Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 203
Friday 16th September 2022
Message from Mrs Hall
We share in the sadness of the nation on the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. Our school and trust will observe the mourning period but continue to support our children, families and staff. We will teach the children about the historical significance of the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and help them to understand the historic moment we are in. Whitehouse will be closed on Monday 19th September as a mark of respect. Thank you for your continued support.
The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: What is the importance of Pitru Paksha in the Hindu religion? (UNRC Link: Article 30: If I come from a minority group, because of my race, religion or language, I have the right to enjoy my own culture, practise my own religion and use my own language). 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.
Please note due to the Bank Holiday announced by King Charles III on Monday, the school photos have been rescheduled and will now take place on Monday 10th October 2022.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide halal meat for our school dinners. Could we please ask parents/carers to remind their children that our meat is not halal, and that they will need to choose a vegetarian meal if halal food is required for your family and beliefs. Thank you for your support.
Please note a number of children have a dinner debt. It is a policy of Whitehouse that dinners should be paid for in advance. Please ensure that any debt is cleared as a matter of urgency. Children with a debt will be expected to bring a packed lunch to school each day until the balance is fully cleared. Payment can be paid via the Arbor app or by bringing cash to the school office. Thank you for your support in this matter. If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals, you can apply online at this link: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/
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The Whole Class
Job Vacancy: School Cleaner
We are currently looking to recruit another cleaner for the school. For full details of the role please see the following link on our website: https://www.whcps.org/vacancies/ where you can also download a copy of the application form. Please note applications forms are also available at the Main Office.
The role will be for 2.5 hours a day, 5 days a week for 44 weeks a year (including some holiday work).
Application forms must be completed in full, unfortunately we cannot accept CVs. The closing date is 9.00am on Friday 23rd September 2022 and interviews will take place shortly after.
If you have any questions please contact the School Office and ask to speak to Mrs Debbie Whight, HR Office.
Make a Difference Club
You may have noticed that one of the new after-school clubs being offered this year is our ‘Make a Difference’ club which has been created to enable any pupil in Years 4, 5 and 6 to develop valuable life skills such as empathy and citizenship whilst improving their social, communication and leadership skills. This club would suit children who want to make a difference around them by working with the whole school community to make things better for people living in the Whitehouse area. This might include:
The club will have a different focus each half-term depending on the needs of the school. In Autumn 1, we will be looking at home to improve Road Safety in our community by training Junior Road Safety Officers. We look forward to seeing what they do over coming months!
Snapchat Family Centre: One of the most in-demand safety control features of Snapchat is finally here. Click the link below to read a free guide on how to use the new feature and for top tips on keeping children safe on Snapchat.
We were thrilled to have an email from myOn this week, congratulating the school on having one of the highest usages in Suffolk. We are so pleased to hear that so many of our children are using this to increase their reading. Well done to you all.
Year 4 Science
In Year 4 this week, the children have been using eggs to test which liquid will decay our teeth the most. The shell of the egg is like the enamel of our teeth. We used coke, milk, squash, orange juice and vinegar. The children covered one of the eggs with toothpaste too, so see if it would stop the decay. They will now be left for a week and the children will check them every day to see which liquid decays the teeth the most. The children planned the experiments in groups and have made predictions on which they think will be the best or the worst for their teeth! We look forward to seeing the results!
Did you know that we have a Brownies group who meet at Whitehouse every Monday evening? If you have any girls aged between 7 -10 years old who might be interested, they have a few spaces at the moment. The girls get to work towards earning badges, they play games, get creative and make lifelong friendships.
If you would like to learn more, or register to have a space for your child, then please see the following link: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/information-for-parents/register-your-daughter/
After School Clubs
A reminder that our after-school clubs start next week on Tuesday 20th September. You will have received an email confirming if your child has been successful in getting a place. If you are unsure, please call the office who will be able to confirm. Pick up from clubs is at 4.15pm. Clubs will run for 5 weeks.
It is good to see the children back using our libraries. KS2 library is in full swing and we are looking forward to welcoming back Year 1 and Year 2, where we have lots of new reading books. We will also be starting story time and borrowing books in the Early Year library from next week.
Following the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the activity in KS2 library this month is a word search and colouring pages all about the Queen and when completed the children will receive a Queen Elizabeth II bookmark.
Dates for the Diary
Friday 16th September 2022 – Non-Uniform Day for MS-UK
Monday 10th October 2022 – School Photos
Monday 24th October 2022 to Friday 28th October 2022 – Half Term Holiday
Monday 31st October 2022 – Deadline to Apply for High School Place
Tuesday 1st November 2022 – Flu Immunisations
Thursday 17th November 2022 – Parents/Carers Evening
Wednesday 23rd November 2022 – Parents/Carers Evening
Friday 25th November 2022 – SMSC Whole School Day: Global Citizenship
Friday 2nd December 2022 – Flu Immunisations Catch-up Day
Friday 16th December 2022 – Last day of the Autumn Term
Tuesday 3rd January 2023 – PD Day (School Closed to Children)
Wednesday 4th January 2023 – First day back at school for the children