Portico Art & Design Technology Festival

The subject leaders for Art and Design and Technology across Portico Academy have united this term to create a travelling exhibition – The Portico Art and Design Festival. This project has been created to showcase the incredible talent and artistic creativity of the children across all of the year groups within our academy schools and it has been enthusiastically welcomed by all of the children. Beginning at West Leigh Junior School, the exhibition impressed many children and parents before moving onto Porters Grange, followed by Friars and finally, Hamstel Infants and Juniors. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to see the hard work, effort and incredible creativity of the children. #Yea

Essex Plate Competition

Following on from the success of the year 5 and 6 tennis team, earlier this year, four pupils from year 5 took part in the ‘Essex Tennis – Plate Competition’ at Garon Park, on Tuesday 25th June. Charlie and Olly again demonstrated some excellent tennis and match play skills. The boys were joined by Rae and Olivia (who bravely stepped in to replace the year 6 girls) who both played some great tennis – it was lovely to see their confidence grow and their skills improve throughout competition. All the children played extremely well, supported each other and showed great determination. The team finished in 4th position, just pipped to the post for 3rd place on a count back of points. Congratu

Tag Rugby friendly vs. St Michaels

On Tuesday 11th June we were invited to play in a Year 3 friendly Tag Rugby game against St Michaels School. It was a very hot afternoon and after walking to Belfairs Recreation Ground with twenty children we were warmed up enough to start playing straight away! We had two teams of mixed ability and played two games against their two teams. The children have been attending training on a Friday morning before school and enjoyed the experience of playing on the grass. Both teams were showing excellent teamwork and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. #Wholeschool #Year3

Southend Borough Swimming Gala

On Wednesday 5th June, West Leigh travelled to Garon Leisure Centre to compete in the Southend Borough Swimming Gala. The competition was made up of a number of events, including individual and team races where children from all four year groups competed. The standards from all eight schools were very high, making for a tough challenge. All of the children worked incredibly hard in every race, especially in the backstroke races where the children demonstrated great determination, powering all the way to the wall to the wall. There was also one race where the top three all finished at exactly the same time, putting the result down to who was fastest with the stopwatch. Once again, we managed

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