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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 6th October, 2017

Oct 6, 2017


6 October 2017

Dear Parents

3H Topic Assembly

Thank you 3H for an excellent topic assembly this morning in which you told us about the changes you have experienced since moving from the Infant to the Junior School and what you have been studying in the first few weeks of term. Nadia and Amritha talked about taking more responsibility, such as packing their own bags and filling in their homework diary. They discussed their new teachers and subjects. They talked in more depth about their history topic, The Second World War, and how cities in England and particularly London were affected by the bombing. Macaulay said they used barrage balloons to try to stop the enemy bombers and Isabelle and Abdullah talked about the evacuation of children to the countryside. The children then read out some of their letters, as evacuees in the countryside, written back to their parents in the cities. We also listened to some poems the children had written about The Blitz;

To Mummy, 

I miss you so much and I love you. At school I have made lots of lovely friends and we are having a netball competition. I saw 4 sheep, they were very nice and we are going fishing. My host family are lovely and I love the teddy bear you sent me, I have called her Rosella. You are the best family in the world. How are you and what are you doing? Love Rosy XXX (by Megan)

The Blitz

Blitz coming with loud bombs at night.

Heavy metal clatters on beautiful houses and safe shelters.

Zooming Luftwaffe aircraft racing to bomb us while we are asleep,

Making rumbling thunder noises and so much smoke it makes us cough.

Terrifying, howling sirens go off and we race to our shelters. (by Isa)

3H’s assembly also fell on National Smile Day and so the children told us what made them smile. Aadi said he smiles when his sister doesn’t jump on him and doesn’t say, ‘Wake up!’ when he is having a lie in. Evie said that she smiles when she sees her mum and when she goes to Smiggle. The school then joined in with 3H in a medley of well-known war songs including ‘Pack up your troubles’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’. You have certainly had a very busy start to the school year and your delivery and presentation showed that you have enjoyed every second.  Well done!

Year 5 Trip to Speke Hall

On 3rd October we went to Speke Hall because in History we are learning about the Tudors. I was incredibly excited because I love History.

Once we arrived at Speke Hall, I was amazed that it was so big. I even saw a rabbit. I was eager to see inside. We came to a room where we met a lady called Holly. They told us what to do and what not to do and then we were off. We split into 2 groups, 5D and 5M, and Mary was our guide.

We first started off with the servants’ courtyard where there was this room where they kept pigeons because in those times they ate pigeons and their eggs. Next, we went to the Great Hall and did a dance to a song called the Earl of Essex Measure. Mr Drake was my partner!

In the afternoon, we learnt about the Tudor clothes. The guides needed 2 volunteers, which were Yawar and me. We dressed up in Tudor outfits and realised that girls’ clothes were very different to boys’ clothes. Lastly, we said goodbye and headed off. It was a very good day. I wish we could go again.

Aditi and Darcey

Out and About With Year One

I went to watch Year 1 this week in their Art lesson with Miss Jewitt. The children’s main focus was understanding secondary colours, painting the colour wheel and mixing primary colours. All the children were really focused on the task in hand. Amelia was using different shades of yellow, red and orange which she mixed very carefully to paint a picture which was very effective with vivid colours. Lola was using a variety of shades of brown to show the different colours of autumn in her picture of leaves. Avni was using white to create colour lines for pink, yellow and blue. She told me that she had added seven brushes of white to a colour before adding to her colour line. Lyla told me that painting was her favourite part of Art lessons and she was enjoying having Miss Jewitt as her teacher. Luca, who was deep in concentration on his leaf picture, just nodded contentedly when asked if he was enjoying the activity, not daring to break his concentration or lift his head as he painted each stroke with precision. Hanna was using very bright colours to create an eye-catching picture. The concentration and focused attention of the children in their fourth art lesson of the term (aged five!) was quite incredible. I can’t wait to pop back later in the year to see what they will be creating next!

Highfield v Blessed Sacrament by Alfie

On Monday, 8 boys played in a football match against Blessed Sacrament. At the start of the match the boys were very nervous and nobody really dominated. Henry hit the bar but then a silly mix up in our defence led Blessed Sacrament to a 1-0 lead. Just before half time, we struck with a great ball from Zain to me to Josh A who slotted it in the bottom corner. After half time, we dominated and Henry scored. Then we were very lucky because Sacrament had 4 shots and James did some excellent keeping to keep them out. We kept pressing, I hit the post and then Henry scored! It was a good competitive match and a great win for Highfield. Well done to the boys! 

Congratulations to Alfie who has been picked for the Preston City football team.

HPPTA News

This year, the HPPTA will be holding a Winter Fayre on Friday 17th November from 3:30-5:30pm.  As well as the usual games and excitement, there will also be stalls and some fantastic food for various diets on offer.

We are looking for raffle prizes and also stall holders.  If you, or anyone you know, has a business and would like to donate a raffle prize or be a stall holder, please email us on highfieldpta@outlook.com for more information.

All donations and help are greatly received and all profits go back into the school, making Highfield Priory even more outstanding for our children. 

Dates to Remember: 

17th November - Winter Fayre

1st December - Help decorate the school for Christmas

15th December - Christmas Party Day and after-school movie night

Data Protection

Attached to the newsletter is a copy of the privacy notice we are required to send out each year, under the Data Protection Act. 

Water Aid

Thank you for all your gifts for Harvest last week. The final total raised for Water Aid was £413.63. 

Baby News

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Mohamed on the birth of their baby girl (6Ib 4oz).

Photographs

Tempest Photography will be coming to school on Tuesday, 10 October, to take family or individual photographs.

The Lancashire Evening Post will be taking the Reception classes' photograph on Wednesday 11 October. 

Merit Awards

RD: Joshua  RJ: Shreya 1W: Luca  2D: Jaya  2E: Hugo

3H: Isa  3M: Ariana  4S: Lucas  5D: Natasha  5M: Zainab  6H: Ellie  6P: Ivan

Monitor of the week: Grace W-Y

Thought for the Week

My thought for the week has been inspired by Year 5’s trip to Speke Hall and 3H’s Assembly.

A people without the knowledge for their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey 

Yours sincerely

J M Duke

Headmaster

 

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle

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