Friday 10th February saw the West Bridgford School invaded by aliens, space ships and a lot of glitter! Year 8 spent the day working in Art, Design and technology becoming designers and innovators of science fiction film production.
Pupils chose to work in a variety of workshops including – creating storyboards, set design, space vehicles, alien food, making trailers and costume design. The workshops were run by all the staff of the Art, Design and Technology Department. During the workshops points were awarded for creativity, organisation, problem solving, and outcomes. The form with the most points won and it was….. 8E!
Pupils spent the day being creative and inventive with materials and ideas, developing skills in problem solving and initiative; linked to the many industries within the creative sector such as illustration, 3D design, engineering, film, TV and advertising.
With the creative industries contributing an estimated £84.7 billion to the UK economy, 2.8 million jobs and exports of £17.9 billion these are certainly skills and professions pupils may well find them-selves using or working in, in the future.
The day was really positive and fun with pupils really engaging with all the tasks, coming together at the end of the day to present their tutor groups response to the design challenge to Mr Peacock - Head teacher. All the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. Click here to view the evidence!
Staff and pupils have been involved with a variety of activities to promote reading this week, as World Book Day was on the Thursday, 2nd March.
Many members of staff dressed up as their favourite literary figures and pupils were invited to guess who they were; doors around school were decorated in the theme of books, a book swap has been taking place in the Learning Centre and there are displays promoting reading.
There was a real buzz around school and it was great to see so many of the pupils getting involved!
On Friday 17th February 2017, 31 of the West Bridgford School’s dance students took to the stage in Disneyland Paris. Whilst there they competed against 7 dance schools from across the UK as well as Canada and Germany. The standard of competition was high with most of the dance schools receiving pre-professional training; where one dance school from Canada received 25 hours training each week!
The girls took to the stage with 36 routines in total including; 8 group pieces and 28 duets and solos. The routines boasted a variety of styles from jazz, tap and ballet to acro/gym, lyrical and hip-hop. The girls performed in dazzling costumes including sequin coated dresses for ‘Feeling Good’, chequered leggings and tutus for ‘Wonderland’ as well as gold sparkling tops for the ‘Lion King’. The girls felt nervous, yet entered the stage with their heads held high and gleaming smiles ready to compete for the selection of trophies which were on offer.
The competition day ended after 8 hours of dancing and the girls all sat on the stage nervously waiting for the final results! The room was filled with excitement and applause when the West Bridgford Schools students’ names were called winning, in total, 12, 1st place trophies for solos and duets. Next up to be announced were the group dances. Yet again the West Bridgford School dance group was announced as winning 6, 1st place trophies and 2, 2nd place medals for the group performances. In addition to this, the judges also announced the West Bridgford School as receiving the highest scoring group performance. Another trophy to add to the collection! What a fantastic achievement for the students and the school. The girls were elated at this brilliant news!
The students and staff celebrated with an evening meal in the Disneyland park reflecting on the achievements of the day. The dancing however, was not over yet! The following day, well rested and ready to go, the students made their way to the Disney Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Following the students’ audition for the pre-parade on the previous day there was even more exciting news ahead! The West Bridgford School was asked to lead the Disney pre-parade down Mainstreet USA in front of 15,000 spectators. A once in a lifetime experience for the girls involved, creating memories that would last a lifetime.
This trip certainly had the extra special sprinkle of fairy dust and was one that will never be forgotten! Congratulations and Well done to all those involved in Disneyland Paris 2017!
Click here to view a brief video of the trip!
The West Bridgford School has a long history of offering ski trips, for both Year 9 and Years 11/13. Staff have even been approached by Year 6 parents at Open Evening asking for reassurance that ‘You will still be running the Ski Trip by the time they get to Year 11 won’t you?’ Both the Year 9 and 11/13 trips leaders are pleased to report that the school ski trips are still running successfully with over 90 students having the time of their lives over half-term. Mr Deans’ wife reminded him that this was the 20th anniversary of him being away on a school trip for Valentines Day (!) but when staff get to hear comments like ‘It’s the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen’, ‘I think I’ve made a new best friend’ and ‘It’s the first sport I’ve ever felt that I’m good at’ then they are inspired to continue to give up a week of their holidays to give students a chance to have this experience. The best way to see a snapshot of the student ski trip experience is to view one of the blogs that staff fill in over the week. Click here for Year 9 Pila and here for Year 11/13 Passo Tonale.The February 2018 trips are both now full, though do watch out if a free place appears. Both Mr Brown and Mr Deans have already booked February 2019, at surprisingly similar prices to the last few years, and these will be advertised to Year 8 and Year 10/12 in September 2017.
Once again, West Bridgford School has been one of the leading schools at the Nottinghamshire Winter Games 2017. They qualified for 10 events out of a possible 14 in the initial tournament stages, beating the likes of Rushcliffe, Becket, South Wolds, and East-Leake.
The opening of the Winter Games started with the Girls Y8 Handball team. This was a relatively new sport on the West Bridgford PE curriculum but the girls trained hard during extra-curricular clubs to ensure they were ready for the tournament. The girls had 4 initial group matches and won 3 of these, narrowly missing out by 1 goal on the 4th game. They qualified as runners up for their section. They played exceptionally well during the quarter finals winning by a promising 5-1. The semi-final was a bit tougher but a great last minute goal put them through to the final. They then faced the team that they had lost against in the group stages. It was a tense 10 minutes with both teams battling to score a goal, but great saves by both keepers meant it was a 0-0 score line. 2 mins extra time and still no goals were scored.
It was then announced….. Dreaded Penalties – 3 from each school!! Saskia Holland stepped up to take the first penalty with extreme power that the keeper couldn’t react to and the ball hit the back of the net. The opponents then took their first penalty but Fran Roberts made a cracking save. Kat McDevlin then took the second penalty for WBS and managed to score in the bottom corner. Fran Roberts then made another great save putting WBS 2-0 up with no further penalties needed. WBS have now qualified through to the Regional Finals!
Y8 Handball photo:Leanne Stewart, Eimer O’Sullivan, Maija Purves, Saskia Holland, Alice Godley, Hannah Atkins, Eddie Percival, Kat McDevlin, Gabby Burgess, Fran Roberts
WBS KS4 Boys Badminton team won all of their games with ease in the Nottingham Winter Games achieving Gold and now qualify for The Regional Tournament. The girls KS3 badminton team narrowly missed out at qualify for Regionals with a tough final which they ended up achieving a well deserved Silver medal.
The West Bridgford School Sports Hall Athletics teams – boys and girls both competed in the County Finals on Thursday 22nd February. The competition was of a very high standard with schools from seven other districts in the County. The Girls team finished in second place losing out to Fernwood School who themselves put in a very strong performance winning by 30 points. The boys ended up eventual champions in what was a very tightly fought competition. The boys ended up on 112 points with only a 4 point gap between them and third place. This is a fantastic achievement for both teams and something they should be very proud of. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the upcoming Athletics season.
Girls Athletics Team Lily Moss, Edie Winch, Jess Spencer Eva Straws, Paris Harris, Lily Hardman, Phoebe Simon
Boys Athletics Team Jack Brewington, Alex Vinning, Tom Southgate, James Kamochi, Joe Barkes, Jake Kirby
The Indoor Rowing team were faced with the challenge of rowing more metres than 5 other schools in the county, all of whom had qualified by winning their regional heats. The competition consisted of 20 races, some individual and some team based. After 18 races – and through our own calculations – we were in the top two along with George Spencer. There was a change in leader in the 19th race (Y9, 10 and 11 boys – 12 minute row), which we lost by 100m, and so going into the final race we found ourselves in 2nd overall. Over to the Y9, 10 and 11 girls. After a gruelling race the girls won by 136m, which meant after rowing over 25,000 metres in total, we won Gold by under 40m. A great achievement by all involved!
The Multi-Sport Challenge was a really tough competition for the WBS due to them entering mainly KS3 pupils, despite this they gave every event 100% effort and competed with a big smile on their faces. They narrowly missed out on the Bronze medal by 1 point but were presented with the Good Spirit Award due to their grit and determination.
The Rowing Team Photo is at the top of this article, and features Tess McManus, Jasmine Pole, Liam McKinlay, Michael Collins, Will Bailey, Finan Albery, Tilly Thomas, Evie Tyler, Grace Rigby, Beth Taylor, Anthony O’Brien, Sam Collins