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Headmaster's News - 14th November 2014

Aug 14, 2014

Children in Need

Thank you Year 4 for your excellent assembly on Children in Need this morning. This is a very important charity which the school supports each year and it was very important and interesting for the school to hear about the history of the charity including Pudsey Bear and who the money supports. I enjoyed Year 4’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and I really enjoyed listening to their song, “Wake Me Up”: the Children In Need song for this year. A big thank you to Mr Drake for organising his first assembly at Highfield.

Thank you to the whole school for supporting Children In Need today. We had lots of wacky hair, ties and a variety of pyjamas. Thank you Mr Drake for volunteering to go in the stocks to raise money for this worthwhile charity event. There was a great atmosphere in school and we have managed to raise over £280 for Children In Need. 


Year 2 Eureka Outing

On Thursday last week, Year 2 children visited ‘Eureka! The Children’s Museum’ in Halifax to support the work they have been doing for their science topic, Keeping Healthy. They began with a ‘Food For Thought’ workshop in which they discussed how fruit and vegetables are essential for a healthy diet. They then used a variety of tools to zest, peel, slice, blend and grate different fruit and vegetables. Afterwards they got to taste their work! They then spent the rest of the day inside the museum exploring areas such as: All About Me, Sound Space, the mini-bank, the shop and mechanics’ garage. A great day was had by all and the staff at the Museum commented on the excellent behaviour and attentiveness of our pupils. Mr Murray

Year 3 visit to Blackburn Museum by Matthew

On Thursday 6th November we went to Blackburn Museum to learn about World War II. We met a man called Stephen. First we went into a huge room. It had lots of tall posters with facts about the war on them. Then we talked about the countries in the war. There were two sides called the Allies and the Axis Powers. The Allied countries were Britain, America, France and Russia and the Axis Powers were Germany, Japan and Italy.

After that we were split into two groups. One group did a hard quiz and the other group went into a show room where Stephen told them about old pictures and rationing. While we were doing the quiz Stephen told us about brittle objects such as china teapots and china cups.

There were lots of questions to answer. On the posters there were little blocks of writing about what the factories started to make when the war began, little bits about rationing, the Black-Out, the Blitz and how the war ended.

When we had done the quiz we went to have a look at pictures of the war and at the end of the school trip we listened to an air-raid siren.

Year 6 visit to The World Museum, Liverpool

We had a great day out at this fantastic museum on Thursday.  Our first session was in the ‘Treasure House Theatre’ where we had a close encounter with tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and very large stick insects.  We then moved on to the Planetarium where we watched ‘Two Small Pieces of Glass’; this showed the story of the telescope and explained how we are now able to see many light years into the past, out in space.  Our final tour was in the ‘Ancient Egypt Gallery’ where we had to find some answers by following a trail of clues.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit and commented on the knowledge of the staff we met at our sessions – they were certainly able to answer all the questions we asked! Mrs Haythornthwaite

School Charity

The children have selected SPACE Centre in Preston as the school charity to support this year. The SPACE Centre was established in 1993, it is the largest multi-sensory environment in the United Kingdom for people with special needs. The children have been discussing charities in their classes over the last few weeks before selecting one that they would like to support. I spoke about these charities, with the support of the children, at the first assembly after half-term. Our Year 6 then organised an election which tied in with the work they were doing in class. We will be raising money for this charity throughout the year.   

Out and About

I visited a Year 6 Grammar lesson this week which focused on the understanding of word class and how it is used in the construction of a sentence. It has been very interesting to watch the younger children this term and now to witness the sophisticated level of understanding at Year 6. They really understood the mechanics of a sentence and the class of each word. In the initial activity, which was describing each class of word, every hand went up: Matthew described an adverb and Harvey described a pronoun very clearly.  They then moved on to a short passage where they were asked to pick out each class of word: Myles said, “The word, ‘ugly’ is an adjective which describes a noun which in this passage is witch”; Jonathan said that ‘they’ was a pronoun and Ali said that it is a word which replaces a noun. The children progressed through the passage without any problems, all confidently offering answers and explanations. Amy highlighted ‘quickly’ as an adverb and George said that an adverb describes a verb and Alex said a verb was a doing or being word. The class had a thorough understanding of how to construct an interesting sentence and they are using this knowledge in their written work.

Well done Year 6, this level of understanding should certainly stand you in good stead for your examinations later in the year.

Our New Website

Please have a look at our new website which was launched this week. Some areas are still under construction but it will be completed in the next few weeks. It is designed to give you a clear overview of the work covered in each age group and the variety of activities that are available for our children. Our aim is to provide you with a window in to life at school and for this reason we have direct links through to our face book and twitter pages (which we update regularly). We are also starting to build up our Alumni, so if you know of any former pupils who would like to get in touch and pass on their news, please do let them know.  Thank you to Mrs Duke for all her hard work in designing and rewriting the website and to Ignition for constructing it.

Netball v St Pius X

Our Year 4 netball team played St Pius X on Tuesday in the Sports Hall. Highfield’s netball team have played all their previous matches against Year 5 and 6 girls, so it was really pleasing that St Pius X brought a Year 4 team. This was St. Pius’ first netball match at this age group. Highfield played exceptionally well in the first quarter and their scoring rate and attacking play were excellent. The girls were given a chance to try out a variety of positions as the match progressed. Highfield won the game with the player of the match going to Katie.

Football v Westholme

All the boys in Year 5 and 6 travelled to Westholme on Wednesday to play football. The boys were all very excited and after four very competitive games, in which all the boys gave 100%, we won three and lost only one game narrowly. This was a very pleasing result after all the hard work in training this term and it sets us up really well for the cup matches in the lead up to Christmas.

A very big thank you to all the parents who helped transport the boys: Mrs Coupe, Mrs Goodwin, Mr Kerrigan, Mr Jones, Miss Lonsdale and Mr Park.

Merit Awards

RB-Aadi  RF-Zorain  1D-Brooke  2M-Joshua  2W-William

3H-Abdullah  3M-Matthew  4D-The Whole Class  4M-Aaliyah  5H-Hassan  6H-Amy

Monitor of the week-Sam

ISA North Swimming Gala

Good luck to all our swimmers who are swimming in the gala in Macclesfield this weekend: Amy, Katie, Matthew, Olivia and Tom.

Hockey Reminder

No hockey at West View on Monday 17 November due to the Preston Indoor Olympics.

Nursery gate

May I please remind parents to close the gate behind them, between the yard and the bungalow, and to secure all three bolts.

Thought for the Week (taken from the Home Page of our new website)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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