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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, Tommy, Frankie, Darcy, Jessica and Eva. Fourteen Primary Schools were involved and we played alongside Hadleigh, Hillside, Melton and St Mary’s Primary Schools. Ms Salmon was extremely impressed with the way our team played, especially as this was the first time they had played together as a team. Great perseverance and effort was shown by all. Throughout the festival, referees awarded a member of each team with a ‘Fair Players Award’ to a player who showed a good attitude, good teamwork and fair play. Well done to Eva who was given the award for Whitehouse.

 

 

‘Aim High’ Career Day

In a recent Pupil Survey, pupils were asked what they wanted to be when they are older. The results have been analysed and Mme Godet is currently organising an ‘Aim High’ Career Day for Friday 16th March. This will enable Whitehouse children to learn more about their chosen profession as well as open their minds to new opportunities.

We aim to recruit 20-25 business guests to attend the event and need some help to make this happen! If you, or anyone you know, would be prepared to come in and speak about your job/career, please let the School Office or Mme Godet know. This promises to be a very exciting and enriching event for our pupils and it will be a great opportunity to work together as a school community to provide our children with an unforgettable learning experience.

It is never too early to start talking to your child about what he/she wants to be when they are older. The following link can help you to start this conversation: http://www.whcps.org/career-day-friday-16th-march-2018/.

 

 

 

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: ‘Be Bright, Be Seen.’

 

Personal Achievement

Well done to Freya Wilcox who finished seventh in her Cross Country competition last week. Freya is now through to the finals on 3rd February. She is the only primary school competitor to have reached the final – Congratulations Freya!

 

Jumping Jack Challenge!

The children throughout the school have been taking part in a Jumping Jack Challenge set by Mr Jordan. At the start of each PE lesson they have been seeing how many Jumping Jacks they can do in a set time: Reception children for 20 seconds, Key Stage 1 children for 30 seconds, Lower Key Stage 2 for 40 seconds and Upper Key Stage 2 for 1 full minute. They have done a great job. Now we have a challenge for all parents/carers too! Mr Jordan would like to see photographs of you and your child doing Jumping Jacks! This could be at home or at a special family place like the beach or park. We look forward to seeing all your wonderful ideas! Photographs can be sent into school with your child or emailed to parents@whcps.org

 

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: £7.78 per hour – term time only

 

We have a number of vacancies for 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, confirmation of fitness to work and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.


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

 

Closing Date: 9:00 Monday 29th January 2018

Interviews: Monday 5th February 2018

 

Parent/Carer Concerns

We are aware that at times issues will arise where parents/carers will have concerns and need to speak to a member of staff and we will always try to help as best we can. We do have a structure in place to deal with any concerns and we would ask parents/carers to follow this procedure to enable us to best deal with all queries. Please address initial concerns with the class teacher. If this cannot be resolved, it will be referred to the Phase Leader, then the Assistant Heads and finally the most serious concerns will be passed to the Headteacher or Deputy Head.  We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

 

Picking Up Arrangements

Can we please remind parents/carers who are collecting children from the new block to please wait behind the line as previously requested. We are having parents walk close to the block from 3pm onwards and waiting by the wall facing the classroom windows, which is distracting the children from their learning. Thank you for your assistance.

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 22nd January – Triple P Parenting Course

Tuesday 23rd January – Year 6 SATs Parents Info Session – 2.30pm and 5.30pm

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 41 - Friday 12th January 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

We are very proud of our excellent PE provision at Whitehouse. Mr Jordan and his team have been working hard to ensure all children have the opportunity to attend a free sports club during the year. During the Autumn Term, 223 children have attended a sports club – well done. In addition, today we now have 30 new Sports Prefects in Year 4 and Year 5 who will help at clubs and promote sport across the school – congratulations.

 

Attendance

The classes with the best attendance last week were Giraffes and Pandas who achieved a fabulous 100%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

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

 

School Letters

In a recent survey, parents said that they would like letters to be put on the school website so that they can easily be downloaded or translated.   At Whitehouse, we are keen to listen to parental feedback, so from next week, all letters sent home will be available to parents online.  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.

 

Governors Newsletter

Please note the Spring Term newsletter from the Governor’s is now available to read on the website at the following link: http://www.whcps.org/governor-newsletters/

 

Reception Reading Time

A reminder that parents/carers of Reception children are welcome into school on Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm to 2.45pm to share a book with their child.

 

Free School Meals

Please note that there has been a change in how parents can apply for Free School Meals.  Paper applications will no longer be accepted.  All applications must be made online, at the following link:

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/ If you would like any help completing these forms we are available to help.

 

Year 6 Golden Time

With the help of Mrs Greggor, some of our Year 6 children have been using their Golden Time recently to support a school in Africa, where the village schools suffer from a severe lack of resources.  Mrs West, our Librarian, and the children have been sorting out lots of old library books and resources that are now ready to be sent.  Well done to Year 6 for your good work!

 

 

 

Late Marks

Can we please remind parents/carers of the importance of arriving to school on time.  Since September, 176 pupils have arrived to school late at least once, and in total there have been 656 late marks!  This is an area which needs to improve. Where families are repeatedly late we will be inviting parents into school to discuss this further with the Attendance Officer.  Please note below the times the children need to be at school:

 

Key Stage 2 – 8.40am / Key Stage 1 – 8.50am / Reception – 9.00am

 

Just a reminder that we do have two Breakfast Clubs running each morning (Active / Quiet) which you can book your child in to if this would be of assistance, at a cost of £1 a day per child. If you would like more information on these please speak to a member of the office team.

 

Whitehouse Primary School – Vacancy for Cleaner

 

2 hours per day, Monday to Friday (10 hours per week) 3:15–5:15pm

44 weeks per year (term time plus 6 weeks during school holidays/PD Days)

Rate of Pay: £7.78 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. Satisfactory references, an enhanced CRB/DBS check and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.

 

Debbie Whight – Headteachers PA                                                          Closing Date: 9am Mon 22nd Jan 2018

Whitehouse CP School                                                                     Interviews: Mon 29th Jan 2018

Marlow Road

Ipswich, IP1 5JN

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 15th January – Triple P Parenting Course Begins – 9 am

Tuesday 16th January – Catch up session for Flu Immunisations

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)

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

Issue 40 - Friday 5th January 2018

 

Message from Mrs Hall

HAPPY NEW YEAR - I hope that 2018 is a great year for everyone. The staff have been very busy planning exciting, new topics to inspire the children. A class newsletter will be sent home next week with further details, please look out for this in your child’s book bag.  If you have any questions about your child’s learning please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher at the end of the school day. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

Before the holidays, the ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Lucas Siryk, Turtles – Evelyn Lawrence, Puffins – Emily Holmes and Bana Sediq, Seahorses – Tyler O’Connor and Erioluwa Oyefesobi, Starfish – Liyoh Rosher and Summer Smith. The winners of the attendance award was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

Certificates were awarded to: Elephants – Summer Bird and Adnan Saleh, Giraffes – Isla Mitchell and Kye Williams, Lions – Kiyan Ahmed and Alanna Agyarkoh, Cobras – Kacie Johnson and Giovanna Balbino, Dragons – Sophie Mayhew and Derin Watchman, Frogs – Hayden Inglis and Alfie Alderton.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Alan Safo and Amicha-Anne Rose, Hedgehogs – Daisy Gundry and Kaitlyn Self, Squirrels – Karen Da Costa and Bavya Abdulla, Badgers – Sam  Thurlow and Jessica Middlemiss, Owls – Lewis McLaughlin and Hope Brooks, Rabbits – Sameeha Tasnim and George Ferguson, Jaguars – Layton Pilgrim and Eniko Stuller, Pandas – Rhys Rose and Oliver Methven, Tigers – Danny Mundy and Megan Williams, Toucans – Brooklyn Knights and Oliver Hindle.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance the last week before Christmas was Foxes who achieved a fabulous 100%. Well done!

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: What do I need to do to be a better learner?  Resources related to this assembly are available on our website.  To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Pantomime

Key Stage One had a wonderful time at the Pantomime on Thursday 4th January. Thank you to Mr Fenelon and the team for organising and escorting the trip.

 

Parent/Carer Session

Please note, on Thursday 11th January we will be holding two sessions for parents/carers to explain more about our Golden Rules and our Behaviour System.  All parents/carers are invited to attend a session at either 9.15am or 2.30pm. Please sign in at the main office.

 

Board Game Appeal

The children have said they would like to start a ‘Board Game Lunch Club’.  Do you have any board games you could donate to help this to happen?  We are particularly in need of games suitable for our older children.  Thank you.

 

Year One PE Sessions

Please note that Year One have changed the days they are having their PE lessons as follows: 

Elephants and Giraffes – Monday

Lions – Tuesday

It is expected that the children will have their PE kit in school at all times.

 

After School Clubs

Just a reminder that many of our after school clubs are continuing to run during the Spring Term as well as some new ones being introduced, as detailed below. Texts will be sent out to confirm if your child has a space on their chosen club(s).  Where these are full, children will be added to the waiting list.

 

Day

Years

Club

Leader of Club

Monday

1 and 2

Multi Skills

Mr Jordan / Ms Salmon

Monday

3 and 4

Boys Football

Mr J Christopher

Monday

3 to 6

Choir

Mr Fenelon

Tuesday

5 and 6

Boys Football

Mr Jordan

Tuesday

5 and 6

Girls Football

Mrs Reddington

Tuesday

3 to 6

Science

Mrs Cockcroft

Wednesday

5 and 6

Netball

Ms Salmon

Wednesday

3 and 4

Girls Football

Miss Horne

Wednesday

2 to 4

Archery

Mrs Cockcroft

Wednesday

1 to 6

Homework

Support Staff

Thursday

1 and 2

Dodgeball

Mr Jordan / Ms Salmon

Thursday

5 and 6

Rugby

Mr Hayward

Thursday

All Years

Languages

Mrs Shaw / Mme Godet

Friday

5 and 6

Dodgeball

Mr Jordan

Friday

5 and 6

Basketball

Mr Fenelon

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 8th January – Year 4 Trip to Sutton Hoo

Thursday 11th January –

Parent/Carer Sessions about our Behaviour System 9.15am / 2.30pm

Tuesday 16th January – Catch up session for Flu Immunisations

Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February – Half Term Holiday

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March

Wednesday 28th March – Last Day of Spring Term for Pupils

Thursday 29th March – PD Day

Issue 39 - Friday 15th December 2017

Message from Mrs Hall

Thank you for all your support this week during one of the busiest weeks of the year! The nativity plays have been superb. It has been great to see the children so confident with learning new lines and songs – a very proud Headteacher (well-done children and staff). I would like to thank Mrs Van Der Gucht for providing her final Christmas workshops and wish her well for her retirement. Don’t forget the last day of term is Tuesday 19th December. Wishing all our families a Merry Christmas

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Lucas Siryk, Turtles – Evelyn Lawrence, Puffins – Kezia Cullum and Ehsan Miah, Seahorses – Sevan Ali and Harvey Dale, Starfish – Laycee Deere and Charlie Kastrati. The winners of the attendance award this week was Seahorses.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Greta Minseviciute and Frankie Clarke, Hedgehogs – Jensen Race and Caden Harrison, Squirrels – Imogen Reddington and Lelan Turner, Badgers – Isobel Ramsey and Ashton Alderton, Owls – Scarlett Noe and Joseph Eccles, Rabbits – Julia Stanczak and Ryley Allen, Jaguars – Tayla Crouth and Daniel Zantboer, Pandas – Peter Aldridge, Peyton Harvey and Daniel Balan, Tigers – Maddie Hasnip, Alex Smith and Ashton Bullard, Toucans – Destiny Dje and Leah Corrigan.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Hedgehogs

again who achieved 99.70%.   Well done!

 

Last Day of Term

On Tuesday, which is the last day of the Autumn Term, children may come to school in non-uniform (this includes a Christmas jumper).  This will also be ‘Toy Day’ where the children are allowed to bring in a toy with them to play with.  These must not include electronic toys or anything valuable.   

 

Change of Menu

On Tuesday 19th December there will be a change to the menu.  This will now be: Fish Fingers or Vegetable Fingers with chips.  Dessert will be Belgian Chocolate Waffles.

 

Nativities

A huge well done to all our KS1 and EYFS children who performed their nativities this week to packed audiences!  The children have all worked very hard learning their lines and singing their very best.  We have received lots of positive comments about what a wonderful job they did! Thank you to all parents, carers and families who came along to support them and for all the wonderful costumes that were provided.

 

Elf Day

Please note there are pictures and details of all that was achieved on the school website for you to view.  These can be found on the following link.   Thank you again for all your support.

http://www.whcps.org/updates-for-parents/

 

 

 

Library News

Please note the KS1 library will not be open after school on Tuesday 19th December.

 

100% Attendance

We had 146 pupils who achieved 100% attendance across the Autumn Term. Well done to all of you!

 

Parent/Carer Session

Please note on Thursday 11th January we will be holding two sessions for parents/carers to explain more about our Golden Rules and our behaviour system.  All parents/carers are invited to attend a session at either 9.15am or 2.30pm.

 

Good bye and Thank you

On Tuesday 19th December we will be saying goodbye to a few members of our teaching staff: Mrs Shinn, Mrs Lamb, Miss Woor and Mrs Wardale. We would like to wish them well in their new ventures and thank them for all their hard work.  We will also be saying goodbye to Mrs Allen our family support lead - thank you and good luck in the future.

 

Board Game Appeal

The children have said they would like to start a ‘Board Game Lunch Club’.  Do you have any board games you could donate to help this to happen?  We are particularly in need of games suitable for our older children.  Thank you.

 

Attendance

May we please remind parents/carers that medical appointments should be made out of school hours wherever possible.   If they do occur during school hours, evidence of the appointment is required or the absence will be unauthorised.  Thank you for your support.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

Thursday 4th January – KS1 Trip to the Pantomime

Monday 8th January – Year 4 Trip to Sutton Hoo

Thursday 11th January – Parent/Carer Sessions re Behaviour System – 9.15am / 2.30pm

Tuesday 16th January – Catch up session for Flu Immunisations

Issue 38 - Friday 8th December 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Well done to Laynie Clarke, Maddie Hasnip, Freya Wilcox, Marija Romanova, Zana Zurel and       Mazin Hassoun who attended a special launch by the Beanstalk Charity at Ipswich Library on Wednesday 6th December. The children represented Whitehouse extremely well and everyone commented on their excellent behaviour and their super reading skills. Well done.

https://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Hedgehogs who achieved 99.00%. They also had the best attendance for November overall. Well done!

 

Assemblies

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

 

Nativities

  Our EYFS and Key Stage 1 children have been very busy practising for their Nativity plays.  A reminder that costumes need to be sent into school as soon as possible.  Please note that KS1 parents/carers are entitled to 2 free tickets.  If you wish to purchase further tickets these are available, on a first come first served basis, for £1.00 each from the school office.  EYFS parents/carers are requested to only attend one performance to enable all to be able to attend.   Please note the times for the Nativity plays are as follows:

Nursery: Thursday 14th December at 10.45am (Dolphins) and 2.45pm (Turtles)

Reception: Thursday 14th December at 9.30am and 2.00pm

Key Stage One: Wednesday 13th December at 9.30am, 11.15 am and 2.00pm

 

Elf Day

Thank you to all parents/carers who supported our ‘Elf Day’ last Friday, where we raised money to purchase gifts for local children in need at this Christmas season.  The day was a great success and we will be sending out more details and sharing some photos of the day with you shortly.

 

Last Day of Term

For the last day of the Christmas term children may come to school in non-uniform. This will also be ‘Toy Day’ where the children are allowed to bring in a toy with them to play with.  These must not include electronic toys or anything valuable. 

 

Attendance

Can we please remind parents/carers the importance of calling the school if your child is absent.  We are seeing an increase in absences where we have not been given a reason.  Where this occurs, we have to unauthorise the absence which may lead to further intervention from the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO).   If you have any concerns about attendance issues in school please feel free to contact the school to meet with Mrs Poulter, our Attendance Officer.

 

Pupil Achievement

After finishing 9th in the first round of the Area Cross Country Championships, Freya then took part in the first round of the County Cross Country trials on Saturday 2nd December. She battled her way around the tricky running conditions along a very difficult course. Freya again finished a very impressive 9th place out of approximately sixty runners. Freya has now qualified to take part in the County B race. Well done Freya!

 

Christmas Dinner

A reminder that Christmas Dinner will be on Tuesday 12th December.  If you did not book a dinner for your child, please remember to send them in with a packed lunch. We will not be serving pick n mix on this day.

 

Online Safety Competition

We have had lots of wonderful entries into our Online Safety competition and it was tough to choose the winner.  We are pleased to announce that the winning logo was designed by Miley Ferguson, her design is shown below:

 

The winning logo will be enlarged and used on our Online Safety display, letters and posters around Whitehouse.  Well done Miley!  A special mention to our three runners up who also did a wonderful job: Molly Fry, Samuel Shaw and Sameeha Tasnim. 

 

PE Kit Reminder

Despite numerous reminders there are still a number of pupils who are not wearing the correct PE kit.  A reminder to all parents that the PE kit consists of a plain red polo / t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear.  On a similar note, there are also a number of children that are wearing their school shoes to take part in PE.  We politely request that for the health and safety of your child, that they are provided with suitable footwear.  Wearing school shoes for PE is more likely to lead to injuries due to the inability to allow particular movements.  Thank you for your support.

 

Dates for the Diary

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

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

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

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

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

Thursday 14th December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 14th December – Dolphins Nativity – 10.45am

Thursday 14th December – Turtles Nativity – 2.45pm

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

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

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

Thursday 4th January – KS1 Trip to the Pantomime

Monday 8th January – Year 4 Trip to Sutton Hoo

Issue 37 - Friday 1st December 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

The children have been working brilliantly this week and it has been great to see the progress they have made with their writing. Many children have received special stickers for their writing and have been placed on gold on the class behaviour charts – WELL DONE. 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.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Lexi Cloke, Turtles – Vana Hassan, Puffins – Oliver Roper-Harwood-West and Ethan Hanley, Seahorses – Jacob Halls and Jazmine Downes, Starfish – Danny Prevett and Rebecca Lowe. The winners of the attendance award this week was Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Maddison Green and Kyren Osborne, Giraffes – Oliwia Segieniewicz and Mylie Gibbs, Lions – Sophia Carvalho and Kyle Brown, Cobras – Logan Gibbins and Nikolai Velkova, Dragons – Leah Dale and Connor Farman, Frogs – Anna Siryk and David Balan.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Sehad Ali, Hailey Hallett and Jana Gabelyte, Hedgehogs – Samuel Shaw and Rhys Cooke, Squirrels – Grace Hazelton and Oliver Nadrowski, Badgers – Nicolas Lisowski and Miles Fosdike, Owls – Courtney Mulligan and Kian Wright, Rabbits – Oscar Wilcox and Tiago Rosa, Jaguars – Jace Wright and Codie Southgate, Pandas – Sophie Harding and Cameron Fosdike, Tigers – Freya Wilcox and Leighton Green, Toucans – Iosif Stan and Oliver Hindle.

 

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Pandas who achieved 99.20%.  Well done! 

 

Triple P Parenting Course
A reminder that if you want to attend the Triple P Parenting Course the booking form needs to be returned by Monday 4th December.  Please hand these in at the school office.

 

Assemblies

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

 

EYFS Nativity

Please note we can confirm that the EYFS Nativity will all take place on the 14th December at the following times:

Dolphins: 10.45am

Turtles: 2.45pm

Reception Classes: 9.30am / 2.00pm

 

We would ask parents/carers to please only attend one of the Reception performances to enable all families the chance to come along.   Thank you for your support.

 

‘Have Your Say’ Parent Survey Competition

Thank you to the 110 parents who took part in our ‘Have Your Say’ parent survey competition.  The School Prefects have now drawn the 5 lucky winners, who have each won a £5 Asda voucher.  The winners were the parents/carers of: Lacey Banks (Year 1), Kyan Hussein (Year 1), Harley Biggs (Year 2), Polly Largent (Year 4) and Kellie Garnham (Year 6).  

 

Christmas Workshops

Stella Van Der Gucht is running her last set of Christmas Workshops starting after school on Tuesday 5th December.  There are a few spaces if you have not yet signed up.  Please see a member of the office team who will be able to assist in signing you up for a space.  The workshops are available for EYFS and Key Stage 1.

 

Netball

Last Thursday our Netball team played a very fast paced match against Dale Hall Primary.  Ms Salmon, who umpired, had trouble keeping up as everything was moving so quickly!   Whitehouse defended extremely well with lots of shots on target.  Well done to our team comprising of Freya, Emily, Megan, Laynie, Rihanna, Sarah-Jayne, Zara and Kellie.  The final score was 7-5 to Dale Hall.  We now have a rest from matches until the New Year.

 

Attendance

If you are wishing to apply for term time absence, can we please remind parents/carers to fill in a request form that can be collected from the school office.  Mrs Hall will then review each case and confirm whether this can/cannot be an authorised absence. Absences will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Holidays will not be authorised.  Please note if parents/carers decide to continue with the absence and it has not been authorised, penalty notices will be issued.  The cost of these will be £60 per child, for each parent and must be settled within 21 days or the cost is doubled.   If you require any further information please speak with Mrs Poulter, our Attendance Officer.

 

Staffing

Mrs Abdelrazig in Hedgehogs class has left Whitehouse today, to take up a new post. We wish her every success for the future.

 

Dates for the Diary

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

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

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

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

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

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

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

Thursday 14th December – Reception Nativity – 9.30am / 2.00pm

Thursday 14th December – Dolphins Nativity – 10.45am

Thursday 14th December – Turtles Nativity – 2.45pm

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

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

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

Thursday 4th January – KS1 Trip to the Pantomime

Monday 8th January – Year 4 Trip to Sutton Hoo

 

 

 

Issue 36 - Friday 24th November 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

Yesterday morning I spent the first hour of my day checking how well the children were engaged in their learning. I am delighted to report that all of the children were listening attentively to our excellent staff team – I was extremely proud of everyone. It was great to see how well Year 4 had engaged with their enquiry question ‘How was life different for a Victorian child?’ Behaviour was particularly good in these classes. Thank you to all parents for supporting with the great costumes.

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

The ‘Star of the Week Awards’ were given to: Dolphins – Lexi Prevett, Turtles – Lincoln Peck, Puffins – Jessica Greenstreet and Cameron Bartram, Seahorses – Henry Andrews and Dougie Marjoram, Starfish – Max McWilliams and McKenzie Woods. The winners of the attendance award this week were Puffins and Starfish.

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Elephants – Jayden Fosker and Brooklyn Broomfield, Giraffes – Diana Vieira and Maja Lisowska, Lions – Kiyan Ahmed, Anayah O’Connor and Lucah Rocher, Cobras – Theo Lopez and Nora Velkova, Dragons – Ala Abdulkarim and Lacey Morling, Frogs – Melissa Greenstreet and Isobel Canfer.

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

The ‘Wonderful Week Awards’ were given to: Foxes – Harry Herbert, Hedgehogs – Daisy Gundry and Rhys Cooke, Squirrels – Jessica Olaleye and Zachary Studd, Badgers – Charlie Turner and Angel Marriott, Owls – Grace Carruthers and Ethan Mann, Rabbits – Ryley Allen and Sam Chenery, Jaguars – Reuben Day and Ahmed Safo, Pandas – Madison Harvey and Maciej Segieniewicz, Tigers – Corey Edmond and Declan Newson, Toucans – Ian Silverwood and Ahmed Abdulkarim.

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

The theme of our assemblies for the coming week will be: How can I speak with my hands?  Resources related to this assembly are available on our website.  To access them, simply go to Learning and click on our Enquiry Based Assemblies.

 

Children In Need

Thank you for supporting our non-uniform day last week.  We managed to raise a wonderful £450 to donate to Children In Need.

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 Workshops

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

 

Christmas Appeal / PSHE Curriculum Day

A reminder that we will be inviting parents/carers to come into school for the afternoon on Friday 1st December to help us work as elves in ‘Santa’s Workshop’, preparing gifts to be donated to children in the Ipswich area.  This will include a non-uniform day for a donation of £1.00.  This will take place in the morning for the Dolphins class.

 

Choir News

The School Choir was recently invited to St Thomas’s Church to perform at their Christmas Bazaar.  The choir performed three songs from their up and coming Young Voices performance at the O2 and a Christmas medley.  The children received a lovely welcome from the Parish and sang beautifully.  Thank you to all the parents who came along to support the children and share in the experience.

 

Car Park

Despite several reminders on recent newsletters there are still a number of parents who are using the car park when dropping off children, particularly for Breakfast Club.  This not only stops members of staff being able to access the car park but also poses a risk to children who are entering the school site on foot.  Please note that for the next few days a member of our school team will be staffing the gates to remind parents they are not permitted to use the car park.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

 

Triple P Parenting Course

As you will have seen, we will be holding a Triple P Parenting Course at school starting Monday 15th January, which will run for 8 sessions on a Monday morning from 9am – 11am.  This is a fabulous course teaching a number of techniques parents can use in their homes with their children.  Booking is essential.  Booking forms have been sent home and additional forms can be collected from the school office.  Forms need to be returned by Monday 4th December.

 

Football News

The Year 5/6 Boys football team have had two games in as many weeks starting with an away match at Britannia Primary School.  They had possession of the ball for much of the match resulting in a goal from Billy Davies taking the score to 1-1.  Despite some great goalkeeping from Callum McWilliams, Britannia managed to score in the last minutes of the game to take the win to 2-1.

 

The same team faced Rushmere Hall Primary School in a league match on Monday.  They had a confident start and Kyle Osman gave the team an early goal in the fifth minute of the game.  Again, the boys passing and movement was a joy to watch.  The hard work paid off with a second goal in the twenty-seventh minute by Ibrahim Ozbek and the boys had their first win of the season. Our team consisted of: Callum McWilliams, Ashton Bullard, Billy Farrow, Billy Davies, Brooklyn Knight, Ibrahim Ozbek, Kyle Osman, Reuben Day, Rylie Trenter and Edmond Tahiri.

 

Mr Jordan was extremely proud of all the team and impressed with the level of skill and tactical understanding shown by all the boys.  Thank you to parents for your continued support.

 

Attendance

It is always preferable for you to make medical appointments with the Doctor/Dentist out of school hours however we realise that emergency appointments or hospital appointments cannot always be changed.  If you need to take your child out of school for a medical appointment, please note we do need to see the appointment card/letter otherwise the session will be unauthorised.

 

Lost Property

A number of items of clothing continue to go missing at school, often ending up in our lost property cupboard!  To assist us in returning missing items, can we please ask parents/carers to ensure all items of clothing are named.

 

Dates for the Diary

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

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

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

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

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

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

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

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

Issue 35 - Friday 17th November 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Early Years – Star of the Week Awards

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

 

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Swearing

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

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 Workshops

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

 

Road Safety Officers

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

 

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

 

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

 

Drop Off / Pick Up Arrangements

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

 

Safeguarding Team

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

 

Beanstalk Reading

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

 

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

 

‘Have Your Say’

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

 

Christmas Appeal / PSHE Curriculum Day

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

 

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

 

Netball Update

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

 

Nuts

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

 

Karate Club

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

 

Dates for the Diary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

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

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

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

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

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

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

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

Issue 34 - Friday 10th November 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 Workshops                                                                           

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

National School Meals Week

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

 

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

 Sticky Toffee Pudding or Fresh Fruit Salad

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

Oaty Fruit Crunch or Fresh Fruit Salad

Wednesday: Smokey Joe Chicken and Wholemeal Rice or Macaroni Cheese

Coconut and Parsnip Flapjack or Fresh Fruit Salad

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

Vanilla and Cocoa Marble Cake or Fresh Fruit Salad

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

Pudsey Biscuits or Fresh Fruit Salad

 

Book Fair - Poster Competition

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

 

Children in Need

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

Toys

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

 

Pick Up Arrangements

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

 

Netball News

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

 

Ipswich African Caribbean Market

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

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Dates for the Diary

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

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

Thursday 16th November – Book Fair 3.05 – 4.00pm

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

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

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

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

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

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

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

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue 33 - Friday 3rd November 2017

 

 

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

                                     

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 Workshops                                                                            

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

 

Remembrance Poppies

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

 

Christmas Dinner

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

 

Triple P Parenting Course

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

 

Book Fair

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

The dates of the Book Fair are:

 

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

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

Thursday 16th November: 3.05 – 4.00pm

 

A Big Thank You!

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

 

Art Club

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

 

Netball Team

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

 

Staffing

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

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 6th November – School Parliament selling Poppies

Tuesday 7th November - School Parliament selling Poppies

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

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

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

Thursday 16th November – Book Fair 3.05 – 4.00pm

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 12th December – School Christmas Dinner

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

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

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

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

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

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

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

Issue 32 - Friday 20th October 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Key Stage 2 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Can you help?

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

 

 

Parents/Carers Evening

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

 

Free Meals

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

 

Walnut Tree

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

 

  

 

Library News

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

 

Half Term Holiday

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

 

Football News

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

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

 

Accelerated Reader

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

 

Open Afternoons

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

 

 

 

PE Kit

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

 

Headlice/Threadworm

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Book Fair Competition

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

 

Parking

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

 

Clubs

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

 

Dates for the Diary

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

Thursday 2nd November – Accelerated Reader Meeting – 2.30 pm

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

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

Wednesday 13th December – KS1 Nativity Play

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

 

Issue 30 - Friday 13th October 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Reception (2018/19) Open Day

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

 

Parents/Carers Evening

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

 

Free Meals

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

 

Punctuality

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

 

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

 

Walnut Tree

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

 

A Plea from Year 2

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

 

Art Solutions

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

 

   

 

 

Key Stage 1 / Reception Snack

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

 

Car Park

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

 

Parent/Carer Concerns

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

 

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

 

 

We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

 

Dates for the Diary

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

Tuesday 17th October – Families Connect Course

Tuesday 17th October – Year 5 Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Badgers Class Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Reception 2018/19 Open Day

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

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

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

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

Thursday 14th December – Reception / Nursery Nativity Play

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

 

 

Issue: 30 - Friday 6th October 2017

 

 

Message from Mrs Hall

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

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Staffing

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

 

Invitation to Year 6 Parents/Carers

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

 

Getting Healthy

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

 

Free Meals

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

 

Drop-Off/ Pick Up

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

 

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

 

Assembly: The Food Bank

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

 


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

 

Dinner Money

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Key Stage 2 Snack

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

 

Year 3/4 Art Solutions

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

 

Football News

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

 

Reception (2018/19) Open Day

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

 

Dates for the Diary

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

Monday 9th October – Closing date for Parent Governor Nominations

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

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

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

Tuesday 10th October – Families Connect Course commences

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

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

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

Tuesday 17th October – Year 5 Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Badgers Class Open Afternoon 2.30pm

Wednesday 18th October – Reception 2018/19 Open Day

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

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

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)

Issue 29 - Friday 29th September 2017

 

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

 

Key Stage 2 - Wonderful Week Awards

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Donations

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

 

Nut Allergies

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

 

Parking Issue

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

 

Kitchen News

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

 

Parent Governor Vacancy

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Break and Lunch times

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

 

Dates for the Diary

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

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

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

Monday 9th October – Closing date for Parent Governor Nominations

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

Tuesday 10th October – Families Connect Course commences

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

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

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)

 

Issue 28 - Friday 22nd September 2017

 

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

 

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

 


 

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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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


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


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


Dates for the Diary

Monday 25th September – School Photographs

Thursday 28th September – Food Discovery Trip to Tiptree Farm (Hedgehogs class)
Thursday 28th September – Walnut Tree Information Meeting – 3.30 pm
Friday 29th September – Sports Day (Y2/3 10.30-12.00 / Y4-6 1.30-3.00)
Tuesday 3rd October – Families Connect Course Introduction
Monday 9th October – FLU Immunisation (Years Reception/1/2/3/4)
Monday 9th / Tuesday 10th October – Year 3/4 Art Solutions
Tuesday 10th October – Families Connect Course commences
Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October – Walnut Residential Trip (Year 6)
Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October – Half Term Holiday

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)
Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)
Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Wednesday 20th December – Tuesday 2nd January – Christmas Holidays
Wednesday 3rd January – PD Day (No school for children)
Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

 

 

Issue 27 - Friday 15th September 2017

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Key Stage 1 – Wonderful Week Awards

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

Attendance

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

 

Welcome

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

 

Parents / Carers Meetings

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

 

PE Kits

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

 

Reception

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

 

Library News

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

 

Breakfast Clubs

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

 

Attendance/Punctuality

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

 

Medical Appointments

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

 

Learning as a Community

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

 

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

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

 

Working for the Emergency Services / Volunteering at a Food Bank 

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

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

 

Assemblies

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

 

Pupil Achievement

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

 

After School Clubs

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

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Monday 25th September – School Photographs

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

Issue 26 - Friday 8th September 2017

Message from Mrs Hall

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

 

Welcome

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

 

School Rules

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

 

Meeting for Parents and Carers

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

 

Reception Parents/Carers

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

 

Asthma Plans

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

 

Reading Diaries

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

 

Breakfast Clubs

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

 

Update on School Building Works

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

 

Meeting Requests

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

 

Attendance

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

 

Walking Home

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

 

PE Kits

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

 

Staffing Update

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

 

Job Vacancy

 

Dates for the Diary

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

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

Monday 25th September – School Photographs

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

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

Thursday 9th November – Parents Evening (late)

Wednesday 15th November Parents Evening (early)

Tuesday 19th December – Last day of Autumn Term

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

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

Thursday 4th January – First day of Spring Term

 

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