‘WASPS is special because
we work together respecting each other.’ Class 2B
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
Way Relay for Mitzi's Playground
19-20 June 2015
crowned West of England Level 2 year 5/6 Gymnastic
championships at the Sainsbury's school games.
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.
SUCCESS IN COMMONWEALTH WRITING COMPETITION
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
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 Children’s
Literature Festival by Godfrey Hall, Chairman of the
Bath and District Branch of the RCS.
Weaver, 9, said,
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.”
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,
enjoyed taking part in this project. Mine was about
Usain Bolt from Jamaica. I’d 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.”
were denied a third successive BANES Junior School
Football Cup Final victory by St Stephens on
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
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
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
are some of the entries from our visitors
see what the staff have been up to in their
spare time. Thanks for sharing!” Simone
impressed by all the talented artists who
teach my grandchildren. No winder they are
so creative with all this inspiration”
the knitting- it amused me.” Katherine
“Hugely impressed with the talent and range!
Especially taken with Mr Williams’ oils and
Mrs Snook’s prints.” Sarah Ditum
the art work it is amazing to have such talent
in the school. I love Miss Bullock’s
‘accidental’ frozen piece. All so brilliant
Four Seasons and
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
SPRING - Cherry Tree
SUMMER - Willow Tree
AUTUMN - Horse
WINTER - Holly Tree
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.
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
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
Jenny used to
come to WASPS and is now a professional opera
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
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.
ALL SAINTS ARE WINNERS AGAIN
celebrating after retaining the BANES Schools'
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
click to see the
Romeo and Juliet part 1
Romeo and Juliet part 2
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
contains some of the most famous Shakespearean
lines. Listen out for them!
Click to see the
Julius Caesar part 1
Julius Caesar part 2
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
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.
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.
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
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. Here’s 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. Here’s a
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
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
normal week at WASPS really!!
Recycling Rewards for Schools Campaign.
WASPS are winners
of the Recycling Rewards for Schools Campaign in
BANES, collecting 565 pledges.
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 Mayor’s parlour at the Guildhall.
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
Mrs Bull attends
Weston Village Flower Show as Guest of Honour and
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
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!).
people enjoyed either seeing Mrs Bull or
meeting her for the first time, having heard
so much about her! An enjoyable afternoon
very proud to be part of such a great
Zoe Fraser tells Judy Darley of 'Simply
Knitting' magazine all about how
knitting has taken off in a big way at
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.
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
WASPS Win the
Weston All Saints
Primary School are the B.A.N.E.S Football cup
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
few months ago, I entered the Rotary Club’s 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.
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!