Year 3 Enrichment Day

On Thursday 11th July, six members of Year 3 took part in a special day of activities at Hamstel Junior School, along with 36 other children from across the Portico Academy. Upon their arrival, the children were made aware of some strange circumstances before discovering that an alien egg had fallen from the sky onto the school field. After decoding an important message from Gloop (the alien) the children set about a variety of activities to discover all about the mysterious alien and his home planet. Some children were challenged to build a protective casing to launch the egg back into Space while others worked as tour guides. Another activity involved locating hidden messages with UV light

Summer Serenade

Over 150 children from Years 3 to 6 presented a fantastic ‘Summer Serenade’ concert at St Margaret’s Church. In front of a full house of family and friends, young musicians performed a diverse and entertaining programme to celebrate the end of their musical year. Our Ukulele group set the mood with their performance of ‘Shotgun’, with Mrs Bemister’s lead vocals being supported by all the other children singing backing vocals! However, nothing could quite prepare us for her tribute to James Brown, ‘I Feel Good’, which I’m sure will go down in West Leigh folklore! The Year 3 and 4 Recorder Group played ‘Turkey Point Trot’ and ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, both of which have them tackling three

Tennis Festival

To coincide with the Wimbledon Championships, West Leigh Junior School held a ‘Mini Tennis Festival’ at Westcliff Lawn Tennis Club on Wednesday 10th July. The tournament was run by head coach, Graham Boosey, as part of the LTA Team Challenge initiative. An amazing 97 children from the school enjoyed an afternoon of tennis. Pupils were arranged into small groups to play ‘round robins’ so that all participants played at least 2 or 3 matches. The winner being the player who reached 7 points first. Throughout the afternoon there were some extremely close matches and it was lovely to see pupils supporting their peers and good play. The pupils with the highest scores after the ‘round robin’ stag

Ilam Hall Residential

On Monday morning 109 extremely excited children were waved off from school on their three coaches as they left for their week’s residential to Ilam Hall Youth Hostel in the Derbyshire Peak District. Despite busy traffic on the motorways and a slightly longer than usual journey the children all arrived in high spirits. After the long coach journey, the children needed to burn off their energy – and there could be no better way than to climb either Thorpe Cloud or Bunster Hill! Coming from Essex, they never truly anticipated the steepness of the gradients involved, but all were determined to succeed. Collapsing at the top they drank in the amazing views of the countryside around and an alm

Southend Week 2019

What a fabulous week full of a range of activities, gorgeous weather and smiling faces! On Monday, we took the train to London and hopped onto a brilliant river cruise along the Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich. Along the way, we were educated about all of the river’s histories and secrets. Once there, we raced under the river through a ‘secret tunnel’. We then climbed the hill to the Royal Observatory. Taking in the views of the city, we ate our picnic lunch on the grass and had some fun and games. On Tuesday, we were back in the Southend area for the day. Our day began with a walk to Belfairs woods where we had a quick play in the wooded area before ending our morning with some horse

Kwik Cricket

On Monday 1st July nine year 6 girls entered the Kwik Cricket, Essex finals held at Billericay Cricket club. It was a very warm day and 13 schools played. The standard was extremely high this year; we lost our first game to James Oglethorpe School from Upminster. We played much better in our second game against St Nicholas School from Shenfield and with better bowling managed to win this game. We regrouped in the afternoon and played St Mary’s Chelmsford who had some very good bowlers and unfortunately lost this game. Finally we played Edward Francis school from Rayleigh, with some improved batting we finished on a good score but were beaten by some excellent fielding. The girls thorou

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