On Thursday 27th September, we held our first musical events of the term with the Harvest celebrations. In the morning the Early Years and Key Stage 1 children beautifully sang harvest themed songs and very confidently recited the poems they had learned. It was lovely to see so many parents joining us for the event and Reverend Kathy from St Johns Church helped us all to appreciate how fortunate we are to have the produce we enjoy.
In the afternoon, the older child gave their harvest performance and, once again, sang and performed their poems with confidence. This included a break with tradition in Year 5 where a class rap was very confidently delivered. Reverend Kathy used the children to bring the Parable of the Sower to life and reminded us all that sadly there are so many people locally and nationally who struggle for food. We are, therefore, very grateful for the many donations to the foodbank collection and proud that the West Lodge community can help local people. Thank you to everyone who so generously contributed items which were taken by the School Council to the foodbank.
On Friday 28th September our runners took part in the Farringtons cross-country event. With eleven schools participating, it was a large event and the standard was high. First to run were our Year 4 girls and boys teams consisting of birthday girl Zara, Maya, Olivia, Kaife, Dino, Noah and Trey. All of the children showed genuine determination in completing the course with a private race between Noah and Trey in the finishing funnel! The Year 5 team of Eva, Amelia, Oliver, Oscar and George all ran equally well with Oliver the first to finish in 11th place and Eva 22nd. Last off were the Year 6 children with Joanna, Mia and Jessica running in the girls’ race and Sam, Ashton and Amar competing for the boys. Following two circuits of the Farringtons’ playing fields the field was well strung out but, once again, our team showed great determination. Mr Francis had the pleasure of taking the team and he stressed what a pleasure to see such fantastic sportsmanship and teamwork along with the children’s desire to do their best - well done to all involved. Our thanks go to Farringtons for organising the afternoon and to the many parents who came along to support.