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100 Club Celebration

 

Over eighty pupils from across all year groups and classes enjoyed a very special treat for lunch - Domino's Pizza! This was to celebrate achieving a place in this year's 100 Club, which can be done in one of two ways:

 

- receiving 100 merits for independent learning (Platinum award)

- achieving 100% attendance over the year

 

Both of these are impressive achievements, for which the children were rightly proud. They thoroughly enjoyed the food provided and the time spent together. Well done to each and every pupil! Thank you also to Domino's Droitwich for supporting this event!

Summer Extravaganza 

 

Thank you to our school caterers AIP for again putting on their annual summer extravaganza! Staff and pupils had a lovely time together enjoying the food on offer  (the fish and chips were delicious!) and getting into the summer spirit!

Attenborough House Celebrate

 

As we approach the end of Summer 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!

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Tea with Mrs E

 

Well done to the following children for all their hard work – they have been nominated by their class teacher for this term’s tea with Mrs E.

 

Molly Pritchard, Claire Brownlee, Mollie Weston, Ania Waldman, Millie Lloyd

Jacob Daniels, Alexis Smith, Leah Harrison, Kayleigh Rich, Keira Yates

Sian Bye, Shannon Pedlow, Isabelle Edwards, Amelia Jessop

Algorithms for Adults Workshop

 

Many thanks to all of the adults who came along to our workshop and had fun finding out what an algorithm was, and had  go at creating their own!

 

For those who would like to continue their learning, the following links will take you to the free sites we used on the day.

 

https://code.org/dance

 

https://code.org/minecraft

 

https://lightbot.com/flash.html

 

https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1 

 

For any parents and carers who could not make it, watch the short video to find out what an algorithm is. You will have come across them all the time in every day life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da5TOXCwLSg

Tea with Mrs E

 

Well done to the following children for all their hard work – they have been nominated by their class teacher for this term’s tea with Mrs E.

Lucy Core, Jayden John Farr, Ellie Mai Mann, Henry Catlow, Ellie May Reeve, Evie Livett,

Ellie Garside, Emma Mansueto, Megan Holden, Bella Smith, Mya Slavin, Dillon Richardson

Zuzanna Dubiel and William Carter.

Westacre’s Big Switch off was a great success!

We are delighted with the response to our Big Switch off! As many of our electrical devices as possible were unplugged and all lights were dimmed or turned off. We are so grateful to all the local schools, businesses, parents and other local residents who took part on the day. We are very proud of the six girls who came up with and put in to action such a good initiative: The girls who planned the project were all year 7 pupils: Bea Rusby, Grace Rusby, Amelia Jessop, Indiya Hancox, Mya Slavin and Emmie Clarke. Well done girls!

 

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Bronte House Celebrate

 

As we approach the end of Spring 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 Bronte. The children and staff in this house showed much effort in incorporating much red into their clothes as part of a special non-uniform day! Well done to all of Bronte 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!

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The Big Switch off!

A group of our Year 7 pupils who feel very strongly about energy conservation and protecting our environment have planned an exciting project. We are organising, “The Big Switch Off,” on the 11th of April between 2:15 and 2:45pm where we are asking local schools, parents and businesses to turn off or dim their lights and turn off as many electrical devices as possible. We have several local schools and 2 local businesses already on board and other major retailers have expressed an interest in joining us. Therefore, we would be delighted if you would be able to join us by possibly dimming your lights and promoting our campaign. By supporting us in this campaign, you are helping us raise awareness about the importance of managing energy usage.

#DarkTodayForALightTomorrow

 

Please watch our short film below

 

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We had a fantastic fun day on Friday fundraising for comic relief. Following the Strictly come dancing team we decided to take dance as our theme. Thanks to Miss Boulton, who taught the whole school a short Zumba dance, we were able to meet in the afternoon for a whole school dance. The playground was a sea of dancing red as many of the children had paid a £1 donation to come in non-school uniform and wear comic relief red! We raised a fantastic £363 – thank you to all our generous families.

World Book Day

The children thoroughly enjoyed their walk to Droitwich WHSmiths to choose a book to buy with their £1 book tokens. It was great to see so many children following this year's theme of 'Share a Story', and purchasing their books together, as a school community, was an ideal opportunity for this.  We'd like to thank WHSmiths for ordering in extra books for our pupils and accommodating us on the day.  The children also enjoyed a 'flash mob' read where pupils sat on benches reading their books outside Droitwich Library. This supported Westacre's Drop-Everything-And-Read (DEAR) scheme where every week, pupils and staff stop the day-to-day school routine in favour of picking up a good book.

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Children's Mental Health Week

 

We embraced national Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10th February). Children, staff and parents all came together to highlight the importance of looking after our wellbeing.

 

This year’s theme ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, was about encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds. Across the week, parents were invited into school to take part in yoga and fitness sessions with their children. As well as this, a group of parents came into school to cook alongside their children.

 

All children took part in a range of activities in their classes to explore both their physical wellbeing and their mental wellbeing. This included the creation of posters outlining what school does to support positive wellbeing and pupils putting together word clouds of the things which help to keep them happy and healthy. On Thursday 7th February it was also Time to Talk Day, so children created chatterboxes to help them spark up conversations with their peers.

 

Everyone has mental health and just like our physical health it can vary throughout our lives. But when steps are taken to be ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

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Parliament Trip

Westacre school parliament travelled down to London on Monday 28th January to spend a fantastic day at the Houses of Parliament. It was an early start as the excited children met at school at 6.30 am! On arrival at Parliament the children were given a guided tour around the palace of Westminster. The children were escorted in to the House of Commons and the House of Lords, where they were able to sit where the prime minister sits and see where the laws of the land are made. The children, then took part in a workshop where they learnt about the Suffragette movement and how women fought to able to vote. This was followed by a visit from our local MP, Nigel Huddleston and an opportunity to ask their own questions. The children raised many questions especially about the environment and local housing. Mr Huddleston commented on how impressed he was by the level of questioning and how informed the children were. The children seem truly inspired and we may be seeing some future politicians in the making!

Primary STEM Challenge

 

Forty of our most able Year 5 & 6 pupils across the four STEM subjects were excited to be chosen to take part in the Stemworks Primary STEM Challenge! This exciting initiative will inspire the next generation of engineers to drive the future economy of Worcestershire and beyond. Throughout the challenge, the children learnt about structures and mechanisms, and used their knowledge to solve a construction challenge (designing their own railway station). We were incredibly impressed by all of the children, who showed a great deal of determination, teamwork and communication to succeed with this challenge. In the end, Matthew and Alex in Year 5, were chosen by Sarah, who came into school from Stemworks to lead the session, as the winning pair. These boys will go on to represent Westacre in the Worcestershire STEM Challenge later in the school year!

STEM Day January 2019

 

Following the success of previous STEM days over the last few years, we organised yet another STEM day at the start of the Spring term for local Year 4 pupils. This time the theme was 'Exercise' and we welcomed pupils from  Ombersley, Tibberton, Hindlip and St Peters. Once more, Westacre teachers Mr Barber and Miss Steenson were joined by Mrs Fisher and Mrs Park from the Prince Henry's High School in Evesham in organising different workshops for the children. Well done to all of the pupils for their enthusiasm and skill throughout this STEM day!

 

We were also pleased to be able to offer a number of our own Year 5 pupils the opportunity to take part in the sessions! These pupils were a credit to themselves and our school, as they showed our visitors what a well-mannered, knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of young people they are. This included a group of our gifted and talented Year 5 scientists and mathematicians, who take part in a special 'challenge' session around the same theme.

 

Well done also to the Year 5 pupils who helped with the organisation of the day and supported the visiting children who joined us for the day.

Whole School Theatre Trip

 

For this year's annual whole school theatre trip, staff and pupils from all year groups made the journey to The Birmingham Repertory Theatre to watch a production of The Wizard of Oz. Everyone had a wonderful time and we now look forward to next year's visit!

 

 

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!

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Christmas Lunch 2018

Tea with Mrs E

 

Congratulations to all the children who were invited to Tea with Mrs E. The children were selected by their class teachers for consistently working hard – well done!

 

Year 5 - Haydn, Joshua, Isabel, Jemima & Charlotte

Year 6 - Sophie, Millie, Chloe, Lewin & William

Year 7 - Sophie, Solomon, Alex & Joseph

‘The Best Christmas Present In The World’ Variety Performance

 

Again this year, pupils from all year groups worked together to put on a special Christmas production! The show was based around the Michael Morpurgo book 'The Best Christmas Present in the World', in recognition of 2018 being the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One. We were incredibly impressed by the talents of all the children involved, which included drama, poetry, dance and singing. Thank you to the hundreds of parents and other family members, who came along to enjoy the show and support their children (as well as join in with a special whole school song at the end!), and for their kind donations at the end of the show that raised over £270 for school. Thank you also to the Friends of Westacre group who organised refreshments and a raffle during the interval, which also helped raise funds towards a new stage and lighting for school. Have a look at some photos and videos from the show below!

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Droitwich Christmas Lights Switch On

 

As part of our town’s Christmas lights switch on festival, our school choir were delighted to perform some of their songs to the local community. The children have been practising during sessions after school and at lunchtime over the last few weeks and definitely entertained the crowds with their impressive singing and harmonising. Check out some photographs and a video from the day below:

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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!

Anti-Bullying Week

 

Each class made their own respectful character as part of anti-bullying week. #choose respect.

Look at our PSHE page to see more about anti-bullying week.

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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!

Remembrance

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. Look at our community page to see how one of our pupils and his family commemorated Remembrance.

Tea with Mrs E

 

Congratulations to all the children who were invited to Tea with Mrs E. The children were selected by their class teachers for consistently working hard – well done!

 

Year 5 - Finley, Rosie, Sophie, Amelia & Peyton

Year 6 - Hannah, Jessica, Jess, Nicola & Raphaella

Year 7 - Leon, Isaac, Summer & Ellie

 

Droitwich food bank came in to school today and were amazed at the amount of food the school had collected during our Harvest celebrations. They wanted to pass on their thanks to all our generous families for their kind donations.
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World mental health day # Hello Yellow

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! See our wellbeing bunting below.

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!

National Fitness Day

 

After a day of energetic activities around school, all of the pupils and staff enjoyed a special half an hour together outside on the school PE facilities. There was a great community feel around school as we marked National Fitness Day and we look forward to repeating many of these activities during our weekly Fitness Friday sessions.

Head Boy and Girl

 

Here are Head Boy Billy and Head Girl Emmie. They have been chosen to take on these vitally important roles for the 2018/19 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 Emmie and Billy for your appointment- we are sure you will be amazing role models this year!

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