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Music Day at Lindbergh Campus

Great fun was had at Lindbergh Campus on Monday, celebrating Music Day with a fancy dress competition, music quizzes, karaoke as well as an afternoon of music production and lyric writing with Musicians from Snape.

   

Brickmaker’s Wood

Brandon joined the Skills4Life programme at Brickmaker’s Wood during his time at Westbridge Academy.  Below is a video Brandon made documenting the positive outcomes he gained whilst attending the programme.  Well done Brandon!

Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)

We are very pleased to tell you that we have recently been awarded the first stage of Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), Bronze: Rights Committed at Westbridge Academy. This achievement shows that we are committed to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school.

We have set up a pupil-led steering group and, over the last term, we have been introducing all students to their rights as a young person. We have explored the right to not be discriminated against, discussed whether young people in other countries have access to the same rights and have raised money through the Unicef/Clarks ShoeShare scheme to help less unfortunate children to go to school.

Right Respecting Schools across the country have reported that that the Award has many positive impacts including improved relationships, wellbeing and self-esteem, leading to better attendance and improved learning. We are now going to embed a rights respecting focus into the curriculum and go for Silver!

www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

If you would like to find out more or be part of the RRSA Steering Group please contact Emily at Westbridge on adminwestbridge@raedwaldtrust.org

Pizzas at Parkside!

Pupils at Parkside Academy recently made pizzas and added ingredients in the shape of plant & animal cells as part of their Science project.

 

STEAM at Montgomery Road Campus

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The STEAM group at Montgomery Road Campus try out their self-made windproof microphones at Alton Water. They really started listening to their environment and one commented on how relaxing it was.


British Science Week at Westbridge Academy

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To celebrate British Science Week this year, Westbridge had a few activities going on. Along with science demonstrations and activities in lessons, we had a whole school CSI Day.  It was amazing to see all the students really interested and engaged in the proceedings, taking it really seriously.

There was a crime science, forensics lab and interview rooms to interrogate suspects, the staff’s acting skills were on point!

We can’t wait until CSI Day next year and are interested in making it a Trust-wide event.

Year 7, 8 and 9 Spring Fayre and Exhibition at Parkside Academy

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Last week Year 9 pupils at Parkside held a very successful Spring Fayre as part of their exhibition of project based learning and raised in the process an amazing £112.21 for Comic Relief.  During their project, they learned about probability in Maths and then used this knowledge to create games that were based on probability including: a tombola, hook a duck and higher or lower and pick a square.

Mrs Duke and Mrs Orbell were delighted with the Year 9’s ability to run their stalls and organise the event.

In addition, Year 7 and 8 organised an exhibition of their work on ‘How can we plan a journey that takes us out of our world?’.  Exhibits included work from Science and PBL where pupils have asked the question ‘How could we colonise Mars?’. Pupils made biomes in Science and undertook aerodynamic experiments in PBL.

Montgomery Road Campus Travel Training

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We are pleased and proud to report five of our Year 10 pupils have successfully gained their AQA unit award in independent travel using public transport.

Travel training is a great way to improve self confidence, safety awareness and independence; well done everyone!!

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