Already we are two weeks into the final term of this academic year and I can barely believe we are half way through June already! This year seems to have fairly raced by and coupled with the vast array of exciting activities and learning opportunities that have been taking place throughout the school we have had lots to celebrate and enjoy.
On Monday of this week we were delighted to welcome Ms Helean Hughes, the Wiltshire Director of Education and Skills, to our fabulous school. Helean spent considerable time with me walking around school and talking to children about their learning, which made me very proud indeed. Helean also kindly gave some of her time to be interviewed by our radio team, an interview that you can hear on today’s show. It was lovely to hear Helean speak so positively about our school and she clearly enjoyed her visit, so thank you everyone for giving another very special visitor a Westwood welcome.
In the past week Orchid class have been off site on a fantastic educational visit to Stowford Farm. Getting involved with the wildlife, riding in a tractor trailer and helping on the farm all made for a perfect day in the country. Plus there was an opportunity to play an inter-school football match, which the children won. It was yet another super learning experience outside the classroom and a lovely part of their curriculum.
This term I have been running a lunchtime maths club on a Wednesday for children to consolidate their interest in maths and learning through the use of Doodlemaths, Mathletics and TT Rockstars. I have been delighted with the number of children that have been attending and can see what a difference just a few minutes each week is making to their mental calculations and maths skills. Don’t forget that you can access these fantastic resources from home and the children do love to challenge themselves!
We do love our sport at Westwood and this week the Chance to Shine Cricket coaches began a 6 week course in which everyone in Lotus and Orchid class will be honing their skills. So much fun was had in the hall on a very wet afternoon with everyone making the most of this PE opportunity. I’m really looking forward to seeing some games outside in the coming weeks and I hope all of our children have a great time.
You may have heard about our incredibly exciting new innovation in music project that we started just this week. Tim Gilvin, renowned local lyricist, composer and musician will be working with the entire school community, staff included, over the next year to develop our performance and composition and what a day we had to begin this journey! With all staff and children joining Tim for a special assembly to start the day, in half an hour we learnt vocal warm-up techniques and three songs, one in four parts! Each class was then treated to a full session with Tim throughout the day and it is just brilliant to listen to how enthusiastic and engaged everyone has been. I was very excited to begin this and I can see it going from strength to strength. You can hear our very first recording together by heading to soundcloud.com/westwoodradio I can’t wait for the next session!
Today of course saw the return of our Father’s Friday event. Once again I must thank you all for joining us and for making the day such tremendous fun and so successful. With a vast array of international learning taking place, everyone who came along immersed themselves in the true spirit of the day and the atmosphere was fantastic. We are so lucky to have an incredibly supportive parent community who work so well alongside our school. We have all thoroughly enjoyed welcoming you to school today and it was such a delight to see so many people having fun around the building. We even welcomed some our visitors into the Westwood Radio studio for a live show.
With so much still to come this term, it proves to be another exciting and busy few weeks, as the Summer term often races by through all the fun and excitement. I hope to see you at many of our forthcoming events and thank you all for your continued and valued support. Please remember our Summer Fair on Saturday 22nd June from 2-4.30 where there will be another opportunity to enjoy another fantastic Westwood community event which really is one of the highlights of my year!