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Almost end of term…so much to say!

So. here we are approaching the end of another wonderful year at Westwood with Iford School. It’s hard to believe that it has gone so quickly and this newsletter is always bittersweet for me as it is a real mixture of emotion.

On the one hand it is a great opportunity to reflect on all that we have achieved, the amazing learning that has taken place and, particularly, a celebration of our fabulous Year 6 children who have worked so hard. They will, of course now continue their journey in to the next phase of their education so to Josh, Isaac, Oscar, Jay, James, Ruby, Lily, Eleanor, Georgie, Izzie, Kieron, Dougie, Charlie, Archie, Alfie, Fred, Ellie, Daniel and Eli we say a HUGE well done and thank you for everything that you have given to our school in the time that you have been here. We will miss you all tremendously and I hope that you will come back and visit us sometime soon.

As is always the case in the summer term there are so many exciting things taking place and so much report back on. Once again I really would like to say an enormous thank you to every one of our Friends of Westwood School (FoWs) who worked so hard to plan and put on a truly amazing summer fair. Led by Gemi and Lee, our Friends are an incredible group of parents who give so much time and commitment to providing and organising fantastic activities throughout the year and the Summer Fair, was another super community event that typified the beautiful village in which we live and workl. Once again we were treated to dancing, country dancing and the ever popular tug of war – that was just in the arena!! From sponging Mrs Tyler in the stocks to the hugely popular silent auction and a vast array of inflatables and fun, there was something for all ages to enjoy and we all did. Raising an enormous amount of profit, can I thank everyone involved once again this year for supporting our school and for providing us with the opportunities to improve our school, including the expansion of our successful radio provision, improving our EYFS outdoor area, outdoor storage, a whole school activity day and a contribution to our upcoming Simonsbath residential. Thankyou all, it makes such a difference!

This past couple of weeks our children from Lotus and Orchid classes put on the most incredible and humorous performance of Rock Bottom. With professional delivery, tremendous one liners and impeccable timing, the hall was full of so many laughs and a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. I was so proud of our children for the confidence they showed. With each performance they got better and better and it was a shame it all had to end. Thank you to Mrs Tyler, Mr Bennett, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Wyartt for their hard work in bringing together such a wonderful spectacle for us all and to you for joining us each evening, making it so special.

This week most of our school enjoyed a visit to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and were, as you would expect, impeccably behaved, receiving comments of high praise from members of the public for the way in which they conducted themselves. As always, I am so proud of all of our children when they go off site to extend their learning. We have also been able to visit Westwood Manor this week and I must thank Emily Azis for welcoming us so warmly and giving us all the most fascinating and informative tour. We are lucky to have such a historic building within our community. With just a few days left, we have our activity day on Monday to look forward to before rounding the year up in our end of term assemblies on Wednesday.

I cannot finish this last edition of our newsletter without mentioning our incredible broadcasters who, each week, have written and produced their own scripts, broadcasting live online to the community and beyond. Gaining confidence, resilience and beautiful oracy skills, I have had the pleasure of working with a wonderful group of people who have now accompanied me on two wonderful outside broadcasts at Wiltshire Heights residential care home where they showed respect and care, making their visit the highlight of the resident’s week! We have also held an open mic night at The New Inn for our Oral History Project which was a super evening and enabled us to gain an insight into even more of the history of the Westwood community.

The success of Westwood Radio this year has been enormous and we will be looking to grow even more next year. Do check out all of our live show recordings on https://soundcloud.com/westwoodradio and a HUGE thank you from me to all of our children for the commitment and energy they have shown behind the microphone, particularly our talented Year 6 broadcasters who are now leaving us. They have been with the project from the beginning and have helped to make it hte success that it has become. Our radio website is radio.westwoodwithiford.org and if you know of a business who may like to sponsor what we do in return for advertising on our station, please let me know.

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Our blogs have continued to grow this year, promoting fantastic writing skills and confidence in our children. Some really outstanding pieces of work have been posted and I am so proud of the fact that all of our children’s work has been read by an international audience. Please visit westwoodblogs.org and have a look at what we have achieved this year. We have even become noted for our Ocarina playing throughout the local authority this year and I am looking forward to carrying that on again in the new academic year.

After a year with so much to celebrate, now all that remains is for me to say a HUGE thank you to everyone – the staff, children, governors and you, the parents  for making this year so much fun, so enjoyable and so successful. I am already looking ahead to next year and wish you all a restful, relaxing and enjoyable family summer together.

Please do join me for Tea with the Head after assembly on Wednesday afternoon. Mum is baking in prepararation and it would be lovely to share a cuppa and a chat before we go our separate ways for the summer.

What a last week!

So. here we are at the end of another wonderful year at Westwood with Iford School. It’s hard to believe that it has gone so quickly and this newsletter is always bittersweet for me as it is a real mixture of emotion. This week we have had the most incredible FoWs Fun Day and British day – a true celebration of the Queen’s 90th and all things British and a really lovely end to our term and academic year. 

On the one hand it is a great opportunity to reflect on all that we have achieved, the amazing learning that has taken place, our successful Ofsted inspection and, particularly, a celebration of our fabulous Year 6 children who have worked so hard. They will, of course now continue their journey in to the next phase of their education so to Mia, Flo, Izzy, Ruby, Tilly, Felix, Isaac, Theo, Edward, Wilf, Tom, Honor, Bella and Lily we say a HUGE well done and thank you for everything that you have given to our school in the time that you have been here. We will miss you all and I hope that you will come back and visit us sometime soon.

Of course we also have to say a very fond and emotional farewell to two much loved and long standing members of our staff team. Mrs Cook has been with us for 18 years this year and during that time has taught and worked with, literally, hundreds of young children. With her care, understanding, patience and dedication she has shaped and inspired so many children to go on to great things. Always teaching with such dedication and commitment, Mrs Cook has nurtured children through the door on their first days at school and has ensured that every need has been met, allowing them to blossom.

Mrs Purkiss has been with us for an equally substantial 16 years as a teaching assistant but has been associated with our school for longer than that. Helping with swimming, listening to readers and volunteering, she has given so much time to our school which has always been so very much appreciated. Of course, Mrs Purkiss has worked closely with many children in class, in groups and on a 1:1 basis, taking time to support, understand and listen, always bringing the very best out in children with her warmth and humour.

We often speak of our school community as a family, particularly our staff team and today we will be sadly saying goodbye to two of our key members. Thank you Mrs Cook and Mrs Purkiss for everything you have contributed over the many years to our school. You both leave a tremendous legacy that will be appreciated by so many for years to come. I am sure that you will join me in wishing them both a restful and thoroughly enjoyable retirement with their families.

I would very much like to thank our amazing Friends of Westwood school who, led by Ann as Chair and Elaine as Secretary have raised an incredible £7500 this year for us. This is a truly staggering achievement and a testament to everyone’s commitment and generosity in the time that they give. Ann and Elaine are stepping down this year and they have worked incredibly hard so I am sure you will join me in thanking them for their organisation and dynamism.

Now all that remains is for me to say a HUGE thank you to everyone – the staff, children, governors and you, the parents  for making this year so much fun, so enjoyable and so successful. I am already looking ahead to next year and  wish you all a restful, relaxing and enjoyable family summer together.

To end our year together, here are some photos of the Fun Day, our British Day and a special edition of our podcast, followed by interviews with staff members both retiring and joining us in September.