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Posted on: 5/10/2018
Headteachers Blog 05/10/2018
On Tuesday we had a visitor at Westfield from our Teaching School who was most impressed by our pupils and staff – she thought we had a lovely, friendly, inviting school. We know this, but it is always good to hear it from another Head Teacher colleague.
JEANS FOR GENES DAY
A few weeks ago, we came to school in our jeans (dress down Friday!) and donated 50p to the Jeans for Genes Charity – we sent a cheque for £157.50 off today – thank you all for your generosity!
MACMILLAN CANCER COFFEE STOP
Not only that but we held a Coffee Stop last week on Friday in aid of the MacMillan Cancer charity where we made £252! Another cheque has been sent off from Westfield Junior School to this very worthy cause. Thank you again to everyone who bought cakes and contributed to our fabulous total.
YEAR 3 WARWICK CASTLE TRIP
This week it was the turn of our Year Three pupils to visit Warwick Castle. Mr Farrell, who is the Head of Year Three, reported that our Westfield Junior School pupils were so well behaved and full of curiosity. He would also like to thank the four parent volunteers who gave up their time to accompany the staff and pupils: Mrs Bocock, Mrs Parnell, Mrs Simmons and Mrs Clarke – we hope they had an enjoyable time too!
YEAR 6 FAMILY BREAKFAST
Today, we held Family Breakfast for Year Six. It was great to see so many family members joining us for breakfast – 90 at the last count! Mr Lambert cannot believe his luck- a full English with toast before work!
Next week, we hope to see lots of you in school when you come to speak to your child’s class teacher. Remember that year Five Teachers will be in the hall – not in their classrooms in the Year Five block. Please come into school via the door at the hall end of the building, not reception. This is an excellent chance for you to find out how your child has settled into their new year group and class and meet their new teacher.
Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 28/09/2018
Headteachers Blog 28/09/2018
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: 6/07/2018
Headteachers Blog 06/06/2018
After another week of wall to wall sunshine and hot temperatures, I think everyone is feeling that we would like a bit of rain! I used to live in Cyprus when my husband was in the army and this was what the weather was like from March all the way to December – but the working day finished at 1pm and our houses were designed to keep us cool with ceiling fans and stone floors and shaded patio areas – no posh air conditioning in those days! We Brits do love a moan about the weather...
On a more serious note, some children are really feeling the effects of too much sun. Thank you to all the parents/carers who slather on the sunscreen and make sure their children have a water bottle and a hat – it really makes a difference, especially when PE sessions are outside on the field.
YEAR SIX LEAVERS’ PARTY
Last night we had the most fantastic party in school with our lovely year six pupils. They all looked so grown up and stylish – behaviour again was excellent from this year group. The highlight of the evening was definitely the MJ dance off. I had the very difficult job of judging the best dance routine but 6C came out on top with their ‘Beat It’ routine which was amazing! The DJ was most impressed and said he had never seen anything like our amazing pupil dance routines at an event before (his daughter, who was helping him, was an ex-pupil and said that it wasn’t fair as when she was at Westfield they didn’t do anything like this). Apart from the brilliant dancing, it was so good to see ALL our pupils enjoying performing.
Thank you to all the staff who turned out to support this event. I would particularly like to thank Mrs Elwell and Mrs Holt who, together with our kitchen staff Mrs Capener and Mrs Read, slaved away in a hot kitchen to provide food for us all.
Yesterday our children spent the day with their new teacher and we had our new year three pupils joining us from WIS. All seemed well when I visited the new classes. We have three new teachers next year; Mrs Mayne, Miss Randall and Miss Seavers (one in each year group with year six staff staying put). Our year six pupils are out at their respective high schools this week also – we send pupils to five different schools).
Enjoy the sunshine yet again this weekend! Best wishes,