Westbourne Junior School

Assembly Newsletter 12th February 2016

Celebrating Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Day on (Shrove) Tuesday, and the Nursery/Reception cooking class took another opportunity to learn new skills. As well as mixing the batter and tossing the pancakes, a variety of novel fillings were produced by all; although the majority were exceptionally keen to eat the chocolate chip fillings on their own! The Penarth Times again were eager to take a better look at our budding young choux chefs:


Photo : Nursery & Reception pupils with their favourite pancake fillings

(which included lemon juice, syrup, jam, sugar & of course chocolate chip!)

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Year 3 learn about Henry VIII

Year 3 has been studying Henry VIII and his numerous wives this half-term. When I asked about each of them it was incredible how much not only the pupils from Year 3 knew, but how much Year 4 and 5 remembered too. There were so many hands up, we could have discussed the topic for hours, and I apologise that I could not get everyone to speak on the topic. We had “six wives and one had six fingers on one hand”, “executions”, “only one son from all those wives” and the various nicknames & descriptions of each!

This weeks assembly presentations

Year 1 has been working on their stories during this week’s literacy lessons, and many were eager to read out their compositions. Although Gethin was disappointed he was ill on Friday, volunteers from Year 2 were more than prepared to step in to not only read for him but also support Cleo. Thank you, Caleb and Katie. The content was very imaginative and the presentation fantastic as ever.

Nursery & Reception’s thematic fairy tales term continued this week with “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Collages, role plays and, of course, porridge has been the order of the fortnight! However, the play we saw today was on the “Three Billy Goats Gruff”. The Troll was scary and loud (Sofia) and the big goat stomping and strong (Harrison). However, the confidence of the other two goats (Scarlett & Milo) was great to see, along with Thashwen’s musical accompaniment and sound effects, and Zoe’s fabulous role as story-teller. At the end they not only took a well-rehearsed bow to the audience, but showed off their “scary” trolls too.

St. Johns Child & Infant First Aid Course

I continually relate the pride I have for the pupils’ confidence as they make presentations to peers, parents/guardians and staff in each assembly; but this week it was the turn of some parents to feel the nerves, as first aid certificates were presented to those who had successfully completed the recent St John’s Ambulance course last week on “Child & Infant First Aid”:

- Alexandra Smith

- Thurailingam Pavalenthirane

- Helen Williams

- Jane Groves

- Judith Edgell

- Nida Syed

- Rachel Macrae

- Richelle Evans

Congratulations to everyone of you, who gave up the whole day last Friday to ensure they gain the knowledge to act when needed; very commendable.

Although not all the parents were able to attend, their children were more than happy to deputise and accept the certificates on their behalf.

In addition to the first aid itself, the group also discovered a fabulous “App” that records your details in case of an accident; so that you have a complete medical data base for the paramedics.

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Star Pupils of the Week

Nursery/Reception Zoe (Reception) for wonderful story telling

Year 1 Gethin for demonstrating excellent understanding when comparing and weighing fruits

Year 2 George for consistent hard work this half-term and for excellent and articulate use of language both orally and in writing

Year 3 Adara for asking such interesting and enquiring questions about Henry VII’s wives

Year 4 Holly for very good work with the short multiplication method

Year 5 Max for excellent independent work on the phases of the moon

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Silver (200) Certificates

Year 5 Ayman, Josh & Morgan

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Well Done Llewellyn!

House – Week Plus-Points (BRICK CROPT)







Well done Llewellyn!

Congratulations to all the winners this week for all their achievements.

Thank you

Finally, I must thank again all the pupils for their terrific help in making all our new children at the school so welcome, whether it be for taster days or full time. I could not be prouder of the comments made by their parents.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout the term, as I wish you all a relaxing, enjoyable and certainly well-earned break.

Thanking you,

GW Griffiths

Dr GW Griffiths Headmaster Westbourne Junior School

Dates for your diary

25th February Llancaiach Year 3 & Book Fair arrives in school for one week

29th February Eisteddfod competitions

1st March St David’s day and Junior School Eisteddfod 2p.m. (All parents invited)

3rd March ‘World Book Day’

4th March Easter Chocolate Party (before Junior School Assembly)

Week beginning 7th March Parents Consultation, parents can make appointments to meet up with teachers to discuss progress

17th March “Sports Relief”

14th April Year 5 - Victorian Visit To St Fagan's

12th May -Year 4 - Caerleon Trip, Roman Museum - 10am-2:30pm with a workshop for the children & Rotary Club Concert at Stanwell School @ 7pm