Our second week back to school after the Easter Holidays and we have been overwhelmed by the attendance and interaction across the school community.
Excellent initiatives, highlighting how students and staff are maintaining high academic standards, competing for House Points and setting challenges for each other can be seen across the year groups.
A round-up of some of the week’s highlights can be found below and a further article called Our Heroes, highlighting childrens artwork can be viewed here.
Words can not express how much this makes us smile!
IB1 student Safia has been showing the initiative and compassion we so often see amongst our student population.
Using her own allowance, she has been helping to regularly buy needed items for her local food bank having read that they were being depleted more rapidly than usual. Safia is also involved in preparing and distributing bags of essential food items (as well as some treats!) to families in need at this time. Thank you Safia, we are all incredibly proud of you.
With more time to explore creative options on our hands, students and teachers across the school explored some more creative challenges in lessons this week with some fantastic results! A huge thank you to students for sharing their photos with us throughout the week. Pupil engagement has been incredible!
As we stood outside and clapped on Thursday evening, students and staff paid a special thank you to the everyday heroes helping us stay safe on a daily basis. #WeAreInThisTogether
Extra curricular clubs are a key part of Westbourne life and Mrs Allen has helped us ensure that lockdown hasn’t got in the way of pupils learning new skills beyond the classroom. Across the week students have been taking part in: Photography, Welsh, Gardening, Art, Duolingo, German, Tennis, Running Club, Duke of Edinburgh and Wellbeing Club, as with their classwork we have been so impressed with their levels of commitment and enthusiasm.
The photography club was set the challenge of capturing the sense of isolation that lockdown has brought to many, with a global base of students entries include scenes from Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Russia to name just a few, as well of course lots of excellent local entries too.
The tennis club have some excellent players in their numbers, International Player Felix set the first challenge of the season…try it, it’s a lot of fun!
Can you beat Felix over 3 different challenges.
1. 30 seconds tapping the ball up on your racquet. Count every time the ball hits the strings.
2. 30 seconds tapping ball over but twisting racquet between each one.
3. 30 seconds tapping ball on frame of racquet (this is very difficult but great fun!)
For those who may have missed the Westbourne Teachers taking on the Toilet Roll Challenge on social media!
The Westbourne Weekly wouldn’t be complete without the Plus Point totals, a revised format throughout the lockdown has also seen points awarded for a number of good deeds, community initiatives as well as for students sharing challenges and great ideas with others.
Glyndwr have raced into the lead with a 79 point start, as at Thursday 23rd, however both other Houses are close behind with just 4 points seperating 1st – 3rd place!