Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 214
Friday 9th December 2022
Message from Mrs Hall
Mr Williams and I really enjoyed watching the Reception Nativity yesterday, the children sang beautifully. Mr Williams also told me that Santa was super impressed too! Staff would like to thank all our parents and carers who came along to watch the children and for all their support in helping to provide the wonderful costumes. There is still one more week before we break up from term, so please ensure your children are in school as there is still lots of learning to complete. Please remember, if your child is unwell and you are at all concerned do seek medical advice. Thank you for your continued support.
Attendance for the previous week:
Class with the best attendance: Starfish (97%)
The theme of our assemblies for next week will be: How have advances in science promoted children’s rights throughout the years? (UNRC Link: Article 24: I have a right to the best health possible and to medical care and to information that will help me to stay well). 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.
Christmas Jumper Day
Please note we will be holding a Christmas Jumper Day on the last day of the term, Friday 16th December 2022. Children should come to school in school uniform but are invited to also wear their Christmas jumpers, for a small donation. All money raised will be split between the charities chosen by the Houses. We look forward to seeing all of the colourful jumpers!
Key Stage 1 Christmas Craft Afternoon
We are excited to let you know that Year 1 and Year 2 are holding a session on Wednesday 14th December 2022, from 1.30pm. Parents and Carers are invited to come along and have the opportunity to make some crafts with their children. Please come along to the Marlow Hall entrance where you can sign in. We look forward to seeing you!
Just a reminder that Christmas Dinners are next week, (please refer to the dates for your diary at the end). On the days that your children are not having Christmas dinner, please note there will be no hot dinners available, your child can order a pick and mix or bring a packed lunch. Lunch on Friday will be as normal and a hot dinner will be available to all.
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Lower Key Stage 2:
Upper Key Stage 2:
Times Table Rock Stars
Results are in for the latest round of TTRS battles. In LKS2, Badgers beat Owls, Rabbits beat Squirrels and Hedgehogs defeated Foxes. In UKS2, Ocelots beat Tigers, Chameleons beat Toucans whilst Macaws and Jaguars beat Pandas and Lizards. Battles for this week have already commenced so get yourself logged on to TTRS and get battling! If you want to see how many battles your class has won, check out the TTRS display next to the KS2 Library.
Purple Man Reading Competition
Well done to the winners of the Purple Man competition from last week:
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our Christmas Fair last week. A special thank you to the PFA and to all those members of staff who helped make it such a success. The money raised will be used to support the children in the school.
Free School Meal Vouchers
Please note that for any of our children who are eligible for Free School Meals, we have received confirmation from Suffolk County Council, that you will again receive a £15 supermarket voucher per child, per week to help over the Christmas Holidays. As always, the email will come to you from Edenred and will enable you to choose which supermarket you would like to use the voucher in. Please be aware the email will be sent to you on Thursday 15th December 2022.
Ipswich Town Football Club – Holiday Club
Ipswich Town Football Club will be holding a HAF funded football camp at Whitton Sports Centre on 23rd December 2022 as they are looking to encourage children to take part in sport outside of term time. For those children who are eligible for Free School Meals, they can use their HAF vouchers to book a free space and the children will receive a full days coaching (10.00am to 3.00pm) and lunch is provided free of charge. This is open to children aged 6-12 years old. They also have a limited number of paid spaces available to book for children who are not entitled to free school meals.
You can book a space by scanning the QR code on the poster, or by using the following links:
https://www.participant.co.uk/itfcfoundation/event/whittondec23 (Funded Spaces)
Year 4 Art Project
Year 4 have been busy learning about Anglo-Saxons this term and as part of their art project, they designed and created an Anglo-Saxon clay mask. The children created a design criteria by researching Anglo-Saxon helmets and then used cardboard to create a model template. Finally, they learnt a range of techniques to use in moulding clay before applying them to create their final pieces. The children and teachers were extremely proud of their achievements!
A big thank you to all those children and parents who bought poppies and other items this year for the Poppy Appeal. We are thrilled to announce we raised the huge amount of £484.98.
Coffee Morning for Kinship Carers and Special Guardians
The charity Kinship are organising a coffee morning on Thursday 15th December 2022 from 10am to 11am at Morrisons Café, for anyone who is considered as a ‘Kinship Carer’ This is a person, often a close friend or family member, who takes on the care of a child who has been removed from the parent’s care, either as they are not able to care for the child or due to the parent’s death. This may be on a formal or informal basis. If you are in this situation, you may wish to go along and have a hot drink and a chat. It is a good time to meet other people who are in the same situation as you are and the charity can provide support. Contact details for the event and the charity are shown here.
Year 6 Girls Netball
On Wednesday 7th December, the Year 6 girls travelled to Broke Hall Primary School to play their first round of the IPSSA Netball Cup game. The girls found the first quarter rather challenging, the cold weather was definitely having a toll on us! Broke Hall took the lead and scored three goals, however the girls soon warmed up and managed to work together and put Broke Hall under pressure as they scored their first goal of the match. Going into the third quarter the girls continued to show perseverance and pulled back another goal, making the score 3-2 to Broke Hall. The last quarter was probably the best our girls had ever played, showing great passing, defence and attack work. Their hard work paid off with the girls scoring a third goal in the last few minutes of the match. The final score was 3-3. With this being a cup match, both teams agreed that we would replay the game again on Wednesday 11th January 2023 at Whitehouse. Ms Salmon was extremely pleased with how all the girls worked hard and played as a team.
Dates for the Diary
Monday 12th December – Year 6 Parents/Carer Christmas Reading Session – 9.00am
Monday 12th December – Christmas Dinner – Reception
Tuesday 13th December 2022 – Nursery Parent/Carer Christmas Craft Session – 10.30am
Tuesday 13th December 2022 – Christmas Dinner – Years 1 and 3
Tuesday 13th December 2022 – Reception Parent/Carer Christmas Craft Session – 1.45pm
Wednesday 14th December 2022 - Nursery Christmas Songs Performance – 11.00am
Wednesday 14th December 2022 – Christmas Dinner – Years 2 and 4
Wednesday 14th December 2022 – KS1 Parent/Carer Christmas Craft Session – 1.30pm
Thursday 15th December 2022 – Christmas Dinner – Years 5 and 6
Friday 16th December 2022 – Christmas Jumper 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
Monday 13th February 2023 to Friday 17th February 2023 – Half Term Holiday
Wednesday 15th March 2023 – Parent/Carers Evening
Thursday 23rd March 2023 – Parent/Carers Evening
Friday 24th March 2023 – Whole School SMSC Day
Monday 3rd April 2023 to Friday 14th April 2023 – Easter Holiday