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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

News from Prep

07 October 2016

We ended last week with our Chocolate morning in support of the Macmillan charity.  The girls had the option to enjoy some chocolate milk and a chocolate biscuit at break time.  We were also delighted that a number of parents joined us in Prep Hall to enjoy a coffee and chat after morning drop off.  We are delighted to have raised £410.00 for the worthwhile cause.

This week began with our celebration assembly with individual gymnastics and swimming awards and our Well Done certificates for girls in Years 1 and 2.  We were also delighted to hear that Isla Batchelor had been placed second in the Dragonfly Tea writing competition.  She was presented with her certificate and a copy of the published book containing her story by Floella Benjamin.  Floella told Isla that this was the best story she had read about a dragon.

Other congratulations go to our Year 6 Netball Squad who won both matches against Blue Coat this week in the first match of the season in the Birmingham Schools’ Netball League.   Well done to all of the girls.

Our younger girls have been busy, as ever, extending their range of skills and interests and you can see more of the adventures in Nursery in our additional story.  Year 2 girls have enjoyed working with their partners to find different combinations of coins that equal the same amount of money. They did this with coins and are keen to practise with real money at home or at the shops!  In Reception the girls have been working with different materials to make shapes and have been enjoying their new creative table activities.   They have also been outside experimenting with different recipes from nature in the mud kitchen.  We are definitely developing future scientists, mathematicians and bankers. 

Year 5 Science Club on Tuesday were late having breakfast!  In the after school club they were busy experimenting with breakfast cereals to find out how much metal their various cereals contained.  We look forward to hearing the results.

Wednesday was an exciting day for girls in Year 2 who experienced what life was like in London at the time of the Great Fire.  They were able to find out about a variety of jobs and to extend their knowledge of the time they have been learning about in History lessons.  We are very grateful to all of our parent helpers too.

Our new subject challenge board has also caused much interest and we hope the girls will undertake some independent research to extend their general knowledge.

The week has ended with a celebration of poetry on National Poetry Day.  The Prep School girls were treated to a performance of a number of group poems written and presented by Year 5.  These were completed following a visit to the Land Rover factory and involved the girls working together like a well oiled machine.

We wish our Biathletes good luck at the weekend in the first competition of the year at Solihull and we look forward to welcoming parents of girls from Nursery to Year 5 to Parents’ Evenings next week.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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