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October 2013 Issue 31 Dear Parents, Girls and Friends of NGHS Welcome to the first newsletter of the autumn term, traditionally a busy term and this has proved to be no exception! I hope that your daughters have settled in to school life and are developing new friendships and adapting to a new environment. It is always a little daunting starting a new school but it was lovely to see so many new parents and girls at our Year 7 Icebreaker event and Year 12 Welcome BBQ.

In celebration of their hard work, one of the first events of the term is our prizegiving ceremony, which is held at the Albert Hall. It is always an enjoyable event, seeing our GCSE and A Level students gathered to celebrate their achievements. It was a lovely evening, and special thanks must go to our guest speaker, Olympic athlete Mara Yamauchi, for joining us for the celebrations.

across the Hardangervidda Plateau (for their Gold D of E expedition). The next training session in November will involve improving fitness levels and navigation skills along with wild camping in the Lake District.


With best wishes The Year 7s thoroughly enjoyed their activity days at the beginning of term, particularly the water fight on the Friday afternoon!

Although the summer holidays seem a long time ago, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our GCSE and A Level students who achieved outstanding results in their examinations. The girls have worked incredibly hard and should be proud of their achievements.

Susan M Gorham, Head


The term got off to an amazing start with over 103 girls signed up to participate in Bronze D of E next year. Approximately 60 have signed up for the Silver award and around 42 have signed up for the Gold award. It looks as though it is going to be a busy season!

CHALLENGE NORWAY 2014 Training has begun for 14 students who have been selected to take part in Challenge Norway 2014. The team have accepted the challenge of fundraising nearly £2,000 to complete a 17 day expedition on mountain bikes, sea kayaks, walking on the Hardangerjokulen ice cap and trekking

During September our new Head Girl and her three deputies took part in the GDST Young Leaders’ Conference held in Bath. They joined over 120 Year 13 students from 25 GDST Sixth Forms and put their leadership skills to the test in an ‘Apprentice’ style team challenge. During the biggest event of its kind, students were tasked with working together to design a fundraising event and marketing campaign to boost awareness of one of four national and international charities - Plan UK, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, youth homelessness charity Centrepoint and The Wildlife Trusts.

Many congratulations go to Eleanor Fielding, Head Girl, who was a member of the winning team who designed a campaign for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust entitled ‘Get Smeared’.


During the summer one of our Sixth Form musicians, Electra Perivolaris, was honoured by having her composition,

Obon Lantern Festival (about the Japanese festival for the dead), selected by the composer Judith Weir (CBE and winner of the Queen’s Medal for Music) to be performed and rehearsed by the BBC Singers under the conductor, Tim Murray (who has conducted productions at the Royal Opera House) as part of a BBC Proms workshop. The performance took place in the recital hall of the Royal College of Music; quite an accolade for someone so young.


On a beautiful weekend at the end of September, half a dozen Sixth Formers and two members of staff accompanied 30 children from two inner city schools on a fun, team building weekend.

will take place in January culminating in a community performance during the summer term.


We welcomed Year 5 and 6 girls from local primary schools to our Language Enrichment and Business Enterprise Days. The girls took part in lots of exciting activities and thoroughly enjoyed the NGHS experience.

CHARITY FUNDRAISING Our Sixth Form charity representatives have had a busy couple of weeks. Already they have delivered cheques totalling over £5,000 to Framework, Emmanuel House, Nottingham Hospitals Charity, The Arches and Nottingham Women’s Centre. Monies have been raised from non-uniform days, cake sales, sponsored runs and lots more. Well done girls and keep up the good work.


During the summer holidays we were delighted to launch our new website. Although still in its embryonic stages we have been very pleased with the positive comments received. With this new technology we will be able to incorporate video clips and links to YouTube and hopefully better reflect the very busy life at NGHS. For those of you who have already had a look, you will have noticed that there is a ‘parent login’ tab. This will enable parents to access the secure parent portal. Usernames and passwords will be sent out during half term, initially to Year 8 parents, with the remaining being sent out by the end of this term. Parents will be able to access letters, trip information and other documents pertinent to their daughters. We will also be putting a link to ParentPay on the website which will hopefully make for a smoother communication process.


This year’s Performing Arts Festival was based on Fairy Tales. All four Houses worked well together to produce wonderful performances. Girls of all year groups worked brilliantly together, on and off stage.















We launched the first of a series of Saturday workshops enabling our girls, and girls and boys from other secondary schools to participate in workshops provided by local arts organisations; these included dance, lyric writing, acting, music production and beat boxing. The next workshop







We have always been very fortunate in the many ways our parents support the school. With an exciting year ahead of careers, social events, sporting activities and the launch of the new Performing Arts Centre campaign we would love to involve you and hear your views. We will be holding an informal reception in our Sixth form Centre on Thursday 21 November with presentations from Marsh Grochowski, Architects for the Performing Arts Centre at 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Drinks and nibbles will be available and we would love you to come along and join us. We will also be holding monthly ‘idea forums’ in the dining hall; further details will be sent out after half term.

JUNIOR SCHOOL We have been incredibly fortunate with the lovely weather enabling the girls to enjoy the outdoor space and developing friendships during this busy half term. I am delighted that the girls have worked incredibly hard during lessons, enjoyed some fabulous workshops and trips to enhance the curriculum as well as enjoying a very busy enrichment programme during and after school. The swimming gala v NHS was a great success for the Y4, Y5 and Y6 teams. Everyone swam with real determination and gained valuable gala experience. A special mention for Holly Irons (breaststroke), Grace Forward (back stroke) and Evie George (front crawl) who all achieved individual 1st place results. The final result was 2nd place to our ‘A’ team and 4th place for our ‘B’ team.

a fabulous morning learning all about the Great Fire of London and dressing up as people of the time. Steve from Partake Co. came and helped them to re-enact the historic event.


On Tuesday 24 September Year 6 dressed up as evacuees and left Nottingham for the countryside. Arriving at Beaumanor Hall, they were met by a billeting officer and marched off to a school room where they learned how to plan a meal on rations. They then had the opportunity to purchase items in an authentic shop. The girls also enjoyed decoding top secret messages from radio transmissions. In the afternoon, following an air raid siren, the girls were guided to an air raid shelter where they put on gas masks and survived the dropping of bombs!

not at all like our school environment! Fun was had by all playing the Victorian game of hopscotch, hoop and stick, skipping and cup and ball. A great day was had by all involved.


The Year 5 girls spent the day at Haddon Hall which gave them a super start to their ‘Tudor Treasures’ topic. The girls had the opportunity to explore a Tudor house and its grounds under the leadership of the Hall’s guides and they also spent time in the costume room, learning about what life was like in a Tudor mansion.


On 11 September Year 2 went on an exciting visit to Warwick Castle. They experienced the Kingmaker tour, learning fascinating (and disgusting) facts! For example, did you know that there were special horses called destria who wore spiked armour on their heads? This might be where the idea of unicorns came from! They also went on an I-Spy hunt, met a princess in a tower and learned all about shooting bows and arrows before finishing off on the Pageant playground.



Year 4 enjoyed a fabulous, Italian themed, coffee and cake morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. The girls made a fantastic array of sweet treats from Italian coloured Victoria Sponges to cookies and even some authentic Italian recipe rice-cakes which were scrummy! The girls entertained their parents and families for the morning, raising an enormous £375.23.

Our Year 5 girls journeyed to Stratford upon Avon where they visited the Tudor World Experience and were treated to a guided tour of the city by their very own William Shakespeare. The girls took part in an Elizabethan Theatre and a Crime and Punishment workshop (where their teachers ended up in the stocks), and were introduced to Stratford through the eyes of The Bard.



As part of their topic on ‘fire’ Year 1 had an amazing day with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue and learning about the vital role they play. This was followed by

The Year 3 girls visited Southwell Workhouse in role as paupers. The experience has made them really think what life was like as a Victorian child without any home of their own. The school master did not stand any nonsense and made sure his pupils sat bolt upright. You could hear a pin drop if you walked into most of the rooms,

Best wishes Faith Potter, Head of Junior School


Congratulations to Miss Julie Abbott, Head of PE, who was a member of the England Ladies Coarse Angling Team and competed in the 20th FIPSed Women’s World Angling Championships held in Radece, Slovenia during August. The team fished over two days and produced one of the most sensational second day performances ever seen, winning the Gold medal, and were crowned World Champions ahead of the second placed Croatian team and the third placed Italians.

Swimming Championships where she gained a lot of experience. This was followed by a successful British Gas National Age Group Championships where she attained one gold, two silver and three bronze medals. At the end of July she also became the National Open Water Age Group champion.


Congratulations to the U19s and U16s who are now County Champions.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 9 November Alumnae reunion, 11.30am - 3.30pm Wednesday 20 November Music at Michaelmas concert St Peter’s Church 7.30pm - 9.30pm Wednesday 27 November Come and see us at work day 9.30 - 11.00am and 11.30am - 1.00pm Wednesday 4 December Mistletoe and Wine concert Dining Hall 7.00pm - 9.00pm Thursday 5 December Winter Lights Junior Concert Dining Hall 7.00pm - 8.30pm Monday 9 December Reception Nativity Junior Hall 2.30pm - 3.30pm


We were delighted to be one of the schools taking part in the Cathedral School’s Rugby and Netball Tour.


On 14 September Rosie Rudin represented England Central and became the UK School Games Champion in the 400m Individual Medley (IM), winning by a huge margin of 8 seconds. This was followed by a bronze medal in the shorter 200m IM and bronze in the 4x100m IM relay and she is now looking forward to focusing on some hard winter training in preparation for the World School Games in Brazil later in the year, an event only held every four years.

The visiting group, from Australia, consisted of 31 Rugby Union players, 21 Netballers and five staff members. They spent some time in England and Ireland touring and competing in eight matches against local UK High Schools. The girls arrived at NGHS on Tuesday 1 October. After team photos and a training session they went off to stay with their host families. On Wednesday afternoon NGHS hosted the U19 County Netball Tournament with teams from NGHS, Australia, Bilborough College, West Bridgford, Becket, Carlton le Willows and Worksop college. In the evening there was a gala dinner for the players and host families. It was a lovely end to a successful visit.

Tuesday 10 December Years 1 and 2 Nativity Junior Hall 2.30pm - 3.30pm Friday 13 December Junior School Carol Service All Saints’ Church 2.15pm - 3.15pm Wednesday 18 December End of Autumn Term 12.30pm

UNIFORM SHOP Opening times Mondays, term time only 1.30pm - 4.30pm Saturday 7 December 10.00am - 12.00 noon

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Rosie had a busy summer, being the youngest member of the British Gas Junior Swimming Team representing GB in Poznan at the European Junior

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