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Newcastle High School For Girls - “There’s a doctor in the House”

There’s a doctor in the House

August 15, 2019

Fours A*s for Alice.

After picking up four top A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Psychology, Newcastle High Head Girl Alice Larsen will be taking up her place at Queen Mary’s London to study Medicine.

Alice  from Newcastle said: “I actually slept well – I think my Mum was more nervous than me – however when I opened  the envelope and saw my results we both instantly cried.  I was predicted to achieve these grades but it is of course an enormous challenge and I am so relieved that I did – it’s hard to take in.

Alice, who is one of four sisters who have attended NHSG, will be the first doctor in the Larsen household.

“Applying for Medicine was a bit of last minute change of plan – I had actually ruled it out and then decided at the last minute to apply.  I certainly made it difficult for myself as a result and had to rapidly get some work experience under my belt and start practising for the UK CAT.

“I applied to Queen Mary’s as one of the top ranked medical schools and I am so looking forward to being there.  At the moment I am thinking that I might like to work in psychiatry or be in the army – I feel I really need that kind of rush and thinking on my feet – however I am completely open to different ideas at this stage.”

Alice achieved these amazing grades while performing her role as Head Girl at the School: “It was very busy but I wouldn’t change a thing.  I learned so many life skills along the way and I have just loved the family atmosphere of our Year Group; we have all worked really hard and have inspired each other to do well.  Everyone has been there for one another and it has been so special.”


Newcastle High School For Girls - “Georgia is planning on racing ahead”

Georgia is planning on racing ahead

August 15, 2019

Georgia Richardson is planning on racing ahead following her outstanding results at A level, an A* and two As.

The Newcastle High pupil from Stamfordham will be taking up her place on the five year course in Marine Technology, within small craft technology, at Newcastle University.

The course which covers naval architecture design, will see Georgia focusing on the design and operation of small crafts, specialist marine products like yachts and catamarans as well as lifeboats, which form a significant proportion of the UK marine industry.  She will also qualify as a chartered Engineer.

Georgia explains how she made her choice: “I knew that I wanted to take an engineering degree but it was only by chance I came across the Marine technology course which perfectly combined my interest in engineering and my love of being on the water. I spend a lot of spare time with my Dad and Sister Wakeboarding on the Tyne or in Scotland – we are pretty passionate about it.  As soon as I saw the course I knew it was for me and I got a lot of help from School in changing my personal statement so that I could apply.”

Looking to the future, Georgia already has set her sights high: “My ambition is to design boats for the America’s Cup.”

Newcastle High School For Girls - “Reception set to make super scientists”

Reception set to make super scientists

July 22, 2019

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) underpins the curriculum in the EYFS, ensuring our girls have a varied landscape of aspirations for the future.

Reception class cover a challenging Science curriculum utilising the expertise of the EYFS team and Science teachers in Key Stage 2. We recently covered the topic of ‘Space’ which captivated the girls so much that a visit to the Centre for Life was promptly organised to extend the girls’ thirst for learning.

Upon arrival, the girls received a learning session in the impressive planetarium with a focus on subject knowledge about planets and stars. It was fantastic to see them building upon their existing knowledge that they had gained during Science challenges set both at home and in the classroom, filtering through into their responses.

The girls then completed a workshop whereby they had to predict which rocket would go the furthest by examining the size, material and shape of the different objects. There was some incredibly descriptive dialogue noted during this activitiy as they discussed aerodynamic properties.

Girls then used their creative flair to complete pictures using subject knowledge about star constellations; the sustained focus and outcomes were outstanding. The visit culminated with lunch at the Centre for Life, which was a highlight for the girls, they always enjoy this part of an educational visit!

What would an engineer do? Ask Reception!

Two Reception girls, Poppy and Bo, were recently recognised as winners in their category at the North East regional ‘Primary Leaders Award 2019: If you were an engineer what would you do?’. Anabelle Hall and Scarlett McDonald’s ideas were also shortlisted and they received distinctions for their designs.

Poppy Charlton chose to identify a solution to a problem faced at home by her brother. She completed a detailed idea by designing an illuminated glasses-stand that would help him to locate his glasses during the night when he needed them. What a fabulous idea!

Bo Joynson utilised her prior experience of going to the doctors and having her immunisation injections and wanted to show empathy to children her age by designing a child-friendly character design to cover the injection needle. Another wonderful and thoughtful idea!

Both girls, along with Cameron Haydon in Year 3 represented NHSG at the Award Winners’ Ceremony held at Sunderland University. We are all so proud of them. Well done, girls!

Newcastle High School For Girls - “A Shakespearean farewell from Year 6”

A Shakespearean farewell from Year 6

July 22, 2019

After weeks of rehearsals and prop making, Year 6 were finally ready to present their play to an audience of friends and family, a comedy biopic of William Shakespeare. This was their final assembly at Junior School as they will be leaving Chapman House to begin
Year 7 after the Summer.

The play, set in Stratford-upon-Avon, opened with a young Shakespeare railing against scathing reviews of his latest play, before jumping to London several years later and at the height of his fame. During the production, the girls learnt about the building (and rebuilding, thanks to a misfired canon during a production of Henry VIII) of The Globe Theatre, the Tudor tradition of girls’ roles being played by young boys, the superstitions surrounding ‘the Scottish play’ as well as Shakespeare’s ambiguous legacy to Anne Hathaway of his second best bed.

After a riotous show, we can all agree the idea of women not being allowed on stage was not one we agree with! Really well done girls, we know that you will take your infectious smiles and energy all the way through Senior School too.

Good luck and our very best wishes for the next exciting stage in your educational journey. We’ll continue to see your progress and watch you grow into amazing young women.

Newcastle High School For Girls - “An evening of sporting celebration”

An evening of sporting celebration

July 22, 2019

We were delighted to welcome Tamara Taylor to our annual Sports Awards evening at NHSG on Tuesday 2nd July. Tamara has represented England in four Rugby World Cups, including 2014, which they won. She is also the second most capped England player and has recently been a part of a record-breaking challenge for the children’s charity Wooden Spoon, in which she went to Mount Everest to try to break two World Records for the highest games of rugby. A tremendous achievement and a truly inspirational story to share with girls of NHSG.

Tamara helped our main host of the evening, Emma Southern, Games Captain 2018-19, present the prizes for sporting achievements over the past year in recognition of girls’ dedication, participation and contribution to school sports as well as the wider sporting community. Awards, including Colours and Half Colours, were also presented for excellent personal improvements, rewarding girls who have demonstrated continued effort in their team or individual sports.

Fellow Sports Captains Lottie Gill (Hockey), Tara Harrison (Netball), Jane Brown (Swimming), Kay Errington (Cross Country), Kanari Yamazaki (Trampolining), Caity Moyle (Gymnastics), Anum Sattar (Football) and Amrita Badanahatti (Badminton) took turns to reflect on their individual sports and

shared the many positive outcomes of participating in their chosen pursuits. All of them spoke eloquently about the lasting friendships they had formed, the memories they had created and expressed a vote of thanks to the PE teachers who have supported them in all aspects of their sporting ventures at NHSG, from providing encouragement to driving the trusty ‘teal’ minibus across the country.

The evening closed with announcements of Sports Players of the Year as well as the new Sports Captains for 2019-20 (names of winners are listed on the next page). Well done to all of our 2018-19 Sports Captains for hosting and making the evening so memorable.

We wish all of our NHSG sports players the very best of luck in their sporting endeavours in the coming academic year and we can’t wait to hear about them at Sports Awards Evening 2020!

Newcastle High School For Girls - “A ‘God Dag’ for Year 4!”

A ‘God Dag’ for Year 4!

July 22, 2019

Written by Olivia Connon, Charlotte Woodbury-Smith, Emily Harrison, Eve Peacock and Laila Ahmad

On 4th June, Year 4 embarked on an overnight trip to York. It was really fun and we have so many memories and facts to take from the experience.

The first place we visited was Murton Park. The inviting sign for Murton Park gleamed in the sunlight. A Viking lady named Astrid greeted us with "God dag!" which is a Norse greeting meaning ‘Good day’. She took us indoors to start our learning day.

Astrid taught us about the different types of Vikings jobs which included sailors, raiders, traders, settlers, farmers and craftsmen. We also learnt about the clothes Vikings would have worn. After that, we dressed up as Viking settlers and were put into families with a Mother and a Father.

Now dressed as Vikings, we walked to the Viking village. We assembled outside the Jarl's (meaning Lord) longhouse, and met Emma and Vigdis who were both Viking villagers. The sights were amazing; there were thatched roofs as far as you could see. The ‘Jarl’ suddenly burst out of the hall and started to tell our group about his longboat.

As the longboat came in to sight we all gasped as it was magnificent! It was very well preserved but the thing that interested us most was that real Vikings would have sat in the boat! We discussed Viking food and were shocked to hear they didn't have access to tomatoes and potatoes.

Next, we were sent to work in the fields. We discovered that the Viking children would break up the soil with a hoe so we all gave it a go. It was hard work but very fun. Following that, our family was taken to our small house, made out of wood, mud and poo! One of the Vikings told us about our house; it didn't have any lights, instead it had a fire and candles. Therefore, our first activity was pottery so we could make candle holders. A candle made from animal fat would rest in the cup and the wax would collect in the dish.

"Ding...Ding...". It was the slow bell calling a meeting. We all walked back to the banqueting hall as the Lord had invited all of us to a feast (otherwise known as lunch). The Mothers and Fathers and the ‘Jarl’ sat at the top table and everyone else sat on the long tables. Before we ate, the ‘Jarl’ needed some girls to attend to him. One girl had to carry a bowl of water and someone else had to carry a towel. Can you guess what job the girls had to do? Yes that’s right, they had to wash the Lord’s hands!

Then a third servant had to carry a wooden dish full of chunks of salt for the Jarl to flavour his meal. Half way through lunch the Lord asked for some entertainment. We had dancers, jokers and people who presented riddles. After the performances, the Lord ordered a slave (Mrs Spraggon) to be placed in the stocks and the Lord asked her if she felt motivated to work harder.

Mrs Spraggon said ‘no’ so Emma came up behind her with
a jug of water and 3,2,1, Emma, the Viking villager, tipped the water over Mrs Spraggon’s head! The banquet hall filled with noise as we laughed energetically.

After finishing our feast we walked back to the Viking village where we helped to collect firewood and had the opportunity to make bread which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

The first step in making bread is getting wheat and grinding it until it becomes flour. After that, we took the flour and added water to it and kneaded the mixture until it become a dough. The final step was putting it beside the fire to bake. Once it had risen, we removed it from the stones surrounding the fire and it was ready to eat.

Our third and final activity of the afternoon was to train to be warriors. Our family taught us the key points to fighting and we had a few practice fights. We learned different moves and used shields and spears. We also made shield walls in two lines. Our favourite part was being put on lookout duty and the Lord instructed us that if an Anglo-Saxon came we were to say 'Go away you smelly Saxon!' and ring the bell fast to signal an emergency.

Everyone thought we were just wasting time as an
Anglo-Saxon would never turn up, surely. Little did we know, a few moments later we were to spot an Anglo-Saxon lurking around the corner. Freya noticed and immediately shouted to ring the bell. We all ran back into our positions as he had entered through the gate. By this time all the other groups were watching us as we prepared to charge. "GO AWAY YOU SMELLY SAXON!" we cried.

We scared him away and, stupidly, he had left his weapons. As we arrived at the meeting point everyone, including the Villagers, were roaring and cheering for us.

After Murton Park, we went to a place called Jorvik which is a specialist Viking centre. On arriving, we immediately met with a Viking who told us about the road we were on and that it was a trading space with lots of goods and slaves to trade. It was a very 'rich' area.

After we had been outside, the Viking told us to take a deep breath as inside the museum it was smelly. And it was indeed, as smelly as rotten cabbage!

We were told we would eventually go on a ride to experience what it was like in the Viking age but before this we were able to look at the archeological remains of a Blacksmith's hut. It was on the floor, under a thick layer of glass. It was only the bottom layer of the hut but we even saw the remains of a toilet.

Next, onto the ride! It was a bit scary as it was quite dark but we were given a lantern to hold. Once on the ride, we all enjoyed it. We were taken around a Viking settlement which featured realistic Viking robots to show us what they looked like. We could even smell the scents of the different areas of the Village. It didn't smell good!

After the ride, we went into the museum. We saw a skeleton of a lady with a leg problem; one leg was in perfect condition, whilst the other leg was too thin. We had just seen her in the settlement on the ride and she carried crutches made out of bone.

Shortly after, we went to an area where a Viking was standing behind a table. He showed us some artefacts that they had found which included a comb made out of antler and an ice skate made out of a horse’s shin bone that had been found down the toilet. We found that part rather disgusting.

Once we had studied the artefacts, we went to see a coin maker to witness how Vikings made coins. First, you get a stamp that is stuck in a log of oak wood. Then, you place a piece of metal on top of it. After that, you get another stamp and hit the back of the stamp with the hammer. The resulting piece of metal is now worth 16 chickens (true in Viking times but sadly not true now)!

On the second day in York we visited the Yorkshire Museum where we learnt more about dinosaurs, Medieval times, Romans and the Tudors. First we went into the Jurassic exhibition where there were six trays full of tiny shreds of rubber. We started to feel around and we discovered we had to slowly move the rubber to one side to find the dinosaur fossils inside, just like Mary Anning; fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist of the 18th century. Next we were ushered into a grand hall to try on Tudor clothes. There were fighting costumes and also long, frilly dresses with hula hoops attached to make the skirts stick out which were a particular favourite.

We then completed a workshop with a ‘Viking’ called Bjorn. We passed round many artefacts that people had discovered in York. There was a Viking ‘fidget-spinner’ called a buzz burner; a leather shoe that was in one piece (there are only twenty left in the whole world), a comb made from horse bone and a treasure chest key.

We then made belts and buckles. Some girls used a troll symbol to represent these mythical creatures which Vikings actually believed in.

The Vikings also played a game called Trip,Trap,Troll which is where the game Tic Tac Toe originated from. Also, did you know that Father Christmas came from a festival in the Viking times called Yule? A mysterious man came and delivered presents just like Father Christmas.

Finally, it was time to go home after two days of fun. The trip has now officially replaced Jarrow Hall as the best school trip we have ever been on!

Newcastle High School For Girls - “Pride in the North East at NHSG”

Pride in the North East at NHSG

May 28, 2019

At NHSG, we are very keen to promote our local heritage so, with this in mind, Year 3 have undertaken a mini-topic entitled, ‘Angels of the North’. We began with some research into the Angel of the North and followed this up with a visit to the site in Gateshead to consolidate our findings. Girls subequently wrote newspaper-style reports to document their learning experience.

Year 3 have also been busy producing information texts using sub-headings and research techniques about bridges, buildings and places which remind us of our local area.

A wide range of subject matters have been researched, all based on the children’s knowledge and individual interest in the North East, including: the Farne Islands, Wallington Hall, the Tyne Bridge, Beamish Museum, St James’ Park, to name but a few.

The girls have also undertaken another local research project focusing on the statues and monuments in Newcastle and have drawn comparisons between the number of men versus women represented in our city.

Having studied the role of an angel, Year 3 were then asked to choose and research a notable female from the North-East who they felt would represent an ‘Angel of the North’ and would be worthy of a monument to reflect their contribution to society.

A great deal of discussion, debating and interest was shown as girls discussed their suggestions.

We are very proud of our beautiful city and region at our School and are delighted that we have had the opportunity to develop the girls’ knowledge and understanding of their local area.


Newcastle High School For Girls - “Goodbye to the next cohort of GDST girls – but hopefully not for long!”

Goodbye to the next cohort of GDST girls – but hopefully not for long!

May 28, 2019

On Thursdsay 16th May we held a very special event to thank our Year 13 parents for their support and Year 13 girls for their hard work at NHSG and wish them farewell and good luck for the next chapter of their lives.

Mr Tippett and Head Girl Alice Larsen gave heart-warming speeches of thanks and reflected on the Class of 2019’s years at school. Some of Year 13 have been pupils at founding schools Central High or Church High since Nursery so it was a very poignant evening for parents in attendance, as reality began to sink in that their daughter’s educational journey at NHSG was coming to an end.

Mr Tippett also remarked on the choice of seahorse colour for this year’s tier of the Scholars’ Fund chandelier (read more about our Scholars’ Fund on page 18). Quite in contrast to last year’s selection of teal blue, Class of 2019 have chosen a vibrant neon orange! It will certainly leave a lasting impression on those who lay eyes on the soon-to-be updated chandelier, just as the girls themselves have on NHSG.

Everyone raised their glasses to toast Year 13 and their parents before tucking into delicious BBQ style food. You will notice from the photographs that there was an eclectic dress code on display, as some girls remained in their costumes from Thursday’s chosen theme of ‘celebrity’!

We have no doubt that the girls in Year 13 will go on to achieve great things and we hope to see them at NHSG reunions in the years to come.

The many photos captured on the evening have been uploaded to the Newcastle High School Alumnae page which we invite the girls to follow as part of their introduction to the NHSG Alumnae network.

Remember, girls, NHSG and GDST for life!