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Posted on: 28/09/2018

Headteachers Blog 28/09/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, We are well into the Autumn Term now and the children are settling in well to their new classes - we are still in the ‘honeymoon’ period where the children are still trying to impress their new teacher - long may it last! I saw the evidence of this during this week’s Celebration Assembly where I am able to smile a lot and give Head Teacher stickers to children for a range of reasons, not only good work. The class teacher chooses one pupil, the Learning Support Assistant chooses another and thirdly, and I feel, the most important sticker is voted for by the other children in the class or a pupil is nominated by another pupil in their class for being kind, supportive or a good friend. If your child brings home a sticker from me, he/she should feel very proud of themselves as there are only three per class each week. Children are also sent to my office with brilliant work! In those cases, they have House Points and a sticker from me plus a certificate to take home. Their photograph is taken for my Westfield Wonder Wall. I really enjoy seeing children (and their teachers) looking very proud of their amazing work. Occasionally, pupils are sent to my office for different reasons where there have been issues in the playground (not often) but also on the field (more often). Last week I had to close the field as there were a few too many incidents where children had been ‘play fighting’ on the field or climbing trees/throwing berries. Some children have had detention this term which is such a shame - this means that they will miss out on the Goodies’ Treat at the end of term. Play fighting and ‘accidently’ hitting, punching, pushing or kicking someone else is not tolerated at our school. I know that parents and carers agree with this - children need to feel safe in school and parents/carers do not send their children to school to have another child hurt them. This week we had Mrs Western’s class assembly - what a brave soul - going first! I had a feeling there would be some History in this assembly! All assemblies this year will also include our Resilience Project work looking at such things as resilience, perseverance, co-operation, risk-taking, questioning, optimism and others. Most assemblies will be on the same day as Coffee Stop and today is the first occasion. This a reminder that the Coffee Stop this week will give half the proceeds to MacMillan Cancer so come along, eat cake and give to a very worthwhile cause! Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 7/09/2018

Headteachers Blog 07/09/2018

Dear Parents/Carers This has been an excellent week at Westfield Junior School! The children are working hard and have been so well behaved – a few still settling down and working out how much they can get away with – but generally everyone has had a great start to the school year. Hopefully our new year three pupils, our new pupils in other years and our new staff will love their time at our school. Westfield pupils and staff are usually friendly and kind to newbies and are very welcoming. It is a big school building for children and takes a bit of getting used to, but we are very proud of our educational environment – we look after it well and we are always looking for ways to improve it. NEW HOUSE CAPTAINS One of the first things we do when we get back to school for the new academic year is vote for new House Captains. We have four Houses: Normans (green), Romans (red), Saxons (blue) and Vikings (yellow). House Captains have to be well liked and respected as they lead from the front and are role models for the younger children. Our children chose wisely as all eight House Captains are excellent pupils. Congratulations to all eight pupils! NORMANS Sophie Read George Knight DPD LORRIES ROMANS Izabel Cook Lucas Brown SAXONS Grace Briggs Liam Knowles VIKINGS Niamh McReynolds Farren Beynon On Tuesday next week we are having a couple of very large trucks on the top playground so that all our children can find out about the dangers and risks of being near reversing trucks or being on their blind side whilst cycling on the roads. DANCE LESSONS Erika has begun dance lessons with her first group of children today. I am always amazed by the dance routines that Erika creates and how brilliant our children are at dance! There will be opportunities for parents and carers to come into school to see their children perform later in November. Best wishes, Margaret Greig

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