Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 161
Friday 16th July 2021
Message from Mrs Hall
Thank you for all the positive comments we have received regarding the annual reports. We are extremely proud of all the children and how hard they have worked to achieve their potential this year. Please return any outstanding report reply slips to the school office. Also, just a reminder that clubs have now finished for this year and I would like to thank all of the staff for giving up their time to offer these super opportunities for the children. 268 children have attended a club this term despite the Covid-19 restrictions. Furthermore, there will be a final newsletter on the last day of term announcing this year’s Governor Awards.
Attendance for the Previous Week
Class with the Best Attendance – Owls (99.4%)
Summer Holiday Reading Challenge
We are pleased to let you know the Suffolk Libraries Summer Reading Challenge is back for 2021! The theme this year is Wild World Heroes, with a group of friends making their town even better for the people and animals that live there. The challenge will feature some amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of ideas for taking care of our environment. As always, the challenge is open to all children, they need to sign up, read six books over the summer holidays and collect a prize for each one from your local library. For completing the challenge, each child will receive a certificate. The challenge opens on Saturday 17th July. To sign up, you just need to visit your local library.
If you would like any further information, please visit this site: https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/whats-on/annual-events/summer-reading-challenge-2021
Year 6 Production
We are thrilled that our Year 6 children have been able to go ahead with their end of term production this year, The Pirates of the Curry Bean, on Monday 19th July. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the audience has had to be limited to parents/carers only. The children have been working incredibly hard and are looking forward to showing off their wonderful talents! A reminder that the Ocelots and Chameleons classes will have their performances at 9.00am and 4.30pm. The Tigers and Toucans will have their performances at 11.00am and 6.30pm.
Key Stage 1:
Lower Key Stage 2:
Upper Key Stage 2:
The Whole Class!
The Whole Class!
Year 3 Homework
Well done to all of our Year 3 children who have been working hard on their homework over the last half term. Their topic was ‘Rivers’.
Advice for the Summer Holiday
Please note Suffolk Constabulary have issued some advice for parents/carers with regards to the upcoming summer holiday:
“We ask that you know where your child is, what they are doing and who they are associating with. Children should be allowed the opportunity to develop, explore and play, but this must not be at the expense of theirs and others safety and quality of life. As children do not always appreciate the risks in certain situations or fully understand the consequences of their behaviour; it is the responsibility of parents, guardians and carers to keep them safe. Remember the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years of age.” Please see the following link for more advice: https://www.whcps.org/07-07-2021-suffolk-police-advice-for-summer-holida/
Visitors to EYFS
EYFS curriculum enrichment has continued this week with a visit from Mr C Fisher and his tractor, which is called ‘Blue’. He spent time with the children, telling them all about the tractor and answering all their fabulous questions. The children wanted to know, how old it was and why it had different sized wheels! Then as a real treat, the children were allowed onto the trailer and had a ride around the school field. What a lot of happy, smiling, faces we saw as they went! Thank you to both Mr Fisher and Blue.
You may have noticed that our flower beds at the front of the school have undergone a transformation this year, going from a rather unsightly space to a small meadow full of flowers including, cornflowers, poppies and red orache. A big thank you to Mr Hobhouse who has spent hours completing this work. It has been wonderful seeing the children from Nursery out looking at the flowers and insects and creating some pictures of what they can see. We have included some photos of the before and after – what a big change!
Year 4 Enquiry Projects
This week our Year 4 children completed their enquiry projects. They have all worked very hard on these over the last term to show us everything they have been learning about The Amazon Rainforest.
Ipswich Borough Council iCards
We are pleased to let you know Ipswich Borough Council have announced their Summer Holiday Programme, which will take place in their facilities and parks across Ipswich from Wednesday 21st July to Tuesday 31st August. There will be a great variety of activities available including Xtreme Active, Junior jet Skis and Sea Scooters, ITFC Summer Camps and much more. You can view the full programme here: https://www.ipswichfit.co.uk/summer-holiday-programme/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=email2&utm_campaign=summericard21&mc_cid=cbd6f90ac1&mc_eid=UNIQID The council are also pleased to confirm they are again offering their Summer Holiday iCards, which enable children to access the full programme for free. This free card is available for all pupils at Whitehouse. If you would like to apply for an iCard for your child, you need to go to the following site: https://sportbookings.ipswich.gov.uk/myipswichfit/identity/login?signin=2353545b02570043707174889833a685
RRSA Poster Competition
A big thank you to everyone who took part in our recent competition. The posters demonstrated a great understanding of children’s rights and we have been very impressed with the entries. Well done to the following winners. Here are just a couple of examples of our winning posters!
Diamond House – Nitheen (EYFS) and Erin (UKS2)
Emerald House – Jasmine (KS1) and Giovanna (UKS2)
Ruby House – Louis (KS1) and Sophie (UKS2)
Sapphire House – Leonna (KS1) and Kezia (LKS2)
Free Course for Parents/Carers
We have recently been informed about a new online course aimed at parents/carers on ‘understanding your child’s mental health and wellbeing’. The course is free to all Suffolk residents. Details on joining the course are detailed on the following page
Dates for the Diary
Monday 19th July – Year 6 Production (Chameleons / Ocelots) 9.00am / 4.30pm
Monday 19th July – Year 6 Production (Tigers / Toucans) 11.00am / 6.30pm
Tuesday 20th July – YR-Y5 Transition Morning
Tuesday 20th July – Year 6 Picnic and Celebration with Parents – 1.30pm
Wednesday 21st July – Start of the Summer Holiday
Wednesday 1st September – PD Day (School Closed to Children)
Thursday 2nd September – First Day of the Autumn Term for Children
Friday 22nd October – PD Day (School Closed to Children)
Monday 26th to Friday 29th October – Half Term Holiday
Friday 17th December – Last Day of Autumn Term
Monday 20th December to Monday 3rd January – Christmas Holiday2