the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
24 March 2017
Last Friday, Reception girls presented an assembly to their parents which was full of facts about the seasons. They worked well together in their groups as they sang, danced, acted and recited their words. This was the first of many performances ahead and we look forward to seeing their skills developing further.
This week in our Celebration Assembly we began with congratulations to our five Year 6 swimmers who have qualified for the English Schools Swimming Association finals in the freestyle and medley relays. We also presented a number of karate awards from the recent grading competition and awards to Rebecca Bazlov for music and to Amber Gill for poetry for performances at the Dudley Arts Festival. The weekly Well Done Awards for Year 1 and 2 girls were also presented.
Many parents and friends attended the whole school Spring Concert on Tuesday evening and were delighted by the performances of the girls in the choirs and ensembles. The Junior and Senior Prep Choirs sang very lively songs under the guidance of Miss Vango, the guitar ensemble played a Jungle Book song dressed in suitable onesies and the orchestra performed The Flintstones and Yellow Submarine. The concert which featured musical items from girls aged from 7 – 18 years of age ended with the massed choirs from across the school singing, ‘One Voice.’ This event when girls of all ages work together is definitely a highlight of the musical calendar.
In our assemblies this week we have marked the fact that it is World Happiness Week and the girls have also been reminded how lucky they are to have clean water readily available as we marked World Water Day on Wednesday. The girls have been asked to donate any copper coins to the Water Aid bucket which we have in Prep.
The rainy weather helped with the theme of the water assembly and also gave a morning of fun for the Nursery girls who jumped in and out of the puddles.
We were very pleased to welcome Rachel Lewis on Thursday to accept our donation of £1,600 for the Little Hearts Matter Charity. This money was raised at our whole school Red Day on Valentine’s Day in recognition of the work the charity does in supporting parents of children born with heart problems.
We have ended this week with the long-awaited Prep Party, a highlight of the year, run for girls and parents by our EHSPA. Our thanks to all parents who have given their time to organise the event and bake cakes.
I close this week with best wishes to our six biathletes who are competing in the National Schools Biathlon Final at Crystal Palace this weekend. Next week we look forward to welcoming parents and guests to our production of Lion King Jr on Wednesday and Thursday and to Year 1 Open House on Friday. We also hope that Year 4 will enjoy their trip to Culmington Manor.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 24 March 2017
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