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Junior Newsletter 4 May 2018

Dear Parents and girls

Trips are an important part of everybody’s time at school. This week Year 6 have enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to gain more independence in preparation for the move into Senior School. One year I will allocate myself to accompany them to Dorset as the scenery looks stunning and the activities are right up my street, especially the watersports. This year Dr Stringer took the opportunity to join them at the end of the week and used it as a time to build relationships in advance of Year 7.

I shouldn’t complain too much, as I was able to attend the GDST Junior Science Conference with five Year 5 girls at the Royal Institution in London. The girls were highly excited and for some it was their first adventure on London Underground; they now think it always takes 5 attempts to board a train. They spent time in the famous Faraday Lecture Theatre, home to the renowned Christmas lectures since 1825. The building was full of artifacts and history which demonstrated the significance of Science in this country. The girls were able to extract their own DNA from cheek cells and turn it into a necklace! They also created their own double helix, learning about the chromosomes that make us all different. The finale was spectacular, with resident experts demonstrating the flammability of gases and generally blowing things up. Our ears survived and I look forward to seeing the girls present an assembly to Junior School on the visit in the future.

Being out in London meant that I missed the Forest School Open Day which was again very popular and I am sure that all visitors were inspired by the enthusiasm of Mrs Waters and the developments she has made in this area. It is fitting that FoNHS have agreed to donate funds towards a permanent shelter for Forest School, something that will benefit many girls now and in the future. You can support this venture by helping FoNHS with attendance at the 140th Anniversary Ball and Family Fun Day, or by volunteering your time to help at the Movie Night or supply raffle/auction prizes.

The 140th birthday celebration on Wednesday was a terrific opportunity to bring all girls, staff and puppies together for a special assembly. Shanaya in Reception was invited to cut the cake along with Mariam, the new Head Girl and Lily who had her own birthday on that day also. Dr Stringer had prepared a presentation with 140 slides containing historical and current images, which everyone enjoyed. All girls received a gift from the school of a pin badge or key ring, making the day a memorable one.

Ross Urquhart, Head of Junior School

House Points and Achievements

The total number of house points awarded to date is:
Selene - 121  |   Hestia - 137  |   Artemis - 142  |   Demeter - 105

House point badges

10 House Point Badges
Charlotte L Smith
Montpriya Dhaliwal


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:

Mollie Molloy – Level 8
Mollie Molloy – Northampton 8U County Team Event
Mary-Anne Waterton Level 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 are no teacher-led clubs on Tuesday 22 May due to a staff meeting.

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 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

Monday 7 May – Bank Holiday

Friday 11 May – Open Day

Thursday 17 May – Class photographs

Friday 18 May – FoNHS Movie Night 4-6pm

Monday 21 May – Friday 25 May – Book Fair

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 keeping the girls on task at our enrichment club, ‘All About Dogs’


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Do you love to sing? Join our Choir!

Do you enjoy making music with like minded people? Would you like to have fun, develop your singing skills in a relaxed, friendly environment?

The Northampton High Community Chamber Choir would like to hear from you. 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 or email Mrs Arkell on

Queen’s Cross Swimming School

We are delighted to announce that we have entered into partnership with Northampton Swimming Club to run the Queen’s Cross Swimming School from our own swimming pool from September 2018. We will be offering swimming lessons for all levels, which, where appropriate, will then feed into the Northampton Swimming Club coaching programme.
Lessons will run from Tuesday to Friday from 3.45 – 5.15 pm and will be split into three 30-minute sessions daily. Lessons will also run on a Saturday morning. Northampton Swimming Club will employ all swimming teachers, and they will all be qualified to the ASA swimming teacher requirements.
If you are interested in booking a place for your daughter or would like more information, please call 01604 622264 or email


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


Movie Night

Bookings can still 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!

Our week


Kipper Room

This week in Kipper room the girls have had fun improving their literacy skills with a range of different writing opportunities using their gross and fine motor skills.  These included writing in the coloured sand with the rubber pens, using a range of different paint equipment to develop their mark making on the easel and writing letters in our new Post Office role play area. They also played a game that involved them recognising their own names in the sensory garden.

Both rooms have enjoyed exploring the sensory garden where they had a range of different learning opportunities some of these were developing their number knowledge with the big colourful numbers cards, using their imagination when building a sandcastle or making mud cakes and showing care when looking after the insects.

Elmer Room

In Elmer room this week the girls have loved finding the superheroes in the garden. They gave their friends and teachers clues about where they had hidden them. They also had fun making superhero gingerbread men and women, which they decorated with icing pens. The girls enjoyed doing a range of different movements during physical time along to different songs.

They loved making different things with the mud kitchen down at Forest School and going on a bug hunt with the magnifying glasses.  They also enjoyed jumping in the puddles when walking to and from Forest School in the rain.

Hesali and Holly said they have enjoyed painting this week.

Next week the girls will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore frozen peas.
  • Rescue bugs from ice.
  • Special superhero mission.
  • Secret writing.
  • Superhero accessories.

We are having a Superhero Day on Friday 11 May so your daughter may dress up as a superhero!

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This week we have enjoyed celebrating the school’s birthday, especially as we have been counting in tens and could practise this up to 140!

The girls have been very excited to watch the caterpillars turn into cocoons and are now waiting in anticipation for the next stage of the life cycle to emerge!
We hope that you enjoyed joining your daughter at Forest School this week and experiencing some of the wide range of activities on offer. Forest School will continue for Reception girls next Thursday as usual.

Year 1

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“The clay alien houses were fun to make because we used lots of different things to make the patterns. We used lego bricks and there was a special cutter that we cut some bits off and we used those bits to practise on to see if the pattern worked or not.” Avleen

“On Tuesday we went on a wild flower hunt and we found lots of different wild flowers around the playground and on the grass. The sixth former girls were with us and we had to ask them if we could pick them or not. When we got some we came inside and we had to put them in our books where we wanted them and then we had to label. We looked in books and on the computer to find out what they were.” Zoe

Year 2

2N have had lots of fun this week learning about traditional fairy tales!  We have made pig and wolf masks to role play the characters in ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story.
Come and see our St George and the Dragon Art Day display.

“I love playing in our pretend castle”.  Alice
“I’ll huff and I’ll puff and blow your house down!”  Aiyana

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Year 3

“I really enjoyed the whole school assembly to celebrate our 140th Birthday. The photographs were good and we had cake!” Ameyal

“I enjoyed the big assembly for our schools birthday. I liked our DT lesson when we made a tower out of paper. Our tower stood up but was not that tall.” Elizabeth

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Year 4

“I enjoyed listening to Dr Stringer’s speech about this school and watching her lovely PowerPoint.” Millie

“I have enjoyed reading ‘Countdown’ because it is very funny.” Lilybella

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Year 5

“My highlight this week was going to the Science conference and having my DNA tested”.  Isobel

“My highlight this week was going to the Science conference and seeing all the exciting explosions”. Arna

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Year 6

We look forward to hearing all about Osmington Bay next week!

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GAP Club

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This week two younger girls shared their highlight of the week in GAP Club:

“I enjoyed painting the rainbows because they had lots of different colours and had my favourite colours on” Harini Year 1

“A rainbow.” Didi  in Nursery

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