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Prep News

17 June 2016

As you will see from the additional stories and this article we have been having a very busy time in the Preparatory School.  We ended last week with a visit to the Lickey Hills for Year 3 where they extended their Geography, Science and Mathematics skills.

This week began with our Charity Fair which we have been planning this term through the School Council.  The girls’ excitement was not deterred by the wet morning and a most enjoyable afternoon followed.  The girls from Years 1 - 6 spent their time deciding which activities to spend their money on and we will bring you the total next week.

We have had much to celebrate this week and many awards for individuals and teams were presented in our Celebration Assembly, including several football awards and the Junior Maths Challenge certificates.   We also congratulated our Athletics Running Teams for their success in the Hallfield Relays and the Swim Squad who enjoyed their last full gala of the year, after a very successful season, with a win against Holy Trinity School.

Wednesday was certainly an action packed day with a number of events involving girls from Years 1 – 6.  The morning brought a puppet show performance from Major Mustard.  He entertained the younger girls with a show after which they spent the morning making their own puppets from a range of different materials.  In the afternoon, assisted by our willing parent helpers, the girls worked together to write and perform some play scripts using the puppet characters they had created.

In the evening a packed audience of parents and friends enjoyed a performance from our musicians.  At this Summer Concert we heard our ensembles playing and it was evident how much the girls gain from working together, often with pupils from other year groups.  There were performances from the Orchestra, both Upper and Lower Junior Choirs, the Flute, String, Recorder, Guitar and String Ensembles and from the Marigolds, our singing group.  We also enjoyed an individual harp performance from Derwent, our Prep Young Musician of the Year. This was a lovely way to spend a summer evening, even if it was raining!

The changeable weather has not deterred our Reception girls from going out and about in the grounds on a minibeast hunt.  They hunted high and low for the tiny creatures.  They also enjoyed learning about a tortoise and we are grateful to Mrs Deacon for teaching us more about these interesting creatures.

We are looking forward to finding out which of the sets of Rocket Seeds went to space.  Tim Peake is due to announce this information today.  We took the opportunity to take part in a vote earlier in the week based on the plants which had been grown by Year 2.  The votes will be put into a prize draw and the winner will be announced next week.  We are also looking forward to reading the research results from around the country to see how they compared with ours.

We close this busy week wishing our two relay teams good luck in the English Schools Swimming Association finals which take place on Saturday in Sheffield.  We also look forward to welcoming parents to our sports events next week, weather permitting.  Westbourne Activity Afternoon is on Wednesday and Prep Sports Day is scheduled for Friday.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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