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Autumn Term: 1
`One World Peace Day’ Extraordinaire
Today we gathered together as a Whitehall Junior family to celebrate our very own ‘One World Peace Day’. What a spectacle!
Throughout the week, staff had been preparing songs and poems with their respective classes, ensuring that this day would be marked in a very special way.
Not only had so many children made an effort to wear something white or blue but there were also a great number of family members and Governors who came along to witness such an amazing act of unity.
Our children sang their renditions of ‘Imagine’ and ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ with such feeling that it made many an adult either smile or cry.
Even more commendable were the poems that had been written and recited by children of all ages- truly inspirational!
The afternoon ended with the symbolic releasing of 10 white doves by 10 lucky children. Taking this message of ‘PEACE’, let us go forward, instilling this value in our children.
We would like to wish you a restful and peaceful half-term break and look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 30th October 2017.
Happy Diwali to all who celebrated with family and friends this week!
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 are very proud of Douglas, a Year 5E pupil, who recently took part in a Great Ormond Street Hospital charity race for children. He completed the 5km race in 18 minutes. “What a great achievement for a great cause, Douglas! Maybe many more children will join you on your next run!”
Super Punctuality this week
I am the proudest Headteacher in Hillingdon this week as we had 0 lateness marks in the school this week. My challenge to you is to keep that up in the next few terms.
“ Keep it up children!”
Year 3 & 4 Flu Immunisations
Our NHS school nursing team will be coming in on Thursday 2nd November 2017 to administer the flu immunisations to our Year 3 and 4 pupils only. If you have not yet returned your form or would still like your child to receive their flu immunisation, contact the School Office upon return.
Welcome to new staff
We welcome Mr Hannah, an experienced teacher, to Whitehall Junior School this week. He will be joining the Year 4 team and will be working alongside them to further enhance learning across the year group.
As an added attendance reward this week, Year 4 B and Year 6 D enjoyed an exclusive London visit from the Los Angeles Rams’ Cheerleading squad.
This fun-packed session was enjoyed by children and staff alike.
“I wonder what the next attendance reward might be? Let’s ensure 100% attendance in all classes next term!”
Thank you parents!
Throughout the week, teachers and parents met to discuss the progress of their children since September 2017. Whilst our online booking system suggests that 314 families had signed up to meet with teachers, I am confident that many more came through our doors this week.
We received positive feedback from various parents with whom we chatted this week. We urge any parents who did not manage to meet the teachers to make arrangements to do so in the new term.
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.
Class 5 Owls
Class 5 Penguins
Class 5 Swallows
Class 3 Bees
Class 3 Dragonflies
Class 3 Caterpillars
Class 3 Ladybirds
*As our Year 4s will be working on our Christmas Production this term, they will have their assembly slots in the New Year.*
Dates for the diary
Wednesday 9th November- Quest Schools’ Choral Event (4pm onwards)
Monday 13th November- Individual Photographs
Friday 17th November – Children in Need – SPOTACULAR DAY (Non-Uniform Day)
Friday 24th November- Christmas Market
Thursday 30th November- Year 2 Open Day
9am & 2:30pm
(for new Year 3 parents)
Mon 11th-Wed 13th Dec.- Year 4 Christmas Production
Friday 15th Dec.- Christmas Jumper Day (Non-Uniform Day)
Wednesday 20th Dec.- Last day of term
Whitehall Infants’ & Juniors’ Christmas Market
Friday 24th November 2017
Our PFA is in the process of organising yet another exciting Christmas Market to be held on Friday 24th November 2017. Please pencil this date into your diary.
We would welcome any assistance from our parent body to make our annual Christmas Market a success. In the first instance, feel free to approach me in the playground and I will introduce you to current members of our PFA.
Secondary School Applications
Starting secondary school September 2018
(For children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 starting secondary school in September 2018)
If so, you must apply for your child to start secondary school in September 2018 by Tuesday 31 October 2017.
Change your clocks
When do the clocks go back in the UK?
Britain's clocks will go back at 2am on the last Sunday of October, Sunday October 29th 2017.
The changing of the clocks means an hour longer in bed. It marks the start of gloomy winter evenings, but brighter mornings.
The UK will move from British Summer Time (BST) back to Greenwich Meantime Time (GMT) until the clocks go forward in the spring.