Westbourne Weekly, Our Wondrous World

Posted: 12th June 2020

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Back to School

Whilst we celebrate the excellent work that has featured across the school again this week, including Prep students exploring ‘Our Wondrous World’, bold artwork and creative history projects throughout the Senior School and dinosaur studies amongst our youngest Nursery pupils, we are also delighted to be able to turn our thoughts now to the imminent return to school.

As students across our community turn their minds to revision prep for the impending end of term exams, our hardworking handymen are now busy in school preparing for students to return.

Safety, as always, is our primary concern and with that in mind, the video below explains the new measures coming into place to ensure we can see all our students return safely. 

We simply can not wait to have you back!


Selfless volunteering from IB Student

IB student Safia has not only continued but has now expanded her volunteering to include supporting the Food For Life Wales charity which supplies food to the most vulnerable in the community.

Donating both time and food, she spends several hours each weekend delivering freshly cooked hot meals to households throughout Cardiff and the Vale. When asked about her motivation, Safia says she finds it comforting to know that the families get to enjoy a hearty nourishing meal that has been thoughtfully prepared for them.

Safia has also been fantastic at helping keep morale high within our locked down Boarding House and her delivery of vegan chocolate treats for the students and staff certainly saw a rapid outbreak of delight!

One of her friends at the boarding house, Alena, said, “Thank you for thinking about the boarding house and for the delightful tiffin! It is so delicious and really lifted my mood!”

Well done Safia, you are an absolute credit to both Westbourne and the IB Programme!

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Our Boarding House students were delighted to receive Safia’s delicious delivery!

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Safia volunteering in support of Food for Life Wales

Awesome Year 9 Artists

The work of Paul Klee and Friedrich Hundertwasser with the focal theme on buildings and structures has formed the backdrop to Mrs Major’s art classes with Year 9 recently.

Having explored the artists work carefully, students were tasked with producing their own pattern library with some stunning results.

Over the coming weeks, students will continue their work to create an outcome which will amalgamate their own abstracted hybrid building designs with some of the patterns from their drawn pattern library.

We are all very excited to see how their work develops….none more so than Mrs Major! Great work Year 9.

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Stunning patterns from Zainab, Maisie and Priya

Exploring landscapes and characters with Dr Seuss

Year 6 have been busy working on an illustration project and have this week turned their attention to the illustrator, Dr Seuss.

Students researched examples of his work before independently choosing a character to replicate and a landscape to focus on and draw, as well as articulately explaining their observations of the artist’s work.

The presentation was something which students have clearly given considerable thought to as the outcomes demonstrate.  Superb effort Year 6!

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Wonderful Dr Seuss creations from Katie, Olivia and Thomas V

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Imaginative Dr Seuss artwork from Grace, Hyunsoo and Jessica

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Wonderful illustrations from Ijaz, Sahib and Simon

Our Wondrous World

Last week the Prep School had a lot of fun exploring Awesome Authors, this week they turned their attention to Our Wondrous World, proving that there is a huge amount of ‘travel and exploration’ that can be achieved from the comfort of home!

Armchair explorers from Years 3, 4 and 5 studied one of the seven continents each day, achieving a whistlestop tour across the globe. 

From making dream catchers, inspired by the North American continent to lava lamps linked to the European scientist Archimedes. Maths classes saw pupils estimating the length, height and weight of African safari animals, as well as working out the exchange rates of Thai baht and Vietnamese dong and even budgeting for a holiday to a South American city!

Our youngest students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had an equally exciting week exploring different environments throughout the world, the desert, the forest, the garden and under the sea. Importantly they also looked at how they can protect the world and these habitats through recycling and reusing objects.


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Ruby’s natural artwork inspired by African patterns

History Top Trumps!

What better way to learn the Kings and Queens of England than a vibrant set of Top Trumps cards. Students across Year 6 have put a huge amount of time and effort into their creations and we very much look forward to playing Top Trumps in person once we get back to school.

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Sahib and Olivia showcase their Top Trump cards

Prep School Stars

A huge well done to those students across the Prep School who have been nominated for Star of the Week for an excellent piece of work. The work across the school has been outstanding this week with teachers hard pressed to name just one star in three of the classes! Well done Westbourne Prep!

Year 1: Kian for his amazing ‘Under the Sea’ dance.

Year 2: Scarlett for her excellent project work exploring her garden habitat.

Year 3: Two stars this week, JJ for his delicious French crepes and recipe planning and Ruby for using features of nature to create African patterns

Year 4: Two stars this week in Year 4 as well, Malia for completing the additional activities all week for Our Wondrous World theme including constructing the Great Wall of China at home. Hermione was also awarded creatively presenting her bar chart to show the heights of animals on an African Safari

Year 5: Two stars, Saifee for a very engaging and informative video review of the book – The Snow Angel and Evan for his excellent English work.

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Kian’s dance and Scarlett’s garden project work won them both Star of the Week.

Plus Points

Congratulations go once again to Llewellyn who maintain their Plus Point lead again this week!

This week’s winners scored 122 points across the House to take their new lead total to 1270 Points. Dafydd achieved a very notable 112 Plus Points this week, however, the second-place gap between Dafydd and Llewellyn is starting to widen, so keep up the good work all, there is still everything to play for until the end of term! Glyndwr achieved 93 points across the house, retaining their position with a 1064 point total, still a great achievement in itself and certainly not out of the running!

Well done everybody this week for your efforts across the school and the tremendous accumulation of points across the school.

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Congratulations Llewellyn for maintaining your lead!

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