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Letters are sent home via email. 

Please check your junk box if you have not received any letters. A paper copy will be held next to the front desk for those families who do not have internet access.

All letters can also be found below. 


Autumn Term 2018 - Letters

20th December 2018 - Letter to year 3 parents - swimming info.

17th December 2018 - Letter to all parents, re: staff changes

14th December 2018 - Newsletter

10th December 2018 - Letter to Year 2 parents, swimming info.

7th December 2018 - Newsletter

29th November 2018 -  Year 2 info and dates

23rd November 2018 - Christmas Dinner information and order form.

23rd November 2018 - Newsletter

22nd November 2018 - Year 2 Swimming Information

20th November 2018 - Letter from Aquinas School Attendance Provisions

16th November 2018 - Newsletter

16th November 2018 - Letter for parents of children taking violin exams

15th November 2018 - Year 2 Swimming Information

12th November 2018 - Year 6 - A trip to the Opera to see Hansel and Gretel.

12th November 2018 - Newsletter

8th November 2018 - Year 2 swimming information

2nd November 2018 - Newsletter

1st November 2018 - Year 1 topic information - Celebrations

30th October 2018 - Year 3 project information - chocolate

30th October 2018 - Swimming information for class 1S group 2 

30th October 2018 - Letter for Year 6 parents - swimming

19th October 2018 - Newsletter

19th October 2018 - Letter for Year 2 parents - next half term's project

19th October 2018 - Letter for Class 1S parents - Swimming, group 1

12th October 2018 - Newsletter

11th October 2018 - Letter for years 5 & 6 parents - Bradwell Outdoor Activity Holiday

8th October 2018 - Letter for Class 1D Swimming Group 2 parents

5th October 2018 - Newsletter

28th September 2018 - Newsletter

24th September 2018 - Letter for Year 6 families - Swimming

21st September 2018 - Newsletter

7th September 2018 - Letter for all families - Welcome back!

3rd September 2018 - Letter regarding payments for school meals.










Spring Term 2019 - Text/Emails

Thursday 14th February, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please see the below link to safety training videos for parents/carers for various online games/apps. Thank you. Please find further information here and complete the form if interested:    https://nationalonlinesafety.com/training/online-safety-parents-course/ 

Monday 11th February, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Year 4 Dear Parent/Carer, Please see to the left a letter regarding swimming lessons for your child from Mon 25th February - Friday 1st March. As usual, this letter will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the Front Office. Please note that payment for swimming lessons can now be made on School Gateway. Please also note that swimming and water safety is a statutory part of the National Curriculum, with the aim that by the age of 11 (the end of key stage 2) all pupils should be taught to:

  • pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
  • swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
  • use a range of recognised stroke and personal survival skills (such as front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface dives)

Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Thursday 7th February 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Mrs Briant and 4B would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent in bottle tops for their project this term.They have now finished the project and are no longer collecting bottle tops but those you sent in were much appreciated and came in very handy! Thanks again.

Monday 4th February 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, As usual, admission to the school Valentine's disco on Thursday 14th February is £1. Drinks and crisps will also be on sale for 30p each. Please note that there will be NO clubs on Friday 15th February. Thank you.

Friday 1st February 2019 Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Payment for swimming lessons can now be made on Gateway. If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, payment can still be made at the school finance office each morning, between 8.00am and 8.40am. Thank you.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Southend Borough Council are again running a Musical Monday day-long workshop at Westborough School during the coming half-term. Running from 10am-3pm on Monday 18th February, Musical Monday is open to all young people from age 7 years upwards, from beginners to advanced players.  All instruments are welcome and the day will be directed by 3 experienced music teachers. The workshop costs £9 per child (£8 for advantage card holders) and children should bring a packed lunch. Full details attached. Thank you. 

Monday 14th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers,Please don't forget that tomorrow is the deadline to apply for a place in Reception for any child due to start school in September 2019. Also, our Happy New Year Hot Dog lunch is on Thursday 17th - you don't need to book and the cost is the usual £2.30. Thank you.

Wednesday 9th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached the updated term dates for this academic year 2018/2019. Please note that the final teacher training days have now been added on Friday May 24th and Wednesday July 24th. No further training days will be added. The updated term dates will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the front office. Thank you.  Link to calendar.

Friday 4th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We hope you have had a great festive break and wish you a happy and healthy New Year. We are looking forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday 7th January. The children should be on the playground by 8.20am, ready to go into class at 8.30am. Please ensure that the children are wearing the correct uniform and that they have their full PE kits with them. Thank you.


Autumn Term 2018 - Texts/Emails

Monday 10th December, 2018 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, The Nursery Christmas Party will be on Wednesday 19th December 2018. We are asking for party food contributions on the day. All that we ask is that you do not send anything with meat or nuts in it. We have several children with nut allergies and we cannot have meat because we do not have enough room in our fridges to refrigerate it. A list will be put on the EYFS board for you to sign up in the morning. Thanks in advance.  The Nursery Staff

Sunday 2nd December, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, I found the attached Advent on the internet and thought it would be a lovely way of bringing the whole school together.  I have sent it to the whole school. The idea is that you tick of your act of kindness when you achieve it. Don't worry if you miss a day, just do two things on another day. There will be copies in the front office tomorrow. Thank you for your support. Kind regards, Miss Brook Attachments area: Kindness Advent Calendar

Friday 30th November 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the deadline for returning the reply slip for Christmas lunch is Monday 3rd December. You can pay in the finance office, between 8.00am and 8.40am, or you can pay via Gateway. Thank you.

Thursday 29th November, 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We are all looking forward to the Xmas Fayre on Friday and hope you are too!  The children have all been working hard making lots of Xmas goodies for you to buy. We also have a great selection of stallholders being run by (adult) non-pupils, including paint your own Xmas decs, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Avon, handmade knitwear and lots, lots more. Hot food and drinks will also be on sale in the Lubel Hall. There will be plenty of signage to direct you around the school and hopefully avoid the bottlenecks that built up around the entrances to the library and the halls last year. The ramps from the Macdonald Avenue entranceway up into the library and the halls will be ONE-WAY ONLY.  You will only be able to ENTER the library and/or the halls via the ramps, NOT EXIT.  There will be NO ACCESS to other areas of the school.  If you are picking up your child late, they will be in the Nursery, not in the library. The Fayre will start at 1.45pm.  Once you have picked up your child, we would ask that you please wait in the playground until the Fayre is open. Thank you in advance for your support and co-operation and we hope you have a great time at the Fayre.

Thursday 29th November, 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that you can now make payment for the Xmas lunch using Gateway. Just go to the Payments section on the app and select "Christmas Meal December".  Thank you.

Tuesday 27th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget to return the reply slip for your child for the school Xmas lunch by Monday 3rd December. You still need to return a slip for your child, even if you do not need to pay for the lunch (i.e. if your child is in years 0-2 or if your child is entitled to free school meals). We need to have a reply slip for every child who wants a Christmas lunch, to ensure that we have ordered in enough food. Payments can be made at the school finance office between 8.00am and 8.40am. Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the Book Fair will be at school every day after school from tomorrow, Tuesday 27th November, until Monday 3rd December. We will earn 100% commission on every book sold, which means we will be able to buy lots of new books for the library, so please support us if you can. Thank you.

Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget there will be NO clubs on Friday 30th November, as we have our Xmas Fayre from 1.45pm-3.30pm. Also, Anthony in Year 4, is the One Love Ambassador at Westborough School and is doing a Jumper Jamboree and Scarfathon, to collect jumpers, scarves, hats and hoodies for the homeless this Xmas. If you have any adult-size warm clothing, as above, there will be a box next to the Southend Food Bank collection trolley where you can put your donations. Thank you in advance - it is lovely that the children are remembering those in need at Christmas.

Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, A leaflet regarding the Southend Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) is available from the school front office.  IASS is a free service for Southend children and young people (0-25 years).  The service supports parents of children with and/or young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and/or disabilities and covers the following areas:
  - Education, health and social care 
  - National and local policy
  - The Local Offer
  - Your rights and choices
  - Your opportunities to participate
  - Where you can find help and advice
  - How you can access support

Friday 23rd November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that we have changed the way we organise swimming lessons for the children this year. The children are being grouped by ability, within their year bands. Each swimming group is therefore made up of a mixture of children from the classes in each year band, depending on what level of swimming they have reached. This is so every child achieves the required standard of swimming by the end of the year. Swimming letters are sent out to parents of the children in each group via Gateway. Hard copies of the letters will also be sent home with the children. If you receive a swimming letter via Gateway, or a text to say a letter has been sent, it means your child will be going swimming on the dates shown on that letter. The letters are ONLY sent to parents of children due to go swimming. The letters will also be available on the school website. Your child’s teacher will have a list of the swimming groups, so please check with them if you are unsure as to when your child is going swimming. Thank you for your support and co-operation – we hope that by using this method every child will achieve and develop to the best of their individual ability.

Wednesday 21st November 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, With just one week to go until our Xmas Fayre, we are beginning to feel a bit festive! We are collecting for a number of good causes at school and, as Christmas is a time for giving, we are hoping our generous Westborough families might want to make a donation to one or more of the following:  
Southend Food Bank - we will have a trolley in front office where you can make donations - deadline for collection is Friday 14th December.
Tina's Xmas Hamper Raffle - all profits will go to the school fund - there will be two hampers to be raffled - one for adults and one for children.
Xmas Fayre Tombola - all profits to the school fund and a donation to KOFUP.Thank you in advance if you are able to make a donation - we understand that this is an expensive time of year.

Monday 19th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, We sent a text to all parents who's children are due to stay for clubs on Tuesday after school, at 10.00am this morning, to let them know that due to unforeseen circumstances club is cancelled tomorrow. If you did not receive this text, we may have the wrong telephone number for you. Please check with the front office tomorrow. Thank you and Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please be aware that there is a case of head lice in Year 3Please check your child's hair ASAP and treat where necessary. Information on how to treat head lice is attached. Thank you.

Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We still have some tables available to hire but they're going fast! Please contact Gaby  gofford@westborough.southend.sch.uk, or call in at the front office, to reserve your table. Payment of £10 can be made to Sally in the finance office, between 8.00am-8.40am.

Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that we have our Blue Peter-style Bring & Buy Sale tomorrow, so please sort out any bric-a-brac you would like to donate. We are also having a spot-themed non-uniform day tomorrow for a £1 donation.  The children can still take part if they don't have anything spotty to wear. Profits will be split between Children in Need and KOFUP. Thank you.

Wednesday 14th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that children should be on the playground by 8.20am each morning, ready to go into class at 8.30am. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Tuesday 13th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, We have been lucky enough to secure cinema tickets for Years 3-5 to see Early Man on Tuesday 20th November. The showing is between 10am-12pm. The children will have lunch when they return. School uniform please. The children can bring a snack and drink, bit no fizzy drinks please.

Friday 9th November 2018, Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, We will be having a special Remembrance Assembly for the whole school on Monday. This week's school newsletter will also be sent out on Monday. Thank you.

Thursday 8th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows.  Dear Parents/Carers,Don't forget we are collecting for the Poppy Appeal at school - you can make a donation and get your poppy from the front office. Thank you.

Wednesday 6th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows.  Dear Parents/Carers, Year 6 urgently need to borrow some werewolf masks for a production this week. If anyone has a werewolf mask they would be willing to lend to Year 6, it would be very gratefully received! Thank you.

Tuesday 6th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, The children received their flu vaccinations today. If your child received a vaccination, they will have been given a certificate which they should bring home with them today. If you were expecting your child to be vaccinated but they did not receive the vaccination, please call 01702 220181 to arrange an appointment at the flu vaccination clinic. Thank you.

Thursday 1st November 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, We have received a further delivery of photos today. If you do not receive your child's photo today, please either call me or come and speak to me in the Front Office. Thank you.

Thursday 1st November 2018 Text/Email to Year 1 parents as follows. 
READING Each week we will be awarding the children with certificates to celebrate their achievements in reading. 
Please ensure that you write in the reading record every time your child reads to you. 
Each week we will count up each day that they have read and prepare the certificates for Assembly. 
We find this is a great way to motivate the children to become confident readers both in and outside of school.
Each week your child will be sent home with a list of spellings that should be completed for the following Monday.
Each Monday morning the children will complete an activity using the spellings that they have been practising at home.
The children should be encouraged to look, say, cover, write and check.
Please remind your child to write their name at the top of their homework.

Monday 30th October, 2018 Text/Emails as follows.  Dear Parents/Carers, The children in Year 6 have been asked to take part in the National Child Measurement Programme. A team from the School Nursing Service will be at school on Monday 12th November to check the weight and height of the children. A letter and consent form are being sent home with the children today.
If you do NOT want your child to take part, please complete the consent form and return it to the Front Office. If you are happy for your child to take part, you do not need to do anything.  Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Wednesday 17th October, 2018 Text/Emails as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that staff will not intervene in disputes over the trading of cards or the loss of cards at school. If your child is collecting cards and is likely to get upset if a card is lost, or if they make a trade they later regret, then please encourage your child not to bring their cards to school. Thank you.

Thursday 11th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that today is the deadline for returning flu consent forms and photo orders.
Thank you.

Monday 8th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows.  For parents of Year 6 children previous due to swim this week. Your child is scheduled to go swimming w/c Mon 12th November. This date has been rescheduled from this week, as some children will be away camping and would therefore have missed their lessons. Apologies for any confusion - your child will be swimming w/c Mon 12th November. Thank you.

Friday 5th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Consent forms for the flu vaccination are being sent home with the children today, if you haven't already received one. The deadline for returning both the orders for school photos and for the flu vaccination consent forms is THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER. Thank you.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018, Text/Emails as follows Dear Parents/Carers,If you didn't receive the proof for your child's photo today, they will be sent home tomorrow.Thank you. 

Monday 1st October 2018, Text/Emails as follows 

Dear Parents/Carers, School uniform is now back in stock - it will be on sale in the Finance Office every morning from 8.00am-8.40am. Thank you.


Dear Parents/Carers, Coffee morning in the cardboard classroom has been moved to Thursday 4th this week. Thank you.


Please see below information regarding Learn to Ride lessons being run by Southend Borough Council


Tuesday 23 October 2018 &

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Belfairs Academy, Leigh on Sea

Suitable for ages 4 years of age upwards

1:1 sessions with an accredited instructor for 45 minutes 

With own bike £25  With hire bike £30

For further details and to book a session go to www.cyclesouthend.co.uk

For queries: 01702 215595


Thursday 27th September 2018, Text/Email as followsDear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the children will be having their individual and sibling photos taken on Tuesday 2nd October. If you would like a photo of your child with non-Westborough siblings, please email or call me (gofford@westborough.southend.sch.uk/ ext 132), if you haven't already done so. Photos with non-Westborough siblings will take place between 8.00am-8.30am in the Lubel Hall. 

Westborough siblings will automatically have their photo taken, so there is no need to make a separate request in this instance.  Many thanks.


Thursday 27th September, 2018 - Text/Email as followsDear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget it's our special Harvest Festival assembly tomorrow. Any donations of non-perishable food you can make would be gratefully received. We are splitting donations between Harp and the Southend Food Bank.The Southend Food Bank have specifically requested donations of the following items: tinned fish, tinned custard or rice pudding, tinned potatoes and instant mash, tinned vegetables and long-life juice and squash. The children should take their donations into class with them. Thank you in advance for your support.