Highfield Priory
Nov 14, 2016

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 11th November, 2016

11 November 2016

Dear Parents


Welcome back! I hope you all had a good half-term break with your families. The children certainly look refreshed and ready for the challenges of a new half-term.


Musical Assembly

This morning, I watched a wonderful musical assembly with over twenty individual performers and our choir who were holding their very smart new choir folders. The composure of all the performers, from reading out their introduction to the actual playing of their piece of music, was quite incredible. We had pupils playing a real variety of instruments: from the ukulele (Eryk, Year 4) to the trumpet (Danial, Year 2) our youngest performer. We also had our first trio of Year 6 flautists: Millie, Katie and Olivia, who played beautifully. It was lovely to watch the audience listen intently and I really appreciated the amount of effort and time that each musician had put into preparing their piece of music. It was a very fitting end to our first week of a new and exciting half-term. Congratulations to all our performers and a big thank you to Miss Macklam for organising this musical feast!


Three Star Gold School Award from Potential Plus UK

We received our official report during half-term confirming our Three Star Gold School Award status which recognises the school for its commitment to nurturing pupils with a high learning potential. We were one of only a small number of schools in the country to achieve this status. The following section is taken directly from the report under the title, ‘Outstanding practice’: The range of evidence spans several years, which highlights the ongoing commitment Highfield Priory has towards their gifted and talented pupils. The range of extra-curricular activities and the Dragon’s Den’s style clips on the school website are inspirational.

A big thank you to Mrs Street and all the staff, children and parents for their continued hard work.


Lead Practitioner in Lancashire - Congratulations Miss Halstead!

Following on from our fantastic Early Years Inspection, Miss Halstead has received accreditation as a designated lead Early Years Practitioner for the EYFS consultants’ team in Lancashire. Miss Halstead and our Nursery have been selected to offer support to other Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioners by acting as exemplars and sharing good practice. Miss Halstead, and the school, are now on the Lancashire County Council website alongside only a small number of Nursery Schools in Lancashire. Congratulations to Miss Halstead and her team on the continued high level of care they provide for our children at Highfield.


M and M Productions: Beauty and the Beast

On Thursday, it was our annual visit by M and M productions and their performance of Beauty and the Beast. The children thoroughly enjoyed the morning and the noise nearly took the roof off the Sports Hall. I asked some of the children what their favourite parts of the performance were:

Mariela said, ‘When Belle and the Beast danced together.’

Gabrielle said, ‘All of it because of the songs, it was very funny! They were even dabbing!’

Arjun and Lucas were particularly tickled and struggled to explain through laughter about Gaston’s grand entrance into Belle’s house which was supported by Peppa Pig and My Little Pony music! Very uncool!

Thank you M and M for giving our children such a wonderful morning of entertainment!


Staff News

I would like to congratulate Miss Gordon who works in our Baby Nursery on her marriage during half term to Mr Johnston; she is now Mrs Johnston!


Winter Uniform

Please could all children have school coats and jumpers or cardigans in school every day. If your child wishes to wear hats or gloves, they should be plain, in the school colours with no logos. School hats and gloves are available from the Office.


Winter Weather

The school will always aim to stay open but please remember that if Fulwood Row is blocked or dangerous for driving (icy), please park on the main road and walk down to school. We will use parentmail to update parents of any changes to the normal school routine.


Under 11s Football and Netball

The boys and girls played against Westholme and Harris on Thursday evening at Highfield. This is the first time that school has been able to extend our fixture list after half-term in the early evening with boys and girls getting the opportunity to play matches at the same time at home. The energy and excitement created around both fixtures was a lovely way to end the day with the children chattering happily about their matches on their way back into school.

Final scores were: Football - Westholme won 1-0    Netball - Highfield won one game 7-5 and lost one 3-1.


Security Measures

A big thank you to everyone for supporting the new security measures in school. The system is working effectively and the children are much more secure throughout the school day.


Children in Need

It is Children in Need day next Friday and the children from each year group have chosen the fancy dress they wish to wear, as a class, for the day. Please could all children bring £1, to hand in to their class teacher on Friday.


Nursery and Pre-School - Pyjamas

Reception - Any fancy dress outfit

1D & 1W - Dress in as many colours as possible

2F & 2M – Pyjamas, onesies or a fancy dress outfit

3M - Teachers

4H – Odd socks, odd shoes, silly hair

4S - Pyjamas

5M - Pyjamas

5D - Onesies or pyjamas

6H - Pyjamas

6J - Crazy accessories


Please could all children still remember to bring/wear sensible footwear and warm coats (and vests if they are wearing pyjamas)


Merit Awards

RD: Naina  1D: Manavi  1W: Thomas E  2F: Abdullah  2M: Tim  

3M: Evie  4H: Asiyah  4S: Sasha  5D: Evie  5M: Abigail  6H:  Roan  6J: Millie

Monitor of the week: Katie


Thought for the Week

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. W. Clement Stone


Yours sincerely


J M Duke