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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 15th March, 2019

Mar 15, 2019

15th March 2019


Dear Parent


3J Topic Assembly
It was 3J’s Topic Assembly this morning and the children began by explaining what they have been doing in their different lessons this term. They told us that in Maths they have been learning about measurement. They have been trying really hard to remember facts such as:
• How many metres in a kilometre?
• How many millilitres in half a litre?
• How many grams in ¾ of a kilogram?
In PSHEE they have been learning about people’s jobs and they interviewed Mrs Gilbert who has been a chef for 17 years. She starts work at 7am and cooks 250 meals every day! In RE, they have just started a new topic: Islamic Rights of Passage. Moin, Hiba, Yusuf and Haya talked to everyone in assembly, as they did when they led the RE lesson, talking about their experience and knowledge of the subject.
You have certainly had a busy few weeks and it was lovely to share with you what you have been studying in class. I am looking forward to looking at your books and the displays in your classroom on Open Day. Thank you 3J and Mrs Jones for organising the Assembly.

News from the Nursery
The whole Nursery is taking part in the Book Trust Rhyme Challenge - our rhymes this week are:
‘A sailor went to sea, sea, sea...' and 'Polly, put the kettle on!'
The Rhyme Challenge is a simple, flexible activity designed to encourage a love of rhymes and early poetry.

Babies and Toddlers have had a great week exploring all their senses through malleable play. They have been exploring and moulding moon sand, developing their little hand muscles with playdough, mark making, colour mixing and getting messy in gloop.

Nursery has enjoyed: dancing to a variety of music from different cultures; exploring the wind by making wind wands; washing the dinosaurs with brushes to develop our hand and eye co-ordination, painting flowers for our display and large mark-making in sand foam. Wow! Well done, Nursery!                                    Mrs Elstone

Open Day on Sunday
It is our Open Day this Sunday from 11am until 3pm. The children are very excited about celebrating the success of the school this academic year as well as showing their work and telling you about the activities they have been doing. Everyone is welcome. Please pass on the times to anyone you think may be interested. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

The school is likely to be inspected at some point before the end of this academic year. In preparation for this, Mr. John Wood who is a Governor and Chair of the Schools Education Committee will be in school next week conducting a Compliance check. This involves looking at the school’s practice, policies, watching lessons and speaking to children and staff members. Mr. Wood is Vice President of the Independent Schools Association and also undertakes Compliance checks for schools across the organisation. I would like to thank him for his time and the continued support and guidance he gives to Highfield.

Preston Schools Swimming Gala By Aditya 6P
On Monday, 10 people from Years 4-6 went to West View Leisure Centre to take part in the Preston Schools Swimming Gala. In the Front Crawl we received a 3rd place and a 6th place. In the Breast Stroke we received a 4th place and a 5th place. In the Back Stroke we received two 5th places. Also, in the Relay we received a 5th in the Front Crawl and a 5th in the Mixed Race. Overall we came 5th. Thank you to Mrs Parsons for organising this event.


Netball v Sedbergh Prep School

On Wednesday, over 80 girls from Highfield and Sedbergh played Netball. The girls played in four teams, three U11 and one U9. Highfield won two matches and lost two. It was a fantastic afternoon of Netball with some brilliant passing, accurate shooting and solid defending. As we are coming to the end of the Netball season, it was lovely to have so many girls playing Netball. This academic year, every girl in Years 4, 5 and 6 have been given the opportunity to play Netball. Over 50 girls from Years 2-6 attend the Netball practices which take place every week in the Autumn and Spring terms.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came along to support the girls in their matches and thank you to Mrs Parsons and Mrs Botton for organising this event. It was great to see so many girls involved.

Merit Awards
RB: Sara, RH: Presley, 1D: Lily, 1W: Ali, 2E: Naina
3J: Whole Class, 3M: Eliza, 4D: Rohan, 4S: Diya, 5M: Edie, 6H: Asiyah, 6P: Ayesha
Monitor of the week: Zainab and Sophia

Thought for the Week
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey


Mr Jeremy Duke
Highfield Priory School



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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