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Belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day wishes to all who celebrated within our school community.


The week ended with a wonderful assembly presented by Class 4E, who performed a very lively Irish Jigs and Reels Dance routine at the end. What a wonderful way to end the week!


To add to this week’s excitement, Year 3s have been busy completing home projects on ‘The Iron Man’. This fantastic Iron Man sculpture was produced by Nived, helped by his parents. Thank you to all our parents for supporting your children with completing homework.




PFA Disco Success


A special thank you must go out to our PFA ladies for organising the Year 3 disco held last week. Thank you to all parents and staff who gave up their time to assist in running the disco and providing the entertainment for our rather excited children. They behaved well and thoroughly enjoyed their matinee, thanks to you.




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 2017 and reduce lateness.


The class with the best attendance this week is:

Year 3 Bees 99%

Year 3 Ladybirds 97.3%

Year 3 Dragonflies 95.9%

Year 3 Caterpillars 91.9%

Year 4 Bears 97.2%

Year 4 Lions 96.3%

Year 4 Tigers 96.4%

Year 4 Elephants 94%

Year 5 Penguins 97.3%

Year 5 Eagles 95%

Year 5 Owls 95.9%

Year 6 Dolphins 98.7%

Year 6 Sharks 97.3%

Year 6 Whales 99%


Well done, Class 3B & 6W, on having achieved the best attendance rate this week! Let us all strive to have 100% attendance.




International Evening Events



This year, our International Evening Event will be held on Thursday 23rd March 2017. There will be two shows performed largely by Year 5s and select groups from Year 3, 4 & 6, in the Junior Hall. The afternoon show (Matinee) will only be performed by Year 5s and will run from 2:00pm-3:15pm. The evening performance however, will be performed by Year 5s and select groups from Year 3, 4 & 6 and will run from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Tickets are available via School Money website.


International Food Fayre


The Infants’ & Junior Schools will be jointly hosting an International Food Fayre on Thursday 23rd March 2017. We are hoping that families will be willing to contribute to the evening, by cooking some portions of a favourite dish from this country or abroad. Contributions of food need to be taken to the Infants’ Hall at 4.45pm on the day. Please mark your food items as meat or vegetarian and provide a list of ingredients.


  1. a nominal £2 contribution, you will be able to have 3 ‘tastes’ of food and 1 cold drink. The food will be served in the Infants’ Hall from 5:15pm-6:00pm. Tickets for the food tasting will be available to purchase on the night, at the door.


Special Leave Requests


There have been an increasing number of exceptional leave requests, especially for leave attached to the school holidays. The Governors are keen to stress that no holiday requests during the school term will be authorised.


Mindfulness in schools



This week’s Mindfulness ‘Power Thought’ is:

`Confidence is not about feeling ready - it’s having the willingness to try!’

This week we have been learning how to ‘Act as if’ we already are confident. We looked at confident people and explored how they behave and what thoughts they might think when faced with challenges or having to do something new. We also learnt that confidence is not about not feeling afraid, but rather about having the willingness to try and to take action.


Why not try to ‘Act as if you’re confident’ in front of the mirror this week?


Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers



Mr Cummings, our PE Co-ordinator, did a count of the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and we are pleased to announce that we already have about 2500. Don’t forget that we are still collecting these. If you have any, please bring them in to the Office. Every voucher helps us to get new equipment to further resource our PE lessons.


Year 4 Disco


Year 4s voted and the PFA have listened! Our Year 4s were asked to vote to have either a disco or a movie night and the votes were as follows:

DISCO= 51 votes and MOVIES= 33 votes.


The Year 4 disco will therefore be held on Wednesday 29th March 2017, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Letters have been emailed out today to all Year 4 parents.

Red Nose Day


We will be supporting the Red Nose Day appeal on Friday 24th March 2017. As it is an ‘Own Clothes Day’, all children and staff are invited to come in wearing something red that day. Children will be allowed to don any red noses, red wigs, red hats or Red Nose Day merchandise. All children are to contribute at least £1 to the cause.


Lost Property: Tested glasses


We now have an assortment of tested glasses in the medical room which have been lost in recent weeks. Should any of these belong to your child, please claim them from the Office.


Term Dates

School Term Dates 2017 – 2018

Spring Term 2

Monday 20th February 2017 –

Friday 31st March 2017(2pm closure)

Summer Term 1

Tuesday 18thApril 2017 –

Friday 26th May 2017

Summer Term 2

Monday 5thJune 2017 –

Friday 21st July 2017

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