the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
31 March 2017
Last week ended with the eagerly awaited EHSPA Prep Party. During the morning, many delicious cakes arrived in school and parents were busy preparing sandwiches for the meal deal. Tables were prepared with books, crafts, glow sticks and games ready for the girls to arrive at 3.30 pm. The Hall and Octagon soon filled up with girls eager to eat cake and to dance. As usual, the face painters were very busy and girls enjoyed having temporary tattoos applied. I would like to say thank you to the many parents who gave their time to organise such an enjoyable event and to bake cakes.
On Monday morning, we congratulated our six Biathletes, Audrey, Jemima, Julia, Daisy, Arriella from Year 6 and Hannah from Year 5, on their very pleasing performances in the National Schools Biathlon competition which took place at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Miss Dawes was very proud of the girls and their achievement.
This week, girls in Reception have been extending their knowledge of 3D shapes. They have used solid 3D shapes and followed instructions to make items such as castles or rockets.
This week has seen our Year 6 production of The Lion King which has been enjoyed by the Prep girls, parents and guests. The show was spectacular, with all girls performing extremely well indeed. It definitely rivalled the West End production in our eyes and was the result of much dedicated hard work from staff and girls.
Whilst Year 6 were on the Serengeti plains, girls from Kindergarten visited the Botanical Gardens for a Spring walk, looking for signs of new life. There were many flowers to admire, nests to spot and new shoots appearing. What was thought to be snow turned out, after closer investigation, to be falling blossom: a wonderful experience for the girls. Year 6 gardeners were also tempted back to the allotment by the Spring weather and this week released some tadpoles into the pond.
Wednesday was a very busy day. In addition to the first evening performance of The Lion King, Year 5 spent the day visiting Ironbridge and Year 4 set off on their residential trip to Culmington Manor. The journey went well and they arrived in time to spend the afternoon engaged in a variety of outdoor activities. We will report further on these visits next week.
We have ended the week with an Open House in Year 1 and a Victorian Day for Year 5. This term has been action-packed and we are looking forward to the Easter holiday which begins next week with school finishing on Wednesday at 12.00 noon.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 31 March
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