the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
23 June 2017
We ended last week with preparations for Fathers’ Day as 1A girls presented an assembly for their parents on that theme. They made pledges to treat their Dads well on Sunday, they sang and then they all shared thoughts about their Dads. This was all accompanied by some of their artwork being shown on the screen behind the performers.
In Monday’s assembly, we celebrated the success of the ESSA finalists, and the Fathers’ Day Open Day at the school allotment, which you can read about in the separate articles. We also had congratulations for the three Year 6 and one Year 7 girl who won second place in the 15th Chinese Speaking Competition in Manchester. Anula, Hemma, Caitlyn and Ishah from Year 7 performed the story of the little pony that crossed the river. There were many participants and the competition lasted all day. Well done to all.
During this week the younger girls have been given the opportunity to find out what life in secondary school is like. Year 5 visited the Science labs to study leaf litter and Year 4 girls joined Year 7 buddies in a range of lessons. This is a good Transition activity and gave the girls a good idea of what to expect in the future.
On Tuesday, class 3L presented an assembly which featured their recent trip to the Lickey Hills. They shared details of their range of activities and their poem based on the trip which was full of collective nouns.
In the afternoon, we held our long-awaited Summer Fair which the Prep Parliament has been busy organising this term. There was a buzz of excitement in the playground as purses could be heard rattling. A great time was had by all.
On Wednesday, there was a sense of expectation on the playground as Year 2 prepared for their trip to Moorpool Estate in Harborne. They spent an exciting morning researching the various habitats and environments of creatures which formed part of their Year 2 topic of minibeasts. They investigated an allotment area and enjoyed looking for insects and finding plants and herbs. In the orchard, creatures such as woodlice were hiding in shady spots. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the pool itself. They all enjoyed pond-dipping and even found a rare water worm. They also dug under trees to find other creatures who preferred a cool, dark environment. We all enjoyed a packed lunch and an ice cream from the Moorpool shop. Everyone had a great time. We would like to send our thanks to Rachel and Marilyn, an EHS 'Old Girl', for making our time so enjoyable.
We have ended the week with the Year 5 and 6 Teatime concert and the hope that Friday is a little cooler for our Sports Days. We hope to see many parents at each separate event.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of preparatory School
Prep News - 23 June 2017
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