This week I had to get a blog post down as it has been incredibly exciting for us in school. On Monday our incredible broadcasting team we’re invited to visit BBC Wiltshire and to take part live in Marie Lennon’s morning show, which was just brilliant!
Emma Colman, who works for the Marie Lennon show on BBC Wiltshire 9am – 12pm weekdays, learned of our children’s success with their radio broadcasting and visited us in October to interview some of the children. Emma was even interviewed for one of their shows whilst she was here! Having had their piece played out live on air following Emma’s visit, the children were then invited to the BBC Wiltshire studios in Swindon on Monday where they took part in a live show with Marie, explaining what they enjoy about their radio station and how they are able to connect with their audience in the community and beyond. Of course, we all had to ask how Marie plays the jingles and fades the microphones in to see how it compared with our studio back at school. What was fascinating to watch was how the children were so engaged and interested in the technicalities and running of a professional radio station and Emma and Marie were just so lovely, answering all of our questions and making us so welcome.
Showing the same level of confidence, respect and professionalism that they do every week on air, the children were superb and a real credit to the school. They also got to meet some of the other presenters and the brilliant team behind every BBC Wiltshire programme. It was certainly an experience and a day to remember for our budding presenters and our huge thanks to Emma, Marie and the team at BBC Wiltshire for giving us such a wonderful day.
Here are some photos and clips of our magical day:
I really enjoy my job and one of the things that I find most fun is the diversity that each day brings. This week was a really good example of how we can cram so much exciting and engaging learning into five days. Combine that with visits from members of our local community and a sprinkling of innovation and there we have a great week.
Straight off the blocks on Monday morning, Clover and Thistle class were lucky enough to be visited by Jayne Gibbons, a practicing vet, as part of their ‘People who help us topic’ With really super listening and some great questioning, the children learnt so much from the session and were able to leave with a real understanding of what Jayne’s job involves and how hard she works to look after animals each day. Then on Wednesday Steve Riddle from Wiltshire Air Ambulance visited us to give us a brilliant insight into his job and how he spends his days up in the Air Ambulance, speeding to casualties to help them. As a paramedic he enthralled the children with his presentation and discussion and it was another fascinating and wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about people who help us. Here are some photos of Steve with the children:
This week also saw a fabulous cake sale by our brilliant School Council, which raised nearly £70. Thank you all so much for coming along and for your generosity in supporting the children who worked hard to make cakes and put on the event. The first school disco of the year was also held this week by our amazing FoWs and raised over £270 for our school, which is tremendous. With such a large turnout from our children and Stuart on top form once again on the decks, it was another evening to remember at Westwood school! I must also say an enormous thank you to you all for you kindness and generosity in supporting our Harvest celebrations this week. You donated in your bag loads, all of which will be going straight to Storehouse Foodbank in Trowbridge to provide short term help for families who are less fortunate. It is such a strong reminder of what a thoughtful and supportive community you are and we belong to as a school, thank you.
So finally to the innovation side of the week, with a live broadcast to the school from our team at Westwood Radio. I am incredibly proud of this innovative project we have embarked on to connect with the community and from next Friday we will be live online, bringing school, community and local news to you via our online radio station. You can already listen to our previous shows on radio.westwoodwithiford.org but if you are around at 2.30pm next Friday, please join in the fun of our first online live broadcast. You can email the show on firstname.lastname@example.org and you can even text us on 078600 17404. We will include shout outs and emails during the show, so please get involved – the children would love to hear from you. This will take place every week from now on during term time and we will be looking to involve as many people as we can in our broadcasts, providing content that will appeal to all. Here are some photos of last Friday’s show:
With one more week until half term, I can hardly believe where this term has gone. Tea with the Head is on Friday with the usual fun and beverages, so please join me for a cuppa and a chat. See you there!
Today was one of those once in a lifetime experience days for the children as they ventured into a new kind of learning where resilience was key and confidence building was in abundance all around us. For one day only, the brilliant children of our school became presenters, working alongside Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Radio who expertly guided them in the art of presentation and broadcasting etiquette.
With each group given their own focus for the show, time was spent planning, allocating roles, researching and rehearsing for their time behind the microphone, whilst some children became technicians for the day, working the jingles, beds and text machine. All very technical but all very much within the capabilities of the children, who simply shone. Everyone was working to a 2.30pm deadline, as that was when we went live to the world.
I can honestly say that as the day progressed our children grew in confidence and, on their own, produced a slick and exciting show that at it’s peak was simultaneously listened to by 40 listeners around the world. With an age range of children of 6-11 years all working together in mixed groupings, it was a complete joy to watch them work and a fabulously exciting and inspiring day was had by all. My thanks to the staff for supporting the children where necessary, to Russell for giving us a day to remember and to the children for making our last day of Term 5 so incredibly memorable. Well done everyone, you were amazing. Here are some behind the scenes photos and video of the day and the show and the podcast of the broadcast for you to listen again.