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Headmaster's News - 10th February 2017

Feb 10, 2017

10 February 2017 

Dear Parents 


2F Assembly

Thank you 2F for your assembly this morning all about Creative Writing inspired by the visit of ER Reilly. You told us how Mrs Field has been reading out extracts from his books in class: ‘The Real Boy Wizard’; ‘The Look Outs’ and ‘The Ghost of Nazareth’. These stories have given you many ideas and have really caught your imagination for your own writing. You talked about and discussed ideas for a plot and fabulous sentence starters before embarking on your own stories based on the Olympic Games in 2012 and an abandoned haunted house. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to your stories and I couldn’t believe the quality of each story and the language you used. I was literally on the edge of my seat listening to every word that you read. Mr Reilly really did inspire you! Congratulations 2F for an excellent assembly at the end of a very busy week! Thank you Mrs Field for organising the assembly. 


World Book Day – Thursday 2 March 

The children are invited to come dressed as their favourite characters from literature to help us celebrate World Book Day at Highfield.  


World Book Day Mastermind Competition 

At the beginning of the school year, the Year 6 children were challenged to read five set books as part of this year’s Mastermind competition.  This week saw them battling through two rounds of questions in order to reach the final which will take place on World Book Day. Congratulations to our 2017 finalists who are: Aditya, Alexander, Haris, Mohamed and Suzanna, and also to all the Year 6 children who took part. Mrs Haythornthwaite 


Forthcoming Open Day 

The school Open Day will take place on Sunday 19 March, 11am – 3pm.  We would appreciate it if you could keep this date free as we rely on a large number of children to be in school on the day to help make it a success.  Year 5 and 6 children are asked to conduct the tours around the school with prospective parents.  More information to follow after half term.  Many thanks in advance for your support. 


The Wizard of Oz at The Charter Theatre 

Last night saw Highfield Priory School take centre stage at The Charter Theatre in front of an audience of over 300 people. We were entertained by Miss Burns’ Dancers (from the age of 4!); our Infant Young Voices; our Year 4 actors and our Year 6 oboe player. It was amazing to see the dance, singing and acting coming together for the first time, involving eighty pupils from all the different age groups and classes. Our youngest performers in Reception and Infants were fearless as though they have been treading the boards for years. The stage presence of our Year 4 pupils (aged 8/9) in front of so many people, the bright lights and the special effects was quite incredible. The production was all pieced together with very limited time at school and just two sessions in the theatre itself. The performance really showed Highfield at its best and was a real celebration of the range of talent at Highfield. Pictures will be posted on our Facebook page over half-term which will give just a flavour of this very colourful and mesmerising performance. I would like to thank our Directors, Mrs Duke, Mrs Shackleton and Miss Burns, for all their hard work in preparing the children and for giving them the opportunity to perform to such a high standard on this stage. It is a memory that I know will stay with parents and children for many years to come. 

Official photographs were taken by Steven Spall and these will be available after half term. 

The show was filmed by Megan Olivier Films and DVDs will be available to buy. Please contact the school office if you would like to purchase a copy. 

The Wizard Of Oz  

Miss Burns and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in The Wizard of Oz. You were all fantastic! It was the perfect show for our Highfield children as you all showed us how bright and brave you are and how full of heart! We are very proud of you. Enjoy a very well-deserved rest: Happy Half Term! 

Miss Burns and Mrs Duke 


Sedbergh Netball Tournament by Jemima (Netball Captain)

On Wednesday 8 February, the A team travelled to Sedbergh Prep School for the Sedbergh Netball Tournament. This competition included 12 teams. The atmosphere when we arrived was thrilling and we were full of adrenalin. Our first match was against Belmont Grosvenor B. We started the match with great teamwork from everyone, by the end of the match we all had a great boost of confidence as the final score was 21-0 to Highfield. Our third match of the day was against a school called Highfield! We were doing really well until disaster struck! Millie badly injured her ankle and wasn’t able to participate in the rest of the matches. We had a sudden change of position. Even though we had a slight change of game plan, we still managed to win 16-0. At the end of the group games we found out we were in the quarter finals and we were filled with joy. We won the quarter final 7-2 and moved onto the semi-final against Belmont Grosvenor. We were so determined to win and reach the final and were almost unstoppable! We won 10-2. The final match was definitely the hardest against Moorfield with both teams determined to win. The final score was 2-1 to Moorfield. We were runners up and were very happy to receive a medal! 

Congratulations girls on an incredible achievement against many of the top sporting schools in the North of the country. 



Calling all Mums/Grandmas/Aunties or special friends. 

You will be receiving an invitation, in your child's bag, as we will be hosting a Mothers’ Day breakfast in your honour on Thursday 23 March 8:20-9:00am.  Join us for pastries, juice, tea and coffee and enjoy some time with your little person.  This is a time to relax and be looked after by your children as a huge thank you for what you do every day. 

When you receive your invitation please remember to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you. 


Remember to buy your tickets for the amazing cabaret on 11 March from the office.  Get them before they're gone! HPPTA 


World Thinking Day 

Any members of the Scouting and Guiding movement will be allowed to wear their uniforms on Wednesday 22 February. 


Merit Awards 

RD: Georgia  1D: Moin  1W: Muhammad  2F: The Whole Class  2M: Hasan 

3M: Tia  4H and 4S: The Whole Class  5D: Hamdaan  5M: Ziyad  6H: Oliver   6J: Aaliyah  

Monitors of the week: Alexander, Ahmed and Noah 


Thought for the Week 

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. Oscar Wilde 


I hope you all have an enjoyable half-term and I will see you on Monday 20 February. 


Yours sincerely 

J M Duke  


Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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