Sport Relief Update 2020
A big thank you to everyone for getting “sporty” for this year’s Sports Relief. I was lovely to see both pupils and staff getting “sporty” dressing in either their favourite sports clothes or their favourite sport. After the initial count, and with more money to be collected, we managed to raise close to £400.
Throughout the day, each class took part in Mr Jordan’s Sports Relief Daily Mile Challenge. During the 15 minute challenge classes competed against each other to achieve the most average number of laps. Mr Jordan was very impressed with the efforts shown by each class throughout the challenge. A massive well done the following winning classes from each competition:
Competition 1 (EYFS) = Seahorses
Competition 2 (Yr1 & 2) = Cobras
Competition 3 (Yr3 & 4) = Rabbits
Competition 4 (Yr5 & 6) = Lemurs
Each winning class will be rewarded with a non-school uniform day to celebrate their victories. Thank you all again for your efforts to a good cause!
Sport Relief 2020
Please note we will be fundraising for Sport Relief this year. On Friday 13th March, children are invited to come into school dressed in ‘sporty’ clothes for a suggested donation of £1.00. During the day each class will be competing against each other in a Daily Mile challenge. Which class will achieve the most number of laps? We hope to raise lots of money for such a good cause!
Girls Wildcat Football Taster Session
On Monday 20th January 2020, 22 girls from Years 3-6 took part in a Girls Football Taster Session run by FA qualified coaches, Rebecca Bolton and Kirsty Smith from Wildcats. The initiative was launched by the FA to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to be more involved in football. It was clear from the fun and engaging session that the girls really enjoyed this opportunity to develop their football skills. An email sent to Mr Jordan following the session thanked the school for allowing Wildcat Coaches to come and work with the girls. Another aim of the session was to provide our pupils with links to girl’s football sessions and clubs outside of school. Therefore, if any of the girls are interested in attending football sessions, Whitton Sports Centre hosts Whitton Wildcat Sessions on Thursdays. Sessions run between 4pm = 5pm and cost just £3.00 per child or free with an iCard. For more information please visit the Ipswich Fit website: https://www.ipswichfit.co.uk/ssewildcats.
ITFC Match day ‘School of the Day’
As a school we were kindly donated 75 sets of tickets for the Ipswich Town Football Match on Saturday 25th January 2020. A draw took place and we were thrilled to see so many of the children had such a lovely time. For many of them this was their first football match and they were warmly welcomed by ITFC. A big thank you to them for making Whitehouse the ‘School of the Day’.
Football Success for Talia
A big well done to Talia who was recently scouted by Ipswich Town Football Club whilst playing for her football club. As a result, Talia will now be part of the Under 11’s ITFC Elite Girls team. We wish Talia all the very best with this amazing achievement!
Aldi Vouchers Update
A very big thank you to everyone who has helped us collect the ‘Aldi’s Kit for Schools’ vouchers. As a result, we have managed to complete one of the posters and are well on the way to completing a second. With the campaign ending soon, we would love to be able to complete and send off both posters to help increase our chances of winning the prize. Please help us in a final push to collect as many vouchers as possible. Thank you again for all your support.
Save the Date - Sports Day 2020
We are pleased to announce the dates for our annual sports day. Due to the increase in the number of children within the school we have decided to hold three events:
Reception, Year 1/2 – Friday 26th June 2020 (Morning)
Year 3/4 – Friday 26th June 2020
Year 5/6 – Friday 3rd July 2020
Full details of each event will follow at a later date.
Aldi's Kit for Schools Progress
We are nearly there! A massive thank you to everyone that has helped us to collect the Aldi kit for schools stickers. We only need 18 more to complete our poster. The promotion ends at the start of November, so please keep collecting for us.
Cross Country News
Following on from her impressive 3rd place finish at last years IPSSA Cross Country event, we were extremely pleased that Isabel was chosen to represent Ipswich and Suffolk School Games Cross Country team in the Area Championships. The championships were held at the Royal Hospital School on Thursday 10th October. Isabel finished her race in 70th place, out of a very strong field of more than 300 runners. Well done Isabel, a very impressive performance!
Football Success for Preston
A big well done to Preston who has had confirmation that he is now part of the Norwich U11’s Football Elite. Preston has worked extremely hard to secure his place within the team and the reports from the coaches are all very positive. Preston’s first school holiday match will be against Luton U11’s Elite. We wish Preston the very best of luck.
New Football Kit and WHCPS Team Jacket
We are very excited by the arrival of our new WHCPS team jacket and football kit. The WHCPS team jackets will be worn by pupils representing the school during our Level 2 (inter-school) competitions and events. The football kit will also be worn by both the boys and girls football teams when they are representing the school. We are sure you will agree that the children will look very smart and professional in their new kit! A big thank you to The Black Tiles Restaurant and Bar, Martlesham for sponsoring our football kit.
Aldi’s Kit for School - September 2019
Sport Games Award
We are proud to announce that after all our hard work and effort with PE this year we have successfully been awarded with a Gold Sports Mark Award. The Sports Mark award is given to schools based upon their levels of participation and opportunities within sport and PE offered and organised by the school. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank every child that has been involved in any of the after-school sports clubs and/or has represented the school in fixtures and competitions. We would also like to thank staff that have given their own time and efforts to support this year’s PE provision, and lastly to parents/carers for all of your continued support in taking your children to fixtures and for supporting everyone.
Onelife Suffolk Bronze Award
Throughout the year we have been working closely with OneLife Suffolk. They have supported the school on curriculum days and a number of assemblies to provide our children with important information about how to keep themselves fit and healthy. They have also been working with Mr Jordan to help provide our pupils with additional opportunities through our extensive after-school sports clubs. The OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle after-school club delivered to KS2 pupils this year was a big success. As a result of our hard work and collaboration we were delighted to receive a Bronze Health and Wellbeing Excellence Award from OneLife Suffolk.
Ipswich Pretty Muddy Kids – Sunday 23rd June 2019
On Sunday Preston took part in, and completed, the Race for Life, Cancer Research – Ipswich Pretty Muddy Kids Obstacle Race at Trinity Park. A fantastic achievement for an equally fantastic charity. Well done Preston!
Preston’s Football Tour Success
It has been a very busy few sporting weeks for one of our Year 5 pupils! During the recent half term, Preston attended a football tour with his football team Witnesham Wasps. At the end of the tour Preston was awarded a trophy by his manager for ‘Managers Player of the Year’. Preston’s hard work and skills were also recognised by the opposing teams, as he also received a certificate for the ‘Opposition Fans’ Favourite’. To finish the tour off Preston, along with his teammates, was presented with a medal by former professional footballer and MBE Gary Mabbott. No sooner had Preston arrived back from one tour he was off on another. This time Preston was representing his second football club Norwich RDP on a 3 stadium tour. At the end of the tour Preston was one of only four, out of 54 players aged 9-15 years old, to be rewarded with an Arsenal polo top for going ‘above and beyond’ with his efforts and behaviour during the tour.
Bikeability – 25th - 26th June 2019
This week 11 of our Year 5 pupils took part in a Suffolk County Council lead cycling training course known as ‘Bikeability’. Throughout the course pupils were taught, and assessed, on their cycling skills and safety. The pupils demonstrated their skills during off road/playground activities (level 1), before continuing their training by cycling on quiet local roads (Level 2). A massive congratulations goes to all of the pupils for passing their Level 1 award. Unfortunately, a clash with the Mersea residential trip meant that not all of the pupils were able to continue into the second day to complete their Level 2. However, a further congratulations goes to the 4 pupils that were able to achieve their Level 2 award. Following the success of this year’s Bikeability, Mr Jordan has already spoken to the instructors to secure dates for next year!
Alton Water Race – Sunday 19th May 2019
Congratulations to one of our Year 5 pupils, Oscar, who took part in the Alton Water Race at the weekend. Oscar ran in the 2K race and finished in a very impressive 29th place. This is an amazing result when considering that approximately 300 other competitors also ran the 2k race. A fantastic achievement. Well done Oscar
Year 4-6 OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle Club (Summer Term)
Throughout the year we have been lucky enough to have staff from OneLife Suffolk in school to deliver a 6 week after school programme to pupils across KS2. The OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle after school club has provided pupils with a fun way to learn about different ways to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils have taken part in a number of engaging and interactive activities such as healthy wrap making, healthy food tasting, discovering how much sugar is in our favourite drinks, and fun active games, to name but a few. This week the Year 5 and 6 pupils thoroughly enjoyed creating their healthy wraps and tasting some delicious fruits. The after school club was used as a pilot scheme by OneLife Suffolk and due to its popularity and success within our school will now be rolled out to other local schools. We are currently in talks with OneLife Suffolk to continue with the club next year. A massive well done to everyone that has taken part in the OneLife Suffolk club throughout the year, and also a big thank you to parents/carers for all your support and cooperation.
We are proud to have joined over 8,000 schools and nurseries in becoming a registered Daily Mile School! Since the start of the Summer Term, classes have enjoyed taking part in the 15 minute mile during the school day. Whether pupils walk, jog or run, one of the main purposes of the mile is to get the children out of their seats to become more active, fitter and healthier. Additionally, the mile is used as a tool to help break up the school day providing pupils with an opportunity to improve their ability to concentrate within the classroom. It has been amazing to see so many classes, and staff, enjoying taking part in the mile. It has also been pleasing to hear that so many of our children are reaping the benefits of the miles in and outside of the classroom.
GB Athlete Visit Continued
On Monday 4th March, we were extremely lucky to be treated to a visit from GB athletes Sean Rose (2x Paralympic World Water Skiing Champion) and Gianni Frankis (World and European Youth Bronze Medallist and U23 European Silver Medallist). There was a definite buzz around the school amongst both teachers and pupils, as each class from EYFS to Year 6 took part in a short fitness session with the athletes. The children enjoyed an amazing and engaging assembly from Sean. Sean’s story about how he was paralysed and is now a wheelchair user really moved pupils and staff. However, his positive outlook on life following his accident, and the perseverance he continues to show was truly inspiring. It was a fantastic way to begin our Paralympic themed week. Memories and an inspiring take home message that will stay with our children for years to come!
GB Athletes Visit 2019
To kick start our Paralympic Week we are very excited, and extremely lucky, to have two GB athletes visiting our school on Monday 4th March. The athletes will be conducting 30 minute inspirational assemblies to both KS1 and KS2, as well as 10 minute fitness sessions for each class (Reception – Year 6) throughout the day. The two athletes visiting the school are:
Sean Rose – Wheelchair User and two times Team GB Paralympian (Skiing). Sean is ex-military (pilot) and is also a Skiing and Water Skiing World Champion.
Gianni Frankis – Hurdler. Gianna has represented GB and has won Bronze at the World and European Youth Championships, and a Silver at the U23 European Championships.
To help the day run smoothly, we ask that pupils come to school in their PE kit on Monday. Pupils can wear their PE kits all day, ready to take part in their fitness sessions with the athletes. Can we remind parents/carers that the PE kit comprises of their red Whitehouse logo t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a black sweatshirt. Please ensure that PE kits are returned back to school on Tuesday for pupils PE lessons during the remainder of the week.
This will not only be a fantastic way to begin our Paralympic Week, but will also be a very inspiring day for all of our pupils and staff!
Paralympic Week – 4th - 8th March 2019
Following the success of last year, next week (4th March – 8th March 2019) sees the return of Paralympic Week. During PE lessons throughout the week, pupils will participate in a number of inclusive and Paralympic activities. These activities will include New Aged Kurling, Boccia, Goalball, Seated Volleyball and Team Building Activities. The aim of Paralympic Week is to provide pupils with greater appreciation of the skill level required by the Paralympic athletes to successfully perform their events. Additionally, it also provides pupils with the message that with hard work, determination, perseverance and courage we are able to overcome our barriers and challenges to achieve our very best.
Year 3 OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle Club (Spring Term 1)
Year 3 have enjoyed taking part in their OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle After-School Club this half term. The children have had great fun learning about different ways to lead a healthy life. The Year 3's have taken part in an array of interactive activities such as making healthy wraps, tasting foods, discovering how much sugar is in our favourite drinks and fun active games, to name but a few. They each received a certificate and a OneLife Suffolk ‘goodie’ bag for completing the 6 week club. A big thank you to Parents/Carers for supporting the club by attending a brief information sessions during week 3 and week 6. The children loved sharing with them what they had been learning during each session.
Healthy Tips for Good Attendance
During Mondays assembly (22nd January 2018), KS1 and KS2 pupils learnt some important tips on how to improve their attendance by being in school every day, on time. They found out that leading a healthy lifestyle, by being physically active, eating healthily, adopting good personal habits, as well as good all-round hygiene enables the body to stay fit and healthy and keep the bugs away. This in turn will help pupils be able to attend school every day. To help pupils remember the healthy tips discussed during the assembly the following leaflet has been produced.
New OneLife Suffolk Healthy Active Lifestyle Club
We are excited to announce that starting in the Spring Term (2018/19), we will be collaborating with OneLife Suffolk to provide pupils with a brand new and exciting club! This fun and interactive club will allow pupils, and parents, the opportunity to understand how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils will be involved in exploring topics such as healthy eating, how to become more active, what is in my drink?, and the importance of breakfast. Pupils will explore these topics in a practical and interactive way, from fruit and vegetable tasting, to making their own healthy snack, the pupils will learn the importance of making the right lifestyle choices. Further details will be available in due course.
London Bridges Challenge 2018
On Sunday 30th September, Sophie took part in the London Bridges Challenge. She had to cross 12 bridges along the River Thames starting at Battersea and finishing at Tower Bridge. She managed to raise £235 for Diabetes UK. Well done Sophie, this is a fabulous achievement.
Great North Run 2018
Well done to Chloe and Taylor for taking part in The Great North Run on Saturday 8th September 2018. Chloe completed 4 Km in 29 minutes and 53 seconds and Tayla completed 1.5 Km in 9 minutes and 39 Seconds. Congratulations to you both – we are all very proud of you.