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Prep News

09 November 2018

It was good to see everyone back at school and refreshed from a half term break ready for the busy half term ahead.

We started straight away on Monday with an assembly to launch Switch Off Fortnight. Our Eco Reps had once again been busy preparing for this event where they explained about the benefits of saving energy. Ruth Cooray was also presented with her certificate for being placed second in the Birmingham Music Festival playing ‘Attitude’ on the piano. We are looking forward to hearing more Year 3 and 4 musicians playing in the Teatime Concert on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Westbourne girls took part in a Bhangra Tots workshop from Sohan Bailey. They enjoyed dancing and hearing his stories which helped us to mark Diwali.  Kindergarten girls also experimented with Rangoli patterns in the classroom.

In the evening the Year 5 and 6 Squad swimmers set off to St. Martin’s School in Solihull for the first gala of the season.  They joined swimmers from Years 7, 8 and 9 for what proved to be an exciting gala.  Everyone swam their best from seasoned swimmers to girls taking part in their first competitive gala.  The winners in each group were EHS teams and EHS A Team won the overall event with the B Team placed third.  Well done to all.

During the week Nursery girls have been exploring the colour orange.  They have enjoyed scooping seeds out of a pumpkin, squeezing oranges and tasting orange juice. On Wednesday they made orange marmalade tarts and I joined them to make some shapes in the orange sand.

Meanwhile Year 2 girls have been learning about the Gunpowder Plot as part of their History Curriculum. Each class made a Guy Fawkes and recited, ‘Remember, Remember the 5th November’ to mark the historical event.  They had been looking forward to a visit from the local fire brigade but they were called out so were unable to visit.  We have rebooked for next week!

Year 6 have also been busy. They attended a Shakespeare workshop which you can read more about in the separate article.

Our week has finished with another special assembly presented by Year 5 History Club.  They have helped us to mark Remembrance Day and the end of WW1 in this centenary year.  

At the weekend Year 6 Netball Squad are looking forward to hosting a touring team from St. John’s College, Portsmouth.  Forming new friendships now will help girls to prepare for the return tour in March.  We hope they might join us for the Fireworks Party on Saturday evening.  Tickets are still available from Prep Reception or on the gate.  We hope many EHS families will join us too.

Next week we have our second gala of the season, a trip for Year 1 to Tamworth Castle and Children in Need Day to look forward to.  We will also welcome visitors to our Prep School in Action morning on Friday. 

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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