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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 8th February, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

Peter Pan at The Charter Theatre
104 children from the age of four to ten, along with 15 members of staff, departed from Highfield on Wednesday for The Charter Theatre in Preston. They were off to take part in rehearsals for the biggest show in Preston on Wednesday night: Peter Pan! It was incredible to see such young children take centre stage in this theatre in front of over 320 people. With dramatic sound and lighting, and even a couple of explosions, they appeared completely in control, showing no nerves at all. Amazing! The dance routines were excellent, starting with our Reception dancers right the way through to our experienced Year 6 performers. Miss Burns’ dancers performed a range of complex choreography with music and actions that really helped to tell the story of Peter Pan. We watched tap dancing crocodiles, ballet dancing toys, a street jazz dance-off between Indians and Pirates and a mermaid ballet, to name just a few. The children were bursting with confidence and enjoyment as they executed their routines faultlessly. Thank you to Miss Burns and Miss Alcock for all your hard work with your pupils in the lead up to this stunning performance. Our Year 4 cast of 34 actors was also amazing, managing to hold their audience in the palm of their hands at the age of just 8 and 9. They really did command the stage with great talent and personality. It was a fantastic achievement to deliver this high quality performance with just a few hours of rehearsal time in the theatre. I would like to thank Mrs Duke, not only for her wonderful direction but also for her personal approach in adapting the script, writing in extra characters, creating new scenes and splitting up the major parts equally (which I know takes hours of work) to make the play as inclusive as possible for all the children in Year 4. I would also like to thank all the school staff for their support of this production. It is a real team effort from the whole Highfield Community. Congratulations and well done to the whole cast of Peter Pan!

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

Feb 1, 2019

5M Assembly
Thank you 5M for your Assembly on the Chinese New Year which is celebrated this coming week. We learnt so many facts, including that the celebration always falls between 21st January and 19th February. This year, it lasts until February 19th when the Lantern Festival takes place. This year is the Year of the Pig which is a lucky animal so it should be a year with good fortune! We also really enjoyed your retelling of the legends of the Chinese Zodiac and your research into your own birth years: 2008 was the Year of the Rat and 2009 was the Year of the Ox. We also learned that Miss Macklam was born in the Year of the Ram. The children talked about Chinese proverbs and showed us how they had written their own. Brooke, Nandini, Arjun and Ayesha read out their proverbs:
Behind every chrysalis could be a beautiful butterfly.
Fire can’t burn everything, there’s always hope.
A small flame can evolve into a big star.
Even the most precious pearl has a scratch. Nothing can be absolutely perfect.
The Assembly finished with the whole class singing a song entitled: Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Thank you 5M for a fascinating and informative assembly and thank you Miss Macklam for organising it.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 25th January, 2019

Jan 25, 2019

3M Topic Assembly
Thank you 3M for giving us all an insight into what you have been doing in class this term. You have been extremely busy studying a wide range of interesting subjects like the Light and Shadow topic in Science. I enjoyed hearing your precise description of the experiment you conducted to see which objects let light through and which were reflective. You found that glass and clear plastic let light through and were transparent; materials like frosted glass and white tissue paper, which let some light through, were translucent; and materials like wood, tin and tiles, which let no light through, were opaque. I also enjoyed listening to how, in Music with Miss Macklam, you have been using poetry to explore contrasting moods and effects which you demonstrated very effectively by reciting the poem Sounds by Irene Rownsley, with a group of three taking responsibility for each verse. It was also interesting to see that, in Art, you have been studying work from Paul Cezanne and Georgia O’Keefe and using their work to inspire close-up drawings of apples and landscapes. What a busy term! Your enthusiasm for each subject certainly came through in your delivery of the assembly. Well done! Thank you to Mrs Morrice for organising today’s assembly.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 18th January, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

Springing into Action
All activities started this week and children also had their first House Meetings of the term on Wednesday. I visited each House Meeting to listen to their plan of action for the term ahead. It was lovely to see all the children in their Houses, from Year 1 to Year 6, discussing how, by working together, they could win house points. It really emphasised the family feeling within the school with the children looking after and supporting each other. Hannah was talking to Bowland about the term ahead and what events were coming up and also how they could all achieve more house points. This was the main area of focus as they are currently in third place. Come on Bowland! Eric and Aditya began by giving a motivational speech to Fylde about working together to do better. The also re-emphasised their motto: Friendly, Yearnful, Loyal, Determined and Excited. Beth, with the help of Olivia, had delivered a powerpoint presentation to Pendle also emphasising how to achieve more house points by working harder and having good manners. They also organised a few games and quizzes to bring the team together and generate team spirit. I think it is going to be another close competition this term with all the children working hard to win the trophy for their House.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 11th January, 2019

Jan 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

I would like to welcome you all back and wish you a very Happy New Year. The children were full of energy and raring to go on Tuesday. They enjoyed sharing their holiday news and talking about the exciting events which lie ahead this year.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 14th December, 2018

Dec 14, 2018

The Nativity

The Angel Express came to Highfield this week with our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Nativity. The Reception and Infant children sang beautifully and remembered a variety of choreographed moves for each song which they performed with beaming smiles on their faces. Our Year Two pupils delivered their lines with confidence throughout the play, demonstrating stage presence and a real understanding of comedic timing - a very difficult concept for children aged 6 and 7! I also enjoyed the variety of dance moves which accompanied most songs. I was humming the catchy tunes all the way home! Thank you to all the staff for their support, Mrs Street for her musical direction and Ms Eccles for her overall direction. Well done, everyone!

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 7th December, 2018

Dec 7, 2018

3J Assembly
Thank you to 3J for their wonderful Assembly this morning all about currency and money which they have been studying in their PSHEE lessons. They told us some amazing facts, such as decimalisation came into place in 1971 and before that money included shillings, farthings and threepenny pieces. Also, in Argentina, when they had a shortage of coins, change was sometimes given in sweets! I also enjoyed guessing the amount each item cost, from a loaf of Warburton’s bread to a season ticket at PNE. I think your final message was very important: the things we want most in the world we cannot buy, like happiness, friendship and love. Thank you 3J for a very interesting and well-presented assembly and thank you Mrs Jones for organising it.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 30th November, 2018

Nov 30, 2018

6P Assembly
Thank you 6P for your assembly about aspirations. Your assembly took place on St. Andrew’s Day, the Patron Saint of Scotland, and we enjoyed learning all about St Andrew and why he is special to Scotland. We also really enjoyed hearing about your aspirations and what you hope to achieve in your lives. These were really interesting, ranging from authors to architects to professional footballers. I am sure that if you keep ‘Aiming High’ you will accomplish your goals. 6P finished by telling the story of a tiny caterpillar and the hard work he had to put in to achieve his true potential. We were very interested in the variety of topics you covered in this assembly and the important underlying message. Thank you 6P and Mrs Prince for organising the assembly.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 23rd November, 2018

Nov 23, 2018

The Sunday Times –Top Independent Preparatory Schools
Highfield Priory School was placed 7th in the country in The Sunday Times list of Independent Prep Schools on Sunday for its National Curriculum results. This is the highest position the school has ever achieved! For eight years now, the school has been in the top thirty which is a consistent level of attainment only achieved by a handful of schools across the country. We were also the highest placed school outside the London Region. This is an incredible achievement by the children, parents, staff and governors. Congratulations to the whole Highfield community!

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 16th November, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

Year 6 Trip to The World Museum, Liverpool
Extract from Eryk’s account of the trip.
We arrived at the World Museum, in Liverpool, at 10am and walked into the Entrance Hall. My first impression was absolutely amazing. There was a phenomenal skeleton of a pterodactyl and the body of an enormous crab, just on the way in. The Entrance Hall was so grand, as vast as a house, as tall as a tower! It had a great glass ceiling and five amazingly, interesting floors.
Our first activity was ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’ in the Western Discovery Centre. Here we looked at different materials like wood and lapis lazuli: these used to be used to make objects like amulets. Next we looked at mummification and learnt that, as well as humans, animals were sometimes mummified. Another thing we learnt was that if people were too big for their coffins, their legs were sometimes cut off! We then visited the Ancient Egyptian Exhibition. Here we saw some fascinating Egyptian artefacts, including jewellery, mummies and sarcophaguses. On the floor as we walked in, there was an enormous map of the Nile. Labelled with towns and areas like the Valley of the Kings. The map was about 3 metres long! While we were looking at the exhibition, we had to choose two objects to draw. I chose an enormous ‘Head Sculpture’ and the last ‘Girdle on Earth’. I drew the girdle because it belonged to King Ramesses III and it is the last ever girdle in the world. A girdle is a piece of clothing that you could wrap around someone from their waist upwards.
I absolutely loved our visit to the World Museum, it was the first time I was able to touch and handle items that were thousands of years old. If anybody likes anything at all about science or history, I would definitely recommend this museum to them.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 9th November, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

Musical Assembly
Thank you to all our musicians for an excellent first assembly of this half-term. The newly formed Junior Choir performed for the first time with its new recruits who were standing proud with their new choir folders and badges. I was very impressed by their first public performance and I look forward to seeing them all perform in this year’s Carol Service.
Our pianists played beautifully with pupils from every year group in the Juniors including two new ones, Ariana and Aaron, who both performed with confidence in front of the large audience. We also watched a woodwind group for the first time with Natasha and Nandini on the flute and Frank, Manavi and Bethan on the recorder. This assembly was the last brass performance with Mrs Greig before she begins her maternity leave, and hands over to her mother, Mrs Coupe, who will continue the lessons. We also listened to a lovely solo by Brooke who has been having singing lessons for a few years. I was very impressed with the range and quantity of musical performers in this assembly. Congratulations to you all on your hard work. Your practice has produced some beautiful results. A big thank you to Miss Macklam for organising this assembly.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 19th October, 2018

Oct 19, 2018

Year 3 Visit The Museum of Lancashire
On Thursday, Year 3 went to the Museum of Lancashire to learn about life in World War II. We were greeted by Mrs Riley and Mrs Perkins. Mrs Riley was dressed as an Air Raid Warden. She showed us all how to identify whether it was a German or a British plane flying overhead by the noise they made. We then practised what to do if it was the enemy, with Hugo and James dressed as Air Raid Wardens. She also taught us a rhyme so we would know how to apply a gas mask. Mrs Perkins helped us make our name labels for when we were evacuated, showed us how few clothes we would have been able to buy with our clothing coupons and then practised our aeroplane recognition, which children would have done at school during the war. We sang war time songs like ‘Run Rabbit, Run’ and to finish we had a raffle where the winner won an exciting prize of… an onion! We had a fun and informative few hours at the museum and left knowing more… and also wondering if one of our teachers was actually a spy!

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 12th October, 2018

Oct 12, 2018

5M Topic Assembly
Thank you 5M for your Topic Assembly this morning all about what you have been studying in class. We heard a brief summary of each subject, including ICT, where you have been learning about computer components, French, where you have been learning how to greet each other and the names for different subjects and Music, where you have even written your own song lyrics. You have certainly had a very busy half term and it has been lovely to share it with you. Thank you 5M and thank you Miss Macklam for organising this Assembly.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 5th October, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

Open Day on Thursday
We had a very successful Open Morning on Thursday with a number of prospective parents visiting the school. They were very impressed by the standard and variety of work on display. They also commented on the level of work and the in-depth conversations and answers that were taking place in classes around the school. Our Year 6 children were excellent guides and all the visitors talked about how eloquent and passionate they were about Highfield Priory. If you know of any prospective parents who were unable to come to our Open Day, please ask them to arrange a tour of the school with the office.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 28th September, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

Year 5 Visit Bethany House
Our Year Five children visited Bethany House today to take our Harvest gifts and to sing some songs. We were all warmly welcomed by the residents who enjoyed listening to the Harvest songs which were sung beautifully by Year Five. The children then spent time chatting to the residents, finding out about their families and sharing stories from the past and the present. It was lovely to see these two generations really enjoying each other’s company. There were lots of smiles and animated conversations and the children would have happily carried on talking all day! However, lunch beckoned and the children returned to school in high spirits, happily chatting about their morning and the interesting people they had met. Thank you to Bethany House for welcoming us. We look forward to returning at Christmas with our Year Six Classes.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 21st September, 2018

Sep 21, 2018

Open Morning - Thursday 4th October
Open Morning is coming up on Thursday 4th October from 9am-12noon. If you have friends, work colleagues or family who would like to come and see the school in action, please do invite them to join us. Our Year 6 children will be our Open Day guides. They really enjoy the experience and they offer our visitors a valuable insight into life through the years at Highfield.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 14th September, 2018

Sep 14, 2018

Out and About with Pre-School
I visited Pre-School this week and was given a very warm welcome! Sienna offered me some birthday cake as soon as I entered the room. I asked what type of cake it was and she said vanilla. Mrs Hayes said it had been a busy time for birthdays with five in the first two weeks! Mohamad was very keen to talk to me about dinosaurs - one of his favourite topics - and he chatted away happily. Lucas, Aurora, Mohamad, Sienna, Violet and Alaylah were all playing in the messy play area. Alaylah said it looked like milkshake and then announced that she had found a hidden spoon. Violet said it smelt of peppermint, Lucas said it was filled with glitter and treasure or maybe unicorn food! He followed this up by saying he wanted to be messy all day- sorry mum! Lana was very excited to tell me about her new baby brother. She said she was his big sister with a beaming smile. Lailah confidently brought her snack -a large orange- for me to peel. She went off eating it happily. Henry was in the cooking area. He told me he was going to make pancakes and he asked me to sit down. He laid the table before serving me a pancake. Krisha was giving him a helping hand. I asked if I could have sugar and lemon. He said, ‘Of course!’ before serving them. The service was excellent and food exquisite; definitely a high rating on Trip Advisor. Miss Iqbal returned from the library with her group. Aliya rushed up and said hello with a big smile. There was a lovely atmosphere in the room with the children really communicating with each other and the staff, exploring new vocabulary and enjoying a range of activities and imaginary games. Thank you Pre-School for looking after me. A fantastic meal, a lovely piece of cake and wonderful company. I shall definitely return soon!

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 7th September, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

Out and About with Reception Class
I visited our Reception Classes this week as they started their first week of school. I was amazed by how settled the children all were when I entered their classroom. It was a hive of activity with the children interacting very well with each other and clearly enjoying their activities. Arthur talked to me about the space shuttle book he had brought to school and that he had learnt a new word, ‘Halt!’ which he said means stop. He also showed me a model space shuttle that he had found in the classroom. Sara rushed up to tell me her big brother Sully was in Mr Sheppeck’s class. Adam also came up to me with a big smile on his face; he introduced himself and said he was enjoying his first few days of school. James and Harriet F were playing happily together on the train track, taking it in turns and building more track. Harriet M announced very proudly that she was in Reception. She was using feathers with Haya to create a butterfly picture. Nathan, Brodie, Sarah, Ahmad and Presley were all playing with dinosaurs in the castle, using their imagination to create a game that kept them busy for the entire time I was in the classroom. Eliza was sitting looking at a book with Summer. They were both laughing, very content in each other’s company as they looked at each page. All the children were extremely happy, enjoying all the new experiences. I am really looking forward to watching their development as a year group and as individuals during this year.

Headmaster's Speech at the Year Six Prize-Giving 2018

Jul 23, 2018

“Make your own kind of music, sing your own special song.”
I love this song. I feel it encapsulates everything we are trying to achieve at Highfield. The joy of making you, YOU. You are all wonderful individuals with unique talents, gifts and personalities. It is our aim to help you to discover and develop your gifts and to encourage you to discover the strength inside yourself to tackle any new challenge that comes your way. In realising your potential during your time with us, you will leave Highfield aiming high and believing that anything is possible with the right attitude and determination.
I am so proud of each and every one of you and what you have attempted and achieved this year, from our Nursery children, all the way up to Year 6. You are fearless!

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 13th July, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

Year Six Leavers’ Assembly
Thank you to our wonderful Year 6 - Class of 2018 - who delivered such a moving Assembly this morning. Their Assembly began with children telling us when they started at Highfield and sharing some of their early memories and achievements. It was lovely to hear their stories and see how the year group has grown and developed into the strong and confident group of friends we see today. It has been a very successful year and you certainly should be very proud of yourselves. The Assembly finished with a fabulous collection of images from the children’s time at Highfield and a musical tribute from Year 6! So many happy memories and some inevitable tears. Thank you Mrs Prince, Mrs Haythornthwaite and Mr Drake for arranging this fantastic last assembly for the Class of 2018.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 6th July, 2018

Jul 6, 2018

Reception Assembly
Thank you Reception for your wonderful assembly today about teamwork. I really enjoyed the beginning where you each introduced yourself to the school and told us what you like doing. We all loved hearing the story about the animals on the farm and how they all learned to work together to help Farmer Duck look after the farm. The costumes were fantastic! You acted with such confidence for children of just 4 and 5 years old. Well done! Thank you to Mrs Diston, Mrs Bennett, Mrs Jones and Mrs Lockwood for organising this assembly.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 29th June, 2018

Jun 29, 2018

Out and About with Infant Gardening and Nature Club
I caught up with the Gardening and Nature Club in Highfield Haven. They had already completed their first very important task of the day: watering the vegetable plots in the Nursery garden. Luca and Yaseen told me they had been busy watering the strawberries and tomatoes. The children were now listening to noises in the Haven and Ms Eccles asked what animals might be living there. The children quickly rattled off birds, spiders, butterflies and foxes. Joseph said there would be minibeasts and we could find them under rocks and logs. The children also looked at the trees. Anoush looked very carefully at the tree above, pointing out the leaves and the spinning jennies before finding it on The Haven’s picture board. Ayesha came to tell me it was a sycamore tree. The children then went further into The Haven looking for minibeasts. Amber announced with delight that she had found lots of woodlice. This was quickly followed by Anoush and Zaidan who found lots under a log. The children examined them carefully, looking at their texture and movement. Amelia said that they had seen a bug hotel on their school trip. She then picked up a woodlouse to show it to the rest of the group. She even said it was her friend and wanted to take it back to class! Ms Eccles told her that it was important to return the minibeasts back to where they had been found, especially on a hot day like today. It was lovely to see the children out in the grounds, in the shade with the sunshine glistening through the trees. They were full of questions as they explored this very natural and beautiful setting. The perfect way in which to learn. I hope they continue to benefit from this wonderful weather until the end of term.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 22nd June, 2018

Jun 22, 2018

Reception Go Exploring!
This week Reception visited Nurtured In Nature to explore their wonderful woodland setting. The children loved exploring everything around them, asking questions and letting their imaginations create amazing stories and explanations for everything they saw. Just hearing the vocabulary they were using in context was an excellent learning experience. The following are just a few statements from the children about the trip:
‘I enjoyed fishing for rocks in the stream with my friends.’ Esme
‘We made a stone castle down by the stream.’ Monty
‘My favourite bit was stepping on the stones in the stream and looking at the weed moving in the water.’ Samira
‘I fell into the water and got a little bit wet. It was funny! And when the woodlouse was creeping on my hand it was tricky and I shook it off!’ Penny
‘I made a soil cake in the mud kitchen. I walked to the other side of the stream on some slippery stones. I didn’t fall in because I was balancing.’ Aidan
‘Toasting marshmallow! I loved them! They were crispy, juicy and really, really tasty.’ Ali

What an amazing trip! It sounds like you had a fantastic time. Thank you to Mrs Diston for organising it and all the parents who helped.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 15th June, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

ISA Athletics
36 athletes travelled to Manchester to compete in the ISA Regional Competition last Tuesday with 24 other schools from across the region. The children competed exceptionally well throughout the day across a range of disciplines. The following pupils made the finals in their individual events or in the relay: the year 3 boys’ relay team, year 3 girls’ relay team, year 6 boys’ relay team, year 6 girls’ relay team, Evie and Lucie 60m, Eva 75m, Alfie and James 80m and Grace W-Y 150m and 600m.
Lucie qualified for the national relay team coming a very, very close second in her sprint. Congratulations to all the pupils who took part and thank you to Mrs Botton for organising the event.

Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 25th May, 2018

May 25, 2018

2D Assembly
We were transported back in time to 1969 and the First Moon Landing with 2D this morning. They began with a family watching the landing on TV (2D played the family and the TV presenters!). They even had very realistic astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and we watched the real footage of the actual moon landing. The whole performance was rounded off with a very enthusiastic rendition of ‘I’m Gonna be an Astronaut!’ 2D’s enjoyment of the subject really shone through in their acting and their presentation, delivering their words with confidence and big smiles. Thank you 2D and Mrs Davidson for a fantastic assembly. What a wonderful way to end this half term!

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