Monthly Archives: March 2012

NHJS’s World Book Day: Friday 2nd March

What a fabulous day we had today! The day started with a remarkable and truly memorable achievement assembly. The boys all entered the Junior Hall listening to ‘A Swinging Safari‘ (Bert Kaempfert) sporting their wonderful costumes.

The boys and staff were asked to come to school dressed as a simile. Adan in Year 3 was as straight as an arrow…

and Mr Simpson was as ghastly as a ghoul

whereas I chose to use as white as a sheet as my theme!

You can read more about our brilliant book day on our English Blog.

We had an incredible amount of achievements  (more so than usual) to celebrate today. It seemed quite appropriate to announce several winners of various competitions that we have been running in the lead up to Book Day.

Firstly, congratulations go to Skye who won our book mark design competition for 100 reading points. Hopefully we’ll be able to show you the book mark in action once we have received them from the manufacturers.

Secondly, congratulations to the boys in Year 4 and Year 6 who all received certificates for their exceptional creative writing entries in the Senior School’s Creative Writing Competition. (Again, please see our English Blog for further details).

Back into familiar territory, George, Zayem and Rohan all collected certificates for 50 reading points:

Congratulations go to Dillon, Joseph and Hassan for 100 reading points, book marks will be of course issued in due course!

£5 book tokens for 200 reading points were presented to Sebby, Will and Max:

Our budding mathematicians received certificates for learning their times tables:

A special well done goes to the following boys in achieving 1000 points for a Golden Mathletics Certificate.

Theo presented James with his certificate after he had returned from his music lesson. More about Theo later!

Finn and Ted (as absorbent as a sponge) collected bronze award certificates for 300 housepoints:

As I was now suffering from presenting so many awards-not to mention the heat inside the sheet- I thought it was an opportune moment to hand over to the Junior Junior Headmaster, Master Theo (as smart as Mr Earnshaw), who presented the following awards:

Olympic Award-Donald

Donald has improved week on week during the hockey sessions and showed great tenacity during in the small sided games-good luck on Monday Donald!

Student of the Week-Matthew

Matthew was given the award for his consideration of others in his role as Swimming Captain during the recent lifesaving lessons at School. Matthew had packed extra pairs of pyjamas in case anyone forgot theirs! Well done Matthew.

Theo’s work was not yet done as we had other sporting successes to celebrate and certificates to present:

NHJS Rugby Festival: Friday 24th February

1st Nottingham High Junior School – Won 3 – Drew 1 – Lost 0 – 10pts

2nd Elms – Won 2 – Drew 2 – 8pts

3rd – Grosvenor – Won 2 – Drew 1 – Lost 1 – 7pts

4th – Nottingham High Junior School – Won 1 – Drew 0 – Lost 3- 3pts

5th – Stoneygate – Won 0 – Drew 0 – Lost 4 –  0pts

U10 & U11 Bromsgove Swim Relays

On Monday 27th March, 2012, five Junior School boys went to the 28th Invitational Relay Swimming gala hosted by Bromsgrove School and held at Worcester pool. Twenty five schools, many of them being boarding schools, took part in the event with ten schools entering the boys U11 relay events. Our Medley team came third in their heat and qualified for the A final (five fastest qualifying times). In the A final our medley team swam amazingly well, knocking two seconds off their qualifying time and finishing off in second position overall thanks to a fantastic “catch up” swim by captain Matthew. Sammy then swam up two age groups with our Freestyle relay team. They came first in their heat and qualified for the A team finals and then knocked a second off that time to finish second overall in the Final (just three seconds off the record). It was an amazing gala with our swimming teams performing outstandingly well, the best our school has attained for several years against some very tough competition! The medals and certificates were fully deserved. Well done!

Split Times:

Medley Heat                                                    





Medley Final





Finished 2nd overall

Freestyle Relay





Freestyle Relay Final





Finished 2nd overall

Overall Positions


1st Bromsgrove School

2nd Nottingham High Junior School

3rd Dragon School

4th Warwick Prep School


1st Warwick Prep School

2nd Nottingham High Junior School

3rd Bromsgrove School

4th Dragon School

U9B Rugby vs. Stoneygate-Won 45-0

Tuesday 28th March

On Tuesday 28th February, 2012, boys from Years 4, 5, and 6 represented the school at a home swimming gala against Salterford House. The gala started with the medley relays for each year group and then the individual events took place with the Year 6s swimming 50 m events. Finally the gala finished off with freestyle relays for Years 4, 5 and 6. There was some super swimming from both schools and some very close finishes in places. The final scores were as follows:

1st NHJS A team 100 points

2nd NHJS B team 61points

3rd Salterford A team 48 points

4th Salterford B team 46 points

Many thanks to all the staff and also the senior school boys who helped out at the gala. Well done to all the swimmers who took part-a super swimming gala, with good, positive encouragement and a great result.

Thursday 1st March

U11 Football vs. Seagrave-Won 4-1 (we are now through to the semi-finals)

NHJS Chess Tournament

I think Theo’s hand was ready to drop off after handing out so many certificates!

He certainly deserved his round of applause at the end for doing such a fantastic job. Perhaps I could get him to write next week’s blog as well!