Showcase: May 2013 – July 2015
On Monday the 13th July a mixed tag rugby team from WASPS attended a celebration of rugby at the opening of Odd Down Sports grounds. As well as meeting some of the Bath and England coaching team and various Bath RFC players; enjoying a festival of activities; seeing and having pictures taken with The Webb Ellis Trophy (Rugby World Cup), the pupils competed against lots of other schools. All 9 pupils played well and lots of tries were scored
WASPS Cotswold Way Relay for Mitzi’s Playground
19-20 June 2015
WASPS Gym Success
WASPS were crowned West of England Level 2 year 5/6 Gymnastic championships at the Sainsbury’s school games.
Competing against eight other regional winners WASPS were victorious with a winning margin of 0.2 points!!
All five children completed a set floor routine and two vaults to a very high standard.
W.A.S.P.S. – SUCCESS IN COMMONWEALTH WRITING COMPETITION
Three children from Weston All Saints Primary School in Bath have secured prizes in a national writing competition organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). The children were asked to research one of the 53 Commonwealth countries and write a biography or newspaper article about one of their national heroes.
The winners, Esme Weaver (Year 4), Polly Spedding (Year 5) and Nelly Lord (Year 6), were each presented with a £25 book voucher and a ticket to the Bath Childrens Literature Festival by Godfrey Hall, Chairman of the Bath and District Branch of the RCS.
Commenting, Esme Weaver, 9, said,
I couldnt believe it when I heard my name called out in Assembly! I was really proud. I wrote about Natasha Baker who is a disabled horse rider who won lots of competitions. She was really inspiring.
Polly Spedding, aged 10, said,
I wrote about Cathy Freeman who is an aboriginal Australian runner. I chose her because my dad likes running and I did it in the style of a newspaper report because my parents are journalists.
Eleven year old Nelly Lord said,
I really enjoyed taking part in this project. Mine was about Usain Bolt from Jamaica. Id like to say a big thank you, on behalf of the whole school, to the Royal Commonwealth Society for organising this competition and for the amazing prizes.
Third time Unlucky
Having beaten Chandag in 2013 and St Stephens in 2014 WASPS were looking to make it three in a row.
It wasn’t to be as a very well drilled and excellent passing display by St Stephens deservedly ensured that they ran out worthy winners.
St Stephens took an early two goal advantage before first Marshall then McMullen drew the scores level for WASPS. In the final minute of the first half St Stephens struck again to take a 3-2 advantage into the break.
The second half started as a much more tightly controlled game with shots and chances at either end. Towards the end of the second half the Stephens’ passing game proved too much for a tiring WASPS team who conceded two late goals.
St Stephens finished the game as 5-2 winners with credit given to both teams for an excellent display of football and high quality finishing.
Spring Term 2015
During the Spring Term children from Y1 to Y6 made ceramic daffodils that now dance among the poppies in our meadow of flowers.
In February the staff put on an art exhibition showcasing the paintings of Mr Williams and Mr Melville, the printmaking of Mrs Snook, the felt work of Mrs Notice, the knitting of Mrs Fraser and the glass work of Miss Bullock to name a few. The money raised from the exhibition will help fund children taking part in the Arts Award. Click on the image to the right to see the full gallery of photos.
These are some of the entries from our visitors book:
Great to see what the staff have been up to in their spare time. Thanks for sharing! Simone Davidson
Very impressed by all the talented artists who teach my grandchildren. No winder they are so creative with all this inspiration S. Ross
I loved the knitting- it amused me. Katherine
Hugely impressed with the talent and range! Especially taken with Mr Williams oils and Mrs Snooks prints. Sarah Ditum
Loved all the art work it is amazing to have such talent in the school. I love Miss Bullocks accidental frozen piece. All so brilliant though.
Four Seasons and Poppies
In the Autumn Term KS2 children painted some new screens for the hall. The fabric paintings of the four seasons depict different trees that are significant to the school.
During October and November children and Staff have made 200+ ceramic, felt, knitted and crochet poppies. Inspired by the instillation at The Tower of London children in every class have made, glazed and planted poppies. Most of the poppies have been planted around the horse chestnut tree opposite the school entrance others are displayed inside the school. In the following months different flowers will be added to the instillation transforming it from a poppy field into a meadow of flowers.
WASPS pupils inspired by the BBC 10 Pieces
On 8th October, older pupils travelled by coach to the Showcase Cinema in Bristol. Their purpose was to enjoy the launch of a BBC project to introduce children to a selection of ten well-known classical pieces of music.
After the film showing the children were buzzing – excited, inspired, eager to engage in energetic conversations about what they had seen and heard. One boy left the cinema exclaiming I love classical music.
On the coach the pupils shared their responses – words such as tension building, dramatic and enthralling were just a few of the word collected.
Each child could explain what he/she liked best and why. An informal vote declared The Hall of the Mountain King to be the most popular.
One group of Year 6 girls are keen to compose their own connect dance in response to one of the pieces. Watch this space.
Visiting Opera Singer
Jenny used to come to WASPS and is now a professional opera singer.
She came back to our school to run singing workshops with year 5.
A massive well done to the children from Classes 5C/L, 5F, 6L and 6S who represented our school so professionally recently in France. We were all made to feel so proud of the children’s amazing performances, their excellent behaviour, some astonishing sailing and an incredible enthusiasm for speaking French. Our “Glimpse Through The Looking Glass” performance was warmly received by the large French audiences (including a class of school children from the local school) and we even made it to the local newspaper – ‘Ouest France’. Although this was one of the more ambitious school trips we have arranged, it was certainly one of the most successful.
A huge thank you, too, to the members of Bath West branch of Rotary International (and especially Peter Turner) for all of the support in helping us fund and arrange this memorable experience.
Chinese School performs for WASPS
All the children in the school were delighted to welcome some especially talented children from Chanshu International School in China who performed some incredible dances, songs and Kung Fu. We were bowled over by their enthusiasm and energy.
WASPS are celebrating after retaining the BANES Schools’ Football Cup.
Having won the Cup in style last year winning 6-1 against Chandag, WASPS continued their cup winning run to end a second successive season unbeaten in the Cup.
This season’s opponents were St Stephens who bought a skilful passing game to the final. Under a blue sky and with a passionate crowd enveloping the pitch the game started full of pace and commitment. Chances came and went at both ends with both keepers acquitting themselves well. The breakthrough came half way through the first half when SWATRIDGE latched onto a neatly flicked ball from WASPS captain KENDRICK and cooly slid the ball under the rapidly advancing keeper.
The second half became more open as St Stephens pressed hard and continued to create chances and test the WASPS defence. MAGGS was the hero of the hour when he miraculously turned a deflected shot around the post when the crowd thought that they had witnessed the equaliser.
The tension was finally released as the final whistle blew and WASPS had beaten St Stephens 1-0. A great advert for high quality school football.
Who says you can’t do Shakespeare at primary school?!
Classes 4WH and 5F launched our celebrations (marking the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth) in some style by performing their own versions of Julius Caesar and Romeo & Juliet around the Roman Baths.
The children performed magnificently and with considerable passion. Amidst the steam from the thermal waters, the flickering flame-light of the wall sconces and the historic setting, they truly discovered and conveyed the magic of William Shakespeare to a sell-out crowd.
Here are the video clips of their performances. You will easily forget that these children are just 8-10 years old, such is the conviction of their delivery.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two “star crossed lovers” who come from opposing sides of a dynastic rift between the powerful Montague and Capulet families. Set in Verona in Italy, this poignant and endearing tale has captured the imagination of countless generations of romantics. In class, the children reflected upon the pointlessness and futility of hate for hate’s sake and used it to highlight the importance of quick forgiveness and never holding grudges.
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Julius Caesar is often thought to be one of Shakespeare’s deepest plays but 4WH took to it with gusto and quickly grasped all the darkness, intrigue and political machinations that Shakespeare intended.
Although it is entitled Julius Caesar, the tale more closely follows the turmoil of his friend, Brutus, who is caught between his love for his friend and doing what he thinks (or rather is made to think) is right for Rome.
This play contains some of the most famous Shakespearean lines. Listen out for them!
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Bath City Visit
Children from year 6 enjoyed watching Bath City beat Chelmsford City 4-1 on Saturday. Mr Snook took children along to provide first hand experiences to use within their creative writing.
In this photo a group of children are enjoying meeting the mascots before the game.
Year 4 Football Tournament
Children from Yr 4 enjoyed a wonderful morning at Monkton Combe Prep playing a variety of local schools. They played 5 games, winning 3 and scoring 9 goals in the process.
On Monday 17th March selected children from years 3/4 competed in a gymnastics competition against seven local schools at Baskervilles’ gym. All five children in each group competed on the floor and vault with the best four scores added together to give the best team score.
All four WASPS teams performed really well. Nia, Dominika, Oliver and Imogen won team gold at Level 2 with Oliver also winning individual gold at level 2.
Well done to all WASPS gymnasts.
Willow Nativity Figures
Over the last few weeks a set of life size willow Nativity figures have been made by children in Years 2,3,4 and 5.
Ginny Ottewill and Tania Deller, landscape artists have worked with the willow sculpture artist, Julie Stark and Liz Bullock from WASPS on the project. Making the sculptures has been a magical Christmas experience for the children who have learnt to plait, weave and knot willow. The finished sculptures look amazing, especially lit up at night.
Following our wonderful book week this year, the children were all set a challenge for half term homework, to produce a comic book or illustrated story of their own invention. Of course, being WASPS, they took to this with great gusto, and produced an amazing range of stories, full of creativity, colour and excitement. Well done all.
Two that really stood out…
BOOK WEEK 2013
We had an amazing Book Week this year!
Our theme was illustrated stories and we had some fantastic writers and illustrators (such as Mark Robertson), and famous artists (like Kev Sutherland) visit WASPS to show us how they create illustrated stories. They helped and inspired us to write our own fantastic ones. Heres a few examples from Years 4 and 5.
In Year 6, we had a workshop with Mark Robertson, author of The Egg, The Great Dragon Rescue and Frank n Stan. We also studied the work of Shaun Tan, author of The Lost Thing who inspired use to write similarly deep and meaningful illustrated poems. Heres a few examples:
We also had loads of well-known people from our local community come in to visit to read their favourite illustrated stories ranging from our lollipop lady to our local doctor and even the famous toy shop owner, Eric Snook, who kindly brought us some amazing toys.
Lots of the teachers swapped classes, to read to us and help us with our work. Here are some photos of Mrs Bull with her pet lion and Mr Williams showing reception class his comic art.
On Thursday, we had our wonderful bedtime story where we all come back to school in our pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers to have a bedtime story and a cup of hot cocoa. It was lovely here are some photos to prove it!
Finally, on Friday we all came dressed up as a character from an illustrated story. This really helped us get into the spirit of the writing and we produced some amazing work.
Just another normal week at WASPS really!!
WASPS are winners of the Recycling Rewards for Schools Campaign in BANES, collecting 565 pledges.
Pupils who collected the most pledges attended a celebratory awards presentation ceremony with lunch on Wednesday 18 September at Bath Rugby Club and were lucky to have ex Bath rugby player, David Flatman to present their awards. For more details please visit:
WASPS helps Bath win GOLD in the Britain in Bloom Awards, small city category.
Over the summer holiday period some of our pupils actually came back to school! They returned because WASPS had been asked to represent the schools section in the Britain in Bloom awards.
The national judges were very impressed with our lake and allotments and all the cross-curricular learning which takes place utilising the school grounds. As a result, Bath has been awarded Gold in the small city category of the Britain in Bloom awards.
As a reward for their efforts our pupil representatives were then treated to lunch in the Mayors parlour at the Guildhall.
October Nightcam Footage
It’s amazing what happens in front of the badger sett. Click on the pictures below to see a muntjac deer, foxes fighting and of course our resident badgers.
Mrs Bull attends Weston Village Flower Show as Guest of Honour and judge.
Mrs Bull brought a buzz to Weston Village Flower Show in September (7th!) She was very enthusiastic and impressed by the quality of displays of fruit, vegetables, flowers and photography on show and observed the level of talent she has already noticed in our children but that was also evident at the Flower Show!
Year 6 Gardeners were proud that their sunflowers won 1st prize, the longest bean came 2nd and the sweetcorn won 3rd prize. Several children from W.A.S.P.S. were there and one ex-pupil won the photography competition (Well done Arun!).
Many people enjoyed either seeing Mrs Bull or meeting her for the first time, having heard so much about her! An enjoyable afternoon for all.
‘I’m very proud to be part of such a great KNITTING CLUB’
Teacher Zoe Fraser tells Judy Darley of ‘Simply Knitting‘ magazine all about how knitting has taken off in a big way at WASPS.
Playground Proms – Our End of Year Celebration
These photos are a selection of some of the many amazing performances presented by individual classes on Tuesday and Thursday evening of the penultimate week of school. The theme for the proms was ‘Rhyme, Rhythm, Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and we had a huge variety of acts, from a fantastic rendition of Romeo and Juliet by 4W, to a violin concert around the lake by Year 3. Everyone came together at the end of the evening for a rousing rendition of ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’! The weather was amazing and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
WASPS are the West of England Gymnastic Champions
Having won the Level 1 and Level 2 BANES Yr 3 and 4 competitions in February WASPS were chosen to represent BANES in the West of England Champions.
Teams from Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and BANES took part in the floor and vault competition.
WASPS took two teams of five comprising of thee boys and seven girls.
Our Level 1 team (Sam, Leyla, Sophia, Nelly and Rosie) did really well finishing just outside of the medals. WASPS Level 2 team (Oliver, Max, Amy, Nia and Ella) all performed at a very high level enabling them to finish in first place and become West of England Champions.
WASPS Win the Cup
Weston All Saints Primary School are the B.A.N.E.S Football cup winners.
On Friday 17th May WASPS travelled to Wellsway playing fields to play Chandag Junior School for the final of the cup.
After an enthralling first half WASPS led the game 2-0 thanks to fine goals from Harry A and Joe.
The first goal of the second half was going to be crucial to the final outcome of the game and WASPS grabbed it within minutes of the restart.
Further goals flowed from WASPS with Jay, Harry A again and Joe (who scored a hat-trick!).
Chandag did pull one back towards the end of the game but WASPS were magnificent winners 6-1.
All of the team: Thomas, Harry S, Alex, Tekla, Ben, Jay, Harry A, Charlie and Joe have contributed to an excellent cup campaign and played football of the highest quality throughout the season.
Well done WASPS.
WASPS have been confirmed Football league champions for season 2012-2013.
This means they have won the double having already become BANES Cup champions earlier in the season.
A remarkable double for a remarkable team who have gone the entire season unbeaten winning 11 games and drawing 1. Well done boys!
Cafe Hall Project
A series of three large murals have been painted for the Cafe Hall by children in years 3, 4 and 5. The children have been helped by Mr Duncan Newall. Mr Newall is an artist who also works part-time in our school kitchen.
The first panel was based on the paintings of Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol [1928-1987] was a famous American Pop Artist. He painted images that reflected modern culture – images of famous people, Coca-Cola bottles, hamburgers and tins of soup!
The second panel was based on 1950’s textile designs of fruit and vegetables. These retro images are very popular again today.
The last board was made up of still life paintings by the old masters Francisco de Zurbaran [1598-1664], William Kalf [1619-1693] and Giuseppe Arcimboldo [1527-1593]. Arcimboldo was an unusual Italian artist, who painted portraits of his rich patrons using fruit and vegetables to make up their faces. His work was to influence many future artists. The panel also features a copy of a still life by Raoul Dufy [1877-1953] and Georges Braque. Braque was a French Cubist artist, and a contemporary of Picasso.
Rotary Club Competition
A few months ago, I entered the Rotary Clubs Young Writer Competition. This year, the theme we had to write about was peace. I had to fill an A4 sheet of paper. I wrote a letter from the perspective of a young soldier called Jack to his family at home. It was the first World War and it was Christmas Day. He had just woken up and he saw the English and Germans playing football against each other. He wrote about how he hated the war and he wanted peace to reign again as it had the day he played football.
On May 10th, a Friday, I found out the brilliant news that I had won the competition and that all four of us would be going to the annual district meeting of the Rotary Club, which would include the awards ceremony, the very next day! Extremely short notice! So, we went on Saturday to the meeting which was all the way in Street near Glastonbury. The awards ceremony took place right at the end of the meeting and everyone wanted to take photos of us. We each received a glass trophy engraved with the subject that we had won. There were two photographers, one chef, one singer and a youth speaker all under twenty five. It was quite an experience!