West Hill Primary School Newsletter JANUARY 2019

Welcome back to the new Spring Term. We hope everyone is well rested after the Christmas holidays.

As you know Ofsted came to inspect the school in December. We had a very positive day with the inspector and we remain a 'Good' school. We hope you have had the chance to read the Ofsted report but if you haven't, you can read it by clicking on the button below.

We are working towards the Nurturing Schools Award over the next 2 years. The aim is to ensure that all aspects of the day cater for all learning styles, with a particular focus on provision for all during lunch play. We want to ensure that all members of the school community are valued, included and empowered to work together towards a united vision. We would like parental input into this vision and are planning a series of coffee mornings, one this half term and one after half term.

Wednesday 30th January 9-10 am led by Deputy Head Mrs Caraccio and Pastoral Lead Sarah Feeney : What is nurture? What is the school already doing?

Wednesday 6th March 9-10 am Discussion and short audit of parent views.

We had a visit from Councillor Steffi Sutters at the end of last term to launch a MyWandsworth campaign for everyone to take pride in their local area. All young, budding artists are encouraged to enter a borough wide poster competition. The winning poster will be turned into posters and displayed across the whole borough.

Save the date!

Wednesday 17th July

Westonbury Summer Festival @ West Hill

Live music, stalls, face painting and more......

We thought you might like to hear from our Governing Body in our newsletter so Brian Varney, our Chair of Governors has written an introduction to what the Governing Body is and how it works. 'The Governing Body is responsible for making sure the school improves each year. It sets the direction and ensures that the school is meeting its targets, while allowing the headteacher and teaching professionals to manage the school on a day-to-day basis.

Governors attend meetings where reports on the school’s progress are discussed. They test information received by asking the right questions to ensure that the school spends its budget wisely against the priorities shown in the school plan.

The West Hill Primary School Governor Action Plan is devised and agreed by the Governors annually. It outlines the roles and responsibilities that they collectively hold. At West Hill Primary, the Full Governing Body meet once a term, this meeting is attended by all Governors. Individual Governors also belong to two specialist sub-committees called the Curriculum and Finance, Personnel and Premises sub-committee. These sub-committees meet termly and feedback into the Full Governing Body.'

We were very grateful to Alan from Eagle Heights Sanctuary who visited West Hill this month and spent more than two hours talking to the children about birds of prey. We had the opportunity to meet Sybil the Hawk and Buster the Bald Eagle who both flew around the middle hall, aswell as a peregrine falcon and a barn owl. It was quite an experience!

We had a great visit from Paralympian Kim Daybell this week who inspired the children and put us through our paces in some fitness sessions. He was born with only two fingers on his right hand but despite this disability has become a Commonwealth silver medallist in table tennis. He is also a doctor!

Year 3 have been to Battersea Power Station where they made their own human electrical circuit, planned their own dream town and saw the power station from the viewing platform. As you can see they had a great deal of fun at the same time as learning new things.

West Hill continues to find new ways to inspire our children through art and we were very lucky to welcome specialist educator Alice Odin from the Courtauld Institute to Year 4 this month. She encouraged the children to look, question and respond to artwork from the Courtauld Gallery and develop their own art skills in a morning's workshop. She will be returning to West Hill later this month and in February to run more workshops with other year groups.

Year 3 held a cake sale this week to raise money to pay for a coach for a school trip. This was a good exercise for pupils to learn some business skills as they had to learn how to work out the cost of the cakes, how to sell them and then how to work out how much profit they made. It was a great result as they made a net profit of £130 which has helped to pay for the trip.

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