Friday Headlines

the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

15 December 2017

At this festive time of the year there have been activities for all of our school community to enjoy. The girls have been busy with productions and seasonal craft activities and last week there was also a workshop for parents who enjoyed coming into school for a wreath making activity. This was hosted by the EHSPA and led by BBC TV Producer, Liz Rumbold.

On Thursday, an event which also involved our whole community was our Prep School Carol Service. This was held at St. George’s Church and included traditional readings, carols from the Junior and Senior Choirs and Prep School girls and a performance from our handbell ensemble. The address was given by Reverend Ian Smith and there were communal carols for the congregation to join in with. This traditional event in our Christmas calendar was enjoyed by all.

6G girls entertained their parents on Friday morning with their class assembly. The girls shared facts they had researched in connection with their History topic on the Second World War. We heard about the damage caused, evacuees, rationing, the role of women and many statistics from the period. The girls concluded with some songs of the time. Their presentation skills and knowledge were most impressive.

Last week also ended with great excitement as we had a fall of snow. The girls who were dressed for the occasion went out and particularly enjoyed their break time in the beautiful winter sunshine. This week started with the school covered in a fresh blanket of snow and a challenge for the maintenance team to make the site accessible.

Westbourne girls have been having much fun inside too with their special themed days this week. They missed Mince Pie Monday, but have enjoyed Tinsel Tuesday, Woolly Wednesday, Throw a Party Thursday and Film Friday.

Year 1 girls, meanwhile, have been extending their History and teamwork skills with their castle project which has involved making a castle out of junk materials and working with others when making decisions. They have also been engaged with the Gingerbread Men who escaped into EHS. They have read and written stories and also baked their own biscuits. Several of the ‘escaped’ characters found their way to the Prep Office much to the delight of Mrs Williams and Mrs Gough.

The Prep House Quiz took place on Wednesday featuring rounds on sport, Geography, History, Science, Art and Literature and General Knowledge. Congratulations to the winning House which will be announced in assembly on Friday.

This Autumn Term has finished with our annual Guitar Ensemble Assembly, Party Day, a staff entertainment and the award of the Certificates of Achievement.

We hope our new girls and staff now feel very much part of the EHS Prep community after their first term with us and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 8 January, weather permitting! We also wish Mrs Kennedy who is retiring from Nursery after 26 years a happy retirement and we wish Mrs Gough well as she leaves us in January. We would like to thank them for their dedication to EHS.

I close wishing everyone a very happy holiday break.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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