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Autumn Term: 1

 

Jeans for Genes Day and Sharks’ Class assembly was a great way to end the week. Thank you to everyone who donated a £1 and for wearing jeans or something denim towards this special charity.

 

Thus far, we have collected £180 and are awaiting further contributions. Thank you to all the families who have donated today.

 

Year 6 Sharks’ Class delivered a wonderful assembly this morning, delivered with such confidence and pride, as they start their Year 6 journey.

 

We would like to wish you a pleasant weekend and let’s hope that the weatherman was correct in predicting 23° C for Sunday.

 

Achievements

 

House Captains

 

After presenting their convincing speeches, the Year 6 staff have elected the 2017-2018 House Captains. We congratulate the following successful candidates:

 

Frays

 

Captains: Elijah and Tara

Assistants: Jonas and Huda

 

Mill

 

Captains: Adam B. and Ainah

Assistants: Esa and Kacey

Colne

 

Captains: Jake and Fatima

Assistants: Arifullah and Saiba

 

Chiltern

 

Captains: Cade and Tayyba

Assistants: Nafiz and Ella

 

 

General

 

Lateness

 

It is important that all children arrive at school on time. Children are expected to be led into class at 8:45am. The register is then called and any child not sitting in front of the class teacher by 8:55am is deemed late.

 

Last week, there were 40 late marks in the register. This is 5 more than last and we have to see an improvement next week.

 

Thank you parents!

 

 

We feel highly supported by our parents when we have great numbers of you attending our information sharing meetings. Thank you to all those who were able to attend our meetings.

 

For those who were unable to attend, please make a point introducing yourself to your child’s class teacher and do visit our school’s website on:

 

www.whitehalljunior.org for more information.

 

Office Opening Hours

 

To ensure the smooth-running of the school day and the school’s systems, the office opening hours are as follows:

 

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm

 

 

Calling the school outside of these hours-

Please be aware that the telephones are often unmanned outside of these office hours. Kindly leave a message, if necessary, and we will attempt to contact you at our earliest possible convenience.

 

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.

 

Appointments during school time

 

There are an increasing number of children going off to some or other ‘non-emergency appointments’ during the school day.

 

As our classrooms are not equipped with intercom systems, it then means that a member of our Reception team has to leave their posts to locate your child within the school.

 

Hospital visits are a priority and permission will always be granted for such appointments. Please try to arrange your appointments for after-school hours or for during the holidays as this does disrupt your child’s learning.

 

Parent Voice

As a progressive school, we value the feedback, albeit developmental, that we receive from our parents. We have collated the parent surveys conducted in Summer 2017 and here are the results:

 

We have much to celebrate!

100% of the surveys returned confirmed that:

  1. Our children are happy at this school.
  1. Our children feel safe at this school.
  1. Our children make good progress at this school.
  1. Our children are well looked after at this school
  1. Our children are taught well at this school.
  1. Our children receive appropriate homework for their age. (95%)
  1. Our school makes sure our pupils are well behaved. (97%)
  1. Our school deals effectively with bullying. (96%)
  1. Our school is well led and managed.
  1. Our school responds well to any concerns we raise.
  1. We receive valuable information from our school about our children’s progress.
  1. We would recommend this school to another parent.

 

The areas highlighted in red are obvious areas for development and we have begun to take action.

 

5% of you said that your child does not receive appropriate homework for their age.

We have begun to adjust homework to provide for all the needs of our pupils.

 

3% of you said that we do not always ensure that children behave well.

We have introduced our ‘Go for Green’ behaviour system across the school. This will reinforce good behaviour both inside and outside the class.

 

4% of you felt that we don’t tackle bullying effectively.

Where issues of bullying have been raised with the school, we have been able to tackle this fully. It is your right to report any incidents of bullying and we will attend to it.

 

Special Harvest Assembly

Goodwill in the community’

harvest

On Friday 29th September 2017, we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival Assembly here at school. This will be an opportunity for us to spread a gesture of goodwill to the elderly of our local community who will be joining on the afternoon of Thursday 28th September 2017.

 

We are therefore appealing for donations of food items (non-perishables) to be brought into school from this week onwards. Please take your donations to your classes and they will be collected throughout the week.

 

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

29th Sept.

Class 6 Dolphins

06th Oct.

Class 6 Whales

13th Oct.

Class 5 Eagles

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

 

Dates for the diary

 

Friday 29th September – Harvest Festival

Mon 16th Oct.-Fri 20th Oct.– Parents’ Meetings

Friday 20th Oct.- One World Peace Day

Monday 23rd Oct – Friday 27th Oct – Half Term

Friday 17th November – Children in NeedSPOTACULAR DAY (Non-Uniform Day)

Friday 24th November- Christmas Market

Mon 11th-Wed 13th Dec.- Year 4 Production

Wednesday 20th Dec.- Last day of term

 

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