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Westbourne | Preparatory

07 February 2020

We ended last week with two performances. We had a Year 3 and 4 Teatime Concert in which 27 of our youngest musicians took part playing piano, guitar, violin, recorder, trumpet, flute and singing.  It was a first concert for some of the girls but there were very few nerves in sight as they performed in front of a packed audience. We also welcomed parents from girls in 5F to a class assembly. The girls explained, through narration and acting, why we have an extra day each leap year.  They also included February traditions in their assembly.  Well done to all.

This week began with our good news and presentations. In addition to our Well Done certificates presented to Year 1 and 2 each week there were Independent Learning Awards for Cora and Haniah and Grade 1 Foil awards for Fencing for Sofia, Manahil and Aisha.  We also heard about the experiences of our U10 Gym Team who gained first place in the Birmingham Schools Novice Gym competition.  They performed a number of vaults and a floor routine to win gold.

Madame Hennous also shared the fantastic news that Ellie Cooke is top of the regional league in the national Junior Language Challenge and will undoubtedly be progressing to the Regional Final!  

In History, Year 2 have been learning about the life and work of Florence Nightingale from videos, a computer program and information texts. They were delighted to receive a visit from Florence Nightingale in person.  She sat on the Year 2 ‘Hot Seat’ to answer questions about the terrible conditions in Scutari and how she helped to improve the hospital.

Meanwhile, in Nursery, the theme this week has been ‘Polly put the Kettle on’ and ‘I’m a Little Teapot’. They decided to hold a tea party in Nursery. The girls role-played making and pouring tea with their tea-set and then helped to make real tea that they tasted in our special china teacups.

The House Captains were back in action on Wednesday when they ran the first House Assembly of this year. We thank them all for their hard work in preparation.

Wednesday also saw a celebration of World Read Aloud Day. Girls from across Prep took part; some in assembly, some in lessons and over 50 took part in our ‘pop-up’ sessions. There were two stages erected in the playground and at morning break and lunchtime girls had the opportunity to pop onto the stage to read aloud from their book.  Many girls shared a page or two from their books much to the delight of the chosen activities. 

There was success for the Year 6 netball team this week. On Monday they played Oratory School away and won 0-12.  On Wednesday, the team played against them at Home and won 8-1. The girls enjoyed playing against determined opponents who didn’t give up at any point in either match. EHS girls experienced playing in a variety of positions and pulled together as a team supporting one another throughout. Players of the match as voted by the opposition were Luella Burton-Thoong and Milly Wood. 

We wish our gymnasts good luck for the competition on Saturday at Fenton Manor and look forward to welcoming parents to our Nursery - Years 1-6 Parents’ Evenings all next week.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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