World Book Day 2019

The pupils and staff of West Lodge certainly embraced the themes of Castles and Time Travel for World Book Day. Whilst the children enjoyed the regular activities of DEAR (drop everything and read), buddy reading between EYFS, KS1 and KS2 classes there was the extra challenge for the children to work out mystery dates in history as well as draw and name different parts of a castle. The work produced throughout the school ranged from time travel to adventures in enchanted castles, all of which demonstrated the enthusiasm that the children felt for the themes and their love both of books and creative writing.

Mrs Coleman - Head of English

Y5/6 Mixed Rugby Tournament (London Youth Games) - 6.3.19

On Wednesday the 6th March, the Year 5/6 mixed tag rugby team went to a tournament hosted by Beths. As we arrived, we saw a lot of schools, which meant a lot of matches. In our group,  we played Fosters and Old Bexley. Altogether we won 2 matches, lost 1 and drew 1 in our group, which meant we did not go through. After, we played 2 friendly matches against Burnt Oak and Old Bexley. We drew against Old Bexley and won against Burnt Oak. Unfortunately, it did not count to the overall scores but most importantly we had fun and worked as a team. Thank you to Mr McCabe and Mrs Calland for taking us and being a great support. 

Written by Oliver, Zoe and Emma

Y3/4 Netball tournament 8.3.19

On the 8th March 2019, the Year 3/4 Netball team went to a netball tournament in Croydon and the school was callled Royal Russel. We played 7 matches that were 8 minutes long. We won 3 matches, lost 2 and drew 2. After the first 3 matches, we were exhausted but we still kept trying our best. As we carried on with our matches, it started to rain and we got soaked but we still carried on. In the end, we came fourth.

Written by Poppy, Anaum and Elisha. 

Muscial Soiree 8.3.19

The second Musical Soiree of the year took place on Friday 8th March. Parents were entertained by children ranging from the age of 5 to 11. The instruments played included flute, clarinet, guitar, trumpet, violin, saxophone, voice and the ever popular piano. Everybody played very well and showed how hard they had worked. The final item of the evening was the West Lodge Alumni Ensemble. This is a group of five children who moved to secondary school last year and return to West Lodge once a week after school for an hour’s rehearsal to continue making music together. They played an arrangement of The Night on the Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky, which is rather tricky, with aplomb and musicality. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all the Parents that support their children.

Mrs Slater - Head of Music

Stewart Ross visits West Lodge

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West Lodge were extremely fortunate to play host to the author Stewart Ross on Friday 1st March, for a series of creative writing workshops. Mr Ross worked with Years 3 &4 and Years 5 & 6 sharing some of his ‘top tips’ for creating, interesting and original writing. 

An afternoon assembly for KS2 was an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful writing talents of all the children with specific awards for James Stapleton, Siyana Harunani, Anji Ogunwusi and Keshiyan Patel. Mr Ross expressed his amazement at the overall quality and standard of the work produced, adding that the work produced by the children exceeded any work produced from other school visited.

To the delight of KS1, Mr Ross spent some time in their classes sharing engaging insight into events from the past.

Signed copies of his book were on sale in the Orangery and judging  from the numbers sold he made a great impact on the imaginations of all of the children at West Lodge.

Mrs Coleman

Head of English