Friday Headlines

the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

26 May 2017

Last week ended with the second of the visits to London to the Golden Hinde, the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, for Year 4. Whilst they were on the water Year 5 girls back at EHS were in the water competing in their annual Inter House Gala. Everyone swam very well and the final outcome was a win for girls in Frank House.

This week began, as ever, with a celebration of recent achievements which included success of girls in the Northfield Music events and of Ananya Kori who has qualified for the Delancey UK Chess Gigafinal. We look forward to hearing of her progress. Prizes were also awarded to the winners and runners-up in each year group of the British Science Week poster competition. Well done to all.

On Monday night, the girls in Gardening Club enjoyed a warm evening at the allotment. They were kept busy planting lots of young plants. We now have a good variety of produce growing in the allotment including, pumpkins, courgettes, sweetcorn, beans, beetroot, broad beans, cabbages, spinach, lettuces, potatoes and carrots. Hopefully they will grow into vegetables the girls can eat by the Autumn!

Tuesday was a very busy day which started with an assembly performed by 6G girls to their parents. They had carried out research on inspirational people and presented their findings in the form of a series of television programmes. This was a lively assembly which was enjoyed by all.

We then welcomed a visit from the local fire brigade to Year 4. The team talked about fire safety in the home. The girls learnt how fires may start in the home and what to do if they ever found themselves in that situation. They discussed how to plan a safe escape route from their house and whether or not they had smoke alarms in their houses. To end the session the girls went to see the fire engine and they all had a turn with the hoses which was very exciting. The girls had a most enjoyable and informative morning.

Meanwhile in the Art Studio Year 6 girls were creating ‘big’ art which you can read more about in the additional article.

In Kindergarten this week the girls have been extending their knowledge of the letter sound ‘w’ as they enjoyed meeting in the wigwam. The Nursery girls were surprised to find a huge tyrannosaurus rex lurking in the car park next to their playground. Although he was roaring they were glad he was not real.

We enjoyed a number of other assemblies during the week presented by the girls. On Wednesday, girls from 2R shared their learning in Geography about the UK and presented individual talks on places of interest they had enjoyed. These included visits to the Science and History Museum and the Space Centre in Leicester and to Pembroke, South Wales, Fowey and Bantham. This was followed by the announcement of the Moon project winners. This had been an extremely difficult competition to judge as all of the girls had completed their independent projects extremely well. We congratulate everyone who entered.

The week has ended with an assembly about Year 5’s visit to Cranedale, 6H’s class assembly, the Hallfield Relays and Year 3 Inter House Gala which was won by Johnson House in a very close competition.

I close wishing everyone a happy, restful holiday break and look forward to another busy half term ahead which starts on June 5 when everyone should return in summer uniform.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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