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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.

 

Mrs Moloi

Headteacher

 

A Prayer for the World

 

Let the rain come and wash away
the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
held and nurtured over generations.


Let the rain wash away the memory
of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and
fill the sky with rainbows.


Let the warmth of the sun heal us
wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that
we can see each other more clearly.


So that we can see beyond labels,
beyond accents, gender or skin colour.


Let the warmth and brightness
of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and
feel the sorrows of our neighbours.


And let the light of the sun
be so strong that we will see all
people as our neighbours.

 

Happy Diwali to all who celebrated with family and friends this week!

 

Achievements

 

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!”

 

General

 

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.

 

Attendance Challenge

 

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.

 

Date

Class

03rd Nov.

Class 5 Owls

10th Nov.

Class 5 Penguins

17th Nov.

Class 5 Swallows

24th Nov.

Class 3 Bees

01st Dec.

Class 3 Dragonflies

08th Dec.

Class 3 Caterpillars

15th Dec.

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 NeedSPOTACULAR DAY (Non-Uniform Day)

 

Friday 24th November- Christmas Market

3:30-5pm

 

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

3:30pm-5:00pm

 

 

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.

 

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