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09 December 2022

Our week has been full of seasonal traditions.  Our assemblies early in the week looked at the tradition and history of Christmas trees from early Egyptian times and festive foods eaten all round the world at celebrations.  We liked the sound of eating Bebinca from India but were less sure about Hallacas from Venezuela.

Wednesday and Thursday saw performances from Westbourne girls who presented ‘Donkey for Sale,’ and Year 4 who took us back in time to Tudor days.  We learnt about the start of certain well known traditions from this period of history.  We were invited into the home of a Lord and Lady who included Tudor dancing and a mummers’ play in their seasonal entertainment.

Year 5 History Club girls travelled back in time at a similar time in History but to a different country.  They have been learning about Aztec Civilisation and enjoyed an Aztec feast this week in place of their regular lunch!  The girls were offered tortillas, kidney beans, sweetcorn, mushrooms, honey, guacamole and tomatoes.  They also enjoyed a drink of hot chocolate.  Although the Aztecs also enjoyed feasting on hairless dogs and a great variety of insects, we decided to give those a miss! 

Thursday included a trip to the theatre for girls in Years 2 and 3 who travelled to The Crescent Theatre to see The Snow Queen which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

Thursday ended with a competitive gala against Highclare School.  All of the girls swam extremely well with the A Team finishing in first place and the B Team in second place.  Well done to all of the swimmers in squad, the staff and the Senior School girls who helped.  The gala finished with an enthusiastic three cheers given by our Sports Captains, Cora, Shayanna and Annabel.

Friday saw our Celebration Assembly take place in the Octagon prior to rehearsals for our Carol Service which was the last event of the week.  This week we celebrated individual swimming success for some of our older swimmers.  Izzy Poade and Ava Eagles have both been selected to swim with City of Birmingham Swimming Club with training sessions starting in January.  Cora Batchelor also gained two County qualifying times at the Crystal Meet at Stourbridge.  Some of our younger swimmers have been busy gaining distance awards with Jashvita Santhosh gaining 25m, Zoe Dias 100m and Emiley Dias 400m.  

We had some individual Music success to celebrate too.  Ava Rajp has been accepted to join the National Children’s Choir of GB.  Other successes shared were for Imogen McArdle who has passed her Grade 3 singing exam with merit, Hannah Cooray her Initial piano grade with distinction, Imogen Hung her Grade 1 piano with merit and Jessica Hung her Grade 4 piano and her Grade 5 violin with merit.

We clearly have very skilled and talented girls as there was a silver gym medal from the West Midlands Floor and Vault Competition for Ava Eagles, a Network Stage 1 badge from Brownies for Jashvita, a three year attendance medal from Stagecoach for Emily Pearson and Independent Learning Certificates for Esme Levy, Robyn Shankawalia, Apaar Rangi and Inaayah Chatra.  We also shared some beautiful artwork from Helin Wang and Apaar Rangi.

We are all looking forward to our Carol Service to close this week and to our last week next week.  This includes, a Christmas Fair for Westbourne, Christmas parties for all and our final Celebration Assembly of the term.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School


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