News In Brief
UK CHESS CHALLENGE BOYS REACH GIGA-FINAL
On Sunday, 12th May about 180 junior chess players competed in the Mega-Final of the UK Chess Challenge. This included 6 of our Senior School boys whose results were as follows:
U14 - Saaras Mehan - Supremo (Champion) - 5 out of 6
U12 - Hari Solomonides - Supremo - 5 and a half out of 6
- Taylor Pearson - 2nd - 4 and a half out of 6
- Will Atiomo, Ishaan Bedi and David Ding - joint 3rd - 4 out of 6.
All the boys now qualify for the Giga-Final in July.
YOUNG ENTERPRISE TEAM STERLING WINS AWARD FOR BEST PRESENTATION
The Young Enterprise company, Sterling, were successful in reaching the County Final on Wednesday April 24th, where they won the award for ' Best Presentation'.
Congratulations to Charlie Bullock (Managing Director), Rhys McCarthy, Chris Ikunnah and Aman Singh-Nagra.
2013 Chemistry Olympiad winners
CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD SUCCESS
Eighteen of our Year 13 A2 Chemistry students took part in the International Chemistry Olympiad, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, earlier this year.
Well done to all who participated, especially the 10 boys gaining Silver Awards, having sat a paper that provided a real academic challenge!
Aiden Chan, Ashley Corke, Thomas Cosslett, Luke Dudley, Benjamin Gates, Callum Giberson, Robin Jootun, Farris Latief, Dylan Mistry, William Nathan.
David Blakey, Alexander Crow, Yash Gupta,
Peter Hardwidge, Sagar Kulkarni, Dominic Zapata.
Jeevan Boyal, Matthew Rosenberg.
Big Band win Platinum award at NCBF 2013
MUSICAL SUCCESS AT NATIONAL CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL
Congratulations to the Big Band for achieving the top award at the National Concert Band Festival held at Birmingham Conservatoire at the weekend, with David Barron (Year 12) receiving an Outstanding Soloist award.
This is the festival all school bands want to take part in. Only eight bands were selected to perform at these finals. We were the only single sex school and the smallest school represented there. The platinum awards are indeed no mean achievement for the band and this the highest award any of the bands have been awarded at this level.
Congratulations to White's House on winning this year's Bridge Cup! Although White's didn't win either of the Verse Speaking or Singing Choirs, they did enough in the Individual Finals to come home with the trophy. Congratulations also to Mellers' House for winning both the Singing and Verse Speaking Choirs!
Congratulations also to the following winners of individual Bridge Cup prizes :
Sam Smith Memorial Trophy for Unbroken Voice – Henry King
Ian Driver Cup for Junior Music – Michael Fletcher
Nicholas McGegan Cup for Intermediate Music (new award this year) – Matthew Glendening
Stephen Fairlie Cup for Senior Music – Jake Hinson
Christopher Parker Cup for Junior & Intermediate Verse Speaking – Richard Smith
Margaret Parker Cup for Senior Verse Speaking – Edward Limb
From the Bridge Cup to Bridge...congratulations to the team of Abraham Mathew, David Jones (ON) and Annanay Kapila, who won the Combined Schools event at the National Schools Bridge competition recently and were awarded the Harry Scully Trophy.
JOSH MAKES THE ENGLAND JUDO SQUAD
Congratulations also to Josh Lloyd (Year 10) who won the Under 50kg Years 10&11 competition in the recent British Schools Judo 2013 event in Sheffield and as a result has been invited to train with the England squad.
YOUNG ENTERPRISE TEAM GETS THROUGH TO AREA FINAL
Congratulations to TEAM STERLING (Calendars) who have been successful in winning a place in the Nottingham Area Young Enterprise Final on March 27th.
Rhys McCarthy, Charlie Bullock, Chris Ikunnah and Aman Singh-Nagra did a superb presentation and produced a very high quality Company Report.
Well done to the other 3 companies: Lovell, Boson and Zenith who were highly commended.
COLLECTING FOR MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE
Well done to all the following students and staff who collectively raised over £900 for Marie Cure Cancer Care during the Great Daffodil Collection campaign recently. A magnificent achievement!
- Youssef Mousa
- Mr Winter
- Michael Costante
- Chris Ikunnah
- David Allerton
- Miss Kirbyshire
- Nick Brown
- Oscar Mellors
- Luke Duffy
- Yusuf Aslam
- David Thomas
- Ms Gunther
Congratulations to Michael Costante on qualifying to run for the East Midlands team in the London Marathon next month. Michael also won the Senior Cross Country race against Welbeck School and Loughborough Grammar School on 6th March.
ARCHERY - FIRST FITA RED AWARDS ACHIEVED AT NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL
Nottingham High School introduced Archery as a PE option for Years 10 and above in 2007, and all students attending for more than one term have achieved at least the first level of the FITA award scheme - a White arrow. Now, 2 boys, Fabian Martin and Tom Westhoff, have achieved the first ever Red arrows at the school.
Red arrows are awarded to those who have made significant progression in knowledge and skill and are the highest category obtainable using the indoor facilities here at school.
ARCHERY - COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS - Sunday, 3rd February
A total of eight NHS pupils from years 10 & 11 were amongst fourteen junior boys contesting the Recurve and Barebow categories at the 2013 County Indoor Archery Championships this weekend.
In the Barebow U18 category Fabian Martin and Patrick Constantin were placed 1st and 3rd respectively. The Recurve discipline was divided between ages 14 and under, and 15 and over. In the 15 and over division all 3 competitors were NHS pupils with Tom Westhoff emerging victorious. Jack Hadfield and Carter Newbury had a close competition for the reserve placings. The 14 and under division saw NHS pupils placed in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. Cameron Stumpf narrowly beat Timothy Lee for 2nd place, with Chris Thant 4th.
CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS
In the Nottinghamshire County Schools Cross Country Championships our boys won the Year 7, Years 8 & 9 and Years 10 & 11 age groups, whilst Michael Costante came 2nd and Nick Malbon came 8th in the senior boys' race. This meant that both Michael and Nick qualified for the English Schools National Championships in March - the first time we have had two senior boys qualify at the same time for almost 15 years!
Alex Barlow also ran extrememly well in the Years 10 & 11 race, finishing in 9th place, and will be reserve for the English Schools Championships.
TEAM OF 4 COMPETE IN CITY TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION
For the first time the School entered a team of 4 Year 8 boys (Aqdas Burney, Nathaniel Davidson, Haris Khalil and Rohil Shah) in the City Table Tennis Championships at Farnborough School this week. All 4 boys qualified to the knock-out stages, from where Haris Khalil went on win the Plate Final. Congratulations to all the boys who took part.
TOP OF THE BENCH TEAM COMPETE IN REGIONAL FINALS
Our team of 4 boys (Mukul Rathi and William Baldwin, Year 9), (Timothy Lee, Year 10) and (Jonathan Cutajar, Year 11) took part last weekend in the regional finals of the RSC 'Top of the Bench' competition. They performed very well on the day, and were unlucky not to qualify for the national final. They secured an excellent mark in the challenging written paper, gained some very good practical results in the practical challenge, but ran short of time in writing up their practical work.
Winning the Silver award at the British Speed Skating Championships
BEN IS NATIONAL SPEED-SKATING RUNNER-UP
Over the Christmas holidays, Ben Roberts, 7T, competed in the British Speed Skating Championships - and after a weekend of tough competition was finally crowned national runner-up. Well done, Ben!
CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS
On the 5th January, two of our students, Harry Warrior of Year 8 and Michael Costante of Year 12, qualified to represent Nottinghamshire in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. This is the first time for many years that 2 students have been selected to represent the county in this competition.
CHESS 'A' TEAM WINS U18 RAPIDPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Saturday, 1st December, 10 teams, including 2 from Nottingham High School, entered the Under 18 Rapidplay Championships at Kind Edward's School, Birmingham. Whilst the school 'B' team finished in its highest position for many years - 4th - the 'A' team won the event for the first time since 2008!
Seven players also won best board prizes:
'A' team - Saaras Mehan, Graham Garside, Karam Sangha (all jointly)
'B' team - Hari Solomonides (singularly), and Sohum Dhir, Raghav Sudarshan, Arjun Nehra (jointly)
ENGLAND CHESS SUCCESS FOR YEAR 7 PUPILS
In the recent Minor section of the British Rapidplay Championships at Leeds, Karam Sangha finished in 2nd place ahead of many adults and also completed his qualification for membership of the English Junior Chess Squad.
In the same competition, Sahrin Ahluwalia finished in ninth place, registering a "half norm" towards his qualification for the English squad - he now needs another similar performance to complete his qualification.
Karam, and hopefully Sahrin, will be joining fellow Year 7 England Chess team members, Taylor Pearson and Hari Solomonides, who are already members of the squad.
ARKWRIGHT SCHOLAR RECEIVES HIS AWARD
Year 12 student, Dominic Blythe was awarded a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship recently at a ceremony hosted by the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Savoy Place, London.
The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering and design. During their sixth-form studies, Scholars receive a financial contribution to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits.
BRITISH SCHOOLS ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Sunday, 18th November our orienteers took part in the British Schools' Orienteering Championships at Delamere Forest in Cheshire. All the teams did well - the Year 7 team finished 8th, the Year 8 team finished 11th, and individually Nick Malbon came 9th in the Year 12 race.
The Year 11 team, however, did even better. Having finished in second place last year as a Year 10 team and in second place as a Year 8 team, they went on to win this year and become British Champions! Well done to Rowan Lee, James Mellor and Jack Smith!
U18 swimming team - winners of the Freestyle Relay
SWIMMING - JOHN PARRY RELAYS
Nottingham High School were proud to host the John Parry Relays yesterday in our pool. Over 200 swimmers from around the country competed, and a number of trophies and winners medals were presented at the end of the afternoon by Headmaster, Mr Fear.
All our swimmers swam well, but special congratulations go to the U18 swimmers, who won the Freestyle relay and came second in the Medley Relay. Well done!
Very special congratulations to Matt Glendening on being selected for the National Youth Orchestra! He is to play his first concerts for the NYO at the start of January. Well done, Matt!
Congratulations to the following boys who have all been awarded Distinctions in their Associated Board music exams:
Max Carty - Grade 7 and 8 - Trumpet
Sam Brown - Grade 7 - Double Bass
William Schlich - Grade 2 - Piano
Kit Hobbs - Grade 2 - Piano
Ashok Shankar - Grade 1 - Drums
Matthew Sampson - Grade 2 - Drums
Ben Gutteridge - Grade 1 - Drums
Will Banks - Grade 3 - Piano
Harry Smith - Grade 7 - Tuba
In addition, congratulations also go to Matthew Sutton, who is to be awarded the Watkinson Prize for String Playing for his contributions to string playing last year.
JUNIOR MATHS OLYMPIAD 2012
Towards the end of last term 5 boys in Year 8 were selected to take part in the Junior Maths Olympiad. They were invited to participate as they had come in the top 1000 nationally in the Junior Maths Challenge, which was sat earlier in the summer. The 5 boys were: Richard Smith, Achintya Singh, Saaras Mehan, Ivan Wills and Mukul Rathi.
All 5 did well and in particular, Mukul Rathi scored very highly placing him in the top 25% of those in the Olympiad. As a result he has achieved a bronze medal. Well done, Mukul and all the boys who took part.
U12 CRICKETERS WIN COUNTY CUP
In a match postponed 3 times since the summer due to bad weather, our U12 cricket team finally got to play their final match in the County Cup against West Bridgford last week.
The team won by 65 runs with Anish Bagalkote (5-4) and Rohan Chauhan (3-7) playing particularly well. This win topped off a very strong season for the boys, who now go on to represent Nottinghamshire in the National Cup next year. Well done, boys!
The England U12 team winning the Stokes Cup
YEAR 7 BOYS PLAY CHESS FOR ENGLAND
Congratulations to 4 of our new Year 7 boys on playing chess for England! Just before the start of term Hari Solomonides was selected to play for the England team against a visiting French team, and although England lost the long play match, Hari, alongside Karam Sangha and Ishaan Bedi, were invited to play in the subsequent Rapidplay.
Karam and Taylor Pearson then went on to represent England against Belgium, and although the scores finished level, England won the tie-break in the subsequent Rapidplay tournament.
Taylor Pearson had also represented England during the summer holidays in the Stokes Cup competition against Ireland, Scotland and Wales, helping England to an emphatic win.