the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
24 June 2016
Even though we are near the end of the academic year there is no end to the flurry of activity in the Prep School. Last week ended with trips to the Botanical Gardens and Nature Centre for Reception.
On Monday, of this week we began with our Celebration Assembly. In addition to the Well Done Certificates for Key Stage 1 girls and a number of individual swimming and running awards we were also able to share the news from the ESSA finals which took place in Sheffield at the weekend. You can read about the girls’ tremendous success in the separate story.
There was more swimming success for our Invitational Team of Year 5 and 6 girls who travelled to Abbotts Bromley School on Tuesday. We are delighted to announce that they returned with the trophy, once again. This means that our Swim Squad can celebrate an unbeaten season which we are extremely proud of.
Wednesday dawned with grey skies but no rain which was lucky as we had a number of events planned. The day began with an assembly for the parents of girls in 3K. They presented a round-up of the highlights of their year, which were many. They recounted the ‘big step’ they had taken from Year 2 to 3 and their growing independence. They also shared their learning about the Polar regions and their Monet day. A highlight for the audience was a performance of the Oompa Loompa dance. The girls certainly displayed their team skills. Well done!
Year 2 spent the day at Cannon Hill Park searching for minibeasts and Westbourne parents enjoyed watching their daughters developing physical skills at the Activity Afternoon. You can read more about both of these events in the additional stories.
The dry weather also saw girls from across the school out and about in the grounds. At one point in the morning the Prep playground area had girls from Nursery on their way to the field, Year 1 practising for Wimbledon Week, Year 3 working on their capacity skills and girls from the Sixth Form extending their Biology knowledge. This was evidence of a very busy whole school from our youngest to oldest pupils.
In preparation for their move to Prep girls from Reception and Year 1 did a lesson swap. Reception visited Prep classrooms and the Year 1 girls were able to return to Westbourne to reminisce. Despite the busy week Reception girls found some time to write about their friends which they enjoyed.
Thursday and election day gave Year 6 the opportunity to reflect on their visit from Sixth Form girls who came to give a presentation about the EU Referendum. We are sure they will be watching the result with interest after they had the opportunity to vote in school.
The action does not stop next week as we look forward to welcoming parents to the Year 6 House Gala on Monday, Year 5 on Tuesday, 3L Assembly, Year 4 ESB presentations and Year 2 Minibeast Concert all taking place on Thursday.
We hope the girls enjoy a restful weekend.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News 24 June
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