We would like to say congratulations to Years 3 and 4 for their wonderful production of “Alice, the Musical”. Many have commented on how professional the children were and how they each shone in their unique roles. We are very proud of the children and commend them on their hard work practising their lines and songs in the weeks prior to the performances.
Special thanks go out to Mrs Slater who worked extremely hard on the songs and on the soloists. Thanks also go to Miss Barrett, Mrs Calland, Mrs Oliver-Brown, Mrs Allen and Mrs Maddern for their magical scenery, complete with cards and mushroom!
Here are just some of the comments the children made when reflecting on their production:
“I loved the play it was very exciting, laughable and suitable for all ages.”
Joanna O, Year 4
“I liked how the dances were performed, and I thought it was great how well the costumes went with the characters.”
Ollie W, Year 4
“I loved the scene with the Mad Hatter in because it was total nonsense!”
Lewis B, Year 4
“My favourite song was ‘Who Stole the Tarts’ and my favourite scene was when Alice met the caterpillar.”
Eddie G, Year 4
“The play was awesome, I really loved it. The scenery was amazing and my favourite part was ‘All in a Golden Afternoon’. Mrs Coleman and Miss Ayling really helped us, and thanks to Mrs Slater, Mrs Newell, Miss Barrett and Mrs Calland for all their help.”
Joseph H, Year 4
Once again, well done!
Mrs Coleman and Miss Ayling
On Thursday 9th March, the year 5 netball team went to Farringtons to play a mini tournament.
For our first game we played Colfes. It was a tough match as they played Year 6 girls. For this match, I was GD. Unfortunately we lost.
Next we played Farringtons. They were very speedy. Again we lost and I was GK for this match.
For our last match, we played Farringtons again. This time I felt the game was much easier and we WON!
It didn't matter to me how many games we won or lost, this team will always do me proud.
By Scarlett Phillips, Year 5.
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