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Junior Newsletter 18 May 2018

Dear Parents and girls

The cricket season has really excited girls throughout school and many, from Year 2 up, are involved in our extra coaching sessions. The Under 9 teams were first to play another school and although both teams narrowly lost the future is bright. The three Under 11 teams that hosted Wellingborough on Wednesday were all victorious and demonstrated much aplomb with the bat and ball. I was in charge of the C team and witnessed Gemma Stowey bowl a wicket maiden and Emma Bristow hit the only six. I can see the interest in school cricket growing weekly, with more girls learning the rules and terms of the game, using them in their conversations with each other.

Swimming is also a focus currently, with open swim sessions and inter-house galas taking place. Every year, the common feedback from parents is that the girls have made so much progress in a year. I am always impressed to see the level of technique across the year groups and girls giving their all to impress parents or win races. However, the highlight for me was the supportive atmosphere created, with the rafters echoing the names of all girls, regardless of their finishing position.

Year 1 demonstrated progress of a different type as they displayed performance poetry and sang action songs all about animals. This would have been good with the girls reading their lines and lyrics, but it was all the more impressive as they had memorized everything and spoke or sang clearly and audibly to a very appreciative audience.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 227  |   Hestia - 277  |   Artemis - 295  |   Demeter - 236

House point badges

10 House Point Badges
Lily Ashton
Sienna Patel
Odelia Sithamparapillai
Charlotte E Smith
Laura Charles
Harriet Fordham
Dharmini Kara
Jasmine Campion
Emily Sinclair
Samiha Chaudhary
Lucie Coombes
Caitlin McClurg
Gabriella Moffat
Verity Smith
Eryn Currie
Charlotte Urban
Sahitya Bobba
20 House Point Badges
Abigail Waugh
Monpriya Dhaliwal
Roja Lakshman
Charlotte L Smith


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:

Libby Moore Grade 3 Distinction Acting Solo
Miraya Shah Grade 1 Merit Acting Solo
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Laura Charles County Competition 2nd, Rose Cup 2nd & 3rd
Mollie Molloy
Mya Shah
Horse Riding
Nancy Davies 3rd Working Hunter at Delapre House
Annie Shelswell received award for hard work & effort
Running – Colour Run
Isla Howard
Gia Sidhu 5K Charity Colour Run at Overstone Park
Natalie Steer
Beatrice Thorpe
Rebecca Pullen received certificate
Frankie Beale – 4th in tournament
Isla Howard
Beatrice Thorpe
Fern Almond

General messages


There are no clubs run by PE staff next week, due to the assessment week. The only club that will continue as normal is Year 5 and 6 cricket on Monday after school.

There are no teacher-led clubs on Tuesday 22 May due to a staff meeting, late prep and late stay are still available as well as GAP Club.

Dates for your diary

Class Assemblies will take place on a Wednesday:

  • Wednesday 6 June – 4N
  • Wednesday 20 June – Reception
  • Wednesday 27 June – 3N
  • Wednesday 4 July – 2N
  • Wednesday 11 July – Year 6 Final Assembly (pm)

Parents and other family members are invited to join us for refreshments in the library from 8.30am.

Swimming Galas 

Year Date Arrival time Start time Approx. finish time
5N Monday 21 May 8.55am 9.10am 10.15am
6N & 6H Friday 25 May 10.30am 10.40am 11.50am

Parents information meetings to prepare for transition into the next year group will take place on:

  • Friday 6 July 12.00 – 1.00 pm for new Reception parents
  • Monday 9 July 5.00 – 5.30 pm for new Year 1 and 2 parents
  • Tuesday 10 July 5.00 – 5.30 pm for new Year 3 and 6 parents
  • Tuesday 10 July 5.30 – 6.00 pm for new Year 4 and 5 parents

More useful dates:

Monday 21 May – Friday 25 May – Book Fair

Thursday 24 May – Year 6 Allotment Fayre – charity mufti day

Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June – Half Term

Thursday 7 June – Year 3 – 6 Sports Day

Tuesday 22 May – Inter-house debating

Monday 25 June – EYFS Sports Day 2pm

Monday 2 July – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day 2pm

Friday 13 July – End of term 11.45am

School sun hats

Sun hats with the new school logo will be available on the Schoolblazer website from 1 June.  The legionnaire style will be in 55cm size and cost £9 and the cap style for Years 1-6 will be in 55cm and 57cm sizes and cost £8.25.

Book Fair

The book fair is coming to the Junior School for a week on Monday 21 May. 

It will be based in the library and entrance hall, 7:45 am – 8:15 am and after school 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm.


Year 6 have decided to support a Community allotment project as their charity for this year. This project is organised by an ex Northampton High Junior School Head teacher, Mrs Wendy Nugent.

The project is run through Re:store, a charity which supports vulnerable adults in Northampton. The planning for it started in 2013 and they were fortunate to initially receive Lottery Funding to equip them with tools, sheds, protective clothing and consumables, plus ongoing running costs. Although they have most of the equipment they need, the ongoing running costs are quite significant so our fundraising will be very helpful.

The Year 6 role will be to raise money for items such as seeds, compost and gardening tools. Some of the Year 6 girls have been to the allotment to help plant some potatoes and other vegetables and see how the allotments are organised. They will then all return to dig up the fruits of their labour in the summer term.

Year 6 are organising a mufti day and Allotment Fayre on Thursday May 24th. Girls from Nursery to Year 6 are invited to wear their own clothes and bring in a £1 donation. If girls wish to dress up then they can come dressed as a farmer, scarecrow or in the colour of their favourite fruit or vegetable.

The Fayre will be open to girls from Year 1 to Year 6 in the afternoon, so these girls may like to bring some extra money into school to spend on the various stalls.


The Year 3 girls have been enjoying visits from our peripatetic music teachers. They have heard the violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar and this week Ms Coventry showed Years 3,4 and 5 how to play the hosepipe as part of her introduction to learning a brass instrument! Next it’s the turn of clarinet, saxophone and flute.

I will be sending a letter home soon with information about individual music lessons in school.


Under 11 Cricket A team v Wellingborough School

On Wednesday 16 May, the under 11 A team won their first match of 2018 against Wellingborough School.  We won by 10 runs with the overall score of 274 runs.  The first 6 of the day came from Hattie.  Other 6’s were hit by Jasmine, Charlotte, Erin and Ari.  Our Player of the Match was awarded to Alice.

We are looking forward to our next match against Boughton Manor School.

Charlotte Urban – Captain

Under 11 Cricket B team v Wellingborough School

On Wednesday 16 May, the under 11 B team had their first match.  We won against Wellingborough School with a total score of 303 runs to 254 runs.  The hightlights of the match included Monpriya being awarded Player of the Match and Sophie hitting the first 6 of the season!

Grace Moulton – Captain

Under 11 Cricket C team v Wellingborough School

On Wednesday 16 May, the under 11 C team won their first match of the season against Wellingborough School by an innings of 265 runs to 231 runs.  It was a really excellent effort from all of the team as we continue to develop our new cricket skills.  However, special mentions should go to Connie, Emma Bristow and Gemma as they all got a wicket, Emma Bristow hit a 6 and Gemma had a 1 wicket maiden over.  I thought we all played well together and Wellingborough kindly made me Player of the Match!

Caitlin McClurg – Captain

Under 9 Cricket A & B team v Broughton Manor School

In the first matches of the season the B team scored 211 and were narrowly beaten by 1 run.  The A team managed 210 with the opposition scoring 228.

Our week


Kipper Room
This week we have been making crowns and talking about kings and queens and what happens when people get married to mark the celebration of the royal wedding over the weekend. This led to the girls to having a dressing up day on Friday as they chatted about the clothes people wear at a wedding. We have also planted our runner beans in the garden and compared the heights of each plant in comparison to ourselves.

Elmer Room
In Elmer room this week the girls have enjoyed following their own leads through provocations where they have pretended to be in a rocket using cardboard boxes, making blankets for babies with felt and shape foams and using their senses to explore slime and ketchup.
At Forest School the girls really enjoyed using guttering and water to make channels for the boats.

Leah has liked doing all the creative things the best.
Evie has enjoyed playing with all her friends.

Next week the girls in Elmer room will be having an artist focus looking at and recreating the works of Claude Monet.

On Thursday Year 6 girls are raising money for a local charity.  The girls can come dressed in mufti for a £1 donation to help the charity. They can either dress up as a farmer, scarecrow or in the colour of their favourite fruit or vegetable.

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We began the week by releasing our butterflies to find new homes for themselves. The girls were excited to be able to watch them fly away and very grown up to understand that it was kinder to let them go. All the girls have made a pictorial life cycle and it has been a pleasure to see the awe and wonder created by these experiences.

Year 1

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“On Wednesday we did our class assembly all about animals. There were songs and we had to say our poems without any words. All the parents said it was very good and Miss Brandon-Jones said how proud she was.” Dejonai

“This week we started typing on the laptops. We were doing our alien stories and we had notes in our English books and we were making our stories interesting. So far we have just introduced the character. My one is called Jones and she eats children and teachers!” Deborah

Year 2

2N have been learning a song and creating props for their forthcoming Class Assembly on Wednesday 4 July. They hope you will be able to come and watch!
“I have helped to make part of a tortoise” Kristen

“The song we are learning is fun!” Diandra

2N have been using their maths skills to create a Union Flag to wave to celebrate the Royal Wedding!
“I knew all the names of the lines; horizontal, vertical and diagonal”.  Safiya
“It was exciting to go outside and wave our flags!”  Mya

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Year 3

“I really enjoyed our Year 3 swimming gala. My favourite race was front crawl because I came first!”  Isla

“I have enjoyed our English lessons this week and writing our adventure stories. It was fun to make up our own story with a problem”.  Gaby

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Year 4

“I have enjoyed doing the high jump in PE and in DT making the circuits for our light-up box”. Anna

“It was fun doing a Science experiment with water, orange juice and washing up liquid”. Vheneka

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Year 5

“On Wednesday we played a cricket match against Wellingborough School and we won! All the teams won and we had a really fun time!”  Abigail Waugh

“On Monday 5 girls who went to the Science Conference did an assembly which was really good fun as we got to share our experiences with the whole of the Junior School. I talked about the explosion finale at the end. I liked watching the videos and I think that everyone really enjoyed the videos too”. Manha Kamath

Please could girls make sure they have their uniform in school on Tuesdays and Fridays. From now on we will be getting changed after Games and PE rather than spending the day in our Games kit. Thank you.

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Year 6

All the girls in Year 6 are very excited to be starting work on the house singing competition in their house groups. Also, in music lessons, the girls have been in groups composing music for their Leavers Assembly.

The girls have been preparing for their Year group charity event: The Allotment fayre, next Thursday. All the girls in the Junior School will be given the opportunity to donate money to the Northampton re:store charity by wearing their own clothes or dressing up and spending money on the stalls in the Year 6 area. Some of the Year 6 girls have already been to the allotment project to plant vegetables but everyone will have a chance to harvest the plants grown next half term.

Maisy is very excited about the stall she is running, as she knows it will be very popular and the money will be given to the charity to help people in need to learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

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GAP Club

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This week girls from both rooms shared their highlight of the week in GAP Club:

“Making my Aquarian, because I liked hanging fish and jelly fish off the ceiling.” Zoe Year 1

“Flags.” Amelia Nursery.

“We had great fun running the GAP club King Kong Chinese restaurant.” Gemma Year 5

” I enjoyed listening to Kyla’s story time.” Millie Year 4.

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