News from Upper Prep

1st December 2023

Once again, it has been an extremely busy week for the children and staff in Upper Prep.  We started the week with a trip to the Science Museum in London.  Our visit included a wonderful 3D film about space which everyone really enjoyed, plus time to explore all four floors of the museum. This included sections on clock making, medicine and diseases, and much more.  It was a fascinating trip, and I would like to thank Mr Behan for organising it.  Thank you also to Mr Hinds, Mr Shreeve and Mr Unwin for coming on the trip too.

Tuesday was the day of the Autumn Concert. It was great to hear Emilia from Year 7 play solo pieces on the piano and the cello, and Jacob (8R) who also played a piano solo.  Well done to Orange Fuze who entertained the audience with ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ by Oasis.  Finally, Year 8 played two pieces on the African drums and ended the concert by singing ‘Tomorrow’ from Annie, giving the audience a preview of their show next Friday!

Our Year 8 Captains have worked especially hard this week. The Pre-Prep Captains, Rosie, Amelie and Daisy, along with our Head Boy, Charlie, Head Girl, Cleo, Deputy Head Boy, Jacob and Deputy Head Girl, Edith, supported a welcome event for girls who are potentially joining us in Year 3.  Charlie and Cleo spoke about their own experiences at Barrow Hills, while Edith and Jacob chatted to the parents and answered questions.  The Pre-Prep Captains did a wonderful job looking after and supporting the girls.

Our Sports Captains – Isaac, Gus, Reuben and Clara – continue to model ‘fair play’ and good sportsmanship on the astro while Max, our Library Captain,  announced the winners of the sponsored read in our Friday assembly.

Year 7 have tackled all areas of the curriculum with enthusiasm and energy this week, particularly excelling on the sports field. Year 8 have received their mock 13+ ISEB mock exam papers back this week, plus feedback and targets so that they continue to make progress. Parent Consultations next week will give the Year 8 children and their parents time to chat these through with their teachers.

Finally, I was lucky enough to watch our Year 8 dancers, Cleo, Ottilie and Amelie, in their last ballet lesson this term.  Thank you, Miss Anna, and thank you, girls.  It was such a pleasure to watch you dance.

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