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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

29 June 2018

We were pleased to have held our Sports Day at the end of last week whilst the weather was just a little cooler than it has been this week.  All girls and parents who joined us seemed to have enjoyed the day.

This week started for Year 4 with their English Speaking Board examinations which they have been preparing for over the last few weeks.  Each girl had to present a poem and a talk on a topic that interested them and had to read from some prepared pages from a book of their choice.  They also had to be prepared to answer questions on their presentation.  We welcomed three examiners who all seemed to enjoy their day with us.  We now eagerly await news of the results and hope that parents enjoy seeing our developing skills.

Meanwhile other girls in the Prep School were celebrating achievements in our Celebration assembly.  We noted the success over the weekend of Lewis Hamilton, the England cricket team and, of course, the country’s progress in the Football World Cup.  We presented our own congratulations to Key Stage 1 girls for a range of endeavours, some rosettes and certificates to Luella who entered her dog in several competitions, further Independent Learning awards, another crop of swimming medals to Olivia Dougan and medals for Agatha and Catrin for walking 10km in aid of St. Mary’s Hospice.  We congratulated Mrs Woodfield who also completed the charity walk.  A huge well done to all.

Tuesday morning brought some excitement for Year 5 girls who gave presentations to their Houses in the hope that their Housemates would vote for them to become House Captains for the next academic year.  Their Housemistresses were impressed by their speeches.

Year 6 girls added to their enterprise skills when they held the second sale of the goods they had produced.  There was a buzz of excitement as girls queued to see what was on offer.  Well done to Year 6 who in just two short weeks made an overall profit of just over £100.

The highlight of the week was undoubtedly our Space Day on Wednesday for girls in Years 1 – 6.  Everyone certainly enjoyed going ‘to infinity and beyond’ with the fantastic range of opportunities available to them.  You can read more of the day’s activities in the separate article.

Whilst Prep girls were space bound girls and staff from Reception were visiting the Safari Park to extend their knowledge of Creatures Great and Small which they have been studying this term.  

The week has ended with an opportunity for the girls in Years 4 and 5 to experience a further flavour of Senior School.  Year 4 girls and parents have been able to meet the Leadership team over tea following their ESB presentations.  Year 5 were invited to ‘Tea and Talk’ with the girls from Year 10.  This is an opportunity to ask the older girls questions about any aspect of their educational experience.  All girls and parents then had a chance to visit the Senior school Open evening.

Next week looks set to be as busy as this one as we rocket towards the end of another academic year.  We look forward to welcoming new girls and parents for Changeover Day on Monday.  Year 3 girls have a Viking Day and Monet Day to enjoy.  Wednesday evening brings the chance for our gymnasts to showcase their skills in the Octagon at 4.15 and Thursday Year 2 will present their Minibeasts Concert.  We also look forward to the Leavers’ Event for our Year 6 girls and parents on Friday afternoon.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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