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Father's Day Breakfasts

 

Now that we are able to welcome parents back into school, it was lovely to see so many Dads (and other family members) come into school for our Father's Day Breakfasts! As well as a nice bacon roll to start the day off with, the visitors had chance to spend time with their child playing games in the hall and using some of our PE equipment down by the Muga!

Sports Day

 

The results of Year 5's Sports Day are in! Final house positions are:

1st - Bannister

2nd - Turing

3rd - Attenborough

4th - Bronte

 

Congratulations to Bannister who receive an additional 100 house points! Well done to all of the children for taking part so well! Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support the children!

The results of Year 6's Sports Day are in! Final house positions are:

1st - Attenborough

2nd - Turing

3rd - Bannister

4th - Bronte

 

Congratulations to Bronte who receive an additional 100 house points! Well done to all of the children for taking part so well! Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support the children!

The results of Year 7's Sports Day are in! Final house positions are:

1st - Bannister

2nd - Bronte

3rd - Attenborough

4th - Turing

 

Congratulations to Bannister who receive an additional 100 house points! Well done to all of the children for taking part so well! Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support the children!

Choir Performs at Droitwich Jubilee Concert

 

We were delighted to be asked to take part in our local community's Platinum Jubilee celebrations! Our wonderful school choir performed five songs and impressed everyone watching them on the stage in Victoria Square. Below are some photos of the children on the day:

Watch the videos below to hear how beautifully the choir entertained the crowds in Droitwich:

Memories

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Sing

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Lean On Me

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True Colours

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Flesh & Bone

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Westacre FYI Presenter!

 

After being so impressed with our wonderful children during their recent visit to school, FYI offered us the chance to give one of our Year 7 pupils the fantastic opportunity of being a presenter for the Sky News show for a day! After lots of discussions in school and an online interview, Ava in 7RM was selected for the role. This then involved her working on and learning a script before spending the day at the UK's first Digital Arts gallery in Coventry. Here she joined the press launch event for the new gallery, recorded segments of the show to camera and interviewed some of the artists! Below are some photographs from the day:

Click the link below to watch the episode featuring Ava as a guest presenter:

Jubilee Day

 

Westacre spent the whole day before May half term break celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Children came into school dressed very smartly ready for a Royal party and were welcomed into school by a very special visitor! Our visitor joined us for a special outdoor lunch and enjoyed posing for photos with lots of children! The children spent the day engaged in lots of learning about the Queen and her reign, with Maths, Reading, Writing and History activities throughout the day. All year groups took part in a special treasure hunt around school finding out more about Great Britain since 1952. At the end of the day, our whole school came together to reflect on a brilliant day, and our MPs helped put together a special historical timeline of the Queen's reign.

Reading Week at Westacre

 

This week, pupils have been invited to bring in their own reading material from home, from graphic novels to magazines. 

Every class has been reading a book as a class, taking the time to have invaluable discussions about the books. Year 5 have been reading 'Wreck of the Zanzibar' by Michael Morpurgo, Year 6 have been reading 'Holes' by Louis Sachar, and Year 7 have been reading 'Freeze' by Chris Priestley. A special mention goes to Alana Fishwick, in 5LP, who produced a stunning piece of artwork, in response to 'Wreck of the Zanzibar'. 

Classes have also been spending time in the library, taking the time to explore the non-fiction section...there were some amazing discoveries! 

 

FYI visit

 

Across school, children have been watching BBC Newsround & Sky TV's FYI show since the start of the school year. This has been in class, in assemblies and even during breakfast club! We think it is important children learn about and understand what is going on in the world so being able to watch news reports from around the globe is a valuable part of all children's learning! We were very excited to receive a surprise visit from the FYI team last week, when one of their presenters Braydon and his camera crew met Year 5 during their year group assembly and spoke to them about the importance of recognising fake news.

 

That same day, Braydon then interviewed ten children from across our different Pupil Voice groups about the current conflict in Ukraine and about whether eSports should be included in the upcoming Commonwealth Games. All of the children who took part were chosen based on their contributions and enthusiasm throughout the year in their various meetings with the Westacre Parliament, World Watchers, Computing Ambassadors or Sports Leaders, and did a fantastic job sharing their opinions in front of the TV cameras! We have been told that Westacre will feature in an episode of FYI very soon and we will make sure will let all parents know when this will be as soon as we hear!

Below are some of the shots taken by the FYI camera crew that were included in the TV broadcasts from the show:

To watch the Westacre FYI episode online please click the following link:

Click the following link to see a Worcester News report about our FYI episodes:

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 certificates linked to our 6Rs Learning Values, 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!

Tea with Mrs E

 

Congratulations to the children selected by their class teacher to be involved in this  term’s Tea with Mrs E - an afternoon tea treat in recognition of their outstanding commitment to life at Westacre! The children enjoyed the food and drink on offer, and also enjoyed playing games with Mrs Evans!

Spring Attendance Reward

 

To congratulate the children in school who've achieved 100% attendance this term, we invited them into the hall to enjoy a chocolatey Easter treat and a glass of squash. 

 

Dozens of children in each year group have achieved this impressive milestone this term (we would also add that any Covid-19 related periods of isolation do not count against a child's attendance) and we look forward to hopefully rewarding even more children during the Summer term for 100% attendance! Well done everyone!

House Wellbeing Competition

 

Westacre pupils were challenged to create a poster about one of our five ways to Wellbeing - Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give. We had over 100 entries to the competition and the winning entries are proudly being displayed in the photo below!

 

House points were awarded for winning entries, runner-ups and for participation. In the end, the points totals were as follows:

 

Turing - 275

Attenborough - 225

Bannister - 200

Bronte - 100

 

Well done to everyone who entered and to Turing for being the overall winners! The winning entries will be made into actual posters to be displayed around school in the coming weeks.

World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March 2022

 

To celebrate this year's World Book Day, we walked into Droitwich Town Centre to spend our World Book Day vouchers at WHSmith. The staff were amazing and we even had some time to sit outside and read our books.

Back at school, other activities included book presentations for our most-favourite books and sharing the book characters we created from lollipop sticks.

Maths Art House Competition

 

Congratulations to the children chosen as winners of the Isometric Maths Art house competition! Each winner received a special Art prize, as well as 100 house points for their house. Well done to Ella & Hollie in Year 5, Vanessa in Year 6 and Tom, Jack, Emily & Freya in Year 7!

Turing 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 certificates linked to our 6Rs Learning Values, as well as through participation in our various house competitions. This term’s winning house is Turing. The children and staff in this house showed much effort in incorporating much yellow into their clothes as part of a special non-uniform day! Well done to all of Turing 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!

Christmas Lunch

 

During Christmas Jumper Day, children enjoyed a special Christmas Lunch in the school hall. The festive spirit has definitely reached Westacre Middle School!

Autumn Attendance Reward

 

To congratulate the children in school who've achieved 100% attendance this term, we invited them into the hall to enjoy a festive doughnut and a glass of squash. 

 

Dozens of children in each year group have achieved this impressive milestone this term (we would also add that any Covid-19 related periods of isolation do not count against a child's attendance) and we look forward to hopefully rewarding even more children during the Spring term for 100% attendance! Well done everyone!

Remembrance

 

For Remembrance Day this year, our whole school community came together outside to hold a minute's silence to remember all of the sacrifices made in past conflicts. We also displayed the poppies children in all classes had made during the week and heard a special reading of In Flanders Fields, the war poem by John McCrae. On Remembrance Sunday itself, Head Boy Rhys and Head Girl Zuzanna joined Mrs Evans to lay a Westacre wreath in the Droitwich Remembrance service.

Pupil Voice Lanyards

 

All of the many Westacre pupils who hold a pupil voice role across school have now been given their special purple lanyards to wear in school. This is to help other children identify them should they have any questions or ideas to discuss with their representatives. Congratulations to everyone who has been elected this year!

Harvest Collection

 

As a result of the great generosity of Westacre families, we filled three shopping trolleys with donations for the Droitwich food bank as part of this year's Harvest collection. Thank you to everyone for your support!

World Mental Health Day

 

On Friday 8th October, we celebrated World Mental Health Day. Our children and staff wore yellow for the day to raise awareness of the #HelloYellow campaign by Young Minds. The children spent the day learning about their own mental health and how to develop strategies on how to look after their wellbeing. We are so grateful to all of our families for the amazing food donations for Droitwich food bank that were sent in on the day, and would like offer our thanks to Waitrose in Droitwich for their kind donation of trolleys to support this!

Primary STEM Challenge

 

Over thirty of our most able mathematicians and scientists in Years 5 & 6 took part in this year's Stemworks Primary STEM Challenge. This involved the children working together in pairs to design and create their own robotic arm model to be used at the recycling plant Envirosort in Norton, near Worcester, before then presenting to the rest of the group about how they felt that had met all of the design criteria. Sarah from Stemworks commented on how impressed she was with the children's reasoning and problem solving! In the end, she chose Phoebe and Charlotte from Year 6 as the overall winning pair - the girls will go on to represent Westacre in a Worcestershire STEM event later in the school year. Well done to every single pupil for their achievements with this challenge!

Head Boy and Girl

 

Here are Head Boy Rhys and Head Girl Zuzanna. They have been chosen to take on these vitally important roles for the 2021/22 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 Zuzanna and Rhys for your appointment - we are sure you will be amazing role models this year!

Macmillan Cake Sale

 

For our first cake sale of the year, we raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support. After an amazing response from the Westacre community, bringing in hundreds of home made and shop bought cakes, we raised over £270 for this very worthy cause!

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