Year 3 pupil names local business

Many children across the school entered the competition to help a local estate agent come up with a new, catchy name for their business. Southend High School for Boys were also taking part in the competition. The entries were excellent – it was obvious that a lot of time and thought had gone into the different suggestions. Jack Blows at Abode Estate Agents spent a few weeks deliberating over the different entries and spending time with a graphic designer to create a new logo based on his favourite ideas. In the end, the winning name came from a pupil at West Leigh Junior School! One of our Year 3 pupils entered the name ‘Legra’, which Jack has now chosen as the name for his company. The chil

Christmas Cake Club

Each week the children have worked on a different aspect of creating their own Christmas cake. They baked the cake in a baked bean tin, then covered it in marzipan and fondant icing. They learned how to cover, emboss and ribbon a cake board. Each child then created their own design and decorated their cake using a range of techniques. The whole group worked extremely well and each child has produced a fantastic final cake to take home and enjoy over Christmas! #year3 #Year5 #wholeschool #Year4 #Year6

Year 6 Christmas Decorations

The Y6 classrooms were buzzing last Wednesday as a record number of enthusiastic parents turned up, much to the delight of their children, eager to embark on a gingerbread-tastic morning! With carefully prepared resources, recipe-style instructions and Christmas music, we all embarked on creating a fine array of fashionably-dressed gingerbread men and women, using collage skills with precision; colourful candy canes; gift-laden stocking ornaments; tree decorations; Christmas cards and personalised holly leaves. A wonderful time was had by all! #wholeschool #Year6

Carol singing at the station

Young musicians from West Leigh Junior School helped to spread the Christmas spirit at Leigh Station on Thursday. The children were supporting the Southend Blind Welfare Organisation charity collection by entertaining the commuters as they arrived back home. Santa hats, tinsel and reindeer antlers accompanied enthusiastic renditions of favourite carols and festive songs. ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ was one of our greatest hits along with ‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’, ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Jingle Bells’. Interludes of recorders and plenty of sleigh bells helped to create a lovely atmosphere. Thank you to all the children for giving their time and talents to support such a worthy loc

Football tournament

On Friday 4th December Mr Hatton and Mr Nash travelled to Belfairs Sports Ground to play Westborough Primary School with the boys’ football team to play their first league game of the season. After a strong performance in the recent tournament, they were confident of getting a good result. From the beginning of the game the team took control of the match and had lots of chances with the pressure creating lots of chances. West Leigh went ahead thanks to a great goal very early in the match. West Leigh continued to dominate possession and the chances but the first half finished at 1-0 thanks to some brilliant saves from the Westborough goalkeeper. The second half continued in the same way, w

Art and Book Week

Our art and book week kicked off in style with the dressing up day. Our parents and children are to be congratulated for making this a day to remember after making such a huge effort to create such amazing costumes for their year group theme. The local press photographer was completely blown away by the creativity shown. The Book Fair, which was open after school each day, was well attended. Again, the parents of West Leigh did us proud by supporting our children’s reading because we raised a magnificent £1760 with which to buy new books for the library and corridors. Our Y6 monitors are busy preparing the shelves for the new arrivals, which are currently being selected from the catalogue by

Year 3 Christmas decorations

On Thursday the children were very excited to welcome their parents into their classrooms to help with making Christmas decorations to add festive cheer to the year group. The teachers had planned the various activities like a military operation. The children made a variety of decoration including Christmas trees using old Christmas cards, paper plate angels and festive doves. It was a fantastic experience for everyone and never have more smiles been seen in classrooms. The children and the parents all behaved impeccably. The Year 3 classrooms are all looking fantastic thanks to all the enthusiasm and hard work. #wholeschool #year3

Year 4 visit Belfairs Woods

As part of art and book week Year Four visited Belfairs woods to explore the natural environment. The children used natural objects they found to create animal homes for the animals they had read about in Beatrix Potter’s tales. Leaves and sticks were brought back to school in abundance to decorate the imaginative dioramas that the children had made of woodland scenes. Fun was had by all despite the cold! #wholeschool #Year4


On Wednesday 30th November the school dodgeball teams travelled to Garons Tennis and Leisure Centre with Mr Hatton and Mr Nash to take part in a multi-school dodgeball event. The day was split into two parts with one team attending in the morning for a friendly dodgeball festival and the other team attending on the afternoon for a competitive tournament. The festival team the morning had the opportunity to play a number of dodgeball games with a range of different schools. They were able to improve their dodgeball skills throughout the morning and all of the children attending really enjoyed the occasion. It was wonderful to see so many schools playing each other and the West Leigh children

Performing at the Royal Albert Hall

On the 29th October, 12 members of the Boys' Choir took part in a performance of Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall. It was an amazing experience to perform in front of a capacity audience of 6000. The boys had shown great commitment in attending additional rehearsals to learn the songs. At the performance they were very excited to sit on the platform behind the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to take part in Carmina Burana, the boys had the chance to watch the William Tell Overture and Brunch Violin Concerto being performed. It was a very special occasion. #year3 #Year5 #Year6 #wholeschool #Year4

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