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Posted on: 14/12/2018

Headteachers Blog 14/12/2018

Dear 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!! CHRISTMAS PARTIES 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! COFFEE STOP 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? CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 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. GOODIES’ TREAT 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.   Best wishes, Margaret Greig  
Posted on: 7/12/2018

Headteachers Blog 07/12/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, 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. 5 STARS!! 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

Dear Parents/Carers, DANCE PERFORMANCES 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. SCHOOL CHOIR 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

Dear Parents/Carers, 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. FLU VACCINES 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!!
Posted on: 16/11/2018

Headteachers Blog 16/11/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, YEAR 4 MINI MUSICAL Year Four pupils at Westfield had an amazing opportunity this week. Two very talented people visited our school, (Laura and Dan who are professional actors) and managed to stage a musical performance involving 90 pupils in only one and a half days! How they did this was through sheer hard work and concentration from all involved. The resulting performance was fabulous and I am sure that the children and their parents/carers will join me in thanking both Laura (Artistic Director) who wrote the musical and Dan who was the Musical Director, for this wonderful opportunity. Well done to our brilliant Year Four pupils and staff. This was recorded and you will find it on our school website in the next few days. SCHOOL NURSE DROP-IN The School nurse, April Taylor, will be in school for a drop-in session on Thursday 22nd November from 8:30-9:30. If you have any worries or questions about your child’s health then 10 minutes slots are available although there is no appointments system. DANCE PERFORMANCES Erika, our Dance Teacher, has again been in school teaching four classes this term. Parents and Carers are invited to watch the completed dance performances on Thursday 29th November in the school hall: 12:30 for classes 5MK and 6C then 2:30 for classes 3S and 4RJ. Please try to be on time for these performances as they are only five to ten minutes long and we would not want you to miss them! SOCIAL MEDIA ISSUES We have had a few Instagram issues this week. Mrs Cheney has spent quite a bit of her time this week sorting out social media issues. Can I just remind parents/carers that your children are very IT Smart and are able to do all sorts of things on their phones! E.g. download inappropriate images and then send them through Instagram. Children should be a minimum of 13 years of age to use Instagram – please check your children’s social media use regularly, if not daily... COFFEE STOP Coffee Stop is on today in the Gym from 2:30 onwards. Hope to see you there. Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 2/11/2018

Headteachers Blog 02/11/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, PTA FILM NIGHT Thank you to our wonderful PTA who held a film night for our children. Mrs Cheryl Wright (who also made up all the’ munch bags’), Mrs Lewis, Mrs Elwell, Mrs Holt, Mrs Chambers, Mrs Cheney were on hand to supervise the children and it was a real success. The PTA made £202.90 which will help towards paying for a new much needed sound system for the hall. Look out for upcoming film nights in the near future. NATIONAL ARBORETUM VISITS This week, on Wednesday and Thursday, our upper school children visited the National Arboretum. All the children and staff I have spoken to were very impressed by what they saw and learned with many of them saying they would lie to visit again with their families. Once again, our Westfield pupils were praised by both the coach driver and the staff on site at the Arboretum. When I hear that, it makes me so proud to be the Head Teacher at this school. GOVERNOR UPDATE Our Governors do a brilliant job in supporting the staff and pupils at our school. I thought it would be a good idea to give parents and carers an update now and again so that you can see what they are actually doing to support our school. As you know (or perhaps you don’t!), Governors are a group of people who support the school and are involved in making strategic decisions for our school. They attend throughout the year at formal/strategic meetings, but they also come into school to support events, lessons and trips. Last week and this week different Governors have: been on the Arboretum trip; helped on the Sponsored Walk; visited and worked in a maths group; supported in IH; attended the Finance Committee meeting. So, you can see they are a real part of our school! SPORT TEAMS Both the school football and the hockey teams have been in action this week with the football team playing Kibworth Primary School (we lost 3-1 with Mitchell Crowther scoring but we came back as it was 2-0 at half time!) and the hockey team coming a respectable 4th out of 10 schools in the tournament yesterday. Thank you to Mr Woodward again who organised these events for our children and the staff who attended – Mr Farrell, Mrs Patten and Miss Blyth – it’s cold watching from the side lines!! 5R ASSEMBLY AND COFFEE STOP It was the turn of 5R to perform to their families and to the school today and they did this well – Miss Randall is a new teacher at Westfield – it is always nerve wracking when it is your assembly, but it was brilliant! Well done all. Don’t forget to come to the gym after school and buy some yummy cakes for the weekend. Best wishes, Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 12/10/2018

Headteachers Blog 12/10/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, PTA AGM Our PTA Annual General Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23rd October at 2pm in Mrs Cheney’s room. We are always looking for any parents/carers who are able to spare a little time to support the PTA who do a fabulous job organising events and Charity Fund Raisers throughout the year. The PTA supports lots of the extra activities we do in school e.g. subsidising school trips and the Goodies’ Treats as well as resourcing some of the lunchtime clubs. We would not be able to offer as much as we do without their hard work and great ideas. 5MK CLASS ASSEMBLY/COFFEE STOP Today it was the turn of Mrs McKenzie’s class to perform for the school and their families. The assembly was about Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling with a bit of curiosity thrown in – I know, it sounds strange when you say it but it was a brilliant assembly and it did make sense when it was performed! Well done to 5MK – we are watching the children very carefully as the Year Five Nativity is coming up next half term and we need great actors... Coffee Stop is in the gym from 2:30 onwards! PARENTS’ EVENING It was really great to see so many parents and carers in school to discuss their child’s progress with their new class teacher. It is good for parents and teachers to meet early on and for parents to find out what their children are actually doing in school. Hopefully, your meetings were a success. It is so important that we work together to make sure your children enjoy learning and make good progress. DRAMA PERFORMANCES Miss Blyth, who is working with groups of pupils this year on Performing Arts skills invited the parents and carers of the children she has worked with this half term into school to watch their performances. The children have had 5 sessions, each one hour long and I have to say, I was most impressed with what they had learned! Miss Blyth has worked wonders – she has managed to give our children the confidence to stand on stage and sing/dance/perform – some children enjoy it anyway but for those children who have either never done this before or who are too shy to perform were all able to step up and go for it! Well done all! Every pupil in school will have the opportunity to do this too. Enjoy the half term break!! Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 5/10/2018

Headteachers Blog 05/10/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, On Tuesday we had a visitor at Westfield from our Teaching School who was most impressed by our pupils and staff – she thought we had a lovely, friendly, inviting school. We know this, but it is always good to hear it from another Head Teacher colleague. JEANS FOR GENES DAY A few weeks ago, we came to school in our jeans (dress down Friday!) and donated 50p to the Jeans for Genes Charity – we sent a cheque for £157.50 off today – thank you all for your generosity! MACMILLAN CANCER COFFEE STOP Not only that but we held a Coffee Stop last week on Friday in aid of the MacMillan Cancer charity where we made £252! Another cheque has been sent off from Westfield Junior School to this very worthy cause. Thank you again to everyone who bought cakes and contributed to our fabulous total. YEAR 3 WARWICK CASTLE TRIP This week it was the turn of our Year Three pupils to visit Warwick Castle. Mr Farrell, who is the Head of Year Three, reported that our Westfield Junior School pupils were so well behaved and full of curiosity. He would also like to thank the four parent volunteers who gave up their time to accompany the staff and pupils: Mrs Bocock, Mrs Parnell, Mrs Simmons and Mrs Clarke – we hope they had an enjoyable time too! YEAR 6 FAMILY BREAKFAST Today, we held Family Breakfast for Year Six. It was great to see so many family members joining us for breakfast – 90 at the last count! Mr Lambert cannot believe his luck- a full English with toast before work! PARENTS’ EVENING Next week, we hope to see lots of you in school when you come to speak to your child’s class teacher. Remember that year Five Teachers will be in the hall – not in their classrooms in the Year Five block. Please come into school via the door at the hall end of the building, not reception. This is an excellent chance for you to find out how your child has settled into their new year group and class and meet their new teacher. Best wishes, Mrs M Greig

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