Wow 2M what a brilliant assembly! It was like watching a full-scale production with the wonderful singing and acting. You made sure we could hear every word and your enthusiasm and exuberance for the topic of the Fire of London really shone through. I know from watching your rehearsal earlier in the week how much you enjoyed preparing for this assembly and it was lovely to witness that enjoyment as you performed today with big beaming smiles on your faces. Thank you to Mr Murray for organising this assembly and to Miss Kidd for her support.
Three Highfield swimmers had an incredible experience last Saturday at the National ISA swimming finals in the Olympic Pool, London. Just stepping through the entrance and looking down at the Olympic pool below with the electronic scoreboards and over 1000 spectators either side took your breath away. As I took in my surroundings we realised that Katie was about to start her breaststroke final. We were in a prime position to watch her dominate the race and become National Champion; this was quickly followed by Matthew in his backstroke event. Matthew’s strength and determination in the second half of the race beat all the opposition and he too became National Champion. In the afternoon, Katie repeated her fantastic performance from the morning with a convincing win in front crawl to become National Champion in a second event.
The times they achieved also made Matthew and Katie the fastest swimmers in the country in their age group for these events; an incredible achievement!
What can I say! Highfield Priory School put on a production of The Witches in the Charter Theatre on Wednesday night. The play started with children as young as 4 taking to the stage to perform a very memorable witches’ dance which was to set the scene for the rest of the performance. The children’s confidence and the quality of their acting was quite incredible in ones so young. To stand on a stage in the main theatre in Preston with the spot light on you in front of 300 people, sometimes on your own, was nothing short of amazing! You really made each part your own and the audience was yours from the start to the finish. The dancers showed a variety of genres of dance: street jazz, ballet and tap, which they have been learning in extra-curricular clubs at school. All their practice really paid off with so many dancers coming together for each dance and performing to a very high standard. To see nearly 100 pupils, which is over half our school, taking centre stage (with the majority of performers being between the ages of 4 -9) was amazing. The buzz from the audience afterwards included many positive comments from members of the public, who were not connected with the school (but had bought tickets just to see you!) as well as from very proud parents. You should all be very proud of yourselves indeed. As one member of Year 4 said after the show, “Now I know I can do anything!”
The term is now really underway and the children are so busy working hard and taking advantage of a variety of experiences and activities this term. Year 6 are studying hard for their Entrance Examinations, The Witches are preparing for their dress rehearsal and final performance, competitive sporting fixtures have started and we have some new activities this term which include a school band.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. The children look refreshed and are full of all the activities and quality time they spent with their families over the holidays. My break was certainly less eventful than last year; I wasn’t in Casualty on Christmas Day (!) and we managed to fit in two very enjoyable trips to the theatre.
What an incredibly busy and successful term this has been. It began with the excellent news that our Year 6 children had passed their Grammar school examinations. This was followed later in the term with Highfield retaining its position as the top Independent Preparatory school in Lancashire (and 29th in the country) for our NCT results which were published in The Sunday Times. Our academic prowess also shone through in the Bolton Big Quiz General Knowledge competition in which Highfield finished 1st out of 14 teams. It has been a busy term for music and drama with our accomplished musicians performing in a musical assembly and singing carols at Barton Grange, Bethany House and our Carol Service; our dramatists have been rehearsing for next term’s Charter Theatre performance of “The Witches”. We have also enjoyed wonderful performances by our Infants, Reception Class, Pre-School and Nursery and our Juniors have been busy with their Public Speaking exams. It has been busy on the games front with our girls winning the Under 10 ISA Northern Swimming Gala and three swimmers qualifying to swim in the Olympic pool in London at the national final. Our cross country team came second out of 23 teams at the Malsis cross country and we made an impressive start in the ISA football cup. Our chess players continue to do well, being placed highly in the county congresses. So many memories from our Autumn Term and these are just a few of our successes this term.
The Christmas season has really got underway this week: our Pre -School entertained us with their Christmas Dance Performance on Thursday; the Infants performed their Nativity for Pre-School; the choir visited the church in preparation for the Carol Service and Year 6 choir performed Christmas Carols at Barton Grange. The week ended with much fun and laughter from all the children at our Christmas Party and Fayre on Friday. Thank you to all the PTA who made the Christmas Fayre so enjoyable for the children. They loved all the activities, had a great time with the entertainer and met Father Christmas!
Today we say a very sad farewell to two longstanding members of the Highfield community. Mrs Bennett has been at Highfield for 16 years, teaching predominantly in the Infant Department. She has also been our PSHEE co-ordinator. She is an outstanding teacher and a valued member of our school and she will be missed by staff and children alike. Our best wishes go with Mrs Bennett and her family as they embark on their new adventure in Saudi Arabia.
I was back in Nursery this week and, as always, every child was on the go, absorbed in a variety of activities. Robert was squealing with delight as he got very messy enjoying the texture of the jelly bath. Milo was working alongside him, chatting away as he filled up a jug right to the top with the jelly. Aibhlin and Samuel were busy creating masterpieces with colouring pens; orange seemed to be the colour of the moment as each picture took shape. Eloise and Aamir were playing in the water area, washing baby dolls and ducks and really enjoying filling up bottles and pouring them out. Amelia and Ayesha were playing with the sand and looking at pictures on the wall. They were discussing their trips to the Highfield Haven and all the conkers and leaves they had collected. I then popped upstairs to see the babies who were also having a great time with water. They were blowing bubbles, splashing and really interacting with each other and Mrs Beaumont. I reluctantly left and, as I passed the 2+ area again downstairs, they had all moved into the movement room and were singing a song which involved buying currant buns from the baker’s shop. There were lots of actions and props and the children were having lots of fun taking it in turns to play each role. Thank you Nursery for a very enjoyable insight into how busy and interactive your mornings are. I really enjoyed watching you take part in all your activities and experiencing how much fun you have as you learn and discover new things.
Thank you to all our musicians who performed in our first musical assembly of the year this morning. We had 17 performers playing a range of instruments. Their composure and confidence was amazing, especially with many of them having only been playing for a short period of time and in their first public appearance. I also enjoyed listening to our junior choir for the first time this year which included the new choir members. I can’t wait to see you perform later in the year and see what progress you have made. Thank you to Miss Macklam for arranging this assembly.
Thank you Year 4 for your excellent assembly on Children in Need this morning. This is a very important charity which the school supports each year and it was very important and interesting for the school to hear about the history of the charity including Pudsey Bear and who the money supports. I enjoyed Year 4’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and I really enjoyed listening to their song, “Wake Me Up”: the Children In Need song for this year. A big thank you to Mr Drake for organising his first assembly at Highfield.