the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
03 March 2017
We have returned from the half term break with a very busy half term to look forward to. This week was no exception. It began with our celebration of Thinking Day when girls were invited to come to school dressed in the uniform of the various organisations they belong to. Although the official day which is marked around the world is February 22 we wanted to acknowledge the value of belonging to the wide variety of groups. In assembly, we heard about the history of the Girl Guide movement and several girls shared their experiences. At break time girls from Reception to Year 6 gathered together on Prep playground.
Later in the day a group of our Year 6 swimmers took part in the Bromsgrove Invitational Relays. Eight schools took part with three heats in each event. Our girls were up against strong competition from independent schools from all over the country. The girls worked extremely well together in their teams and we are delighted to announce that our Freestyle team finished in second place and the Medley team in third. Well done to both teams, we are very proud of you.
On Tuesday morning, girls from 5D entertained their parents with an assembly about Pancake Day. They shared facts about the origin of the day and how it is traditionally celebrated around the United Kingdom followed by the acting of a story about a pancake. The girls worked together and performed very well. We also heard that Aleeha Rashid had won the ‘Pancake Challenge’ having tossed the pancake 17 times in 30 seconds. All parents left with a jar of pancake mixture to use in the evening.
Year 2 spent the morning with the ‘Eye Heroes’ Team from Birmingham Children’s Hospital who entertained the girls with an important message about how to keep their eyes healthy. They took part in role play activities and completed puzzles and quizzes.
Tuesday continued to be a busy day with our annual Inter-House pancake race. All girls in Years 1 – 6 took part and you can find out the results in the accompanying article. Nursery girls were keen to be included in the fun of the day too.
In Prep on Wednesday the theme for House Assembly was St David’s Day and there were many daffodils in the department. Meanwhile in Westbourne the girls enjoyed a visit from Sohan Kailey who came in to do a bhangra tots workshop with the Westbourne girls. The girls were transported on a magic carpet ride all the way to India where they were invited to the palace for the king’s party. Here they dressed up in Indian dress and enjoyed dancing a bhangra routine.
The Year 6 netball squad are off to Portsmouth at the weekend for their annual netball tour which we know they will enjoy. They warmed up well on Wednesday evening with a very convincing win in the local league match against Harborne School winning 22 - 0.
During the week, Year 2 have enjoyed working on electrical circuits. They were amazed by their ability to light a bulb using a range of equipment. They also drew scientific diagrams of the circuits to record the process. Many of them wanted to carry on their investigations at home.
Our busy week has ended with a Choral Day, to which we invited GSA schools from the Midlands area, and with a celebration of World Book Day. News stories from these events will be reported next week.
We are also looking forward to the finals of our Prep Young Musician of the Year competition which take place on Thursday evening at 4.15 pm in the Octagon. Parents are welcome to join us for the event.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 3 March 2017
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