Black History Week 2019

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West Lodge celebrated Black History Month this week (7/10 – 11/10), 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.

Year 1 Freshwater Theatre Visit

On Friday 21st June, Year One were visited by the Freshwater Theatre Group. Clive was a curator for the Magical Toy Museum and the children spent an enjoyable hour learning about toys from the past. They were toy detectives, explorers and inventors and took part in different activities including a Dolly Disco! It was a fun and interesting experience as well as helping the children find out even more about toys and their history. 

Mrs Clary - Year 1 Teacher