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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

27 January 2017

Last week ended with great excitement as we enjoyed a visit from the Rainforest Roadshow. Dave Shaw brought a variety of rainforest creatures with him including a tarantula, millipede, giant stick insect and snake.  You can find out more about this workshop in the separate article.

In our Celebration Assembly on Monday we congratulated our girls from Years 1 and 2 who had been awarded the Well Done certificates for their endeavours last week. We also congratulated our Year 6 gymnasts who competed in the Birmingham School’s Novice Gymnastics Competition last Friday.   The team was placed third overall and, in addition, Audrey was placed second for her floor routine and Daisy third for her vault.  Congratulations to the girls on their achievements!

On Tuesday, we looked ahead to the weekend and Chinese New Year. Girls in Years 4 – 6 found out how Chinese people all over the world might celebrate the start of the year of the rooster.  They were also intrigued to find out the animal name of the year they were born in.  This was followed up in After School Care where the girls made some colourful Chinese dragons.

Tuesday evening saw the first home gala of the season in a fixture against Holy Trinity School. All girls in the squad took part and swam with great enthusiasm and team spirit.  There were some very close finishes and some fast and furious relay races with the final result being a pleasing first place for the A Team and a third place for the B Team. Well done Swim Squad, a great effort!

Reception girls have begun school swimming sessions this term too and are working hard. They have enjoyed their first lessons and we look forward to watching our potential Swim Squad swimmers of the future develop their skills.

On Wednesday, all girls in school from Nursery to Sixth Form gathered in the Octagon to take part in the celebration of our school birthday. The assembly speaker was Mr Duncan Cadbury. His inclusion of the topic of chocolate was particularly popular and Ellie and Simran were delighted to be sharing their birthday with the school, especially as it resulted in the gift of a large bar from Mr Cadbury.  Amina kindly made the school a birthday card and Marlah researched some interesting facts about the school’s history.  The girls’ independent endeavours are much appreciated.

It is always interesting to find out about the girls’ ideas of what they would like to do in the future.  In Year 2, girls are practising their Speaking and Listening skills by sharing a hobby or interest with the group. So far they have enjoyed hearing about a wide variety of interests including cycling, reading, animals and martial arts. Sara kept us all spellbound this week with her description of the work of the Fire Service and why she wanted to be a firefighter in the future.

STEM subjects, we are sure, will feature in many girls’ future careers.  You can read about some of our Science activities in the separate article.  Girls can also extend their IT skills by undertaking one of the challenges for this term from the Subject Challenge Board. I was delighted this week when Ananya shared her Mathematics skills on the abacus.  A mathematician of the future in the making.

We end this week looking forward to Year 3’s assembly and to hearing their story telling following the excellent workshop last week with Giles Abbott.

Next week we are looking forward to welcoming parents to the Year 4 residential meeting on Thursday and to Year 1 Open House on Friday.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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