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Junior Newsletter 29 June 2018

Dear Parents and girls

Last week started with a bang as the sunny weather coincided with Early Years Sports Day. I introduced this event following much success doing so in my previous school. It was only afterwards I remembered that we actually only had children aged 3 running. Never mind, as our 2 year olds’ were amazing! We now look forward to Year 1 and 2 in their equivalent event this Monday.

Class Assembly always provides me with evidence of the growth each girl or class makes during the year. Last week, Year 3 took us on a whistle-stop tour of their learning journey. The striking part was their personal reflection on how they have developed as an individual, to think more, to never give up, to have a voice. It ended with each girl contributing to a pledge, made for Miss Taylor their next teacher, stating their targets for Year 4. Very moving!

Three authors in one day, makes a literary Wednesday. We were lucky to have some esteemed visitors, including an ex-High School teacher, to inspire the girls. Arts Festival is supercharged this year, to celebrate the 140th Anniversary and, as ever, the Junior art contribution is wonderful. Thank you to Mrs Revie for coordinating everyone and Mrs Stock for her creative art work, funded by the OGA, to create a permanent reminder of this time in school life.

I hope to see many parents and girls at the Family Fun Day on Saturday. Will any dog have a chance against our Betty in the dog show? There is a wide range of activities on offer and a chance to win many special prizes. Don’t forget to find time for the Senior production of ‘The Sound of Music’, showing on both Friday and Saturday night.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School



House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 442  |   Hestia - 557  |   Artemis - 593  |   Demeter - 493

House point badges

House 10 Badges
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Alessandra Jahina Vheneka Chimutanda Lois Beacroft
Sophie Johnson Sophia Shaikh
Jane Sigobodhla
House 20  Badges
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Laura Charles Francesca Beale Caitlin McClurg Sahitya Bobba
Harriet Fordham Imogen Coppard Miraya Shah Arianna Hay
Shruthi Padmabushan Grace Moulton Annabel Lloyd
Odelia Sithamparapillai Charlotte Urban
House 30 Badges
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Abigail Waugh Ella Darby Monpriya Dhaliwal
Arna Kar Roja Lakshman
Sonya Mittal
Charlotte Louise 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:

Arianna Hay Brixworth ladies soft ball cricket tournament
Alessandra Jahina played under 11 match
Emily Horne Nuneaton Gala 200m backstroke – 1st, 200m fly- 2nd
Chanan Sehmi Red Band
Samiha Chaudhary and Harriet Fordham performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre
Imogen Coppard
Manha Kamath
Verity Smith Grade 1 Bronze
Charlotte Evans-Hillman
Roja Lakshman
Odelia Sithamparapilli Distinction
Mollie Molloy
Tae Kwondo yellow stripe belt
Kyla Lindsay
Rebecca Pullen

General messages

Dates for your diary


Please remember that there are no teacher led clubs in the last week of term.

Year 6 Production Club has now finished.

Year 2 Cricket Club on Monday 2 July will need to end at 4pm as Mr Urquhart has a meeting to attend.

Class Assemblies will take place on a Wednesday at 8.40am:

  • Wednesday 4 July – 2N
  • Wednesday 11 July – Year 6 Final Assembly (2pm)

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:

Saturday 30 June – FoNHS Family Fun Day 1-4pm

Monday 2 July – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day 2.00pm

Tuesday 3 July – Gymnastics and Dance Extravaganza 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Friday 6 July – Welcome Day

Friday 13 July – End of term 11.45am


Please remember that there are no teacher led clubs in the last week of term.

Year 2 Cricket Club on Monday 2 July will need to end at 4pm as Mr Urquhart has a meeting to attend.

Year 6 Production Club has now finished.

Welcome Day

Welcome day on Friday 6 July is a non-uniform day for all girls.


Foundation+ places are still available for the summer. Please see the office for a booking form.

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Nursery will be having a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Wednesday 4 July in the morning.


Sports days
Please park and make your way directly to the field and bring a blanket or collapsible chairs if you have them. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the event and girls will be permitted to go home straight afterwards if you wish. Sensible footwear is advised if you would like to enter the parents’ race!

Car Park Safety

We politely request that all visitors to the school car park be aware of the 5 mph speed limit. The speed limit is for the safety of all children and adults using this site.
There have been a few incidents reported recently regarding safety, and, as you will understand, it is our priority is to make the school site as safe as possible for everyone.
May we please ask all drivers to give way to pedestrians using the designated crossing points. Children should be dropped off in the designated bays in the parking areas, and not on the crossings or in disabled parking spaces. Please be conscious of looking both ways when pulling out of the parking bays.
We thank you for taking care and keeping safety paramount.

140 Charity Sale Next Week

During May the girls in Junior School spent a day with Mrs Stock making 140 quality handmade cards and lavender bags in celebration of the 140th anniversary of Northampton High School. These special items will be on sale on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July after school in the Junior School. Come early to avoid disappointment!

These lovely items will be sold in aid of KidsAid. KidsAid are a Northampton based charity providing therapeutic support for children and young people who have suffered any form of trauma. They do this by providing Play Therapy, Art Therapy and Drama Therapy.

Summer Fun Day/Mini Competition

Make sure you’re at the Summer Fun Day to find out if your entry has won the Mini competition!

Betty update

Betty is really looking forward to meeting lots of friends at the Dog Show on Saturday. She will not be taking part but be helping to register entrants from 1pm.

Isla made a royal crown for Betty in the Nursery workshop and came to try it for size. It fitted perfectly!


Under 11 B Cricket team v Milton Keynes prep

On Wednesday 27 June the B Team played their last match of the season and we won! The score was 275 runs to 252 runs. We played against Milton Keynes Prep. Erin and Monpriya were both named Players of the Match, one for batting and one for fielding.

I hope that everyone has had a great time playing for the B Team. Well done to everyone.

Grace Moulton  – Captain

Photos in Flickr

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Our week


Sports Day
The Nursery team were very proud of all the girls during our Sports afternoon. It is a very big accomplishment for the girls to be in a new environment and racing in front of their parents.

Elmer Room
This week the girls have been enjoying booking holidays in the travel agents and looking for different countries on the map. At Forest School the girls went on a bear hunt in the long grass and found a daddy bear, a mummy bear and a baby bear, they then all ran away before going on a hunt again.

In readiness for the girls moving to Reception Class please can we ask that they only bring in toys on a Tuesday for show and tell.

Kipper Room
This week we have been experimenting with ice to help keep us cool in the hot weather. We have used ice for free play in the water tray watching how it melts in our hot hands and also used ice poles to draw pictures, with a few irresistible licks. The hot weather given us the opportunity to enjoy lots of water play.  We have also been playing car wash.

Next Week.
On Wednesday we are having a Teddy Bears Picnic. Please can your daughter come to Nursery in her Forest School clothes and bring in a named bear. If your daughter does not normally attend Nursery and would like to join us please can she arrive at her normal time and be collected at 1.00 pm.
We will be back in Nursery at 1.00 pm for the morning girls to be collected.

Please can you make sure that your daughter has her sun cream on and has her sun hat.


The week began with our Sports Day, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the girls, who took part with enthusiasm and determination to do their best.
On Thursday morning the girls were able to watch the first half of the production ‘The Sound of Music’. They all sat beautifully and were enraptured by the performance.
We look forward to you seeing our dance next week and guarantee an entertaining evening!

Year 1

“We went on our Summer walk on Tuesday. We were looking for signs of summer and we had the iPads and took photos of the things we found. We went down to the wild area and Betty came with us!” Sophie

“In Music we have been making up lullabys to go with a book called Lullaby Hullabaloo. We were different characters and I was a giant. I made the sound of the giant with a drum and Melodee was making stomping noises with a xylophone.” Dejonai

Year 2

We all had a brilliant Outdoor Learning Day. Our activity was measuring, ordering and comparing the capacity of and volume of water with lots of containers in a paddling pool. Following our Outdoor Learning Day, Esme sent me a thank you card that read – To Mrs Russell Today was brilliant! Love from Esme

Year 3

“I have enjoyed rehearsing our dance for the Gym and dance extravaganza next week. It was also fun doing our class assembly about our time in Year 3”. Daisy-May

“I really enjoyed completing some research about volcanoes in our English lesson. I have learnt lots of great facts about them”. Rosie 

Year 4

“I did really well at number lines in Maths with my partner”. Maia

“My highlight was when a new girl visited for a day and it was so fun because lots of people knew her and I looked after her”. Leela

“My highlight of the week was when we learnt about Andy Goldsworthy and his natural artwork”. Sophia

“My highlight of the week was learning about an author. I found it was interesting because I found out she was a teacher at this school”. Chanan

Year 5

Year 6

Following on from the amazing production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last week we continue to be astounded by the enthusiasm with which our girls apply themselves to a diverse range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.

In particular, this week, the girls have had the opportunity to show case their creative skills through their acrylic paintings inspired by the late Georgia O’Keeffe and their wonderful array of cushions using a variety of textiles and stitching techniques.

A big thank you also to those girls who gave up their time to perform poetry at the start of Dr Annie Gray’s enlightening talk on ‘The Greedy Queen’ and to our talented musicians who performed on Thursday at the concert.

We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday to The Dance Extravaganza

GAP Club

This week quotes are from Amelia in Nursery and Charlotte and Anna in Year 4.

“Playing with the dolls and bags and coming to the cold room.” Amelia.
“We like watching a film and being with the Nursery girls.” Charlotte and Anna

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