Welcome to the website of Westdale Junior School.
Westdale Junior School is on Westdale Lane in Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, a residential area about three miles north east of the centre of the City of Nottingham, England.
Executive Head Teacher: Mrs. V. Hayles
Head of School: Mr. R. Slater
Chair of Governors: Mrs. A. Yates
We have written these pages so that you can find out something about us and our school, to showcase some of our activities and to allow parents, children, staff and visitors to access important information about the school.
If you are visiting our website for the first time, please CLICK HERE for a guide to the site.
Some important dates for this term and the rest of the school year are shared on our “dates” page in the “For Parents” section of this site.
The Music Club, including flute, recorder, ukulele and violin players performed a Lord of the Dance by Sydney Carter in our Summer Music Concert. This performance was recorded at our last Music Club of the year.
This film is a large file and takes some time to download and play. Follow this link to the You Tube version: Lord of the Dance
Our new edition of the Together magazine is now published here.
We hope you enjoy reading it.
This evening, our Year 6 had their Leavers’ Disco – a lively evening – and tomorrow afternoon (22nd July) we have our special Leavers’ Assembly to which parents/carers of our Year 6 leavers have been invited.
We wish them all well for their new start at secondary school in September and for the future.
On Monday, after school, we had a special time when governors, staff, parents and children could spend a few moments with members of Mrs Ronan’s family doing some planting in our new garden of peace and friendship. This has been created in memory of Chris Ronan who died earlier this year.
Rather than a moment of quiet reflection, this turned out to be a really joyful time where children and adults worked together digging, planting and watering – just the sort of happy experience Mrs Ronan would have loved herself and a really suitable tribute to her.
Thank you to everyone who came. It was lovely that former members of staff were also able to join us and we look forward to seeing the garden develop. Thank you, also, to Ms. Bradley for planning the garden and all the work she did to prepare for the event.
Despite a poor weather forecast, our Year 6 organised a very successful Summer Fair on 1st July 2016.
In addition to organising games for the fair, Year 6 pupils had written to local businesses to invite donations for raffles and to parents to inform them about the event and ask for support in various ways.
All the classes used the week as their Enterprise Week, making items for sale at the fair and thinking (as part of our economics education) about the costs of materials, selecting a selling price after considering reasonable profit levels and marketing their product.
In addition to being a very happy and enjoyable event, it was very successful in terms of its fund-raising aims. Well done to all our Year 6s and thanks to everyone who helped and supported our Summer Fair.
Over twenty of our more advanced musicians took part in the 2016 Now Hear This concert, playing and singing with the Hallé Orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham on 30th June.
The theme of this concert was the Americas and all the music performed was closely connected with North and South America. The musicians from Westdale were among a group of about 32 instrumentalists from the city and county playing the grade 2 – 5 parts and it was a pleasure to see a good number of our former pupils, now at secondary school, also playing. Lots of children from other schools came to play the “A” parts and to join in the singing.
After the concert, our musicians were asked to go onto the stage of the concert hall to play a short section of music and have photographs taken.
It was a super experience.
On Wednesday 29th June, our Year 5 classes visited The Carlton Academy for an Arts’ Day. We were also joined by other year 5s from different, local junior and primary schools.
This was a super day. Some Carlton Academy pupils took each class around to a series of different activities, with each group doing four out of the five different lessons being offered. These were drama, music, design and technology, dance and art. Each one was a super session and we had an excellent day.
On Thursday 23rd June, the weather gave us a day’s break from the rain on our Sports day! So the Westdale Team Sports Challenge took place under grey cloud but in the dry. The children were in 20 teams – each with boys and girls and each with members from Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 classes. With less than a minute between events, the teams took part in eighteen different events during the afternoon and had a couple of rests/drinks-stops and it was great to see the support that the team members gave each other.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to help with scoring the games and those who came to support their children. Thank you, too, to all the Year 6 pupils who helped so much with the running of the event.
This week has been our Olympic Week in which all our classes have had special activities to celebrate the forthcoming Olympic Games in Brazil.
In addition to extra sports activities, we had specialist teachers visit our school to give each class sessions on Samba drumming and dance to help us understand more about the culture of Brazil.
Thank you to everyone who organised the special activities.