What a year it has been. I thought it pertinent to write tonight, after our final day of the summer term. A day in which we said a very fond farewell to Rachel Heard, our fabulous TA who, after 11 years of giving so much to Westwood school will now be progressing to teacher training. I know that Rachel will make an excellent practitioner and we all wish her every success, but with sadness to see her go. We also said goodbye to our fabulous Year 6 children and what a super group of children they are. Full of personality, humour, respect and hard work, it has been a joy to see them grow this year and i know that they will do well at St Laurence. Today we also said goodbye to four of our school community, Jemima, Josh, Robbie and Arthur who are off to pastures new. Good luck to them and they will also be missed.
The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what has passed and so much has been achieved at Westwood this year. The school community welcomed me so warmly into the post of head teacher and I have never looked back, working with a wonderful staff team, super children, supportive governors and parents alike. It seems a long time ago in some ways that my first foray into FoWs life was the Ceilidh back in October and that set the tone for so many exciting things to come. We are so lucky to have our Friends and their ability to raise so much money for the school to benefit the children in so many ways.
So now, as we go our separate ways for 5 weeks, can I thank you all for your kind words, enthusiasm and for not leaving me to drink coffee and eat cake on my own each term! Your attendance at both tea with the head and our weekly celebration assemblies says so much about the strength and support of our school community.
Have a wonderful summer and fingers crossed that the good weather stays for at least a week!
…from today’s assembly. If you came, thank you once again for your support. It was a lovely occasion.
Fantastic Year 6 Leavers assembly this morning. VERY emotional and brilliantly entertaining – as you can see!
What a super trip we had with Thistle and Clover class to the beach today. As part of their topic on Hooray, it’s a Holiday, we all took off to West Bexington in Dorset and had a wonderful time. The children tried their hand at sea fishing, pebble castle building, cricket and sports on the beach. We then all had the customary ice lolly before it was all too soon to get back on the coach.
Here are some photos of our day – you can tell that everyone had fun!
Tonight we held our first parent’s blogging meeting, which I really enjoyed. A HUGE thank you to those of you who came along to find out more/discuss with others how blogging can have such a big impact on children’s writing. It would be lovely if you had time to add some comments as it would really bring our blogs alive.
…that I am holding a Parent’s blogging meeting tomorrow evening at 6.30pm in the school hall. Please come along to find out more, ask some questions and see how you can help your child with their digital literacy,
…starting with an extended and final celebration assembly of the year. This morning we were all enthralled by some confident and brilliant musicians from all of our classes, who volunteered to perform a piece on the instrument that they have been learning this year. I must say that I was full of admiration for them all, as they took to the stage and performed so very well indeed. Mixed in amongst the usual birthdays, celebration certificates, out of school achievements and Westwood wonders it was the perfect start to the day and I loved it. We must do that more often.
This afternoon was my final tea with the head of the year and we decided to combine it with a super art exhibition from Ms Brown and art club. It was lovely to see so many of our parent and pupil community there for a drink, cake and a chat and it gave us all the opportunity to reflect on our first enjoyable year as a school community. Thank you for coming, it was a joy to see my mum’s cake all eaten and with enjoyment. I have told her and she was thrilled!