the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
29 April 2016
Last week’s activities to celebrate the Queen’s special birthday were followed up with a St George’s Day Concert on Saturday. Girls in both the Upper and Lower Junior Prep Choirs performed alongside the Senior School Choir, the Icknield Male Voice Choir and the Black Country Ukulele Band at the Bramall Music Building at Birmingham University. The girls rose to the occasion and sang beautifully in the large venue performing individual items and then joining everyone in the finale in true ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style.
This week began bright and early as Year 6 girls and parents arrived at 6.00am ready for their residential trip to France. They have kept in touch during the week with details of their activities and we look forward to hearing more of their adventures on their return.
Year 2 girls who are taking part in the National Rocket Science Experiment were delighted to return from the weekend to find that several of the seeds planted last week had already germinated by Day 5 of the experiment. Further observations and measurements will be taken over the next few weeks and the Year 2 scientists will keep you updated of developments.
Rockets were also the focus for a team building activity in Year 6 this week. The launch pad and testing site was Prep playground and the girls enjoyed testing the results of their collaborative working.
This week has also seen the first two Inter-House swimming galas of the term. It was the turn of the girls in Years 3 and 4 to compete and all girls swam extremely well. There was much vocal support from parents and housemates who were excited to hear the final results. In Year 3 the winning House was Nightingale and in Year 4 Frank House won. Congratulations to everyone.
On Wednesday Year 5 and 6 enjoyed being the audience at the dress rehearsal of the Senior School Fashion Show. It has also been interesting seeing the pyjamas made by Year 7 girls displayed on the ‘washing line’ in the Ante Hall.
Year 2 girls are always keen to share details of their curriculum studies. Recently they have been using a theme of pirates to develop their comprehension, Geography and computer programming skills. They read a story about Captain Blackbeard and then drew the route he and his evil pirates took around Paradise Island searching for some buried treasure. Next they worked in pairs to write a computer program for a Beebot to follow. They are looking forward to trying out their programs soon.
Our week has also contained some exciting news to celebrate as we have heard that Amaris Talati’s entry in the British Science Association competition has been shortlisted in the final round from over 1,600 entries. We hope as many people as possible will vote for Amaris’ entry on the topic of Global Warming, please click here to vote. Huge congratulations to Amaris on her achievement. Our own competition results will be announced next week.
We look forward to welcoming parents to the Year 5 and 6 Teatime Concert on Thursday and 6I class assembly on Friday.
I close this week wishing everyone an enjoyable Bank Holiday Monday. Let us hope the sun shines.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News 29 April
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