At the end of our first week back in Term 5 there is already so much to celebrate. Assembly yesterday morning was a real pleasure with the opportunity to share the children’s successes in their outstanding learning and also the chance to find out who has been helping and being kind around the school. This is always a particularly difficult decision for the staff to choose between the children as our school community is so positive and everyone works together so well. I do feel proud of our school and the atmosphere that exists in every class as I walk around on a daily basis to see everyone enjoying their school experience.
This week we also had the absolute pleasure of supporting our Westwood Dance Group who, from the entire South West Region, had been one of just 6 primary schools to make it to the regional finals in Bristol. On Tuesday night we all made our way to St George’s theatre to be dazzled, enthralled, excited and simply overwhelmed by the most wonderful evening of dance as 25 schools of all ages competed against each other to try to make it through to the national final in Oxford.
Dancing ‘In the Mind’ to ‘Running with the Wolves’ by Aurora, a contemporary dance choreographed once again by our brilliant Karen Hobson, this was an opportunity to not only feel incredibly emotional but also so proud that every one of our dancers was confident, professional and so impressive in front of, literally, hundreds of people. Furthermore, our school was the only primary school to include children from Year 1 to Year 6. This makes our fantastic fourth place so very well deserved and an incredible achievement on a night when the standard of dance was so very high. I could not be more proud of every single one of our dancers. The experience of dancing at such a young age on a big stage is something quite immeasurable and something I am sure they will remember for the rest of their lives.
My huge thanks to Karen for her enthusiasm, energy and tremendous professionalism in bringing our school to the big stage and for giving every child such a super experience. To the mums and volunteers who gave their time to paint faces, crimp hair and make the occasion extra special for everyone, thank you so much. Also to our dancers, the stars of the St George’s stage who gave us all the best Tuesday evening out and so many reasons to feel proud. Well done everyone.