Friday Headlines

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Head's end of term message

13 December 2019

As I approach the end of my first term at EHS, I would like to say thank you to all the girls, colleagues, parents and governors for welcoming me into the school community and making me feel part of it so quickly and without hesitation. That community has been plainly evident and ever present this week. There is always something magical about Christmas in school, but nothing could have prepared me for the week that has just gone by. I thought the fabulous Westbourne Nativity, Year 2 Nativity, ToyLink Christmas donation and present wrapping from last week were impressive enough, but this week every child from Nursery to Sixth Form has continued to embrace the joy of Christmas and we have had:

•    Christmas Jumper Day
•    Christmas Lunches
•    Senior School Christmas Lunch table decorating competition (along with some awesome outfits)
•    Carol Services
•    Westbourne Christmas Door Competition - the winning class shown in the photo above. So many great doors and what a wonderful way to decorate Westbourne. 
•    Sixth Form Winter Ball
•    Westbourne and Prep Christmas parties (I even managed a little dance with Year 1)
•    Christmas Assemblies
•    Senior House Gala
•    A rousing rendition of the School Song (including the distinctive foot stomping)

As well as all of this we have, of course, been continuing with lessons. I have also taken time as term finishes to reflect on everything that our pupils have achieved this term. Looking through Friday Headlines shows the impressive array of activities that the girls have become involved in, the competitions that they have entered, the trips they have been on, the work that they have been doing in the community and the fun that they have had, whilst all the time learning and making progress. 

I have lost count of the amount of times people have said to me how impressed they are with our girls. It doesn’t matter whether they are touring prospective parents, reading in public, representing EHS outside of school or just on their way home, EHS girls are confident, articulate, energetic, supportive and fabulous ambassadors. A very good friend of mine, who happens to be a teacher in Loughborough, texted me to say that she had overheard a conversation in her staffroom the other day where another member of staff was talking about having been to Birmingham shopping, and that she had been on a bus next to a 13 or 14 year old girl who had struck up a conversation with her. The teacher was commenting what delightful manners this girl had and how she had even waved as she got off the bus. My friend asked her colleague whether she knew what school the girl attended, and the colleague replied that she did because the girl was wearing her uniform. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to know that the uniform was an EHS one. 

I am immensely proud to be the Head of Edgbaston High School for Girls and proud of all the girls and staff. Everyone has worked incredibly hard this term and deserve the holiday that has now arrived. I finish this Friday headlines as I started it, with a heartfelt thank you to all. 

Mrs C Macro

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