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Posted on: 25/01/2019
Headteachers Blog 25/01/2019
SCOOTERS, BIKES AND FOOTBALLS!
Could I remind parents and carers that we do not allow children or adults to ride bikes or scooters in the playgrounds when they drop off or collect their children. There are lots of people around, especially at the end of the day including young children, and I have had a few complaints about thoughtless behaviour involving scooters as well as footballs being kicked in the playgrounds which have hit bystanders. I will remind the children about the footballs but ask that you respect our rules on scooters and bikes.
ROAD TRIP USA MODELS
The exhibits for the upcoming Year 3 and 4 Road Trip USA exhibition have started to arrive in school and are looking very exciting and creative! We have put some in our year three corridor, so that people in school are able to have a look at them and there are more in the classrooms. I am always impressed by the creativity of our parents/carers and our pupils – well done everyone – you will see them later in the term at the exhibition. Look out for a reminder of the dates.
YEAR 4 BREAKFAST
This morning our wonderful catering staff (Mrs Catterall, Mrs Read, Mrs Capener and Mrs Burrows) as well as Mrs Holt, Mrs Elwell and Mr Stynes were in school by 7am to cook breakfast for our year 4 pupils and their families. Their hard work is much appreciated. It was great to see so many pupils and their families and friends attending and enjoying their breakfast! Thank you to staff who supported this and were also in work earlier than they needed to be.
SCHOOL DINNER REMINDERS
This is a reminder that school dinners should be paid in advance. Again, the school dinner account is nearly £300 short. Please communicate with us if you are having problems paying – make an appointment to speak to me – and we can try to work something out. Sometimes family circumstances change which affect budgets. If you don’t let us know, then we will just keep sending reminder texts.
Today was the turn of Mr Lambert’s class to perform their class assembly. On this occasion though, we need to thank Mr Millar who wrote and directed it – lots of hard work and a great success. Again, it was good to see an assembly with a resilience theme – integrity – which, as the children know, is the ability to do the right thing even when no one is watching.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 18/01/2019
Headteachers Blog 18/01/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
ROUTES TO RESILIENCE
After lots of hard work from staff and pupils (with Mrs Cheney leading the project), we are delighted to tell you that we have achieved the accreditation as a ‘Routes to Resilience School’. You will see evidence of this throughout our school in classroom displays and pupil designed art work which we are about to put up in the corridors. Your children’s class assemblies will also have resilience themes and the hall displays are all resilience themes such as risk taking, co-operation, perseverance, integrity, empathy and optimism.
This week we have had E-Safety assemblies which were interactive and fun yet had a serious message for our pupils about how to stay safe online. This was followed up in classrooms by our staff.
YEAR 5 SWIMMING
Year four swam last term, year five are swimming this term and year three next term. This activity is heavily subsidised by the school – we pay for the bus basically – the cost is only £2 a week for parents and carers, which pays for a half hour lesson from a trained swimming coach. We feel that cost to parents and carers is very reasonable. Could I just remind parents and carers that if they have still not paid for their child’s lessons, they should do so through the online system.
On Monday everyone seemed to be skipping! This is part of an initiative to encourage children to keep fit, with skipping being a very good and inexpensive activity to go for! Lots of our children learned how to skip (so many could not) and I loved the fact that there were lots of shiny red smiling faces afterwards!
YEAR 4 FAMILY BREAKFAST
This is a reminder that we will be cooking breakfast for the families of year four pupils on Friday 25th January starting at 8am. If you have bought tickets for this, please come into school through Reception – you do not have to be there at 8am – there is usually a queue then! We look forward to seeing you all.
6M CLASS ASSEMBLY
Today was Mrs Mayfield’s fantastic class assembly and the theme was ‘Optimism’, which is brilliant for this time of year when we are all feeling a bit fed up with the weather and the darkness. Are you a ‘glass half full or a glass half empty’ type of person??
Posted on: 11/01/2019
Headteachers Blog 11/01/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
Happy New Year to you all - it’s been lovely to see all our pupils back at school and ready for another term of learning!
I was in the cloakroom on the first day back and most of our children were happy to be back in school with only one or two wanting an extended holiday…
It has really turned cold and most children have warm coats, hats and gloves. However, there are still children turning up to school with no coat. I know that they don’t feel the cold as much as we do but it is really bitter outside especially on the top playground.
YEAR 3 ENGAGEMENT DAY
It was good to see the activities that the year three children were doing on Wednesday afternoon as the start of their ‘Road Trip USA’ topic for this half term. Mrs Adams was in the hall and taught the children a Cheer Leading routine (which I watched, and it was brilliant!), with Miss Seavers making tepees (they were called wigwams when I was little) in her classroom and Mr Farrell in the Studio playing NBA Basketball. This gives the children a taster and hopefully will inspire an interest in the upcoming topic work.
This week we are lucky to have a company called Parent Zone (which is part of Google Internet Legends) who are coming into our school to deliver assemblies on Internet Safety. There will be follow up lessons in classrooms also. As you know we are having more pupils having access to Social Media and smart phones, which, if not used sensibly, can create real problems in some pupils’ well-being. We always endeavour to educate our pupils about this and hopefully you check your child’s phone/Internet use daily.
6M CLASS ASSEMBLY/COFFEE STOP
Next week, we have the first class assembly (6M) of the term at 2:15 on Friday 18th January. It will be followed by Coffee Stop in the Gym. I know that we have had Christmas, and everyone seems to be ‘Eating Healthy’ but one cake won’t harm – would it?? We hope to see you for coffee and cake from 2:30 onwards…
Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 21/12/2018
Headteachers Blog 21/12/2018Dear Parents/Carers,
This has been a brilliant week at our school just proving that we can work hard whilst also having fun!
It has been fantastic to see so many parents and other family members attend the Autumn Term Parents’ Assembly where their child has been commended for their wonderful work, attitude and commitment to learning at our school. You should feel very proud of your children. There will be future assemblies next term and in the summer term. If you receive an invite through the post, then please keep it a secret as it is lovely to see the surprise on the children’s faces when they see someone from home in assembly!!
Year 4 staff really got into the Christmas spirit with Mrs Rowe and Mrs Patten creating a Santa’s Grotto in their stock cupboard!! Mrs R-J even managed to find Santa and the children were able to visit him. Thank you to year four staff for this- much appreciated.
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Mr Lambert, Mrs Lewis and Mr Winslade rehearsed the whole school in singing (and acting) the ’12 Days of Christmas’ which the children then performed to the whole staff – it was so well performed – we loved it!
REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR
We would like to say a huge thank you to all Westfield families who supported this worthy cause especially the two parents who donated for every day. Traditionally, Westfield year four pupils have performed a Harvest Festival and donate to the Hinckley foodbank so this year all the food donated will go to this. This shows what a fantastic community we have at Westfield who support people who are struggling especially at Christmas.
FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER
Today has been the busiest day of the week. We attended St John’s Church in the morning (there are too many of us to do this together, which is a real shame, so we had two services). Thank you to Mr Jon Berry, our Vice Chair of Governors, for arranging this. It is always lovely to hear the children singing in church. We have also had a Christmas Raffle organised by the PTA with a lot of hard work put in by Mrs Elwell. Great prizes were on offer.
Lastly, thank you so much to our lovely staff who managed to summon the energy to entertain our children today for the Goodies’ Treat! It was a brilliant panto called ‘Red Riding Hood (with a twist)’ and I don’t know how but we still had two ugly sisters! It is a Westfield tradition that both Mr Lambert and Mr Woodward dress up as pantomime dames and entertain us in true Westfield Junior School fashion!!
We hope you have a Merry Christmas and will see the children back in school on Tuesday 8th January.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 14/12/2018
Headteachers Blog 14/12/2018Dear Parents/Carers,
YEAR FIVE NATIVITY
This week year five pupils and staff have been busy performing their Christmas Production which, in true Westfield fashion, was not only fabulous but quirky and full of fun! Mrs McKenzie and her brilliant year five team have worked their magic, yet again, and we have seen brilliant all singing all dancing performances this week (they have performed ‘How Christmas Came to Be’ five times) and were completely exhausted by the end of it all. Our pupils are fantastic!
I would like to thank the following staff: Mrs McKenzie (director); Mrs Western (photographs); Miss Randall (backstage); Mrs Castle, Mrs Worthington, Mrs Waller, Miss Stynes, Mrs Ansell front of house or backstage support.
In addition, Mrs Osborne who is musical director and Mrs Elwell who made the costumes, have both been brilliant and we would not have had the spectacular show that we had without their skills. Thank you also to Miss Billings in the office for admin support. The Westfield team is amazing!!
Next week, we are having year group parties: years five and six on Tuesday afternoon; years three and four plus IH on Thursday afternoon. Hopefully, teachers have written to you with details of these parties. Please check your child’s bag!
Today, we have our last Coffee Stop of 2018 so this is your last chance to buy some of our yummy cakes – only 50p each. Why not buy some for the weekend or join us for coffee and cake in the gym?
This will be drawn on Friday 21st December. You should have had tickets already but there are still a few left… Mrs Elwell’s raffles are always well worth a ticket! All proceeds go back into the PTA funds so that we can buy extra things for our pupils.
This term the children who have not had detention will have a chance to see their teachers showing off performing the Teachers’ Panto on Friday. This will include an ice lolly as a treat.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
On Friday 21st December in the morning, the whole school will be attending a Christmas Service at St John’s Church. We will be walking there and back so make sure your child has a coat.
Posted on: 7/12/2018
Headteachers Blog 07/12/2018
This week has been very busy at Westfield Junior School. As well as our pupils working hard and completing end of term tests this week, they have had Christmas Dinner (there were around 350 pupils being fed yesterday) and the lower school pupils had a Christmas Disco on Wednesday which was organised by the PTA.
We have brilliant staff in our kitchen who work hard to feed our pupils every day – we still only charge £2 for meals and the catering staff also produce all the cakes and biscuits for the Coffee Stop on alternate Fridays. This week we had our annual visit from Environmental Health and received five stars for the cleanliness and organisation of the kitchen. This is the highest category, so we are well chuffed – thank you so much to Mrs Catterell, Mrs Read, Mrs Capener and Mrs Burrows who work so hard doing the job but also Mrs Holt who manages the kitchen and school dinners very successfully.
YEAR 3 AND 4 DISCO
On Wednesday, over 100 children descended on the hall for a Christmas disco which was fantastic! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and there were lots of sparkly clothes and great dancing. Some of our year six girls agreed to dance on the stage to teach some moves so thank you to them. Also, thanks go to Mrs Wright, Mrs Elwell, Mrs Halliday, Mrs Cheney and Mr Jones who made this possible.
A special thank you goes to Mrs Lewis who ran the whole event from the stage and was fabulous!! It was great to see all our year 3 and 4 teachers who came to support the event and were very helpful in recognising parents which really speeded up the collection of children!
CHOIR IN THE COMMUNITY
Our lovely choir were out and about today at Armada Court singing to the residents and will be singing tomorrow at the Hinckley Library. We are also booked to sing at the Co-op on Monday 17th December. It is always so uplifting to hear our children singing Mrs Osborne’s creative take on Christmas songs in Santa hats. It is a sure sign that Christmas is near!
Next week we have the year five Nativity – you should have had tickets already – and it is Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14th December.
Best wishes, Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 30/11/2018
Headteachers Blog 30/11/2018
Yesterday five classes performed their dance to the school and to their parents in the hall. For the first time, I was not able to watch the performances but had managed to see them in rehearsal. 5MK and 6C’s dances were based on their Time Traveller topic with 3S and 4R’s dances being about 1066. Both very different and fabulous. It is important that our pupils have the opportunity to learn new skills at school and we offer a range of different activities, so they can do so. We are so lucky to have such a brilliant dance teacher, Erika, who creates some amazing dance routines. All pupils have one term of dance every year.
YEAR 3 & 4 CHRISTMAS DISCO
Next week on Wednesday 5th December, the PTA is organising an after-school Christmas disco for our year three and four pupils. Children who are going to this will bring their disco clothes to school and get changed at the end of the day. The disco will finish at 4:45. Please be prompt to collect your child/children.
Years 5 and 6 will have a Valentines’ Day disco in the spring term.
Our wonderful school choir is performing in the community twice next week and then again in the last week of term. Mrs Osborne and Mrs Lewis organise the choir and they have been practising Christmas songs for a few months now – I have heard them rehearsing and the songs, as usual, are fun and enjoyable. The choir will be singing at Armada Court on Friday 7th December, Hinckley Library on Saturday 8th December and then at the Co-op on Trent Road on Monday 17th December at 11:30.
Mrs Osborne is fabulous with our choir and we are always well received wherever we go. A lot of hard work goes into the rehearsals and the organisation of taking pupils out of school. As well as the choir, Mrs Osborne is rehearsing the year 5 Nativity – she is a very busy teacher and all her hard work is much appreciated.
Today is Coffee Stop. Please join us for refreshments and cake in the gym – if you cannot stay then you can buy cakes to take away for the weekend.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 23/11/2018
Headteachers Blog 23/11/2018
WESTFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL SUCCESS!!
Our school has, for the second year running, won Primary School of the Year. This is the first time any school has won twice in succession, so this is a brilliant achievement! I would like to thank Mr Farrell and Mr Woodward for all their planning, organisation and excellent opportunities for our pupils to take part in sporting activities. Also, Mrs Adams, who leads the Sports’ Council element of the PE Team – all three staff members attended the Awards Evening last night, where representatives from over thirty schools in the Hinckley, Bosworth, Earl Shilton, Barwell, Desford, Stoke Golding, Groby, Leicester Forest East and Ratby areas heard why Westfield Junior School was voted Primary School of the Year. We are just brilliant – that’s why!!
YEAR 3 PLAYLIST PERFORMANCE
Our Year Three pupils took part in a showcase engagement activity for their topic this half term which is music based and is called ‘Playlist’. The children were entertained by Mrs Sweet (Harry and Kira’s mum) who has a fabulous voice and sang a variety of songs including my very favourite ever, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen (which she did brilliantly) and thank you so much to Mrs Sweet for doing this for us!
This was also an opportunity for our Year Three pupils to show what they could do: Erin Cook (3F) tap danced; Aayan Dhungel (3S) played his guitar; Aston Boyes (3F) and Macey Moore (3S) played the recorder; Mia Clark (3A) read poetry – what a talented bunch – we have already been talent spotting for the Westfield’s Got Talent Show in March!
YEAR 6 PARENTS PGL MEETING
On Tuesday after school we are holding a short meeting for the parents/carers of pupils in Year Six who are going to PGL in June. Mr Lambert has been to check out the facilities and risk assess other activities off-site. If you would like to know more about this, please come to the hall after school.
This is a reminder about the flu vaccine on Monday 26th November. Your child will be having the vaccine only if you have completed the form and sent it back.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
PS. It’s been really cold this week and we are still having children coming to school without a coat – could you please make sure they wear one in the morning. Then it’s their decision to leave it in the cloakroom at break and lunch times!!