the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
11 March 2016
At the end of last week the girls from Years 1 to 6 enjoyed a performance of ‘Tunes from the Trenches’ as part of our ongoing centenary commemoration of World War One. Following this experience, the Year 6 Netball Squad set off on their netball tour to Portsmouth for the weekend and you can read more about these events in the extra stories.
Another new experience lay in store for some of the girls this week as Year 4 headed off to Culmington Manor in Shropshire. This is the first residential trip of this kind for the younger girls and we will report more of their adventures next week. Good luck to parents who have the muddy washing to contend with!
The Year 4 girls who stayed in school had a special, full afternoon of science where they designed, built and tested bridges followed by ice-cream making.
In this week which marked International Women’s Day, we have been celebrating the achievements of some inspirational women from the past and present. Our celebrations have included congratulating girls in Prep for success in a range of activities. We offered a huge well done to our youngest karate enthusiasts who all gained their orange belts this week and well done to Audrey who has moved through the grades to achieve her purple belt.
Netball has also brought victory this week. Following their win of the tournament on their recent netball tour, Year 6 girls played extremely well in their last fixture in the local league to beat Oratory School 11 goals to 1. The extra time playing the sport together has clearly been very valuable as the girls played extremely well.
Despite the mixed weather conditions, Reception girls have enjoyed visiting the Botanical Gardens and the school grounds to look for signs of spring. Some sat with a friend to draw what they could see and spent a happy afternoon drawing using pastels. Other girls looked carefully at some daffodils in the classroom and produced detailed observational pictures. We are now all looking forward to the arrival of some warmer weather.
This week has ended with a Choral Day for the Year 5 and 6 choir who have enjoyed working with girls from other GSA schools.
We wish good luck to girls taking part in cross country, swimming trials and the Audley Gala, GSA Netball tournament and the Birmingham Gym competition. We also look forward to welcoming parents to Year 1 Bodies Assembly on Wednesday and to the Joint Choral Concert.
I am sure I do not need to remind anyone that next Friday is Prep Party. Our thanks to all parents who have offered to help. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
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