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Posted on: 15/03/2019
Headteachers Blog 15/03/2019
This week, I have been to visit classes throughout the school and have watched the children’s learning in reading, writing and grammar. I love doing this as it lets me see our pupils doing what they do best – working hard and showing their knowledge and creativity! I would like to thank our children (and their brilliant teachers) for all their hard work.
WESTFIELD’S GOT TALENT!
Today, we had our annual Talent Show which was fantastic! This is always a big event at our school and all our pupils and staff, those performing and those in the audience, look forward to it. All the proceeds go to Comic Relief which is such a great cause. Some parents/carers wanted to know why we were not dressing up for this and the reason is that we had World Book Day a few weeks ago, where our pupils had the chance to dress up and we felt that the Talent Show was enough excitement for the day!!
At the time of writing this, I cannot say who won the competition but the winners (first, second and third places) will receive their prizes on Monday in Celebration Assembly.
Thank you to Mrs Cheney, Mr Farrell and Mrs Adams for helping me audition pupils this week and a big thank you to Mrs Osborne for giving up lots of her break times to help pupils rehearse. There were singers, actors, musicians and dancers galore (lots of ‘The Greatest Showman’ Acts).
This year our judges were our newbie staff – Ms Mayne, Ms Randall and Ms Seavers – this is always a hard job. We also had a surprise act whilst the judges deliberated... Ms Blyth and Mr Winslade, who are both very talented performers, agreed to sing ‘Barcelona’ (Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe), which brought the house down!!
You see – Westfield HAS Got Talent!
SWIMMING GALA / SPORT TEAMS
Mr Woodward and Mr Farrell have organised lots of teams going to sport tournaments this term and in the summer term. We have taken part in cross country, the Swimming Gala, football and rugby with both boys’ and girls’ teams enjoying the competition element of sport. Thank you to Mr Woodward especially for all his hard work.
PARENT GOVERNOR NEEDED!
As one of our Parent Governor’s has stepped down recently, we are looking for a parent/carer who might be interested in supporting the school in this role. If you are interested and would like to find out more (without any obligation to join the Governing Body), please contact me through the school office for information.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 8/03/2019
Headteachers Blog 08/03/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
HINCKLEY LIBRARY VISITS
It was due to the changeable weather this week that we decided to postpone the year three visit to the Hinckley Library which was a real shame and the children were disappointed. However, we are rescheduling this visit and will text parents and carers as soon as we have another date. The rest of the school have all been on their class visits and I accompanied 5LR on Monday. I have to say that I was very impressed by this class as they were so well-behaved and friendly towards each other. Whilst we were there, a Toddler Group were also in the library in the same area and I was proud of our children as they were able to stay focussed on Catherine’s storytelling and information about the library – there was a real racket going on behind them, but they were not fazed – well done to all!
NUT FREE SCHOOL
I have been asked to remind all parents and carers that Westfield Junior School is a nut free school – this includes peanut butter kit-kats! It is important to stick to this as children who have nut allergies can have very severe reactions even to the slightest hint of nuts.
WESTFIELD’S GOT TALENT
Next Friday, 15th March, as it is Red Nose Day, we will have our traditional Talent Show in the school hall. Auditions for this extravaganza will be on Monday 11th March only. Mr Farrell and Mrs Adams will see years three and four auditions between 12:30 and 1:30 in the Studio. Mr Lambert and Mrs Greig will see year five and six for their auditions between 1pm and 2pm in the hall.
Any acts must have their own music for the auditions and must tell Mrs Cheney which music they need before Friday’s show so that we can add it to the playlist on our school device. The cost of performing is 50p per person and the cost to the audience is 20p per person. Performers need to bring their costumes (and props) into school – uniform must be worn on Friday by all pupils. As we had the Book Day dressing up last Friday, we will NOT be dressing up for Red Nose Day (Red Noses are, of course, allowed).
4H CLASS ASSEMBLY
This assembly was very Rock n’ Roll which I love! The children (and Miss Haggie) had a blast rehearsing this and I had the pleasure of listening to brilliant music all week… another fabulous assembly - well done to all. Mrs Rowe is a real Rock n’ Roll fan in her spare time so she, also, had a great time!
Posted on: 1/03/2019
Headteachers Blog 01/03/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
YEAR THREE AND FOUR ROADTRIP USA EXHIBITION
We would like to thank all our year three and four parents and carers for all their support and hard work with their children’s homework! I was really amazed at the level of creativity and the great ideas on show. We were also pleased to see so many parents/carers and family members making time to see the exhibition. Year two pupils from Westfield Infant School also visited us and were very impressed by the exhibits.
This week we have had books on sale after school each day and the children had the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book character today. All classes are in the process of visiting the Hinckley Library (year six went on Monday and year five are going this Monday). It is a fantastic amenity for everyone; books, DVDs, audio books as well as electronic books, magazines and newspapers are available. The School Council, led by Mrs Charity, visited all classrooms, making bookmarks and reading growth mindset books to the children. Classes also paired up to read together. Thank you so much to Mrs Charity for organising all this.
CROSS COUNTRY SATURDAY 2ND MARCH
Could I give a quick reminder about the Cross Country this Saturday to be held at Bosworth College in Desford? We had 40 attendees last time in February which was brilliant. At least this time it will warmer as it was freezing at the last event.
YEARS 3 AND 4 FOOTBALL MATCH
Today our year three and four boys’ football team is playing in a tournament at Stafford Leys School. Good luck to them – this is their first outing as a team.
On Tuesday, our year three and four pupils had the opportunity to take part in Sublime Science with Dave. They did lots of experiments with bubbles, sound and even made slime! I think they enjoyed themselves and learned whilst having fun.
YEAR SIX PARENTS’ EVENING
This will be on the week of Monday 25th March with the late night being Thursday 28th March for year six parents/carers only.
Years three, four and five Parents’ Evening will be next term; Tuesday 21st May to Thursday 23rd May (which will be the late evening).
Posted on: 15/02/2019
Headteachers Blog 15/02/2019
CHOIR SINGS TO YEAR 2
On Wednesday, our lovely choir sang a medley of Mary Poppins songs, firstly to years three, four and five, then in the afternoon Westfield Infant School pupils (year two) came over to our school to hear them sing and join in with ‘Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious’ (hope that’s how it is spelt!). Mrs Osborne, together with Mrs Lewis, organised this event – Mrs Osborne’s party piece is saying the song name backwards – very impressive! The children from the infant school were very well behaved and, we hope, enjoyed being entertained by our children. Thank you again to Mrs Osborne and Mrs Lewis for all their hard work with the choir.
YEAR 5 & 6 VALENTINE’S DISCO
Yesterday, the PTA held a Valentine’s Disco after school for our upper school pupils (years three and four had a Christmas Disco in December). We had over 100 children at this event and I would like to thank the PTA as well as years five and six staff, plus Mr Jones our IT technician, who supported this. It was a well organised event and Mrs Elwell, as always, was the brains behind it all – thank you especially to her.
4RJ CLASS ASSEMBLY
This week it was the turn of Mrs Richards-Jones’ class to perform their class assembly which is all about heroes and superheroes. I had seen some of the rehearsals beforehand, but the actual assembly was brilliant! It’s hard to believe that the children performing are only eight/nine years old. I love the theme of Superheroes and I think the children (and staff!) did a wonderful job. I am lucky that I have reserved seat for all school performances - one of the perks of my job!
Today we have Coffee Stop from 2:30 onwards. Last time we did this, ALL the cakes had been sold which was fantastic! We would not be able to so this without our catering staff plus all the other staff who ensure that this happens; both behind the scenes and front of house serving teas, coffees and cakes. Great team work...
I hope you have a restful half term break and we will see your children back in school on Monday 25th February ready to work hard for the rest of the term.
Posted on: 8/02/2019
Headteachers Blog 08/02/2019
This has been a very busy week at Westfield Junior School. With half term coming up, we are trying to squeeze in as much learning as we can. I have been visiting classes and am impressed by the learning going on and the hard work shown in books by our pupils. I am also very pleased that visitors to our school are shown politeness and good manners. The children are a credit to you (and us)!
COLLECTING CHILDREN FOR APPOINTMENTS
The office staff have requested that, should you need to collect your child for an appointment during school hours, you are able to give us a bit of notice so that we can make sure that your child is in reception when you arrive. The site is rather big and sometimes the children are not in class but somewhere else on site and need to be located. Their coats/bags/etc then need to be collected from their classroom and then make their way to reception, so you see it may take some time and we have had parents/carers who have been annoyed as they have appointments booked.
YEARS 5 AND 6 VALENTINE’S DISCO
Next week, the PTA is organising a Valentine’s Disco on Thursday evening. This is for our older pupils in years 5 and 6. Start time is 3:15 and it finishes at 5pm and the children need to bring their outfits and change at the end of the school day. The cost is only £2:00 which includes a drink and a snack. We will be testing our new sound system and lights in the hall. Mrs Elwell has said that tickets need to be bought by Monday after school so make sure you are not late!
TALENT SHOW INFORMATION
This year, for Red Nose Day (which is Friday 15th March), Westfield Junior School will be holding a Talent Competition. We hold auditions in the week leading up to this fabulous event which supports the Comic Relief Charity. It costs 50p to take part and 20p to watch the show! First, second and third prizes are provided by me. This is always a brilliant event as many of our children are really talented and some pupils are already rehearsing their performances!
Today we had our Spring Term House Competition. This is where the Houses go head to head to try to win as many House Points as they can. We have had all sorts of contests: Times Tables, Spelling, Science Quiz, a Memory Game, a Mr Lambert game called Tangles and last time, we had both staff and pupils eating strange things in the Westfield Bush Tucker Trials (Mr Lambert made himself ill by overdoing things and drinking a vile concoction to prove he could do it)! Not a good thing... Today we went for something more sedate - Times Tables and Spelling.
Posted on: 25/01/2019
Headteachers Blog 25/01/2019
SCOOTERS, BIKES AND FOOTBALLS!
Could I remind parents and carers that we do not allow children or adults to ride bikes or scooters in the playgrounds when they drop off or collect their children. There are lots of people around, especially at the end of the day including young children, and I have had a few complaints about thoughtless behaviour involving scooters as well as footballs being kicked in the playgrounds which have hit bystanders. I will remind the children about the footballs but ask that you respect our rules on scooters and bikes.
ROAD TRIP USA MODELS
The exhibits for the upcoming Year 3 and 4 Road Trip USA exhibition have started to arrive in school and are looking very exciting and creative! We have put some in our year three corridor, so that people in school are able to have a look at them and there are more in the classrooms. I am always impressed by the creativity of our parents/carers and our pupils – well done everyone – you will see them later in the term at the exhibition. Look out for a reminder of the dates.
YEAR 4 BREAKFAST
This morning our wonderful catering staff (Mrs Catterall, Mrs Read, Mrs Capener and Mrs Burrows) as well as Mrs Holt, Mrs Elwell and Mr Stynes were in school by 7am to cook breakfast for our year 4 pupils and their families. Their hard work is much appreciated. It was great to see so many pupils and their families and friends attending and enjoying their breakfast! Thank you to staff who supported this and were also in work earlier than they needed to be.
SCHOOL DINNER REMINDERS
This is a reminder that school dinners should be paid in advance. Again, the school dinner account is nearly £300 short. Please communicate with us if you are having problems paying – make an appointment to speak to me – and we can try to work something out. Sometimes family circumstances change which affect budgets. If you don’t let us know, then we will just keep sending reminder texts.
Today was the turn of Mr Lambert’s class to perform their class assembly. On this occasion though, we need to thank Mr Millar who wrote and directed it – lots of hard work and a great success. Again, it was good to see an assembly with a resilience theme – integrity – which, as the children know, is the ability to do the right thing even when no one is watching.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 18/01/2019
Headteachers Blog 18/01/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
ROUTES TO RESILIENCE
After lots of hard work from staff and pupils (with Mrs Cheney leading the project), we are delighted to tell you that we have achieved the accreditation as a ‘Routes to Resilience School’. You will see evidence of this throughout our school in classroom displays and pupil designed art work which we are about to put up in the corridors. Your children’s class assemblies will also have resilience themes and the hall displays are all resilience themes such as risk taking, co-operation, perseverance, integrity, empathy and optimism.
This week we have had E-Safety assemblies which were interactive and fun yet had a serious message for our pupils about how to stay safe online. This was followed up in classrooms by our staff.
YEAR 5 SWIMMING
Year four swam last term, year five are swimming this term and year three next term. This activity is heavily subsidised by the school – we pay for the bus basically – the cost is only £2 a week for parents and carers, which pays for a half hour lesson from a trained swimming coach. We feel that cost to parents and carers is very reasonable. Could I just remind parents and carers that if they have still not paid for their child’s lessons, they should do so through the online system.
On Monday everyone seemed to be skipping! This is part of an initiative to encourage children to keep fit, with skipping being a very good and inexpensive activity to go for! Lots of our children learned how to skip (so many could not) and I loved the fact that there were lots of shiny red smiling faces afterwards!
YEAR 4 FAMILY BREAKFAST
This is a reminder that we will be cooking breakfast for the families of year four pupils on Friday 25th January starting at 8am. If you have bought tickets for this, please come into school through Reception – you do not have to be there at 8am – there is usually a queue then! We look forward to seeing you all.
6M CLASS ASSEMBLY
Today was Mrs Mayfield’s fantastic class assembly and the theme was ‘Optimism’, which is brilliant for this time of year when we are all feeling a bit fed up with the weather and the darkness. Are you a ‘glass half full or a glass half empty’ type of person??
Posted on: 11/01/2019
Headteachers Blog 11/01/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
Happy New Year to you all - it’s been lovely to see all our pupils back at school and ready for another term of learning!
I was in the cloakroom on the first day back and most of our children were happy to be back in school with only one or two wanting an extended holiday…
It has really turned cold and most children have warm coats, hats and gloves. However, there are still children turning up to school with no coat. I know that they don’t feel the cold as much as we do but it is really bitter outside especially on the top playground.
YEAR 3 ENGAGEMENT DAY
It was good to see the activities that the year three children were doing on Wednesday afternoon as the start of their ‘Road Trip USA’ topic for this half term. Mrs Adams was in the hall and taught the children a Cheer Leading routine (which I watched, and it was brilliant!), with Miss Seavers making tepees (they were called wigwams when I was little) in her classroom and Mr Farrell in the Studio playing NBA Basketball. This gives the children a taster and hopefully will inspire an interest in the upcoming topic work.
This week we are lucky to have a company called Parent Zone (which is part of Google Internet Legends) who are coming into our school to deliver assemblies on Internet Safety. There will be follow up lessons in classrooms also. As you know we are having more pupils having access to Social Media and smart phones, which, if not used sensibly, can create real problems in some pupils’ well-being. We always endeavour to educate our pupils about this and hopefully you check your child’s phone/Internet use daily.
6M CLASS ASSEMBLY/COFFEE STOP
Next week, we have the first class assembly (6M) of the term at 2:15 on Friday 18th January. It will be followed by Coffee Stop in the Gym. I know that we have had Christmas, and everyone seems to be ‘Eating Healthy’ but one cake won’t harm – would it?? We hope to see you for coffee and cake from 2:30 onwards…
Mrs M Greig