ECO SCHOOL SILVER AWARD
It is with great honour and pleasure that we would like to announce that Northfields International School has been awarded the Silver award for the Eco-School program. We have worked closely with every stakeholder of the school to assess our environmental impact and to develop projects that will mitigate those impacts.
As a school, this is only a milestone, as we would like to instill a green culture in the DNA of the school. As for the next step, The Green Flag, we have already laid the foundation for a successful plan towards achieving this award. Our eco-leaders are an integral part of the success story and they will be asked to contribute further in order to reach the Green Flag award.
We will update you of any upcoming projects and we hope to have your cooperation in these actions.
INTERHOUSE TABLE TENNIS
Interhouse table tennis took place during lunchtime every day over the course of last week of term. Each house had 3 representatives (boys and girls) and competition was between year groups. After a week of frantic, intense and competitive matches the final results are as follows:
Year 7: Eagles
Year 8: Phoenix
Year 9: Dolphins
Year 10: Dolphins
Year 11: Dolphins
Year 12/13: Dolphins/Eagles
1st place: Dolphins
2nd place: Eagles
3rd place: Phoenix
Congratulations to all the participants.
Our Northfields community gathered in the school hall on the evening of Thursday 12th December to be mesmerised by the amazing vocals of our students.
Our Years 5 & 6 students led the evening with their renditions of Christmas classics such as Silent Night, Rudolph The Red- Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming To Town and Jingle Bells while our Year 12’s sang two French songs, Petit Papa Noel and Vive Le Vent.
We also had instrumental acts from our Year 8’s, Sophie playing Carol of the Bells on the piano and Lorna on her violin stringing to White Christmas.
STARZ OF NORTHFIELDS
The Northfields Interact Club was pleased to organise the second edition of its annual talent show, StarZ of Northfields, on Friday, 6th of December 2019. The theme, this year, was 80’s Retro. The three-hour night of entertainment was packed with a multitude of emotions and saw a wonderful display of our talented students singing, dancing, playing instruments and doing stand-up comedy.
The School Tennis Championships took place over the last few weeks of term. The competition consisted of four categories: Junior boy and girl and Senior boy and girl singles. It was a great turn out! The players showed huge determination throughout and it was also pleasing to see the support from their friends and teachers.
The results of the competition are as follows:
Winner: Briséis J. | Runner-up: Taylor A.
Winner: Neel A. | Runner-up: Rudra N.
Winner: Jill H. | Runner-up: Alexandra V.
Winner: Kurtik A. | Runner-up: Romeo P.
Well done to all the players!
BAGPIPE AROUND THE WORLD
On the 19th November, we had the pleasure of welcoming Ross Jennings to Northfields. Clad in a traditional kilt, knee-high socks and a crisp white shirt, clutching a set of bagpipes, Ross Jennings awed students and staff with his energy and bagpipes. He narrated how he first started playing the bagpipes as a young boy in a new school and he has not looked back since.
This 11th-15th November, we saw the Northfields community embrace our first annual anti bullying week with the slogan ‘Change Starts With Us’. The students participated in a range of activities both during formal lesson times and during lunch times. Lessons focused on what students can do to help lead the change to eradicate bullying at Northfields, whilst fun activities at lunchtime encouraged inclusion amongst students.
INTERHOUSE NETBALL AND FOOTBALL 2019
Students have been busy with interhouse football and netball matches during their PE lessons over the last couple of weeks. Matches have been played within year groups and have been highly competitive.
Many of the matches were extremely close, often ending in just a 1 goal difference.
DIVALI CELEBRATION 2019
On Friday 25th of October 2019, the whole school was reunited to rejoice the annual celebration of Diwali. Celebrating Diwali is synonymous with siding with light forces rather than dark or choosing good over evil. Diyas (oil lamps) are lit to illuminate and guide the path through which the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu return home. At Northfields it is a tradition to welcome the Heads of school up on stage to light up a beautiful brass lamp to inaugurate the beginning of the festivity.
FOUNDERS' DAY CELEBRATION 2019
As per Northfields tradition, Founders' Day was held on Friday 11th October 2019 as one of the most important celebrations of the school calendar. This ceremony is an occasion where we celebrate the progress of the school and the academic and sporting achievements of all students. We were privileged to have the presence of Mrs Niamh Allen, Country Director Mauritius of the British Council as our guest of honour. We were equally fortunate to have with us Mrs Paula Atchia, Founding Head of School as well as other distinguished guests and members of the Board.
INTERHOUSE GIRLS BASKETBALL AND BOYS FOOTBALL- OCT 2019
Interhouse football (girls) and basketball (boys) took place on Thursday 3rd October. The fields and courts were a flurry of Activity between 1pm and 4pm as teams jockeyed for ascendancy and house glory. The matches were intense, competitive and exciting with outstanding examples of sportsmanship prevalent throughout the afternoon. After the last match the boys all joined the girls at the sports club for the presentation of awards and house cups.
FOREST CLEAN UP- SEPT 2019
A huge thank you to our Northfields community, who gathered in full force to do its share for the World Cleanup Day on Saturday 21st September!
The event, which was held in collaboration with Let’s Do It Mauritius and Endemika saw our community come together to keep our paradise country free of illegal garbage and littering.
Old, young and children, all dressed up with their thick shoes and gloves, cleaned up Daruty Forest. They combed all corners of the forest and filled their bin bags with all the waste found in the forest.
INTERHOUSE CROSS COUNTRY 2019
The first Interhouse event of the year, cross country, took place on Tuesday 17th September. If this was a sign of things to come, we can expect outstanding spirit and fierce rivalry at every event this year. The weather played its role and conditions were perfect throughout the day. The athletes ran their hearts out in the first few races and this set the tone for the rest of the day. The display of perseverance, commitment, determination and spirit by our students throughout the day was inspirational and they are all to be congratulated.
YEAR 12 CAMP 2019
This year the Year 12 students enjoyed their eco tent experience at Otentic, which provided a luxurious camping experience, complete with numerous facilities as well as services. From the 28th to the 30th of August we camped together, relishing the marvels of nature that were on offer. Since the trip took place at the beginning of the academic year, it enabled new students to form bonds and memories and helped the year group grow closer as a whole.
FUN DAY AND SPORTS FESTIVAL
The Northfield's Sports Festival and Fun day proved to be a most enjoyable day for all the participating teams. We had almost 300 students competing on the day and the atmosphere was outstanding. There were 10 U15 teams from across the Island as well as 10 U13 teams. There were also 2 sections for Netball, an U13 pool consisting of 4 teams and an U15 pool also with 4 teams. We also had an U18 basketball competition this year comprising of 4 teams. The participating schools and clubs were: Northfields, Morning Start, West Coast, Le Bocage, Lighthouse, YUT, Northern Netball and Standard Chartered Football Academy.
PREP PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY
On the morning of Friday 28th June students of Year 5 and 6 gathered in the hall for the Annual Prize Giving ceremony with their teachers and parents. This occasion not only celebrates the academic, artistic and sporting achievements of the students throughout the year but also marks a milestone in the Year 6’s academic journey. They have graduated from primary school and are set to start their high school career in August.
The Year 5’s entertained us with a poem and the Year 6’s shared their thoughts on the past year and their wishes for Year 7.
YEAR 6 PLAY
Alibaba and the bongo bandits:
The Year 6 production this year was simply amazing. Our little actors were amazing with some great dialogues and some hilarious lines. We thoroughly enjoyed all the songs. Our Year 6 students made up proud and certainly showed us a glimpse of their talent and potential.
Special Thanks to:
Miss Van Der Merwe
YEAR 5 PLAY
On Friday 7th June evening, the Year 5 students put on a great performance ”Pirates of the Curry Bean”.
They spent many weeks learning their lines, songs and dances and teachers and parents were all amazed and impressed by the outstanding show that they produced.
It was a fun-filled experience where each student was given an opportunity to shine on the stage. They certainly provided the audience with entertainment and laughter and we are all so proud of their efforts. Thank you to all those who supported the Year 5 students and provided assistance to make it all happen. It is most appreciated.
Congratulations to our Year 5 stars!
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN KENYA
Have a look at what our students were up to in Kenya!
The Northfields Inter-house Athletics Championships culminated in the track events taking place on Friday 3rd May at the Northfields Sports Club. All the field and middle distance events had already taken place during the preceding week and there was great excitement for the track events on Friday. The spirit was outstanding and the quality of athletics on display was most impressive. Congratulations to all the students on an excellent day of competitive athletics.
CAS TRIP- RODRIGUES
An exciting trip was organized for Year 9 students to go to Rodrigues with the intention of creating a bonding session with this age group before they embarked on their IGCSE programme the following year. The purpose of the programme was aimed at fostering team spirit, leadership and to a certain degree, resilience. This had been achieved by creating a safe experiential learning atmosphere where participants were challenged in a fun and highly involving way. The idea was to include some Creativity, Activity and Service.
In March, 15 Year 12 students accompanied by Mrs Swaney and Mr Mohammed attended the Rome International Model United Nations at the Liceo Farnesina Scientifico in Rome, Italy. Preparation for the trip started way back in September with many students getting to grips with the concept of Model United Nations.
On the 16th of March 2019, Year 12 Northfields students held a ‘Masquerade and Under the Stars’-themed prom for Sixth Form at Aventure du Sucre. The preparation for the event commenced in December – committees were established, decorations were discussed and ideas circled the Year 12 prom committee. The money needed to finance the event was made through fundraising – a Valentine’s day committee was elected to take orders and deliver roses on the 14th of February, and the profit generated went to decorating the venue as well as paying for a DJ and accommodating a photographer and teachers.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD CEREMONY 2019
Congratulations to all our Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Bronze Award winners who received their certificates in a ceremony at school on Tuesday 26th March evening. This was the culmination of many months of commitment and sacrifice and we are extremely proud of all our students. Hopefully many of them will go on to the silver and goal awards in the near future.
SWIMMING GALA 2019
Congratulations to all the swimmers, supporters, officials, ground staff and parents who all contributed towards making the day such a successful one.
The Interhouse Swimming Gala opened with the house parades and war cries. The spirit displayed by the houses was incredible throughout the day and everyone did their houses proud. The standard of swimming was outstanding and it was great to see how hard the students had been working leading up to the gala.
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019
On the 4th February, students and staff of Northfields gathered to usher in the Year of the Pig. To celebrate, our students put together a real treat for everyone.
Our two very poised MC’s Julie of Year 8 and Noah of Year 12 shared with us lots of fun facts on Chinese New Year celebrations.
An array of performances was also lined up by our talented students. The Years 5 & 6 did a beautiful umbrella dance followed by the Year 7’s who performed a fusion fan dance.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS 2018
The Christmas Carols held on the evening of Thursday 6th December, was a truly stunning occasion.
Our students and their families gathered in the hall and were treated to our school choir wowing us with their performance which were sang with gusto.
INTERHOUSE PUBLIC SPEAKING 2018
This term Years 7-10 took part in the annual Northfields interhouse public speaking competition. There were impressive, passionate and inspirational speeches. Topics ranged from deforestation to dance, cookery mishaps to Nelson Mandela. Of note was a very emotional speech on eating disorders and one on the dangers of drug abuse. Each student showed the range of the skills they had honed during English lessons and answered follow up questions thoughtfully.
STARZ OF NORTHFIELDS 2018
‘StarZ of Northfields’- Our very first talent show, organised by the Northfields Interact Club took place on the 30th November.
A wonderful array of talented and gifted youngsters in our community was showcased. After 2 hours and a half of entertainment, the top three performers were announced. They each received a token from our sponsor club, Rotary Club of Grand-Baie, as well as gift vouchers from Rocomamas and Pandora.
The trophies were then handed out for first, second and third place.
INTERHOUSE DANCESPORT 2018
The first interhouse DanceSport School League competition was held on Wednesday, 21st November. It was an energetic and exciting affair as students from Years 7 - 13 danced for their respective houses.
The competition was judged by Mrs Maneli who is the coordinator of DSSL at Northfields, Craig Bullock who is an internationally recognized dance choreographer and judge and Mandy Bullock who is a 2011 gold medalist dancer as well as an internationally recognized dance coach.
INTERHOUSE TABLE TENNIS 2018
The tournament began on Wednesday 21st November with the Year 11s and came to a conclusion with the year 7’s on Thursday the 29th of November. The tournament took 6 days to complete with a rain day cancellation on Tuesday the 27th delaying the final two rounds of fixtures by a day.
Four girls and four boys from each house for every year group volunteered to participate in the weeks building up to the tournament. Therefore there were 12 participants in each round of fixtures for both the girls and boys. The draw worked randomly, ensuring that the first fixture each student played would be against an individual from a different house.
INTERHOUSE BASKETBALL & FOOTBALL 2018
Interhouse Girls Football and Boys Basketball took place on Thursday 8th November. Student participation was at an all-time high as each house gave everything on the football fields and basketball courts to try and claim the trophies on offer. The matches were highly competitive but played in an excellent spirit.
The support from the side-lines was appreciated by all the players doing their absolute best on the fields and courts.
Throughout the course of the last 9 weeks, I was fortunate enough to have participated in the Meraki Entrepreneurs Program, one that I have truly benefited from. This programme has allowed me to experience first hand the general process of how a business is initially planned, developed and completed; as well as how much work and detail goes into every stage of an organisation. I have learnt to be innovative and have gained more insight into the different types of roles and responsibilities that one has to perform as an entrepreneur, something that I believe is valuable to any person regardless of whether they study Business or not.
Interhouse tennis took place this term and consisted of junior and senior boys and girls doubles. There were some very competitive matches played, but there was still good sportsmanship and team spirit among the players which was great to see. At the end of the competition once all the points were added up, there was only one team that came out on top.
Starting with third place we have Dolphins, second place Eagles and the winning team is Phoenix!
DIVALI CELEBRATION 2018
On Tuesday 6th of November, Northfields celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali.
The Year 5 painted on diyas that beautifully decorated the entrance of the hall and an amazing rangoli Peacock welcomed the students to the ceremony.
FOUNDERS' DAY CELEBRATION 2018
On Friday 12th of October Northfields celebrated its Founders’ Day, traditionally a very important day in the school calendar when members of the Northfields community – students, board members, staff and parents – meet to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our students for excellence in different facets of the school. It is also a day where we commemorate those who founded the school and who have participated in its growth and development. The ceremony began with a welcome address from our Principal, Mrs Phyllis Philogene, followed by the keynote address by our Guest of Honour, Mr Keith Allan, British High Commissioner to Mauritius.
ACTION AND IMPACT DAY -SEP'18
Northfields organised an Action and Impact Day on Saturday 22nd September, at Bras D’eau National Park. The event was an action-filled half day whereby members of the school community came together to actively participate in the protection of our local environment. The community showed real motivation and determination on a Saturday morning. Children were enthusiastic about the event and were the main driving force in the success of this endeavour.
INTERHOUSE NETBALL & FOOTBALL - SEP'18
Interhouse Netball and Football took place in the last week of September with the Year 5/6 students participating on Thursday and the rest of the school on Friday. The format was slightly different this year with the emphasis on participation as well as a social element with students and families invited to stay behind for a barbecue once the matches and prize giving had been completed.
INTERHOUSE CROSS COUNTRY - SEP'18
Interhouse cross country 2018 was a loud and raucous affair with a record numbers of participants completing the course. The spirit on the day was outstanding with each house trying to outdo the others in both the singing and dancing departments. The spirit cup has become a much sought after trophy and each house pulled out all the stops to try and be the 2018 champions. Congratulations to all the participants as well as the 18 teachers who completed the course. The final results were incredibly close and the house positions were as follows:
ROALD DAHL DAY - SEP' 18
Roald Dahl was well-supported and attended by the excited Years 5 and 6 learners in their creative costumes.
Teachers ensured that the activities were based on ideas inspired by Roald Dahl's literature, for example, Mr Gooljar experimented with chocolate in Science, the librarian displayed Roald Dahl literature and the PE teachers asked learners to be aware of their surroundings as they ran cross-country as apparently Roald Dahl spent much time in nature using it as a source of inspiration.
INTERHOUSE ROUNDERS- JUN'18
Interhouse rounders took place on Thursday 28th June. There were 3 rounds of matches(combined Year 7/8, combined Year 10/12 and Year 9’s) and most were extremely close and competitive. Students have been working hard during Physical Education lessons to prepare for these matches and this was evident by the quality of some of the matches.
The Dolphins Year 10/12 team was particularly impressive, winning both their matches with ease.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL & FUN DAY- JUN'18
On Saturday 23rd June, Northfields hosted an U13 football and netball festival involving 12 football and 8 netball teams.
The teams consisted of players from Le Bocage, Lighthouse, West Coast, Redhill (South Africa), Northfields and Standard Chartered Football Academy. All the teams were involved in round robin pool matches with the top 2 teams in each pool progressing to the semi-final.
The Northfields cheerleaders did a fantastic job of encouraging our players throughout the day, pushing them to perform at their best.
On Friday, 22nd June, we celebrated the accomplishments of our 11th graduating class at Northfields International High School. Many of our graduates had been with us for seven years, while others had joined us much more recently, but together they have grown to be a close-knit, happy group who we are sure will carry with them many fond memories of their time at Northfields.
SENIOR PREFECTS 2018-2019
We are very proud to announce our new Senior Prefect team for 2018-2019:
Head Boy: Adam S.
Head Girl: Georgianna G.
Deputy Head Boy: Domenico S.
Deputy Head Girl: Sophia R.
Congratulations to our new student leaders and their families! The entire Northfields community supports them as they take on this important commitment to the school throughout the coming year.
We are very proud to announce that Hannah B. won the first prize of the “International Museum Day 2018 – Painting Competition” – A painting competition for Year 12 and 13 of State and Private Secondary Schools. She received a cash prize, an award and a certificate. Her painting is presently displayed at the National History Museum of Mahebourg. We are also happy to announce that Kim L. and Ameydi C. were proud finalists in representing our school in the Sovereign Art Competition 2018.
STEM FAIR (PREP SCHOOL)
STEM Fair was a wonderful initiative whereby students had to use the Scientific and Engineering method in order to solve a problem. It was a half-term project where students had to work in groups in order to develop and research their questions.This interschool competition allowed collaboration among teachers and students from Northfields,Telfair School and Alexandra House. Our parents Committee were a great support.
INTERHOUSE CROSS COUNTRY 2018
The Northfields inter-house cross country event was held over two days. The Year 5 and 6 students competed on Monday 21st whilst the rest of the school participated on Wednesday 23rd May. The objective this year was to try and get all our students to participate. The format of the races was changed
somewhat to allow the whole school to be available for the races to ensure our athletes enjoyed some vociferous support from the stands. Many of the races were extremely closely contested with the lead regularly changing hands. Well done to all the finishers as well as to the numerous staff members who also completed the course.
Congratulations to the age group winners:
ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
We were blessed with gorgeous weather for our inter-house athletics championships on Friday 27th May. The day kicked off with the house parade and war cries. This seemed to set the tone for the rest of the day as the spirit on the stands and trackside was amazing. The standard of athletics throughout the day was incredible and we are all so proud of all the athletes and supporters for their enthusiasm and spirit.
ART EXHIBITION 2018
The Art exhibition showcased the talents of the Year 13 IB and A Level Art students. Our 6 artists impressed with a range of individual art styles that Included drawing, painting, sculpture, photography,
video art, installation and digital art.
NATIONAL DAY 2018
To mark the 50 years of Independence and the country’s Golden Jubilee, Northfields carried out a series of activities on the theme ‘One People, One Nation’ which kicked off on 5th March 2018 and ended on 9th March 2018 with a formal assembly and prize giving.
The activities for the celebrations consisted of: launching of an art, poetry and short story competition, food festival showcasing traditional Mauritian food and evolution of the Mauritian cuisine, local movie screening. We also had a creation of a human Mauritius flag.
CHINESE DAY CELEBRATION 2018
Chinese New Year 2018 is under the Dog sign which is said to be very prosperous and successful in terms of Education. The Northfield community gathered on Tuesday the 20th to celebrate and therefore, they have put together a real treat for everyone. Thanks to Mrs Canakiah-Shiboo who organized the show.The ceremony started with our 2 very poised MC, Julie of year 7 and Adam Sall in Year 12. Then the event followed with our lovely year 6 girls Annabelle, Celine, Isabella, Mila and Taylor with a ribbon dance. Following that, our special warriors namely Alex, Jacques, Rehan and Senthil from Year 6 gave us a nice kung fu demonstration.
SWIMMING GALA 2018
Friday 9th February dawned a beautiful day. The rain which had been with us for most of the week had disappeared and the morning silence was soon broken by a cacophony of cheers, war cries and chants. After the 3 house had paraded around the swimming pool we got down to the serious business of swimming. The standard of swimming throughout the day was outstanding. The spirit on the stands was incredible as each house went tooth and nail to win the Spirit Trophy. The Houses were neck and neck throughout the gala and by the time the relays came around, only one point separated 1st and 2nd place.
FOUNDERS' DAY 2017
Founders’ Day was celebrated in great pomp as per the Northfields tradition on Friday 6th October 2017. Students were recognised or their wonderful academic achievements as well as their sporting and cultural talents. We also had three excellent performances by Aidan for a poem recital, a short story by Jayden and a song by Saphia and Aaron. Our guest of honour this year was Mr Robin Mardemootoo, Attorney-at –Law and founder of SPEAK. A number of special nominations were awarded on the day to staff and students which makes our Founders’ Day ever so special.