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Headmaster's News - 23rd June 2017

Jun 23, 2017

23 June 2017

Dear Parents


French Assembly

Thank you to the whole school for a fantastic French Assembly this morning. You all gave us a really good taste of what you have been doing in your French lessons this year. We started with Year 1, who sang about the days of the week so well and confidently in front of such a big audience, right through to Year 5 who have been talking about food and drink and how to order in a restaurant. Finally, we listened to Year 6 who have been writing French descriptions of Monsters, asking for directions and writing letters to their French pen pals. You have all been incredibly busy this year. I was very impressed by your pronunciation and, with this level of confidence, you will be able to use this vocabulary if you are travelling to France this summer. Thank you to Mrs Morrice for organising the assembly.


Life Education

The children have really enjoyed their visit from Life Education this week which focuses on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and making the right choices. The interactive lessons are given by a trained instructor who visits schools throughout Lancashire. The children talked to me about what they had learnt and they all really enjoyed the quizzes which were fun and helped them to remember the important facts. They also enjoyed the appearances of Gerald the Giraffe throughout the session!


Fathers’ Day Shop

Thank you to the PTA for running their fabulous Fathers’ Day shop last Friday. A lot of thought had gone into the gifts and I know you all made a lot of dads very happy – including me!


ISA Athletics Final in Birmingham

Congratulations to Grace, James, Jemima, Alexander and Olivia D who all took part in the National Athletics Final on Monday. It was an amazing achievement even to qualify as it was out of 426 schools in the country. All our children did incredibly well competing against excellent athletes from across the country in the intense heat. Olivia D brought two medals home: a bronze in the 75m and a silver in the 150m.  James’ relay team came second after he ran a very good second leg but unfortunately the team was disqualified after a faulty changeover later in the race. All the children scored valuable points for the North Team who came third overall. Well done!


ISA Cricket

This was an excellent tournament which was hosted by Queen Ethelburga’s School with many schools from across the region taking part. Our team won three and lost one game which placed us third overall. Our best performance was against Queen Ethelburga’s which we won convincingly after some excellent batting from Aditya and Thomas. Noah also had an excellent tournament where his contribution with the bat, ball and in the field led to a comfortable win in the first game. Well done to all the boys who took part!


ISA Football

We qualified again for the ISA finals day on Tuesday. In the first game against Grange we were slow to shake off the journey and gain any footing in the game. The opposition took control and eventually ran out as winners. In our next game against Queen Ethelburga’s, we were much more determined and stood our ground against some very strong tackling. Our attacking play was also much improved with the opposition’s goalkeeper making numerous crucial saves to deny us several goals. Highfield were awarded two penalties which were both scored by Thomas. The second penalty was an equaliser to take the game to extra time. Unfortunately, Queen Ethelburga’s were able to score a goal from a counter attack to win the game. Revenge for being beaten in the ISA cricket! Well done to all the boys for their 4th place out of over sixty schools in the ISA region. An excellent achievement!

Cricket v Lady Barn

We played a very competitive match against Lady Barn on Wednesday. All the boys acquitted themselves well, particularly in the bowling with two excellent spells from Alfie and Matthew who both took two wickets each. Honours were about even at the end with both sides able to take lots of positive points from the match.


Drop-off Zone

Please could parents not leave their car unattended in the drop-off zone in front of school. It is causing congestion and preventing this area from being used efficiently which has a knock-on effect on the main car park.


Summer Fayre - Sunday 9th July

Raffle tickets will be sent home with children soon. We have some fantastic prizes on offer, such as a £100 high street gift voucher, a Dulce Gusto coffee machine, a  one-month gym membership and much, much more. Buy your tickets to be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes. 

Moreover, if you would like to donate a raffle prize, or volunteer to help at the Summer Fayre, it would be very much appreciated. Please contact the PTA at


Merit Awards

RD: Yaseen  1D: Manavi  1W: Aaron  2F: Amritha  2M: Zorain

3M: Khadija  4H: Hannah  4S: Sophia  5D: Sophie  5M: Ziyad  6J: Hayyan  6H: Adiyta

Monitors of the week: Charlie and Zara


Thought for the Week

Remember you are the one that can fill the world with sunshine. Snow White


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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