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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 1st March, 2019

Mar 1, 2019

1st March 2019



Dear Parents

Musical Assembly
Thank you to all the children who performed in the Musical Assembly this morning. We watched the children play a great variety of instruments from woodwind, strings and brass to percussion. It was lovely to witness the progression of some of the older children who have performed in previous assemblies. Your hard work has really paid off, well done! We also had six children who were playing in their first assembly and did incredibly well in front of such a large audience. Four children were playing on a new instrument to the one they had played on in a previous assembly which is an excellent achievement for children of such a young age. I would like to thank our peripatetic teachers: Mrs. Adewale, Mrs Coupe and Mr Taylor (a former pupil from Miss Macklam’s first class!) for their support and Miss Macklam for organising this assembly.

Independent Schools Results
Congratulations to our Year 6 Pupils who have all passed and gained places at their Independent Secondary Schools. A large number of children also received scholarships. A fantastic achievement, well done! A full list of results will be published later in the year.

World Book Day
World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. Children (and staff!) are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite literary character. Please could children not wear football strips or bring toy weapons or props.

Open Day
Open Day is now just over two weeks away on Sunday 17th March, 11-3pm. It is a very important day in the school calendar and I look forward to seeing many of you there to celebrate your children’s achievements. All children from Years 4-6 will be needed on the day for tours and activities. If you know anyone who would like to visit the school, please could you pass on this information. Thank you.

Car Engines Running on the School Site
Please could you make sure that all car engines are switched off when you are parked on the school site. This is important at all times of year, including Winter and Summer. The nature of our enclosed school grounds and buildings, and the amount of cars at pick up and drop off, makes it difficult for the fumes to escape. Engines that are left on really escalate the problem and make a very unhealthy environment for the children. We will be putting up some signs to remind parents and I will be asking Mr Forrest and Mr Eaves to politely ask parents to switch off any engines that are left on.

Out and About on Fun in the Haven Day
What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday! It was lovely to see all the children, from Reception upwards, using their imagination and natural resources to create a magical world. Thank you to Mrs Jones and Ms Eccles for organising the day. There are some wonderful pictures on our Facebook page and each class’s activity is listed below.

Our Reception children have been making clay snails. They searched the Haven for twigs and leaves to print in the clay and to create detail and facial features on their snail. Some children chose to model the snail's shell out of clay whilst others looked for the perfect pine cone to be the shell.

Year One visited the Haven to transform it into a magical fairy village! They made doors and windows to go onto tree trunks and stumps to create homes for the fairy folk. The children added details to their doors like knockers, numbers and even cctv cameras. 

Year Two entered the Haven and used clay (and their rather wonderful imaginations!) to create the fairy folk who would live in the magical village. They thought about the different characters and used sticks as tools to create their models. Some children even created clothes out of leaves. 

Year Three decided that the magical village needed rivers with bridges and ponds, lakes and waterfalls. They quickly got to work, bringing colour and life to the landscape.

Year Four believed that all the little houses needed a garden in which the fairy folk could play, rest and grow their plants and flowers. 

Year 5 decided the trees needed a magical touch! They created their own gargoyles and tree sculptures to add mystery and magic to their surroundings.

Year Six came along to add the finishing touches. They looked at what had already been created and decided what they would like to add to complete the magical village of Highfield Haven. Please look at our Facebook Page to see the children in action on Fun in the Haven Day.

Under 9s ISA Cup Football
The Year 4 team produced a consummate performance in the ISA Football Competition. Much of the focus for the fixture was on our attacking play. We dominated possession and forced Queen Ethelburga’s back into their own half. This meant that our game had to become about movement, technique and accuracy of passing to be successful. I am very pleased with the way that the boys attempted to shift the ball quickly and stretch the opposition’s formation, producing the gaps in defence that we could burst through. It is an element of our play that we had been developing in training and it was great to see it come to fruition. Due to this excellent play, there were a good number of fluent, passing moves that resulted in goals. Highfield Priory ran out 8 – 1 victors and we now look forward to playing in the next round of the cup. Well done boys! Mr. Turner

Under 11s Hockey V Rossall
The U11 Hockey team was in action against Rossall on Wednesday. With the sun shining, both teams started well with lots of strong passing around the midfield. It was Rossall who managed to make a break and scored with a strike from the top of the circle. The Highfield girls played with excellent determination which paid off as Eva dribbled the ball around several Rossall defenders and into the goal. It was a thrilling match with end to end play, however, an experienced Rossall squad managed to score a few more goals in the next 2 quarters. Our team was not deterred and continued to play some of the best hockey they have played all year, putting into practice all they have learned in training. Some fantastic passing between the team led to another goal from Eva and, in the final minutes, Isabelle made a great run into the circle and slotted the ball into the goal to exceed Highfield’s own target of 2 goals.
Well done to Eva who was player of the match and to all the girls who played; you were all fantastic! Mrs Botton

Under 11s Rugby v St. Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst
On a glorious afternoon, ten boys from Year 5 and 6 travelled to SMH to play Rugby. In both matches, the boys put up a spirited performance scoring many tries. Their defence really improved throughout the game and there was a marked improvement on the last match with every player demonstrating a number of really strong technical tackles. Although we narrowly lost both games, I was delighted with their performance and they all thoroughly deserved their team tea with the opposition afterwards. Thank you to SMH for hosting us.

Merit Awards
RB: Harriet, RH: William, 1D: Omer, 1W: Tabitha, 2E: Amelia,
3J: Hiba, 3M: Aaron, 4D: Sam, 4S: Suleman, 5M: Khadija, 6H: Natasha, 6P: Zainab.
Monitors of the week: Asiyah & Sophia

Thought for the Week
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein

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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