Despite being apart, we still wanted to mark VE Day as a school. To bring our school community together, we again asked pupils and their families to send us photos of themselves - this time dressed in red, white and blue. Please watch the video below of Team Westacre remembering those who sacrificed so much 75 years ago and of course looking forward to the time when we can all meet again.
Westacre Team Challenge
We wanted to show that now, more than ever, we at Westacre are part of a community and can face challenges together. In order to have a little fun while bringing our school closer, we invited the whole school community to take part in a Westacre Team Challenge. Have a look at the final video below (we hope you agree it is amazing proof of how strong Team Westacre is!):
Whole school non-uniform day
During the current school closure, we decided to continue with our termly house non-uniform day, but with a twist. Even though Attenborough were recently announced as the Spring term champions, all houses were invited to wear their house colours at home. We felt this would be the perfect way to bring our school community back together and to spread a little happiness around Droitwich! Thank you and well done to everyone who took part - check out the video below!
World Book Day
For World Book Day this year, every class in school visited WHSmith in Droitwich to use their book vouchers to purchase a new book. In school, each year group has focused on a specific author and created a music video based around the theme of reading
District Cross Country Finals
Tea with Mrs E
Congratulations to the children selected by their class teacher to be involved in this half 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!
Jnr NBA Basketball
Another two comfortable wins for our Junior NBA Basketball team against St Bede's and Bishop Challoner. The boys continue to impress with every game. Well done!
To mark this year's Children's Mental Health Week, we invited parents and other family members into school to join their children for a session of yoga. Thank you and well done to the many adults that were able to come into school - yoga is always a good opportunity to take a moment out from our busy lives and focus on our own personal wellbeing! The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing with their parents the skills they have learnt in their regular yoga sessions in school!
Year 6 and 7 Sportshall Athletics
Well done to all children who represented the school in the Sportshall athletics competitions at South Bromsgrove High School. This was the first time the children had entered this competition and they thoroughly enjoyed competing across a number of track and field events.
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 Peter Pan. Everyone had a wonderful time with many staff members and pupils suggesting it had been the best show we've ever seen during our many visits to the Rep! We now look forward to continuing with a range of learning based around Peter Pan for the rest of the week back in school.
Turing House Celebrate
As we approach the end of Autumnterm, 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 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!
During our end of term assembly, we also handed out various prizes to children who have been successful with the Accelerated Reader scheme this year. Prizes were given out to children who have read more than 100,000 words this term, while some children also received further rewards for reading more than 250,000 and 500,000 words! Congratulations to Drew in Year 6 for actually reading over 1 million words since the start of the school year!
As part of our end of term Christmas assembly, three special festive-themed challenges were set up for our four houses. With the help of the house leaders, children from all year groups had to decorate a present, create a paper chain and design a festive T-shirt. Each event was judged by Mrs Evans, Mr Barber, Mrs Doolin & Mrs Humphries with 10, 5, 3 & 1 house points available depending on the final decision. In the end, the final scores after the three events were:
1st - Bronte - 18 points
2nd - Turing - 16 points
3rd - Attenborough - 13 points
4th - Bannister - 12 points
Congratulations to Bronte house and well done to everyone who participated and to the whole school for cheering on all of the teams so well!
'Westacre World Christmas' Evening Performance
The final performance of this year's christmas variety performance was a massive success! Thank you and well done to all of the Westacre pupils and staff for their commitment to this performance and to the 200 audience members for your participation in the final song and your very kind donations at the end!
Tea with Mrs E
Congratulations to the children selected by their class teacher to be involved in this half 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 of charades with Mrs Evans!
100% attendance reward
We were delighted to see so many children today celebrating their 100% attendance for the Autumn term – well deserved donuts! A similar treat will be given out to all pupils who achieve 100% attendance during the Spring and Summer terms.
Westacre World Christmas
Well done to all of the children who took part in this year's Christmas variety performance - we have a plethora of talented children in school! Thanks also to the many parents and other family members who came along to support the children, and for your kind donations at the end of the event!
Year 5 Football Match
Last Tuesday, a great team perfomance saw Westacre run out 2-0 winners against St. Barnabas in Worcester. After a close first half, which saw chances for both teams, Tom Connor broke the dealock in the second half with a side-footed finish at the near post. Tom added a second goal later on, latching onto an excellent through ball from Hayden Smith, before calmly slotting the ball past the goal keeper and into the net. A big well done to all of the boys involved!
‘Westacre World Christmas’ Variety Performance
Again this year, pupils from all year groups have worked together to put on a special Christmas production! The show is based around how different cultures around the world celebrate Christmas - linking perfectly to one of our new curriculum drivers Diversity! Before the show is performed to parents and other family members, the children took part in their final rehearsal in front of the whole school. We were very impressed by the incredible talents on show! Below is just a small collection of what will be on display:
Year 7 Science Council learning about melting points and applying their knowledge to make yummy ice cream.
Christmas Lights Switch On
As is becoming tradition, the Westacre school choir took part in the official Droitwich town 'Christmas lights switch on' ceremony again this year. The children did a fabulous job entertaining the crowds with a range of popular and festive songs. Well done to all involved!
Junior NBA - Round 2
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 futuristic car model, before then presenting to the rest of the group about how they felt that had met all of the design criteria. Stuart from Stemworks commented on how impressed he was with the children's reasoning and problem solving! In the end, he chose Zac and Alex from Year 6 as the overall winning pair - the boys will go on to represent Westacre in a Worcestershire STEM event later in the year. Well done to every single pupil for their achievements with this challenge!
Year 6 & 7 Netball
Children In Need
For this year's Children In Need, we held a non uniform day and asked children to donate loose change to a special house mascot - CiN's very own Pudsey! As a result of all of this fundraising, we raised an incredibly £512.72 for this very worthy cause. Thanks in particular to Jess, Elizabeth and Daisy in Year 7 who volunteered their own time to help collect and count all of the money donated
Tea with Mrs E
Well done to all the hard working children who joined Mrs Evans for this term's Tea with Mrs E.
To mark Remembrance Day, we held a special whole-school assembly on November 11th and displayed 450 medals that pupils had each created - each of them honouring a member of the Worcestershire Regiment that has fallen in war. During the assembly, Year 7 pupils read a selection of war poems that they have been writing in their English lessons over recent weeks. Our Head Boy Finley Jones and Head Girl Alexis Smith also joined Mrs Evans and Mrs Doolin at the Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Droitwich on Sunday and lay a school wreath in Victoria Square.
Basketball Team First Junior NBA Games
Well done to the Year 7 Basketball team in their first round of the Junior NBA competition winning both matches!
Westacre 27 - 12 St Bedes
Westacre 12 - 4 Studley
Harvest Food Collection
Staff from the Droitwich foodbank came into school to collect the wide range of donations made by Westacre families as part of our Harvest celebrations this year.
All of us at Westacre would like to wish Poppy & Lexi in Year 5 and Daisy & Amy in Year 7 (and the rest of the cast) all the very best as they begin their roles performing in the production of Annie over at the Norbury Theartre in Droitwich!
Charity Cake Sale
As a result of the tremendous efforts of Westacre pupils and their families, we are delighted to announce that we raised £300 for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven during cakes sales that spanned over two days. Thank you to everyone who donated so generously!
We were pleased to welcome Simon King from Worcestershire's Young Carers in to school. He chatted to the children and put on a variety of activities that helped explain what makes a young carer and the support available.
Thank you for all your support in collecting the Aldi stickers. We have now completed one poster and are part-filled on our second one. Keep bringing in the stickers - we have until 3rd November to complete it.
Selected children from all year groups had the opportunity to meet author Robin Stevens at Worcester Cathedral. The children came back to school full of excitement and were definitely inspired to read more of the books they heard about!
Head Boy and Girl
Here are Head Boy Finley and Head Girl Alexis. They have been chosen to take on these vitally important roles for the 2019/20 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 Alexis and Finley for your appointment- we are sure you will be amazing role models this year!