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22 November 2019

Promoting exercise for the girls is something we take seriously at EHS, whilst making the activities fun. Last week we invited parents to join their daughters in a morning exercise session using our Five-a-Day programme and the action mats. Parents called in at drop off time on Thursday for a work-out before heading off for the day.  

Friday also began with a burst of exercise when all girls and staff in Years 1 - 6 took part in the BBC Big Move. We gathered together with Pudsey to take part in a short programme of exercise following the live link presentation with Joe Wicks, the exercise guru. In Westbourne the girls joined Pudsey to take part in some classroom yoga and a ramble at the Botanical Gardens. We were delighted to have contributed £550 to the BBC appeal.

After an active end to last week we began this week talking about saving energy. Our Eco Reps launched the start of Switch Off Fortnight when we are focusing on saving electricity to help the planet. In our assembly we were reminded of what we can do to help. The Reps are checking up on everyone, including teachers, to see that we have turned unwanted lights off and that computers have been shut down too. Watch out at home parents, as girls will be checking on you too!

We celebrated the success of our Year 1 and 2 girls with the presentation of the Well Done certificates and we congratulated Grace Moran on her swimming success in the Severnside Tritons Gala. There were also awards for Anya Sanghera, Arya Pahuja, Maryam Zergham and Mia Millman who had undertaken some independent work and for Imogen Upton for her success in Computer Coding.

Tuesday brought many visitors to school when we held our Prep School in Action morning and our Year 6 guides, once again, were excellent ambassadors for the school. Tuesday evening saw another set of visitors when we welcomed girls from Holy Trinity School to a swimming gala. This was a close competition all the way through with the final result being a win by just two points for Holy Trinity A Team. EHS A Team came second and the B Team third.  Well done to all of the swimmers.

More teamwork was in evidence on Wednesday when our House Captains organised their half termly assembly. They always enjoy meeting and working together.  In Curie House, for example, they worked as a team to make a Thanksgiving paper chain.

We hope that Nursery parents enjoyed joining us to celebrate national Nursery Rhyme Week on Thursday.  Learning rhymes is a very valuable skill and the girls have certainly enjoyed their week.

Year 5 have recently been taking part in an exciting new initiative. To consolidate the Field to Fork topic in Geography they have been linked to a farmer in Falkirk, who has been giving the girls a tour of his dairy farm and answering the many questions posed by Year 5 via Skype. He has a 600 acre farm with 500 cattle, his favourite being number 00231 as there are too many to name! We were able to hear first-hand about sustainability and the eco-friendly way that it is run, even seeing a two day old calf in the barn. This has been a great way for girls to learn about farming and they will be keeping in touch with Robin over the coming weeks

Next week we are looking forward to the arrival of the Star Dome planetarium and the trip to Selly Manor.  We also hope to see many parents and girls at the EHSPA Tree Lighting event on Friday 29 November.  There will be reindeer and snow, carols and handbells, and food and gifts to buy ready for the festive season ahead.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of the Preparatory School

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