Monthly Archives: May 2014

The circus comes to Westwood!

What a fantastic end to a really lovely term. Two excellent performances from the children who, for the last three days of term, were all learning their circus skills with the help of Juggling Jake. After the success of last year, the Friends of Westwood once again kindly paid for Jake to join us and what a time the children had!

Diablo divas, stilt supremos and juggling geniuses aplenty as the circus well and truly set up camp in the school hall. This was, of course, all topped off with performances to parents on Friday afternoon, who could have been forgiven for thinking that they really were in the Big Top. What is always so good to see is those children who have hidden skills and talents that come to the fore, of which there were many. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the last week such a success.

Thank you, also, to those of you who came along to tea with the head. The cakes took a healthy hit and it was good to see so many of you there for a chat. As I mentioned in the newsletter, if you are interested, I will be running an ICT project next term, the details of which are below. In the meantime, have a super half term and fingers crossed for some sun.
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What a couple of weeks!

Firstly, my apologies for the lack of content recently. Life at school has been remarkably busy, full of fun and time seems to have just flown by!

It seems a long time ago now, but we had a super sponsored skip day, taking many of us back to playgrounds of our youth and reminding us just how hard it is to skip with a rope! Here are some photos (I’m not sure how I made it into so many!) of the real experts (the children) in action:

Sponsored Skip day on PhotoPeach

As always, the children and staff have all been working incredibly hard. The Year 6 children made us all proud last week with the effort and commitment that they put into their SATs assessments. It’s never easy to be asked to sit a test paper and with a super breakfast club to start the day and plenty of encouragement for each other and smiles, everyone seemed to come through having given everything they possible could. That is all we can ever ask of anyone.

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Bradford on Avon schools cluster swimming gala. Organised by Mrs Hannam and Mrs Purkiss, it was the ideal end to the week and made me feel incredibly proud to be head teacher of our school. So many of our brilliant children took part, tried so very hard and swam so confidently. Well done to everyone who took part and to all the mums and dads who supported them so well from the poolside. We may not have won the gala, but we had the strongest support!

Monday was my first sports day at Westwood school and what an enjoyable occasion it was. the sun shone, a crowd of thousands attended and it could easily have been London 2012 all over again! With a blend of traditional races, fun, laughter and plenty of dropped eggs and falling over in sacks, it was a morning to remember. Thank you to those of you who took part and even raced down the infamous Westwood track! Here are a few reminders of the day,..

Westwood Sports Day 2014 on PhotoPeach

Finally, last night we held our first parent’s maths meeting led by Mr Bennett, our maths subject leader. From the feedback I have received, it was an enjoyable evening and particularly useful. Thank you to those of you who took the time to come and if you were unable to come, we will be holding further events like these in the future – look out for the Reading parent’s meeting in Term 6 and more maths meetings early next year. Mr Bennett has put all of the materials we discussed on the website for your reference. There are some great ideas for helping your child at home on there.

I can barely believe that this blog is now past its 2000th visit! Thank you for coming back to read my thoughts from time to time. I will try to keep more up to date with it. I felt such a milestone deserved a lengthy catch-up entry…