the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
29 March 2019
We always enjoy marking special days in the Prep School and on Thursday of last week we celebrated World Poetry Day. We began the day with an assembly on the theme which
involved looking at various forms of poetry including nursery rhymes, limericks, shape poems, acrostics and free verse. We ended the session with hearing some haiku poems
written by our Year 2 girls on the theme of Spring. Later in the day 6G were inspired to write some poems in a style of their choice which they enjoyed.
Friday was a very busy day. It began with an assembly presented by 3K to their parents on Life at the Poles following their work in Geography on the Antarctic and Arctic.
The girls had clearly enjoyed finding out about the climate at the poles and conducting research about animals who live in the coldest places on Earth. They presented their findings as Polar Scientists and we met penguins and polar bears who were living in a zoo!
After lunch, girls in Years 1 - 6 joined with the girls in Senior School for the opening of the newly redesigned and refurbished pavilion. They enjoyed taking part in a dance activity and then being able to watch Dr Weeks perform the official opening. It was then back to school for Prep Party organised by the EHSPA which you can read more about in the additional article.
This week began with a bumper celebration assembly. We were able to congratulate our swimmers for their success in the Sprint Swimming Awards scheme and there were individual swimming awards for Isla, Ava, Maya and Jiya too. Olivia, our swimming Captain, was also presented with a whole collection of medals, trophies and goblets from her recent successful galas representing her swimming club. Other certificates were presented to the netball squad for the GSA Netball Tournament and to Key Stage 1 girls for their endeavours in the classroom.
Our congratulations also went to Catrin who has just begun her climbing career and to Star, a more experienced climber, who has just qualified for the National Finals which take place in Sheffield later in the year. Amber experienced success in the Dudley Festival of Music, Dance and Drama with a second place in Prose Reading. She also won her heat and has been invited to represent Dudley Festival and the Diocese of Worcester in the National Finals of The Thomas Cranmer Awards Competition in February 2020. Last year, at this event the Prince of Wales presented the prizes. We are very proud of all these achievements and wish our girls well in the finals of their competitions.
We wished our Year 4 girls well as they set off on their residential adventure to Shropshire on Wednesday afternoon. We hope the spring weather continues and we look forward to hearing more about their trip.
Year 6 girls are now in full rehearsals for their production of Kitty Whittington which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. We are looking forward to seeing them perform and then to enjoying a well-deserved rest as term ends on Friday 5 April.
I close wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day weekend which started for Reception mums with a special assembly.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 29 March 2019
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