This week Westbourne opened its doors once again for our phased return. The aim this week has been getting our students back and settled in to their new routines, the ‘new norm’!
New health and safety measures have been implemented, such as a new one way system around school and temperatures are taken at the door.
A tense weekend for many, as Monday was IB results day. This year was a challenging year for sure, students weren’t able to sit their final exams due to Covid-19. Congratulations to all our students on achieving their IB Diplomas, all are off to university in the UK or overseas. Some highlights from our Class of 2020:
Matilde (Head Girl), arrived for Pre IB speaking very little English, Matilde excelled at Westbourne. She is off to study Neuroscience in Warwick University.
Fedor will be studying History at York University.
Macy (Westbourne Ambassador) also attending Warwick University to study Neuroscience.
Michelle heads to UCL to study Pharmacology.
We are very proud of you and wish you all the best of luck!
Looking towards university, IB1 on Monday enjoyed a UCAS application workshop. First was an Introduction to UCAS and Personal Statement workshop delivered by Mr Pickles, Head of Student Recruitment from the University of Bath. Mrs Tester Jones from our very own Admissions Department delivered a workshop on how to choose a university and a course. Finally, Mrs Barber and Ms Phillips delivered very informative talks on topics such as applying to Oxbridge, Medicine and applying abroad.
IB1 students now have the daunting task of shortlisting their courses and writing their personal statements over the summer, so that they can be ready to start pulling together their applications in September.
The theme this week is Sports Stars! Years 1, 3 and 5 have been treated to a Mini Sports Day this week. Students did the 400m run, 40m sprint, a throw, jumping jacks and much more. Congratulations to Sidonie in Year 1, who was super quick at the 400m! Nils in Year 5 was the fastest in the 500m and the 40m sprint.
The Sports Stars theme was implemented across teaching, too. Year 3 enjoyed the ruler drop expirement in order to find out their reaction times. If you grab the ruler before 10cm then you’re super speedy!
Years 6, 7, 8 & 9 have all had a lesson of socially distanced kwik cricket. They also played football and a game of ‘long ball!’
Alfie, our Year 3 student wowed us with his homework this week, an interview with his sports hero. They were tasked with choosing a hero and researching questions to ask them. Alfie’s hero is our tennis champion Andy Murray. Have a look at the video he created.