Happy 14th Birthday, Emily, hope you have a great day!
Mrs Bird and Miss Nash managed to get some short video clips from the Easter bonnet parade this afternoon – have a look!
Our Lower and Upper Prep pupils paraded with their Easter bonnets this afternoon – great fun! Thanks to all the parents who helped the children with these beautiful, imaginative creations at home – it was a visual feast and they were all winners! Happy holidays, everyone.
Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to see our Upper Prep pupils perform a selection of musical items in The Barn yesterday. Some of the children have been learning their instruments for a year or more, while others are just beginners, and the festival gives all those who wish to perform the opportunity to show what they have been practising in their music lessons. The audience experienced a varied programme of solo and ensemble pieces including some delightful contributions from the Upper Prep choir directed by Mrs Richards, before joining the children for refreshments.
On a much warmer afternoon than we have had to contend with lately, Ryder were yesterday crowned champions of the Years 10 and 11 netball house matches. Runners-up were Fry. Well done! You can watch some video highlights below.
Years 7-9 played on Wednesday afternoon and, once again, Ryder were victorious, though this time Austen beat Fry into second place.
Our most recent ‘Stars’, receiving special mention by Mr Peace in this morning’s Prep Department Praise Assembly, are:
Felicity B (Year 3), for being hardworking generally and for expressing the feelings of her character in the class assembly this week, making confident contributions to the performance.
Oliver D (Year 4), for being conscientious and focused in class lesson times.
Caitlin C-K (Year 5) for working hard on her extension homework such as spelling and maths plus – and for learning her lines well for the song in her class assembly.
Sophie W (Year 6) for being very persevering, and for excellent work in maths with fractions, percentages and mulitplications.
Edward M (Year 3) also got a special mention because Year 7 teacher Mrs Heppell had reported how enthusiastic, polite and thoughtful Edward was at the Year 7 cake sale last week.
Well done to all of these ‘stars’! Who will it be next week?
On Tuesday, pupils in Years 3 and 4 performed a fascinating assembly all about zoos. Their presentation took the form of a debate, with the children giving their own opinions about zoos. Are they a good thing because they take care of animals that have been rescued from captivity or from disappearing habitats, and provide careful breeding programmes for endangered species? Or are they bad for keeping wild animals confined in conditions that can lead to boredom and distress? The children had done plenty of research to back up their opinions and there were strong arguments on both sides! At the end of the assembly the audience of pupils and family members were invited to vote, too. The result? Fairly close, but on this occasion more people were persuaded that zoos are NOT a good thing. Thank you to the children for their enthusiasm and research – and thank you to all the parents and family members who came to see them in action!