the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
08 March 2019
We ended last week with two opportunities for the girls to perform. On Thursday, we held our Prep Young Musician 2019 event for the finalists in Years 3 - 6. We are delighted to announce the Year group winners as Risha, Aurelia, Samara and Sophia. Our overall Young Musician was announced as Millie in Year 6. Our congratulations to all of the girls who entered and gained points for their Houses.
On Friday it was the turn of Year 1 who presented their ‘Bodies’ assembly to an audience of parents. They gave a very confident performance of many songs with actions all
about the body. Each Year 1 class also performed an appropriate poem. We were all most impressed by their confidence and their memories to learn so many words!
Two teams of runners, and their parents, turned out on Saturday morning to represent the Prep School in a cross country competition at Hallfield School. We were very pleased by the third places gained by both the U9 and U11 teams and special congratulations to Aurelia who came first in the U9 run.
This week began with a welcome to Mr Crilly from Severn Trent Water. He came to school to talk to the girls about sensible use of water and to inform them of how much water everyday activities take and how much we waste. In this special ‘Waste Week’ Mr Crilly asked the girls to make some pledges to try to save water and we would encourage parents to ask how you can help at home. We were all challenged to think about our actions.
Later in the day water was also the theme when a group of Year 6 swimmers travelled to Bromsgrove, with some girls from Senior School to take part in an invitational gala against 18 other schools. The competition was fierce, but we were really pleased with the two second place for the freestyle and medley relays.
The girls’ competitive sides were challenged further on Shrove Tuesday, when both Prep and Westbourne held some Pancake Day races. In Prep it was an inter-House event with much cheering and Frank House being announced as the winner.
Later in the day girls in Year 2 took advantage of the beautiful spring weather to visit the school allotment. They looked for signs of the changing season ready for their creative writing next week.
Plants of a different kind were studied on Wednesday when Year 4 enjoyed a visit from Dave Shaw and his Rainforest Roadshow. We will report further on the girls’ jungle experience next week.
We have finished the week with a celebration of World Book Day by dressing up and holding a special book-themed assembly organised by Miss Howarth and 6H.
We wish our Year 6 netball squad well as they travel to the tournament in Portsmouth at the weekend and to all girls taking LAMDA examinations next week. We hope they will take a little time to practise.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 8 March 2019
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