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Nottingham High Infant and Junior School Achievement Assemblies 17th November 2017

Infant School Achievements

17th November 2017


Star Certificates:

RB: Ellie P – for trying really hard with her writing this week. 
RL: Charlotte T – excellent participation in our dance lesson.
RT: Huey G-D: Excellent effort in writing his page for our class ‘Stick Man’ trip book. 
1A: Rishi S – for working so hard to improve his handwriting.
1R: Johann S for excellent writing about a new character for a story 
2B: Aaron P for his kindness towards others in the classroom and playground.
2W: Orson S – his beautiful handwriting and hard work in all of our English lessons. 


School Squirrel:

RB: Aarav K – for being kind to his friend by helping him do his coat up. 
RL: Felix M – working hard in maths and completing his work independently.
RT: Avani K –  excellent partner work, matching ‘sounds’ in a phonics task.
1A: Tom G – for always presenting his written work so carefully and illustrating it beautifully. 
1R: India G-S for consistently excellent behaviour on the carpet.
2B: Sam P for making a super ‘egg cycle helmet’ in Science. 
2W: Alice D – for her excellent behaviour during rehearsals and learning her lines so well.


Well done to Aman L who has achieved 100m Rainbow Swimming Award.


Junior School Achievements   

17th November 2017

One person cannot help everyone, but everyone can help one person

Nick Knowles, TV presenter.

U10 Rugby Tour to Norwich
The U10s began the tournament facing the home side.  We made a slow start losing four tries to nil to Norwich, who would prove the eventual winners.  In our second group game we comfortably beat Wisbeach 5-1.  The third and final group game against Town Close was crucial.  We went ahead, then behind, then level.  There was a glorious chance to win it at the end but Town Close stole the ball and scored at the other meaning we lost 3-2.  This meant the best we could hope for was winning the next two knockout matches to earn the Vase.  The semi-final proved easy, scoring 4 and only conceding one against St Felix.  The final of the Vase was played against Gresham’s; an old enemy of Mr Cordy!  We were the better team throughout in both attack and defence and were very worthy winners by three tries to one.  It was a great, if chilly, afternoon of rugby with all 12 players contributing.  Mr Simpson and Mr Cordy were proud coaches and are looking forward to taking the current Under 9s next season!

U10 v. Derby Grammar School – The U10 B team lost at Derby today but did score 3 tries. The U11 team played well but lost a very tight game 5 tries to 4.

U10 Rugby Festival at The Elms
Our U10 rugby team competed at The Elm’s festival yesterday.
v Fairfield-Won 3 tries to nil
v Denstone College W 3 tries to 1
v Birkdale Lost 2-0

There were some great tries, scored by George T & Fletcher P, however the defensive tackling from all of the team set the platform for our impressive performances.  We play Birkdale on Friday, so a great opportunity to see how we match up in a full 40 minute match.

U9 @ Barlborough Festival
The U9s enjoyed 6 games of rugby at Barlborough on Tuesday afternoon.  The festival is all about playing rugby and so there is no league table, no winners and no medals.  It puts all the focus on playing quality rugby which is what the U9s spent the afternoon endeavouring to do.  The boys played 6 games, winning 4 and losing only 2.  One of the loses could easily have been a draw or a victory had the game played out slightly differently.  All 9 players contributed and by the end of the festival we were playing our best rugby.  Mr Cordy was pleased with the progress with passing, tackling and most of all teamwork as the festival went on.  An enjoyable afternoon of rugby for all involved.


Science Quiz
Congratulations to Euan D, Matthew M, Chima A and Shlok SB who have gone through to the next round of the Science Quiz finals. They take place on Monday 4th December in Solihull.


Primary Mathematics Challenge 2017
Congratulations to all of Year 6 who all participated in the Primary Maths Challenge this year.  As always it was a tough challenge.

Bronze Award Winners: Tam T, Alex S, Max B, Ollie H, Alec S, Harry E, Ben H, Phoebe F, Seth Dineen

Silver Award Winners: Harry G, Sarah L, Shlok B, Cholan S

Gold Award Winners: Ryan M, Yusuf B, William H

Students of the Week

Nico B 4W – for responsibly conducting a science investigation – taking on three roles

Jack A 4W for being kind (playing with a boy who was upset as his friend had gone to play rugby for the school and he was feeling alone)

Henna Q & Malika J (5S) – For displaying maturity, independence and a commitment to do their best in everything that they do.

Nottingham High Infant & Junior School Achievement Assemblies – 10th November 2017

Infant School Achievements

10th November 2017


Star Certificates:

RB: Whole of RB for their great behaviour on the ‘Stick Man’ trip. 
RL: Shreya K – for showing kindness to her friends and excellent manners at lunch time.
RT: Class RT: Excellent teamwork & behaviour on Stick Man trip. 
1A: Taher H  for his perseverance and bravery in swimming lessons
1R: Hyram B  for his excellent maths work this week 
2B: Sienna P for working hard with her handwriting in school this week.
2W: Xavier H for fantastic maths work this week doing the 2, 5, and 10 times table. 




School Squirrel:

RB: Eisha H for always being a good and caring friend to everyone. 
RL: Kian F-B for being helpful and kind to his friends on the school trip.
RT: Luciana H: Super independent learning attitude – at home created detailed collage of Stick Man trip 
1A: Chloe G  for always working hard and doing her best in every single lesson 
1R: Neha B  for always taking on new reading challenges with enthusiasm
2B: Rishi A for his excellent estate agent writing about a rich Victorian house. 
2W: Alex A for always listening carefully and trying his best.



Junior School Achievements   

10th November 2017

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun and missionary.


Half Term Honour Points Award
Well done to Hardy’s house who are the inaugural winners of the House Cup for the first half term of 2017.

Honour points as at end of October 2017:

Hardy’s = 100
Tonkin’s = 86.31
Ball’s = 77.9
Trease’s = 70.7

School & Eco Council
Badges to be awarded to our School & Eco Council Representatives:


3C Zamad I, 3M Giles D B, 4B Panache S, 4W Jack A, 5A George T,
5S Nicole B, 6G Harry G and 6H James B


3C Ben J, 3M Nevaan P, 4B Lucas B, 4W Farris H, 5A Euan D,
5S Ethan C, 6G Ryan M and 6H Cholan S


We are looking forward to working with you and using your ideas to make our School a better place.  Next Friday, 17th November will be our first big fundraising event for Children in Need.

Junior Language Challenge 2017
Congratulations to William H who came 2nd in the national challenge, having to learn some Zulu to do so!  Also, William won the prize for correctly identifying that Dr Packer, Senior School Classics Department, was at the Acropolis of Athens at the weekend.




Well done to Sarah L for coming first in the half term dance festival at Belper at junior level.


County Cup Result – On Friday, Our U11’s beat a very talented Carnarvon School 1-0 to progress into the next round of the County Cup. Charles P was our scorer.

Earlier this week, the U11’s played in the Indoor 5-a-side and qualified in first place for the finals (top 2 qualified). Played 6, Won 5, L1. We will now play in the finals night on Tuesday 5th December.

Well done to :

Henry S who was the winner of the U10 NPSCA 2017 Nottingham Grand Prix

Ayotunde A who came 2nd in the NPSCA 2017 U10 Grand Prix and also 3rd in the NPSCA U10 ‘A’ Tournament

Science Quiz

Three teams of Year 5 and 6 children represented the school at a Science Quiz at Derby High School yesterday. There were 8 teams in total who took part. I was very proud to take the children, they demonstrated a real drive to want to do well – they were even revising on the minibus on the way there! At the end of the Quiz, Team 3 ( Euan D, Matthew M, Chima A and Shlok SDB) came 2nd and Team 1 (William H, Seth D , Michael S-G and Thales I) came 3rd out of 8 teams. There was a difference of 5 points between team 3 and 1. It was a close Competiton with Birkdale Prep taking the top spot.

We haven’t qualified instantly for the next round, however, our score may be high enough to go through… we have to wait and see.

I was really proud of the children – they represented the school really well and were a pleasure to take.


Students of the Week
Finn R for sharing his History knowledge
George W for perseverance & great attitude in class




Nottingham High Infant & Junior School Achievement Assemblies 3rd November 2017

Infant School Achievements

3rd November 2017



Star Certificates:

RB: Ali C – for working hard in Literacy and using his phonic knowledge when writing. 
RL: Alex P – for excellent literacy this week, he has started to use punctuation in his caption writing.
RT: Ruari H – Super effort with segmenting skills to write his Diwali story sentence.
1A: William A for working so hard to learn his tricky words.
1R: William H for working hard in all subjects in class. 
2B: Ayda M for working really hard all week to keep her handwriting neat and tidy.
2W: Vusi M for his fantastic problem solving in this week’s maths work. 




School Squirrel:

RB: Henry L – for coming back in to school with such a positive attitude. 
RL: Abel S – for fantastic behaviour this week and listening carefully during learning time.
RT: Jin Chen L – Helping classmates with assembling Diwali lanterns and sharing his subtraction skills.
1A: Amber R for her fantastic attitude and enthusiasm in all lessons
1R: Dawson C for knuckling down to his work and showing enthusiasm for his learning 
2B: Samuel H for writing a fantastic firework poem, full of descriptive words!
2W: Hamza Z for his positive attitude to and perseverance when working in the classroom 




Junior School Achievements

3rd November 2017

Just because you haven’t found your talent yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have one.
Kermit T. Frog 


Students of the Week

Harry E, Taylor B, Alex S in 6G and Ben H in 6H – for showing kindness and empathy towards someone who needed their help and support.

Nico B for super comprehension work on poetry.


Nottingham High Infant & Junior School Achievement Assemblies 13th October 2017

Infant School Achievement Assembly   

October 13th 2017


Star Certificates:

RB: Max M for his super ‘blow tree’ painting 
RL: Silvana D – for learning her tricky word and applying it in her literacy.
RT: Luciana H – blending simple words to feed our reading robot & ‘writing’ leg with phonic tiles. 
1A: Katherine Z – for working hard to make her handwriting smaller and neater.
1R:  Rohan L for being a hard worker who avoids distractions and always does his best.
2B: Ariyan G for trying his best in school, working hard with his listening. 
2W: Sahil G for always working hard and producing super work. 


School Squirrel:

RB: Yi Yi Y for being super with her friends, her manners and her attitude to her work 
RL: Sukhveer M – for showing kindness towards his friends.
RT: Emilie D – helping classmates with tricky art work (blow-painting trees) & bringing conkers in to share.
1A: Charlotte C – for always trying her best and approaching all activities with a sunny smile.
1R: Gurshaan B for always being such a grown up and responsible member of the class. 
2B: Kayode A for his very sensible and lovely manners on our school trip to Beaumanor Hall.
2W: Bryony P for her excellent behaviour and lovely costume on our Victorians trip. 

 Achievement Assembly – Junior School 

October 13th 2017

 “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
Epictetus, Greek Philosopher

 Overall Winner: Ben Harcourt

Form Winners:
3C = Thomas Freeston
3M = Jaiker Lidder
4B = Edward Mellors
4W = Jack Aram
5A =Joseph Robinson
5S = Henna Quraishi
6G = Shuban Yadavakrishnan
6h = Seth Dineen


Film Star Success
Congratulations to Hukam S. on his film debut. The premiere screening of the drama Hukam is appearing in was shown at the London Film Festival last week.

The show will be airing on BBC2 @ 9pm on the 13 November.


Irish Dancing

Congratulations to Amelia K. who has qualified to dance in the Irish dancing World championship in County Mayo. We wish her the very best of luck.


After School Speech & Drama

The following pupils achieved success in the English Speaking Board (International) Ltd Summer exams:

Sam G., Nathan S-P. :  Merit at Junior Grade Two

Jai S.:  Distinction at ESB Level 1 Award

Yusuf B. and Shuban Y:   Merit at ESB Level 1 Award

Fourteen Year 6 rugby players travelled to Chesterfield on Wed 27th Sept to compete in the Barlborough Hall Rugby Festival. They participated in 4 games of rugby, winning two, drawing one and losing one. They enjoyed ice cream and hotdogs after the match together with medals for participating. Well done a great performance!

More success for our Rugby teams as our U9 rugby teams also won their matches against a very strong Fairfield School. Both the A & B teams played some strong rugby and deserved their success. U9A won 10-7 and the U9B won 9-5

Both sides showed flair going forward, with some inspirational individual tries on both pitches. Encouragingly, we tackled strongly and proved better at this than Fairfield. Despite numerous knocks, scrapes and bruises, all players who were briefly substituted showed great character and were keen to return to the action as soon as possible.

Try scorers for the A’s – Roman E. 3; Edward M. 3; Alfie A. 1; Om K. 1; Isaac P. 1 and Lucas B. 1.

B’s – James S.  3; Stuart H. 2; Finn R 1; Om K. 2 and Oscar A. 1.

As can be seen, Om scored for both teams.

Many thanks to our referees, Mr Whitehead and Mr Baker and to Mrs Slater for help with supervising the teams.

There were also great results from our Year 5 teams. The A team defeated The Elms by 30-10. Our B team won 40-10.

The U10 B’s played the first of the back to back matches at The Elms, setting a high standard from the start with Sasmeet S. opening the scoring and our players quickly gaining confidence in their ability to tackle.  There was an outstanding breakaway try quickly followed by another. Saketh C. added a further 2 tries, showing a lightning pair of heels on both occasions. There was an outstanding contribution from our captain, Henry S., who showed how to lead and tackle by example and scoring the final try. A highly impressive team performance.

The Under 10A’s quickly threw down the gauntlet to The Elms with Verroshan A. scoring the first try within a matter of minutes, thanks to a 15 yards pass from Samuel G. George T., Fletcher P. and Joshua P. proved too much for the opposition to handle; their thrilling individual tries certainly entertained the watching crowd of parents from both teams.

Adit G., Verroshan A., Samuel G. and Henry S. (the latter coming on as sub)  were fearless in their tackling.

Outstanding commitment, strength, tenacity and skill, in varying degrees, from all who played – well done!


On Wednesday 4th October 2017, our A & B U11 teams played a match in the Autumn League at Fernwood Primary. The team who amasses the most points wins the Autumn League. Our teams are very well placed going forward to the next matches. So far, 3 players have scored two out of two: Harry E, Oliver D and Eron D. James G was unbeaten with one draw and a win.  Next round: Wednesday 22nd November at Fernwood.

Congratulations to the following pupils who achieved success as detailed below in the Individual Championships 2017 at Dovecote School on 7th October:

U8 Group:  Aaron S. – 4 points

U9 A Group: Oliver D. County U9 Champion with 4 points.
James G. and Ruben E. – 3 points

U10 A Group: Verroshan A. – County U10 Champion with 4 points.
Henry S. and Tunde A.– 3 points.

Cross Country
Our U11 team recently competed for the first time in the Nottingham City Cross Country Relays at Colwick Park and came first!

Further success for our U11 Cross Country team on Saturday 8th October at Berry Hill with Phoebe F. finishing 1st in the U11 girls race. The U11 boys ran well however final team placements are awaited.



Our U11s competed in the Karnival Festival against 27 other schools.  We were unbeaten in our group winning all five matches without conceding a goal. In the semi-final, we were a little fortunate to beat Cantrell school 1-0 to gain a place in the final in a closely fought contest. Sadly, despite dominating the final we lost 2-1. We have however qualified for the Nottingham Schools finals night and will play on the City Ground next May/June. A fantastic effort from all of the team.


Students of the Week

Georgia A. – for a fabulous piece of descriptive writing for your story setting.  Georgia’s adjectives and similes were carefully chosen.  Well done.

Ethan C. for demonstrating a positive attitude towards his lessons.  Keep it up.

Taran S. for a superb attitude to all aspects of school life.  Well done!

Ben M in 4W for being so helpful and kind towards others

Nottingham High Infant & Junior School Achievement Assemblies – 29th September 2017

Infant School Assembly   

September 29th 2017


Star Certificates:

RB: Komal L for trying hard to stay focused for longer during teaching. 
RL: Alice B – for excellent reading.
RT: Sebastian C  – super shape awareness & clever counting skills 
1A: Mani S – for trying really hard to make his handwriting smaller and neater
1R: Rosie H – for super shape work 
2B: Sophie B for always being a hard worker in all lessons all the time. Amazing!
2W: Alexander B- for working hard to improve his writing 


School Squirrel:

RB: Cathy D for her great attitude towards everyone in our class. A super friend. 
RL: Sydney Q – for excellent effort in learning
RT: Huey G-D – helping his fruit salad making partner 
1A: Hollie B – for her great attitude and enthusiasm in all her lessons
1R: Aman L – for retelling his new version of Jack and the Beanstalk so beautifully to the class 
2B: Michael W for his super letter of complaint to the workhouse from Oliver Twist.
2W: William L- for being so enthusiastic in the classroom and in all of our activities. 



Junior School Assembly   

September 29th 2017

 When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles!

Winnie the Pooh


On Monday, twenty-eight year 4 pupils represented the School in the U9 rugby teams fixture v Hill House School at Valley Road. With very little contact time before the games, the pupils performed admirably against a strong Yorkshire school.

The A team were involved in a tight game but lost narrowly 12 tries to 10 tries

The B team were involved in an even closer game and won 8 tries to 7 tries

The C team looked the most comfortable and ran in 10 tries to 6 tries

Many thanks to Mr Cordy, Mr Hamilton and Mr Allison for some fantastic coaching and to the pupils for a great afternoon of rugby.

Ice Skating

Congratulations to Sarah L who came first in her category with an outstanding score almost six points ahead of the next place down.   She achieved her next level and had the highest overall mark for all ages out of 86 girls.
Students of the Week

Lucas B and Panache S – 4B – for demonstrating super independent problem solving skills in Science.