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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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