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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

26 February 2016

We started this new half term with a difference as we celebrated Thinking Day which is an important day for the Girl Guiding Association. Girls in Prep who belong to Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts came to school dressed in their uniforms. Many of these girls shared their feelings and opinions about their various organisations in assembly. The number of badges they have completed is most impressive.

Dance is also a very popular activity for EHS girls. This interest starts in Westbourne, our Pre-Prep School, where all girls have ballet lessons each week. Also, just before half term the girls enjoyed a workshop of Bhangra dancing run by Sohan Kailey.  For the older girls at the school there was an opportunity this week to be involved in the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ experience. This whole school activity, which involved girls from Year 1 to Year 13, was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all, both participants and audience.

Mrs Eveleigh, Prep Science specialist teacher, launched the National Science Week competition this week. She challenged the girls to think of a question that they really want to know the answer to and try to find out some answers. The next step is to present their research in poster format. The Science monitors gave everyone some good ideas by showing the posters they have started working on. Good luck to our budding Scientists! Year 3 have also been inspired by an early visit to the Prep Lab which you can read about in the separate article.

On Wednesday, the girls in 5D entertained their parents with a trip back in time to the Victorian Era.  Some modern-day children were able to interview famous Victorians including Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens and Dr Barnardo.  They shared their extensive factual knowledge in a series of historical sketches. We all managed to learn something new from the assembly and were impressed by the girls’ developing skills.

In Thursday’s celebration assembly we congratulated the girls in Years 5 and 6 for their efforts in the netball matches against Hallfield School. Well done to all girls for some close scores for the Year 5 B Team.  We also awarded our weekly Well Done certificates and Commended awards to 36 Year 3 and 4 entrants in the Prep Young Musician competition. We are looking forward to the finals which take place on Friday of this week.  We will report on the results next week.

Our EHS Holiday Provision is now well established for girls and their sisters up to age 11 and you will be receiving an email very soon detailing the dates for the holidays ahead in 2016.  If you would like a paper copy of these dates and a booking form, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

We hope everyone is busy working on their book character costumes for World Book Day which takes place on Thursday March 3.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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