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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

16 February 2018

We always enjoy inviting parents into school to share their experiences and we were delighted that Mrs Boocock came in to talk to Year 2 girls at the end of last week about her home country of Northern Ireland. The girls enjoyed learning about the geography, culture and customs of the smallest country in the United Kingdom. The girls were particularly keen to hear about the adventures of the Titanic.

This week began with the launch of this year’s British Science Week competition. The Science monitors had made a short film to encourage the girls to look at the science all around them. Half term would be a good time to start planning projects to submit to Mrs Eveleigh in March.

We also presented our Well Done Certificates for the week and two individual awards to Amanda for passing her ballet exam and to Nitya who took part in a Cello Concert. Other congratulations go to Johanna and Maryam who correctly guessed the name of our new French puppet. He is now officially known as Monsieur Rémi Dubois.

Pancake Day was marked in several ways this year in Prep. A Year 5 class visited the Senior School to make Recette Crêpes which they thoroughly enjoyed tasting. Then the annual Pancake Race took place on Tuesday morning. This is an Inter House event which involves all girls from Years 1 - 6 and this year was won by Frank House. You can read more about our Pancake Day in the additional article. Well done to everyone for great teamwork.

Tuesday finished with another exciting competitive event when our swim squad enjoyed taking part in a gala against St. Martin’s School. All girls, from both schools, swam very well and the result was a win for EHS Prep by just one point. Another close finish!

The girls in Years 5 and 6 joined Year 7 on Wednesday to listen to a very entertaining presentation given by the author Caroline Lawrence as part of the school’s Language and Literature Day. After being interviewed by our Newshounds, April and Valentina and meeting Zara and Katie, Caroline talked about her series of books including the latest one set in Roman Britain and the PK Pinkerton Mysteries set in the Wild West.

In Thursday’s assembly the first ‘Courtesy Counts’ prizes were awarded. The girls have all been rewarded with points for particularly courteous or kind acts during this half term. We are delighted by the number of points awarded.

Thursday finished with a very special presentation given by Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancer, Amy Dowden and her partner Ben. We will report more details after the holiday and look forward to the new club to be introduced in May.

Our week has ended appropriately with class 5D’s assembly to parents about Chinese New Year and we wish Gong Hei Fat Choy to all.

We wish you all a relaxing break next week and look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday February 26.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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