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07 June 2024

Our first week back after half term has proved a busy one, with many workshops and events ahead to look forward to.

In Year 1 on Monday the girls enjoyed a visit from two guinea pigs. They were keen to learn new facts and followed this up with some excellent writing about their new found knowledge.

During the week, Year 3 have taken their learning in various subjects out of the classroom.  They completed a traffic survey on Westbourne Road as part of their Geography work. They then considered the pollution caused by the vehicles and thought of ways to reduce this.  They have also enjoyed some practical Mathematics outside including completing some capacity work in the playground and a visit to the allotment to complete a ‘Plant Treasure Hunt.’  This involved observing the strawberries growing there as part of their Science topic and they were challenged to carry out some plant-related measurements such as finding the longest leaf and smallest plant.

Our assemblies this week have given us the opportunity to consider the benefits of developing independent learning skills. On Tuesday, Mrs Aston discussed the results of the pupil survey which had asked the girls for their views on our change to the Homework routines in place this year. We were very pleased by the results and the positive impact the girls had been aware of.

On Thursday, Year 6 Independent Learning projects, completed as part of the enrichment programme, were shared with everyone. The girls who presented spoke very confidently about their research and why they had selected their particular topic. Well done to all Year 6 girls who produced excellent work on themes as varied as Suffragettes, Eyes, Yoga, The Brain, Atoms, Big Cats and many others.

Our Wednesday assembly featured some of our Year 2 musicians in the first ‘Music in the Morning’ recital which you can read more about in the additional article. We are very proud of the girls and their self-assured performances.

At our Celebration Assembly on Friday there was much to be proud of. Individual medals and certificates were awarded to a number of our gymnasts who had recently competed in competitions run by Birmingham Gymnastics organisation. Our congratulations to Davica, Avanya, Yasmin, Haneen, Jashvita, Ameerah, Ayana and Mia, girls ranging from Years 1 – 5.  

There were swimming awards for Ameerah who was presented with a Level 5 swimming award and Sophie who has gained a bronze level in Level 1 synchronised swimming. This is a first for EHS. Layyan was congratulated for taking part in a Race for Life and for raising £50 for Diabetes research. Another first came in the award of a cinema screen medal from the Pauline Quirke Academy for Nahla. Eliza also shared her individual achievements in tennis and in her dance performance with us.

We presented Independent Challenge awards to Hana, Zeenia and Jashvita and selected the winners of the Courtesy Counts prizes for last half term. Our final congratulations were for the winners of the Dragon’s Den projects which were showcased to parents just before half term. In joint third place we had Mood Moon and Detect Diagnostics, in second place AAIM Washing Made Easy and the overall winners were Coco, the Sleepybot.

Another busy week ahead with several workshops, a trip for Year 3 and our Summer Concert.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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