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Junior Newsletter 12 October 2018

Dear Parents and girls

With the mild temperatures and sunshine that we have experienced this week, it is hard to imagine – and yet impossible to forget – the deluge that we experienced on Open Morning. It didn’t put off the visitors, though, and we were more than happy to open the doors to welcome them into the dry. In fact, so popular was the morning that we were often having to prise the wonderful Year 5 guides away from the end of one tour in order to start another.

There was much on offer in terms of displays and activities, but we really can’t claim to have planned the initial entertainment for our very youngest visitors, who time and again arrived with a sight of Betty and a whoop of “Waffle!”, confirming that she is the spitting image of the CBeebies dog. By the end of the morning, I had suggested to Mrs Purvey-Tyrer that she run a sideline in toddler parties, but – not surprisingly – she declined. And so, it seems that her dog will remain ‘Waffle’ to the outside world, but ‘Betty’ to the NHS community, and we are fine with that!

There was more opportunity to show off the school on Monday, as we had a visit from Marissa Davis from GDST. She had the pleasure of seeing all the girls in lessons and of having lunch with Charlotte, Maisie, Gege, Eryn, Ella and Imogen from Year 6, who impressed her with their good humour, great spirit and enthusiasm for all things NHS.

This afternoon the U9 A and B teams have been competing in the U9 Prep School Hockey Festival at home. At the time of writing I do not have the results, but I do know that the A team played their third match of the season against Quinton House last week. Having learned a lot from their first two outings, they worked superbly as a team and achieved an outstanding result. To find out more, see Sophia’s Team Captain report below!

Looking to next week, we have the Welcome Event and Parents’ Evening on Wednesday and Parents’ Evening again on Thursday. On both these days, there will be the opportunity to buy and sell through ‘Swap Shop’. If you are not familiar with this – or need a reminder – there is more information below. Please also remember that all class teacher-led clubs are cancelled on these days, although external clubs will go ahead.

Finally, a reminder that next week is our last before the two-week break. Many girls have already signed up to come to the Halloween Fancy Dress Party on Friday and we thank FoNHS for all that they are doing and will do to make this a very special occasion.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Caroline Petryszak
Interim Head of Junior School

Mrs Petryszak's availability

Mrs Petryszak will be on site Monday, Tuesday and Friday this term, with the exception of week commencing 15 October and 5 November, when she will be in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. She is, however, contactable on or via the school office on any day of the working week.

Welcome Event

A Welcome Event will be held from 5-6 pm on Wednesday 17 October to which all parents and their daughters are welcome. More information to follow.


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:

Verity Smith won all 5 matches in a tournament at David Lloyd – 1st place

Mary-Anne Waterton – Level 2

Althorp Literary Festival
Arna Kar – top 40 for story writing competition

Rebecca Pullen – orange belt

Maya Akinwumi – certificate

General messages

Dates for your diary

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 this term:

Year 3 – 17 October
Year 2 – 14 November
Year 5N – 28 November
Year 5H – 5 December
Year 1 – 12 December

Cancelled Clubs

The following clubs are cancelled:

  • Coding club on Tuesday 16 October
  • Golf club on Wednesday 17 October
  • Jazz Dance on Friday 19 October
  • There will be no class teacher-led clubs after school on Parents’ Evening, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October, although late prep and GAP Club will run as usual.

Hot Yoga & HIIT Pilates

Kings Camp October Half Term

October Half Term & Saturday Art Workshop

Half Term Art Workshop and Saturday morning Art Classes at Northampton High School, Wake Wing Art Room.

Friday 26 October 9.30 am – 11.30 am – £15 – ‘Patterned Landscapes’
Saturday 10 and 17  November 9.30 am – 11.30 am – £30 for both days

Suitable for 7 – 13 year olds

For details about any of the workshops and to book a place contact Emma at /07570772334

Kings Camp is running from Tuesday 23 to Friday 25 October.

Job Vacancies

Please see our website for Junior School job vacancies:


Hockey v Quinton House  

On Friday 5 October we played Quinton House in a hockey match. In the first half we scored 5 goals. In the second half we scored 4 goals. The most exciting part was when we scored our last goal. It was fun because 6 different people scored. Overall it was really fun and we made new friends at teas after the match.

Sophia Pang – Captain

Swap Shop

Northampton High School offers a second-hand uniform shop where you can buy or sell current, good quality uniform.

When your daughter starts NHS, you may wish to buy brand new uniform from School Blazer. However, if you require additional or spare uniform, this could prove to be quite costly. Swap Shop sells uniform for around 1/3 of the cost of new items. Ideal if your daughter has a growth spurt or is prone to getting mucky at play time!

Swap Shop runs every September, October, March and July. The next sale will be on 17 October (6 pm – 8 pm) and 18 October (3.15 pm – 6 pm), covering both Parents’ Evenings. This is the perfect time to stock up on winter uniform, which is compulsory after the half term break.

If you have 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 in the School Office or email me at


Friday 19 October 4-6pm (Adults £8 Children £5)
Forms & money to be returned ASAP.
Also don’t forget to bring in your carved pumpkins on the day for the competition (entry for this is £2.00).

Bonfire Night Lunch Menu 5 November 2018

Fiery Tomato Soup served with Fresh Artisan Breads


Spicy Minced Beef Chilli served with Steamed Rice and Tortilla Chips

Bangers in a Roll served with Jacket Wedge Potatoes and Baked Beans

*Roasted Vegetable Catherine Wheel served with Jacket Wedge Potatoes and Baked Beans

Salad Bar: Toasted Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed and Feta Cheese Salad, Houmous with Sliced Peppers and a Selection of Basic and Composite Salads


Multi-coloured Campfire Cake with Sprinkles and Popping Candy

Photos in Flickr

To view the Flickr photo albums please click here:

Our week


This week in Elmer room the girls have had fun learning about harvest festival where they have enjoyed listening to stories and creating colourful vegetable and fruit prints. They have had lots of fun at Forest School where they made faces using clay and their imagination for the different facial features. The girls have enjoyed improving their physical skills during PE, where they completed an obstacle course using their ‘under, over and through’ skills.

Next week you daughter may experience the following activities: ordering objects by size, matching features to the body, number recognition, name writing and cutting.

The Kipper girls have continued practising basic cutting skills this week. We have also been categorising objects into two groups to develop an understanding of differences, groups and division. This is something that could be continued at home within your daughter’s play by separating teddies from dolls or cups from plates. They have also been using the larger outside play area, developing their climbing and balancing skills.

General Information
Please can we remind you that children are not allowed to attend the Parents’ Evening with you.

Girls from Elmer Room may attend the Halloween party on Friday 19 October if accompanied by an adult.  Please let the FoNHS team know if you would like your daughter to attend by filling in the form in the entrance hall and putting it, with your money, in a named envelope in the Halloween post box.


This week our story telling has been inspired by ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We have been acting the story in the role play area, retelling with a story map and singing a song with actions. Our letter sounds are g, o, c and k. The girls enjoyed forming the letter ‘g’ in gloop and made ‘k’ kites. The shape pentagon and number 5 formation have also been a focus. Thinking more about our senses, the feely box game proved to be tricky as you had to use describing words about the object and not say what it was. If you have time perhaps you can find things at home that feel soft, hard, smooth, rough etc to help reinforce this.

Year 1

Leilana really enjoyed her swimming lesson this week because she got to try front crawl and back stroke.

Anna enjoyed making a bunny rabbit mask during Forest School.

Kyla liked learning about ordinal numbers in Maths.

Varnikha liked working on her fire engine model.

Fatima enjoyed playing in the leaves when we went for an Autumn walk as part of our learning in Science.

Year 2

“In English I have enjoyed writing my own instructions for making a jam sandwich. Tomorrow we are making the real thing!”  Melodee

“We went outside with the iPads to take autumn pictures. I loved throwing the leaves up with everybody for a class photo!”  Harini

Year 3

“I enjoyed starting to prepare for our class assembly because I like acting.” Kristen

“I enjoyed making up the name for my chocolate bar and writing a catch phrase and jingle.” Safiya

Please can you check your daughter’s planner for the message about henna for Monday and sign if you are happy for it to be applied as part of our topic about Indian traditions. It is a natural product and does not contain any chemicals.

Year 4

“I liked Science because I liked doing the electrical circuits”. Florence

“My highlight of the week was learning how to back stitch and anchor stitch”. Eloise

Year 5

Excitement is building for our trip to Grafham Water 7 – 9 November. One of our first jobs will be to make our beds so perhaps a few lessons on how to put a duvet into a duvet cover may be useful over half term? And, if the weather permits, lots of practice riding a bicycle. The kit list is on the Grafham Water Firefly page and paper copies will be available on Parents’ Evening. Thank you, Mrs Shaw and Miss Brandon-Jones.

“Last week we finished writing Chapter 1 of The Iron Man in the first person. We were supposed to write at least three paragraphs, use strong adjectives, similes and metaphors. We planned it on whiteboards first (thinking about the feelings) and then wrote the chapter step by step before editing it. Now they are on display for people to read.” Tanya

“In Science we have been growing mustard seeds and putting them in different places to see how well they germinate. The ones in the classroom germinated really well and so did the ones on the windowsill. We were really surprised that the ones in the staff room fridge germinated!” Ahriana

“In Science this week we learnt about a plant’s life cycle. I liked drawing the diagrams and labelling them.” Leela

“I liked playing badminton. We learnt about an overhead shot.” Chanan

Year 6

Yes, it has been another busy week in Year 6!  We have been problem-solving in Maths and giving remainders as decimals, creating monstrous mythical creatures in English, learning about the amazing Ancient Greeks in Humanities, taking part in fieldwork in Science and observing the adaptations some of our native species have made to survive the conditions they grow in, as well as having an informative visit from Mrs Wilmot and Miss Cheng about the Entrance Exam and Scholarships!

Isla Allen Charlotte L Smith
Artemis House Captain Artemis Vice Captain

‘I found it really interesting and informative listening to Mrs Wilmot and Mrs Cheng about the Entrance Exam and Scholarships.’ Sonya

‘In Science I really enjoyed going outside and finding out how plants adapt to their environment.’ Roja

‘In French we have been learning about Henri Matisse, his pictures and how to describe them. It has been great fun!’ Tess

‘I have created a mythical creature called a ‘Sharkmaid’; it is half mermaid and half shark and has iridescent scales!’ Isla

‘In Maths we have learnt how to divide using decimal remainders as well as doing some thoughtful ‘Thinks’!’ Charlotte L

GAP Club

Gap Club have continued their Autumn theme. The girls have made Autumn wreaths, printed with apples, made leaf creatures and stain glass leaves.

Two girls have shared their highlight in GAP Club this week:

“Playing on the board with the little ones.” Maisie, Year 6

“Playing.” Asmi, Year 1

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