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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 27th April, 2018

Apr 27, 2018


27 April 2018

 

Dear Parents

Earth Day with Year 5


This week, Year 5 discussed Earth Day 2018 in their PSHEE lesson and the focus of this year’s campaign- Plastic Pollution.

An important Earth Day message from 5D’s discussion group:

Earth Day is held every year on 22nd April. It is all about saving the Earth and this year’s theme is Plastic Pollution. We discussed how recycling machines are being brought into England and the idea is that we will pay more for a plastic bottle, but if we recycle it properly, we will be refunded the extra money back again. Did you know there is an island made of plastic waste in the middle of the ocean that is twice the size of France?! By Eryk

Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22nd April. We can stop plastic pollution by reducing, reusing and recycling. You can reduce your use of one-use plastic by refusing plastic straws and takeaway cups. You could also reuse old plastic bottles by refilling instead of buying new ones. Here is a fact for you: did you know there is over 6.3 million tonnes of plastic waste on Earth and, without a thought, this will all end up in land-fills and our oceans. We must act now and think about the future of our planet. By Katie

Year 1 Trip to Skipton Castle


Year 1 had a fantastic day at Skipton Castle last week in the glorious sunshine. The children really enjoyed exploring and finding out more about the castle which supported their class work. The class wrote thank you letters to their guide Michael on their return. These are a few examples:

Dear Michael
Thank you for taking us around Skipton Castle. I enjoyed the dungeon. It was deep, dark and scary. It was funny looking in the toilet. It was a shame that the ladies and children could not go in the kitchen. I wish I could come back and see all the things I saw. Love from Hanna

Dear Michael
Thank you very much for leading us around Skipton Castle. We really enjoyed being in the deep, dark dungeon. I really, really, really, really enjoyed learning about the olden days. I would really love it if I could come back one day. I loved the trip, it was so cool. With love from Aibhlin

Dear Michael
I enjoyed going in the dungeon and looking down the toilet. I also liked looking at the trip step and looking in the kitchen. The castle was the best castle in the world. I wish that I could go to Skipton Castle again. I like learning about Lady Anne Clifford. From Georgia.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


The children have been rehearsing hard over the last two days and the performance is really coming together with the Years 3 and 5 children shining on stage: acting, singing and performing their Shakespearean extracts. I am really looking forward to next week’s performance on Thursday night. Tickets are available from the School Office. Please return DVD order forms to the School Office.

Under 11s Cricket


Two teams travelled to Westholme this week to play Kwik Cricket on their Astroturf. The A and B teams won both games convincingly with the A team scoring 113 runs and Westholme scoring 35 runs. In the B team game, the score was 70 to Highfield and 35 to Westholme. In both games Highfield bowled accurately, keeping their extras low and punishing any short or wide bowling to the boundaries for 4.

We travel to Rossall next week. We hope that both teams will be able to sustain their impressive performances so far and maintain their winning start to the season. Congratulations to all the boys concerned.

Under 11 Rounders


The Year 5 and 6 girls were in action this week against SMH for their first Rounders match of the summer term. The Year 5 teams worked hard during their fielding innings to stop some strong SMH hitters from scoring rounders and then they batted well, scoring some great 1/2 rounders to put SMH under pressure. Final scores: the A team narrowly lost 8-6½ (player of the match was Isabelle), the B team lost 13½ - 4½ with player of the match going to Sophia.
The Year 6 girls also played some great Rounders, building on their previous experience, and they got off to a strong start. The B team played some excellent Rounders and fielded especially well to get over half the SMH girls out during their first bat. The game was very close and the final score
13½ - 13½. Highfield were the eventual winners as they got more of the opposition out. Player of the match was Maddie. The A team started well with some strong hits and excellent running around the bases. The SMH team had some powerful hitters and our girls fought hard during their fielding innings to keep the score as low as possible. The final score was 12- 8½, player of the match was
Grace T. There are some really positive points to build on going into next week’s fixture against Oakhill.

Drop-Off


Please could I remind all parents that the parking bays at the front of the school steps are for drop-off only. A number of cars are being left unattended on a regular basis and this is causing congestion on the driveway.

Merit Awards


RD: Ariana RJ:Johnny 1W:Zaidan 2D: Joshua 2E: Lily
3H: Lameesa 3M: Zorain 4S: Sienna 5D: Hannah 5M: Joshua A 6H: James 6P: Grace
Monitors of the week: Ameya, Gabrielle and Madeleine.

Thought for the Week


Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasising the positive. Jean Chatzky

 

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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