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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 9th November, 2018

Nov 9, 2018


9 November 2018

 

 

Dear Parents

Musical Assembly
Thank you to all our musicians for an excellent first assembly of this half-term. The newly formed Junior Choir performed for the first time with its new recruits who were standing proud with their new choir folders and badges. I was very impressed by their first public performance and I look forward to seeing them all perform in this year’s Carol Service.
Our pianists played beautifully with pupils from every year group in the Juniors including two new ones, Ariana and Aaron, who both performed with confidence in front of the large audience. We also watched a woodwind group for the first time with Natasha and Nandini on the flute and Frank, Manavi and Bethan on the recorder. This assembly was the last brass performance with Mrs Greig before she begins her maternity leave, and hands over to her mother, Mrs Coupe, who will continue the lessons. We also listened to a lovely solo by Brooke who has been having singing lessons for a few years. I was very impressed with the range and quantity of musical performers in this assembly. Congratulations to you all on your hard work. Your practice has produced some beautiful results. A big thank you to Miss Macklam for organising this assembly.

M and M Productions by Hashbala and Yawar
On the 6th November, M and M Productions did a play for us called ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ They did it very well and I absolutely loved it! I was also impressed by how there were just 4 people acting and how hard they must have worked. My favourite part was when Mrs Jones and Mrs Haythornthwaite were dancing, it was very funny! I also enjoyed when they sang songs and my favourite character was the cat since it had quite a cute voice! I would like to thank the staff for organising and arranging this production and the marvellous actors who performed in this play.

PNE Remembers the Fallen
Joshua D was chosen to represent the school at Preston North End on Saturday 27 October. A number of children, from local schools, were dressed in football strips to represent the 21 players who lost their lives during the First World War. A minute’s silence was held before the match began and the club unveiled a memorial on the day in memory of these players.

Under 9s Netball
Our U9 netballers were in action on Tuesday afternoon, against SMH, in their first ever match for Highfield. Seventeen very excited girls were ready to put into practice what they had learned during Netball Club. The game was very fast-paced with lots of excellent passing, dodging, defending and shooting all across the court. The scores remained neck and neck throughout the whole game, however, a more experienced SMH side managed to score in the dying minutes to win the game. The final score was 5-4 to SMH. All our players were fantastic and Sasha was voted player of the match by the opposition. A huge thank you must also go to all the families who came to support the girls and made it such a great atmosphere. Well done Year 4!

Under 11s Football
Wednesday saw our friends at St. Mary’s Hall travel across for a football fixture. The B team produced their best display of football yet. Their spirit and camaraderie in defeat was fantastic. Many of the players made notable contributions with the tough tackling of Bomi, Theo and Stephen; some fantastic skills from Hamza; the energy and commitment of Alexander, Arjun and Lucas; all complemented by the great vocal leadership of William. It was a pleasure to be a part of it and I hope the rest of the season continues in this form.

Halloween Disco
It is the Halloween Disco tonight and I am looking forward to seeing some wonderful fancy dress costumes! The children are very excited and it promises to be an excellent event. Thank you to our PTA for arranging it. There will be a full report in next week’s newsletter.

Children in Need
It is Children In Need next Friday, 16 November. The children have chosen to dress up in a wide range of fancy dress for the day. Please could they bring £1 on Friday which will go towards this charity. We have tried to keep the choices as simple as possible so costumes can be made up from clothes already at home.

Nursery and Pre-School - Pyjamas
Reception - Fancy Dress
1W - Multi coloured clothes and wacky hair
1D - Multi coloured clothes
2E - Be Yourself!
3J - Be Colourful!
3M - Crazy hair & crazy clothes
Year 4 - Pyjamas
5M - Uniform with a twist!
Year 6 - Boys dress up as girls and vice-versa (or pyjamas)

Online Safety (NSPCC)
All families from Year 3 upwards have received an NSPCC guide today on online safety. This is a very good guide offering advice and further contacts and websites. I hope you will find the advice useful as I know this is an increasing concern for us all.

Merit Awards
RB: Adam RH: Lilia 1D: Toby 1W: Raj 2E: Pranav
3J: Hugo 3M: Jaya 4D: Ariana 4S: Abdullah 5M: Tia 6H: Eryk 6P: Darcey
Monitor of the week: Eva

Thought for the Week
A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington

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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