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Summer Newsletter 2017
A word from the Head

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter which contains just some of the many exciting things that have been happening at Westbourne this term.

Some fabulous events have taken place in the round up to the end of the term; the Year 11 leaver’s Prom at the Holiday Inn, various sports days, The Westbourne Cricket and Rounders Festival and the new Summer Concert at the Firth Hall, which was a great addition to the already busy calendar of events. Lower down the school, our Reception to Year 2 children delighted parents, staff and fellow pupils with their performance of Pirates and Mermaids, a vibrant, entertaining comedy which was delivered with such confidence for those so young. We enjoyed a fantastic night of theatre at the Montgomery when we staged our version of Bugsy Malone and the open air MAP's Drama production of Swallows and Amazons in July, was superb – well done to all involved.

We have excelled in sport and witnessed some impressive victories this term. Many of our pupils are playing at regional and county level and I would like to thank James Billingham in Year 7 for recording their successes in his Sporting Successes Newsletter.

Sporting success continues long after Westbourne and I am delighted to share the news that Old Westbournian Jess Heald has been selected to play for Premier league Guiseley Vixens Ladies Football team and Maddie Pearce and Sam Wolstenholme have just received the top sport award at Oakham School; Joe Peckett is now playing rugby for Yorkshire…we are delighted to have given them the best possible start to their sporting careers.

Our main Prize Giving Celebration Evening took place at the University of Sheffield’s Octagon Centre. This was a prestigious affair where we celebrated our academic results and many outstanding personal successes. Not everyone won a prize but all our pupils have contributed to the energy and happy community atmosphere that we cherish so much at Westbourne, so well done to everyone.

A special thank you to this year’s guest speaker, Mr Colin Roberts, who leaves Westbourne after 43 years!

Celebrations have also taken place to say farewell to Mr Paul Hinchliffe who began his a career at Westbourne at the age of 16 – 30 years ago. Mrs Lynda Bolderson who leaves after 18 years, Abi Aylott leaves after 12 years and Fran Lilley after almost 7 years.

Several other staff are departing for pastures new, Harley Dee-Sampson, Alice Wilson, Laura Crooks, move on from our EYFS and Babajide Adebola will be greatly missed from our SEN and Sports Department, as will Tom Hancock. All have served Westbourne well during their time with us. I wish all departing staff the best with their future plans and thank them for their contribution to Westbourne and our children. Thank you also to our grounds man, David Coulling who leaves to set up in his own business.

We wish our Year 11 leavers every success with their results this summer and in the future as they move onto the next phase of their lives. Congratulations are also due to departing Head Girl Abigail Heywood and Deputy Head Boy William Shahane who have both been awarded scholarship places for Sixth Form study. Abi to Sedbergh School in Cumbria and Will to neighbouring Birkdale.

Our Year 6 Scholarship exams produced some worthy winners, Archie Renshaw, Harry Peckett, Sam Jokhi and Alan Charles.

Westbourne remains in a very strong financial position and this summer we will be investing in building work to create two science labs in Ashdell House and a much bigger space for music in Junior School.

I hope you enjoy the contents of this newsletter and I wish you all a great summer.

John Hicks

Prize Giving

On the evening of Friday 6th June pupils, staff, families and governors came together at the Sheffield University’s Octagon Centre for our Prize Giving Celebration Evening.

This was a grand affair which involved pupils from Year 3 through to Year 11 coming together to celebrate the successes of the year. Our school choir opened the proceedings with their version of ‘Defying Gravity’ before prizes were presented to the children who have displayed impressive levels of commitment in their particular field.

Headmaster John Hicks introduced the guest speaker, our very own Mr Colin Roberts, who presented the first set of prizes.

Colin has taught at Westbourne for the past 43 years and delighted us with his memories in a witty and entertaining speech.

“Colin retired as Head of Department in 2007 and became our part time science technician. Colin was on our Senior Management team for many years and as Director of Studies used to fix our whole school time table by operating a card system. All very cerebral & logical. He introduced computing in 1982 before handing over to Mr Paul Hinchliffe and ran scholarship maths for 16 years before handing over to Mr Beckett. Colin has been a valued member of the Westbourne family and is always willing to go the extra mile, so when we have needed a driver to take a minibus full of bags down to Heathrow at some unearthly hour, then drive back to Sheffield, and do it again a week later, who is the man that you can rely on to do it? Colin of course…” John Hicks

During the presentations we heard a cello solo – ‘Tarrantella’ by Squire from accomplished musician Eleanor Billingham, Ellie is working towards Grade 7 Cello, Grade 6 Piano and has recently taken up the Saxophone. She is a member of the Sheffield Youth Orchestra. We then heard from Abi Heywood and Joel Priest our departing Head Girl and Head Boy, reminiscing about their time at Westbourne.

Congratulations to our new Head Girls and Boys

Head Girl – Ailsa Gillespie

Deputy Head Girl – Marisa Ali

Head Boy - Oliver Marshall

Deputy Head Boy – Benedict Pereira

Departing Head Girls and Boys hand over to the new team!

Pirates and Mermaids

Ahoy their mi hearties and shiver mi timbers. A crazy colourful collection of pirates and mermaids created a bit of a splash during two performances which took place on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th May.

Children from Reception Class to Year 2 swashed, buckled and raised the Jolly Roger as they presented their nautical romp of Pirates Versus Mermaids.

Me Hearty High School is the most distinguished pirate school on the seven seas and the trainee pirates can’t wait to graduate and become proper pirates. There is only one problem… none of them can swim! If they can't swim they will fail their ‘Arrr’ levels and then what will they do? The answer to their problem lies with the mermaids, but the pirates do not like the mermaids and the mermaids do not like the pirates - will they ever find a way to get along?

With seven fantastic songs and a hilarious script, we joined Captain Scarypants on a swashbuckling adventure with his band of brave pirates, a hungry crocodile, a crew of feisty mermaids and, of course, one insane parrot!

“It was a high spirited performance with plenty of opportunity to raise a cutlass and swish a fish tail,” said Drama teacher Mrs Sallianne Foster-Major

“And it proves that even our youngest children are showing some great theatrical talent!”

Samba Day

Front left of the image - 11 year old George Wood was interviewed by the BBC for the BBC Music Day on 15th June.

We were delighted to take part in a vibrant and festive Samba Day at the Sheffield City Hall on the 9th June. 20 Year 5 and 6 pupils joined the 250 children (and 50 school staff) from across Sheffield to create this colourful musical extravaganza!.

This was a collaborative project between Sheffield Music Hub and 'Samba in a Box’ lead by the Sheffield Children's University.

After a big fun warm-up and practice time, the children performed in front of the 121st Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, before enjoying their picnic lunch in the sunshine.

Resplendent in their brightly coloured costumes and banners the final performance took place in the afternoon in the form of a mass rhythmical display in Barkers Pool, creating a happy carnival atmosphere for shoppers and passers-by.

A massive thank you to our Drum teacher, Mr Dan Johnston and Head of Junior School Music, Mr Michael Woodward for facilitating our involvement in the amazing day.

Senior Physics on the Paintball Field

On the afternoon of Thursday 29th June 22 Year 10 students went on the Physics paintball trip. This year's trip was to Delta Force in Sheffield, based on the eastern fringes of the Peak District National Park – makes the centre the ideal woodland getaway adventure and in spite of the incessant drizzle, a great time was had by all.

Donned in the full head goggles, to the body-armour, to the padded combat suit – provided an equal level of comfort and protection for both boys and girls, and fully succeeded in taking the ‘pain’ out of paintball!

The equations of motion, force and gas pressure seemed far less abstract to those in attendance, and lessons from the trip will be referenced regularly over the next year of education, enabling students to answer GCSE Physics questions such as:

The gun fires the paintball forwards at a velocity of 90 m/s. The paintball has a mass of 0.0030 kg. Calculate the momentum of the paintball just after the gun is fired. Use the correct equation from the Physics Equations Sheet.


Over a 5 week period back in May, a group of Year 7 girls have completed Westbourne School's "SkySports Living for Sport" project for 2017. The project this year was all about introducing the sport of cricket to girls, a first for the school. We covered the 3 dimensions of cricket (Batting, Bowling and Fielding) in our training sessions and then we ended with some modified games where we tried to combine all our skills together. We were also fortunate to have our athlete mentor, Jenny Wallwork, to deliver a session on the "6-keys to success". Jenny, who was ranked 5th in the world for Badminton and won 2 Commonwealth medals, spoke about her career before delivering specific activities that centred on the 6-keys. The activities were great fun and the girls had to work and communicate together in order to be successful. Throughout the project, the girls have been a credit to the school. Their attitude has been fantastic and they have really applied themselves to the sessions. It has been great to see how much they have improved in such a short space of time and hopefully they have now been inspired to play cricket in the future. Well done girls.

Hallé Orchestra visit

The Hallé Orchestra ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles, and on 13th June our Junior School choir travelled for the second time this year, to their Hallé St Peter’s events and rehearsal venue in Manchester for a performance master class.

Our choir first visited the inspirational Grade 2 listed building, which used to be a church, back in March; this provided the perfect place to perform two songs with other participating schools. They then stepped up to the plate performing a song ‘RMS Titanic' on their own and were given useful feedback and advice from Shirley Court who runs the Hallé children's choir.

The second visit saw the children performing Hushabye Mountain with a return to RMS Titanic. They then joined forces with the other participating schools to form a massed choir to sing a whole range of songs.

"I am incredibly proud of everyone who worked so hard in committing to all the rehearsals leading up to this performance". Head of Junior School Music, Michael Woodward.

Team Building at Kingswood

Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty in North Wales, Kingswood Colomendy was the perfect environment for our Year 6 pupils to explore the great outdoors and to push their boundaries with new experiences such as orienteering, the 3G swing, caving and night line.

Apart from the exciting activities enjoyed, this trip also helped immensely with the children's independence, offering nights away from home with the company of communal mealtimes and evening entertainment. One evening was spent singing songs around the campfire, telling joke and riddles.

The Kingswood trip is the perfect opportunity to help our Year 6 pupils start the transition process from Junior School to Senior School and to help facilitate this, familiar friendship groups were successfully mixed up for the group activities and dormitory arrangements.

Activities which saw pupils conquering their fear of heights and small spaces included navigating a caving system and the 3G swing, which operated at height and speed.

"The teamwork demonstrated across all activities helped the children to bond with their peers and to create shared experiences that they will remember and treasure." Miss Pursehouse event organiser.

Parents v Pupils

On Friday 7th July, our annual U13 Boys v Dads cricket match and U13 Girls v Mums rounders took place at Abbeydale Sports Club.

In the cricket, the Dads, captained by Mr Brown, won the toss and elected to bowl first. After a watchful start, the match finally sprung into life when Mr Baker came onto bowl against his son William. The panic was clear to see, with William stating "I'm not enjoying this one bit". Despite hitting his Dad for a boundary, Mr Baker got his revenge by getting William out with the last ball in his over. The boys continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and they staggered to a score of 69 runs. In reply, the Dads got off to a blistering start, with Mr Bennett and Mr Green playing some explosive shots. 69 runs was never going to be enough, and despite the boys best efforts, the excellent batting of Mr Wroth, Mr Brown and Mr Reed pushed the Dads score up to 101 runs. The match itself was played in a great spirit and it was a really enjoyable afternoon. A massive thank you to all the Dads and Grandad's that played in the match. Better luck next time boys!

Boy of the Day: The silver plate was awarded by the Dads to Andrew Mckinna for his bowling and fielding display.

The U13 Rounders team ended their season with a huge victory against their mothers! The result was 15-9. Hannah Jenkinson and Mrs Radley were nominated for 'players of the game'. Well done girls!

Sheffield City League Cricket

Our cricketers scored a victory when they made a guest appearance in the Sheffield City League.

The U14s team played Sheffield’s Outwood Academy at Abbeydale Sports Club.

Westbourne bowled well, restricting Outwood to 75 runs after 16 overs, with Oliver Wroth and Andrew McKinna bowling the first eight overs, taking four wickets between them, while Harrison Cundy went on to take two more wickets.

Westbourne then went into bat and made 76 runs after nine overs, ultimately winning the game by 10 wickets, with seven overs to spare.

Oliver Wroth and John Coleman batted making 55 runs after four overs.

Men of the match for Westbourne were Oliver Wroth and Andrew Mckinna.

This was a great opportunity for the Westbournians to test their skill against a much larger school.

Well played boys!

Former Westbourne footballer hits new heights with Guiseley transfer

Former Westbourne School pupil and rising women’s football star Jess Heald has been signed up to play for Guiseley Vixens.

Jess joined the West Yorkshire-based Vixens this June from Super League outfit Sheffield FC, after playing at Sheffield for over a decade and in that time winning the Reserves Premier League Cup final.

She was also part of the team that finished runners-up in the Super League Development Cup, losing to Arsenal in the final.

Jess also contributed towards the first team winning the FAWPL Northern title in 2014/15 and has since made her Super League debut.

“I’m excited about the coming season as I want to start a new chapter after playing for Sheffield FC for 12 years,” she said.

“I think Guiseley is a perfect match and I’m so prepared to invest my all into the club as I share the same vision and ambition as the club, staff and players around me.”

“We are all incredibly proud of Jess’s sporting achievements both while she was at Westbourne and since she moved on,” said Westbourne's Head of Girls' Games Laura Mirfin.

“As a school we have a proud tradition of encouraging our girls to play football and Jess’s success is something we hope other girls will see and be encouraged by.”

Swallows and Amazons set sail at Westbourne

Westbourne School may be a long way from the beautiful Lake Windermere but that didn’t stop pupils from using their imaginations to recreate the magic of a great water based adventure.

The Year 6 MAPs (More Able Pupils) Drama Group presented their own version of Arthur Ransome’s celebrated Lake District adventure Swallows and Amazons in Westbourne’s natural garden ampitheatre - The Dell.

Two casts presented the classic story of sailing, camping, fishing, exploration and piracy for an audience of fellow pupils and parents, with a picnic at the end of the production.

“This was a delightful summer production that fitted perfectly into our ampitheatre,” said Westbourne drama teacher Sallianne Foster Major.

“Swallows and Amazons is a wonderful family adventure and both our casts enjoyed bringing it to life.”

Westbourne House Day

Anyone who knows Westbourne School will be aware of the healthy rivalry between our houses - Whitfield, Holmes, Johnson and Mercer. Steeped in tradition, each house is named after a previous Headmaster or Headmistress. Children from Year 3 upwards are placed into houses and siblings are placed in the same house. Our houses compete against each other in sport, music and for house points. It’s a great way to promote teamwork and group loyalty as well as a sense of competition.

Following on from the success - last October, of our first ever House Day, a very successful second House Day took place on Thursday 13th July. The whole of Junior School burst into colour as children donned in their house tee shirts, represented their own particular house in a variety of games and activities. Events included a treasure hunt, orienteering, problem solving, and arts and crafts.

To aid transition Year 2 and Year 7 were invited to join in the entertainment in what was a fun filled day and a great way to round off a very successful summer term.

Strictly not Ballroom!

The summer term shimmied to a close at our end of term musical extravaganza, ‘Strictly not Ballroom’, featuring songs and music linked to dance. The performance took place in the University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall on Thursday 13th of July.

A carnival feel enveloped the audience as our Samba band opened the show with a vibrant musical explosion setting the scene for a night of incredible talent and entertainment.

We heard from Theo Drainville Saul playing Tamacun on acoustic guitar, The Senior School Choir singing Colours of the Wind for Pocahontus. The Junior School Choir sang Hushabye Mountain and RMS Titanic accompanied by a modern dance routine that had been choreographed with the help of a professional contemporary dance group. Our combined choirs sang Defying Gravity form the musical Wicked and we tapped along as the Hoedown Hill Billies swung to country dance accompanied by Drowsy Maggie.

Also performing were the Our Oaks wind band, Guitar group, Acorns Wind band, Piano trio, Tempest – singing their own song ‘911’.

James Verney, Grade 5 guitar, soothed our souls with a beautiful rendition of Parisian Waltz. We witnessed a welcome return from Yunki Lee who returned to school during his two week vacation from Korea. Yunki Grade 8 piano, played an arrangement of Etude op. 10 no.5 (Black key to white key) and Waltz no.7 by Chopin.

"This was a vivacious evening of musical celebration . Among other delights, we were treated to a rambunctious samba band, cerebral strings, celestial choirs and the funky soul of "Shake a Tail Feather". said Michael Woodward Head of Junior School Music.

The finale from the Beauchief Blues Band comprised the whole cast coming together in song to round off this up-tempo evening.

"This was a great night with music bringing the whole school together" said Mrs Cannell, Head of Junior School " Thank you to our music department for their time and commitment with this and all the other events we have enjoyed this year. A massive thank you to all the children for their dedication and commitment to learning their instruments and for having the confidence to perform infront of such a large audience in this landmark building."

Autumn Term 2017 commences on Tuesday 5th September
It’s panto time at Westbourne…oh yes it is!

CINDERELLA doesn’t always have to wait until Christmas for her Fairy Godmother to get her to the ball.

At Westbourne, in fact, she’ll be stepping into her glass slippers and heading for adventure in her pumpkin coach at the height of the summer holidays!

Our popular annual Summer School - a mix of drama, crafts, music and other fun activities - this year runs from July 24 to 28 and will have a special pantomime theme, with the emphasis on the most popular panto of all.

The Summer School is open to all children - not just Westbourne pupils - who have just completed Year 1 and up to those in Year 8 and costs £130 per child for the full week.

For further information or to reserve places, email or call 0114 2660374.

Colin has been a valued member of the Westbourne family and is always willing to go the extra mile.

Year 11 Prom

A very enjoyable evening was had by all who attended this glamorous event at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn on Wednesday 21st June. Beautifully organised by Deputy Head Girl, Hazel Joel with all the Year 11s looking extremely smart and sophisticated. Well done and thank you Hazel.

SWFC Signing for Joshua

Congratulations to Year 4 football captain, Joshua Booth who has just signed for the U10's Young Owls!

Young Owls won the U9 A division last year, he has been through two trials and a selection process of club standard making it into the team from 10 selected children for just two places.

Joshua has had two seasons with Porter who were playing in what was basically D division (to give you a scale of what he's achieved)

"This past year as school football captain has brought him on massively so please pass on our thanks to Westbourne's Mr Elvidge for his trust in him, this has massively helped his development." Mr Booth.

Triple England Hockey Selection Success

We are delighted to hear that Hannah Richards and Kareem Mahfouf in Year 9 and Josephine Paul in Year 8 have been chosen to represent the England Hockey U15 Yorkshire Performance squad - which is the training squad for the England team.

Following an assessment day in Leeds, the girls were selected to attend the England Hockey Girls U15 Yorkshire Performance Centre 2017-18. Training will be at Queen Ethelburga's College (Monday evenings) and Wakefield Hockey Club (weekends). Their club Abbbeydale, is delighted with their selection.

Kareem was selected out of the only two boys shortlisted from Sheffield for the U15 Boys!

Those selected are the elite players in the region and are part of a squad of 18 in this age category.

“This is a real achievement and we are thrilled for these talented young sports men and women” said Laura Mirfin Head of Westbourne’s Girls Games. - next stage is the England Squad!

The Murder at Highcroft Grange

Pupils in Year 8 set 1 have studied a range of Sherlock Holmes stories as part of their provision for more able pupils. The unit of work culminated in the pupils emulating Arthur Conan Doyle's style to produce a short story in the genre. Lily Lidster's story was particularly good!

Westbourne win v Mylnhurst

On Tuesday 27th June, the U9A team faced Mylnhurst Preparatory School at Goodwin Sports Centre. Westbourne won the toss and Captain Mitchell Guest decided to bowl first. The boys bowled fantastically well throughout, restricting Mylnhurst to a score of 245 runs. In reply, Westbourne scored 289 runs giving us a winning margin by 45 runs. This was the last fixture for the U9's this year and what a great way to finish. Well done boys. Players of the Day:

- George Blank for his consistent bowling and lovely striking through the off-side.

- Joseph Matthewman for his usual explosive batting in the middle overs.

- Mitchell Guest for his captaincy and performing the shot of the day- a lovely cover drive for 4 runs.

Bath Bombs and Slime

On the afternoon of Monday 22nd May, 14 Year 5 pupils visited the University of Sheffield Chemistry laboratories. The afternoon involved chemical reactions, irreversible changes and polymer properties. They conducted their own experiments, the first being the creation of their own bath bombs and then went on to make polymer slime. They then experienced a range of demonstrations involving indicators and dry ice.

Thank you to Mrs Fairbank and Mr Roberts for accompanying them.

Sundown Adventure Trip

Pre-School and Reception had a fantastic time at Sundown adventure playground.This was their end of term treat for such a fantastic year at school.

They enjoyed exploring the different houses and climbing aboard the pirate ships...they even went on a journey on a boat through a real pirate world! They rode the trains and saw Cowboys and Indians! The children even got to walk in to the biggest adventure playground they had ever seen and to play on the giant slides with all their friends.

Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us and helped to make this trip so successful.

Bowling Machine - Thank you to Friends of Westbourne for our news cricket bowling machine.

Seniors Survive Scottish Wilderness

A timeless and truly wild natural environment where mountains rise majestically from the intricate coves and bays of sheltered sea lochs. Ridgway in Ardmore N W Scotland, is where 23 Year 8 & 9 pupils enjoyed a week of mountain climbing, learning survival skills and building their self-reliance and respect for themselves, others and the environment. They were able to climb in the mountains, sea kayak amongst seals and nesting sea birds, rock climb on ancient crags, survive on uninhabited islands, lift creels from the depths and far more. After a night out surviving in the wilds they were able to reflect and build on the skills they had learned as they look ahead to the new school year.

Mini Red Tennis Fulwood LTC Schools Invitational Tournament

The Westbourne team: Finley, Danny, Advait, Lucas.

A big congratulations to the pupils who took part in the mini tennis competition. Thank you to Mr Wragg for organising this. In the tournament there were six teams competing from Ashdell, Birkdale, Sheffield High School and Westbourne. The teams were split into two groups of three. Westbourne won their group and Birkdale won the other. When they faced each other in the final Westbourne won overall!

In the Prep tournament again Ashdell, Birkdale, Sheffield High School and Westbourne all took part. The teams were split into two groups of three. Westbourne won their group and Birkdale won the other so they met again in the final. It was a very good match which was tense at times with the final result going to Birkdale.

The Westbourne team:

Mitchell, George, Richard, Jacob

Sheffield Schools' Football Association

Luca Milner with his winning U12s team.

Congratulations to Luca Milner in Year 7 who has been selected to represent the Sheffield U13 football team for the 2017-18 season.

Luca was also on the pitch at Bramall Lane Stadium on the 9th May to celebrate the successes this season of the Sheffield Boys Football Club.

Sam and Maddie build on their Westbourne sporting success

They first displayed their sporting prowess as pupils at Sheffield’s Westbourne School…and are now taking their skills to university.

Having both achieved the top sports award at the Broomhill independent school from the age of 11, both Sam Wolstenholme and Maddie Pearce - who are both now 18 - have also just received the Outstanding Sportsman Award at Oakham School in Rutland.

Sam, a multi-talented sportsman, has been offered a contract at Leicestershire Cricket Academy, along with a two-year contact at Leeds Carnegie to play Rugby.

Having represented Yorkshire for XC running, Maddie has gone to playing hockey for England U16 and U18, already achieving 27 international caps.

Now, having completed their A level studies, both Maddie and Sam are planning on continuing their studies and sporting endeavours at Loughborough University.

“We feel that we gave both Sam and Maddie the best possible start to their sporting careers,” said Westbourne Director of Sport Nigel Elvidge.

“It’s very rewarding to see how they have continued to thrive since joining Oakham and feel we will be hearing even more of them as they combine their university studies with their sporting interests.”


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