Year 6 ended the half term on a high with their league match against Blackheath Prep on Friday 9th February. After a slight rearrangement of the team, the girls played really well. There were some excellent interceptions and great passing and movement - especially in the circle. The final score was a 5-0 win to West Lodge. After half term, we will be working on the girl's alignment when holding their player before a pass!
On Wednesday 7th February, a minibus full of excited Year 3 girls set off for a Netball Festival hosted by Blackheath Prep School. We had two teams of girls and we played against teams from Blackheath Prep and Blackheath High.
In every match, West Lodge demonstrated some great defence and court play. Over the course of the afternoon, the girls confidence grew and their play improved. All of the coaches and umpires were very encouraging and supportive and the girls took on board advice and tips and managed to score 3 goals.
Despite the freezing weather, the girls all had a great afternoon and I hope it's fuelled their netball enthusiasm even further. We will be working hard on their shooting skills next half term!
I am so proud of them for overcoming their nerves and playing so well. Thank you to Mrs Backley for her hard work coaching the girls so far and also to those parents who were able to come along and support on the day.
On Friday 2nd February, West Lodge held its first ever House Reading competition. Four children from each class in years 1-6 were chosen to represent their house and present their chosen reading to the rest of the school and visitors. The standard of the performances throughout the afternoon were fantastic; it was wonderful to see how much the children of West Lodge enjoy reading. Mrs Barbara Standing, former Reception class teacher and Mr Rob Pressling, former deputy head teacher at West Lodge had the unenviable task of choosing a winning house from the superb performances. The standard of reading was extremely high as was apparent in the way that the performers kept the audience engaged.
With the final scores in, it was no surprise to find that there were joint winners; St Andrew and St David’s house and joint runners up, St Patrick and St George’s house. The afternoon was further enhanced by some wonderful musical performances organised by Mrs Slater.
It was great to see that two Year 6 pupils chose to read extracts from Dinner of Souls, the latest book from Ross Montgomery who you will remember provided the children of West Lodge with a creative writing workshop last term. The children were certainly inspired by a wide range of books some of which we hope to make available in the School library going forward.
On Friday 26th January 2018, Year 6 went to The British Museum. We got the train, then a tube and then we were there!
When we entered the massive building, we were amazed by how wonderful it was inside! Firstly, we went to see the Ancient Greeks display. There were loads of different types of pottery like vases and plates but there were lots of other things to look at as well such as jewellery and cooking utensils.
We were put into pairs and we had to answer questions about the items in the Ancient Greek section of the museum. It was really fun; although some of the questions were really challenging and made us think!
After we finished, we had lunch and then went to the Ancient Egyptian part of the museum. It was great as we got to see real mummies! There were also different items like weapons and pottery. After that, we had to go home.
I really enjoyed my time at the British Museum; I would like to go back again! My favourite part was probably looking at all of the Ancient Greek pottery because it was very interesting and told us a lot about the Ancient Greeks.
By Jessica, Year 6
On Wednesday 31st January West Lodge hosted our first Cross Country fun run up at Sidcup Rugby Club. A mixture of girls and boys from Years 3 to 6 eagerly took part in the run. We invited St Olaves and Benedict House along to take part.
It was clear how much effort the children put into the race, with some wonderful sportsmanship being displayed across all year groups. All children finished their races and should all be very proud of their success. It was noted how much their overall pacing across long distances has improved.
The event was scored as an average across each school. St Olave’s scored the lowest score possible, deeming them overall winners. West Lodge had some notable finishing positions across all races, with a quarter of all children finishing in the top 10.
Many thanks to Mr McCabe and Miss Ayling for organising the event, and to all the parents who came to support the children. We look forward to hosting more in the future!