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Junior Newsletter 3 November 2017

Dear Parents and girls

I must take this opportunity to thank FoNHS for the amazing pumpkin party before half-term. I can’t think of an event in school which has seen such a positive atmosphere and where staff have been spectators because of the tremendous organisation by the committee. An army of sixth form girls were given responsibility for a wide range of activities and displayed enthusiasm along with a caring attitude towards the younger girls who very much look up to them. My thanks to them for being so willing to get involved and even showing the Junior School girls some new dance moves!
We are all looking rejuvenated after half-term and this has been a good first week back without too many mentions of the celebration that ends the term, although I doubt it will last beyond bonfire night. Working with children makes this a special time of year and we are excited by the Winter Sparkle Disco planned by FoNHS for Friday 24 November, more details to follow, including news of some special visitors!
Year 3 shared some safety tips learned on their recent trip to Hazard Alley in Milton Keynes. We all know that one of the keys to learning is to make it fun. The girls clearly had a good day and potentially intimidating scenarios were made enjoyable and they learned a great deal. I particularly enjoyed hearing the conversations they had with a 999 operator when acting out fake emergencies; very calm and assured beyond their age.
The weather has been favourable for the Year 5 residential trip to Grafham Water. If you follow our twitter feed you already know that they are having a wonderful time and will undoubtedly return today tired, more grown up, and as a class, with improved teamwork. I look forward to hearing more from them next week.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 313  |   Hestia - 355  |   Artemis - 336  |   Demeter - 326

House point badges

Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Lily Ashton Aiyana Sooriah Indiana Ransley Millie Watkins
Ameyal Foster Moreno Fern Almond Lilybella Ullman Isla Howard
Charlotte Fordham Millie Tailor Laila Aitken Emma Bristow
Ella Greenbank Dharmini Kara Lois Beacroft Arianna Hay
Grace Moulton Maisy Orosz Amelia Wong
Selene Hestia Artemis Demeter
Laura Charles Ishika Shah


Jasmine Campion Played in Aladdin at The Derngate
Lucie Coombes Played in Aladdin at The Derngate
Libby Moore Played Danny Dan in Bugsy Malone at The Royal Theatre
Annie Shelswell Rugby match – won 6-2, 8-0, 7-0
Emma Neville Saints Hockey tournament
Rose Neville Tennis – Winner at Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Lydia Morris Tennis – Competed in Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Came 3rd in the Inspiring Community Tennis Nuneaton LTC Mini Tennis Festival 2017
Oluwatobiloba Ogunsola Tennis – Competed in Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Gabriella Moffat Tennis – Competed in Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Fern Almond Tennis – Competed in Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Verity Smith Tennis – Competed in Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Leela Shah Tennis – Competed in Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Vheneka Chimutanda Tennis – Competed in Northampton County LTC Mini Red Indoor Tournament
Tanya Murugan Singing Grade 2 Distinction
Ella Greenbank Hockey Tournament came 1st
Grace Moulton Hockey Tournament
Jessica McClurg Hockey Tournament
Nikki Atife Hockey Tournament
Arianna Hay Hockey Tournament
Harriet Fordham Hockey Tournament
Alessandra Jahina Hockey Tournament

General messages

Class Assemblies

Parents are warmly invited to attend their daughters’ assembly at 8.40 am on the following dates:

1N 8 November
6N 15 November
5N 22 November
6H 6 December

Tea and coffee will be served from 8.20 am in the Junior School Library.

Club Cancellations

The following clubs are cancelled:

  • Running Club on 17 November and 8 December
  • Year 3 and 4 Hockey Club on 10, 17 and 24 November (due to matches and disco)

Individual School Photographs

These will be taken on Tuesday 7 November so please make sure that all girls are looking their dazzling best!


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Reception girls are enjoying using the different percussion instruments we have in the Music room. The girls are discovering different ways of making sounds such as shaking and tapping.

Please let Mrs Miller know if you are taking a music exam this term and would like to play one of your pieces in an informal concert one morning before school.

Book Fair

Date for your diary!

The book fair is returning to school the week beginning Monday 13 November.

It will be held in the library from 8:00 am to 8:20 am in the mornings and after school until 4:00 pm.

Come and buy some Christmas presents!

If any parents/Grandparents would like to come and help run the book fair, please let Mrs Greenbank know.

Ski Trip

Parents of all girls involved should have received a firefly form recommendation just before the holiday, requesting information and notifying you of a meeting on 29 November. The deadline for replied forms is 10 November, but do please let me know if you did not receive it or have any questions. If you are waiting for new passports or EHIC cards please leave the relevant question blank and then notify Mr Urquhart when they arrive.

Early Years Fun Morning

Following the success of these events last year we invite all of our Nursery and Reception girls, with their parents, to join us for a fun morning on Saturday 18 November from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm.  There will be lots for the girls to do and a great opportunity for parents to socialise with each other and enjoy refreshments.  This event is also open to new families who may be interested in joining us, so please pass on the date and time to anyone you know that has girls of this age.


Under 11 Hockey v Broughton Manor Prep School

On Wednesday 1 November the Under 11 Hockey A and B team traveled to Broughton Manor Prep School. The A team won 4-0. Alessandra Jahina won Player of the Match. Although the team had a small change everyone worked well together.

The B team won 1-0 and had a successful start with a lot of opportunities.  Samiha Chaudhary scored our first goal.  Emma Neville won Player of the Match.  Everyone played well.

Connie Harvey

Under 9 Hockey v Quinton House

Every Year 4 girl was involved in the two teams that played in this home fixture. The B team was full of debutants and they took a while to settle into a 7 aside game. Goals gradually came and the final score was 2-0 to us. The A team built upon their good play in the BMS Tournament and starting strongly; final score was a 4-0 victory. The next match is today versus Broughton Manor Prep and then again on Friday 10 November at home verses Thornton College.

Our week


This week in Nursery we have had a busy week starting our theme of Autumn, Colours and Shapes. The girls have enjoyed enhancing our woodland area in the garden, making beautiful colourful leaf pictures, creating circle biscuits and going on an Autumn walk and much more.

Please remember:

Tuesday 7 November the girls will be having individual photographs please be here for 8.50 am.
Wednesday 8 November Stay and Play afternoon 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

Next week is provocation week!

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This week we have been thinking about the weather. We have been recording the temperature throughout the day and observing changes. Our role play is a dark den with torches, lights and lots of screams!!
Our colour is orange, shape is the oval and the number is 7. We have looked at the letters h,i,r, j and made some jjjj jelly, observing how the jelly changed. In Mathematics the girls have been using the language ‘more’ and ‘less’ and have been finding ‘1 more’ than a given number. In P.E. the teacher was very impressed that all of the girls can do a forward roll unaided, an amazing achievement!

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Year 1

Year 1 have had a fabulous out and about week, starting on Monday with our new Geography topic ‘Our School’. Girls really enjoyed finding houses and the school on Google Maps before we used an aerial photograph to identify features around the grounds. In Maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and have started to share amounts into equal groups. Our first week at Forest School was a great success and the girls created some beautiful collaborative pictures, linking in with our assembly preparation thinking about teamwork.

Please remind your daughter practise her words for assembly over the weekend. 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

Year 5 have had an amazing time on their 3 day residential at Grafham Water this week. The girls have enjoyed archery, bush craft, crate stacking, low rope climbing, mountain biking and a night walk. We are really proud of the team work and kindness they demonstrated. Many thanks to Mrs Bleech for leading the trip.

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Year 6

In Year 6 this week we have done many fun activities. In Maths, we did an investigation on angles. We went out in the playground and looked for different angles. We then drew on a picture the angles that we found outside. We also had an exciting Humanities lesson about world religions. We were put into groups and were given a religion to research about. We created fact files, which we will share in class. In English we have been writing our own Greek Myths. We have created our own backgrounds and we have typed up our myths on the computers and have stuck them on our backgrounds to create a dramatic effect. On Wednesday we played an A and B team match against Broughton Manor Prep. We won both matches; it was a very successful afternoon of hockey!

By Hestia House Captains
Jasmine Campion and Grace Moulton

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GAP Club

This week in GAP Club the girls have been making firework pictures using paint, pastels, chalks and lots of glitter.
We are collecting plastic strawberry and grape tubs and would be very grateful if you have any of these at home to bring them into school for us to create with.

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