Fun filled, fund raising and reflective

Posted: 12th November 2020

A Weekly View of Westbourne Life

Fundraising, festivals and physics IA’s have formed much of the flurry of activity which has been Westbourne this week.

Poise and reflection was very much the theme on Remembrance Day, in contrast to the bubbling enthusiasm and generous student support of today’s Children in Need charity day.

Fundraising efforts saw a delicious cake sale and whole, senior school, brain baffling quiz taking place…no mean effort to organise with thirty-six teams involved – so a particular well done to the Student Council!

Another wonderful Westbourne week – keep up the great work, it’s just 6 weeks until Christmas!

Pause for thought

Remembrance Day, symbolised by the poppy, marks the signing of the armistice agreement ending World War I, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day 1918.

Across Westbourne this week, united across faiths, cultures and backgrounds, our staff and pupils wore their poppies with pride and as the clock struck 11am on Wednesday, paused, mid lesson, or play for two minutes of silent remembrance.

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Pupils and staff across the school mark #TwoMinutesSilence

Fantastic fundraising efforts

Friday saw incredible efforts across the school in raising much-needed funds for the BBC’s Children in Need charity. A fantastic charity supporting children, both in the UK and around the world, with a broad range of projects, including helping vulnerable young people through this difficult year.

Westbourne successfully supports this event every year and this year, the school has been a riot of colour, with a rainbow dressing up theme in support of our fabulous NHS.

A special mention goes out to our Student Council heads, Rochelle and Lilian for their tremendous efforts in setting up our 36 team, inter-house, inter-year, Big Quiz, all online!

At the time of going to press, funds raised so far stand at £345.35 – a huge well done Westbourne!

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A rainbow splash of colour across the Senior School as students dressed in their class colour, with a small mufti donation to support the fundraising

Children in Need

36 teams went head to head in the inter house Big Children in Need quiz

IB Debating

With remembrance day in our thoughts this week, IB Coordinator and Head of History, Ms Phillips set our IB History class a challenging debate topic this week.

Titled, “Who was to blame for WWI?” Impossible to agree upon, the historical topic unsurprisingly sparked the deepest of discussions with interesting points raised from both teams.

With passion for the topic clearly evident from both sides, responses were mature, historically accurate and well-considered, with an amicable conclusion finally reached.

Excellent job IB1!

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IB History tackle a challenging debate topic

Sprinting to fitness

Another active Westbourne week, this time taking full advantage of the fantastic facilities in the local area.

From the humble hill, for a lung busting hill sprint session, to a national standard indoor pitch, our pupils have been out stretching, sprinting, scoring and more.

A huge thank you to our PE team for a brilliant week of activities.

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A lung busting hill sprint session to start the week!

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Rain or shine…every day’s an active one at Westbourne!

Young physicists

Alongside external exams at the end of the diploma programme, our IB students also undergo a number of IA’s, Internal Assessments during the course. This week, it was the turn of our IB2 Physicists to tackle theirs.

Subjects ranged from crater formation on the moon, through changes in liquid viscosity and resistance to stresses on bridges with excellent work from across the group.

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IB2 tackle their Internal Assessments

A cultural celebration

A local school with a truly global outlook, we have taken great delight in celebrating Diwali, the Indian festival of light, this week.

Whilst budding artists in Reception and Year 1 made Rongoli patterns, featured below, lower down the school in Nursery, our youngest pupils created a wealth of beautiful designs, including Paduka footprints and Diva lamps.

The theme was fully incorporated into literacy and numeracy sessions throughout the week, however it was the samosa making session that easily proved the most popular activity …with delicious benefits!

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Nursery pupils discover Diwali traditions

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Reception and Year 1 made Rongoli Patterns to celebrate Diwali

Stars of the week

With a huge range of activities taking place across Prep this week, it was, as always challenging to pick a single star. A huge congratulations to those mentioned below for shining so brightly this week!

Reception: ⭐Ava for excellent listening and following instructions. Well done Ava! 

Year 1: ⭐Isaac – for creating an excellent Diwali Rangoli Pattern. Isaac enjoyed looking at the different types of patterns. Well done Isaac! Very creative!  

Year 2: ⭐  Mali – For her amazing work on telling the time.

Year 3: ⭐James for his fantastic effort in maths this week. James has a super attitude to learning, well done James! 

Year 4: ⭐ Kagan for improved focus and effort in maths

Year 5: ⭐  Meher – for excellent working completing the additional weekly tasks on the book – Anne Frank- The Diary of a Young Girl

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Isaac’s excellent Diwali rangoli pattern saw him awarded Star of the Week in Year 1, well done Isaac!

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