the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
28 September 2018
Our House Captains have been busy this week as they held their first House Assembly of the academic year on Monday. They have been preparing since the start of term and were excited to talk to the girls from Years 1 - 6 about the women their Houses are named after. Amy Johnson, Florence Nightingale, Anne Frank and Marie Curie are strong role models for our pupils. The Captains enjoyed the opportunity to lead the assembly and are now finding suitable topics for the next event.
On Tuesday morning, Year 2 began their day with a visit from the Eye Heroes charity. They learned, from Saima, how to prevent blindness and maintain eye health. The pupils enjoyed the workshop which has extended their Science work on senses.
Year 5 were busy too as they visited Jaguar Land Rover factory on Tuesday and Wednesday. They will follow up the experience by developing their coding skills and some performance poetry to be presented next week in assembly. We hope some of the girls may be inspired to pursue engineering as a career.
On Wednesday, we marked European Languages Day with girls in Reception answering the register in four different languages, English, French, Spanish and Welsh. In Prep each year group has been learning some phrases in a different language ready for our special assembly next week. These have included Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Greek and Bosnian.
Kindergarten enjoyed their first day in the Outdoor Classroom whilst Reception have been busy describing shapes in the classroom and writing the story of the Little Red Hen.
Another first this week was the meeting of our Prep Parliament. The new class representatives went along to find out about their first job. They will be canvassing their class mates to decide which charity we will be supporting this year. We will report on the decision after the girls have voted.
Our celebration of achievements this week took place on Thursday with congratulations to girls in Years 1 and 2 for a range of academic and personal skills. We also presented some individual awards for some unusual endeavours including a golf medal for Imogen, a skiing medal for Catrin, a Sixer badge to Lucy, A Ju Jitsu certificate to Ruth and a swimming certificate to Meryam. Congratulations to all girls.
We have finished the week with our Macmillan Chocolate Morning in support of the charity. We were pleased to welcome parents to join us in Prep Hall. Next week we are looking forward to National Poetry Day.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School