Welcome back, everyone! After what I trust was a restful break for all, we came back to school life in an energetic style.

World Book Day was one of the highlights of a busy week, with boys and girls taking the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book characters. This was so colourful and vibrant- a sight to behold.  Well done to Year 6JR on an excellent assembly. The children’s performances were first rate and inspirational to the younger members of the audience.

On top of this, the Friends organised a fun WBD quiz. Thank you,  and well done to all the families involved for taking the initiative and providing the children with such a memorable event.

Another great aspect of the day was the opportunity for Buddy Reading. When older children came together with their younger peers and enjoyed reading together, the look of awe and wonder on the faces of our Pre-Prep children was wonderful. They got so much from their time together. A big thank you to Mrs Ayub, for organising all of this.

In Prep, it was great to hear the children starting their preparations for the annual House Shout on the theme of Disney. You can imagine the excitement is building. I am sure that the children will be word and pitch perfect by the time the last week comes around. Good luck to you all.

Geography was a focus for Year 4 and 5 this week within their Humanities topics.  Year 4 did a Field Study on Harborne High Street and Year 5 headed off to Carding Hill Valley as part of a River Study. Feedback was strong; objectives achieved. These days are so important in making learning come off the page and become a reality for our children.

On Wednesday afternoon, as part of support for all netballers, we had a special visit from England Under 21’s and Birmingham First team and BUCS player, Halee Robinson who worked with some of the girls. Halee was impressed with the girl’s commitment and eagerness to learn.  It was lovely to get into School, one of netball’s rising stars.

It was lovely to finish our week with a beautiful end of week service with Fr Andrew. The choir, readers and all the upper school contributed to a service which focused on the period of Lent. The message for us in our daily lives was clear: it is not about giving up sweets, but doing little acts of kindness.

Finally, I would like to wish the School ski team good luck as they head to Passo Tonale, Italy, on Saturday morning for the IAPS national ski competition. Can I also wish good luck to our cross country team as they compete at Malvern College this Sunday.

Happy weekend to all!