On Monday, Y2 had an exciting time building dens, lighting fires, toasting marshmallows and trying their hand at archery. The drizzle did not dampen anyone’s spirits as all the children immersed themselves into team building skills and survival. This amazing day was part of our Antarctica topic where we are learning about Ernest Shackleton and his heroic skills in keeping all of his team alive and rescuing them after they were stranded on Elephant Island. The children certainly enjoyed all the activities (and the adults enjoyed them too) that had been arranged for them and were buzzing with excitement back in the classroom.
We took lots of photos of this fantastic day but can only share a few with you as parental consent to share these for many children in Y2 has not been given. Throughout the year, it is going to be a highlight of our learning to share photos with you via the school’s FaceBook page through this blog and it would be amazing if we could include photos of all the children (or as many as possible). Please re-consider allowing us to do this if you have previously not given your consent to do so. If you would like to talk further about this to Mrs Newbury or Mrs Porter, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Westbury Music and Arts Festival!
After an exciting art day at school based on the project ‘Future Me’ we have selected the best from each category to represent our school for an art exhibition at the Westbury Music and Arts Festival. Several schools in Westbury are taking part in this competition and we really hope Westbury Leigh has the winner! Their work will be displayed at All Saints’ Church from Saturday 30th September and will be up until Monday 9th October, where you are welcome to go and see it; the church will be staying open until 5pm on weekdays. Winners of the competition will be announced before half term!
The work showcased from Westbury Leigh pupils will be from:
Year 3 & 4:
Year 5 & 6:
Matthew Brooks Martin
A big well done to those children whose work has been chosen as nominees to represent our school and be put forward for a winner!
More information on this fantastic festival can be found on their website where there are lots of lovely events for you to attend.
Wardour and Stourhead class were lucky enough to have a special guest visit them today, this was to support their learning for their topic ‘Race to the Pole!’ Sir David Hempleman-Adams is one of the most successful adventurers in the world, travelling far and wide, leading more than thirty expeditions to the Arctic. After researching some facts about Antarctica we composed questions to ask him to further our learning and understanding about the continent; the children asked some great questions and Sir David was most impressed with the behaviour of the students. His early role model and inspiration was Sir Ernest Shackleton, I wonder who in Wardour and Stourhead will be Wiltshire’s next explorer?
Our School Kitchen Team, the ‘Love Leigh Diner’ run by catering manager, Helen Plows have continued to maintain their high standard and have been awarded the highest rating of 5 stars for hygiene by the Food Standards Agency. The Love Leigh Diner provides a wide range of hot and cold food, freshly prepared each day on the premises, our meals are very popular with both staff and pupils, especially the roast dinner on a Thursday!
The team take great pride not only in producing fantastic food, but doing so in the most professional way possible. It’s worth remembering that health, hygiene and safety are of paramount importance in public catering and it’s something that many customers take for granted – it’s good to know that the pupils and staff at Westbury Leigh C of E School can do just that!
Catering Manager, Helen Plows, said “We are delighted to have achieved the top rating again. It is reassuring for our pupils, staff and parents to know that we maintain the very highest of standards.”
Thank you to Helen and the team for all their hard work and for making Westbury Leigh School lunches so delicious!
Our Autumn Term is now in full swing, children have settled in beautifully and are already making every learning minute count! Our teachers have been busy over the summer planning an enriching and interesting curriculum to help the children progress with their skills. A child’s education relies on the partnership between school and home, so we welcome families in to share and support with this educational journey.
Year 5 immersed themselves in the Anglo Saxon era on our first week back, sporting traditional outfits whilst re-enacting the Battle of Ethandune with an Anglo-Saxon Warrior visiting our school! The whole year group showed off their incredible acting and performance skills as they threw themselves into every aspect of Anglo-Saxon Life!
Our new Reception pupils have begun their transition into the school and I can honestly say how wonderful it is to see all of their smiling faces, they have settled into school life exceptionally well and we are looking forward to continuing to watch them grow and develop into outstanding members of our community.
Clubs have begun this week and we hope the vast variety will spark the interest of all our pupils. There are still some spaces left in a couple of them, so speak to the office to sign up today!
This term we have welcomed Mr Pearce and Miss Warner to the team, and welcomed back Miss Eveleigh who has just come back off maternity leave.
Year 6 are holding a delicious bake sale this afternoon to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, cakes will be available on the Key Stage 1 playground straight after school, so come on down and donate for such a worthwhile cause.
Here’s to a fantastic term and great start to a new academic year!
The children have enjoyed their first week at school and are settling in well. It has been a pleasure to see them coming into school with a smiley face, ready for their new learning adventure. The children have engaged in a variety of activities and are becoming familiar with school routines. Lots of the children have been enjoying school dinners and have commented on how yummy they are! The children have explored the outside area and have had lots of fun using the mud kitchen, climbing frame and sand pit. The children have taken part in their first PE lesson with lots of enthusiasm and energy. Many of you have been sharing your child’s reading books with them at home, the children are enjoying new stories at school and are eager to receive their first reading certificate.
Longleat Class have been producing travel guides for Mexico following their topic on the Mayans. Now we all want to go!
Your trip to Mexico
WELCOME TO MEXICO!!!