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Spring Term: 4 What a week it has been! Despite the power cut on Monday, and having to power the school using a generator, we have had a highly productive week. Thankfully, we have now had our power restored on Friday and things are running smoothly. Apart from our day time commitments, many of our staff have been involved in enhancing our pupils’ learning with events such as: Voice in a Million and the many sporting events that have taken place this week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for your ongoing commitment to making ‘Whitehall Junior- a place of excellence’! On behalf of all, I would like to wish all of our families, with Irish links, a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. Enjoy the celebrations with your families and friends! Achievements Punctuality 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 punctuality this week is: Year 3 Bees 0 lateness Year 3 Ladybirds 3 latenesses Year 3 Dragonflies 4 lateness Year 3 Caterpillars 5 latenesses Year 3 Overall 12 latenesses Year 4 Bears 2 latenesses Year 4 Lions 11 latenesses Year 4 Tigers 2 lateness Year 4 Elephants 1 lateness Year 4 Overall 16 latenesses Year 5 Penguins 3 latenesses Year 5 Eagles 3 latenesses Year 5 Owls 5 latenesses Year 5 Swallows 1 lateness Year 5 Overall 12 latenesses Year 6 Dolphins 1 lateness Year 6 Sharks 2 latenesses Year 6 Whales 2 latenesses Year 6 Overall 5 latenesses Well done, Class 3B for having had no latenesses this week. Overall, well done to Year 6 on having had the fewest number of latenesses again this week! Let us all strive to be on time next week. Sporting News Swimming success! Congratulations to the six children who competed in the District Swimming Gala on Thursday evening. The children swam exceptionally well in the following events; Whitehall Junior School School Newsletter 16th March 2018 Whitehall Junior Primary Newsletter 17/Spring Term/2018-2019 Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke Medley Relay and Freestyle Relay. “Miss Costa and I are extremely proud of everyone who competed.” A particular well done to Niharika, of Year 6, for winning Gold in the Individual Girls' Breaststroke and Riaz, of Year 5, for winning the Silver medal in the Individual Boys' Breaststroke. Thank you to all the parents for coming to support your children and the school. General Harrison’s Taster Session Harrison’s, our catering company, will be serving some taster pots of selected meals I the playground on Thursday 22nd March from 3:15pm onwards. Look out for our Harrison’s helpers and let us know what you think about the quality of food. Music News: Bravo Choir Our 35-strong choir represented our school at the ‘Voice in a Million Event’ this week. All staff, children and parents who attended had an amazing time and enjoyed the experience of being at Wembley. Mrs Keane commended the children on their enthusiasm and excellent behaviour. I was particularly impressed by how, despite the late finish, the majority of you made into school the next day. “Bravo, Team WJS! A huge thank you to Mrs Keane, Mr Papadakis, Ms Holly and the three parents who accompanied our choir that day!” Parent Governors If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, feel free to talk to Mrs Moloi or any of our senior staff in the playground. Sports’ Relief 2018 Throughout the year, we support many charities. On Thursday 22nd March 2018, all staff and pupils are invited to come into school wearing PE or sports clothing, in aid of Sports Relief. Please donate a £1 towards this worthy cause. Strictly no football boots or studs to be worn that day. Whitehall Junior School School Newsletter 16th March 2018 Whitehall Junior Primary Newsletter 17/Spring Term/2018-2019 Healthy Snacks & Packed Lunches During playtimes and lunchtimes, I have observed many of our children having chocolatey treats and bags of sweets. As a Healthy School, we encourage our pupils to bring in healthy treats instead. Please assist us in this regard. International Day: Own Clothes’ Day As a multi-cultural school community, we will be celebrating our diversity by inviting all children and staff to come dressed in traditional, cultural or national attire on Wednesday 28th March 2018. This will mark one of our many International Day celebrations that week. We look forward to seeing you all dressed in that which marks you heritage! International Evening Extravaganza This year, our International Evening Event will be held on Wednesday 28th March 2018. 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 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-7:15pm. Tickets are available via School Money website. International Food Fayre The Infants’ & Junior Schools will be jointly hosting an International Food Fayre on Wednesday 28th March 2018 in the Infants’ School Hall. 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. The food will be served in the Infants’ Hall from 5:15pm-6:00pm. Tickets for the food tasting cost £2 per person and will be available to purchase on the night, at the door. Spring Term Parent-Teacher Meetings Monday 19th-23rd March 2018 Year 3/ 4/ 5 ONLY Thank you to all parents who have already booked a slot. It is an essential opportunity to hear about your child’s progress thus far. We look forward to seeing you in your numbers this week. All morning and afternoon slots will take place in your child’s class. Please enter via Reception. Tuesday evening meetings will take place in the school hall. Please enter via the white door. Whitehall Junior School School Newsletter 16th March 2018 Whitehall Junior Primary Newsletter 17/Spring Term/2018-2019 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. Autism Workshops The London Borough of Hillingdon will be holding some workshops for parents whose child has been given a diagnosis of autism ages 5-12. Please note there is no crèche and young people are not permitted to attend these workshops. Self-Care & Independence Date: Tuesday 3rd April 2018 Time: 10:00-12:30 Venue: Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW Where to book: Behaviour & Wellbeing Date: Monday 14th May 2018 Time: 12:00-14:30 Venue: Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW Where to book: Term Dates School Term Dates 2018 Spring Term 4 Monday 19th February 2018 – Thursday 29th March 2018 (2pm early closure) Summer Term 5 Monday 16thApril 2018 – Friday 25th May 2018 Summer Term 6 Monday 4thJune 2018 – Friday 20thJuly 2018 Last day of term This is just to remind parents that the last day of term will be on Thursday 29th March 2018. As previously advised, the school will therefore be closing at 2pm that day and the after-school club will not run either. Please make the necessary arrangements to collect your child/ren on time. School will reopen on Monday 16th April 2018.