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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 20th April, 2018

Apr 20, 2018


20 April 2018

 

 

Dear Parents

 

3M Topic Assembly

It was 3M’s turn this week to tell the school what they have been looking at in their lessons recently. In Science, 3M have been studying plants. They have been looking in detail at each part of a plant and what makes it important. They had all drawn very clear, labelled pictures of a plant which they showed to the rest of the school. As they explained their drawings we could see that their lesson in the garden last week had really helped with their understanding. 3M also shared a practical experiment with us and they were excited to show everyone how it was progressing. They explained in detail the process and how they had collected the results which they had concealed behind the big picture of the plant ready for a big reveal! We could clearly see how the colour in the water had travelled through the roots into the petals of the carnations. The outdoor lesson last week and the experiment had really brought the subject to life for the children. Thank you to Mrs Bennett and Mrs Heyworth for a fascinating assembly.

 

Summer Weather Information

Sun Cream

In preparation for the continued fine weather we have experienced this week, please could all children bring a personal bottle of labelled sun cream to school. Thank you.

 

Summer Uniform

All boys, except Year 6, should now be wearing grey shorts (no cargo shorts please) and girls should be wearing their striped summer dresses with white ankle socks or tights.

 

Sun Hats

If your child is bringing a sun hat to school, it should be in school colours with no logo. School sun hats are available from the school office. Sunglasses should not be brought to school.

 

Staff News

Mrs Morrice gave birth to Juliette Amélie on Saturday 14 April at 7.45pm. She weighed 3.64kgs. Congratulations to Mum and Dad!

 

Mrs Diston will be retiring at the end of this academic year. I would like to thank her for all her hard work and commitment to Highfield over the last eight years.

 

News from the Nursery

Babies, Toddlers and Nursery have all been having fun in the sun this week. Our Babies have had great fun exploring and moulding moon sand and beginning their creation of a Hungry Caterpillar display. Toddlers have been exploring and identifying colours by creating some beautiful rainbows. Nursery have had a very busy week which has included an old fashioned tea party, colour mixing and exploring fruit-infused waters. Mrs Elstone

 

It was lovely to see the Nursery making the most of the lovely weather this week and enjoying such a range of experiences.

 

Year 4 Team Building

Year 4 travelled to Lever Park on Monday to complete an Orienteering Course as part of their team building activities for this year. After a picnic lunch outside, the children were split into two groups. The children had to use a map, in pairs, to negotiate themselves around a five kilometre course, finding a series of posts each of which contained a letter. The children quickly picked up the importance of orientating the map and locating the features on the map within their surroundings. After the first few points, the children also appreciated the need to be aware of the distance between each point and trying to use the scale on the map to work out the distance. The children worked really well in their pairs, taking it in turns to lead the group. They really enjoyed this responsibility especially when it led the group directly to a post. It was lovely to observe the children’s delight at successfully navigating themselves around the course and finding the posts just by using their map. An excellent achievement for eight and nine year old children. Thank you Mrs Jones for organising the trip.

 

Under 11s Cricket

We fielded two teams against AKS on Wednesday. The A team batted first, scoring 95 runs with a number of strong partnerships. They also bowled well, conceding only a few extras and taking 14 wickets in total. This reduced AKS to a total of -13 after they lost 5 runs for every wicket taken. A comfortable victory which should give the team confidence for next week’s game against Rossall School. The B team also put in a very strong performance, batting with confidence and bowling accurately. After a very good spirited game, Highfield won by 112 runs to 80. An excellent outing and start to the season. Well done boys!

 

Under 11s Hockey

The U11 Hockey team was in action on Wednesday for their last Hockey match of the year. As the sun came out, the Highfield players shone as they dominated the Oakhill players. Some great passing from the defence and midfield in the first few minutes opened up some space for Evie to strike the ball into the Oakhill goal, leaving the keeper stranded. The Highfield girls continued to keep possession of the ball and did not let Oakhill anywhere near the circle, maintaining their 1-0 lead into the final minutes. Oakhill did manage once to break down the defence, enter the circle and shoot but, with her only touch of the game, Maddie made a fantastic save! Highfield had around 80% possession of the ball throughout the match and worked hard for each other in the heat. Player of the match goes to Grace T.

Mrs Botton

 

Merit Awards

RD: Raj  RD: Omer  1W: Eloise  2D: Ayman  2E: Diya

3H: Reya  3M: Talia  4S: Alaia  5D: Abigail  5M: Darcey  6H: Sophie  6P: Alfie

Monitor of the week: Evie

 

Thought for the Week

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

 

Yours sincerely

 

J M Duke

Headmaster

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.

Aristotle

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