Miss Barlow's Weekly Words Autumn 11
Do we really only have two weeks left?! This week has been, once again, full of achievements and opportunities.
In our assembly on Tuesday, we welcomed Mrs Heywood to tell her story of Christmas presents. Amazingly, for the 33 years she has been married, her husband has made (and when I say made I mean extraordinarily crafted) her a present to symbolise the events of the year. Her gifts resemble the amazing talent which her husband has and the progress he has made from the his early pieces to the incredible detail involved in the later pieces. This was a wonderful example of how everyone has different talents but also that the thought and effort which goes in to making a gift can mean so much more than buying gifts. What a wonderful start to our week.
In a couple of week's time, I am holding an information evening about the transition to senior school for Year 5 parents and, on Wednesday, the Year 5 girls (who have resembled witches this week - because of their cloaks and wands!) visited our Head of Science at Senior Girls, Mrs Williams, in her lab. Adorning Professor McGonagall-like attire, Mrs Williams or Professor Electra wowed the class (and Miss Philp!) with her spells and potions. She even elevated an object!! The science behind her experiments was incredible and the girls learned a huge amount. The girls have really engaged in their topic recently and have prod cued some absolutely amazing pieces of work.
On Thursday, our quizzers competed in the Science Quiz at Chesham Prep. The girls worked really well together and although they didn't qualify to the finals, a great afternoon was had by all. Congratulations to the boys team who came 1st and go on to compete in the Final round!
Last week I mentioned that reward system acknowledging pupils ability to follow Our Golden Rules (Best Self) would be changing. Next week, each Class Teacher will be talking to the girls about how our adaptation from Best Self Awards to Key Values badges will work, and I will ensure that all of our parents have the necessary literature and understanding of this system in due course. By recognising pupil achievements in this crucial area of personal development consistently throughout the year rather than just at the end of each term we hope to engage the girls more readily with aspects of the Golden Rules and allow them to have more control and appreciation of their own individual traits.
Finally and following the announcement of the new Headteacher at Junior Boys, I would like to personally welcome Mr Dean Richards to Claires Court. I was lucky enough to be a part of the rigorous interviews which saw Dean emerge as the outstanding candidate. His values very much match those of Claires Court and I am very excited to work with him, once he commences his role in September. It has to be said, however, that I will be sad to see Justin move on from his current post but luckily he is not going far and I will still be able to work with him.
Next week is the start of our Christmas celebrations including our highly anticipated Christmas productions and our Christmas Jumper Day and Lunch on Friday. I cannot wait!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Merit Certificates Amelie Woodward (Reception), Zara Rasool (Year 1), Sienna Newland (Year 2), Archita Singh (Year 3), Isla Allester-Oppenheimer and Sophia Vysata (Year 4), Mia Rogers and Rhiannon Thomas (Year 5) and Sophie Jeffs and Cagla Yarkutay (Year 6)
Bunny Awards Josie Gillman (Year 2) for listening to others and consistently following the Golden Rules, and Megan Sykes (Year 4) for staying behind helping to clean the classroom without being asked.
Mathlete of the Week Emily Terry
U11A Hockey vs Newlands B - Won 3-0 (Player of the match Eleanor Dries)
U11A Hockey vs Claires Court B - Won 2-1 (Player of the match Mia Rogers)
U9A Netball vs Godstowe - Won 4-2 Player of the match Darcie Allanson)
U9B Netball vs Godstowe - Lost 3-0 (Player of the match Sophia Vysata)