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Whitehall Junior School School Newsletter 26th January 2018

Whitehall Junior Primary Newsletter 13/Spring Term/2018-2019


Spring Term: 3

What a busy term this has been. Over the last two weeks, we have enjoyed two fantastic assemblies presented by our Year 6 classes.

The Sharks’ and Dolphins’ took us back in time to the Mayans, sharing with us amazing facts on this ancient civilization. Both were sterling performances and effective use of filming & editing! "Well done Class 6S and 6D."

As a Headteacher, it is really pleasing to see the essence of ‘happiness at the heart of learning’ coming through in all we do!


Our school’s progress thus far

As a school, we are always evaluating that which we do and looking at ways of enhancing our provisions for our children.

We have had many important visitors in to see our good practices over the last two weeks and they focused on:

1. How we keep our children safe;

2. Our teaching and learning in Maths;

3. How we develop the basic skills of our pupils.

All three visitors were impressed by the quality of the education we provide for our pupils and commended our pupils on their excellent behaviour.


We value attendance highly at Whitehall Junior School. We record the attendance and punctuality of each class on a daily basis. Our school’s target for this academic year is to raise the level of attendance so that it is above 96% by July 2018 and reduce lateness.

The class with the best attendance this week is:

Year 3 Bees 95.6%

Year 3 Ladybirds 96.1%

Year 3 Dragonflies 92.8%

Year 3 Caterpillars 99.2%

Year 3 Overall 95.93%

Year 4 Bears 99.3%

Year 4 Lions 95.4%

Year 4 Tigers 96.4%

Year 4 Elephants 93.2%

Year 4 Overall 96.07%

Year 5 Penguins 93.4%

Year 5 Eagles 98.1%

Year 5 Owls 95.2%

Year 5 Swallows 93.2%

Year 5 Overall 94.98%

Year 6 Dolphins 97.3%

Year 6 Sharks 98.7%

Year 6 Whales 96.7

Year 6 Overall 97.6%

Well done, Class 4B and to Year 6 on having achieved the best attendance rate this week! Let us all strive to have 100% attendance next week. Whitehall Junior School School Newsletter 26th January 2018

Whitehall Junior Primary Newsletter 13/Spring Term/2018-2019

Sporting News

Netball Success!!!

In recent weeks, our netball team have participated in many inter-school matches and have been playing exceptionally well, growing from strength to strength with each passing game. The results are as follows:

WJS vs Rabbsfarm


WJS vs West Drayton


WJS vs Cherry Lane


Thank you, Miss Costa and Miss Smallwood, for training the team and for helping to be such a powerhouse.

"Well done team! Continue to display your excellent drive and determination on the netball court!"

Star of the Week

As a school, we encourage our pupils to involve themselves in extra-curricular activities; both in and outside of school.

I would love to hear about your child’s special achievements.

This week, we congratulate the following pupils who undertook their piano exams:

Year 6

Ella- Grade 1 with distinction

Lili- Grade 1 with merit

(Lilu also achieved Grade 1 in violin playing)

Year 5

Shreyas- Grade 4 with distinction

We also applaud one of our Year 4 pupils as follows:

Amarachi achieved distinction in her recent dance exams in primary tap, primary ballet and musical theatre.


School closed: Training Day

This is just a reminder that the school will be closed to children on Friday 9th February 2018 due to a Training Day for staff. Please make the necessary arrangements.

Half-term break: Monday 12th February-Friday 16th February 2018 (School closed)

Late arrivals in the morning

Increasing numbers of children have been arriving late over the last few weeks. Whilst I appreciate the odd traffic jam or bus being delayed, we have noticed that some children are consistently late, impacting on their first session of learning. Arriving on time allows your child a smoother start to the school day.

Lunch orders

Over the last two weeks, increasing numbers of children have turned up at the dinner hall without a packed lunch or a hot dinner ordered. Whitehall Junior School School Newsletter 26th January 2018

Whitehall Junior Primary Newsletter 13/Spring Term/2018-2019

Please ensure that the necessary arrangements are made for your child’s lunches, especially if relying on the school providing a hot dinner. Meals are catered for according to the figures provided the evening before. Not only is it unsettling for your child, but it also means that we have to find ways of providing for extra numbers.

Music News:’Voice in a Million’

As a school, we pride ourselves in providing rich learning experiences for our learners beyond the classroom. It is with great excitement that our school choir is looking forward to their trip to the Wembley SSE Arena on Wednesday 14th March 2018.

Introducing Super Movers

We have found a fantastic resource which you may well wish to use with your children at home. Have a go!

Below is taken from the website explaining what it is all about.

Brought to you by the Premier League and BBC, Super Movers encourages an active approach to learning. Super Movers aims to help children moving throughout the day with lots of free, easy-to-use video resources.

Super Movers can be used at home too with a range of fun videos and games designed to get children and grown-ups moving together in their living rooms, so parents as well as teachers can join in.

Mindfulness in schools

Our Year 4s and 5s are currently learning ‘mindfulness’ skills as part of their PSHE lessons. Here is something the Year 4s learnt this week.

This week’s Mindfulness ‘Power Thought’ is:

"Mindful listening is my Superpower!"

Why not practise some ‘Mindful listening’ with your children this weekend? Whitehall Junior School School Newsletter 26th January 2018

Whitehall Junior Primary Newsletter 13/Spring Term/2018-2019

Sharing our musical talents

Every Wednesday, children who have a particular talent in playing the piano have been sharing a piece of music with us. I have been impressed by the skills demonstrated by Adam and Lybah of Year 4. I look to hearing other pupils playing in the coming weeks.

Labelling uniform

There are often items of clothing that cannot be returned to their rightful owners as they are not labelled. It would be advisable that you label your child’s uniform for easy identification.

Any unclaimed items of clothing will be placed in the `red, lost property box’ in the playground.

Tackling problems in the playground

It has been brought to my attention that there have been at least two incidents where parents have confronted other people’s children in the playground. It is often over alleged incidents that have happened at school and as such, this is to be addressed with the school and staff will attend to the matters.

We thank you for your co-operation in this regard.

Celebration Class Assemblies

Parents and carers are invited in to school to join in the sharing of the children’s learning each term. Assemblies start at 9am on a Friday morning. Please wait at the white door leading into the hall. Date


2nd Feb

Class 6 Whales’

23rd Feb

Class 4 Tigers’

2nd March

Class 4 Bears’

9th March

Class 4 Lions’

16th March

Class 4 Elephants’