the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
15 September 2017
Unlike areas of America which have been battered by the tropical storms, this first full week back at EHS has seen girls settling calmly into their new routines. They have also been busy getting to know each other and the new girls in their classes.
In Science, this has involved a number of team building exercises where the girls had to work closely together to problem solve. In Westbourne the girls have been painting and sharing portraits of each other. They have also been introduced to the activities they will enjoy together in the outdoor area this term. An assembly focusing on what makes us each special helped girls in Years 1 and 2 to think about the individual talents they have and can prize in their friends.
Our first Celebration Assembly of the new term involved the presentation of a number of awards. These included Well Done Certificates for our Year 2 girls who had clearly worked hard and shown acts of kindness to each other. We were also able to celebrate the achievements of our musicians with the award of the ABRSM certificates from grade examinations taken in the summer. There were also individual medals presented to Violet Walker for her success in Archery and congratulations to Derwent Wilson who attended a residential week with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia. This group was made up of young people at Secondary schools mainly and Derwent was one of the youngest children there. She was also lucky enough to play her harp with the full NSSO orchestra which was an achievement to be very proud of. Derwent cannot wait for the next event.
Badges to recognise the roles of responsibility in Year 6 were awarded this week too and we considered carefully what taking responsibility means to us all.
On Thursday morning we marked National Teaching Assistant Day in a special assembly to recognise the value to us all of our Teaching Assistants and how many different talents they have. We hope they manage to have a rest on Saturday which is the official date.
We have enjoyed meeting parents who have attended the Information Evenings in both Prep and Westbourne and hope they have found these useful. We look forward to welcoming parents to other events throughout the term including the New Parents Reception hosted by EHSPA next Tuesday.
We hope girls have enjoyed taking part in the Swim Squad trials this week with Netball Squad trials for girls in Years 5 and 6 next week. There are also trips to Lunt Roman Fort for Year 3 and to Land Rover for Year 5 and a workshop for Year 2 hosted by the Eye Heroes.