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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

29 March 2018

Last week ended with our Reception Assembly for parents.  The girls in the three classes worked very well together to present the theme of ‘The Seasons’. They sang and acted, shared factual information and recited some poems, all of which delighted the audience.   It was good to be reminded what the seasons should be like even though this spring has been rather wintery.  The girls showed good confidence and teamwork skills throughout.

This week began with our Celebration assembly during which we congratulated our Netball Team who came second in the GSA tournament and our Key Stage 1 Well Done recipients.  We also presented individual awards to Olivia who gained 10 swimming medals and Derwent who came second in the U11 Recital Class at the Bristol Festival of Music, Speech and Drama.  We are also very proud of our karate girls who all gained their orange belts in the recent grading.

The rest of the week has had a rather Victorian feeling with the Year 6 production of Oliver on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings which was an absolute triumph.  It definitely had all the attributes of a West End production.

Year 5 joined in with the theme as they took part in a Victorian Day on Tuesday.  They were rather cleaner than the workhouse children in the production as their very strict teachers checked their hands regularly.  The ‘loud’ voices of the teachers enforcing the rules could be heard echoing in the corridors. Although challenging, the girls clearly enjoyed the experience of stepping back in time.

Whilst the older girls were finding out about life in the past Year 1 girls were more focused on the future as they visited ThinkTank where they enjoyed the hands-on learning.

We are always keen to make the girls aware of the lives of other children and Mrs Skidmore in Kindergarten has been a good example this week.  She is only eating 100g porridge and water for breakfast and 50g of rice with plain beans for lunch and dinner for 5 days. She is raising money for The Mean Bean Challenge run by Tearfund. Tearfund is a charity working with local projects in developing countries to help people out of food poverty. If you would like to make a donation you can go to: Justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-s-mean-bean-challenge 2018.

Term has finished with a Saxon workshop for Year 3 and our final Celebration Assembly with the award of Maths certificates, House cups, Care Bears and the announcement of the winners of the Book Day competition.

It has been a very busy term and we hope some spring weather will allow everyone to enjoy some well-earned rest.  We look forward to seeing girls back at school on Wednesday 18 April 18 and to welcoming parents to the rearranged final of our Prep Young Musician of the Year on Friday 20 April.

Happy holidays everyone.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
 

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