Monthly Archives: November 2016

Storybox Theatre

Once again we started our festive period in style with a visit and performance from the Storybox Theatre this morning. I have a long association with Rod and the Storybox that stretches back to the early days of my teaching career and I can honestly say that year on year, Rod’s energy and performance is always at the highest level. With the ability to captivate the audience, from reception children to adults with his beautifully crafted story, humorous asides and spectacular puppets – all of which he made himself – we were, once again treated to a magical hour of story telling in the comfort of our own school hall and no matter how old you were, you always feel as if you are totally immersed in the performance.

As you can imagine, everyone loved today’s tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children all sat superbly, listened intently and joined in with enthusiasm and enjoyment. It really was a fantastic morning at the theatre. Once again, can I thank our Friends of Westwood school for funding this event again. It is such a treat for the children and provides them with opportunities to write creatively in their follow up, but also to watch a traditional performance away from the fast pace and digital age in which we live and I think that is crucial. Thank you also to Rod for, once again giving us a magical start to our Christmas.

Here is what we were able to enjoy:

Another lovely week – and they are racing by!

This term seems to be racing by already, with the end of November almost upon us and the beginning of Advent just around the corner. A timely reminder is always the sound of Christmas production songs drifting through the school and we have also started practising our school Christmas songs as well.

Last week it was lovely to see so many of you at the parent consultations and thank you for completing your parent questionnaires. I am aware that communication between school and home is still something that some people find could be improved so from now on we will be sending an email on alternate Fridays to the newsletter with upcoming dates and activities. I do hope that this will help in your forward planning as I know that so many of you are busy working parents.

With advent starting next week, there is so much to look forward to and our visit from the Storybox Theatre on Tuesday will start us off in style – we can’t wait! Of course we also have stories at bedtime, a mufti day next Friday with donations for the Christmas Fair and the school council hot chocolate sale on Tuesday after school with the school council.

Yesterday our fantastic broadcasters put out yet another excellent performance, so do please have a listen on our radio website if you missed it yesterday. It is incredible to see how, each week ,their confidence and professionalism grows with every show. I am so proud of them. Some of us are also doing a Christmas Fair show on Saturday 3rd December during the Christmas Fair! Listen out for that both online and in the fair itself to keep you going all afternoon. 

As always, thank you all so much for the fabulous way in which you support our school. I always enjoy this time of year so much when we all come together as a community to celebrate a magical time of the year. Have a great weekend everyone.

Westwood Radio visits the BBC

This week I had to get a blog post down as it has been incredibly exciting for us in school. On Monday our incredible broadcasting team we’re invited to visit BBC Wiltshire and to take part live in Marie Lennon’s morning show, which was just brilliant!

Emma Colman, who works for the Marie Lennon show on BBC Wiltshire 9am – 12pm weekdays, learned of our children’s success with their radio broadcasting and visited us in October to interview some of the children. Emma was even interviewed for one of their shows whilst she was here! Having had their piece played out live on air following Emma’s visit, the children were then invited to the BBC Wiltshire studios in Swindon on Monday where they took part in a live show with Marie, explaining what they enjoy about their radio station and how they are able to connect with their audience in the community and beyond. Of course, we all had to ask how Marie plays the jingles and fades the microphones in to see how it compared with our studio back at school. What was fascinating to watch was how the children were so engaged and interested in the technicalities and running of a professional radio station and Emma and Marie were just so lovely, answering all of our questions and making us so welcome.

Showing the same level of confidence, respect and professionalism that they do every week on air, the children were superb and a real credit to the school. They also got to meet some of the other presenters and the brilliant team behind every BBC Wiltshire programme. It was certainly an experience and a day to remember for our budding presenters and our huge thanks to Emma, Marie and the team at BBC Wiltshire for giving us such a wonderful day.

Here are some photos and clips of our magical day: