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Junior Newsletter 17 November 2017

Dear Parents and girls

I have spent the end of this week in Brighton at the GDST Junior Heads Conference and have enjoyed the opportunity to tour our sister school here and network with many colleagues. The Junior School here, is over 1 mile away from the Senior School site and therefore has a very different feel to Northampton High. Collaboration and transition work is therefore more difficult for them but they do find ways around this and are very much a through school like us. I was jealous of their new initiative – Beach School, which is run with many of the same principles as our Forest School. Girls spoke fondly of their beach and even enjoy clearing the debris that is washed up; doing their bit for society.

Hobbies morning was in full flow when I departed from school on Wednesday. Year 5 had set up some really creative and interesting stands which visitors and other girls were clearly enjoying.

Year 6 presented some strong messages on success and failure in their Class Assembly. I particularly enjoyed their personal stories of overcoming past failure, which provided very sound advice for the younger girls.

I hope you have had the chance to provide feedback on the uniform proposals. We will review all comments and share the final decision with you shortly; Monday will be the last chance to have your say.

I have received some worrying comments about inconsiderate driving and parking outside Junior School recently and would kindly ask everyone to remember that children are present throughout the day and therefore we must all take our time and be especially vigilant.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 403  |   Hestia - 489  |   Artemis - 430  |   Demeter - 428

House point badges

Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Natalie Steer Nikki Atife Ella-May Brown Evie Arnold
Gege Osekita Tanya Murugan Vivien Li Verity Smith
Alessandra Jahina Leela Shah Rebecca Sturgess
Sherain Kassie
Lydia Morris
Chanan Sehmi
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Harriet Fordham Ella Darby Charlotte L Smith Sahitya Bobba
Charlotte Evans-Hillman
Eva Gasson
Aiyana Sooriah
Mollie Molloy


Mollie Molloy Played her first tennis match
Libby Moore 2nd Greek Dance Competition
Freya Harrison Level 2 Gymnastics Award
Grace Moulton Hockey Tournament at Bedford
Jessica McClurg Hockey Tournament at Bedford
Harriet Fordham Hockey Tournament at Bedford
Emma Bristow Hockey Tournament at Bedford
Emily Horne Hockey Tournament at Bedford
Sophie Johnson Swimming Arena League won gala
Emily Horne Swimming Arena League won gala
Leela Shah Won gold medal in Tennis
Emma Neville Burns Poetry Competition
Caitlin McClurg Burns Poetry Competition
Nikki Atife Burns Poetry Competition
Fern Almond Tennis – competed
Verity Smith Tennis – competed
Gaby Moffat Tennis – competed
Francesca Beale Tennis – competed
Lydia Morris Tennis – competed
Oluwatobiloba Ogunsola Tennis – competed
Ameyal Foster Moreno Tennis – competed

General messages

Week Ahead

Saturday 18 November Early Years Fun Morning
Friday 24 November Christmas Decorations Day
Friday 24 November Sparkle Disco
Sports Fixtures
 Wednesday 22 November Under 11 Hockey v Thornton College (HOME)

Christmas Decorations Day

This annual occasion is on Friday 24 November and all girls are allowed to wear their own clothes, remembering that there will be paint, glue and glitter in abundance, so suitable attire required.

Sparkle Disco

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!

Junior News for Grandparents

Please let the office know if any grandparents would like to receive the Junior News email on a weekly basis.

Children in Need

This week Year 4 have been selling Pudsey ears and key rings, we also had a mufti day on Friday, all to raise money for Children in Need.  We have raised £384.92! Thank you for all your kind donations.

Also a big thank you to all the students that purchased ‘Pudsey Cookie and Sweet Bags’ today from our catering team. We raised a total of £155.70! Thank you.

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Christmas Productions

The information about Christmas productions has been sent out via firefly and requires a response.  Thank you.


Under 11 Hockey A team v Milton Keynes Prep

Our A team played Milton Keynes Prep on Wednesday 15 November.  Unfortunately we lost  0 – 2.  We put in some good tackles but we did let 2 goals in.  Emily Horne,our goalie, saved a lot of goals.  Jane Sigobodhla got Player of the Match.  I think we just need to go back to the basics!

Arianna Hay – Captain

Under 9 Hockey v Thornton College

The B team performed well in this match and all girls in the class continue to be involved. The final score of 0 – 3 was not a fair reflection of possession or territory and we are now ready to start playing with a goalkeeper. The A team were a force to be reckoned with, winning impressively 9 – 2. Player of the Match was Charlotte Fordham, as voted by the opposition.

Our week


This week in Nursery the girls have had fun participating in a range of different activities relating to our theme. They have enjoyed painting lovely tree pictures using corks, they have participated in lots of number and counting activities including dot to dots, counting objects from a larger pile and practising writing their numbers. At Forest School the girls enjoyed a triangle hunt, had snack and made a den.

Next week the girls will be:

Elmer Room:

  • Practising our cutting skills.
  • Developing our counting knowledge.


  • Going on a walk to identify different shapes in the environment.
  • Playing number hopscotch to help us identify different numbers.

Please remember on Friday 24 November to dress your daughter in clothes you don’t mind getting messy as it is Christmas decoration day!

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We have been singing and acting this week in preparation for our Christmas Play. The girls are very excited about their performances. Please can you help them to say their words clearly and loudly.

At Forest School some girls made wind ribbons so that we could find out the direction of the wind. Please remember to pack a hat and gloves for Forest School if the weather is cold.

Other activities have included writing with a quill for ‘q’ and finding a fox in a box for ‘x’.

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Year 1

This week we have been revising addition and subtraction calculations and using the Numicon pieces to find missing numbers. On Wednesday we had a fabulous time visiting the Year 5 Hobbies Morning… the older girls are a real inspiration and had clearly put a lot of work into their presentations. We also had our ‘flu vaccinations… if your daughter was not able to have this, please do look at the letter from the health visitors and consider taking your daughter to one of the free clinics.

Next week the girls have their ballet exam on Thursday and an open ballet lesson for parents on Friday. Please ensure all kit is in school. Many thanks!

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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

This week has been very exciting for Year 6. We had Inter-House hockey which was very enjoyable and competitive for all the girls, with an excellent draw between Demeter and Selene. We all enjoyed writing our letters to Mr Urquhart about taking a trip to the moon, which we all found very exciting. This week we all had fun acting and creating sounds of machines from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We also had fun making music about what we saw in a picture and trying to create different textures.

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GAP Club

This week in GAP Club the girls have been creating puppets and made Pudsey pictures and ears ready for Children in Need.

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