the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
22 October 2015
At the end of last week, Nursery girls went for a walk to the local supermarket to do some shopping ready for the weekend. On the beautiful autumn morning it was fun kicking through the orange leaves en route. When they arrived, Mrs Coulson took some money out of the cashpoint to pay for the shopping. A man in a green overall helped them to find items they needed. Next they were allowed to choose some chocolate buttons and, after paying the cashier for the items, they sat on the bench outside to eat their chocolates and rest their feet.
Charlotte, Milly, Audrey, Emilia and Jemima were busy during the weekend, not shopping but taking part in a Biathlon. This was the first round of the British Modern Biathlon Series. The girls swam 50 metres and then ran 800 metres. They all performed extremely well, posting very good times which resulted in an individual fifth place for Emilia and sixth for Audrey. The Year 5 girls also qualified, as a team, for the next round of the Biathlon Championships in November and for the British Schools final in March. We eagerly await the final rankings being published. Well done to all five Biathletes.
On Monday evening the Year 6 gardeners spent some time tidying up the allotment. They also had time to guess the weight of the pumpkin and the nearest one to the weight won each pumpkin. A great way to spend an autumn evening!
Girls in Westbourne always enjoy new experiences and finding out about different materials. In Reception they have been experimenting with kinetic sand. They have also enjoyed decorating gingerbread men biscuits.
Following their work on their sense of smell last week, Year 2 Scientists have been busy once again. They put on their blindfolds to carry out an exciting tasting experiment. They discussed whether the tastes were sweet, sour, salty or bitter and drew a diagram of the tongue. Also the girls discussed which was stronger, their sense of smell or their sense of taste. The favourite taste was chocolate of course!
This last week of the half term has ended with a rosy glow in the Prep School with our Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer Care. We also focused on our charity work in the final assembly. Our Charity Reps, Naba and Haleema, introduced the four charities being considered for our Silver Bag support this year. The choices were gathered by our School Council members and are to be voted for by the girls in Prep. Results will be reported at the start of next term.
Next half term we will be supporting Children in Need and Bobble Hat Day. We would also ask for donations to our Harvest Festival celebration. Girls can bring dry goods to school after the holiday and, following our celebration, the food will be donated to the Birmingham Crisis Centre.
In our Pink assembly we were treated to a solo performance from Claudia Jardine who sang beautifully. We also presented a number of awards to the girls for karate, swimming,
tumbling, piano and biathlon. An award was presented to Mrs Aston too. She was the winner of the Dudley Region Volunteer of the Year for her work in sports. Well done to them
I close with a reminder that the girls have been given details of a number of competitions which they might like to enter during the break. These include two Christmas card competitions and a House Competition to design a book cover. I wish everyone a very happy half term and look forward to seeing the girls back at school on 2 November.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School