Monthly Archives: February 2012

Friday 17th February 2012

To say that we have only been back for a week following the half term break, I was suitably impressed with the amount of awards that were given out during our achievement assembly today.

There is certainly a lot to be proud of, both in and out of the classroom and Dr Carol Roberts, School Governor, was on hand to see the range of awards that were given out.

Dr Roberts then went on to help out in our mathematics lessons over the course of the morning and enjoyed the delights of ‘Fast Food Friday’ in our Dining Hall with our boys!

The first award to be given out was a reading certificate for 100 points to Rohan in Year 3. Usually the boys are presented with a book mark, but the boys have been busy designing a brand new book mark, with the winning design announced in our special ‘Book Day’ Achievement assembly next Friday, where our boys will be asked to come to school dressed as a simile!

Well done Rohan on achieving 100 reading points:

Razeen in Year 4 received a book token to the value of £5 for 200 reading points:

In Mathematics, Adnan and William collected their certificates-well done boys!

The following boys received the wonderful news that they had all achieved Mathletics Gold Award status and were visibly impressed to receive their certificates!

Following the recent assessments in MFL, the boys pictured below received certificates for achieving super marks-many of the boys achieved full marks-a super achievement in itself!

James and James collected silver awards for 500 housepoints with Matthew and Rohan, the proud recipients of bronze certificates for 300 housepoints:

The anticipation for the Olympic Award this week was beautifully captured by Mr Caldwell this week:

Well done to Alex who received the award for his debut appearance for the U9 rugby team on Monday. No wonder he’s smiling-well done Alex!

Student of the Week this week was Joe in Year 3, who has settled extremely well into the Junior School. Congratulations!

Sporting Results:

U9 Rugby vs. Grosvenor: Won 75-15

Report on Swimming Gala vs.QEGS, Wakefield

On Thursday 23rd February, the U9s, 10s and 11s A and B teams represented Nottingham High Junior School at a swimming gala at home against QEGS Wakefield. This was a “first time fixture” in many years and there was great anticipation on both sides. After the medley relays the scores reflected everyone’s thoughts  : it’s going to be close! Our A team was leading with 24 points, QEGS A team had 22 points and both B teams were on 10 points. After some fantastic individual events the scores were: our A team on 64 points, QEGS A team on 59 points, QEGS B team on 36 points and NHJS B team on 28 points. After some exciting finishes during the Freestyle relay events, the final scores were: NHJS A team 1st with 86 points, QEGS 2nd with 85 points, QEGS B team came 3rd with 46 points and NHJS B team came 4th with 36 points. So close, with only one point between first and second!

Some great swimming as individuals and as teams against some very tough competition-well done boys.

Many thanks to our parent timekeepers, Senior School staff (Mr Harrison, Mr Brown and Mr PJ Smith) and spectators for their continued support.

Thank you also to Ralph for reading out the above report during our assembly:

Supporting NOTDEC UK charity

Today we had a non-uniform day to raise money to support an orphanage in Uganda. Mr and Mrs Leftley came to visit our School from the NOTDEC UK charity and told the boys about the orphange. The boys learnt how the charity helps provide a reliable water supply, education, medical care and new buildings for the children. The boys were shown pictures of the children in the orpahange playing with their toys and having lessons in their school.

Lovell House boys with Mr & Mrs Leftley from NOTDEC

Friday 10th February

We often have many impressive visitors into school on a regular basis and this week proved to be no exception!

Yesterday (Thursday) marked a first for me at the Junior School. Our Eco council have tried to attract wildlife into the School grounds with their eco–garden and nesting boxes. I have personally seen squirrels, magpies, pigeons and sparrows in abundance, but never a pheasant!

I took this picture of Felix, our neighbourhood pheasant, perched on the playground wall next to the tram stop. Let’s hope he copes well with the recent cold spell!

The cold spell has played havoc with our games sessions, rugby fixtures and cross country event at Wollaton Park (rescheduled for Monday 26th March-tbc). Having said this, we have managed to keep our boys active, particularly as they have been working really hard during our assessment week.

Please do take the time to see how successful the Ceilidh taster session was last Friday with our Junior boys in the video below. The best bit is 7 mins 10 sec into the video-WELL WORTH A LOOK!

I was also delighted to have James come to see me with his wonderful artwork. James was inspired by the beautiful sunrise on his journey to NHJS the other morning and decided to paint it during his art lesson. Well done James-a fine example of aerial perspective!

Finally, before we celebrate the achievements of our boys, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable half term!

Achievement Assembly:

Reading Awards:

Well done to Josh and Ismail on receiving their 50 reading point certificates and Jack for his £10 book token – 400 reading points!

As our boys are avid readers, we have run out of bookmarks, so as a half term homework activity, the boys have been set the task of designing a new bookmark for the Junior School. Please see PlannerLive for further details. Good luck one and all!


The following boys were presented with their mathematics certificates. Well done on learning your tables boys!

Bravo to William who received a certificate from his tennis club for extra effort. Keep up the hard work William!

Olympic Award:

Thomas was immense in the Year 3 Tag Rugby – joint top try scorer, never grumbled once despite the cold and feeling some injustices in decisions. A top, top attitude and never gave up even when everyone was cold and deflated in the final match. Congratulations Thomas!

Oliver, Matthew and Oliver all received their bronze awards for 300 housepoints and Adi received his silver award for 500 housepoints.

Student of the week:

Will for coping admirably throughout assessment week with his arm in plaster!

Sporting Results:

Our C & D chess teams have been in action last night in the Nottinghamshire B Team League.

Here are the results hot off the press:

1st Place NHJS D (15.5 points)

2nd Place NHJS C (14 points)

3rd Jesse Gray B (12 points)

4th Abbey Road (11 points)

5th Jesse Gray A (7.5 points)

Congratulations to all who took part. It was a very successful evening. Well done.

Friday 3rd February

We were delighted to have Mr Fear, Senior School Headmaster present our awards and certificates during our achievement assembly this week.

Mr Fear announced the fantastic news at the end of proceedings that all of our Year 6 boys passed the Senior School entrance examination-congratulations boys!

Mr Fear also announced that the following seven boys had achieved academic scholarships: Sahrin, Sacheth, Ben, Oliver, Jithin, Hari and Bilal.

A special mention must of course go to all the teachers who helped our boys achieve exceptional results this year-thank you one and all.

The following boys received reading certificates and a book token:

Well done to the following boys in receiving their various mathematics certificates:

This week also marked the first batch of boys to achieve the coveted Golden Mathletics Certificates-well done boys. I’m sure Mr Fear was very impressed!

Oliver received the Olympic Award this week for being the Year 5 man of the tournament at Bradford:

The Student of the Week was Skye, for his authentic Spanish Armada diary:

Sporting Achievements:

Bradford Rugby Tournament:

Commiserations go to our boys who came away from the tournament empty handed, but nonetheless in good spirits!

Year 3-Played 4, drew 1 and lost 3

Year 4-Played 4, won 1, drew 1 and lost 2

Year 5-Played 4, lost 4

Year 6-Played 4, lost 4

Mrs Whittamore’s Report from the IAPS Swimming regional rounds held at Leicester:

On Wednesday 1st February, I was proud to take four under 11 swimmers and five under 10 swimmers to the regional rounds of a national swimming competition for independent schools. This was held at Leicester Grammar school.

The boys were very excited about participating and even more so when it was announced that 4,500 swimmers take part in the national IAPS competition (not all at once!!)-that’s 300 schools which take part in 35 regional rounds up and down the country between January and March.

The boys knew it was all to swim for-similar to time trials for a huge competition. There were seven schools at the Leicester regional round-The Elms, Birkdale, Stamford, Brook, Foremarke, Fairfield and us, making for a super atmosphere.

The gala commenced with the Freestyle relay teams in which our u10s came second with a time of 1.14.82 and then the u11s came storming into first place with a time of 1.09.44. Next it was the individuals-

Name                                     Event                         Time                           Position in heat

John U 10 25m   Backstroke 24.58 secs 4th
Archie U10 25m   Freestyle 17.97 1st
Sammy U10 25m   Breaststroke 22.51 1st
Mark U10 25m   Butterfly 22.57 3rd
Ralph U11 50m   Butterfly 19.14 1st
Luke U11 50m   Backstroke 51.72 3rd
Matthew U11 50m   Freestyle 35.73 1st
James U11 50m   Breaststroke 45.82 1st

The gala then finished with the Medley relays-our U10 team came 3rd with a time of 1.34.23 and the U11s came 1st with a super time of 1.24.54.




Play times!

This week has seen the boys enjoying the new playground toys and the new imaginative play areas.  The boys can run to the 3 Little Pigs house, have a picnic at Hansel and Gretel’s cottage and climb up the beanstalk to see the Giant!