For four weeks, all pupils have been given the choice of a range of tasks to complete for Homework that linked to the theme of British Values. These included speech writing, film making, artwork and science inventions and all gave the children opportunities to earn themselves and their respective house some Eisteddfod points. Based on certain success criteria, teachers graded each and every entry, awarding points, as well as choosing highly commended, 3rd, 2nd and 1st place entries. These results were revealed during the Eisteddfod Festival Day, which celebrated the culmination of everyone’s efforts and a range of live performances. Pupils took part in cake making, singing, dancing, poetry performing, acting and instrument playing competitions during the day in front of a live audience of Westacre pupils and staff. Once more, staff judged and chose winners for each event, which helped to find both year group and whole school overall winners. Overall, the top scoring boy and girl from each year group was: Bruno Osmond-Hopes & Emmie Clarke from Year 5, Cotton Hennessy & Frankie Walker from Year 6, and Jack Lockley & Kimberly Jones from Year 7. At the end of the festival, Emmie and Cotton were crowned overall female and male Eisteddfod champion, while the Turing house came out on top securing over 2000 Eisteddfod points over the five weeks. Final results were:
Turing - 2273 (awarded 22 extra house points)
Attenborough - 1907 (awarded 19 extra house points)
Bronte - 1855 (awarded 18 extra house points)
Bannister - 1657 (awarded 16 extra house points)
Eisteddfod off to a flyer
I have been over-the-moon with the pupils' response to Eisteddfod thus far. Some of the entries have been mind-blowingly good and, what has been fantastic, is the fact that the quality and effort is seen throughout all three years. The speeches were of a quality that could teach our politicians a thing or two, the board games will keep Waddington's on their toes, the art work was simply sensational and some of the timelines just seemed to keep going and going and going. In fact, one of the timelines shown in assembly, completed by a year 5, stretched the full width of the school hall!
We are now looking forward to the upcoming festival on the 10th July to see that talents the children have during the live events. Well done to everyone for embracing the Eisteddfod, staff have been overwhelmed by your talents.
P.Cotton (Eisteddfod Lead)