Category Archives: Friends of Westwood School

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:

Christmas Stories at Bedtime

Once again last night our brilliant Friends of Westwood School organised another fantastic and very magical event in our first Christmas Stories at bedtime. With children invited to return to school at bedtime in their pyjamas (teddies and soft toys optional), everyone settled down to an hour of gentle Christmas stories, all with a VERY festive theme,  many of them brought in by the children themselves for us all to enjoy.

In total, 68 of our school community and some parents came to share a very festive evening, made all the more special by the addition of a mug of warm hot chocolate and marshmallows with a biscuit part way through – what more could you ask for? The children were so well behaved and it was such fun to sit and read to so many for so long – a rare treat that I am not often able to do. With Christmas candles burning to infuse the hall and tealights to set the mood, I think everyone had a good time and went away feeling, I hope, just a little bit more christmassy.

My thanks, as always to our wonderful FoWs who all work so hard to put on these really super events for the children – we are very lucky to have you. With our Christmas Fair tomorrow to look forward to as well, this is going to be a fun festive week at Westwood School and I always think this is such a fantastic time of year to be in school with the children.

Here are some photos of our magical evening last night:

Westwood Scarecrow Trail 2016

I don’t often post during the holidays but I had such a lovely afternoon yesterday I feel that I should! My family and I all had the pleasure of walking the Westwood Scarecrow Trail, for the first time in it’s entirety and an afternoon of fun, head scratching and exercise was had by all. One thing I rarely get to do is to walk around Westwood itself and we were all taken with how beautiful the village is and with so many well kept gardens.

My main reason for posting, though, is to say a HUGE well done to everyone involved in the scarecrow trail. With a theme of children’s books, the standard of scarecrows was staggeringly good, with many, many hours of time and effort clearly having been put in to making the scarecrows and the trail such a wonderful spectacle.  My girls had a fantastic time and knew many of the stories as they are favourites of ours for story time and there were many that had two experienced teachers scratching their heads, so there really was something for everyone. After a good three hours (walking at a three year old pace!) we had all had a really super time and felt that this was something geared perfectly for families.

Thank you for welcoming us in to your village and for giving us such a brilliant afternoon’s fun on the last day of our half term. We will be back again next year!

Here is our trail, not in order, only some with numbers and not all of the scarecrows! I didn’t want to spoil anyone’s fun in case you read this before doing it today!

FoWs Activity Fun Day

On Friday the children were lucky enough to have a fantastic fun day in school. Paid for by our wonderful Friends of Westwood School, there were sports activities, games, a giant bouncy castle assault course and staff from Active Trowbridge on hand to keep the children busy and active! Thank you to everyone who has helped to raise money this year, the children had a marvellous day, as you can see from the photos!

Westwood School Christmas Fair

Yesterday was one of those occasions that makes you proud to be associated with a school and a community. Once again the school community and the Westwood community came together for our wonderful Christmas Fair/Fayre. (I can never be sure)

If you weren’t in a particularly festive mood before – I have been since the middle of November! – then the second you walked through our main entrance door you were transported back to years gone by when you remember how exciting Christmas is. Our Friends of Westwood school, masterminded by Ann Windo and Elaine Caddy, have been working tirelessly, but always with a smile, for many many weeks to ensure that yesterday was a success, which of course it was.

From Santa’s Grotto to pampering treatments to popcorn making to the regulation, but brilliantly classy tombola, there was something for everyone. Add in a raffle with some very generous prizes and you had the makings of a wonderful afternoon. Which of course it was. A super atmosphere, plenty of fun and laughter and the whole community joining together for Christmas.

My sincere thanks go to our Friends of Westwood school. Behind the scenes there is so much hard work that goes into the organisation of an event such as this. I would also like to thank everyone who came and supported our school. It was a magical Christmas event which I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you did too.

Welcome Back Everyone

So begins another term and it is good to be back. I do hope that you had a very enjoyable Easter and wasn’t it good to have some pleasant weather for a change?! I was certainly grateful for it and I now have a fence in my garden once more after its demolition during the storms!

This is such a short term, but, once again, there is a lot packed in. It was straight back into the classroom for me this morning when I had the pleasure of teaching Clover class for the morning. As always, the children’s behaviour for learning was great and we had a lovely dialogue between us, focusing on alphabetical order in Literacy and then some challenging work on halves and fractions in maths. The children worked very hard and it was lovely to do some teaching so soon into the term. Well done Clover class.

You are probably aware by now that we have our Westwood Writer of the Week award well and truly established and I can honestly say that I do feel it is inspiring the children to work harder at improving their writing. If you are around first thing on a Friday, please feel free to come along to our celebration assembly and share in the children’s hard work and success.

On the last day of term, I held my Easter tea with the head. Whilst this is always well supported, we decided to combine it with Art club’s brilliant exhibition and it was a wonderful turn out with lots of great art to see. A fine end to the term and so this is now a good opportunity for me to give you advance warning of the next one, which will be held after school on Friday 23rd May. The usual home made cakes, tea, coffee and chat will be available, so if you haven;t come along yet, please do.

Can I also remind you of the Friends of Westwood school Boden event this Saturday at school. Lots of great items for purchase and vital additions to the wardrobe. I’ll be bringing my family along to have a browse so I will see you there!

Can I wish you all a super term and thank you for your continued and much appreciated support for the school.