Westholme prides itself on enrichment programmes from a young age. The Prep is a hive of activity with a host of extra-curricular opportunities to complement and support the work that goes on in the classroom.
Visitors, Trips and Events
Staff are always looking for different activities to bring the curriculum to life. We have had many visitors to school over the years, including many visiting authors (Jessica Ennis-Hill, Konnie Huq, Julian Clarey and Cressida Cowell to name a few) the Fire Service, The History Man – exploring the Egyptians and the Second World War as well as various parents in their professional roles such as dentists, doctors, surgeons and opticians also come to school to talk to the pupils.
We also love going out and each class will have several trips each year. In the past these have included visits to the Witton Park, Chester Zoo, Tatton Old Hall, Clapham, Quarry Bank Mill, Jodrell Bank, Lockerbie Manor and Hollingsworth Lake.
It is also traditional for the whole school to go to the theatre at Christmas. Year 6 are even more adventurous and spend a long weekend away each year at an outdoor activity centre. We also run a bi annual trip for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to France.
Within our busy school calendar, we have many special events spread throughout the year. In the autumn term these include our Harvest Festival at St Silas’ Church and the Carol Service, which is held at Blackburn Cathedral. We also have a Christmas Assembly in the Senior School Theatre and enjoy festive parties and a traditional Christmas lunch. In the spring we hold a Book Fair at and a House Music Festival. Year 5 and Year 6 pupils also entertain their parents and peers with Reading and Public Speaking competitions. Two of our major school events take place in the summer term, our Musical Evening and our Prize giving, both held in the Senior School Theatre. The final sporting event of the school year is our Sports Day, held on the fields at Wilmar Lodge.
Clubs, Sports and co-curricular activities
All pupils gain experience in a variety of areas of PE during class lessons. These include athletics, dance, gymnastics, hockey, football, netball, rounders, cricket, indoor sportshall and tennis. They also have regular swimming lessons in the school pool.
In addition, clubs are run at lunchtimes and after school for those pupils who are keen to do more. These activities are open to all, irrespective of ability.
The school has many teams and these compete regularly in netball, rugby, hockey, cross country, swimming, cricket, rounders, indoor sportshall and athletics events. Competitions range from local tournaments to regional and occasionally national events.
Sokudo and dance lessons are available after school, led by professional teachers.
The sporting clubs are complimented by other activities that children can involve themselves in either before or after school or in lunch times. Clubs run over the past few terms have included: Art Scrabble, table tennis, Art, Drama and French Club.