Monthly Archives: December 2015

Christmas Coding Fun!

I hope you are all having a great Christmas break. If you do happen to stop by, I have been working on a Scratch project I found in a Raspberry Pi magazine I got just before Christmas and have been practising my coding skills on my Pi Zero – a tiny brand new computer which is ideal for schools!

Have fun playing – we have all been enjoying learning about Tim Peake and his fantastic mission to the ISS and this is just right for taking a few minutes away from normal life. Just press the space bar when Tim asks you to and test your reaction time. Could you make it as an astronaut? It will also calculate how far the ISS has travelled in the time it takes you to react. Good luck!

Christingle Service

This morning we had the privilege of going to Westwood Church to celebrate our Christingle Service. Hosted by Reverend Joanna, the service was a mixture of the story of Christingle, traditional and some contemporary songs.

As always, the children were in fine voice and we all thoroughly enjoyed this festive experience and with Mr King on the piano, we were treated to live accompaniment throughout.

We managed to capture this wonderful occasion here:

Christmas around the World

The Christmas fun continued this afternoon as Clover and Thistle class linked up with our friends at Georgetown Elementary School in Hudsonville, Michigan, USA. We learnt all about Thanksgiving, shared what Christmas means to us in our households and also what our wishes for Christmas are. The children also had the opportunity to hear about Christmas traditions from each other’s country. It really was a super way to spend half an hour learning about the international meaning of Christmas. Of course, the children were so brilliant and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Please enjoy our experience…

A very Christmassy Weekend!

I cannot think of a better way to revive my posting again than by writing about the thoroughly enjoyable weekend that has just passed. On Saturday afternoon we were able to, once again, enjoy the atmosphere, excitement and festive fun of the FoWs Christmas Fair.

Superbly organised by Ann and Elaine, a very committed group of volunteers  all gave their time to decorate and transform our school into a Christmas wonderland with something for everyone to enjoy. An enchanting Santa’s Grotto, tea and mince pies in our cafe and an array of stalls, activities and games kept our biggest ever attendance busy for two and a half hours. At this moment we do not know how much we raised, but the true community spirit was once again here in large abundance to make the afternoon so very special. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and my sincere thanks to all of our Friends of Westwood school for working so hard to make the occasion so wonderful.

As I was completely in the mood for being festive, my family and I  decorated our house yesterday. I don’t often share things from home, but my wife and girls did such a good job on our trees I thought I would share them!

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