Primary School News

Fantastic Achievements at AJIS Indoor Athletics Competition

Last week we competed in the annual AJIS (Association of Independent Junior Schools) Indoor Athletics competition at Robin Park in Wigan for Year 5 and Year 6’s.The girls performed so well, competing against 28 other schools in the North West. We came away with five medals and a new AJIS Record!

Medals were awarded to Sadie Holt (Gold in the Javelin) and Freya Kelly (Bronze in the Long Jump) in year 5 and Inez Jones (Gold in the Chest Push (and broke the AJIS record)), Eleanor Clarke (Silver in the Javelin) and Amber Gregson (Bronze in the Speed Bounce) in year 6.

Congratulations to all the girls on their achievements, it is fantastic to get so many medals in such a prestiguous competition!

Reception Celebrate Chinese New Year

After a week of learning all about the story behind the Chinese Zodiac, the Reception children celebrated the start of the Year of the Rooster with a special celebration. There was dragon making, exotic fruit tasting, lantern craft, ribbon dancing and dragon boat racing, all topped off with a delicious Chinese banquet! Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Year 6 Prepare for Romeo & Juliet Performance

Following the Entrance Exam, Year 6 girls have been working hard in preparation for their forthcoming production of Romeo and Juliet.

After researching costume designs for productions of Romeo and Juliet, the girls each designed and annotated their own costume designs for the main characters. They had to consider characterisation, style and fabric choices. Ideas were shared, which culminated in the creation of life-sized costumes for display.

Pupils also produced mood boards and designed and created unique masks for the Capulet’s Masquerade. Other work included character analysis, studying themes and symbols in the play, investigating Shakespeare’s life and exploring his use of language.

After a busy few days of auditions and preparations, our talented Year 6 now have the challenge of learning their lines, perfecting their dances whilst constructing props and scenery! In addition, a group of girls will be working with a director to produce a film documenting the process of making this special performance.

The performance and film premier will take place at MTGS Centenary Hall, Thursday 9th February, 2017 at 4.30pm.

*Magical Maths After School Club*

As previously announced in our weekly newsletter, we are extremely excited to be able to offer Magical Maths, a new after school club to Year 1 and Year 2 starting in January 2017.

Professor Poopenshtinken, the mathematical genius, came in to assembly to visit KS1 and he was fantastic! He showed us some magic tricks using his mathematical magic.  Year One and Two watched and they really loved it.  The club will be running after Christmas for Years one and two and is already fully booked! The Professor’s friends will be coming back to school on Tuesdays, starting on 10th January 2017, to run this super Magical Maths Club. The club will run for 5 consecutive weeks and will be looked after by Mrs Bonner.

 

Please visit www.magicalmathsclub.com/haltonsthelensandwarrington for more information.

 

Sophia is Runner Up at Regional Fencing Finals

Congratulations to Sophia Neophytou who has finished runner up in the Regional Fencing Finals. Sophia is a member of the Liverpool Fencing Club and has been competing in National competitions this year. She is currently ranked 24th nationally and by virtue of her performances and experience was able to participate in the regional finals for Epee, held at Weaverham High School in Northwich on 3rd December 2016. Sophia competed well in the poules stages of the competition and notably won her poule duel with the eventual winner, by a score of 5-3. In the DEs, she lost in the final by a score of 10-5 against the overall winner Stephanie Currie, to finish second place in the North West Junior Series.

This is a fantastic achievement for Sophia who has just begun competing in the past few months. Her medal reflects her efforts this year and it is hopeful that with the ranking points collected from this competition, Sophia will be placed in the top 20 nationally.

We wish Sophia every success in her future training and competitions!

Year 4 Visit Patterdale