Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 168
Friday 15th October 2021
Message from Mrs Hall
We very much appreciate your efforts in ensuring the children come to school looking so smart and tidy in their school uniforms and PE kits (article 3: best interests of the child). Despite our best efforts, we sometimes struggle to get them home in the same condition but our learning is often outdoors and fun! In addition, occasionally coats and jumpers go missing, these items are usually found (if they are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class) so, please try not to worry. For safety reasons, please can I also remind you that children should only wear stud earrings to school due to the multiple activities they take part in. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com Thank you for your continued support.
Attendance for the Previous Week
Classes with the Best Attendance – Ocelots (99%)
The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: Why are our House Captains? What exciting plans do they have for us this year? UNRC Link: Article 12: I have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously. 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.
Purple Man Reading Competition
The winners this week were Hedgehogs (LKS2) and Ocelots (UKS2). Well done to both classes. Ocelots had an amazing average of 160 minutes this week which is an amazing effort!
Just a quick reminder that there is one more week to see how much you know about Roald Dahl with the chance of winning one of his books. Also, to celebrate Black History Month, in the KS2 library there are some great word searches to complete. Why not have a go and you may win a bookmark!
Free School Meal Vouchers
We are pleased to let you know the Suffolk County Council are again providing food vouchers, for the value of £15 per child, for each of our children who are entitled to Free School Meals, to cover the Half Term holiday. The voucher code will be sent to parents via email as in previous holidays and should reach you on Friday 22nd October. Should you not receive your code please email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please see below the latest recommendations for books to read to help the children to widen their book choices. There will be rewards for any children who read and quiz on these books. This week’s recommendations are:
Year 3: Badgers
The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine
Year 3: Foxes
Notso Hotso by Anne Fine
Year 3: Owls
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
Year 3: Rabbits
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
Year 4: Hedgehogs
Danny and the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Year 4: Squirrels
Your Life as an Explorer on a Viking Ship – by T Troupe
Year 5: Jaguars
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
Year 5: Lemurs
Grandpa Chatterji by Jamila Gavin
Year 5: Lizards
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling
Year 5: Red Pandas
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
Year 6: Chameleons
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
Year 6: Ocelots
Earth Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs
Year 6: Tigers
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Year 6: Toucans
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Under 11’s Girls 7x7 Football
Last Thursday eight pupils from Year 5 and 6 attended the Ipswich and South Suffolk School Games U11’s Girls 7x7 Football event, which took place at Whitton Sports Centre. This was the first Level 2 (Inter-school) event since the pandemic and the girls were extremely excited to be able to represent Whitehouse and play sport against other schools once again. A total of sixteen schools took part in the event. Our team were drawn to play in League 1 and faced tough opposition from Cliff Lane, Colneis, Gorseland, Shotley and Causton Primary Schools. The girls showed excellent teamwork and real perseverance throughout each of their matches. The team played four matches, drawing two and losing two. Mr Jordan and Mrs Reddington were extremely proud of the girls’ behaviour and effort throughout the event. A special mention goes to Kaci for receiving the ‘Fair Play Award’ voted by the young leaders at the event.
Football Success for Logan
A massive well done to Logan in Giraffes, who has confirmation that following his successful trial he is now part of the Under 7’s ITFC Elite Player Development Centre. Well done Logan, this is an amazing opportunity and we are all extremely proud of your achievement. We cannot wait to hear of many more successes to come!
Under 11’s Primary Panathlon Event
Last Friday Mr Jordan and Ms Salmon took three pupils to Ipswich School Sports Centre in Rushmere to take part in the U11 Primary Panathlon event for the very first time. The Primary Panathlon is a skills-based competition, in which each team rotates around a carousel of fun and inclusive fundamental skills that include sending and receiving activities and striking skills. Each activity lasted seven minutes in duration, and during this time each team aimed to score as many points as possible for their team. Each score from the six different activities were added together to give each team an overall score. The pupils had lots of fun completing each of the activities and as a result of their hard work and perseverance the team finished the event as runners up! An amazing and well-deserved achievement, well done!
The School Immunisation Team will be in school on Wednesday 20th October to do the Flu Vaccinations for our children (except Year 5 who have Greek Day). If you have not yet returned your consent form, please ensure you do so as soon as possible. The team will also return to Whitehouse on Thursday 25th November to immunise Year 5 and any children who were not completed. Further information about the vaccine, including a copy of the consent form, can be found on our website at the following link: https://www.whcps.org/22-09-2021-flu-immunisations/.
PE Kit Reminder
A polite reminder that as we enter the colder and wetter weather, please could you ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing to take part during their PE lessons. Where possible PE lessons are taught outside, therefore a reminder that our WHCPS PE kit consists of the following items:
National Apple Day
Our Nursery children will be celebrating National Apple Day next week on Thursday 21st October. The children will have a chance to do lots of activities, all based around apples! We look forward to seeing some of what they get up to!
At this time of the year there are lots of bugs around. Can we please remind parents/carers that if your child is sick or has an upset stomach, you need to keep them off school for 48 hours from the last sickness episode. This will help us ensure this does not pass around to other children. Thank you for your cooperation.
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 20th October – Flu Immunisations
Wednesday 20th October – Greek Day – Year 5 Classes
Friday 22nd October – PD Day (School Closed to Children)
Monday 25th to Friday 29th October – Half Term Holiday
Thursday 18th November – Parents Evening (remote)
Friday 19th November – Children in Need (Non-uniform day)
Monday 22nd November – Ipswich Museum – Year 6 Ocelots and Chameleons
Tuesday 23rd November – Ipswich Museum – Year 6 Tigers and Toucans
Wednesday 24th November – Parents Evening (remote)
Thursday 25th November – Flu Immunisation (Year 5 and Catch up Session)
Friday 26th November – RRSA Whole School Day
Friday 17th December – Last Day of Autumn Term
Monday 20th December to Monday 3rd January – Christmas Holiday
Tuesday 4th January – PD Day (School Closed to Children)
Monday 21st February to Friday 25th February – Half Term Holiday
Monday 28th February – PD Day (School Closed to Children)