Welcome to our Celebrations page where we celebrate our School, our children, our achievements and our special moments. 



Christmas Jumper Day and Elf Run for St John's Hospice - December 2020

Christmas jumpers have been very much on show this week here at Westminster.  I am sure you will agree that they are look very festive indeed!




Lest We Forget - Remebrance Day 2020

On Wednesday 11th November, at 11.00 am, our whole school came together (virtually) for a very special Remembrance Service at school.  The video was shared with one of our local Ellesmere Port veterans, who was moved and delighted to see the work the children had done for the service.  If you missed it, you can watch the service here: 

Remembrance Service 2020

Below is a selection of the artwork that all year groups helped create.












Virtual Poetry evening - September 2020

We love National Poetry Day and always celebrate it in school.  Usually we hold our annual Poetry Supper where we invite families to join us for a bite to eat while we listen to some of the wonderful young poets that our school has produced.  This year, however, we had to be a little more creative and come up with a new idea.  So we held our first online 'virtual' event, and it was a lot of fun!  We overcome some small glitches "can you hear me?", "I think you're muted.  You're MUTED, we can't hear you" and "We can't see you - turn on the camera" that have become common over this strange year of lockdown, and thoroughly enjoyed the event. 

We had readings from five young poets and two members of staff and also shared that one of our families had actually set a poem to music - a complete new song was written.  We think this is an event worth celebrating and hope that we can share more events in this way over the coming months.  If you would like to hear the song, there is a link to it on our dedicated Poetry page.   In the meantime, here is a shot of all the happy, eager poetry faces on the night. 



Westminster's Rainbow Challenge - Summer Term 2020

It has been a strange sort of time during our Coronavirus opening but we thought you would enjoy seeing what the staff have been doing to keep moral and spirits high.  Ms Hughes organised us to take part in the Rainbow Challenge, and the results as you can see, brightened our Twitter and FB feeds very nicely.  Everyone enjoyed the nightly 'reveal' of pictures and it was a great way for us all to keep in touch.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!  We will be displaying the pictures in school in the near future. 




























































































































Chester Zoo Visit - Heads of School

Ms Finch and Ms Hughes had the pleasure of accompanying three of our Heads of School to Chester Zoo today to present them with a cheque for £175.  This was raised during our Go Orange for Orangutans event last term and is a firm favourite with the children.   

We were met by Leri who showed us around the Ape enclosure.  We were lucky enough to see the Orangs up close, and were treated to a view of the new 4 week old baby when mum brough her to the window to show us!  A fantastic experience for us all.  We were also accompanied by Ginger, our very own Orangutan, who has been adopted by Maria in the kitchen.  We love him as he supports all the good work Edsential do towards sustainable palm oil.  



BBC Children in Need 2019

Our children have loved dressing up today for Children in Need.  We raised over £200 which is fantastic!  Thank you to everyone who supported us with our fundraising.  Pudsey would be proud. 




















Lest We Forget

On Monday 11th November, at 11.00 am, our Year 5/6 class led the Remembrance Service at school.  They then walked across the bridge and laid wreaths at the local war memorial. They acted with respect and dignity throughout.  







Friday 8th November

This morning we welcomed a visiting local artist, Vicky Fogarty, to our school.  Vicky has been creating beautiful poppies and other work in and around Ellesmere Port and Birkenhead, to commemorate Remembrance Day.  I am sure you will agree that her work is eye-catching and thought provoking.  Our Year 5/6’s loved watching her create the stunning poppy from scratch and you can enjoy too it as you enter school from the front door.  Do look out for her work at other local schools and around the town as she is aiming to create 50 poppies by Monday, which is 11th November.















Poetry Supper - October 2019

Thursday 3rd October is National Poetry Day and we celebrated it this year by holding our third annual Poetry Supper event.  We also used it to launch our third Poetry Anthology book, which contains some wonderful poems from our children, and also from some of our staff, friends and colleagues.   


As you can see from the photographs below, the children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their poems with the audience, followed by a shared supper and good conversation. 

























































Some of the lovely comments about the event: 
















Harvest Festival and MacMillan Coffee Morning - September 2019

This week saw our first celebration events of the new term when we held our annual Harvest Festival assembly.  This year we took the opportunity to combine the event with some fundraising as we joined in with the Macmillan Coffee morning.  As you can see below, we were treated to some wonderful freshly baked bread, fruit and vegetable platters, and crackers and cheese, which were donated by the School and prepared by Maria, our cook.  Maria made the very impressive wheatsheaf loaf which was shared amongst the pupils. 


Our PTA organised the Coffee Morning, alongside our Governors, and we raised over £140, which we have split between MacMillan and our local Food Bank.   


The Lion King 2019

What a wonderful week of celebrations – the perfect end to the summer term.     Singing, music, acting and culminating later today with the Year 6’s  chosen Prom celebration and disco.  

I asked a Year 1 pupil for their thoughts on the show after we had watched the dress rehearsal and loved the reply I received... “It really told the story around the songs.” Well, it certainly did and we got well delivered one-liners, confident acting and an impressive soundscape  of singing. It certainly gave me goosebumps again on Thursday afternoon and then we got a second viewing in the evening. 

Huge thanks to the team here for pulling this together with our children. We work hard for them and they then show us what they can achieve. Many happy memories have been made this week (and some tears of emotion gently shed) and I am grateful to be here at Westminster. Your children are superb and we are all lucky to work with them.

Sue Finch, 19th July 2019


Some of your lovely comments  about the Lion King production included:

What a fantastic play the children put on.  They were marvellous.  All the very best to staff and children in the future. Bethany goes to high School so it has been a pleasure watching them all grow up into lovely children.  Thank you so much for many years of fun”.

“This was one of the most professional school productions I have ever seen – it was truly amazing.  Well done staff for the hard work and dedication.  Well done Cast for you enthusiastic performance”

“Amazing!  You should all be so proud!”

“Wonderful performance by ALL of the children involved in the show.  Very uplifting and an experience the children will never forget.  Very well done to staff and pupils alike at Westminster”

“Absolutely fabulous production!  All the children did so well!  The Lion King is one of my favourites and you didn’t disappoint!”

“Wonderful play, great Cast, put together beautifully.  Really enjoyed it”.




Gold School Games Mark 2018/19

We were thrilled to hear today that we have been successful in our application for the Gold School Games Mark for the second year running!  We can now proudly display our badge and will be sharing photographs shortly.  But for now, we think this says it all....




Edsential Catering Awards 2019

You all know that the people who work at our school are committed to providing the best experiences for the children and I enjoy writing letters and emails of thanks to ensure other people know this too. I recently wrote a letter to the head of ‘Edsential’ (this company provide our catering service) and expressed my thanks for their work. We then found out this week that Maria and Janine were recognised for their excellent contributions at an award ceremony last Friday night.


My letter included the following: “We were able to Tweet our World Book Day menu this year as it had been designed by Maria in conjunction with the children and staff with a real sense of fun and it always feels good to promote our good work to the wider world. This reminded me of the excellent effort that also went in to our special Royal Wedding themed outdoor lunch event. Maria was the brain behind the idea and the display of food and cakes was highly impressive. This makes us so proud. 


On a day-to-day basis the kitchen staff have a great way of including the children in general conversation as well as seeking out the more formal opportunities for them to express their opinions. We are already looking forward to having our School Council Menu selection meeting and I love the way the children consider their own personal tastes as well as those of their friends.”


Well done Maria and Janine. You make our school a good place to be (and your jammy flapjacks are delicious!)



Book Launch 2019

Molly, one of our aspiring writers in Year 6, successfully launched her first book on Thursday 6th June.  The event was relaxed, fun and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.  Molly gave us a preview of her book by reading a paragraph or two to her eager audience.  Some of her friends were there to support her and we were lucky to have poetry readings from all of them. 

As you can see from the photographs, it was an exciting, celebratory evening, and one which we are all pleased to have been involved in. 











Molly’s guests were asked the following question – ‘What did you love about tonight’s event?’ - this is what they said:

  • Another great event with Molly star of the show, but fantastic work from Bethany and other children too. Thank you to all staff here tonight. Thanks for my tea girls! Can’t wait for my bedtime read. I could write more, but I am running out of room.”
  • “I’m very proud of how hard Molly has worked on publishing her first book, and I can’t wait to read it. Well done Molly.”
  • “Where do I start….? The relaxed welcoming atmosphere, the excellent food and of course the wonderful poems read and written by the children, Ms Finch’s thoughts about SATs which were wonderful!! As for Molly and her book – fantastic and being able to chat with parents. Wonderful evening!”
  • “Fabulous poem reading. Loved Molly’s story reading. Enjoyed Bethany’s fit of giggles.”
  • “Lovely atmosphere, great poems and talented children.”
  • “What a lovely evening! So good to see the outcome – amazing.”
  • “I loved when Momo did her little unprepared speech!
  • “Lovely evening spent with very talented young people.”
  • “The lovely welcome, great food and drink and listening to the poems and excerpts from the book. Thank you.”
  • “I love Molly’s book good job! Good food.”
  • “Really enjoyed the event. Well done Molly! Food was lovely.”
  • “Lovely night and I love the Pringles and Molly’s book.”
  • “Had a fabulous time – very proud of Molly – thank you Maria and all for a lovely spread – very good time – nice company.”
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Molly on her first book. A lovely evening to celebrate her hard work and enthusiasm. Well done Molly.”
  • “A fabulous event as always. Hosted by the children made it even more special.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the poems were fantastic. Even though I have only taught Molly for less than a year, I am very proud of her. She has worked so hard! Well done!!”
  •  “Thoroughly enjoyed being at your evening. You’re an inspiration to young writers Molly. Well done on this achievement.”

You can listen to an excerpt of Molly's book by clicking the audio file below.  If you would like find out what happens, you can purchase a copy of the book from us for £3.  Please speak to Ms Hughes or Ms Finch about this. 


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Tel: 0151 832 3672

SEN Contact: Sarah Davenport