Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin 233
Thursday 25th May 2023
Message from Mrs Hall
We do hope that you were able to visit the Eco-Art Project in the school hall this week. We are really proud of what the children achieved collectively and how they are continuing to develop their understanding of how to protect the environment. A big thank you to Miss Tempest, Miss Jaspal and Mrs Edwards for organising this super exhibition – it was wonderful. Over the next few weeks we will be organising the classes for the next academic year, as soon as this is arranged we will let parents know. The children will have a chance to meet their new teachers at the end of June. I do hope that everyone has a wonderful half-term break, and don’t forget school starts back on Tuesday 6th June. Thank you for your continued support.
Attendance for the previous week:
Class with the best attendance: Foxes (99.7%)
The theme of our assemblies for the week after half term will be: World Bee Day: Why are bees important to human life? 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.
Key Stage 1:
Lower Key Stage 2:
Upper Key Stage 2:
Purple Man Reading Competition
Well done to the winners of the Purple Man competition for last week (a competition that rewards classes with the highest average reading minutes across KS2).
Badgers (37 mins)
Foxes (79 mins)
Lizards (41 mins)
Tigers (53 mins)
Year 1: Andy Goldsworthy Art Afternoon
Last week, Year 1 invited parents and carers to join us in making some outdoor art work inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Lots of families came to support this activity and the children had great fun creating their designs. A huge thank you to everyone who came to support their children. Here are some examples of the designs that were created.
We still have a number of children who are owing dinner money. Please note with budgets in schools being so tight, it is imperative that these are paid as a matter of urgency. If you are struggling to pay the debt, please call the office and speak to Miss Sara McCullum who will be able to discuss a payment plan with you. Thank you for your support.
We are thrilled that Whitehouse have been awarded the Gold Award for being a Rights Respecting School and are only the third Primary School in Suffolk to have achieved this prestigious award. The inspectors who visited the school commented that the children had excellent knowledge of a wide range of rights and spoke confidently and articulately about why rights are important to them. Pupils want to make a difference in their own school community and across the world.
On Wednesday 17th May, Ms Salmon took 6 Year 4 girls, Ivy, Vina, Sakura, Isla, Skye and Lacey to a 4x4 Football Festival which was held at Ipswich Town Football Club. The girls looked rather nervous when we arrived but their nerves soon disappeared once they settled into the games. The team were placed into Group 3 which meant they were up against 6 other teams, with each game lasting for 6 minutes. Watching the girls play was amazing, seeing the smiles on their faces and the determination showed was priceless. The girl’s perseverance and courage were all Ms Salmon could have hoped for. Great teamwork from our Year 4 girls! Ms Salmon was very impressed with the attacking and defending skills shown. Well done girls! The children were also very lucky to have had their photo taken with the Sky Bets Trophy that Ipswich Town Men’s Football Club had won for this last season.
***Job Vacancies in School***
We are pleased to let you know we currently have job vacancies for lunchtime assistants. Full details of the vacancies along with application forms are available on our website: https://www.whcps.org/vacancies. In addition, application forms can be collected from the school office (outside of the Half Term Holiday). The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 12th June 2023.
Duties will involve:
Free School Meal Vouchers
Please note if your child(ren) are eligible for free school meals (due to benefit claims, not Universal Free School Meals), supermarket vouchers worth £15.00 have again been ordered for each eligible child. The email should have arrived with you today (from Edenred). If you have not received this email please contact the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can investigate further.
U7 Dodgeball Festival
Last Tuesday Mr Jordan took a team of Year 2 children to Suffolk New College Sports Centre to take part in an U7 Dodgeball Festival. The festival was organised and run by Year 1 college students as part of the sports leadership module for their sports course. Each dodgeball match involved all of the usual dodgeball rules and consisted of three 2-minute games. During the festival the Year 2 team played a ‘round robin’ of matches against six other schools within their group. The team performed amazingly, showing fantastic dodging and throwing skills. Additionally, the team also showed excellent knowledge and understanding of the dodgeball rules. As a result, the team managed to win a very impressive five of their six matches! The team consisted of the following pupils:
In the true spirit of festival events, the team has lots of fun and really enjoyed playing against the other teams. The children were a real credit to the school and showed the true ‘Whitehouse Way’ as they took time to thank their opponents and the umpires after each game! Mr Jordan was extremely proud of the team’s efforts and also their behaviour throughout the festival. Well done everyone!
A big well done to the 30 children who have been given certificates this week for successfully improving their attendance! What a great effort from you all!
Suffolk Parent Carer Forum
This is a Suffolk based charity made up of parents/carers who have come together so they can help to shape the provisions and services our children and young people access. Please see below for further details and how you can contact them.
Dates for the Diary
Friday 26th May 2023 – PD Day – School Closed for Children
Monday 29th May 2023 to Friday 2nd June 2023 – Half Term Holiday
Monday 5th June 2023 – PD Day – School Closed for Children
Tuesday 6th June 2023 – Victorian School – Year 4 Squirrels Class
Wednesday 7th June – Victorian School – Year 4 Foxes Class
Wednesday 7th June 2023 – Sports Day – Nursery 9.15am-10.15am
Wednesday 7th June 2023 – Sports Day – Reception 10.30am-11.30am
Thursday 8th June – Victorian School – Year 4 Hedgehogs Class
Thursday 8th June 2023 – Sports Day – Year 1 10.00am-11.00am
Thursday 8th June 2023 – Sports Day – Year 2 11.15am-12.15am
Thursday 8th June 2023 – Sports Day – Year 3 2.00pm-3.00pm
Friday 9th June 2023 – Crucial Crew – Year 6 (am only)
Friday 9th June 2023 – Sports Day – Year 4 10.00am-11.00am
Friday 9th June 2023 – Sports Day – Year 5 11.15am-12.15am
Friday 9th June 2023 – Sports Day – Year 6 2.00pm-3.00pm
Thursday 15th June 2023 – Easton Farm Park Trip – Year R
Tuesday 20th June 2023 – Foxburrow Farm Trip – Year 3
Friday 23rd June 2023 – Whole School SMSC Day
Monday 26th June 2023 – Mersea Day Trip – Year 6
Monday 26th June 2023 – Duxford Trip – Year 2
Tuesday 27th June 2023 – Mersea Day Trip – Year 6
Wednesday 28th June 2023 – Transition Morning
Thursday 29th June 2023 – Transition Morning
Friday 30th June 2023 – Kentwell Hall – Year 5
Friday 7th July 2023 – Afternoon Tea for New Reception Intake
Friday 7th July 2023 – Summer Fair
Friday 14th July 2023 – Visit to ‘Maggie the Community Playbus’ – Nursery Dolphins Class
Monday 17th July 2023 – Year 6 Production
Tuesday 18th July 2023 – Year 6 Production
Wednesday 19th July 2023 – Leavers BBQ
Friday 21st July 2023 – Leavers Assembly
Friday 21st July 2023 – Last day of the Summer Term
Monday 24th July 2023 to Thursday 31st August 2023 – Summer Holiday
Friday 1st September 2023 – PD Day – School Closed for Children
Monday 4th September 2023 – PD Day – School Closed for Children
Tuesday 5th September 2023 – First day of Autumn Term for Children