The 2019 Woodcroft Sports Awards was a fantastic celebration of our sporting talent at school. Our wonderful cheerleaders opened the ceremony; followed by awards for football, netball, athletics and dance. The evening was brought to climax with a another outstanding performance by our Dance Team – winners of the 2019 UDOIT Dance National Championships. Thank you to all of our coaches, club leaders and supporters for your commitment to school sport over the year!
Year 6 performed their glorious final show to parents and pupils this week titled ‘It’s A Rap! This hysterical celebration of dance, drama and song was all wrapped up with an important message about achieving your ambitions through perseverance and choosing the right path! As year 6 head off to secondary school we hope they remember their years at Woodcroft with fondness. They have certainly left us with some great memories – not least this wonderful final leavers show! Thank you to all of the Y6 staff for supporting their achievements throughout the year.
We are delighted to announce that Woodcroft has achieved the GOLD School Games Mark for the 2018/19 academic year! The School Games Mark is a Government award scheme led by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of sporting competition across their school and into the community. We are delighted to have been recognised with the GOLD award for the 5th year in a row!
This award this recognition for the dedication of Woodcroft staff who voluntarily organise and run an amazing number of clubs, activities, teams and tournaments!
We were treated to a fantastic production of ‘Grease The Musical’ on Wednesday 10th July, staged by Miss Stubbings’ Performing Arts Club along with fantastic support from the Cheerleaders. Pupils from Years 4 to 6 put on a flawless performance of acting, song and dance, with costumes and music that transported us back to 1950s America at Rydell High. We saw talented and confident performances by everyone involved, and that included the technical support provided by a Y6 stage crew. Well done and thank you to everyone involved in this production – making it one of the highlights of Woodcroft’s Arts Week 2019!
They did it again! Woodcroft Dance Team are the official 2019 UK Primary Street Dance Champions! The UDO Dance Foundation, in partnership with Sport England and Youth Sport Trust, has delivered the The National Schools Dance Championships to schools across the UK since 2008. On Wednesday 26th June Woodcroft competed at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke against the top 5 schools from regional qualifiers in England, Wales and Scotland.
It was an early start, 5.30am no less, but well worth it when we returned with the top prize! Thank you to our parent supporters who travelled with us on the day, and also the welcome party that formed for our return. The banners and ice creams really made us feel like returning champions! Not only should we congratulate all of the dancers – but also the dedicated staff team that give up so much of their time to enable our success to continue every year!
The Woodcroft Dance Team have excelled themselves with two fantastic performances in recent events. On 7th March they travelled to Wimbledon New Theatre to compete in the 2019 London Regional Dance Off Finals finishing in second place and gaining automatic entry into the National Finals this June. Many of the team are new this year, so this was a fantastic result against 30 schools from across the region.
Then on Thursday 14th March they took their Black Panther themed dance, titled ‘Wakanda Forever’ to the Finchley ArtsDepot and wowed the entire audience at the Barnet Dance Festival.
Competitions come thick and fast for this amazing group of performers. On the 27th March they travel to Stoke on Trent for the UDOIT Dance Foundation National Competition. This includes teams entering from all over the UK! Miss Williams said after their most recent performance: “They did really well, with better energy levels – but still room to improve!” .
We look forward to following their progress.
The BIG Read 2019
We held our annual Big Read from 4th to 8th March. Our focus book for the week was Lewis Carroll’s classic of English children’s literature. Alice in Wonderland!
M&M Theatre – Alice in Wonderland
On Tuesday morning M&M Theatre performed to KS1 and KS2
Then, to celebrate World Book Day teachers shared some of their favourite books in special storytelling sessions held around the school. Pupils could choose which book they wanted to hear read.
We also asked pupils to post photos of themselves reading in unusual places! See more extreme readers on our Big Read page by clicking here…
Finally, on Friday, the climax of Big Read Week was Mad Hatter Day! Inspired by the character that Alice met on her journey we asked pupils to come to school wearing … you guessed it – a mad hat!
Two of our sports teams were in action this week participating in Barnet tournaments. Both squads came away with awards and represented the school impeccably.
Girls Football Team Win Silver
The Girls Football Team stormed their way into the Barnet District Finals on Thursday 31st January, taking home the silver medal in the Barnet West & South competition. It was a dramatic day, with two penalty shoot-outs (including the final) and an impressive 7-0 victory to secure the top spot in their group! The girls represented the school with tremendous pride, passion and focus and we look forward to the next stage of the competition.
Netball Team Presented with the Respect The Games Award
On the 29th of January 2019, the Woodcroft netball team travelled to Copthall High School to play in the year 5 and 6 tournament. The team came second in the group but sadly just missed out on going to the semi-finals. We did receive a fantastic surprise by receiving the #RespectTheGames Award for showing fantastic @YourSchoolGames values throughout the tournament. Netball Report by Kleya Y6
Well done to all of the players, and thank you to staff and parents of both teams who supported at these events.
Winter Weather Arrangements for Winter 2019
We will always do everything possible to keep the school open throughout the winter without compromising the safety of your children. However, on rare occasions we may need to close due to extreme weather conditions such as heavy snow.
If the Headteacher decides to close the school for safety reasons we will:
- Try to give parents as much advance notice as possible
- Send a text before 8.00am if the school is going to close
- Parents are asked NOT to call the school (this blocks the phone lines)
- Post information on the school website and Twitter
If you do not hear from the school then assume it is a normal day and we are OPEN
Restricted Site Access on Snowy and Frosty Days
On mornings when the school is open but disrupted by snow or heavy frost we will do the following:
- We open the main front gate, but keep the top front gate locked due to slippy unsafe steps
- The Foundation Stage entrance will be cleared, however grit cannot be used on the safety surface. Please be very careful
- The back gates will be OPEN but the paths may NOT always be cleared of snow – please be cautious
- From 8.30am follow the marked paths that have been cleared
- At 8.45am we also allow children to access classrooms directly through the corridors from the main entrance (they will not need to go across the KS2 playground
- On snow days we ask that parents and children DO NOT arrive at school before 8.30am unless they have a morning club e.g Breakfast Club
Avoid early arrival in Winter – aim to get here for 8.45am and go straight into class!
Please try to ensure that children arrive at 8.45am for school. It is cold, dark and slippy during the winter months. Please enquire about our breakfast club if you need to drop children off early!
9.30am Late Registration on Open Snow Days
On snow days, if you have received a text to say the school is open but with the restrictions children will not be marked late until after 9.30am. Therefore, on severe snow days children can arrive between 8.45am and 9.30am. This flexible start will allow for slower journeys and help avoid congestion on the roads and pavements outside school. If you do not receive a text then registration is at the normal time of 8.55am.
Early Closing for Snow and Severe Weather Dismissals
If the school needs to close early due to deteriorating weather conditions (or we have severe weather at 3.15pm) then a text will be sent to parents. Children will remain in their classrooms. On arrival, parents and carers will go down the corridors and collect their children directly from the classroom door. This system has worked well in the past. Corridors will be congested, so we ask for care and patience. Please try to operate a lane system down corridors i.e. drive on the left!
Appropriate Winter Clothing, Boots & PE Kits
Please remember, children need a winter coat for break times. If you send your child in boots, please ensure they have black shoes to change into in school. Please also ensure that children bring a navy blue sweatshirt for outside PE lessons (navy jogging/track bottoms are also recommended).