Red Nose Day
To mark Red Nose Day 2017, Westacre pupils spent the afternoon together enjoying two events that were very different to each other but just as fun! First of all, everyone came together in the hall for a Choir taster session with Helen Jones from the Rock Choir. This involved the children taking part in some fun, warm-up activities before learning the lyrics to some current popular songs. They performed beautifully together by the end of the session! Following this, all of our school community then made their way to the school fields for a Fun Run. Well done to all of the staff and pupils who took part, especially those particularly fit few who managed over ten laps of the field! As well as being an enjoyable way to end another week of learning, donations from pupils helped to raise over £120 for Comic Relief!
Following our recent Careers Day, five girls in Year 7 were so inspired by what they heard and learned during the Paramedic session with Rob from the CCSHF charity that they decided to raise money for a school defibrillator. On Tuesday 14th February, they organised a non-uniform day, which also included a cake a wristband sale. In total, this helped to raise £463! Rob and Maggie were so impressed when they heard about the girls' idea that they volunteered to come back into school to help during the day and speak to the whole school in an assembly. During this assembly, they announced that they were going to donate a defibrillator to Westacre! We are incredibly proud of the Year 7 girls for what they have achieved and incredibly touched by the amazing gesture from CCSHF!
Safer Internet Day
At Westacre, we teach pupils regularly about the importance of online safety. As part of this provision, we held a number of activities to mark Safer Internet Day 2017. This included our Cyber Council pupils leading their own whole school assembly, which involved the digital leaders sharing key e-safety messages and inviting all children to apply for a place on the Cyber Council. During Safer Internet Day itself, all pupils took part in e-safety lessons in class, as well as participating in a house e-safety quiz. Take a look at the photos below to see just some of the activities that happened as part of our efforts to 'unite for a better internet'.
At Westacre, we now have monthly house assemblies where children get to meet with others from across school in their house group. Attenborough, Bannister, Bronte and Turing houses met for an hour in different locations around school to celebrate their successes and discuss ways of earning even more house points this term. The children were also placed into new trio groups in their houses. This involves one child from each year group forming a special group that will work together on different challenges throughout the year. As this was the first time they had met, the activities this time were simple, get-to-know-you tasks. However, it was clear that the pupils were already working well together and showed great communication and teamwork skills. Watch this space for further activities during the year where pupils will support each other in other areas of learning.
During pupil interviews last year, many children expressed an interest in finding out about potential future jobs. As a result, we organised a special Careers Day when children could find out about different jobs, in particular what they involve on a daily basis, what skills and qualifications are needed for them and what benefits come with the jobs. We were incredibly touched by the amount of volunteers from the local community and further afield who volunteered their own time in coming into school for this day. Overall, we had over twenty visitors in school to help inspire the children in a range of very different jobs!
Back in class, children continued to think and learn about the world of work through further research, role play, written job applications and interviews! Some of the sessions also involved some 'homework' challenges for children to put together business plans etc. This day was a perfect example of 'Inspire Challenge Achieve' in action.
Here are some quotes from Westacre pupils about the day:
At that start of the day I wasn’t sure about my choices of cooking and firefighting, but now I’m genuinely considering them.
I’ve sussed out the things I don’t want to do and know what I need to do to achieve the job I want
I now know how to write a personal statement so I will be prepared for applying for a job or place in university.
Although my arm ached it was great at the paramedics as I am now confident I can save someone’s life- and I got a cool wristband!
With the Mars Business Planning I wasn’t expecting it to be as detailed, I really enjoyed it as I got to create my own invention.
To kick-start a new year and new term of learning, we decided to hold a special Topic Day in school. This meant that the first school day of 2017 involved pupils being completely immersed in their new topics of learning. Much of this involved fun learning activities in the classroom however there was one extra surprise for the children! We were very excited to have been chosen by Google for Education to have the opportunity to take part in their Google Expeditions program. This meant that every single pupil had the chance to use Virtual Reality headsets to visit a place of interest linked to what they will be learning over the coming term. Year 5 visited the moon and outer space, Year 6 visited many wonders of the world, while Year 7 climbed mountains and saw the impact of earthquakes and volcanoes! Overall, it was a truly inspiring day and we look forward to seeing the learning that comes over the next months.
Attenborough House Celebrate
As we approach the end of Autumn 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 Attenborough. 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! Well done to all of Attenborough 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!
End of Term Christmas Assembly
We had an incredibly busy whole school assembly on the last day of term before the Christmas holidays! We celebrated children who have achieved many successes with Accelerated Reader, poetry writing, the school bank, 6Rs achievement cards as well as a number of recent sports competitions. After that, the main star of assembly was Mr Thomas who is retiring after 30 years teaching at Westacre. He was entertained by a whole school performance of the Haka and a number of readings from Year 7. We also found out that Mr Thomas has been trending in Twitter with nearly 20,000 views of Tweets about his retirement! Well done the school choir who performed two songs and to Lucy in 6BB who performed a solo version of Wonderwall. This was her first performance to a larger audience so should be very proud of herself!
Christmas Lunch 2016
Whole school theatre visit
Following the success of our visit to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre last year, we again took all of the children for a day out at the theatre. This time, we went to see Treasure Island at the Rep. Before the visit, classes have been researching the story and using it as a stimulus for learning, including during our recent whole school writing week. As with last year, the day itself involved much anticipation, excitement and appreciation for a brilliant show from staff and pupils alike.
Here are a few quotes from some of our pupils:
"Treasure Island is a fantastic book but the actors made it ten times better!"
"I wish I could go back and see it again."
"I think it was amazing to go on a trip as a school!"
"I LOVED the make-up and costumes. I wish the show was on for longer!"
"I loved the dancing as it was so professional."
"I wish I could be on the stage like them!"
Westacre Christmas Fayre
Click the link below to see some great photographs from this year's school fayre:
Droitwich Christmas Fayre
Our school choir played a very important role in the town's festive celebrations this year! As part of the run up to the lights turn on, our singers performed four songs that entertained and impressed the large crowds that had gathered. We are incredibly proud of this group of pupils, particularly as it was their first public performance!
Special Celebration Assembly
Every week we come together as a school for a whole school assembly. This week's assembly was an extra special celebration assembly with so much for us all to celebrate. Take a look at the photos below to see us congratulating children who take on roles of responsibility, participate in extra curricular clubs, have won awards outside of school, were winners in the House Cross Country competition, succeeded in our school writing week and received certificates for being independent learners:
House Performance Poetry Competition
Here are the photographs from the latest house competition. More information about the event can be found in the Latest News section of the website.
At Westacre we work very hard to combat any incidents of bullying. This week is National Anti-bullying week with the theme of, “Power for Good.” To help put an end to bullying it is essential to talk openly with the children about what bullying means, the effects of bullying and ways to deal with it. Each class has spent time to discussing these issues and ways that everyone can help in putting an end to bullying.
The children have worked in their school houses to create an anti-bullying super hero who can give advice on using the “Power for Good” to help combat bullying. Our final super heroes were fantastic and will be displayed in school.
Charity Day - Autumn 2
Yet another amazing effort from Westacre families to raise money for two worthy causes- this time we have been thinking about Children in Need and Operation Christmas Child. Take a look at photos from our Pennies for Pudsey and Cake Sale events on Friday 18th November:
As part of our House Photography competition, we invited award-winning local photographer Phill Hill into school to judge all of the entries. After choosing three finalists from each house, he spoke to the children about their photographs. He was particularly impressed by the creativity shown by the children and gave some useful tips to the children for any future photography they get involved with. Following this, Phil gave the finalists a workshop in finding and taking the perfect photograph. Winners of the competiton will be announced in next week's whole school assembly. Have a look at some photographs from the morning of the children with Mrs Radburn who has organised the competition (including some taken by Phil himself):
A visit to the Houses of Parliament
Charity Day - Autumn 1
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.
Click the link below to see some photos from our school disco:
Local MP visit
We were very pleased to welcome MP Nigel Huddleston to Westacre! He was greeted by our Head Boy and Girl Michal and Katie, who then introduced him to Mrs Evans, Mrs Doolin and Mr Barber. Mr Huddleston was given a tour of school by Year 7 prefects Freya and Luke, who spoke about their experiences on the Cyber Council and showed him some of the ways technology is used in our classrooms. Our visitor then joined Year 5 to officially open their new playground. He was joined by Year 5 MPs and our Head Boy and Girl again during the ribbon cutting of our new climbing equipment and book den. To round off a very busy morning, Mr Huddleston joined all of our Westacre Parliament MPs for an inspiring Q&A session about his life in politics, his experiences in school and his own advice to our pupils. At the end of the visit, he said he impressed he was with our ICT provision, our modern outdoor equipment and, most of all, our enthusiastic and friendly pupils. Well done all at Westacre for another great day!
Head Boy and Girl
Here are Head Boy Michal and Head Girl Katie. They have been chosen to take on these vitally important roles for the 2016/17 school year. They will work alongside the other pupil-elected MPs in the Westacre Pariliament but will also work closely with Mrs Evans, Mrs Doolin and Mr Barber in making important decisions about school life. Well done Katie and Michal for your appointment- we are sure you will be amazing role models this year!