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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 29th September, 2017

Sep 29, 2017

29 September 2017


Dear Parents


Harvest Assembly

Thank you 4S for your excellent Harvest Assembly this morning. We learnt so much about how the food gets to our tables and what the farmers need to grow the crops to produce the healthy food that we eat. I was impressed by your delivery and the clarity with which you explained the processes that many of us take for granted. I particularly liked the Harvest Acrostic at the end.


H – How lucky we are to have what we have,

A – All the bounty that the world provides.

R – Rain, sun and soil providing the things the crops need to grow:

V – Vegetables and fruit the farmer produces,

E – Ending up on our plate for us to eat.

S – Sparing a thought for others less fortunate than ourselves,

T – Together we celebrate this Harvest time.


Thank you to all our Infant, Pre-school and Reception children who brought up their Harvest donations during the hymn. The Harvest gifts were taken to Bethany House and Preston Women’s Refuge. The amount raised for Water Aid will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Thank you 4S for our first Class Assembly of the year. Mrs Prince


Year 5 Visit Bethany House

After Friday’s Assembly, our Year 5 children visited Bethany House to take some of the Harvest gifts. The children also sang a number of traditional Harvest songs and spent time talking to the ladies and gentlemen of Bethany House. It was lovely to see the residents reminiscing about the past with the children and talking about their families. The two generations got so much from the experience and when we left you could see that the morning visit had made a big impact on their day with lots of smiles and ‘Thank you for coming’. The children were chattering all the way back to school about the conversations they had had. We will be returning to Bethany House later in the year with our Year 6 pupils.


Netball at SMH by Zahara

On Wednesday 27th September, the U11 and U10 teams, played away at St. Mary’s Hall. We played SMH, Kirkham, and Wilmslow Prep. The U11 team won 8-1 against Wilmslow Prep, 5-2 against Kirkham, and 6-1 against SMH. The U10 team lost their matches but they were excellent team players with some great passing and moving. A special well done to Madeleine, who was voted player of the match twice; Evie and Sophie who were brilliant team players; Sasha who was an amazing U10 captain and Eva who did some super defending. Well done both teams. I know Mrs Parsons is very proud of you all.


5M lead a Friday Assembly!

This year each class will lead a Friday Assembly in which they will present their work or a class topic to the rest of the school. This will give the children a chance to celebrate some of the work they have been doing and show the other children what life is like in the different year groups.

Last week, I was unable to attend 5M’s Assembly in which the children talked about some of the work they have been covering in class. I visited 5M this week to find out what I had missed. The children talked first about the changes they had experienced since moving up to Year 5. Sophia talked about visiting Speke Hall as part of their history topic; Daisy was looking forward to more

netball matches against other schools; Joshua D said they had been learning about place value in some really big numbers and Asiyah and Omar told me about some humorous poems they had written using similes. Here are two examples:


The writer of this poem is…

As rich as J.K Rowling,

As fast as sound,

As cool as a cute cat,

As funny as a clumsy clown.


The writer of this poem is…

As busy as a crowded city,

As smart as a ticking clock,

As clumsy as a silly clown,

As hard as a rough rock.


The class finished by talking about some of their aspirations for this year which is the school focus for this term.

Thank you 5M. The school really enjoyed listening to what life is like in Year 5 and they loved your poetry. You certainly have been busy!


Grammar School Exams

Good luck to all those children who are sitting the Grammar School examinations tomorrow. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep tonight. Approach the examinations with confidence and a determination to do your very best. Read the questions carefully and keep an eye on the time. Good luck!


Car Park and Drop-Off Zone

Please could I remind parents to drive very cautiously on the school site. The speed limit is 10mph. Please remember that you should not leave your cars unattended in the drop-off zone for any length of time.


Merit Awards

RD: Drew RJ: Johnny 1W: Aarnav 2D: Ayman 2E: Yusuf

3H: Amritha 3M: Sam 4S: The Whole Class 5D: Jaison 5M: Daisy 6H: Sophie 6P: Elizabeth

Monitor of the week: Ellie


Thought for the Week

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness. James Gates Percival


Inspired by National Poetry Day (28 September) and our Year 5 poets!


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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