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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 21st June, 2019

Jun 21, 2019


21 June 2019

 

 


Dear Parents

1W Topic Assembly
Thank you, Year 1, for giving us an insight into what you have been studying in class recently. The main focus of your Assembly was writing: instructions, letters, poems, riddles, recounts, descriptions and stories. What a lot of writing you have done this year! Here are a few examples of the written work you shared with us.

Poems
As purple as a flower.
As gold as my mum’s wedding ring.
As green as a leaf. Reuben

As yellow as the Summer sun.
As white as a polar bear.
As brown as a tree trunk.
As orange as the sunset. Ali

What am I?
I have rainbow coloured wings.
I used to be a caterpillar.
I can fly in the sky.
I eat nectar from flowers.
You can see me in your garden.
I am an insect.
I am quite small but I can be as big as your hand.
What am I? Haniyah

Thank you 1W for your eloquent performance this morning and for sharing the fabulous written work you have completed. Thank you to Mrs Wilson for organising this assembly. Well done!

Year 6 Visit Leighton Hall
Letter to Leighton Hall by Aishah 6P
Thank you for letting me visit your amazing house. Also, thank you Pam for being a wonderful and kind tour guide. I enjoyed everything you taught and showed us but some of my favourite things were when the oldest clock chimed 8 times because it was quite funny. Another time, was when you showed us the candle snuffer which looked like a pair of scissors with a little box attached to one side of it. I particularly liked an item: it was the mini book as it was only about 2 centimetres tall. It was so small I couldn’t even read it. In the same room there was a little cupboard, like a collection box, with small drawers and a minute door in the middle. The door opened and I saw 8 drawers but there was an extra door behind the little stairs in which you could keep your most valuable object. I loved it when Lindsay brought out the spectacular birds of prey. The first was a hawk which was very swift and kept flying over my head and its wing even skimmed my hair. The second bird was a brown owl called Echo, it was very cute. The last bird was a falcon, he was very fast.

Infant Sports Day
We had a fine day for our Infant Sports Day yesterday. The children were all very excited and each child represented a different country. The team approach to each activity really encouraged the children to support each other with lots of cheering, pats on the back and advice. The children demonstrated a range of talents in disciplines including throwing, jumping, hurdling, balancing and sprinting. The obstacle races were particularly competitive with the children having to remember a specific routine of skills to complete each lap. I would like to congratulate the children for the amazing level of effort and passion they showed throughout the afternoon.
Thank you Mrs Botton and Mrs Parsons for organising the event. The winners were India with 553 points followed by Australia on 541 points, Germany came third with 538 points.

Under 11s Rounders
Our Years 5 and 6 Rounders teams were in action against Rossall School on Wednesday in the last matches of the season. Both our teams played some excellent Rounders, really putting into practice all the skills and tactics they have been developing over the season. It was a tight and very exciting match which came down to the very last ball. The fantastic Highfield team was victorious by just ½ a rounder!
A huge congratulations to every girl in Year 5 and Year 6 who has represented the school in Rounders this term, you have been absolutely fantastic and have shown great team spirit. You have really done yourselves and the school proud. Mrs Botton

Cricket at Rossall School
Wednesday saw our last hardball game of the term. The boys played very well in every aspect of the game. We batted well, scoring 75 runs with the boys dispatching any poor balls for four, however, Rossall fought back to take some late wickets to restrict us to 55 runs. Our bowling was also accurate, forcing Rossall to defend to protect their wickets. The boys also worked hard in the field to restrict the amount of boundaries. However, with the game getting close, Rossall managed to take the lead and, having lost only two wickets, they won by five runs. It was an exciting match which hung in the balance throughout. Congratulations to all the boys on a successful cricket season. Keep practising and I look forward to hearing how you get on with your cricket at Secondary School.

Kwik Cricket v Oakhill
This was the first time that Highfield has played a mixed Kwik Cricket match. A large group of Year 5 and Year 6 children were involved in the match. Adam, Abdullah and Omar led the team with some excellent fielding and bowling. Natasha, Saimah, Aamina and Aishah were smashing at batting. The teamwork was amazing with some excellent coaching from the Year 6 boys. Well done! Mrs Parsons

HPPTA
A big thank you to those parents who came along to the Summer Fayre meetings this week.
Preparations are well underway for this year’s fayre to be held on Sunday 7th July. We will need more volunteers on the day and a sign-up form is being sent home today. The raffle is a great way to support the summer fayre and tickets will be available soon, this year the prizes will be Mystery Hampers, packed full of treats including family day out passes to some local attractions. You can support the raffle by donating items to go in the hampers such as chocolates, biscuits, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and other such luxury items. Please send your donations into the school office. You can also support the raffle by selling raffle tickets to friends and family. After last year’s sell out success we also need donations of teddies for the teddy tombola. Thank you for your support.

Merit Awards
RB: Ahmad RH: Khadijah 1D: Monty 1W: The Whole Class 2E: Zaidan
3J: Leo 3M: Muhammad 4D; Genevieve 4S: Reya 5M: Nandini 6H: Eryk 6P: Zainab
Monitor of the week: Beth

Thought for the Week
Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. Lisa See

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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