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/
Wednesday is one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the year for our Year 5 pupils: French Breakfast! It was being discussed as soon as the date appeared in the school calendar. The children bounced into school on Wednesday and immediately enjoyed the French Café atmosphere created by Madame Morrice (dressed in traditional French clothing, including a new beret!). French music was playing and the smell of freshly baked croissant, pains au chocolat and chocolat chaud filled the room. Each child took it in turns to go up and order their breakfast in French. Pronunciation was checked by Madame Morrice before they sat down to tuck into their delicious french breakfast. The children really enjoyed the experience and it was lovely for them to put their new vocabulary into practice. As the children left with full tummies and huge smiles, they all said “Merci beaucoup, Mme Morrice!” Thank you Mme Morrice and Mrs Gilbert for organising this lovely occasion for the children.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thank you, Year 4, for your fascinating topic assembly on the Vikings today. You told us so much about their way of life from their longboats to their raids on Great Britain to their Viking runes and gods. We could certainly see from the assembly how it had caught your imagination, especially when you told the story of the Viking myth, The Children of Loki. I know that this topic and assembly have really made you excited about your trip to The Atkinson Museum next week to see the Viking Exhibition and experience a Viking day. Thank you, Mr Sheppeck, for organising this assembly.
Out and About with Pre-School Pre-School have had some new visitors this week: Caterpillars! They have sparked lots of interest and excitement amongst the children. This visit tied in closely with the work the children have been completing on the life cycle of a butterfly. The caterpillars are starting to cocoon so I don’t think it will be too long before we have butterflies! The children have also been busy making chocolate pancakes during baking this week which is a very popular activity. They have also visited Highfield Haven to study the flowers and to be inspired by nature to make spring crowns. What a busy four-day week you have had, Pre-School!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wow, wow, wow! Shakespeare at Highfield! Year 5s, supported so expertly by Year 3, were amazing on Thursday night in the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The ability not just to learn so many difficult lines but to deliver and perform them with such knowledge, understanding and composure in front of over 200 people was quite incredible. They really did seize their moment in the spotlight and I know that the confidence they have all gained in preparing for this play will help them in so many areas across the school. Year 3 stood tall and confidently recited Shakespeare as though it were second nature to them; a very impressive achievement for pupils of just seven and eight years old! The singing was also very beautiful with songs that I will certainly be humming and singing for a number of weeks to come. It was lovely to see Miss Burns’ ballet groups in Years 3, 5 and 6 perform with such control and poise. Congratulations to the whole cast and thank you to Mrs Duke, Miss Macklam and Mr Drake for their direction. Another very memorable evening at Highfield! See our Facebook Page for some fabulous photos from the show.
This week, Year 5 discussed Earth Day 2018 in their PSHEE lesson and the focus of this year’s campaign- Plastic Pollution.
An important Earth Day message from 5D’s discussion group: Earth Day is held every year on 22nd April. It is all about saving the Earth and this year’s theme is Plastic Pollution. We discussed how recycling machines are being brought into England and the idea is that we will pay more for a plastic bottle, but if we recycle it properly, we will be refunded the extra money back again. Did you know there is an island made of plastic waste in the middle of the ocean that is twice the size of France?! By Eryk
Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22nd April. We can stop plastic pollution by reducing, reusing and recycling. You can reduce your use of one-use plastic by refusing plastic straws and takeaway cups. You could also reuse old plastic bottles by refilling instead of buying new ones. Here is a fact for you: did you know there is over 6.3 million tonnes of plastic waste on Earth and, without a thought, this will all end up in land-fills and our oceans. We must act now and think about the future of our planet. By Katie
It was 3M’s turn this week to tell the school what they have been looking at in their lessons recently. In Science, 3M have been studying plants. They have been looking in detail at each part of a plant and what makes it important. They had all drawn very clear, labelled pictures of a plant which they showed to the rest of the school. As they explained their drawings we could see that their lesson in the garden last week had really helped with their understanding. 3M also shared a practical experiment with us and they were excited to show everyone how it was progressing. They explained in detail the process and how they had collected the results which they had concealed behind the big picture of the plant ready for a big reveal! We could clearly see how the colour in the water had travelled through the roots into the petals of the carnations. The outdoor lesson last week and the experiment had really brought the subject to life for the children. Thank you to Mrs Bennett and Mrs Heyworth for a fascinating assembly.
It was lovely to see all the children back in school looking refreshed and raring to go for the busy term ahead. Although it has been overcast and a little cold, it hasn’t dampened spirits with the children taking full advantage of their breaks playing a range of games; summer sports are underway and many of the classes are going outside to explore the grounds.
Sport at Highfield Goes From Strength to Strength!
We have recently been contacted by a number of our Alumni who have shared their sporting achievements with us. We are delighted with their success! Alfie Topping is now playing Rugby for Lancashire Under 18s and the North of England, Rachel Greenwood is playing Hockey for England Under 18s, Daniel Cooper is playing Rugby for Lancashire Under 16s and for the Sale Under 16s Rugby Academy and Natalie Panagarry is playing Netball for England. We are very proud of the success they have achieved.
In a recent interview, it was lovely to hear Natalie showing that the Highfield ethos has stayed with her and is being passed on to future generations:
Interviewer: Any tips for aspiring netball players?
Natalie: Always aim high, never give up until the whistle blows and play with a smile.
Well said, Natalie!
We are always thrilled to hear from our old boys and girls –please keep your news coming in!
Celebration Assembly This morning was our Celebration Assembly in which we celebrate the children’s achievements outside school. The range of activities was quite incredible from martial arts to chess and the standard the children have achieved was very impressive. What a talented group of individuals you are! Congratulations to all the pupils who brought in their certificates and awards and we look forward to hearing more about your achievements in next term’s assembly. Mrs Prince
2D Assembly This morning we were on Safari with 2D who have been studying Kenya as a topic this term. They were all very keen to tell us what they have discovered. They knew so many facts! They told us that it takes 9 hours to fly from Kenya to the UK and that 45 million people live in Kenya, speaking mainly Swahili and English. In their Science lessons they have been learning about the habitats of Kenya as well as the animals that live there. In English, they have been learning how to expand a noun phrase and they have been writing interesting sentences about Kenya. The jagged, sharp mountain. (Ayman) The crouching, quiet cheetah. (Sophie) The vicious, roaring lion. (Muhammad) The crashing, splashing waves (Taylor) You have certainly been busy in your lessons! It was really interesting to see how the different subjects have combined together to help you understand more about Africa. You were very knowledgeable and your assembly demonstrated a real passion for the subject. Well done 2D and thank you Mrs Davidson for organising this Topic Assembly.
Thursday definitely felt like a scene from a novel. With snow covering everything in sight, snowflakes swirled around as children skipped into school dressed as a wonderful array of characters from literature. I saw The Mad Hatter, Postman Pat, Willie Wonka, Harry Potter and lesser known characters like Patience from, ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ and Freya from ‘Odd and Fast.’ The children were not only trying to guess the identity of each other but they were also asking questions about the novels themselves. Hopefully, this will inspire them to read an even greater variety of novels.
Thank you to all our wonderful musicians who gave us an uplifting end to the first week back after half-term. There were 21 performers from the age of 7 to 11 playing instruments ranging from the Ukuele to the Baritone. Six children were performing for the first time. We had three guitarists from one family, with a duet performed by Ziyad and Hasan. Talia and Nathaniel also performed another lovely family duet on the trombone. The confidence of all the children in front of such a large audience was very impressive. It was lovely to listen to what the children have been working on and to celebrate their achievements so far. Their hard work and practice have definitely paid off. It was a real inspiration for the new performers and for the audience to watch the talent of the more experienced players and to see what can be achieved if you continue to work hard at your music. A big thank you to Miss Macklam for organising this assembly.
The Wind in the Willows at The Charter Theatre Wow, wow, wow! Highfield Priory School was the only show in town on Tuesday night. 99 children from the age of just 4 to 11 took centre stage in an extravaganza of dance, song and acting in their wonderful performance of The Wind in the Willows. Year 4’s stage presence and acting skills were quite incredible for children of just eight and nine years old. Their performance was integrated into a range of superbly choreographed dances which were performed by Miss Burns’ dancers who enthralled us with their talent, poise and tremendous energy. It never ceases to amaze me how our Infant children are completely unfazed by the huge stage, bright lights and adoring fans! This year, we also asked Year 4 to sing for us which really added an extra dimension to the show. Thank you Mrs Hill for working so hard with Year 4 during their music lessons in preparation for this performance. I would also like to thank Mrs Duke and Miss Burns, our directors, for all their hard work and for getting the children to such a high level of performance in such a short amount of practice time. Also, a big thank you to Mrs Morrice for her artistic skills, Mrs Shackleton for her props and support and to all the other staff who made the performance possible. The children really had the full theatrical experience: professional lighting crews, sound technicians, pyrotechnics, dressing rooms with lights around the mirrors, not to mention the double decker bus taking them to and from the rehearsals! It is certainly a memory the children will never forget. I have been interviewing the Year 6 children in preparation for their next school and one of their favourite memories of Highfield is always The Charter Theatre performance. Well done, everyone!
Final preparations are underway and the children will be travelling to The Guild Hall on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for their Tuesday night performance. There are 99 children performing from the age of 4 to 11 on one of the biggest stages in the North West. Tickets are selling quickly so do make sure that you don’t miss out on what promises to be a very special night. Tickets are available from The Charter Theatre Box Office.
5D Assembly Thank you 5D for an excellent assembly about Extreme Earth; a subject you have been studying in class recently. The assembly started with five teams representing: climate, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes and the water cycle. They gave us a fascinating insight into our extreme earth. It was clear that this subject had caught their attention as their accounts were clear and vivid and packed with interesting facts. The class then used the words OUR EXTREME EARTH to create a very effective acrostic poem. 5D finished with a song about the weather and the water cycle. Thank you 5D and Mr Drake for an excellent assembly. I know that the subject has really sparked your imagination and has led to some very interesting and creative games in the playground.
Out and About with 3M I visited 3M in their ICT lesson on Wednesday. They were examining how simulation programmes can be used to predict possible outcomes and how it had been programmed. The simulation the children were looking at was one from the environment, looking at the predator/prey relationship between foxes and rabbits and the impact of other variables. The task was quite complex but after the initial introduction the children were off and keen to get started. Computers were switched on, logged in, simulations found and the children were ready within seconds. They were very good at helping and offering advice to each other. Ariana worked out very quickly that the amount of food available and the moisture conditions affected the final result. Sam also worked out that once the simulation had started you couldn’t change the variables. He waited each time for it to finish before checking the final numbers, changing the variables and then starting again. Yaamini focused on the number of foxes she added to each variable and realised that adding four foxes each time almost halved the rabbit population until she had none at all. Arianna was looking at the other variables, finding that if she increased the amount of food and increased the moisture then the optimum number of rabbits were produced. Jack had found out that if he added 20 foxes, and limited food and moisture no rabbits survived at all. The next task the children had to complete was to write down the rules for the simulation and their predictions and results for a number of variables added. It was quite incredible to see how quickly the children picked up the concepts and were able to use and understand a simulation that could have relevance in the outside world today. They were really making the most of ICT to find answers to real problems and they are only in Year 3. What will they be covering in Year 6!
Welcome back to the Spring Term! I hope you have all had an excellent Christmas break and have managed to spend some quality time with the family.
We have a busy term ahead with our ‘The Wind in the Willows’ production at The Charter Theatre, a busy sporting fixture list, World Book Day, Junior Mastermind and Year 6 Entrance Examinations, just to name a few of the highlights. I know from speaking to the children that they are excited about the term ahead and are looking refreshed and ready for the challenges of the new term.
What a wonderful evening we had last night! Our amazing choir sang a beautiful arrangement of carols which included two small group performances and an instrumental solo by our Year 6 pupils. One of the carols also contained four verses written by Madeleine, Ellie, Aditi and Grace T. It was a fitting end to our public performances this term and it really highlighted the depth of musical talent we have at Highfield. Thank you Miss Macklam for organising a very memorable and moving Carol Service.
The winter season has certainly arrived at Highfield. Thanks to our wonderful PTA, the decorations are up and the corridors and Sports Hall have been buzzing with excitement and songs as preparations have continued for the Carol Service and Nativity. Our Pre-School children were the first to perform this week with their very special Christmas show. The children were delighted to show off all their wonderful costumes which ranged from Christmas Puddings to Angels. The children performed ten dances with specific moves for each dance. I particularly enjoyed the Robin dance which had lots of actions. It was lovely to see the children, with big smiles on their faces, proud to perform in front of their parents, giving them a wave every time they passed by. Zahara (Y6) narrated the story, ‘Christmas with Melody and Mulligan Bear’ at intervals throughout the performance which really linked the dances together. Bebe (Y6) and Gabrielle (Y6) supported the children with the dances which really emphasised that special bond between the Pre-School and the School. Thank you to Miss Burns for arranging the show and to all the Pre-School staff for their support.