On Thursday 4th April the Royal Navy catering team came to Sponne School to work with year 9 students who are studying for the GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition course. 
After the Navy introduced themselves and the role of cooking in the armed forces, the students had one hour to complete a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style activity in small groups.   The groups planned and made the dishes with expert advice from the Navy catering specialists.
We would like to extend a massive thank-you to the Navy for this opportunity, which not only produced amazing results and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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This week sees the end of a busy term of events for the Music Department, with many students involved in the various school events, as well as involvement in the continuing celebrations of NMPAT’s 50th Anniversary Year.

Saturday 23rd March saw members of the String Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and Brass Band perform at the Regional Festival of Music for Youth – the world’s biggest youth music festival. Students performed to a large audience and as well as the music mentors who shared their feedback with the groups at the end of each session. Success at this stage will result in an invitation to perform at the National Festival in Birmingham in July.

On the 2nd April, all the extracurricular groups performed at the Spring Concert to packed out audience. Over 200 performers were involved and we heard solos from Tim Fung, Ellie Taylor, Tommy Roberts & Ollie Clayton.

Our final event for this term was in Milton Keynes, where Sponnaissance and our 3 string chamber groups performed at another Regional Festival for MFY. Once again the feedback was extremely positive, and our groups performed at a level beyond their years.

Many students have also represented the school at a county level this term, with performances at the Orchestral, Wind Band & Brass Band Spectacular concerts, Highly Strung, The Big Sing – where students performed 50 years of popular music at Derngate, and the Spring Song where members of the County Youth Choir sang with alumni members of the trust in a performance of Rutter’s Gloria.

As always we are extremely thankful to all of our supporters, Parents, the PFA, NMPAT and our music team.
Wishing you all a pleasant Easter break!


Many of our students have had the opportunity to make use of our new facility to improve their physical and mental well-being and although it is a considerable improvement on our previous fitness room, initial funding did not allow for an upgrade to some of the “tired“ equipment.

Consequently, last year, I applied to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme for funding support. I am delighted to let you know that our project along with the other two successful projects in our region has been selected to go forward a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st May 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019 and we will be notified at the end of July 2019 confirming the amount of funding we will receive if successful.

The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000. Obviously we want to be the first placed project, so when you are shopping in Tesco’s during May and June please put your disc in to the Sponne School Fitness Suite box.
Fingers crossed for a successful outcome.

Thank you for your continued support,

Justin Maybury
FLL Physical Education

On Monday 11th March, 63 students from across Year 7 & 8 attended a Rugby development day at Towcester rugby club. The girls were involved in 4 x coaching sessions led by RFU coaches that focused on different skills and techniques from the game. The girls got stuck in, worked hard and most importantly had fun! In the afternoon, they split into 2 games (both contact) and played really well against each other, with lots of tries being scored.

Towcester RFC has a thriving girls sector with a very successful U15 squad and a great U13's squad. If your daughter would like to get involved in Girls rugby, the U13's train on a Monday evening from 6:30-8pm and the U15's train on a Thursday 6-7:30pm. Alternatively, please contact Mrs Appleby (PE) for further details.


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On Wednesday 13th of March a group of year 9 students attended the NEC arena for a fair based around STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). The fair included lots of different activities, stalls and shows which were easy to get involved in and very interesting.

We went off in small groups and were allowed to visit the stalls, shows and activities we wanted to participate in. The fair was divided into several different sections such as: Careers advice, trains and engineering, information on the national services and lots of other great things.

The leaders of stalls and shows were very enthusiastic and helpful to all visitors and encouraged students to engage in activities. We saw positivity in staff as a very important aspect of the fair because it made it more enjoyable and interesting for everyone. Also, every time a person completed a quiz or activity as well as more knowledge a prize could be won! Which gave students motivation to take part, examples of prizes were: pop sockets, highlighters, pens and even sweets!

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