Northampton School for Boys


Headmaster's Bulletin 27th January 2017

Richard Bernard 2014 thbs

The school has been marking its respect for Holocaust Memorial Week throughout the past five days. The KS3 History club have undertaken some outstanding research with their focus shifting during their study from 'why did this happen' towards 'this can never happen again'. The group's findings were summarised in an outstanding 3 minute video clip, formulated by Charlie Byfield (Yr 8), which has been shown in assemblies throughout the week with a minute's silence in memory of all those who suffered or were killed, impeccably observed by each attending year group: Click Here.

On Thursday evening representatives from NSB made the journey to the Guildhall for Northampton's annual Memorial Service for the Holocaust. The town's Youth Form were there including NSB student, Lucas Whitcroft-White (Y10) who was handing out old style luggage tags with the names of those affected by the atrocity to encourage people to go home and research the named person to help ensure that their life was not forgotten in vain. There was also a 15 minute NSB play entitled, My Life in Your Hands” which was performed by Jess Stead, George Alger, Luke Heaver and Mrs Greenaway, ably supported by technician, Nathan Billis. The piece remembered the past whilst also looking to the future and had relayed stories from Auschwitz as well as an incorporation of symbolic movement. By all accounts it was extremely well received with several people commenting on how moving it had been to watch. 

Tomorrow marks the end of a long but successful rugby campaign for the school with fixtures against St Benedict's School, Ealing. Although it is technically the final game of the season I am sure that the U16s will be relishing the prospect of further school representative honours in the summer when they take on leading Southern hemisphere schools in their tour of Australia and New Zealand. Keeping on the sporting front, the Year 7 football team continued to fly the NSB flag in the National Cup when they defeated Charters School, Berkshire, on Tuesday to make the last eight, for which the draw will be held at ESFA headquarters on Monday

Finally the school received some sad news that former school governor and Mayor and Alderman of the town, Trevor Bailey has died in sudden circumstances whilst away in Spain. Trevor was a huge supporter of the school and was indeed involved in many aspects of Northampton life, including the County Cricket Club, and the school's thoughts and condolences go out to his family.   

Richard Bernard