the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
08 February 2019
We began this week with our Celebration Assembly and there was much to be proud of. The weekly ‘Well Done’ certificates were presented to Years 1 and 2 and there were individual awards for Tae Kwon-do and Fencing. We were also able to share in the success of the girls who had undertaken independent study on our chosen topic of The Heart and on several environmental topics.
Evie, Phoebe and Sara shared the results of the Big Bird Watch. 113 girls took part who between them observed 2095 birds. The girls also announced the exciting news that we have been awarded the Green Flag from the Eco-Schools Organisation once again after passing the rigorous inspection. The three girls received a Headteacher’s Certificate for their part in gaining this prestigious award.
Another extremely pleasing set of results was shared by Star, our Gym Captain. A team of six Prep girls took part in the U12 Birmingham Schools Main Competition, held at EHS and were one of the youngest teams in this section. The team of Star, Zaynab, Phoebe, Oko. Willow and Aurelia was placed second overall. Our congratulations were also offered to Aurelia who was placed first in the floor and vault and was awarded the overall Gold Medal.
On Tuesday we wished everyone a Happy Chinese New Year. The girls in Nursery and Kindergarten celebrated with some traditional dancing and crafts.
The second half of Year 6 visited the largest Hindu Temple in Europe this week to extend their RE studies. They enjoyed the trip and hearing more about the myths and legends in the Hindu Religion.
On Wednesday we welcomed children and staff from Harborne Junior, Chad Vale and Bournville Schools to join us for a Choral Day. The children worked very hard during the day learning many interactive songs, with actions, which culminated in a Concert for parents. It was clear how much they had enjoyed themselves from their level of performance. Our thanks to Mrs Suzzie Vango choral specialist and Mrs Heather Howell who organised the day and accompanied the children for all their inspiration and hard work in giving the pupils such an exciting musical experience. Suzzie had written many of the songs and we were treated to a world premiere of a completely new song not previously performed!
In Thursday’s assembly girls in Years 1 - 6 considered the topic of giving and asking for consent when sharing information with the on-line world which was part of this year’s Safer Internet Day theme.
Next week we look forward to welcoming parents to Parents’ Evenings. I am sure everyone will then be looking forward to a well-earned break for half term after such busy term.
Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School
Prep News - 8 February 2019
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