The Autumn Term has seen the first ever Soundbites project and it has got off to an absolutely flying start thanks to great enthusiasm from children and parents alike. Over the past month the Soundbites group have met each week and have been involved in a wide range of sessions, all with a speaking and listening focus. We have visited Droitwich Library, made Christmas decorations and used the iPads to record ‘Blue Peter style’ instructions, played lots of games and created memory jars for the Christmas holidays. This was all topped off with a festive feast, photo booth and a goodie bag to take home.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents for their valuable time and for making Soundbites such a success – we can’t wait for the next instalment in the Spring Term!
Road safety week
As part of national road safety week we were delighted to welcome two of our local community police officers in to school to deliver an assembly on road safety. Following the assembly they also held a Q&A with our Westacre parliament. Also look out for the winners of our road safety poster competition!
Children In Need
At Westacre, we have raised money for BBC Children In Need in two different ways. Children donated a £1 to wear pyjamas, onesies and dressing gowns for the day! During the week, they also donated any loose change they had to our very own Pudsey, who spent the week collecting money on our school stage. We are very pleased to announce that a grand total of £550 has been raised as a result of the generosity of Westacre pupils and their families. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
Westacre was proud to take part in commemorating the centenary of the signing of the armistice to end World War 1. The children spent time learning about and dscussing the significance of Remembrance day. Some children went out and around Droitwich to explore local memorials. All the pupils made their own poppies with individual messages of thanks. Our whole school assembly was a thoughtful occasion with children sharing poetry and stories they had researched.On Sunday our head boy and girl tok part in the Remembrance service in Droitwich town centre
On Friday I went to a memorial in Staffordshire with my great Nan Rose, she was invited by the queen because she was one of the remaining survivors of the world war. My great Nan worked at Swynnerton Training Area during the war. I went because my Nan is my dad’s Nan and my dad said I could come. I went last year as well but last year my Nan couldn’t come because she was ill. When we arrived we went to this big area where there were loads of tents for us to stand under whilst the memorial was going on. My Nan’s daughter, Delva, was there too and because she is in the army she came in her uniform. When the ceremony was going on Delva had to salute because it was a sign of respect. After the ceremony I went up to the cenotaph on my own and put my own wreath on and paid my respect to the people who sacrificed their lives to save our country from war. After I did that we went into the building to eat lunch. Jim (the person in charge) asked me if I wanted to go for a walk and I said ok. He took me into a room full of boxes of sweets and gave me a packet of skittles which I really like. I decided to have them after lunch. For lunch I had beef with Yorkshire pudding and cabbage I was really hungry so I ate it all up. After Jim made an announcement and he gave my Nan a medal. The medal said, “Front Line Duty,” which meant she was in charge of making all the bombs in the war! After lunch we got in the car and left. On the way home we listened to Michael Jackson.
Today we celebrated Harvest. We took the opportunity to think of all the things we are grateful for, each child put a slip in their class flower pot to give thanks for something they appreciate. Our families as usual were incredibly generous and donated lots of food which will go to Droitwich food bank.
Macmillan Cake Sale
We are incredibly proud to reveal that Westacre pupils and their familes helped to raise £358 for Macmillan Cancer Support during this year's cake sale. There were an amazing number, range and quality of cakes in school - all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by children who donated money to buy them! As always, the generosity of our pupils and their families has been very impressive - this is a super amount of money for a wonderful cause!
We were delighted to hear back from the Duke & Duchess of Sussex in acknowledgement of our day last year celebrating and fundraising as we marked their special day back in May!
Willow Foundation Cake Sale
At the request of Year 7 girls Mia and Frankie, we were delighted to hold a cake sale for the Willow Foundation. The charity helps seriously ill patients by organising memorable days out. Overall, we are pleased to announce that the cake sale raised £95.70. Well done again to all of the Westacre pupils and families for your support with this!
Well done to Macey and Miller in Year 5 who have been showing off some of their recent awards in class today! We have a limited edition Blue Peter badge and medals from the recent Droitwich Colour Run.
Staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of running the Sport Relief Mile this year! With all of the sponsorship money added up, we are very pleased to announce that Westacre families raised over £750 for this very worthy cause this year.
Westacre celebrates stars of the stage!
Congratulations go to Katie Jones, Georgia Andrews, Amy Meredith and Daisy Moffat for their recent performance of 'Alice in Wonderland' at the Norbury Theatre in Droitwich. The production was of such outstnading quality that they have been nominated for a NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) award. Good luck at the awards ceremony girls!
Following this term's collection in school, we welcomed very grateful staff from the Droitwich Foodbank into Westacre. Thank you yet again to everyone for their kind donations!
Socks And Chocs Fundraising
We recently welcomed staff from the Socks And Chocs charity into school to collect the £170 that Westacre pupils had raised by donating their spare change to this charity that raises funds for the homeless.
SEN Outreach Road Show
On Tuesday 13th February, we are hosting our first SEN Outreach Roadshow alongside local charity 'What makes you different, makes you beautiful.' The roadshow will be run as a coffee morning, starting at 10am and is open to any of our parents with questions or queries about Autism and other Special Educational Needs. It promises to be a really useful event, full of helpful strategies, ideas and advice. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our SENCo, Mrs Langston.
We hope to see you there!
Age UK Collection
Following the very generous donations from Westacre families during the Christmas Production performances, we raised almost £200 for Age UK. On the final day of term, Jan from the Droitwich branch of the charity visited school to meet Mrs Evans and some Year 7 pupils, and to collect the money raised.
Age UK TV Adverts
During whole school writing week, Year 7 pupils wrote and performed their own Christmas TV adverts. Thoughtfully, many children came up with the idea of using these to highlight the issue of loneliness amongst elderly people. Have a look at the impressive video below for one example of what the children created. Any donations collected during our upcoming Christmas Production performances will go to the Age UK charity.
Supporting Droitwich Food Bank
Following your amazing generosity during Harvest time, we have decided as a school to try and further support Droitwich food bank. Iceland grocery store has donated a shopping trolley for us to use. The trolley will be in the school reception for the next two weeks and we will do this for two weeks every half term. If you are able to donate any food items we would as always be very grateful and know they will be appreciated by the people using the food bank.
Today our Year 5 members of parliament, Head Boy and Head Girl received a very warm welcome from the staff and residents at Dorset House. We took some poppies with us and asked the residents to share any memories of wearing poppies themselves and why they thought we should continue to remember those who gave their lives serving our country.
We took the opportunity to make notes in our parliament books so we could share the conversations with the rest of the school in our Remembrance Assembly after half term. Keep an eye on our Community Page to find out more about future visits and see our Remembrance presentation.
We really enjoyed our visit and would like to thank Dorset House for all that they shared with us today.
Droitwich Foodbank Donations
As part of their Harvest celebrations this year the children of Westacre Middle school collected food donations in support of Droitwich Food bank. This is the second year that the school has chosen to support the food bank. It required several crates to pack up the donations ready for collection by staff from the food bank who said they were thrilled with the amount of food collected.
Taking Part in Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Now becoming an annual event, our Macmillan coffee morning saw a record number of cakes both baked and donated to school.
Our Year 7 helpers did a great job managing the sale to the rest of the school. Meanwhile, our Year 5 parents joined in our Read Alongside Morning whilst enjoying a hot drink and slice of cake.
Altogether as a school we have raised an amazing £295.88 for this fantastic cause. Thank you to all those who supported this event by purchasing cakes, baking their own or turning up to share in our efforts to host a fabulous coffee morning for Macmillan.
Year 7 Making a difference in the community
This week, it was great to see some of last year’s yr7s coming back into school to deliver a donation of money raised in last year’s Blood, Sweat and T-shirts. Daria, Katie, Daisy, Kim and Fran selected Danemere Animal Rescue as their chosen charity to support after making over £100 in the enterprise project run in school . It is clear to see form the photos that they were very happy with their choice which allowed them to get up, close and personal with the animals. We look forward to seeing future success with our current year 7s in the summer term.
A donation will also be made to Oxfam as part of the project.
Kickboxing Black Belt
On the 24 June 2017 Aaron in Year 6 was invited to grade for his Black Belt in Kickboxing. He has been kickboxing for four years and has not only gone through his gradings but also participated and won medals in club championships. To receive an invitation for this black belt grading not only did he have to prove his ability in kickboxing but he also had to organise a Club in the Community Event, which he raised an amazing £255 for a local charity, submit a thesis and participate in fitness tests. The grading itself was 3+ hours testing his abilities as well as his fitness, his minimum requirements for sit ups, push ups and burpees were 60 each! He was the only junior in a group of 6 people to be grading at this level and above. Below is a photograph of Aaron being presented with his Black Belt 1st Dan. Well done Aaron- we are very proud of you!
Community E-Safety Event
Click the link below to see how our digital leaders got involved in a special event at Droitwich Library to promote online safety in our town.
Eve Wins Gold!
A massive congratulations to Eve in Year 7, who represented Westacre and the Droitwich Spa Judo Club at the British Schools Judo Championships. In fact, she was very successful at the event and won a gold medal for winning her particular category! Well done Eve- we are very proud of you!
Fortis Living Poster Competition
Last year our Eco Council leader, Mr Smith, organised for our pupils to take part in the Fortis Living poster competiton. Fortis is a not-for-profit local housing assosciation who do a great deal of work in the local community. On this occasion, their focus was the environment with children across the town encouraged to create anti-litter posters to go on display around Droitwich. We were very proud and excited to welcome Chris Colley from Fortis into a whole school assembly, where he announced that the Top 3 entries all came from Westacre. Here are the winning pupils with their prizes and the poster of their entries that will go on display around town:
Golf Award to Year 5 Pupil
On Saturday the 19th of November Ombersley Golf Club hosted their annual Presentation Night where the 2016 Junior Order of Merit went to Year 5 pupil Mya Slavin. Mya is still only 9 years old and has been having lessons at The Graham Glenister Golf Academy since she was 6 where they have helped her develop into a great player and helping her get her CONGU handicap of 36 at the age of 8.
Mya and a number of her friends have weekly lessons at The Graham Glenister Golf Academy at Ombersley Golf Club on Sunday mornings where they can develop their game practicing on the driving range and other practice facilities along with playing on the course.
Well done Mya from all at Westacre- this is a great example of someone showing resilience and responsibility then achieving great things as a result!
As a school, we will be distributing vouchers for a free introduction session at the golf academy over the next few weeks.
Below is a photograph of Mya at the presentation evening with her rightly very proud father!
On Friday 21st October, we held a special charity day collecting for three worthy causes. Thoughtful pupils approached teachers about raising money for St Richard's Hospice and the British Heart Foundation. Once they were given the go ahead, the children came up with the idea of holding an unusual non-uniform day on the last day before the half term holidays. Children and staff were encouraged to ditch their normal school clothes in favour of their pyjamas! Everyone who joined in with the fun donated some money and, in total, we raised £301, which will be shared equally between the two charities. We decided to combine this with our Harvest Festival events, which included a special assembly and members of the school community donating food for the local Droitwich Spa Foodbank. Over 400 items of food were donated. These were gratefully collected by volunteers Debbie Ash and Mary Stanbury from the Foodbank during the Charity Day. All donations will be stored at the local foodbank centre and shared with needy families in the Droitwich area.
Aaron's Community Fundraising
Year 6 pupil Aaron has been very busy outside of school! He has won medals in national events in kickboxing and is now planning some fundraising as part of his community support programme. We are very proud of Aaron for doing this and really encourage everyone to have a look at the two links below for more information:
Macmillan Cake Sale
Girls in Year 5 and 6 organised a cake sale to raise money for Macmillan's big coffee morning. We were incredibly impressed by the level of donations we received and the cake sale itself was extremely popular! Once again, well done to the Westacre community for getting behind such a worthy cause!
A fantastic £331.60 has been raised from our Macmillan coffee morning! A big thank you to every who donated and purchased cakes.
Westacre girl wins national design competition
Isabel in Year 7 has won a national competition that was entered by more than 5,000 people! After visiting the sand scultpure exhibition at Weston-Super-Mare with school and her family, Isabel entered the Kidz competition to design a sand scuplture. Her 'Reach for the Stars' design was judged to be one of the best and she was invited back to Weston where she worked with professional sand sculptor Becky Saril to actually bring the design to life. Look below for a report in the local news and some photographs. Well done Isabel!
Raising Money for Refugees
Year 7 pupil Phoebe has arranged her own fundraising day to raise money for refugees! We are incredibly proud of Phoebe, who is raising money for Education for All charity. She understands the plight of young children living in refugee camps and would like to make a difference. Phoebe would like to raise money to purchase resources to enable the children living in the camps to have access to education.She wants us all to take a stand to help these children. Phoebe has said that any money left over from donations will go towards helping adults in the camps get food and clean water, to enable them to better look after their children. Coming up with the idea herself, volunteering to have 40cm of her hair cut off and thinking of those less fortunate than herself really typifies the British Values that we teach at Westacre! Click Click the link below for a report in the local press about the event:
Raising Money for Local Causes
Following discussions with our pupils, including School Council members, we decided to host a cake sale in school to raise money for two fantastic local causes. The children suggested that any money raised should be shared equally between the St Richard's Hospice (a charity that cares for thousands of people across Worcestershire) and the Lets Play Tennis campaign (that is aiming to redevelop the tennis courts at the Droitwich Lido Park). We were overwhelmed with donations of cakes and biscuits (shop-bought and hand-made), including from Elaine Newman, the founder of the local tennis campaign, which really shows what a caring community we have at Westacre. As expected, the sale itself was hugely popular and helped raise a great deal of money. In fact, the vast amount of cakes donated meant we were able to hold one sale at break time and one at the end of lunch! Thank you and well done to all Westacre pupils, parents and staff who donated or purchased the cakes - you have helped to make a real difference to our local community!
Summer in Droitwich
Check out the link below for a range of activities aimed at young people in Droitwich over the summer holidays:
Follow the link below to find out how our pupils have been working hard to improve one part of our local community:
Click on the link below to see how the Droitwich Standard has reported on the success of our pupils in the local youth council:
Go Bright For Sight
A team of staff from Westacre are taking part in a 5K run at the Lido Park, in order to raise awareness and money for Sight Concern Worcestershire. Mrs Bees, Miss Brooker, Mrs McDiarmid, Mrs MacPherson, Mrs Ardis, Mrs Radburn, Mr Smith and Mr Barber will be putting their bodies on the line for this wonderful cause! Have a look at the links below to find out more about the day of events taking place:
Fundraising for the Homeless
We are incredibly proud of Year 7 pupil Holly, who has been giving up her own time to care for those less fortunate in our community. She has been collecting a range of donations to make people's live better and has already had a positive impact on so many people around! We look forward to hearing about this great charity work in assembly and helping Holly to give out even more donations. Have a look at a news article all about Holly's achievements:
St. Richard's Festival 30th April
Last Saturday was an exciting day for Westacre pupils who had designed this year's mural for the Netherwich Canal Basin in Droitwich. The mayor led St. Richard's procession to the canal basin, where pupils, parents, members of Droitwich Art Network and Droitwich residents were waiting to witness the unveiling of the design. It was very special to see our
interpretation of Edward Winslow's journey on the Mayflower brought to life.
Westacre Parent runs London Marathon
We have been getting used to celebrating the sporting successes of our pupils but this this time a special mention goes to a parent of one of our pupils. Steve Colley, father of Will in Year 5, is preparing for the massive challenge of running the London Marathon. As well as doing this as a great personal achievement, he is also raising money for a fantastic cause - a charity called VICTA that supports children with visual impairment and visual loss. In what is sure to make him stand out from the crowd, Will's dad will be running dressed as a giant eyeball! Please take the time to read more about this by clicking the link below, where you can sponsor Steve if you wish.
British Judo Champion at Westacre!
We were very proud to read about one of our pupil's sporting successes in the local newspapers! Megan in Year 7 achieved an amazing feat by winner a silver medal at the recent national championships, competing against many people older than her. As well as celebrating this achievement in assembly, we were invited to join Megan at her local Judo club to congratulate both her and her coach.
Mrs Evans visited Megan one evening after school and commented, "It was a pleasure to be invited to the Droitwich Spa Judo Kan club last Friday to have a celebratory photo with Megan and her Sensai, following her success in achieving a Silver Medal at the British Schools Championships in Sheffield.
Well done Megan from everyone at Westacre!
Another week, another assembly and another Westacre pupil sharing sporting success that has been recognised by the local media. This time it is Archie in Year 6 who had the rest of school in awe at the retelling of his achievements! Take a look at the news report below for more information.
Successful partnership with Droitwich Arts Network
Click below to see some of the publicity we received in the local press about the fabulous efforts of pupils and staff in a creative arts project.