Friday Headlines

the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

10 February 2017

Year 6 girls and parents enjoyed being in school on Saturday as they joined the second Art workshop in preparation for the forthcoming production of the Lion King.  It was all hands on deck to finish making bones, tusks, leaves and bugs from papier-mậché and painting animal masks.  Rehearsals are in full swing and costuming has begun this week. We do hope many parents will join us in March to see the culmination of all the hard work.

In our Celebration Assembly on Monday we began with congratulations to Her Majesty, the Queen on her sapphire jubilee. We then sent our best wishes to Mrs Humble, our Year 3 teacher, on the birth of her first baby; a girl! Individual awards were given for gymnastics and ice skating and our Key Stage 1 Well Done Certificates were presented.

On Monday afternoon, Reception girls visited Prep where they enjoyed an afternoon with Year 1.  The older girls shared a story with them and then they went out to play together in the Prep playground.  These half-termly activities help prepare Reception girls for their transition to Prep in September.

Tuesday was Safer Internet Day and Prep girls marked the occasion with a number of thought-provoking assemblies to highlight aspects of computer use to keep them safe. These included safe use of photographs and images and information that may cause upset. Girls were encouraged to go home and share this guidance with parents.

Results of the week of activities linked to the Big Garden Birdwatch were shared and you can find out more in the separate article.  It was clear that everyone enjoyed learning more about our British birds and contributing to RSPB national research data.

In Kindergarten, the letter ‘b’ was the phonics sound studied during Bird Week. Girls in K2 enjoyed kneading, rolling and icing blue buns.

Wednesday was a busy day in the Prep School with opportunities for many girls to extend their experiences. Year 2 began the day with presentations on their favourite hobbies and interests and in the afternoon Year 4 girls attended a workshop on hot and cold Science. You can read more about these opportunities in the accompanying stories.  A group of Year 6 gymnasts also visited the GMAC to extend their skills with a coaching session from a GB coach.  They were able to use the full range of equipment.

The week has ended with parents’ assemblies for 5E and 5F and a trip to Thinktank for Year 2, all of which we will report further on next week.

As we approach half term we look forward to welcoming parents to the consultation evenings next week.  Girls are also reminded that on Tuesday they are invited to come to school dressed in red in support of our fundraising event for ‘Little Hearts Matter.’

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School


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