The S3 pupils arranged a Sponge the Teacher day to raise funds for the Common Room. We also decided this would be a good way to say goodbye to our S4 pupils so it became a Fun Farewell Afternoon. All secondary pupils were quite delighted to either participate or watch. It cost £1 for three sponges. Primary and Early Years pupils were invited to spectate, and were very happy to accept. There were chants of "get the teachers" from the crowd on a regular basis. At one point there were chants of "get Madame Rendall" as she wasn't soaked enough.
After Sponge the Teacher, secondary pupils got to eat pizza and cake. The pizza was paid for by Mr Hawkins, (thank you very much, it was delicious), and very quickly scoffed. The cake was baked by the aunt of one of our S4 Leavers, Janice Rendall. It was a three tier chocolate cake with salted caramel filling. It was delicious. A very small amount was left after Madame Rendall cut (massacred) it to share amongst secondary pupils and staff. It was passed to the P1-2 pupils as a thank you to Mrs Harcus for taking all the photos.
All pupils are in agreement that it should become a yearly affair.
£75.50 was raised for the Common Room.
Yesterday we said farewell to our S4 pupils (not all are pictured). They have officially finished their time at Westray Junior High. They have been a fabulous class, full of fun, and we will miss them. We wish them all the best for the future.
Exciting visitors came to visit the school this afternoon. Ducklings!!!!!!! One of our younger pupils has been helping look after the ducklings; he has been feeding them, and making sure they have water. Mrs Donna Rendall and our very own Duckling Whisperer brought the ducklings to different classrooms today to allow all the pupils to see them. The rule was made that only adults could pick the ducklings up with the exception of our young pupil who has been looking after them. He has done a superb job, and we are so chuffed we got the opportunity to meet the ducklings.
Barbara Balcombe, Hearing Support and Support Teacher visited Westray Junior High today. She worked with our early years, primary, and secondary pupils. Pupils learned how the ear works, different phrases in sign language, the importance of sign language and a lot more information too. It was a really interesting experience for all our pupils. The early years pupils are able to sign different weather, and were enthusiastically doing so whilst spending time outside today. Primary pupils have been learning the alphabet, and different greetings. Thanks to Barbara for visiting the school, and teaching our young people.
S1-2 pupils were given the opportunity to sail on the Swan sailing ship yesterday. Below are some photos from their nautical adventure. Some seasickness was experienced (and when you see the photo with the waves, I am not surprised), but all pupils were very thankful for the experience, and delighted they had the opportunity to go on the Swan. The teachers accompanying the pupils are Mr Andrew Oleksy, and Dr James Hill. (Thanks also to one of our pupil's Gran's for allowing us to use two of her photos.)
The first box of pens for recycling is being picked up today by Charlotte Harvey. She will be sending to Ryman Stationery. On the Ryman Website it says "We offer pen recycling in all our stores. We've collected over 1,000,000 pens which we convert into charity dontations." Keep the pens for recycling coming please.
Brazilian Samba Drummers visited Westray Junior High today. Primary and Secondary pupils had great fun learning different rhythms.
Westray Junior High has a new toy. Dr James Hill applied for funding, and was given a grant towards buying a 3D printer. In this video, a test-tube holder is being printed. It will take approximately 7 hours. Thank you must also go to Dr Simon Hall for providing the link to the funding.
Thursday 28th April was Daily Mile's 10th birthday. The Primary department has been taking part for 6 years.
We enjoy the physical and mental benefits of taking part.
Every pupil received a Daily Mile t-shirt to celebrate the anniversary.
In France it is Poisson d'avril. People use paper fish to play an April Fool's trick. It involves sticking a paper fish on to the backs of as many adults as possible, shouting "Poisson d'avril", and running away. Tomorrow in Westray is "tailing day", and Madame Rendall has also been learning about Papay's version; bits of material or paper have a bit of sellotape stuck to it, and then the aim is to stick this material to someone's back. Madame Rendall decided to combine all the traditions and made paper fish at home, attached them to pegs, and began roping in volunteers to stick to staff members. P1 and 2, and S1 and 2 were completely delighted with this concept, and were willing volunteers. (So far they have got Mrs Donna Rendall, Mrs Harcus, and Mrs Kent. Plans are afoot to get Mr Mellor) S1 and 2 have also made their own fish during French lessons today, and will be (fish) tailing as many adults as they can.
Lots of tricks have also been happening in the Primary department. P1 and 2 sent very random sandwich filling requests to the kitchen including nutella chocolate spread, peanut butter and jelly, and hay filled sandwich. They also convinced Mrs Kent that a bird had flown into the classroom. It was a stuffed bird!
Mr McEwen decided to trick his class that they had to do only maths all day, and were not allowed to go to music class or have interval or lunch.