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Another term ends…

Once again we have reached the end of another term, albeit a short one, but one in which there was so much to enjoy and celebrate.

As I blogged about recently, our young, talented broadcasters had the best day at The Young Aria awards and whilst we didn’t win, it was such an achievement to have made the award ceremony at Broadcasting House in London.

Last week, our magnificent Westwood swimming team represented us at the Cluster Schools Swimming Gala. Whilst we didn’t win every race, all of the children gave a tremendous effort and competed with commitment and determination. Well done everyone, I know that you had a great time and we can look forward to next year! My thanks to Mrs Hannam for organising the event and for giving our children another wonderful opportunity.

For the first time in many a year, we invited a touring theatre company into school to perform for us. The fabulous M&M theatre company put on the most brilliant performance of The Railway Children, which everyone loved. We hope to be able to bring them back again in the future!

Sports day was another memorable occasion, full of fun and celebration in the Westwood sun. In the morning the children worked in mixed age groups to enjoy a sports carousel with the staff. In the afternoon and wonderfully supported as always by our parent community, there was the full range of traditional races, from flat races, to hoop races, egg and spoon and even a relay; it had it all. There was even a chance for the adults to shine, with a mum’s race, dad’s race and we all finished with an ice cream sale, hosted by Mr Bennett and the digital leaders.

To end the term we concluded with our now annual Race for Life for Cancer Research. Thank you all so much for your tremendous support and for joining in this event to ensure that we raise as much money as possible for this vital charity work. It really was another super afternoon at our school and a lovely village occasion. With cakes alone, we are already up to £146 raised, which is brilliant!

Finally, some of our wonderful broadcasters joined me for a special radio show live from the Westwood Scarecrow trail on Bank Holiday Monday. Interviewing trailgoers as they passed through our school grounds, presenting reports and features, as well as off script chat and a very fluid 2 hour show, the children were just amazing and I must thank Matthew, Emily, Lucy and Benedict for giving up their time to join me. To the Westwood Scarecrow trail committee, also, huge thanks and congratulations on such a fantastic community event – it looks as if this year will be even more successful than last.

Can I take this opportunity to  thank you all so much for your support again this term and I wish you a wonderful half term with your families.  We are back on Tuesday 4th June for another term of fun…

Scarecrow Trail 2017

For the last few weeks on Westwood Radio we have been advertising this year’s Scarecrow Trail and the children even had the opportunity to interview Lilly Webb and Bryony Green, which we included in one of our live shows:

What we have been learning is that, once again this year, the Scarecrow Trail committee have worked incredibly hard to put together another fantastic event. Well, today I got to experience it first hand again as, along with my family, we all decided to make the most of a very pleasant afternoon and head for Westwood to have a go. After last year’s trail we were all excited as the quality and challenge of the scarecrows was high and a huge amount of fun to  guess. Plus this year we decided to get involved and make a scarecrow of our own, but no clues as to which one!!

After the obligatory ice cream and maps purchase from the village shop we were off and running with a couple of quick scarecrows in the bag. Again, the signposting from the scarecrow team was superb with clear numbering and a range of truly fantastic scarecrows to make up the family film theme. Plus, the entries allowed something for everyone to guess – from 5 years old to 65 years old and made for an extremely pleasant walk through the beautiful village of Westwood, taking in some breathtaking countryside and meeting so many lovely people. The scarecrow team had established a pop-up cafe in the park next to the nursery too, so a stop off there for a drink, cake and a chat whilst we guessed our next scarecrow made for a lovely addition to our stroll.

After just under three hours we were finished with map submitted and a thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful family afternoon of fun in Westwood Village. Huge thanks to the entire scarecrow team for another fantastic trail and wonderfully organised event. With over 100 maps sold in just one day, this looks to be a busy week ahead and rightly so as so much work from the scarecrow team and the scarecrow builders has gone into making the event such a well established success and one which many people will hopefully come to Westwood to take part in. Looking forward to next year’s already!

Without spoilers, here are a couple of views you may see along the way…

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Westwood Scarecrow Trail 2016

I don’t often post during the holidays but I had such a lovely afternoon yesterday I feel that I should! My family and I all had the pleasure of walking the Westwood Scarecrow Trail, for the first time in it’s entirety and an afternoon of fun, head scratching and exercise was had by all. One thing I rarely get to do is to walk around Westwood itself and we were all taken with how beautiful the village is and with so many well kept gardens.

My main reason for posting, though, is to say a HUGE well done to everyone involved in the scarecrow trail. With a theme of children’s books, the standard of scarecrows was staggeringly good, with many, many hours of time and effort clearly having been put in to making the scarecrows and the trail such a wonderful spectacle.  My girls had a fantastic time and knew many of the stories as they are favourites of ours for story time and there were many that had two experienced teachers scratching their heads, so there really was something for everyone. After a good three hours (walking at a three year old pace!) we had all had a really super time and felt that this was something geared perfectly for families.

Thank you for welcoming us in to your village and for giving us such a brilliant afternoon’s fun on the last day of our half term. We will be back again next year!

Here is our trail, not in order, only some with numbers and not all of the scarecrows! I didn’t want to spoil anyone’s fun in case you read this before doing it today!