The year 2023 represents an important milestone in the school’s history as we are delighted to be celebrating 100 wonderful years of Westholme!
On the last Thursday evening of the Autumn and Winter term, we held our annual Senior Carol Service in the magnificent surroundings of Blackburn Cathedral. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students in the Orchestra, Swing Band and Choirs to show off their talents in front of family and friends, on a wonderfully wintery and festive occasion.
On a snowy Wednesday morning, we saw students in Prep running a Santa Fun Run round the astroturf, which had been specially organised by INSPIRED Sixth Former and keen runner Charlotte.
Towards the end of last term, Prep held their annual Carol Service at the Cathedral. It was a wonderful service and the children sang, performed, read and played beautifully and before the service we listened to the string and recorder groups, who played spectacularly well.
Last Friday we celebrated Children in Need across the whole school in support of the charity with a Dress Down Friday! Members of the INSPIRED Sixth Form charity team led an assembly in the morning for children of the Prep, raising awareness of Children in Need and the goals of the organisation.
On Wednesday 16 November, we were delighted to welcome a plethora of guests to Westholme for the official Opening of our Prep. This included inviting 75 dignitaries and supporters who all have special links to Westholme and the local community in some way, to attend the event. Amongst the guests were The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mrs Croston (Westholme Principal 1988 – 2013) and Mrs Anne Longson, the Great Niece of the school’s founder, Miss Emily Singleton.
We move closer and closer to the new year, when the Westholme Family will come together to celebrate 100 years of unrivalled holistic excellence, and this week we had a taste of what that celebratory atmosphere will feel like, as a large number of Old Westholmians returned to school as part of our Mock Interview event.
“Today’s GCSE success is testament to the true Westholme spirit” says Westholme Principal, Dr Richard Robson.
We are saddened to announce the passing of former pupil and PE teacher Elizabeth (Liz) Jepson (née Scott) aged 84 following a short illness. Liz attended Westholme between 1944-49 and returned to the Senior School as a PE teacher in 1972 where she taught for 28 years before retiring in 2000.
Towards the end of June we welcomed a whole host of Year 12 students to our INSPIRED Sixth Form induction day, where they could enjoy a taste of what it would feel like to be a Sixth Form student at Westholme.
On June 22 we were delighted to showcase the artistic abilities of our amazingly talented students in the annual Art & Photography Exhibition.
Written by Mr Walker, Director of Creative Arts & Technology
Attendees of both Design & Technology and Computer Science Clubs were treated to a day out at the NEC Birmingham for the TCT 3Sixty event.
On Thursday 9 June, we held a circus themed Creative Arts & Technology experience day to remember at the Senior School for external pupils in years 4 and 5.
This year we celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style across both the Prep School and Senior School.