You can always tell it is a wonderfully busy time of year when I haven’t had the opportunity to keep up with my blogging!
We have had a fantastic festive season so far and with just under two weeks left of this magical term, there is still so much to look forward to with amazing Christmas performances, our school Christingle service, Christmas lunches, parties and Carols around the tree.
Here are the children from Clover and Sunflower Class performing superbly in their dress rehearsal this afternoon…
I must begin with an enormous thank you to our fantastic Friends of Westwood School who, in the last week alone, have organised two super Christmas events. Our Christmas Fair raised an enormous £1300 and with the perfect start to the festive season, the school was adorned with everything Christmas and plenty of cheer to get us in the mood. The introduction of the Christmas Cafe certainly went down well and the variety of stalls, games and activities around the school made for a wonderful afternoon. I cannot thank you enough for supporting this event which, once again, had such a lovely community atmosphere and sense of occasion in the run up to Christmas. These funds will go towards making school an even better place to be for every child within our school. Christmas stories at bedtime was a calm and thoroughly enjoyable occasion with so many of our children returning in their pyjamas to listen to stories and enjoy some hot chocolate and biscuits together, kindly donated by Sainsbury’s. It was so lovely to share this event with them and I hope that we continue it again next year as it genuinely is one of the highlights of my year.
We have also been lucky enough to have the Jacolly Puppet theatre perform for us. Their performance of Dogworthy’s Magic Christmas Show had us all enthralled and mesmorised, but full of humour and fun. I always think that this is the perfect way to begin our Christsmas celebrations in school. Thank you to Jac and Holly for a magical afternoon. Also a big thank you to our FoWs for funding this lovely event.
Here are a few photos from a truly special afternoon at the theatre:
So with very little time left of this term, I do hope that I will see as many of you as possible at our Carols around the Tree assembly on Thursday 20th December at 1.30pm. This will be immediately followed by Tea and Mince Pies with the Head in the meadow to round off a successful and extremely enjoyable term. I do hope that you will be able to join me for a festive chat before we all head off to celebrate with our families and have a well earned rest over Christmas.
What a way to end the term ready for Christmas! Yesterday we spent the most magical morning at St Mary’s church in Westwood where we held one of our favourite events of the season, our Christingle service. We were delighted to be welcomed back by Reverend Joanna to celebrate this very special occasion, with each child having made their own Christingle to light.
After a chilly walk down to the church in the December morning air everyone settled quickly into the warm church, full of history and atmosphere, for a super service which included readings of the story of Christingle from the children and some traditional and favourite Christmas songs played beautifully by Mr King on the church organ. With such superb acoustics, the children wounded just incredible as they filled the church with their singing and we all took a moment to reflect when we lit our Christingles and the church was filled with light.
I managed to record the service for you to listen to, so I hope you do get a sense of the wonderful atmosphere and enjoy our children singing beautifully. Just press play to enjoy and here are some photos of the occasion too.
Today saw the end of a long, busy, yet exciting and productive term, culminating with our traditional Carols around the Tree assembly. I was thrilled to see so many people, who once again had packed themselves into our hall with standing room only!. For a small village school, we are so lucky to have a wonderful community who are incredibly supportive, so thank you so much for coming. With traditional Christmas songs and carols, readings, dance and even live music from all of our talented children, I do hope that you enjoyed the service as much as I did, it was an absolute pleasure to lead it and to enjoy the lead in to Christmas together. My thanks to Dave King for accompanying us on the piano once again and providing the most festive atmosphere. Please have a look at the photos from today’s assembly below.
It was so lovely to share Tea and mince pies with the Head after school with you all too and to see in Christmas together. I am very proud of our school community and it is always such a pleasure to spend time with you all.
All that remains now is for me to thank you all for your tremendous support throughout this term. May I take this opportunity to wish you a restful Christmas, full of fun and enjoyment and I hope that Father Christmas brings you what you have asked for…
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:
The Christmas fun continued this afternoon as Clover and Thistle class linked up with our friends at Georgetown Elementary School in Hudsonville, Michigan, USA. We learnt all about Thanksgiving, shared what Christmas means to us in our households and also what our wishes for Christmas are. The children also had the opportunity to hear about Christmas traditions from each other’s country. It really was a super way to spend half an hour learning about the international meaning of Christmas. Of course, the children were so brilliant and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Please enjoy our experience…
I cannot think of a better way to revive my posting again than by writing about the thoroughly enjoyable weekend that has just passed. On Saturday afternoon we were able to, once again, enjoy the atmosphere, excitement and festive fun of the FoWs Christmas Fair.
Superbly organised by Ann and Elaine, a very committed group of volunteers all gave their time to decorate and transform our school into a Christmas wonderland with something for everyone to enjoy. An enchanting Santa’s Grotto, tea and mince pies in our cafe and an array of stalls, activities and games kept our biggest ever attendance busy for two and a half hours. At this moment we do not know how much we raised, but the true community spirit was once again here in large abundance to make the afternoon so very special. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and my sincere thanks to all of our Friends of Westwood school for working so hard to make the occasion so wonderful.
As I was completely in the mood for being festive, my family and I decorated our house yesterday. I don’t often share things from home, but my wife and girls did such a good job on our trees I thought I would share them!
What a fantastic morning and special occasion we had at our Christingle today. Thank you to Reverend Joanna for hosting us once again and to Mr King for his excellent organ playing.
I always think that this is the most magical time of year in school, but it can also be the busiest. Busy in a good way. Today the school was filled with the fun, excitement and enjoyment that you would expect for early December. From the hall I could hear Thistle and Clover class practicing their performance. Not only was the singing wonderful, but the children have worked incredibly hard to learn their lines and stage directions. I am very much looking forward to their performances, but I won’t say too much as I know it will be a super day.
With our broadband now upgraded to lightning fast fibre speeds, the children were keen to use ALL of the laptops at once today to test it out! Some excellent work by lotus class on their Scratch projects, all focusing to code their work effectively and systematic debugging to ensure that their programs worked properly. This afternoon it was the turn of Orchid class who, having the benefit of a laptop or Chromebook each, were able to research for their IPC topic and develop their knowledge and understanding even further. All of this to the backdrop of Christmas musical interludes from our pianists, learning their festive songs in the entrance hall and gymnastics in the hall to the tones of Noddy Holder’s I wish it could be Xmas everyday!
It really doesn’t get much more diverse and with smiles in every corner of the school, you know that everyone is having fun with their learning. Now I’m off to prepare for a curriculum parent meeting. Perhaps I should wear a Santa hat to get into the mood…