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School Newsletter 5th October 2018


Happy World Smile Day to you all! With the sun shining on us today, what reason do we have not to smile?


It has been wonderful to see the first few home projects coming in this week. Most children have responded favourably to this style of homework and we will hopefully be able to exhibit some during ‘Parent-Teacher Meeting Week’.


Today, we were treated to a fabulous assembly by the Turtles. The children sensitively described what life was like during WW11. “Another fabulous Year 6 assembly, Miss Hyland and Mrs Ricketts!”


As it is also World Teacher’s Day today, I would like to take this opportunity to salute our teachers and to thank you for your ongoing dedication to our noble profession.





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 has been to raise the level of attendance so that it is above 97% by September 2019 and reduce lateness.


Each class’s attendance for this week is as follows:

Year 3 Bees 97%

Year 3 Ladybirds 92.8%

Year 3 Dragonflies 97.2%

Year 3 Caterpillars 97.6%

Year 4 Bears 90%

Year 4 Lions 97.9%

Year 4 Tigers 91%

Year 4 Elephants 100%

Year 5 Penguins 99.3%

Year 5 Eagles 91.8%

Year 5 Owls 93.8%

Year 5 Swallows 98.5%

Year 6 Dolphins 98.1%

Year 6 Sharks 93.6%

Year 6 Whales 82.9%

Year 6 Turtles 97.6%

The class with the best attendance this week

is: **Class 4E**

Well done, Class 4E, for having had the best attendance this week! Your teacher should be proud of you. Let’s all strive for 100% attendance next week!


Smile please!

This is just to remind you that the individual and sibling photographs will be taking place on Monday 8th October 2018. Should you wish your children to be photographed with siblings, these will be taken from 8am-8:45am in the Studio. Please wear full uniform that day and look your smartest.


Football Fixtures

Our inter-school fixtures have begun and we are already off to a good start. The first home game was against Colham Manor and we are pleased with the final score and celebrate our win:

WJS 5-1 Colham Manor

Congratulations to Dilip, Zain (of Year 6), and Olivier (of Year 5) for scoring goals.

It was lovely see so many parents supporting the team that day. Let us keep striving for excellence boys and we hope that we reclaim the cup trophy this year!


Cross Country Success

Congratulations to all members of our Cross Country team who ran 2000m at Vyners' Fields on Thursday evening. Every member of the team put in a valiant effort with all of our runners completing the gruelling course and finishing in respectable places. Just fewer than 100 boys and 100 girls participated in the event. We should make a particular mention of Sophia, of Year 6, who came 7th in the girls' event, and Maalik, of Year 5, who came 2nd in the boys' event - amazing performances. We wish them the best of luck as they go through to represent Whitehall in the Borough Final. Thanks to all the parents who supported with transport and cheering!


Parent-Teacher Meetings

Monday 15th-19th October 2018

The online Parents’ Evening booking system was opened to you this week. Many parents have already secured a meeting time and we strongly urge that all parents do so.


Healthy Lunch Boxes

Healthy lunches are important for active children. If your child is not having a hot school meal, then it is important to send your child in to school with a healthy lunch box. Tips include: fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables and a combination of protein, dairy and carbohydrate foods. Please ensure that sweets, chocolates and cookies are not sent into school.


Secondary School Applications

If you are applying for a secondary school place for September 2019, please apply online. Closing date is 31st October 2018.


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 & Class:

11th Oct. Class 6 Dolphins

12th Oct. Class 5 Eagles

02nd Nov. Class 5 Penguins

09th Nov. Class 5 Owls

16th Nov. Class 5 Swallows

23rd Nov. Class 3 Bees

30th Nov Class 3 Dragonflies

05th Dec. Class 3 Ladybirds

07th Dec. Class 3 Caterpillars


Term Dates


School Term Dates 2018-2019

Autumn Term 1

Wednesday 5th September 2018- Friday 19th October 2018

Autumn Term 2

**Training Day**

Mon 29th October 2018


Tuesday 30th October 2018- Friday 21st December 2018

(Early closure: 12:30pm)