A big thank you to 5M who delivered an excellent work assembly this morning all about New Year. They told us how New Year is celebrated around the world, starting with London’s fireworks which are set off from the London Eye as Big Ben chimes midnight. In Romania, people dress up as bears to chase away the evil spirts. They do this because bears are special according to old Romanian stories and they can protect and heal people. Also, the children were amazed to discover that four children from 5M celebrated New Year at very different times as they were at different places around the world. 5M concluded their assembly by talking about their New Year’s resolutions and targets for the New Year. Thank you 5M for a fascinating assembly and I wish you all every happiness for the year ahead.
Nativity What a wonderful Nativity our Reception and Infant children produced on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening! The quality of the performance for children of such a young age was quite incredible. They sang and spoke with great confidence and poise and, as an audience, we really felt part of the show. Thank you to Mrs Jones, Ms Eccles, Mrs Street and all the Infant and Reception staff for producing a fantastic show. Well done!
Parent Power! Congratulations to the whole Highfield Community for achieving our highest ever position *SIXTH* in the country and *FIRST* in the North West in The Sunday Times Parent Power listings. This is our highest ever position, our second year in the Top Ten and our ninth year in the top thirty. This level of consistency has only been achieved by three other schools in the country. The Sunday Times has also given us permission to use their Top Ten logo.
This was our first Musical Assembly of the year. Some of the children were playing for the first time whilst others were experienced performers. It was also the first public performance of the new Junior Choir with 23 new members from Year 3 to Year 6. The Choir has been rehearsing songs dating back 80 years, imagining what it would have been like to be one of the first ever Highfield pupils. The song they performed in the Assembly was ‘We’ll Meet Again,’ which was made famous by Dame Vera Lynn back in 1939 at the start of the Second World War. The children found out that this lady, who was a very popular singer 80 years ago, is still alive today at the grand age of 102! Our Year 6 pupils will be visiting our local Residential Home, Bethany House, to sing these songs to the residents. It was also lovely to hear Hanna from Y3 choosing to perform a piece on the piano, ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’, by our Composer of the Term – Mozart! Miss Macklam Congratulations to all our performers! It was amazing to see your progress and the standard was incredible. Keep aiming high! Please have a look at our wonderful musicians on our Facebook page.
Open Morning It was a very busy Open Morning last week with prospective parents visiting for a range of different year groups and all keen to find out more about Highfield. Our visitors were very impressed with the school, commenting on the standard of work on display as well as the knowledge and level of discussion they observed in the classrooms. They also spoke very highly of our Year 6 guides who spoke confidently and passionately about their school. They described all the activities, lessons and unique characteristics of Highfield in great detail. It is very important for any prospective parent to visit the school during a normal working day as it really does give you a realistic impression of school life. If you do know anyone who would like to see the school in action, please ask them to ring the office to arrange a tour. Thank you for your ongoing support.
5M Harvest Assembly Thank you 5M for your excellent Harvest Assembly this morning and Miss Macklam for arranging it. We learnt about the history of the harvest and the harvest festival and how important it is to the country. You also explained how it is celebrated in other countries. I loved listening to your harvest songs as well as the Infant harvest song. Thank you also to all the families who contributed gifts and donated money to Water Aid.
4D Assembly Thank you 4D for delivering an exceptional first Assembly of the academic year today. The focus of this Assembly was the International Day of Peace which takes place tomorrow. 4D explained that the emphasis this year is Climate Change. We all really enjoyed watching your play and song about peace which helped us to reflect and think about the importance of this day around the world. Congratulations to all of 4D and thank you to Mr Drake for organising this Assembly.
Welcome to the Autumn Term, 2019! I would like to welcome you all back to the start of an exciting new academic year. This is now my tenth year as Headmaster of Highfield and I am looking forward to the year ahead and building on our successful Inspection report in the summer. An excellent team of staff and an inspirational cohort of pupils will ensure that the year ahead is fruitful, rewarding and a great deal of fun.
ISI School Inspection Report The school was inspected in the last few weeks of term and a team of five Inspectors examined every aspect of the school. The feedback was very detailed, showing a full awareness of Highfield and its staff and pupils. I could see each member of the school in the Inspector’s words and I felt very proud of each and every one of you. I look forward to sharing the Inspection Report with you when it is officially published in a few weeks’ time.
Leavers’ Assembly This is always the most memorable and emotive assembly of the year as we look back on our Year 6’s journey through the years at Highfield. We share with you many happy memories from your years here, right back to Nursery for some of you and throughout the school; many of you have been with us for nine years! You spoke passionately and fondly of the activities and events that you have enjoyed, the ones that made you laugh and the ones you will always remember. The Assembly finished with your leavers’ video which really captured the big heart and fun side of Year 6 and certainly made us all laugh. Thank you Year 6 for so many happy memories. Year 6 NCT Results The Year 6 National Curriculum Tests results were published on Tuesday. The children achieved the following class average scaled scores. 111 in Mathematics (National Average: 105) 111 in Reading (National Average: 104) 115 in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (National Average 106). This is an excellent set of results. Congratulations to all the children and staff on all your hard work.
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.
Independent Schools Inspection The school had a focused Compliance and Education Quality Inspection this week. Five Inspectors visited Highfield and looked at every aspect of the school from the children’s welfare and safety right through to their academic and personal development. The Inspectors watched lessons and checked all our policies, procedures and records. They interviewed all the staff individually and in groups and conducted seven group interviews with the children. Although I am not allowed to divulge their conclusions until the report is published, I am allowed to say that I am very pleased with the report and extremely proud of every member of the Highfield Community. I would like to thank parents for the very high response to the parent questionnaire which really helped to support the evidence the Inspectors saw within school. The Inspection Report will be sent home with children when it is published. This may not be until September.
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.
I hope you all had a good half-term break. The children certainly look energised and ready for a busy half term ahead. This week alone saw children from across the school taking part in four major events: ISA Athletics, our fabulous Museum of Creations, Junior Sports Day and our Musical Assembly. The array of talent and personal achievement was quite incredible. Congratulations to all the children and staff for organising, and participating in, these events.
Manor Adventure –They’re Off! Forty two Year 5 and Year 6 pupils have set off for Manor Adventure in Shropshire to enjoy a weekend packed with adventurous activities. We will be updating Facebook over the weekend with pictures of the children completing the activities. Thank you to Mrs Jones, Mrs Botton, Ms Eccles and Mr Sheppeck for taking the children.
3M Assembly Thank you, 3M, for your assembly this morning about World Day for Cultural Diversity which is on 21st May. You talked about what the word ‘culture’ means and how it can be seen in people’s writing, religion, music, clothes and cooking. You explained that World Day for Cultural Diversity is about gaining an understanding of each other’s culture in order to promote peace. It was interesting to hear what products you use at home and their countries of origin. Your assembly even took us back many years in history to talk about how Anglo-Saxons, Scandinavian Vikings and Norman invaders have all contributed words and sayings to the English language. The benefits of having such a diverse culture in a country were evident throughout the assembly and had particular relevance to Highfield. You told us that Highfield alone has 15 languages, other than English, that are spoken. You finished the assembly by singing the song Everyone Belongs. Thank you 3M for delivering this very important assembly and for preparing us for May 21st. Thank you to Mrs Morrice for organising it.
Victorian Villainy What an incredible performance last night from our Year 5 and Year 3 pupils. Their singing and acting were outstanding! Year 5, you impressed us on the stage last year at The Charter Theatre but it was clear, last night, that your confidence has grown and your acting ability has flourished. You lit up the stage! I really enjoyed your solo and group performances which were sung beautifully and with such composure. Year 3, in their first HPSED public performance, also impressed the audience and showed incredible promise for the future. To stand in front of such a large audience and deliver every line with clarity and meaning really added to the play as a whole. They had researched the Victorian era thoroughly and provided many interesting facts throughout the performance. The singing from Year 5 and Year 3 was excellent and I know I will be humming the tunes for weeks to come. Thank you Mrs Duke and Miss Macklam for all your hard work and direction and for achieving such a high standard, enabling the children to realise their potential. Thank you also to Mrs Jones, Mr Drake and Mrs Morrice for their help and support of this production. Last night certainly saw Highfield at its best!
Out and About with Victorian Villains! Final rehearsals were underway this week for the Year 3 and Year 5 Victorian Villainy performance which takes place on Thursday 9th May at 6pm. I watched the children in rehearsal working on their positioning, posture and the delivery of their words. I was impressed by their stage presence and composure and I am looking forward to seeing them use their public speaking and drama skills in the full performance next week along with the beautiful group and solo singing. Tickets are available from the school office. I look forward to seeing you there.
Welcome to the Summer Term Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and enjoyed the amazing weather over the Bank Holiday weekend. The children certainly looked refreshed and ready for the busy and exciting term ahead. Highlights in the first few weeks are our Year 3 and 5 Production: Victorian Villainyon 9th May, numerous sporting fixtures and the Year 6 National Curriculum Tests which start on 13th May. We have also arranged an Internet Safety Talk for all the children during the school day and for parents on 17th May at 3.30pm. Children will be looked after in the Homework Room for parents who wish to attend.
Easter Egg Raffle It is that time of year where the excitement builds and the rustle of raffle tickets can be heard around the school. The children have been eying up their favourite eggs in the office all week and hoping their ticket would be pulled out first so they could select their chosen egg. With the tension building, the first tickets were selected and the lucky winners hurried up to make their choice. Every child who bought a ticket won an egg and there were many happy faces on the way back to the classrooms. This morning, we had a draw for the big eggs. These were won by Alex 5M, Haaris 4D and Hugo 3J. Thank you to all the parents who donated the eggs. All the money raised will be going to HPPTA funds.
Celebration Assembly Congratulations to all those children who brought in awards for our Celebration Assembly today. I was impressed by the breadth of activities as well as the standard that the children are achieving. Many of the children described how they had won their award. They spoke with a great deal of knowledge and passion about their activity. It was a great opportunity for all the children to find out a bit more about their peers and celebrate their success. What a talented group of children we have at Highfield!
1W Assembly Thank you Year 1 for your Materials Assembly. I really enjoyed finding out about what you have been studying in class. We learnt that fabric is light, flexible and soft which makes it good for clothes and that glass is transparent and rigid and good for windows. I also found your description of your experiment to find out the best material for an umbrella very interesting. You all spoke very confidently and your knowledge was very impressive. Well done, 1W! Thank you to Mrs Lockwood and Mrs Davidson for organising the assembly.
Open Day on Sunday It is our Open Day this Sunday from 11am until 3pm. The children are very excited about celebrating the success of the school this academic year as well as showing their work and telling you about the activities they have been doing. Everyone is welcome. Please pass on the times to anyone you think may be interested. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
2E Assembly Thank you 2E for flying the whole school to Nairobi this morning as part of your assembly. We learnt so much about Kenya on our travels: the population, which is 52 million (compared to the UK’s 67 million); the amazing animals that you might see; the National Anthem and even a Warrior Dance! Fantastic! Your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject really came through as you delivered your lines with confidence. Thank you Year 2 and Ms Eccles for organising this Assembly.
Out and About on Fun in the Haven Day What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday! It was lovely to see all the children, from Reception upwards, using their imagination and natural resources to create a magical world. Thank you to Mrs Jones and Ms Eccles for organising the day. There are some wonderful pictures on our Facebook page and each class’s activity is listed below. Our Reception children have been making clay snails. They searched the Haven for twigs and leaves to print in the clay and to create detail and facial features on their snail. Some children chose to model the snail's shell out of clay whilst others looked for the perfect pine cone to be the shell. Year One visited the Haven to transform it into a magical fairy village! They made doors and windows to go onto tree trunks and stumps to create homes for the fairy folk. The children added details to their doors like knockers, numbers and even cctv cameras. Year Two entered the Haven and used clay (and their rather wonderful imaginations!) to create the fairy folk who would live in the magical village. They thought about the different characters and used sticks as tools to create their models. Some children even created clothes out of leaves.
Year Three decided that the magical village needed rivers with bridges and ponds, lakes and waterfalls. They quickly got to work, bringing colour and life to the landscape.
Year Four believed that all the little houses needed a garden in which the fairy folk could play, rest and grow their plants and flowers.
Year 5 decided the trees needed a magical touch! They created their own gargoyles and tree sculptures to add mystery and magic to their surroundings.
Year Six came along to add the finishing touches. They looked at what had already been created and decided what they would like to add to complete the magical village of Highfield Haven. Please look at our Facebook Page to see the children in action on Fun in the Haven Day. https://www.facebook.com/highfieldprioryschool/
Our Year 5 and 6 boys had their first outing of the term, last week, to Preston Grasshoppers’ All-Weather Pitch in our first session of Rugby. It was great to use such a fantastic purpose-built facility. The boys did really well, developing their contact skills quickly and improving their understanding of the game in preparation for matches later this term. ... See moreSee less
A big thank you to 5M who delivered an excellent work assembly on Friday all about New Year. They told us how New Year is celebrated around the world and the children were amazed to discover that four children from 5M celebrated New Year at different times as they were all in different countries. 5M concluded their assembly by talking about their New Year’s resolutions. Thank you 5M for a fascinating assembly and I wish you all every happiness for the year ahead. ... See moreSee less