Summer Edition 2011
Head… Mrs Fenn with Mr Hicks
This summer term has been as hectic as ever! Exam season has been and
gone; KS3 started in week 3,Year 11 started their GCSEs in week 4, KS2 after
half-term and the ongoing Year 10 exams (which now incorporates controlled
Mac Suite now assessments and the onset of GCSE a year early), means we have only just
returned to normality…
fully operational Normality at Westbourne means that on any typical day one year group could be out
on an educational visit, sports matches could be taking place and the music department
Technology is becoming more could be rehearsing for one of their many musical shows and events. Of course we
integrated in our everyday lives wouldn’t want it any other way. Children at Westbourne are expected to provide
and the same is certainly true energy and enthusiasm to their studies and we encourage our students to go the extra
of the classroom. mile and to engage in a wide variety of activities.
97% of parents think that our ICT There have been many positive things to celebrate this term but the early retirement of
provision is good, according to the Mrs Fenn will not be one of them. I am sure you will agree that her departure will be
Parents Survey from Spring 2011. a sad loss to the school. Mrs Fenn joined Westbourne 26 years ago in 1985 when she
Well, it has just got better! first taught Year 3. She became a qualified ISI inspector in 2000 and when we bought
Ashdell Grove in 2007, Mrs Fenn was appointed Head of Junior School.
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Many children have benefited from her excellent tutelage:
she is a first class teacher and has a bedrock of experience
that she has shared with so many. Mrs Fenn has high
standards in all aspects of education. She is a consummate
professional. She has given her heart and soul to fostering
and nurturing children’s development. Mrs Fenn knows how
to engender a good work ethic for our pupils and shows Mrs Fenn and Mr Clark
them how to be kind and considerate to each other. Not
one to shirk a challenge, she practises what she preaches
and takes on any new initiative with enthusiasm and passion. One major personal
challenge will be joining our Year 11 expedition to Kilimanjaro next summer.
I would like to add my personal thanks to Mrs Fenn for her support to me and the
Senior Management Team. I shall always remember her for her focus on “what’s
good practice” and of course for her unbridled loyalty to our children.
Mrs Fenn will hand over the reins to her deputy of four years, Mr Jon Clark, who will
take over as Head of Junior School in September – I wish them both all the very
The work of best.
Tom Humphrey in Year 11
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The sad closure of Brantwood School shocked the whole independent school
questioned its provenance! community, and significantly changed the lives of its former pupils. We were
Tom spent a day at the Land Rover delighted to have been able to offer places to some of those girls, some of whom
experience in Solihull, where he filmed now prepare to leave us.
a Range Rover Sport on the move. This
footage was then combined with clips They have been an asset to Westbourne School; logistically they created the perfect
of his parents’ Range Rover, taken on girl boy ratio in their year group but more importantly, Westbourne has benefitted
the roads near his Derbyshire home. from getting to know some great characters and teaching some very hardworking
He produced a short Land Rover girls. They have been a credit to Westbourne and we wish them, along with all
advert to a very professional standard. our Year 11 leavers, every success for the future.
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Westbourne Young Leaders
help at St Maries Sports Day
On Friday 27th May 2011 seven young leaders from
Westbourne went to the EIS Sheffield to help out at the
sports day of St Marie’s Catholic Primary School.
The young leaders were Daniel Jackson; Joel Mason; Jessica Heywood;
Alex Russell; Edward Anderson; Liam Gilbert and Leo Gibson. The
young leaders were given charge of the javelin event for Years 3-6
whilst Liam assisted in organising pupils for the track heats and
finals. Edward put his photography skills to great use as official
photographer taking some fantastic shots. John Fernandes, Deputy
Head Teacher at St Marie’s who organised the day said ‘The leaders
from Westbourne were extremely helpful and they worked well with our Young leaders meet up with Mr. Lawrie at 08.00 each
pupils, giving them advice and cheering them on.They were a credit to Thursday morning and work with Junior School pupils.
Sheffield Young Artist
of the Year exhibition
Westbourne once again had an
impressive display of art at the
recent Sheffield Young Artist of
The Moorlands Discovery Centre at the the Year exhibition held at Ponds
National Trust’s Peak District Longshaw Estate The event, opened by the Lord Mayor
of Sheffield on Friday 13th May, was
One of the main tasks for Year 5 students and geography certainly not an unlucky day for two
teacher Miss Lilley was testing river flow strength. of our students. Lizzie Housley in Year
10 and Eliza Heywood in Year 1 had
As well as all the usual scientific instruments – metre rules, tape measures and their paintings chosen out of over 800
stopwatches – the equipment also included dog biscuits! pieces to be on show at the Art in the
The biodegradable biscuits proved perfect for dropping into the water to test the speed Gardens exhibition in the Botanical
of the flow – rather like a canine treat version of familiar childhood game Pooh Sticks. gardens in July!
“The clear favourite of the day was the dog biscuits, especially when it gave the children the
chance to make friends with a passing walker and dog!” said Miss Lilley.
“More importantly, we now have fieldwork measurements and invaluable evidence
of a real life river to back up all the classroom work we have
done so far this term.”
glamour comes The cast of Alice
It was the day that
All children in Year 3 - 6
Bollywood came to performed in Alice the
school, as we celebrated Musical (by Mark & Helen
World Culture Day. Johnson) to a packed audience,
Pupils chose an Indian theme for their which due to demand was shown
day looking at international arts and over two nights at the end of June.
culture. The show, directed by Mrs. Sallianne Foster-Major
The day began with demonstrations featured magical songs, music, costumes and
of Tabla drums and Bollywood dance make-up. A technical team of Year 10 students
for Year 7 and 8 students and was helped with lighting, sound and backstage.
followed by an investigation of Indian Special mentions must go to Holly Beeby, who
culture and literature. played the lead role of Alice with panache and
For Years 9 and 10 there was a special to Abby Newton, who provided us with a Holly with Lucy Stern,
assembly led by Westbourne parent confident narrative to the story. as the White Rabbit
Indranil Chakrabarti, who spoke about
his experiences of Indian life.
Mrs Stuti Kaul was also on hand to
explain to junior pupils the correct
way of wearing a sari.
With Tabla and Bollywood workshops
throughout the day and every lesson
tailored to the Indian theme, even Reception to Year 2 entertained
lunchtime took its inspiration from us with their end of term show
the day’s subject, serving an Indian – Pirates.
themed menu with a special musical
accompaniment! This was a colourful, vibrant musical, set
on the decks of a pirate ship. Captained
by Black Beard, played convincingly by
Harrison Cundy, the crew set sail in
search of diamonds. Molly, Black Beard’s
demanding wife - confidently played by
- was the reason for
the voyage. They
played to an
a local nursery
Harrison and Josephine school.
MUSIC TO OUR EARS
the sound of brass
Music student George Newbould
is far from brassed off with his
latest achievement…he’s been
awarded a place in the Yorkshire
Youth Brass Band!
Music for a Summer’s Evening George, in Year 9, achieved a Grade 5
distinction in his cornet studies last year
Music and midsummer…it proved the perfect combination for pupils, and is delighted to have been given the
parents, neighbours and friends of Westbourne School. opportunity to play with the band that
was established by the world famous
Our Music for a Summer’s Evening – now so popular that it features in the programme Black Dyke Band to encourage new
for the Broomhill Festival – was held in the grounds of Ashdell House on 15th June. talent.
Taking part were musicians from across the school who entertained with examples of George has already participated in
classical, jazz, rock and contemporary pieces. three full day workshops with Black
Guests enjoyed a glass of champagne as our school’s newly formed Brass Band – made Dyke players, culminating in concerts
up of senior and junior school pupils as well as one parent and an Old Westbournian - at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
played their version of George Gershwin’s seasonal favourite, Summer Time. and Leeds Town Hall, where the Youth
Band not only played their own pieces
Another highlight was entertainment from the school’s vibrant and energetic Samba but also had the chance to join the
Band, who led the audience into our secret garden – the Dell. It was now time to turn Black Dyke musicians in performance.
up the volume and be entertained by pieces from the Westbourne Rock Band and
performers. It was perhaps as well that many of our neighbours had come to join us! George’s band pursuits have also
enabled him to combine his passion for
music with his love of sport when he
Samba Band was asked to play at the opening of the
Rugby final at Old Trafford in front of a
capacity crowd back in 2009!
He has also been a member of the
Ireland Colliery Band in Chesterfield
for the past three years where he plays
Repiano Cornet alongside his Mum, Joy,
on Tenor Horn!
Broomhill Festival artist, Simon Clements, This year the Chesterfield musicians
has painted some original watercolours of won their way through to the National
our musicians at work. Brass Band Championships of Great
The paintings are available to purchase Britain, competing against 22 of Britain’s
from school. Please contact Mr Woodward, best bands in their section.
Head of Junior School music.
Educating girls and boys for life
Abby is Sheffield’s Westbourne’s Maddie comes in 3rd in Race for Life!
fastest schoolgirl It was a blistering hot day, approximately 6,500 entrants and a
You have to be quick off the brand new course this year, but that didn’t stop Maddie Pearce
mark to keep up with Year 6 (Year 7) from flying across the finish line in an amazing 3rd
pupil, Abby Newton. position!
For the 11-year-old is now
officially the fastest girl of
her age in Sheffield!
Abby took part in the
Sheffield Federation Primary
Athletics meeting, where she
was the winner of the girls’
80 metre sprint, coming
home ahead of competitors
from 28 other city schools.
“We are delighted with Abby’s incredible achievement,” said Mrs
Mirfin, who added “Abby crossed the finish line in a time of just
10.9 seconds, beating the fastest Year 6 boy, who came in shortly
behind on 11.1”.
“This level of excellence at such an early age suggests that Abby
has a great athletics future ahead of her.”
Abby was presented with this year’s new ‘Rod Clark trophy’ for
athletics, the first person to be awarded it. (From L-R) Daina Ali, Mrs Mirfin, Sophie Brotherston
and Maddie Pearce
Abby qualified, along with six fellow Westbourne pupils for the
This all happened on Sunday 3rd July, when 14 Westbourne girls
Leo Cossham, Julian Slater, Amy Martindale, Joshua Hallam, Holly from across Year 5-8, ran with their teachers, Mrs Mirfin, Miss
Beeby, and Charlie Proctor. Heyes and Miss Lilley in the Race for Life.
Amy Martindale in Year 6 came second overall at long jump,
jumping a distance of 3.67m.
Julian Slater, also in Year 6 came second in the 800m, with a time
of 2min 41secs.
Congratulation to all our athletes, this was a fantastically
successful evening enjoyed by both pupils and parents.
Tennis Win for Westbourne
On Saturday 21st May our team won the Invitational
School ‘Mini Green’ Tennis Tournament at Fulwood L.T.C.
Congratulations to our players -Tom Smart, Ethan Brain, Ceri
Rogerson and Tristan Gale.
Mrs Mirfin gains on Maddie...
Tom Smart is also currently 2nd in Yorkshire for ‘Mini Orange’
and 6th in Yorkshire for ‘Mini Green’ tennis.
The 5K race took place in the Sheffield city centre to raise
money for Cancer Research. The girls target was to raise at least
The Winners! £50 sponsorship money each, several raised much more for this
Maddie Pearce did incredibly well coming 3rd overall with a
time of 20mins16secs. Mrs Mirfin was only a couple of seconds
behind her and managed to keep her title of 4th place from last
The girls thoroughly enjoyed being part of this fun, yet
inspirational race and raised lots of money for a wonderful
Well done to everyone involved!
Basketball Coaching Year 2
In this, the final half term of the summer, a group of children
from Year 2 have been taking part in basketball coaching
sessions led by a Level 2 coach from the Hatters Women’s
Basketball team. Shannon, an American coach, has been teaching
the children a variety of skills from ball control, to passing and
shooting, finally bringing the sessions together with a miniature
tournament. This has been a fantastic opportunity for some
early professional training and a great experience for
Jessica Ennis pictured with Emmie and Holly Beeby
Westbourne Sports Day at the EIS Sheffield 2011
After a long preparation period sports day had finally arrived,
and for the first time in Westbourne history, Years 5-11 were
ready to compete cohesively in their House teams.
Sports day 2011 took place at the EIS which is one of the most
well known athletics venues in the UK. Throughout the day our
pupil’s adrenaline kept rocketing and even more so when we
were joined on the track by local athlete, Jessica Ennis - a once
in a lifetime experience for our pupils, one which they will never Junior Sports Leaders
Listed below are the top scoring boy and girl athlete from each Junior Sports Leaders
year group, who showed athletic potential in a variety of events: Throughout the Summer term all pupils in Year 6 have worked
YEAR 5: ROHIN PATEL AND LUCY STONE towards completing the Junior Sports Leader Award. This has
involved working in small groups to plan and deliver a fun, safe
YEAR 6: JULLIAN SLATER AND ABIGAIL NEWTON sports lesson to Year 2 children. The aim has been to develop
YEAR 7: ALEX WATHEY AND GEORGIA OLDFIELD their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. It is an
extremely rewarding course which also prepares them for the
YEAR 8: OLIVER HUNT AND MARYAM DIN
Senior Sports Leaders that is on offer at Westbourne in Year
YEAR 9: CHARLES BOARD AND JESSICA HEALD 10. They all passed with flying colours and were fantastic role
models for our younger Junior School pupils who really enjoyed
YEAR 10: JOSEPH RAWLING AND LUCY CHAN
the lessons that had been planned for them.
YEAR 11: MATTHEW BULLOCK AND ALEX SAVAGE
William Strong (Year 11) received the award for his all round
contribution to sport, during his time at Westbourne.
House winner for sports day 2011 was Holmes with 888 points,
2nd place was Johnson followed by Whitfield and Mercer.
in Year 7 who has
been selected to
play in the Yorkshire
William Strong and Mr Hicks
Educating girls and boys for life
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In the pink
at Westbourne School
WESTBOURNE was in the pink on the
afternoon of Friday 24th as pupils from
both our Senior and Junior Schools
served a Breast Cancer Awareness
Ice cream straight The event in the Junior Hall had a pink theme
and saw pupils service up their own home made
from the cow cakes, buns and scones along with strawberries
and cream. “The addition of cakes this year,
The Year 2 children experienced made by my GCSE cookery class went down a treat and it was a delight to be able
an exciting new science trip to to show off their culinary skills”, said organiser Mrs Loasby.
the Our Cow Molly Farm at Mums from the Friends of Westbourne group helped to serve drinks to parents,
Dungworth near Sheffield. families and members of the Broomhill community, whilst they were entertained by
our Reception and Year 1 choir.
They were treated to a tour of the
farm, met the chickens, rabbits and “We are really pleased to see how this event has grown” said co-organiser Mrs
the newly born calves and the all Whittington.
important cows themselves. Whilst “The event, which also included a raffle, raised more than £250 for the charity”.
at the farm they saw the milking
parlour, the dairy and the ice cream
making workshop. The children learnt
about the milking, pasteurizing and
ice cream making processes in a very
Business Breakfast numbers boom
practical way. The high light of the Our Broomhill Business Breakfast event is proving to be even more
visit was choosing a sample of the popular than ever. The event has grown, forcing us to change venues
finished product - the ice cream. It was from the popular French Café to the larger Ashdell Grove Hall in
delicious! The children were so well order to accommodate the 50 delegates.
behaved and so polite that both the The networking event gave people the chance to chat about their business interests
staff at the farm and the coach driver and to form links with others. Miss Lilley was on hand to discuss work experience
said that this was the best class they placements for our Senior School pupils, some of whom were on hand to help host
have ever worked with and they were the event. We received many positive comments about the maturity, politeness and
a credit to the school. confidence that these pupils demonstrated.
Many thanks to Charles Board, Jess Heald, Emily Pickford, Toni Butcher, Meagan Hall
and Aaron Yesudian for their assistance.
Summer magic with the
world of Roald Dahl
The magic of Roald Dahl comes
to Broomhill as we prepare
for our fourth annual summer
The week-long event runs from 25th –
29th July and is open to all children in
the Year 2 to 8 age group, and not just
Westbourne pupils. Places are strictly
limited and demand is already high so to
find out more or to make a booking call
us on 0114 266 0374.