Senior

 

Mr Ian Dicksee
Deputy Head (Academic) 

 

 Mrs Julie Simms
Deputy Head (Pastoral) 

Welcome

Giving our pupils the Best Start in Life lies at the core of our approach. The Senior School is a blend of academic, pastoral and co-curricular relationships which provide an enjoyable experience of education and equip our pupils for success and happiness in their lives beyond School.

Inspirational teaching, superb educational facilities, and purposeful learning encourage real academic achievement for pupils at Newcastle-under-Lyme School. The rich and challenging curriculum extends throughout the School and ensures that the education on offer is both fun and stimulating.
 
During Year 7 and 8 pupils follow a broad curriculum, including an introduction to Latin and Classical Civilisation. There is a choice of Modern Language that pupils make upon entry at Year 7. During Year 9, in consultation with parents and teachers, pupils choose nine GCSE and IGCSE courses for Years 10 and 11.
 
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Choral and Orchestral Concert

This year the works presented for the Choral and Orchestral concert were linked by the most celebrated names in the organ lofts of Paris in the 1890s. An appreciative audience in St Paul's were moved by the quality and content of the performances, which brought together pupils, staff and former staff, governors and parents.

Introductory information from Mr Tim Sagar, Director of Music.

Messe Solennelle - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

The blind Vierne was variously a pupil of César Franck and Charles-Marie Widor, and in 1901 had become titular organist at Notre-Dame, beating over 500 applicants to the post.  The appointment reflected the success of his First Symphony, completed in 1899.  The Messe Solennelle was premiered in 1901, and Vierne would go on to write six complete organ symphonies and many songs and chamber music, also giving celebrated concert tours in both England and the United States in the late 1920s.  He died on June 2, 1937 at the organ in Notre Dame, while giving his 1750th organ recital.

The mass was originally written for choir and two organs; for our performance we maintain some of the spatial variety by replacing the orgue de choeur with strings and allowing the (main) organ to mark the climaxes with its intended cataclysmic impact!

 

Requiem - Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Baritone - Charlie Nash / Soprano - Eleanor Burnham

Fauré studied music at the École Niedermeyer from the age of nine, where the progressive Saint-Saëns taught, (and introduced his pupils to controversial composers such as Wagner and Liszt).  The two became lifelong friends and Fauré later said that he owed everything to Saint-Saëns.

In 1896 Fauré was appointed to the prestigious Madeleine church in Paris. His renowned expertise as organist and teacher initially overshadowed his reputation a composer. However, he became professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire, and its Director from 1905 to 1920.  His use of more intimate musical forms for the piano, in songs and in chamber music, and his impressionistic harmonic language contrasts markedly with the music of the Austro-German tradition which had dominated European music well into the twentieth century.

The Requiem was composed in 1888, probably in response to the recent death of his father. Shortly after its first performance, Faure’s mother also died, giving the work an added poignancy. In 1900 he reluctantly gave in to pressure from his publishers to release a revised version with additional instrumental parts designed to broaden the work’s appeal.  Tonight, we hear the pearl that is the much lighter 1893 scoring, and as its composer intended.

Fauré added two new sections to the standard liturgical text, the lyrical Pie Jesu and the transcendent in paradisum, with its soaring vocal line and murmuring harp accompaniment. He also omitted the Dies Irae and Tuba Mirum; consequently, the prevailing mood is one of peace and serenity.  It is this very quality of understatement which contributes so eloquently to the work’s universal and enduring appeal.

This year the works presented for the Choral and Orchestral concert were linked by the most celebrated names in the organ lofts of Paris in the 1890s. An appreciative audience in St Paul's were moved by the quality and content of the performances, which brought together pupils, staff and former staff, governors and parents.

"Kes" moves NULS audience

The upper school drama production wowed audiences for two evenings last week. Who could not fail to be moved by Laurence Till's adaption of the acclaimed novel "Kestrel for a Knave" by Barry Hines? The cast delivered the crucial balance of comedy and the pathos with great skill.

Curricular and co-curricular drama is hugely popular in School. The Senior and Sixth Form students stage three productions each year, and the Junior pupils present a Spring term production. There is always as much talent off and backstage as on, with each production a collaborative effort between cast, crew and staff.

Special mention to Upper Sixth students Tom, James, Jensen and Lucy, taking their final bow as NULS students.

No music in this one, but "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" is coming soon!

The upper school production wowed audiences last week

Rock and Jazz 2019

The concert included sets from the Big Band, this year with a Disney theme,  and a range of rock classics from Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody to Neil Young's Harvest Moon. Well done to the vocalists and musicians. The audience was truly entertained and particularly impressed by the standard.

 

The annual Rock and Jazz concert took place this week showcasing a great array of musical talent.

Carols by Candlelight
'Carols by Candlelight' service
 
During the final week of the autumn term we held our annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service in St Paul’s Church. As ever, the evening proved to be a moving and touching service of  Nine Lessons with carols sung by our talented Senior School choirs led by Mr Sagar.
 
Our thanks go out to the Design and Technology department who have masterfully honed, over the years, the skill of creating the candle stands and holders that illuminate the church and add a real sense of occasion to the service.
 
The service itself featured the Nine Lessons read by staff, pupils, parents and governors as our whole school community came together to celebrate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Nine Lessons themselves tell the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and ultimately the birth of Christ himself.
 
As one parent said at the end of the service “Now, it’s Christmas...”

During the final week of the autumn term we held our annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service in St Paul’s Church.

Senior Citizens Tea Party
Senior Citizens Tea Party
During the penultimate week of the Autumn term the Memorial Hall was transformed into a Christmas Charity jamboree for our annual Senior Citizens Tea party. Local community groups from St. Pauls Church, Chesterton Lodge and many more came together for an afternoon of Christmas cheer.
 
The event was full of festivities including a game of bingo with our very own Mr Jowitt acting up as 'bingo-caller', musical numbers from our Big Band featuring pieces from the recent whole school production 'Me and My Girl' as well as traditional Christmas carols led by Anna Lamplough. As always, Mrs Machin and her team of students put on a festive spread for the 97 attendees who came along this year, a record turnout.
 
Charity and community plays an integral role in the life of the School with a dedicated charity committee who run fundraising events throughout the year. Headmaster, Michael Getty, commented on how the students' "kindness and genuine desire to support and entertain our elderly guests would make their parents feel very proud."
 
For more information on how we support our local community visit our: Community Page.
 
 

Our Memorial Hall was transformed into a festive get together with food, music and more!