the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
17 May 2019
Girls in the Prep Department always enjoy performing and last week ended with several opportunities for the girls to demonstrate this. Thursday ended with a most enjoyable Teatime Concert featuring soloists from Years 3 and 4. The audience was thoroughly entertained by 37 of our youngest musicians who all performed with confidence and poise. There were performances on violin, guitar, flute, piano, viola, cello, recorder, trumpet, trombone and vocal solos. What a wealth of talent!
Friday morning then began with an assembly for parents performed by 6G. They had chosen to present aspects of their curriculum studies that they had enjoyed during the year. Topics included dance linked to the environment, Mathematics, History on WW2 and Art.
Our Year 6 House Captains presented their last assembly this week having been in post since September. The theme chosen was deaf awareness which linked well with our recent
British Sign Language presentation. They had clearly been inspired as one group had learnt the sign language to a song which they taught to their Housemates.
Interactive, hands-on learning always extends the girls’ knowledge further. This week many girls have enjoyed such opportunities. In Westbourne our ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ Day was focused on animals with a visit from Lion Learners whilst Music Technology was introduced to Year 1 girls as they made interesting use of ipads to create tunes.
Year 6 girls were transported to the marketplace in Ancient Egypt in addition to their programme of enrichment activities. After experiencing squash, this week girls have completed Bikeability 2 and an Enterprise activity. Watch out Dragon’s Den!
The warm sunshine made a welcome change for Gardening Club this week. The Year 5 girls started by doing some jobs - sweeping, tidying and watering. Then they weeded different
beds before learning how to pot new seeds ready to grow in the glass house and at home. Everyone had a fabulous hour down at our wonderful allotment.
In Creative Writing, girls in Reception have written about the Dear Zoo story independently. Some girls did not want to stop writing as they enjoyed the story so much! They have also been making finger puppet butterflies which they flew around the classroom.
Year 2 girls also developed their artistic skills using Kandinsky’s abstract Art as inspiration for their own designs. They used shape and line to create a mood and listened to Russian music.
Next week we look forward to welcoming parents to Year 1 Open House on Wednesday morning and to Year 5 Cranedale Assembly on Friday. After such a busy half term we are also looking forward to our holiday beginning after school on Friday 24 May.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 17 May 2019
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