Highfield Priory
May 26, 2017

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 26th May, 2017

26 May 2017

Dear Parents

 

5D Assembly

Thank you 5D for your assembly about Explorers this morning and how we can learn from their experiences when we are faced by challenges in our everyday life and at school. You introduced us to a number of explorers from throughout history from Sir Francis Drake to Christopher Columbus. We learnt about their fascinating lives and all the challenges they faced. You also highlighted the traits that you need to be a great explorer and how we should use these skills to face our own challenges. The delivery of the assembly was excellent with every word spoken clearly, emphasising the important message of this assembly. Thank you Mr Drake and 5D.

 

One Minute Silence

Our Junior School children took part in the nation’s one minute silence to show their respect and offer up their thoughts and prayers for those who lost their lives and their loved ones in Manchester on Monday night. Our thoughts are with the people of Manchester and our nation in mourning at this difficult time.

 

Year 4 Trip to Tatton Park

As part of our very busy week this week at Highfield, the Year 4 classes enjoyed a trip back in time, experiencing a day of history at Tatton Park. They were welcomed by Hilda and Erik, 2 Anglo-Saxons who used the day to teach the children about life in England more than 1000 years ago, at the time of the Viking invasions. From hunting to cooking and defending yourself in a shield wall, the children had tremendous fun and learnt a great deal from this excellent hands-on experience. “It was exciting and fun!” said Daisy.

 

Year 3 Roman Day

A Roman soldier came into Year 3 on Thursday! He talked about the history of the Romans and what life was like for a Roman soldier. After the morning session, the children were treated to a traditional Roman lunch. In the afternoon, the class split into activity groups to: make a clay oil lamp, examine and draw Roman artefacts, make Roman games and practise Roman drills. This practical experience really brought the subject to life for everyone and I am sure they will remember a lot of facts about the Roman period of history from today’s visit.

 

Manor Adventure

Good luck to the 47 children from Years 5 and 6 who are travelling to Shropshire today to take part in a weekend packed full of adventurous activities. We hope to keep you updated with what they get up to over the weekend on our Facebook pages.

 

Under 9s Cricket v Rossall

Thirteen boys from Years 3 and 4 travelled to Rossall on Friday 19 May to play Kwik Cricket. It was a very enjoyable afternoon with some excellent cricket played and lots of potential shown for the future. There were notable performances from Zain with the bat, Aditya with the bat and ball and Eryk and Joshua D who communicated well running between the wickets which kept the scoreboard ticking over. Thank you to Mr Turner and Mr Forrest for looking after the boys and thank you to all the parents who travelled to watch and support.

 

Infant Sports Day

What wonderful weather for our Infant Sports Day! It is the first time we have held it outside for a number of years. The children showed off their talents in a variety of events from the traditional egg and spoon to shuttle runs and hurdles. The children showed incredible levels of speed, balance, and power in all events, demonstrating a lot of promise for the future. I was also very impressed by the teamwork and encouragement they showed towards each other throughout the afternoon. The final result saw France coming first, closely followed by Italy with Australia in third. Congratulations to all the children who took part and a big thank you to all those parents who supported this great sporting event. Thank you Mrs Parsons for organising it and all the staff who helped it to run so smoothly.

 

ISA Regional Athletics

31 Highfield athletes travelled to Manchester for the Regional ISA Athletics Tournament at Sportcity. All the children competed incredibly well against athletes from 19 schools across the North of the country. In total, we qualified for 14 finals including six relay finals. This is the largest amount of athletes we have had competing in the afternoon session since I have been at the school. The following individual athletes qualified for the finals and were placed as follows: Nandini 7th 60m, James 3rd 75m, 5th in 150m, Zahara 5th 80m (and 3rd long jump), Noah 5th and Thomas 6th 80m, Olivia D 1st 75m, 1st 150m, Jemima 4th 80m, Grace W-Y 1st 150m, Alexander 2nd 600m. In the field events, Henry 2nd in the high jump, Katie 2nd high jump.

This fantastic set of results meant we were placed 3rd overall out of 19 schools and the following five athletes have qualified for the Nationals in Birmingham later this term: James, Grace W-Y, Olivia D, Jemima and Alexander.

Congratulations to the whole team on a very successful day.  I would like to thank Mrs Parsons for organising the children and Mr Drake and Miss McKenna for their help on the day.

 

United Utilities

United Utilities will be working in an area next to the gate into the Junior Playground on Thursday 1 June. You will still be able to access the playground but please take care. This is part of the ongoing work to improve and update the water pipes in the area. There is more extensive work planned for the summer holidays.  We will let you know when once we have more details.

 

Merit Awards

RD: Hanna  1D: Evie  1W: Ayman  2F:  Aadi  2M: Genevieve 

3M: Ayesha  4H: Eryk  4S: Joshua  5D: The Whole Class  5M: Nathaniel  6H: Charlie 

6J: Haris

Superstar monitors of the week: Charlie, Mohamed, Fatimah, Malaika, Faheema, Alexander

 

Thought for the Week

Embrace the challenges in life and remember, it is these challenges that define us and make us who we are. Taken from the Year 5 Assembly

 

I hope you all have a very happy Bank Holiday weekend and half-term and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 12 June.

 

Yours sincerely

J M Duke

Headmaster