1 Mar 2019

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of WIS, 

Congratulations to our new Head Students. A number of students were brave enough to be interviewed by myself, observed by their peers in a fishbowl activity and finally, to present their thoughts in a final election assembly. Everybody who was willing to try for these posts should be proud of what they have achieved in the process. The standards were high and the passion for student leadership was compelling. Thank you to the outgoing Head Students and well done to Natasha Tait, Amanda Nathan, Tai Williams and Anthony Aldcroft who will serve for the next academic year. We look forward to your leadership.

Head Student Team (2019-2020): Natasha Tait, Amanda Nathan & Anthony Aldcroft.
Tai Williams was away at AYP when this photo was taken.

During the election assembly, we spoke to students about the importance of supporting the school with selling raffle tickets for the upcoming School Fair. This year ESF are helping us to renovate the level 4 social area and auditorium. Work on the swimming pool and upgrading our changing rooms begins in 2020 followed then by the sports hall (the students cheered at this).

The sales of tickets will enable us to invest in resources for the next twenty-five years in each of these spaces as well as making a donation to the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School who need to replace their adapted minibus. Please support your child to have a final push on this for the West Island Community. Not to mention the outstanding prize of a holiday and flights to Chamonix for six people.

Next week is as busy as this. As well as World Book Day and WIS Literary Festival, WIS is celebrating Ally Week through a series of events designed by student leaders to recognise the differences in our community. We will focus on what it means to be a good ally by demonstrating positive empathy and listening skills for others. We appreciate the different perspectives in our community, creating strength from diversity. There will be assemblies and some activities in tutor time to help us to celebrate inclusivity and diversity at West Island School.

Enjoy the weekend.

Christopher Sammons