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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