Can I begin by both welcoming you back and welcoming you, if you are a new parent, to the new school year. I hope that this week your children have settled well and are enjoying the many exciting learning opportunities that they are experiencing. The school seems so settled, calm and full of fun as I walk around and catch up with everyone on how they enjoyed their holidays.
Even though we are just over a week into the new term, already the children are finding out about their new topics and entry points for their International Primary Curriculum learning. If you are unfamiliar with this, as a school we teach the IPC as a way of engaging children effectively and enabling them to enjoy using a skills based approach, where a broad range of learning styles are catered for. Furthermore, the opportunity to extend their international mindedness and to learn about other cultures has been fascinating and with every class looking to establish a range of international link for the year, I can see this developing into a very exciting prospect. Watch this space and look out for a letter coming home soon with details of the new unit of work in your class and what the children will be learning!
A few dates are already booked in to look out for and you will also be receiving a list of school dates for the year to enable you to plan ahead as we aware that you are all very busy people. Having listened to parental feedback we will always try to give at least a week’s notice with communications of upcoming events from now on to allow you to attend our many school events. In the meantime, on Thursday 20th September we will be holding our Meet the Teacher session. This will take place in two short sessions, from 2.20 – 2.40 and from 2.40 – 3pm, 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.
Also, if you know anyone who has children starting school next year or may be looking to move their children at some point, we will be holding our Open Morning on Tuesday 25th September from 9.15am-12pm. This will be a chance to drop in and see the school on a normal working day, whilst asking any questions that you may have to find out more about us. We will look forward to welcoming many new faces!
As a reminder and an introduction, we are continuing to hold our Celebration Assembly every Friday from 9.10am in the school hall. This is open to everyone each week, so please come along when you can, you are always welcome. As a school, our ethos is firmly built on the celebration of skills, talents and achievements and we will be enjoying finding out what the children have achieved both within school and out of school, so if your child takes part in an out of school activity, sporting or otherwise and they have an award , certificate or something of recognition to share, then please bring it along and we will look forward to sharing it with them.
Tea with the Head is back again! On Friday 28th September, in conjunction with Macmillan Coffee Morning, I will be holding our first Tea with the Head in our Meadow after celebration assembly. Please come along and share a drink and a cake and an informal chat. It is always a pleasant occasion and very well supported.
Westwood Radio is back again and bigger than ever! With three live shows every week planned for this year and new broadcasters joining the team, do please listen in on a Monday at 8.15am, Thursday at 2.15pm and every Friday at 2.15pm. The children write their own scripts and completely control the content and broadcast of every show. We are proud of our innovative, groundbreaking radio station and hope that many more of you will listen in and interact via text and email. Head to our website, radio.westwoodwithiford.org for more information and you can listen from the homepage. PLUS, you can now download the Android App from the Google Play store to listen to us 24 hours a day. The download link is on the radio website homepage. The iOS app will be coming soon, so watch this space!
You also may be aware of my podcast that I record every week, Westwood Talk. Very much like a digital newsletter, it is a round up of all of the exciting news from every week at our wonderful school. Click play to listen below, or head to soundcloud.com/westwoodradio for lots more!
I am very much looking forward to another successful, happy and productive year. I do believe that we have such a fantastic school community and I very much look forward to catching up with you all in and around the playground.