the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
02 December 2016
At the end of last week, we were delighted by a range of creative activities. Our Year 6 girls presented a wonderful Teatime Concert on Thursday featuring 17 solos and 2 duets. The girls not only gave confident performances but clearly demonstrated a growing independence in their choice of pieces which were a mix of traditional and modern.
On Friday, we welcomed many guests to the official opening of our Prep extension. Shoo Rayner, the author and illustrator of over 200 books, started our day off with a new version of the story of Pandora’s Box. His storytelling kept us on our toes and his sketches amazed us all. He worked with all girls in Prep, from Years 1 – 6, during the day and everyone left his workshops clutching an artistic masterpiece that they had created under his guidance.
Sir Stephen Brown officially opened the new extension watched by many members of staff and Headmistresses past and present, and by our team of prefects who represented the school. Shoo Rayner then opened our new library as the Prep School girls and staff watched on and cheered. We ended the day with a celebration tea which, of course included cake. We are grateful to everyone who shared our special day with us.
On Monday, in our celebration assembly we congratulated our swimmers following their win against Bromsgrove School last week, presented our Well Done Certificates to Year 1 and 2, a Brownie Seconder badge and several individual awards for swimming and gymnastics. Miss Robinson was also pleased to be able to share the news from the Primary Maths Challenge and we celebrated the achievements of our Gold Certificate winners. Other praise went to our six biathletes who competed on Saturday at Solihull. All girls are to be congratulated on tremendous performances and on beating previous times.
Year 4 visited Selly Manor this week and also entertained their parents with a Tudor feast of information inspired by their trip. Meanwhile girls in Year 5 and Reception took a different journey as they explored space from inside the Stardome which visited on Tuesday. You can read more in the accompanying article. Other exploration this week included some sandcastle building experience for our Nursery girls who ventured to the school playing fields where the long jump pit doubled as a ‘Winter Wondersand’ land.
The snap of cold weather has brought the penguins out in force in Kindergarten as you can see in the pictures below and in our Wednesday assembly we thought of people travelling abroad to sunnier climes. Carmen added to the seasonal flavour as she reported to our newshounds about her experience singing in the Snowflake Waltz scene in the Nutcracker. She told Rosanna and Ramneek that she has been performing at the Hippodrome as a member of the Ex Cathedra Choir and she encourages other girls to join as she has very much enjoyed taking part.
Next week, we will bring news of our activities which have taken place to end this week including the Year 2 Nativity entitled ‘A Christmas Recipe’ and the Tudor-themed assembly.
We look forward to a range of end of term events including lighting the tree at St George’s Church on Tuesday, our Guitar Assembly on Thursday, the Carol Service on Friday and the EHSPA Christmas Fair on Saturday. We hope many parents will be able to join us at our events as we near the end of term.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 1 December 2016
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