Arts Week

WCM character #2Wow! Arts Week has been amazing this year, our children (and staff) never cease to amaze me.  The theme this year has been ‘Inspire or Aspire’ and the week started with a fabulous assembly led by Mrs Gordon and a rather odd looking William Shakespeare.  There was also an excellent dance performance by 3 girls from Longley College who told us about their aspirations.

The whole week has been looking at people that inspire us and people or things that we aspire to be.  The workshops on Wednesday produced some very impressive art from printing to, 3d sculptures and there was even a group producing their own pop videos.

Performance was definitely an important feature of this year’s Arts Week and every class was paired up with another to perform something that they put together over the week.  These were drawn randomly from William Shakespeare’s hat on Monday. Mr Read and I got to watch quite a number of the performances on Friday and not only were the performances (including props, masks and outfits in some cases) pretty impressive but it was also really lovely to see how much the audiences appreciated watching each other.  We haven’t done Arts Week in this way before but it certainly made it a very special end to the week. I’m sure pictures or videos will end up on some of the class blogs for you to see.

We also had quite a number of visiting artists over the week and they all went away very impressed with the enthusiasm and engagement of our children.  A huge thanks to all the staff for their huge contributions to making it a special week and to Mrs Gordon for co-ordinating the events of the week!

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Another Year Begins at WCM

WCM character #3It has been really nice to see everyone back after the summer break. Lots of smiling faces and people seem genuinely pleased to be back.  We have had 2 days with the staff and I have to say we have such an amazing team of people at WCM who want to do the very best they can for all the children and families that come through our door.

We welcome Hannah Mallinson and Clare Wilson into our Y3 team and say congratulations to Emma Walker who had a baby girl, Isabella Hope over the summer.

You may also have noticed that over the summer we had some building work done on the lower floor to create a permanent ‘break out’ dining space; our new ‘Oasis’.  Although the room is finished it will be a few weeks before we are able to properly furnish the room with the eventual furniture that it will have as we couldn’t order it until the space was completed.  Space is a premium at WCM so this room is certainly a welcome addition to our school.

Mrs Bradley and I are very keen to make this our best year ever at WCM, although I am sure we will say that at the start of every year.  Please come and see us if there is anything that you are worried about or have thoughts on how we can make our school even better. We will always be striving to improve on what we already do for our children.