End of Term Arrangements
On Wednesday the 19th December, school will be closing to pupils from 11:55am.
School buses have been rearranged.
We wish all of our pupils and parents a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back on the 3rd of January 2019.
Westlands Homework Area
Please follow the instructions above to gain access to the Westlands Homework Area.
Alternatively, you may click on the image above to be diverted to the Homework Area.
05-10-2018 Parents Forum
The next Parent Voice will be on 10 Oct in the library between 6.30pm – 7.30pm. The topic will be ‘Role of the Learning Leader’ and will be an opportunity for parents to discuss what our Learning Leaders do daily, and how the school is supporting pupils to achieve their potential.
We look forward to seeing you there.
ParentPay is the new form of payment at Westlands school.
What does ParentPay do?
- Enables you to pay for trips, clubs and other items such as music tuition fees.
- Offers a highly secure payment site.
- Gives you a history of all the payments you have made.
- Allows the creation of a single account which you can add all your children to, even if they attend different schools (as long as the school subscribes to ParentPay).
- Shows you all items available for payment relevant to each of your children.
- Emails a receipt of your payment to the email address you register.
How does ParentPay help you?
- Gives you the freedom to make payments to school whenever and wherever you like.
- Stops you having to write cheques or search for cash to send to school.
- Gives you peace of mind that your payment has been made safely and securely.
- Helps with budgeting; payments are immediate, there is no waiting for cheques to clear.
- Payments for many of the larger trips can be made by instalments up to the due date.
- ParentPay is quick and easy to use.
How does ParentPay help our school?
- Reduces the administrative time spent on banking procedures.
- Keeps accurate records of payments made to every service for every pupil.
- Payments do not bounce.
- Reduces paper ‘waste’.
- Allows for easy and quick refunds to be made back to the payment card.
- Improves communication between the school and parents concerning payments.
- Offers a more efficient payment collection process, reducing the amount of money held on school premises.
How do I get started?
Over the next few days you will receive an activation letter to enable you to setup your ParentPay account.
The activation letter will contain a personal activation username and password to enable you to login to ParentPay. During the activation process you will be guided through changing your username and password to something more memorable; you can also merge your accounts if you have more than one child at Westlands School or children who attend different schools (as long as the school subscribes to ParentPay).
ParentPay will not cover payments for school meals at present, but will be introduced at a later date, to be confirmed.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Finance team at [email protected] or 01795 426091 option 2 if you need assistance.
More Information can be found on the ParentPay website www.parentpay.com
We have adapted our privacy notices in order to provide parents and pupils with clearer and more specific information regarding the processing of personal data.
View our new privacy policies here.
Difficult Conversations with Young People
Welcome to the Parent Info newsletter.
Some conversations with young people are not easy. We know that.
Finding the right way to enter into discussions – to share important and clear messages and to encourage them to open up to their own views and concerns – requires not only a considered approach, but also a knowledge and understanding about the topics being discussed.
In this newsletter, we have four new articles which can empower you for some of the more difficult topics you might talk about with young people.
The Dove Self Esteem Project's article on positive body image explores the pressures of appearance on young people, while the Home Office's Disrespect NoBody campaign covers the issues of consent, sexting and spotting signs of abusive relationships.
We hope you find them useful.
Read our latest advice
Conversations about positive body image
Our latest article from the Dove Self Esteem Project offers support and guidance for when you need to initiate difficult discussions about pressures to look a certain way.
Talking to your teenager about consent
The Home Office Disrespect NoBody campaign offers advice on harmful teenage behaviour, including understanding consent, sexting and abusive relationships.
The earliest pupils can collect examination certificates is the December of the year the examinations were sat.
For example, if the examinations were sat in the summer of 2017, certificates will be able to be collected from December 2017.
This applies to all ex-Year 11 and ex-Year 13 pupils.
Old Trainers Needed
The P.E. Department need your old trainers!
If you have any old trainers that you are thinking of throwing away, please consider donating them to our P.E. Department who will use them as part of spare kits instead..
They are especially looking for smaller sizes that will fit the little feet of Years 7 and 8, but any donations will be greatly appreciated and well used!
Year 7 Go Exploring!
On Tuesday 16th January 180 pupils from year 7 were taken on a trip to the Science Museum in London. This trip was a joint venture between the science and mathematics departments to promote their subjects to pupils. During their time at the museum, pupils visited the 3D IMAX Cinema to watch a film about outer space and listened to a talk about what it is like to be an astronaut. The pupils also spent time in the museum exploring the various exhibits and pupils answered questions from a booklet they had been provided with for the day. Many of the group returned with souvenirs of their day out and also got to see many famous landmarks on their journey to and from the museum.
Head Boys and Head Girls
Announcing the new Head Boys and Girls!
Congratulations to the successful Head Boys and Girls who faced fierce competitions in this year's application and campaign process. Head Boys and Girls, will lead the Student Leadership Team which is now growing from strength to strength.
- Head Boy; Daniel Barnard
- Head Girl; Eleanor Shuttlewood
- Head Boy; Billy Batchelor
- Head Girl; Florence Aina
- Head Boy; Josh King-Yombo
- Head Girl; Freya Turner
School Dance Show
The Westlands winter dance show was a great success. Over the course of two evenings, students from years 7 to 11 wowed audiences with fresh and exciting choreography, accompanied with music from well-loved movies. The show was very well recieved from students, teachers and parents alike, all commenting on how nice it is to see new styles and techniques being showcased. Both Mr Joseph and Miss Aujila would like to thank everyone involved with the rehearsals and the show including our fantastic Tech Team; Ben Simmons and Lily Jones. Thank you to all who purchased tickets and came to support the Westlands dance department/company.
Start of Term 4 - 19/02/2018
Pupils return to school on Monday 19th February 2018 for the start of Term 4.
It is easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health, the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.
At lunchtime on Thursday last week, Headstart Kent visited Westlands to talk about mental health, they were supported by our Peer Mentors.
The link below will take you to the time to talk website:
Mrs M Fazakerley
Senior Assistant Headteacher
Year 7 Visit France
On Friday 26th January, the French department took 43 year 7 students to a boulangerie (bakery) in a village called Wierre-Effroy in Northern France. Pupils had the opportunity to make their own croissant, instructed by a strict and enthusiastic baker who made sure they were confident in all the ingredients needed! Afterwards, they were given a demonstration showing how bread is made. The tour finished with each student receiving a pain au chocolat and a croissant as a take away treat. Pupils were enthusiastic about the experience in France and everyone behaved very well, demonstrating many of our R.A.D.A.R values. Well done Year 7!
CEOP and Parent Zone: Social Media Safety
The latest edition of 'parentINFO' from CEOP and Parent Zone is now available to read online. There is a useful guide about privacy settings for social media. Parent Zone has lots of other advice and resources that you can also use. Please click here to read this information.