The Westbourne Weekly View

Posted: 8th October 2020

The Westbourne Weekly View

With just a week to go until half-term is upon us, Westbourne has been a hive of creativity and learning once more.

Students and staff have taken every opportunity to stretch learning opportunities, from geography field trips, student council elections to climate change summits and STEM based boat building and more, not a moment has been wasted!

With finishing touches being put to university applications and personal statements, stunning artwork from across the senior school, plenty of PE to keep everyone as healthy as can be, the head boy and head girl being announced in Prep and more space-age rocket discovery in Nursery….we are all looking forward to a well-earned rest this weekend!

Great work Westbourne!

Exploring the Vale

With the surrounding area in local lockdown it would be fair to think that field trips and outdoor learning may have come to a grinding halt! However, never phased by a hurdle or two, it has been great to truly explore the stunning scenery in the Vale of Glamorgan rather than venture further afield.

Whilst last week we saw Forest & Beach School splashing in streams, this week it has been the turn of our IB Diploma Geography class, who without allowing the seasonal downpours to dampen their spirits, have been out exploring Cadoxton River, one of Wales shortest rivers, collecting data for their Internal Assessments.

Well done IB1 Geography for not allowing a little Welsh weather to get in the way!


Our IB1 Geography class show some great resilience in some ‘wonderful’ British weather this week!

Contour hatching mastered by Year 10

Keen artists in Year 10 have recently turned their talented hands to developing the skill of contour hatching, armed with a simple biro they have all produced some very impressive results.

Contour hatching is when the lines in a drawing follow the contours of the subject, rather than simple parallel lines, as you can see from Mayra and Uliana’s work below the sense of volume and three-dimensionality is greatly enhanced.


Mayra, Year 10: contour hatching


Uliana, Year 10: contour hatching

Basketball brilliance!

As well as seeing our Year 10 artists produce some excellent work this week, we have also seen some impressive basketball skills on the courts.  Well done everyone for your enthusiasm!

P.E. - basketball - Westbourne School

An active week for Year 10 included some courtside action

Analysing Picasso’s Guernica

Guernica is one of Picasso’s most moving and powerful anti-war paintings, often considered by critics to be the most moving in history and certainly one of his better known artworks. This week it has been Year 8’s turn to undertake a visual analysis of Guernica.

One of the greatest political painting of all time, Year 8 have impressed their teacher Mrs Major with their maturity whilst studying the work in detail, presenting an impressive quality of work and incredibly well-presented pages for the analysis.

Art - year 8

Jasmine’s analysis

Year 8 Art - Picasso - Analysis

Taylah’s analysis

The 1471 Great Escape!

History lessons have recently seen Year 7 kept busy learning about the Tudor period. Last week they discovered the details around King Henry VII.

This week the pupils have moved on to Henry VIII, learning about his life and interesting biography. Well done to eagle-eyed Caleb for spotting this topic appropriate blue circle on a recent visit to Tenby!

Tudor Period - History - Westbourne

Well spotted Caleb!

Climate Change Summit

After a considerable amount of independent work and group discussion, this week saw Year 6 host their very own Climate Change Summit.

Representing leaders from across the globe, a wide range of ideas were discussed and rousing speeches were given pledging ideas and committment to a greener future.

presenting - climate change - school

Excellent work Year 6 during your Climate Summit

STEM-tastic year 5’s

We’ve seen some fantastic boat building across Westbourne Prep this week, with Year 5 learning all about water resistance. What better way to learn than investigating streamlined shapes and making some DIY boats for a practical application of the skills!

Inspired by their older school mates, Years 2 and 3 have carried on the initiative throughout the week!

science class - year 5 - Westbourne

Year 5 enjoyed putting their new knowledge to the test

STEM Westbourne Prep

In STEM years 2 and year 3 have been looking at how boats float. We used tinfoil to look at different shapes and sizes of boats.

Congratulations all!

We are very happy to announce our new student leaders at Westbourne Prep.

Congratulations go to Head Boy Nadir, Head Girl Charlotte, Prefect Sofia, alongside our new house captains; Ffion (Dafydd) and Chloe (Glyndwr) and Peter (Llewelyn ).

A hearty well done to you all on your achievement, we can’t wait to see the difference you will all make.

Westbourne Prep School - House Captains - Head Boy and Head Girl 2020

Congratulations to our Prep School student leaders

Excellent English

Year 1 have been working extremely diligently all week. With a focus on comprehension, we’ve seen some of our youngest Westbourne Prep pupils learning to answer in full sentences and taking extra care to ensure they use capital letters and full stops appropriately. Well done Year 1.

In wider group work as part of the Early Years setting we’ve also seen Year 1 join in with Reception in developing their fine motor skills, forming numbers, spaceships and tadpoles to name just a few, out of playdough.

year 1 - Penarth - Cardiff

A very studious Year 1 this week

reception class - year 1 - Penarth

Developing fine motor skills in Early Years…ensuring everyone had an individual pot of playdough #safeschool

Space age Nursery!

Another exciting space theme has been in force this week at Little Westbourne Nursery with a focus this week on rockets.

We’ve seen our pupils engaged in discussions, craft activities and experiments, with the key theme ofexploring through play! Everyone learnt lots of new vocabulary such as astronaut, gravity, rocket and they investigated what we would take in a rocket if we went on a mission. Well done Nursery!

space exploration - nursery - Penarth

A rocket themed week for our youngest pupils

Prep School Stars

Another week of excellent work across the Prep School – our Stars of the Week are;

Early Years: ⭐  Sia – for accurate measuring using a centimetre ruler. Sia has engaged with all her tasks this week with enthusiasm! Well done Sia!

Year 2: ⭐  Lilia for her positive and determined attitude towards her maths work.

Year 3: ⭐ Klara – for her fantastic writing this week. Well done super star!

Year 4: ⭐ Rania for her effort and determination in maths

Year 5:⭐  Hermione for excellent work on parenthesis

Westbourne Prep School - Maths - Star of the Week

Well done Sia!

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