9th February 2018
School Council 2018
The role of the school Council/pupil voice is becoming increasingly more important in the life of schools and this is true of Lowton West, where the council is very well established. Dr Gena Merrett and myself were invited to a recent meeting. The representatives were keen to answer questions, discuss future ideas and tell us the impact their contributions have made and continue to make in school. Amongst other things they have helped to revise the anti-bullying policy. The idea of “Reading sheds” is a current suggestion. This will be an ambitious, costly project, but a brilliant idea. It demonstrates vision and the desire to promote the love of books and raise standards in literacy. The planning and costing stages will be interesting and will involve pupils, staff, parents and hopefully some sponsorship or grant. The children were articulate and it is obvious they take their responsibilities seriously. Thank you for the invitation and we look forward to our next visit.
Marie Blewitt (Vice Chair of Governors)
3rd November 2017
School Open Evening.
A big thank you to the parents who allowed their children to be ambassadors at our school open evening. We received many compliments about our student helpers, in particular about their beautiful singing and their infectious enthusiasm. We are very lucky to have students who are so fantastically dedicated to their school.
Many thanks to you and all the children who attended.
Chair of Governors
Many thanks to Mr Rigby and Mrs Isherwood for preparing the children who were singing at the Open Evening and thank you also to Mrs Higgens for preparing the readers.
16th June 2017
Year 3 Trip – Tatton Park
A Step Back to the Saxon Age
On Tuesday, Year 3 went on their school trip to Tatton Park’s Old Hall for a step back in time to the Saxon Age. After a welcome from ‘Tatter’ - the Saxon Chief, the children were led to the ancient hall where they learned about life in the Saxon era. The rest of the morning session was spent learning about life as a Saxon warrior, learning how to fight and protect your army during the Viking invasion.
After a well-earned lunch, the afternoon session taught the children how Saxons hunted and cooked for their families, using very basic food and ingredients. They were then shown how leather, horn, amber, and wool were used to make house hold items and decorative jewellery, as well as making themselves a simple woollen bracelet to take home.
The day out was so much fun as well as being informative at the same time. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves which showed in their exemplary behaviour throughout the day.
Jayne Esau, Governor and Year 3 Parent.
19th May 2017
Message from Vice Chair of Governors – Marie Blewitt
Tatton Park on a very wet Tuesday did not promising. However, thanks to the co-operation of our sensible, very well behaved Year 4 pupils, every activity was deemed to be ‘amazing’ and everyone participated enthusiastically. We were based around the Old Hall, which is not an area open to the public. We learned about life in the Stone, Iron and Bronze Ages.
Well done Year 4, you asked some really good questions, which showed how well you were listening. Thanks to the staff for organising the outing
12th May 2017
Year 5 Cricket
Being the Link governor for Year 5 I decided to drop in on their PE session on Wednesday afternoon. The weather was glorious and class 11 were out on the field with Mrs. Culver, who was teaching them the basic skills of cricket.
“Why are they learning how to play cricket?”, you may ask.
Well, cricket is a game that requires players to be respectful of their team mates, the umpire’s decision and their opponents. It also promotes teamwork, leadership and responsibility. If a player shows respect, he or she will gain the respect of others.
After having played the game for some thirty years, I soon found myself getting involved and passing on some of the skills needed to be able to thoroughly enjoy the game to the children.
All the children were attentive and very keen to try out these new skills. It was not long before they were smashing an off-drive; a cover drive; a straight drive and a block. Others in the class were developing bowling, catching and throwing skills.
I must say that it was a pleasure working with such well-mannered and well- behaved children. Well done class 11. I will drop in on class 12 next week.
Brian Cunliffe, Chair of Governors & Year 5 link Governor
Year 1 Trip
On Tuesday, the children of Year 1 went on their school trip to ‘Underwater Street - Imagine That!’ in Liverpool. We were greeted by Underwater Street staff who informed the children about the day ahead and which activities they could take part in - which was met with much excitement!
The morning was taken up with enjoying hands on activities based around science - such as magnetic games, circuit boards, the shadow room and the water pump station. The children then watched a number of experiments with 'Professor Patrick' and his staff - including making an active volcano, rockets and even slime! After lunch, the children were able to enjoy some arts and crafts including fridge magnet making, making pirate hats and even having a go at painting a real car. Fossil hunting and a mini village complete with supermarket, hair salon, pizza parlour and even connecting telephones kept the children (and staff!) amused before we headed back to the coach and the short journey home.
The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and their behaviour and manners were wonderful. A good time was certainly had by all!
Link Governor - Year 1
17th March 2017
Stockport trip - Message from Mrs Blewitt (Vice Chair of Governors)
The Year 4 trip to the Stockport Air Raid shelter and museum on Tuesday was very nostalgic. It was a “hands on” moving experience, which was quite scary at times. Our guide was brilliant and ensured everyone was fully involved. The pupils were very responsive and enthusiastic. They behaved really well. Thanks to the staff who organised the event and to our parents who found authentic dress for the evacuees.
3rd March 2017
Message from Governor – Mrs Blewitt
What a busy rewarding week this has been for everyone. The following are just a few of the events: Wednesday’s parents’ evening was well attended and it was a pleasure to meet some of you. The array of costumes, accessories and make up for World Book Day never ceases to amaze me - “Well done” to the Juniors who were very competitive throughout a quiz! (some of the questions were very challenging). Friday saw the KS2 coffee morning organised by the Friends Association. Many thanks to pupils, staff and parents for their on-going involvement and commitment to the school.
23rd December 2016
Christmas Message from Chair of Governors – Mr Cunliffe
As we near the end of the Autumn Term and Christmas draws closer, it is inevitable that our minds start, albeit briefly, to drift away from the hard work of our day to day school business, to the festive period itself. Let us remind ourselves, whatever our beliefs, that this is one time of year when it is commonplace to find the spirit of human kindness alive and well. Let us embrace this by ensuring that we enjoy ourselves safely but also take time to look out for those nearest and dearest to us and those less fortunate than ourselves.
Being prepared to think of others is a particular strength of our school. This sense of community is, in essence, the true meaning of Christmas; and this sense of community is something that is very special about our school.
I would also like to say thank you to all the staff of Lowton West Primary School and the children for their hard work throughout the term, and indeed the support we have received from parents and carers and friends of the school in making a difference in our school.
Finally, I would like to wish all the children and families, from all the governors, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our new term begins on Tuesday 10th January 2017 and we look forward to seeing the children return refreshed and eager to learn in the New Year.
2nd December 2016
Primary Schools Cross Country Competition
Saturday morning at Leigh sports village, temperatures -3°C, low lying freezing fog, icy patches on the ground and sunshine beginning to break through. Excellent conditions for a cross-country run in and around the wooded areas of Pennington Flash. Congratulations to all the girls and boys from years 3,4,5,and 6 who braved the above elements to represent our school in this competition. All children put in excellent performances and were a credit to the school and to their parents/carers.
The results were as follows:
Year 3 and 4 Boys -----1st Position overall;
Year 3 and 4 Girls ----- 3rd Position overall;
Year 5 and 6 Boys -----1st Position overall;
Year 5 and 6 Girls ------2nd Position overall (beaten by 1 point)
A big thank you goes to the following:
- Mrs. Gould, Miss Green, Mrs. Bevan and Mrs. Sudworth for giving up their Saturday morning to take the children to the event.
- Mrs. Rimmer-Philips for training and preparing the children so well.
- All parents/carers for your support at the eventBrian Cunliffe
- Chair of Governors
Broadmead Day Care centre
On Thursday, the school choir went to perform at Broadmead Day Care Centre for their carers’ coffee morning. The children performed 11 songs to a really engaged audience. They sang their hearts out and were an absolute pleasure to take. They will be performing tonight at the Christmas Fair. Many thanks to Mrs Cooke for preparing the children for this event and to Mrs Cooke , Mrs Mulhall and Mr Cunliffe for taking the children.
Our school choir is becoming very popular and indeed, successful. Being part of the choir allows children to come together in a fun, disciplined and energetic way. It allows the children to express their thoughts and feelings through music. From my experience, singing is a great way to boost self-esteem and gain confidence. Sharing the songs together helps children to bond as a group and provides a ‘fun and uplifting experience’, which creates moments to enjoy immediately and memories that will last forever.
On Thursday, the school choir went to The Broadmead Centre to sing carols to the elderly who use the day centre. The children performed and sang magnificently and they were all a credit to Lowton West. Singing at venues such as this is one way of developing community links and one that helps the children to share their enjoyment of singing.
It was a delight and indeed an honour to be invited to attend this event and it was also a pleasure to see the enjoyment on the elderly faces at being entertained by such an enthusiastic and a well-polished choir.
Congratulations to Mrs. Cooke on all her hard work in getting the children to such a high standard and to Mrs. Mulhall for supporting the children at this event.
Well done to the entire Choir!
Chair of Governors
14th October 2016
Year 5 Harvest Assembly – Message from Vice Chair of Governors Mrs Blewitt
Year 5, your Harvest assembly was delightful. Everyone put every ounce of effort into the polished professional performance. We should count our blessings here in this country when you realise how in many parts of the world people have little food. Thanks to all the staff as well as yourselves
16th September 2016
Message from Mrs Blewitt (Vice Chair of Governors)
Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to our new intake and staff. Hope you all feel the benefit of the summer break. There will have been extra hugs and cuddles for the reception pupils and parents in tears as their children start on a new journey. Some are still very young, but they soon settle and will have lots to tell you. School has had a lot of work done over summer to make it such a lovely environment. Many staff have spent time in the classrooms in order to have everything in place for the start of term. A big thank you to our committed staff and those involved. I hope the siblings who have moved to high schools are settling in well. There have been many photos of them looking so smart in their uniforms. I look forward to hearing from them. This tends to be a long term in which a huge chunk of the essential work is covered in all years. We are off to a good start and have high expectations. Best wishes to you all. Marie Blewitt - Vice Chair of Governors.
17th June 2016
Message from Governor – Mrs Esau
Monday 13th June saw a trip to Southport for all Year 2 children, to support their recent Seaside project. The day began with a bracing walk down the pier to the
Penny Arcade, where the children were given old pennies with which they could play the old and quirky arcade machines from years gone by. We all then caught the passenger train back up the pier and headed to the Hall of Mirrors, where much hilarity ensued! A brisk walk then took us all to the centre of Southport and to the Victorian bandstand, where after lunch, Mr Hillam treated us all to a rendition of ‘Singing in the Rain’ - much to the amusement of local passers by! The children were then treated to an ice-cream and a brief play on the sands, before we caught the coach home. Despite the weather, a fun day was had by all staff and parent helpers, as well the very well behaved children from Year 2
11th March 2016
Message from Governor- Mrs Esau
On Wednesday 9th March, I joined both classes from Year 2 on a trip to Wigan, as part of their 'My Local Area' project. Despite the cold and the rain, we all enjoyed a look around the town centre, making note of the old and historical buildings and churches. The children shared some interesting insights and observations and completed a fact file along the route. After lunch we then spent some time in the
Museum of Wigan, looking at some old maps of Lowton and Golborne, Roman artefacts and the children even tried on some Egyptian costumes. It was a very enjoyable day and the children behaved impeccably.
4th March 2016
Message from Mrs Blewitt –Vice Chair of Governors
The driving rain and water splashing from passing cars did not dampen the spirits of all wonderful children as they entered school on Tuesday. What an amazing array of dazzling costumes greeted me at the start of World Book day. Make-up and hairstyles were really professional. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the day. I wonder how many different characters there were?
The Year 5 dance club pupils entertained parents at the end of school on Wednesday. In a relatively short time they have learned new skills and performed with energy and enthusiasm. Thanks to Amy the dance teacher for her commitment
5th February 2016
Message from Marie Blewitt. Vice –chair of governors.
What a polished assembly on Wednesday by our Reception children. It was brilliant from start to finish. We were reminded about our reliance on others as we go about our daily tasks. Transport is a necessity. Songs, narratives, imaginative models and pictures helped us recall transport we use and some of the dangers encountered by eg. firefighters, the police and postmen who work come rain or shine. The children sang their hearts out. Very well done everyone and thanks to staff involved.
The Y6 Tuesday homework club goes from strength to strength. The pupils make the best use of time and expertise to hand. They share ideas, help each other and are able to get extra help if needed from the teachers.
Some very creative pots were made in the Y3 art club. All were attentive as the objectives were explained and behaviour was impeccable throughout. The Y6 helpers are invaluable and are learning leadership skills. They ably demonstrated the stages involved in making the pot. They made sure each table had workboards, clay and tools. They gave individual help and helped clear up at the end, so that you would not realise such a difficult activity had taken place. I was impressed by some of the questions the pupils asked, which showed they were thinking hard about what they were about to make. Can you imagine the careful planning required in advance and during the session to enable 32 children work with messy clay, water and tools? It takes some doing. I look forward to next
22nd January 2016
Message from Mrs Blewitt – Vice Chair of Governors
The hour I spent on Tuesday at after school clubs was most rewarding. Every pupil in the Year 6 homework club was intent on work and making best use of time. I was invited to look at several pieces of outstanding written work based on the Battle of Marathon 490BC, entitled “The Greek Victory”. It was good to hear about the planning and preparation stages from the pupils’ perspectives. They were obviously inspired. It was almost like being on a film set, so great were the suspense, descriptions of the battle and feelings of the soldiers so skilfully expressed. The pupils were delighted to receive praise and good writer stickers. The topic had obviously been well researched, which was evidenced by the brilliant colourful lifelike figures of soldiers enhancing the classroom wall. A bonus was the invitation to join the Year 3 art group by Mrs Thompson. All were attentive as she explained the various stages required to paint a watercolour scene of the countryside. As Mrs Thompson spoke, some Year 6 pupils demonstrated the processes. I returned a little later and was amazed at the attractive colours being produced, with a selection of wintery and summery scenes. Amazing! As I was leaving one girl said to me “Oh you will come again. Please do”. I found this very touching, as I had really enjoyed myself. Very well done to everybody and a big thank you to your committed teachers and the young helpers
17th December 2015
Well, we have reached the end of term and 2015 is drawing to a close, but where has the time gone? It does not seem five minutes ago since we opened after the summer break.
I would like to thank all the children and staff for entertaining us with the wonderful Christmas performances this year. The children were a credit to the staff and parents and we should all be proud of them.
Looking back we have had yet another year of sporting success. Congratulations to the following teams:
- The football team on only losing one match and on winning the league.
- The cross country team and individuals chosen to represent Wigan in the Greater Manchester cross country
- The basketball on winning the local tournament
- The Tag Rugby team on winning the competition at Leigh Sports Village
Of course all of these achievements would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of Mr. Hillam and Mr. Copley and of course some of our TAs ----“well done and thank you to you all”.
Many thanks go also to Mrs. Willoughby and Mrs. Metcalf for organising the Christmas fair and to all the staff and parents who helped out on the night. A big thank you to Deb our chef for making and serving up a lovely meal at the Christmas Fair and to all those who supported the event. To Mrs Cooke’s choir for their festive performance at the Christmas Fair ---Thank you.
The Governors would like to than Mrs. Westhead and all her teaching staff, support staff, the office staff, the caretaker and cleaner for all their hard work this year.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all staff and the children of Lowton West and their families “A very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year”.
Message from School Governor Mrs Bond
Congratulations to the Junior children and staff for a fantastic Christmas Carol concert at St.Luke’s Church… the congregation were treated to a variety of Christmas performances, including a lovely brass band recital, beautiful singing, confident reading and amazing acting. The concert had been perfectly arranged by Mrs Cooke, incorporating traditional and modern carols which the children loved performing. Thank you to St.Luke’s Church for providing a perfect setting, including an interesting and thought provoking address from Rector John Reed to remind us all of the Christmas message. Well done to everyone involved and thank you for spreading your Christmas cheer!
11th December 2015
Message from School Governor – Mrs Bond
Congratulations to the children and staff in Year 2 for a fantastic nativity performance of, ‘Behind the Stable Door’. The audience were treated to a polished and thoroughly entertaining performance which was packed with beautiful singing, outstanding acting, confident speaking, cool dancing and hilarious comedy! It was lovely to see how much fun the children were having telling an exciting variation of the Christmas Story. All the children had clearly been well supported to deliver such a perfect and confident performance. Well done to the staff and children - you should all feel very proud.
4th December 2015
Message from Mr Cunliffe – Chair of Governors
This is a fantastic version of the classical nativity story, which has been rewritten in a fun way without losing the key message. Why are a cat, a dog, an ox, a sheep and three camels all sitting outside a stable on a chilly, starry night? Well, the innkeeper’s wife has a bee in her bonnet and has declared her stable ‘out of bounds’ to all animals. Something very curious is happening behind the closed door and the animals want to find out what it is! After piecing all the clues together everything becomes clear to the animals, as they learn exactly what has been happening behind the stable door and take their celebrated parts in the events of that very first Christmas. Can I say a big WELL DONE to ALL of year 2 on the totally professional way that you all told this story. It was a fantastic evening and you should all be proud of yourselves. A big thank you goes to the all the staff and helpers for preparing the children so well – Thank you.
Message from Mrs Carroll – School Governor
It was a real delight to join the children from year 4 for their xylophone concert last Thursday. What a fantastic way to start the day! We were treated to a lively performance which included a variety of styles. It was great to hear the children all playing in unison, as well as the soloists expressing themselves through musical improvisation in each piece. Absolutely brilliant! The concert was part of the Wider
Opportunities Programme which will give the children the chance to join in with a number of musical activities over the coming year. As Mr Perry rightly pointed out, everyone can and should have a chance to play music and have fun. Even the parents had a go at the end. And who can forget the class conga? I am really looking forward to seeing next performance. Well done to all.
23rd October 2015
School Governor – Mrs Bond
Thank you to the Junior staff and children for the fantastic Harvest assembly yesterday. The assembly was packed with fascinating information, which was read perfectly by the children. The audience were treated to a brilliant selection of Harvest songs and hymns which were beautifully performed. It was lovely to see the children showing so much enthusiasm whilst delivering the harvest message. Well done to the Juniors and Junior staff.
4th September 2015
Message from Chair of Governors – Brian Cunliffe
I hope you have all had a lovely summer and have settled back into the school routine. I extend a very warm welcome to all the new starters at school and wish them all a very happy time with us.
The governors, staff and myself share a passionate commitment to meeting the varied individual needs of all your children to ensure they enjoy every aspect of their learning. We want them to develop as individuals, so that they leave us as confident and socially responsible young people.
As governors, we continue to monitor the school and work very closely with Mrs. Westhead offering support as and when required. The sub committees will continue to work in smaller groups looking at specific areas of the school such as the Curriculum, Finance and Health and Safety.
The governors are also keen to improve communications between school and parents. Therefore I would like to signpost you to our School Website and in particular the governors section were you will find our “Impact Newsletter”. This is a newsletter which comes out on a termly basis which informs you as parents what the governors are doing, whose who, what work is or has been done in and around the school, financial costs and what our money is being spent on etc. I trust you will find the articles in there informative and thus giving you a deeper understanding of Lowton West Primary School
I attended the Tuesday performance of this fantastic show and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The children were just brilliant and so confident on the stage, the singing and acting were wonderful and everyone gave a great performance. Thank you to all the children and staff who worked really hard putting it all together. It was a great night.
Lynda Pouncey Governor
On Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the Performing Arts group performed the panto-tastic version of Aladdin Trouble. Scheherazade (L.W), our story teller, launched us into a tale of good versus evil, a magical lamp complete with three wishes, witty banter and buffoonery and, of course, love conquering all.
Aladdin Trouble featured all our favourite characters including Princess Jasmine (M.D), the wicked Abanazar (N.A), the hilarious Widow Twankey (S.W) and the fabulous Genie (H.S) – and plenty more besides. With 11 amazingly catchy songs and a brilliant script, the audience was soon into booing, hissing, laughing and cheering along to this rip roaring musical, from an incredible Performing Arts group.
Well done to everyone who took part in this performance ---it was truly brilliant and professionally delivered.
A big thank you to Miss Heywood and Mrs Trickett for getting the cast to such a high standard and thank you also to the rest of the staff who helped out with costumes, lighting, programmes, tickets, videoing, props/scenery and not forgetting backstage Ben N. and Luke W.
Chair of Governors
Friday 5th December 2014
Year 2 Nativity “The Apprentice”
Thursday of this week saw Year 2 put on a spectacular performance of the nativity play “The Apprentice”. With the opening song Life’s Good, we meet the carpenters of Bethlehem, one of whom is a young apprentice, Joseph (LK), who works for an elderly carpenter called Simeon (JT). Although very happy in his job, Joseph leaves Bethlehem to start his own business in Nazareth, where there is less ‘competition’! Simeon therefore needs a new apprentice, but when all suitable youngsters are snapped up by other trades people, the only candidate left is a poor girl called Sarah (IW). Although reluctant to take her on Simeon realizes that Sarah is a talented woodworker when he sees the intricate carvings she is trying to sell to make money for her poor family. The two really hit it off and over time they become the most sought-after carpentry team in Bethlehem. We were treated to some excellent solo singing by LK, JT, IW, MN, and the Narrators WA, MS, DW, LS, RH were word perfect. This was a fantastic performance by all of Year 2 children ----- Well Done!
A big thank you also goes to Mr. Hillam, Mrs. Trickett and the rest of the support staff for getting the children to such a high standard.
24th October 2014
Message from Mrs Pouncey – School Governor
I thoroughly enjoyed going on the school trip with Year 6 to the Tate Art Gallery. It was very interesting, even though not all the art was my cup of tea! The children behaved excellently and really enjoyed all the activities and joined in with the talk.
Message from Mrs Pouncey – School Governor
The Harvest was brilliant yesterday. All the children looked like they were really enjoying themselves and sang beautifully. It was also very informative, telling us the journey to make a loaf of bread, how they celebrate the harvest in other countries and what we use our food for. The year 6 rap was great and I hope they all got their hats back!
Message from Vice Chair of Governors
I was thoroughly looking forward to accompanying Year 6 on their outing to the Tate Art Gallery. In order to be well prepared, I duly collected my "homework pack" the previous day. "What had I let myself in for?" There were so many activities, instructions and resources. The gallery staff were really helpful and informative, resources were plentiful and well chosen, thus providing challenge for all. The initial presentation by one of the staff gave us an insight into what to look for in the exhibits. He spoke of some of the techniques and media used. This proved helpful during the tour when we saw some of the artwork he had spoken about. A large rectangular painting by an American Jackson Pollock was a firm favourite with many pupils and public. The artist had worked on canvas using oil, enamel and commercial paints in black, blue and ochre, which were striking. I loved the five man Pederson prototype bicycle by Simon Sterling 1967. This comprised of a metal frame, plastic tubes, steel bars, wires, nylon strips and rubber padding. It was incredible. Wonder how practical it would be to try and ride it? Hopefully this visit will help our pupils think carefully about various types of art, media and techniques. When they draw or paint for themselves. A big thank you to Mrs Thompson who organised the trip meticulously and to staff who looked after the children so well. Marie Blewitt (Vice- Chair of governors).
Message from School Governor – Mrs Bond
Thank you to the Junior staff and children for the thoroughly entertaining and informative Harvest Assembly yesterday. The assembly was packed with interesting facts and an excellent variety of harvest songs and hymns. The children sang beautifully, which included fantastic jive dance movements and the readers and actors spoke confidently and clearly. It was lovely to see the children having so much fun sharing the harvest message. Well done the Juniors and the Junior staff.
17th October 2014
Message from Mrs Blewitt – Vice Chair of Governors
The Year 1 Harvest assembly was amazing. What a pleasant way to spend a sunny
autumnal afternoon. One should never wish time away, but these children performed
with such confidence and talent at a very young age and clearly relished every moment, one can already envisage them in Year 6 shows. The acting and singing were brilliant, as were the props and costumes. The dancing was very well choreographed and was delightful to watch. The spiritual ethos shone through, as thanks was given for all the bounteous harvest gifts. Very well done everyone. Thanks to all who attended and for your continuing support for school.
Friday 26th September 2014
Tag Rugby Tournament
Congratulations to Mr Hillam who has been elected as the Chair of the LOGOS Schools Sports Committee. On Tuesday of this week, Lowton West travelled to Lowton High School to compete in the first tag rugby competition organised by the LOGOS group. Nine teams entered this competition with Lowton West finishing in a creditable joint third position in the group. The team, which consisted of three girls and six boys, played the tournament in good spirit and their behaviour was exemplary. A very well organised tournament which ran smoothly and to time.
Well done Mr Hillam!
Chair of Governors
Friday 18th July 2014
Bottle Greenhouse - Lynda Pouncey (Parent Governor)
Firstly a massive thank you to the Eco-committee and the Year 5 children for all their hard work through the day building the bottle greenhouse on Wednesday. It was a fantastic day and everyone just mucked in together and had a great time. I had a bit of a panic at one point that we did not have enough bottles but we ended up with some left over. It looks brilliant and I am very proud of it and everyone who helped and really looking forward to growing plants in it with the children. A special thank you also goes to the staff from Barclays Bank and Cpec for all their help, support and hard work throughout the day. Lastly, a thank you to everyone for bringing in their bottles, we couldn't have done it without you.
Thank you Mrs Pouncey
We would like to thank Mrs Pouncey for all of her hard work in organising for our new greenhouse to be built. It is fantastic! Many thanks to C-pec and Barclays bank for their hard efforts on the day. Thank you to everyone who contributed empty plastic bottles! Our school garden is really starting to take shape.
Message from Gillian Openshaw, Parent Governor
Yesterday, we were transported on a galactic trip sixty years into the future to the ‘Class of 2014 Reunion’ in 2074. Parents and Governors were treated to a performance down memory lane as pupils reminisced about their life and teachers at Lowton West. This was all set to the backdrop of wonderful and moving PowerPoint presentations created by Mrs Higgins that mixed photos of our children over the years with music. Dressed in the height of fashion for 2074 and overcoming the obstacles of sore hips and senility, pupils described how members of staff had guided them academically, pastorally, and
through music, art, performing arts, school trips, school discos and the many sporting opportunities from the nurturing Reception years of Miss Bartolini and Miss Reynolds, teachers through Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, culminating in pupils then ready to face all manner of challenges at Robinwood. As pupils sang songs, danced, re-enacted their graduation ceremony and then read their poems I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. In the words of pupils. Lowton West has been ‘fun’, ‘extraordinary’, ‘enjoyable’, ‘a rollercoaster’, ‘amazing’, ‘happy’, ‘exciting’, ‘emotional’, ‘memorable’, ‘a blast’ and ‘the best experience’. Thank you to Mrs Rimmer-Philips, Miss Green and all the Year 6 staff.
Thank you also to all school staff who have been a part of the pupils’ primary school life. Good luck Year 6! You will be sad to leave friends and staff at primary school, but you’ve got a whole new adventure at High School to look forward to.
Friday 11th July 2014
Year 4 Drumming - Message from Mrs Bond (Parent Governor)
Congratulations to the children of Year 4 for the fantastic drumming concert they performed yesterday. The children have been learning how to play the African Drums as part of the Wider Opportunities music service under the instruction of Mr Perry. Mr Perry explained how quickly the children had learnt to play the African Drums to provide us with such an amazing concert. Well done everybody in Year 4!
Friday 4th July 2014
Year 3 Trip – Mrs Bond (Parent Governor)
I was very privileged to accompany Year 3 on their trip to ‘Dewa Roman Experience Museum’ in Chester this week. The children enjoyed finding out about life as a Roman and were able to look at a real life archaeological site where Roman, Saxon and Medieval remains are buried beneath Chester. The children were also armed with shields and were taken through the streets of Chester by a Roman solider to re-enact life as a Roman soldier - this was great fun! It was lovely to witness the enthusiasm and knowledge the children have about the Romans and they clearly enjoyed finding out even more information. The children’s behaviour was outstanding and they were all brilliant ambassadors for Lowton West.
Football Tournament – Mr Cunliffe (Chair of Governors)
Last night (Thursday) I went up to school to referee the annual football tournament. As many of you who were there would know, I ended up playing for the staff team as they were one short. Not giving my age away, I was 16 when England last won the world cup in 1966, and now I am somewhat suffering the effects of playing in this tournament - but it was worth it for the children’s sake, and who seemed to take great delight in fouling me on several occasions. I have to say that all the children who took part in this competition did so with enthusiasm and commitment to each other. Their discipline was outstanding, and to all those children who had to referee the matches - well done!! You too were fantastic.
Thanks to Mr. Copley for organising the event and congratulations to the winning team on a splendid performance.
One shattered Chair of Governors
Gardening Club – Lynda Pouncey (Parent Governor)
I would just like to thank all the children in class 7 and 8 who attended the gardening club after school for all their hard work and enthusiasm helping in the school garden. The hanging baskets look lovely and the planters are looking good with lots of plants growing in them. The children mucked in from weeding to planting seeds/plants and it was lovely to see them enjoying themselves. Thank you also to Mrs Weston, Miss Olson and Mrs Dulhanty for giving up their time to help out. Looking forward to starting up again in the new school year when we will have the bottle greenhouse to fill.
Friday 27th June 2014
Wigan Primary School’s Athletic Championships – Brian Cunliffe Chair of Governors
Once again, the determination and dedication which has now become the ‘Hallmark’ of all Lowton West Pupils, shone through at Robin Park, Wigan.
There were some fantastic individual performances both in the 400m and 70m races by James (Y6) and Charlie and Louise (Y5) Sophie O (Y6) ran a brilliant third leg in the relay to put her team back into contention at the last changeover.
Congratulations to both the Y5 and Y6 boys and girls relay squads who finished 1st and 2nd respectively, qualifying for the finals night in two weeks time.
Well done to the following people:
- all the children on yet another excellent display of behaviour, individual determination/effort and teamwork.
- Mr Hillam for all his time in preparing the children
- Mrs Culver and Mr Docherty for giving up their evening to attend and be on duty, and to you the parents and grandparents for your support. Well done everyone!!!
Friday 20th June 2014
Message from Lynda Pouncey – Class Governor
The year 5 children behaved impeccably on the trip. They took part in orienteering, den building, willow weaving and eating marshmallows and hot chocolate. It was a lovely sunny day and we all had great fun.
Message from Marie Blewitt Vice chair of governors
The past few weeks have been jammed full of activities, resulting in a wealth of
experiences and revealing some outstanding talents. It has been a privilege to meet
parents, friends of school and past pupils this week in particular. A few highlights have
been Infant sports' day in glorious weather, which was organised to perfection and the
children were little treasures as they followed instructions and did their best. Tuesday
after school saw the hall packed for a fitness session organised by Mrs. Rimmer- Philips
and helpers. The numbers had increased from the previous week, which is a good sign
that the children were enjoying the activity. Dads were in the limelight and engaged in
practical sessions with the children. This was clearly funtime and had been well
planned. Golborne High school students demonstrated their musical talent and Lowton C
of E High school were in school last week for a similar concert. Very well done
everyone. With several weeks to the end of school the question is "What next?"
Friday 4th April 2014
Tag Rugby Competition organised by Leigh Centurions
The above competition was organised by Stuart Littler and John Duffy of Leigh Centurions RLFC. There had to be at least three girls in each team.
Mr Hillam selected a squad from Lowton West, trained them and took part in the competition. Lowton West cruised through to the semi finals, but found themselves up against Leigh C of E school, who were coached by Stuart Littler and John Duffy and who were odds on favourites to win the competition. Could the Bradford Bulls fanatical supporter (Mr Hillam) outwit the two professional rugby league players and get his team to the final? To the dismay of Littler and Duffy, Hillam’s team outplayed the Leigh C of E squad by three tries to one and found themselves in the final. The final went the way of Lowton West and they again won by three tries to one. Congratulations to the team on winning this prestigious event and to Mr Hillam for devoting much of his own time in preparing the team.
Mr B. Cunliffe (Chair of Governors)
Year 5 Assembly
What a fantastic performance by the Year 5 children in their Healthy Living Assembly. There were songs, acting, facts and even audience participation (well done to the two parents who got up on stage). I learnt lots of interesting things and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done to all the children and the teachers for all their hard work putting it all together. It was amazing and I was thoroughly impressed by everyone’s performance.
Lynda Pouncey (Parent Governor)
Year 5 Healthy Living
Year 5 presented and assembly for parents about healthy living. As well as audience participation the presentation was full of facts, humour, song and dance. Well done to all of year 5 and staff on yet another excellent assembly.
Mr B. Cunliffe (Chair of Governors)
Praise Service – message from Marie Blewitt (Vice Chair of Governors)
The Praise Service on Sunday at St. Luke’s was uplifting. It was good to see our pupils participating together with St.Luke’s School and the community. The children are to be congratulated for their confidence in addressing the congregation and responding to questions. It was a great experience for them. Thanks to those who gave up a few hours of their time to attend. Come and join us at the next Praise Service.
Friday 21st March 2014
Year 5 ‘Let’s Sing’
Let’s Sing is the project of Keith Orrell who was Liverpool Choral Master before taking on the role of Vocal Projects Leader in Wigan; Let’s Sing has been a huge success in Wigan since 2006 and this year was no exception!! This singing project has been devised to involve fifteen school groups who ultimately perform at Robin Park Sports Hall, Wigan.
On Monday of this week our Year 5s represented the school at this event, and I am sure that all parents who attended will be so proud of our Year 5 choir.
Well done to Miss Heywood in preparing the children so well. To all the staff who gave up their own time to support the children on the night---thank you.
Chair of Governors.
Year 3 Assembly
Message from Chair of Governors Brian Cunliffe
What has Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Elvis Presley, The Who, The Beatles and Florence Nightingale have in common? The answer is a fantastic Year 3 assembly. I’m sure that all grandparents and parents are so proud of the performance given by all Year 3 pupils at Thursday’s assembly. Well done to Year 3 and all of the staff for what was a truly fantastic assembly.
Friday 7th March 2014
Message from School Governor – Marie Blewitt
Once again school celebrated World Book Day in style. Prior to assembly, pupils spoke briefly about the character they were dressed as. This gave the class an insight into the theme of stories, some not so well known and the opportunity to develop speaking skills. What a colourful array of costumes, wigs, accessories graced the hall. Staff dressed as characters from ‘Peter Pan’. We had pirates, fairies, Peter Pan and family, the crocodile that swallowed tic-toc, soldiers and superman, just to name a few. Year 6 conducted staff interviews, asking questions about their favourite books and characters. It was a hilarious, testing time. The day was planned to help motivate children to read more and for pleasure.
Reading is an essential skill and a MUST in our lives. Thanks once again for the time and effort families took in buying, choosing and making costumes. What creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning and I’m sure the children did as well
Message from Parent Governor Mrs Openshaw, Link Governor to Year 2, Link Governor for ICT/Computing
Computing without computers? Instead computing with plastic cups, bean bags, balls and hoopla hoops? On Wednesday afternoon it was all part of Year 2 pupils taking part in the 'UK Hour of Code' week. Pupils gained practice coding instructions using symbols to create algorithms for their 'robot' colleagues to follow. Along the way pupils learnt the need for precision and how to debug their code. Thank you to Mr Hillam and Mrs Trickett for their support. Well done to all the Year 2 pupils for their inventive code.
We would like to thank Mrs Openshaw for coming into school to lead this ‘UK Hour of Code’ session. To view photographs and more information, please visit the school website. The link to follow is:
Friday 28th February 2014
Message from Chair of Governors: Car Park – health and safety
The use of the school car park by parents is at the discretion of the Governing body and its use should be regarded as a privilege not a right.
Recently there have been several incidents of staff cars being damaged by other vehicles coming onto the car park. Door mirrors have been damaged, car bodies have been dented by these vehicles and the drivers concerned have driven off without reporting the incidents. Clearly this cannot be allowed to continue.
In addition to this, some parents / grandparents and children have been walking and indeed in some cases, running across the car park, particularly at home times. Two boys were stopped from running into the path of a reversing vehicle. Again this is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue. Steps have been immediately taken by Mrs Westhead to address this issue.
Chair of Governors
Friday 14th February 2014
Message from School Governor Mrs Bond
Thank you to the Year 4 children and staff for a fantastic assembly yesterday where the children explained all about World War 2. The assembly was packed with interesting facts, beautiful singing and wonderful acting and speaking. The children looked amazing in their costumes, which along with the songs of the era really set the scene for this remarkable assembly. It was very clear that this performance has taken a lot of hard work, practice and preparation, resulting in a thoroughly entertaining and informative assembly. The children and staff of Year 4 should be very proud.
Friday 7th February 2014
Message from Mrs Bond – Parent Governor
Thank you to the Reception children and staff for a wonderful assembly yesterday. The children explained all about different types of transport and the journeys that they like to go on. The children sang beautifully with lots of actions and stood on the stage to speak to the audience. This performance was such an achievement for their age and the children and staff should feel very proud.
Friday 20th December 2013
Autumn Term and Christmas Message from Lowton West Governing Body
During the autumn term the governors have remained busy working in partnership with the school’s senior management team on reviewing available school performance data, managing strategic decisions and focusing on the key areas of the School Improvement Plan. I am extremely pleased to report that the school continues to strive for perfection in all areas, under the excellent leadership of Mrs Jeanette Westhead and fully supported by a highly committed staff team. It is clearly evident that every child is given the opportunity to succeed and reach their potential whilst at the school.
I am also pleased to report that the school continues to find new and innovative ways of linking with the community to give the school real communities feel. This was demonstrated by the strong level of support from parents, friends and relatives who supported the Christmas Fair making it a great success.
During the final two weeks of this term we entered an extremely busy period for the school, but it was a fantastic opportunity for the children to celebrate all of their hard work. I personally enjoyed attending the Christmas performances and lunches which reaffirmed to me that Lowton West School is a great place to be. Finally, on behalf of the Governing Body, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and if you would like to consider becoming involved please look out for a parent governor vacancy which is being advertised in the New Year.
Message from Parent Governor and ICT/Computing Link Governor Gillian Openshaw
This week a disaster in Santa’s toy factory sent all the presents flying into the sky. Luckily some Year 4 and Year 6 pupils were at hand to use their programming skills to create a computer program in Scratch to help Rudolph save Christmas by catching all the missing presents. 21 children took part in the worldwide ‘Hour of Code’ as part of the Computer Science Education Week by completing a ‘Code Club Christmas Capers’ project (see http://csedweek.org/ to have a go at home). By taking part pupils have
entered the school into a draw to obtain some Raspberry Pi computers http://www.raspberrypi.org/ Well done to all the children involved for their creative
projects and thank you to Mr Hillam for co-ordinating the logistics for the event.
Message from Parent Governor Kirsten Bond
The children from Reception and Year 1 performed a lovely Carol Service yesterday. The service included beautiful reading, singing and acting. The readers all read with clear, confident voices, the singing was magical and the actors did a wonderful job of retelling the Christmas story, with lots of extra surprises, including carol singers, Christmas trees, Santa and snowmen.
It was fantastic to see the children enjoying themselves and having the wonderful opportunity of sharing this outstanding performance with their families. Thank you to all the staff and children for a truly magnificent Christmas Carol Service
Message from Chair of Governors – Brian Cunliffe
This week children from Year 5 & 6 performed ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’ as their annual production. Sacha R. played Cinderella and Joel C. played a modern prince charming, Rockerfella. The audience were delighted by beautiful singing, fantastic acting and great dancing! They all joined in with the cheers and the boos – especially when Nada A made an appearance as Fairy Nasty Boots. A huge well done and congratulations to all the children and staff involved in producing such a magnificent play – truly one of the highlights of the school year!
Friday 6th December 2013
Message from Gillian Openshaw, Parent Governor and Class Governor for Year 2
Well done to Year 2 for their fabulous Christmas production of ‘Gabriel’s Big Break’. All the narrators, angels, nativity actors, stars and animals, plus the efficient stage hand, combined songs and merriment to bring the Christmas m