The plight of the Swifts

Hastings and Rother Swifts Conservation Group have teamed up with Battle Library to raise awareness about the plight of the Swifts which are now RED on the UK Conservation list. Details below!

Information on the recent addition of swift nesting bricks into the clock tower can be found via the following link,…/battle-s-special-project/

Tree planting with One Planet Matters

One Planet Matters will be visiting Westfield at the start of January with trees for us to plant a mini orchard. 

Through this community project, the school will create better biodiversity on site and grow our own fresh fruit for us to enjoy! One Planet Matters is a charity community project that relies on donations to keep running.

They have a specific fundraising page for our orchard project, which we would be very grateful of any donations to:

If you’d like more information on what One Planet matters aims to achieve you can visit: Growing Communities Network

*If you would be interested in helping with the planting of our mini orchard, please get in contact with the school office. Miss Adams has a list of names of those that showed interest in the project last year and will be in touch closer to January with details of our planting project.

Illnesses- How long do I keep my child off school?

There are a variety of childhood illnesses that, for the majority of the time, cannot be avoided when children are attending school in close proximity to each other. Below is a helpful poster from the Public Health Agency. It shows how long children need to be off school if they have any of these common illnesses.

For further information, please see our school attendance policy.

YoungMinds #Take20

Taken from YoungMinds

Starting a conversation can be difficult, especially if you’re worried
that your child is having a hard time. It doesn’t matter what topic the
conversation starts with – it’s about the opportunity it gives you both
to talk about feelings and to provide comfort.

Here’s some conversation ideas to start things off…

You’re the leading expert when it comes to your child. You can tell
when they aren’t in the mood to talk, or when they aren’t responding
to your attempts.
Reassure them that if they don’t want to talk now, they can talk to you
at any time. You can also follow up conversations with encouragers:

If you are concerned about anything that has come up in a conversation, try your best to tell them how you see things, and be clear about any actions you are going to take. Try to provide comfort and reassurance.

If you need help or support, please contact YoungMinds parents helpline on 0808 802 5544. Mon – Fri 9:30am-4pm