Year 5/6 Boys football league

On Monday 27th November Mr Nash and Miss Fletcher traveled to Chalkwell Park with the boys’ football team to play their first league game of the season against Chalkwell Hall Junior School. The boys put in maximum effort from the start, with some great football being played from both teams. With the score, West Leigh 1-2 Chalkwell at half time, the boys pushed once again in the second half with great defensive and attacking play being shown from the boys, they tried to get the equalizer but couldn’t get the ball past Chalkwells goal keeper. With the final whistle blown the final score was - West Leigh 1-3 Chalkwell. The boys put in a fantastic effort and showed great sportsmanship thr

Southend Music Festival

Young recorder players from West Leigh Junior School performed at the Southend Music Festival this week. Children from Year 4, 5 and 6 worked very hard to prepare solos, duets and trios. The Upper School Recorder Group were praised by the adjudicator, who said, “… all of your hard work showed in a beautifully presented, well known and expertly played performance”. We also took the Year 4 Recorder Group who also won their age category. Their feedback was also very impressive: “This is very promising and very well disciplined playing from a young group.” Congratulations also must go to Georgia Baker and Kathryn Hall for winning their duet class and Sebastian Rapley Mende for his trophy-win

Year 5/6 Football tournament

The Year 5 and 6 Boys’ football team competed in the Southend Primary School Sports Association Boys’ Football Competition on Monday 20th November 2017. The day started with group stages with 3 games to play. The boys lost their first game 0-1 to Chalkwell. Putting the loss behind them, the boys were determined to do better in the final two games of the group stage, filled with confidence they won the next two games. Finishing as runners up in the group the boys qualified for the super 16s. West Leigh 0-1 Chalkwell West Leigh 4-0 St. Michaels West Leigh 3-0 Porters After lunch the boys had another 3 games to play. The first game finished in a 0-2 defeat to Heycroft. The boys re focus

Children In Need

On Friday 17th November, West Leigh ‘painted the school spotty’ for Children in Need when everyone came to school dressed in spots to raise money for this important charity. The School Council also created word puzzles, which went on sale at lunchtime, causing lots of excitement, raising a further £160! It was brilliant to see so many children working hard to solve their puzzles during their lunchtime and by the end of the day, West Leigh had raised an amazing £671.42 for Children in Need! Thank you for all your continued support with our charity events.

Year 5 Poetry presentation

As part of their recent work on poetry, the Year 5 children created choral performances based on four different poems where they took their audiences on a train journey, to a spooky inn, aboard a ship and up a beanstalk. After learning about a range of poetic devices, the children were encouraged to consider ways of using their voices to achieve different effects. They found that by varying their tone, pitch, volume and pace, they were able to create effective performances which brought each poem to life whilst developing the use of actions to tell each story visually. The children also had to learn a number of words by heart, which they all did extremely well, enabling them to perform their

Year 6 enjoy Shakespeare workshop

On November 10th, Y6 had their annual Shakespeare extravaganza as the actors arrived to deliver their Macbeth workshop. The children were extremely excited at the prospect of taking part and all had a fabulous time. The four actors: William (Macbeth), Jasmeen (Lady Macbeth / witch), Jay (Banquo / Macduff) and Rebecca (Witch / Gentlewoman / narrator) managed to entrance us all with their powerful performances. Several of the children also played main roles and everybody participated in this story of ambition and vengeance, contributing enthusiastically to the drama. Feedback from our children and staff suggested that this was one of the best performances yet!

Poppy project

On Thursday 9th November, the school council travelled by train to visit the poppy installation along Southend Seafront. The whole school had worked hard to produce over 500 clay poppies to contribute to the display and they made a wonderful sight as we approached. The poppies made by West Leigh pupils cascaded down the front of Cliff Gardens in the style of a waterfall. The children then explored the poppies made by local schools – there were over 5000 poppies on display in total. Next, the council visited the cenotaph and took part in a mock remembrance ceremony, where they learned about the different parts of the ceremony from an ex-marine, who was also a member of the Royal British Leg

Equality and Diversity Award

On Friday 10th November, three pupils joined Mr Lear and Mrs London at the Tickfield Centre in Southend. Here they attended a ceremony to receive the school’s award for Equality and Diversity Champions. The three Year Six pupils spoke to the assembled group of headteachers and representatives from the town about the work we had completed towards our award, including attending workshops about disability and improving the provision of our playground squad. They spoke articulately and clearly and were superb representatives of the school. We then received our award and listened to the presentations from other schools. We finished the afternoon with a little Bollywood dancing, which Mr Lear joi

Southend Diving Stars

Southend Diving stars shine for their schools at the English Schools Swimming Association East Division (ESSA) Diving Trials 2017 Saturday 28 October saw Southend Diving host the 2017 English Schools Swimming Association East Division Diving Trials at the International Diving Centre in Garon Park, where divers across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, and Essex competed with one common goal: to qualify for the Diving Finals at the London Aquatics Centre on 9 and 10 December 2017. Southend Diving dominated the podium in all age groups with seven gold, five silver and three bronze medallists, each young diver representing both Southend Diving and their own school. As well as proudly taking hom

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