Category Archives: Celebrations

Easter Fun in the Sun!

The end of term is always so full of excitement and fun but it can also get incredibly busy, so it’s only now that I have a few minutes to add the wonderful array of photos that were taken on our last day of term. With glorious weather for the occasion we were, once again, so well supported by our school community that the hall was packed for assembly and the children were on top form with their singing and speaking.

Then it was a swift move outside to enjoy an array of colour as the children paraded around our field wearing their beautifully crafted Easter hats and bonnets that must have taken hours to make! Finally, our perfect Easter afternoon was rounded off with the annual egg rolling competition. Everyone was a worthy winner and with wonderfully decorated eggs flying in all directions, it was tricky to find the furthest roll from each year group but we managed it!

Thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun of our last afternoon and I wish you all a super Easter break. I look forward, also,  to another wonderful term together when we get back. Here are the photos from the afternoon, thank you Mrs Batten! Happy Easter everyone.

What a Week!

This week we have had such a busy week at our school. Beginning with the wonderful Mother’s Monday when we welcomed so many of our mums and special people in to school, it was the perfect way to start the week. Please see the previous post for more details.

On Tuesday we welcomed back Emma Hodgkins of the Helen Hodgkins Trust to Westwood school to be interviewed for our radio show about her work with providing clean water for families in Ghana through her charity. You can find out all about her brilliant work on http://www.helenhodgkinstrust.org/ So far this year we have been able to donate a lot of money through your generosity to our cake sales, growing £1 events and Ghana cafe. We are planning more events later in the year too, so watch this space!

Here is Emma’s wonderful interview with Izzy, explaining her work and busy life, if you missed it on Friday’s show:

On Wednesday our talented gymnasts took to the floor and apparatus at the Wiltshire School of Gymnastics, taking part in the West Wilts Primary School gymnastics competition. As always, the children performed fantastically, with routines to be proud of and they were a complete credit to our school. Thank you to all of you who took part and enjoyed your day and also a huge thank you to Mrs Hannam for organising the vent and giving the children a great experience.

Thursday saw Lotus class visit Bath Rugby for a Tag Rugby event and they had so much fun going up against teams from other schools, learning some super rugby skills. As if that wasn’t tiring enough, they then came back and ran a brilliant Easter egg hunt for the school, raising over £140. Well done everyone!

Friday was SUCH a busy and exciting day as we welcomed Conservative MP for Chippenham and local area Michelle Donelan to our school. Michelle very kindly took time out of her busy schedule to attend our celebration assembly, presenting the attendance and Westwood Wonders of the Week trophy (complete with drum roll!) and to look around the school, talking to staff and answering some fantastic questions. Michelle then joined us in the Westwood Radio studio to be interviewed by Oscar, Lily and Finn who had all prepared their own superb questions to gain an insight into the life and work of an MP. Michelle was brilliant and gave us a fantastic interview. Here is the full interview:

As if that wasn’t enough of a busy day, we then had a super assembly with Jenny Knight from the Wiltshire Music Service who introduced us all to the wonders of the Ocarina. This is a fantastic little intrusment that we are all going to learn as part of a school project to develop our musical abilities. With Jenny’s energy and skills, we were all singing and playing within no time. Here is a brief snippet of what we were learning. My apologies for my dulcet tones in the background!

So to end this post after a truly wonderful week, here are some photos of our Friday – a great day to end an inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable week and another to be proud of at our school.

Mother’s Monday 2017

What a lovely day we all had on Monday, when we welcomed our mums and special people into school to celebrate Mother’s Monday with us. Before school had even started we had mums in the radio studio to join our radio club with their first ever live broadcast online for the Mother’s Monday Breakfast Show. The children did an amazing job and were so confident and Mrs Batten, Mrs Caston and Mrs Mavridis were superb on the weather, giving us all the information we needed for the week ahead!

Here is the show in full from yesterday with photos:

Our school day then began with a whole school assembly, including a special story and a song just for our mums and then everyone was invited to join their children in class for a day of learning. It was fantastic to see how many mums had taken time out of their busy schedules to come into school and the hall was packed!

Each class had planned a fun filled day, including science experiments, aboriginal art, poster making and even a live link up with Australia to learn more about the country and culture. As I walked around school it was wonderful to see how everyone got so much into the spirit of the day and the warm and positive atmosphere that existed made me very proud indeed. Even at playtime and lunchtime there were mums everywhere joining in with fun and games and even eating their lunch in the dinner hall.

My huge thanks to all of our lovely mums who all came and joined in with the festivities and fun of Mother’s Monday and who made it such a super day. Also, a big thank you to our staff for their hard work in planning and preparing such a plethora of interesting and engaging activities for everyone to enjoy. Another fabulous community day!

Here are some photos of all the fun

Christmas Production Perfection

Once again this week we were treated to another magical Christmas performance by our Reception and Key Stage 1 children. Having worked so hard for the past few weeks everyone gave their absolute best and put on a show that was magical, emotional and just perfect. The hall was filled with the sound of beautiful singing as the children sang their hearts out to the now familiar songs of ‘Born in a Barn’ and with fantastic performances from everyone and lines delivered superbly, every one of us who attended a performance was able to enjoy a fabulous half hour of perfect school production.

I must thank Mrs Hannam, Miss Williams and their teaching assistants for all working so incredibly hard to help the children to be performance ready. It takes a lot of planning and preparation and I am lucky to have such a wonderful team who all work together so brilliantly. Thank you also to our parent community who, once again, supported us and the children so strongly, providing a receptive and grateful audience. It was, as always, so good to have so many people there. Thank you.

Here are the photos I took from this week’s performances:

Another fantastic Christmas Fair!

This afternoon the school was once again filled with the smells, sounds and atmosphere of the magic of Christmas time as we held our Christmas fair. Superbly organised by our dedicated and simply brilliant Friends of Westwood School, there was something for everyone, from hand made crafts to a feast of festive treats and even FC himself dropped by, taking time out from his busy preparations to talk to our children.

It is always lovely to see the school buzzing with excitement and I always feel proud that so many members of our community join us as we kick off the countdown to Christmas in style. My enormous thanks go to everyone involved in making this event such a tremendous success. We are so lucky to have the unwavering support of our FoWs who always give up so much of their time and energy to put on such fantastic fundraising events. Thank you everyone for such an enjoyable afternoon. Here are some photos (thanks Jo!) of the fun we had:

Mother’s Monday

Today in school we celebrated our third consecutive Mother’s Monday where we invite our mums, grandmas, aunties and special people into school to share our learning. After a Mathletics Monday assembly to start things off,  it was, once again, a really lovely day with so many of our parents taking time from their busy schedules to spend time in school learning with their children. From paper mache’ bowls to reconstructing scaled down cardboard skeletons from design and technology projects to phonics, everyone was fully immersed in a thoroughly enjoyable day. Even the weather was on our side, allowing mums to join in their children’s games on the field and with the PlayPod at lunchtime after a satisfying school meal with the children in the hall.

I took time to walk around the school on a number of occasions today to see the many parents who had joined us and the sense of community and atmosphere of fun and enjoyment was clear. A huge thank you to everybody who joined us today, I really hope that it was an extension of your Mothering Sunday and that you enjoyed being with us as much as we loved having you.

Here is the day in pictures:

World Book Day 2016

Today was, once again, full of fun and fabulous learning. So many children chose to dress up as their favourite characters for World Book Day and at playtime the playground was full of colour and excitement. The focus for today was for each class to take an author and look at their work, write in their style and even perform as the author too, from Eric Carle and his Hungry Caterpillar to Michael Rosen and his inimitable style of performance poetry!

It was clear to see that every child had learnt so much and enjoyed being immersed in reading and books. We rounded the day off with a whole school assembly to share our learning and everyone was interested in what had been achieved, I’m sure sparking many to read books written by the authors that other classes had chosen. Another really wonderful day at Westwood School.

Here is the day in pictures, a few video clips and described by some of the children themselves: