Wellbeing Team Update - Summer Term 1
Thank you to those of you who completed the wellbeing survey. Communication and extracurricular opportunities featured most frequently in your comments. Below are the Wellbeing Team's summary response to the survey and in particular the areas of extra-curricular enrichment and communication from school.
Parents and carers told us that they look forward to fortnightly newsletters and parent consultations; they are also enjoying the re-introduction of "book looks" in the classroom. These parent afternoons allow the children to share their work and talk about what they are proud of and these are something our children are loving doing.
There was a question about the opening time of the School Office. The offices are open throughout the school day but unfortunately there may be times, especially during the busiest on-site periods of the day, where telephone calls take slightly longer to be answered.
Parents liked the workshops on wellbeing and workshops alongside their children, for example the recent "Escape Room"! We have recently re-established the Friends of Westwood and they have a host of exciting plans including: regular cake sales to raise funds for the school, discos and a summer fete!
In terms of extra-curricular opportunities, we feel we have offered a great deal so far this year.
We have held residential trips for Year 4 and Year 6, both of which were a huge success. Children have visited places of worship and also took part in art workshops. We have also been lucky to receive visits from both a gold-medal winning Paralympian and also a Commonwealth Champion who gave us all inspiration with their amazing achievements.
After school clubs have included: how to draw; athletics; handball; origami; tennis; basketball; rounders; arts and crafts; tag rugby; board games; skipping; science; outdoor art; eco club; gymnastics; digital leaders; dodgeball; gardening; team games; craft and sewing; challenge; creative stories; archery; short mat bowls; clay; embroidery; orienteering; construction; recorders; chess; bowls; songwriting; seasonal arts and crafts; and sketching!
Choir club resulted in a visit to Wembley as part of Voice in a Million. This was in the words of members, an ‘amazing’ experience and ‘made us smile.’ Let's not also forget our school discos. Phew!
Twenty 20 Productions ran six workshops with our Year sixes on the five ways to wellbeing. These ran over six Fridays and were a huge success. They took part in different activities each week: Connect, Give, Be active, Take Notice and Learn.
In addition to this, we have also delivered extra-curricular academic support to targeted pupils. We have run booster groups for maths, reading and writing.
Thanks to the amazing Mrs Delaney. we have had author visits from: Jeanne Willis, Ben Davis, Julia Jarman, G.R Dix and John Dougherty. Wow! These visits have inspired our children to read more and have introduced them to a variety of genres and styles of writing.
Sporting events continue to be a brilliant success. With your support, the Pro-Strike challenge raised a phenomenal amount for the school. Equally importantly, the Mintridge Foundation held mentoring sessions with some students and ran judo sessions after their inspiring assembly. Peterborough United gave us a visit, there was even a staff dance off with their mascot Peter Burrow! Northampton Saints are holding a rugby ‘takeover’ day when children can learn more about how the game of rugby is played.
This week, we will be holding a Coronation picnic after school to celebrate the crowning of King Charles III.
Other things to look forward to this year are a summer fete, professional footballer visit and a Royal Opera House Project. Watch this space!
There's always so much going on and we hope you'll agree there's plenty to celebrate.
Wellbeing Change Team