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We began the week with a brilliant Governors’ Day on Monday and it was a pleasure to welcome them back to the school as we begin to return to our usual school events. Governors arrived early to attend the assembly and they were impressed by some of the Y6 girls’ acting, and the beautiful piano recital from a very talented Y6 pianist. They visited a number of classes, spoke with the children and met with the new staff. The day culminated in an informative and productive Education Committee meeting, all of which gives them a great idea of what is happening in the school. They commented on energy and positivity throughout the school.
Our Whole School Assembly on Monday focused on ‘Does ‘stuff’ make you happy?’ Many staff shared photos to show what makes them happy and the children were delighted to see their teachers and the rest of the Bute team enjoying their time out of school. There were a lot of dogs, lots of skiing and Mrs Kuiper attracted lots of giggles with her pizza-making skills!
On Wednesday the School Council introduced themselves to the rest of the school and explained their roles and the importance of ‘Pupil Voice’. Huge congratulations to the girls who planned and presented the assembly themselves. They have already started to visit the other year groups to hear their views.
Thursday marked National Poetry Day, and again, it’s been a while since we have been able to celebrate this event altogether in school. We had a fantastic visit from Kate Wakeling who shared a few poems from her collection, Moon Juice, which won the 2017 CLiPPA Award. The girls were entertained with her rather interactive poems during Assembly and had a blast hearing about comets, body parts and weird cakes! We also ran a Poetry Café that was very well received by the children.
On Thursday evening, it was wonderful to see so many Lower School Parents for the Curriculum Evening. I hope that you found it interesting and informative. The supper party afterwards looked superb! Thank you to the House Committee for organising both the Supper Party and our first Bake Sale last Friday, which raised a staggering £440 for charity. A big thank you to Year 5 parents who kindly donated the baked goods.
Finally, I just wanted to remind you about a few things happening in the following weeks, and for which you should have received separate letters already.
I am sure that you will all be ready for our two-week half term, which will begin at the end of the school day on Friday 15th October.
I hope you have a great weekend.
The first Bake Sale of the year took place last Friday. It was a great success raising around £440 for the House Committee Charities! A big thank you to Year 5 parents who kindly donated the baked goods.
Look how busy we have been in our Lower School music lessons! Reception have been learning about pitch and tempo, Y1 have investigated rhythm and pulse and Y2 have been exploring timbre through composition.
Last Friday marked World Multiplication Tables Day and we have been celebrating our favourite facts all week. Across the school, girls have been doing their best moves to times tables songs and dance routines, playing games using their multiplication facts and solving missing number problems.
We celebrated National Poetry Day on Thursday with a host of brilliant activities throughout the day!
Kate Wakeling, kicked off National Poetry Day on Thursday with an interactive assembly. Kate was the winner of the CLiPPA 2017 for Moon Juice, her first poetry collection for children, and has written several other books. We had great fun taking part in some of her poetry performances and it was a fantastic way to start a day filled with celebration!
To mark the day, the girls in Lower School learned a poem, Pirate Pete, off by heart. The Year 2 girls were fantastic team leaders, helping the Reception and Year 1 members of their team to learn the actions and words of the poem. We then all came together and performed it, wearing our very own pirate hats. You can watch the video on the school website: Click here to view
As well as taking part in Poetry Café during break time, where we were able to read and perform an array of poems, the girls in Middle School explored different poems written by Shel Silverstein which were read by different Middle School teachers. We explored the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Choice’ and were able to reflect on one of Silverstein’s poems any way we wanted. We also had a blast with Kate Wakeling, writing poems about different moods.
In Year 5, the students wrote narrative poems which incorporated their grammar focus of adverbs and prepositions. They also took part in a fantastic workshop with the poet Kate Wakeling, where they wrote poems relating to little known facts about themselves. For example, did you know that Y5 can turn lightbulbs on and off with just their eyebrows? Or, that Y5 can see through brick walls of up to 15cm if the thing on the other side is definitely worth looking at?
In Year 6, the students wrote descriptive poems about Autumn, using literary devices like similes, metaphors and personification. Many members of Year 6 then performed their outstanding poems at the Poetry Café during break time.
Well done to all the girls who took part in the Bute House Gala against Glendower. It was our first one in a very long time!! The girls swam fantastically and the atmosphere was great.
This week, 1B used their Topaz Power (flexibility and collaboration) to work together on solving the ‘Biscuit Decoration Puzzle’ below.
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party.
He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit.
Then, he put a cherry on every third biscuit.
He then put a chocolate button on every fourth biscuit.
So there was nothing on the first biscuit. How many other biscuits had no decoration?
Did any biscuits get all three decorations?
The girls took turns and listened carefully to their team to make sure they agreed with their ideas. We had some lovely maths talk being shared by all of the girls involved. Aurelia, for example, suggested she would count on in twos. Anaya said that we should put the green icing on the even numbers only whereas Cressida stated that we could count in twos.
All in all, a fantastic week for 1B with lots of thinking, problem-solving and collaboration!
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