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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 18th May, 2018

May 18, 2018


18 May 2018

 

 

Dear Parents

 

4S Topic Assembly

Thank you, Year 4, for your fascinating topic assembly on the Vikings today. You told us so much about their way of life from their longboats to their raids on Great Britain to their Viking runes and gods. We could certainly see from the assembly how it had caught your imagination, especially when you told the story of the Viking myth, The Children of Loki. I know that this topic and assembly have really made you excited about your trip to The Atkinson Museum next week to see the Viking Exhibition and experience a Viking day. Thank you, Mr Sheppeck, for organising this assembly. Mrs Prince

 

Out and About with HPSED

Last week, I managed to catch part of a Year 3 HPSED lesson as Mrs Duke was introducing the children to their new topic: Speaking to Instruct. The children are going to become teachers and teach each other a new skill like tying a shoelace or how to make an origami flower. In order to demonstrate what makes a good teacher, Mrs Duke taught the children how to make a paper aeroplane very badly. The children were outraged and took great delight in telling her all the things that were wrong with her lesson! These included: you went too fast, you didn’t look at us, we couldn’t see what you were doing, you mumbled and you only praised your own work, not ours! The children then told Mrs Duke how to improve and she taught the lesson again, perfectly! Year 3 are now going away to think about what they would like to teach to the class and how they are going to go about it. I can’t wait to see what they are all going to come up with. I’ll definitely be popping in to HPSED in a few weeks’ time to learn some new skills!

 

Judo Assembly

It was our annual Judo Assembly on Monday and Paul Mills, who has represented GB, put the pupils through their paces. They took part in a variety of games as well being shown a number of basic moves. The children thoroughly enjoyed the assembly and were all absorbed and keen to have a go. The activity will take place in the next academic year, for the juniors and dates will be finalised after half-term. I hope the assembly has inspired lots of pupils to have a go at this great sport.

 

NCT Examinations

Congratulations to all our Year 6 who completed their NCTs this week. These tests are a culmination of all their hard work over the year and during their time at Highfield. The papers are externally marked and we will publish the class averages at the end of term. They now look forward to a number of exciting activities over the next few weeks, starting with their Cycling Proficiency on Monday and embarking on their trip to Manor Adventure at the end of the week.

 

Summer Weather Information

A Reminder:

 

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 brings 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 into school.

 

Kwik Cricket with Years 3 and 4

Last Friday saw the eager Year 3 and 4 cricketers attend Rossall School for a Kwik Cricket fixture. The sun was shining and the players enthusiastically put the skills and techniques they have been working on in lessons to the test. Some great shots were in evidence with quite a few boundaries being managed. On the bowling front, all the players looked to bowl with a straight arm and are working on developing their pace and accuracy. I think it is fair to say that immense enjoyment was had by all. Well done, boys!

 

Year 4 Rounders

The Year 4 girls played their first competitive Rounders match of the year last week against Rossall School. Both our teams batted first and hit some fantastic balls to score lots of rounders. When fielding both teams really started to work together to field the ball quickly and get it back to the bases. There were some great catches and quick thinking to stop the Rossall team scoring. The final scores were: the Red team lost 10 ½ -12 and the Blue team drew 14-14.

 

Their second match took place this week against SMH. The girls were really excited to play and use what they had learnt from the previous match. They batted first again and produced some fantastic hits which sailed past the SMH fielders. Both teams scored lots of rounders and were ready to field. Again, some excellent team work and communication led to some great fielding and catches from the Highfield team. The scores at the end of the match were very close with the Red team losing 17 ½ - 18 and the Blue team losing 16½ – 18 ½.

Mrs Botton was very proud of all the Year 4 girls who really applied their knowledge from practice and games lessons to these competitive fixtures. Well done everybody!

 

Class and Team Photographs

Class and team photographs will be taken next Wednesday. Please could all children come to school smartly dressed in full summer school uniform and bring their games kit if they have represented the school in matches.

 

Merit Awards

RD: Scarlett  RJ: Tabitha  1W: Ayesha  2D: Thomas  2E: Haya

3H: Suleman  3M: Haaris  4S: The Whole Class  5D: Abdullah  5M: Aditya

6H: The Whole Class  6P: The Whole Class 

 

Thought for the Week

The best view comes after the toughest climb. Anon

 

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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