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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

18 November 2016

Last week ended with a trip to Tamworth Castle for Year 1 girls and staff.  They clearly enjoyed the whole experience and extended their knowledge of different types of homes.  You can read more of this trip in the accompanying article.

On Friday morning we marked Remembrance Day with a special assembly for girls in Years 1 – 6.  The girls considered the importance of remembering the contribution made by the armed services to help to protect us and the significance of wearing a poppy.  The special assembly was enhanced by Rebecca Bazlov who played a reflective piano solo by Haydn.

On Friday evening, Noor and Jaipreet, our Head and Deputy Head girls were invited to attend the Senior School Speech day held at Birmingham University.  Ramneek and Rosanna, our Newshounds asked them about the experience.  They reported that the two girls had felt both excited and nervous as they were not sure what to expect.  They really enjoyed the choir performances and being part of the formal Speech Day in the Great Hall which they thought very grand.  They felt very connected to the whole school and were proud to be part of the event and to be able to congratulate the Senior girls.

In our assemblies this week we have focused on two particular topics which are being marked in the country as a whole at this time of year.  On Monday we talked about how unacceptable bullying is and how we can use our ‘Power for Good’, which is the theme of this year’s campaign.  This was followed up by learning to say no when we know something is wrong.  We have also marked Parliament Week with a look at how Parliament works and how it was established.

Our Year 2 Challenge at present is in line with this event and is to investigate Prime Ministers and Presidents past and present. Girls have discovered facts about Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Teresa May. They also found facts about the role of the Houses of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot.  The girls really enjoy a challenge.

We have celebrated the achievement of girls in Prep too.  We congratulated the swim squad girls on their performance at a gala against Holy Trinity School.  The A Team swimmers won their contest and the B team was narrowly beaten.  All girls swam very well and the Year 3 swimmers enjoyed their first gala representing EHS.  Our congratulations were also offered to Laila and Olivia who have been selected for the City of Birmingham Link Squad after taking part in a number of trials.

Individual awards were presented to Valentina Barrios-Mejia for her beautifully presented scrapbook and to Lottie Jones for her dance prowess.  In true ‘Strictly’ style Lottie will be dancing at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool soon.  These awards were in addition to our weekly ‘Well Done’ awards for girls in Years 1 and 2.

Our House Captains were busy this week as they held their first House Assembly of the year.  The girls had prepared powerpoint slides on a number of topical subjects and also launched a ‘Design a Book Mark’ competition.  Entries are due in next week and our internal winning entries will also be entered in a National competition being run by Young Writers.

Creative skills have been in evidence this week too.  Year 1 have started a unit of work focusing on the traditional story of The Enormous Turnip.  This week the girls started to get to know the sequence of events including acting it out using stick puppets.  Over the coming weeks the girls will write a re-telling of this story before innovating on it to write their own creative story.

In Reception, R5 girls have put their developing culinary skills to good use and have had a lovely time making mud pies in the Outdoor Kitchen.

We have ended this week with a Teatime Concert of individual performances from budding musicians in Years 3 and 4.  We are also looking forward to hosting the touring netball team from St John’s College, Portsmouth. 

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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