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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 15th December, 2017

Dec 16, 2017

15 December 2017


Dear Parents


What a busy week! The children have amazed us with our Key Stage 1 and Reception Nativity, “Baubles!”, and our Junior Carol Service. They have also been busy visiting Bethany House and enjoying their Christmas Party day today. I hope they all have a restful weekend and recharge their batteries for the last three days of term.


Carol Service

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 Reception and Key Stage 1 Nativity, “Baubles!”, ended with a fabulous final performance on Thursday evening. The children really shone with superb acting and singing throughout. Year 2 delivered their lines confidently, really enjoying their time in the spotlight with a wonderful array of costumes. They also sang several small group songs and solos beautifully with real confidence for children of such a young age. We enjoyed watching our talented dancers from Reception and Year 1 take the stage, showing what they have been working on in their dance class. The performance was supported throughout with a lovely arrangement of songs sung by our Reception and Year 1 and 2 pupils which they have been practising with Mrs Street in their music lessons.

Congratulations to all our performers and to Ms Eccles, Mrs Davidson and Mrs Street for their direction and to the rest of the staff for their support. Thank you to the PTA for providing refreshments after the performance.


Winter Uniform

Please could all hats, gloves and scarves be traditional and in plain school colours. School hats and gloves are available to buy at the Office.  


Christmas Party

Friday was Christmas Party Day at Highfield. We would like to thank our wonderful PTA and, in particular, Mrs Ali and Mrs Sobha, who organised lots of activities for the children. Everyone had a fantastic day which culminated this afternoon with a disco, party games and lots of smiling faces!


Year 6 Visit to Bethany House

This annual event is very popular with the children and the residents of Bethany House. The ladies and gentlemen are a very appreciative audience who enjoy joining in with the Christmas Carols. The children read two Christmas prayers which they had composed themselves.  The children finished by singing ‘Jingle Bells’ which was definitely the most popular song; the residents joined in with great gusto! After the singing, the children spent time chatting with the ladies and gentlemen, sharing Christmas stories and talking about winter and their families. It was lovely to see the interaction between the generations and to witness the children and residents talking so animatedly: a very special moment. ‘Happy Christmas!’ and ‘Goodbye!’ filled the room before the children then headed back to school with a spring in their step. Miss Macklam


Homework Room and After-School Club Room

We have installed new bells on both of these rooms. Please ring the bell if you are collecting your child. Thank you.


Baby News

Congratulations to Mrs Parsons who gave birth to Ella Mary Mills (5Ib 8oz) a month early. Both mum and baby are doing very well.

Miss McShane and Mrs Botton, who will start formally in January, will be covering the majority of lessons until the end of term.


Can We Advertise Near You?

We are looking to increase the number of banner sites we have to advertise the school and celebrate our success. If you own a house, business or land on a main road or in a prominent position or know anyone who would be happy for the school to put up a banner for a short or longer period of time, please let Mrs Guthrie know via the School Office. The children of Highfield continue to ‘Aim High’ and we want to celebrate their success and continue to build upon it. Thank you for your continued support.



Thank you for all your support this term and a huge thank you to Samina Ali and Diva Sobha for all their hard work planning the party day. 

The Christmas decorations will be coming down on Wednesday at drop off. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Many thanks. Have a wonderful holiday. HPPTA 


Merit Awards

RD: Lily  RJ: Luke  1W: Georgia  2D: The Whole Class  2E: The Whole Class

3H: Abdullah  3M: Sara  4S: Hashbala  5D: Hannah  5M: Aditya  6H: Zain  6P: Faatimah

Monitor of the week: Ahmed


Thought for the Week

Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato


Yours sincerely


J M Duke


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.


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