the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
19 May 2017
We were pleased to begin our Celebration Assembly on Monday with a full school again after the trips to France, Cranedale and Lickey Hills last week. It was very good to hear of the compliments paid to staff about the girls’ impeccable behaviour whilst away. You can read more about these trips in the accompanying stories. Next week we will bring news of the Year 4 trips to the Golden Hinde in London.
We also shared news and presented awards to girls who had achieved success at the Northfield Music Festival. Our Marigold singers were first in the ‘11 Years and Under’ Vocal Group category and there were winners’ awards for Sophie Zhu in the piano solo and for Amber Gill in three verse and prose and reading classes. These were in addition to our Key Stage 1 Well Done Certificates and news of our five chess players who qualified for the Delancey UK Mega finals in Warwick at the weekend. The girls played very well and we offer our congratulations to Jaipreet, Julia, Sophie, Ruby and Maia.
We are also very proud of our Year 3 and 4 squad swimmers who swam extremely well in the gala against Blue Coat School on Tuesday. There were excellent performances from all in the various races and the girls were narrowly beaten by just two points. We also thank our Year 6 helpers who were officiating on the evening.
There have been a number of opportunities during the week for girls to extend their knowledge in various curriculum areas. In Kindergarten, the girls were excited to watch the volcano they had made explode. This was an extension of their work on the ’v’ letter sound which also included printing and collage work.
Year 2 welcomed back Grandad Joe, grandfather of Alice in Year 4, to talk about his memories of the Coronation of 1953. He was 9 years old and remembers the excitement of watching the day unfold on a very small black and white television. Grandad Joe also told us about his school days and growing up after the Second World War when many foods were still in short supply. The children could not imagine a life without a choice of sweets and chocolates! The girls were very keen to ask questions and to find out what Grandad Joe had enjoyed most about his childhood. He particularly enjoyed all kinds of sport. Many thanks to Grandad Joe!
Year 6 girls enjoyed experiencing various medical techniques during a visit from the Medical Mavericks. We are sure we have inspired many girls to consider a medical career in the future.
Next week the School Photography Company will be in school on Thursday to take form photographs and we look forward to welcoming parents in Year 5 and Year 6 to several class assemblies.
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 19 May
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