What a fantastic creative day! Children across the school have been busy working in mixed age groups to 'dabble' in an activity they haven't tried before. This year for our annual dabble day, we had the theme 'Olympics'. Children chose activities they would like to take part in. They spent the day rotating around 5 activities. The children were spoilt for choice. Activities provided by our creative staff were cooking Olympic ring biscuits, creating wood photo frames, stained glass athletes, designing an Olympic park, rhythmic gymnastics, samba, carnival music, mini table football, abstract torch art, ict screen art, cup and ball games, crowns, masks, ring art, drama, animation, textile flags, pentathlon and learning Portuguese -the language of the host country.
Here are a few comments from the children:
'Today was a great way of expressing creativity in a relaxed way'
'The activities were wonderful and inspiring'
'I loved it because I did activities I haven't done before'
'There wasnt anything I didn't enjoy '
'I will take away the memory of how much I laughed'
'It was the best day ever!'
Please look at the photos below to show a glimpse of the fun learning taking place at Westacre! (more photos to follow soon, please check again)
Fire House Celebrate
As we approach the end of another term, it is time for the special reward to all of the children in the house that earned the most house points. All pupils can earn house points for their particular house by earning bronze, silver and gold certificates linked to our 6Rs Learning Behaviours, as well as through participation in our various house competitions. This term’s winning house is Fire. The children and staff in this house showed much effort in incorporating much redinto their clothes as part of a special non-uniform day! Well done to all of Fire house for the achievement this term, as well as all of the pupils in the other houses who offered their congratulations on this day of celebration!
Our after school musical theatre club really wowed their audiences when they performed their version of Wicked in front of pupils then later their families. After many weeks of practising with the Star Theatre group, all of the children truly showed off their amazing drama skills. Well done all!
Westacre winning candidates address town council
Congratulations to Tia Cole and Sam Price, two of our winning candidates from last week's school election, who were invited to address Droitwich town council. The children read their manifestos to the council members with confidence and were praised by the mayor for their ideas and presentation. We are all very proud of them and look forward to hearing about their work on the youth council.
Mary Poppins Performance
Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils spent the day working with the Star Project to create their own version of the Mary Poppins musical. They spent the day practising acting, singing and dancing alongside Mary herself, before performing to their classmates followed by their parents. The day was a truly inspiring one, which saw many of the children challenged out of their comfort zone. We are very proud of these children for their great effort during the day and their wonderful performances at the end of the day!
Westacre Election 2016
Today was our school election to vote for candidates to represent Westacre on the Droitwich Youth council. A big thank you to councillor Sital Harris who came in today to meet our candidates. Look out for the results and more details on our Pupil Voice page..
As part of our Fitness Friday initiative, we have been holding the 'Westacre Mile' around part of our school field. The whole school, pupils and staff alike, have joined in by walking, jogging or running the entire distance. Of course, this helps to improve the health and fitness of our children, but the sense of togetherness and teamwork evident is just as valuable. Everyone working together with the same aim really sums up what our school community is all about!
Great Ormond Street Hospital Fundraising
A while ago, a group of Year 7 girls approached Mrs Evans about raising money for the famous hospital in London. They wanted to do something to say thank you for the great care given to one of their former classmates currently being treated at the hospital. Molly, Courtney, Amelia and Grace have then spent the last couple of weeks organising a day of events, that included a non-uniform day and cake sale. The girls spent the day collecting donations, setting up endless amounts of cake, cleaning up afterwards, counting the money raised and writing an article for our local newspapers. We are incredibly proud of these pupils, as well as, of course, all of our school community, who really got behind this fantastic cause. Well done Westacre!
After its popularity during our Sports Relief fundraising day, we have decided to hold Fitness Fridays on a regular basis. Here are some of our pupils in action at lunchtime this Friday!
We were very excited to welcome children's author ER Reilly into school! Reilly gave the children a flavour of each of his exciting books, including titles such as 'The Look Outs', as well as a variety of scary stories and stories which are based around real life circumstances, in a special assembly. The children were particularly captivated by Reilly's funny anecdotes, quips and expressive tones which had them gasping with delight. He then met with groups of children from Year 5 and 6 to sign copies of his books that the children had purchased. This day was another wonderful opportunity for our children, who were truly inspired by meeting a real-life author. It was great to see the children so enthused by his stories, and then so excited about reading more of them themselves. As a school, we place much importance on reading each and every day, and are very thankful to ER Reilly for helping share such key messages with our pupils.
Parents were invited into school to see the wonderful learning that has been going on in Computing lessons this year. They spent time alongside their children looking at a range of projects, including on J2e, Scratch and Python. It was brilliant to see everyone in our Computing suite so engaged in what they were seeing! Parents then stayed for a little longer with Mr Barber and Mr Laniosh, a national IT consultant, to discuss ways of keeping children safe online. Again, this was a really useful session, with some very interesting discussions and tips.
Queen's Birthday Celebrations
As a school, we decided it would be fitting to mark the 90th birthday of our ruling monarch with a few celebrations. Of course, the pupils enjoyed their special cup of squash and a piece of cake to toast Her Majesty, but they also had the opportunity to find out a little bit more about the lady herself, her reign and our country in general. Happy birthday your majesty!
Westacre in the Headlines
We were very proud and excited to see our pupils and staff made both the front and back page of this week's Droitwich Advertiser. Well done to all mentioned in these reports for their effort and success!
Earth House Celebrate
After discussions with our School Council, we decided to offer a special reward to all of the children in the house that earns the most house points during a term. All pupils can earn house points for their particular house by earning bronze, silver and gold certificates linked to our 6Rs Learning Behaviours, as well as through participation in our various house competitions. This term’s winning house is Earth. The children and staff in this house showed much effort in incorporating much green into their clothes as part of a special non-uniform day (an idea suggested by Mia in Year 5)! Well done to all of Earth house for the achievement this term, as well as all of the pupils in the other houses who offered their congratulations on this day of celebration!
Sport Relief Day
Click the link below to see some of the fun that was had as we raised money for Sport Relief 2016.
Lego Programming Day
We were very happy to welcome Fran from Computer Xplorers into school today. Thirty children from Year 5, and another thirty from Year 6, were given the opportunity to develop their coding skills by building and programming some Lego robots. The children worked in teams to create algorithms that made dancing birds and hungry alligators move! They were chosen to take part in this event as they had written letters of application or because they were chosen by their class teachers for a reward for their efforts in class. Well done to the sixty pupils who worked incredibly well and showed what fantastic computing skills!
Some of our latest award winners, as well as Emily in Year 5 who is our most recent pupil to achieve the January 6Rs challenge!
Adults and Children visit Education City
It was great to see so many pupils and parents giving up their time after school today to look at the new website we are using to engage children in their learning. After being shown some of the ways Education City can be used at school and home, both adults and children worked together in one of our ICT suites to try out some of the activities, games and learn screens that are available on the website.
New Year, New Optimism
In the first assembly of 2016, the overall results for our school House Competition during the Autumn Term were announced. The scores include points for children who achieve their Bronze and Silver merit awards for success with the 6Rs learning behaviours, as well as efforts in house events, such as sports competitions, quizzes and fundraising activities. At the moment, Earth house are in pole position to claim the trophy at the end of the year, but there is still plenty of time until the end of the school year! As an incentive and in recognition of our monthly value of 'Optimism', the children were challenged to achieve even more 6Rs awards over the month of January, with bonus points and prizes available! The house points totals are updated regularly on the home page of the website, so keep checking for how well the different houses are doing!
Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day
The school was full of snowmen, flashing Christmas trees and Reindeers today as the children entered into the spirit of Christmas jumper day! Thank you to all the families who sent in a pound donation for the Text Santa campaign.
Christmas lunch was a great event: Turkey, Roast potatoes, Sprouts and Christmas music put us all in the Christmas mood! Thank you to all the kitchen staff who provided such a delicious lunch.
A Trip to Narnia
What an amazing day! Our whole school spent the day out at the Birmingham Rep Theatre to watch a performance of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'. We are very proud of the children for their great behaviour during the journey and at the theatre, as well as their enthusiasm during the performance. We were treated to some fantastic singing, dancing and acting on the stage, and got to listen to a live orchestra performing the music for the stage production! It truly was an incredible day out, which showed off what makes Westacre such a special place.
Best Choir 2015
Congratulations to Choir and Mrs Jones for their success at the Merry Hill Little Voices Competition. They were amongst seven other schools to be selected for the final out of sixty entries from around the West Midlands. The children sang beautifully, delighting the audience with their enthusiasm and they have received the Best Choir Award for 2015.
Westacre sings for Children in Need
On Friday evening, the school choir performed at the Hive in Worcester, as part of the BBC’S Children in Need. We were very proud of all the children who performed beautifully and overcame their nerves as they went, " live!”
Children In Need 2015
We raised money for Children In Need by taking part in a Superheroes themed non-uniform day. Take a look at some of our creative children proudly showing off their costumes!