On the 2nd March 2017, West Lodge took part in the national event that is World Book Day. All of the children were clearly excited to celebrate books, authors and reading as they arrived at school in their costumes. It was great to see so many of the children make an effort and dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. By 8.40am, the playground was literally full: from Harry Potter characters, the cast of Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz, and Where’s Wally to endless pirates, superheroes, witches, crayons and more!
The children were then very proud to show who they had dressed up as to the rest of the school in assembly. This was also a time to learn about why we celebrate World Book Day and where the money we have raised is spent. This year, £150 will be given to Book Aid International, which is a charity that sends books to areas of the world less fortunate than us with little access to books. The assembly also demonstrated the children’s fantastic knowledge as they defeated the teachers in the World Book Day quiz.
Throughout the day, children took part in activities in class centred around reading. Each class was able to read to another through a buddy system, which they particularly enjoyed and have asked to do more often. At various times throughout the day, all of the children and staff took part in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read). Sue’s revolting recipe surprisingly turned out to be very successful and the children particularly enjoyed what was on offer, especially the snakes swimming in Sue’s green rice pudding.
All in all, the children and staff had a wonderful day and certainly proved that a passion for learning, and in particular, reading is very apparent at West Lodge. Finally, we hope every child uses the £1 voucher that was given to them to spend on books and thank the parents for their continued support.
Additionally, on Friday 3rd March 2017, over £70 was raised for the West Lodge school library as a result of very successful 2nd hand book fair. Year 5 were particularly enthused as they ran the stalls and helped the younger children choose a book. Again, I would like to thank you for your support with providing so many books.
Mr Weighill - Director of Studies and Head of English
West Lodge entered the London South ISA tournament at Lingfield Notre Dame again this year.
In the heats, the team faced St Andrews, Henriette Le Forestier, Lingfield, Oakhyrst Grange and Westward. To start with, the girls played terribly! They were lucky to win their first two matches (5-0 and 2-0) as were by no means playing to their usual standard. After a loss of 3-1 to Lingfield, the team started to pull themselves together and the next game was played to a much better standard with a win of 6-0. Things had started to fall into place for the team by now and the next game was also a win with a final score of 7-0.
West Lodge had qualified for the quarter finals and faced The Mead. By this time, West Lodge were well into the tournament and scored a whopping 13 goals whilst not conceding any!
Into the semi finals where they faced Oakfield Prep. This time they conceded 2 goals but also scored 9 meaning they were then into the final.
In the final, West Lodge faced Lingfield again. This was a tense match and West Lodge played so much better than in their first meet. Lingfield just scraped a win with the final score being 7-6.
The girls were very disappointed at coming second in the Regional tournament, However, this is still a massive achievement. They have also still qualified to play in the ISA National Tournament to be held on 25/03/17 in Peterborough.
Thank you to Mrs Backley for her hard work in coaching the girls and to the parents for getting girls to as many practices as required. Well done to the girls for getting this far and keep working hard ready for the next tournament,
On the afternoon of 01/03/17, a very excited group of Year 3 girls travelled to Blackheath Prep for a netball festival. We had two teams of girls and throughout the afternoon they played against Colfes, Blackheath Prep 1, 2 and 3, Blackheath High, and St Dunstan's. All girls improved throughout the afternoon, getting tighter with marking and more accurate with passing. We definitely need to carry on working on our footwork though! Thank you to Mrs Backley for her hard work in coaching the girls so far, to the parents for getting the girls to early morning practices and to the girls themselves for trying their best. We look forward to more fixtures in the Autumn Term.
On Thrusday 23rd February, Year 2 went on a trip to Tesco in Welling as an opener to their History topic of The Great Fire of London. We had a short tour of the supermarket and thought about whether such things would have existed 450 years ago. We considered the types of food people would have eaten and where they would have got them from. We had a tour of the bakery where Ali showed us how bread is made in a modern day bakery. There were lots of different machines and lots of different checks he had to carry out. We had a go at moulding some dough for ourselves. There wasn't time to bake our own bread but Mrs Chelton has promised we can do this is school! Ali showed us a burnt loaf and we felt how hard it was and smelt it! Before we left to catch the bus back to school, we got to taste wheatgerm bread, corn bread, cheese bread and fruit bread. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us on this trip. We are looking forward to the rest of our topic now.