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Friday 13th September 2019

Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 107

Friday 13th September 2019


Message from Mrs Hall

It has been a super week in school. I have shown many visitors around who have all commented on the calm and purposeful atmosphere. The behaviour of the children has been excellent and they are all keen to follow the golden rules: We listen, We are honest, We work hard and We are kind and respectful. So far this term, there have been 50 silvers awarded and 33 golds. This is a fantastic start to the school year. Well done, and keep working hard, everyone.


Parent/Carer Drop-In

If you would like to talk to your child’s class teacher about how they have settled in, have a look at your child’s books or classroom then please pop in next week after school. If your child is in EYFS staff will be available on Monday, KS1 (Y1 and Y2) on Tuesday, LKS2 (Y3 and Y4) on Wednesday and UKS2 (Y5 and Y6) on Thursday.



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


School Photos

We will be having individual School Photos taken on Monday 23rd September, so please ensure the children look their very best.


Reception – Families First

Mrs Gotts will soon be running the popular course ‘Families First’ which will be open to parents/carers of children in Reception.  Watch this space for more details!


Lost Property

At the end of each term we have a large amount of clothes and items which make their way to the lost property area, most of which are never returned to their owners.  Last year alone we donated over 15 bags worth of lost property to a local charity!  Can we please remind parents/carers to ensure all items which come into school, including clothes, packed lunch boxes and bags are all clearly named so we can ensure they do not get lost.  Thank you for your co-operation. 



A reminder that if you are wanting to return a slip or pay some money at the school office, there is the option of placing these in the red post box on the wall in the reception area.  This will save you time by not having to queue when the office is busy.  There are envelopes and pens on top of the box.  Please put money in an envelope, clearly marked with your child’s name and what the money is for.  The office staff do empty this on a daily basis so it will be picked up quickly.


Year 2 – Framlingham Castle Trip

Our Year 2 classes enjoyed a trip to Framlingham Castle this week.  They had a great day learning what it was like to live in the past.


Flu Immunisations

The School Nursing Team will be coming into school on Friday 15th November as part of the Annual Childhood Flu Immunisation Programme.  The vaccine is given through a nasal spray and is being offered to all children from Reception through to Year 6.  Parents/Carers need to confirm whether they do/do not wish their children to be given the immunisation.  The link to show your consent/non-consent can be found on the following page on our website: We would also ask parents/carers to carefully read the information on the website, particularly if their child is asthmatic or cannot eat gelatine.   If you have any questions please contact the Schools Immunisation Programme on 0300 555 5055 or


Library Photo Competition – Reading in an Unusual Place

Before the holidays we let you know we needed some new photos to display on our library walls.  We would love to have photos of children reading in unusual places.  If you were able to take any during the summer holidays please send them in to by the end of September.  It is still not too late to take a photo!  The best photographs will go on the walls and the overall winners in each phase will win a book prize.


Helpers Needed!

Our Year 5 classes are having a Greek Day on Tuesday 24th September 2019 and we are looking for some parents/grandparents/carers who may be willing to come in and help out. ‘History off the Page’ will be teaching the children how Greeks lived and they will join in a number of fun activities.  This will be followed by a storytelling session and a traditional Greek feast in the afternoon.  If you are able to come and help please speak to one of the Year 5 teachers or Mrs Hall.  Thank you in advance.


Whitehouse Community Primary School – Midday Supervisors

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

Rate of Pay: £9.00 per hour – term time only

We have a number of vacancies for regular and relief Midday Supervisors to start immediately.  You will need to be approachable, enthusiastic and able to supervise school meals and to lead and monitor children’s play in the playground.  


Experience of working in a school is desirable but not essential.  Application packs are available from the school office or on our website  If you would like help to fill in an application form, please ask. Satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and evidence of the right to work in the UK will be required prior to appointment.  


For more information, please contact: Cath Anderson, Business Manager, Whitehouse Community Primary School, Marlow Road, Ipswich, IP1 5JN.


Closing Date: Tuesday 17th September 2019


Interviews: Monday 23rd September 2019


PE Kit Reminder

A polite reminder that PE lessons have begun and your child will require their Indoor and Outdoor PE kit every week.  PE is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, however a number of children have returned to school not fully equipped to take part in lessons.  Our PE kit consists of the following items:

  • Red WHCPS logo PE top
  • Plain black shorts
  • Plimsolls/Trainers (no plimsolls for KS2 Outdoor PE)
  • Black WHCPS logo PE jumper or fleece (optional)
  • Plain black tracksuit bottoms, top and jumper (Outdoor PE)


After School Clubs

After school clubs will begin next week.  Thank you for the vast number of reply slips that have come back to school.  A text message will be sent to confirm whether your child has been allocated a space in the club or is on the reserve list.  For the safety of the children, please can you ensure that you leave the school promptly at the end of the day as we need to lock the gates before we can start our clubs.


Aldi’s Kit for School

We have started collecting the Aldi’s Kit for School stickers and

are aiming to collect at least 300.  Stickers are given when you spend

at least £30 from one of the Aldi supermarkets.  If you have a

sticker please pass this to your childs teacher or to a member of the

office team.  Thank you for your support.


MacMillan Coffee Afternoon

We are pleased to inform you that we will be holding a MacMillan Coffee Afternoon on Friday 27th September.  Parents/Carers are invited to come into school from 2.00pm to have cake and a drink and are welcome to bring the children in for a snack after you have collected them from school.  We will be taking a donation for the cake and drinks, and the money will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support.  If any parent/carer would be able to bake us a cake or some snacks for the event this would be gratefully accepted, please just let a member of the Office Team know.  Thank you for your support – we look forward to seeing you!


Dates for the Diary

Monday 16th September – EYFS Parent/Carer Drop-in Session – 3.00 – 3.30 pm

Tuesday 17th September – Year 1/2 Parent/Carer Drop-in Session – 3.05 pm – 3.35 pm

Wednesday 18th September – Year 3/4 Parent/Carer Drop-in Session 3.10 pm – 3.40 pm

Thursday 19th September – Year 5/6 Parent/Carer Drop-in Session 3.10 pm – 3.40 pm

Monday 23rd September – School Photos

Tuesday 24th September – Greek Day – Year 5

Friday 27th September – MacMillan Coffee Afternoon

Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October – Half Term Holiday

Thursday 14th November – Parents/Carers Evening

Friday 15th November – Flu Immunisation – Year R to Year 6

Wednesday 20th November – Parents/Carers Evening

Thursday 28th November – Whole School Team Building Day

Friday 20th December to Friday 3rd January – Christmas Holiday

Monday 6th January – PD Day – School Closed to children

Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February – Half Term Holiday

Friday 3rd April to Friday 17th April – Easter Holidays

Friday 8th May – May Bank Holiday

Friday 22nd May – PD Day – School Closed to children

Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May – Half Term Holiday

Wednesday 22nd July – PD Day – School Closed to Children

Thursday 23rd July – First Day of Summer Holiday