the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
04 December 2015
Our week started with congratulations to our two Biathletes who took part in a National Schools competition at the weekend. Audrey and Jemima started the day, in very cold conditions, with the 800 metre run. This was followed several hours later with a 50 metre swim.
The girls both performed extremely well and achieved personal best times in the competition. An added bonus for the girls was the opportunity to try some target shooting. This is part of a sports programme to encourage girls to consider the modern triathlon or pentathlon. The girls can now look forward to the National finals at Crystal Palace in March.
Other sports congratulations go to our Year 5 netball teams who played against King Henry's, Coventry on Wednesday afternoon. Both teams played very well and achieved wins. The A Team won 11 - 3 and the B Team 3 - 0. Well done to all.
There were also opportunities for many of the girls to perform this week. On Wednesday 1B presented an assembly for their parents. The theme chosen was 'Hats' which connected
well with our charity event of the week. The girls performed extremely well remembering their lines and sharing much information. They talked about hats worn for different
jobs and in different religions and then acted out the story of Matty Mouse who went on a search for his thinking cap!
Our younger girls in Westbourne have been busy enjoying the outdoors and getting ready for Christmas. You can read more about their adventures and culinary skills in the
Thursday saw an amazing array of headgear appear in the Prep school as we raised money for the NSPCC and their Childline facility on our 'Bobble Hat' day. Girls wore Christmas and Santa hats, antlers, decorated head bands, crowns and, of course, bobble hats. We will announce the total next week which will be donated to the charity.
In the afternoon, Year 2 girls took to the stage for their annual Christmas performance, this year titled, 'The Magical Christmas Jigsaw. They had all worked very hard to learn the words to many songs, some of which were accompanied by actions, and their own individual lines. The performance was indeed magical and the music and narration which filled the larger Senior School Hall, delighted the audience of parents and guests. In the words of the shepherds, the girls were "awesome" and "exceptional". A huge thank you to the Year 2 and Music staff who had clearly worked extremely hard to prepare the children.
After a busy week we look forward to welcoming parents to further events next week. These include 6G class assembly on Tuesday, a Guitar Ensemble assembly on Thursday and the Carol Service on Friday. We also wish good luck to our swimmers who are taking part in a gala at St. Martin's School on Tuesday.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School