Monthly Archives: April 2016

A round up of recent events

Hello again. It’s been another very busy two weeks in school with so much taking place and to report back on across a range of sports, interests and topics.

Hopefully you will have heard that our fantastic gymnastics team took part in the West Wilts Gymnastics competition at Melksham. From a large field of ? (please add Jo) teams, our team came an incredible 4th place. Once again I was incredibly proud that children from our school represented us so confidently amongst experienced and seasoned other schools with multiple teams. One of the other teachers even asked if we had a full time gym coach! Well done everyone, you deserve it.

Just a quick mention of our blogs. They continue to grow in both content and fame, with many, many people from around the country and the world visiting them. Colleagues from other schools, too, have told me how impressed they are with what we are achieving. The reason is that our children are producing such incredible work and using the blogs as a platform to showcase their learning, that they are clearly enjoying. If you have a few moments, please visit your child’s blog and be a part of their audience, it really does inspire them. Leaving a comment is easy, too, and means so much to the children. Westwoodblogs.org is where you will find us, or follow the links from the website.

Last Friday we were all wowed by the talent and supreme confidence of our wonderful children at Westwood’s Got Talent. With some superb compering by Oscar and Tom, more than ably assisted by Ed and Jo, the evening flowed effortlessly and showcased everything from dancing to magic, science to gymnastics and martial arts to music with everything in between! It was another occasion where the community came together to celebrate everything that is so magical about our school. Well done to all of our performers and a huge thank you to Philly, Karen and the FoWs for another fantastic event. In fact, as I type this, the FoWs are working hard once again to put on an energetic and fun filled disco for our children!. You can see the Wiltshire Times article for Westwood’s Got Talent online at http://goo.gl/zkvVs1. A huge well done to everyone.

Finally, you may have seen the home contact that was sent out on Thursday morning regarding a survey I am conducting. Having been inspired on a course I recently attended, I am currently looking into the possibility of setting up a school radio station which will be about the community and for the community. In the first instance I would very much appreciate it if you would take just a couple of minutes to follow this link from the school website homepage https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WDL8QTC  or go to my blog and complete the survey to register your views. This will help with any application I make to try to secure funding in order to make this project a reality. As a concept I think it will be hugely exciting and has tremendous potential for the children, who will, of course, be the stars. Learning how to broadcast, developing speaking and listening skills and a huge amount of resilience, this could be another opportunity for giving the children a range of life experiences. Watch this space!

With nearly half of this term over already, time is surely flying by. Can I wish you a really lovely Bank Holiday weekend with your families.

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Westwood’s got SO much talent

After such a wonderful and exciting week, last night we were treated to a performance of superstar standard by our brilliant children at Westwood’s got Talent. With the school hall transformed into the Albert Hall, not a ticket to be found, makeup and hair done and every routine practised and polished, every parent, grandparent, friend and relative was given an evening to savour. One by one, in pairs, trios or groups, the children took the stage to perform their act. From dance routines to songs, sketches, poems, demonstrations and even musical recitals, the standard was so high and highlighted once again that for a small school we have a tremendous wealth of talent in our community.

Once again I was so enormously proud of everyone. Not only for having the confidence to stand on the stage on front of a large number of people and perform, but to do so with such grace, effortless skill and professionalism. Thank you to you all for the practice you have put in and for being so brilliant and giving us all a truly perfect night out.

I must also thank and congratulate the comperes – Tom and Oscar, Ed and Jo, for their perfect delivery and cool under pressure, slick presentation. Excellent work by everyone.  Finally, once again, huge thanks to Philly and Karen of our brilliant FoWs for organising this super event and to Ann, Elaine and the entire Friends of Westwood School for, once again, giving us an evening to remember.

If you have photos or videos that you would like me to share on my blog of the evening, please pass them to Jo in the office and I will get them uploaded. Thank you all for coming and for showing what a fantastic community we have at our school.