the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
27 November 2015
At the end of last week, Year 6 netball squad played host to girls from St John's College, Portsmouth who were visiting for their annual netball tour. The girls played each other in a competitive match on Friday afternoon which EHS won 3 - 0. They met up again on Saturday morning when they were joined by a number of Year 5 girls. A tournament was played in mixed teams which gave the girls a good opportunity to get to know each other.
Following a welcome hot chocolate break, the girls enjoyed a swimming session and then lunch. The girls are looking forward to meeting up again when EHS go on tour to Portsmouth in March.
As November is energy saving month this was the theme of Monday morning's assembly. The girls were reminded of ways to save energy and asked to encourage their families at home to make one or two pledges to join in. They have lots of ideas so do not be surprised if lights are turned off and your daughter asks if she can have an extra jumper or blanket when the weather turns colder rather than turning up the heating.
Nursery girls have been out and about once again on an 'Exploring the immediate environment walk'. They walked around our school site and finally came to the Fitness Suite in Senior School. They realised that they will need to grow a little to be able to use the gym equipment. You can read more of their adventures this week in the separate story.
Year 4 girls extended their knowledge of life in Tudor times with a visit to Selly Manor. They enjoyed finding out about Tudor food, houses and games. We are grateful to the parents who accompanied the girls and hope they enjoyed their day too.
In our Wednesday assembly Mrs Aston helped us to think about all the things we learn as we grow up and how special birthdays are. On gloomy days the memory of a birthday and all the things we learn can cheer us up. She was helped by Jasmine who was our birthday girl.
Thursday was a busy day in Prep. Year 6 girls enjoyed a visit from the Young Shakespeare Company who performed a lively, modern version of Romeo and Juliet.
In our celebration assembly we congratulated girls for a number of achievements including a Cub Scout cooking certificate, a bronze Scrapbook Challenge award and our Year 2 Well Done presentations. There were special congratulations to Abida, our Head Girl who not only donated her hair to 'Little Princess Trust' which makes real hair wigs for children who are ill but also raised over £700 for orphans in Iraq.
Milly and Jaya, our Book Shop Monitors, announced the winners of their author challenge which included Mrs Scott-Dickins. There were two prizes for each year group and the girls have all won vouchers for the Book Shop. Milly and Jaya are to be congratulated too, on running such a well organised and challenging competition.
Our congratulations were also offered to Mrs Gater on her move to Oxford High as head of the Preparatory School and to Miss Robinson who takes on the role of Deputy Head in our Prep School from January.
Thursday evening was rounded off with a most enjoyable Teatime Concert from our Year 3 and 4 musicians. We were treated to very assured performances from 29 girls who played and sang solos and duets. Some girls had only been having lessons since September and some playing much longer but it was clear that they are all enjoying their music. We were also pleased that Carmen's mum was able to accompany her daughter who sang a solo. Thank you to all of the music teachers and well done to our budding musicians.
We wish good luck to our Biathletes who are taking part in a competition on Saturday and we look forward to visits from parents for 1B Assembly on Wednesday and Year 2 performance on Thursday.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School