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We are very proud and excited to have been awarded the Naace ICT Mark in recognition of our excellence in the use of educational technology! We are also very proud and excited to have received the Silver School Games Mark award in recognition of our strong PE and Sport provision & have now started planning ahead for next year!
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Bzzy Bee Celebration Day at Lower Smite Farm

We had a wonderful day today at Lower Smite Farm with our Bzzy Bee Ambassadors! It was a chance for the four schools who have been involved in the project to come back together, share their successes and to take part in a variety of fun activities. From campfire cooking of fruit kebabs, to pond dipping it's safe to say there were smiles all around. As a well done the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust have awarded each child a certificate and a packet of wildflower seeds.

smiley WESTACRE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A RUNNER UP IN THE CWMT WELLBEING CHALLENGE 2019! smiley

 

Thank you to all the pupils and staff who got involved! Our prize is on its way.. 

Westacre Middle School is taking part in the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Wellbeing Challenge 2019!

 

This is an interactive competition that takes places from Monday 17th June to Friday 28th June. Our aim is to encourage young people to think about their mental health. It is based around the NHS 5 Steps to Wellbeing:

 

  • Connect 
  • Be Active 
  • Keep Learning 
  • Give To Others 
  • Be Mindful 

 

During the next 2 weeks we have a chance to win a whole library of wellbeing books for our school by tweeting photos relating to the 5 Steps to Wellbeing. 

 

Keep an eye on our website and Twitter page to see our entries! 

 

 

Monday 17th June 2019

 

 Pupils at Westacre Middle School enjoying catching up about their weekends over some lunch! #WellbeingChallenge19  #Connect  

 

 

 

Tuesday 18th June 2019

 

 Today, Westacre Middle School held their annual Eisteddfod Festival which celebrates the arts. This year the theme was 'technology' and both staff and pupils were able to learn different facts about technology through this years entries! #WellbeingChallenge19 #KeepLearning 

 

 

Wednesday 19th June 2019

 

  A total of 42 envelopes were mysteriously delivered to pigeon holes and desks this morning containing a positive mesage about every member of staff. There are lots of smiles here at Westacre on this sunny day!  #WellbeingChallenge19  #GiveToOthers  

 

 

 

 

Thursday 20th June 2019

 

  During lunchtime today, some pupils at Westacre had the opportunity to learn how to knit! They've done a super job! #WellbeingChallenge19  #KeepLearning 

 

Friday 21st June 2019

 

  As part of Survival Week, Year 6 pupils had to work together as a team to build a tent!  #WellbeingChallenge19  #Connect #BeActive

 

  

Monday 24th June 2019

 

  At Westacre, our year 5 classes have been thinking about what makes a good friend and created bunting for their classrooms! #WellbeingChallenge19  #Connect 

 

Tuesday 25th June 2019

 

  As part of Survival Week, Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to tackle a climbing wall using their climbing and abseiling skills! It is higher than it looks! #WellbeingChallenge19  #BeActive 

 

 

Wednesday 26th June 2019

 

  After running around during lunch time, pupils were able to settle calmly back into their afternoon activities with some Yoga during registration! #WellbeingChallenge19  #BeMindful 

 

 

 

Thursday 27th June 2019

 

  This morning some children were invited to indulge in a cup of tea, a slice of toast and some mindfullness colouring for that all important tranquil start to the day! #WellbeingChallenge19  #BeMindful 

 

 

 

Bzzy Bee Project Update

We've now had two visits from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to help us along with our Bzzy Bee Project. The first of these visits was a chance to check in with where we're at with the project, as well as some work on our bee ID skills. Our second visit gave us the opportunity to create some amazing bee hotels.

 

Come and visit us at Westacre's summer fayre on 4th July!

Making Bee Hotels

Week 4 Cooking: Parents Invited into School

Week 3 Cooking: Trial Run

This month's wellbeing recipe is a delicious little treat: lemon and courgette cupcakes! It is a great way of getting extra vegetables into our food, whilst still providing us with a sweet snack or pudding. The recipe for these cakes is included above, and below you can see some photos of the children in this month's module. So far we've had our planning week, and have been to Aldi to buy the ingredients.

Wellbeing Winners

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Our Wellbeing corner is now proudly showing off the photos of the children who won prizes for the Wellbeing Photo Challenge.

Wellbeing Photo Challenge Prize Winners

Here are our prize winners for the Wellbeing Photo Challenge that we launched as part of Children's Mental Health Week back in February. A huge thank you to everyone who entered this competition, as we had a lot of wonderful entires!

Cooking For Wellbeing

Week 1

We have just started working with a new group of children on our Cooking For Wellbeing project. This month's healthy recipe is pizza baked potato. During week 1 we focused on planning, and learnt more about the ingredients as well as how to stay safe in the kitchen.

Week 2

This week we went to Aldi and Waitrose so that we could buy our ingredients, and also to give us chance to compare prices between supermarkets.

Year 7 Life Savers

On Friday, year 7s got the chance to learn all about the human circulatory system through a range of interactive resources including  a tour through the system itself using our Google expeditions software, investigating the effects of different exercises on the heart's beat during PE and having Peter Richards visit us from Droitwich AED to teach every child the basics of CPR. The children were fantastic throughout the day and it is nice to know there are another 110 people in Droitwich that now know CPR.

Looking after our mental health

World mental health day # Hello Yellow

Below are the presentations we used today about looking after our mental health.

Today all our classes took a little time out to focus on our wellbeing and mental health. We shared all the wonderful comments from our families which helped us all to feel very positive about ourselves! We celebrated all the positive things in our lives and discussed strategies for when we may be struggling and not feeling very good. The photos below show some of our day from sharing a hot chocolate, to making friendship cards, friendship gymnastics and making our bunting!

 

Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it! Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day to day life. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year. 

If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:

  • feel relatively confident in yourself and have positive self-esteem
  • feel and express a range of emotions
  • build and maintain good relationships with others
  • feel engaged with the world around you
  • live and work productively
  • cope with the stresses of daily life
  • adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty

So remember:

 

 

 

 

https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/

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The Pastoral Team

At Westacre Middle School we recognise that the social and mental well-being of our pupils is an essential part of a successful education and the preparation for later life. We understand that all of our pupils react and adapt differently to factors that affect their learning and development. The pastoral team along with other members of staff are able to offer extra support to our pupils when needed.

What are our aims?

To ensure our pupils feel happy, supported and cared for in order to achieve their best in the classroom.

Below are some examples of the support we offer:

· Small group and individual interventions that help pupils to improve their self-esteem, manage emotions and support social and friendship skills.

· Providing class yoga lessons once a week to promote mindfulness and positivity.

· Provide weekly cooking lessons in order to learn key skills and the importance of healthy eating.

· Meet and greet some pupils who feel anxious about coming to school.

· Tea & Toast in the mornings to help some students acquire that calm and focused attitude before lessons.

· Offer “catch ups” to those pupils who benefit from the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling.

· Work alongside class teachers, parents/carers and outside agencies to ensure pupils feel supported and safe.

· Run a break and lunch time club.

Who are the Pastoral team?

· Mrs Julie Darby (pastoral lead)

· Miss Leah Starkey (qualified yoga teacher)

· Miss Lauren Colledge (L3 specialist support)

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