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Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 93

Friday 26th April 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Welcome back to an exciting Summer Term at Whitehouse! The teachers have been very busy planning some great lessons, visits and trips to complement the topics planned. If you are unsure about what the topics are, or what is covered on the curriculum, please check the class newsletters or the school website for more details: http://www.whcps.org/our-enquiry-based-curriculum/  Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Cobras (100%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Puffins and Foxes

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Hedgehogs (92.9%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Seahorses, Elephants, Giraffes and Pandas

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: KS1 – What can I do to increase my health and fitness outside school? and KS2 – Online Safety. 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.

 

Pick Up Arrangements

We are having an increasing number of children being dropped off and picked up from the School Office area each day.  We would like to remind parents/carers that children should be collected from their respective classrooms/playgrounds unless there are exceptional circumstances.  The School Office gets very busy at the start and end of the day so we very much appreciate your support in this matter.

 

Reception Shared Reading Sessions

Please note the Reception Shared Reading Sessions are being moved to a Monday afternoon and will begin on Monday 29th April.  These sessions allow parents/carers to come into school and read with their children.  They have proved very popular and we look forward to you joining us again!

 

Building Work

The final stage of the building work is well under way. We appreciate your co-operation whilst this work is being carried out.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Jazmine Downes and Archer Chisnall, Giraffes –  Summer Smith and Liyoh Rosher, Lions – Amberley Burch and Austin Knights-Richmond, Cobras – Mylie Gibbs and Jayden Fosker, Dragons – Summer Bird and Kyann Cole, Frogs – Imogen Hazelton.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Mateusz Kuczynski and Leah Atkinson, Hedgehogs – Tyler Clarke and Maisie Downes, Squirrels – Elsie Marjoram and Tayla McGurk, Badgers – Lacey-Mai Fairweather and Grace Hazelton, Owls – Megan Bradford and Chloe McGurk, Rabbits – Alan Safo and Chloe Murrell, Jaguars – Oliwia Stasiak and Laila Irvine, Pandas – Jessica Mallett and Niha Ahmed, Lemurs – Grace Carruthers and Jaya-Rose Smith, Tigers – Layton Pilgrim and Jenson Alderton-Brame,  Toucans – Oliver Methven and Tuhana Mutlu.

 

Whitehouse Book Days / Author Visits

A reminder that Key Stage 2 have their Whitehouse Book Days next week as detailed below.  Children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character and there will be prizes for the best costumes.

         

Monday 29th April 2019 – Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3/4) – Author: Lou Kuenzler

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5/6) – Author: Ruth Eastham

 

Book Sale

Please note our Half Price Book Sale will also be open after school on Monday 29th April and Tuesday 30th April.

Year 6 Homework

Our Year 6 classes have recently been studying Macbeth and have completed some fantastic homework based on their learning.  Well done!

 

PD Days

Please note we have two PD Days coming up over the next month where the school will be closed to children.  These days are either side of our Summer Half Term Holiday:

 

Friday 24th May – PD Day – School Closed to Children

Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May – Half Term Holiday

Monday 3rd June - PD Day – School Closed to Children

Class Newsletters

Class newsletters and curriculum maps for this half-term have been sent home today. Please look out for these in your child’s book bag.

 

Year 5 and 6 Girls Football

The Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Team kicked off this year’s league with an away game at Broke Hall Primary School.  The team consisted of Che, Sophie H, Sophie B, Tayla, Codie, Tuhana and Lauren.  At half time the score was an even 0-0 and the girls had played very well.  Just a few minutes into the second half Broke Hall scored the first goal.  The Whitehouse girls didn’t give up and showed perseverance and courage to the end whistle!  Ms Reddington and Miss Horne would like to thank the girls for all their hard work.

 

Staff News

Mrs Heidi Wassermeyer has decided to take time out to recover from her recent ill-health.  Mrs Wassermeyer has loved working with the children and her colleagues at Whitehouse Community Primary School.  She has made a great contribution to the life of our school, in the classroom, in leadership and otherwise.  Mrs Wassermeyer leaves with the thanks and warmest good wishes of the whole school community.  I am sure she will stay in touch with us, but meanwhile she has asked me to convey her best wishes to all, and especially the children.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 29th April – Lower KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

Tuesday 30th April – Upper KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday – School Closed

Tuesday 7th May – Community Ambassador Meeting – 9.00am

Tuesday 7th May – Y6 EAL Transition (Westbourne Pupils visiting)

Monday 13th May – Y6 SATS Week

Thursday 16th May – Badgers’ Class - French for the Family – 1.15 pm

Friday 17th May – Year 6 Bowling Trip

Tuesday 21st May – Mersea Information Meeting – 2.15 pm and 5.15 pm

Wednesday 22nd May – Eaton Vale Information Meeting – 2.15pm and 5.15pm

Thursday 23rd May – Kentwell Hall Trip – Year 5

Friday 24th May – PD Day – School Closed to Children

Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May – Half Term Holiday

Monday 3rd June - PD Day – School Closed to Children

Monday 10th June – Year 6 Crucial Crew Trip

Wednesday 19th June – SCC Year 4 Music Performance at Trinity Park

(one guest, per child invited pm)

Friday 21st June – Sports Day (Years 1-6)

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5/6 Mersea Trip

Thursday 27th June – Kurdish Celebration Day – Year 1 children / families

Wednesday 3rd – Thursday 4th July – Transition Days

Wednesday 3rd July – Meet the Teacher

Friday 5th July – Transition Day – New Intake

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fair – 11.30am to 2.30pm

Tuesday 9th July – SATs Results

Friday 12th July – Reports Day

Monday 22nd July – Attendance Event

Tuesday 23rd July – Leavers BBQ and Disco

Wednesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th July – First day of Summer Holiday

Monday 2nd September - PD Day – School Closed to Children

Tuesday 3rd September - PD Day – School Closed to Children

 

Advance Notice

 

Term Dates 2019-20

(*Please note PD Days listed below, when school will be closed to the children)

 

Autumn Term – Monday 2nd September 2019* to Thursday 19th December 2019

Spring Term – Monday 6th January 2020 to Thursday 2nd April 2020

Summer Term – Monday 20th April 2020 to Wednesday 22nd July 2020*

 

Half Term Dates 2019-20

Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October 2019

Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2020

Monday 25th May* to Friday 29th May 2020

 

PD Days 2019-20*

(Pupils not in school)

Monday 2nd September 2019

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Monday 6th January 2020

Friday 22nd May 2020

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

 

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 92

Friday 5th April 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

We have had a super week in school full of wonderful music. It has been very rewarding to see the staff, parents and children enjoying the fabulous learning opportunities. In addition, thank you to the PFA for organising the school disco. This was extremely well attended and the children’s behaviour was fantastic.  I do hope that everyone has a great, relaxing Easter Break. School starts back on Tuesday 23rd April. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Classes with the Best Attendance – Foxes and Badgers (100%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Starfish, Owls and Tigers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Owls (93.0%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Cobras, Foxes and Pandas

 

WELL DONE TO FOXES AND BADGERS FOR ACHIEVING THE NON-UNIFORM DAY FOR THE BEST ATTENDANCE IN MARCH

 

Year 4 Music Performance

Our Year 4 classes have been working hard throughout the year in their Music Lessons.  On Wednesday parents/carers were invited into school to hear the children perform.  Thank you to all who came along to listen, the children did a wonderful job.

 

Year 3 Share Afternoon

Our Year 3 Teachers would like to thank all parents/carers who came into school on Tuesday afternoon for the sharing session.  Children were able to share with their families the work they have completed in class as well as their homework on Europe, one of their topics this term.  It was lovely to see so many parents/carers join us and we appreciate the support shown for the children.

 

Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Libraries have just launched their Children’s Month which will run throughout April.  This will celebrate everything the library has to offer children of all ages.  Each Library has chosen their favourite children’s book and will be sharing their choice and asking everyone who visits to nominate their favourite book with a chance to win an iPad.  To help encourage families to use the local libraries, from 1st April all overdue charges on children’s books have been removed.   For more information visit www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/children-month/ or if you wish to take the survey please go to: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/childrens-month

 

Families Connect Course

We will be running a Families Connect Course during the Summer Term for parents/carers of Nursery and Year 1 children.  A coffee morning will be held on Wednesday 24th April at 9.00am to provide more information.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Ema Stockunaite and Elijah Trotz, Puffins – Pelin Massih and Mason Fowler, Seahorses – Jekabs Horns and Jacob Seidu,  Starfish – Vasile Stefan and McKenzie Beech.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Henry Andrews and Olivia Sladewska, Giraffes –  Danny Prevett and Charlie Kastrati, Lions – Jessica Greenstreet and Oliver Roper-Harwood-West, Cobras – Laniyha Mullan and Nate Cracknell, Dragons – Cayden Ellis and Poppy Studd, Frogs – Vakaris Paukstis and Sophia Carvalho.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Kamilly Cantarelli and Ceylin Arduc, Hedgehogs – Maisie Downes and Mariana Stefan, Squirrels – Lily Ely and Joshua Steward, Badgers – Kieran Myhill and Maria Felix Ferreira, Owls – Samuel Shaw and David Negru, Rabbits – Frankie Phillips and Amicha-Anne Rose, Jaguars – Reggie Carter and Troy Clarke, Pandas – Enioluwafe Oyefesobi  and Julia Stanczak, Lemurs – William Taylor and Hayden Steward, Tigers – Summer Ripper and Daniel Zantboer,  Toucans – Peter Aldridge, Sophie Harding and Madison Harvey.

 

Whitehouse Book Days / Author Visits

A reminder that on return from the Easter Holidays we will be holding our Whitehouse Book Days for Key Stages 1 and 2 as detailed below.  We are pleased to have an author visit each day.  A reminder that children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character and there will be prizes for the best costumes.

         

Thursday 25th April 2019 – Key Stage 1 (Years 1/2) – Author: Andrew Weale

Monday 29th April 2019 – Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3/4) – Author: Lou Kuenzler

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5/6) – Author: Ruth Eastham

 

Our KS1 and KS2 Reading Days will also coincide with our half-price book sale.

 

Word Millionaires

We now have three more children who have become Word Millionaires.  Congratulations and well done to Peyton Harvey, Madison Harvey and Edmond Tahiri.

 

EYFS Author Visit

A big thank you to Chloe Inkpen for coming into school on Monday afternoon and working with our Reception classes.  Chloe held the children spellbound as she told them about her work as an author and had the children joining in with actions, sound effects and even helping her with drawing pictures as she told them one of her stories.  The children had a wonderful afternoon.

 

School Site

Can we please ask that any children using the path into school next to the Flying Horse Pub dismount from their bikes and scooters and walk them along the path. This is to ensure the safety of everyone using this entrance to school. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Recorder Club

Mrs Walker’s Recorder Club put on a fantastic performance for their parents/carers on Monday playing favourite songs they have learnt this half term.  The children all had a go at playing a solo of Hot Cross Buns and did a wonderful job, showing courage in front of an audience!  Well done!

 

Staff News

We would like to wish Mrs Baldwin very good luck as she leaves Whitehouse Community Primary School to move on to a new challenge.  Thank you.

 

Easter Crafts – St Thomas’ Church

St Thomas’ Church are holding an Easter Craft Session on Good Friday, 19th April 2019 from 10.30am to 12.00pm.  All children are invited but will need to bring an adult with them.  Activities include making Easter cards, Easter gardens, hot cross buns, decorating biscuits, and a colouring competition.   The activities will be followed by a short act of worship at 11.45am.  If you would like to go along, there are forms in the Reception area near the School Office which need to be returned to the church.  They are also available on the church website: www.stthomasipswich.org.uk.   Please bring along an apron, a shoebox and a £1.00 donation each for the first two children in the family to help cover costs of the crafting activities.  If you have any questions please contact Rev Jutta Brueck on 07957 360564.

 

After School Library Sessions

There will be no after school Library Sessions on Thursday 25th April and Tuesday 30th April due to our Book Fair.  However, please make sure you come along to the Book Fair as all books are half price.

 

Steel Pan Workshop

On Thursday 4th April we were delighted to welcome Junior and Marcella into school to share their uplifting, steel pan music with us all. They delivered two interactive assemblies and provided some super workshops for the children too. It was great to see the children experience live music, dance and learn about the history of steel pans.

 

Dates for the Diary

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Wednesday 24th April – Families Connect Coffee Morning – 9.00am

Thursday 25th April – KS1 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Friday 26th April – Colchester Zoo Visit – Year 1

Monday 29th April – Lower KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

Tuesday 30th April – Upper KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Tuesday 7th May – Community Ambassador Meeting – 9.00am

Tuesday 7th May – Y6 EAL Transition (Westbourne Pupils visiting)

Monday 13th May – Y6 SATS Week

Thursday 16th May – Badgers’ Class - French for the Family – 1.15 pm

Tuesday 21st May – Mersea Information Meeting – 2.15 pm and 5.15 pm

Thursday 23rd May – Kentwell Hall – Year 5

Wednesday 19th June – SCC Year 4 Music Performance at Trinity Park

(one guest, per child invited pm)

Thursday 27th June – Kurdish Celebration Day – Year 1 children / families

 

Advance Notice

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fair – 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5/6 Mersea Trip

 

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 91

Friday 29th March 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Please can we ask all parents to avoid blocking the school gates. The zig-zag lines are there for the safety of the children and visitors to school. Blocking the school gate causes distress to children, families and staff. Let’s all work together for the safety of everyone. In addition, on Monday 1st April work will begin on creating the new pre-school on the old swimming pool site. We are not expecting too much disruption but we will keep you informed of any changes. The building of the additional classroom on the yellow corridor will start later this term. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Hedgehogs (98.60%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Puffins, Seahorses, Starfish, Lions, Cobras, Dragons, Rabbits, Jaguars and Toucans

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Cobras (88.70%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Giraffes, Frogs, Hedgehogs, Foxes and Squirrels

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: Why and how do Christians celebrate Easter?  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.

 

School Disco

Please note the PFA (Parents and Friends Association) have arranged to hold our Spring Disco on Wednesday 3rd April at the following times:

 

Key Stage 1: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Key Stage 2: 5:15pm – 6.30pm 

 

Tickets for each will be available on both playgrounds on Monday 1st April and Tuesday 2nd April from 8.30am. Tickets for the Key Stage 1 disco will be £2.00 and include a drink and snack.  Tickets for Key Stage 2 are £1.50 and children may bring up to £2.00 to spend on drinks and snacks. Please bring the correct money where possible.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Seth Crawford and Elsie Lawrance, Puffins – Lola Richards and Evelyn Lawrance, Seahorses – Hasti Aziz and Ben Newman, Starfish – Lucas Doyle and Leyland Smith.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Oscar Byles and Amelia Izdebska, Giraffes –  Jayden Pooley and McKenzie Woods, Lions – Maddison Jessup and Bana Sediq, Cobras – Finley Culham and Lacey Banks, Dragons – Isla Mitchell and David Sousa, Frogs – Max Newman and Kazhwan Ahmed.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Payam Mohammed and Connor Weedon, Hedgehogs – Meyah Ransome-Patterson and Connor Farman, Squirrels – Billy Hutchison and Andrei Ion, Badgers – Henry Bacon and Filip Neacsu, Owls – Riyah Ali and Harvey Bright, Rabbits – Frankie Clarke and Hailey Hallett, Jaguars – Isobel Ramsey and Wiktoria Hojka, Pandas – Ava-Rose Moore and Majus Sabaciauskas, Lemurs – Sonjela Sylja, Lewis McLaughlin and Joshua Pepper, Tigers – Edi Tahiri and Leanna Blackwell,  Toucans – Valentin Chelman and Kyle Osman.

 

Easter Tombola

The PFA are holding a non-uniform day on the last day of the Spring Term, Friday 5th April.  Children are asked to donate an item of chocolate.  At the end of the day, there will be an Easter Chocolate Tombola in the Marlow Road Hall, where children and parents/carers can come along and pay to have a go and win some chocolate items!  All funds raised will be used to support the school.

 

Lego Education

Thank you to all those who have collected vouchers so far from the Evening Star and East Anglian newspapers.  Please note that we have been informed there will be 10 additional tokens available on the following dates:

Friday 29th March 2019 – Ipswich Star

Saturday 30th March 2019 – East Anglian Daily Times 

 

The collection box is in the Reception area at school for any further tokens you have. 

 

‘Time to Talk’ – Coffee Morning - Y5 and 6 Parents

We are pleased to inform parents/carers of our Year 5 and 6 children that we will be holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 3rd April at 9.00am.  This session will be a chance to discuss any concerns or issues you may have regarding the development and wellbeing of your child either in school or at home.  A range of staff will be available for you to talk to, including members of our Pastoral Team, the UKS2 Phase Leader and our Speech and Language Team.  A letter will be sent home with further details. 

 

Community Ambassador Scheme

We had our first Community Ambassador’s Meeting on Tuesday 26th March and are delighted to report that our first project will be to work with families from our local community to organise a Kurdish Celebration Day for Year 1 and their families in the Summer Term.  More information to follow after the planning meeting on Tuesday 7th May 2019.

 

Mobile Phones

Can we please remind parents/carers that children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school.  If they are brought in for safety reasons, these must be handed into the office at the start of the day and collected at the end of the school day.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

 

Families Connect Course

We will be running a Families Connect Course during the Summer Term for parents/carers of Nursery and Year 1 children.  A coffee morning will be held on Wednesday 24th April at 9.00am to provide more information.

 

After School Clubs

Please note that the current after-school clubs will finish on Friday 5th April.  A letter will be sent our shortly with the new clubs planned for the Summer Term.  Please note there will not be any clubs running on Wednesday 3rd April due to the School Disco.

 

Multi Faith Day

A big well done and thank you to all the staff and pupils who took part in the Multi-Faith Day last Wednesday.  It was a great day during which children explored their own spirituality and learnt about a number of religions. Thank you to the Jewish, Buddhist and Christian guests who came along and shared an aspect of their religion with our pupils. We had some lovely feedback from all involved including the comments below:

 

“We were impressed by the atmosphere in the school, the reception we received, the behaviour of the children and the helpfulness of everybody.  It was all a great pleasure” – Guest

“The walls were so interesting with all the material on them. To me it seems like a school with highly committed staff.” – Guest

“I enjoyed talking to the children, and would be very happy to do it again. They were well behaved and responsive.” – Guest

“This was our third whole-school curriculum enrichment day and once again the children enjoyed an excellent range of new learning and experiences.” – Governor

“Our Year 6 children were enthralled and engaged by the Buddhist visitor today.  I will certainly be taking something positive away from our experiences today” - Staff

 

Y3 Open Afternoon

Year 3 will be having an open afternoon on Tuesday 2nd April from 2.45pm–3.00pm for parents/carers to see an exhibition of the classwork and homework the children have completed this term.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Please come to the main entrance to sign in.

 

French for the Family

Thank you to all the parents and members of the School Community who attended the French for the Family event on Thursday 28th March 2019. It was a wonderful occasion to come together, learn a new skill, make new friends and sample some lovely croissants and pains au chocolat.

 

Rescheduled Author Visit

We are pleased to let you know that author Chloe Inkpen’s visit to the Reception classes has been rescheduled. Chloe will now be in on Tuesday 2nd April in the afternoon to work with the children.

 

Community Coffee Morning

You are invited to our Community Coffee Morning hosted by Gary Rose-Thompson, Lead Attendance Officer for Suffolk County Council on Thursday 4th April from 9am – 10am.  This will be a great opportunity to meet other parents and talk about any issues you may have getting your child to and from school.  Gary will be on hand to answer any questions you have and offer advice.  Drinks and refreshments will be served.  We look forward to seeing you! 

 

Football News

A huge well done to the Year 5 and 6 Boys Football Team for winning their first league game last week against a very strong Hillside Team.  A goal in the first half from Reuben was enough to seal the win for the boys in what was a very competitive match.  The boys worked really hard defensively to keep out the mounting pressure from Hillside.  A thunderbolt strike from Kian’s free kick towards the end of the match very nearly increased the boys lead, however a good stop from the Hillside goalkeeper kept the final score 1-0 to Whitehouse.  A very good performance by all the boys throughout the match.  Well done on a very well deserved win!

 

Parents & Friends Association

 

WE NEED YOU!  Our Parents and Friends Association are in need of some new members.

 

The PFA organise the school discos, school fairs, Year 6 leavers parties and tombolas.  They also fundraise for the school. 

 

If you would be interested in joining, please let the school office know.  Any help would be very much appreciated.

 

 

Easter Crafts – St Thomas’ Church

St Thomas’ Church are holding an Easter Craft Session on Good Friday, 19th April 2019 from 10.30am to 12.00pm.  All children are invited but will need to bring an adult with them.  Activities include making Easter cards, Easter gardens, hot cross buns, decorating biscuits, and a colouring competition.   The activities will be followed by a short act of worship at 11.45am.  If you would like to go along, there are forms in the Reception area near the School Office which need to be returned to the church.  They are also available at the church website: www.stthomasipswich.org.uk.   Please bring

along an apron, a shoe box and £1.00 donation each for the first two children in the family to help cover costs of the crafting activities.  If you have any questions please contact Rev Jutta Brueck on 07957 360564.

 

After School Library Sessions

There will be no after school Library Sessions on Thursday 25th April and Tuesday 30th April due to our Book Fair.  However, please make sure you come along to the Book Fair as all books are half price.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 1st April – Tuesday 2nd April – Disco tickets on sale – Playgrounds from 8.30am

Monday 1st April – Recorder Club Performance to Parents/Carers – 4.00pm

Tuesday 2nd April – EYFS Author Visit – Chloe Inkpen

Tuesday 2nd April – Y3 Open Afternoon for Parents/Carers 2.45pm – 3.00pm

Wednesday 3rd April – Time to Talk Coffee Morning – Year 5/6 Parents/Carers

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 Music Performances (afternoon)

Wednesday 3rd April – School Disco (No after school clubs)

Thursday 4th April  Community Coffee Morning – 9.00am

Friday 5th April – Easter Tombola – Non-Uniform (Donation of Chocolate Item)

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Wednesday 24th April – Families Connect Coffee Morning – 9.00am

Thursday 25th April – KS1 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th April – Lower KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

Tuesday 30th April – Upper KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Tuesday 7th May – Community Ambassador Meeting – 9.00am

Wednesday 19th June – SCC Year 4 Music Performance at Trinity Park

(one guest, per child invited pm)

 

Advance Notice

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fair – 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5/6 Mersea Trip

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 90

Friday 22nd March 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

The children’s safety is of paramount importance so we are encouraging parents to monitor their children’s activity on line at all times. Guidance urges parents to never leave young children unsupervised with a device that can connect to the internet. Whilst we have strict firewalls at school, we are aware that some children have accessed unsuitable materials in their own and at friends’ houses in the past, so please encourage them to talk to you or an adult at school if they have seen anything worrying. We have also been speaking to the children about road safety and riding their scooters and bikes safely, after a near miss outside school. Please could you reinforce this message at home too. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Tigers (99.70%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Puffins, Lions, Dragons, Owls and Tigers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Frogs (90.30%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Giraffes, Cobras, Hedgehogs and Pandas

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: What is autism?  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.

 

Lego Education

Thank you to all those who have collected vouchers so far from the Evening Star and East Anglian newspapers.  Please note that we have been informed there will be 10 additional tokens available on the following dates:

Friday 22nd March 2019 – Ipswich Star

Tuesday 26th March 2019 – Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times

Friday 29th March 2019 – Ipswich Star

Saturday 30th March 2019 – East Anglian Daily Times 

 

The collection box is in the Reception area at school for any further tokens you have. 

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Layla Kakl, Puffins – Zachary Aldridge and Ella-Mai Farrow, Seahorses – Aleena Ahmed and Frankie Ryan, Starfish – Kian Slinn and Aleah Kamara.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Sadia Sourubi and Gustavs Horns, Giraffes –  Bahand Abdulla and Shamil Tashdelen, Lions – Tawhid Ahmed and Ozzie Bright, Cobras – Alexis Barnett and Kyan Latif, Dragons – Tate Largent and Diana Vieira, Frogs – Vakaris Paukstis and Arisha Ali.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Maisie Wright and Alfie Alderton, Hedgehogs – Daisy Perry and Amber Mair, Squirrels – Melissa Greenstreet and Harvey Turner, Badgers – Hermione Lovitt and Kieran Myhill, Owls – Demi Last and Harley Munro, Rabbits – Olivia Bedford and Alan Safo, Jaguars – Andrei Stan and Miley Burke, Pandas – Reese Harris and Harrison Dighton, Lemurs – Deivid Neshev and Ben Aldridge, Tigers – Codie Southgate and Holly Cracknell, Toucans – Rhys Clarke and Lauren Garnham.

 

Easter Tombola

The PFA are holding a non-uniform day on the last day of the Spring Term, Friday 5th April.  Children are asked to donate an item of chocolate.  At the end of the day, there will be an Easter Chocolate Tombola in the Marlow Road Hall, where children and parents/carers can come along and pay to have a go and win some chocolate items!  All funds raised will be used to support the school.

 

EYFS Book Day / Author Visit

We are excited that our first Author Day will be on Monday when EYFS will have a visit from Chloe Inkpen whose books include Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo and I Will Love You Anyway.  Chloe will have some of her books available for purchase at the end of school on Monday if parents/carers would like to buy one.  Children in EYFS are invited to dress up as a Book Character and there will be prizes for the best costumes! Please note the schedule for the Author Days are detailed below.

          

Monday 25th March 2019 – EYFS (Reception / Nursery) – Author: Chloe Inkpen

Thursday 25th April 2019 – Key Stage 1 (Years 1/2) – Author: Andrew Weale

Monday 29th April 2019 – Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3/4) – Author: Lou Kuenzler

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5/6) – Author: Ruth Eastham

 

Our KS1 and KS2 Reading Days will also coincide with our half-price book sale.

 

School Disco

Please note the PFA (Parents and Friends Association) have arranged to hold our Spring Disco on Wednesday 3rd April at the following times:

Key Stage 1: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Key Stage 2: 5:15pm – 6.30pm

 

Tickets for each will be available on both playgrounds on Monday 1st April and Tuesday 2nd April from 8.30am. Tickets for the Key Stage 1 disco will be £2.00 and include a drink and snack.  Tickets for Key Stage 2 are £1.50 and children may bring up to £2.00 to spend on drinks and snacks. Please bring the correct money where possible.

 

‘Time to Talk’ – Coffee Morning - Y5/6 Parents

We are pleased to inform parents/carers of our Year 5 and 6 children that we will be holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 3rd April at 9.00am.  This session will be a chance to discuss any concerns or issues you may have regarding the development and wellbeing of your child either in school or at home.  A range of staff will be available for you to talk to, including members of our Pastoral Team, the UKS2 Phase Leader and our Speech and Language Team.  A letter will be sent home with further details. 

 

Families Connect Course

We will be running a Families Connect Course during the Summer Term for parents/carers of Nursery and Year 1 children.  Watch this space for more information!

 

French for the Family – Rabbits Class

Following the success of last year’s French for the Family event, children from Rabbits class have invited up to 2 members of their family to come and join them during the afternoon of Thursday 28th March.  The session will start with a French lesson during which parents/carers and children will work together to learn how to order food in French.  They will then put their knowledge into practice by ordering food for a Continental-style afternoon tea.

 

Recruitment of Whitehouse Community Primary Ambassadors

At Whitehouse, we are proud of the strong partnership we have with our parents and carers.  We have engaged parents who regularly visit the school as well as regular volunteers and a very active Parents and Friends Association.  We would like to build on this success and recruit Community Ambassadors from parents/carers and/or extended members of families who will work with the school to enhance the wellbeing and academic achievement of our children.  Please note this is a voluntary position and candidates will have to comply with the school’s Volunteer’s Policy which is available from our website.  If you are interested in becoming a Community Ambassador, please come to our information meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 26th March 2019.  Alternatively, follow the link below to find out more about the scheme:  http://www.whcps.org/08-03-2019-recruitment-of-community-ambassadors/

 

Maths Competition

A team of 4 children from Years 5 and 6 went to a Maths Competition at Ipswich School on Tuesday 19th March.  Julia, Theo, Jack and Jamie had to compete as a team in a variety of rounds including logic, number-cross puzzles and a maths relay.  The children behaved excellently and showed some fantastic maths knowledge.  The team finished in 4th place and enjoyed it so much that they are hoping to run their own maths competition in school during the Summer Term!

 

Year 5/6 Boys Football – B Team

Last Thursday the Year 5 and 6 B Team played in their very first friendly match against Sidegate Primary School B Team.  Both teams worked extremely hard to keep the ball under control due to some very windy conditions!  The first half of the game was evenly matched with both sides showing some good passing and spells of possession.  Unfortunately a spectacular own goal, (helped by the wind!) and an unlucky rebound, saw Sidegate take a 2-0 lead by half time. The boys’ enthusiasm was not dampened and they went on to control the second half and enjoyed a lot of possession of the ball and chances at goals.  Carnell scored two very good goals, putting the score at 2-2.  This was followed by a goal from Jemira putting Whitehouse into the lead and then another goal from Tommy which gave us a 4-2 victory.  Mr Jordan was extremely proud of the team’s hard work and enthusiasm throughout the match.  A very well deserved win!  A big thank you to parents/carers and Mrs Zantboer for their support at the match.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 25th March – EYFS Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Tuesday 26th March – Community Ambassador Meeting 9.00am

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15 am, 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm

Thursday 28th March – French for the Family (pm) - Rabbits Class and their Parents/Carers

Wednesday 3rd April – Time to Talk Coffee Morning – Year 5/6 Parents/Carers

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 Music Performances (afternoon)

Wednesday 3rd April – School Disco

Friday 5th April – Easter Tombola – Non-Uniform (Donation of Chocolate Item)

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

 

 

Thursday 25th April – KS1 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th April – Lower KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

Tuesday 30th April – Upper KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Wednesday 19th June – SCC Year 4 Music Performance at Trinity Park

(one guest, per child invited pm)

 

Advance Notice

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fair – 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5/6 Mersea Trip

 

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018 - 2019

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin

Friday 15th March 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Thank you to all our parents and carers who attended the Maths information meetings on Wednesday 13th March. The feedback received was very positive. If you require any further information about how we teach Maths, do speak to your child’s class teacher or visit our website: http://www.whcps.org/maths-13/ The teaching of Maths is a strength at Whitehouse.  If you would like to observe a lesson to find out more, do let us know and we can arrange this for you. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Toucans (99.7%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Starfish, Dragons, Foxes, Badgers, Pandas, Jaguars and Tigers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Giraffes (87.7%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Puffins, Seahorses, Elephants, Giraffes, Hedgehogs, Rabbits and Toucans

 

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: What is happening on Multi-Faith Day on 20th March 2019?  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.

 

School Disco

Please note the PFA (Parents and Friends Association) have arranged to hold our Spring Autumn Disco on Wednesday 3rd April at the following times:

Key Stage One: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Key Stage Two: 5:15pm – 6.30pm

Letters

Did you know that all letters we send out are added to the School Website?  If you need a copy of a letter they can be found at the following link: http://www.whcps.org/letters/

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Jonathan Bradley, Puffins – Kyan Hosseini and Ivy Woodward, Seahorses – Amelia Saul, Starfish – Emilia Lisauskaite and Viktoria Lisauskaite.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Jazmine Downes and James-Joseph Gladwell, Giraffes –  Connie Bailey and Rebecca Lowe, Lions – Kacey-Mae Brill and Austin Knights-Richmond, Cobras – Sophie Wales and Nate Cracknell, Dragons – Evie Pipe and Lucah Rosher, Frogs – George Woodward and Brooklynn Bloomfield.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Leah Atkinson and Nathon Banevic-Cerliuk, Hedgehogs – Hasan Mutlu and Alissa Davies, Squirrels – Hayden Inglis and Zainab Al Akraa, Badgers – Jessica Olaleye and Zachary Studd, Owls – Rhys Cooke and Cameron Ripper, Rabbits – Kushi Simpson and Urte Paukstite, Pandas – Jamie Lamb and Isabel Bannister, Lemurs – Preston Bennett, Logan Brooks, Tommy Castro and Hayden Steward, Iguanas – Catherine McGill, Tigers – Gracie Regina-Adams, Toucans – Bailie Cooke, Callum McWilliams and Tuhana Mutlu.

 

Easter Tombola

The PFA are holding a non-uniform day on the last day of the Spring Term, Friday 5th April.  Children are asked to donate an item of chocolate.  At the end of the day there will be an Easter Chocolate Tombola in the Marlow Road Hall, where children and parents/carers can come along and pay to have a go and win some chocolate items!  All funds raised will be used to support the school.

 

Recruitment of Whitehouse Community Primary Ambassadors

At Whitehouse, we are proud of the strong partnership we have with our parents and carers.  We have engaged parents who regularly visit the school as well as regular volunteers and a very active Parents and Friends Association.  We would like to build on this success and recruit Community Ambassadors from parents/carers and/or extended members of families who will work with the school to enhance the wellbeing and academic achievement of our children.  Please note this is a voluntary position and candidates will have to comply with the school’s Volunteer’s Policy which is available from our website.  If you are interested in becoming a Community Ambassador, please come to our information meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 26th March 2019.  Alternatively, follow the link below to find out more about the scheme:  http://www.whcps.org/08-03-2019-recruitment-of-community-ambassadors/

 

Multi Faith Day

On Wednesday 20th March we are holding our Multi Faith Day where we are looking forward to learning about the lives of children from different faiths and comparing their experiences to our own.  Children will be given the opportunity to explore stories, special days, foods and customs from some of the world’s largest religions.  If you have any questions about the day, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

Great Fire of London Workshops – Year 1

Year One recently had a special visitor who came into school to teach them about the Great Fire of London. The children loved meeting Mary and enjoyed pretending they were working on Pudding Lane when the fire broke out in 1666.  The children had to run away from the fire, but couldn’t get onto a boat as they had no money, so they had to camp in a field with just one bag of belongings!  The children learnt that London was full of rats, which was the cause of so many people being affected by the plague.  They especially enjoyed learning that people in London didn’t have toilets so had to empty their potty’s onto the streets!  Yuck!  It was a fun morning and the Year One classes learnt a lot.

 

Whitehouse Reading Day / Author Visits

Reading is important to us at Whitehouse and so we are delighted to let you know we will be holding a Whitehouse Reading Day for each of the phases in school where we will welcome an Author to work with the children.  The plans are as follows:

          

Monday 25th March 2019 – EYFS (Reception / Nursery) – Author: Chloe Inkpen

Thursday 25th April 2019 – Key Stage 1 (Years 1/2) – Author: Andrew Weale

Monday 29th April 2019 – Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3/4) – Author: Lou Kuenzler

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5/6) – Author: Ruth Eastham

 

The children will be invited to dress up as a book character and there will be prizes for the best costumes in each of the phases. Our KS1 and KS2 Reading Days will also coincide with our half-price book sale.

 

U7 Dodgeball Festival

Last Thursday it was the turn of Years 1 and 2 to take part in the School Games U7 Dodgeball Festival which took place at Inspire Suffolk.  Each match consisted of three 2 minute games and our team of Year 1 and Year 2 children competed against 9 other schools.  It was very tiring but the children performed brilliantly and put 100% effort into every game.  Despite most other teams comprising of just Year 2 children, our team were not put off and went on to win 4 of their matches, draw 3 and lose just one.  As well as showing some great dodgeball skills, the team also displayed excellent teamwork throughout the festival.  Mr Jordan and Ms Salmon were extremely proud of the effort shown by all of the children and their excellent behaviour throughout the festival. They represented the school very well.  Lastly, we would like to say thank you to all of the parents / carers for their support at the event.

 

Peter and the Wolf – Year 3

Year 3 have been learning the story of Peter and the Wolf in English and Music. We would like to say a big thank you to the Suffolk County Music Service who kindly lent us some instruments so the children could try them and see how they worked.   They had a great time playing the violin, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, flute and the French horn.

 
   

            

 

Earrings

Can we please remind parents/carers that our policy states children are not allowed to wear earrings for PE lessons.  Please ensure your child does not wear earrings on days they have PE unless they are able to remove these for themselves.  We thank you for your co-operation.

 

Lego Education

Thank you to all those who have collected vouchers so far from the Evening Star and East Anglian newspapers.  The collection box is in the Reception area at school for any further tokens you have.

 

Time to Talk Coffee Morning

Mrs Gotts and the Speech and Language Team will be holding a ‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday 20th March at 9.00am. Parents/Carers of all Year 3 and Year 4 children are invited to attend. A letter will be sent home with further information.

 

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 20th March – Multi Faith Day

Wednesday 20th March – Time to talk Coffee Morning – Year 3/4 Parents/Carers invited – 9.00 am

Monday 25th March – EYFS Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Tuesday 26th March – Community Ambassador Meeting 9.00am

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15 am, 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm

Thursday 28th March – French for the Family (pm) - Rabbits Class and their Parents/Carers

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 Music Performances (afternoon)

Wednesday 3rd April – School Disco

Friday 5th April – Easter Tombola

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th April – KS1 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th April – Lower KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

Tuesday 30th April – Upper KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

 

 

Wednesday 19th June – SCC Year 4 Music Performance at Trinity Park

(one guest, per child invited pm)

 

Advance Notice

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fair – 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5/6 Mersea Trip

 

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 88

8th March 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Wow what a great week! This week’s newsletter clearly shows the amazing learning opportunities available at Whitehouse. We do hope the children will remember these experiences as they grow up. Many of the children are still talking about Monday’s assembly and the inspirational message shared. Furthermore, thank you to all our parents and carers that attended our parent’s evenings. The teachers enjoyed the opportunity to share the great work that is happening in lessons and the progress the children are making. It was lovely to hear so many positive messages about the high quality teaching we have at Whitehouse. Well done everyone – great teamwork.

 

Attendance

Classes with the Best Attendance – Puffins, Seahorses and Squirrels (99.30%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Seahorses, Starfish, Giraffes, Lions, Frogs, Rabbits and Tigers

Class that need to improve their Attendance – Lions (88.20%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Cobras, Jaguars, Pandas and Toucans

 

WELL DONE TO JAGUARS FOR ACHIEVING THE NON-UNIFORM DAY FOR THE BEST ATTENDANCE IN FEBRUARY

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: How is the money raised by Comic Relief used? 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.

 

Comic Relief

Comic Relief Day this year is on Friday 15th March and we would like to invite children to come in non-uniform for a donation of £1.  The theme for the day is Disney, so your child is welcome to wear their favourite Disney outfit! All money raised will go to Comic Relief.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Brody McGunnagle, Puffins – Saira Thattayil and Arthur Ward, Seahorses – Lilliana Ebanks and Rieno Howard-Stagg, Starfish – Harrison Race and Jamie Steward.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Erioluwa Oyefesobi and Tilleah Turner, Giraffes –  Summer Smith and Shamil Tashdelen, Lions – Kezia Cullum and Ehsan Miah, Cobras – George Fry and Lilli Crane, Dragons – Poppy Studd and Ethan Bird, Frogs – Anna-Maria Calin and Kazhin Ahmed.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Deanna Crawford and Sophia Edwards, Hedgehogs – Maisie Downes and Daniela Santos, Squirrels – Syako Sowarh and Harvey Turner, Badgers – Junior McGill and Anisah Begum, Owls – Daisy Gundry and Archie Keeble, Rabbits – Amicha-Anne Rose and Jack Smith, Pandas – Niha Ahmed and Lily Winterbottom, Lemurs – Tahlia Huggins and Max Hindle, Tigers – Reuben Day and Summer Ripper, Toucans – Sea Aliaj and Catherine McGill.

 

Recruitment of Community Ambassadors

At Whitehouse, we are proud of the strong partnership we have with our parents and carers.  We have engaged parents who regularly visit the school as well as regular volunteers and a very active Parents and Friends Association.  We would like to build on this success and recruit Community Ambassadors from parents/carers and/or extended members of families who will work with the school to enhance the wellbeing and academic achievement of our children.  Please note this is a voluntary position and candidates will have to comply with the school’s Volunteer’s Policy which is available from our website.  If you are interested in becoming a Community Ambassador, please come to our information meeting at 9.00am on Tuesday 26th March 2019.  Alternatively, follow the link below to find out more about the scheme:  http://www.whcps.org/08-03-2019-recruitment-of-community-ambassadors/

 

Time to Talk Coffee Morning

Mrs Gotts and the Speech and Language Team will be holding a ‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday 20th March at 9.00am. Parents/Carers of all Year 3 and Year 4 children are invited to attend. A letter will be sent home with further information.

 

Word Millionaires

We are pleased to let you know that two more of our children have become Word Millionaires, Ava-Rose Moore and Dennis McGunnagle.  Congratulations for this great achievement.  It is lovely to see the children enjoying books and reading.

 

Year 2 – Mobile Zoo Visit

Our Year 2 classes had a wonderful visit this week from the Animal Petting Zoo to support their learning topic ‘Living Things and their Habitat.’  Each class had a chance to look at and in some cases hold a variety of exciting animals.

 

Lego Education

Thank you to all those who have collected vouchers so far from the Evening Star and East Anglian newspapers.  The collection box is in the Reception area at school for any further tokens you have.

 

Safer Internet Competition Winners

We had lots of amazing entries for our Design the Internet competition and had to make some difficult decisions choosing the winners and runners up.  The winning designs are on display in the entrance hall if you would like to pop in and have a look or you can also see them on the school website at the following link:  http://www.whcps.org/online-safety/

 

Winners: J and M Greenstreet created a web of the world with photos collected from people using the internet to share images of where they live.

 

Winner: J Coates created a map showing how the internet connects people around the world.

 

Runner up: S Chenery created an octopus with app logos for arms.

 

Runner up: J Chenery created a globe with sparkling internet connections sending messages from place to place.               

 

Well done to all the children who took part in the competition, there were lots of lovely entries and a big well done to our winners and runners-up.

 

Staff News

Congratulations to Mrs Whittaker who has just celebrated 30 years working at Whitehouse Community Primary School!  What a wonderful achievement!


Whitehouse Reading Day / Author Visits

We had an enjoyable day for World Book Day this week and it was lovely to see so many children dress up as their favourite book characters. 

 

Reading is important to us at Whitehouse and so we are delighted to let you know we will be holding a Whitehouse Reading Day for each of the phases in school where we will welcome an Author to work with the children.  The plans are as follows:

         

Monday 25th March 2019 – EYFS (Reception / Nursery) – Author: Chloe Inkpen

Thursday 25th April 2019 – Key Stage 1 (Years 1/2) – Author: Andrew Weale

Monday 29th April 2019 – Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3/4) – Author: Lou Kuenzler

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5/6) – Author: Ruth Eastham

 

The children will be invited to dress up as a book character again and there will be prizes for the best costumes in each of the phases. Our KS1 and KS2 Reading Days will also coincide with our half-price book sale.

 

Holiday Activity Programme

The Health, Wellbeing and Children’s Services team from Suffolk County Council are running a Holiday Activity Programme ‘Fit and Fed’ over the Easter Holiday at 4 venues, Westbourne, Ipswich, Chantry and Stoke Academies.  There are only 20 places available and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Your child may be eligible if they are 10-14 years of age, and are inactive or eligible for free school meals.  The children who receive a place are able to bring a friend or sibling with them, they would be required to attend every day at different venues, and you would need to arrange your own transportation.  Sessions include a lunch.

 

The Fit and Fed programme, which takes inspiration from National Charity, Street Games, enables children and young people who might be socially isolated, inactive or eligible for term time free school meals to attend fun filled sporting sessions followed by a healthy packed lunch.  Sessions are free of charge.  Please speak to a member of the Pastoral Team if you are interested so that an application form can be completed.

 

GB Athlete Visit

This week we were extremely lucky to be treated to a visit from GB athletes Sean Rose (2x Paralympic World Water Skiing Champion) and Gianni Frankis (World and European Youth Bronze Medallist and U23 European Silver Medallist).  There was a definite buzz around the school amongst both teachers and pupils, as each class from EYFS to Year 6 took part in a short fitness session with the athletes.  The children enjoyed an amazing and engaging assembly from Sean.  Sean’s story about how he was paralysed and is now a wheelchair user really moved pupils and staff.  However, his positive outlook on life following his accident, and the perseverance he continues to show was truly inspiring. It was a fantastic way to begin our Paralympic themed week.  Memories and an inspiring take-home message that will stay with our children for years to come!

 

Paralympic Week

Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their Paralympic inspired PE lessons this week.  Pupils have been taking part in some of the following Paralympic sports:  Boccia, New Age Kurling, Goalball and Seated Volleyball.  The aim of Paralympic Week is to allow our pupils to appreciate the skills required to perform these particular sports.  It also set out to inspire pupils to see that with hard work and perseverance any obstacle and potential barrier can be overcome.  The Seahorses really enjoyed taking part in Kurling this week, dressed in their World Book Day costumes!

 

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 13th March – KS1 Maths Information Session (this is an opportunity for parents to find out how we teach Maths at Whitehouse) 9.15am and 2.15pm

Thursday 14th March – Attendance Information Session for Reception Parents/Carers – 2.30 pm

Friday 15th March – Comic Relief – Non Uniform for donation of £1

Wednesday 20th March – Multi Faith Day

Wednesday 20th March – Time to talk Coffee Morning – Year 3/4 Parents/Carers invited – 9.00 am

Monday 25th March – EYFS Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Tuesday 26th March – Community Ambassador Meeting 9.00am

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15 am, 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm

Thursday 28th March – French for the Family (pm) - Rabbits Class and their Parents/Carers

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 Music Performances (afternoon)

Wednesday 3rd April – School Disco

Friday 5th April – Easter Tombola

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th April – KS1 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th April – Lower KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

Tuesday 30th April – Upper KS2 Whitehouse Book Day/Author Visit

Wednesday 19th June – SCC Year 4 Music Performance at Trinity Park

(one guest, per child invited pm)

 

Advance Notice

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fair – 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5/6 Mersea Trip

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 87

Friday 1st March 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Welcome back to a new, busy half-term at Whitehouse! This week you should have received the class newsletters and curriculum maps detailing the exciting learning planned. Curriculum maps can also be found on our school website: http://www.whcps.org/our-enquiry-based-curriculum/ In addition, please ensure you check the school calendar as there are lots of opportunities for parents/carers to visit the school. Finally, it is very important that we have the most up to date phone numbers for parents, should we need to contact you in an emergency. If you change your phone number please let the office know as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Pandas (96.80%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Badgers, Rabbits, Lemurs and Toucans

Classes that need to improve their Attendance – Hedgehogs and Squirrels (89.60%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Giraffes and Cobras

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: Teamwork: Why is there no ‘I’ in team? 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.

 

Comic Relief

Comic Relief Day this year is on Friday 15th March and we would like to invite children to come in non-uniform for a donation of £1. The theme for the day is Disney, so your child is welcome to wear their favourite Disney outfit! All money raised will go to Comic Relief.

 

EYFS – Puppet Theatre

We are pleased to inform you that we have a Puppet Theatre coming into school on Wednesday 6th March 2019. They will be giving a performance of Cinderella to the Nursery and Reception children to strengthen their recent topic of learning. This will be at no cost to parents/carers.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Award’ was given to: Dolphins – Faye Gladwell.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Harvey Dale and Olivia Sladewska, Giraffes –  Rebecca Lowe and Rafael Rosinha, Lions – Miruna Campeanu and Mason Clarke, Cobras – Mossawer Azizi and Mirna Abdullah, Dragons – Amari Mudhir and Andra Stockunaite, Frogs – Ebunoluwa Oyefesobi and Adnan Saleh.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Oliver Burch and Martin Madar, Hedgehogs – Jayden Taylor-Scripps and Tyler Clarke, Squirrels – Hayden Inglis and Tayla McGurk, Badgers – Connor Cowles and Talia Day, Owls – Kianna Hall and Sara-Maria Gheorghe, Rabbits – Charlie Keen and Jacob De’ath, Jaguars – Reggie Carter and Charlie Turner, Pandas – Tommy Davies and Sam Chenery, Lemurs – Lexi Seggons and Sonjela Sylja, Tigers – Julia Pawlik and Rihanna Da Costa, Toucans – Rhys Rose, Lauren Garnham and Harrison Smy.

 

Y2 – Animal Petting Zoo

On Tuesday 5th March 2019 Year 2 have an Animal Petting Zoo coming into school to support their Science topic ‘Living Things and their Habitat’.  The children will have the chance to meet and learn about a variety of animals including meerkats, skunks, hedgehogs, snakes and giant snails.    If your child has a low immune system it may be advisable for them not to join in the session, if you have any concerns please speak to the class teacher.

 

World Book Day/Book Fair

Please note World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March and to help celebrate the day we are inviting the children to dress up as any character they would like to. Also, from Thursday 25th April to Tuesday 30th April we will be hosting a half price Book Fair.  To coincide with this, we are planning to hold a Whitehouse Book Day!   We are hoping we will be joined by some authors, who will run workshops and help us celebrate reading.  More details will follow nearer the time.

 

Parents/Carers Evening

Please note we have our Parents/Carers Evening on the following dates and times:

 

Wednesday 6th March – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7th March – 3.20pm to 5.30pm

 

Texts have been sent to all parents, which include a link enabling you to book appointments with your children’s teachers.  If you have not received a text, or you are having trouble booking an appointment please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to assist you.  Mrs Porter (SENDCo) will be available on both evenings to speak with parents/carers.  If you would like to make an appointment to see her please ask at the School Office.

 

After-School Clubs – Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March

Please note that due to Parents Evening there will be no after-school clubs held on Wednesday 6th March and Thursday 7th March. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

Time to Talk Coffee Morning

Mrs Gotts and the Speech and Language Team will be holding a ‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday 20th March at 9.00am. Parents/carers of all Year 3 and Year 4 children are invited to attend. A letter will be sent home with further information. 

 

Paralympic Week

Following the success of last year, next week sees the return of Paralympic Week.  During PE lessons throughout the week, pupils will participate in a number of inclusive and Paralympic activities. These activities will include New Aged Kurling, Boccia, Goalball, Seated Volleyball and Team Building Activities.   The aim of Paralympic Week is to provide pupils with greater appreciation of the skill level required by the Paralympic athletes to successfully perform their events.  Additionally, it also provides pupils with the message that with hard work, determination, perseverance and courage we are able to overcome our barriers and challenges to achieve our very best.   

 

GB Athletes Visit

To kick start our Paralympic Week we are very excited, and extremely lucky, to have two GB athletes visiting our school on Monday 4th March.  The athletes will be conducting 30 minute inspirational assemblies to both KS1 and KS2, as well as 10 minute fitness sessions for each class (Reception – Year 6) throughout the day.   The two athletes visiting the school are:

 

Sean Rose – Wheelchair User and two times Team GB Paralympian (Skiing).  Sean is ex-military (pilot) and is also a Skiing and Water Skiing World Champion.

 

Gianni Frankis – Hurdler. Gianna has represented GB and has won Bronze at the World and European Youth Championships, and a Silver at the U23 European Championships.

 

To help the day run smoothly, we ask that pupils come to school in their PE kit on Monday.  Pupils can wear their PE kits all day, ready to take part in their fitness sessions with the athletes.  Can we remind parents/carers that the PE kit comprises of their red Whitehouse logo t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a black sweatshirt.  Please ensure that PE kits are returned back to school on Tuesday for pupils PE lessons during the remainder of the week. 

 

This will not only be a fantastic way to begin our Paralympic Week, but will also be a very inspiring day for all of our pupils and staff!

 

Netball News

This week saw the Year 5/6 Netball Team back in action for their last IPSSA League match against Broke Hall Primary School. The girls started the first quarter with some solid defense work.  Despite going a goal behind, the girls showed great perseverance. Broke Hall continued the game with long spells of possession, resulting in a half-time score of 5-0 to them.  After a half-time team talk with Ms Salmon, the girls were out with great positivity and increased confidence and played some outstanding netball.  They were rewarded with 2 fantastic goals in the third quarter by Tuhana. Whitehouse continued to keep the pressure on and the netball shown in the second half was of a high-school standard. The final score was Whitehouse 2 – Broke Hall 7. The team comprised of Tuhana, Julia, Chloe, Dea, Lauren, Che and Gracie.  Ms Salmon has been extremely impressed with the progress the team have made throughout the year and hope they will continue to play when they move on to high school. 

 

Lego Education

Thank you to all those who have collected vouchers so far from the Evening Star and East Anglian newspapers.  The collection box is in the Reception area at school for any further tokens you have.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 4th March–Friday 8th March – Paralympic Week

Monday 4th March – GB Athletes Visit to School (Please wear PE Kit to School)

Tuesday 5th March – Animal Petting Zoo – Year 2

Wednesday 6th March – Nursery/Reception – Puppet Theatre (Cinderella)

Wednesday 6th March – Parents Evening – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – Dress as a favourite character

Thursday 7th March – Parents Evening – 3.20pm to 5.30pm

Wednesday 13th March – KS1 Maths Information Session (this is an opportunity for parents to find out how we teach Maths at Whitehouse) 9.15am and 2.15pm

Friday 15th March – Comic Relief – Non Uniform for donation of £1

Wednesday 20th March – Multi Faith Day

Wednesday 20th March – Time to talk Coffee Morning – Year 3/4 Parents/Carers invited – 9.00 am

Tuesday 26th March – Community Ambassador Meeting 9.00am

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15 am, 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm

Thursday 28th March – French for the Family (pm) - Rabbits Class and Parents

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 Music Performances (afternoon)

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

Wednesday 19th June –  SCC Year 4 Music Performance at Trinity Park

(one guest, per child invited pm)

 

Advance Notice

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fair – 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 86

15th February 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

This has been an extremely busy half-term and has flown by very quickly! We have managed to cover a lot and I am impressed with the way the children have approached their learning over the past few weeks and the progress they are making. As ever, we are grateful for your support of their learning at home which enables all our children to thrive. We do hope you have a wonderful half-term holiday. School starts back on Monday 25th February.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Squirrels (99.30%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Seahorses, Foxes and Badgers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Lemurs (82.90%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Giraffes, Frogs, Hedgehogs and Pandas

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the week after half term will be: Why is reading important for all ages? Why do people read? What problems would you encounter if you could not read? 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.

 

Comic Relief

Comic Relief Day this year is on Friday 15th March and we would like to invite children to come in non-uniform for a donation of £1.00. The theme for the day is Disney, so your child is welcome to wear their favourite Disney outfit! All money raised will go to Comic Relief.

 

EYFS – Puppet Theatre

We are pleased to inform you that we have a Puppet Theatre coming into school on Wednesday 6th March 2019. They will be giving a performance of Cinderella to the Nursery and Reception children to strengthen their recent topic of learning. This will be at no cost to parents/carers.

 

Dogs

Can we please remind parents that dogs are not to be brought on to the school site. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Muhamad Ahmad, Puffins – Lincoln Peck and Daniel Pina Rodrigues Coelho, Seahorses – Kai Woolmore and Rico Booth, Starfish – Maddison Deere and Freddie Fry.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Nicolette Banevic-Cerliuk and Henry Andrews, Giraffes – Connie Bailey and Harley Frostick, Lions – Oliver Roper-Harwood-West and Samuel Whitehouse, Cobras – Maja Lisowska and Kyan Latif, Dragons – Junia Sen and Lucah Rosher, Frogs – Tyler Leverett and Isla Thompson.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Riley Beales-Durham and Oliver Barlein, Hedgehogs – Tyler Clarke and Kayden Butler, Squirrels – Xavier Nadrowski and Elsie Marjoram, Badgers – Chimera Ruiz and Jayden Green, Owls – Caden Harrison and Charlie Richman, Rabbits – Greta Minseviciute and Carmen Ruiz, Jaguars – Angel Marriott and Darcy Cleaver, Pandas – Elena Stefan and Ryley Allen, Lemurs – Sonjela Sylja and William Taylor, Tigers – Gracie Regina Adams and Alonso Hall, Toucans – Rhys Rose.

 

World Book Day/Book Fair

Please note World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March and to help celebrate the day we are inviting the children to dress up as any character they would like to. Also, from Thursday 25th April to Tuesday 30th April we will be hosting a half price Book Fair. To coincide with this, we are planning to hold a Whitehouse Book Day! We are hoping we will be joined by some authors, who will run workshops and help us celebrate reading. More details will follow nearer the time.

 

Year 3 OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle Club

Year 3 have enjoyed taking part in their OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle After-School Club this half term. The children have had great fun learning about different ways to lead a healthy life. The Year 3s have taken part in an array of interactive activities such as making healthy wraps, tasting foods, discovering how much sugar is in our favourite drinks and fun active games, to name but a few. They each received a certificate and a OneLife Suffolk ‘goodie’ bag for completing the 6 week club. A big thank you to Parents/Carers for supporting the club by attending a brief information sessions during week 3 and week 6. The children loved sharing with them what they had been learning during each session.

 

Parents/Carers Evening

Please note we have our Parents/Carers Evening on the following dates and times:

 

Wednesday 6th March – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7th March – 3.20pm to 5.30pm

 

Texts have been sent to all parents, which include a link enabling you to book appointments with your children’s teachers. If you have not received a text, or you are having trouble booking an appointment please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to assist you. Mrs Porter (SENDCo) will be available on both evenings to speak with parents/carers. If you would like to make an appointment to see her please ask at the School Office.

 

Time to Talk Coffee Morning

Mrs Gotts and the Speech and Language Team will be holding a ‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday 20th March at 9.00am. Parents/carers of all Year 3 and Year 4 children are invited to attend. A letter will be sent home with further information.

 

 

U11 Boys Futsal Competition

Following the success of the U11 Girls Futsal event, an additional competition was added for the U11 boys. As a result, last Friday Mr Jordan and Miss Horne took seven of our Y6 boys to compete against five other schools. They played very hard showing excellent teamwork and quick passing, resulting in a high tempo game. Their hard work paid off, winning two games, drawing one and losing one. Narrowly missing out on the runners up position, the team finished the competition in an impressive third place! An extra well done to Ritchie for receiving the Fair Play Award – this is an award presented to individuals that show the true spirit of the School Games ethos of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.

 

Year 5 and 6 Boys Football

 

The Y5/6 Football Team finished off a busy run of fixtures with a home match against Springfield Junior Primary School. The game was evenly matched, with both sides enjoying good spells of possession and both coming close to opening the score. Max made some excellent saves and showed confident goalkeeping, keeping out the opposition for the majority of the first half. However, a goal from Springfield’s corner just before half time saw the team behind 1-0. The boys started the second half brightly, showing some well worked link-up play. A late handball and penalty to Springfield allowed the opposition to score the second goal and the match finished with a 2-0 defeat. Despite the score, Mr Jordan and Miss Horne were very impressed with their hard work and effort throughout the match. Thank you to all parents/carers for their support at the game.

 

Year 2 Visitors

The Cobras class had two special visitors this week – snakes, who belong to Alexis who is in Cobras class. You will be pleased to know they were not cobras, but two little corn snakes! Thank you to Alexis’ Mum for bringing them in and teaching the children all about the snakes which linked in with their science topic ‘Animals including Humans’.

 

Lego Education

Following the success of the East Anglian and Evening Star ‘Books for Schools’ campaign, they have now launched a further campaign, enabling schools to collect tokens and win a share of over £10,000 worth of Lego Education Resources. Each school that collects over 1,000 tokens will receive £50 of Lego and the top three schools will win further resources worth £1,000. Tokens started to appear in the newspapers on Saturday 9th February and will continue until Friday 3rd May. If you are able to help by collecting tokens for the school, there will shortly be a box in the Reception area where you can post them. Let’s try and collect as many as we can!

 

Online Safety Advice: Roblox - Key things for Parents/Carers to be aware of:

 

Communication: How can users communicate with others?

Whilst the games are aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions. This means both adults and young people can play and communicate with each other on the platform. All games are multi-player and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game. Users can also make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game.

Content: What content is available that might not be suitable for children?

The Roblox Studio is a section where players use their imagination and skills to create their own games and share these with others. The ability to create and play games can be very appealing to young people who like to create the content they see online. However, because content is user-generated it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for young children. For example, whilst the graphics are not very lifelike, some of the games feature weapons, blood and inappropriate adult content.

Costs: How can children accidentally run up costs?

By creating games, users can earn Robux, the in-game currency. You can also buy Robux in the game. Players can spend money on items, such as membership to the Builders Club. If game creators attract players and in-game adverts, they can earn a lot of Robux, which they can convert into real money. To do this, players must be over the age of 13, have paid for Roblox’s premium subscription and have access to a Paypal account. This means that younger players would need to talk to an adult to be able to exchange Robux for real money.

 

Top Tips for Parents/Carers

Whatever gaming sites your children use, our advice remains the same. It is important to have a conversation with your child about the sites they use and carry on having open discussions. This will encourage them to come to you with any concerns they may have. Involve your child in discussions and decisions about online safety and their internet usage. This will help them understand the importance of staying safe whilst having a great time online. It will also help to educate them about how they can keep themselves safe online and know what to do if something goes wrong.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February – Half Term

Tuesday 26th February – Year 2 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15am,

2.30pm and 5.45pm

Wednesday 6th March – Nursery/Reception – Puppet Theatre

Wednesday 6th March – Parents Evening – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – Dress as a favourite character

Thursday 7th March – Parents Evening – 3.20pm to 5.30pm

Wednesday 13th March – KS1 Maths Information Session (this is an opportunity for parents to find out how we teach Maths at Whitehouse) 9.15am and 2.15pm

Friday 15th March – Comic Relief – Non Uniform for donation of £1.00

Wednesday 20th March – Multi Faith Day

Wednesday 20th March – Time to talk Coffee Morning – Year 3/4 Parents/Carers invited – 9.00 am

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15 am, 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 Music Performances (afternoon)

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

 

Advance Notice

Saturday 6th July – Summer Fayre – 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 85

Friday 8th February 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

I am very privileged to have so many opportunities to observe great teaching and learning at Whitehouse. This week I have seen Year 6 tackle algebra for the first time. They approached this work with great enthusiasm, resilience and determination (they were very proud of their achievements). I observed Year 1 discussing the weather. During the lesson, they used their knowledge of adjectives to write super poems that included ‘glittery rain’! Year 5 have been learning about how cacao beans grow and during their enquiry lesson had the opportunity to taste some chocolate. In addition, our Reception children enjoyed reciting their own special version of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ to me! It has been a great week of learning and everyone should be extremely proud to be associated with such a super school. Well done, and keep demonstrating ‘The Whitehouse Way’!

 

Attendance

Classes with the Best Attendance – Squirrels and Rabbits (98.60%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Starfish and Tigers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Puffins (88.60%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Dragons, Squirrels and Pandas

 

WELL DONE TO LIONS AND RABBITS FOR ACHIEVING THE NON-UNIFORM DAY FOR THE BEST ATTENDANCE IN JANUARY – 97.7%

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How is the Chinese New Year celebrated? 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.

 

World Book Day/Book Fair

Please note World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March and to help celebrate the day we are inviting the children to dress up as any character they would like to. Also, from Thursday 25th April to Tuesday 30th April we will be hosting a half price Book Fair. To coincide with this, we are planning to hold a Whitehouse Book Day! We are hoping we will be joined by some authors, who will run workshops and help us celebrate reading. More details will follow nearer the time.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Stanley Lamb, Puffins – Jack Stevenson, Seahorses – Vana Hassan and Josh McGill, Starfish – Kyla-Marie Allen and Roman Carruthers.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Sevan Ali and Tyler O’Connor, Giraffes – Charlie Kastrati and McKenzie Woods, Lions – Emily Holmes and Ronnie Shannon, Cobras – Cameron Wright and Oliwia Segieniewicz, Dragons – Summer Bird and Nojus Vasiliauskas, Frogs – Kyren Osborne and Sefora Gheorghe.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Oliver Barlein, Hedgehogs – Bahez Saeed and Kacie Johnson, Squirrels – Erin Chisnall and Estera Stokvis, Badgers – Zachary Studd and Santiago Ferreira, Owls – Ruby-Rose Fairweather and Jensen Race, Rabbits – Asia Korshed and Sehad Ali, Jaguars – Sebastian Barnett and Jack Saunders, Pandas – Tiago Rosa, Simona Vitkeviciute and George Ferguson, Lemurs – Nicolas Lis and Hayden Steward, Tigers – Dea Ahmad, Dennis Cleary, Holly Cracknell and Jenson Alderton-Brame, Toucans – Rhys Clarke and Rhys Rose.

 

Attendance

As you will have seen in our newsletters and attendance leaflet, good attendance at school is very important in helping your child with their learning. Some analysis has recently taken place on the Year 2 and Year 6 SATs results for our school, which clearly shows the difference good attendance at school can make:

 

Year 2 SATs: For children whose attendance was 94% or better, 67% were at the expected level for their age. However, for children whose attendance was 93% or lower, only 42% reached the expected level for their age.

Year 6 SATs: For children whose attendance was 94% or better, 74% were at the expected level for their age. However, for children whose attendance was 93% or lower, only 43% reached the expected level for their age.

 

We would ask you to please help ensure your child is a good attender. This will enable them to be ready and able to access the curriculum as they move into Year 3 or onto Secondary School and not start in a ‘catch up’ position. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Parents/Carers Evening

Please note we have our Parents/Carers Evening coming up at the following dates and times:

 

Wednesday 6th March – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7th March – 3.20pm to 5.30pm

 

Texts are being sent out to all parents/carers today, which include a link enabling you to book appointments with your children’s teachers. If you have not received a text, or you are having trouble booking an appointment please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to assist you. Mrs Porter (SENDCo) will be available on both evenings to speak with parents/carers. If you would like to make an appointment to see her please ask at the School Office.

 

Asda Donation

We found out this week that someone had kindly nominated the School to be included in a recent Asda token competition and we have received a donation from the supermarket for £200. Thank you to all those parents/carers who supported us by choosing to place your token with us. The money will be used to purchase torches for the children’s science lessons.

 

Year 2 Park Trip

Our Year 2 classes enjoyed a trip to the local park on Bramford Lane this week, where they examined the facilities on offer and looked at what improvements might be needed. On their return to school, they wrote a very persuasive letter to the local Councillor, sharing their observations and making a good argument for changes to be made. Well done Year 2.

 

Football News

The Year 5/6 Boys Football Team have been back in action playing two games recently. The first game was against Gorseland Primary School in the Owain Rihards Cup. With the winners progressing through to the quarter-finals, the game was a tough and very competitive affair. Battling the freezing conditions both teams worked hard for possession for the ball. Unfortunately the match ended 4-1 to Gorseland, sadly ending the cup run for the boys.

The second fixture was an IPSSA league, home match, against Broke Hall Primary School. The boys had a positive start, playing some excellent football and putting pressure on their opponents. A fantastic strike from just outside the box by Reuben gave the boys an early 1-0 lead. Despite some fantastic passages of play, increased pressure from Broke Hall saw the boys trailing 2-1 at half time. The match ended with a 5-1 defeat, a score that did not reflect the quality of football or hard work shown by the boys throughout the game.

A special mention to Leo for representing the school in his first football fixture this year, Also to Dennis and Ritchie for playing in their first football matches for Whitehouse. As always, Mr Jordan and Miss Horne were very impressed with the effort, behaviour and perseverance shown by the boys during both games. A big thank you to all parents/carers for their continued support, it is very much appreciated.

 

Netball News

Our Year 5/6 Netball Team played their sixth game of the season on Wednesday 6th February against Cliff Lane Primary School. The team consisting of Chloe, Dea, Che, Julia, Lauren, Grace, Rihanna and Tuhana had another great game. Chloe scored a very early goal just two minutes into the game. Whitehouse continued to show great teamwork and Lauren scored our second goal. In the third quarter their good passing resulted in Tuhana scoring 5 further goals! The final score was 7-1 to Whitehouse. Ms Salmon and Miss Horne were very proud and impressed with the quality of netball being played by the team. Our next game will be Wednesday 27th February.

 

Under 11’s Futsal Festival

On Thursday 31st January six of our Year 5/6 girls took part in the Under 11’s Girls Futsal Festival held at Inspire Suffolk. Twelve schools took part and we were in a group playing against The Oaks, St Margaret’s and The Willows Primary Schools. The girls were unlucky to draw their first game against The Willows and then lose the next two, however they showed excellent teamwork and perseverance throughout. Ms Salmon and Miss Horne were very proud of the girls. A special mention goes to Codie for receiving the Fair Player Award for Whitehouse, well done!

 

Lego Education

Following the success of the East Anglian and Evening Star ‘Books for Schools’ campaign, they have now launched a further campaign, enabling schools to collect tokens and win a share of over £10,000 worth of Lego Education Resources. Each school that collects over 1,000 tokens will receive £50 of Lego and the top three schools will win further resources worth £1,000. Tokens will start appearing in the newspapers on Saturday 9th February and continue until Friday 3rd May. If you are able to help by collecting tokens for the school, there will be a box in the Reception area where you can post them. Let’s try and collect as many as we can!

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February – Half Term

Tuesday 26th February – Year 2 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15am,

2.30pm and 5.45pm

Wednesday 6th March – Parents Evening – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – Dress as a favourite character

Thursday 7th March – Parents Evening – 3.20pm to 5.30pm

Wednesday 13th March – KS1 Maths Information Session (this is an opportunity for parents to find out how we teach Maths at Whitehouse) 9.15am and 2.15pm

Wednesday 20th March – Multi Faith Day

Wednesday 20th March – Time to talk Coffee Morning – Year 3/4 Parents/Carers invited

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15 am, 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 Music Performances (afternoon)

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin

Friday 1st February 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Thank you to all our Reception parents/carers who supported our ‘Time to Talk’ Speech and Language coffee morning. Over 20 parents attended this informative meeting and praised the quality of information provided. Thank you to Mrs Gotts and Mrs Flory for organising this. The next ‘Time to Talk’ coffee morning will be on Wednesday 6th February at 9.00am for parents/carers of children in Year 1 and 2. In addition to these coffee mornings, we will be offering a variety of information meetings this term including Phonics, SATs and Maths. Please be aware that Parents Evenings this term will be taking place on Wednesday 6th March and Thursday 7th March after school. Our online appointment booking system will be available on the 8th February.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Badgers (100%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Frogs, Foxes and Lemurs

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Giraffes (86.4%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Cobras, Frogs and Pandas

 

 

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What steps can I take to be safe online? 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.

 

‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning

Mrs Gotts and the Speech and Language Team will be holding a ‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday 6th February at 9.00am. Parents/carers of all Year 1 and Year 2 children are invited to attend. A letter has been sent home with further information.

 

Contact Details

Can we remind parents/carers that the School Office need to be informed of any changes in your contact details. This is to ensure that if your child is unwell we are able to reach you. Thank you for your assistance.

 

 

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Louis Morling, Puffins – Roxanne Smith-Hook and Skye Rush, Seahorses – Connie Platt and Vina Sirwan, Starfish – Leyland Smith.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Olivia Sladewska and Archer Chisnall, Giraffes –  Danny Prevett and Chloe Steward, Lions – Jessica Greenstreet and Varo Sirwan, Cobras – Alysha Crane and Namo Aziz, Dragons – Malen Ihsan and Alysha Martins, Frogs – Brooklynn Bloomfield and Jess Chenery.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Kamilly Cantarelli and Riley Clarke, Hedgehogs – Daren Ahmad and Alex Gheorghiu, Squirrels – Ellie Rose and David Balan, Badgers – Inaya Mukit and Bavya Abdulla, Owls – Ignas Valenta and Mia Byles, Rabbits – Amez Saeed and Frankie Clarke, Jaguars – Shyara Adomako and Holly Sheehan, Pandas – Megan Grimwood and George Ferguson, Lemurs – Preston Bennett and William Taylor, Tigers – Layton Pilgrim and Theo Pettitt Toucans – Valentin Chelman and Tuhana Mutlu.

 

Year 6 SAT’s Information Sessions

We are pleased to inform you that we will be holding a SATs Information Session on Tuesday 5th February for all parents/carers of Year 6 children.  The meeting will be held at 2.30pm and again at 5.00pm, please come into school via the main School Office on Marlow Road. We look forward to seeing you.


Books for School

Thank you to everyone who saved the tokens in the newspaper for the Books for School Competition.  Although we did not collect enough to be one of the four highest schools, we still managed to get £100 worth of free books.  Please keep an eye out, as next week the newspaper starts a new campaign, enabling the school to earn Lego by collecting tokens!  We will let you have more details on this next week.

 

Online Safety

 

Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children will be having an assembly all about making positive choices and working together for a better internet. Children will also have sessions in their classes to learn about staying safe online. Please talk to your children and encourage them to share what they have been learning. Don’t forget there’s also lots of information on our school website: http://www.whcps.org/online-safety/

 

COMPETITION:

We will also be launching a Safer Internet Competition. Children will be asked to design an image or piece of artwork that represents the internet. Competition forms will be going home on Monday and entries will need to be returned by Thursday 28th February. The winning entries will go on display in school and on our school website. The winner will receive a non-uniform voucher and book token.

 

Netball News

On Tuesday 29th January, our Year 5 and 6 Netball Team were back in action against Gusford Primary School.  The girls had a great start and were showing good teamwork and skill.  In the first quarter of the game Julia scored two goals, giving the team a boost of confidence. This was shortly followed by a further goal from Chloe.  Entering the third quarter, Whitehouse continued to show determination which was met with the success of two more goals, one from Tuhana and another from Julia.  The final score was a 5-2 to Whitehouse.  Ms Salmon and Miss Horne were extremely impressed with all of the girls and the skill and teamwork they showed.  Thank you to all the parents/carers who came along to support the girls.

 

 

 

O2 Choir Event

On Wednesday 30th January Whitehouse Choir represented the school at the O2, singing in the Young Voices 2019 concert. There were 7,800 children from lots of schools and they performed to a packed arena.  Mr Fenelon was very proud of Whitehouse Choir, they worked extremely hard learning all the songs off by heart and they performed beautifully.  A huge thank you to all parents/carers for their support and for those who came along to watch.  It was a brilliant night for all involved.  Also, thank you for all the lovely positive messages and thanks we have received.

 

 

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 5th February – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 5th February – Year 6 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers 2.30pm & 5.00pm

Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February – Half Term

Tuesday 26th February – Year 2 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15am,

2.30pm and 5.45pm

Wednesday 6th March – Parents Evening – 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7th March – Parents Evening – 3.20pm to 5.30pm

Wednesday 20th March – Multi Faith Day

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers 9.15 am, 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm

Wednesday 3rd April – Year 4 music performances (afternoon)

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 83

Friday 25th January 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

The building work has now started! We really appreciate your support and understanding during this time. We are aware that the children are sometimes coming home muddy and we are doing all that we can to minimise this, however we feel it is so important that the children have the opportunity to run around at lunchtime. Thank you for sending wellington boots in, this has really helped. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s class teacher. In addition, as the weather is very cold, it is essential that all the children have a coat, hat and gloves. Thank you for you continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Badgers (98%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Squirrels, Badgers, Owls, Jaguars, Lemurs and Toucans

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Lemurs (87.50%)

Classes that need to improve their Punctuality – Giraffes, Elephants, Cobras, Foxes and Hedgehogs

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: Holocaust Memorial Day (KS2). 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.

 

‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning

Mrs Gotts and the Speech and Language Team will be holding a ‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday 30th January at 9.00am. Parents/carers of all Reception children are invited to attend. A letter has been sent home with further information.

 

PFA (Parents and Friends Association)

Please note the next PFA meeting will be held on Friday 1st February at 3.15pm in the school meeting room. The PFA have already organised some very successful events in school, including the disco and the popular Christmas Fayre and would love to see some new parents/carers join them to help with future events. If you are interested please ask at the School Office for more details.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Amelia Holmes, Puffins – Mason Fowler and Tyler Hawkins, Seahorses – Shay Meadows and Sophia Paraschiv, Starfish – Tommie Smith and Amelia Jablowska.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Dougie Marjoram and Jazmine Downes, Giraffes – Leo Bailey and Laycee Deere, Lions – Cameron Bartram and Amberley Burch, Cobras – Jayden Seidu and Charlotte Groom, Dragons – Cayden Ellis and Millie Bell, Frogs – Alanna Agyarkoh and Ava-Leigh Hutchings.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Sophia Edwards and Jack Coates, Hedgehogs – Tyler Clarke and Corey Horvath, Squirrels – Elsie Marjoram and Derin Watchman, Badgers – Cody Mullan and Brooke Fairweather, Owls – Nina Abdullah and Max Pettitt, Rabbits – Urte Paukstite and Jack Smith, Jaguars – Wiktoria Hojka and Sam Thurlow, Pandas – Tia Theobald and Carnell Blanchard, Lemurs – Tahlia Huggins and Kaidon Mitchell, Tigers – Ritchie Marjoram and Holly Myhill Toucans – Peter Aldridge and Chloe Carter.

 

Healthy Tips for Good Attendance

In assembly this week, KS1 and KS2 pupils learnt some tips on how to improve their attendance by being in school every day, on time. They found out that being physically active, eating healthily, adopting good personal habits as well as good all-round hygiene enabled the body to stay fit and healthy and keep the bugs away. Each child was given a leaflet to take home with steps they could take to achieve this.

 

 

Multi Faith Day

We are currently planning a whole-school Multi Faith day on Wednesday 20th March 2019 during which pupils will learn how religion influences daily lives (food, clothing, values, festivals, relationships with others) of believers from a range of Religions, including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

 

The aim of the day is to foster in our pupils a curiosity for other religions and ways of life, as well as help them develop a greater understanding, respect and tolerance for lifestyles which might be different to their own, thus promoting community cohesion.

 

Pupils will attend three workshops in the course of the day, which will be led by teaching staff. In addition, we are looking for visitors from a range of faiths to come and speak to the children in the form of 30 to 40 minute mini-assemblies. These will be delivered in turn to Year Groups consisting of a maximum of 90 children accompanied by their class teachers. If you know of anybody who would be willing to come to speak to the children on the day, please let the School Office Team know. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Online Payments

Did you know you can pay for school dinners, trips and breakfast clubs online? All you need to do is follow the link below and select school meal or school trip (Breakfast club can be paid under school trip). https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/. You will be asked which days your child is having a dinner, however it does not matter which dates you enter, as we will only allocate the money when a school dinner is eaten. Please mark clearly which school trip you are paying for. Any problems please ask at the school office.

 

Medical Appointments

Please can we remind parents/carers that routine medical appointments (Doctor, Dentist and Opticians) should be made out of school hours as this affects both the attendance and learning of the children. If your child has an appointment at the hospital during school hours, please note the expectation is that they will attend school before and after the appointment. In most cases, we are not able to authorise a full day’s absence. A copy of the appointment card or text will also need to be shown to a member of the Office Team.

 

Futsal Festival

On Thursday 17th January, Ms Salmon and Miss Horne took, six children to an Under 9’s Futsal Festival held at Inspire. Twelve schools took part and our opponents during the afternoon were St Johns, Bucklesham, Trimley St Mary, The Oaks and Sproughton Primary Schools. The team consisted of Mohamad, Theo, Logan, Hermione, Maisie and Frankie. They played extremely well, especially as this was the first time they had played as a team. Whitehouse won three of their games and drew two. Well done to Theo who was given the Fair Player Award for showing a good attitude, good teamwork and fair play. Thank you to all the parents/carers for supporting and transporting the children to and from the festival.

 

Netball News

Our Year 5/6 Netball Team were back in action on Monday 21st January against Cedarwood Primary. The team comprised of Lauren Garnham, Chloe Carter, Rihanna Da Costa, Julia Pawlik, Dea Ahmad, Tuhana Mutlu and Che Ruiz and the standard of netball played by the girls was outstanding throughout. Dea scored an early goal just 2 minutes into the game followed by 3 superb goals scored by Lauren. In the 3rd quarter, 11 shots at the goal were taken and Tuhana scored yet another goal. The game finally finished with a 5-1 win to Whitehouse. Ms Salmon was impressed at their play and extremely proud of the skill and teamwork shown. Well done to Che for receiving the Player of the Match award. We would like to thank all parents/carers who continue to show such great support for the team at each of their games. The team will be playing next on Tuesday 29th January at Westbourne Academy due to our netball court currently being out of action.

 

Additional PE Clothing

The cold weather has truly set in and as a result we are happy to announce that we have two new additional options to our Whitehouse PE uniform. The PMG retail store, located in the town centre, are now stocking a plain black jumper and fleece in all sizes. Both items of clothing feature our school logo. For more details, please visit the PMG store.

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 30th January – Time to Talk Coffee Morning – Reception Parents/Carers

Wednesday 30th January – Choir Trip to the O2

Friday 1st February – PFA Meeting

Tuesday 5th February – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 5th February – Year 6 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers

Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February – Half Term

Tuesday 26th February – Year 2 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers

Wednesday 6th March – Parents Evening

Thursday 7th March – Parents Evening

Wednesday 20th March – Multi Faith Day

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April – Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 82

Friday 18th January 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Further building work will start at school on Monday 21st January. We will endeavour to keep disruptions to the school day to a minimum. A letter was sent home on Wednesday 16th January detailing the changes to dropping off and collecting the children from school (http://www.whcps.org/16-01-2019-school-access-commencing-21st-january-2/). The changes mainly affect Year 1. Please ensure that you read this letter carefully so you are aware of the temporary plans. Children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 will need a spare set of shoes (trainers or wellington boots) as they will be playing on the grassed areas over the next 3 weeks. Thank you for your co-operation on this matter, it is greatly appreciated.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Squirrels (98.90%)

Class with the Best Punctuality – Toucans

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Cobras (90.60%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Puffins, Elephants, Giraffes, Cobras, Frogs and Hedgehogs

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: Why is good personal hygiene key to good attendance? 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.

 

Half Price Book Fair

We are pleased to let you know that Travelling Books will be visiting Whitehouse again with their Half Price Book Fair on the 25th, 26th, 29th and 30th April. Please keep a note of the dates in your diaries!

 

‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning

Mrs Gotts and the Speech and Language Team will be holding a ‘Time to Talk’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday 30th January at 9am. Please note parents/carers of all Reception children are invited to attend. A letter will be sent home shortly giving further information.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Mia Wales, Puffins – Zachary Aldridge, Seahorses – Oliver Hayes and Ethan Crack, Starfish – Lexi Prevett and Rex Murphy.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Julia Widurska and Gustavs Horns, Giraffes – Shamil Tashdelen and Jayden Pooley, Lions – Eva Neacsu and Jensen Garwood, Cobras – Jayden Seidu and Charlotte Groom, Dragons – Kyann Cole and Aironas Verikas, Frogs – Kye Williams and Harry De’Ath.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Ala Abdulkarim and Martin Madar, Hedgehogs – Nylah Mayo and Izzabelle Jautakis, Squirrels – Syako Sowarh and Lacey Morling, Badgers – Maria Felix Ferreira and Ellie-Mae Crack, Owls – Daria Malecinska and Jaf Ali, Rabbits – Archie Gooding and Mohamad Ihsan, Jaguars – Oliwia Stasiak and Jack Saunders, Pandas – Jemira Fwambo and Julia Stanczak, Lemurs – Kian Wright and Dennis McGunnagle, Tigers – Edmond Tahiri and Cameron Weedon.

 

Online Safety

Please take a moment to look at the Online Safety page on our website which has lots of new information on Social Media, gaming and the latest edition of the Digital Parenting Magazine. There are also some useful checklists to assist you in keeping your children safe online: http://www.whcps.org/online-safety/.

 

Year 6 – Ancient Egypt

Our Year 6 classes have been enjoying studying their curriculum topic of Ancient Egypt and recently tried mummification of both tomatoes and the children themselves!

 

School Timings

As we have mentioned previously we are still having a number of children arriving late to school. Please see a reminder below of start times for each Key Stage:

 

Reception Classes Bell: 9.00am Late Mark from: 9.05 am

Key Stage 1 Classes Bell: 8.50am Late Mark from: 8.55 am

Key Stage 2 Classes Bell: 8.40am Late Mark from: 8:45 am

 

Late marks will continue to be monitored and regular late marks may lead to a referral to the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO).

 

Lost Property

Lost property is beginning to build again, specifically red jumpers. Please can we remind parents/carers to ensure all items of clothing are named so they can be returned promptly to their rightful owners.

 

Winter Weather

In the case of severe winter weather, Whitehouse will aim to remain open as usual. Mrs Hall and the Chair of Governors will make a decision if a closure or late opening is necessary. This decision will be made as early as possible. Can we please remind parents/carers that any information on closures or late openings will be announced on the local radio, on the school website (www.whcps.org) and on the Suffolk County Council website (https://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk/schools?qtype=primary) so please check these if you are in any doubt.

 

Netball News

Our Year 5/6 Netball Team were back in action on Tuesday with a match against Britannia Primary School, a tough opponent! The girls approached the game with a positive attitude and full of confidence, which paid off as Che Ruiz scored the first goal of the match in the second quarter. Whitehouse continued to show some outstanding netball and although Britannia had many chances to score, they were unable to follow through. Lauren Garnham scored a second goal for our team, followed by two further goals from Chloe Carter and Dea Ahmad. The final result was 4-1 to Whitehouse. Well played Che, Julia, Gracie, Abigail, Lauren. Chloe, Dea and Tuhana! A special well done to Tuhana who was named player of the match. Our next game is away to Cedarwood Primary School on Monday 21st January.

 

Whitehouse Community Primary School – Midday Supervisors

 

Hours of Work: 1hr 10mins – 1hr 30 mins per day, worked between 11.30 am – 1.30pm

Rate of pay: £8.50 per hour – term time only

 

We have a number of vacancies for regular and relief Midday Supervisors to start immediately.

You will need to be approachable, enthusiastic and able to supervise school meals and to lead and monitor children’s play in the playground.

 

Experience of working in a school is desirable but not essential.

 

Application packs are available from the school office or on our website www.whcps.org/vacancies. If you would like help to fill in an application form, please ask. Satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.

 

For more information, please contact: Debbie Whight, Whitehouse Community Primary School, Marlow Road, Ipswich, IP1 5JN.

 

Closing Date: Monday 21st January

(Interviews: Friday 25th January)

 

Word Millionaire

We have our first Word Millionaire this year and it is Chloe McGurk. This means that she has read 1,000,000 words since we came back to school in September. It is a real achievement as Chloe is only in Year 4 and she has beaten all the Year 5 and 6 children who have been working towards this. Well done Chloe.

 

Keeping Safe

As you know, we regularly talk to children during lessons and assemblies about keeping themselves safe when they are out and about or on the internet. Please can you talk to your children about this so that they realise it is something to be aware of at all times. You could talk about travelling to and from school, crossing the road, playing out or going to parks, and online safety. We will be holding a Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February and assemblies and lessons during that week will focus on safety in the online world.

 

Car Park

We note there are still several parents/carers who are using the school car park when dropping children off to Breakfast Club or collecting from after-school clubs. Can we please remind you that this is not permitted to ensure the safety of our children. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 23rd January – Dental Screening (Year R to Year 4)

Friday 25th January – Wolsey Theatre Visit to School – Year 3 and 4

Wednesday 30th January – Time to Talk Coffee Morning – Reception Parents/Carers

Wednesday 30th January – Choir Trip to the O2

Tuesday 5th February – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 5th February – Year 6 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers

Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February – Half Term

Tuesday 26th February – Year 2 SATs Information Session for Parents/Carers

Wednesday 6th March – Parents Evening

Thursday 7th March – Parents Evening

Thursday 28th March – Phonics Information Session for Parents/Carers

Friday 5th April – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April – Easter Holiday

Tuesday 23rd April – First Day of Summer Term

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th Half Price Book Fair

Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April – Half Price Book Fair

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 81

Friday 11th January 2019

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been a super start to the New Year and I have been really impressed with the children’s behaviour and attitude to learning. A record number of children used part of the holidays to research their new enquiry topics. As a result, they have been keen to answer many questions in class and we have some excellent displays across the school. Well done, everyone. If you would like to see the wonderful work in school, do make an appointment with the office and I would be happy to show parents around the school. We are very proud of our children and school.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Lions (100%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Puffins, Owls, Rabbits, Lemurs, Tigers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Badgers (84.20%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Starfish, Elephants, Giraffes, Frogs, Squirrels, Badgers and Toucans

WELL DONE TO HEDGEHOGS FOR ACHIEVING THE NON-UNIFORM DAY FOR THE BEST ATTENDANCE IN DECEMBER – 98%

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How do blind people read and write? 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.

 

Year 3/4 Wolsey Theatre Visit

We are pleased to inform you that a group from the Wolsey Theatre will be visiting Whitehouse on Friday 25th January 2019 to perform a play to Years 3 and 4, celebrating differences - ‘Based on A True Story, Part One’. This will form part of the PHSE (Personal. Social and Health Education) topic and will include a discussion, and a question and answer session on the topics raised. This play has been funded by a local company so will be at no cost to parents/carers.

 

Curriculum Maps

If you haven’t received a paper copy of the curriculum overviews for your child’s class, please visit our website for more information: http://www.whcps.org/our-enquiry-based-curriculum/

 

Year 5 – Mayan Project

Our Year 5 classes have been busy producing some wonderful homework projects for their Mayan topic. Well done for all your hard work.

 

Coming Soon - ‘Time to Talk’:

We are pleased to let you know that we will soon be introducing ‘Time to Talk.’ This will be a series of coffee mornings focused around fun ways to support your child’s speech and language needs. Keep an eye out for further information!

 

Building Works

We would like to remind you that the demolition of the school swimming pool and the removal of the mobile classrooms on the Key Stage 1 playground are scheduled to begin on Monday 21st January. We will send out changes to drop-off and pick-up arrangements once the contractors have confirmed their exact dates and times. Please note, children in Years 1 and 2 will need to bring a change of footwear from Monday 21st January to wear over lunchtime as they will be unable to use the playground for a few weeks. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

 

Whitehouse Community Primary School – Midday Supervisors

 

Hours of Work: 1hr 10mins – 1hr 30 mins per day, worked between 11.30 am – 1.30pm

Rate of pay: £8.50 per hour – term time only

 

We have a number of vacancies for regular and relief Midday Supervisors to start immediately.

You will need to be approachable, enthusiastic and able to supervise school meals and to lead and monitor children’s play in the playground.

 

Experience of working in a school is desirable but not essential.

 

Application packs are available from the school office or on our website www.whcps.org/vacancies. If you would like help to fill in an application form, please ask. Satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.

 

For more information, please contact: Debbie Whight, Whitehouse Community Primary School, Marlow Road, Ipswich, IP1 5JN.

 

Closing Date: Monday 21st January

(Interviews: Friday 25th January)

 

Late Marks

Despite sharing information each week in the newsletter regarding classes which need to improve their punctuality, the number of late marks continues to increase. Whilst we appreciate there will always be the odd occasion where a late arrival at school may occur, a number of our children are arriving late on a regular basis. This repeated lateness to school is having an impact on their learning due to the accumulation of minutes lost and the learning of other children due to the disruptions. Can we please ask all parents/carers to ensure that children arrive to school on time and ready to learn. Please note we are continuing to monitor these late marks and they may result in a referral to the Educational Welfare Officer.

 

Absences

Can we please remind parents that if your child is absent from school it is required that you call or email the school office before 9.30am to inform the reason for the absence. Thank you for your support.

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 23rdJanuary – Dental Screening (Year R to Year 4)

Friday 25th January – Wolsey Theatre Visit to School – Year 3/4

Wednesday 30th January – Choir Trip to the O2

Tuesday 5th February – Year 6 SATS Information Session for Parents

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th  June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 80

Wednesday 19th December 2018

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Message from Mrs Hall

This has been a fantastic term and I have been very proud of all the children continuing to demonstrate ‘The Whitehouse Way’ in their learning (courage, perseverance, reflection and responsibility). I do hope that you and your families have a super Christmas and a great New Year. School starts back for the children on Thursday 3rd January 2019. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Hedgehogs (98.10%) and Rabbits (98.10%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Puffins, Badgers and Tigers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Seahorses (87.20%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Seahorses, Starfish, Elephants, Giraffes, Dragons, Frogs, Hedgehogs, Owls and Pandas

 

Nursery – Expansion of Hours

We are pleased to inform you that as from the Spring Term we will be altering our nursery provision and offering the full 30 hours free childcare entitlement. Families need to meet a certain criteria to claim this free entitlement. You can check if you are eligible at the following link: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. We will also be offering the extra hours to families who are not eligible for the 30 hours entitlement but would like to pay for the extra 15 hours. The charge for this will be £63.00 per week with an additional charge for lunchtime supervision. Please refer to the School Website where you can find further information: http://www.whcps.org/admissions/. If you have any further questions, please speak to Mrs Davey in the office or to Mrs Anderson, the School Business Manager.

 

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner on Tuesday 18th December was a huge success. The kitchen staff managed to feed 450 children and staff during the lunch break! Well done to Year 5 and 6 who had to wait the longest for their lunch – their behaviour whilst waiting was impeccable. Well done everyone.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Award’ was given to: Dolphins – Jasmine Markham.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Tilleah Turner and Tyler O’Connor, Giraffes – Shamil Tashdelen and Bahand Abdulla, Lions – Ehsan Miah and Miruna Campeanu, Cobras – Alexis Barnett and Laniyha Mullan, Dragons – Ethan Bird and Maddison Green, Frogs - Kazhin Ahmed and Brooklynn Bloomfield.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Riley Beales-Durham, Hedgehogs – Maja Olszewska, Connor Farman and Sofija Gabelyte, Squirrels – Sophie Mayhew and Lacey Morling, Badgers – Chimera Ruiz and Inaya Mukit, Owls – Megan Bradford and Kaizer Fox, Rabbits – Amicha-Anne Rose and Ellie-Mae Clarke, Jaguars – Sam Thurlow and Lenny King, Pandas – Maisie Keeble and Ryley Allen, Lemurs – Kaidon Mitchell and Courtney Mulligan, Tigers – Jenson Alderton-Brame, Layton Pilgrim and Leo Bird, Toucans – Catherine McGill, and Peter Aldridge.

 

Reception Celebration Assembly

Our Reception classes held a special assembly this week to celebrate all those children who have been on green, silver or gold throughout the whole half term, not once having been put on amber or red. The computer randomly chose ten children who received a prize. Well done to all those children who have been consistently making the right choices!

 

Netball News

On Monday 17th December the Year 5/6 Netball Team played a game against Sidegate Primary School, who were winners of the league last year. The girls knew they would be facing tough opposition but went into the game with a positive attitude and played some outstanding netball. After the first quarter, Sidegate managed to score two goals despite our strong defence. Our girls continued to work hard and the match ended with a score of 17-0. Well played Dea, Che, Chloe, Lauren, Rihanna, Ava and Tuhana. A special well done to Che who for the third time running was named Player of the Match

 

Year 2 Church Visit

Our Year 2 classes visited St Thomas’ Church on Monday where they were able to look around the church, listen to a Christmas Story and sing a carol. Thank you to Reverend Jutta for the invitation, the children all enjoyed it very much.

 

After-School Clubs

Please note our after-school clubs for the next half term will begin again on the week commencing 7th January 2019. Texts will be sent out at the beginning of January to confirm whether your child has a space in their preferred clubs.

 

Breakfast Clubs

Please note breakfast clubs will run as usual from Thursday 3rd January and Gym Trails will commence on Monday 7th January.

 

Whitehouse Community Primary School – Midday Supervisors

 

Hours of Work: 1hr 10mins – 1hr 30 mins per day, worked between 11.30 am – 1.30pm

Rate of pay: £8.50 per hour – term time only

 

We have a number of vacancies for regular and relief Midday Supervisors to start immediately.

You will need to be approachable, enthusiastic and able to supervise school meals and to lead and monitor children’s play in the playground.

 

Experience of working in a school is desirable but not essential.

 

Application packs are available from the school office or on our website www.whcps.org/vacancies. If you would like help to fill in an application form, please ask. Satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.

 

For more information, please contact: Debbie Whight, Whitehouse Community Primary School, Marlow Road, Ipswich, IP1 5JN.

 

Closing Date: 9:00am Monday 7th January 2019

Interviews: Friday 11th January 2019

 

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term for children

Friday 4th January – Year 4 – Victorian Day

Wednesday 23rd January – Dental Screening (Year R to Year 4)

Wednesday 30th January – Choir Trip to the O2

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 79

Friday 14th December 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting our Christmas Fayre on Saturday. This was a great success and it was lovely to see so many families enjoying the day. Thank you for your wonderful donations – the chocolate tombola was very popular! Our PFA will be meeting again in January to organise the next fundraising activities. I hope you will be able to join us to share your ideas. All the money raised will be spent on activities and events for the children throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Hedgehogs (99.60%)

Class with the Best Punctuality – Badgers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Dragons (89.70%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Dragons, Frogs, Squirrels, Jaguars, Tigers and Toucans

 

Christmas Dinner

We have our Christmas Dinner day on Tuesday 18th December. Please note if you have not booked a dinner for your child, they will need to bring a packed lunch or go home for lunch. There will not be an option to have Pick and Mix on that day. Thank you for your support.

 

Last Day of Term

Please note that the last day of the Autumn Term is Wednesday 19th December. Classes will be having parties and fun activities in the afternoon but this will NOT be a toy day, so please ensure your child does not bring a toy/game into school on that day. Please note this will be a non-uniform day.

 

Breakfast Clubs

For your information Breakfast Club, Gym Trails and Read and Feed Clubs will continue until the last day of term and will begin again on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

 

After-School Clubs

A reminder that all after-school clubs have now finished for this term. A list of the free after-school clubs being offered for next half term will be sent home shortly and will begin the week beginning 7th January 2019.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Award’ was given to: Dolphins – Callum Farman.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Sadia Sourubi and Dougie Marjoram, Giraffes – Kyle Rogers and Connie Bailey, Lions – Oliver Roper-Harwood-West and Ozzie Bright, Cobras – Mirna Abdullah and Maja Lisowska, Dragons – Evie Pipe and Jasmin Cantarelli, Frogs - Salma Hendy and Zuzanna Zawada.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Ellie Canning and Joshua Allen, Hedgehogs – Mariana Stefan and David Brasoveanu, Squirrels – Zainab Al Akraa and Andrei Ion, Badgers – Karen Da Costa and Henry Bacon, Owls – Demi Last and David Negru, Rabbits – Alan Safo and Archie Gooding, Jaguars – Miley Ferguson and Miley Burke, Pandas – Macauly Hawkins and Simona Vitkeviciute, Lemurs – William Taylor and Lexi Seggons, Tigers – Tayla Crouth and Theo Pettitt, Toucans – Chloe Carter, Peyton Harvey and Hollie Blow.

 

Late Marks

As you may have noticed in recent weeks, we have been including information about which of our classes has the best punctuality and which classes need to make some improvements. Unfortunately, despite sharing this information the number of late marks continues to increase. Last week only one class, Badgers, did not have any late marks. Whilst we appreciate, there will always be the odd occasion where a late arrival at school may occur, a number of our children are arriving late on a regular basis. This is not acceptable and is having an impact on their learning due to the amount of minutes lost in class. Can we please ask all parents/carers to ensure that children arrive to school on time and ready to learn. We thank you for your support.

 

Families Connects Course

Mrs Gotts and Mrs Moore would like to thank the families that completed the recent Families Connect Workshops. They both had great fun and enjoyed the quality time spent together with parents/carers. They look forward to working together in the future. Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Free Online Workshops – ‘Parenting the Anxious Child’ and ‘Raising Happy Resilient Children’

Two free workshops are being offered to support parents/carers in understanding how to help children develop essential building blocks, to being able to cope with the ups and downs of life. Both online workshops are evidence based and presented by health professionals from the Suffolk Wellbeing Service.

 

‘Parenting the Anxious Child’ will help parents/carers understand what anxiety is and how to recognise it in children. It will provide help with practical, hands on strategies as well as reflective work. This will run on either the third or fourth Tuesday of every month from 10.00am to 11.30am.

 

‘Raising Happy Resilient Children’ provides help on how to raise happy, confident children and support them in developing coping strategies to maintain healthy relationships, survive hardship, problem solve and talk about their feelings. This will run the last Wednesday of every month from 10.00am to 11.00am. Both webinars are live and interactive for 1 hour, giving the opportunity to ask questions throughout. More information is available at the following link: https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/suffolk/get-support/courses/.

 

Christmas Plays

Well done to all of our children for providing us with such wonderful performances in their plays. All of the Nativity plays were fantastic with lots of beautiful singing. Also, thank you to our parents, carers and families who came along to support us and provided the children with great costumes.

 

Christmas Fair

Thank you to all those who came along to support the Christmas Fair. It was a wonderful success and raised a massive £1,500! A big thank you to everyone for supporting us and to the members of the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) for all their hard work! The PFA have decided to use some of the money raised to provide food for the class Christmas parties at the end of term.

 

Nursery – Expansion of Hours

We are pleased to inform you that as from the Spring Term we will be altering our nursery provision and offering the full 30 hours free childcare entitlement. Families need to meet a certain criteria to claim this free entitlement. You can check if are eligible at the following link: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. We will also be offering the extra hours to families who are not eligible for the 30 hours entitlement but would like to pay for the extra 15 hours. The charge for this will be £63.00 per week with an additional charge for lunchtime supervision. Please refer to the School Website where you can find further information: http://www.whcps.org/admissions/. If you have any further questions, please speak to Mrs Rachel Davey in the office or to Mrs Cath Anderson, the School Business Manager.

 

Under 11 Sports hall Athletics

Twenty-four of our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the School Games Under 11 Sports Hall Athletics competition, held at Westbourne Academy on Thursday. The event consisted of eighteen adapted indoor track and field events in which the pupils competed against ten other schools. With so many pupils, competing in the same space, the atmosphere was very exciting and extremely loud as each school cheered their teams from the sidelines! Both the girls’ and boys’ teams performed superbly throughout the events, particularly on the track where both teams won a number of their races. Mr Jordan and Miss Salmon were immensely proud of their efforts and the competitiveness shown by the entire team. As a result, the team finished in an impressive 4th place, just 30 points behind the team in 3rd place. Well done to everyone who took part!

 

Year 5 and 6 Boys Football

This week saw the Boys Football Team travel to Gusford Primary School in search of their first league win of the season. The boys started the first half with some solid defence work. With some very good spells of football, and some excellent link-up play of their own, the boys put pressure on the Gusford team. Despite going a goal behind from a well worked cross, the boys showed real perseverance. The hard work paid off with a very well taken goal from Callum McWilliams just before half time. The second half was played at the same high tempo as the first and another goal from Gusford was equalled by a very classy goal from Alonso Hall. Excellent link up play between Kian Wright and Preston Bennett allowed the team to enjoy large spells of possession throughout the second half. Kian went close to putting Whitehouse ahead with a fantastic long-range free kick, which forced a good save from the Gusford goalkeeper. Despite the boys’ fantastic teamwork and hard work, and with the light quickly fading, they were unlucky to concede two goals late on in the match, eventually losing the game 4-2. After the game, the opposition’s teacher commended the boys on their performance.

 

PE Kit

Please note that despite regular reminders there are still a number of children who are not wearing the correct PE kit. To confirm, the children should be wearing a red Whitehouse logo PE T-shirt and black shorts. During the colder weather, black tracksuit bottoms and a black sweatshirt can be worn. Children are also expected to wear the correct footwear, either plimsolls (EYFS / KS1 only) or trainers. Teachers will be monitoring this carefully in the Spring Term and following up with parents/carers where the correct uniform is consistently not being worn.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Tuesday 18th December – Choir Visit to Mayo Court

Tuesday 18th December – Reception Church Visit – St Thomas’ Church

Tuesday 18th December – Year 2 Church Visit – St Thomas’ Church

Tuesday 18th December – Year 4 Christingle Service – St Thomas’ Church

Wednesday 19th December – Non-Uniform Day

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term for children

Wednesday 30th January – Choir Trip to the O2

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 78

Friday 7th December 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

I do hope that you will be able to join us for our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 8th December at 11.30 am. There will be many exciting stalls to visit and the children have made a plethora of crafts to sell. We have been overwhelmed by the wonderful raffle donations that we have received from local businesses. In addition, thank you for all the wonderful chocolate treats that were sent in on Friday – this was really appreciated. I know the children were pleased to have a non-uniform day. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Hedgehogs (97.80%)

Class with the Best Punctuality – Giraffes, Cobras, Lemurs and Pandas

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Puffins (88.30%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Seahorses, Starfish, Frogs, Rabbits, Jaguars, Tigers and Toucans

 

WELL DONE TO LIONS AND TIGERS FOR ACHIEVING THE NON-UNIFORM DAY FOR THE BEST ATTENDANCE IN NOVEMBER

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: Why would a family decide to leave their country for good? 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.

 

 

KS1 Nativity

Extra tickets for the KS1 Nativity can now be purchased from the school office at the cost of £1.00 per ticket. There is currently availability for all three performances: 9.30am, 11.15am and 2.00pm and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

 

Book Donations

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Hindle (Grandfather of Ashton Bullard who was a leaver last year) for buying books from local charity shops to donate to our school. He also provided some chess sets to our Chess Club. Thank you to everyone who has given us books, we really do appreciate them. All donations are very welcome!

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Puffins – Archie Wing and Dishranth Sivarajan, Seahorses – Hasti Aziz and Ruari Canning, Starfish – Tilly Cant and Isla Pipe.

 

Lost Property

We are working hard to lessen the amount of lost property in school, so a couple of times a week a trolley of lost property items will be put onto the Astroturf (KS2 area) after school. Please have a look through if your child is missing something. Any unclaimed items at the end of each term will be donated to charity. We would also ask that parents/carers remember to label each item of clothing to assist us in reuniting items with their owners.

 

Safeguarding Update

You may have heard your children talk about ‘The Pants Rule’. This is taken from the NSPCC website, so ‘Talk Pants and Stay Safe like Pantosaurus!’

 

 

Below are a few contact numbers you may find useful:

 

Customer First: 0808 800 4005. Use this if you are worried that a child is being hurt or going to be hurt, or have any other concerns about a child’s welfare.

Suffolk Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Hub. This is available for information, advice and support for anyone who is concerned about the emotional wellbeing and mental health of a child or young person aged between 0-25 years of age. y can be contacted on 0345 600 2090 and are available Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 7.30pm.

Suffolk Safeguarding Children’s Board: They can provide advice, information and guidance. They can be contacted on 08456 066067 or on www.suffolkscb.org.uk

Please remember, if you have any concerns regarding the welfare or safety of a child and are not sure what to do, please come in to school and speak to a member of our Safeguarding Team: Mr Williams is the designated safeguarding lead and the rest of the team are: Mrs Hall, Mrs Porter, Miss Siddall, Mrs Darke, Miss Brinkley or Mrs Gotts, who will be able to advise you.

 

School Car Park

Can we remind you that the school car park is NOT to be used by parents / carers (unless accessing a disabled parking space, with a valid badge). A number of our children use the car park to access Breakfast Club and leaving After School Clubs and their safety is our utmost priority. We thank you for your support

 

New Healthy Lifestyle Club

Starting in the Spring Term, we will be collaborating with OneLife Suffolk to provide pupils with a brand new and exciting club! This fun and interactive club will allow pupils, and parents, the opportunity to understand how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils will be involved in exploring topics such as healthy eating, how to become more active, what is in my drink? and the importance of breakfast. Pupils will explore these topics in a practical and interactive way, from fruit and vegetable tasting, to making their own healthy snack; the pupils will learn the importance of making the right lifestyle choices. Further details will be available in due course. This club will initially be offered to Year 3 for the first half of the Spring Term.

 

Behaviour on School Site

Unfortunately, we have had a couple of instances recently where parents / carers have been involved in unacceptable behaviour on the school site, including swearing and shouting at other adults. This has been witnessed by some of our children and will not be tolerated. If any adult is seen to be displaying this type of behaviour, they will be banned from the school site. We appreciate your support in this.

 

Scooters/Bikes

Whilst we welcome our children coming to school on their bikes and scooters, can we please remind you that they must not be ridden on the school site, including on the pathways near the Flying Horse Pub and the lane running past Nursery. This is to ensure the safety of everyone on the school site.

 

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 8th December - 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

We hope you will be joining us on Saturday for our Christmas Fayre.

Times to see Father Christmas are limited, so please come early if you would like to see him, to avoid disappointment.

 

Dates for the Diary

Saturday 8th December – Christmas Fayre – 11.30am – 2.30pm

Tuesday 11th December – Year 3 Open Afternoon – 2.50pm to 3.10pm

Wednesday 12th December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 13th December – KS1 Nativity – 9.30am / 11.15am / 2.00pm

Friday 14th December – Christmas Jumper Day for Gee Whizz and PFA

Friday 14th December – Nursery Nativity – 10.45am

Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Tuesday 18th December – Choir Visit to Mayo Court

Tuesday 18th December – Year 4 Christingle Service – St Thomas’ Church

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term for children

Wednesday 30th January – Choir Trip to the O2

 

Upcoming Residential Trips

24th June 2019 – 26th June 2019 – Year 4 Eaton Vale Trip

25th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 - Year 6 French Trip

26th June 2019 – 28th June 2019 – Year 5 Mersea Trip

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 77

Friday 30th November 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Our ‘Healthy Body and Mind Day’ was a huge success on Wednesday. The children were involved in a plethora of activities including: mindfulness, colouring, yoga, healthy eating workshops, walking a mile, sports activities, meeting visitors from OneLife Suffolk to learn about sugar, and much, much more. Overall, the children learnt about the importance of looking after themselves and how to develop resilience for modern life. One child said:It has been a very different day at school today. I have enjoyed the various sessions. They have helped me to think about myself." Thank you to the school community for providing so many wonderful workshops.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Lions (97.30%)

Class with the Best Punctuality – Lemurs (no late marks)

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Giraffes (87.90%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Starfish, Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Cobras, Dragons, Frogs, Pandas and Tigers.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How and why do Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah? 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.

 

Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Book Fair. We sold £588.20 worth of books, which gives us £292.92 of rewards to spend on new books for the school. As we have had such good sales, Travelling Books have offered us a half price book sale, which we hope to hold during the Spring Term. Watch this space for more details!

 

KS1 Nativity

Our Year 1 and Year 2 children have been working hard to prepare for their Christmas production ‘A Miracle in Town’. There will be three performances on Thursday 13th December at 9.30am, 11.15am and 2.00pm. Tickets are limited to 2 for each child. Please return the reply slip which has been sent home confirming which performance you would like to attend. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If after Thursday 6th December there are any remaining tickets, these can be purchased at £1.00 each from the school office.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Puffins – Elyana Latif and Evelyn Lawrance, Seahorses – Carter Corcoran and Jekabs Horns, Starfish – Kian Slinn and Oscar Curtis-Harvey.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Jacob Halls and Julia Widurska, Giraffes – Jayden Pooley and Harley Frostick, Lions – Bana Sediq and Tawhid Ahmed, Cobras – George Fry and Lilli Crane, Dragons – Junia Sen and Katie-Ann Garner-Bull, Frogs – Theo Skinner and Susan Sourubi.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes - Caleb Town and Emily Kniffel, Hedgehogs – Tayfun Poulton and Charlie Keeble, Squirrels – Derin Watchman and Melissa Greenstreet, Badgers – Harrison Miller-Newstead, James Hasnip and Brooke Fairweather, Owls – Samuel Shaw and Chloe McGurk, Rabbits – Frankie Clarke and Chloe Murrell, Jaguars – Aidan Edwards and Darcy Cleaver, Pandas – Tommy Davies and Summer Noe, Lemurs – Dennis McGunnagle, Tigers – Christopher Loveday and Cameron Weedon, Toucans – Jaime Gooding and Callum McWilliams.

 

Books for School Campaign

Thank you for all your support in collecting tokens. Please note that on the following days there will be an extra 10 tokens, so please keep an eye out for them!

Saturday 1st December – EADT Only

Saturday 8th December – EADT Only

 

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property in school, including a number of red sweatshirts and coats. If you think your child may be missing an item of clothing, please speak to a member of the office team who can assist you in looking at the items we have. Anything that has not been claimed by the end of this term will be donated to charity.

 

Under 11 Dodgeball Festival

Following the recent efforts of our Year 3/4 Dodgeball Team, last Thursday saw the turn of the Year 5/6 team. Six of our pupils attended the School Games U11 Dodgeball Festival, which took place at Inspire Suffolk. The festival was delivered in the same way as the previous U9 festival, with ten teams competing against each other across nine rounds of games in a round robin format. The team quickly got into the swing of things, showing excellent teamwork and tactics to try and outwit their opponents. Everyone showed fantastic work throughout each of the high energy and fast paced matches. As a result, the team managed to win 4, draw 1 and lose 3 of their games. In addition, at the end of the festival the team were awarded with the ‘fair play’ award. This is awarded to teams that show the true spirit of the School Games ethos of teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and above all having fun! Mr Jordan and Miss Horne are extremely proud of the team’s efforts. Well done!

 

After School Clubs

Please note that the last week for all our after school clubs will be the week commencing 10th December 2018. There will not be any after school clubs in the last week of term. Keep an eye out for the new timetable of after school clubs we will offering for the spring term. Clubs will run for a half term at a time.

 

New Healthy Lifestyle Club

Starting in the Spring Term, we will be collaborating with OneLife Suffolk to provide pupils with a brand new and exciting club! This fun and interactive club will allow pupils, and parents, the opportunity to understand how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils will be involved in exploring topics such as healthy eating, how to become more active, what is in my drink? and the importance of breakfast. Pupils will explore these topics in a practical and interactive way, from fruit and vegetable tasting, to making their own healthy snack, the pupils will learn the importance of making the right lifestyle choices. Further details will be available in due course.

 

PE Kit Reminder

Unfortunately, there are still a number of children who are not wearing the correct PE kit, or do not have a PE kit in school for their lessons. A polite reminder to all parents that the PE kit consists of the red Whitehouse logo PE T-shirt and black shorts. During colder weather, black tracksuit bottoms and a black sweatshirt can be worn. Children are also expected to wear the correct footwear, either plimsolls (EYFS / KS1 only) or trainers. We suggest PE kits are brought into school in a bag and left on your child’s peg so they are available when needed. Thank you in advance for your continued support in this matter.

 

Parental Survey

Thank you to all of our parents / carers who took part in our online survey. The lucky winners of the Prize Draw were selected in our assembly last Monday by members of the School Parliament and Prefects. Well done to Mr Farman, Mrs Brooks, Mrs Begum, Mr Ahmad and Ms Jones for each winning a £5 Asda voucher.

 

Christmas Crafts – St Thomas’ Church

St Thomas’ Church, on Bramford Lane, are holding a craft morning for any local children and their families who would like to come along. It is being held on Saturday 1st December, from 10.30am – 12.00pm. Activities include Christmas Cards, Tree Decorations, Stained Glass Window Stars, and Decorating Biscuits. Children must be accompanied by an adult and there will be a small charge of £1.00 for the first two children in the family, to help cover the cost. Leaflets with more information and a reply slip can be collected from the school reception area or from the church.

 

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 8th December - 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

We hope you will be able to join us for our exciting Christmas Fayre, where there will be lots of fun stalls and games to play. There will also be a chance to sign up for a slot to see Father Christmas! If you would like to donate a raffle prize, please pass this to the School Office. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Toast Squad

This week, the TOAST squad have been investigating the positives and negatives of screen time. One area that we identified as a concern is how many children were not monitored when they are online. Please be vigilant when your children are accessing the internet through games, tablets and computers.

 

Dates for the Diary

Saturday 1st December – Ipswich County Music Service Open Morning (9.00am – 12.00pm)

Saturday 8th December – Christmas Fair – 11.30am – 2.30pm

Tuesday 11th December – Year 3 Open Afternoon – 2.50pm to 3.10pm

Wednesday 12th December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 13th December – KS1 Nativity – 9.30am / 11.15am / 2.00pm

Friday 14th December – Christmas Jumper Day for Gee Whizz and PFA

Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Tuesday 18th December – Choir Visit to Mayo Court

Tuesday 18th December – Year 4 Christingle Service – St Thomas’ Church

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term for children

Wednesday 30th January – Choir Trip to the O2

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 76

Friday 23rd November 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

The children have been working brilliantly this week and it has been great to see the progress they have made. Many of our recent visitors to the school have commented on the quality of the children’s writing. At Whitehouse, we have high expectations of what the children can achieve, please encourage them to try their best and always follow ‘The Whitehouse Way’ in order to reach their full potential. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Lions (99.50%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Badgers, Jaguars, Lemurs, Tigers and Toucans

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Squirrels (85.70%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Elephants, Frogs, Hedgehogs, Owls, Rabbits and Pandas

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How can I eat more healthily? 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.

 

Musical.ly App – New Name

The social network app Musical.ly has often given adults cause for concern, because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. We wanted to alert you that the app now has a new name ‘TikTok’, some new features and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice, there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable. Priorities on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app. There is also a restricted mode, which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent the user from being able to start their own live streams. You can find out more information on the following link: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/what-tiktok-looking-latest-lip-syncing-app

 

Charity Day

Thank you for your support to our Charity Day, we were pleased to be able to donate £245.93 to each of our good causes, BBC Children in Need and Diabetes UK.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Samuel Bradley, Puffins – Lola Richards and Sara Ciupitu, Seahorses – Arthur Clennell and Melana Gabelyte, Starfish – Ayden Cook and Remi Tuwizana.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Nicolette Banevic-Cerliuk and Ethan Newman-Kay, Giraffes – Liyoh Rosher and Rebecca Lowe, Lions – Sophia Allaton and Ethan Hanley, Cobras – Mossawer Azizi and Chiara Gajdos, Dragons – Martins Drikans and Evie Pipe, Frogs – Sophia Carvalho and Arisha Ali.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Jaguars – Lenny King and Brooke Taylor-Scripps, Pandas – Majus Sabaciauskas and Amarni Russell, Lemurs – Logan Brooks and Benjamin Aldridge, Tigers – Rihanna Da Costa and Dea Ahmad, Toucans – Augustas Paukstis and Rhys Clarke.

 

Healthy Body and Mind Day – Wednesday 28th November

We are very excited for our upcoming Healthy Body and Mind Day on Wednesday. The children will be taking part in a range of physical activities during the day so can we please ask all children to come to school in their PE kit. Due to the weather, we would suggest this is their winter kit, which consists of their PE shirt, warm black jogging trousers and a black sweatshirt.

 

Free Karate Taster Session

We still have a few spaces available for the Year 2-Year 6 free Karate taster session, which is due to take place on Wednesday 28th November from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Letters with further details and a reply slip can be found at the following link: http://www.whcps.org/13-11-2018-y2-to-y6-free-karate-club-taster-sessio/. Alternatively, please ask for a letter at the School Office.

 

Change to Key Stage 2 Lunchtime

Please note we now have over 580 children in school and so we will be making some slight changes in the lunchtime arrangements. Key Stage 2 children will be going outside to play first and then eat their lunch from 12.25pm. Please ensure the children have a healthy snack to eat at break time.

 

Year 3 Museum Trip

Our Year 3 classes had a wonderful visit to Ipswich Museum last week as part of their learning about the Stone Age. They were very well behaved and a credit to the school. Well done Year 3.

 

PE Kit Reminder

Unfortunately, there are still a number of children who are not wearing the correct PE kit, or don’t have a PE kit in school for their lessons. A polite reminder to all parents that the PE kit consists of the red Whitehouse logo PE T-shirt and black shorts. During colder weather, black tracksuit bottoms and a black sweatshirt can be worn. Children are also expected to wear the correct footwear, either plimsolls (EYFS / KS1 only) or trainers. We suggest PE kits are brought into school in a bag and left on your child’s peg so they are available when needed. Thank you in advance for your continued support in this matter.

 

Under 9’s Dodgeball Festival

Last Thursday six pupils from Year 3 and 4 attended the School Games U9 Dodgeball Festival, which took place at Inspire Suffolk. The festival provides the opportunity to play against each of the teams at the event in a round robin format, without the emphasis of an overall winner. The festival was well run and very much enjoyed by all. The pupils showed fantastic teamwork and effort, along with some excellent dodgeball skills and tactics during each of the games. As a result, the team managed to win 4, draw 1 and lose 3 of their games. Excellent effort by all the team. Well done!

 

Year 5 and 6 Boys Football

This was the second league match in as many weeks for our Year 5/6 Boys Football Team and we were against tough opposition again as we hosted last year’s league winners, Sidegate Primary School. As expected, Sidegate enjoyed large spells of possession throughout the game, however our team showed good defensive work to break down the Sidegate attacks. Despite their best efforts, and after some good passages of play of their own, the boys found themselves 2-0 down at half time. Undeterred the boys started the second half on the front foot. Their positivity and increased confidence created two very good attempts on goal from both Edi Tahiri and Preston Bennett. As the light began to fade, Sidegate finished the game the stronger of the two teams and scored several times to finish the game 7-0 winners. Despite being behind throughout the game, the boys never gave up and continued to play right up to the final whistle. We wish the boys the best of luck in their next league match.

 

Year 5 and 6 Netball

On Tuesday 13th November the Year 5/6 Netball Team had their first Girls League game of the season, and off to Springfield Juniors they went! The girls started the game with a very positive, determined attitude and their passing was impressive. In the 3rd quarter, Springfield managed to slip through our strong defence and score the first goal of the match. As we went into the final quarter, the girls hard work started to pay off when Dea Ahmad scored our first goal making it 1-1. This gave the girls a huge boost and Ms Salmon said they were showing the skills and standard of play usually seen in a High School team. Dea then went on to score a further 3 outstanding goals for Whitehouse, making our first league match a very successful one with a 4-1 win! Ms Salmon was extremely proud of the girls’ determination and standard of play. Well played to the whole team: Dea Ahmad, Hope Brooks, Julia Pawlik, Gracie Regina-Adams, Tuhana Mutlu, Che Ruiz, Lauren Garnham and Liliana Segieniewicz. A special mention to Che who received Player of the Match.

 

Lost Property

Please note we again have an ever-growing amount of lost property. On Tuesday 27th November, all the lost property we have will be available in the Reception area near the School Office straight after school, so that parents/carers can have a look for any missing items. Can we also take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of ensuring all items of uniform are named, so any misplaced items can be returned directly to your children.

 

Books For School Campaign

Thank you for all your support in collecting tokens. Please note that on the following days there will be an extra 10 tokens, so please keep an eye out for them!

Tuesday 27th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Wednesday 28th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Saturday 1st  December – EADT Only

Saturday 8th December – EADT Only

 

Christmas Crafts – St Thomas’ Church

St Thomas’ Church, on Bramford Lane, are holding a craft morning for any local children and their families who would like to come along. It is being held on Saturday 1st December, from 10.30am – 12.00pm. Activities include Christmas Cards, Tree Decorations, Stained Glass Window Stars, and Decorating Biscuits. Children must be accompanied by an adult and there will be a small charge of £1.00 for the first two children in the family to help cover the cost. Leaflets with more information and a reply slip can be collected from the school reception area or from the church.

 

Christmas Fair

Saturday 8th December - 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

Please note we will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 30th November. Rather than a cash donation, we ask parents/carers to kindly donate a chocolate item that will be used in a ‘Chocolate Tombola’ at our Christmas Fair. Thank you for your support.

 

We are also looking for raffle prizes. If you are connected to a local company who might be able to assist by providing a prize, we would be happy to provide a letter from the School PFA.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 27th November – Lost Property at School Reception – 3.10pm

Wednesday 28th November - Healthy Body and Mind Day

Wednesday 28th November – Karate Taster Session (places will be allocated) – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 30th November – Non-Uniform Day (Donation – Chocolate item for Tombola)

Saturday 1st December – Ipswich County Music Service Open Morning (9.00am – 12.00pm)

Thursday 6th December – Nursery Nativity - 10.45am

Saturday 8th December – Christmas Fair – 11.30am – 2.30pm

Tuesday 11th December – Year 3 Open Afternoon – 2.50pm to 3.10pm

Wednesday 12th December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 13th December – KS1 Nativity – 9.30am / 11.15am / 2.00pm

Friday 14th December – Christmas Jumper Day for Gee Whizz and PFA

Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term for children

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 75

Friday 16th November 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It was lovely to see so many parents in school this week at Parents’ Evening and during our reading sessions. It has been great to hear the positive comments about our school – thank you. There is a plethora of information about our school on our vibrant website: www.whcps.org. Also, we have a school twitter page: WhcpsHT@Whcps_Ipswich where photographs are uploaded weekly. So far we have 91 followers but would like to have many more!

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Tigers (98%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Foxes, Jaguars, Lemurs and Tigers

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Elephants (90%)

Classes that needs to improve their Punctuality – Elephants and Pandas

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What do I need to do to stay safe around dogs? 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.

 

Reading with Parents/Carers

A reminder to all parents/carers of children in Year 6 that you are invited to come into school to read with your children on Monday 19th November. This will take place straight after dropping the children off in the morning and will be for approximately 20 minutes. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along. Please go straight into class from the KS2 playground when the school bell goes. Thank you to all those who participated this week, and stayed to read with their children in Years 1-5. We hope you all enjoyed it!

 

Ipswich County Music Service – Open Morning

On Saturday 1st December the Ipswich County Music Service are holding an open morning at Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, IP4 3DF. They would like to invite all children aged 7-11 and their families to join them for a lively morning of music! If you are interested, please pop along anytime between 9.00am to 12.00pm to see what their music school has to offer. More information is available on their website, which you can find at the following link: https://www.suffolkmusichub.co.uk/events/2018/december/icms-open-morning.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Josh Bonwick, Puffins – Ivy Woodward and Taylor Mullan, Seahorses – Jay Bultitude and Frankie Ryan, Starfish – Scarlett Hickey and Lacey Lovitt.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Tilleah Turner and Henry Andrews, Giraffes – Max McWilliams and Rafael Rosinha, Lions – Kezia Cullum and Maddison Jessup, Cobras – Aurora Thorpe and Robert Gaunt, Dragons – Tate Largent and Andra Stockunaite, Frogs – Anna-Maria Calin and Max Newman.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Isobel Giles and Matty Kuczynski, Hedgehogs – Theo Lopez and Bahez Saeed, Squirrels – Erin Chisnall and Mathew Aldridge, Badgers – Filip Neacsu and Hermione Lovitt, Owls – Caden Harrison and Riyah Ali, Rabbits – Theo Mason and Dominik Torbus, Jaguars – Angel Marriott and Reggie Carter, Pandas – Harrison Dighton and Niha Ahmed, Lemurs – Tahlia Huggins and Aziz Azizi, Toucans – Sophie Bailey and Hollie Blow.

 

EYFS – Recycling Art Project

This week our Reception classes have been taking part in an art project making 90 polar bears and penguins using re-used and recycled materials. They are going to be hung in two fabulous displays at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds and at the Town Hall Café in Ipswich over the Christmas period, where they will be seen by thousands of visitors. You can go along and view them in the Town Hall from the 29th November. This has been a great opportunity to learn about the importance of reusing materials that often get thrown away and is helping to raise awareness about plastic pollution, littering and the damage it can cause to the environment.

 

Year 5/6 Football

After a successful start to the season in the cup, it was time for the Year 5 and 6 Football Team to turn their attention to the league games. The opening game saw the boys host Britannia Primary School, arguably one of the strongest teams in the league. As predicted, Britannia started quickly, which led to an early first half goal. However, the boys were not deterred and showed some excellent teamwork to set up a number of goal attempts. Britannia scored again just before half time, making it 2-0. The boys started the second half well and their persistence paid off with a well taken goal by Kyle Osman. With an increase in confidence the boys piled on the pressure and went close to equalising on numerous occasions. Britannia caught the boys on the counter attack, adding 3 more goals to their tally and eventually winning the game 5-1. Mr Jordan and Miss Horne were extremely proud of the boys’ determination to continue to work hard as a team right up to the final whistle. A very gritty performance!

 

Year 6 Museum Trip

Our Year 6 children had a wonderful experience at Ipswich Museum this week, where they participated in a range of activities based around World War 2. They enjoyed building an air raid shelter, sending Morse Code messages, learning about rationing and the role of an Air Raid Warden. In addition, the children learnt about using pieces of hessian and felt to make a rug as part of the ‘Make Do and Mend’ activity.

 

Parent/Carer Survey

Thank you to all the parents/carers who have filled in our online questionnaire during Parents’ Evenings. We would like to have as much feedback as possible and encourage those of you who have not already done so to express your views by visiting the link below.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ParentalSurvey2018.

 

Don’t forget to let the School Office Team know you have taken part so that your name can be entered into our draw. You might be one of the 5 lucky winners to get a £5 ASDA voucher.

 

Books For School Campaign

Thank you for all your support in collecting tokens. Please note the following days there will be an extra 10 tokens so please keep an eye out for them!

Tuesday 27th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Wednesday 28th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Saturday 1st December – EADT Only

Saturday 8th December – EADT Only

 

Healthy Body and Mind Day – Wednesday 28th November

Plans for our Healthy Body and Mind Day are well under way. The schedule has been finalised and children will attend five sessions in the course of the day which will provide information and advice on how to maximise health and happiness in their lives. Thank you to staff and guests for providing a wide range of workshops which will enhance the pupils understanding of mental and physical wellbeing. In the course of the day, the children will try a range of activities including walking a mile, learning about healthy foods, practising mindfulness through yoga and meditation, learning how to develop better relationships, as well as caring for animals and the environment. A big thank you to the following guests and organisations for sponsoring the day: Katie from OneLife Suffolk, Adele from the School Nursing Team, Reverend Jutta from St Thomas’ Church, Adrian from The Black Tiles Restaurant in Martlesham, Mick from Hollies Shotokan Karate Club and not to forget our furry friends, Ava from the Dogs for the Blind Organisation and Alfie from the Pets as Therapy Charity.

 

Free Shotokan Karate Taster Session

As part of our Healthy Body and Mind Day, Mick from Hollies Shotokan Karate Club has kindly agreed to offer a free karate taster session to a maximum of 25 Year 2 to Year 6 children from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Wednesday 28th November. If you would like to register your child, please download the letter from our website http://www.whcps.org/whole-school-1 and hand in the reply slip to the School Office by Tuesday 20th November at the latest. You can also collect a copy from the office. If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places, selection will be made at random.

 

Dogs in School – Revised School Policy

Whitehouse, we are aware of the research that has been done regarding the benefits of having pets visiting schools in terms of teaching children about responsibility, patience, compassion and socialisation. With this in mind, we have reviewed our policies to enable pets which have been vetted by recognised organisations such as Dogs for the Blind and Pets as Therapy to be regular visitors to the school. This includes putting in place a robust Risk Assessment in anticipation of Ava and Alfie’s visit on 28th November. This will entail every child in the school being briefed in Assembly or through their Class Teacher on how to be safe around dogs using the information provided by the Dogs Trust. These can be viewed at www.dogstrust.co.uk (select Factsheets and Downloads, and look at the ‘Staying Safe Around Dogs’ document). If your child is allergic to, or wary of, dogs, please make the School Office aware of this so that an appropriate plan of action can be put into place. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Christmas Fair

Saturday 8th December - 11.30am to 2.30pm

If any parent/carer would be interested in having a stall at the fair, please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to give you the relevant information. Also, if you are involved with any local business who would be willing to donate a raffle prize, please let the Office Team know.

 

Please note we will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 30th November. Rather than a cash donation, we ask parents/carers to kindly donate a chocolate item that will be used in a ‘Chocolate Tombola’ at our Christmas Fair. Thank you for your support.

 

The Importance of Reading

Thank for your continued support with your children's reading. At Whitehouse we want to do as much as possible to support your children in becoming confident, competent readers. Daily practise, both in school and at home, will help your child to become a good reader. This will help your child make good progress in all areas of the curriculum, not just in their reading.

 

Year 3 Open Afternoon

Please note Year 3 will be holding their Open Afternoon on Tuesday 11th December to which all parents / carers are invited. It will take place from 2.50pm to 3.10pm and will include a homework celebration and an exhibition of woolly mammoths and Stone Age artefacts.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 19th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 6

Wednesday 28th November - Healthy Body and Mind Day

Wednesday 28th November – Karate Taster Session (places will be allocated)

Friday 30th November – Non-Uniform Day (Donation – Chocolate item for Tombola)

Saturday 1st December – Ipswich County Music Service Open Morning (9.00am – 12.00pm)

Thursday 6th December – Nursery Nativity - 10.45am

Saturday 8th December – Christmas Fair – 11.30am – 2.30pm

Tuesday 11th December – Year 3 Open Afternoon – 2.50pm to 3.10pm

Wednesday 12th December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 13th December – KS1 Nativity – 9.30am / 11.15am / 2.00pm

Friday 14th December – Christmas Jumper Day for Gee Whizz and PFA

Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term for children

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 74

Friday 9th November 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been a very busy week in school and I have welcomed lots of visitors to Whitehouse! All our visitors have been very impressed with the children’s attitude to their learning. Well done for consistently demonstrating ‘The Whitehouse Way’. In addition, I visited the Cenotaph in Christchurch Park on Thursday 8th November, alongside the School Parliament. This was an excellent service of remembrance. Thank you to our School Parliament for representing our school so well and to Mrs Shalka for organising the visit.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Elephants (99.50%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Seahorses, Squirrels, Badgers, Rabbits and Tigers

(No late marks)

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Lemurs (90.60%)

Class that needs to improve their Punctuality – Giraffes

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What are the various forms of bullying and what can I do to stop them in my school? 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.

 

Reading with Parents/Carers

A reminder to all parents/carers of children in Years 1 to 6 that you are invited to come into school to read with your children. You are invited to attend on the following days:

 

 
   

Monday 12th November – Year 1

Tuesday 13th November – Year 2

Wednesday 14th November – Year 3

Thursday 15th November – Year 4

Friday 16th November – Year 5

Monday 19th November – Year 6

 

This will take place straight after dropping the children off in the morning and will be for approximately 20 minutes. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to stay and enjoy reading with your children.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Madeleine Crawford, Puffins – London Hawthorne and Youssef Kakl, Seahorses – Freya Durbidge and Benjamin Cox, Starfish – Vasile Stefan and Paywand Mohammed.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Amelia Izdebska and Harvey Dale, Giraffes – Chloe Steward and Danny Prevett, Lions – Varo Sirwan and Emily Holmes, Cobras – Nate Cracknell and Mylie Gibbs, Dragons – George Bedford and Nojus Vasiliauskas, Frogs – Adnan Saleh and Alanna Agyarkoh.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Olivia Durbidge and Martin Madar, Hedgehogs – Kacie Johnson and Daisy Perry, Squirrels – Danar Salam and David Balan, Badgers – Phoebe Brown and Maria Felix Ferreira, Owls – Rhys Cooke and Kianna Hall, Rabbits – Olivia Bedford and Carmen Ruiz, Jaguars – Andrei Stan and Brooke Taylor-Scripps, Pandas – Carnell Blanchard and Lily Winterbottom, and Lemurs – Tilly Culham and Polly Largent, Tigers – Dennis Cleary and Gracie Regina-Adams, Toucans – Kyle Osman and Joshua Davies.

 

Menu Changes

Please note we have a change in the school dinner menu for next week, Monday 12th – Friday 16th November, to celebrate National School Meals Week. The options are as follows:

 

Monday: Homemade Margherita Pizza with Herby Diced Potatoes or

Cheese and Potato Pie

Baked Beans, Seasonal Vegetables and Fresh Salad Bar

Sticky Toffee Pudding or Fresh Fruit Salad.

 

Tuesday: Oven Baked Sausages, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy or

Vegetarian Toad-in-the-Hole, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Seasonal Vegetables and Fresh Salad Bar

Oaty Fruit Crunch and Custard or Fresh Fruit Salad

 

Wednesday: Smokey Joe Chicken and Wholemeal Rice or

Macaroni Cheese

Seasonal Vegetables and Fresh Salad Bar

Coconut and Parsnip Flapjack or Fresh Fruit Salad

 

Thursday: Roast Chicken with Sage and Onion Stuffing and Gravy or

Quorn Roast, Yorkshire Pudding and Gravy

Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Fresh Salad Bar

Vanilla and Cocoa Marble Cake or Fresh Fruit Salad

 

Friday: Oven Baked Fish Fingers or

Crunchy Vegetable Fingers

Chips, Baked Beans and Sweetcorn

Chocolate Cracknell Slice or Fresh Fruit Salad

 

Book Fair

A reminder that the book fair will be taking place again on Tuesday 13th November from 3.10pm to 4.00pm in the foyer near the school office. Please come along and buy some books. We gain rewards from every book purchased which enables us to buy new books for our school libraries.

 

Books For School Campaign

Thank you to all those who have been helping us collect tokens from the Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times for their ‘Books for School’ Campaign. For every 1000 tokens we collect, the school will receive £100 worth of books. We have been informed that on the following dates there will be 10 extra tokens available so please keep an eye out for them and bring them into the school office. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Tuesday 13th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Wednesday 14th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Saturday 17th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Tuesday 27th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Wednesday 28th November – Ipswich Star / EADT

Saturday 1st December – EADT Only

Saturday 8th December – EADT Only

 

Key Stage 1 Library

Please note the Key Stage 1 Library will not be open on Tuesday 13th November due to the Book Fair taking place.

 

Poster Competition – Winners!

A big thank you to all the children who took part in designing a poster for our Book Fair. Congratulations to the winners who were: Kezia Cullum, Summer Bird, Jack Cripps, David Negru and Liliana Segieniewicz. Each of the winners received a £5 voucher to spend at the Book Fair. Well done!

 

TOAST Squad

Last Friday, the new Year 5 TOAST squad members were announced. After submitting excellent applications, the children were selected by Mrs Walker and were presented with a certificate and a badge during our Wonderful Week assembly. The TOAST squad will be meeting this week to plan some new displays for our ICT suites. Keep an eye out for them in the next few weeks!

 

Late Marks

Unfortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of children arriving late to school. When children are late into class, they miss out on essential instructions given at the beginning of the learning session and this can significantly impact learning and academic achievements. Children often feel uncomfortable walking in late to class and it also disrupts the other children who are already settled and working. Can we please ask for the support of parents / carers to ensure children are in school on time each day. Thank you for your ongoing assistance in this matter.

 

CHARITY DAY – Thursday 15th November

Due to school trips we would like to hold our charity fundraising day on Thursday 15th November. For £1.00, children and staff can come into school wearing clothes with spots, pyjamas, non-uniform clothes or fancy dress! The money raised will be shared between Children in Need and Diabetes UK.

 

Year 6 – Museum Trip

A reminder that our Year 6 classes will be going on a trip to the museum on Wednesday 14th November to support their study of World War 2. Can we please ask that any forms and money not yet returned are sent in as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

 

Flu Clinics

Many of our children recently had the flu immunisation, which was a nasal spray, given to them in school. However, there are a number of children for whom we did not receive forms back, or who were absent on the day. The School Nursing Team are offering several flu clinics where parents / carers can take their children to have the spray. The vaccination will help prevent your child contracting the flu, which can be a dangerous illness and lead to complications. If you would like to book your child into the flu clinic, or would like to discuss this further with the Nursing Team, they can be contacted on 01473 554247. More information about the vaccination can be found at the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

 

Christmas Fair

Saturday 8th December - 11.30am to 2.30pm

If any parent/carer would be interested in having a stall at the fair, please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to give you the relevant information. Also, if you are involved with any local business who would be willing to donate a raffle prize, please let the Office Team know.

 

Please note we will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 30th November. Rather than a cash donation, we ask parents/carers to kindly donate a chocolate item that will be used in a ‘Chocolate Tombola’ at our Christmas Fair. Thank you for your support

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 12th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 1

Monday 12th November – PFA Meeting – 3.15pm

Tuesday 13th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 2

Tuesday 13th November – Book Fair - 3.10pm – 4.00pm

Wednesday 14th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 3

Wednesday 14th November – Y6 visit to Ipswich Museum (WW2)

Wednesday 14th November Parents Evening - 3.20pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 15th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 4

Thursday 15th November (Charity Day) – Non-Uniform Day

Friday 16th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 5

Friday 16th November – Year 3 visit to Ipswich Museum (Stone Age)

Monday 19th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 6

Wednesday 28th November - Healthy Body and Mind Day

Friday 30th November – Non-Uniform Day (Donation – Chocolate item for Tombola)

Thursday 6th December – Nursery Nativity - 10.45am

Saturday 8th December – Christmas Fair – 11.30am – 2.30pm

Wednesday 12th December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 13th December – KS1 Nativity – 9.30am / 11.15am / 2.00pm

Friday 14th December – Christmas Jumper Day for Gee Whizz and PFA

Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 73 - 2nd November 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Well done to our newly formed PFA (Parents and Friends Association) for organising such a great disco for the children on Thursday 1st November. The event was very successful; one child said ‘It was the best disco ever!’ We are really looking forward to the next fundraising event which is scheduled for Saturday 8th December. If you would like to help the PFA with events, or have ideas about how we can raise money - do join us at our next meeting on Monday 12th November at 3.15 pm.

 

Attendance

Class with the Best Attendance – Squirrels (99.1%)

Classes with the Best Punctuality – Puffins, Lions, Cobras, Badgers, Owls and Rabbits (No late marks)

Class that needs to improve their Attendance – Jaguars (89.7%)

Class that needs to improve their Punctuality – Pandas

WELL DONE TO SQUIRRELS FOR ACHIEVING THE NON-UNIFORM DAY FOR THE BEST ATTENDANCE IN OCTOBER

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What was it like to be a soldier in the 1st  or 2nd World War? 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.

 

National School Breakfast Programme – Starting next week!

We are happy to announce that, here at Whitehouse, we will be working with the National School Breakfast Programme from next week. This will enhance our Breakfast Club provisions and introduce our children to new and exciting foods. Ask your child if they have tried the warm bagels yet!

 

Postbox

Did you know that if you have some money or a slip that you need to return to the office, instead of queuing up, we have a red deposit box in the reception area that you could put them into? There is a supply of envelopes on the top. Just put it in the envelope, with your child’s name and class and what the money is for and leave the rest to us! Thank you.

 

Year 3 Museum Trip

A reminder that our Year 3 classes have a trip coming up on Friday 16th November to the Ipswich Museum in connection with their History topic covering the Stone Age to the Iron Age. If you have not returned your permission slip and money, please do so as soon as possible.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Hunter Thorpe, Puffins – Pelin Massih and Jack Stevenson, Seahorses – John Jones and Nia Aitchison, Starfish – Daniel Negru and Vincent Kyte.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – James-Joseph Gladwell and Enioluwafe Oyefesobi, Giraffes – Danny Prevett and Rebecca Lowe, Lions – Ronnie Shannon and Eva Neacsu, Cobras – Reuben Welch and Lilia Pawlik, Dragons – Andra Stockunaite and Warren Watchman, Frogs – Tyler Leverett and Kristela Ozarovskyte.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Jack Hayes and Oliver Burch, Hedgehogs – Jayden Taylor-Scripps and Kayden Butler, Squirrels – David Balan and Elsie Marjoram, Badgers – Oliver Nadrowski and Talia Day, Owls – Daisy Gundry and Archie Keeble, Rabbits – Amicha-Anne Rose and Greta Minseviciute, Jaguars – Ashton Alderton and Nicolas Lisowski, Pandas – Maisie Keeble and Tia Theobald, and Lemurs – Tilly Culham and Logan Brooks, Tigers – Layton Pilgrim and Christopher Loveday , Toucans – Lauren Garnham and Leah Woodsford.

 

Reading with Parents/Carers

Please note we would like to invite all parents/carers of children in Years 1 to 6, to come into school to read with your children. You are invited to attend on the following days:

 

Monday 12th November – Year 1

Tuesday 13th November – Year 2

Wednesday 14th November – Year 3

Thursday 15th November – Year 4

Friday 16th November – Year 5

Monday 19th November – Year 6

 

This will take place straight after dropping the children off in the morning and will be for approximately 20 minutes. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to stay and take part.

 

Girls Football Festival

On Thursday 18th October, five under-9 girls represented Whitehouse in a 4v4 Football Festival held at the Ipswich Town Football Club. There were a total of 21 schools who entered the festival, so we knew we needed to show some excellent football skills! The girls soon found their feet after a draw in the first two matches. They then went on to lose one, which was very unfortunate, and then won the last two games, 3-1 and 2-0 with goals from Hermione Lovitt, Talia Day and Grace Hazelton. Both Ms Salmon and Miss Horne were extremely impressed with how the girls performed and praised the girls on their wonderful sportsmanship and behaviour throughout the duration of the Festival. Well done girls! A special thank you to Martin Parker, our Chair of Governors, and the parents who came along to support and cheer on the team.

 

Poppy Appeal

The School Parliament will be selling poppies, wristbands and bag toggles on the KS1 playground on Monday 5th November and on the KS2 playground on Tuesday 6th November. They will also be visiting classes selling items towards the end of the week, so please ensure your child brings in a small donation if they would like to purchase any item.

 

Book Fair

A reminder that we are holding our annual Book Fair on Thursday 8th November, during Parents Evening (3.30pm – 5.30pm) and also on Tuesday 13th November (3.10pm – 4.00pm). We hope you will come along and buy some books. For every book purchased, the school earns rewards to help us buy new books for our library, ensuring the children have lots of choice in what to read.

 

KS2 Library Opening

Please note that the KS2 Library will not be open after school next Thursday (8th November), due to the Book Fair taking place.

 

Christmas Fair

Saturday 8th December - 11.30am to 2.30pm

 

If any parent/carer would be interested in having a stall at the fair, please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to give you the relevant information. Also, if you are involved with any local business who would be willing to donate a raffle prize, please let the Office Team know.

 

Please note we will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 30th November. Rather than a cash donation, we ask parents/carers to kindly donate a chocolate item that will be used in a ‘Chocolate Tombola’ at our Christmas Fair. Thank you for your support.

 

Netball – IPSSA Cup

The Year 5/6 Netball Team played Dale Hall in the first round of the IPSSA Cup on Wednesday. They started extremely well, showing some very impressive attacking skills. Unfortunately, Dale Hall managed to slip through our defence and scored the first goal of the match. Whitehouse turned the game around in the 2nd quarter, with 2 goals coming from Tuhana Mutlu and Julia Pawlik, making the score 2-1 at half time. The girls continued to show amazing netball skills and Ms Salmon was extremely proud of the teams efforts, behaviour and perseverance throughout. Despite their best efforts, the match resulted in a 7-2 win to Dale Hall. The final result did not reflect how closely contested the match was, or how well the team played. Well done girls!

 

CHARITY DAY

Due to school trips we would like to hold our charity fundraising day on Thursday 15th November. For £1.00, children and staff can come into school wearing clothes with spots, pyjamas, non-uniform clothes or fancy dress! The money raised will be shared between Children in Need and Diabetes UK.

 

Viking Day

Well done to Year 4 for their excellent behaviour during Viking Day on Tuesday 30th November. They really enjoyed learning all about The Vikings and how they lived. They found out about housing, farming, longships, clothing and much more. In addition, we have been really impressed with the children’s efforts with this topic and the quality of the homework. Many pieces of work have made their way to the Headteacher Gold Board. Well done to Zachary Studd, Phoebe Brown, Mia Button and Rhys Cooke.

 

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 8th November – Parents Evening - 3.30pm – 6.30pm

Thursday 8th November – Book Fair - 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Monday 12th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 1

Monday 12th November – PFA Meeting – 3.15pm

Tuesday 13th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 2

Tuesday 13th November – Book Fair - 3.10pm – 4.00pm

Wednesday 14th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 3

Wednesday 14th November – Y6 visit to Ipswich Museum (WW2)

Wednesday 14th November Parents Evening - 3.20pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 15th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 4

Thursday 15th November (Charity Day)

Friday 16th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 5

Friday 16th November – Year 3 visit to Ipswich Museum (Stone Age)

Monday 19th November – Parent/Child Reading – Year 6

Wednesday 28th November - Healthy Body and Mind Day

Friday 30th November – Non-Uniform Day (Donation – Chocolate item for Tombola)

Thursday 6th December – Nursery Nativity - 10.45am

Saturday 8th December – Christmas Fair – 11.30am – 2.30pm

Wednesday 12th h December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 13th December – KS1 Nativity – 9.30am / 11.15am / 2.00pm

Friday 14th December – Christmas Jumper Day for Gee Whizz and PFA

Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

 

Issue 70 - Friday 5th October 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

We currently have a whole school focus on developing a love of 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. Therefore, it is very important that every time you or anyone in your family hears your child read, their diary is signed. If you would like to listen to children read in school and become a volunteer, please see Mr Williams for more information. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How do I resolve conflicts with my peers? 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.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Frogs who achieved 99.3% - well done! In addition, the class with the best attendance for the month of September was Foxes with 98.73% - congratulations! Foxes will now be entitled to a non-uniform day. Which class will have the best attendance for October?

 

Football Fixture

The Year 5 and 6 boys’ football team have made a very impressive start to the season, beating Bramford Primary School 10-0 in the preliminary round of the IPSSA Knockout Cup. The boys started the game brightly and quickly dominated possession. After some fantastic passing and attacking football from the team, the goals began to flow. A hat trick for Kyle Osman and two goals from Callum McWilliams saw the team leading 5-0 at half time. Despite the flattering score line, the boys kept their concentration and began the second half equally as dominantly as the first, again showing excellent team work. Five more goals followed in the second half, an additional two goals from Kyle, and two more from Preston Bennett finished the game off in fantastic style. Mr Jordan and Miss Horne were extremely proud of the boys’ teamwork and attitude throughout the game. Both were also very impressed with the level of skill and tactical understanding shown. The team have now booked their place in the first round of the cup and will play Clifford Lane Primary School. Lastly, it was nice to see so many parents/carers at the match. As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support.

 

Data Protection

We are sometimes asked if we can provide lists of children’s names to help families write party invitations or cards. We are sorry that due to Data Protection Regulations, we’re not allowed to give out this information. 

 

Summer Reading Challenge

Apologies, Jack Saunders was missed off the summer reading challenge list last week. Well done Jack.

 

New Childline Website for Under 12s: https://www.childline.org.uk/kids

Childline has launched a website aimed at children under the age of 12. This provides age appropriate content on topics including: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling. It will be promoted through the NSPCC's Speak out Stay Safe Programme:

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Archer Chisnall and Gustavs Horns, Giraffes – Joey Lucas and Shamil Tashdelen, Lions – Samuel Whitehouse and Mason Clarke, Cobras –Lacey Banks and Jayden Fosker, Dragons – Maxi Bradshaw and Stacie-Jane Loveridge, Frogs – Ebunoluwa Oyefesobi and Ava-Leigh Hutchings.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Riley Clarke and Jack-Aston Cripps, Hedgehogs – Emma-Jane Buffery and Alissa Davies, Squirrels – Tayla McGurk and Melissa Greenstreet, Badgers – Anisah Begum and Grace Hazelton, Owls – Max Pettitt and Nina Abdullah, Rabbits – Hailey Hallett and Maddison Clarke, Jaguars – Isobel Ramsey and Jessica Middlemiss, Pandas – Jamie Lamb and Oscar Wilcox, and Lemurs – Ethan Mann and Grace Carruthers, Tigers – Summer Ripper and Freddie Keen, Toucans – Bailie Cooke and Chloe Carter.

 

Gang Grooming Workshop

All parents of Year 5 and Year 6 children are invited to a very important parent’s meeting on Monday 8 th October at 2.00 pm to find out more about a growing problem for children in the Ipswich area. Volunteering Matters will deliver this workshop. Please come to the Marlow Road entrance.

 

In the Community

On Sunday 30th September, Sophie in Squirrels class took part in the London Bridges challenge. She had to cross 12 bridges along the River Thames starting at Battersea and finishing at Tower Bridge. She managed to raise £235 for Diabetes UK. Well done Sophie, this is a fabulous achievement.

 

Library Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the Library competition. We had some brilliant pictures of the children reading in unusual places! The winners of the competition were Sophia Allaton, Giovanna Balbino and Grace Carruthers. A special mention also goes to Mason Bias who managed to read a book on a water slide! All of the photos received will be framed and put on the library walls. There is still plenty of room for more photos if you would like to send them in.

 

Staffing

Mrs Twomey will be leaving the school on Monday 8th October after twelve years of service. We are sure you will join with us in wishing her the very best in her new venture and thank her for her hard work and commitment. We also wish Mrs Cox well for her maternity leave and look forward to hearing her exciting news. We will also be welcoming new members of staff into school: Miss Froude to Elephant’s class, Mrs Self to Nursery and Miss Starling to Starfish class.

 

French Trip

Preparations for the 2019 Year 6 trip to France (25th-28th June) are now well under way. There are still a few places available, so please ask the Office for an information letter if your child is in Year 6 and would like to take part.

 

Help required

We are organising a "Healthy Body and Mind" Day on Wednesday 28th November and are looking for guests from the local community who could come and deliver workshops to groups of children. If you know anybody who would be able to help, please let the office know. The workshops have been divided into several categories: getting to know yourself/expressing feelings, learning to relax/learning a new skill, keeping active/eating healthily/sleeping well, developing healthy relationship/caring for others. Potential guests could be doctors, nurses, yoga/mindfulness teachers, dancers, sports persons, chefs/restaurateurs, counsellors etc. It could also be individuals who can teach the children a new skill or have a small community project in mind that children could support/work towards on the day. Thank you very much in advance for your kind support in this matter.

 

Dates for the Diary

Families Connect Course starts – Thursday 11th October

Year 2 Framlingham Castle Trip – Tuesday 16th October

Friday 19th October – PD Day (No school for children)

Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October – Half Term Holiday

Year 4 History Event – Tuesday 30th October

Thursday 8th November – Parents Evening (3.30 – 6.30 pm)

Wednesday 14th November – Y6 visit to Ipswich Museum (WW2)

Wednesday 14th November Parents Evening (3.20 – 5.30 pm)

Thursday 15th November (Charity Day)

Friday 16th November – Year 3 visit to Ipswich Museum (Stone Age)

Wednesday 28th November - Healthy Body and Mind Day

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thursday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

 

Issue 69 - Friday 28th September 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Firstly, I would like to apologise for the late opening of the gates onto the KS2 playground on Monday afternoon. We are reviewing our procedures and ensuring that assembly finishes on time. For safeguarding reasons, we cannot open the gates until all the children are safely back in the new block. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please remember that a member of SLT and the Pastoral Team can be located on the three playgrounds before or after school every day (they will be wearing purple vests) to answer questions and guide you. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How do people ensure good use of resources all over the world? 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.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Puffins who achieved 99.3%. Well done!

 

Summer Reading Challenge

Well done to all the children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge in our local libraries. So far, we have received certificates from Chloe McGurk, Tayla McGurk, Abigail Gunn, Lenny King, Oliver and Amberley Burch, Filip Neascu, Ellie Canning, Charlotte Groom, Jensen Race, Sophie Mayhew and Max Saunders. We are aware there have been others involved in the Library challenge, so please send the certificates in to school so that we can put them on display. It is quite a commitment for the children to do this over the holidays so we want to celebrate them all!

 

Books for Schools

The Ipswich Star and The East Anglian Daily Times are organising a ‘Books for Schools Campaign’. Please could parents, grandparents and friends of Whitehouse Community Primary School start to collect these for us and bring them into school? Tokens will be printed every day from the 1st October. For every 1000 tokens collected, the school will receive £100 worth of books, which would be wonderful. Also, the school who collects the most will receive £2500 worth of books!

 

Families Connect

Thank you to all our parents who attended our Families Connect coffee morning on 25th September. We look forward to welcoming families back for the course on Thursday 11th October.

 

Twitter

Please follow the school on Twitter to see the great learning that is happening at Whitehouse: https://twitter.com/Whcps_Ipswich

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Kaci Wright and Sophie Butler, Giraffes – Laycee Deere and Eliza-Mae Moore, Lions – Jensen Garwood and Jessica Greenstreet, Cobras – Maria Gheorghiu and Kyan Latif, Dragons – Maxi Bradshaw and Stacie-Jane Loveridge, Frogs – George Woodward and Isla Thompson.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Caleb Town and Payam Mohammed, Hedgehogs –Izzabelle Jautakis and Mirac Mutlu, Squirrels – Zainab Al Akraa and Mason Burke, Badgers – Lacey-Mai Fairweather and Santiago Ferreira, Owls – Mia Byles and Daisee Death, Rabbits – Alan Safo and Jana Gabelyte, Jaguars – Aidan Edwards and Abigail Gunn, Pandas – Eni Oyefesobi and Simona Vitkeviciute, and Lemurs – Lewis McLaughlin and Grace Carruthers, Tigers – Julia Pawlik and Jace Wright, Toucans – Peyton Harvey and Lennon Baldwin.

 

Gang Grooming Workshop

All parents of Year 5 and Year 6 children are invited to a very important parent’s meeting on Monday 8th October at 2.00 pm to find out more about a growing problem for children in the Ipswich area. Volunteering Matters will deliver this workshop.

 

Parent and Friends Association

We are delighted to report that we have a group of parents who would like to set up a parents and friends association to raise money to support trips and additional resources for the children. The PFA will be having their first meeting on Friday 5th October at 3.30 pm. Do try to attend and have your say about new activities in the school.

 

Early Years

Our Reception children have completed their first month in school – well done. Congratulations to the children in Puffins class who have had excellent attendance since the first day of term. We are very pleased with how all the children have settled into school and adjusted to school expectations. This photograph shows the excellent concentration they are displaying whilst singing and signing (Makaton) – Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

 

Dates for the Diary

EAL Coffee Morning – Monday 1st October

Families Connect Course starts – Thursday 11th October

Year 2 Framlingham Castle Trip – Tuesday 16th October

Friday 19th October – PD Day (No school for children)

Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October – Half Term Holiday

Year 4 History Event – Tuesday 30th October

Thursday 8th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 14th November – Y6 visit to Ipswich Museum (WW2)

Wednesday 14th November Parents Evening (early)

Thursday 15th November (Charity Day)

Friday 16th November – Year 3 visit to Ipswich Museum (Stone Age)

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Wednesday 20th December – Tuesday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Issue 68 - Friday 21st September 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been great to see so many children sign up for one of our new sports clubs this term. We are aware that the demand has been very high and Mr Jordan has worked hard to organise spaces for as many children as possible. 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 a curriculum enrichment opportunity, so it is important that your child wants to attend their chosen clubs. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Assemblies The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What words from other languages do we use on a daily basis in our country? 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.

 

School Photographs

Individual school photographs will be taken on Monday 24th September. Please ensure the children are wearing the correct school uniform.

 

Attendance

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

 

Flu Jab (Reception children to Year 5)

The school-based nasal flu vaccination programme helps protect your child against flu. Flu can be a dangerous illness and can cause serious complications. Your child is entitled to the vaccination for free, from the NHS. If you would like your child to have the flu vaccination please access and submit the consent form through the following link: 

https://immunisation.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/Flu?id=afefc0ff-2d41-450a-8d21-7d2b9dd6d1a8

There is an option to decline. The portal will close on the 4th October.

 

Break and Lunch times

It has been brought to our attention that some parents/carers/family members have been coming up to the school fences and gates at break and lunchtimes to talk to their children when dropping off siblings at Sunbeams. As you will appreciate, in order to keep the children safe we would ask you to avoid doing this. 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.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Jazmine Downes and Gabriel Cantarilli, Giraffes – Summer Smith and McKenzie Woods, Lions – Kacey-Mae Brill and Austin KnightsRichmond, Cobras – Namo Aziz and Alicja Krajewski, Dragons – Summer Bird and Lucah Rosher, Frogs – Imogen Hazelton and Kayden Osman.

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Connor Weedon and Ava Cloke, Hedgehogs – Connor Farman and Jayden Taylor-Scripps, Squirrels – Sophie Mayhew and Estera Stokvis, Badgers – Kieran Myhill and Byron Grimwood, Owls – Charlie Richman and Cameron Ripper, Rabbits – Jaymee Buffery and Harry Herbert, Jaguars – Charlie Turner and Holly Sheehan, Pandas – Victoria Velkova and Sam Chenery, and Lemurs – William Taylor and Nicolas Lis, Tigers – Reuben Day and Cameron Weedon, Toucans – Ciara Mulligan and Iosif Ciupitu.

 

Reception Parents – Families Connect

Mrs Gotts 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 that you can share as a family to help your child’s learning at school. You can come along on Tuesday 25th September at 9am to find out more. The course will then start on Thursday 11th 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.

 

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.

 

Whitehouse Primary School - Vacancy for Cleaner

3 hrs per day, Monday to Friday (15 hours per week) - 3:15-6:15 pm

44 weeks per year (term time plus 6 weeks during school holidays / PD Days)

Rate of pay: £8.50 per hour

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable individual to join our Premises team as a Cleaner. Experience of cleaning schools, offices or commercial premises is an advantage but not essential as training will be provided. You must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and will be working as part of a team.

 

High standards of cleanliness are expected throughout the school and the successful applicant will be expected to carry out general cleaning duties as directed. Application packs are available from the school office. 

 

Debbie Whight,

Headteacher’s PA

Whitehouse CP School

Marlow Road, Ipswich IP1 5JN

 

Closing Date : 9 am Monday 1st October 2018

Interviews : Friday 5th October 2018

 

High School Open Evenings

It is that time of year where Year 6 parents will be considering High Schools for their children. There are open evenings organised at Westbourne on Thursday 4th October from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm and Claydon High School on Wednesday 26th September at 6.30 pm. It is important that applications for High Schools are made by the 31st October. To find out more information please follow this link:

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-places/apply-for-asecondary-school-place-2019-2020/

 

Dates for the Diary

Individual Photographs – Monday 24th September

EAL Coffee Morning – Monday 1st October

Year 2 Framlingham Castle Trip – Tuesday 16th October

Friday 19th October – PD Day (No school for children)

Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October – Half Term Holiday

Year 4 History Event – Tuesday 30th October

Thursday 8th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 14th November Parents Evening (early)

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Wednesday 20th December – Monday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Thursday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

Issue 67 - Friday 14th September 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall
It has been a super week in school. I have shown many visitors around who have all commented on the calm and purposeful atmosphere that pervades the school (well done everyone). The behaviour of the children has been excellent and they are all keen to follow the golden rules: We listen, We are honest, We work hard and We are kind and respectful. So far this week, there have been 50 silvers awarded and 14 golds. This is a fantastic start to the school year. Keep working hard
everyone.

 

In the Community
Well done to Chloe and Taylor for taking part in The Great North Run on Saturday 8 September. Chloe completed 4 Km in 29 minutes and 53 seconds and Tayla completed 1.5 Km in 9 minutes and 39 Seconds. Congratulations to you both – we are all very proud of you.

 

Attendance
The classes with the best attendance last week were Puffins, Starfish and Foxes who all achieved 100%. Well done!

 

Accelerated Reader Information Event for Year 3 and Year 4 Parents
Miss Verrall and Miss Siddall will be explaining our approach to reading in Key Stage 2 on Thursday
20th September at 2.30 pm. Please join us to find out how you can support your children with Accelerated Reader. Please sign in at the school office.

 

Summer Reading Challenge
We would like to celebrate the success of any children who participated in their local library Summer
Reading Challenge this year. Please send in their certificates which will be photocopied and displayed in school.


Library Opening Times
The KS1 Library will be open after school from Tuesday 18th September for Reception, Year 1 and
Year 2. This is an opportunity for you to come into school with your children to choose new books and
share them together. We are also going to open the KS2 Library after school on Thursdays. This will
start on Thursday 20th September.


Assemblies
The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: Who decides the laws in our country?
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.

 

Library Photo Competition
Please can all photographs for the Library competition be sent into school or emailed (parents@whcps.org) by the 21st September. We have extended the deadline to enable more children to take part. We look forward to displaying the photos (reading in an unusual place) on our Library walls. Don’t forget there are prizes for the best photographs!


Holidays
Despite some improvements last year, attendance remains a cause for concern at Whitehouse. Please can we remind parents that holidays will not be authorised.


Clubs
All our sports clubs will start next week. For the safety of the children please can you ensure that you leave the school promptly as we need to lock the gates before we can start our clubs. You will receive a text letting you know whether your child has a place in a club or if they are on the reserve list.


School Photographs – Advance Warning
Individual school photographs will be taken on Monday 24th September. Please ensure the children are wearing the correct school uniform.

 

Job Vacancy

 

Whitehouse Community Primary School – Midday Supervisors
Hours of Work: 1hr 10mins – 1hr 30 mins per day, worked between 11.30 am – 1.30pm

Rate of pay: £8.50 per hour – term time only

 

We have a number of vacancies for regular and relief Midday Supervisors to start immediately. You will need to be approachable, enthusiastic and able to supervise school meals and to lead and monitor children’s play in the playground.


Experience of working in a school is desirable but not essential. Application packs are available from the school office or on our website www.whcps.org/vacancies. If you would like help to fill in an application form, please ask. Satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.


For more information, please contact: Cath Anderson, Business Manager, Whitehouse Community Primary School, Marlow Road, Ipswich, IP1 5JN.


Closing Date: Wednesday 19th September

 

Interviews: 28th September

 

Dates for the Diary

Year 5 History Event – Tuesday 18th September
Individual Photographs – Monday 24th September
EAL Coffee Morning – Monday 1st October
Year 2 Framlingham Castle Trip – Tuesday 16th October
Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October – Half Term Holiday

Year 4 History Event – Tuesday 30th October
Thursday 8th November – Parents Evening (late)
Wednesday 14th November Parents Evening (early)
Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Wednesday 20th December – Monday 1st January – Christmas Holidays
Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Wednesday 3rd January - First Day of Spring Term

 

Issue 66 - Friday 7th September 2018

 

 

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 look out for our new curriculum maps. As you are aware, we have four separate areas/playgrounds that the children can be dropped off and collected from at the start and end of the day. 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 and dropped off last at the start of the day. If you are having trouble collecting your children, please let the pastoral team know and we will see what reasonable adjustments can be made to support you and your family. If you would like your child in Year 5 or 6 to meet you on the KS1 playground, please ensure you complete a walking home form. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Welcome

We are pleased to welcome our new reception children and five new teachers to Whitehouse this academic year: Mr Miles (Pandas Teacher), Mr Joscelyne (Dragons Teacher) Mr Moore (Hedgehogs Teacher), Mr Donowa (Squirrels Teacher), Mr Trimmer (Badgers Teacher) and Miss Waters (Cobras Teacher).

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Mr Taylor and Mrs Wilcox for passing their HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) qualification. Excellent work!

 

Reading

As part of our School Improvement Plan for 2018-2019, there will be a whole school focus on reading. This includes reading for pleasure and raising the attainment and progress across the school. 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.

 

Attendance

If you have any concerns or questions regarding attendance, Mr Williams and Mrs Baldwin will be happy to discuss this further with you as we strive to improve attendance for all children at Whitehouse. 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. The kit comprises of a red polo shirt (with a logo), black shorts, black plimsolls/trainers with a black jacket and tracksuit bottoms for colder days. In line with the SCC guidance, please also ensure that earrings are removed on PE days. We would also ask that all items are named to help prevent them from being lost.

 

Breakfast Clubs

Our main Breakfast Club is organised 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.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How can I be the best learner I can? 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.

 

After School Sports Clubs – Autumn Term

We have a number of free after school sports clubs starting on Monday 17th September that enrich our curriculum. If your child is interested in attending a club, please ensure the permission slip has been returned by Thursday 13th September. Each club 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.

*Basketball will start after half-term on Monday 29th October

 

 

Nut Allergies

Can we please remind parents to avoid sending in products containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch or for their snack (KS2 only) 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.

 

Safeguarding

In case of a Safeguarding (Child Protection) issue you will need to contact Mr Williams (Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead) straight away. In his absence please report any concerns to our Alternative Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Hall, Mrs Porter, Miss Siddall, Miss Brinkley, Mrs Darke or Mrs Gotts. http://www.whcps.org/safeguarding/

 

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. 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 Head/SENDCo and finally, the most serious concerns will be passed to the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

 

Job Vacancy

Whitehouse Community Primary School – Midday Supervisors

Hours of Work: 1hr 10mins – 1hr 30 mins per day, worked between 11.30 am – 1.30pm

Rate of pay: £8.50 per hour – term time only

We have a number of vacancies for regular and relief Midday Supervisors to start immediately. You will need to be approachable, enthusiastic and able to supervise school meals and to lead and monitor children’s play in the playground.

 

Experience of working in a school is desirable but not essential. Application packs are available from the school office or on our website www.whcps.org/vacancies. If you would like help to fill in an application form, please ask. Satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.

 

For more information, please contact: Cath Anderson, Business Manager, Whitehouse Community Primary School, Marlow Road, Ipswich, IP1 5JN.

Closing Date: Wednesday 19th September

Interviews: Friday 28th September

 

Dates for the Diary

Year 5 History Event – Tuesday 18th September

Year 2 Framlingham Castle Trip – Tuesday 16th October

Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October – Half Term Holiday

Year 4 History Event – Tuesday 30th October

Thursday 8th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 14th November Parents Evening (early)

Wednesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Wednesday 20th December – Monday 1st January – Christmas Holidays

Wednesday 2nd January – PD Day (No school for children)

Wednesday 3rd January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 - 2018

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 65

Friday 24th July 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been a super year and we are all incredibly proud of what the children have achieved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support and we are all looking forward to what the next academic year brings. We would like to wish our Year 6 children who are heading off to their different High Schools the very best of luck. Have a great summer break; school starts again for the children on Thursday 6th September.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Kayden Osman and Charlotte Groom, Giraffes – Max Newman and Salma Hendy, Lions – Alysha Martins and Ava-Leigh Hutchings, Cobras – Martins Strazdins and Mariana Stefan, Dragons – Meyah Ransome-Patterson and Daisy Perry, Frogs – Riley Clarke and Sophia Edwards.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Ellie-Mae Clarke, Alan Safo and Jack Smith, Hedgehogs – Chloe McGurk and Nina Abdullah, Squirrels – Hermione Lovitt and Jessica Olaleye, Badgers – Jack Saunders, Holly Sheehan and Troy Clarke, Owls – Lexi Seggons and Tahlia Huggins, Rabbits – Carnell Blanchard, Ethan Carter and Julia Stanczak, Jaguars – Rhianna Da Costa and Reuben Day, Pandas – Daniel Balan, Joshua Davies, Lennon Baldwin and Chloe Carter.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Tigers who achieved 99.30%. Well done!

 

Read and Feed Awards

Some of our Key Stage 1 children have been working very hard this year at Read and Feed Breakfast Club and have made great progress. Miss Warner presented the following children with awards this week for their efforts. Well done and thank you to parents for their support.

 

Mathew Aldridge – Dragons, Theo Lopez – Cobras , Logan Lopez – Cobras ,

Ethan Bird – Giraffes , Emma-Jane Buffery – Dragons, Sophia Edwards – Frogs,

Emily Kniffel – Frogs, Carly Jarrett-Crawford – Frogs, Maja Olszewska – Frogs

 

Swimming Lessons

Please note Badgers and Toucans will be starting their swimming lessons next term. Badgers will be going on a Monday afternoon and Toucans on a Friday afternoon. Letters have been sent home to these classes with further details.

 

Year 6 Play

The Year 6 performance of Pirates of the Curry Bean was a great success. The children were superb! We wish all of Year 6 the very best as they move to High School. A big thank you to all our Year 6 parents who have supported the school over the last seven years.

 

 

We are pleased to share with you the list of children who have been presented with Governors Awards for their wonderful efforts during this school year:

 

Key Stage Two

 

Year 6

Year 5

Year 4

Year 3

Everyone’s Best Friend

Rio Bacon

Chloe Carter

Sebastian Barnett

Imogen Reddington

Star Pupil

Zana Zurel

Julia Pawlik

Enioluwafe Oyefesobi

Chloe McGurk

Best Behaviour for Learning

Laynie Clarke

Leo Bird

Tahlia Huggins

Oliver Nadrowski

Most Improved in Reading

Ahmed Abdulkarim

Holly Cracknell

Molly Fry

Alan Safo

Most Improved in Writing

Ehtisab Mahrat

Lennon Baldwin

Miley Ferguson

Hailey Hallett

Most Improved in Maths

Madison Prior

Daniel Balan

Majus Sabaciauskas

Amez Saeed

Sports Award

Freya Wilcox

Edmond Tahiri

Preston Bennett

Frankie Clarke

Always Displays the Whitehouse Way

Mazin Hassoun

Bailie Cooke

Andrei Stan

Megan Bradford

Music Award

Oliver Hindle

Rihanna Da Costa

Lenny King

Mia Byles

Creative Award

Madeline Elliott

Joshua Davies

Jamie Lamb

Harrison Miller-Newstead

Outstanding Behaviour

Marija Romanova

Lauren Garnham

Sam Chenery

Cameron Ripper

Outstanding Academic Achievement

Ashton Bullard

Theo Pettitt

Lewis McLaughlin

Hermione Lovitt

Most Engaged in the Enquiry Curriculum

Leah Corrigan

Oliver Methven

Charlie Turner

Rhys Cooke

Outstanding Effort with Homework

Kellie Garnham

Jenson Alderton-Brame

Riley Thompson

Jaymee Buffery

 

Key Stage One / EYFS

 

Year 2

Year 1

Reception

Nursery

Everyone’s Best Friend

Bahez Saeed

Charlotte Groom

Summer Smith

Tyler Hawkins

Star Pupil

Sofija Gabelyte

Sophie Wales

Tyler O’Connor

Daniel Pino Rodrigues Coelho

Best Behaviour for Learning

Tayla McGurk

Alysha Crane

Emily Holmes

Vana Hassan

Most Improved in Reading

Joshua Allen

Sophia Carvalho

Ronnie Shannon

 

Most Improved in Writing

Kamilly Cantarelli

Maja Lisowska

Archer Chisnall

 

Most Improved in Maths

Xavier Nadrowski

Ewan Canfer

Leo Bailey

 

Sports Award

Mason Burke

Tate Largent

Nicolette Banevic-Cerliuk

Roman Carruthers

Always Displays the Whitehouse Way

Elsie Marjoram

Adnan Saleh

Rafael Rosinha

Isla Pipe

Music Award

Ala Abdulkarim

Kristeal Ozarovskyte

Jayden Pooley

 

Creative Award

Erin Chisnall

Maxi Bradshaw

Olivia Sladewska

 

Outstanding Behaviour

Deanna Crawford

Andra Stockunaite

Eva Neacsu

 

Outstanding Academic Achievement

Leah Atkinson

Mylie Gibbs

Kezia Cullum

 

Most Engaged in the Enquiry Curriculum

David Balan

Diana Vieira

Varo Sirwan

 

Outstanding Effort with Homework

Billy Hutchison

Megan Ablett

Jazmine Downes

Harrison Race

 

Nursery Graduation

Congratulations to our Nursery children who graduated this week. We look forward to seeing many of them come back in September when they will be joining our Reception classes.

 

 

Staff News

As we reach the end of the academic year we will be saying goodbye to a number of members of staff. Mrs Sue Vincent is retiring from Whitehouse after 21 years at the school, we wish her the very best as she plans to spend more time with her family. We also say goodbye to several TA’s who are moving on to start their teacher training, good luck to Miss Akbareian, Mr Taylor, Mr Thompson and Miss Blackwell. We also wish Mr Burch, Mr Potter and Miss Shemming the best of luck as they move on to their new places of work, and Mrs Ansell as she relocates to Wales.

 

Attendance

As you may be aware attendance has been a major concern at the school for some time and was one area Ofsted highlighted needed some improvement. We have managed to achieve an attendance of 95.1% for this academic year. While this is still below the National Expectation, it does reflect a significant improvement. We would like to thank those parents/carers who have continued to support us in making sure your children are in school each day, making non-emergency medical appointments and taking holidays out of school time. We will continue to be making good attendance a high priority in school and aim to make significant improvements over the coming academic year.

 

Suffolk Night Owls

Suffolk Night Owls is a telephone support line, text and email support service run by Suffolk Mind. The service is available in Suffolk for people with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder or for anyone that the services feel requires a bit more emotional support in the evenings. It is open Thursday to Sunday 8pm to 2am. If you feel this service may be helpful to you, you will need to register by emailing Suffolk.night.owls@suffolkmind.org.uk. Then you will be sent a registration document. Once returned you will then be contacted with the number to call or text. Once registered you are free to call the line, text and email for support. The support line workers, who have experience of working within mental health services will be there to listen and support you in a way that works for you. They will have access to the plan you will have written when you register regarding how best you like to be supported in a crisis – what works best for you at these times. Most importantly, you will be listened to and be heard. Suffolk Night Owls is a place to get impartial support and information in a non-judgemental way.

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th  July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th  September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

Monday 10th September – Nursery Sessions Start

Monday 10th September – Badgers Swimming Lesson

Friday 14th September – Toucans Swimming Lesson

Thursday 11th October – Flu Vaccinations

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 64

Friday 20th July 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Thank you for all the positive comments we have received regarding the annual reports. We are really proud of our children and how hard they have worked to achieve their potential this year. Here are a few of the great comments received:

“It was lovely to read such a positive report. I know that with all the positive changes happening at school X will continue to be the best she can be”

“Thank you to all the Whitehouse staff – you are incredible!”

“Thank you X has received a lot of support in this school and gained a lot of confidence”

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to:– Dolphins – Daniel Negru, Turtles – Awasi Imran, Puffins – Amberley Burch and Maddison Jessup, Seahorses – Dougie Marjoram and Jacob Halls, Starfish – Joey Lucas and Laycee Deere. The winners of the attendance award was Seahorses.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Summer Bird and Kyann Cole, Giraffes – Stacie-Jane Loveridge and Diana Vieira, Lions – Poppy Studd and Alanna Agyarkoh, Cobras – Ellie Rose and Austin Jarvis, Dragons – Bahez Saeed and Daisy Perry, Frogs – Erin Chisnall and Jayden Taylor-Scripps.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Kaycee Harrison, Hedgehogs – Mia Byles and Megan Bradford, Squirrels – Jayden Green and Imogen Reddington, Badgers – Jessica Middlemiss and Miley Ferguson, Owls – Lewis McLaughlin and Sonjela Sylja, Rabbits – Oscar Wilcox and Tommy Davies, Jaguars – Liliana Segieniewicz and Summer Ripper, Pandas – Chloe Carter and Daniel Balan, Tigers – Megan Williams and Joshua Youngs, Toucans – Rio Bacon.

 

Attendance

The classes with the best attendance last week were Giraffes and Jaguars who achieved 98.67%. Well done!

 

Library Photo Competition

It is time to update the photos on the Library walls, so we are holding another competition to get new pictures of children (and staff) reading in different places - the more unusual the better! Maybe you are going somewhere this summer which would make a fun photo opportunity. Ask someone to take a photograph of you reading a book somewhere unexpected and bring it in, or email it to the school (parents@whcps.org) by Friday 14th September. The photos will be displayed on the walls of the libraries with prizes for the best in EYFS/KS1 and KS2.

 

Dinner Money – Urgent Action Needed

Despite consistently chasing outstanding dinner money debt this still remains high. Please note all dinner money debt MUST be cleared on Monday at the latest. Parents who are yet to clear their balance will receive a text today. From next term all dinner money will be need to be paid in advance of your children taking either a hot dinner or a pick and mix.

 

Congratulations

We wish Miss Dobner congratulations for her upcoming wedding over the Summer Holiday. On return to school she will be known as Mrs Walker.

 

Toy Day

Please note, as in previous years, the last day of the Summer Term (Tuesday 24th July) will be ‘Toy Day’ where each child may bring a toy with them into school. We would ask that parents/carers ensure the toy is appropriate for the classroom and that items such as toy guns, swords etc are not brought into school. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Rotary Club

A special assembly was held in Key Stage Two in which we welcomed representatives from the local Rotary Club who kindly donated a dictionary to each of our Year 6 children. This is something they have done now for the school for a number of years and we very much appreciate their ongoing support and recognition of the Year 6 for all their hard work.

 

House Captains

Our newly elected House Captains took part in their first important meeting this week as they hosted a visit from the local MP, Dr Dan Poulter. The children had a chance to discuss the process of democracy and to share with him some of the great things happening in our school.

 

 

Book Sale

Mrs West will be selling books on the astroturf outside Year 5/6 classrooms on Monday after school. They are books that have been well used, but we longer need and so they will be sold off cheaply at prices of just 10p, 20p and 30p.

 

100% Attendance Activity

42 of our children, along with some of our staff members, who have achieved 100% attendance across the full academic year enjoyed a lovely outing to Colchester Zoo this week. The children all behaved extremely well and were a credit to Whitehouse! A big thank you to all parents/carers for supporting your child in consistently attending school. Our in school data shows that children who attend well at school achieve significantly higher results.

 

Medication

Please can parents/carers ensure they pick up any medication on Tuesday when in school, including those kept in the school office. Any medication left in the office will be disposed of over the holiday. Thank you for your support.

 

Change in Menu

Please note on Tuesday 24th July (last day of term) there is a change of menu. It will now be pizza served with potato wedges, beans and sweetcorn. Dessert will be ice cream and ice lollies.

 

Midday Supervisors

Midday Supervisors, Mrs Ranson and Mrs Bedford, would like to say a big thank you to all the Midday Supervisors for all their support and good work in looking after the children over the year.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 23rd July – Governor Assemblies

Monday 23rd  July – School Leavers BBQ

Monday 23rd July – KS1 Disco – 4.00pm–5.00pm

Monday 23rd July – KS2 Disco – 5.15pm-6.30pm

Tuesday 24th  July – Leavers Assembly – 2.00pm

Tuesday 24th July – Toy Day

Tuesday 24th  July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

Monday 10th September – Nursery Sessions Start

Thursday 11th October – Flu Vaccinations

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 63

Friday 13th July 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It was lovely to meet all our new children last week. They all seemed very excited to be joining our great school. Thank you for your support at these meetings – if you have any additional questions please ask and we will be happy to help. In September, we will have nearly 600 children at Whitehouse! I do hope that you enjoy reading your child’s annual report; the children have worked hard this year and should be proud of their achievements. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s report the teachers will be available on Wednesday 18th July.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to:– Puffins – Bana Sediq and Cameron Bartram, Seahorses – Archer Chisnall and Erioluwa Oyefesobi, Starfish – Danny Prevett and Charlie Kastrati. The winners of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Theo Skinner and Aurora Thorpe, Giraffes – Mylie Gibbs and Sophie Wales, Lions – Maria-Adelina Gheorghiu, Kristela Ozarovskyte and Kyan Latif, Cobras – Ceylin Arduc and Nikoli Velkov, Dragons – Harvey Turner and Lacey Morling, Frogs – David Balan.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Jana Gabelyte and Amicha-Anne Rose, Hedgehogs – Riyah Ali and Emilie Garwood, Squirrels – Connor Cowles and Karen Da Costa, Badgers – Abigail Gunn and Reggie Carter, Owls – Preston Bennett and Logan Brooks, Rabbits – Jessica Mallett and Riley Thompson, Jaguars – Holly Cracknell and Leanna Blackwell, Pandas – Hollie Blow and Harrison Smy, Tigers – Danny Mundy and Emily Harding, Toucans – Riley Emeny.

 

Attendance

The classes with the best attendance last week were Dragons and Tigers who both achieved a wonderful 100%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: Do I always act responsibly when I am on holiday? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Word Millionaires

We have some more Word Millionaires this week, they are Leah Woodsford, Dennis McGunnagle and Che Ruiz. Well done to all who have achieved this status this year. We have a lot of excellent and enthusiastic readers in our school!

 

Election of House Captains 2018

Wednesday was a busy and exciting day as 545 pupils and staff took part in the 2018 Election of House Captains at Whitehouse. It was lovely to see pupils of all ages come together as a House and to hear the speeches of all the would-be House Captains. There was a buzz of excitement all day around the school, with pupils and staff eagerly awaiting the afternoon results. All the candidates conducted themselves very professionally and did themselves and the school proud. Votes have now been counted and we are delighted with the appointment of the following House Captains:

 

Diamond House: Holly Cracknell and Joshua Davies

Emerald House: Gracie Regina-Adams and Reuben Day

Ruby House: Julia Pawlik and Daniel Zantboer

Sapphire House: Theo Pettitt and Leanna Blackwell

 

Pupils and staff are now looking forward to the next step of their Democracy project which will be to work together in the Autumn Term to write their own House Charter.

 

 

EYFS Sports Day

The last of our Sports Days took place this Tuesday, with EYFS battling it out for their respective Houses. Despite the cooler temperatures the occasion was still as competitive as the other Sports Days. Ms Salmon and Mr Jordan would like to say a massive thank you to all pupils, staff and parents for making the EYFS Sports Day an enjoyable and successful event. It was so nice to see the EYFS pupils putting into practice what they have been learning during their athletics PE lessons. After combining both the morning and afternoon scores the final results from the EYFS Sports Day were as follows: 1st  – Sapphire (70 points), 2nd  – Emerald (69 points), 3rd – Diamond (64 points) and 4th place – Ruby (62 points).

 

School Games Sports Mark

We are proud to announce that after all our hard work and effort with PE this year that, as a school we have successfully been awarded with a Silver Sports Mark. The Sports Mark is awarded to schools based upon the levels of participation and opportunities within sport and PE offered/organised by the school. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank every pupil that has been involved in any of the after school sports clubs and represented the school in fixtures and competitions. We would also like to thank staff that have given their time and effort to support this years PE provision, and lastly to parents/carers for all of your continued support.

 

Dinner Money – Urgent Action Needed

Despite consistently chasing outstanding dinner money debt this still remains high. Please note all dinner money debt MUST be cleared by the end of term. All parents with a debt will receive a text today. Please ensure this is paid on Monday. From next term all dinner money will need to be paid in advance of your children taking either a hot dinner or a pick and mix.

 

Library Photo Competition

It is time to update the photos on the Library walls, so we are holding another competition to get new pictures of children (and staff) reading in different places - the more unusual the better! Maybe you are going somewhere this summer which would make a fun photo opportunity. Ask someone to take a photograph of you reading a book somewhere unexpected and bring it in, or email it to the school (parents@whcps.org) by Friday 14th September. The photos will be displayed on the walls of the libraries with prizes for the best in EYFS/KS1 and KS2.

 

Year 1 Trip

Our Year 1 classes had a wonderful trip to Felixstowe this week which they thoroughly enjoyed as you can see in the photos below. They were very lucky to have lovely sunny weather! The children behaved wonderfully and were a credit to Whitehouse. Thank you to all staff and parents/carers who came along to support the trip.

 

 

Free iCards

As you may be aware Ipswich Borough Council are offering all children under the age of 16 the chance to apply for a free iCard to be used over the summer holiday. A leaflet has been sent home with each child this week, however if you have not received it, you can find further information, including how to apply and a full program of activities at the following link: www.ipswichfit.co.uk/summerholidayicard. This is a great opportunity to ensure your child is able to be physically active and be involved in safe, supervised activities including, swimming, racquet sports, the summer holiday programme, athletics and the gym for any children over 14.

 

Year 6 Production

Rehearsals are going extremely well for this year’s production ‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’. The children are getting very excited to show off their newfound acting and singing skills! Tickets are now on sale for all three performances and are open to all. Performances are scheduled for Wednesday 18th July at 9.30am and 6.00pm and on Thursday 19th July at 6.00pm. Don’t delay as tickets are selling fast, especially for Thursday at 6.00pm.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 17th July – 100% Attendance Trip – Colchester Zoo

Wednesday 18th July – Year 6 Production – 9.30 am and 6.00 pm

Wednesday 18th July – Parents Evening (Drop in Session)

Thursday 19th July – LAST DAY to buy Disco Tickets

Thursday 19th July – Year 6 Production – 6.00 pm

Monday 23rd July – Governor Assemblies

Monday 23rd July – School Leavers BBQ

Monday 23rd July – KS1 Disco – 4.00pm–5.00pm

Monday 23rd July – KS2 Disco – 5.15pm-6.30pm

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

Monday 10th September – Nursery Sessions Start

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 62

Friday 6th July 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Well done to all our children for their excellent effort at Sports Day - everyone demonstrated ‘The Whitehouse Way’ throughout. Also, thank you to our families who supported this event and for the positive feedback we received during the day. There was a super atmosphere and, I am sure you will agree, it was extremely well organised by Mr Jordan and Mrs Salmon. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated sports department. Did you know this year, there has been 25 free sports clubs offered, 304 children have attended at least one club and 84 children have represented the school at a fixture. This is a super achievement. Great work everyone.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Aistreja Uzkuraityte, Turtles – Paywand Mohammed, Puffins – Samuel Whitehouse and Sophia Allaton, Seahorses – Sevan Ali and Oscar Byles. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Imogen Hazleton and George Bedford, Giraffes – Isla Mitchell and Jess Chenery, Lions – Lacey Banks and Lucah Rosher, Cobras – Kacie Johnson, Ava Cloke and Logan Crick, Dragons – Oliver Burch, Frogs – Corey Horvath and Caleb Town.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Dragons who achieved 99.30%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: What should I do if I am approached by a stranger in person or online? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

After- School Clubs / Gym Trails

A reminder that ALL after-school clubs and morning gym trails have now finished for the term. Thank you to all who assisted and have given up their time for the children.

 

100% Attendance

At Whitehouse, we like to recognise outstanding attendance. Children who have achieved 100% attendance (with no late marks or holidays booked) in the Summer Term will today be given a special ‘Gold Non-Uniform Day’ voucher, which can be used before the end of term. Please note for those children who have achieved 100% attendance (with no late marks) across the whole academic year, a letter is being sent home today with your child, inviting them to attend a special trip on Tuesday 17th July 2018. Please return the signed permission slips as soon as possible.

 

Year 5 – Tudor Topic

Year 5 have been enjoying their topic on the Tudors and on Wednesday held a Tudor themed sports fete that looked great fun!

 

Library Returns

We plan to collect all our library books in by Monday 9th July at the latest. Can we please ask you to have a good look at home to see if you have any of our books (they will be stamped ‘Whitehouse’). Unfortunately, over 100 books have gone missing this year. This depletes our stock and gives our children less choice when choosing a book. We are very grateful to children and parents who have donated books this year but cannot really afford to lose any. Whilst the children cannot have school books over the holidays please encourage them to read books at home or go to the local libraries. They could take part in the Summer Reading Challenge (details included below) and get rewards for the books they read! Thank you for your support in this and thank you to those parents, carers and grandparents who have brought children to the after-school library sessions on Tuesdays. This has finished now but will start again in September. We look forward to seeing you then!

 

Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is called ‘Mischief Makers’ and is based around the 80th anniversary of The Beano comic. We are encouraging all the children to take part by going to their local library and signing up from 14th July. The nearest library to school is Broomhill Library on Sherrington Road. The challenge is to read six books of their choice over the summer holidays and they will receive stickers and rewards. On completion, they are awarded a certificate and a medal. More information and additional activities can be found on the following website: www.michief-makers.org.uk. The children have been very excited to hear about this and we hope that they will have the opportunity to visit the library and sign up. We will recognise their achievement in school in September.

 

Special Menu

A reminder that on Wednesday 11th July we will be celebrating Wimbledon with a day of ‘Pick and Mix’ picnics (there will be no hot dinner served that day). Children will have a choice of the following:

 

A Roll (Ham, Tuna or Cheese) or Macaroni Cheese

A Choice of Pizza, Cheese Straw, Cheese Biscuit or Popcorn

A Choice of Grapes, Melon, Cucumber or Pineapple

A choice of Cake, Biscuit, Jelly or Yoghurt

 

Year 5/6 Girls Football

Over the past few weeks, our Year 5/6 Girls Football Team have been competing in the IPSSA Medium Schools Football League. Although some of the results have not gone our way, every one of the girls has shown great teamwork, enthusiasm, and perseverance in all the matches. They have trained tirelessly and Mrs Reddington, who coaches them, is extremely proud of how well they have represented Whitehouse. Thank you to all parents/carers for their support over the past few weeks.

 

Year 3 – Water Topic

A big thank you to Richard from Anglian Water who visited our Year 3 classes on Monday. All the children enjoyed learning about where water comes from, how the water is treated, about what should, and shouldn’t be put down the sinks and into drains.

 

Year 1 Felixstowe Trip

The Year 1 classes are going to Felixstowe Beach for their school trip on Monday (Giraffes and half of Lions class) and Tuesday (Elephants and the other half of Lions). Can we please remind parents/carers that they must have a hat, a water bottle and suncream must be applied before coming to school. Can we also ask that children bring a jumper or coat with them, as it can sometimes get breezy by the seafront.

 

Appointment of Heads of Houses

We are delighted to announce that the following members of staff have been appointed Heads of Houses; we wish them all the best in their new roles:

Miss Tempest – Head of Diamond House

Mr Hayward – Head of Emerald House

Mr Johnson – Head of Ruby House

Miss Bias – Head of Sapphire House

 

Voting Day: House Captains

The whole school is looking forward to the next stage of our Democracy Project: the election of House Captains on Wednesday 11th July. Best of luck to all the candidates who are listed below:

Diamond House: Holly Cracknell, Joshua Davies and Liliana Segienienwicz

Emerald House: Gracie Regina-Adams, Dennis Cleary, Reuben Day and Leah Woodsford

Ruby House: Dea Ahmed, Sophie Bailey, Lennon Baldwin, Tuhana Mutlu, Julia Pawlik, Layton Pilgrim, Ahmed Safo and Daniel Zantboer

Sapphire House: Peter Aldridge, Leanna Blackwell, Chloe Carter, Rhys Clarke, Rihanna Da Costa, Theo Pettitt and Che Ruiz.

 

PE Awards 2017/18

This year Mr Jordan introduced two new PE awards. The first award recognizes a child’s effort and contribution within PE. Congratulations goes to Theo Lopez, Ellie Canning, Ibrahim Ozbek and Zana Zurel for receiving this year’s award. The second award, Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year celebrates fantastic achievements and persistent effort, behaviour and commitment to PE and extra-curricular sports activities. The winners of this prestigious award and Whitehouse’s first ever Sportsman and Sportswoman winners goes to Logan Lopez, Ellie Rose, Billy Davies and Freya Wilcox. Well done to all of you, this was thoroughly deserved!

 

KS1 and KS2 Sports Day

Mr Jordan and Ms Salmon would like to say a big thank you to all pupils, staff, parents and carers for making the KS1 and KS2 Sports Day a very enjoyable and successful event. Despite the hot temperatures, the children were amazing and put 100% effort to each event, demonstrating ‘The Whitehouse Way’ throughout the day. It was also nice to see so many spectators enjoying the event and cheering the children on. This year’s Sports Day was the first whole school event in which the pupils represented their Houses. After combining both the morning and afternoon scores, the final results were as follows: 1st Sapphire (302 points), 2nd Emerald (280 points), 3rd Ruby (258 points) and 4th Diamond (249 points). We are now very much looking forward to the EYFS Sports Day on Tuesday 10th July.

 

French Play

A write up by some of our Year 5 pupils:

“On Tuesday three hundred students watched a marvellous play produced by Onatti Productions, named Le Chateau. The play was acted out by two great actors called Lucy and Elliott…The play was about a man needing to paint a picture of the princess for King Henry VIII. If the King didn’t like it he would be chucked in the dungeon! The children enjoyed the play which encouraged them to learn more French. The performance was amazing and we enjoyed it very much….All in all it is a play that’ll have you laughing for days! Even at the end, you’ll want to know what happens next!”

 

Thank you to Che, Chloe, Lennon and Harrison for your great reviews.

 

Free Healthy Lifestyle Holiday Club

OneLife Suffolk will again be running their popular FREE Healthy Lifestyle Holiday Club throughout Suffolk in the Summer Holiday. This club supports children to engage in more activities and learn about having a healthier lifestyle.

 

Free iCards

As you may be aware Ipswich Borough Council are offering all children under the age of 16 the chance to apply for a free iCard to be used over the summer holiday. A leaflet has been sent home with each child this week, however if you have not received it, you can find further information, including how to apply and a full program of activities at the following link: www.ipswichfit.co.uk/summrholidayicard. This is a great opportunity to ensure your child is able to be physically active and be involved in safe, supervised activities including, swimming, racquet sports, the summer holiday programme, athletics and the gym for any children over 14.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 9th July – Year 1 Beach Visit (Giraffes/Lions)

Monday 9th July – Y2 Parent Picnic (Cobras/Dragons) – 12.15pm

Tuesday 10th July – Year 1 Beach Visit (Elephants/Lions)

Tuesday 10th July – EYFS Sports Day – Dolphins, Starfish and Puffins – 9.30am

Tuesday 10th July – Y2 Parent Picnic (Frogs) – 12.15pm

Tuesday 10th July – EYFS Sports Day – Turtles and Seahorses – 2.00pm

Wednesday 11th July – Election of House Captains

Friday 13th  July – School Reports

Tuesday 17th July – 100% Attendance Trip

Wednesday 18th July – Year 6 Production – 9.30 am and 6.00 pm

Wednesday 18th July – Parents Evening (Drop in Session)

Thursday 19th July – LAST DAY to buy Disco Tickets

Thursday 19th  July – Year 6 Production – 6.00 pm

Monday 23rd July – Governor Assemblies

Monday 23rdJuly – School Leavers BBQ

Monday 23rd July – KS1 Disco – 4.00pm–5.00pm

Monday 23rd July – KS2 Disco – 5.15pm-6.30pm

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First day of Autumn Term

Monday 10th September – Nursery Sessions Start

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 61

Friday 29th June 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

We have 3 weeks and 2 school days left until the end of term and there is still so much learning to fit in. Please check the diary carefully at the end of this newsletter so that you don’t miss any of the events that we have planned. In addition, the staff have been very busy writing the annual reports and these will be sent home on Friday 13th July. If you have any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Shay Meadows, Turtles – Vana Hassan, Puffins – Varo Sirwan and Jessica Greenstreet, Seahorses – Nicolette Banovic-Cerliuk and Amelia Izdebska, Starfish – Laycee Deere and Connie Bailey. The winners of the attendance award was Seahorses.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Jayden Fosker and Georgia Brown, Giraffes – Corey Welham and Sophie Ferguson, Lions – Anayah O’Connor and Jayden Seidu, Cobras – Logan Gibbins, Dragons – Harvey Turner, Joshua Steward and Connor Farman, Frogs – Avneet Singh, Corey Horvath and Melissa Greenstreet.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Olivia Bedford and Sehad Ali, Hedgehogs – Samuel Shaw and David Negru, Squirrels – Filip Neacsu and Imogen Reddington, Badgers – Troy Clarke and Jack Saunders, Owls – Courtney Mulligan and Naomi Chiriac, Rabbits – Ava-Rose Moore and Viktoria Velkova, Jaguars – Alonso Hall and Reuben Day, Pandas – Bailie Cooke and Daniel Balan, Tigers – Rebecca Grimwood and Madeline Elliott, Toucans – Marija Romanova and Oliver Hindle.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Foxes who achieved 99.30%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: How can I conquer my fears about the coming year and look forward to new beginnings? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week: Stop. Look. Think. Listen.

 

After- School Clubs

Please note all after-school clubs will finish in the week ending Friday 6th July. A big thank you to all members of staff who have given up their time to organise these for the children.

 

New Classes / Moving Up Mornings

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week we will be holding three ‘moving up’ mornings (2 for Reception) so the children can spend time with their new teacher(s). On Wednesday there will be no after school clubs so that parents will also have the opportunity to come into school from 3.15pm to 4.15pm to meet the teachers. Please note the new classes and teachers are outlined below. There has been some reorganisation of our current Year 1 and Year 2 classes as they move into Year 2 and Year 3. Letters have been sent home with each child in these year groups to inform parents/carers of the new class and teacher.

 

Current Class

New Class

Teacher(s)

N/A

Dolphins

Miss Swire / Mrs Bradley

N/A

Puffins

Miss Tempest

N/A

Seahorses

Mrs Pycroft

N/A

Starfish

Mrs Mahoney

Puffins

Lions

Miss White

Seahorses

Elephants

Miss Sach

Starfish

Giraffes

Mr Fenelon / Miss Bias

Elephants / Giraffes / Lions

Cobras

Mrs Gooch / Mrs Waters

Elephants / Giraffes / Lions

Dragons

Mr Joscelyne

Elephants / Giraffes / Lions

Frogs

Mrs Cox / Mrs Edwards

Cobras / Dragons / Frogs

Foxes

Mr Christopher

Cobras / Dragons / Frogs

Hedgehogs

Miss Siddall / Mr Moore

Cobras / Dragons / Frogs

Squirrels

Mr Donowa

Foxes

Rabbits

Mrs Wassermeyer / Mrs Hawkins

Hedgehogs

Owls

Mrs Fountain

Squirrels

Badgers

Miss Verrall / Mr Trimmer

Badgers

Jaguars

Miss Dobner / Mr Jarrett

Owls

Lemurs

Mr Hayward

Rabbits

Red Pandas

Mr Miles

Jaguars

Tigers

Mrs Greggor / Miss Till

Red Pandas

Toucans

Mr Johnson

N/A

Iguanas (am only)

Mrs Darke

 

As you can see from the list above, a few of our teachers will be leaving to take up new jobs. Good luck to Mr Burch, Miss Shemming and Mr Potter in their new posts. In addition, Mrs Snape and Mrs Ashenden have decided not to return in September from maternity leave. However, they will both be back in school at the end of the summer term to say goodbye to the staff and children.

 

100% Attendance

At Whitehouse we like to recognise outstanding attendance. We will not be giving Golden Tickets for the School Disco this term, however any child who has had 100% attendance in the summer term (with no late marks) will be given a special ‘Gold Non-Uniform Day’ voucher to use before the end of term. For those children who have managed 100% across the whole academic year (with no late marks), we are organising a special trip on Tuesday 17th July 2018. This will reflect all attendance up to and including Friday 6th July 2018. Letters will then be sent home to all those who have achieved this.

 

Health and Safety

Due to a number of complaints and for health and safety reasons please can we remind all parents/carers that children are not allowed to ride their bikes or scooters on the playgrounds as this may cause an accident. Thank you for your support.

 

Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is called ‘Mischief Makers’ and is based around the 80th anniversary of The Beano comic. We are encouraging all the children to take part by going to their local library and signing up from 14th July. The nearest library to school is Broomhilll Library on Sherrington Road. The challenge is to read six books of their choice over the summer holidays and they will receive stickers and rewards. On completion, they are awarded a certificate and a medal. More information and additional activities can be found on the following website: www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. The children have been very excited to hear about this and we hope that they will have the opportunity to visit the library and sign up. We will recognise their achievement in school in September.

 

Snack

We have recently had a few queries about what is/is not appropriate for the children to bring for their morning snack. Please note this has been discussed further and we can confirm as a ‘Healthy School’ children should only bring a piece of fruit or a healthy cereal bar. No other snack is permissible. We thank you for your support in this matter.

 

Special Menus

Please note over the remainder of the Summer Term we have two special menus coming up. On Monday 2nd July, we will be celebrating the World Cup with our Special Football Fever menu as detailed below:

 

Mexican Wave Pork and Apple Burger with Pretzel Football Bun or Back of the Net Veggie Burger

Crispy Potato Wedges and Kicking Coleslaw

Chocolate Muddy Pitch Cake

 

The second menu will be on Wednesday 11th July, celebrating Wimbledon with a day of ‘Pick and Mix’ picnics (there will be no hot dinner served). Children will have a choice of:

 

A Sandwich or Wrap

A Choice of a Savoury Item

A Fruit Wedge or Vegetable Sticks

Either a piece of Homemade Cake, a Biscuit, a Jelly or a Yoghurt

 

In the Community

Congratulations to Maddison Clarke who made her First Holy Communion last Sunday at St Pancras Roman Catholic Church.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 3rd July – KS2 French Play – Le Chateau

Wednesday 4th July – Reception Induction Day

Wednesday 4th July – Parents ‘Meet the New Teacher’ 3.15pm

Wednesday 4th-Thursday 5th – Westbourne Induction Days

Wednesday 4th–Friday 6th July – Transition Mornings

Thursday 5th July – Foxburrow Farm – EYFS

Friday 6th July – Reception Induction Day

Friday 6th July – Year 6 Sports Morning

Monday 9th July – Year 1 Beach Visit

Tuesday 10th July – Year 1 Beach Visit

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Wednesday 11th July – Election of House Captains

Wednesday 11th July – Share afternoon Year 3

Friday 13th July – School Reports

Tuesday 17th July – 100% Attendance Trip

Wednesday 18th July – Year 6 Production – 9.30 am and 6.00 pm

Wednesday 18th July – Parents Evening (Drop in Session)

Thursday 19th July – Year 6 Production – 6.00 pm

Monday 23rd July – Governor Assemblies

Monday 23rd July – School Leavers BBQ and Disco (Whole School Disco)

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

 

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 60

Friday 22nd June 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

At this time of year, it is very difficult to find enough space in the newsletter to share all the great things that the children have been learning! Don’t forget to look at our twitter page for more photographs and updates: https://twitter.com/Whcps_Ipswich. Sports Day is also coming up (Friday 29th June) which is one of my favourite days of the year. I know the children have been practising their events and are keen to show off their smart new P.E tops. We look forward to seeing as many parents and carers as possible to support the children and we hope that the sun will be shining!

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Frankie Ryan, Turtles – Freddie Fry, Puffins – Ronnie Shannon and Kezia Cullum, Seahorses – Gabriel Cantarelli and Kaci Wright, Starfish – Summer Smith and Eliza-Mae Moore. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Jasmin Cantarelli and David Sousa, Giraffes – Corey Welham and Isla Mitchell, Lions – Reuben Welch and Alysha Crane, Cobras – Ava Cloke and Giovanna Balbino, Dragons – Harvey Turner and Joshua Allen, Frogs – Isobel Canfer and Kayden Butler.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Atley Smy and Carmen Ruiz, Hedgehogs – Rhys Cooke and Ignas Valenta, Squirrels – Hermione Lovitt and Oliver Nadrowski, Badgers – Isobel Ramsey and Reggie Carter, Owls – Jaya-Rose Smith and William Taylor, Rabbits – Jessica Mallett and Tommy Davies, Jaguars – Alec Herbert and Holly Cracknell, Pandas – Daniel Balan and Iosif Ciupitu, Tigers – Jayson Green and Madeline Elliott, Toucans – Marius Stoica and Murai Ferguson.

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: How can I take part in the Reading Challenge organised by my local library this summer? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Lost Property Collection

We will be placing all lost property out on tables in the KS1 playground after school, weather permitting, on Monday to Wednesday next week (25th – 28th June 2018). Please come along and take a look if your child has lost an item of clothing in school. Any items unclaimed by Wednesday will be disposed of. If any parent works for a charity that would like to take any unclaimed items, please inform a member of the office team.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week: Look right, left and right again before crossing the road.

 

 

Car Park

Despite regular reminders, we still have some parents driving their cars into the school car park. Can we please ask again that parents/carers DO NOT use the car park, including when dropping off for Breakfast Club or collecting children from after-school clubs. This is for the safety of all the children.

 

Sports Days

We hope many of you are planning to join us at Sports Day this year. Please note the following times:

Friday 29th June: Years 1-3 - 10.30am – 12.00pm

Friday 29th June – Years 4-6 pm – 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Tuesday 10th July – Dolphins, Starfish and Puffins 9.30am

Tuesday 10th July – Turtles and Seahorses 2.00pm

 

Democracy at Whitehouse – Vote on House Names

A big thank you to the 552 children, 96 parents and 48 members of staff who have engaged with our Democracy project. Votes on House Names have now been counted and we are delighted to reveal that, in spite of staff’s choice to call the Houses after authors, the majority has spoken and Whitehouse Houses will be called after Precious Stones as per pupils and parents wishes. The new Houses will be: Diamond (yellow), Emerald (green), Sapphire (blue) and Ruby (red). Names of the Heads of House and House Captains will be announced after the elections of 11th July.

Here are some of the reasons our children made their choice: Jack - Precious stones would go well with the precious metals we already have (gold, silver). Brandon - Precious stones are really rare and unique like each child in this school. Darcy - The precious stones represent how we should act. Be shiny and stand out, not be naughty. Katie - Precious stones sparkle like the knowledge of pupils at Whitehouse. Taiyeb – I chose precious stones because it is something to cherish and that people aspire to have. Just the same as when you go on Gold at Whitehouse. Ahmed – Precious stones are rare like finding a solution to a difficult maths question. We are sure you will agree these are wonderful reasons to name our Houses as precious stones!

 

‘Meet the Teacher’

The end of the academic year is fast approaching and we are getting ready for the new year! children will be having three mornings (Reception will have 2 as they have a school trip) from 4th- 6th July where they will meet with their new teacher and spend time in their new class. Please note on Wednesday 4th July, after collecting your child, parents/carers are welcome to visit the new class or classes from 3.15 – 4.15 pm to meet the new teacher or to ask any questions you may have.

 

100% Attendance

At Whitehouse we like to recognise outstanding attendance. We will not be giving Golden Tickets for the School Disco this term, however any child who has had 100% attendance in the summer term (with no late marks) will be given a special ‘Gold Non-Uniform Day’ voucher to use before the end of term. For those children who have managed 100% across the whole academic year (with no late marks), we are organising a special trip on Tuesday 17th July 2018. This will reflect all attendance up to and including Friday 6th July 2018. Letters will be sent home on 6th July to all those who have achieved this great effort!

 

Year 2 Trip

Year 2 went on a trip this week to Framlingham Castle. They discovered what life was like in the past and explored the castle. The children all walked around the moat and had a great time.

 

 

 

Year 5 Trip

The recent Year 5 Tudor experience at Kentwell Hall was a great day for all the children and staff who went. The children had the opportunity to be a real-life Tudor for the day and take part in lots of hands-on activities. Some of the favourite sessions were wood chopping, dancing and making clay sculptures. The children were excellent ambassadors for Whitehouse and their behaviour throughout the day was excellent. Thank you to parents/carers for helping with the costumes – all the children really looked the part! On the way home, lots of the children said it was the best trip ever and we can’t wait to go again next year.

 

 

 

Uniform

Please note if you are planning to order any uniform from the PMG Uniform Shop (such as another PE top) all orders must be made by Wednesday 15th August 2018 at the latest.

 

In the Community

A big well done to Lennon Baldwin, who played the part of King Julien in Madagascar in a Co-op Juniors show on 8th – 9th June 2018 at Seckford Hall. They received rave reviews in the Felixstowe Spy! Great job Lennon!

 

Relocation of Sunbeams Preschool Playgroup - Pre-application Planning Consultation 25th June – 6th July 2018

Suffolk County Council is consulting on a proposal to relocate the Sunbeam Preschool within Whitehouse Primary School grounds. The new accommodation will include a detached building at the Ulster Avenue side of the school with dedicated access. The existing Preschool area will then be adapted to classrooms for school use along with the addition of an adjacent new classroom.

You are able to view plans of the proposed developments, complete an online comment form or download a comment from at www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations from Monday 25th June. Please note information will not be available to view online and comment forms cannot be accessed until the consultation start date. We will be holding a drop-in session at the school on Tuesday 26th June from 3.30pm-6.30pm. Plans will be available for you to view in the Marlow Road Hall and officers will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Plans will also be available for you to view at the school

during normal school hours until Friday 6th July. Please ask at the school office.

This non-statutory pre-application consultation will enable us to gather the views of parents, local residents and potential building users prior to the submission of the planning application and does not affect the right to comment on the proposals during the statutory planning consultation process.

Completed comment forms must be returned to the Schools Infrastructure Team, Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX by 9th July. You can also comment online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations or by email to schools@suffolk.gov.uk.

 

Dates for the Diary

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Tuesday 3rd July – KS2 French Play – Le Chateau

Wednesday 4th July – Reception Induction Day

Wednesday 4th July – Parents ‘Meet the New Teacher’ 3.10pm

Wednesday 4th -Thursday 5th  – Westbourne Induction Days

Wednesday 4th –Friday 6th July – Transition Mornings

Friday 6th July – Reception Induction Day

Friday 6th July – Year 6 Sports Morning

Thursday 5th July – Foxburrow Farm – EYFS

Monday 9th July – Year 1 Beach Visit

Tuesday 10th July - Year 1 Beach Visit

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Wednesday 11th July – Election of House Captains

Friday 13th July – School Reports

Tuesday 17th July – 100% Attendance Trip

Wednesday 18th July – Year 6 Production – 9.30 am and 6.00 pm

Wednesday 18th July – Parents Evening (Drop in Session)

Thursday 19th July – Year 6 Production – 6.00 pm

Monday 23rd July – Governor Assemblies

Monday 23rd July – School Leavers BBQ and Disco (Whole School Disco)

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

                         Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 59

Friday 15th June 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Over the years, the school has offered many end of year activities for the children. With only 27 school days left until the summer break we still have so much learning to fit in! Therefore, it isn’t always possible to organise everything that has happened in the past. We really appreciate your understanding in these situations and always endeavour to provide the children with the very best learning opportunities that support our curriculum. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Maisie Clarke, Turtles – Harrison Race, Puffins – Ozzie Bright and Austin Knights-Richmond, Seahorses – Olivia Sladewska and Anshpreet Singh, Starfish – Rebecca Lowe and Leo Bailey. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Ebunoluwa Oyefesobi and Theo Skinner, Giraffes – Danielius Staliulionis and Lilli Crane, Lions – Cayden Ellis and Martin Drikans, Cobras – Sofija Gabelyte, Dragons – Leah Atkinson and Derin Watchman, Frogs – Maisie Downes, Erin Chisnall and Hayden Inglis.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Sehad Ali and Mohamad Ihsan, Hedgehogs – Nina Abdullah and Cameron Ripper, Squirrels – Hermione Lovitt and Ellie-Mae Crack, Badgers – Sebastian Barnett and Miley Burke, Owls – Hope Brooks and Kian Wright, Rabbits – Enioluwafe Oyefesobi and Megan Grimwood, Jaguars – Jace Wright, Cameron Weedon and Summer Ripper, Pandas – Chloe Carter and Peyton Harvey, Tigers – Laynie Clarke, Riley Trenter and Smilte Vasiliauskaite, Toucans – Lily Stephenson and Bailey Adams.

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: What shall I do if I am bullied online? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Change in Arrangements

We understand that occasions arise where someone else will need to collect your child from school. We do ask however, that you please inform the office by lunchtime where possible, so a message can reach your child’s class in plenty of time.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week: Never cross the road when you cannot see what is coming!

 

 

Democracy and House System at WHCPS – Parental Votes Required

Staff and pupils attended a special assembly on Monday where they learnt about the House System and forthcoming Election of House Captains. The children were also introduced to some words relating to Democracy and the Voting Process. Since then, the children have been able to cast their vote on what they would like their Houses to be called. It would be great if parents could support our whole school Democracy Project by also casting their votes online so that, through healthy competition between adults and children, our pupils can experience for themselves the range of emotions associated with the democratic process. Positive emotions such as the anticipation of the results, the thrill of having their own choice of candidate being selected, the sense of power, which comes with large numbers as well as learning to handle disappointment when you or your choice of House name or candidate did not win. Primary carers could also reinforce learning by using some of the vocabulary related to the voting process, which we will all be using in school within the next few weeks: Democracy, Parliament, Elections, Voting, Majority, Polling Station and Candidate. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Quadkids

10 pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in this year’s U11 Quadkids athletics event held at Northgate Sports Centre. This year Quadkids was celebrating its 10th anniversary and involved the largest number of teams ever to take part. No less than 64 teams from 58 schools represented pre-selected countries during the event. Each pupil took their turn to compete in the four separate events; 75m sprint, 600m race, Vortex Howler throwing event and the standing long jump. Mr Jordan and Ms Salmon were extremely proud with how the children behaved and their performance during each of the events.

 

 

Word Millionaire

We have some more children who have read over one million words! Congratulations to Abigail Gunn, Holly Cracknell and Peyton Harvey. They each receive a book for their achievement. We have just a few weeks left of term so if you can get your Classic Reader Award you can try for a million too!

 

French Theatre Day – Tuesday 3rd July 2018

At Whitehouse, we are keen to experience a range of live performances relating to the subjects they study. With this in mind, we have arranged for a Theatre Company called Onatti Production to come and perform a play in French called ‘Le Chateau’ on Tuesday 3rd July 2018. This will be a lovely experience for our children in KS2. Pupils in our Badgers class are busy making posters for the event which we hope to share in next weeks newsletter.

 

Privacy Statement

We have updated our Privacy Notice to meet the requirements of GDPR (the new General Data protection Regulations). This tells you about how we collect, store and use personal data about pupils. You can find the Privacy Notice on our website at the following link: http://www.whcps.org/privacy-notice. You can also ask for a copy at the school office.

 

Arrival at School

Can we please remind parents/carers that children in KS2 are expected to come into school punctually when they hear the first school bell. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Google Translate – New Feature

A new feature has been added to Google Translate which parents may find very useful over the coming holiday. It enables you to use your camera to translate text from one language to another as well as an audio facility to translate conversations as they occur. Please see the following link for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l89ipulWLc

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 18th June – Framlingham Castle – Year 2

Wednesday 20th June – Music Day – Year 4

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Tuesday 3rd July – KS2 French Play – Le Chateau

Wednesday 4th July – Reception Induction Day

Wednesday 4th July – Parents ‘Meet the New Teacher

Wednesday 4th -Thursday 5th  – Westbourne Induction Days

Wednesday 4th –Friday 6th  July – Transition Mornings

Friday 6th July – Reception Induction Day

Thursday 5th July – Foxburrow Farm – EYFS

Monday 9th July – Year 1 Beach Visit

Tuesday 10th  July – Year 1 Beach Visit

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Wednesday 11th July – Election of House Captains

Friday 13th July – School Reports

Wednesday 18th July – Year 6 Production – 9.30 am and 6.00 pm

Wednesday 18th July – Parents Evening (Drop in Session)

Thursday 19th  July – Year 6 Production – 6.00 pm

Monday 23rd July – Governor Assemblies

Monday 23rd July – School Leavers BBQ and Disco (Whole School Disco)

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 58

Friday 8th June 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Thank you to everyone who attended our Online Safety meetings on Wednesday 6th June. I am delighted that over 100 parents were able to join us at school to learn about keeping our children safe online. When children use the internet they can learn new things but there are also risks involved. By understanding the risks and talking to your child about the dangers, you can help them keep safe. Well done to Mrs Cox and Miss Dobner for organising and leading this event. If you would like to find out more information about online safety, please visit our school website for more details or the NSPCC website: http://www.whcps.org/online-safety/ or https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Kaycee Harrison and Jacob De’Ath, Hedgehogs – Archie Keeble and Mario Calin, Squirrels – Lelan Turner and Oliver Nadrowski, Badgers – Angel Marriott and Holly Sheehan, Owls – Lexi Seggons and Dennis McGunnagle, Rabbits – Jamie Lamb and Reese Harris.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance the week before the half-term holiday was Lions who achieved 99.1%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: How can we use the Election of Whitehouse House Captains to understand more about democracy? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week: Be Road Smart. Stop, Look, Listen. Think Before You Cross!

 

 

School Trips

In the Summer Term we have a lot of exciting school trips taking place. Can we remind parents/carers to please ensure consent forms and any money is returned promptly so we can ensure that all children can attend.

 

Earrings

Can we please remind parents/carers that in line with Suffolk County Council guidelines, earrings are not to be worn for PE lessons. Children need to take out their own earrings before the lesson begins. If they are unable to do this, please ensure earrings are removed prior to coming to school.

 

KS2 Reflections

Following some feedback from the School Parliament and Pupil Perception interviews we are making a slight addition to Reflections for KS2 children. We will now be asking them to complete a Reflections and Restorative justice form, which will ask them to reflect on their behaviour and to consider the impact this had on both themselves and others and how they may be able to make amends. In addition, the form helps them to reflect on what they might do differently next time. We have attached a copy of the form for your information.

 

Democracy: House System and Election of House Captains

At Whitehouse we are committed to developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of learning for all pupils. We are keen to provide children with an array of learning opportunities which will enable them to develop the skills and attitudes they will need to grow into responsible and productive citizens as well as fulfilled, happy individuals.

With this in mind, the school has decided to introduce a House System in September 2018 which will provide pupils with an exciting and meaningful context within which to acquire valuable life skills whilst ‘living out’ their school rules (Golden Rules and Whitehouse Way). It will also enable them to enhance their understanding of the British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual liberty, Respect and Tolerance as described and required by the Department of Education.

The benefits of having a House System are well documented and include: increased self-esteem and motivation, enhanced social, communication and leadership skills. For more information, please visit our newly created House System page on the website: http://www.whcps.org/house-system/

Information on how pupils, staff and parents can vote for their favourite House Category will follow in due course, along with details pertaining to the Election of our House Captains, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 11th July.

 

St Thomas Church - Summer Fete

A Summer Fete is being held at St Thomas’ on Bramford Road (one of our local churches) on Saturday 23rd June between 2pm and 4pm. Activities and stalls include: tombola, jams and marmalades, jewellery, face painting, cakes, children’s arts and crafts, refreshments and lot more! Everyone is welcome.

 

Author Day and Grand Opening

On Tuesday 5th June, the children had the opportunity to meet three local authors: Harriet Muncaster, James Campbell and Lisa Thompson. Whilst they were in school, they officially opened our new classrooms.

 

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 11th June – Crucial Crew – Year 6

Thursday 14th June – Kentwell Hall – Year 5

Monday 18th June – Framlingham Castle – Year 2

Wednesday 20th June – Music Day – Year 4

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Wednesday 4th July – Reception Induction Day

Wednesday 4th July – Parents ‘Meet the New Teacher’

Wednesday 4th -Thursday 5th – Westbourne Induction Days

Wednesday 4th Friday 6th July – Transition Mornings

Friday 6th  July – Reception Induction Day

Thursday 5th July – Foxburrow Farm - EYFS

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Wednesday 11th July – Election of House Captains

Friday 13th July – School Reports

Wednesday 18th July – Year 6 Production

Wednesday 18th July – Parents Evening (Drop in Session)

Thursday 19th  July – Year 6 Production

Monday 23rd July – Governor Assemblies

Monday 23rd July – School Leavers BBQ and Disco

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

 

 

 

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 57

Thursday 24th May 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Good attendance at school is paramount in ensuring your child reaches their full potential. Please can we remind parents that in line with our school policy all holidays will be unauthorised and fines applied. We do hope that you and your family have a lovely half-term break. School starts back on Monday 4th June. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Vasile Stefan, Turtles – Sofia Pavel, Puffins – Kacey-Mae Brill and Ronnie Shannon, Seahorses – James-Joseph Gladwell and Ethan Newman-Kay, Starfish – Rafael Rosinha and Jayden Pooley. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Jasmin Cantarelli and Megan Ablett, Giraffes – Sophie Wales and Diana Vieira, Lions – Evie Pipe and Ewan Canfer, Cobras – Kamilly Cantarelli and Alissa Davies, Dragons – Tyler Clarke and Joshua Allen, Frogs – David Balan and Maja Olszewska.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Charlie Keen and Alan Safo, Hedgehogs – Harley Munro and Daisy Gundry, Squirrels – Chimera Ruiz and Grace Hazelton, Badgers – Miley Ferguson, Miles Fosdike and Lenny King, Owls – Tilly Culham and Lewis McLaughlin, Rabbits – Sam Chenery and Isabel Bannister, Jaguars – Gracie Regina-Adams, Jace Wright and Holly Cracknell, Pandas – Lauren Garnham and Cameron Fosdike, Tigers and Toucans – All of Year 6!

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Tigers who achieved 99.3%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: Do all countries have a Queen? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Online Safety Workshop

On 6th June, we have a very important workshop, which we would encourage ALL parents to attend. All of our children are vulnerable to the dangers that can occur from being online, and it is vital parent/carers understand these dangers and the actions needed to keep their children as safe as possible. The workshop is hard-hitting but will provide you with the information you need. Don’t forget to let the office know which session you will be attending, 2.00pm or 5.45pm. A crèche will be available at both sessions.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week:

 

 

Library News

Word Millionaires: Well done to Marija Romanova and Cameron Carr who have both achieved the status of ‘Word Millionaire’ having read over 2 million words so far this year!

Please note that the Key Stage 1 Library will not be open after school on Tuesday 5th June due to this being Author Day. However, we hope to see you on Thursday or Friday after school when we will be selling off old and no longer used books at a very competitive price. If you can donate any children’s books you no longer need to help our fundraising, please pass these to the school office.

 

Cake Sale

Please note we are also having a cake sale on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June to raise money for the purchase of new library books. We would welcome donations of cakes for the sale. In addition, we will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 8th June for a £1 donation. Half of the money raised will be added to our library book fund, the other half will be donated to JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) a serious condition affecting one of our pupils. The charity colour is purple, so children are invited to wear a purple item for the day if they would like to.

 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Please note the new Data Protection law comes into force at the end of May, as a result you may notice some changes to the forms we use. Further details will follow on the website and on future newsletters.

 

Colchester Castle

Our Year 3 children had a wonderful visit to Colchester Castle this week and were able to apply their knowledge of the Romans, impressing some of the museum staff with their questions and answers. The children especially enjoyed going inside the Roman vaults to hear the Roman stories, building their own Roman villa (and going inside it) and seeing the skulls! The children behaved brilliantly – Well Done Year 3.

 

Netball Tournament

On Tuesday, Ms Salmon and Mr Jordan took sixteen of our Year 5 and 6 children to a netball tournament where we had two teams participating. Both teams played extremely well and showed the Whitehouse Way throughout, with great perseverance, reflection and outstanding behaviour. Ms Salmon was very pleased with the quality of their netball. Two of our children were given Fair Play awards, well done to Rhianna Da Costa and Billy Davies.

 

Dates for the Diary

Friday 25th May – PD Day (No children in school)

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Half term Holiday

Tuesday 5th June – Author Day

Wednesday 6th June – Parents Online Safety Workshop – 2.00pm / 5.45pm

Thursday 7th June – Cake Sale / Book Sale

Friday 8th June – Cake Sale / Book Sale / Non Uniform Day

Monday 11th June – Crucial Crew – Year 6

Thursday 14th June – Kentwell Hall – Year 5

Wednesday 20th June – Music Day – Year 4

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Thursday 5th July – Foxburrow Farm - EYFS

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 56

Friday 18th May 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Year 6 have now finished their SATs tests! The papers have all been sent off to be externally marked and the children will receive the results on the 10th July. We have all been very impressed by the children’s resilience and dedication towards these (please see the lovely letter from the Year 6 staff.) They will now be focusing on their extended writing and preparing for the end of year play. What will it be this year?

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Josh McGill, Turtles – Aleena Ahmed, Puffins – Eva Neacsu and Jessica Greenstreet, Seahorses – Julia Widurska and Sophie Butler, Starfish – Kyle Rogers and Liyoh Rosher. The winners of the attendance award was Seahorses.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Chiara Gajdos and George Fry, Giraffes – Danielius Staliulionis and Ann-Maria Calin, Lions – Laniyah Mullan and Kazhin Ahmed, Cobras – Logan Gibbins and Nora Velkova, Dragons – Leah Dale and Ellie Canning, Frogs – Diana Vieira and Jack Aston-Cripps.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Frankie Clarke and Greta Minseviciute, Hedgehogs – Cameron Ripper and Daisy Gundry, Squirrels – Kieran Myhill and Lelan Turner, Badgers – Taiyeb Akter and Dylan Crane, Owls – Hope Brooks and Ethan Mann, Rabbits – Julia Stanczak and Ethan Carter, Jaguars – Edmond Tahiri and Rihanna Da Costa, Pandas – Daniel Balan, Oliver Methven and Callum McWilliams, Tigers – Corey Edmond and Ehtisab Mahrat, Toucans – Leah Corrigan and Murai Ferguson.

 

Attendance

The classes with the best attendance last week were Dragons and Pandas who both achieved 100%. Very well done to Dragons especially, who have had two weeks in a row with 100% attendance!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: How is Ramadan celebrated? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Menu Feedback

Eats, who provide our catering service, are interested in hearing parent/carer feedback on our current school menu to help them plan for upcoming dinner choices. If you would like to share your views, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SpSu18eats.

 

A Note to Our Wonderful Year 6 Pupils

 

Today, Friday 18th May is our ‘Wonderful Week’ assembly yet today our certificates are a little different because we have actually written you a letter. We have been thinking hard about what to say because it is really important to find the right words to end such a remarkable week. We have put them in a letter for you to hear.

 

All of you have sat six tests: Grammar, Spelling, Reading, Arithmetic and two Maths Reasoning papers! You have worked your socks off since September, completing homework tasks, numerous practise papers, attending booster groups and even on the day of the tests asking last minute questions often whilst eating a piece of toast! Your work ethic has been incredible – you have truly demonstrated the ‘Whitehouse Way’ of perseverance, responsibility, courage and reflection. As a result, today we are not celebrating an individual, but a year group – a group of 59 children who have shown these many attributes.

 

In addition, throughout this SATs week, each of you will have learnt much about yourselves, in particular how you coped when faced with challenges and when life feels a bit harder than normal. Tests don’t give grades or levels for such things but in these qualities you have excelled. Whatever your results may be in July, you should be proud of what you have achieved this week and you must take these qualities forward with you in life. Take with you your passion for learning, take with you your determination to do your best; take with you your ethos of working hard and in doing so, you will be just fine.

 

We are very proud of you, and so Year 6, ‘Wonderful Week’ goes to all of you. We have simply put on this award – To the Year 6 classes of 2018 – determined, resilient, hard-working, courageous and responsible – thank you.

 

We have a copy of this letter for all of you and it goes with our very best wishes and congratulations for being so brilliant!

Mrs Greggor, Miss Till, Mr Johnson, Mrs Zantboer, Mr Jarrett, Miss Shalka

 

Earrings

Can we please remind parents/carers that in line with Suffolk County Council guidelines, earrings are not to be worn for PE lessons. Children need to take out their own earrings before the lesson begins. If they are unable to do this, please ensure earrings are removed prior to coming to school.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week: Road Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility!

 

After School Club Procedures

As you will have read in previous newsletters, we have a large number of after school clubs running. If your child is not attending a session at the club can we please ask you to inform the school office. If we are not aware your child is missing a session or no longer wants to attend a club, a member of the office team will call you to confirm you have collected your child to ensure the safeguarding off all our pupils. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

Choir Performance

We are pleased to announce our school choir, led by Mr Fenelon, will be performing to children and parents/carers after school next Thursday on the Astro Turf next to the KS2 classrooms. We hope many of you will be able to stay and listen to the wonderful songs they have been practising.

 

In the Community

Several of our children took part in the Co-op Juniors Dance Academy performance last weekend at Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge. Maisie Clarke, Imogen Cross, Sophie Mayhew and Lennon Baldwin all danced to a packed audience with a variety of dances including modern, tap and ballet. Well done to you all, we know your parents are extremely proud of your hard work and perseverance.

 

Also well done to Tayla and Chloe McGurk who took part in the 2K Family Fun Run last weekend as part of the Twilight Series. What a great effort!

 

Online Safety Workshop

On 6th June we have a very important workshop which we would encourage ALL parents to attend. All of our children are vulnerable to the dangers that can occur from being online, and it is vital parent/carers understand these dangers and the actions needed to keep their children as safe as possible. The workshop is hard-hitting but will provide you with the information you need. To enable as many parents to attend as possible, the workshop will be run twice, firstly at 2.00pm and then again at 5.45pm. As a thank you for supporting us in this matter, each child whose parent attends will be given a voucher for a non-uniform day. Please return the slip or inform the school office if you plan on attending.

 

Cake and Book Sale

Please note we are having a cake and book sale on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June to raise money for the purchase of new library books. We would welcome donations of any children’s books you no longer require. These can be handed to the class teacher or the school office. We would also welcome donations of cakes to be sold (please bring these on the day of the sale). Thank you for your assistance.

 

Class Photos / Year 1 Farm Trip

Please note Kittle will be coming into school on Monday 21st May to take our class photographs. This is also the day the Elephant and Giraffe classes are going to Hollow Trees Farm. We would ask that the children please come to school in their uniform as they will be having their class photos first, before heading off on their school trip. They can bring a change of footwear and trousers with them to change in to before they leave. Thank you for your support.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 21st May – Class Photos

Monday 21st May – Hollow Trees Visit – Elephants and Giraffes Classes

Tuesday 22nd May – Hollow Trees Visit – Lions Class

Wednesday 23rd May – Colchester Castle Visit – Year 3

Thursday 24th May – Choir performance at 3.10pm

Friday 25th May – PD Day (No children in school)

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Half term Holiday

Tuesday 5th June – Author Day

Wednesday 6th June – Parents Online Safety Workshop – 2.00pm / 5.45pm

Thursday 7th June – Cake Sale / Book Sale

Friday 8th June – Cake Sale / Book Sale / Non Uniform Day

Monday 11th June – Crucial Crew – Year 6

Thursday 14th June – Kentwell Hall – Year 5

Wednesday 20th June – Music Day – Year 4

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Tuesday 24th July – Last day of Summer Term

Wednesday 25th July – First day of Summer Holidays

Wednesday 5th September – PD Day (No children in school)

Thursday 6th September – First Day of Autumn Term

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 55

Friday 11th May 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

This week the staff have had the opportunity to watch each other teach. It has been a privilege to observe so many good lessons. We are very fortunate to have enthusiastic and dedicated staff at Whitehouse who work incredibly hard to ensure the children receive a great education – Thank-you and well done everyone. Next week is SATs week for Year 6 - the children have been extremely well taught and are prepared for the challenge. GOOD LUCK.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Daniel Pina Rodrigues Coelho, Turtles – Remi Tuwizana, Puffins – Varo Sirwan and Emily Holmes, Seahorses – Tyler O’Connor and Tilly Turner, Starfish – Jayden Pooley and Connie Bailey. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Summer Bird and Ilias Huggins, Giraffes – Lilli Crane and Alexis Barnett, Lions – Poppy Studd and Lucah Rosher, Cobras – Lily Ely and Tayla McGurk, Dragons – Ala Abdulkarim and Ellie Canning, Frogs – Erin Chisnall and Xavier Nadrowski.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Jacob De’Ath and Sara Chiriac, Hedgehogs – Chloe McGurk and Max Pettitt, Squirrels – Mia Button and Filip Neacsu, Badgers – Alyssa Brown and Miley Burke, Owls – Hayden Steward and Faustinas Velutis, Rabbits – Millie Miles and Amarni Russell, Jaguars – Alonso Hall and Julius Valancius, Pandas – Peter Aldridge and Harrison Smy, Tigers – Leighton Green, Chanya Apea-Agyei and Smilte Vasiliauskaite, Toucans – Rebecca Grimwood, Destiny Dje and Lexi-Louise Burton.

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: What could I do to get to know my neighbours better? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

In the Community

A big well done to Freya Wilcox from the Tigers class, who ran in the Alton Water 2K last weekend. Freya ran against runners of all ages and was the first girl home. Fantastic job Freya, well done.

 

Free School Meals

Just a reminder that your child may be eligible for free school meals. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 they will already receive free meals, however it is still very important that you claim as early as possible, as it ensures the school receive the appropriate funds to support your child. You can claim if you are in receipt of any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Universal Credit provided you have an annual net income of no more than £7,400

  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit

  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)

  • 28 Day Working Tax Credit run on

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) and an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

    Applications must be made on line at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals. If you do not have access to the internet or would like some help please contact the Pastoral Team (Miss Brinkley / Mrs Gotts) or come into the school office and ask for an appointment. They will be happy to assist with this.

 

 

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week. They have provided lots of good advice for when you are out on your bike.

 
   

Special Menu

On Thursday 17th May we have our next special menu which is full of the children’s favourites, the perfect time to try a school dinner!

Sausage and Chips or Margherita Pizza and Chips

Baked Beans & Peas

Chocolate Crunch and Chocolate Sauce

 

Girls Football

The Year 5 and 6 girls football team played their first match of the season this week against Claydon Primary School. It was a fantastic performance by both teams. Whitehouse showed great perseverance and determination after going behind early on. The girls never gave up and battled on to the end, even in the very hot conditions! The final score was Whitehouse 1, Claydon 4. Well done girls, we look forward to your next game.

 

 

Class Photos / Year 1 Farm Trip

Please note Kittle will be coming into school on Monday 21st May to take our class photographs. This is also the day the Elephant and Giraffe classes are going to Hollow Trees Farm. We would ask that the children please come to school in their uniform as they will be having their class photos first, before heading off on their school trip. They can bring a change of footwear and trousers with them to change in to before they leave. Thank you for your support.

 

Rainbow Club

The Rainbow Club recently welcomed a special guest all the way from Canada! Nicola came to see the children and talk to them about her exciting life in Winnipeg, where she is currently studying. She was back in Ipswich visiting her family. If you want to learn more about Nicola’s life in Canada please have a look at the following link: http://www.whcps.org/canadian-guest-visits-the-rainbow-club-april-2018/. Thank you to Mr Parker, our Chair of Governors, for his assistance in securing such an inspiring guest.

 

 

Whitton United Football Club

PLAYERS WANTED! Whitton United U8s (soon to become U9s next season) are actively looking for new players to join their two teams (greens and whites) for next season, this is a great opportunity for any enthusiastic/passionate football fan who wants to play like their heroes one day. If you are interested, please contact the following managers for further details: Paul – 07799 592270 or Ashley – 07732 381978

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 14th May – Thursday 17th May – Year 6 SATs week

Tuesday 15th May – French for the Family – Rabbits Class

Friday 18th May – Year 6 Park Trip

Monday 21st May – Class Photos

Monday 21st May – Hollow Trees Visit – Elephants and Giraffes Classes

Tuesday 22nd May – Hollow Trees Visit – Lions Class

Wednesday 23rd  May – Colchester Castle Visit – Year 3

Friday 25th May – PD Day (No children in school)

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Half term Holiday

Tuesday 5th June – Author Day

Monday 11th June – Crucial Crew – Year 6

Thursday 14th June – Kentwell Hall – Year 5

Wednesday 20th June – Music Day – Year 4

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 54

Friday 4th May 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

The newsletter is really a small snippet of what goes on across the school, so please continue to visit our website for more detailed information. If you have a spare five minutes this weekend do look at the following page which summarises lots of the exciting events that have happened so far this year http://www.whcps.org/smsc/. I am pleased to see that the weather is finally warming up! Have a super, long weekend and remember that school starts back on Tuesday 8th May.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Ema Stockunaite, Turtles – Jack Hejtman, Puffins – Mason Clarke and Jensen Garwood, Seahorses – Archer Chisnall and Sevan Ali, Starfish – Kyzer Mullan and Isabelle Delicote. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Jasmin Cantarelli and Georgia Brown, Giraffes – Jess Chenery and Ethan Bird, Lions – Martins Drikans and Sophia Carvalho, Cobras – Nathon Banevic-Cerliuk and Jack Hayes, Dragons – Joshua Steward and Derin Watchman, Frogs – Caleb Town and Elsie Marjoram.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Hailey Hallett and Jaymee Buffery, Hedgehogs – Kianna Hall and Harvey Bright, Squirrels – Hermione Lovitt and Anisah Begum, Badgers – Raisa-Gabriela Ion and Ashton Alderton, Owls – Grace Carruthers and Polly Largent, Rabbits – Jemira Fwambo and Oscar Wilcox, Jaguars – Holly Cracknell and Julia Pawlik, Pandas – Millie Martin and Lennon Baldwin, Tigers – Mazin Hassoun and Maggie Toddington, Toucans – Brandon Dunnett.

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: Why is it important to recycle? How can little gestures make a big difference over time? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Evening Star Sports Vouchers

A big thank you to the many parents/carers who have saved the Evening Star/East Anglian sports vouchers for us. Please note if you have any more at home, we need to have these in school by Wednesday 9th May in order to redeem these for PE equipment. Thank you for your support.

 

PMG School Uniform Shop

Please note the PMG Uniform Shop have confirmed they are able to swap the new PE tops for a different size if required, as long as they are in a new condition and children’s names have not been written on them. We would ask you to please be patient if the required size is not currently in stock. This is a new item and they are working to ensure all sizes are available. Unfortunately, they have experienced unpleasantness from a few parents, which is very disappointing.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week: Stay safe near roads – Hold hands, Walk Safely and Belt up.

 

 

Democracy at Whitehouse: Year 2 Kiddy Cook Workshops

In March, Year 1 and 2 pupils took part in cookery sessions linked with their topics. Written feedback was sought after the event from 66 year 2 pupils who filled in a short questionnaire. 97% of the children surveyed confirmed that they had enjoyed the experience. This was corroborated by the feedback from the KS1 staff who said that pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. Colleagues also reported that pupils and parents appreciated the ‘take away’ feel of the workshop, which enabled children to personalise their box/bag as well as share this with their family. 37% of all the children interviewed said that they had never cooked before whilst 92% confirmed that they would like another cooking experience preferably a baking experience next time.

 

Year 2 Easter Homework Competition – Winners!

Well done to all the children in Y2 for completing the homework challenge over the holidays. The winners of the Year 2 Easter homework competition were each awarded a £5.00 book token which they were delighted to receive. What a super effort and picture.

 

 

Swimming Gala

On Wednesday a team of Year 5 and 6 pupils represented Whitehouse at a Swimming Gala at the Ipswich High School in Woolverstone. The team comprised of Brooklyn Knights, Freya Wilcox. Reuben Day, Marija Romanova, Ashton Bullard, Theo Pettitt, Katie Whitehouse and Tiana Francis. The children swam well, with both Brooklyn and Marija coming first in one of their races. It was a great day and Whitehouse came 10th overall in the competition. Well done everyone!

 

Dinner Money

Unfortunately, dinner money debt is on the rise again. Dinner money should be paid in advance or on the day the meal is taken. Can we please therefore ask parents/carers to clear any monies owed as a matter of urgency. The school office will be sending reminders for any unpaid monies. Please note if you reach a week of dinners unpaid, no dinners will be allowed and you will need to send a packed lunch for your child until the balance is cleared. Thank you for your support.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 7th May – Bank Holiday (No School)

Thursday 10th May – Puppet Theatre – Year 1

Friday 11th May – Kiddy Cook Workshop - Reception

Monday 14th May – Friday 18th May – Year 6 SATs week

Tuesday 15th May – French for the Family – Rabbits Class

Monday 21st May – Class Photos

Monday 21st May – Hollow Trees Visit – Elephants and Giraffes Classes

Tuesday 22nd May – Hollow Trees Visit – Lions Class

Wednesday 23rd May – Colchester Castle Visit – Year 3

Friday 25th May – PD Day (No children in school)

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Half term Holiday

Monday 11th June – Crucial Crew – Year 6

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 53

Friday 27th April 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

All the children were delighted to receive their new PE tops this week (they are very smart.) It was great to see the Year 5 netball team wearing them with pride at a netball match against Claydon Primary on Wednesday 25th April. Do have a look at our Twitter page for up to date photographs and information: https://twitter.com/Whcps_Ipswich

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Isla Pipe, Turtles – Ella-Mai Farrow, Puffins – Chloe Steward and Oliver Roper-Harwood-West, Seahorses – Harvey Dale and Henry Andrews, Starfish – Dylan Cross and Liyoh Rosher. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Ebunoluwa Oyefesobi and Summer Bird, Giraffes – Sophie Wales and Mylie Gibbs, Lions – Laniyha Mullan and Ewan Canfer, Cobras – David Brasoveanu and Ellie Rose, Dragons – Harvey Dale, Frogs – Maisie Wright, Hayden Inglis and Deanna Crawford.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Zac Harper and Kaycee Harrison, Hedgehogs – Samuel Shaw and Jensen Race, Squirrels – Grace Hazelton and Connor Cowles, Badgers – Sam Thurlow and Andrei Stan, Owls – Kaidon Mitchell and Aimee Death, Rabbits – Enioluwafe Oyefesobi and Tia Theobald, Jaguars – Christopher Loveday and Leo Bird, Pandas – Lauren Garnham and Jaime Gooding, Tigers – Joshua Youngs and Alex Smith, Toucans – Ian Silverwood and Cameron Carr.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Toucans who achieved a fantastic 100% for the second week in a row. Very well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: What are healthy foods? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

New PE Tops

We hope you are pleased with the new PE tops we have provided for your children. As from Monday the expectation is these will be worn as part of the PE kit and we would ask you to please ensure you have written your child’s name in the top.

 

Special Menus

As mentioned last week, we have a few ‘special menus’ coming up, the next will be on May 4th – Star Wars Day!

Stormtrooper Sausage Hot Dog or Princess Leia Pizza Buns

Wookie Wedges and Boba Fett BBQ Beans

Crunchy Chocolate Asteroid Cake

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week: Stop, Look, Listen and Live.

 

 

 

Word Millionaires

Congratulations to the following children who have managed to read 1,000,000 words so far this year. It is quite an achievement! Well done Ahmed Abdulkarim, Maddie Hasnip, Cameron Carr, Jamie Lamb, Marija Romanova and Ava-Rose Moore. Jamie and Ava-Rose are in Year 4, so it is a brilliant achievement for them! Well done everyone, we hope to share more Word Millionaires with you soon.

 

Parking

Despite numerous reminders, we are still having issues with parking outside the school on Marlow Road. Can we please remind all parents/carers and visitors to school that they MUST not park in front of the school gate – not only is this inconvenient to others but it could also prevent access for the emergency services. Please note parking is also not permitted on the zig-zag lines outside the school entrance. This is against the Highway Code and the lines are there to ensure the safety of everyone in this busy area. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Attendance

As a school we are working very hard to improve our attendance and we rely on parents/carers to work with us to meet the national expectation of 96.1%. Did you know that if your child has a 95% attendance this means that 18 sessions of lessons have been missed during the year? If your child’s attendance drops to 90% this is the equivalent of having a day off every other week and will have a serious effect on your child’s learning and education. Whilst we understand there will be periods of sickness, it is very important that children are in school wherever possible. We will continue to monitor attendance of all pupils at Whitehouse and where unauthorised absences persist, including taking a holiday, penalty notices will be issued, as stated in our policy.

 

French for the Family – Rabbits Class

Following the success of the French for the Family event for the Owls class, we will also be offering the opportunity to parents/carers of the Rabbits Class to come in for an afternoon and learn some French alongside your child. This event will take place on Tuesday 15th May from 1.15pm to 3.00pm. Invitations will be sent home next week.

 

Smoking

It has been noted that there are several parents who regularly stand close to the school gates smoking, either just before or just after drop-off times. We would remind parents/carers of our request to please move away from the school area when smoking. We have a number of children whose health conditions are affected by being near smokers and appreciate your support in helping to keep these children safe and well. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

Step Ahead Course

The first session of our Step Ahead course went very well this week, with parents/carers sharing and making new friends, whilst learning how to support their child’s literacy. Everyone learnt how to recognise nouns, adjectives and adverbs and took part in a range of interactive games which they were keen to replicate at home to support their child’s understanding of grammar. A big thank you to Ivy and Jill from Realise Futures for putting together such an informative course and for promoting activities which encourage our parents to utilise our Golden Rules and the Whitehouse Way.

 

Contact Details

If you have a change of address or telephone number please ensure you inform a member of the office team as soon as possible. It is very important that we can reach you should your child be ill or if there is an emergency. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Colchester Castle Trip – Year 3

Our Year 3 classes have been working hard and enjoying their topic on Romans. They are all very excited to be able to visit Colchester Castle on Wednesday 23rd May. If you have not returned the consent form and voluntary donation we would ask you to please return to school as soon as possible.

 

French Trip – Year 5

A reminder to all Year 5 parents/carers that the deadline to book a place for the Year 5 French Trip (taking place in June 2019) is Monday 30th April. Any questions, please contact the School Office.

 

Snack

Please note we continue to be a ‘healthy school’ and would remind parents/carers that children are only able to bring fruit or a healthy cereal bar to eat for their morning snack. Sugary snacks are not permitted.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 7th May – Bank Holiday (No School)

Thursday 10th May – Puppet Theatre – Year 1

Friday 11th May – Kiddy Cook Workshop - Reception

Monday 14th May – Friday 18th May – Year 6 SATs week

Tuesday 15th May – French for the Family – Rabbits Class

Monday 21st May – Class Photos

Monday 21st May – Hollow Trees Visit – Elephants and Giraffes Classes

Tuesday 22nd May – Hollow Trees Visit – Lions Class

Wednesday 23rd May – Colchester Castle Visit – Year 3

Friday 25th May – PD Day (No children in school)

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Half term Holiday

Monday 11th June – Crucial Crew – Year 6

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Tuesday 10th July – Sports Day (Nursery / Reception)

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin

Friday 20th April 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Welcome back to an exciting Summer Term at Whitehouse! The teachers have been very busy planning some great lessons, visits and trips to complement the topics planned. If you are unsure about what the topics are, or what is covered on the curriculum, please check the class newsletters or the school website for more details: http://www.whcps.org/our-enquiry-based-curriculum/ Thank you for your continued support.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance the last week of the Spring Term was Toucans who achieved a fantastic 100%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assembly next week will be: What does it mean to be British? 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 Changes

We have had a few staffing changes recently. Mrs Poulter and Mrs Jackaman finished at Easter and Mrs Moss and Mrs Lockwood will be leaving us shortly. We wish them all well in their new endeavours. We would also like to welcome Mrs Blair, Hedgehogs class teacher and Mrs Edwards, Frogs class teacher. Both teachers will be in school on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

Special Menus

We have a few ‘Special Menu’ days coming up over the next few weeks. The first will be on Monday 23rd April where we will be serving a St George’s Day Menu as shown below:

Toad in the Hole with Roast Potatoes and Gravy or

Vegetable and Butter Bean Crumble with Roast Potatoes.

Cauliflower Cheese, Peas and Carrots

Strawberry and Vanilla Buttercream Victoria Sponge

 

Watch out in future weeks for a Star Wars themed menu (May 4th) and a School Favourites Day (17th May).

 

Year 6 Easter School

A big thank you to our 35 Year 6 children who attended Easter School. They worked hard and enjoyed a bowling trip as a reward for all their efforts! Thank you to parents/carers who offered support in ensuring your child was able to attend.

 

Sports Day

We know our Sports Day is always very popular and many parents/carers like to come into school and join us. Please note the date has been set this year for Friday 29th June. Years 1, 2 and 3 will take place in the morning and Years 4, 5 and 6 in the afternoon. Nursery and Reception will be on 10th July.

 

After-School Clubs

Our free after-school clubs remain popular and we are pleased to confirm the new schedule of clubs being offered over the coming half-term. Details of all clubs are shown below:

Day

Year Group

Club

Led By

Finishing Time

Monday

Years 1 & 2

Athletics

Mr Jordan / Ms Salmon

4.15pm

Monday

Years 3 & 4

Rounders

Miss Verrall

4.15pm

Monday

Years 3 – 6

Choir

Mr Fenelon

4.15pm

Monday

Year 2

Maths Booster

Mrs Gooch

4.15pm

Monday

Year R

Forest School

Mrs Cockcroft

4.00pm

Tuesday

Years 5 & 6

Hockey

Mr Johnson

4.15pm

Tuesday

Years 5 & 6

Girls Football

Mrs Reddington

4.15pm

Tuesday

Years 3 & 4

Dodgeball

Mr Jarrett / Mr Bradford

4.15pm

Tuesday

Year 3

Science

Mrs Cockcroft

4.00pm

Tuesday

Year 2

Reading Booster

Mrs Cox

4.15pm

Wednesday

Year R

Archery

Mrs Cockcroft & Year 4 helpers

4.00pm

Wednesday

Years 3 & 4

Athletics

Mr Jordan / Ms Salmon

4.15pm

Wednesday

Years 1 – 6

Homework

Mrs Reddington / Mrs Jones / Mrs Moore

4.00pm

Thursday

Years 1 & 2

Inclusive Sports

Mr Jordan / Ms Salmon

4.15pm

Thursday

Years 5 & 6

Rounders

Mr Hayward

4.15pm

Thursday

Year 2

Writing Booster

Mr Fenelon

4.15pm

Thursday

Year 1

Forest School

Mrs Cockcroft

4.00pm

Thursday

Years 1 - 6

Rainbow (Language)

Mme Godet

4.00pm

Thursday

Year 2

Phonics Booster

Miss Bias

4.15pm

Friday

Years 5 & 6

Athletics

Mr Jordan

4.15pm

Friday

Years 3 & 4

Multi Sports

Mr Jarrett / Mr Bradford

4.15pm

Friday

Years 3 – 6

Basketball

Mr Fenelon

4.15pm

 

Clubs will begin again on the week commencing Monday 23rd April. Texts will be sent to confirm whether your child has/has not been successful in gaining a place. Please note the following clubs will continue with the same group of children as last term so texts will not be sent for these: Choir (there are spaces for more to join if desired), Year 2 Booster , Girls Football Club, Homework Clubs, Year 1 Forest School and Rainbow Club.

 

Art Club

A reminder that we have an art club running at lunchtimes for Key Stage 2 children (Years 3 – 6). If your child is interested in attending, please ensure they speak to Mrs Smy for more details.

 

New PE Tops

We are thrilled to let you know that we now have our new PE tops! These are red t-shirts with the Whitehouse logo embroidered on them. They look very smart and the children will be able to wear them for PE lessons and when representing the school at sporting events. Please note we have purchased a top for every child at the school and these will be distributed shortly. The expectation is that these new tops will be worn at all PE lessons, along with black tracksuit trousers, or shorts and appropriate footwear. Extra tops can be purchased at the PMG Schoolwear Shop in the town centre.

 

Evening Star/East Anglian Sport Vouchers

Thank you to all parents/carers who have been helping us collect the Sports Vouchers from the newspapers. Please keep collecting over the last few days! The final daily tokens will appear on Saturday 21st April. Please also keep an eye out for the Evening Star on Tuesday 24th April and the East Anglian on Wednesday 25th April, as they will be printing 9 bonus tokens, plus a daily token. Every token helps us get a little more PE kit for your children to use in school.

 

Key Stage 2 Bike Shed

We are pleased to inform you that the bike shed in the Key Stage 2 area has now been completed and can be used by the children. The expectation for any child bringing in their bike is that they will be wearing a helmet. We would also advise that bikes are locked whilst stored during the day.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

Please note the message from our Junior Road Safety Officers for the coming week:

 

 

French for the Family Event – A Governor’s Account

I was invited to join the Owls Class (Year 4) in the ‘French for the Family’ event which was held in the School Hall on Tuesday 27th March. The pupils and parents who attended were divided into 4 teams. Using a combination of vocabulary and exaggerated gestures, Mme Godet taught us in a fun way how to greet each other, choose and order from a menu a wide variety of food, then say ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’ in French.

Everyone had a chance to practice their new skills in their teams. Waiters and waitresses were chosen from the pupils and parents and baskets containing a selection of food and drink were taken around the hall. Parents and pupils who were sitting at the tables then requested their choice in French. Using the new selection of words, conversations took place in French, everyone putting into practice what they had learnt earlier in the afternoon. Various games in French were played, encouraging team work. An ‘Adults versus Pupils’ identification game was closely fought!

Written feedback from the seventeen adults who attended was very positive: ‘Enjoyed playing the food games’, ‘Enjoyed ordering food in French’, ‘Enjoyed talking to my friends in French’, ‘It was fun trying new foods’ and ‘Working together with my child’ - are a selection of just some of the comments.

 

 

Sunny Weather

It is wonderful to see the Summer weather arrive (at last!). Can we please suggest that on sunny days you send a hat in with your child to wear at break and lunch times and put suncream on them in the morning.

 

‘Families Connect’ – Course for Reception Parents/Carers

Our next Families Connect course will be starting shortly. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please note we have an information drop-in session on Monday 23rd April between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

 

‘Step Ahead in English and Maths’ – Course for KS1 Parents/Carers

Realise Futures have been working with the school to put together a tailor-made course aimed at helping our Year 1 and Year 2 parents/carers to support their child with English and Maths, as requested by some parents. The course covers the skills the children are expected to have mastered by the end of KS1 and will give useful methods that parents/carers can use at home to help children understand those key concepts. It will offer chances to work through some old KS1 SATs papers and share strategies on managing these. The FREE 6-week course will run every Tuesday, from 9.00am – 11.00am, starting on Tuesday 24th April. The schedule is outlined below:

 

English

24th April – Grammar: word classes, terminology and basic grammar

1st May – Grammar, punctuation and spelling

8th May – Comprehension and writing

 

Maths

15th May – Comparatives language

22nd May – Arithmetic and Times Tables

5th June – Reasoning and Solving Word Problems

 

The expectation (and funding) for the course is based on parents/carers attending the whole 6 week course rather than individual sessions. Please note the letter and reply slip can be found on the website: http://www.whcps.org/17-04-2018-step-ahead-course-ks1-parents/ or at the school office. Please note if we have a large uptake we may need to allocate parents to a second course to run after this one.

 

Computers

We have had a few problems with our computer connections this week and so it has been difficult for some children to complete their AR quizzes. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 23rd April – ‘Family Connects’ Info Session – Year R Parents 1.00 – 3.00pm

Tuesday 24th April – Step Ahead Course Starts – KS1 Parents 9.00 – 11.00am

Thursday 26th April – Parent Forum 2.30pm (Homework)

Monday 7th May – Bank Holiday (No school)

Monday 14th May – Friday 18th May – Year 6 SATs week

Monday 21st May – Class Photos

Wednesday 23rd May – Colchester Castle Visit – Year 3

Friday 25th May – PD Day (No children in school)

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Half term Holiday

Monday 11th June – Crucial Crew – Year 6

Friday 29th June – Sports Day (Year 1-3 am / Year 4-6 pm)

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 51

Wednesday 28th March 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been a great term and I am delighted with the progress the children have made with their learning – well done. On behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish all our families a wonderful Easter break and we look forward to seeing the children again on Monday 16th April.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Mia Wales, Turtles – Jacob Seidu, Reception Award – Amberley Burch. The winner of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Summer Bird and George Bedford, Giraffes – Jess Chenery and Ethan Bird, Lions – Kiyan Latif and Harry De’Ath, Cobras – Lily Ely, Virdinas Uzkuraitis and Jack Hayes, Dragons – Ala Abdulkarim and Mason Bias, Frogs – Hayden Inglis

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Hailey Hallett and Chloe Murrell, Hedgehogs – Kaizer Fox and Rhys Cooke, Squirrels – Maria Felix Ferreira and Imogen Reddington, Badgers – Isobel Ramsey and Lenny King, Owls – Max Hindle and Tahlia Huggins, Rabbits – Ethan Carter and Ryley Allen, Jaguars – Alec Herbert, Julius Valancius and Dennis Cleary, Pandas – Rhys Rose and Oliver Methven, Tigers – Rebecca Grimwood, Freya Wilcox, Maddie Hasnip and Logan Roberts, Toucans – Rio Bacon and Alfie Appleton.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Toucans who achieved 98.30%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies the first week after the holidays will be: How can I use the ‘Whitehouse Way’ to prepare for tests? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Sport Relief

A big thank you to everyone for donating and buying cakes and for sending in £1.00 to wear sportswear. We managed to raise a wonderful £658.31 that will help many good causes through Sport Relief.

 

French for the Family

Thank you to the parents/carers of Owls class for attending the first French for the Family afternoon. We hope you enjoyed this event as much as the children.

 

Easter Grammar Homework – Year 6

In preparation for the upcoming SATs, Year 6 pupils have been given a booklet to complete over the Easter holidays. The booklet covers grammar, punctuation and spelling. Please encourage your child to spend time working through the sections. All the work in the book is revision based. If they find certain areas tricky, they should refer back to their 100 achieve book which explains all the concepts they need to complete the different activities. Whilst, this is not compulsory homework, pupils will benefit hugely by working through the questions. Please take time to discuss this with your child.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. The slogan for this week is: SAFE – Seatbelts Are For Everyone!

 

Reception Sharing Sessions

A big thank you to all parents who attended our Reception Sharing Sessions each Thursday at 2.30pm. This will continue the first week back after our Easter holidays.

 

In the Community

A big well done to Brandon Dunnett, a member of the Toucans class, who has been awarded his green belt in Karate. What a great achievement Brandon!

 

Staffing Changes

I am delighted to report that Mrs Edwards will be joining us in Frogs class after the Easter break as Mrs Shaw starts her maternity leave. We wish Mrs Shaw well.

 

Netball

On Tuesday our team of Year 6 girls played their last IPSSA league match against St Matthews. Our team consisted of Freya, Laynie, Kellie, Megan, Emily, Sarah-Jayne and Zana. Whitehouse took the lead with a great goal from Laynie and some great defending from Megan and Freya. The second quarter saw a goal from Sarah-Jayne, and sadly we went down to 3-1. The team continued with great determination, as Megan scored another 2 goals. Ms Salmon found it very difficult to umpire on the sideline as it was such an exciting game! It resulted in a 4-3 win to St Matthews. Ms Salmon is extremely proud of all the team and extremely impressed with the level of skill and great perseverance the girls always show. Well done to Freya for being given Player of the Match.

 

Football

Yet another busy week of fixtures for our Year 5/6 boys football team having played two home league fixtures in two days. The first game was against The Oaks Primary School and was closely played with chances at both ends of the pitch and spells of good possession by both teams. Despite the boys fantastic teamwork and hard work, they were unlucky to lose the game 3-1. At the end of the game the teacher from The Oaks commended the boys on their great performance throughout the game. The second game was against Ravenswood Primary School. Both teams started the game brightly and again chances fell to both teams throughout the first half and Ravenswood scored the first goal. Undeterred the boys dominated much of the possession early in the second half and quickly scored an equaliser. The game finished with a 1-1 draw. Mr Jordan would like to thank the vast number of parents and family members who came to provide home support during both games.

 

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 29th March – PD Day (No children in school)

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April – Easter Holiday

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th April – Easter School (Year 6)

Monday 16th April – First Day of Summer Term for Pupils

Thursday 26th April – Parent Forum 2.00pm (Homework)

Monday 21st May – Class Photos

Friday 25th May – PD Day (No children in school)

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – Half term Holiday

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 50

23rd March 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It was great to be able to talk to parents about the curriculum trips and visits at the parent forum. There was lots of positive feedback about the variety of trips we offer and the increase in the number of clubs. One parent suggested that we offer a Science day – this is something that we will be exploring in the future. The next parent forum will be in April and the focus will be homework. Please come and share your views - they are greatly appreciated.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Owls who achieved 99%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies next week will be: Why and how do Christians celebrate Easter? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Healthy School

Can we please remind parents/carers that Whitehouse is a ‘healthy school’. This means that children are only allowed to bring snacks such as fruit or a healthy cereal bar for break time. Also, please note that snacks containing nuts are not permitted as some of our children have severe allergies. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. The slogan for this week is for parents/carers to consider: Please do not park on the zig zags outside the school.

 

Coming Soon!

We will be holding our next Families Connect Course very soon – watch out for more information about the course and how to book a space.

 

‘French for the Family’ – Owls Class

On Tuesday 27th March we are holding our first ‘French for the Family’ event for parents/carers from the Owls class. This will offer an opportunity for you and your child to learn a new skill together. We will be holding a Continental afternoon tea which will provide an authentic context for learners to practise their new skills. We would love both parents and pupils to wear a combination of the French colours (blue, white and red).

 

Sport Relief

A big thank you to everyone who donated cakes for the cake sales this week, all proceeds will be donated to Sport Relief. We will let you know in the next newsletter how much money we have raised!

 

Year 6 Easter School

A letter has been sent home this week inviting all children from Year 6 to attend our annual Easter School on the 12th and 13th April. Please ensure the reply slips are returned.

 

School Bell

You may have been aware that we have had some issues with the school bells earlier this week. We apologise for the confusion this caused. An engineer was called and the fault has now been corrected.

 

Dropping Off at School

Can we please remind parents/carers that when dropping off children in the morning, they should not be left unattended in the playground. On occasions, there are some issues between the children which then has a knock-on effect on their learning when they come into class. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

 

Cross Country Event

On Wednesday Mr Jordan, Ms Salmon and Mrs Wilcox took 42 of our children from Years 4, 5 and 6 to the School Games Cross Country. The event was held at the stunning Royal Hospital School. Equally impressive were the performances from all of our children! For the majority of the children this was the very first time they had attended the event, or run such long distances. Year 4 children ran 1,500m and the Year 5 and 6 children ran 2,200m. 39 out of the 42 children who attended the event finished their race showing great determination and perseverance. 7 of our children finished their races within the top 50 for their age group with a further 2 finishing just outside the final 30. Preston Bennett, Isabel Bannister, Callum McWilliams and Freya Wilcox all finished within the top 30. A special mention to Freya Wilcox, from Year 6, who finished 2nd in her race! These were all extremely impressive results when considering that each race consisted of approximately 200 runners. A fantastic event with an amazing set of children. Well done to everyone who took part.

 

Netball

Our Year 5 and 6 netball team had their second game in a week last Thursday, travelling to Ravenswood Primary School. Ms Salmon was extremely impressed with the girl’s attitude, determination and skills to make this a great win for Whitehouse. They worked hard in defence and the goals kept coming! Well played to Sarah-Jayne, Zana, Emily, Megan, Freya, Julia and Kellie. The match ended 6-4 to Whitehouse. An extra well done to Kellie who was rewarded Player of the Match by the Ravenswood team. Thank you to all who came to watch and support the team. Our next match is away at St Matthews Primary on Tuesday 27th March,

 

Craft Morning

St Thomas’ Church on Bramford Road are holding an Easter Craft morning for children up to the age of 11 years old on Good Friday, 30th March 2018 between 10.30am – 12.00pm. If you wish your child to attend, a reply slip can be collected from the main school reception area. If you have any questions you can contact Reverend Jutta Brueck on 07958 360564.

 

Parent Forum

Thank you to all parents who attended the Parent Forum with Mrs Hall yesterday. The next meeting is scheduled for 26th April 2018.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 27th March – French for the Family – Owls Class

Tuesday 27th March – Netball Game – Away to St Matthews Primary

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Wednesday 28th March – World Book Day

Wednesday 28th March – KS1 School Disco

Wednesday 28th March – KS2 School Disco

Thursday 29th March – PD Day (No children in school)

Friday 30th  March – Friday 13th April – Easter Holiday

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th April – Easter School (Year 6)

Monday 16th April – First Day of Summer Term for Pupils

Thursday 26th April – Parent Forum 2.00pm

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 49

Friday 16th March 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It was great to speak to so many parents last week at our Parents’ Evenings – thank you for your continued support. It is essential that home and school work together to ensure all our children reach their full potential. A thought for this week: TEAM – Together, Everyone Achieves More. If you do have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Roxanne Smith-Hook, Turtles – Oliver Hayes, Puffins – Ronnie Shannon and Ehsan Miah, Seahorses – Jacob Halls and Erioluwa Oyefesobi, Starfish – Leo Bailey and Charlie Kastrati. The winners of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Imogen Hazelton and Chiara Gajdos, Giraffes – Sophie Wales and Maja Lisowska, Lions – Sophia Carvalho and Laycee Deere, Cobras – Ceylin Arduc and Logan Lopez, Dragons – Mathew Aldridge and Emma-Jane Buffery, Frogs – Martin Madar and Isobel Canfer.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Alan Safo and Olivia Bedford, Hedgehogs – Chloe McGurk and David Negru, Squirrels – Harrison Miller-Newstead and Byron Grimwood, Badgers – Sebastian Barnett and Aidan Edwards, Owls – Aziz Azizi and Benjamin Aldridge, Rabbits – Jeremiah Fwambo and Jamie Lamb, Jaguars – Leanna Blackwell and Eniko Stuller, Pandas – Sophie Bailey, Leana Vieira and Peyton Harvey, Tigers – Kellie Garnham and Freya Wilcox, Toucans – Zana Zurel and Jayden Crack.

 

Attendance

The classes with the best attendance last week were Starfish and Dragons who achieved a fantastic 100% each. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies next week will be: What does it feel like to play sport when you have a disability? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Coming Soon!

We will be holding our next Families Connect Course very soon – watch out for more information about the course and how to book a space.

 

Lost Property

Please can we remind parents/carers to ensure all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name so that we can return missing items to the correct owners. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Parent/Carer Forums

A reminder that we have a Parents/Carers Forum on Thursday 22nd March at 2.00pm where we will be discussing ‘New Trips and Events in School’. This is a great opportunity for you to share your views and opinions. All parents/carers are invited and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

‘French for the Family’ – Owls Class

On Tuesday 27th March we are holding our first ‘French for the Family’ event for parents/carers from Owls class. This will offer an opportunity for you and your child to learn a new skill together. The afternoon will start with a lesson during which all participants will learn how to order food in French. This will be followed by a Continental afternoon tea which will provide an authentic context for learners to practise their new skills. We would love both parents and pupils to wear a combination of the French colours (blue, white and red).

 

Sport Relief

Please note we will be fundraising for Sport Relief this year. On Friday 23rd March, children are invited to come into school dressed in their favourite sports clothes for a donation of £1.00. We will also be holding a cake sale on Wednesday 21st March on the Key Stage One playground after school and a second cake bake sale on Thursday 22nd March on the Astro Turf by the Key Stage 2 classrooms after school. We would ask parents/carers to please donate cakes for us to sell. Parents/Carers of Reception and Key Stage One children, please bring cakes to school on Wednesday morning and parents/carers of Key Stage Two children, please bring cakes on Thursday morning. We hope to raise lots of money for such a good cause! Please avoid any products containing nuts.

 

In the Community

Well done to Joshua Davies from Pandas class, who gave an amazing performance in the East Anglian EKKA Karate Competition. This was held at Northgate Sports Centre on 11th March and Joshua came 2nd in his class in the Kata. What a fabulous achievement. Well done Joshua!

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. The slogan for this week is for parents/carers to consider: How can you help to improve road safety around school?

 

 

Attendance

Sadly, we are having an increase in the number of children arriving late for school. It is very important that children arrive on time for class, so that they can have a good start to their morning and do not miss any of their learning time. If you do have any concerns or barriers preventing timely arrival, please speak to either Mrs Poulter, our Attendance Officer or Miss Brinkley or Mrs Gotts, from the Pastoral Team who can offer advice and support.

 

Year 6 Easter School

A letter has been sent home this week inviting all children from Year 6 to attend our annual Easter School on the 12th and 13th April. Please ensure the reply slips are returned.

 

Royal Visit – Year 2

Year 2 had a recent visit in school from Queen Elizabeth I and King Arthur. The children were able to learn about different reigns, legends and how to approach royalty. They learned all about tools of a Knight, including swords, shields, mail, helmets and a Knights role in protecting the realm. All of the Year 2 children enjoyed the theatre experience and we look forward to seeing their writing from it.

 

Netball

On Tuesday, the Whitehouse Netball team played a home game against Halifax Primary. They played extremely well throughout the whole game, showing perseverance and some outstanding netball skills. The team comprised of Freya, Kellie, Zana, Emily, Laynie, Sarah-Jane and Lauren and the game ended in a score of Whitehouse 4, Halifax 6. Well played girls and thank you to all children and parents who came along to support the team.

 

Dodgeball

Last week saw yet another busy week of fixtures. Six children from Years 1 and 2 (Namo, Logan, Theo, Sofija, Ellie and Maisie) and six pupils from Years 5 and 6 (Bailie, Chloe, Daniel, Zana, Freya and Bailey) attended Dodgeball Festivals at Inspire Suffolk. The teams played a round robin of games against all of the other teams that attended the event. It was much enjoyed by all and the children showed excellent team work and dodgeball skills. As a result, the Year 1 and 2 team managed to win 3, draw 2 and lose 4 of their games. The Year 5 and 6 team won 4 and lost 5 games. Excellent effort by everyone, well done!

 

Football

Our Year 5 and 6 Boys Football team also played this week, travelling to Morland Primary. This proved to be the boys toughest league match to date and Morland proved victorious. However, Mr Jordan was very impressed with the work and effort of the boys throughout the entire match. Despite being behind the boys never gave up and continued to play well right up to the final whistle. We wish the boys the best of luck in their next league match next week.

 

Craft Morning

St Thomas’ Church on Bramford Road are holding an Easter Craft morning for children up to the age of 11 years old on Good Friday, 30th March 2018 between 10.30am – 12.00pm. If you wish your child to attend, a reply slip can be collected from the main school reception area. If you have any questions you can contact Reverend Jutta Brueck on 07958 360564.

 

Homemade Slime

We have been made aware that some children have been making slime at home. Please can we ask that this is not brought into school. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Job Vacancy – Assistant Cook Position at Whitehouse (Vertas)

 

Working Hours – Monday to Friday. 22.5 hours per week, 38 weeks per year (term time only)

 

Competitive Salary

 

Duties to include: supervision of site, preparing meals, monitoring hygiene standards, serving and washing up, cleaning, administration, stock ordering and rotating.

 

Full training will be given. Uniform will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact: Julie Murray, Southern Area Catering Manager, 07860 916137

 

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 21st March – Sports Relief Cake Sale on the KS1 playground – 3.05pm

Thursday 22nd March – Sports Relief Cake Sale on the KS2 astro turf – 3.10pm

Thursday 22nd March – Parent Forum ‘School Trips and Events’ 2.00pm

Thursday 22nd March – Information Meeting for 2019 French Trip (Year 5) 3.15pm

Friday 23rd March – Sports Relief Non-Uniform Day (donation of £1.00)

Tuesday 27th March – French for the Family – Owls Class

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Wednesday 28th March – World Book Day

Wednesday 28th March – KS1 School Disco

Wednesday 28th March – KS2 School Disco

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April – Easter Holiday

Thursday 12th  – Friday 13th April – Easter School (Year 6)

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 48

Friday 9th March 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

At Whitehouse Community Primary School, we are fully committed to a holistic approach to learning which provides numerous opportunities to enhance the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of children whilst promoting the fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Respect and Tolerance. To find out more about the exciting learning opportunities at Whitehouse have a look at this page on our school website: http://www.whcps.org/smsc/

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Puffins – Maddison Jessup and Cameron Bartram, Seahorses – Dougie Marjoram and Jazmine Downes, Starfish – Leah Fosdike and Oliver-Joe Bull. The winners of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Kyren Osborne and Summer Bird, Giraffes – Diana Vieira and George Woodward, Lions – Mossawer Azizi and Jayden Seidu, Cobras – Billy Hutchison and Alissa Davies, Dragons – Riley Beales-Durham and Connor Weedon, Frogs – David Balan and Jayden Taylor-Scripps.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Dragons. What a great effort with all the snowy weather we had! Also, well done to Squirrels who had the best attendance for February.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies next week will be: What do I want to be when I am older? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Parents/Carers Evening

Thank you to all parents/carers who were able to come into school this week. If you were unable to attend, please speak to your child’s class teacher who will be able to arrange another suitable time to discuss your child’s progress.

 

Behaviour on the School Site

Unfortunately, we need to remind parents/carers of the need to behave appropriately on the school site. It is never appropriate or acceptable to shout at members of staff or swear within the school site. Any adult behaving in this manner will be asked to leave the premises. Thank you for your support in this matter.

 

Year 2 Kiddy Cook Workshop

As part of their topic on ‘Kings and Queens’ our Year 2 children had a wonderful day on Monday learning about the story of the Margherita Pizza as well as making their own to take home. All the children used the Whitehouse Way throughout the day and were a delight to work with! Thank you to Fran from Kiddy Cook for a very well planned and enjoyable workshop. Photos of the day can be seen on the school website: www.whcps.org/kiddy-cook-workshop-kings-and-queens

 

World Book Day / School Disco

As mentioned, due to the winter weather last week, we will be holding World Book Day again on Wednesday 28th March. The school discos will also be held on that day. Please note we have very high expectations of behaviour for all our pupils at Whitehouse and any child who consistently breaches our positive behaviour policy may not be entitled to attend the disco.

 

Parent Forums

As noted in the newsletter last week, we will be organising monthly parent forums, which give you a chance to share your ideas and concerns and allow us an opportunity to seek your views on a variety of topics. These are important as we cannot solve problems and make things better if they are not brought to our attention in the correct way. These meetings will be led by the Headteacher and a Phase Leader. The date of the next forum will be Thursday 22nd March at 2.00pm where the focus will be on New Trips and Events at School.

 

‘French for the Family’ – Owls Class

A letter went home this week to invite the parents/carers from the Owls class to come along and take part in our first ever ‘French for the Family’ event which is going to take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 27th March. The event is part of the Year 4 French topic on food and will involve a maximum of two family members coming to school to learn French alongside their child. The aim of the session is for children and adults to work together – and support each other – whilst learning a new skill. The afternoon will start with a lesson during which all participants will learn how to order food in French. This will be followed by a Continental afternoon tea which will provide an authentic context for learners to practise their new skills. We would love both parents and pupils to wear a combination of the French colours (blue, white and red).

 

In the Community

Well done to Oliver Nadrowski who achieved his new belt in Karate on 3rd March. He now has a Grade 8th Kyu belt. What a fantastic achievement Oliver!

 

Telephone Numbers

The wintery weather last week highlighted that we do not have the correct phone number for all of our children in school. If you are not currently receiving text messages from school, then we do no have your correct phone number! Please call in at the School Office and let us have these as soon as possible. It is vital that we can contact parents/carers easily should the need arise.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. The slogan for this week is: Stop, Look, Listen.

 

French Trip 2019

A letter has been sent out this week to the parents/carers of our current Year 5 pupils inviting them to sign up their child for an exciting new residential trip to the Opal Coast which is due to take place after their SATs in June 2019. The trip will provide a unique opportunity to experience French culture and language. It will also enable children to find out important information about conservation through the visit to both a Bee Museum and a world-renowned Aquarium. The children will have the chance to taste some French delicacies, even snails if they feel adventurous enough! They will visit traditional French markets and take the ride of a lifetime in the famous Aqualud which is situated in Le Torquet town. Full details about the trip can be seen on the website at the following link: www.whcps.org/upper-key-stage-2-1/ (click on your child’s class). There will be an Information Meeting held on Thursday 22nd March where more information will be shared with parents/carers who are interested. Thank you for your support in this initiative.

 

Wolsey Theatre Production

Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils were treated to a play performed by the Wolsey Theatre this week, which told the story of Billy on his first day at school, and looked at issues of friendship, diversity and differences. The children all enjoyed it very much and there was lots of laughter. More photos can be seen on the website: http://www.whcps.org/ks2-theatre-performance-new-wolsey-theatre-march-2/

 

Science Festival

We have been notified of a Science Fair taking place on Saturday 17th March, at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School from 10am to 4pm. All children are invited to come along and take part in a mix of workshops and activities. Please see http://www.whcps.org/whole-school-1/ for further details.

 

Dates for the Diary

Friday 16th March – ‘Aim High’ Career Day

Thursday 22nd March – Parent Forum ‘School Trips and Events’ 2.00pm

Thursday 22nd March – Information Meeting for 2019 French Trip (Year 5) 3.15pm

Tuesday 27th March – French for the Family – Owls Class

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Wednesday 28th March – World Book Day

Wednesday 28th March – KS1 School Disco

Wednesday 28th March – KS2 School Disco

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April – Easter Holiday

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th April – Easter School (Year 6)

 

Advance Warning

 

Term Dates for 2018/19 Academic Year

Autumn Term: Wednesday 5th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Spring Term: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 to Friday 5th April 2019

Summer Term: Tuesday 23rd April 2019 to Wednesday 24th July 2019

 

Half Term Dates for 2018/19 Academic Year

Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th  October 2018

Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Monday 27th May 2019 (Bank Holiday) to Friday 31st May 2019

 

PD Days 2018/19 Academic Year

(Pupils not in school)

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Friday 19th October 2018

Wednesday 2nd  January 2019

Friday 24th May 2019

Monday 3rd June 2019

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 47

Friday 2nd March 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Firstly, I wanted to say a big thank you for all your support, patience and understanding during this very snowy week. The decision to close a school is always a difficult one to make! We are advised by the Department for Education to make every attempt to remain open and we did everything that we could to ensure this happened. It is this perseverance, courage and determination from our children, families and staff that makes Whitehouse such a great school.

Also, it was great to see so many children and staff dressed up for World Book Day on Thursday, there were some fabulous costumes. As the event was hampered by the weather, we would like to hold another Book Day on Wednesday 28th March. Thank you again for your continued support.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Caleb Ellis, Turtles – Freddie Fry, Puffins – Kezia Cullum and Ethan Hanley, Seahorses – Nicolette Banevic-Cerliuk and David Chiriac, Starfish – Danny Prevett and Eliza Moore. The winners of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Ebunoluwa Oyefesobi and Theo Skinner, Giraffes – Tyler Leverett and Lilli Crane, Lions – Ewan Canfer and Alysha Martins, Cobras – Tayfun Poulton and Sofija Gabelyte, Dragons – Lacey Morling and Tyler Clarke, Frogs – Deanna Crawford and Maisie Wright.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Maddison Clarke and Chloe Murrell, Hedgehogs – Charlie Richman and Cameron Ripper, Squirrels – Karen Da Costa and Imogen Reddington, Badgers – Oliwia Stasiak and Shyara Adomako, Owls – Preston Bennett and Sonjela Sylja, Rabbits – Tiago Rosa and Jessica Mallett, Jaguars – Liliana Segieniewicz and Christopher Loveday, Pandas – Ciara Mulligan and Joshua Davies, Tigers – Mazin Hassoun and James Thompson, Toucans – Corey Hart.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Squirrels who for the second week in a row achieved a fantastic 100%. Well done!

 

Parents/Carers Evening

We look forward to seeing you all at our Parents/Carers Evening on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. If you have forgotten what time your appointment is please check with a member of the office team. If you have not yet made an appointment, one will be made for you shortly and a text sent to inform you of the time.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies next week will be: Should I care where the food I buy comes from? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. The slogan for over the coming week is: ‘Ride your bike in a safe place away from the road.’

 

Parent Forums

Regular, open communication and consultation with parents is really important to everyone at Whitehouse Community Primary School, therefore we would like to organise monthly parent forums. A parent forum will provide us with a valuable way to listen to your ideas and concerns and an opportunity to seek your views, helping to make sure that the needs of our children and families are met. We are aware that parents may discuss issues on the playground but sometimes these concerns don’t actually reach us. We cannot solve these problems and make things better if they are not brought to our attention in the correct way. The parent meetings will be led by the Headteacher and a Phase Leader. Possible examples of issues that could be discussed are: School Improvement Plan, Parking and safe routes to walk/cycle to school, Parents Evenings, or Views on school policies. Do attend these meetings and share your views with the rest of the parent forum. If we know your views we can do something about it. All forum dates will be advertised on newsletters and on the school website. If you are unable to attend or don’t feel that you could speak up at the forum meeting please let the office know and a separate appointment can be made. The date of the next forum will be Thursday 22nd March at 2.00pm where the focus will be on New Trips and Events at School.

 

Football

On Monday the Year 5/6 boys football team travelled to play a league match against Claydon Primary School. Despite not playing together since November, the boys put on a pleasing performance against the tough opposition. After conceding a first half goal, the boys showed excellent teamwork and perseverance, playing some excellent football. The hard work paid off and a header gave us an equalising goal from ‘Man of the Match’ Ashton. As the heavy snow started to fall, Claydon converted a last minute goal line scramble to win the game 2-1. Mr Jordan was very impressed with the efforts shown by all of the boys in the freezing conditions.

 

Evening Star Sports Vouchers

As in previous years, we are collecting the Sports Vouchers that appear in the Evening Star newspaper each day up until April 2018. These enable us to get some extra PE equipment so please encourage friends and family to help us collect as many as we can. Vouchers can be handed in at the school office. Thank you for your help.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 5th March – Triple P Parenting Course

Wednesday 7th March – Dodgeball Festival (Year 5/6) at Inspire

Wednesday 7th March – Parents/Carers Evening – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 8th March – Under 7’s Dodgeball Festival at Inspire

Thursday 8th March – Football Away Match at Morland Primary (Year 5/6)

Thursday 8th March – Parents/Carers Evening – 3.30pm – 6.20pm

Thursday 8th March – A Royal Visit (Year 2)

Friday 9th March – Kiddy Cook Workshop (Great Fire of London) – Year 1

Monday 12th March – Triple P Parenting Course

Friday 16th March – ‘Aim High’ Career Day

Thursday 22nd March – Parent Forum ‘School Trips and Events’ 2.00pm

Thursday 22nd March – Information Meeting for 2019 French Trip (Year 5) 3.15pm

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April – Easter Holiday

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th April – Easter School (Year 6)

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 46

Friday 23rd February 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been great to welcome the children back to school this week and they have been very keen to learn. The atmosphere in school is very purposeful and the children are continually displaying ‘The Whitehouse Way’. It is very important that our children develop a ‘can do’ attitude and that they don’t give up when things get a bit tricky. So far this week, there have been 80 silver awards given out and 12 golds. If you have 5 minutes spare this week, do have a look at the behaviour section of the website http://www.whcps.org/behaviour-learning-behaviours-the-whitehouse-way-a/

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Imogen Cross, Turtles – Taylor Mullan, Puffins – Mason Clarke and Austin Knights-Richmond, Seahorses – Tilleah Turner and David Chiriac, Starfish – Demi-Jae Richards and Summer Smith. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Tate Largent and Arisha Ali, Giraffes – Lilia Pawlik and Isla Thompson, Lions – Amari Mudhir and Kyle Brown, Cobras – Kamilly Cantarelli and Austin Jarvis, Dragons – Daren Ahmad and Connor Farman, Frogs – Carly Jarrett-Crawford and Martin Madar.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Dominik Torbus and Theo Mason, Hedgehogs – Cameron Ripper and Riyah Ali, Squirrels – Anisah Begum and Lacey-Mai Fairweather, Badgers – Sam Thurlow and Lake Totman, Owls – Molly Fry, Rabbits – Ava-Rose Moore, and Victoria Velkova, Jaguars – Summer Ripper, Holly Myhill and Julia Pawlik, Pandas – Sophie Bailey and Harrison Smy, Tigers – Joshua Youngs and Laynie Clarke, Toucans – Ibrahim Ozbek and Madison Noe.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance before half term was Squirrels who achieved a fantastic 100%.

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies next week will be: Do I know any tales of bravery from 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.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. The slogan for over the coming week is: ‘When crossing the road, look left, look right. If you cross where it’s not safe you could end up having a terrible fright!’

 

Parents/Carers Evening

A reminder that some parents/carers have not yet made their appointments to see their child’s teacher. The appointment times are as follows:

 

Wednesday 7th March – 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Thursday 8th March – 3.30pm to 6.20pm

 

If you are experiencing difficulty, please speak to a member of the office team. If you have not made an appointment by 1st March, the office team will allocate you an appointment slot and inform you by text.

 

World Book Day/School Disco – Thursday 1st March 2018

A reminder that World Book Day is on Thursday 1st March and children are invited to dress as their favourite book character. The KS1 and KS2 disco’s will also be held that day. Tickets for the KS1 disco are £1.50 and snacks will be provided. Tickets for the KS2 disco cost £1.00 and children may bring up to £1.00 to spend on drinks and snacks. Children who have 100% attendance this term will be entitled to a Golden Ticket which means they will not need to pay for their disco ticket. Children will be informed if they are eligible for a Golden Ticket early next week.

 

Congratulations!

Big congratulations to Mrs Bartholomew and Mrs Shaw who are both pregnant. What lovely news, we look forward to meeting your little ones in the coming months!

 

Parking

Parking continues to be an issue despite numerous requests. For health and safety reasons, parents and carers are not entitled to use the school car park unless they hold a disabled badge. This includes dropping off for breakfast club or picking up from an after-school club. In addition, we are seeing more issues with parking on Marlow Road, including vehicles driving onto the grass area and then driving along the path. This not only causes damage to the grass verges but is incredibly dangerous and there have been several near misses. Can we ask for everyone to be careful and courteous when parking close to the school to ensure the safety of all our children. We have notified the police about our concerns. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Kiddy Cook Workshops

In a recent survey, Whitehouse children have expressed a keen interest in cooking, so we have organised for our KS1 children to have a series of workshops delivered by a reputable local company called Kiddy Cook. On Friday 2nd March, Year 2 pupils will be making Margherita pizzas as part of their Kings and Queens topic. On Friday 9th March, Year 1 will be transported back to the Pudding Lane Bakery and make bread as part of their Great Fire of London theme. Our Reception classes will be joining in with a workshop later in the year. So KS1 children, ‘on your marks, get set…BAKE!

 

Nut Allergy

Can we please remind parents/carers that we are a nut free school. We have a number of children with severe nut allergies and even being near someone eating a product containing nuts can cause an extreme reaction. We have noted that some children are bringing in cereal bars with nuts in them or peanut butter sandwiches. Please help us keep the children safe in school by ensuring there are no nut products in your child’s packed lunch or snack. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Evening Star Sports Vouchers

As in previous years we are collecting the Sports Vouchers that appear in the Evening Star newspaper each day up until April 2018. These enable us to get some extra PE equipment so please encourage friends and family to help us collect as many as we can. Vouchers can be handed in at the school office. Thank you for your help.

 

‘Step Ahead – Support Your Child’

Another item picked up from a recent survey was that parents/carers have said they are keen to support their children at home with their homework and SATs preparations. More information would be helpful to understand the requirements of the English and Maths Curriculum and how they are taught in school. With this in mind, Whitehouse’s Literacy and Numeracy Co-ordinators, Mrs Greggor and Mrs Till, have been working closely with a local training company called Realise Futures to put together support classes for parents which address these concerns. We are delighted to announce that the first 6 week ‘Step Ahead – Support Your Child’ course will focus on literacy and will be held at the school on Tuesday mornings starting in a couple of weeks. We will be giving further information on how to enrol next week.

 

KS1/2 Playgrounds

You may have noticed that we have had some planting done in the KS2 playground area. Can we please ask children and parents/carers to stay away from these areas so that the plants can take root. Also a quick reminder that children are not allowed to play on the play equipment before school. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Tuesday 27th February – Great Fire of London Workshops (Year 1)

Tuesday 27th February – Netball – Away game to Ravenswood

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day (Dress up day)

Thursday 1st March – Dolphins Reading Session 10.55am – 11.30am

Thursday 1st March – Turtles Reading Session 2.30pm – 3.00pm

Thursday 1st March – Key Stage 1 Disco 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday 1st March – Key Stage 2 Disco 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Friday 2nd March – Kiddy Cook Workshop (Kings and Queens) – Year 2

Wednesday 7th March – Parents/Carers Evening – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 8th March – Parents/Carers Evening – 3.30pm – 6.20pm

Thursday 8th March – A Royal Visit (Year 2)

Friday 9th March – Kiddy Cook Workshop (Great Fire of London) – Year 1

Friday 16th March – ‘Aim High’ Career Day

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Thursday 29th  March – PD Day

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April – Easter Holiday

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th April – Easter School (Year 6)

 

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 45

Friday 9th February 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

This has been a very short half term and has flown by very quickly! We have managed to cram a lot in and I am impressed with the way the children have approached their learning over the past few weeks and the progress they are making. As ever, we are grateful for your support of their learning at home which enables all our children to thrive. We hope you have a wonderful half-term holiday. School starts back on Monday 19th February.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Roman Carruthers, Turtles – Vincent Kyte, Puffins – Sophia Allaton and Samuel Whitehouse, Seahorses – Olivia Sladewska and Kaci Wright, Starfish – Laycee Deere and Max McWilliams. The winners of the attendance award was Puffins.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – George Bedford and Jasmin Cantarelli, Giraffes – Sophie Wales and Max Newman, Lions – Harry De’Ath and Kristela Ozarovskyte, Cobras – Kacie Johnson and Theo Lopez, Dragons – Eleanor Canning and Daren Ahmad, Frogs – Xavier Nadrowski and Isobel Canfer.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Jana Gabelyte and Amicha-Anne Rose, Hedgehogs – Daisy Gundry and Archie Keeble, Squirrels – Grace Hazelton and Phoebe Brown, Badgers – Brooke Taylor-Scripps and Raisa-Gabriela Ion, Owls – Aimee Death and Kaidon Mitchell, Rabbits – Majus Sabaciauskas, Enioluwafe Oyefesobi, Victoria Velkova and Jessica Mallett, Jaguars – Summer Ripper and Eniko Stuller, Pandas – Iosif Ciupitu, Tigers – Emily Harding and Jack Rose, Toucans – Billy Davies and Madison Noe.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Puffins who achieved a fantastic 98.60%.

Well done to Hedgehogs who had the highest attendance for the month of January!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the week after half term will be: How is the Chinese New Year Celebrated? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Headlice

Please use the half-term holiday to check your child’s hair for headlice; there have been several reported incidents.

 

Parents/Carers Evening

Please note we have opened appointments for our next Parents/Carers Evening. Appointment times are:

Wednesday 7th March – 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Thursday 8th  March – 3.30pm to 6.20pm

 

Text messages have been sent with the link to book your appointments. If you have not received this text or are experiencing any problems booking, please speak to a member of the Office Team who will be able to assist.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. The slogan for over the coming week is: ‘Find a safe place to cross. Look left and look right. Stay Safe!’

 

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March 2018

Children are invited to come to school dressed up as a book character for World Book Day 2018. They may choose any book character to dress up as. A £1.00 book token will be issued for the day to put towards a book.

 

Parking in Car Park

Despite numerous requests we are still having parents/carers driving into the school car park to drop off children at Breakfast Club or to collect from after school clubs. Can we please ask again, that ALL parents, unless you hold a disabled parking badge, do not use the car park. This is for the safety of all the children in school. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Basketball News

The Whitehouse ‘Hot Shots’ Basketball team took part in the Ipswich and South Suffolk School Games Under 11’s Basketball Competition this week. They played 6 games brilliantly and won 3. It was a very close finish with the adjudicators having to go to baskets scored. We finished in 5th place. Well done to everyone that took part and a huge thank you to the parents for supporting the children.

 

 

Personal Hygiene

Please can parents/carers remind their children how important it is for them to practise good hygiene after using the toilet and ensure they are washing their hands. We have had a case of worms in school and are keen to ensure this does not spread. We can reassure parents that toilet areas in school are cleaned regularly and staff ensure children are washing their hands throughout the day.

 

Dinner Money

Can we remind parents/carers that dinner money needs to be paid in advance or on the day. Debt continues to be an issue in school. If more than four days dinner money is owed, then you will be informed by the school office that no more dinners will be allowed and a packed lunch will need to be sent with your child until the debt is cleared. All remaining debt needs to be cleared as soon as possible and texts will be sent out today to let parents know of any amounts outstanding.

 

 

 

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day was celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February. The theme this year was ‘be the change: unite for a better internet.’ In school, we used our PHSE lesson time to talk to our classes about different issues the children may face while using the internet. It is important to remember that the internet is a fantastic resource but should be used with caution and boundaries. In EYFS, the classes learnt a new song about a dog called Buddy who gave them advice on what to do if they are not sure of something online. In KS1, we spoke about what to do if strangers try to speak to you online and in KS2 classes, the children designed superheroes to keep them safe online and give advice to others. Over the next few days, the school website will be updated with pictures of the activities the children took part in during Safer Internet Day. If you are ever concerned about something your child has seen online and need advice, please do not hesitate to come and speak to either of the Online Safety Leads in school: Mrs Cox or Miss Dobner.

 

Netball News

On Thursday the netball team played an away game against Gorseland Primary. Ms Salmon took the Year 5/6 team comprising of Freya, Emily, Kellie, Zana, Sarah-Jayne, Lauren and Dea. The girls played extremely well, the best they have played yet! Despite being 5-3 down in the first quarter the girls continued to persevere and with goals from Emily, Lauren, Kellie, Zana and 4 goals from Freya they ended the game 9-9. Brilliant game girls! Thank you to all parents/carers who transported the children to and from the match. Our next game will be an away match against Ravenswood on Tuesday 27th February.

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February – Half Term Holiday

Monday 19th February – Triple P Parenting Course

Tuesday 27th February – Great Fire of London Workshops (Year 1)

Tuesday 27th February – Netball – Away game to Ravenswood

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day (Dress up day)

Thursday 1st March – Key Stage 1 Disco 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday 1st March – Key Stage 2 Disco 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday 7th March – Parents/Carers Evening – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 8th March – Parents/Carers Evening – 3.30pm – 6.20pm

Friday 16th March – ‘Aim High’ Career Day

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April – Easter Holiday

Thursday 12th  – Friday 13th April – Easter School (Year 6)

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 44

Friday 2nd February 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

I am delighted to welcome Mrs K Gotts to Whitehouse who is our new pastoral support worker. She is available to meet with parents to discuss any concerns you may have. Mrs Gotts is on duty in the playgrounds on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Finally, Mrs Cook will be leaving Whitehouse today after 17 years of cleaning within the school – we wish her well for the future and thank her for all her hard work in keeping the school so clean.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Isla Pipe, Turtles – Nia Aitchison, Puffins – Chloe Steward and Tawhid Ahmed, Seahorses – Julia Widurska and Amelia Izdebska, Starfish – Joey Lucas and Rafael Rosinha. The winners of the attendance award was Seahorses.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Kyann Cole and Adnan Saleh, Giraffes – Isla Mitchell and Warren Watchman, Lions – Maxi Bradshaw and Kristela Ozarovskyte, Cobras – Mariana Stefan and Isobel Giles, Dragons – Bahez Saeed and Hasan Mutlu, Frogs – Elsie Marjoram and David Balan.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Archie Gooding, Hedgehogs – Max Pettitt and Caden Harrison, Squirrels – Karen Da Costa and Byron Grimwood, Badgers – Reggie Carter and Isobel Ramsey, Owls – Dennis McGunnagle and William Taylor, Rabbits – Summer Noe and Keirah Osborne, Jaguars – Dea Ahmad and Daniel Zantboer, Pandas – Che Ruiz and Leana Vieira, Tigers – Jayson Green and Megan Williams, Toucans – Alfie Appleton, Marija Romanova and Bailey Adams.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Cobras who achieved a fantastic 100%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What steps can I take to be safe online? Resources related to this assembly are available on our website. To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. This week they have been looking at cycling safety. The slogan is: ‘Ride Safely and Wear a Helmet!’ The Road Safety Officers will be introducing a Design a Road Safety Poster Competition very soon…keep an eye out for more details.

 

Baby News!

We are pleased to let you know that Mrs Ashenden and Mrs Snape have both had their babies. Mrs Snape had a little baby boy called Tobias Philip who was born on the 24th January. Mrs Ashenden also had a little baby boy and he is called Oliver James and will be known as Ollie. Congratulations to you both!

 

Requests to Parents

Please can we ask that parents/carers do not stand near the classroom windows/doors at the LKS2 block at the end of the day, as this is disrupting the children’s learning. Also, parents are not permitted to drive into the car park at any time, including when dropping off for Breakfast Club or picking up from after-school clubs. It is extremely important that these requests are followed for the safety of your children. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter. In addition, it has been highlighted that some children are walking along walls on the way to school, some of which are very high and not stable. Can we please ask you to remind your children to be careful and make good decisions to ensure their own safety.

 

O2 Choir Event

On Wednesday the Whitehouse Choir represented the school at the O2, singing in the Young Voices 2018 concert. There were 7,800 children from lots of schools and they performed to a packed arena. Mr Fenelon was very proud of the Whitehouse Choir, they worked extremely hard learning all the songs off by heart and they performed beautifully. A huge thank you to all parents for their support and for those who came along to watch. It was a brilliant night for all involved. A letter will be coming home shortly inviting any Key Stage 2 children who would like to join the Choir. If your child likes to sing and would like to join, please just fill in the slip and return it to school. There will be lots of exciting singing continuing over the remainder of the school year!

 

 

Career Day Update – Friday 16th March

Organisation for Career Day is well under way with an array of local employers representing Telecommunication, Sport and Leisure, Arts and Culture, Construction and Agriculture having already confirmed attendance. We are also awaiting positive responses from a range of other organisations including local colleges, banks, freight companies as well as from local Health and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors. We are hoping to have found between 20 to 30 guests by mid-February and need help from the school community to provide our pupils with a good range of guests on the day. If any parent would be available and willing to come and speak to the children about work on Friday 16th March, we would love to hear from you. Equally, we would be delighted to hear from people from your immediate environment who would be prepared to attend the event. Thank you in advance for your kind assistance in this matter.

 

World Book Day

We have World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. Children can come into school dressed up as a book character. Please note we will also be holding the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 disco’s the same day. Letters will be sent home shortly with further information.

 

Indoor Fire Alarm Procedure

In common with all organisations we have been looking at our emergency procedures which we practice regularly. The children are all familiar with our evacuation procedure where we leave the building and this week we practiced our other emergency procedure where we stay inside the building. Each class sat on the carpet in their room and windows and blinds were closed. A member of the Senior Leadership Team then proceeds to check each class are safe. The children dealt with it extremely well and showed very good behaviour.

 

Attendance

Please can we remind parents/carers about the importance of telephoning the school if your child is unwell. If we are not made aware of the reason for an absence this will result in an unauthorised mark. Repeated occurrences may result in a referral to the Education Welfare Officer leading to penalty notices. Also, please note if there is a need to take your child out of school for a medical appointment there is an expectation that they will be in school before/after the appointment.

 

In the Community

One of our Year 3 children, Frankie Clarke, recently competed in a Football Tournament at Playford Road for his local club Ipswich Valley Rangers, where he was spotted by a scout for Ipswich Town Football Club! Frankie was then invited to play for Ipswich Town FC against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 27th January. Unfortunately, the Ipswich team lost, however, the coaches praised Frankie for his desire and commitment to win back the ball during each match. From this, Frankie has been invited to train alongside the Ipswich Town Under 8 squad at Portman Road. Prior to this Norwich City also scouted Frankie and he has just finished a six-week trial with them. Well done Frankie! If your child has achieved something great outside of school, do let us know so that we can write about this in our weekly bulletin.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 5th February – Triple P Parenting Course

Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February – Half Term Holiday

Tuesday 27th February – Great Fire of London Workshops (Year 1)

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day (Dress up day)

Thursday 1st March – Key Stage 1 Disco 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday 1st March – Key Stage 2 Disco 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Friday 16th March – ‘Aim High’ Career Day

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

Whitehouse Weekly - Bulletin 43

 

Friday 26th January 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

If you have a few spare minutes this week have a look at our website. A good page to focus on is the reading page http://www.whcps.org/reading-at-whitehouse/ which explains how we teach phonics and ric (retrieve, interpret and choice) at Whitehouse. If you have ten minutes, have a look at our new PE Premium Plan and the exciting things we have organised http://www.whcps.org/pe-premium/

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Aistreja Uzkuraityte, Turtles – Hasti Aziz, Puffins – Ozzie Bright and Amberley Burch, Seahorses – Gabriel Cantarelli and Sophie Butler, Starfish – Rebecca Lowe and Harley Frostick. The winners of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Imogen Hazelton and Chiara Gajdos, Giraffes – Max Newman and Stacie-Jane Loveridge, Lions – Reuben Welch and Emily Loveday, Cobras – Ava Cloke and Virdzinas Uzkuraitis, Dragons – Mirac Mutlu and Riley Beales-Durham, Frogs – Riley Clarke and Joshua Steward.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Eva Bolt and Amez Saeed, Hedgehogs – Megan Bradford and Jensen Race, Squirrels – Chimera Ruiz and Zachary Studd, Badgers – Troy Clarke and Wiktoria Hojka, Owls – Jaya-Rose Smith and Tyrus Denton, Rabbits – Sameeha Tasnim and Amarni Russell, Jaguars – Julius Valancius and Reuben Day, Pandas – Sophie Harding and Jasmine Mahmoud, Tigers – Amber Horsnell, Isaac Ramsey and Billy Farrow, Toucans – Sarah-Jayne Mazendame and Keighton Green.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Frogs who achieved 98.80%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

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

 

Poppy Appeal

Thank you to all parents/carers and children for your support with our poppy appeal last year. We have just been informed we raised £103.29, twice as much as the previous year! Well done to the School Parliament for their hard work!

 

Pastoral Support Lead

We are pleased to let you know that we have a new Pastoral Support Lead in school, Miss Nicola Brinkley. She is available to meet with parents who may need some additional support for their child. Nicola is on duty in the playgrounds on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings. If you wish to make an appointment to see Nicola, please ask for a form at the School Office.

 

Rainbow Club

Our Rainbow Club has been running for a few weeks with great success. The children are keen to learn about as many cultures and countries as possible. Have you ever lived abroad? Have you recently travelled somewhere exotic? Do you speak any other language and could teach us a few words? Are you good at cooking exotic dishes from around the world? If so, our children would love to welcome you to our club after-school one Thursday. Please speak to Mrs Shaw, Mme Godet or Mrs Moore to arrange a date or let the School Office know. Thank you for your assistance.

 

 

Year 6 SATs

Thank you to all parents / carers who supported our Year 6 SATs information meetings this week. Please note the presentation that was shared can now be viewed on our website at the following link: http://www.whcps.org/24-01-18-sats-information-for-parents/

 

Art Club

A reminder for all children that the Art Club is running this term on a Thursday lunchtime from 12.30pm to 1.00pm in the Squirrels class. The club runs for Years 3/4 and Years 5/6 on alternate weeks. Please speak to Mrs Smy if you have any questions.

 

School Letters

A reminder to parents/carers that copies of any letters sent home from school can now be found on the website. To access them, simply go to: http://www.whcps.org/letters/ and then click on the WHCPS logo to see letters which have been sent to all pupils. Alternatively, select the Key Stage icon then the name of your child’s class to see correspondence which has been sent to individual classes.

 

Junior Road Safety Officers

In each of our newsletters we will be having a little slogan from our Junior Road Safety Officers that we can think about over the coming week. This week the slogan is: ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Be Safe!’

 

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 29th January – Triple P Parenting Course

Tuesday 30th January – EYFS Puppet Theatre

Tuesday 30th January – No Afternoon Nursery

Wednesday 31st January – Young Voices Choir Event at the O2

Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February – Half Term Holiday

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day (Dress up day)

Friday 16th March – ‘Aim High’ Career Day

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

 

Issue 42 - Friday 19th January 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

It has been a super week in school, as you can see from this very detailed newsletter! A particular highlight for me was seeing the excellent co-operation at Archery club between children in LKS2 and KS1. Mrs Cockcroft was very proud of the super teaching, perseverance and outstanding behaviour. Well done everyone for successfully following ‘The Whitehouse Way’.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Daniel Negru, Turtles – Tyler Hawkins, Puffins – Maddison Jessup and Varo Sirwan, Seahorses – James Joseph Gladwell and Oscar Byles, Starfish – McKenzie Woods and Bahand Abdullah. The winners of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Kyren Osborne and Jasmin Cantarelli, Giraffes – Danielius Staliulionis and Oliwia Segieniewicz, Lions – Kiyan Ahmed and Anayah O’Connor, Cobras – Andrei Ion and Nikolai Velkov, Dragons – Leah Dale and Derin Watchman, Frogs – Alex Gheorghui and Martin Madar.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Greta Minseviciute and Carmen Ruiz, Hedgehogs – Rhys Cooke and Chloe McGurk, Squirrels – Kieran Myhill and James Hasnip, Badgers – Lake Totman and Oliwia Stasiak, Owls – Lexi Seggons and Joshua Pepper, Rabbits – Carnell Blanchard and Tommy Davies, Jaguars – Julia Pawlik and Leo Bird, Pandas – Joshua Davies and Madison Harvey, Tigers – Madeline Elliott and Danny Mundy, Toucans – Brandon Dunnett and Murai Ferguson.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Foxes who achieved a 99.30%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

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

 

Year 6 SATs

Please note we are holding two information sessions for parents/carers of Year 6 children regarding the SATs. These will be on Tuesday 23rd January at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

TOAST Squad

Congratulations on our new online safety TOAST squad who were recently appointed: Rihanna, Rhys, Cameron, Dea, Gracie, Lauren and Holly. We look forward to hearing more from them over the coming year.

 

           

 

Mobile Phones

Can we please remind parents/carers that mobile phones should not be brought into school by children. If there is a genuine reason for bringing one in, it should be taken to the School Office at the start of the day and collected at the end of the day. We appreciate your support in this matter.

 

School Letters

A reminder to parents/carers that copies of any letters sent home from school can now be found on the website. To access them, simply go to: http://www.whcps.org/letters/ and then click on the WHCPS logo to see letters which have been sent to all pupils. Alternatively, select the Key Stage icon then the name of your child’s class to see correspondence which has been sent to individual classes.

 

Board Game Club

A big thank you to all who helped with our appeal and donated board games. As you can see we had a great response! Key Stage 2 pupils will now be able to play board games and form new friendships at lunchtimes. The date and time of the club will be announced shortly.

 

 

Personal Hygiene

Please can parents/carers remind their children how important it is for them to practice good hygiene after using the toilet and ensure they are washing their hands. We have had a case of worms in school and are keen to ensure this does not spread. We can reassure parents that toilet areas in school are cleaned regularly and staff ensure children are washing their hands throughout the day.

 

Sports Prefects

Big congratulations to our new Year 4 and 5 Sports Prefects. Mr Jordan was impressed with the many well-written application forms he received and it made it a difficult decision! The Sports Prefects will be given a number of responsibilities and we look forward to seeing them in action. Good luck to you all in your new role.

 

Winter Weather

Please note with the recent wet weather some of our play areas inevitably get quite muddy. If you do not wish your children to go out on to the field area in school please ensure your child is aware of this and let the teacher know. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Menu Changes

Please note the following menu changes coming up. On Thursday next week the roast meat was due to be chicken, this will now be turkey. On World Book Day (Thursday 1st March) we will be having a special book themed menu:

Harry Potter’s Chicken and Tomato Pasta with Gryffindor Garlic Toast or Winnie the Witch’s Swirly Whirly Tomato Pizza with Jolly Roger Jacket Wedges and Daisy Butter Peas and Carrots. This will be followed by Willy Wonka’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Cake or Fresh Fruit Salad.

 

Under 9’s Dodgeball

On Tuesday 16th January Ms Salmon and Mrs Reddington took six of our children to a Dodgeball Festival at Inspire, Ipswich. The children were: Dylan