Wednesday 11th October – School Games Mixed Tag Rugby

On Wednesday 11th October, our Year 6 Tag Rugby team attended the School Games Mixed Tag Rugby tournament at Hurstmere.

The team were excited and raring to go as soon as we arrived at the event. After a quick warm and briefing, the 12 schools were split into 4 pools of 3 teams.

West Lodge began the tournament with a strong and confident start, winning our first game                    . Our second game proved our opponents to be a very strong team, and we unfortunately lost this game.

A win and a loss meant West Lodge were then sorted into a final pool of 4 schools all competing for 5th to 8th places. We kept up team spirit throughout and played our final 3 games and were ranked 8th in the tournament overall.

The team were a fantastic representation of the school and should be very proud of their efforts. We look forward to playing some friendly Tag Rugby fixtures against Farringtons after half term!

Many thanks to Mr McCabe for training the team and for bringing them to this event.

Miss Ayling

Year 4 Trip to the Apple Store - Thursday 19th October

To complete our first half term, a very excited Year 4 class hopped on the bus to the Apple Store in Bromley. We had completed our research on Sutton Hoo in class throughout the week, and were now going to create Podcasts of our understanding.

We received a very warm welcome to the store, and couldn’t wait to put on our Apple t-shirts! We started the session off by discussing what we already knew about Sutton Hoo. We were then given a demonstration on how to use GarageBand to record our Podcast.

We sorted ourselves into pairs and groups of three, and wrote down our notes on the iPads. We then had a go at recording our Podcasts, taking our time to listen back and to edit as we went along. When we were happy with our recordings we started to include some Intro and Ending music.

When we returned back to West Lodge we listened to all of our Podcasts in the classroom. We had a mixture of musical podcasts, with some even completed as a rap!

Thank you very much to Mr Peebles for organising the trip, and to the parents who accompanied us. The staff in the Apple Store were extremely complimentary of the children’s behaviour and were very impressed with the class!

Year 5 go back in time...

The day Year 5 went back in time… On Monday the 16th October, Year 5 along with Mr Weighill, Mr Francis, Miss Barrett and two of our governors, Mrs Murray and Mrs Rohan, visited Southwark Cathedral to learn about what life was like for a poor Victorian child “lucky” enough to attend school. As soon as they arrived, Mr Weighill’s class were asked to change into Victorian clothing and become children who would have attended the church school during the Victorian era. First of all, they were marched into the courtyard and instructed to take part in some physical education - lunges, marching etc. Soon after, the children then thoroughly enjoyed vocal gymnastics, spelling, handwriting and arithmetic lessons taught by two scary Victorian teachers. Even though it was intimidating, most of the children quickly realised the ladies were acting. Even so, the children actually quite enjoyed being told off for being left handed, mispronouncing their ‘threes’ or having dirty fingernails. They also enjoyed being reminded that “Speech is silver… Silence in Golden!” After a hugely anticipated lunch, children  then enjoyed learning about the washing process and guessing the functions of different Victorian artefacts. Both activities were extremely entertaining and were equally engaging. On the way home, the children were extremely positive about their learning experience and it was a delight to hear them discussing their favourite parts of the day. The conversation then changed to colour of the sky caused by dust from the Sahara, which was an eerie sight to see and initiated much discussion. Year 5 should be proud of their behaviour throughout the day and were described by the Southwark Cathedral staff as a credit to their school! Well done Year 5!

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U9 Netball 05/10/17

On Thursday 5th October, Colfe's brought their A and B U9 Netball teams to West Lodge for a friendly fixture. This was the first match our U9s have had this year and they were VERY excited!

First off, we played Colfe's A team. This was an evenly matched game with some good marking from both teams, some interceptions and some good attempts at goals, All girls improved during this match and the final score was 0:0.

Next, we played Colfe's B team. West Lodge were feeling more confident by this point and had warmed up to the game, playing more as a team and communicating better. They were very pleased with their end score of a 3-0 win!

Mrs Backley and I are so proud of the girls in their first fixture of the year! Thank you to the parents who came along to support and for getting your girls to all the practices. Keep up the good work girls!

Next U9 fixture - Monday 9th October at Farringtons.


U11 Netball Tournament 13/10/17

On Friday 13th October, West Lodge went to St Christphers to play in a friendly netball tournament.

Apart from one team, we had never played any of the teams attending today and so we had no idea what we were to face! We were also missing our usual GA due to a broken finger. However, the team remained positive and were determined to do well. 

We played Sutton High, Oakfield, Blackheath Prep, St Christopher's B and Alleyns. The pace in all matches was very fast and from Oakfield and Alleyns in particular, the shooting was outstanding for U11s!

West Lodge tried very hard and despite two injuries, persevered and made some good intercpetions and increased possession of the ball throughout the tournament, Although they didn't manage to score a goal this afternoon, they certainly learned a great deal and developed their game, In fact, althought the final match was the biggest defeat, it was actually West Lodeg;s best performance, shwoing ho w much their games improved through the afternoon! The tournament and seeing other teams strategies and court play has also helped us as coaches to identify further areas to work on in our upcoming practices. 

Thanks as always to the parents who came along to support and to Mrs Backley for her coaching, 

Next fixture - 1st December League Match v Farringtons.