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Junior Newsletter 27 April 2018

Dear Parents and girls

Having celebrated success in sport last week it was the turn of music to take centre stage this week. The Summer Concert was a wonderful celebration containing pieces from all of the music groups run in school. This was a special concert for everyone in the school community, as it was the last for Mrs Miller, who retires at the end of the year. It was plain to see that the girls love of music stems from Mrs Miller; seen by the smiles on their faces, their confident relaxed relationships and the dedication to be there even if they are feeling poorly! We will have more opportunities to say farewell to Mrs Miller during the remainder of the year and I know that many people will have many kind words to say to her.

School will be quieter than usual next week with Year 6 out on their residential trip to Osmington Bay. I hope they get some nice weather and enjoy the variety of exciting activities on offer. I will be taking a group of five Year 5 girls to the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on Thursday for the first GDST Year 5 Science Conference. This is an exciting new event in a prestigious venue which promises to enrich the school curriculum and I think I may be more excited than the girls!

Wednesday 2 May is the school’s 140th birthday and we are holding a special whole school assembly for all girls in Reception to Year 13 in the Senior School Hall. The assembly is due to start at 8.35 am and therefore I ask that all girls arrive early or at least promptly so that they can be involved.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 83  |   Hestia - 89  |   Artemis - 105  |   Demeter - 72

House point badges

Watch this space!


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:

Body preparation Level 3
Harriet Brown – has been learning skills in readiness for trampolining
Classical Indian Dancing Show:
Ishika Shah award for progress
Classical Greek best duet:
Lucie Coombes
Jasmine Campion
Greek Solo:
Jasmine Campion 3rd place
Dance overall award:
Lucie Coombes for hardest worker
Jasmine Campion for best staged
Manha Kamath Grade 2 Merit
Grace Moulton Grade 1 Distinction
Hockey County Tournament
Arianna Hay
Jane Sigobodhla
Horse Riding
Maisy Orosz moved up a group
Evie Arnold
Netball Tournament 
Ella Greenbank tournament team came 2nd
1st in league:
Charlotte Urban
Samiha Chaudhary
1st out of 16:
Arianna Hay
Jane Sigobodhla
Charlotte Urban
Rugby Tournament at Peterborough
Annie Shelswell – 1st place
Abi Garside – Level 3 Duckling
Emily Horne 2nd in B Final National League in Cardiff
Asmi Supriya Learn to Swim Stage 3
Monpriya Dhaliwal team won
Ella Greenbank team tournament drew 5-5

General messages


Year 2 Cricket Club. Mr Urquhart is offering an additional club on Mondays from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

There will be no Year 5 and 6 Animal Art Club on Tuesday 1 May.

There will be no Year 3 and 4 Photography club next Thursday 3 May.

There are no teacher-led clubs on Tuesday 22 May.

Dates for your diary

Class Assemblies will take place on a Wednesday:

  • Wednesday 9 May – 5N
  • Wednesday 16 May – 1N
  • Wednesday 6 June – 4N
  • Wednesday 20 June – Reception
  • Wednesday 27 June – 3N
  • Wednesday 4 July – 2N
  • Wednesday 11 July – Year 6 Final Assembly

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

Monday 30 April to Friday 4 May – Year 6 Osmington Bay

Wednesday 2 May – School 140th birthday

Thursday 3 May –  Forest School Open Afternoon

Friday 4 May – Staff cycle fundraising event

Friday 11 May – Open Day

Thursday 17 May – Class photographs

Friday 18 May – FoNHS Movie Night 4-6pm

Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June – Half Term

Thursday 7 June – Sports Day

Monday 21 June – Year 5 Swimming Gala

Tuesday 22 June – Inter-house debating

Betty our school dog

Betty is learning to settle down and let Mrs Purvey-Tyrer get some work done (but she has still got her favourite stick from Forest School!).


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Forest School Open Day

We invite all parents to visit Forest School on Thursday 3 May from 2.00 pm to 3.00pm. A letter was sent out last week with more details. Visiting parents will collect daughters and take them to Forest School, where Mrs Waters will be on hand with planned activities to show them the potential of this area.


Under 11  Swimming

On Friday 20 April, the Under 11 swimming team successfully competed in the Regional Qualifying round of the ESSA Relay competition. We travelled to Louth with high hopes of qualifying; knowing that the top three teams in each even would go through to the Nationals.
Our team finished 4th in both the medley relay and the free relay in times of 1.18.04 and 1.07.24 respectively. Congratulations to the team of Sophie Johnson, Elizabeth Tansley, Erin Currie and Emily Horne (c).

Emily Horne Swimming Captain

Summer Sports Camp

Saturday Cricket Academy
We have space for more girls to join us on Saturday mornings to develop their cricket skills. Year 2, 3 and 4 from 9.00 am to 10.00 am and Year 5, 6 and 7 from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm. No need to pre-register, just come along and sign up with coaches Chris and Summer. The meeting point is by the astroturf and any PE kit may be worn. Girls are invited from other schools, so please share with family and friends. For more information contact


Bookings can now be made for the rearranged Movie Night on Friday 18 May.  Previous bookings do not need to be made again, we will presume these girls are attending.  For this event, any brothers and sisters in Reception to Year 6 are also welcome to attend.

FoNHS 140th Anniversary Charity Ball

There are still some tickets available for this exciting parents event on Saturday 16 June. Please contact school office for an application form. The ball is a fundraiser for school and The Cynthia Spencer Hospice. If you would like to donate any raffle or auction prizes please contact Mrs Esther Sooriah –

In conjunction with FoNHS, we are hosting a whole school Family Fun Day on Saturday 30 June 2018 as part of our 140th Anniversary celebrations. Make sure you save the date, more information to follow soon!

Mr Urquhart, Head of Junior School

Our week


Kipper Room

This week in Kipper room the girls have enjoyed exploring their senses through decorating cakes which they then enjoyed eating.  They also had fun going to the garden centre to buy a range of different seeds to plant, to have a visual image of the plant life cycle alongside the story Jack and the Beanstalk. The girls have been categorising animals in height order too.

Elmer Room

In Elmer room this week the girls have had fun continuing our theme of superheroes. They have enjoyed pretending to be their superheroes, talking about what a superhero is.  We have also been focusing on number recognition where the girls have had to match the bike to the correct parking space and also put the princesses in the correct numeral order.

At Forest School the girls enjoyed exploring their surrounding using the magnifying glasses to inspect the insects.

Some of the girls visited Richmond Village on Tuesday they enjoyed making Spring pictures with the residents.

Next week the girls will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in super hero action training
  • Develop their writing skills using water and paintbrushes
  • Create a superhero gingerbread man
  • Look at the book Supertato

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This week we have been enjoying watching our real caterpillars growing bigger. We have read the story about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, painted some lovely pictures and made some long chain caterpillars.

We have been counting in groups of ten and writing the sequence down, practising our number formation.

Year 1

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“On Art & DT Day we made a dolls’ house with Mr Brandon-Jones and Mrs Stock helping. We made all the furniture and covers and things made out of material ourselves. My favourite bit of furniture that I made was my wardrobe because I could chop all the wood up by myself and I used a matchbox and the pins to do it.” Harriet

After having a photograph taken with Mrs Stock: “This sewing machine must be the most famous sewing machine in the world. I like hand sewing but the sewing machine is so fast!” Melodee

Year 2

2N have a new teacher called Mrs Russell.

“I liked our Art Day because we made dragons with snappy mouths!  I added wings to my dragon”  Mollie

“I liked our Art Day because I liked painting my dragon green!”  Mya

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Year 3

“I liked creating our abstract art on Art day. I enjoyed reading ‘Kidnapped’ by Pie Corbett in English. It is an adventure story”.  Lily

“I enjoyed Art Day because it looked like rolled up paper on a page. It was a little tricky”.  Frankie

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Year 4

“My highlight of the week is adding and subtracting fractions”. Izzy

“In Art we looked at Mary Cassatt paintings and did pastels. In Science we did diagrams”. Maia

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Year 5

“My highlight this week was getting to play with Betty.  She licked me on the face!!  She nibbled me with her little sharp teeth”. Maisie

“Yesterday at the concert, it was amazing!  Everyone was singing great, I loved the Out of this World title as it was especially out of this world when the brass instruments were played.  I spotted my mum recording me, I wish that didn’t happen”. Eryn

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Year 6

This week Year 6 have faced 5 assessments in all different subjects. Eva said ”The tests weren’t that bad!” and we did lots to prepare for them the week before. In Production Club, after school, many of Year 6 have been preparing for their school production and we have also been getting excited about our trip to Osmington Bay next week. Nikki said, “I am excited to try out all the outside activities especially sailing!” Everyone has started thinking about packing ; remember it is only a 5 day trip so you don’t need a massive suitcase! We hope everyone enjoys the exciting experiences coming up and have a wonderful time by the Dorset Coast!

Jasmine Campion            Grace Moulton
House Captain Hestia      Vice-Captain- Hestia

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GAP Club

This week in GAP club three older girls have shared their highlights of the week:

“Playing board and card games, especially Jenga”. Tobi, 4N

“I enjoyed painting this week”. Millie, 4N

“I liked building the Jenga blocks. I also put them in a line and circle and watched them all fall down in a row”. Gaby, 3N

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