the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
13 November 2015
November is a busy month, full of special events for us to think about at school and we certainly enjoyed the Fireworks Party organised by the Parents' Association. The morning weather did not look promising but the evening had perfect conditions for the two spectacular displays which were thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd. Many children came dressed in Halloween costumes which were enhanced by the ghoulish glowing items on sale. The candyfloss, popcorn and World Challenge stalls selling sweet treats all added to the evening of fun.
We started this school week with our Harvest assembly. The focus was the story of a family of church mice who learnt that Harvest was more than just about food but about being grateful for all we have. A number of girls helped to spell out the message of the story. Thank you to everyone who has sent in items of food which will be donated to the Birmingham Crisis Centre.
The annual Bookfair arrived in Westbourne and was opened in the Hall. It has been open each morning for girls and their parents to browse and we hope the girls enjoy their new books.
On Tuesday, 1C performed an assembly for parents all about remembering. They talked about all the things they have to remember at home and at school and taught their audience different ways to remember important things.
The pupils performed a play about Mr. Forgetful who struggled to remember an important message. To end the assembly, the pupils explained that November is an important month for remembering people who have been injured or died in war and explained why many staff and pupils are wearing poppies. The pupils performed really well and we were incredibly proud of them.
Later on in the afternoon the swim squad set off to Holy Trinity for the second gala of the term although it was the first one for the younger swimmers. All girls swam well and were delighted to win once again. Well done to all swimmers.
Remembrance Day was commemorated on Wednesday when our assembly marked the significance of the poppy as a symbol of the day. We also marked the effect that conflict has on families in times of war. We held a minute of silence to reflect on how much people give to help us live in peace in our country.
In our Celebration assembly on Thursday we congratulated the swim squad on their success, presented the well done certificates to Year 2 and a number of individual awards for swimming and Year 5 Scrapbook Challenge.
Year 1 did not join us as they had set off on their first big adventure of the year. They were visiting Tamworth Castle as an extension of their History studies on different types of homes. They clearly enjoyed their experience and we will report more next week.
The day finished with the Year 5 and 6 Teatime Concert. This has become a popular event with the girls and we had 29 performers. They played a variety of instruments and a
delighted audience was treated to a wide range of music styles. The girls all performed with great confidence and it was a most enjoyable way to end the day. Well done to all
Our week has ended with us all seeing spots as we have dressed up for Children in Need. We would like to say thank you to everyone for their support of our fundraising efforts this term.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School