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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 25th January, 2019

Jan 25, 2019


25 January 2019

 

 

Dear Parents

3M Topic Assembly
Thank you 3M for giving us all an insight into what you have been doing in class this term. You have been extremely busy studying a wide range of interesting subjects like the Light and Shadow topic in Science. I enjoyed hearing your precise description of the experiment you conducted to see which objects let light through and which were reflective. You found that glass and clear plastic let light through and were transparent; materials like frosted glass and white tissue paper, which let some light through, were translucent; and materials like wood, tin and tiles, which let no light through, were opaque. I also enjoyed listening to how, in Music with Miss Macklam, you have been using poetry to explore contrasting moods and effects which you demonstrated very effectively by reciting the poem Sounds by Irene Rownsley, with a group of three taking responsibility for each verse. It was also interesting to see that, in Art, you have been studying work from Paul Cezanne and Georgia O’Keefe and using their work to inspire close-up drawings of apples and landscapes. What a busy term! Your enthusiasm for each subject certainly came through in your delivery of the assembly. Well done! Thank you to Mrs Morrice for organising today’s assembly.

Out and About with Year 3
I visited a 3M library session on Thursday morning. They started the session by returning their books and taking out new ones, having carefully perused the shelves and read lots of blurbs before making a decision. When it was their turn to see Mrs Jones, each child answered questions on the book they had just read so it could be signed off for the Reading Challenge. Jaya had been reading ‘Amazing Esme’ which she had really enjoyed and spoke about with a big smile and a giggle. Ayman’s book was about bees and he told me that they huddle together to keep warm. Muhammad told me that his book was about Space and when the spaceman went to the toilet it all went out into space and the food was not very nice because it was all squashed. Joshua had chosen two books: one was called ‘The War Years 1939-1945’ and the other was ‘Terrible Tudors’. He had also just achieved his Silver Award. Taylor was engrossed in her book, ‘Sapphire Battersea’ by Jacqueline Wilson. She said that she really liked Jacqueline Wilson books and her favourite was about Hetty Feather trying to escape from hospital. She was also excited because she had almost achieved her Gold Award. Amber had just chosen ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket and told me her favourite book was ‘Gangsta Granny’ because it made her laugh a lot! Sophie had chosen ‘Rapunzel’ which she liked because she had visited her castle in America. It was lovely to talk to the children about their book choices and to see their faces come alive when they described the different stories and facts. They were excited about the books they had read and the books they had chosen to take home this week. Thank you 3M and keep up with the Reading Challenge!

Reception Trip to Imagine That!
Last Thursday, Reception visited Imagine That! in Liverpool. The children played in role-play areas, sand, water, a construction area with cranes and bricks, they painted a real car and made fridge magnets. The highlight of the day was making slime with Professor Patrick and making a volcano erupt. Sara and Shomi did a fantastic job as his assistants. Everyone had a wonderful time and they have already asked if we can go back again! The children were all really well-behaved and we are very proud of them. A big thank you to Mrs Master, Ms Makkan, Mrs Oakley and Mrs McKerney who joined us on the trip and had a great time too. They had fun trying to solve some of the science puzzles and were even a little competitive with each other! Mrs Bennett

Year 4 Netball v SMH
On Tuesday 22nd January, Year 4 girls had a match against SMH. In the first match the score was 2-1 to Highfield and in the second match we lost 4-0. Everyone played really well and really enjoyed the experience of playing against another school. By Arianna and Nadia

Under 11s Rugby
Twelve boys left a very snowy and icy Preston on Wednesday to travel to Rossall where they were surprised to be greeted by a beautifully calm and sunny afternoon, perfect conditions for rugby. Two teams played against Rossall in two separate mini-tournaments. Our team, mainly made up of Year 5 boys, did very well with all the boys scoring tries and being very competitive in every area of the game. They eventually won 4 out of their 5 games. The Year 6 boys also demonstrated a lot of determination in their games. Although they were outplayed in the rucks, their defensive line and incisive running meant both games were very close and greatly enjoyed by all the boys. Thank you to Rossall School for hosting us.

Merit Awards
RB: Aryana RH: Khadijah 1D: Joshua 1W: Penny 2E: Georgia
3J: Moin 3M: The Whole Class 4D: Yaamini 4S: Evie 5M: Alex 6H: Katie 6P: Eva
Monitors of the week: Joshua A and Sasha
High 5 Award: Yawar

Thought for the Week
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

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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