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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

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