News from Upper Prep

19th January 2024

The temperature outside may have been as low as -6°c this week but the children of Upper Prep have remained busy and motivated.

The Year 8 children are working hard preparing for their ISEB Common Entrance Mock exams in a few weeks time, and it has been great to see revision timetables, mind maps and flash cards very much in evidence in the Great Roke.

I also spoke to all of Year 8 about mobile phone usage, especially at night, and we discussed how messaging friends late into the night can seriously impact upon sleep and mental health.  With the mock exams fast approaching, it is vital that you switch those phones off and get plenty of sleep, Year 8!

Year 8 spent Thursday break time updating their Captains’ Logs and setting targets for the term ahead.  It certainly looks like a busy one!  It has been great to see the Upper Prep children supporting the younger children. Others have been preparing for 13+ scholarships in drama and sport, and we wish them every success.

The introduction of the new Upper Prep credit cards have proved very popular.  When children receive ten ticks on their card, they gain a credit.  Children receive ticks from their teachers for doing something like opening a door for a teacher or classmate, or answering a difficult question in class, or helping a friend.  

Year 7 thought about their highlights this week:

Poppy: This week in drama, we looked at Macbeth  and practised a scene to see which group was the best.  It was really good fun.

Emilia: This week, there was a swimming gala between Barrow Hills, Pennthorpe, Aldro and  Amesbury. The Barrow Hills girls did really well, coming in first, and the boys came in second. 

Luke: This week in chemistry, we did a practical experiment on the squeaky pop test.

Well done, Upper Prep, for a great week.

Mrs Mason

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