We Are Writers

Huge congratulations to all the pupils at Westbury who are now published authors!

As part of our Westbury Book Festival back in the Spring term, all our pupils submitted stories, poems and other pieces of writing to be published in our very own book.

Box of books

Mrs Ramage ran a whole-school assembly to introduce the book and Key Stage Leaders read out their favourite stories before giving out the books.Every pupil should now have received a copy of the book to keep.

We gave parents and carers the opportunity to purchase extra copies of the book and we have a few copies left, so if you are interested in having another one, having seen what it looks like, please contact the school office.

Well done to everyone involved.

Festival of Books

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!

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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.

book front cover

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.

Happy New Year

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

John Dyson

Executive Headteacher

Star Poet!

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.

Spring

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!

 

Rememberance Day 2015

rememberanceOn Wednesday 11 November 2015 pupils from our Key Stage 2 represented our school in the Market Square to observe 2 minutes silence alongside members of the public and officials representing our city community.

The presence of the boys was hugely appreciated by many people in attendance and some took the time to speak to staff and the boys after the event. The behaviour of the boys was exemplary as was the respect for the event that they showed through their conduct on the day.P1010030

Mr Dyson saw the boys in assembly before they left for the event and their understanding and empathy conveyed during discussion was remarkable.

Key Stage 2 also had a visit from members of The Royal British Legion who gave a presentation about why we have Poppy day.

Well done to all the boys and their staff. Parents,carers,Governors and the school have every reason to be proud of our young people.

 

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