the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
01 July 2016
During this period of unsettled weather, we were extremely lucky to have been able to hold all three Sports days last week. Following the success of Westbourne Activity Afternoon, we enjoyed seeing the sporting skills of our older girls on Friday with Years 1 and 2 in action in the morning and Years 3 – 6 in the afternoon. Congratulations to Nightingale winners in Key Stage 1 and Frank in Key Stage 2.
There was more Inter House rivalry this week in the Year 6 Swimming Gala won by Johnson on Monday and the Year 5 Gala won by Nightingale on Tuesday. The girls all took part in individual races and relays and there was much vocal support from girls and parents, especially with some very close finishes.
Members of Year 5 History Club have been learning about Aztec Civilisation this term and enjoyed an Aztec feast this week! The girls ate tortillas, kidney beans, sweetcorn, mushrooms, honey, avocados, tomatoes and chillis, washed down with hot chocolate and papaya juice. There was even melon for dessert. Although the Aztecs also enjoyed feasting on green iguanas, axolotls and a great variety of insects we decided to give those a miss!
Girls in Year 4 have also been extremely busy all week taking their English Speaking Board examinations. They have prepared well with much hard work on their poems, readings and individual presentations which we hope they enjoyed performing to their parents on Thursday.
Other performance skills were in evidence from our Year 2 girls this week as they presented their Minibeasts Concert to their parents and to the residents of Hagley Road Village. You can read more about this new group of friends and the results of the Year 2 ‘Space Seeds’ Science research in the separate stories.
There was a treat in store for Year 1 girls on Wednesday when they were able to join in with Wimbledon Fever with a visit to Priory Tennis Club and you can share their adventure in our extra article.
Wednesday also saw a visit from the Vikings. This hands-on workshop helped to bring History to life for the Year 3 girls who very much enjoyed their day. This was all happening whilst our Year 6 girls were enjoying their Induction Day in Senior School.
The Year 6 girls who are very busy in rehearsal for their production next week still found time to complete some practical Maths. They went outside to measure using meter sticks and trundle wheels and used trigonometry to work out height of trees, calculated the volume of the blue boxes and length of the climbing frame.
Parents were welcomed on Thursday morning to an Open House for Year 1 and an assembly from girls in 3L. The girls had been busy researching facts about Brazil and the history of the Olympic Games which they shared with us. The audience enjoyed guessing which sports were being mimed and we were all impressed by how well they worked together. We are certainly looking forward to the start of the Rio Games.
This week has ended with Year 5 girls and Staff voting to elect our next year’s team of prefects and with the girls canvassing for votes in their Houses to become the next House Captain.
‘Performance’ seems to have been the theme of the week and this will continue as we all look forward to the Year 6 production of ‘Aladdin Trouble’ next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. We also look forward to Changeover Day on Monday when we will welcome Reception parents and girls to Prep as Year 1 and all other new girls joining Prep.
There is still much to do as we rocket towards the end of another academic year.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School.
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