Westbury is celebrating books and reading during a month of activities that will conclude with Key Stage 2 taking part in World Book Day on 3rd March.
In February we had a visiting author in Key Stage 2 and the whole school took part in our second Blind Date With A Book event for Valentine’s Day, with each pupil receiving a wrapped book to keep that they had been set up on a ‘date’ with!
We are writing our own book of pupil stories and poems that will be professionally published later in the year through the ‘We are Writers‘ programme. Pupils had an opportunity to design the picture for the front cover, with the winning entry designed by Luke in Mrs Routledge’s class.
Pupils will each receive a copy of the book and there will be an opportunity for parents and carers to purchase additional copies.
Other events and activities will take place in-class and we aim to encourage all pupils to develop their love of reading for pleasure.
Can I on behalf of all the Staff at Westbury School wish all of our pupils their families and carers a very happy new year.
I hope that all of our pupils enjoyed the Christmas break and appreciated the gifts that they received.
The school received its own surprise over the holiday period when we were informed that £4.75 million pounds of building work has been approved to create new buildings and expand provision on the school site.
There has been a huge amount of work that has been carried out by senior staff in partnership with local authority officers over the last two years which has brought about this very welcome decision.
The improvements to the site will be beneficial to all our pupils and will be a further factor in promoting their academic success and their personal development. I look forward to keeping you informed as the plans for the delivery of the buildings are announced.
Best wishes for 2016
In English lessons, Gabriel in Year 8 had to turn a piece of prose from the WWII story ‘Rose Blanche’ by Roberto Innocenti into a poem.
He used the ending of the story to be the format of his poem. Gabriel has used his own thoughts and cleverly turned this piece of prose into a poem.
Robins sung as the cold retreated.
Grass of lush green advanced with a gentle note of cinnamon in the air.
Roses bloomed and cherry blossom flowers, swayed back and forth.
The colour of life splattered across the crimson field.
Trees burst into colour and animals filled the world with life.
Birds in their nests tweeted a tune and their message was heard.
Spring had triumphed!
Another year has passed and the old Year 11’s have moved on. All of the pupils have gone on to either College or an apprenticeship with a potentially successful future ahead of them.
This year we had our first GCSE A* which was in Art. A superb outcome for the pupil and the staff’s supportive efforts.
Also we had a pupil that we entered a year early for Foundation GCSE Maths and he achieved full marks in all 3 papers giving him a grade C in Maths already! Fantastic.