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ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 - 2018

 

Issue 27 - Friday 15th September 2017

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been a very busy week in school and the children are all working hard, following our new golden rules: We are kind and respectful, We work hard, We are honest and We listen. It is great that so many children have moved from green on the class behaviour chart to silver and gold. If you have any questions about the new behaviour policy, please ask your child’s class teacher at the end of the day.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Maddison Green and Theo Skinner, Giraffes – Sophie Ferguson and Sophie Wales, Lions – Kyle Brown and Millie Bell, Cobras – Alissa Davies and Nathon Banevic-Cerliuk, Dragons – Oliver Burch and Sophie Mayhew, Frogs – Caleb Town and Maja Olszewska.

Attendance

We had a great start to the term with eight of our classes having 100% attendance: Puffins, Seahorses, Starfish, Giraffes, Lions, Frogs, Badgers and Pandas. Well done!

 

Welcome

We are pleased to welcome Mme Godet to the Whitehouse Teaching team. Mme Godet is a Senior Teacher who has been working with the school on a number of whole-school projects since last February. She will also be teaching French this year to a range of KS2 classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

 

Parents / Carers Meetings

Thank you to all parents/carers who came along to visit the school on Wednesday, it was great to see so many of you come and support your children. We will be holding our next Parents/Carers Evening on Thursday 9th November and Wednesday 15th November. We look forward to seeing you again then, where we will be able to share how your child is progressing.

 

PE Kits

Can we please remind parents/carers that PE kits should be left in school so that they are available for PE lessons each week. The kit comprises of a red polo shirt, black shorts, black plimsolls/trainers with a black jacket and tracksuit bottoms for colder days. Please also ensure that earrings are removed before school. We would also ask that all items are named to help prevent them from being lost. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Reception

We are very pleased with how well our new Reception children have settled into their first week of full time school. Their teachers have been very impressed with their ability to play so nicely with each other. Please can parents/carers ensure that all items are named to prevent them being lost. If any parents/carers have not yet made an appointment to meet with Mrs Stella Van Der Gucht (Family Support Teacher) please contact the school office who can make an appointment for you. She will be able to provide some free learning resources that can help you support your child at home. She will also be able to help with any questions you may have about school.

 

Library News

The Key Stage 1 / EYFS library will be open after school each Tuesday from 3.00pm – 3.30pm. Please come along with your child to choose a ‘sharing’ book together and to change their reading book. We are very proud of our libraries and the children love to share them with you!

 

Breakfast Clubs

Our Breakfast Club this year is proving very popular and some days are already fully booked for both the active and quiet options. Please note all places MUST be paid for by Wednesday for the following week. If payment has not been received, parents/carers will be contacted to confirm their place has been cancelled and offered to someone else. We do have a waiting list for some days, so if you know your child will not be able to attend a pre-booked session please let the office know so it can be offered to another child.

 

Attendance/Punctuality

We have a number of children who are arriving to school late on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this means the children do not have a good start to the day and are missing important learning time in class. Mrs Poulter, our Attendance Officer, will be monitoring this closely and will be contacting parents where this remains a persistent concern. Where this still remains a problem, children may have to make up lost learning time during lunch time.

 

Medical Appointments

There is an expectation that medical appointments will be made outside of school hours, however, we are aware that in some instances this is not possible. If an appointment is needed the appointment card/letter must be shown to the school office team or we will be unable to authorise the absence.

 

Learning as a Community

At Whitehouse we are keen to equip our pupils with a range of valuable life skills which will enable them to grow into happy, responsible and productive citizens. This is achieved through the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which is supplemented by a schedule of weekly Assemblies which provide pupils with an opportunity to consider a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.

 

This type of reflection requires higher thinking skills which we believe parents could help their child develop by routinely making them a topic of conversation at home. Look out for our Assembly Theme section starting this week. We recognise how great our School Community is and the plethora of experiences that you could share with the pupils.

We would like to hear from any parents or member of the local community who would be willing to come and share their knowledge with our pupils on one of the following topics, at a weekly assembly (dates to be provided to interested parties in due course):

 

Working for the Emergency Services / Volunteering at a Food Bank 

The work of the Royal British Legion / Living and working in a foreign country

Advice on road safety / Sign Language Language and/or Braille / Celebrating Divali

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How do Jewish people celebrate New Beginnings? Resources related to this assembly will soon be available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Pupil Achievement

Last Tuesday, Billy Davies, from our Year 5 Jaguars class, started a six week trial for the Ipswich Football Club Elite team. The following day Billy played left wing against the Ipswich Wanderers team, many of which are two years above him! He played extremely well and all were pleased with how he played. Well done Billy, what a great achievement!

 

After School Clubs

We have a number of after school clubs starting next week that enrich our curriculum. If your child is interested in attending a club, please ensure the permission slip has been returned. Each club (except choir) is limited to 20 spaces and you will be contacted to confirm if your child has a space. Other children will be placed on the reserve list and you will be contacted if a space arises.

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 25th September – School Photographs

Thursday 28th September – Walnut Tree Information Meeting – 3.30 pm

Friday 29th September – Sports Day (Y2/3 10.30-12.00 / Y4-6 1.30-3.00)

Monday 9th October – FLU Immunisation (Years Reception/1/2/3/4)

Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October – Walnut Residential Trip (Year 6)

Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October – Half Term Holiday

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Wednesday 20th December – Tuesday 2nd January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 3rd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

Issue 26 - Friday 8th September 2017

Message from Mrs Hall

Welcome back to a very exciting year of learning at Whitehouse Community Primary. The staff have been very busy planning and organising some great opportunities for the children. Do visit your child’s new teacher on Wednesday to find out more about how you can support your child this year. We are delighted with our wonderful new classrooms, however they have expanded the school site significantly. We have had a few glitches this week but we are doing everything that we can to manage this new site as effectively as possible for the safety of everyone. Please can we ask parents with children in multiple years to support us by ensuring Reception/KS1 children are collected first at the end of the day. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Welcome

We are pleased to welcome our new reception children and six new members of staff to Whitehouse this academic year: Miss N Dobner (UKS2 Phase Leader/Jaguars Teacher), Mr J Hayward (Pandas Teacher), Miss S Shemming (Giraffes Teacher), Mr L Jordan (PE Lead), Miss C Manners (Trainee Teacher) and Mr S Taylor (Year 4 Teaching Assistant).

 

School Rules

Further to the ‘Whitehouse Way’ of learning that was introduced last year, we are now introducing four school rules. These rules are: 1. We are kind and respectful. 2. We work hard. 3. We are honest. 4. We listen. We will be working with the children to ensure that everyone understands what is expected of them and help them to meet these expectations so that Whitehouse Community Primary School is a place where everyone can feel safe, happy and able to learn.

 

Meeting for Parents and Carers

We would like to invite parents/carers to come into school on Wednesday 13th September from 3.15 pm to visit their children’s classes. This will be a good opportunity to see the classrooms, meet the teachers and see what your children are learning in school this year. If you have more than one child in school, please attend the meeting for your eldest child first then visit the other classes later.

 

Reception Parents/Carers

It has been lovely this week to welcome our new children into Reception, they have behaved wonderfully and have quickly adapted to our routines. Stella Van der Gucht, our Family Learning Teacher, would love to meet with all parents/carers of our Reception children. She is able to provide some free learning resources that can help you support your child at home. She will also be able to help with any questions you may have about school. Please come along to the school office where the office staff will be able to make an appointment for you.

 

Asthma Plans

Despite regular reminders, we still have not received completed asthma plans for some children. It is vital that we have information about what is required should your child need assistance with their asthma whilst at school. Please ensure these are returned immediately or speak to the office who can provide you with a form to be completed. Thank you for assistance in this matter.

 

Reading Diaries

There is an expectation that our children read at home daily. Can we please remind parents to ensure that diaries are signed to acknowledge that you have heard your child read. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Breakfast Clubs

A reminder that there have been some changes to Breakfast Clubs this term. Our main Breakfast Club is now being run by Whitehouse staff and there are options of an active or a quiet club, each offering 25 spaces. Places MUST be booked through the office and payment received a week in advance or the place will be cancelled and offered to someone else. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions please ask at the school office. Our Nurture Breakfast Clubs finished at the end of last term and children will be invited by letter if they are to be involved in any nurture groups for this year.

 

Update on School Building Works

We are excited to have our new block open and in use for our Year 3 and 4 classes. We have had some parents/carers peering in the windows when they arrive to collect their children at the end of the school day. Can we please ask that parents/carers refrain from doing this. Our classes are still hard at work and this is disturbing them from being able to concentrate. As you will also have noticed the mobile unit at the front of the school has been removed and the car park extended. Please note there is a pedestrian gate situated to the right of the gates, so parents/carers will no longer have to open the main gate. We are now awaiting cycle sheds to be installed at the rear of the school and the entrance to the KS1 playground in the October half term holiday, a new gate to the KS1 playground and new grass seed to be laid on the KS2 field area. It is lovely to see it all coming together and improving our school environment.

 

Meeting Requests

We are aware that there are times when parents/carers feel the need to speak with a member of the School Leadership Team or Pastoral Team. As the school grows bigger, we are sure you will appreciate staff are not always able to speak to parents immediately. If you would like to meet with a member of the SLT or Pastoral Team please contact the school office who have Meeting Request forms you can fill in so a meeting can be arranged. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

 

Attendance

If you have any concerns or questions regarding attendance our Attendance Officer, Mrs Poulter, will be happy to discuss this further with you as we strive to improve attendance for all children at Whitehouse. Please call the school office who will be able to make an appointment for you. If you struggle to be on time for school why not try our Breakfast Club which costs just £1.00 a day per child. If you are unsure of start times at school more detail can be seen on our website: http://www.whcps.org/the-school-day/

 

Walking Home

Children in Years 5 and 6 are permitted to walk home alone with parental consent. If you would like your child to walk home, please can you fill in the letter sent home today.

 

PE Kits

Can we please remind parents/carers that PE kits should be left in school so that they are available for PE lessons each week. Please also ensure all clothes are labelled with your child’s name to prevent them from being lost.

 

Staffing Update

Mr Fenelon is currently on paternity leave following the birth of his baby boy. Mrs Banthorp will be covering Dragons class from Monday 11th September. We are also delighted to report that Mrs Snape and Mrs Ashenden are both expecting a baby in the New Year – congratulations.

 

Job Vacancy

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 11th September – Choir Starts for Years 4-6 (3.15pm – 4.15pm)

Wednesday 13th September – Parents Meeting (3.15pm onwards)

Monday 25th September – School Photographs

Monday 9th October – FLU Immunisation (Years Reception/1/2/3/4)

Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October – Half Term Holiday

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Wednesday 20th December – Tuesday 2nd January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 3rd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

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