Our Friends and Neighbours
It is important that our children know and understand their own community and also the communities of those further afield. Below are some local and distant community groups and organisations we work closely with.
- Although we are not a church school, we value the links we have with our local churches which include St. Mary's Willesborough. We love it when Reverend John and Captain Graham come in to celebrate assembly with us.
- Several local organisations use our hall and facilities including: Brownies, Zumba, Slimming World, FitClub, Indian Dance group, Rock Choir and Highfield Church.
- We work in close partnership with local Infant and Primary schools.
- We contribute articles to 'The Pilgrim'.
- We link with local organisations and businesses to enhance children's learning such as: the police, fire service, Pilgrim’s Hospice and Ashford Museum.
We had a fantastic time during International Week this year! We had such a busy week filled celebrating diversity and different cultures.
We especially enjoyed the Flamenco dancing and Mrs Pimple and Mrs Tewari’s workshops on India. We were lucky enough to experience African drumming, Moroccan food tasting, Hakka dancing and singing songs from around the world – to name just a few! What a busy week we had!
Each class had their own country to learn about throughout the week and created amazing displays to share their learning at our International Fair. It was impressive to hear about just how much each class had learnt throughout the week!
A big thank you to all the parents/carers that provided workshops throughout the week and for those of you that supported our International Fair. We hope the children enjoyed showing you some of the exciting activities they had participated in throughout the week.
Year 3 Walliams class also celebrated the Hindu Holi Festival of Colour after learning about it in class.
Year 5 Children visit the Church
In December, Year 5 visited the local church, St Mary the Virgin, in Willesborough. Reverend John told us all about the church and the important Christian symbols. We had great fun exploring the church.
Thank you Reverend John for your engaging and informative talk – the children learnt lots to transfer to their RE learning in school.
In October, we celebrated the Harvest Festival. Amy Stanley from the Ashford Reformed Baptist Fellowship came to speak to us about Harvest celebrations and we thought about the people in our community who are less fortunate.
Thank you to all of the children and parents for their donations for Vinnie’s Diner in Ashford.
We were very impressed with the amount of donations we received and the variety. Our Year 6 Project Managers boxed all the donations up and passed them on to Vinnie’s Diner. Vinnie’s Diner were grateful for the donations and look forward to passing them on to people in need in Ashford.
In August 2013, a group of very excited teachers and teaching assistants from some Ashford Schools went out to Romania as volunteers to work and help orphaned, sick and disabled children and young people. Mrs Rusbridge was one of the teachers that went! This mission was arranged through the charity 'Cry in the Dark'. There is a link below if you would like to find out more about the charity.
In 2017 and 2018, the children of Willesborough Junior School made up shoe box gifts to send to the children in Romania they have been learning about. Miss Rice went out to Romania to deliver them in person! She had lots of photos to share and news to tell us.
Thank you so much for your support in creating them – they were most definitely gratefully received.
A new purpose-built care home in Ashford is due to open in Autumn 2019.
All Year 4 children of Willesborough Junior School were invited by Care UK and their construction partners to get creative with a piece of artwork around the theme of ‘Who do you care about?’
Year 4 pupils were thrilled to take part and be active members of their community. The pupils who designed the artwork were visited by the site manager who showed them the actual hoardings! Here are some of our children looking very proud of their masterpieces…
The artwork is set to be on display on the hoardings surrounding the development site of Care UK’s new care home on Kennington Road.
We can’t wait to see the children’s work decorate the hoardings soon. Watch this space!