A Festive Westbourne Weekly

Posted: 10th December 2020

The festive fun has truly begun!

A cacophony of carols and ‘rocking around the Christmas tree’ could be heard throughout the halls of the Senior School this afternoon as the countdown to the end of term got truly underway.

As always, the fun and festivities had a poignant edge, with funds being raised for Save the Children and our senior day students enjoying their fellow pupils company prior to Westbourne Online guiding the last of the terms learning.

Earlier in the week, we saw another flurry of top university opportunities come to our IB2 students, some engaging jigsaw themed maths lessons, sign language songs and chocolate-coated science experiments.

Another action-packed Westbourne week as we begin the final countdown to the end of the Autumn term.

Rocking around the Christmas tree!

Cake sales, secret Santa’s, rocking around the Christmas tree – watch out on social media for a preview – and a student council led whole school quiz,  Westbourne joined in the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day fundraising in style!

children in need - Christmas jumpers - Westbourne School

Christmas Jumper Day: IB1

supporting Children in need - school - fundraising - IB pupils

Smiles, songs and secret santa gifts across the school

Sign language songs

The theme of inclusion has been featured this week in Year 6 and with that in mind, with an estimated 125,000 adults and 20,000 children in the UK choosing British Sign Language as their first or preferred language, the class decided that their Christmas performance this year would be in BSL.

A carefully considered song choice by the class to remind them to think of those less fortunate this Christmas.

Hands on mathematics

Maths took a different approach in Mr Morrison’s class this week as students put their brains together to convert between equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages as part of a group activity, explaining their reasoning as they went whilst putting together a jigsaw.

Reading Maths - Pupils - Westborune School

Hands on mathematics

Oxbridge updates

As offers come in across IB2, we’re delighted to see Minh, Dharani and Anthony all receive offers this week from top London university, UCL.

Minh has also been offered an interview next week at Cambridge. Alongside all our other Oxbridge interviewees we wish her the very best of luck.

oxbridge hopefuls

Minh, Dharani and Anthony all received offers from UCL this week, they also all have secured Oxbridge interviews.

Cardiff Bay history highlights

A hands on history lesson saw Year 7 take a trip out of the classroom recently to nearby Cardiff Bay, discovering more about Captain Scott and his infamous 1910 exhibition to Antarctica.

Gleaning facts from the local information boards and visiting the Scott Antarctic Memorial, it was a great way to discover more about the race to reach the South Pole

pupils from Westbourne School in Penarth in year 7 visited Cardiff Bay.

Everyone enjoyed learning about Captain Scott

New Pen Pals
French learning - pen pals - Westbourne School

It’s been an active week for our friendly Westbourne postman, as a flurry of French pen pal letters arrived for our students in Years 7 – 10. A huge thank you to Ms Duble for using her French contacts to organise the inititivae, a brilliant way to reinforce language skills…as well as make new friends!

Chocolate coated Science

Year 4 conducted some delicious science experiments this week. Continuing their changing state topic this week they were investigating how solids turn into liquids. And what better way to do that than by melting chocolate?

They enjoyed seeing how the temperature of the water changed how quickly the chocolate melted, but their favourite part was eating the leftovers!

science - chocolate - pupils experimenting with melting chocolate

The tastiest experiment yet!

A Snapshot of Prep School life

Cookies have been baked, trees have been decorated, the Christmas concert has been rehearsed and even the new Prep School computer room is awash with festive colour. We couldn’t resist sharing some of the fabulous images showcasing a week in the younger years of Westbourne Prep. 

Christmas cookies - Reception class - Westbourne

The best part about making cookies was eating them afterwards.

decorating the Christmas tree - Reception class - Westbourne Prep

The holiday spirit is officially on

prep school - PE - outdoor play

FAB School

It was Year 3’s turn this week to head out and about with FAB School. A wonderful morning was had by all, exploring the new and exclusive Westbourne Forest School site! They became ‘risk assessors’ as they travelled around trying to identify potential hazards and how to keep themselves safe. After all that work they enjoyed much deserved hot chocolate and toast around the campfire!

Stars of the week

Reception: ⭐ Ana – for amazing work in maths writing numbers up to twenty.

Year 1: ⭐  Daniel – for a great improvement in focus and effort during lessons.

Year 2: ⭐  Enid – for great work in maths and english. 

Year 3: ⭐  Anna – for her fantastic work in maths this week and her excellent attitude to learning. Great job Anna!

Year 4: ⭐ Millie and Floyd – for excellent work finding routes from one major settlement to another, using minor and major roads.

Year 5:⭐  Gabs – for excellent focus and effort in maths. Super proud, Gabs!

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