U11 London Live Netball at the Copperbox

 

On 11th March, our U11 team entered a tournament at the Copperbox Arena at the Olympic Park. 8 schools took part and there were 3 short matches in the heats. West Lodge faced Pembridge Hall School first and won 5-2. Next up were Clockhouse Primary and again, West Lodge played very well and won 9-0. Finally they played Atkins Primary and again, won 6-0.

The girls were very excited that they had played so well in such a prestigious venue and couldn't wait for the semi final against Velmead Juniors. They won this match 6-1 and excitement hit new levels as they realised they had qualified for the cup final which was to be played that evening at half time of the Surrey Storm v Hertfordshire Mavericks match.

When we returned to the arena in the evening, the crowds were gathering and the film crews were set up ready for the Superleague game (and the Cup Final) to be televised on Sky Sports. The girls got to be mascots for the two Superleague teams, walking out onto court with them before the match, then watched the game until half time.

In the final, West Lodge faced Bishopsgate Prep School and in the first half, were winning 3-1. However, in the second, Bishopsgate upped their game and tiredness kicked in for West Lodge and the final score was 6-4. The girls were devastated!

The team played so well throughout the day and coped well with such a long and exciting day and I am immensely proud of them. What an experience to have played Netball in an Olympic venue at the age of 11!

ISA Regional Netball Tournament

On Friday 24th February, our U11 team travelled to Lingfield Notre Dame in Surrey for the U11 ISA Regional Netball Tournament. The first match they played was against St Andrews and although West Lodge did not play to their best, they won 5-1. Next up were Henriette Le Forestier and again, although West Lodge were not on form, they won 2-0. Lingfield were next and we knew this would be a tough game. West Lodge upped their ante but lost this game 3-1.  After a serious team talk, the girls went into their last two matches of the heats against Oakhyrst Grange and Westward. The girls' performances in these matches showed what they are capable of and they won 6-0 and 7-0 respectively.

In the quarter finals, West Lodge faced The Mead and won this match comfortably with a score of 13-0. Feeling confident, they went into the semi finals and faced Oakfield Prep, managing a 9-2 win.

In the final, West Lodge faced Lingfield again. As the reigning Regional champions and host school, Lingfield were very determined and although West Lodge played well, they were beaten 7-6.

Mrs Backley and I are incredibly proud of the girls for turning their play around on the day and achieving a place in the ISA National Tournament to be held on 25th March. Keep up the hard work and practice girls...!

Mrs Chelton

Reception's Adventure to the Cutty Sark

On Thursday 23rd March, Reception  embarked on a journey of discovery. We walked to Sidcup Rail Station and caught the train to Lewisham, where we changed onto the Docklands Light Railway. Alighting at Cutty Sark station, we walked to the National Maritime Museum, where we had a much-needed lunch. Returning to the Cutty Sark, we met Jack the Rat who wanted to become a sailor. We helped him learn the skills he needed and found out about what life was like for sailors when the ship sailed. Before returning to school, Reception finished the day by visiting the bank of the River Thames to watch the boats and chase the pigeons!

Young Shakespeare Company perform A Midsummer Night's Dream for Key Stage Two

On Monday the 27th March 2017, Key Stage Two were treated to the Young Shakespeare’s Company’s wonderful performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The West Lodge children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the five piece group’s interpretation of this Shakespearean classic. Our children were extremely keen to take part in the story when given particular roles. They also enjoyed witnessing very talented actors and actresses perform. The Young Shakespeare Company have been visiting West Lodge annually for a number of years now and we believe this organisation achieves the balance between fun and purposeful learning that we strive for superbly. We look forward to their next performance in 2018.

 

   

Year 5 and 6 visit the Globe

‘If I be waspish, best beware my sting.’ – Katherina the shrew.

On Thursday 23rd March, Years 5 and 6 along with some parents and governors went to London to watch Jacqueline Defferary’s abridged version of The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe. Both classes had read the story the week before and were excited to see a live performance despite the chilly temperatures and the distraction of the entertaining pigeons. Like the majority of the young audience, there were times when West Lodge found the action more engaging than the confusing dialogue, but overall they came away with a thirst for live theatre and a better understanding of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known stories. Mr Sandys, Mr Weighill and Ms Barrett look forward to seeing the work the children produce as a result of this brilliant opportunity. A huge thank you to parent volunteers and governors who accompanied the children on this school trip. Your efforts are valued and appreciated.

“I enjoyed my day at the Globe! I liked watching the funny scenes and finding out which wife was most obedient.” – Isaac, Year 5.

“The day was lots of fun and I found it really exciting! My favourite part was when Petruchio and Katherina got married.” – Ruby, Year 5

“My favourite part of the performance was when all of the actors were dancing together on stage at the end. It was exciting for me because I like Shakespeare and found the day lots of fun!” – Alice, Year 5

Mr Weighill – Head of English and Director of Studies