Woodcroft Awarded Prestigious ICT Quality Mark
Woodcroft has been awarded the prestigious NAACE ICT Mark. This award is for schools who demonstrate outstanding use of technology to support teaching, learning and school administration. NAACE is the National Association for technology in education.
Mr Guest, our lead teacher for IT and Computing, presented a detailed self assessment report and portfolio of evidence to a NAACE Assessor who visited the school in the final week of the summer term. The assessor also toured the school, spoke with pupils, observed lessons, met with governors and discussed school systems with Mr Pindoriya (our Network Manager). Following this visit we then received notification of our successful accreditation – a real achievement for everyone!
Congratulations to fifty one of our Year 6 pupils for successfully completing their Bronze Arts Award. On Tuesday 18th July a moderator from Trinity College reviewed the portfolios for all of the pupils that had chosen to submit their work for assessment. The Moderator confirmed that all had achieved the standard for the Bronze Award. She praised the high quality of evidence presented by the school.
To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 national qualification, pupils present detailed evidence to show they have taken part in arts activities, experienced arts events, research their arts inspiration and shared their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.
Year 6 planned their work and created their own online Arts Award portfolio folders. Over the year our pupils needed to demonstrate evidence of 40 hours of arts activities and study to be successful.
The qualification is awarded by Trinity College London, the leading international examinations board providing respected qualifications in the performing arts. The successful pupils are now invited to a special Arts Award Presentation Ceremony at 5.30pm on Thursday 21st September.
To celebrate the Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday, and Woodcroft’s wonderful nomination to receive a special gift from Her Royal Highness, we held a very British tea party on Monday.
Mrs Valoti and Mrs Cahill invited a group of pupils and representatives from the Beanstalk Reading Charity to enjoy cucumber sandwiches, scones and cream, fresh strawberries and lots of other traditional treats.
Cucumber sandwiches followed by strawberries and cream!
The Duchess with her birthday bookshelf
The Duchess of Cornwall is the patron of Beanstalk, an organisation which promotes and supports literacy in schools by training volunteer readers. Woodcroft is the longest supporter of this charity in Barnet and so was chosen to receive a specially designed bookshelf stocked with the best children’s literacy. Only 70 primary schools from across the UK will receive this unique bookshelf. All the schools selected have shown a commitment to promoting reading for enjoyment.
Beanstalk is a charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in nurseries and primary schools.
We had a great time at our tea parties. We also entertained special visitors from Beanstalk…
Woodcroft at LONDON 2017 World Para Athletics Championship
Woodcroft was lucky enough to be allocated tickets for the World Para Athletics Championships currently being staged at the Olympic Stadium.
Y3 and Y5 were the fortunate year groups to benefit and journeyed across London on Tuesday to watch this inspiring event. Take a look at the photos from our wonderful day below…
Taking a ‘Self, Self, Selfie’ in the Year 6 Leavers Show
Self Self Selfie! was the title of this year’s Y6 Show. To a packed audience of family and friends our pupils staged an outstanding leavers play.
The set-up was a fictional TV show that challenged contestants to take the most dramatic selfies. This allowed the drama of a fantasy musical journey around exotic and extreme locations. Full of song, dance and humour, the show captured all of our Y6’s talents.
Well done to the pupils and staff for entertaining us so creatively. Special mention must go to Mr Guest and Mr Huckerby, our resident composers, for their outstanding work; writing, recording and producing our school plays! We also need to recognise the hard work, and commitment, of all of our staff and pupils for bringing these wonderful productions to life.
Woodcroft Gains Highest Arts Award
We are delighted to announce that Woodcroft has been awarded an Artsmark Platinum Award, the highest accolade accredited by Arts Council England.
In the letter received last week from the Amanda Rigler, Artsmark Award Senior Officer, she stated:
‘Your school was commended for the rich arts and cultural offer which has been established over the long term, with strong leadership and commitment across the school. The engagement of pupils and use of an Arts Charter ensures full inclusion (and) is innovative..’
Read in full our letter from Arts Council England by clicking here.
Well done pupils, staff and governors for their hard work promoting and participating in the Arts. Thank you to our parent and carer community for their support of our arts events and activities. Special credit goes to Miss Sherring, our AIM@Arts Leader, for her vision and direction in Arts development.
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum and beyond. Find out more here…
We had three fantastic days of sport and games this week with every pupil from Nursery up to Year 6 taking part in their Olympic themed events. Take a look at the photographs below . Parents can also click on the links and use their password (sent via parent text) to access the gallery pages with many more photographs of the each day. Thank you to every family that came along to support us. Special thanks to Mr Patel and Mr Raw for organising the KS1 and KS2 events at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre, and to the Nursery staff for running their own event in school.
Monday: Nursery Sports
Click here for the Nursery Gallery
Tuesday: KS1 and Reception Sports
Click here for the KS1 and Reception Gallery
1C were so inspired by their sports day that they decided to make posters…
Wednesday: KS2 Sports
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Woodcroft Win 2nd National Competition!
Jumping for joy – Make Your Move Winners 2017
On Sunday 2nd July Woodcroft’s Dance Team performed on the Indigo stage at The London 02 in The Grand Final of the British Red Cross sponsored dance competition Dance: Make Your Move.
Woodcroft had already won the London regional heats back in February to earn their place in the Grand Final. Then. after a breathtaking performance of their routine, ‘ What Shakes us Won’t Break Us’, inspired by the Nepal earthquake of 2015, they were crowned overall WINNERS!
As well as another trophy for our cabinet, our dancers also won a first prize workshop with the Royal Academy of Dance. On the night, Rihanna (Y6), was also selected as the star performer from all competing schools and was awarded a summer scholarship with Pineapple Dance Studios!
What an amazing year our dancers have had. They have now won two national trophies and performed at three festivals. They must be congratulated on their dedication and passion!
Woodcroft Musicians Perform
On Thursday 29th June our strings musicians performed a wonderful concert for family and friends. Many of our performers had only begun leaning their instrument in September, so to play with such accomplished confidence was a real achievement. Well done to our BEAT tutors, Mrs McLean (violin) and Mrs Hooker (cello) for preparing the pupils so well. Special thanks must also be given to Ms Blyth who leads our senior ensemble, and to Ms Sherring, as always, our Music Leader.
We also had a special guest solo violin performance as one our ex-pupils, now studying at Copthall, joined us for the afternoon. It was good example for our younger musicians to see how their skills can develop with passion and determination.
Nursery had a wonderful day out at Willows Farm Park. After the trip Maida wrote a report. Click on the image to read about her favourite part of the farm.
Report by Maida
Nursery did lots of exciting things. Take a look below. The teachers had a good time too!