the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
22 April 2016
We began the week by welcoming a number of new girls to the Preparatory School. We know they will settle quickly and enjoy their schooling at EHS. In Westbourne this welcome extended to some visitors as ‘Lion Learners’ joined us for the day on Monday. You can find out more about girls’ experiences with rabbits and guinea pigs, snakes and spiders and other exotic creatures in the extra article.
We also started the term with congratulations to a number of girls and staff. Well done to Mila Arbuthnott and Rosanna Nabavi whose story entries have progressed to the second round of the BBC 500 words writing competition. We also offer our best wishes to two members of staff who were married during the Easter break. Miss Standley, K1 teacher is now Mrs Goodman and Miss Rolland, our Admissions Assistant, is now Mrs Reader.
On Wednesday our space seeds arrived and we are looking forward to watching them grow. You can find out more about this exciting national project in the separate story. Wednesday also brought more good news as our Year 6 netball team won the Birmingham Primary Schools Netball Tournament, beating five other teams. Well done to all players and to Miaa and Gracie who were shortlisted for players of the tournament.
There have been a number of challenges taking place in lessons this week to extend the girls’ enjoyment of the topics they have been studying. These have included Year 6 girls who have been studying the water cycle in Geography and enjoyed playing a board game quizzing each other using the question cards. Year 2 girls took part in a treasure hunt around school searching for multiples of 2, 5 and 10 which they then sorted to discover amazing mathematical facts. Reception girls enjoyed making animal masks as an introduction to their new topic on ‘Creatures great and Small’.
The week has ended with a visit from Brian Moses, the well-known poet. He entertained all girls in Years 1 – 6 with some of his performance poetry in the Octagon and then he carried out workshops with a number of year groups. We hope that Mr Moses enjoyed looking at the plans of our new library extension which will be open very soon.
This first week back would not have been complete without marking the Queen’s 90th birthday. We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in assembly and enjoyed some royal themed birthday cakes. Westbourne girls enjoyed a street party event in the playground and counted up to 90 to add their best wishes to the many others the Queen will receive today. Year 2 also sent a card which they had made specially. The whole school will celebrate the special occasion in June, on the Queen’s official birthday.
We look forward to seeing parents of girls in Years 3 and 4 next week for the Inter-House swimming galas.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News 22nd April
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