Category Archives: Friends of Westwood School

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

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.