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News from Prep

10 November 2017

After a busy weekend when we welcomed many parents, pupils and friends to the firework party at the school we began this week thinking about different types of lights. Our Eco Reps launched our ‘Switch Off Fortnight’ activities. They showed the audience how much money we can waste in our homes with our use of electricity and suggested ways of saving both resources and money. We are hoping that families will pledge to save energy in the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing the decorated switch surrounds.

The Charity Reps also introduced a competition to design a new outfit for Pudsey or Blush to the girls in Years 1 - 6. This will add to the sale of merchandise and hand-made badges, collection of old round pounds and dressing in spotty clothes next Friday on 17 November to raise money for the children’s charity.

We congratulated our Well Done certificate winners in Years 1 and 2 and Olivia Dougan on her success in the Birmingham City Swimming Squad. Further swimming success to be proud of was the result of our swimming gala against St Martin’s School. The Year 5 and 6 team stormed every race coming first or second in the majority of events. This was a very successful gala with EHS teams from Years 5 – 9 all winning. Our final scores were the highest ever for a gala at Saint Martin’s.

Other talents on show this week included Luella’s storytelling skill. Using just her storyboard of pictures she recounted the story of The Awongalema Tree during an assembly. She included very interesting vocabulary, description and actions to bring the story to life. Amanda also demonstrated her independent learning skills with her ‘long’ account of the Gunpowder Plot. Well done to both girls.

Cooking skills were in evidence in Reception when the girls made delicious pies in the mud kitchen in our outdoor classroom. Kindergarten pupils were happy exploring outdoors too when they sheltered from the autumn weather in the dens they made in amongst the trees.

As the girls in the Prep School prepare for the Christmas season Year 6 have been busy learning to play the handbells. They have all enjoyed a number of workshop sessions in their class lessons. A group of the girls will be performing with their newly acquired skills at the EHSPA Tree Lighting event on November 29 and at the Carol Service on December 7.

This week has ended with a Remembrance Day assembly and next week we look forward to welcoming parents to the Year 3 and 4 Teatime Concert on Thursday.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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