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28 February 2020

We hope all families enjoyed the break and are ready for the half term ahead.  We were pleased to welcome everyone back after the holiday including two new girls who have joined us in the Prep School.

Parents of girls in 5D had a particularly enjoyable start to their break when they joined us on 14 February for a class assembly. The girls had chosen the theme of Valentine’s Day and they shared facts about the saint with us and some of the traditions we follow. They also presented their own version of Blind Date and gave their families a card made especially for the day. The class demonstrated a whole range of excellent skills.

At our Celebration Assembly on Monday we presented three girls with Independent Work certificates for their projects on very different queens. Well done to Grace Moran, Emily Hadley and Isabella Hammersley for using some holiday time for research. Many girls also used the break to enter stories in the BBC 500 Words competition. We are sure that girls were also busy planning their costumes for World Book Day which is on Thursday March 5.

This week has been a very busy one. Our curriculum enrichment activities began with a trip to Thinktank for our Year 2 girls on Tuesday. They returned at lunchtime to join all of the other girls from Years 1 - 6 in the Octagon for the annual Inter-House Pancake Race. There was great excitement and competitive spirit on display as the girls gave their best for their Houses.  Individual year group winners were announced throughout the race but the winning House will be announced on Monday morning.

Wednesday began with a visit from All Stars Cricket. Zac introduced the game of cricket, the values and the benefits of playing the sport. Two willing members of staff joined in and we thank Mrs Donelly and Mrs Dawes who demonstrated great skills to the girls. There are opportunities for the girls to become involved in this sport with the All Stars and the girls have the information.

During this busy day we also welcomed pupils from three other schools to join our Year 3 girls for a Choral Day which was enjoyed by all. Meanwhile Year 6 girls made a visit to West House School where they enriched their Science knowledge and skills in a morning of rocket launching. This was the first visit for us and the girls enjoyed working with the boys, and also making the winning rocket!

Wednesday morning also saw the launch of our ‘Little Learners’ stay and play session in Westbourne. Aimed at parents and children aged 0-4 years, the sessions take place during term time on Wednesdays between 10.15 and 11.30 am.  Please contact Mrs Jackson in Admissions if you are interested in attending.

The latter part of the week continued to be full of activity with Year 4 enjoying their Rainforest Roadshow, the finals of our Prep Musician of the Year and Year 1’s Bodies Assembly. You will be able to read more about these events next week.

I close wishing everyone a good weekend of World Book Day costume planning. Girls in Westbourne are invited to come to school on Thursday dressed as a Mr Men or Little Miss character and girls in Years 1 – 6 may choose any favourite book character.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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