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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

04 March 2016

We began the week with the announcement in assembly of the winners of the Prep Musician of the Year competition which had taken place on February 26. The year group winners were presented with their certificates as was Derwent, our Prep Musician for 2016. Congratulations to them all.

The assembly continued with the girls being introduced to the book ‘The School Mouse’, by Dick King-Smith. They considered the skills and qualities they would want the colony of ‘mice’ who have moved into our school to learn from them. It was agreed they would learn much about curriculum subjects but would hopefully learn to be kind and considerate to each other, polite and always prepared to ‘have a go’ at any challenge too. We hope our mice are ready for their lessons and that the girls will write some mouse stories of their own.

Our sportswomen have been busy this week rising to other challenges.  A team of swimmers in Years 5 and 6 attended the Bromsgrove Invitational Relays featuring 18 teams. They swam very well and reached the A finals in both the freestyle relay, where they were placed third, and the medley relay where they finished fourth by the narrowest of margins. We also congratulate Imogen Viney who has qualified in at least 6 events in the Midland Swimming Championships following the round of County Championships. We look forward to hearing more of Imogen’s success.

In netball matches played against Blue Coat School this week all three Year 5 teams played very well with good wins for the A and B teams. This was a most enjoyable evening for the girls and parent spectators.

Our elected House Captains organised this half term’s House assemblies with the marking of St. David’s Day on Tuesday. There were many activities for the girls including quizzes, competitions and making of daffodils. The House point certificates were also awarded. We hope they will have encouraged Spring to arrive.

In Nursery this week, the girls have been learning, ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ as their rhyme of the week.  One of the activities involved being a King and counting out the silver and bronze money in the counting house. The girls proved very good at sorting and are looking forward to next week’s rhyme.

In addition to all of the normal activities there has been a buzz of excitement in the Prep School as everyone has been talking about their costumes for World Book Day. The girls had been invited to dress up as a favourite book character or as someone they would like to meet in our new library when it opens. We will bring further news next week of which well known characters turned up in Prep.

As we reach the end of the week we wish good luck to the Year 6 netball squad as they head to Portsmouth for the annual tour and to Year 4 girls who will be packing for the first residential trip of the year.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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