the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
25 November 2016
The Year 6 girls have settled in well to their roles of responsibility and last week the House Captains enjoyed organising their first House Assembly of the year. We also enjoyed the Year 3 and 4 Teatime Concert and all enjoyed our Children in Need Day on Friday when we were pleased to add our support to the National charity. You can read more about these events in the separate articles.
The weekend saw the arrival of the touring netball team from St John’s College, Portsmouth. They joined us on Friday for a competitive match which they won. On Saturday morning, the girls enjoyed a mixed team netball match which included some Year 5 girls too. All teams played very well and everyone made new friends from Portsmouth. Our Year 6 squad is now looking forward to the return tour to Portsmouth in the spring term.
We began this week with several assemblies to highlight Road Safety Week and how to keep yourselves safe when walking or riding to school. We also celebrated the achievements of our Year 1 and 2 girls for a range of academic tasks and for exemplary behaviour.
Year 2 have also been busy creating dinosaur collage pictures as part of their topic on the senses. The dinosaurs are made from a variety of interesting, sensory textures for partially-sighted people. They used an assortment of materials including corrugated card, shredded tissue, seeds and pulses.
There was an air of excitement in school on Wednesday as news spread quickly of the success of the swim squad. The girls had travelled to compete against Bromsgrove School, one of our toughest opponents, on Tuesday evening. All girls from Years 3 – 6 swam very well and were thoroughly delighted by their convincing win. Well done to all!
Wednesday was a busy day as Year 6 took part in a morning of Shakespeare with a performance of Twelfth Night which they enjoyed. We also hosted our first parents’ talk in the newly extended library with a talk entitled, ‘Nutrition in Childhood.’ We hope to add further events during the year.
We were treated to a special assembly on Thursday as members of History Club presented the true story of Winnie, the bear who inspired the character Winnie the Pooh. This was part of our four-year plan to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. We learnt that the army officer who bought the bear cub which his unit named ‘Winnie’ after their home city of Winnipeg was actually born in Birmingham. You may like to buy the two books which the girls used to research this story to find out more at home. They are: ‘Finding Winnie’ by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall and ‘Winnie’ by Sally M. Walker. They are very readable and beautifully illustrated.
Our Subject Challenge Board has changed again and the current challenge is an Art one. We hope the girls will be as inspired by this challenge as Jaya, in Year 2 was by the Science project which she completed and shared with her classmates. She demonstrated her home-made lava lamp and they were all excited when they saw it ‘fizz’ and are all looking forward to more super Science!
We have ended the week with the official opening of the new Prep extension which we will report on next week. We also wish good luck to our Biathletes who are competing in the British Modern Biathlon Championships on Saturday in the in Solihull.
Next week we are looking forward to the arrival of the Stardome on Tuesday and to welcoming parents to the Year 2 Nativity performance on Thursday afternoon starting at 2.00 pm and to the Year 4 Tudor Assembly on Friday. Another very busy week ahead!
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News 2016
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