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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 4th May, 2018

May 4, 2018

4 May 2018


Dear Parents

2E Assembly
Thank you 2E for your excellent assembly this morning all about Christopher Columbus who you have been studying in History recently. I loved the acting which really brought the subject to life. I also really enjoyed hearing the key facts which I am sure we will all remember after this assembly. The songs, all about Christopher Columbus and his adventures, were a great way to learn about this topic. It was clear how much you have all enjoyed practising for it. Well done and thank you to Ms Eccles for arranging it.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wow, wow, wow! Shakespeare at Highfield! Year 5s, supported so expertly by Year 3, were amazing on Thursday night in the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The ability not just to learn so many difficult lines but to deliver and perform them with such knowledge, understanding and composure in front of over 200 people was quite incredible. They really did seize their moment in the spotlight and I know that the confidence they have all gained in preparing for this play will help them in so many areas across the school. Year 3 stood tall and confidently recited Shakespeare as though it were second nature to them; a very impressive achievement for pupils of just seven and eight years old! The singing was also very beautiful with songs that I will certainly be humming and singing for a number of weeks to come. It was lovely to see Miss Burns’ ballet groups in Years 3, 5 and 6 perform with such control and poise. Congratulations to the whole cast and thank you to Mrs Duke, Miss Macklam and Mr Drake for their direction. Another very memorable evening at Highfield! See our Facebook Page for some fabulous photos from the show.

News from the Nursery
The Nursery have been taking part in lots of activities this week to help develop the children’s fine and gross motor skills. They have been painting with pipettes, taking seeds out of pomegranates and they have also made pizza with Mrs Beaumont and Miss Louise. They laid out and counted out their ingredients and used the weighing scales to measure the correct amounts. All these activities are helping them to develop their mathematical skills. Nursery opened up their own car wash to wash all the toy cars! They have also been very lively in the Performing Arts Studio on a daily basis as well as visiting the library regularly. What a busy week! Mrs Elstone

The Summer Fayre is nearly here. If you would like to donate a raffle prize please speak to the members of the HPPTA or the school office. Thank you.

Mrs Bradley, Chair of the PTA, is looking to step down from this role at the end of the summer term. If anyone is interested in taking on the role please could they speak to Mrs Bradley or visit the office. If you are interested in joining the PTA please speak to Mrs Bradley or leave your contact details in the office, new members are always welcome. The PTA runs many wonderful events for the children throughout the year as well as raising funds for the school. This is only achieved through the amazing support of our parents. Many thanks for your support.

Under 11s Cricket v Rossall School
All the boys in Years 6 and 5 were invited to play at Rossall on Wednesday afternoon. After a very wet morning, the clouds cleared for a very windy and cold afternoon by the coast. The A team were actually playing just metres from the sea! The boys coped with the cold very well with positive comments from the opposition’s umpire about ‘hardy boys’ from Preston wearing shorts! The A team contested a very tight game which ebbed and flowed throughout with both sides trying to seize an opportunity to go ahead in the game. After setting a total of 56 runs, Highfield batted cautiously, gradually amassing runs whilst not trying to give a wicket away. The final pair needed 19 to win and Matthew, with the support of Ziyad, managed to steer Highfield to a three run victory and their third consecutive win.
The B team split into two teams with the support of a few Rossall players and played four games, winning three. There were very good performances, especially in the field, with the boys taking a number of good catches. It was lovely to see and hear about the camaraderie between the Rossall and Highfield boys. Congratulations to all the boys who took part.

Under 11s Rounders
The Year 6 girls played an impressive game of Rounders to beat a tough Rossall side
12-91/2. They started with some strong fielding, preventing the big Rossall hitters from scoring, followed by some excellent team fielding and fantastic catches by Evie and Grace T. Our girls really thought about their batting tactics and managed to hit the ball away from the Rossall fielders and take some risks when running which paid off greatly! Player of the match was Charlotte.

The Year 5 girls built on their game from last week in a really closely fought game against a well-structured Rossall team. Despite some excellent team fielding and superb batting, they just couldn’t stop some of the Rossall hitters from scoring. The final score was 121/2-131/2 - a very high scoring game. Player of the match was Olivia. Mrs Botton

Merit Awards
RD: Aamir RJ: Anoushka 1W: Lyla 2D: Muhammad 2E: The Whole Class
4S: Brooke 6H: Hanin 6P: Faatimah The whole of Years 3 and 5
Monitor of the week: Grace W-Y

Thought for the Week
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare


I hope you all have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8th May.

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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