our local area
It is important that our children know and understand their own community and also the communities of those further afield. Below are some local and distant community groups and organisations we work closely with.
- Although we are not a church school, we value the links we have with our local churches which include St. Mary's Willesborough; we love it when Reverend John and Captain Graham come in to celebrate assembly with us
- We work closely with Surestart and local Pre-schools
- We work in close partnership with local Ashford schools and formally through the 'Central Ashford Town Schools' collaboration CATS
- We link with local organisations and businesses to enhance children's learning such as the RSPCA, post office, fire service, ambulance service and police
Willesborough Windmill Art Competition
This summer Willesborough Windmill celebrates it's 150th birthday. We were very proud to be asked to participate in an art competition as part of the celebrations. The Windmill kindly donated prizes to all three year groups and came into school on Friday 12th July to present them to the winners. The winning pictures are now on display in the school. Well done to everyone who entered and especially to the winners.
As a school, we celebrate the diversity of our families, their backgrounds and their cultures throughout the year. We hold a special celebratory week annually. We had a fantastic time during International Week this year! We had such a busy week filled with lots of different activities. We especially enjoyed the Indian Story telling workshop and Mrs Dhamrait's talk about India. We were lucky enough to experience African drumming, Indian dancing, origami and so much more. What a busy week we had!
Each class had their own country to learn about during Let's Explore and had the chance to share some of the amazing facts they found during our celebration assembly on the Thursday. It was impressive to hear about just how much each class had learnt throughout the week.
Oh, and we can all sing our International Week song; "hello to all the children of the world" brilliantly!
A big thank you for all the parents support, especially during the International Week fair. We hope the children enjoyed showing you some of the exciting activities they participated in over the week. We also really enjoyed seeing you participate in African drumming and Yoga with the children and many of you looked cosy in the stories from around the world book corner.
A big well done to Jack from Parrots for winning the International Week home project competition. All the children's home projects were incredible! It was so hard to choose just one winner. Thank you to all the children and grown-ups for all your hard work.
Fire Safety Talk
On Friday 6th October a local fire-fighter called Pat, came to speak to us about fire safety. Pat told us all about the work of the fire service and the different ways they help people. We watched a short film about ‘Frances the Firefly’. Frances was not very sensible at the start of the film. She learnt about the dangers of playing with matches and, by the end of the clip, she had learnt her lesson and was a very sensible firefly. Pat told us how important it is to have a smoke alarm in our homes. They should be checked once a week to make sure they are working properly. So please make sure you have a smoke alarm in your home and check it regularly.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Some very clever canines came to see our Year Two’s this March! As part of our charity topic, we enjoyed an informative visit from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. The children had an enlightening presentation about how guide dogs are trained and just how much they help the blind. As well as this, the children were able to meet a puppy in training named Noah and an experienced guide named Gold. Both pups were so well behaved! We are all really looking forward to sponsoring a puppy as a school and being part of his guide dog training journey.
Our visits to the Church
'We are making reindeer food in school to sell at St Mary's Church Fair to raise money for our school funds'
In August 2013 a group of very excited teachers and teaching assistants from some Ashford Schools went out to Romania as volunteers to work with and help orphaned, sick and disabled children and young people. The teachers included Mrs King, Miss Healy and Mrs Rusbridge. There is still much poverty in Romania and there are some very 'needy' families. This mission was arranged through 'Cry in the Dark'. There is a link below if you would like to find out more about the charity. We are continuously building on our links with Romanian children through 'Cry in the Dark'. Every Christmas the children of the Willesborough Schools make up shoe box gifts to send to the children in Romania they have been learning about. A member of staff from the schools goes out to deliver the gifts in person. Mrs Beretta, Miss Rice, Miss Doyle, Mrs Rice, Miss Baxter have all been. We have loved sharing their experiences in assemblies.
Parts of Romania are very poor. Many houses do not have water like we do. We forget how easy it is to turn a tap on at home. These people have to go to a well to get water.
The gift boxes made by the children of WIS begin their journey to Romania! Mrs Beretta and Mrs Rusbridge drove them to Colchester, where they will be loaded onto a lorry. The lorry will carry 1200 in total!
August 2016 - Mr Wright went out to Romania to help build houses for some families this summer. He came back in September and told us all about it.
October 2016 - We have just launched this year's appeal. Start collecting children. Miss Baxter is going to deliver the shoe boxes in Romania this year.
December 2016 - Miss Baxter was part of the team of volunteers that delivered the shoe boxes for ‘Cry in the Dark’ this year. Whilst she was out in Romania she had an eventful week visiting Casa Albert in Luncani, a Romany village and Casa Lumina (The house of light). She couldn’t believe the delight on the children’s faces at receiving their shoebox. Thank you so much for your support in creating them. They were most definitely gratefully received.