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05 February 2021

We ended last week with a whole school event, involving girls and staff from Nursery to Year 13.  This was our school birthday celebration.  Several members of staff shared EHS memories from their school days here and there were musical items involving girls from across the school.  Whilst we were unable to meet in the Octagon as we have done on other years we were delighted to ‘meet’ virtually to share the special event.  We also enjoyed seeing pictures of the cakes and cards girls made at home.

Over the weekend, many girls also got involved with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  Many took part in the survey and others used their art and craft or research skills.  It was very good to see the wide variety of projects.

On Monday morning in our Prep School assembly, two special topics were launched for the week ahead.  We marked the start of both Children’s Mental Health Week and National Storytelling Week both of which are important and have been linked throughout the week.

Different members of staff have read chapters from books to the girls in both live and recorded story sessions.  This included Mrs Hartley reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea, to Nursery girls to fit in with their Polly Put the Kettle On theme of the week.  Girls have heard about the history of storytelling and have played a game to try to identify the story from just a few clues.  They proved to be experts.

On Thursday, the focus of the day was to encourage the girls to believe in themselves.  The stories used were some of the Kate Pankhurst stories about women who have changed the world or made history.  They all had positive attitudes to be able to achieve as they did, even if they felt a little nervous on their journeys.

Once again, there has been much work to be proud of as the girls continue to engage with their curriculum studies and enrichment and independent activities.

Next week we look forward to meeting with parents via Zoom and launching our own Commonwealth Games Challenge in the last week before we break up for half term.  We hope more of you will consider knitting little hats for our school charity project as Hana and her mum have.

Mrs Sally Hartley

Head of Preparatory School


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