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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 5th July, 2019

Jul 5, 2019

5 July 2019

Dear Parents

Super-Hero Reception Assembly
It was Reception’s first Assembly today. Their topic was Super-Heroes and they talked about all the heroes in their life, from comic-based super-heroes through to everyday heroes in the community like policemen, doctors and their parents. The assembly finished with a very catchy tune about super heroes sung by the whole of Reception. Thank you RB and RH for a fantastic assembly! Your confidence and composure were quite incredible for children of such a young age. I can’t wait to see you progress further as you move up through the school. Thank you to Mrs Bennett, Mrs Hewertson and Miss Wright for arranging this assembly. Mr Sheppeck.

Celebration Assembly
On Thursday, the children were given the opportunity to talk about their achievements in activities outside school and receive any awards they had been given. The children take part in a wide variety of activities from skiing to stage craft. They all really enjoyed listening to each other and celebrating each other’s achievements. It was rewarding to hear that the children continue to aim high outside school as well.

Well-Being and Positive Mindset
Ross McWilliam will be running sessions for children, staff and parents next Monday and Tuesday. There will be a session for parents on Tuesday straight after school which will be focused on how you can best support your children to have a confident mindset. I think these sessions will be very valuable for all parents, children and staff alike.

Summer Fayre
I hope to see the whole school community supporting our Summer Fayre on Sunday. It is always a lovely event where members of our Highfield family, past and present, come together to celebrate the school and the summer, and to have a lot of fun. The Fayre starts around 1pm and will finish at 4pm.

Classes for the Academic Year 2019/2020
RB will be taught by Mrs Bennett
RB will move to 1W with Mrs Wilson
RH will move to 1D with Mrs Davidson (Mrs Street will be responsible for the class on Wednesdays)
1W will move to 2E with Ms Eccles
1D will move to 2J with Mrs Jones
2E will move to 3M with Mrs Morrice
3J will move to 4D with Mr Drake
3M will move to 4S with Mr Sheppeck
4S will move to 5H with Mrs Haythornthwaite (Mrs Duke will be responsible for the class on Fridays)
4D will move to 5M with Miss Macklam
5M will move to 6P with Mrs Prince

Move up afternoon will take place next Thursday, giving children the opportunity to spend time with their new teacher.

Pre-School Sports Day
What a beautiful morning it was on Wednesday for our Pre-School Sports Day. The morning started with the teams all walking across from Pre-School hand-in-hand and chatting away, excited about the events to come. The Yellow, Green and Blue teams rotated round the events which ranged from the Sack Race to the Javelin. The children’s enthusiasm and level of effort and support for one another was quite infectious! The children laughed and had big smiles on their faces as they took part in each event. They were all very keen to do their best for their teams. We even witnessed tactical discussions between team mates before events! The morning finished with the children’s relay race and the parents’ dash. I am not sure which race was more competitive! Thank you to Mrs Botton and Mrs Parsons for organising this event and congratulations to all the children who took part.

Preston Schools’ Athletics Championships
On Wednesday, a team of Year 5 and 6 children travelled to UCLan Arena to compete in the championships. The events varied from Standing Triple Jump and Speed Bounce to 400m and 800m races. Lucie came 4th in the 400m, Beth jumped 3.34m in the Long Jump and Yawar reached 5.10m in the Standing Triple Jump. We qualified for both the Boys’ and Girls’ relay finals. Well done to all our athletes; this was the final sports event of a very busy year! Mrs Parsons.

NB -Bank Holiday Change
Next year, the May Day Bank Holiday, on Monday 4th May, has been changed to Friday 8th May 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We will be changing the school calendar to coincide with this date.

Merit Awards
RB and RH: The Whole Year Group 1D: Ariana 1W: Melissa 2E: Hanna
3J: Lily 3M: Sophie 4D: Sasha 4S: Isabelle 5M: Martha 6H: Adam 6P: Kavya
Monitor of the week: Abigail

Thought for the Week
I'm like a tree. My leaves might change colour, but my roots are the same. Anon.

Yours sincerely


J M Duke

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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