the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
News from Prep
09 February 2018
Last Friday began with a Class Assembly from 5F. The chosen theme was the Water Cycle which they have been studying in Geography. The girls took on the roles of scientists, water molecules and sunshine and Drip and Drop, the narrators, guided the girls through the scientific processes involved. The girls worked extremely well together and shared a vast amount of factual knowledge and subject specific vocabulary with the audience.
week began with a reminder of how lucky we are to live in a democratic country where the girls will have the right to vote when they are old enough. This right began 100 years ago when the suffragists and suffragettes campaigned for more equality with men as they demanded the vote. Although this option was not open to all women at that time it was, at least, a positive start.
There were also congratulations for our girls in Years 1 and 2 for a range of endeavours and to Marcia for swimming success and to Dhruti for gaining her first fencing award. Congratulations also to our Novice gymnasts, Hannah, Jorja, Zara and Jasmine who took the team bronze medal in the Birmingham Schools Novice Competition held in the Octagon last week. The girls performed very well and a special well done goes to Hannah Padley, our Head Girl who took gold in the individual vault event.
Other assemblies this week have focused on using technology as we joined many other schools around the country in marking Safer Internet Day. The message was based on this year’s theme of ‘Create, connect and show respect: A better internet starts with you.’ Responsible use of social media is very important as the girls move forward.
Tuesday evening brought another exciting swimming gala as the squad competed against Solihull School. Many of the races were very close finishes and the final result was a win for Solihull A who narrowly beat our A team. Our B team girls finished third with further excellent performances.
Year 2 enjoyed taking part in a ‘Hot Seat’ activity by pretending to be Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. Interesting questions were asked regarding the conditions in the hospitals. Florence asked for more nurses, clean bandages and mattresses for the wounded soldiers. She requested mops and buckets to clean the floors. Everyone had fun and the girls particularly enjoyed dressing up and using the ‘Hot Seat’ chair.
Meanwhile girls in Nursery were limbering up ready to enjoy completing the circuit training course set up in Westbourne Hall. They took part with great enthusiasm and are looking forward to their next physical challenge.
We hope parents found the two trip meetings this week useful and we are looking forward to welcoming all parents to our Parents’ Evenings next week.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 9 February 2018
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