the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
11 December 2015
The week in Prep began with us all thinking hard. The girls completed this half term’s Thinking Skills activity on Monday morning. They had a variety of activities offered, appropriate to their year group, none of which had just one right answer. The morning included some very good philosophical discussions.
Then on Tuesday morning 6G presented an assembly all about the brain. The girls had researched the topic thoroughly and shared many interesting facts with the audience. They had clearly enjoyed their work, including a number of jokes and a very ‘catchy’ song. The presentation was extremely well performed with confidence and humour.
At the end of the school day, members of the Prep School Swimming squad, from Years 3 – 6, set off to Solihull for a gala involving three other schools. It was a very exciting gala with some excellent swimming skills on show from EHS, St. Martin’s, Kingsley and Balsall Common. We were very proud of our girls who won in each age group category and the overall win of 166 points was 43 points ahead of the second place. Well done to EHS swimmers.
Last Friday, Year 3 enjoyed a visit from Dr Shoja-Assadi, a dentist. The girls were curious to learn more about the subject they had been studying in Science this term and asked many thoughtful questions. They used a disclosing tablet to show them where the plaque was on their teeth before brushing it away using the methods they had been shown. In 3L the girls presented more of their knowledge in a class assembly.
Following the Dentist’s visit, 3L chose teeth as the theme for their class assembly. They acted the parts of the teeth and the dentist and shared many facts about how teeth work and the importance of brushing them thoroughly. The knowledge they shared was an extension of the topic being studied in Science lessons.
Around the Prep school there is much evidence of seasonal art and craft work including many snowmen, snowflakes and robins. Reception girls have shared a number of their creations.
In Year 2, in DT lessons, they have been busy making a vehicle for a very important person at this time of year. Unfortunately, Santa’s sleigh has broken down and he needs to deliver the presents on time. The girls used boxes and added their own choice of wheels. They used cellophane for the windows and added windscreen wipers, lights, seats and even an aerial or two. Let’s hope he gets to everyone’s house on time!
An annual event at this time of year is our Guitar Ensemble performance. The group entertained an audience of parents, girls and staff during Thursday’s assembly with a selection of seasonal music. The audience really enjoyed listening to the pieces and was inspired to sing along. It was also good to see the mixed age groups working together so well in the ensemble. Thank you to Miss Larner who leads the ensemble.
Thursday continued with the delicious, traditional Christmas lunch which was thoroughly enjoyed and our week has finished with the Prep Carol Service.
We are looking forward to the last week of term which includes the House Quiz, Westbourne Production, parties and the special end-of-term assembly.
I wish all families a happy holiday break and look forward to seeing everyone in January.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
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