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Today’s news

I had a brainwave on the way to school this morning and wondered whether you read this blog, as so many of you clearly do, but do not have time to read the newsletter. So, I thought I’d post my newsletter piece here this week. Please feedback, if you can as to whether this is useful.

Newsletter No. 11

Welcome to the final edition of the newsletter for this term, hasn’t it gone quickly! I would like to begin by sharing my excitement and enthusiasm for the fact that we are now able to bring hot school meals back to Westwood school after this half term holiday.

After lengthy investigation and with the full support of the Governing Body, I believe that we have found a great solution to something that I know many of you have been asking for. We have worked closely with Mrs B’s catering of Frome to ensure that the service that will be provided is high quality, reliable and, most importantly, one which the children will enjoy. With the facilities to now sit everyone together, lunchtimes, I am sure, will be even more sociable. I’m looking forward to not having to make sandwiches again!

I would like to add a couple of reminders to my section this week, please. With the severely inclement weather of late, there have still been one or two children not wearing their coats to school. Please can I ask that everyone brings suitable clothing and footwear, as even on the playground the conditions are quite wet, so covered shoes are essential. I’ve needed my hat and gloves on duty too, so if you have any, it’s really worth sending your child in with some.

Can I also mention the importance of being in school on time each day. When I first started, attendance improved greatly, but I have been noticing a higher level of lateness and currently 23% of the children on roll are below 95% attendance. Therefore, we need to work at bringing our attendance back up again, particularly in light of government guidelines.

I have been talking to the children recently about ways in which we can develop and enjoy our reading. Children from Y2-6 already have the opportunity to Read for my School: http://www.readformyschool.co.uk/ This is an ideal opportunity to sign up, read free new books and even write a review if they were particualrly enjoyable. For the younger (and older) readers, can I also suggest Oxford Owl: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page.

Again, there is a very user friendly sign up procedure, but children will have access to 250 free ebooks, many of which we use in school. With the development of our school library and World Book day approaching, it would be good to encourage your children to read and enjoy books as often as possible.

For the writer in you, there is also westwoodwriters.schoolblogs.org, a blog full of prompts and opportunities to develop the children’s writing skills. Just click on reply to a post and leave your piece of writing, which I will moderate and allow for the world to see. It would be lovely to see more people taking part and there are some really good examples from children already on there. I look forward to reading them!

I hope the rest of the term goes well for you and I wish you a restful half term break. One future date for your diary is Easter tea and cake with the Head, which I have moved from Friday 24th February to Friday 4th April, the last day of term 4. I look forward to seeing you there, it is always an enjoyable afternoon.


Welcome back everyone

A very Happy New Year to you all. I very much hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed plenty of festive fare. I also hope that you managed to avoid any severe weather – it was good to see everyone back safely today, despite the terribly inclement start to the New Year.

It’s always good to get back into the swing of a new term, although the children did seem a little jaded in assembly this morning. I only say that as the discussion was more one way than usual and it was early, when we are all used to getting up a bit later! We also had our very first school council meeting today, which was incredibly productive. Lots of good ideas and a very healthy and mature discussion about school issues and ways to improve and inspire our learning.

Although this term can be quieter, there are many exciting things to look forward to, which I will share in due course. For now we can enjoy being back together again and sharing our enthusiasm. One thing I would like to mention is that if anyone has time to come in and share books with the children, please get in touch as we would love to see you and it would greatly help the children in their reading development. Have a fantastic term everyone.

It’s good to be back

It certainly is! It was good to see so many parents, colleagues and children this morning and to be back in school.

I had a lovely start to the day today when I was told that, as a school, we had the most participants in the summer reading challenge, entitling us to an award. I have seen many summer readers in celebration assembly recently, so well done to everyone who took the time and effort to read over the summer. It is always good to have a love of books and certainly something to be encouraged.

My second piece of news was our children gracing the front cover of the Wiltshire Times for International day. I took a photo from the front cover: IMAG0224 and will be keeping this as our first front page! Well done to everybody for  such a successful day – many people have told me how well it went.

Elsewhere around school, it has been business as usual, with lots of great learning taking place. Don’t forget tomorrow is school photographs, so everyone looking smart and saying cheese for the camera – even the staff!