What a lot to write about! My apologies for the lack of posts these past few days – this time of year gets incredibly busy and I have also had the luxury of spending time in the classroom teaching, which has been great.
So…last Thursday we were treated to a magical performance from The Storybox Theatre. Rather than take the children to the theatre, this year we brought the theatre to the children and the hall was transformed, resulting in an hour which we all agreed we would happily spend again and again. Thanks to our Friends of Westwood school, who very kindly sponsored the afternoon, the children were able to be entertained and mesmerized by the puppetry and storytelling of Rod Burnett who had us all hanging on his every word of the story of The Tin Soldier. Here is just a taste of what we experienced…
After the excitement of the Storybox theatre, Friday brought us a mufti day, but with a difference. A very comfortable days teaching for me in my pyjamas, after leading celebration assembly, but thankfully the children all joined in and it made for a fun day, with some amazing writing taking place in the Big Write. If you can, please come to the meeting about this on Thursday at 7pm to find out more of what we do in school.
Then to the weekend. Not much to normally report on…but this past weekend saw the legendary Westwood school Christmas Fayre. What incredible organisation by the Friends of Westwood school, which started on Friday evening and ensured that Saturday afternoon in school was THE place to be. Festive fun, the smell of mince pies and Christmas fare, along with a plethora of stalls, crafts and wonderful village cheer. If you missed it, you missed a wonderful occasion and my sincere thanks to everyone involved for making it such a success with a lot of money raised.
As I sit here now I can hear rehearsals in full swing for the Christmas performance. I might just have to go and take a look. This time of year really is the best time to work in a school…
It’s been an exciting 36 hours at school! Yesterday morning we were all treated to a BAFTA (surely!) nomination performance from Lotus class, who had put together a wonderful assembly, showcasing their learning from this term. A very well written script by the children and a well acted and narrated performance left us all wanting more. Well done everyone.
This morning we were given another world dance premiere, this time from Clover class who, under the expert instruction of Mrs Hobson, performed a skilled and well timed routine based on their space topic. It was lovely to see so many parents join us for the occasion and for celebration assembly and I always love it when the school community gets together. The dance video has been uploaded to the video page, please follow the link from the main website. You should all feel proud
And finally…this afternoon we formally opened our school library and were joined by Friends of Westwood school, past and present to mark the occasion. So many people have donated so generously to make the library a fantastic learning space and it was good to see Gill, from the former FoWs, cutting the ribbon and saying a few words. Books are such an integral part of our learning and development, I will ensure that the library continues to be well used in as many ways as possible. Here we all are commemorating the opening of the library, with a few words from Gill:
So now to the weekend and a well earned rest for everyone. Have a great time, whatever you decide to do…
…it most certainly has been. This time last night I was learning some moves from the Year 5 and 6 children at the brilliant FoWs disco. Stuart worked the crowd well on the decks and Philly, Jo, Karen and the FoWs team once again did a fantastic job at organising such a fun event, thank you to you all.
The children certainly enjoyed it and I wasn’t a bit surprised to see some of them a little jaded this morning. Not that you would know it as we had a very special performance in celebration assembly from Orchid class and dance club who have all been working hard with Mrs Hobson to learn some complex dance routines. Bags of energy, perfect timing and so many huge smiles, it made me very proud, not to mention the large audience of parents and friends that were in attendance. Thank you to you all for coming and making it a memorable morning for us all. Add to that some wonderful Big Writing and a fun and very varied afternoon throughout the school, today has been a great end to a lovely week.
Have a great weekend everyone.
This week has been particularly special at Westwood. A colourful and fun International day on Tuesday which I know everyone enjoyed and a jam packed harvest celebration this morning. Very sadly, I’ve not been able to join you for any of it and you may have been aware of my absence around school. The best laid plans suddenly took an abrupt u-turn when I developed cellulitis in my leg which has been incredibly painful and left me very poorly indeed.
However, I have been kept up to date with all that has been happening and you have clearly all had some wonderful learning experiences. I know how hard the staff worked towards giving a successful international day, with the school ultimately smelling of curry and incense – a perfect way to see the day out. Please keep an eye on the Wiltshire times too, as they were in attendance to mark the occasion on Tuesday. I will very much look forward to returning and finding out all that you have learnt from the day, so please do let me know.
I would like to thank Mrs Hannam for stepping in to lead and for making the Harvest loaf with Clover class, taking what was clearly, a very enjoyable, successful and well supported Harvest celebration. Mrs Hannam sent me this picture of your kind donations. Thank you so much for your generosity, there will be many, many people who will benefit from these goods. As always at Westwood, the sense of teamwork is so strong, so thank you everyone for making this year’s Harvest a great occasion. I am very sad I was unable to make it.
Finally I would like to thank the FoWs for organising a fantastic ceilidh last Saturday night. It was a night of fun and I hope that we will do it again, as it provided many laughs and entertainment.
I would like to wish you all a great weekend and I hope to be back in the my usual seat next week, enjoying first hand the learning and achievement at our school. I shall look forward to seeing you all then.
It’s been very quiet this morning. Since break time the children have been working hard on their weekly big write. This is a sustained piece of writing that lasts longer than usual in order to both develop writing stamina and to encourage creativity and writing in detail. It was good to see how well the children were concentrating, writing with real purpose in a calm and focused environment. I could see, too, how the joined cursive script that we have adopted and the rainbow writing are already making a real difference to the presentation.
It was lovely to see so many parents at celebration assembly again this morning. If you were able to come, thank you for taking the time to join us. Once again there was so much to celebrate with many achievements from both in and out of school. I do enjoy sharing these with the children and the pride they show in their achievements, which is so deserved.
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All that remains for today is to wish you all a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you at the Ceilidh tomorrow night.