the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
14 September 2018
Our first full week of term has been busy settling back into routines now holiday news has been shared. Girls are enjoying getting to know their new teachers and making new friends and staff have welcomed parents to a number of Information Evenings which we hope they have found helpful.
In our first Celebration Assembly of the year there was much to celebrate. We awarded Well Done certificates to our Key Stage 1 pupils with some for a good start to academic work and some for being kind and helpful. It was clear from the range of topics that the youngest girls had listened very carefully to the assembly messages from last week.
We also presented a swimming award and a number of ABRSM Music certificates to beginners and more experienced musicians who had all performed very well in their examinations. Year 5 had been busy too. It is customary to set pupils a range of challenges to undertake during the summer holiday. It was very pleasing to present a number of Bronze awards to girls completing 15 challenges, Silver awards for 25 completed challenges and two Gold awards for 35 successfully completed challenges. Well done Year 5 on your endeavours to date. Keep up the good work.
Year 2 have enjoyed finding out and writing about the stories of Katie Morag. To add to their developing creative skills, they have also enjoyed making collages of Katie using a range of different materials.
In Reception to start the term girls have completed some finger painting, practised their writing skills and started their French lessons all of which they have enjoyed.
On Thursday, in assembly, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. We found out more about the author’s life and conducted a survey of the girls’ and teachers’ favourite books. We also focused on 'Matilda' which was by far the most popular title. The girls were sent away with a challenge to decide what job they think Matilda would be doing at the age of 30 because that is how old she will be on October 1. We are looking forward to hearing their thoughts.
Next week Year 3 are looking forward to their first trip of the year as they head for Lunt Fort to enrich their curriculum learning about the Romans. We hope they are ready for the legion of girls to arrive.
We also look forward to seeing parents at the many events we have planned for this term and hope that the Calendar Card sent home this week will help with forward planning.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
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