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A happy half-term

23 October 2020

With Westminster City School reaching the half-term holiday, our Year 7 pupils have now completed their first eight weeks of secondary school.  

For our newest and youngest pupils, Michaelmas term 2020 began after months of lockdown, with ongoing restrictions meaning they have stayed within their year group bubble whilst in school, making use of our Pouchot building.

Now that Year 7 are completing their first half-term at Westminster City School, one pupil is reflecting on how it all began. Year 7 were asked to keep a diary at the start of term and Aanil, from 7K, has provided the following from his first day, Thursday 3 September, at our School: 

“It is at 7 o’clock on a beautiful morning, so I am going to start the day with some breakfast. There is no way to make breakfast perfectly because every lifeform on Earth tells me I am doing it wrong, so the day is going to start with some Weetabix, you can never go wrong with Weetabix… right? 

“Food is done, so I get ready with my bag and coat and leave. It takes about one-and-a-half hours to get to and from Westminster City School; I usually take the DLR one-stop to Canning Town station, from there I take the Jubilee to Westminster, change for the District/Circle line, and wait for one stop for St James’ Station, as our School is a two-minute walk from the exit. I walked down and met Daniel, a friend I made at our School’s Kick activity camp, over the summer.” 

Now, eight weeks later, a smiling Aanil said: “I’m really happy at Westminster City School. The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 has been amazing, I am learning lots and I haven’t been awarded a single negative point! I’m still friends with Daniel and I’ve made other good friends in my form and across my year group. It has been a fantastic eight weeks and I’m looking forward to the rest of my Michaelmas term at Westminster City School!

Miss Davies, Head of Year 7, said: "I'm so impressed with how well our new Year 7 have settled into life at Westminster City School. They have quickly formed new friendships, picked up new subjects such as Spanish (¿Qué estudias?) and learnt to follow new routines to ensure excellent learning and help keep everyone safe at this time. 

“After the half-term break, our Year 7 bubble will move from our Pouchot building to our Hinshelwood (science) building and, as a science teacher myself, I am excited that Year 7 will get to use the fantastic equipment we have to further galvanise their love for the subject. Pupils were been inducted into Hinshelwood last Wednesday but will be reminded of the new one-ways systems and protocols upon their return.

“I wish all our Year 7 a restful and safe half-term holiday.”

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