Monthly Archives: May 2017

Scarecrow Trail 2017

For the last few weeks on Westwood Radio we have been advertising this year’s Scarecrow Trail and the children even had the opportunity to interview Lilly Webb and Bryony Green, which we included in one of our live shows:

What we have been learning is that, once again this year, the Scarecrow Trail committee have worked incredibly hard to put together another fantastic event. Well, today I got to experience it first hand again as, along with my family, we all decided to make the most of a very pleasant afternoon and head for Westwood to have a go. After last year’s trail we were all excited as the quality and challenge of the scarecrows was high and a huge amount of fun to  guess. Plus this year we decided to get involved and make a scarecrow of our own, but no clues as to which one!!

After the obligatory ice cream and maps purchase from the village shop we were off and running with a couple of quick scarecrows in the bag. Again, the signposting from the scarecrow team was superb with clear numbering and a range of truly fantastic scarecrows to make up the family film theme. Plus, the entries allowed something for everyone to guess – from 5 years old to 65 years old and made for an extremely pleasant walk through the beautiful village of Westwood, taking in some breathtaking countryside and meeting so many lovely people. The scarecrow team had established a pop-up cafe in the park next to the nursery too, so a stop off there for a drink, cake and a chat whilst we guessed our next scarecrow made for a lovely addition to our stroll.

After just under three hours we were finished with map submitted and a thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful family afternoon of fun in Westwood Village. Huge thanks to the entire scarecrow team for another fantastic trail and wonderfully organised event. With over 100 maps sold in just one day, this looks to be a busy week ahead and rightly so as so much work from the scarecrow team and the scarecrow builders has gone into making the event such a well established success and one which many people will hopefully come to Westwood to take part in. Looking forward to next year’s already!

Without spoilers, here are a couple of views you may see along the way…

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School Race for Life 2017

Today, for the first time ever, we held a school Race for Life in aid of the fantastic charity Cancer Research UK, to support the wonderful work that it does. With an open invitation for anyone to join in, have fun and see out the term together for a good cause, it was the most perfect afternoon with so many children and adults taking to the field to run the 1km or 2km course that we had set out.

The amazing thing about our school is the sense of community. Combining my termly Tea with the Head with the Race for Life and a brilliantly timed and organised ice cream sale from our FoWs, made a warm afternoon in idyllic surroundings even more special with so many people taking time to stop by, join in and chat over drinks and cakes. I must thank my wonderful mum who, once again, put in an enormous amount of effort to bake cakes for every single runner and adult who came along with even some left over. I am lucky to be supported in so many ways by my family and the success of today’s Race for Life meant a lot to all of us. With a whopping £61 raised from donations for cakes alone and another £118 online already before sponsor forms are returned, I would like to thank the generosity, kindness and fabulous support of the parents and community of Westwood. Another super afternoon spent in the best company. Thank you.

If you would like to donate to this very worthwhile cause, our fundraising page is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/wwipschool

Here are some photos of the event, which I know we will hold again next year:

Sports Day 2017

In glorious sunshine and with a fantastic atmosphere we all enjoyed our annual sports day again this afternoon. Our choice of a May date didn’t let us down, with warm temperatures and just enough cloud to keep the children covered whilst they took part in a day full of sporting fun. This morning was all about working as a team, with our professional sports coach Mr Kiely leading a wonderful carousel of activities for the children to enjoy. Our fabulous staff ensured that the children remained in the shade when not taking part and with plenty of jugs of water on hand, everyone was able to enjoy their time outside safely.

After an indoor lunch to cool down it was down to the business of the track races. We always look forward to this day as it gives everyone the opportunity to have a go and enjoy themselves without the need for competitive pressure; just plenty of traditional, old fashioned sports day races with plenty of cheering and a sticker at the end to say a huge well done. There really was plenty of cheering today too, as we had a record turnout from our amazing parent community, with so many people having given up their time to come along and support their children. We are always so incredibly grateful for this and it is testament, once again, to the superb communtiy spirit that exists in Westwood.

Thank you all so much for a perfect afternoon full of fun, laughter and the opportunity to watch our wonderful children enjoying themselves and making memories.

Here are some photos of our afternoon together. Please enjoy:

Ocarina Progress

As you well know from the ocarina playing that is taking place in the households of Westwood and the surrounding area on a regular basis (!), the children have been so keen to learn their new instruments since we gave them out.

I have been so impressed by their commitment to practising in their own time and their willingness to have a go at learning new songs and developing their technique. Therefore, after yesterday’s ocarina assembly – which we have every Tuesday – I thought I would share with you our whole school recording of London’s Burning, including a fantastic rendition ‘in the round’! Some really wonderful playing, but most of all, so much fun and enjoyment was had by everyone!

The diversity of Headship

One of the things I love most about my job is the variety it brings on a daily and weekly basis.

This week I have had the pleasure of working with most of our wonderful children and count teaching a wet and hugely fun capacity lesson in Thistle class, working with children on using a new piece of software to create images and text with dexterity and skill and even enjoying a live radio broadcast among some of the many activities that I have been involved in this week.

One of the many joys of working in a small school is that you get to know the children and their families so very well and that opportunities for working in the classroom arise regularly. Take in an after school coding club, leading assemblies, touring the school during a busy and wonderfully enthusiastic maths day and writing both a newsletter and a piece for the Westwood Update, it all goes in to making a brilliantly diverse job that I am lucky enough to do.

Of course, I must include all of the amazing people that work at our school, as without the completely dedicated and talented team that we have making each day so much fun for the children. They constantly work hard to provide inspiring learning opportunities and bring so much fun and good humour to the building that it really is a special and unique place to be.

Here are a few photos from this week’s maths day to show you what I mean.

Please don’t forget next week’s Race for Life – it would be lovely to see you there. You can also donate to our school page for Cancer Research on http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/wwipschool

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Another week has passed us by already…

As I write this to you we are already almost two weeks into a very short term yet we always have so much to celebrate and look forward to.

I would like to begin with some thanks to our brilliant FoWs who, once again, organised a super disco for the children last week. DJ Stewart was on his usual top form, playing all the favourites and with dance club leading the way with their routines it was another thoroughly enjoyable evening. We are very lucky to have so many people who give up their time to staff these occasions, so my thanks to everyone who came along and helped last week. The FoWs raised another £166 for the school, which is amazing.

We are so grateful to our FoWs and to our parent community for their unwavering support and generosity and I would like to update you on how we have used some of the money that has been raised already this year. Through a large donation from our FoWs, we have now been able to fill our iPad trolley so that we have 16 devices, allowing more children to use them and a whole class to work in pairs. These devices have been hugely beneficial in supporting the children’s learning and are used on a daily basis. Thank you to everyone for allowing this to happen, we are all incredibly grateful.

Our gardening and pond and patch group have been working incredibly hard and we now have a fabulous pond in the gardening area. This has been fenced off for safety, but I would like to draw your attention to it so that we can all work together to ensure that everyone continues to remain safe around water. I must thank Ms Brown and Mrs Millen for organising this development and look forward to seeing it used on so many ways throughout the coming months. To support this, we also have obtained another grant from Tesco which will go towards adding a polytunnel to our gardening area, allowing outdoor learning all year round.

Westwood Radio continues to go from strength to strength and we are now up to our 25th live weekly show, which is such an achievement. The children are just brilliant and broadcast with incredible confidence, which makes me so proud. If you are unable to join us for the live shows on a Friday afternoon, you can always listen again from the website http://radio.westwoodwithiford.org/latest-show.html or you can catch up with everything that is going on in the studio via our blog, http://radio.westwoodblogs.org/ We are very excited as next week, 12th May, we will be joined for the whole show by Ben Prater from BBC Wiltshire’s Breakfast show, who asked if he could come along. We will be live on air from 1.30pm.

Finally, I would like to wish all of our wonderful Year 6 children all the very best for next week in their SATs. We are all so incredibly proud of you and all that you have achieved, both in and out of the classroom and I hope that it is just another lovely week at our school, as it should be and that you are able to enjoy your breakfast club and fun with your friends.

Have a super weekend everyone