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ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 - 2018

 

Issue 35 - Friday 17th November 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It was great to learn this week that our new building has won a commendation from The Ipswich Society: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich-s-whitehouse-primary-extension-winsrecognition-for-design-1-5283143. We will be having an official opening soon, once all the outside areas have been completed. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Kyla-Marie Allen, Turtles – Ella-Mai Farrow, Puffins – Jensen Garwood and Eva Neacsu, Seahorses – Ethan Newman-Kay and Archer Chisnall, Starfish – Demi-Jae Richards and Bahand Abdullah.

 

The winners of the attendance award this week were Puffins and Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Kyann Cole and Charlotte Groom, Giraffes – Andra Stockuniate and Danielius Staliulionis, Lions – Maxi Bradshaw, Cobras – Alissa Davies and Ellie Rose, Dragons – Mathew Aldridge and Amelia McClure, Frogs – Sophia Edwards and Erin Chisnall.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Eva Bolt and Zac Harper, Hedgehogs – Max Pettitt and Nina Abdullah, Squirrels – Hermione Lovitt and Jayden Green, Badgers – Abigail Gunn and Isabel Bannister, Owls – Preston Bennett and Elisha Parkes, Rabbits – Carnell Blanchard and Harrison Baldwin, Jaguars – Edmond Tahiri and Holly Myhill, Pandas – Lennon Baldwin and Lauren Garnham, Tigers – Mazin Hassoun and Ehtisab Mahrat, Toucans – Rebecca Grimwood and Alfie Lay.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Toucans who achieved 96.20%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: Do I know what to do to be safe on the roads? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Swearing

A reminder to parents/carers that it is not acceptable to swear whilst on the school site. Please note if this occurs you will be asked to leave the school and a longer-term ban may be put in place. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 Workshops

Don’t forget to sign up for Stella Van der Gucht’s Christmas Workshops which are a lovely opportunity to come into school and make some Christmas items with your child. They will take place straight after school on Tuesday 5th December, Wednesday 6th December, Tuesday 12th December, Wednesday 13th December, Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December. If you would like to come along, please pop into the reception area where there are sign-up sheets. Some sessions are quite full already, so don’t delay! This is available for Reception, Y1 and Y2.

 

Road Safety Officers

Well done to our new Junior Road Safety Officers who were appointed this week. They all had to submit a job application form and did a great job. Keep an eye out for all the exciting things they have planned including competitions, surveys and posters!

 

The new officers are: Lower Key Stage 2: Oliver Nadrowski, Jaymee Buffery, Lacey-Mai Fairweather, Maja Rasinska and Bavya Abdullah.

 

Upper Key Stage 2: Rhianna Da Costa, Laynie Clarke, Lexi-Louise Burton, Julia Pawlik, Gracie ReginaAdams and Kellie Garnham.

 

Drop Off / Pick Up Arrangements

A couple of things have been brought to our attention regarding the drop off and picking up of our children. We have had several instances recently when younger siblings have been left alone in cars whilst parents collect their other children. We would ask parents/carers to please ensure their children remain with them as this is a Safeguarding issue. We have also noted that a number of parents/carers are still using the car park at the front of school. Our Health and Safety policy clearly states that parents should NOT be using the car park. The policy can be accessed on our website: http://www.whcps.org/policies/.

 

Safeguarding Team

The welfare of our children is of paramount importance to us at Whitehouse. Please note below a reminder of our Designated Safeguarding Leads to whom any concerns should be addressed: Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr I Williams. Alternate Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs A Hall, Mrs S Porter, Miss A Siddall, Mrs S Allen and Mrs C Poulter.

 

Beanstalk Reading

We are really excited to let you know that the Beanstalk Charity will be working with the school in the very near future. Beanstalk are a wonderful charity who train up their volunteers to come into school twice a week to support individual children with their reading. We are really pleased they will be joining the Whitehouse School Community!

 

Beanstalk are always looking out for volunteers to join their team. If any parents/carers are interested in learning more about volunteering with them please ask at the School Office who will be able to give you a leaflet with more information. You can also find out more by looking at their website: www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk.

 

‘Have Your Say’

Thank you very much to all the 104 parent/carers who have already taken part in our survey at Parents’ Evening. The competition ends on Friday 24th November with the draw taking place the following week. A unique opportunity for 5 lucky parents/carers to win a £5 Asda voucher. If you would like to enter please visit the following link www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WHCPSparentsurveynov2017 . Please print or take a picture of the final screen which says ‘Thank you for taking part in our Survey; write your name and the name of your child on the back and hand it in at the School Office. Paper versions are also available at the Reception area. Good Luck!

 

Christmas Appeal / PSHE Curriculum Day

A letter will be coming home next week containing important information about a special Christmas Appeal and PSHE Curriculum Day we are planning for Friday 1st December. We will be inviting parents/carers in to school for the afternoon and help us as we work as elves in Santa’s workshop!

 

The Dolphins class event will take place in the morning. This will be a fun and rewarding opportunity not to be missed.

 

Netball Update

It has been a busy week for our Netball team. Their first match was against Cedarwood Primary on Monday. The team played extremely well and defended the best Ms Salmon has seen! Sadly it ended in a 6-2 loss. Well done to Laynie, Kellie, Megan, Zana, Billy and Leanna who all played very well. On Tuesday they then played a home game to St Helens Primary. The team were full of enthusiasm and were determined to win! Whitehouse took the lead in the first quarter with 2 goals from Emily and the second quarter the goals kept on coming. The final result was an 8-0 win to Whitehouse – well played girls! The team consisted of Emily, Megan, Freya, Laynie, Sarah-Jayne, Zana and Tuhana. Thank you to all the parents/carers who transported the girls to our away game and supported and cheered the team on in our home game. Our next game is at Whitehouse on Thursday 23rd November against Dale Hall Primary.

 

Nuts

Can we please remind parents to avoid sending in products containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch or for their snack. This includes peanut butter. We have a number of children with severe allergies and even being near a child eating nut products can cause a serious problem. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Karate Club

Did you know we have a Karate Club who meet at our school hall on a Wednesday evening from 6.00 – 8.00pm? Hollies Shotokan Karate Club is for both adults and children, aged 6 to 60, and is a safe environment where you can learn about self-defence, discipline and respect. If you are interested in finding out more, please call Mick De’Ath on 01473 749769.

 

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 23rd November – Netball Game (Home) – 3.15pm

Tuesday 28th November – Height/Weight Checks (Reception / Year 6)

Friday 1st December – Christmas Appeal (Parents invited into school for afternoon)

Tuesday 5th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Wednesday 6th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Monday 11th December – Dental Screening (Reception to Year 4)

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

Tuesday 12th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

Wednesday 13th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

Thursday 14th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Friday 15th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

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 34 - Friday 10th November 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It was lovely to see so many parents this week at our Parent’s Evening, thank you for your continued support. If you were unable to make an appointment for yesterday, we still have further meeting times available on Wednesday 15th November, please contact the school office.  Sadly, Mrs Van der Gucht will be retiring at Christmas. She has dedicated many years to the children of Whitehouse and I know she will be missed by everyone. However, she still has 5 weeks left at school – so do sign up to her final workshops. 

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Chiara Gajdos and Kayden Osman, Giraffes – Tyler Leverett and Junia Sen, Lions – Sophia Carvalho and Kristela Ozarovskyte, Cobras – Logan Gibbins and Sofija Gabelyte, Dragons – Connor Farman and Daisy Perry, Frogs – Hayden Inglis and Carly Jarrett-Crawford.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Carmen Ruiz and Maddison Clarke, Hedgehogs – Jensen Race and Megan Bradford, Squirrels – Henry Bacon and Maria Felix-Ferreira, Badgers – Reggie Carter and Raisa-Gabriela Ion, Owls – Tilly Culham and Max Hindle, Rabbits – Keirah Osborne, and Amarni Russell, Jaguars – Leo Bird and Holly Myhill, Pandas – Rhys Rose and Chloe Carter, Tigers – Rylie Trenter and Kenzie Rudland, Toucans – Ibrahim Ozbek and Madison Prior.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Pandas who achieved 98.10%.  Well done! 

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What can I do to stop bullying in my school?  Resources related to this assembly are available on our website.  To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 Workshops                                                                           

We are pleased to let you know that Stella Van der Gucht’s popular Christmas Workshops are back!  This is a lovely opportunity to come into school and make some Christmas items with your child.  They will take place straight after school on Tuesday 5th December, Wednesday 6th December, Tuesday 12th December, Wednesday 13th December, Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December.  If you would like to come along, please pop into the reception area where there are sign-up sheets.  Some sessions are quite full already, so don’t delay!  This is available for Reception, Y1 and Y2. 

National School Meals Week

Next week we are having a special week of dinner menus, consisting of the children’s favourite options!  These will replace our normal menu choices.  This is a great time for your child to have a try of school dinners.  The choices will be:

 

Monday: Homemade Margherita Pizza with Herby Diced Potatoes or Cheese & Potato Pie

 Sticky Toffee Pudding or Fresh Fruit Salad

Tuesday: Oven Baked Sausages or Vegetarian Toad in the Hole with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Oaty Fruit Crunch or Fresh Fruit Salad

Wednesday: Smokey Joe Chicken and Wholemeal Rice or Macaroni Cheese

Coconut and Parsnip Flapjack or Fresh Fruit Salad

Thursday: Roast Chicken with Sage & Onion Stuffing or Quorn Roast and Yorkshire Pudding

Vanilla and Cocoa Marble Cake or Fresh Fruit Salad

Friday: Oven Baked Fish Fingers or Crunchy Vegetable Fingers with Chips and Baked Beans

Pudsey Biscuits or Fresh Fruit Salad

 

Book Fair - Poster Competition

Thank you and well done to all the children who entered their lovely artwork in the competition to design a poster to advertise our Book Fair.  The winners are:  Amberley Burch, Xavier Nadrowski, Amicha-Anne Rose, Ashton Bullard and Julia Pawlik.  Their posters, plus many others, are displayed around the school.  We hope to see you at the Book Fair, it will be open again on Wednesday 15th November: 3.30 – 5.30pm (Parent’s/Carer’s Evening) and Thursday 16th November: 3.05 – 4.00pm.

 

Children in Need

The school will be supporting Children in Need this year. On Friday 17th November all children are welcome to wear non-uniform for a £1.00 donation.

Toys

Can we remind parents that children are not to bring toys into school as this can cause issues in classes.

 

Pick Up Arrangements

Please note, it is vital if there is an alternative arrangement when collecting your child from school that you inform the teacher or school office.  If we have not been informed, we will be unable to let your child leave until we have confirmation from the parent/carer. Where possible please inform the school before lunchtime so we can ensure the message reaches the class teacher.

 

Netball News

Our Year 5/6 Netball Team had a League game on Monday 6th November against Claydon CP School.  Ms Salmon and Mrs Reddington were extremely impressed with the way the girls played and listened to each other throughout the match.  Whitehouse went 2-0 up in the first quarter with Freya Wilcox scoring both goals and in the second quarter we saw another goal from Emily Harding and one from Claydon making the score 3-1.  In the third quarter Sarah-Jayne made the score 4-1 to us. Whitehouse looked certain to make this their first win of the session. In the final quarter, despite us defending very well, Claydon pulled it back by scoring 3 goals making the overall score 4-4.  What an exciting and amazing game it was.  Thank you to parents who transported the children to the match and offered their support.  Next match is Monday 13th November against Cedarwood Primary.

 

Ipswich African Caribbean Market

The African Caribbean Market is visiting Ipswich on Saturday 11th November and will be held from

12pm-6pm at the University of Suffolk.  There will be an opportunity to buy goods and services that would not normally be readily available locally.  Food and Music will be available all day. All are welcome.

 

Attendance

Please note it is vital if you take your child to a medical appointment that you bring evidence of the appointment to school, such as an appointment card or text message.  We will be applying for Penalty Notices for all unauthorised absences.  Please also note that school cannot authorise term-time holiday.  If parents choose to go on a holiday during term-time, please follow school procedure and complete an application form which you can obtain from the school office.  This will then be reviewed by Mrs Hall.  This is important for our safeguarding procedure so we know where your children will be.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 3rd November – Year 5/6 Netball Match – Cedarwood Primary

Wednesday 15th November - Parent’s Evening/Book Fair - 3.30 – 5.30pm

Thursday 16th November – Book Fair 3.05 – 4.00pm

Friday 17th November – Non Uniform day for Children in Need

Tuesday 28th November – Height/Weight Checks (Reception / Year 6)

Tuesday 5th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Wednesday 6th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Monday 11th December – Dental Screening (Reception to Year 4)

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

Tuesday 12th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

Wednesday 13th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

Thursday 14th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Friday 15th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

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 33 - Friday 3rd November 2017

 

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Welcome back to a new half-term at Whitehouse. This half-term we will be focussing on reading. Our expectation is that all children read every school night (or the equivalent of 5 times a week). We track this by looking at what has been written in the children’s reading journal and so it is very important that every time you or anyone in your family hears your child read that this is signed.  Please remember to send your children to homework club if they would like extra help with reading. If you have any queries or questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Ebunoluwa Oyefesobi and Kyren Osborne, Giraffes – Max Saunders and Salma Hendy, Lions – Mossawer Azizi and Amari Mudhir, Cobras – Ava Cloke and Avyar Ali, Dragons – Tyler Clarke and Bahez Saeed, Frogs – Erin Chisnall and Anna Siryk

                                     

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Jacob De’Ath and Frankie Clarke, Hedgehogs – Mario Calin and Caden Harrison, Squirrels – Anisah Begum and Jayden Green, Badgers – Wiktoria Hojka and Jack Saunders, Owls – Tahlia Huggins and Logan Brooks, Jaguars – Freddie Keen and Julia Pawlik, Pandas – Bailie Cooke and Harrison Smy, Tigers – Rebecca Grimwood, Toucans – Murai Ferguson.

 

Attendance

Well done to Year 3 (Foxes, Hedgehogs and Squirrels) who all achieved 100% attendance in the last week before Half Term!  What a great achievement! Well done to Pandas who also achieved 100%.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: Why is it important to remember wars?   Resources related to this assembly are available on our website.  To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 Workshops                                                                            

We are pleased to let you know that Stella Van der Gucht’s popular Christmas Workshops are back!  This is a lovely opportunity to come into school and make some Christmas items with your child.  They will take place straight after school on Tuesday 5th December, Wednesday 6th December, Tuesday 12th December, Wednesday 13th December, Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December.  If you would like to come along, please let a member of the office team know so we can sign you up for a session.  This is available for Reception, Y1 and Y2. 

 

Remembrance Poppies

Our School Parliament will be selling poppies and wristbands in classes and after school on Monday 6th November and Tuesday 7th November.   If your child would like to buy one please send a donation into school with your child or come along and buy one at the end of the school day.

 

Christmas Dinner

A quick reminder that our school Christmas Dinner is on Tuesday 12th December.  If your child would like a Christmas Dinner you must let the office know by Thursday 9th November at the latest. If your child has a free school meal now, they will not need to pay for their Christmas dinner.  If you pay for your child’s dinner, you will need to send in £2.30 for the Christmas dinner.  There will not be any other menu choices available for that day.  If a Christmas dinner is not required, please also let us know whether your child will have a packed lunch or will go home for dinner.

 

Triple P Parenting Course

We will shortly be hosting a Triple P Positive Parenting course at Whitehouse.  This is a wonderful course which many parents find extremely helpful.  It helps parents to know how to create a stable and harmonious family environment, how to teach your child the skills to get along with others, how to deal with problem behaviours that may arise and encourage behaviour you would like.  It also aids in developing realistic expectations for you and your child and how to take care of yourself as a parent. An Information taster session is being held on Tuesday 7th November between 1.00-3.00pm.  Please speak to Sam Allen (Option 4 on the school number) or the School Office if you are interested in attending. 

 

Book Fair

We are holding our annual Book Fair this month.  This is a lovely opportunity to buy a new book and support the school at the same time, as we get commission from any books sold, which is used to purchase more books for our libraries.

The dates of the Book Fair are:

 

Thursday 9th November: 4.00 – 6.00pm (Parents Evening)

Wednesday 15th November: 3.30 – 5.30pm (Parents Evening)

Thursday 16th November: 3.05 – 4.00pm

 

A Big Thank You!

Across the school we have a number of volunteers who offer us great support, helping in classes, listening to children read and helping on school trips on a regular basis.  A special thank you to Madalina Neacsu, Daniele Delicote and Liliya Stankevic who have been in school very regularly assisting our children and families.  We are very grateful for all the support you give us.

 

Art Club

Our very popular KS2 art club has started again.  Year 3 and 4 started this week and Year 5 and 6 will be next week.  The two groups will then complete alternate weeks up until the Christmas holidays.  The club takes place on Thursday lunchtimes from 12.30 – 1.00pm.  If your child is interested, please ask them to speak to Mrs Smy.

 

Netball Team

Our Year 5 and 6 Netball Team played a Cup match on Monday 30th October against Saint Pancras.  The girls played extremely well and Ms Salmon was very impressed with the enthusiasm and perseverance displayed by the girls.  Unfortunately, we lost this match but the new team played well.  Our next match is away against Claydon Primary on Monday 6th November. Parents are welcome to watch and support your children.

 

Staffing

Today we say goodbye and thank you to Mrs Huffey who has worked at Whitehouse for the last 14 years. She is now looking forward to spending more time with her family. Mrs Snape will also be leaving today to start her Maternity leave and we wish her well. In addition, we would like to welcome four new members of staff to our team – Mr Potter (Squirrels teacher), Miss Blackwell, Miss Swire and Mr Bradford (Support staff).

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 6th November – School Parliament selling Poppies

Tuesday 7th November - School Parliament selling Poppies

Tuesday 7th November – Triple P Positive Parenting Course – 1.00-3.00pm

Thursday 9th November – Parent’s Evening/Book Fair - 4.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday 15th November - Parent’s Evening/Book Fair - 3.30 – 5.30pm

Thursday 16th November – Book Fair 3.05 – 4.00pm

Tuesday 28th November – Height/Weight Checks (Reception / Year 6)

Tuesday 5th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Wednesday 6th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Monday 11th December – Dental Screening (Reception to Year 4)

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

Tuesday 12th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

Wednesday 13th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

Thursday 14th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

Friday 15th December – Reception/KS1 Workshops – 3.10 – 4.00pm

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 32 - Friday 20th October 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

This half-term has been super busy and I have been very proud of how the children have persevered with their learning at school and at home.  It has been lovely to see so many parents in school this week at our share afternoons; your support is greatly appreciated by everyone.  Have a great half-term holiday and please remember that school starts back on Monday 30th October (don’t forget to put your clocks back an hour on Sunday 29th October!).

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Imogen Hazelton and Alicja Krajewski, Giraffes – Mylie Gibbs and Alfie Smith, Lions – Jayden Seidu and Alysha Crane, Cobras – Jack Hayes and David Brasoveanu, Dragons – Amelia McClure and Leah Dale, Frogs – Christopher Self and Elsie Marjoram. 

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Archie Gooding and Frankie Clarke, Hedgehogs – Jaf Ali and Cameron Ripper, Squirrels – Talia Day and Lelan Turner, Badgers – Abigail Gunn and Reggie Carter, Owls – Benjamin Aldridge, Naomi Chiriac and Aziz Azizi, Rabbits – Macauley Hawkins and Oscar Wilcox, Jaguars – Jenson Alderton-Brame and Bailey Ferguson, Pandas – Callum McWilliams and Leah Woodsford, Tigers – Logan Roberts and Rebecca Grimwood, Toucans – Katie Whitehouse and Riley Emeny.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Hedgehogs who achieved 98.60%.  Well Done! 

 

Assemblies

The theme of our Key Stage 2 assembly the week after half-term will be: What do Suffolk Young Carers Do?  We will also be welcoming a representative from the organisation who will be presenting us with our Bronze award!  In Key Stage 1 the assembly will be: What can I do to make children in my local community have a better Christmas?

 

Can you help?

The School Parliament met recently with Maureen Reynel, from FIND, who runs the local Food Bank.  The children have decided they would like to offer some help to make Christmas a little brighter for children in the town who don’t have very much.  Do you have a spare roll of wallpaper we could use to make some gift bags?  If so, please could you bring it to the school office or send it in with your child?  We will be letting you know more information about the Christmas project shortly.

 

 

Parents/Carers Evening

Hopefully by now you will all have received a text providing you with a link to book appointments for our first Parent’s/Carer’s Evening.  If you have not received the text or are having trouble with it, please come to the school office who will be able to assist.  We are pleased to see two thirds of parents have already booked an appointment!  

 

Free Meals

A small team at Burlington Baptist Church are offering a free lunch during the school holidays for those who may struggle financially due to school meals not being available.  They are based on London Road and will be there on Friday 27th October from 12.00 – 2.00pm.   If you would like to take this offer up, please fill in a simple referral form which can be collected at the school office, or from Sam Allen (Pastoral Support Worker). 

 

Walnut Tree

We are very pleased to learn that our Year 6 children who went to Walnut Tree had a fabulous week!  Here they are enjoying just a couple of the activities.

 

  

 

Library News

Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge.  It involved joining the local library and reading at least six books during the Summer Holidays.  The children brought in their certificates and we celebrated them in assembly.  The certificates we have on display belong to: Oliver and Amberley Burch, Freya and Oscar Wilcox, Phoebe and Georgia Brown, Oliver and Xavier Nadrowski, Mason Bias, Ava Cloke, Sophie Mayhew, Eleanor Canning, Isobel Giles, Archie Keeble, Maddison Clarke, Tyrus Denton, Chloe McGurk, Jack Saunders and Daniel Zantboer.  Well done to them all and any other children who forgot to tell us!

 

Half Term Holiday

We hope you all enjoy the half term holiday with your families.  If you are looking for activities to do, have a look at the App ‘hoop.co.uk’ which gives lots of ideas, many of which are free. 

 

Football News

Our Year 5 and 6 boys have been very busy with two fixtures in two days! On 12th November they took part in a football tournament at Whitton Sports Centre, where they played 5 matches, drawing 2 and losing 3.  Mr Jordan was extremely proud of the boys’ effort, behaviour and perseverance throughout.  Special mention to Leo Bird and Julius Valancius for their efforts in their first competitive football match for the school!

The following day the boys were back in action, in a cup match, away to Cedarwood Primary School. Again the boys played extremely well, with Billy Davies captaining the team and leading by example. Ashton Bullard showed some great defending, Reuben Day showed good skills on the wing and Callum McWilliams was a great goalkeeper. Despite their best efforts the game resulted in a 3-0 win to Cedarwood. All agreed that the score line did not reflect how closely contested the match was or how well the boys played.

 

Accelerated Reader

Please note there will be a meeting with Miss Verrall on Thursday 2nd November at 2.30 pm for parents of KS2 children to find out more information about Accelerated Reader.

 

Open Afternoons

We hope parents/carers of Years 4 and 5 have enjoyed coming into school this week for our open afternoons.  Here are some photos of our Year 5 children who shared their work on Ancient Greece.  The children created mini museums on their tables to exhibit their hand made clay pots and their favourite pieces of written work.  What a great job they have done!  Thank you to all parents/carers who were able to come along.

 

 

 

PE Kit

Despite reminders on the newsletter we still have a number of children who are not wearing the correct PE kit.  To confirm, the kit consists of a plain red t-shirt or polo shirt and black shorts.  In colder weather black tracksuit tops and bottoms or a black or grey jumper can be worn.  Plimsolls or trainers should also be worn.  Mr Jordan will be monitoring this further after the half term.

 

Headlice/Threadworm

We have had a number of cases of headlice in school again this term.  It would be very helpful if you would regularly check your child’s hair and treat if necessary. We have also had cases of threadworm.  We encourage children to regularly wash their hands whilst at school and would ask for your support in encouraging this behaviour at home also. Further advice regarding treatments can be found on the NHS website.

 

Attendance

A big well done to all the children and parents/carers who have worked hard to ensure a good attendance this half term.  We have managed to meet the national expectation of 96%!  We look forward to seeing how much we can increase this over the coming half term. 

 

Book Fair Competition

Travelling Books are coming to school again with lots of lovely books to buy!  We are having a competition for the children to design a poster to advertise this and the winning posters in each phase of the school will win a £5.00 book voucher to spend at the fair.  The posters need to contain the dates which are November 9th, 15th and 16th.  The rest is up to the children to get creative.   The closing date is Monday 30th October and the posters need to be given to the class teacher of Mrs West.

 

Parking

A gentle reminder to parents/carers to please be considerate when parking to drop off or collect your children and to please adhere to the parking laws.

 

Clubs

Just a reminder that our school clubs have been organised to enrich our curriculum and provide children with free opportunities to try a new activity. It is our aim that all children will attend at least one club over the course of the year. This means that a club may only last for six weeks, so that we can ensure all children have an opportunity. Thank you for your support.

 

Dates for the Diary

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

Thursday 2nd November – Accelerated Reader Meeting – 2.30 pm

Thursday 9th November – Parent’s Evening 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Wednesday 15th November Parent’s Evening 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

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 30 - Friday 13th October 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It was great to see so many parents in school on Friday for our excellent Sports Day, thank you for your understanding with the change of dates.  The children really enjoyed the event and demonstrated ‘The Whitehouse Way’ throughout.  The final results were: 1st = Green Team (208 points), 2nd = Yellow Team (189 points), 3rd = Red Team (186 points) and 4th = Blue Team (179 points).  Well done everyone!

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Megan Ablett and Natalia Rasinska, Giraffes – Cameron Wright and Robert Gaunt, Lions – Evie Pipe and Kiyan Ahmed, Cobras – Logan Crick and Avyar Ali, Dragons – Joshua Allen and Mathew Aldridge, Frogs – Anna Siryk and Maja Olszewska

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Rabbits again who achieved 99.70%.  Well Done! 

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What does it mean to be a slave?  Does slavery still exist today?   Resources related to this assembly are available on our website.  To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Reception (2018/19) Open Day

We would like to invite any parents/carers with children due to start in Reception in the next academic year (2018/19) to our Open Day on Wednesday 18th October 2017. Sessions will be at 9.30am. 11.00am and 2.00pm.  There will be an opportunity to meet Mrs Hall, the Headteacher, Mr Williams, the Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Porter, SENDCo, and to have a tour around the school. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

 

Parents/Carers Evening

Our parent’s evening will be held on Thursday 9th November 2017 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm and on Wednesday 15th November 2017 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.  We will again be booking appointments through our online system.  Parents/Carers will receive a text, before half term, providing a link which will enable you to book a slot for your child’s teacher.  If you have changed your mobile phone number, please inform the school office as soon as possible. If you are having trouble booking, or you do not have the facility to receive a text please come to the school office who can book an appointment for you. If your child has a care plan an appointment will also be needed with our support team.

 

Free Meals

A small team at Burlington Baptist Church are offering a free lunch during the school holidays for those who may struggle financially due to school meals not being available.  They are based on London Road and will be there on Friday 27th October from 12.00 – 2.00pm.   If you would like to take this offer up, please fill in a simple referral form which can be collected at the school office, or from Sam Allen (Pastoral Support Worker).  They hope to be able to offer this twice a week during school holidays in the future.

 

Punctuality

Please note we continue to have an issue with children arriving at school late.  To assist in this, we will now be running a ‘late gate’ at the Key Stage 2 playground as well as at the office.  Mrs Poulter will be recording the names of all children arriving after the bell.  Once gates are closed, children must enter school through the office. Late arrivals will receive a late mark.  Once the cut off time has passed an unauthorised session mark is given.  Suffolk County Council Educational Welfare Officers (EWOs) monitor these marks and you may be at risk of a penalty notice. Please do your best to ensure you arrive on time, this enables the children to settle down quickly and begin their learning.  A reminder that children should be here by the following times:

 

EYFS – 9.00am / Key Stage 1 (Y1/2) – 8.50am / Key Stage 2 (Y3-6) – 8.40am

 

Walnut Tree

Some of our Year 6 children are going on their residential trip to Walnut Tree on Monday.  It looks like it will be a fun-packed and exciting week with activities including: climbing, kayaking, abseiling, raft building, quad biking, archery, rifle shooting, orienteering, crate climbing and den building!  We hope they all have a wonderful week.  We will keep parents/carers informed of how they are getting on, times expected home etc. via text.

 

A Plea from Year 2

Another reminder from our Year 2 teachers: Please ensure your children are not playing on the grass outside the classrooms before they come into school. The area becomes very muddy and we want to keep the rooms as a nice clean environment in which to learn.

 

Art Solutions

Our Year 3 and 4 children have had an enjoyable week making some beautiful displays for our new block.  We thought you might like to see a couple of them!  What a great job they have done!

 

   

 

 

Key Stage 1 / Reception Snack

Please note that fruit is provided for our Reception and Key Stage 1 children for their morning snack.  Please do not send crisps or bars of chocolate in for them to eat.  Thank you for your co-operation in this.

 

Car Park

As you will have noticed the school car park has doubled in size over the holidays.  However, can we please remind parents that this is for staff only.  When dropping your children into Breakfast Club or collecting from school or after school clubs please do not bring your car inside the car park.  This is to avoid congestion with cars going in and out and to ensure the safety of those who are entering and leaving on foot.

 

Parent/Carer Concerns

We are aware that at times issues will arise where parents/carers will have concerns and need to speak to a member of staff and we will always try to help as best we can. 

 

We do have a structure in place to deal with any concerns and we would ask parents/carers to follow this procedure to enable us to best deal with all queries.  Please address initial concerns with the class teacher.  If this cannot be resolved, it will be referred to the Phase Leader, then the Assistant Heads and finally the most serious concerns will be passed to the Headteacher or Deputy Head.

 

 

We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

 

Dates for the Diary

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

Tuesday 17th October – Families Connect Course

Tuesday 17th October – Year 5 Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Badgers Class Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Reception 2018/19 Open Day

Thursday 19th October – Rabbits and Owls Classes Open Afternoon 2.30pm

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

Thursday 9th November – Parent’s Evening 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Wednesday 15th November Parent’s Evening 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

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: 30 - Friday 6th October 2017

 

 

Message from Mrs Hall

One of our golden rules at Whitehouse Community Primary is ‘we are kind and respectful’. We expect everyone who attends and visits our school to follow this. It is unacceptable to swear in front of the children on or near our school. Please can we ask that everyone adheres to this rule.

 Since the introduction of our new behaviour policy I am delighted to report that 31 gold awards have been given out in the first 5 weeks of school. These awards are for outstanding or exceptional work. You will be notified by text if your child has achieved silver or gold. Please help us by praising your children for their super effort and achievement.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Ilias Huggins and Chiara Gajdos, Giraffes – Maja Lisowski and Isla Mitchell, Lions – Maxi Bradshaw and Emily Loveday, Cobras – Lily Ely and Logan Lopez, Dragons – Connor Weedon and Ala Abdulkarim, Frogs – Riley Clarke and Sophia Edwards

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Rabbits who achieved 100%.  Well Done! 

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What is Divali? Why and how do Hindu people celebrate it?   Resources related to this assembly are available on our website.  To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Staffing

As many of you may be aware, Miss S Underwood will be leaving us today.  We are sure you will join with us in wishing her the very best in her new venture.

 

Invitation to Year 6 Parents/Carers

Please note the following from Westbourne Academy: ‘We understand that some children will find the transition to High School more of a challenge and may need extra support during this time.  We would like to invite parents/carers who feel that transition may be an issue for their child to come for a chat with Miss Abbott (SENDCo) and Ms Salter (Year 6 Transition Leader).  Please feel free to drop in to school (with or without children) any time between 2.00pm-4.00pm on Wednesday 11th October.’

 

Getting Healthy

Do you want to get healthy the fun way?  OneLife Suffolk are offering free support for the whole family, through fun packed, healthy lifestyle programmes and holiday clubs, including fun physical activity sessions for children and teenagers.  Call 01473 718193 for more information.

 

Free Meals

A small team at Burlington Baptist Church are offering a free lunch during the school holidays for those who may struggle financially due to school meals not being available.  They are based on London Road and will be there on Friday 27th October from 12.00 – 2.00pm.   If you would like to take this offer up, please fill in a simple referral form which can be collected at the school office, or from Sam Allen (Pastoral Support Worker).  They hope to be able to offer this twice a week during school holidays in the future.

 

Drop-Off/ Pick Up

You may have noticed that we now have members of the Senior Leadership Team and other members of staff at the entrances to the school at the start and end of the day.  They are easily identifiable by their purple high-vis vests!  Please note this is to ensure that children arrive and leave the school site safely. Feel free to speak to them if you need some assistance.

 

Can we also remind parents/carers if you are dropping off your children for Breakfast Clubs, it is essential you remain with your children until the doors are opened and the children are signed in.  We cannot take responsibility for children before this time.

 

Assembly: The Food Bank

On Monday afternoon we welcomed Mrs Reynel from the charity FIND.  She met with the School Parliament to talk about the importance of the food bank and how it helps the community.  The children had lots of questions and were interested to learn all about the charity and what it does.  Thank you to everyone who kindly donated items.  Thank you also to Miss S McCullum and Mrs C Shalka for organising the visit.

 


These were some of the comments made by children in the Owls class when they reflected on the things they had learnt: ‘People need to respect what they have because some people don’t have all those things.’  ‘I think it is important to give to Food Banks because otherwise people might do illegal things to get food.’  ‘It is sad that some people are poor and don’t even have a house.’  ‘If you see some poor people, you could get to the shop and get them some hot food.’

 

Dinner Money

Dinner Money debt is beginning to rise again.  Can we please remind parents/carers that dinner money must be paid in advance.  If debt continues to be left unpaid you will receive a call/text from the office team advising that no more dinners will be provided until the debt is cleared.  You will then need to send your child in with a packed lunch.

 

Attendance

A big thank you to all parents/carers who are supporting us by providing medical evidence of any appointments taken for your children.  Please note if evidence is not received, this absence will be unauthorised.  Our Attendance Improvement Meetings will be starting next week.  If you receive a letter inviting you in for a meeting with Mrs Poulter, we would ask you to please phone the office to confirm your attendance. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Key Stage 2 Snack

Please can we remind parents/carers that the children may bring a piece of fruit or a healthy cereal bar only for snack.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Year 3/4 Art Solutions

On Monday and Tuesday we have Art Solutions coming into school to work with our Year 3 and 4 classes to create some beautiful displays for our new block.  We are excited to see what they create!  Can parents/carers please ensure children bring in an old shirt or apron to ensure uniforms are kept clean.  We need lots of newspaper – if you can help please send them in with your children or hand to the school office.

 

Football News

On Tuesday afternoon, a team of ten footballers from Year 3 and 4 travelled to Inspire Suffolk to take part in the Under 9 School Games Football Festival.  Some great team performances led to the team finishing with two wins, three draws and only one loss.  Special mentions go to our goal scorers Kian Wright, Miles Fosdike and Frankie Clarke along with Mohamad Ihsan for winning the Fair Play award.  Great job boys!

 

Reception (2018/19) Open Day

We would like to invite any parents/carers with children due to start in Reception in the next academic year (2018/19) to our Open Day on Wednesday 18th October 2017. Sessions will be at 9.30am. 11.00am and 2.00pm.  There will be an opportunity to meet Mrs Hall, the Headteacher, Mr Williams, the Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Porter, SENDCo, and to have a tour around the school. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

 

Dates for the Diary

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

Monday 9th October – Closing date for Parent Governor Nominations

Monday 9th October – Elephants Class – Walk in Local Area

Monday 9th October – Westbourne Headteacher meet Year 6 Parents/Carers 2.40pm

Monday 9th / Tuesday 10th October – Year 3/4 Art Solutions

Tuesday 10th October – Families Connect Course commences

Tuesday 10th October – Giraffes Class – Walk in Local Area

Thursday 12th October – Lions Class – Walk in Local Area

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

Tuesday 17th October – Year 5 Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Badgers Class Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Reception 2018/19 Open Day

Thursday 19th October – Rabbits and Owls Classes Open Afternoon 2.30pm

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

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)

Issue 29 - Friday 29th September 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

I have been fortunate to have observed lots of teaching and learning this week and it has been great to see the children asking lots of good questions. The children are really engaging with the ‘Whitehouse Way’ and are continually referring to it in class. It was lovely to hear one child in Science say, ‘I am going to use courage today to attempt challenge 3’! Lots of our children have started this year with excellent attendance. Well done to Rabbits class who have had the best attendance in September. Therefore, they can have a free non-uniform day on Thursday 5th October. Well done!

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Ebunolowa Oyefesobi and Adnan Saleh, Giraffes – Lilia Pawlik and George Woodward, Lions – Kazhin Ahmed and Jayden Seidu, Cobras – Taylor McGurk and Ceylin Arduc, Dragons – Daniela Santos and Mason Bias, Frogs – David Balan and Maisie Downes

 

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Theo Mason and Mohamad Ihsan, Hedgehogs – Chloe McGurk and Max Pettitt, Squirrels – Jessica Olaleye and Byron Grimwood, Badgers – Sebastian Barnett and Nicolas Lisowski, Owls – Sonjela Sylja and Faustinas Velutis, Rabbits – Julia Stanczak and Victoria Velkova, Jaguars – Leanna Blackwell and Holly Cracknell, Pandas – Peyton Harvey and Che Ruiz, Tigers – Laynie Clarke and Freya Wilcox, Toucans – Sarah-Jayne Mazendame and Iosif Stan.  

 

Attendance

The classes with the best attendance last week were Dragons and Toucans who both achieved 100%. 

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: Am I thankful enough for everything that I have?  Resources related to this assembly are available on our website.  To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Donations

Maureen Reynel, who runs the Food Bank (FIND) in Ipswich will be the guest speaker at our assembly on Monday.  Thank you to everyone who has donated items of food for the Food Bank.  These will be presented to Maureen by the School Parliament on Monday.  If you would still like to donate items please pass to the office on Monday morning.

 

Nut Allergies

Can we please remind parents to avoid sending in products containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch or for their snack.  This includes peanut butter.  We have a number of children with severe allergies and even being near a child eating nut products can cause a serious problem.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Parking Issue

We are again having issues with parking outside the school at the start and end of the school day.  Please be considerate in where you park and ensure regulations are followed.  Problems include: double parking, blocking roads, and parking in front of the school gates. We would remind you that cars should not be parked on the zigzag markings just outside entrances.  It is vital these procedures are followed to ensure the safety of our children.

 

Kitchen News

During October we will be celebrating ‘British Food Fortnight.’   On Tuesday 3rd October the menu will change to: ‘Piggys in Blankets’ with Bubble and Squeak and Gravy or Glamorgan Sausages with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. On Thursday 5th October we will be having ‘Favourites Day.’  The children have voted in their classes for their favourite roast meat or Pick and Mix meals, and their favourite desserts.  The kitchen will be serving the most popular choices.  If your child does not already have our school meals regularly, we hope you will encourage them to try them on these special days!

 

Parent Governor Vacancy

A reminder that the closing date for nominations for the Parent Governor vacancy is Monday 9th October.  Please contact the school office if you would like further information.

 

Attendance

Just a quick reminder that if your child is absent through illness you are expected to call the school and leave a message on the absence line.  Please include your child’s name, class, the reason for absence and when you anticipate they will return.  If you need to take your child to a medical appointment, please provide evidence of the appointment card / letter. We would also ask that if other siblings are not involved in the appointment to please ensure they are dropped into school before attending the appointment, otherwise this absence will have to be unauthorised.  Please call and speak to the Attendance Officer, Mrs Poultor, should you have any questions.

 

Break and Lunch times

It has been brought to our attention that some parents/carers have been coming up to the school fences and gates at break and lunchtimes to talk to their children.  As you will appreciate, in order to keep the children safe we cannot allow this to happen. We will be reminding the children that they must not speak to anyone through the fences and gates but would ask you to assist by not encouraging them over.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 3rd October – 9am - Families Connect Course Introduction

Thursday 5th October – Non Uniform day for Rabbits Class only

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

Monday 9th October – Closing date for Parent Governor Nominations

Monday 9th / Tuesday 10th October – Year 3/4 Art Solutions

Tuesday 10th October – Families Connect Course commences

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)

 

Issue 28 - Friday 22nd September 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall
It has been great to see so many children sign up for one of our new clubs this term. We are aware
that the demand has been very high, with 85 children requesting gymnastics! Mr Jordan, our new
PE co-ordinator, has increased the provision for some clubs to try and meet the demand. As I am
sure you appreciate, allocating places for over 500 children in Years 1 - 6 has been tricky! It is our
aim that all children will attend at least one club during this year, if they would like. Please can I
remind parents that our clubs are not childcare but a curriculum enrichment opportunity, so it is
important that your child wants to attend their chosen clubs. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards
The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Namo Aziz and Megan Ablett, Giraffes –
Warren Watchman and Max Newman, Lions – Katie-Ann Garner-Bull and Ava-Leigh Hutchings,
Cobras – Mackenzie Connick and Ellie Rose, Dragons – Harvey Turner and Mathew Aldridge, Frogs – Melissa Greenstreet and Suzana Shazzad.

 


 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards
The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Jack Smith and Chloe Murrell, Hedgehogs –
Daisy Gundry and Megan Bradford, Squirrels – Lacey-Mai Fairweather and Oliver Nadrowski,
Badgers – Holly Sheehan and Lenny King, Owls – Hayden Steward and Polly Largent, Rabbits – Niha Ahmed and Riley Thompson, Jaguars – Theo Pettitt and Tiana Francis, Pandas – Rhys Clarke and Ana-Marta Brasoveanu, Toucans – Jayden Crack and Zana Zurel,


Attendance
Well done to Pandas and Puffins who, for the second week in a row, have had 100% attendance!


Assemblies
The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How do people say ‘Hello’ to each other
around the world? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them,
simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.


Parent Governor Vacancy
Please note we have a vacancy for a Parent Governor which offers a wonderful opportunity to be
involved in the strategic direction of the school. Paperwork was sent out today. If you would like to
find out more information on the role please contact the school office. Closing date for nominations
is Monday 9th October.

 

Donations
On the 2nd October we have a visitor coming in for our Assembly to talk about the local Food Bank
and the help they offer to local families in need. We would love to be able to gather some food
donations to present to her when she visits. The food they need includes: cereals, tinned fruit and
vegetables, tinned meat and fish, long life milk, crackers, soup, fruit juice, pasta and rice. If you are
able to donate an item, please bring it in over the next week and pass to the office. We appreciate
your support on this.


Year 3 and 4 Art Project
We are thrilled to let you know we have Art Solutions coming into school on 9th and 10th October to
create some beautiful displays for our new block. We are in need of a few items and hope you can
help. The child in Year 3 or 4 who brings in the most items will receive a prize from Mrs Smy who
runs our Art Club! We need: Black bin bags, Newspapers, Ice Cream or Margarine Tubs and Carpet
Tubes.


Breakfast Club
We are very pleased to see how popular our Breakfast Clubs have become this term. Just a few
reminders: if your child is booked into breakfast club and they have not arrived by 8.20am please
note a member of the office team will contact you to confirm attendance for the day. We are aware
that some children in Year 5 and 6 may walk alone to school and this becomes a safeguarding issue if they do not arrive, so this call is to ensure your child’s safety. If you are aware that your child will
not be at breakfast club, it would be very helpful if you could call the office as soon as you can to
inform us. We do now have reserve lists some days so this may allow us to give another child the
opportunity to attend. Please also note, breakfast is served up until 8.25am to enable children to
reach class promptly. After this time, a healthy breakfast bar or similar will be offered instead.

 

Plea from Year 2
As we move into the Autumn and Winter months, can we please ask parents of Year 2 children to not
allow them to play or run across the grassed area outside the Year 2 classrooms and dining hall. Mud
is being traipsed into the classrooms and we would like to keep the area as nice as possible for their
learning. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Attendance
Please can we remind you how important it is to bring your children into school on time for the start
of the day. If you are unsure of whether to bring your child to school, please call and press option 1
or 4 and we will try and assist you. Our Attendance Officer, Mrs Poulter, will be following up on
absences as some of the reasons given for keeping a child off school are not acceptable. Please also remember that if you have a medical appointment that cannot be made outside of school hours we will need to have a copy of the appointment card/letter otherwise this may result in an unauthorised absence.


Reception Parents – Families Connect
Mrs Van der Gucht and Mrs Allen will be running a free Save the Children Families Connect course
shortly. This is a fabulous opportunity to spend time in school with your child and receive some games which you can share as a family, which will help your child’s learning at school. You can come along on Tuesday 3rd October at 9am to find out more. The course will then start on Tuesday 10th October and run for 8 weeks. There will be a free crèche for younger siblings. Please see the flier sent home with your child today for more information.

 

School Photographs
Please ensure the children are dressed smartly for school on Monday as individual school photographs will be taken.


Forgotten Items
We have an increasing number of items being forgotten and left at home: PE kits, Swimming Kits,
Packed lunches etc. Please can children be reminded of what they need for the day as this disrupts
learning when it is discovered items are missing. It is suggested that PE kits are left in school each
week so they are ready for PE lessons.


Pick Up Arrangements
Due to the large number of parents coming into school via the KS2 playground to collect children at
the end of the day, please note that as from Monday the gates will be opened a few minutes earlier.
However, please note it is very important that this change in opening time does not disturb the
children in class. Traffic cones will be put out and we would ask all parents/carers to please wait
behind them. This will ensure children are not disturbed and that we will also be able to release
children safely at the end of the day. We would also ask that you let any Westbourne children who
collect siblings know of this new arrangement. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter, we
hope it will make the end of the day easier for everyone.


Dates for the Diary

Monday 25th September – School Photographs

Thursday 28th September – Food Discovery Trip to Tiptree Farm (Hedgehogs class)
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)
Tuesday 3rd October – Families Connect Course Introduction
Monday 9th October – FLU Immunisation (Years Reception/1/2/3/4)
Monday 9th / Tuesday 10th October – Year 3/4 Art Solutions
Tuesday 10th October – Families Connect Course commences
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 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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