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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

20 January 2017

At the end of last week the girls in Year 5 visited the Barber Institute to look at portraiture which is their art topic for this term.  Rosanna and Ramneek, our Newshounds, asked some girls about their trip.  On arrival Siena and Renee had admired the elegant structure of the building.  Ruby and Hannah enjoyed the sketching element of the visit and were intrigued to see the original paintings and sculptures.  They all enjoyed the acting challenge which added humour to the visit and Valentina and Trisha had particularly enjoyed the Renaissance ‘elbow challenge’.  The detail in the girls’ finished sketched portraits indicates that they gained greatly from their trip.

Our Open Day on Saturday was very busy, despite the inclement weather, and we really enjoyed meeting the visitors.  Once again, our Year 6 guides were excellent ambassadors for the school and we are grateful to them for coming to school at the weekend.

In our Celebration Assembly on Monday we were pleased to be joined by our Sixth Form Liaison Prefects, Alice, Le’Shae and Jaskiran who awarded badges to our Form and Vice Form Captains, Eco and Charity Reps for this term.

Tuesday was also a busy day for Year 6 girls who began the audition process for the forthcoming production of Lion King Jr.  There was a definite buzz of excitement mixed with the inevitable nerves.  We are all now eagerly anticipating the announcement of parts and the start of rehearsals.

We welcomed the return visit of Giles Abbott, well-known storyteller, on Wednesday.  He entertained us all in assembly with the story of ‘Lazy Jack’ and then spent the day working with Year 3.  You can read more about this workshop in the additional story.

STEM subjects have been much enjoyed this week by our younger girls in Prep.  In Year 2 they have been making rainbows using a torch and a prism.  They discovered that white light from a light source splits into the colours of the spectrum.  This is just like in real life where raindrops split light from the sun and form a rainbow.  Meanwhile, in Reception they have been practising their weighing skills by finding items in the classroom to make the scales heavier, lighter or to balance.

Creative skills also flourish in Prep. This has been demonstrated by budding artist Alya on the whiteboard as you can see below and by Rebecca Baslov who entertained us in assembly with her excellent playing of the first movement from the Italian Concerto by JS Bach.

We have ended the week with the Rainforest Roadshow for Year 4 and a group of Year 6 gymnasts taking part in the Birmingham Schools Novice competition.

We wish our U11 girls good luck in their netball fixture at the weekend and we look forward to welcoming Holy Trinity School to the gala on Tuesday and Year 3 parents to a literary assembly on Friday.

Mrs Sally Hartley

Head of Preparatory School

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