Summer Term 2020

July 2020

With the development of our Instagram account, a more up to date record of what has been happening at school is available there but I would like to give a summary of this term’s events.

Despite the massive impact that Covid 19 has had upon our lives and our school, I am extremely proud of the way that every member of our school community has risen to the many challenges we have faced. I have said this on a regular basis in our online assemblies, but the children have been absolutely fantastic and I would like to congratulate each and every one of you for your efforts.

Parents, too, have done an amazing job balancing the challenges of working from home and supporting children in their education; I am also extremely grateful to the teachers whom I believe have really risen to the challenges presented by online learning. I do not think any of us ever thought we would be Youtubers, but it just demonstrates that the growth mindset isn’t just relevant to children!

From all situations we must look to take positives and, whist computing is very much a strength at West Lodge,  the children have also really developed their ICT skills. These are skills that will be beneficial for many years and as a school we also now have our VLE, Chamillo, which we can use to support homework in the future. Having Year 1 children who can use One Drive is simply fantastic and I cannot imagine how advanced these children’s computing skills will be when they are in Year 6!

One other aspect of the children’s learning that has really impressed me has been the children’s confidence in front of camera. Many wonderfully creative videos have been produced and the children speak so clearly, eloquently and confidently. These are life skills that are truly invaluable.

Despite the school closure I can confidently say that through the collective efforts of staff, children and parents, educational continuity has been maintained. Remote learning is obviously nothing like the children being in school and for that reason it was such a priority for us to welcome the children back into school at the earliest opportunity, once it was safe to do so with the cleaning and safety measures in place.

It was great that the vast majority of children returned and, although the groups are smaller, having all year groups back from the 15th June has meant some sense of normality has been achieved. With virtually all of year 5 and 6 returning on the 1st June we have been able to ensure that out leavers have enjoyed their final half-term at West Lodge, celebrating their achievements with an outdoor leavers’ event. Following negotiation with our insurers, Year 5, too, have benefited from returning to school early and, whilst we pride ourselves upon the broad and balanced curriculum, the additional time for exam preparation at the start of Year 6 has proved most beneficial. However, the most important factor has been seeing the children embracing the opportunities and universally enjoying seeing their friends. This has certainly been my highlight of the term – schools need children! Quite simply walking past Year 1 and 2, hearing the chatter of active learning puts a spring in the step of any headteacher.

The beautiful weather has been a blessing and Mr McCabe’s creative thinking in planning lunchtime activities which facilitate social distancing, along with the cleaning of equipment, the children have also been able to make the most of their staggered breaks.

Well done to everyone for their collective efforts this term and we look forward to September.

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Table tennis – the perfect game for social distancing & Great to see these happy smiles after a first day back at school.

Black History Week

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West Lodge celebrated Black History Month this week, which is a national event celebrated by many primary and secondary schools. At the beginning of the week, the children were introduced to their topic through some excellent drama workshops whilst on Friday the children completed their week learning a dance with Darren from Dance Days. In between, the children also experienced Food Technology, Art and some English lessons that were associated with their topic, which were as follows:

Nursery: Rumble in the Jungle & Handa’s Surprise

Reception: Rumble in the Jungle & Handa’s Surprise

Year 1: Anansi & the Spider – African Folk tales

Year 2: The Life and Work of Mary Seacole

Year 3: The Life and Work of Benjamin Zephaniah

Year 4: The Life and Work of Rosa Parks

Year 5: The Life and Work of Martin Luther King

Year 6: The Windrush generation

The children thoroughly enjoyed the week and found the chosen topics engaging and inspiring. The children then shared their learning with the rest of the school at Monday’s assembly. At West Lodge, we love dedicated topic weeks and feel the children get a great deal out of them. We look forward to the next one.

ISA Girls’ Football Festival - 2/10/19

On Wednesday 2nd October West Lodge organised its first Girls’ Football Festival with ten schools participating. Whilst the girls at West Lodge have played football for some time, this year we have introduced additional coaching sessions and there is much enthusiasm for the game. With this in mind, we organised the festival with the aim of giving as many girls as possible the chance to play. Whilst some teams were more experienced, some were playing their first matches and this added to the sense of enjoyment. West Lodge played well in their opening game against St Olaves, tackling wholeheartedly and creating several chances but unfortunately failed to score resulting in a drawn game. In the next match the team was convincingly beaten by a strong Rosemead team, who were the eventual runners up, but competed well. In a much longer final game Babbington House and West Lodge fought out a close and keenly contested match with West Lodge scoring through a good strike from Olivia, giving the girls a win in their final match. In a very close final between Merton Court and Rosemead, Merton Court were the deserving winners and congratulations go to them as winners of this fun festival. We look forward to further matches in the future and our thanks go to all of the teams who supported this event which was such an enjoyable afternoon of sport.

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ISA London South regional Year 3 and 4 Football Tournament 18.9.19

On Wednesday 18th September West Lodge held the ISA London South regional Year 3 and 4 Football Tournament. Organised by Mr McCabe, it was great to have fourteen teams participating and over 100 children enjoying playing football at Sidcup Rugby Club.  In groups of four, teams played their pool matches and then played a final game against a team finishing in the same position in a corresponding pool.  The West Lodge children were competitive, ultimately finishing second in their group winning one game, drawing another and losing two, however, most importantly, it was a fantastic afternoon of football. Congratulations go to Merton Court who are the ISA Under 9 Football winners for 2019 with Sacred Heart second and Bronte School third. Particular thanks go to Mr McCabe, our volunteer referees and all of the staff and children from other schools who supported the event.  

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Jeans for Genes Day 2019

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On Friday 20th September 2019, West Lodge children and staff wore denim to recognise Jeans for Genes Day. The children raised over £220 and this will go towards helping improve the lives of children affected by a genetic disorder in the UK. Well done West Lodge.