Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 185
Friday 11th March 2022
Message from Mrs Hall
We do hope that you have booked an appointment for your child’s parents/carers evening to find out how they are progressing across the curriculum. Dates for these meetings are Wednesday 16th March and Thursday 24th March and will be on line. Following these meetings, we would then like to invite parents/carers into school to look through your child’s books with them. Please save the following dates:
Tuesday 26th April – Y3 and Y6
Wednesday 27th April – EYFS, Y1 and Y4
Thursday 28th April – Y5 and Y2
Thank you for your continued support.
Attendance for the previous week
Class with the Best Attendance – Rabbits (98.9%)
The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: What is a Young Carer? UNRC Link: Article 9: I have the right to live with my parents unless it is bad for me. 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
Well done to the winners of the Purple Man Reading Competition this week, Hedgehogs (LKS2) and Chameleons (UKS2). Also, a special mention to Foxes class who received an extra award this week. They gained the same number of minutes read as Chameleons (Y6) and they are only a Year 3 class. Well done all of you!
Library News: Share a Story Reading Stars
This month to celebrate World Book Day, we have a challenge to read books in twenty different ways, such as ‘Read in your pyjamas!’, ‘Read to a pet’ and ‘Read aloud in a funny voice’. Anyone who would like to take the challenge will receive a certificate recognising them as a Share the Story Reading Star. Copies of the challenge are available in the KS2 library. The challenge can also be found on the World Book Day website on the following link: https://www.worldbookday.com/reading-stars/
Please note the challenge is also suitable for our younger children. Both the challenge and the certificate can be downloaded from the link.
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For your information we are currently working with Suffolk County Council to look at the possibilities of implementing School Streets around the vicinity of the school.
School Streets offers a proactive solution for school communities to tackle air pollution, poor health and road danger reduction. A School Street scheme will encourage a healthier lifestyle and active travel to school for families and lead to a better environment for everyone. Keep an eye on future newsletters for further information.
Please note we have two fundraising days coming up this month which we know the children will enjoy taking part in. Firstly, we will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 18th March as part of Comic Relief. With all that is going on in the world at the moment, we have decided to split the money raised on that day, with half going to Comic Relief and half going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Fund (via Red Cross) who are supporting the people in Ukraine.
Then on Monday 21st March, we are excited to also hold an ‘odd socks day!’ to recognise World Down Syndrome Day. As many of you will know we have a child in school who has Downs Syndrome. Rex is a popular member of the school community and we are happy to support him and his family as we invite everyone to wear odd socks for the day! We look forward to seeing some colourful feet that day! If you would like and are able to donate a little to each cause any money received would be gratefully received. Donations for World Down Syndrome Day can also be made here: https://www.ds-int.org/donate-today#DonateNow.
Can we remind parents/carers that school uniform should be worn each day to school unless the children have a PE lesson or a sports after-school club. If the children have a day to wear PE kit, please be reminded of the kit that should be worn on the picture.
Can we please also remind parents the importance of labelling all items of the kit, so that if these are misplaced we can return them to your child.
If you are unsure of which days your child has PE lessons, please contact the school office who will able to confirm this for you.
Please note we have been asked to share the following information for those of you who have children aged 5 to 11 years who are considered at risk:
“Children aged 5 to 11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the Covid-19 vaccine, in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the Green Book.
“Vaccinations help to increase protection against Covid-19 which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions. Further information is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-aged-5-to-11-years/a-guide-for-parents-of-children-aged-5-to-11-years-of-age-at-high-risk?utm_source=8%20March%202022%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19)
IPSSA Netball League Match
On Wednesday, our Year 5 and 6 girls took part in the first of many IPSSA Netball League matches, as we played a home match against Cedarwood Primary School. This was the first league match the girls had played in over three years due to the Pandemic, and the first time these girls had played as a team. During the first quarter Cedarwood took the lead quickly by scoring 4 goals to our 1 goal (scored by Mylie). By half time Whitehouse were down 7-1, however this did not stop our team, as the girls carried on showing real perseverance and determination. No goals were scored by either team in the third quarter, so the girl’s turned the pressure on and worked extra hard to narrow Cedarwood’s lead. Goals came flooding in by Maisie and Lilia and the game ended 8-6 to Cedarwood. Ms Salmon was extremely impressed with the netball skills the girl’s demonstrated and the fantastic effort to pull the score back. Well done to Maisie, Lilia, Sophie, Isla, Georgia, Mylie and Isla. A special well done to Mylie for receiving player of the match by Cedarwood. Our next match is on Tuesday 15th March, with an away game against Springfield Juniors. Thank you to all who came to watch and support the team. Another special mention of thanks to SEH French Construction for kindly sponsoring our kit.
Easter Netball Camp
Please see details of a Netball Camp that is running on Friday 22nd April (during the Easter Holiday) at Kesgrave Community Centre. If you are interested in booking a space for your child please contact call 07876 768043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces cost £15.00 per child and is open for all children in Years 2 to 6.
Year 5/6 Boys Cup Football
This week our Year 5/6 Boys Football Team were back in action, making a very impressive start to their IPSSA extra-large schools league campaign, with a 4-1 win over Broke Hall CP School. Following the disappointment of narrowly going out of the cup, the boys were determined to make a positive start to the match and that is exactly what they did! The boys showed excellent passages of play and enjoyed large periods of possession throughout the match. Their fantastic work effort to close down and dispossess their opponents, as well as their link up play, was rewarded with two equally fantastic team goals during both halves of the match. Mr Jordan was very impressed with the all-round team performance throughout the game and would also like to thank all of the parents/carers and staff that came out to support the team. We wish the boys the best of luck for their next league match which is an away game at Britannia Primary School. Well done boys, a fantastic result!
Under 9’s Football Festival
On Wednesday, Mr Jordan and Miss Fenn took eight pupils from Year 4 to attend the Suffolk FA U9’s Girls Football Festival. The festival provided an amazing opportunity for the girls to play a number of 4v4 football matches against a variety of different schools on the astro-turf pitch within the ITFC stadium. The aim of the festival was to provide a very relaxed event, which encouraged the players to enjoy the game and to make their own decisions during the match. As a result, the games involved minimal coaching from the sidelines and no referees! Instead both teams worked together to implement the rules of the game and most importantly, simply enjoy playing football. Despite being the first time the girls had ever played together as a team, they showed great teamwork and put lots of effort into each match. The girls played each match with big smiles on their faces! A great effort girls, well done!
News from the Prefects
As a prefect, our role involves a range of duties: showing visitors around school, helping children with their learning, solving problems and helping teachers do jobs. We wanted to earn the title of prefects, because at Whitehouse, we believe in helping people.
What we hope to achieve as prefects:
Once Covid measures have been reduced, as prefects, we would like to help set up competitions, help the younger children and classes and also help to set up activities for all children to do at lunch and break times.
Thank you for reading this.
By Alissa and Elsie, on behalf of the prefects.
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 16th March – Parents/Carers Evening (On line)
Friday 18th March – Comic Relief/Raising money for Red Cross
Monday 21st March – World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (Wear odd socks to school)
Thursday 24th March – Parents/Carers Evening (On line)
Thursday 31st March – Rights Respecting School Silver Award Verification Day
Friday 8th April – PD Day (School Closed to Children)
Monday 11th April to Friday 22nd April – Easter Holiday
Tuesday 28th June – Year 5 Kentwell Hall Trip