them.  I vividly remember going on the train to Edinburgh (first ever train journey aged 10!), walking the streets of such a large city, experiencing my first zoo, Olympic sized swimming pool (Edinburgh had just hosted the Commonwealth Games) and watching ET in a cinema that had more than one screen. Strong memories also remain of my dorm and the things we got up to whilst pretending to be asleep; enough said on that matter, but girls be warned, I now know that teachers can actually tell if you are awake or asleep!

Our Year 1 Class Assembly this week was all about teamwork and every member of staff and family members were impressed by the outstanding reading voices of the class.  They were all extremely excited and did not appear at all nervous about this task. I noticed them practising outdoors the day before with Miss Brandon-Jones sat on the opposite side of the playground giving feedback if she could hear them clearly or not.  This obviously worked and I look forward to seeing the girls continue to develop their confidence in the Christmas play which is fast approaching.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 357  |   Hestia - 406  |   Artemis - 378  |   Demeter - 376

House point badges

Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Anna Crowley Rianna Sarkar Kristen-Love Momodu  Amy Ayris
Isla Harrison Vheneka Chimutanda Mya Shah Darcy Fowler
Rose Neville Darcy Watson Lucy Nicholas
Sophie Johnson Moriah Okoye
Maia Swanson
Emily Horne
Jessica McClurg
Jane Sigobodhla
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Elizabeth Moore Isobel Seymour
Annie Shelswell Manha Kamath


Libby Moore Performed a dance at the Royal Albert Hall
Jasmine Campion Performed a dance at the Royal Albert Hall
Lucie Coombes Performed a dance at the Royal Albert Hall
Rebecca Sturgess Pony Club Badge – Equine Behavior
Arianna Hay Netball Tournament
Samiha Chaudhary Netball Tournament
Jane Sigobodhla Netball Tournament
Harriet Fordham Netball Tournament
Charlotte Urban Netball Tournament
Monpriya Dhaliwal U11’s Cricket Match – winning team
Eryn Currie Swimming Competition – 3rd 50m backstroke

General messages

Week Ahead

No running club Friday 17 November
No hockey club Year 3 & 4 Friday 17 November
Sports Fixtures
U11 Hockey v Milton Keynes Prep HOME Wednesday 15 November
U11 County Hockey Tournament v Sprattton Hall AWAY Friday 17 November
U11 Cross-Country v Thornton College AWAY Friday 17 November
U9 Cross-Country v Thornton College AWAY Friday 17 November

Uniform Samples

As mentioned previously the new school logo will lead to some necessary changes to our school uniform and PE kit. We are using this as an opportunity to investigate other possibilities and some samples will be on display in the entrance hall next week, with PE kit to follow later.  Your feedback, both positive and negative, particularly on the proposed changed blouse colour for Year 3 to 6, the blazer for Year 3 to 6 and the summer dress for all girls would be appreciated. Existing uniform may still be worn until such time as it needs replacing.

Wellington boots

Girls in Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 may keep a pair of wellington boots in school to be worn at play times, enabling them to play on the grass areas.  Please make sure they are named and in a sturdy bag.


Hello from your FoNHS (Friends of Northampton High School) team! After an incredibly successful first event with everyone thoroughly enjoying the Pumpkin Spooktacular night, we’ve decided to put on our fundraising hats once more and throw a most magical Winter Sparkle Party on Friday 24 November!

We have pushed the boat out and planned something very enticing including music and dancing, festive activities, treats and most excitingly, a very special visit from real, live reindeer who will be available to meet and feed!

Tear off slip letters will sent home with instructions for ticket purchasing. Tickets are £10 and this includes the wonderful reindeer experience. Ticket slips need to be submitted before Monday 20 November.

The event will be split into the groups below to accommodate your daughter’s age:

  • 4.00 pm – 5.15pm – Reception – Year 3. (Form teachers have kindly offered to supervise girls until 4.00 pm if needed).
  • 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm, Year 4 -Year 6.

Dress Code is ‘Sparkles’! If you can’t throw on a bit of glitter at Christmas, when can you? We also ask that your daughter has a warm coat as the reindeer will be stationed (with their trained handlers) outside.

All money raised will be put towards buying new equipment for the school, specifically a new shelter for the Forest School area, and Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

We are excited for our magically festive event, a wonderful opportunity for fun and frivolity and hope to see you there!

On another note, we have a vacancy on our committee for the role of Treasurer. Please email: if you are interested.


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Girls in Year 5 have started working in their house groups for the competition at the end of term. They have to write a Christmas carol that has a chorus and two verses and compose a tune using the pentatonic scale. All the houses have made an excellent start and Mrs Miller is impressed with their original ideas.

Book Fair

Date for your diary!

The book fair is returning to school the week beginning Monday 13 November.

It will be held in the library from 8:00 am to 8:20 am in the mornings and after school until 4:00 pm.

Come and buy some Christmas presents!

If any parents/Grandparents would like to come and help run the book fair, please let Mrs Greenbank know.

Early Years Fun Morning

Following the success of these events last year we invite all of our Nursery and Reception girls, with their parents, to join us for a fun morning on Saturday 18 November from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm.  There will be lots for the girls to do and a great opportunity for parents to socialise with each other and enjoy refreshments.  This event is also open to new families who may be interested in joining us, so please pass on the date and time to anyone you know that has girls of this age.

Art School Classes

Art School Classes for children

Queen’s Cross Centre


Northampton High School for Girls

Saturday mornings 9.00 am – 11.30 am

Ages 8 -12 years

Saturday mornings – 25 November, 2 December and 9 December

£36 for all three classes

Come and spend your Saturday mornings having fun, making new friends and learning new skills

                For more information and to book a place contact Emma Lindsay –

 07570 772334

Art Workshops with Emma

Children In Need

Year 4 are organising fundraising for Children In Need.  The actual day is Friday 17th November but we will start selling Pudsey ears for £2.50 and keyrings for £1 before school on Monday 13th November.  On Children In Need Day you can wear mufti for £1 as long as you wear some spots!

Moriah and Dharmini, 4N

Our week


This week for our provocations the girls were given large boxes which they turned into boats, cars, and houses. They made cosy homes for the hedgehogs who were lost and at Forest School were surprised to see large footprints. It was decided that we had been visited by The Gruffalo, dinosaurs or the big girls!

Next week your daughter may experience the following activities:

  • Activities linked to the colours, brown, black and white.
  • The shape is a triangle.
  • The sound of the week is ‘a’.

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We have had another busy week! This week we have been learning about the letter sounds ‘v’, ‘w’, ‘y’ and ‘z’ and collecting words that contain these letters. Recently we have begun some guided reading sessions, where the girls work together as a small group to share the same text. These sessions have been very successful and the girls are learning to take turns in the conversation and share their reading skills with one another.

Please continue to search for sounds, finger spaces and full stops in the books they read and enjoy.

We have spent time in our maths lessons thinking about ‘less than’.  We used cubes to take one away  to find out how many we had left. We also had fun practising a rocket count down from 10 whilst we made our firework pictures.

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Year 1

We have had a great cross-curricular week in Year 1, linking our Maths, Geography and Computing lessons by practising directional and positional language through photo mapping. The highlight of our week was definitely on Wednesday when the girls performed their assembly on teamwork and then, in the afternoon, collaborated to create some truly spectacular sculptures based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy.

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Year 2

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Year 3

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Year 4


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Year 5

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Year 6

It is now the second week back after half term, and for Year 6, it has been just as jam-packed as always! During this week we have had great fun, as well as an amazing school trip to Think Tank.

On Tuesday we investigated what happens to the pulse rate when relaxed, running on the spot for 30 seconds, 1 minute and then 1 and a half minutes.

On Wednesday we enjoyed working together to solve Primary Maths Challenge Questions- we especially enjoyed the problem about the bird poo! Then in our enrichment session we either continued with our cushions or experimented with oil pastels to create an autumn scene- it was great fun!

But it was Monday’s trip to Think Tank, that was the highlight of our week; it was awesome! Each class did three activities including the Planetarium, Lego Coding and learning how fossils developed.

Well as you can see, Year 6 has been very busy!

By Laura Charles and Harriet Fordham (Selene)

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GAP Club

This week in GAP Club we have been thinking about Remembrance Sunday. The girls have been creating poppy pictures using lots of different media.

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