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Prep News

21 June 2019

With all of the awful weather recently, we have been lucky that our planned trips have all gone ahead and been enjoyable. One of these was the Year 3 visit to the Lickey Hills at the end of last week. The trip involved the girls extending their Geography and Mathematics skills. We also welcomed our Year 6 girls back from their residential trip to Chateau du Broutel in France where they had also experienced better weather than in England.

On Saturday, Mrs Pavlovic took a team of girls to take part in the English Schools Swimming Association, ESSA, finals in the internationally renowned pool at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The girls swam extremely well shaving nearly 3 seconds off their best time to finish a pleasing twelfth place in the country.

More sport followed for Year 2 when they attended the Nature Valley Tennis Tournament at the Priory. The girls were able to develop their own skills and then watch some of the professionals playing in a match.

Back at school, the Year 5 girls presented their talks to their Housemates in an effort to win their vote enabling them to become House Captains next term.  There was also much rehearsing for the Summer Concert which took place on Monday evening.

Tuesday morning saw a flurry of activity in Prep Hall when we held our second Five-a-Day session. We were joined by a number of parents and their daughters who enjoyed the workout. Look out for additional sessions in the Autumn Term.  

The afternoon was very busy too when we held our annual Summer Fair. This is the occasion when each class plans an activity for other girls to enjoy. Girls from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed splatting the teachers with wet sponges, lucky dips, name the bear, pass the pea and a range of other activities too. Girls made posters to advertise their stall, took the money, manned the stalls and enjoyed spending their money too. The Fair raised a pleasing £650 in just over an hour.
At Gardening Club in the evening, the girls helped build the support for the sunflowers to go along the wall of the allotment.

Each day has been extremely busy and Wednesday was no exception. It began with class 1C presenting an assembly to their parents. They presented facts from around the world that they had researched and came to school dressed in a variety of world costumes. The girls’ performances were very confident and demonstrated what knowledgeable, global citizens they are.

Meanwhile Year 6 girls were heading for London and the Natural History museum which we will report on next week and Year 3 were all taking part in their first full Inter-House gala. The overall winners will be announced at the end of term.

We are all hoping that the weather will stay kind to us and allow our Sports Day to go ahead at the end of the week.

Next week we look forward to Viking Day, a visit to Singers Hill Synagogue, a trip to the Safari Park and a showcase display from our Senior Gym Squad on Tuesday. We wish Year 4 luck in their English Speaking Board examinations and hope that Year 3 enjoy their Monet Day. We are certainly packing a lot into our last few weeks of the Academic Year.

Mrs Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
 

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