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Prep News - 7 July 2023


07 July 2023

There is never a dull moment in the Prep School and the last two weeks have shown this very well.  We have held assemblies for parents, several swimming galas and concerts, welcomed Shetland ponies and Vikings and also managed to fit in some school work.  It must nearly be time for a holiday and I am sure the children are looking forward to the summer break.

We ended last week with our Year 4 gala which was closely followed by the visit from author Charlie Brooks and his Shetland pony, Beanstalk, in the morning.  A very unsettled lunchtime, weather wise, caused some consternation as to whether our Summer Charity Fair would go ahead.  We need not have worried because the rain stopped and a great afternoon went ahead as planned.  You can read more about these two events separately.

This week then started with more excitement for Year 3 when they met the Vikings in a hands-on workshop.  They found out how the Vikings had lived and tried out many different skills.

Then in the evening the first Prep Festival run by EHSPA took place at the playing fields.  This was for girls and parents from Westbourne to Year 6.  There were large inflatables to scramble over and through, face painting, football fun and food to enjoy and all in open, familiar surroundings.  There was definitely a festival feeling and again the rain was kept at bay.

Tuesday started with House assembly when the Year 5 girls gave their speeches encouraging their Housemates to vote for them as next year’s House Captains.  The results will be shared in September.  The in the afternoon it was time for our Year 6 Leavers’ Celebration to reflect on all that the girls have achieved during their time in Prep.  There was laughter, sharing of memories and tears from both girls and parents on the emotional afternoon.

On Wednesday morning we welcomed new girls joining us in September for our Changeover Day when everyone had the chance to meet their new teacher and hear about the new year ahead.  This is another day full of mixed emotions.

Year 6 were in the spotlight again on Thursday evening when they enjoyed their Leavers’ Party after school.  There was dancing, the Retro Pod and many games to enjoy.  There was curling, skittles, crazy golf and the popular ‘Up the Creek’ game.  This was a great way for them to relax after a very emotional week.

Our final event of this academic year was the Celebration Assembly for everyone from Years 1 – 6.  We presented certificates of achievement, The Karen Knott Guitar Ensemble Cup won at the Leamington Spa Festival and individual awards for swimming, cricket, football, tennis, gym and a sponsored walk.  We presented our finalists in the national Junior Language Challenge with their certificates and there was much recognition of girls’ success in the Harborne Little League including the award of the shield to Quidditch the winning team.  We also recognised the success of all girls in the House events with Frank having won the Sports Day trophy and the Swimming Cup.  It was success for Curie in the House Point Cup.  

The assembly finished with Anya and Lucy, retiring Head Girls, performing their last official act by leading the Prep School in three cheers.  My final job of this busy year is to wish everyone a very happy and relaxing holiday.  I wish Year 6 continued success in their senior schools and look forward to seeing everyone else in September ready for new adventures.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Prep

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