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March 2013 Issue 28 Dear Parents, Girls and Friends of NGHS This is always one of the shortest terms but the amount that has been accomplished by the girls is quite amazing! The onset of snow during the last week of term has meant that quite a few events have had to be cancelled. We will do our best to reinstate these as soon after the holidays as possible. Rose Whittle, a very special Year 5 Junior girl, passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. Anyone who met Rose always commented on her positivity, superb sense of humour and brilliant mind. Rose touched all of our hearts so deeply in her sheer determination to keep smiling and live for the moment every single day. Rose will always be a positive role model for other Junior girls to aspire to and she will be greatly missed by us all. Rose has left us with lasting memories that we will all cherish in the future. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family at this very difficult time.

tireless commitment to fundraising for the NSPCC for some 54 years. Not only a keen fundraiser, Jenny has served Nottinghamshire as a Magistrate since 1979 and became Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 1993. In 1998 she became High Sheriff of the County and was Vice Lord Lieutenant of the County from 1999 to 2008. In 2003 Jenny was recognised for all of her service to charity and was awarded an MBE.

celebrations and was absolutely fantastic and a wonderful experience for our girls. It was quite a difficult piece to do and one of our Sixth Formers, Lydia Folkett, sang a small solo item. Our Careers Evenings are very popular with girls and parents and we were delighted to welcome back five former pupils to talk at our ‘Business Uncovered’ event. These evenings demonstrate the many pathways open to our girls and the diversity of careers available. Speakers included a Personnel Officer at the Royal Household, Business Development Manager from Experian, Assistant Tax Advisor from Ernst and Young, Property Developer a Nottingham Girls’ Highand School Wedding invitesPortrait you and your Photographer. daughter to a careers evening

BUSINESS UNCOVERED Our Year 11 Sports Leaders coached, umpired and generally supported the High Five teams during the friendly netball tournament this term. The weather was mixed! We had beautiful sunshine, followed by snow; a typical spring day! All teams thoroughly enjoyed the event and our Sports Leaders were a credit to the school. Presentations took place in the warmth of the dining hall and trophies were awarded in different categories. We were particularly delighted when one of our own Junior School teams picked up a trophy as a group winner.

We were delighted to sponsor the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award in association with the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, and even more delighted when Jenny Farr, MBE JP DL was awarded the prize. Jenny, a former pupil and Governor of the School, was recognised for her

Our Senior choir, along with choristers from the boy’s school and St Mary’s Church, sang in the Haydn ‘The Creation’ concert at the Royal Concert Hall. This formed part of Nottingham High School’s 500th anniversary

Tuesday 19 March 2013 As part of our ongoing programme of 7.00pm in the Senior School Hall improvement to the School estate I am The evening is designed to explore the many and varied careers in business and the diversity of routes to get there. We have invited speakers working in a variety pleased that the GDST has approved the of areas including a personnel officer, photographer, property developer, tax consultant and IT Director. Come along and find out more about these and other funding for the final phase of our sixbusiness based careers. Please complete the replylaboratory slip overleaf and return by Friday 8 March. year science refurbishment Nottingham Girls’ High School programme. By the end9of this summer, Arboretum Street, Nottingham NG1 4JB we will have completely allt: 0115 941 7663 nine of the laboratories and created three Sixth Form laboratories, investing over £1.5 million into state-of-the-art facilities. Part of the GDST network of schools

I would like to congratulate Mr Steve Evans, our General Services Manager, who has been shortlisted for the Education Award at the National

took part in enterprise leadership activities to encourage team work and personal development. Various tasks were set throughout the morning and the girls demonstrated great initiatve and resourcefulness.

Cost Sector Catering Awards 2013. The presentations will take place on Thursday 4 April in London and I wish him the very best. We held our Senior Showcase concert on Wednesday, which is always well supported and one of the last opportunities for our Year 13 musicians to perform. The evening featured solo performances, ensembles plus pieces from the Senior Orchestra and Chamber Choir. A lovely end to a very busy and productive term. Finally, we have two school trips during the Easter holiday. The Year 9s are going on a Language trip to Barcelona and 33 girls from Years 7 to 10 going skiing to Sierra-at-Tahoe (Lake Tahoe) and then stopping off at San Francisco, on the way back. Please follow the skiers on or on Twitter by searching @nghsski2013

conditions. Much fun was had sliding down patches of snow, sleeping in a barn and getting covered in mud! Congratulations to Kat Wood, Alice Avison, Charlotte Lokes and Katie Thompson who have recently completed their Gold award.

Many congratulations to Summaya Mughal and Emma Payne, Year 13, who have been awarded places on the GDST HSBC internship this summer.

I wish you all a very happy and restful Easter, and some sunshine! Susan M Gorham Head

The standard of applications was outstanding, and so the girls have done incredibly well. The paid internships take place from 1 July - 16 August, in placements throughout the UK.

RS TRIP TO AMSTERDAM During half term 44 girls from Years 10 - 12 spent a busy week in Amsterdam. Places of interest included Anne Frank’s House, Camp Vught Memorial, Dutch Resistance and Van Gogh Museums. The girls were amazing and found the trip most enlightening. To read more about the trip visit the blog: http://

All participants are well underway with the skill, physical and volunteering sections of their award. A huge amount of time and energy is being injected into voluntary work in the community. Alongside this, musical talent, creative activity and sporting achievements are all incredible. Well done and keep up the excellent work!

D OF E ROUND-UP The D of E season is well underway. 90 Year 10s have successfully completed their training in Farnsfield but, unfortunately, due to the snow at the weekend, had to postpone their Practice Expedition to Walesby. 53 Year 11s began their Silver training by improving their navigation skills in the beauty of Millers Dale in the Peak District. 23 Year 12s successfully completed their Gold training in Edale, where they endured the winter


LEADERSHIP DAY We welcomed Year 9 girls from Rushcliffe, Freisland and Hollygirt Schools to a Leadership day. The girls were put into ten mixed groups and

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN CONFERENCE We hosted the NCW Inter generational Seminar at the beginning of March. Over sixty delegates attended, made up of Sixth Form students from schools, academies and colleges, teachers and NCW members. The theme for the day was ‘making your mark’. Councillor Eunice Campbell gave a talk entitled, ‘My Journey’ and described herself as an activist and change maker. She explained how she was brought to England from the Caribbean by her parents as a teenager in 1968, and after leaving school with only a few ‘O’ levels was encouraged by teachers and a manager at work that she ‘could make a difference’. She went in for administration and management, then joined the Trade Union movement and was selected and voted in as

(the girls) to our Year 9 French groups. Benjamin and Hélène, the two French native speakers made Year 9 laugh and made them participate in the play. Sonia Bennett made us proud when she went on stage to act as Benjamin’s sister. She was amazing!

the first Afro-Caribbean, and one of only fourteen women members of Nottinghamshire County Council. She urged the young women to believe in themselves as worthy of respect, to understand that education was the passport to their future and to play their full part in democracy at local and national levels. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the event and benefited from talking to such an interesting group of women.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the play which was entertaining and pitched at the correct level for our students who realised that they could understand a lot more than they thought! Spelling Bee Final The final of the GDST Foreign Languages Spelling Bee took place at Howell’s School in Cardiff on 5 March. Twelve of our Year 8 and 9 girls had successfully won through to the final and went head to head, in German and Latin, with girls from 17 other GDST schools. Competing in teams of three, the girls were tested on the spelling and punctuation of 140 words.

gifted language students from eleven schools from around the region. Our girls rose to the challenge of the day and won first prize for their presentation and pitch of a Manga character. Well done to Sophie Belton, Grace Burton, Olivia Dadge, Katie Kittmer, Yiyi Painter and Isobel Shipley!

EMACT Latin and Greek reading competition

All girls performed brilliantly and were thrilled that our Year 8 German team came runners up in their competition. Well done to Kyubean Nam, Lizzie Wilde and Ellie Thompson.

LANGUAGES The Language Faculty has been very busy this term. The girls have taken part in enrichment activities and competitions. Here are a few things they have been involved in: Les Filles At the beginning of March Onatti Productions came to NGHS to perform a play in French entitled ‘les filles’

Japanese Enterprise Day On Friday 8 March six of our girls from Years 9 and 10 attended a Language and Business masterclass funded and run by the Japan Foundation at Brooksby Hall. The theme of the day was Japanese and it incorporated not only background on the Japanese language, culture and business, but also a business challenge. It was a superb opportunity for our girls to learn more about Japan and Japanese, as well as working with other

On Wednesday 6 March, 17 girls from Years 7 to Year 13 took part in this competition, held at Derby Grammar School. Five other schools, about 120 pupils, also took part. In the Novice Latin section Meghana Sivakumar, Esme Sayal, Lauren Cheetham-Bell and Tess Mitchell-Thomas shared the first prize, and Rachel Macdonald-Hulme, Zainah Sindhoo, Nikhita Srinivasan and Hollie Glover were highly commended for

their dramatic version of the story of Aeneas and the Cyclops. Julia Auer was highly commended in the Intermediate Latin section. In the Senior Latin section Poppy Stokes came third and Kat Wood was highly commended.

It was an opportunity for the pupils to discuss the issue of womens’ rights and how to encourage others to fight for equality world-wide. It was a most enlightening discussion and gave the girls food for thought.

It was a pleasure to hear Latin and Greek spoken with such confidence, and to share in the enthusiasm of all those who took part.


PI DAY We celebrated International Pi day on 14 March. There were interesting mathematical puzzles to be found around the school. Our Sixth Formers generously handed out ‘pies’ to girls and staff, and the Year 8s helped the Year 4s with their circle drawing skills using their compasses.

the award visit the website http:// brilliantbookaward.nottinghamshire.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY During International Women’s Day eight of our Year 12 and 13 girls took part in UN Women’s Rights Day video conference with schools from Sidmouth, Devon and Bari in Italy.

Congratulations to the team of Lucy Mackie, Iphigeneia Vintzileous and Niraalee Patel, from Year 8, who entered the Toyota STEM Challenge competition and have been selected to participate in the Midlands Regional Final at the Toyota Plant in Derbyshire on 2 May. They have been working on the design and construction of a solar powered car since September and had to write a report on their research, take photographs at various stages as well as make and upload videos as part of their entry. Good luck girls.

They listened to a speaker, Natalie Collins, talking about the incredible work she is doing to support women’s rights in the UK and around the globe.

BRILLIANT BOOK AWARD The Year 7 Book Group went to Djanogly Academy to hear local author Paula Rawsthorne talk about her latest book. Later in the term the group visited Ellis Guilford School where they met up with students from other local schools and took part in a lively morning discussing all the shortlisted books and voting for their favourite. The eventual winner was Paula’s novel ‘The Truth about Celia Frost’. To read more about

Natalie Collins is an independent consultant working to prevent and respond to violence against women and enable others to do the same. She is the Development Officer for Restored (, an international Christian alliance working to end violence against women and transform relationships and the Creator of DAY (, an innovative youth domestic abuse education programme.

ICT ANGELS A group of our Year 9 girls and the Year 12 ICT Angels have been learning how to install operating systems and basic programming, using Raspberry Pi computers. These are credit-card sized computer boards that plug into a TV and a keyboard. Staff from Capital One have been leading the sessions and very kindly donated the equipment. Although the course was due to finish at the end of this term we are hoping to develop the project further and possibly include some work on robots. Watch this space! To find out more, look at the ICT Angels’ blog:

They then had the opportunity to ask Natalie questions about her work and listen to students from the other schools . They talked about how our school was working to support women’s rights and what still needs to be done. They also shared how their faith, belief and values motivate them to protect women’s rights.


Nottingham Women’s Centre

Once again our Year 12 Young Enterprise teams have been working hard creating companies and developing product ranges. After half term the teams took part in the Young Enterprise Trade Fair and at the beginning of March attended a Company Presentation event at Boots.

The last non-uniform day raised over £600 and we were delighted to present a cheque to this value to Nottingham Women’s Centre. The centre offers a safe environment for all women to come together and get support, develop skills, and take part in activities and services.

Our teams did incredibly well, securing two of the six places available and now go through to the Nottingham Area Young Enterprise Finals.

On the last Monday of term the Senior Netball challenged the Nottingham High School Rugby team to a friendly Netball match. The sports hall was packed with supporters from both schools. The eventual victors were the girls with a winning score of 10 - 4. All proceeds will go to the Women’s Centre.

areas of health and wellbeing, crime and violence, education, employment and training, and finance and debt. £1159.60 was raised through a non uniform day and Sixth Form charity fundraising. This is being used for a specific project which will help underprivileged young girls in Nottingham to be more positive about body image and improve their self confidence. Framework

Retrospect This year our Sixth Form girls have supported the Centre through a range of volunteering opportunities, including the creation of a library resources centre.

Framework is a local charity which changes and saves lives by preventing homelessness, stopping rough sleeping and providing new opportunities.


Red Nose Day


The Junior and Senior girls raised over £839 for Red Nose day. Cakes were baked, tea was served, red noses sold and some very dodgy shirt and tie combinations worn! Everyone enjoyed taking part in such a worthwhile cause.

LOCAL CHARITY FUNDRAISING Charity plays an important role within the school. Both Junior and Senior girls not only raise money for local and international charities but gladly give their time to fundraising and helping in various projects. This term the girls have been particularly active and cheques have been presented to many organisations. Here is just a sample of what the girls have been up to:

The girls from 7O raised over £138 for this charity by holding an Easter Fair. They made cakes and bracelets, ran a raffle and organised games. They did everything by themselves and did very well. Form 9E ‘Cake-off’ Not to be outdone by the ‘Great British Bake-off’ our very own 9E organised their own competition to raise money for Emmanuel House. After gentle

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persuasion, six members of staff, Mrs Bayes, Ms Davis, Miss Handford, Mr Macfarlane, Miss Racape and Mrs White volunteered to bake cup-cakes. After a very close run competition the overall winner was Ms Davis with her chocolate and marshmallow creations. Brinsley Animal Rescue Centre

JUNIOR SCHOOL Despite the persistent challenges of coping with the harsh British weather, the atmosphere within the Junior School has been warm and exciting with a wide range of activities taking place across the school.

The girls from 8O chose Brinsley Animal Rescue Centre as their local charity and raised £400 by doing a mixture of dog walking, odd jobs and getting sponsorship for different personal challenges. On the last Monday of term they were lucky enough to go and have a look around the Centre and see exactly how their money would be used.

The Year 5 informal concert highlighted the array of talent amongst the girls and their confidence and enthusiasm for performing, and the African drumming grand finale was particularly dramatic.

The build-up to World Book Day began with Andy Cope and his dog Star leading a dynamic workshop for our Year 4 girls and visitors from three local primary schools. Children learnt about his passion for writing, and the inspiration he gained from his dogs to create his Spy Dog series of books.

The Year 4 production of ‘Ye Ha!’ was a roaring success with start to finish laughter and hilarious interpretation of the characters. It was a real pleasure to see so many girls shine in the various roles and their confidence and obvious enjoyment was evident for all to see.

SOCIAL MEDIA Social media is now common place; most people are on Facebook, many have their own blogs and lots are keen followers of twitter. We ‘tweet’ most days; a quick way to get out congratulatory messages or cancellation notifications and our followers are growing. We set up a Facebook page ‘Friends of NGHS’ approximately six months ago, initially to rengage with our alumnae. This has proved very popular and a great way of keeping in touch with former pupils. Why not visit us at http:// and follow us for the latest school news and events.

Pete Davis led a whole school assembly on storytelling and our Year 6 girls visited author Katherine Roberts, returning to school full of new ideas to apply to their own writing. World Book Day was a great success and gave staff

and girls a great opportunity to dress up as book characters. The Year 6 book club organised a challenging quiz during assembly followed by reading activities throughout the school during the day.

Jaguar Cars launched a new interactive ‘Maths in Motion’ competition this year and Miss Johnson and Mrs Eggington have worked tirelessly with a group of Year 6 girls to master ICT simulated Grand Prix race tracks and cars. The winners of our first school race saw Arianne Dunn and Flora Hippisley-Cox’s car come in third against other GDST schools, taking them through to the next round. In the next race, Jacqueline Bao, Aamna Malik, Olivia Ydlibi and Emily Vernon’s car qualified for the national semi-final race which takes place in May. The Year 6 race team will be training a group of current Year 5 girls during the summer term ready to take over the reins next year.

House cross country was also a closely fought event with over 50 Year 3 to 6 girls participating. Sherwood House was crowned overall winner after success in both the Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 races.

Our cross country teams enjoyed success at this year’s Wollaton Park meet with the U9 team of Ruby Penn, Mariam Abu Mraheel, Lucy Nowicki, Chloe Brown, Lily Baker, Caroline Smart and Qing-Ling Lu winning, and so retaining the first place shield. Special congratulations go to Ruby Penn who achieved the individual silver medal and Caroline Smart the individual

bronze medal. The U10 team of Mary Monckton, Sophie Kerslake, Ciara Minogue, Kate Maxwell-Armstrong, Sumayyah Sheikh, Hannah Laughton, Daisy Price and Sophia Masri achieved second place while the U11 team of Lucy Croft, Sophie Cassidy-De-Falco, Maisie Burgess and Evania Renton achieved third place.

Charitable work continued this term when the Junior girls supported Comic Relief by selling deliciously creative cupcakes and wearing a red outfit and nose throughout the day. 4H’s entertaining class assembly informed everyone about how the charity supports communities in Africa and how our money would help alleviate poverty.

Our Reception classes enjoyed a fabulous Teddy Bear’s Picnic with songs, games and a teddy hunt around the school. All of the girls were fabulous hosts to our parents and visitors, and their increasing confidence and participation in the life of our school is great to see. A lucky break in the wintry weather enabled Year 2 to enjoy their walk to Nottingham Castle. The purpose of the trip was to explore the ‘Threads’ gallery and learn about fabrics from all around the world. The girls took part in a workshop where they made their own screen prints inspired by the wonderful tribal prints on display. The girls were also asked to solve a mystery in the Long Gallery by using their powers of careful observation to deduce which picture had been stolen! A great trip - lots of fun and lots of learning. The Infant Spring concert was a wonderful afternoon of music and dance, performed by girls from Years 1 and 2, and a fitting end to a busy term. We had to postpone the Easter Fair due to the unseasonably cold weather but hope you will be able to join us on Thursday 9 May at our ‘May’ Fair. We wish you all a very happy Easter and our thoughts are with Rose’s family at this very sad time. Best wishes Faith Potter, Head of Junior School

Rose Whittle is a girl to be remembered. Only she could make the sun shine on the cloudiest days. She had a bright smile and was always funny and cheerful. Even when she was very unwell. When her cancer was bad and made her very ill. Her bright personality shone through. In hospital she never cried, she would chat, saying all was well. The people on the telly said she lit up their day. The medicine that she took was horrid, but she never complained. Love and hope for her was everywhere. Especially in her family. by Clemmie Manning, Year 5

SPORT CROSS COUNTRY Four girls represented Nottinghamshire at the recent National Schools Cross Country finals. Well done to Alice Venkatesan, Talya Kaye, Emily Wheelhouse and Eleanor Fielding.



The U15 hockey team acquitted themselves well at the recent Trust Rally against some stiff opposition.

Wednesday 17April Summer term starts

Congratulations to the U12/13 Hockey team who have won the central venue league.

Saturday 27 April Alumnae Spring lunch Dining Hall from 11.30am Tuesday 30 April ,Thursday 2 May and Friday 3 May Senior School production of ‘Cats’ Senior School Hall, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

The Dagfa House invitational Cross Crounty took place at Wollaton Park and the Years 7, 8 and 9 teams were all victorious. We also scooped seven of the nine available medals.

Tuesday 30 April Year 6 residential trip to Dobroyd Monday 6 May May Day Bank Holiday



Well done to our Under 13 and Under 15 Netball teams who have become County Champions.

Rosie Rudin, Year 10, has been selected to represent Team GB at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Poznan, Poland during the last week of the Summer term. This was based on her winning the Junior (U16) 400m final at last weeks’ British International Open. She will be the youngest member of a small team of 24 swimmers ranging from ages 14-18yrs.

Wednesday 8 May Year 13 Leavers’ farewell reception Sixth Form Centre, 4.00pm - 6.00pm Thursday 9 May May Fair, 3.30pm - 5.30pm Friday 10 May Year 7 and 8 Disco, 7.30pm - 9.30pm Wednesday 15 May Year 5 residential trip to Castleton Thursday 16 May Year 3 residential trip to Conkers Friday 24 May Non-uniform day Monday 27 - Friday 31 May Half term



Our U18 Netbal team were Trust Rally champions and National Schools Netball finalists.

Congratulations to Courtney Would and Kirsty Anderson who have just competed in the Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships in Helsinki. The team came 15th and achieved the highest score from a GB team ever in this competition.

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PRAYER GROUP This group meets twice a term. The next meeting will be Friday 17 May at 9:30am and Tuesday 18 June at 8pm. For further details please contact Jane Shipway on 0115 9282201 or

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Insight March 2013  

Nottingham Girls' High School newsletter from March 2013