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Posted on: 21/06/2019
Headteachers Blog 21/06/2019
We are heading towards the end of the academic year (three weeks to go) and as is usual at this time of year, we are very busy. Some children find this time of year very stressful – as we know, not everyone likes change. Pupils will find out who their class teacher next year will be on Wednesday 3rd July just before transfer day on Thursday 4th July.
Mr Greig, my lovely husband, has been in school this week putting up the sixteen pieces of artwork on the walls of the corridors and the stairs. They look amazing and children should feel proud of their contribution to the pieces. Have a look next time you are in school.
YEARS FIVE AND SIX PHARAOH’S EXHIBITION
On Tuesday after school and Wednesday morning, year five and six parents/carers had the opportunity to see the exhibits from the Pharaoh’s homework projects. Again, I was amazed to see the exhibits created by our pupils and family members – you are such a clever lot!! Mr Haltof, the new Head Teacher was in school and was also impressed – I love showing off our school!!
Next week you will receive a letter from us telling you about a Lock Down drill which will take place on Monday 1st July at 10am. This is only a drill so do not panic if you hear that the school is in lockdown. Just a word of warning – no pupils will be allowed to leave or enter the school for the duration of the drill – this will take about 20 minutes. Also, no phone calls can be taken. This drill is a Health and Safety procedure which should be carried out at least annually.
YEAR FIVE AT HINCKLEY ACADEMY
Our whole year five group was invited to Hinckley Academy yesterday to spend the day taking part in an exciting set of activities about ‘Fantastical Beasts’. As is par for the course, our pupil behaviour and good learning attitudes were praised by the staff at the school. Well done all!
JAM MUSIC PERFORMANCE
On Wednesday afternoon the Junior Academy of Music pupils and staff gave a performance to the school, showing us what they have been learning this year. It was absolutely brilliant! We have such a lot of talented pupils.
Today, we held our Sports’ Day – luckily, the weather was just right, not too wet, hot, cold or whatever the British weather throws at us! It was great to see so many parents/carers and other family members turning out to support their children.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 14/06/2019
Headteachers Blog 14/06/2019
At long last our Resilience Artwork has arrived from the printers and is in the process of being put on show in the corridors of the school.
Each piece shows one of our Westfield Resilience Words e.g. Integrity, Enthusiasm, Optimism, Curiosity. Most of our pupils will recognise their artwork which will be on display for many years to come.
The pieces are wonderfully colourful and vibrant and definitely add some ‘ooh la la’ to the school.
YEAR SIX PGL RESIDENTIAL
Last week 50 pupils and 7 members of staff plus one of our Governors spent an exciting week on the Isle of Wight. The following activities were tried by (nearly) all: abseiling, vertical challenge, aeroball, tunnelling, survivor, Jacob’s ladder and problem solving. In the evening we had a campfire, a disco and an orienteering activity. Mr Lambert organised some brilliant afternoon activities: Osborne House (Queen Victoria’s home), Allum Bay where we saw glass blowing and sweet making plus an afternoon at the local beach where everyone got soaked – luckily the weather was great all week (until Friday). Thank you to all our wonderful staff who gave up their time to come with us: Mrs Elwell, Mrs Smith-Phelps, Mr Millar, Mr Lambert, Mrs Charity, Mrs Mayfield and Mrs Chattaway, one of our Parent Governors.
YEAR TWO FAMILY BREAKFAST
It was really great to see so many families come to our school to have breakfast with their children who will be our new year three pupils next year! There were over 100 tickets sold and hopefully everyone had enough to eat. I would like to thank our catering staff, as well as Mrs Elwell, Mr Stynes and Mrs Holt, who all came in at 7am to start cooking. Thank you also to Mrs Charity, Mrs Smith-Phelps, Mrs Halliday, Mrs Richards-Jones, Mrs Mayne, Miss Haggie, Mrs Carsley, Mrs Patten, Mrs Rowe, Mrs Sodiq, Mrs Cheney who all came in early to support this event – I hope I have not forgotten anyone!!
YEAR SIX DANCES
This week, our year six pupils have started learning their dance routines for their Leavers’ Party – the theme is ‘Queen’ and I have had a great week listening to the music (which I love) and having a quick peek at what they are doing. The dance-off is going to amazing this year!!
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 24/05/2019
Headteachers Blog 24/05.2019Dear Parents/Carers,
It has been a very busy week this week as we have been recruiting for a Head Teacher. All the candidates who attended the interview process were very impressed by the children in the school who were fantastically well-behaved and showed that Westfield pupils are the best – we already know this! I was very proud of them all. Our School Councillors showed candidates around the school and did us proud. It is good to know that our school is seen as welcoming and a lovely environment – we try to please!
This week, as well as lots of other things going on, we have had Parents’ Evenings for pupils in years three, four and five. It was great to see so many parents and carers coming into school to discuss their child’s annual report and their progress at school. Hopefully, there were no surprises on those reports or when you spoke to your child’s class teacher.
YEAR SIX PGL RESIDENTIAL
We are off to the Isle of Wight on the 3rd June for five days. This is a first for Westfield pupils as we usually go to Lincolnshire in October. 51 children are going as well as 7 members of staff. The children will be doing all sorts of climbing and team activities as well as visiting Osborne House (Queen Victoria’s IOW home) and other areas of interest as well as spending time on the beach. Hopefully, we will have great weather too! Pupils who have opted to stay in school will have a week of fun activities.
The coach will be arriving at school on Monday at 10am, leaving at 11am (ish) but luggage can be dropped off at school from 8am. Any medicines (obviously except those needed through half term) and any pocket money should be dropped off at school today.
3S CLASS ASSEMBLY
Well done to 3S whose class assembly was fabulous! These children are definitely ready for year four. I am always impressed at how quickly the pupils from the infant school become junior school pupils and are able to meet our expectations and mature in year three.
Can I remind parents/carers that should they have a worry about their child, the correct procedure is to speak to school staff – the class teacher, Head of Year, Deputy Head, Family Liaison, SENDCo or Head Teacher, depending on the worry or issue. Parent Governors should not be asked to bring parental concerns to the Governing Body meetings as Governor duties are strategic rather than day to day running of the school. I would just like to add here that we are still looking for another Parent Governor. If you feel you would be able to do this important role for your child’s school, please contact the school office.
Posted on: 17/05/2019
Headteachers Blog 17/05/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
YEAR SIX SATs
Team Westfield has been brilliant again this week! The year six pupils have completed their SATs and had a McDonald’s treat today (thank you to Mrs Cheney for collecting that). All staff who supervised the tests were impressed by the positive attitudes of our pupils and their focus throughout the week.
Lots of staff throughout the school invigilated the tests and other staff covered missing colleagues so everyone was involved one way or another.
The admin staff, especially Mrs Holt, were as usual organised and efficient. She ensured that the test papers were locked away and in the right place at the right time – not an easy task.
Although the DfE says that the tests are not formal, a lot of procedures have been built in to maintain the integrity of the testing system and this involves many staff members ensuring all goes to plan. Mr Lambert, who is Head of Year, made sure it all went well and I would like to thank him and his team for all their brilliant teaching throughout the year.
PARENTS’ EVENING NEXT WEEK
This term, we are having Parents’ Evening for years three, four and five on Monday 20th, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd May. You should have already booked an appointment through the online system and we look forward to seeing you to discuss your child’s report and progress and give you a chance to look at your child’s books. I am also on site should you want to speak to me. For year five parents and carers, the teachers will be in the school hall.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who completed the comments slip about their child’s report – much appreciated!
3S ASSEMBLY NEXT WEEK
Next week, it is the turn of Miss Seavers’ class to perform their class assembly to the school and to their families. The assembly is all about self-control.
They will be looking at ways of making good decisions and then showing how self-control can help you to become successful in your talents. Looking forward to seeing that assembly!
Can I remind parents/carers that pupils should not be wearing open-toed strappy sandals to school as they offer no real protection against the everyday hazards of a busy school. Keep the lovely, sparkly sandals for outside school!
Posted on: 10/05/2019
Headteachers Blog 10/05/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
We have had a very busy week, trying to cram five days worth of lessons into four days. Not an easy task.
The school has been very calm this week although we had a couple of our year four boys playing with a football in the inner yard after school on Tuesday which is not allowed. The children have had a reminder about the rules in assembly this week. They should not be playing with any balls in the yards or on the field before or after school unless it is a sport session or football/netball match. Pupils should be going straight home after school and not lingering to play on the school site. Only pupils who are at school clubs should be on site.
You should have received your child/children’s school reports this week (on Tuesday). We hope you will give us feedback by completing the slip enclosed with the report. Parental comments are always welcome.
PTA FILM NIGHT
On Wednesday after school, 80 children stayed on to watch ‘Mary Poppins’ which had been organised by the PTA. Thank you to Mrs Elwell, Mrs Cheryl Wright and Mrs Cheney for their time and good organisation! Look out for Film Night next half term.
3A CLASS ASSEMBLY
Today was the turn of Mrs Adams’ class to perform their class assembly. Although they did not have a full week to try to get in some rehearsals, it was fabulous – all about resilience, friendship, teamwork and being positive. As Mrs Adams is the PSHE Subject Leader, it was exactly what we are trying to teach our children at Westfield. Well done all!
Please join us from 2:30 onwards for cakes and refreshments or buy some cakes to take away for the weekend. Cakes are 50p each – a real bargain!!
Everything has been done and we are ready for next week. It is one of the most important weeks in our school as the outcomes are used to judge whether our school is good and whether our lovely year six pupils are at the expected standard. As we know, children are much more than whether they do well in tests and a school is much more than its SATs results – rant over…
We wish our year six pupils a successful week and we promise we will look after them especially well. McDonald’s Treat on Friday!! As parents/carers, you just need to make sure they have a good sleep and are on time in school. Toast will be provided in school on test days.
Posted on: 3/05/2019
Headteachers Blog 03/05/2019Dear Parents/Carers,
It was great to see all the children back in school this week! They seemed happy to be back at school after the sugar rush of Easter eggs – too much chocolate…
This term is really quite short, especially this half term which is four weeks and a Bank Holiday this Monday. Although it sounds great, everyone will have to work harder as the curriculum still needs to be taught and, of course, learnt by our pupils. We will have to squeeze six weeks work into four weeks.
EGYPTIAN ENGAGEMENT DAY YEARS 5 & 6
On Monday, on the first day back after the holidays, our year five and six pupils had a fantastic day in the Studio with Stuart who showed the children how to mummify a body, play a hunting game and then they had a weapons and technology session in the afternoon. Thank you to Mrs Western for organising this brilliant start to the Pharaoh’s topic this term.
CONDOVER HALL TRIP
Yesterday, I visited Condover Hall in Shropshire, where 55 of our year four pupils and eight members of staff were on a residential visit. It was good to see that everyone was having a good time and trying new things – the rain had not dampened their spirits. The teachers were really impressed by the behaviour of the children and that they were asleep by 9:30!! They are due back this afternoon. Thank you to our lovely staff: Mrs RJ, Mrs Patten, Mrs Rowe, Miss Haggie, Mr Winslade, Mrs Gamage, Mrs Ansell and Mrs Cheney who have given up their time to support the residential visit.
ANNUAL REPORTS YEARS 3, 4 & 5
Next Tuesday (7th May) you will receive your child’s school report at the end of the day. This year we have tried to make them more parent/carer friendly. I have read them all and added my comments. I have to say that I enjoy reading the reports especially the pupil comments – they tell me so much about what the children enjoy at Westfield Juniors which is very positive! You will find an Attendance Summary with the report.
GOODIES’ TREAT – SUMMER TERM
This term, the Goodies’ Treat will be on Monday 8th July and will be M and M Productions (a children’s theatre company) coming into school to perform ‘Treasure Island’ – pirates and treasure – what more could we ask for? I am hoping that all our pupils can attend the Goodies’ Treat this term as it is only ten weeks.
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
PS Coffee Stop next week…
Posted on: 12/04/2019
Headteachers Blog 12/04/2019
GOODIES’ TREAT CINEMA TRIP
This week, our pupils who have not had a detention this term, visited Cineworld in Hinckley to watch a film and have a Munch Box treat (years five and six watched ‘Small Foot’ and years three and four saw ‘Sherlock Gnomes’).
As we were waiting to go in, a member of the public came over to ask which school we were from. He said that he was very impressed by the behaviour of the children as they were walking through The Crescent and whilst waiting to go in. This is always a lovely thing to hear and our pupils should feel proud of themselves.
Again, we have had some visitors to the school this week and they were impressed by our pupils who showed that they were engaged in their learning in the classes they saw and in the corridors where they opened doors, showing that they have good manners – they are a credit to you.
THE GREAT BIG SCHOOL CLEAN
On Tuesday lunch break our intrepid litter pickers (Eco Warriors, School Council and IH) spent time tidying the school grounds and recycling plastics as part of the Great Big School Clean.
I would like to thank the children who did this for the school as well as the staff who supported this worthwhile activity: Mrs Sodiq, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Elwell. Well done all!
We already recycle our plastics in school and Mrs Lewis is very strict about it – we have had to rethink how we use packaging. Everyone has to do something to help the environment and our children felt that they were doing this by taking part in this National initiative which lasts from 23rd March to 23rd April.
Today, our pupils attended an Easter service at St John’s Church on Coventry Road as is now our tradition. Again, our pupils’ behaviour was impeccable with nearly 400 children on the move to and from the church.
Thank you to Mrs Elwell and our PTA for organising an Easter Raffle for the children. The number of prizes was brilliant – lots of work for an already busy person in the last week of term – but well worth it.
We hope you all have a lovely Easter break – this is my favourite time of year and no, it’s not because of the chocolate – well, maybe this is true...
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 5/04/2019
Headteachers Blog 05/04/2019
AMAZING DANCE PERFORMANCES
Yesterday, five classes (3F, 4H, 5HW, 6L and Mrs Smith-Phelps’ class) performed the dances they have learned this term firstly to the school and then to their parents and families. Lower school and Upper School dances were so different but both brilliant. We could see the progression as the dances become more complicated as the children move up a year.
Erika, our wonderful dance teacher, will be working with four more classes next term plus year six will be preparing for the ‘dance off’ at the year six party taking place at the end of June (their music will be Queen classics – my request)! She will also be working in the school next year – we love the performance side of dance and try to ensure our children have a chance to have a go at other performing arts wherever we can. This is so important for children’s self-confidence. I wish I had been given the opportunity to do that at school...
We have had some visitors to our school in the past week and ALL of them have commented on the work ethic of our pupils and the learning going on in the classrooms. It is so good to be able to show off our school to visitors and have positive feedback from them. We know we are doing well but we love it when other professionals agree. Well done everyone!
This leads me on to the Goodies’ Treat next week. The upper School (years five and six) are off to see Small Foot in the cinema and will have a munch box to eat also. This is on Monday 8th April at 10am. We will be back in time for lunch. The Lower School (years three and four) will be going to the cinema to see Sherlock Gnomes and will also have a munch box as part of the treat. This will be on Thursday 11th April at 10am and, again, we will be back by lunch. The children will be walking there and back.
The Easter Break is fast approaching and on Friday 12th April we are off to St John’s Church on Coventry Road for an Easter service. We have so many children that we have to go in two groups: years three and four at 9:45 and years 5 and 6 at 10:45. The children will be walking there and back. Mrs Elwell and her PTA are selling raffle tickets for the Easter Raffle on Friday. This is always brilliant as there are lots of Easter Eggs as prizes. You have to be in it to win it!!
DON’T FORGET – IT IS COFFEE STOP TODAY!!
Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 29/03/2019
Headteachers Blog 29/03/2019
DANCE PERFORMANCES ON THURSDAY 4TH APRIL
On Thursday next week, our pupils in 3F, 4H, 5HW and 6L will be performing the completed dances they have learnt with Erica, our dance teacher. This is a chance for you to come into school to see your child performing what they have been learning this term. Years three and four have a Road Trip USA theme and parents/carers are invited for a 10:30 start. Years five and six are going for a Frozen theme and parents/carers are invited for a 2:30 start. All performances are held in the hall. Please be prompt as performances are short and sweet – we would not want you to miss them!
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION ON WEBSITE
We have had a couple of issues with Social Media recently. Most children are very good with their phone behaviour but for a few, they get carried away whilst using Instagram or WhatsApp and say things which are unpleasant and downright nasty, at times. I spend quite a bit of my day sorting things out when we have these incidents as parents/carers often phone the school for help as they are not sure what to do and it is upsetting to read things about your child which are unkind/untrue.
I asked Mrs Mayne (our IT Lead) if she could source some parent guides which would give advice about protecting your child and have information about current Social Media Apps. She has done this, and we will be adding them to the Parent Area of the website ASAP - they are very readable. It is useful for you, as parents and carers, to know about these programs. Examples are: Live Streaming and Vlogging, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Yubo, Tiktok, Twitch and many others. It is always good to stay ahead of the game – for now anyway!
YEAR 6 PARENTS’ EVENING
It was brilliant to see so many year six parents/carers who came to speak to their child’s class teacher about their progress during the week. The books were available and test results discussed. I can reassure you that our teachers and pupils in year six cannot work any harder than they are doing. The Easter break is fast approaching and will be very welcome for them all!
YEAR 3 FAMILY BREAKFAST
This morning we had a year three breakfast. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying food with their families. This is always a good start to the day. Again, I would like to thank our brilliant catering staff as well as Mrs Holt, Mrs Elwell and Mr Stynes who all work together to make sure the breakfasts are such a success. They were in work before 7am this morning!!
Best wishes, Margaret Greig