the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
09 December 2016
Preparations for the Christmas season are well underway in the Prep School. These started last Thursday with the Year 2 performance of ‘Christmas Recipe’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience of parents and guests. This was closely followed by Year 4 pupils’ presentation of a Tudor Christmas. The girls displayed a range of talents including singing, dancing and acting as we were invited by the Lord and Lady of Selly Manor to join them at their home. The girls shared factual information they have been learning in History about many of the traditions in place today including eating sprouts for Christmas lunch!
In Westbourne, the girls have been busy decorating a Christmas tree with decorations bought at the shop and making a range of decorations of their own. You can read more about their activities in the extra article.
In After School Care the girls have also been busy in their craft sessions making cards, decorations and crackers to take home as gifts. A number of the snowflake decorations can be seen adorning classrooms around the Prep Department.
We offer our congratulations to a number of our gymnasts who travelled to Stoke-on-Trent at the weekend to take part in a competition. Seven Prep girls joined gymnasts from Senior School for the day. We are delighted that Mollie, Jaya and Tiani were in the team that gained second place competing in the Under 14 class and Mollie was placed third individually. Well done to all of the girls who represented the school.
This week has been busy too with a trip to the Old Rep theatre on Monday morning for Year 2 girls to see a production of ‘Wind in the Willows.’ There was dancing and singing and an exciting scene when Toad was arrested for stealing a car! The girls were relieved when he escaped, dressed as a washerwoman. Of course, the ice cream in the interval was a highlight too!
On Tuesday evening our singing group, the Marigolds, joined the Senior School Recorder Ensemble at the Tree Lighting service at St George’s Church. The girls from Years 4, 5 and 6 clearly enjoyed performing their medley of seasonal songs at this community event which was supporting Edward’s Trust Charity this year.
There was further Music to enjoy on Thursday morning as the Guitar Ensemble entertained parents, girls and staff with a seasonal selection of pieces. This was just the right note, (or notes!) to whet our appetite for Christmas lunch and the performance ended with spontaneous cheering from the audience. A big thank you to Miss Larner, our enthusiastic guitar teacher.
This week has ended with our annual Carol Service at St George’s Church featuring readings from Year 6 girls, performances from the Upper and Lower Junior Choirs, communal carols and a new item from our hand bell ringers.
We now look forward to our last week at school which will include the House Quiz, Christmas parties and the end of term celebration assembly. We also look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Fair on Saturday from 1.00 – 4.00 pm.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 9 December 2016
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