the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
15 December 2016
The annual Carol Service was very much enjoyed by the girls, staff, parents and guests who gathered together at St George’s Church on 9 December. The afternoon involved a programme of traditional readings, communal carol singing, seasonal songs by the girls in Years 1-6, performances from the lower and upper junior choirs and a new item with a number of carols played on the hand bells. The Reverend Julian Francis lead the celebration and told the story of the three wise women.
Well done to both Year 5 and Year 6 Netball Squads who played a competitive game of Netball against King Henry’s Prep School on Saturday morning. Congratulations especially goes to the Year 6 B team, who secured a victory in the last 3 minutes of a very close game from start to finish. Special mention to Priya Patel, Samah Khan, Amarah Khan and Siena Henry, each nominated by the opposition as Player of the match!
Saturday was a busy day for the members of the EHSPA too who worked hard in preparation for the Christmas Fair which took place in the Hall and Octagon. Santa’s Grotto was a great success, as was the face painting, cake stall, delicious seasonal fayre, games, candyfloss and variety of stalls selling a wide range of goods.
This week began with our Celebration Assembly which saw the presentation of individual awards for climbing, swimming, gymnastics, rugby and our regular Key Stage 1 Well Done awards. It was then followed by the annual House Quiz for girls in Years 3 – 6. The questions tested the girls’ knowledge of a range of topics including Geography, Arts and Literature, Science, Sport and History in addition to some general questions.
In the afternoon, Westbourne parents joined us in the Octagon for a performance of ‘A Miracle in Town’. This involved all girls from Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception. We were all delighted and very impressed by the girls’ singing, acting and narration. They had learnt their lines and many songs by heart and performed them with confidence and gusto. We look forward to watching their skills develop.
Tuesday was another busy and exciting day with the arrival of party day. The day began with a visit from Santa and his reindeer who visited Westbourne for the morning. We welcomed parents and siblings to meet our visitors and to enjoy some hot chocolate. All girls from Westbourne and Year 1 had the opportunity to learn more about Santa’s special animals before visiting Santa in his winter wonderland grotto. Many staff and sixth formers also enjoyed the special event.
The afternoon of party day saw Westbourne girls entertained by Major Mustard and his puppets, traditional games for girls in Years 1, 2, 4 and 6, a Roman feast for Year 3 and a talent show for Year 5. Party food completed an afternoon full of fun.
We ended what has been a busy and productive term with our final assembly. Girls reflected on all they have achieved personally and as a Prep School community. The first Fencing awards for Foil Grade 1 were presented to Year 6 and Certificates of Achievement to girls from Years 1 – 6. House cups were awarded to Frank as the winners of the General Knowledge Quiz and to Curie for gaining the most House points this term.
There was also a humorous Twelve days of Christmas entertainment from the staff followed by farewells to staff and girls who are leaving EHS. We wished several girls well as they relocate and then we offered our best wishes to Mr Bateman and Mrs Audley who are both retiring. We hope they will enjoy new challenges ahead and that they will visit us often as guests.
I close wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and an enjoyable holiday.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 15 December 2016
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