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Posted on: 23/03/2018
Headteachers Blog 23/03/2018
We have had a very busy but brilliant week this week! The children have had their end of term tests in maths, GPS and reading and have had their writing assessed by their class teachers. Everyone is looking forward to their Easter break!
This week all the children who did not have a detention had a brilliant Goodies’ Treat! Upper school, Years 5 and 6 went to the Hinckley Cinema on Tuesday to see Despicable Me 3 and yesterday lower school, Year 3 and 4 saw Moana. All children had a Munchbox with a drink, popcorn and chocolate/raisins and pupils were also given a free gift from Mr David Shreeve, the cinema manager, who used to be a pupil at our school (he was actually in my class when I taught here) – it’s not what you know but WHO you know that counts!! Many children said that they had a great experience and said thank you – again, our lovely, polite pupils who we are very proud of... Next term we have M and M productions coming in as the Goodies’ Treat near the end of term.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
Today the whole school made their way down to Coventry Road to celebrate Easter in church. There are so many of us, we have had to split the school into lower and upper and have two services. Thank you to St John’s for hosting this for us.
CONDOVER HALL MEETING
Yesterday we held an information meeting for Year 4 parents and carers. The trip is going ahead on Wednesday 18th April to Friday 20th April. All parents/carers who attended took away the paperwork we need completing. Today all year 4 children will have that paperwork sent home so don’t worry if you have already completed it and given it to us. We need to send out to all parents/carers of pupils who are going to Condover Hall so we don’t miss anyone out.
YEAR 6 PGL ISLE OF WIGHT 2019
A letter will be coming home today with a permission slip for the trip to PGL next year. Although it seems expensive at £450, we are away for five days and all the excursions plus the cost of the coach and the ferry as well as the activities at PGL and all meals and facilities are included. We still feel this is a good price.
Have a Happy Easter (and lots of chocolate...) Best wishes,
Posted on: 16/03/2018
Headteachers Blog 16/03/2018
Last Saturday afternoon Westfield Junior School pupils competed in the Hinckley and Bosworth Swimming Gala. Mr Farrell, Mr Woodward and Mrs Worthington who all attended, said that out of the 16 schools taking part, the Westfield Swimming Team achieved fourth place (just missing third place). This is a huge achievement for us and we are really proud of our pupils.
YEAR 5 DARWIN EXHIBITION
This week our Year 5 pupils held a Darwin exhibition showing all the wonderful, creative items they had made as part of their homework projects. It was fantastic to see everyone’s hard work and visitors to the exhibition, including school Governors, thought that the standard of exhibits was high. Well done to Year 5!
PTA CINEMA FILM NIGHT
The PTA organised a film night this week on Wednesday – 120 children watched Paddington 2 and had a snack box. This was a trial run to see if it would be successful and it was! So, we will be doing it again early in the summer term. Letters will be coming home to let you know. Thank you to Mrs Elwell, Mrs Wright, Mrs Holt, Mrs Cheney, Mrs Chambers, Mrs Carsley and Mrs Smith-Phelps who helped organise this and supervise the children.
Yesterday 3H, 4B, 5MK and 6L performed to the school and then to their parents/carers. I was not able to attend but had seen the dances in rehearsal. We hope you enjoyed watching you children dancing with confidence and enjoyment.
YEAR 3 FAMILIES’ BREAKFAST
Today, we held the first of our year group Families’ Breakfast with year 3 families coming in to have breakfast with their children. Thank you to the kitchen staff, Mr Stynes, Mrs Elwell, Mrs Cheney and Mrs Holt (yet again)! Plus, the year 3 staff who were able to join us.
YEAR 6 PARENTS’ EVENING
Next week, year 6 teachers will be holding Parent/Teacher meetings in the hall. We hope you are able to attend as this is an important meeting just before the SATs in May. I look forward to seeing you in school.
Best wishes, Margaret
Posted on: 9/03/2018
Headteachers Blog 09/03/2018
I hope you were all able to read my letter sent out to you on Tuesday about the reasons we were closed on Friday and Monday. Hopefully, the LA will come out to lag our pipes before next winter!
EXCITING ARTWORK PROJECT
Next term, we have organised for an artist to come into school to work with all our pupils to create artwork for our school corridors. As you can see when you visit, the school corridors are huge and very long – difficult to make them more child-friendly - but we are going to try! Miss Haggie and Miss Brett will be organising an art exhibition when all classes have completed their artwork so that parents and carers can come in to see what we have done. The date will be set nearer the time.
Next week, on Thursday four classes will be performing their dance routines to the school and then to their parents/carers. Times are as follows: 5MK and 6L at 10:30 then 3H and 4B pupils are performing at 2pm. Hopefully, you will be able to join us. We will start promptly at these times.
VIDEO GAMES 18+
Recently, we have been seeing a few ‘games’ that the children have been playing in the playgrounds which have raised safeguarding concerns with us. This is really to remind parents/carers that children of primary school age should NOT be playing games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto as they quite clearly state that they are for 18+. How do I know that the children are using these games? They tell me when I speak to them about their ‘play’. I know it is not easy in this digital age to monitor everything and being a parent/carer is not easy especially when children usually are more tech savvy than us but please, please check your children’s devices this weekend. If you are not sure how to do this, ask someone who can – our IT team will give you advice should you need it.
4B CLASS ASSEMBLY- OCEAN COMMOTION/ COFFEE STOP
Today we had 4B’s class assembly which was wonderful with loads of amazing props (and pupils, of course)! I do have to say that I have been listening to rehearsals through the wall (my office is next to the hall) and I heard the ‘Jaws’ music which still has the power to raise a chill in me after all these years! Miss Brett would like to thank Mrs Halliday who has been a real help with the props and the assembly this week.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig