the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
18 January 2019
During the last week there has been a focus for several year groups on creative arts and subjects.
On Thursday 10 January, the Year 1 girls went to the Town Hall to watch a live performance of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, adapted from the famous story by author Judith Kerr. After having a sandwich lunch in their classrooms, the girls took a coach into the city centre. The children were happy to join in with songs and they even took part in some Tiger dancing, thoroughly enjoying this interactive performance.
This week, Year 5 girls have visited the Barber Institute as an introduction to portraits which they will be focusing on this term. They were guided on how to study paintings for clues and what they can tell us about the subjects. They also studied a portrait painted by Andre Derain and found out how he became an artist. We are looking forward to seeing how their drawing skills progress and to seeing their finished works of art.
We had many achievements to celebrate in our first assembly of the week. There were presentations of certificates to our Year 6 ‘genetic engineers’, Music certificates for success in ABRSM exams, Well Done awards for Year 1 and 2 girls and badges for the new Form and Vice Captains and Charity representatives for the term ahead. There were also individual awards for Olivia, Cora and Isla for swimming, to Aurelia and Aditi for Gym, to Anya for skiing and to Star for climbing. We offer our congratulations to them all.
There were further congratulations to the Swimming Squad too who won their gala on Tuesday night against Blue Coat School. Girls pushed themselves in all their races, coming away with many first and second places. The relays were fiercely competitive as they are worth double points, but the girls dug deep and came away with victories to be very proud of.
On Wednesday 16 January, Year 6 had their first League game of the New Year against Blue Coat School. Both matches were fiercely competitive and enjoyable to watch. EHS 'A' team set the pace of play, winning the first quarter. Blue Coat quickly upped their game and equalised by half time. Blue Coat took victory with a strong second half. EHS 'B' team played a fiercely exciting one point game, leading in the first quarter, drawing in the second and third finally taking victory in the final quarter. All girls thoroughly enjoyed another opportunity to play.
Reception girls have been busy developing their skills in different curriculum areas too. In French, the girls have been learning numbers and some can readily recite numbers to 10. In Mathematics, the girls have been demonstrating their understanding of the terms 'more' and 'less' by using practical objects and numbers on cards. They have also extended their project on Growing by making musical seed shakers which have been used in Music lessons. Their first swimming session also went very well.
Next week will have a literary focus as we have visits from storyteller Giles Abbot to Prep and Sam Langley Swain to Westbourne. We look forward to seeing the work these Beyond the Curriculum Days will bring.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
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