Westbourne School provides an all round education which extends far beyond the classroom. This means that the School is, and always has been, inextricably linked with the local community. It is part of our ethos that pupils should be engaged with the real world and that when they leave the school they will make a positive contribution to society.
Whilst our pupils learn from their interactions with the outside world, the School, in turn, engages with and benefits the local, national and international community in many ways.
Junior School gets out and about!
Westbourne students and families enjoy being involved! In fact it would be impossible to prepare young people for the challenges and realities of the world they live in without being engaged in life beyond the school campus.
Westbourne has long had effective and rewarding links with communities at local, national and international levels and we like to keep on developing and broadening our links
In Broomhill, our neighbourhood, the school joins in the annual summer Broomhill Festival alongside other local schools, performing in the evening concerts in St Mark's Church. The church is also host to our Junior School Christmas carol service and our Junior School classes link up with the church staff and the building in their RE topic work. Harvest time presents an opportunity for us to bring something to school or to church to share with those who live close by and we enjoy receiving letters and hearing stories from where our produce has been made use.
Westbourne's annual Christmas Fayre is always a fun family day on a Saturday in November. The stalls, activities and competitions created by the Junior pupils raise funds for a local and national charity of their choice while the parent led fundraising contributes towards something extra special for the pupils themselves - recently an outdoor activity climbing course in the garden and an outdoor xylophone for our singing spot in the playground.
Christmas time sees our Year 3 and 4 classes taking songs from their Christmas shows into two local elderly people's homes, which is a source of delight for the residents who enthuse our imaginations with their reminiscences about their own school days.
On a wider community scale our Junior choir and their families join with other schools around Ranmoor to rehearse and perform in concert to support the Homestart organisation. Currently the Outreach Choral Support from the Sheffield Cathedral also links us with other schools to perform together both at the Cathedral and also with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.
Joining with many schools nationwide, the whole school supports the Children in Need event each year by selling badges, cakes and paying a forfeit for wearing anything but school uniform. This is one of the many occasions when our Senior School students play host to the Juniors who enjoy having a go on the entrepreneurial activities prepared to extract money from them!
Junior School parents and friends support our links with Macmillan Cancer Care when we join in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning event. Many of our older girls and staff also run in the annual local Macmillan "Race for Life" in June.
Pupils, staff and families at Westbourne join forces to regularly raise money for communities in faraway places. The Junior School sponsors two children on other continents with funds from our monthly cake sales. This brings independence to their villages by providing training, education and health care. We know that our involvement works because when one of our sponsors has reached a level where no further support is needed, then World Vision introduces us to another girl or boy who we can get to know.
The Community comes to see us !
The Broomhill Business Breakfast is held in the french cafe in Senior School, in April and September. Local businesses come together over breakfast (0800-1000) to this popular networking session.
By their second term at Westbourne our Reception Class have really grown in confidence. They invite their "old" nursery teachers to come and visit them. Our four and five year old spokespersons make their visitors welcome and proudly show their work, catch up on news and show them around.
We love to take advantage of touring local and national theatre groups and visit the theatres or invite companies into school whenever we can. An Egyptian Pharaoh visits our Year 3 class each year to take them into history through character parts and experiences for a whole day. Having a poet in residence is another special occasion when we look at what can happen with our creative skills beyond the classrooms.
A number of our boys and girls train with sporting experts at local and regional level and a local football team joins us for a programme of training in the Summer term.
Almost each week a visitor from our local community comes to talk to us in assembly to help us think about issues around us that might affect ourselves or our families. PC Price is known to us all and we hear from her and her colleagues throughout the year about how to keep safe and be wise on the streets. Environment experts, neuro scientists, dentists, doctors, the RSPB, town mayors, climbers and explorers, forestry rangers, the fire service, local radio and television presenters as well as clergy from a range of local churches are all made very welcome in the life of the school and we are glad of the contribution they make to our children's development as young citizens.
To raise money for Comic Relief the Junior School children wore red to school and the Senior School had a non-uniform day. The teachers each brought in a baby photograph and ran a 'who's who' competition for the children.