Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 193
Friday 20th May 2022
Message from Mrs Hall
It is great that more children have been walking to school this week during ‘Walk to School Week’. Walking or cycling to school can make a huge difference to our fitness and wellbeing. As well as the physical benefits, walking regularly can also improve our emotional wellbeing, memory and concentration, whilst also helping to reduce the traffic on the roads and around the school. Suffolk County Council have been promoting this initiative and visited Whitehouse this week: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news/show/suffolk-schools-step-up-for-walk-to-school-week In addition, our children can also be heard talking about the benefits of walking on radio Suffolk. You can listen to the children here: https://whitehouse-community-primary-school.primarysite.media/media/whitehouse-on-bbc-radio-suffolk. Well done everyone, let’s see if we can continue walking or cycling to school more often.
Attendance for the previous week
Class with the Best Attendance – Chameleons 100% for the second week in a row!
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.
Year 3: Badgers
Werewolf Club Rules by Joseph Coelho
Year 3: Foxes
The Knights of the Brown Table by Ian Whybrow
Year 3: Owls
The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
Year 3: Rabbits
Modern British Art by Danny Pearson
Year 4: Hedgehogs
The House that Sailed Away by Pat Hutchins
Year 4: Squirrels
Kings of the Desert by Lisa Amstutz (MyOn Book)
Year 5: Jaguars
The last Word by Ben Bailey Smith
Year 5: Lemurs
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
Year 5: Lizards
Who let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans
Year 5: Red Pandas
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Year 6: Chameleons
Horrible Geography: Cracking Coasts by Anita Ganeri
Year 6: Ocelots
The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton
Year 6: Tigers
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Year 6: Toucans
Frightening Light Horrible Science by Nick Arnold
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The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: What is the significance of Jerusalem in Judaism, Islam and Christianity? UNRC Link: Article 14: I have the right to think what I like and be whatever religion I want to be, with my parents’ guidance. 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
Congratulations to the winners from last week: Ocelots (Y6), Lemurs (Y5), Squirrels (Y4) and Badgers (Y3).
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Whitehouse – Friday 27th May
This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years on the throne. To mark the occasion, we are having our own jubilee celebrations in school. On Friday 27th May, the children can come dressed in red, white and blue. They will be able to take part in a number of fun activities, so watch out for lots of lovely photos of our day!
As part of our Jubilee celebrations we will be having a special ‘Big Picnic’ menu as shown. We will also be offering cheese and ham rolls. Please be aware there will not be any hot dinner available on this day.
We recently had a big donation of books from Emily in Year 6, thank you so much! That made Mrs West think how lovely it would be if all our Year 6 children would donate a book to the library before they leave Whitehouse. It does not have to be a new book, just one they no longer want. We will put a special label inside each book that is donated so we will know who it belonged to and future readers will be able to benefit from their generosity. Any book donations can be brought to the School Office or passed to class teachers. Thank you in advance if you can help!
Times Table Rock Star – World Record
Our Year 4 children have been very busy practising their times tables over the last few weeks and this week they were able to join in a world record attempt. They were part of an attempt at the most children ever to join in a live Times Table Rockstars rolling numbers dance. They all had a great time.
The NHS are offering a selection of online workshops aimed to help parents/carers to support the mental health of their children. The workshops are 60 minutes long and free to attend. Workshops being offered include: supporting your child to attend or return to school, supporting young people with anxiety and supporting our young people to manage uncertainty. If you are interested in booking a space you can either scan the QR code or go to the following link and search for Psychology in Schools Team – NSFT.
Free School Meal Vouchers
We have had confirmation that all children who are eligible for Free School Meals (not including Universal Free School Meals) will again be eligible for a supermarket voucher over the Easter holiday. This voucher will be £15.00 for each eligible child. Please ensure we have your correct email address so you receive your voucher. Please note these will be available to parents/carers from Friday 27th May 2022.
Year 5/6 Girls’ Netball
On Tuesday the Year 5/6 girls’ netball team travelled to Springfield Juniors for a friendly match. The girls were determined to get their first win under their belts before the season ended. The match started very positively, with two amazing goals scored by Alysha and Lilia. Springfield continued to apply pressure and they managed to pull a goal back, making the score 2-1 to Whitehouse at half time. Going into the third quarter our girls worked hard showing outstanding teamwork and great passes. Georgia scored followed by two more goals by Maisie. This was just what the girls needed and gave them a boost going into the fourth quarter which saw a final score of 5-1 to Whitehouse. The team all played very well, so a big well done to Sophie, Alysha, Mylie, Isla M, Lilia, Maisie, Melissa and Georgia. A special mention to Isla who was given the Player of the Match award by Springfield. Thank you to all those parents/carers for their constant support, we could not attend the matches without your help!
WE NEED YOU!
We are looking to restart our PFA (Parents and Friends Association) so we can begin to hold our popular school events again, including a Summer Fair which we hope to hold near the end of term. We can only hold these events if we can get together a committee and so would love to have some parents/carers or other family members and friends to come along and join us. We are holding a meeting on Wednesday 25th May immediately after school in the Marlow Road Hall so we can share more information about it. We really hope you will come along and find out more!
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 25th May – PFA Information Meeting
Thursday 26th May – Year 3 Roman Day
Thursday 26th May – House Bake Sale
Friday 27th May – Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations (No hot dinner menu available)
Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June – Half Term Holiday
Tuesday 14th June – Year R Easton Farm Park Trip
Friday 17th June – Year 2 Duxford Airfield Trip
Friday 24th June – Career Day
Tuesday 28th June – Year 5 Kentwell Hall Trip
Monday 4th July to Wednesday 6th July Year 6 Mersea Residential Trip
Wednesday 6th July – Year 1, 2 and 3 Sports Day
Thursday 7th July – Year 4, 5 and 6 Sports Day
Friday 8th July – Nursery and Reception Sports Day
Friday 22nd July 2022 – First day of the Summer Holiday