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Junior Newsletter 25 May 2018

Dear Parents and girls

There are some moments in the school journey which are truly memorable and reinforce the reasons why people love being a teacher or working in a school setting. Last night I attended, what is likely to be, the only major school event I have never attended – The Year 13 Leavers Reception. Attending as a parent I was very moved to see my own daughter and her friends recognized by their teachers and each other. Their collective achievements were incredible and from a wide range of fields, further proof that an education can be broad and still reach academic highs. Their post school destinations and career plans were full of top subjects and world-class universities. This group were already in Senior School when I joined Northampton High School, so I did not have any teaching contact with them, however I feel proud to be associated with them all in a small way, and look forward to attending this event in future years when the families who spent their first visit with me are in the spotlight.

I would like to thank FoNHS and their volunteers for the Movie Night which took place last week. The earlier start and finish time suited the girls who were all watching the film in pyjamas, and I am sure it did not take long for them to get sleep after a busy week.

There have been some interesting events in school this week which have all inspired girls in different ways. Thank you to Mrs Greenbank for organising the Book Fair, Mrs Fordham for leading the inter-house debating, Mrs Dadge and Fordham (along with Year 6) for the allotment charity day on Thursday and Miss Taylor for the Egypt Day in Year 4. Plenty going on and leading us nicely into the half-term break which I hope is enjoyable for all.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

 

 

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 276  |   Hestia - 330  |   Artemis - 357  |   Demeter - 294

House point badges

House 10 Badges
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Freya Harrison Fleur Beale Ella-May Brown Emma Bristow
Ameyal Foster Moreno Francesca Beale Emily Horne Darcy Fowler
Emma Neville Emily Gates Miraya Shah Manha Kamath
Shruthi Padmabushan Isabella Goodyear-Rea Lydia Morris
Oluwatobiloba Ogunsola Rebecca Sturgess
Grace Moulton
House 20 Badges
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Lola Andrew Isla Allen
Ella Darby Sonya Mittal
Gemma Stowey

Achievements

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:

Northampton High School Film Competition 2018 – First Prize KS2
Laura Charles – Our Suffragette Saviours
Samiha Chaudhary – Our Suffragette Saviours
Harriet Fordham – Our Suffragette Saviours
Northampton High School Film Competition 2018 – Commendation
Ariana Baninoe – The Suffragette Mystery
Ananya Rastogi – The Suffragette Mystery
Northampton High School Film Competition 2018 – Commendation
Jasmine Campion – Suffragettes
Lucie Coombes – Suffragettes
Isabella Goodyear-Rea – Suffragettes
Maisy Orosz – Suffragettes
Arna Kar – poem published
Ballet
Primary Class Award:
Safiya Clayson
Mollie Molloy
Kristen Love Momodo
Alice Morris
Rianna Sarkar
Esme Seymour
Mya Shah
Millie Watkins
Darcy Watson
Grade 2 Exam:
Isla Allen – Merit
Lola Andrew – Merit
Imogen Coppard – Merit
Monpriya Dhaliwal – Merit
Felicity Lousada – Distinction
Cricket
Alessandra Jahina played County game and won
Drama
Harriet Fordham Grade 4 Distinction
Rebecca Sturgess Grade 4 Merit
Drama Festival 
Nikki Atife – Solo acting came 2nd, Dualogue came 1st
Hockey Regional Tournament
Harriet Fordham
Arianna Hay
Alessandra Jahina
Grace Moulton
Netball Tournament – came 2nd in East Midland Region
Samiha Chaudhary
Arianna Hay
Jane Sigobodhla
Charlotte Urban
Piano
Nikki Atife got highly commended at Festival
Ella-May Brown and Sienna Patel duet
Swimming
Sophie Hammond 100m
Trampolining
Sophie Hammond Level 6
Tennis
Francesca Beale
Ameyal Foster Moreno
Gymnastics
Elizabeth Aston L6
Sophia Pang LS
Cubs Walk for Water
Beatrice Thorpe
Horse Riding
Indiana Ransley came 1st, 2nd, 2nd and 3rd in dressage competition
Isla Howard – 1st stage jumping
Athletics
Ella Darby – Northamptonshire County Championship medals for 150m, 75m, Long Jump 600m & 1200m
Performance
Monpriya Dhaliwal, Isabel & Harriet Seymour performing at The Castle Theatre
Manha Kamath performing at The Castle Theatre with Looking Glass Theatre Group
Charity
The Year 6 girls raised a fantastic £401.65 for the Community Allotment Project!  Well done!

General messages

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.

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 28 May to Friday 1 June – Half Term

Thursday 7 June – Year 3 – 6 Sports Day

Friday 8 June – Grandparents’ Afternoon

Monday 25 June – EYFS Sports Day 2pm

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

Friday 13 July – End of term 11.45am

Sports Day

Please note that girls in Year 3 to 6 are asked to wear a house coloured t-shirt for Sports day on 7 June rather than their School polo shirt. The same applies for Year 1 and 2 on 2 July.

Year 5 and 6 Ski trip

The response level has been sufficient to run the trip next year and all girls who have returned slips by the deadline have been awarded a place. The deposit will be payable via parentpay in the near future.

Medical Policy

Parents are asked to play close attention to the school medical policy regarding time away from school following any incidents of potentially infectious illness. This is set at 48 hours from the last bout of illness and is a requirement in all schools. Please speak to the school nurse if you ever have any questions about this policy.

Junior Science Conference Film

Please see below the shareable link on YouTube for the Junior Science Conference film.

https://youtu.be/wdl7NLElWKU

General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation

As you are no doubt aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect today (Friday 25 May).
At Northampton High School, and across the GDST, we use information to promote the welfare of our students, help every student fulfil her potential, and manage the School effectively.

To explain what data we collect and what we use it for, we have updated our privacy notice which you can see by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Vogel, the GDST’s Information Security and Governance Manager, at dpo@wes.gdst.net.
We also want to remind you that, if you have given consent for your daughter’s photograph to be used in school promotional material and on the school and GDST websites and social media platforms, you or your daughter can withdraw that consent at any time by simply contacting the school office by email at nhsadmin@nhs.gdst.net.

Music

Come to our Open Rehearsal to find out more

Do you enjoy making music with like minded people? Would you like to have fun, develop your singing skills in a relaxed, friendly environment?
We are holding an ‘open rehearsal’ on Thursday 7 June from 7.30pm and would like to welcome anyone interested in joining us to find out more (over a glass of wine too!). This is NOT an audition, just an evening of singing and laughter. Please do come along; meet us in the Senior School Reception.
We meet once a week, 7.30-9.00pm in School and sing everything from Coldplay to Mozart, Paul Simon to Mendelsohn.
Ladies and gentlemen from our parent body, friends of the School and the wider community are most welcome, with or without previous choir experience. You don’t need to be able to read music; you just need to be able to carry a tune and be keen to join in.

To find out more please contact us via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthamptonHighSchoolCommunityChamberChoir or email Mrs Arkell on e.arkell@nhs.gdst.net.

Suffragettes

This year’s topic was: Imagine a world in which the Suffragettes failed and 100 years later women have yet to achieve the vote…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Northampton High Film Competition:

‘Her’ by Ezri Mannion, Ruth Purser and Amelia Simpson

‘What would life be like…?’ by Katie Maybin

‘Our Suffragette Saviours’ by Laura Charles, Samiha Chaudhary and Harriet Fordham

Commendations were awarded to:
‘The Suffragette Mystery’ by Ariana Baninoe and Ananya Rastogi
‘Suffragettes’ by Jasmine Campion, Isabella Goodyear-Rea, Lucie Coombes and Maisy Orosz

All of the winning films will be showcased at the Literary Festival on Wednesday June 27.

Ms Heimfeld, Subject Leader for Film

Sports

Swimming

We have thoroughly enjoyed all of the swimming watching weeks and galas for Junior School over the past two weeks. After half term the school are delighted that we have building work taking place which will improve and update the swimming pool. This does mean however that there will be no swimming lessons as part of the Physical Education Curriculum next half term. We will of course return to weekly lesson in September. In the meantime your daughters will be using the time from their swimming lessons to prepare with their PE teachers for their performances for the upcoming Gymnastics and Dance Extravaganza which is being held on Tuesday 3 July from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm.

Our week

Nursery

Kipper Room

This week the girls have enjoyed going to the local park for a picnic. They also had fun going on the play equipment. We have been mixing potions with orange and mint in the garden. They have also been exploring their senses in the sensory garden. We have been taking it turns when playing games and especially liked the Peppa pig matching game.
After half term we will be looking at holidays and the seaside.

Elmer Room

This week the girls have been busy recreating a large picture of Claude Monet’s waterlilies. They have used different media and materials to complete the picture which will be on show during the Arts Festival week.
We all enjoyed dressing up for the allotment day and using the running track on the large field.
After half term our topic will be Transport and Travel.

Here are the girls in nursery this week. Please click here to view the whole album


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Reception


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This week the girls have been concluding the topic of minibeasts by writing clues and descriptions about a favourite minibeast. They then chose a picture of the minibeast from the computer and stuck it under a flap with the writing. Models of differing make believe minibeasts have been created in abundance on the workshop, encouraging an excellent use of descriptive language. Looking at the butterflies has linked well with symmetry and making a symmetrical patterns.

At Forest School this week we had a real fire and cooked cakes inside large oranges! A fantastic experience in many different ways.

Wishing you all a lovely half term break.

Year 1


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“Yesterday afternoon we went to the Year 6 charity fair. In the allotment fair there was a drink with different types of straws and there were little umbrellas to put in the drink. They had pretty designs on them and there were lots of different colours you got to choose from.” Melodee

“We have been doing our Paul Klee pictures. We had to do it slowly and work our way up to the top. We are using oil pastel and we can mix them together to make the colours Paul Klee use… but you get very messy hands!” Sophie

Year 2

2N have been learning to debate this week and working very hard making progress on their multiplication skills.

“I like using Mathletics to help me learn my time tables” Celesani

“I like getting my times tables right every week!”  Mya


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Year 3

“I really enjoyed going to the Year 6 allotment Fair and dressing up. I also enjoyed debate day”. Sophia

“I liked the Year 6 fair because there were lots of stalls. I enjoyed preparing for sports day practicing the relay and obstacle courses”. Sienna 


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Year 4

“I enjoyed doing Science to see the water evaporate.” Darcy

“My highlight of the week was doing fractions in Maths!” Charlotte


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Year 5

“My highlight was doing debating day and taking part in all the interesting debates such as is water more precious than gold?” Sonya Mittal

“My highlight for this week is Year 5’s swimming gala. I really enjoyed all the fun races such as the octopus and the fish and jelly on a plate. Hestia came joint first with Demeter and I am in Hestia!” Gemma Stowey


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Year 6

On Thursday 24 May the Year 6 girls set up stalls to make money for their chosen charity, Re:Store. This is a great charity to raise money for because it helps support those who are less fortunate than we are in life.

For our Charity Fayre we set up a wide variety of interesting stalls from a Mocktail and fruit kebab bar to a Bric-a-Brac stall. The Junior school all dressed up as a farmer, a scarecrow or in the colour of their favourite fruit or vegetable.

We hope everyone enjoyed the stalls and hope we have raised lots of money for this great cause!

Shaitya Bobba and Connie Harvey
Demeter


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GAP Club


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This week three girls have shared their highlight of the week in GAP Club:

“Playing noughts and crosses.”Beattie Reception.

“The wedding that we played with each other.” Maisie Year 5

“Dancing.” Year 6.

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