Friday Headlines

the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

18 March 2016

This last busy week has been a very good example of the range of opportunities available to EHS girls and of the success they achieve.

There has certainly been much success to celebrate on the sporting front. At the weekend two teams of girls took part in the Hallfield Cross Country event with the U11 team being placed third. Then on Tuesday Year 6 gymnasts were placed second in the Birmingham Schools Gymnastics Competition. Later in the evening the Swim Squad retained the Audley Trophy beating Bromsgrove in a close fixture. On a sunny spring Wednesday afternoon EHS hosted the GSA Midlands Schools Netball Tournament and there was a second place for the A Team. In all of these events the girls performed with commitment and have represented the school extremely well. We are very proud of these achievements and are eagerly awaiting the results from the ESSA trials.

Confident presentation skills have also been much in evidence this week. Year 2 girls have enjoyed taking on the role of a weather presenter in their Geography lessons. They designed their own weather symbols then described the weather in different areas of the United Kingdom. Let’s hope the forecast for Spring sunshine comes true!

Year 1 entertained a delighted audience of parents, staff and Reception girls with their singing and recitation skills. Their Science topic this term has been ‘Bodies’ and has included linked work in art and music. The girls have clearly enjoyed their studies and were keen to display this during the year group assembly. They had learnt a wide range of songs with complicated actions and a selection of poems all linked their Science topic. What a lot of words they learnt!

In Reception the girls have been developing their artistic and writing skills further. They have been following in the footsteps of Guiseppe Archimboldo, the famous Italian artist and have made their own pictures using vegetables! They are also very proud to write stories independently in their own little journal. Some girls have even written their own register which they have enjoyed reciting.  They just can’t stop writing!

There have been a number of extra challenges this week as girls in Years 1 – 6 took part in the half-termly thinking skills activity. They had to compare and contrast a train and car, decide what challenges there would be if you had eyes in the back and front of your head and ask questions about an Escher painting. There were some extremely creative answers. Year 4 also enjoyed a particle physics workshop which you can read more about separately.

Girls find time to take part in activities out of school too which we always enjoy finding out about. Three girls performed in the Blue Orange Theatre promenade production about The Jewellery Quarter at War. It was a pleasure touring the area and watching Eleanor, Heather and Georgina performing in a number of sketches at different locations.

The week has ended with a trip to Ironbridge and a Victorian Day for Year 5, a joint concert with Senior School and, of course, Prep Party all of which we will report on next week.

I close wishing our five Biathletes good luck in the National Schools Biathlon finals at Crystal Palace at the weekend. I look forward to hearing their news.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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