The newsletter round up!

Hello again and what a busy two weeks it has been! With so much wonderful learning taking place throughout the school it is so good to see the children engaged and enjoying their brand new topics and the teachers have worked very hard to ensure that the walls are already filled with super work.

We were very pleased to have such a prominent mention in the Wiltshire Times last week. If you missed it, it is still online here: http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/latestheadlines/13656435.Superhero_welcome_for_pupils_at_Westwood_with_Iford_Primary_School/?ref=rss A fabulous day was had by all and in the true spirit of the International Primary Curriculum our entry points were inspiring, with Superheroes taking over Thistle Class, Clover Class being circus performers for the day, Lotus Class sampling chocolate and Orchid Class dressing up in Roman attire. I had great fun walking around school to see how the children were enjoying themselves and they had so much to tell me and talk about.

I am very pleased to announce that we have chosen our School Councillors, Librarians and Digital Leaders. These children have been elected by their class to represent them and help them in their their learning. Congratulations to Hattie, Mya, James, Izzy, William and Wilf who are on our School Council, to Ana, Lennie, Jay, Georgie, Lizzie and Tom who are our Librarians and to Talia, Janko, Ellie, Joshua, Isabel and Bella who are our Digital Leaders. Please ask them for help, they would be happy to assist!

Please don’t forget that next Tuesday 22nd September from 9.15am – 12pm is our Open Morning and a chance to see the school in action. If you know of anyone who has a child starting school in September then they are most welcome to come along and talk to us. A reminder, too, about our Meet the Teacher afternoon next Thursday 24th September. This will take place in two short sessions, from 2.20-2.40pm and from 2.40-3.00pm, so that anyone with more than one child in the school has the opportunity to visit both class teacher sessions. It will be an opportunity for you to find out what you can expect from us as a school this year and what you can do to help your child in the Home-School Learning Partnership. Teachers will be happy to answer any questions you may have so that we start the year effectively.

A couple of mentions, if I may, please. If you bring your dog to pick up your child, please can you ensure that they are secured to the fence on the grass side, by the large 5 bar gate next to the staff car park. On a couple of occasions, there have been children frightened by large dogs and dogs barking when they have been brought onto the school grounds. Also, you will notice that the front gate is now securely closed at all times and we are working with our local PCSO to implement our Travel Plan. I have also applied for Healthy Schools Status, so will be writing to you in the very near future with information on how we can all help our children to remain healthy.

Finally, our blogs are up and running again with a lot of new content. Please do visit them, subscribe to them and comment on the children’s work. An audience provides the very best inspiration and motivation for the children to aim higher and a few minutes to leave a comment would make such a difference. A starting point is our central landing page at westwoodblogs.org or you can visit our school website and follow the links from the School Blogs drop down menu. Also, I do try to keep you updated with what is happening in school via my Head’s Blog: head.westwoodblogs.org. We have become a truly international presence on the web, so feel free to join in the fun!

Have a great weekend everyone and see you at Macmillan Tea with the Head next Friday 25th September.

Ian Rockey

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