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Headmaster's News, Friday 28th of April, 2023

Apr 28, 2023


28th April 2023

 

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the Summer Term!

It has been a busy start to term with the summer school trips starting, sporting fixtures and preparations for our Years 3 and 5 performance of Archibald’s War.

Artist and Composer of the Term

The artist of the term is Georges Seurat and the composer of the term is Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The children will be introduced to both artists during lessons and an assembly this term. Please continue to support this at home. Thank you.

Clubs Commence

It has been great to see all our activities start up this term with a great range on offer, including a few new activities including Chinese for Reception to Year 2.

King’s Coronation Celebration Friday 5th May

We will be having a special whole school assembly celebration, activities throughout the day, as well as a themed lunch. Children are encouraged to come to school in red, white and blue to represent the Union Jack colours, or any royal themed clothing.

Please have a look at the pictures on our Facebook pages.

Year 1 visits Skipton Castle

On Friday we went to Skipton Castle. We saw Gary. He told us how to shoot an arrow. Then he took us to the kitchen. Ladies were not allowed in the kitchen. We went in the dungeon and he turned off the light, it was scary. We pretended to make the lord’s bed. We had lunch. We went to the shop and I got a unicorn. Then we went home. By Dharini

We met somebody named Gary, he showed us around the castle. Gary showed us the dungeon and how it feels to be trapped in there forever. We found out that ladies were not allowed in the kitchen. In the kitchen there was a little room and that’s where they went to the toilet. It was called the long drop. The servants made bread but the bottom of the bread was burnt, so they cut off the burnt bit and gave it to the prisoners and gave the lord the nice white bread. We got to eat in our own room. We went to the shop and I got a cupcake lip gloss and a picture and then we went home. By Niralya

When I went to Skipton Castle, I met someone called Gary. He told us all about the castle. First, we went in the dungeon. Second, we went to the kitchen. Third, we went in the dining room, but in the dungeon it was dark! We had to blow the light back on. There are no ladies allowed in the kitchen and there was a toilet next to the kitchen. We made the lord’s bed. We had to pull the rope, then make it warm for him because the lord is going to sleep on it. We pretended to shoot arrows through the arrow slits. In the shop I bought a sword, a pen and a notebook and I really loved the trip. By Adam A

Archibald’s War

Years 3 and 5 have started their final preparations for Archibald’s War which is on Thursday 4th May at 6pm. Tickets are available from the School Office.

NCTs

Our Year 6 pupils are entering their last week of NCT preparation on Monday. They are working really hard as a class and continue to make progress each week. One final push everyone! I am very proud of you all.

Staff News

Mrs McIlwaine will be retiring (early!) from Highfield Priory School at the end of this academic year. She has had 27 years’ association with the school as a parent and as a member of staff. Her dedication and commitment to her role has been greatly valued by us all. We look forward to celebrating her time at Highfield at the end of this term. She will be greatly missed by staff and pupils alike and I would like to wish her the very best for the future.

Mrs Greenwood joins the school as a classroom assistant and lunchtime supervisor. I would like to offer her a very warm welcome to Highfield Priory School.

Rounders

Wednesday marked the start of the summer games season with two rounders matches against Rossall School. All our Years 5 and 6 girls were involved in the matches and were really excited to play their first game. The A team showed some excellent fielding skills and were clearly getting stronger with each innings at their batting. Unfortunately, Rossall managed to score a couple more rounders to make the final score 6-4 ½.

Our two B teams also showed some excellent skills in the field, with great bowling and fast thinking to keep the Rossall batters from scoring too many rounders. Rossall showed some excellent batting in the second innings to leave the final score at 10-1 ½. Well done to all the girls who played and for all the spectators that came to support. Mrs Botton

School Cricket

It has been a busy start to the term for our Years 5 and 6 cricketers who have already had two outings. We visited St Mary’s Hall in the first week, with many of the boys experiencing their first taste of competitive cricket. The boys performed really well in bright but cold and blustery conditions. They made real strides in their understanding of competitive cricket and were able to practise their technique with all pupils getting the opportunity to bowl, field and bat. After a very enjoyable afternoon, the final result was a win for Highfield and a win for St Mary’s Hall. This week we travelled to Rossall to play a series of matches. This gave the pupils more opportunities within the game. They certainly took advantage of this with some excellent catches, boundaries being hit and wickets taken. The boys worked hard as a team, encouraging each other, and they all really benefited from the experience. The boys were able to play five matches in the end with Highfield winning three and Rossall winning two. The highlight of the afternoon was Ahmed taking the winning catch off the last ball of the super over. Congratulations to all the boys who took part and thank you to Rossall School for hosting us.

Merit Awards 21.4.23

RB: Annabelle 1W: Sofia 2E: Umar

3D: Sanketh 4J: Harriet 4M: Sharman 5H: Melissa 5M: Faris 6P: Aarnav

Merit Awards 28.4.23

RB: Larissa 1W: Dharini 2E: Hana

3D: Mo 4J: Yaseen 4M: Sarah 5H: Rajdeep 5M: Daisy 6P: Avni

Bank Holiday Weekend

I hope you all enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Tuesday 2nd May.

Yours sincerely

J M Duke

Headmaster

Highfield Priory School

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