Friday Headlines

the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

07 July 2017

We began this week with our Changeover day when we welcomed new girls and parents to EHS. We hope they will enjoy being part of the EHS community and settle in quickly when they start with us in September. Current girls enjoyed the ‘moving on’ experience too as they met their new teacher for the first lesson of the day.

We have also focused on swimming this week with the presentation of the stage swimming awards to many girls in the Prep Department. This follows the presentation of awards to girls in Reception from Mrs Batchelor who is delighted with their progress. We enjoyed House galas for Year 6 on Tuesday and Year 4 on Wednesday. The parents were very supportive of everyone’s efforts with the results being a win for Nightingale in Year 6 and Frank in Year 4. Congratulations to all of our swimmers!

Tuesday was a very busy day which started with a trip to the allotment for Year 5 followed by our annual picnic at the playing fields for the whole school. It was a special event having girls and staff from across the school from Nursery to Sixth Form gathered together.

Whilst Year 6 were busy swimming the others from Years 1 – 5, including some visitors from St George’s School, enjoyed a theatre production of Peter Pan in the Octagon. These performances are always lively and enjoyable as a form of end of term entertainment.

proved just as busy as Guide Dogs arrived at the EHS playing fields for a day of meeting and greeting the girls. Working guide dogs, breeding stock and puppies in training all thoroughly enjoyed the fuss and attention whilst the girls were able to ask questions and find out more about life with visual impairment and the invaluable contribution that a guide dog can make to life. Many of the younger girls in Years 1 and 2 overcame fears and enjoyed getting to know more about these irreplaceable canine companions.

Wednesday evening brought a showcase of the gym work of the Senior Prep Gym Squad.

It is surprising with so much happening that the girls also managed to cover some interesting work in Science, with Year 5 using ipads to document leaf diversity and Year 6 looking at physical change. They made butter, added Mentos to Cola to create coke floats and observed what happens to petal colours when added to acid and alkali.

In our weekly celebration assembly, we presented many individual awards with a focus on netball following the success of our own Year 6 squad and the Harborne Little League presentation evening. We also enjoyed a performance by the Prep Guitar Ensemble after another fruitful year at the Leamington Festival.

The end of the week has focused on our leaving Year 6 girls who received their Year Books and took part in the leavers’ Assembly. We have also said our sad farewells to Mrs Alderson and Mrs Corbett who are retiring from EHS after 47 of service between them. We wish them a happy retirement and look forward to them visiting us at future events. We wish all our Year 6 girls good luck in the future and ask them to keep in touch with Prep.

I wish everyone a very happy holiday and look forward to welcoming girls back to school on Thursday 7 September with batteries recharged for the challenges of the next academic year.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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