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Father’s Friday 2017

What a wonderful day we had on Friday! After the enormous success and delight of Mother’s Monday earlier in the year we welcomed our dads, grandads, uncles and special male members of our family into school on Friday to share the children’s learning and to taker part in another fun day at Westwood School for our annual, and ever popular, Father’s Friday.

Beginning with one of the most packed celebration assemblies I think I’ve ever seen, it was a real pleasure to be able to share many successes with so many parents and friends of the school. Then, as always, our visitors were invited to go into class to sit with their children to find out what a day at school involves. It was super to see everyone taking a full part in the learning, supporting their children, playing football and running around the field at playtime and even joining us for lunch in the hall.  So many dads and members of our school community were so generous in giving up their time to join us, I cannot thank you all enough for making the day so special.

For those children who are broadcasters and had their dads in school, 2.30pm was an opportunity to take them into the studio to take part in our live broadcast. A brilliant time was had by all – so much fun and even an interview with our visitors live on air made for the sort of afternoon that makes working in a school such a delight. You can listen again to the show here. I highly recommend it!

Also, here are some images that captured a wonderful day. Thank you everyone for coming.

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:

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.

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!