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Junior Newsletter 14 September 2018

Dear Parents and girls,

It seems incredible that we are only at the end of our first full week back. The girls are already settled and working hard with their new classes and teachers. I feel so proud of them all, and especially our new girls, who are already making lasting friendships, learning new routines and expectations.

In assembly on Monday, I introduced the girls to Kevin the Koala, who preferred to cling to his branch high up in a tree rather than try new things, which was fine until woodpecker tapped away and the tree fell. Kevin (the Koala) was surprised to find that down on the ground, as he slowly released his grip, he felt ‘springy and light and happy and young’ as he went off to try new things with his friends. We challenged ourselves to take a leaf out of Kevin’s book and dare to embark on new adventures at the start of this academic year, which is full of ‘new things’.
Our Year 6 girls will be talking to us about new beginnings in their forthcoming assembly, and we are looking forward to hearing all about the start to their journey through Year 6 and on to Senior School. Also, the girls in Year 6 will be introduced to the rest of the girls in their capacity as leaders during Monday’s Assembly- these roles include Eco Council, House and Vice Captains, Librarians, School Council and Sports Captains. We very much look forward to seeing the girls’ leadership skills grow as the year develops and know that they will be a valuable asset.

Two particular highlights for me this week have been Reception girls teaching me how to use their new flashing light up writing screens and the FoNHS AGM. It was fantastic that so many parents, both Senior and Junior, came to support the AGM, and a big thank you to our new Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary for taking on the roles. More news about FoNHS and the plans for the year ahead will follow.

I hope your ‘new start’ to this academic year has been as positive as ours. The sun is shining in a clear blue sky as I write this, and long may it continue!
Have a lovely weekend.

Jo Purvey-Tyrer
Deputy Head of Junior School


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:

Isla Allen Grade 1 Merit
Tara Etemadi Violin Grade 1 Distinction
Manha Kamath Guitar Grade 1 Distinction
Roja Lakshman Piano Merit
Abigail Waugh Grade 1 Merit

Fund Raising
Tara Etemadi raised over £94 for Cancer Research

Cheer Leading
Charlotte Evans-Hillman competition in Bournemouth came 2nd

Manha Kamath learnt how to make Sushi

Indoor Sky Diving
Isla Allen

Creative Writing
Arna Kar 8th publication ‘Monster in my Closet’

Frankie Beale reached final of tournament
Rose Neville 2nd place Northants County Lawn Tennis
Rose Neville 3rd place Northants Premier Circuit

Emily Gates a country mile

Sophia Pang Level 6 water skills
Sienna Patel Shark Band – swam 3 lengths in 2 minutes

Emily Gates completed Woburn Golf Festival & Country Mile run

Elizabeth Aston 2nd place in competition

Blue Peter Badge
Eloise Kirkwood creating an online survey

Online Quiz
Isla Howard came 2nd

General messages

Dates for your diary

Class assemblies are held in the Junior School hall at 8.35 on Wednesdays and parents are most welcome to enjoy refreshments from 8.00.  Here are the dates for the forthcoming term:

Year 6 – 19 September
Year 4 – 3 October
Year 3 – 17 October
Year 2 – 14 November
Year 5 – 28 November
Year 5 – 5 December
Year 1 – 12 December

Exciting House Points Update

As a staff we have been thinking about ways to build a sense of teamwork in the girls. As part of this we are making changes to the way that House points are awarded.

Houses have been allocated to Year One so that they, too, can play a part. From next week, a transparent display tube for each House will be in the entrance hall.

Girls awarded with a House point during the week will be presented with a special token in their House colour during Friday achievement assembly. During assembly, they will be able to place it in their House tube and visually, as a team, the girls can watch their House’s total rise.

At the end of term, in the usual way, House Points will be added up for a grand total and the winning House will be announced.

School Council

Congratulations to our new School Council representatives:

Year 6 – Sonya & Deeya

Year 5 – Sophia & Lydia

Year 4 – Lily & Odelia

Year 3 – Millie & Emily

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Save the date… Year 5 will be holding their Macmillan charity event on Friday 28 September. There will be a cake sale, and it will be a non-uniform day!

More information to follow.

Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?

Equestrian Team

Calling all budding equestrians!!  For all horse riders with ponies and transport wanting to compete for the school.

The first event is an Eventer Challenge at Aston Le Walls on 14 October and starts at 40 cm on a mini course.

Most classes are 50 cm+ and this can be with a leader/helper if needed.

If you are interested, please email Mrs Hodgetts-Tate (our in-school team manager) at

Swap Shop

The first Swap Shop of the new school year will be held on Tuesday 18 September in the Community Room (the room by the entrance) from 3pm until 5pm.

This will be the perfect chance to stock up on winter uniform ready for the uniform change after the half term.

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, freys, buttons missing etc)
– print the labels or collect from Junior School reception, complete the first portion and secure the whole label 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 at reception or email me at


Clothing recycling

A reminder about our clothing recycling facility at school. We have teamed up with Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children, so that for every kilgramme of clothing and other items recycled, Starlight receives 10p and FoNHS receives 40p.

Through our recycling efforts over the last three or so years, we have raised over £2,200 for FoNHS, so a huge thank you to everyone who uses the facility – well over five tonnes of items going to good use (and possibly saved from landfill), and a huge boost to FoNHS funds at the same time; we are also supporting Starlight’s incredible work with every kilgramme of items we recycle.

So if you can, please do consider using the recycling facility whenever you have a clear out. The collection ‘bank’ is bright yellow and is situated on the pathway alongside the Junior School car park. The recycling company accepts all men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothing, paired shoes (tied together please), handbags, bags, ties, belts, towels and bedlinen. Any uniform carrying school or team logos is not accepted. Please put all items in a plastic bag before depositing them in case the bank is not watertight.

Thank you very much for your support.

Photos in Flickr

To view the Flickr photo albums please click here:

Our week


Elmer Room

This week the girls have been busy thinking about our new topic.
They have made family trees talking about the members of their family, made jigsaws of their faces and pizza faces. We have also been talking about our feeling and the girls have been encouraged to put their photograph on the face showing how they are feeling.
At Forest School, they explored the area and began to learn the fire circle rules. They also made potions, looked through the magnifying glasses to see what they could see and were interested in the many holes that they found. They thought they could have been made by rabbits, foxes or giraffes.
In the garden, they have been counting how many of each body part they have, and drawing around each other.

Next week your daughter may experience the following activities:

Ordering figures
Self portraits
Watching a baby being bathed

Kipper Room

This week the girls have settled well into their new environment, exploring all the toys and activities that are on offer. We have enjoyed water play with the pasta and pans and have created some lovely paintings. Some of the girls had the opportunity to go on a visit to Hardingstone park which they throughly enjoyed playing on the slide, swings and other equipment.

General Information

The topic letter has been shared on Firefly please let us know if you cannot access it.


What a fantastic start all of the girls’ have made in Reception Class, very well done!

Year 1

Girls in Year One have begun the autumn term learning about the lovable Paddington Bear and how he came to London.

They have tried and tested marmalade sandwiches, found Peru on a map and written about their favourite parts in the story.

Some time has also been well spent becoming familiar with our new classroom and a more grown-up way of working.

Year 2

As an introduction to our new topic of ‘Lovely London’, we had a topic WOW day!

We listened to the original story of Paddington Bear and discussed all the things we learned about him from the story. We spoke about where he had come from, how he got his name and what he liked to eat. Marmalade sandwiches are Paddington’s favourite so we had a go at making our very own. We had a lot of fun making and eating them and we even made some fresh orange juice to drink too!

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Year 3

The girls in Year 3 have settled well into their new class and are getting used to being more independent now they are in Key Stage 2. Please help them with this by letting them come round to the classroom on their own in the morning.

They have being learning about light sources in science this week. Their highlight was to take a sequinned pencil case into Mrs Dadge’s cupboard to see if it lit up. They found out that sequins reflect light and are not a light source, as it was very dark in the cupboard!

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Year 4

“I liked doing the similes in English.”


“My favourite bit was the PE lesson. I had so much fun.”


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Year 5

“We were talking about The Iron Man and his features and about what we thought about the first chapter. I thought it was quite interesting and confusing because I thought he was going to speak but he didn’t talk and his actions spoke for his talking and I knew what he would be saying.”  Moriah

“This week we did decimals and it was really fun because we got to use the place value slider whiteboard when we were times-ing and dividing and when you times something by 10 the numbers move one place to the left.”  Indi

“In Humanities we had to choose a country and research it. Me and my partner found out lots about Zimbabwe. It was fun!”  Vheneka

“My favourite thing this week was Computing because I enjoyed editing all the colours on my Online Safety mindmap.”  Isla

Year 6

We have all settled well into life in Year 6 and have been extremely busy.

In Science we classified a variety of new species (sweets) using a key.

“It was very hard not to eat the sweets!” (Sonya)

In Maths we have been looking at place value and working with some very large numbers.

“The Think sections were very challenging but in the end I solved the problems set and felt really pleased with myself!” (Roja)

In English we have started reading Shadow of the Minotaur by Alan Gibbons.

“The class reader is an exciting read and at the same time bone-chilling in parts!” (Isla)

‘This week has been extremely exciting and I cannot believe how quickly it has gone!’ (Charlotte L)

We look forward to welcoming you to our assembly on ‘New Beginnings’ on Wednesday. Refreshments will be served from 8am in the foyer and the assembly will end at 9am.

Isla Allen             Charlotte L Smith
(House Captain) (Vice Captain)

GAP Club

This week in GAP Club we have been busy welcoming new and old friends. The girls in both rooms have been creating and exploring play dough.

Two girls have shared the highlight of the week:

” Playing with the play dough with the little ones.”  Maisie, Year 6

” I love the play dough. ”  Jessica, Year 2

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