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Headmaster's News, Friday 8th July, 2022

Jul 8, 2022


8th July 2022

 

Dear Parents

 

Summer Fayre

It was lovely to see so many people attending our Summer Fayre on Sunday. We all enjoyed a wide range of activities, including face painting, hook-a-duck, arts and crafts and the ever-popular inflatables. I also enjoyed welcoming so many past pupils to the school from many different year groups. It was great to catch up with their news and share in their memories of Highfield. A big thank you to Mr Desai, Ms Eccles and many members of the PTA and teaching staff for making it such a memorable afternoon. HPPTA managed to raise over £2200. Thank you.

Year 6 National Curriculum Test Results

The results were published by the Department of Education on Tuesday. The children in Year 6 achieved the following (as a class average scaled score out of 120):

111 English

111 Mathematics

114 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

This compares to the National Average Scaled Scores of 105 in English and 104 in Mathematics and 105 in SPAG. Huge congratulations to the children and all the staff on this fantastic result. It’s wonderful to see you aiming high in everything you do.

Reception Assembly

Last Friday, our Reception Class took to the stage in front of the whole school and their parents. This was only the third time that they have been to a whole school assembly so to actually lead it was a giant step for our Reception pupils. All the children demonstrated incredible confidence when speaking in front of this large audience and I had to remind myself that some were still only 4 years old! I enjoyed hearing about their holidays, including what they needed to pack and their holiday activities. Thank you, Reception, for a wonderful assembly and thank you Mrs Bennett and Miss Wright for organising it.

Leavers’ Assembly

We had a very special morning today as the school community came together to celebrate Year 6 and their time with us at Highfield. We enjoyed re-living so many amazing memories, from the cuddly bunny they used to take it in turns to take home in Reception, to their performance of Victorian Villainy in Year 3, to Bikeability just a few days ago in Year 6. It was also great fun looking at their pictures from throughout their years and their leavers’ dance video!

They just have one more week left and I know they will make the most of their last few days at Highfield. They have made life-long friends and we will look forward to welcoming them back and hearing all their news. Please stay in touch! A big thank you to Mrs Prince for organising Year 6’s final assembly.

Pre-School Sports Day

A week last Thursday, some of our youngest members of the school were in action on Pre-School Sports Day. They were all incredibly excited and very keen to show off their expertise, in a range of athletic disciplines, to their parents. The javelin throwing and hurdles certainly caught my attention! The children demonstrated excellent technique and real promise for the future. I was also impressed with the relay races at the end where all the children gave 100% for their team and demonstrated a real turn of speed. Their energy and enthusiasm shone through all morning, and they were rewarded for their efforts at the end of the Sports Day with a medal and an ice cream! Thank you to Mrs Botton for organising this lovely event.

Move-Up Afternoon

The children were all given the opportunity to meet their new teacher yesterday afternoon. This is a really valuable opportunity for children to start reflecting on the year ahead and to answer any questions they may have.

Go for Goal!

Rehearsals have been well underway for our Year 6 performance of ‘Go for Goal’ next week, supported by our choir. The production will take place on Tuesday 12th at 2pm and Wednesday 13th at 6.30pm.

Ice Cream Van

Today the whole school was treated to an ice cream provided by the Nakhuda family. It created a very traditional English scene with the children queuing up for their 99 vanilla ice cream or ice lolly. As you can imagine, it was very popular with everyone, especially the staff; it kept us going all afternoon. Thank you!

Rounders v Rossall School by Eliza and Sophie

We arrived at Rossall with 2 teams, a mixture of Years 5 and 6. The weather was terrible at the start but it soon brightened up for us. The A team fielded first and the B team batted first. There were 2 innings and unfortunately both teams lost but we noticeably improved as we went along, and we really enjoyed cheering each other on as we ran round the posts. Thank you to Rossall School for a really enjoyable fixture.

Merit Awards 1.7.22

RB: The Whole Class 1W: Sara Bibi 2E: Mohini

3J: Khadijah 3M: Vihaan 4H: Samira 4M: Wei Ann 5D: Tejas 6P: Taylor

Merit Awards 8.7.22

RB: George, Vivaan and Elizabeth 1W: Hana 2E: Isabella

3J: Alfie 3M: Eliza 4H: Shriya 4M: Haniyah 5D: Naina 6P: The Whole Class

 

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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