Mrs Kirby's Words Week 11
Mrs Kirby shares the achievements of Junior Girls here.
Our weekly Bulletin highlights the important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mrs Kirby of the week gone by. Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.
Happy World Kindness Day! Wonderful things have happened this week including, a very kind and warm assembly from Miss Mansfield:
Miss Mansfield showed a beautiful video which can be found here.
Remember, remember the fifth of November… I nearly didn’t! So many great things are happening in classrooms that I nearly forgot that it was November fifth yesterday. As well as sparklers, in carrots, in Year 2, firework onomatopoeia and poetry in Year 1, Reception has been learning about light and dark including shadows and nocturnal animals. To help them learn about hedgehogs and hibernation, Miss Dockerill brought in her African pygmy hedgehog, ‘Hedgy’, who remained socially distant and was a hit with the whole school .
Half term has come around incredibly quickly but then it always does! Although some things have been different, much has remained the same; the girls’ enthusiasm, their energy and their kindness. Nothing will stop these things whether we are in school or not after half term.
This week Year 2 have enjoyed (I think?!) travelling back to the Great Fire of London and learning all about how the fire started and how it was put out, whilst Year 5 took a trip back to Tudor times to find out about the clothes they wore. Year 5 also had a lesson with our Food Tech Mrs Irons teacher, using their senses to try lots of different things.
Lots to be excited about this week… Science experiments, Macbeth raps, poetry celebrations and Stone Age story writing!
Year 5 experienced their first taste of Year 7 lessons this week. Starting off with a bit of rapping about Macbeth with, Senior Head of English, Mr Weispeiser and shortly followed by Physics, Chemistry and Biology experiments in Science with Miss Carter; Miss Dockerill set Miss Carter on fire! Year 5 will enjoy many more of these lessons over the next few months.
Happy World Smile Day! In a time when we can’t hug, today we encouraged the girls to share a smile with each other to brighten up this dreary day!
Healthy eating has been the focus this week; thank you to everyone who has sent in photos and shared their healthy eating stories. We’ve had kale tasting, healthy sandwiches, a hydration station plus lots of fitness in PE and Games!
Magic and mystery has been in the air this week… From magic tricks shared, my two card tricks went down very well I might add, to witches from Macbeth appearing in the Year 5 classroom! These examples are a reminder of how ‘normal-ish’ things are here despite the current climate. Given the recent government update, which thankfully does not really affect schools, it is nice to be surrounded by such a refreshing buzz of creativity!
Another week has flown by and it seems like we have been back for months! This week lots of exciting learning has taken place including parachutes being used in Year 5 to help create adjectives to describe rivers; writing instructions on how to wash a Woolly Mammoth in Year 3 and pond exploration in Nursery.
I am always happy to be back at school after the long holidays but this year I haven’t stopped smiling everyday! The pupils, and parents, have taken all the new rules and systems in their stride and made coming back to our site in these strange and uncertain times a really positive experience and very smooth.
Although we are in a pandemic, there are moments during the day that I forget; not because we have become relaxed or complacent, far from it, but because when I look out over the field I see pupils cartwheeling at playtime, sprinting in athletics, climbing on the climbing frame or when I walk around the classrooms, seeing books being read, music being enjoyed, creative learning taking place… for a moment things seem normal.
Welcome to all of our new pupils in Nursery and Junior Girls; mastering one way systems and new procedures can be challenging. Couple this with starting a new school they really should be proud of the way they have settled in.
Dear Parents and Guardians
To close our final bulletin of the academic year, your children’s Headteacher has shared many words of wisdom, some lovely memories, and even the odd video! Please take some time to read them, and to also reflect on your child's final report of the year.