Whitehill Junior School Blogs

A Good Way to Live Your Life!

What a great week! I don’t really feel I have spent much time in my office, but have spent a great deal of time showing people around school (for many different reasons) and talking about our Core Purpose. During every tour and in every classroom I am always so proud of the work the pupils are doing and the way they are engaged in their learning. It is also lovely to see the pupils talk with the visitors; speaking with confidence and clarity about why they are doing what they are doing.

You will hopefully have received the Spring Update Newsletter I sent out earlier and noted in particular the section on staff changes. This is one of the reasons why I have been showing many of our visitors around. We will be interviewing for a new class teacher shortly after half term and I will make further announcements as and when I have more information.

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Sporting Firsts

Having been out of school at various meetings last week, it has been great to spend a little more time ‘back at the ranch’. In doing so, I have also tried to get into all eight classrooms as much as possible to see what the pupils are getting up to as we approach the halfway point in the academic year.

Year 6s spent Monday afternoon working with our friends from Phase again. Another workshop for both classes building upon the other work completed so far. This time they were focusing on resilience, being a role model and time management.

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Bouncing to Belfast!

We start this week’s blog with the amazing news from last weekend’s Zonal trampoline finals in Chesterfield. Although I wasn’t able to attend, Mr Miley, Miss Dear and Miss Eaton went with the 13 gymnasts and their parents to try and claim a place in the National Finals for the third year running. You might recall the problems with the Regionals due to snow and at times there were a couple of worried faces on Sunday but I am pleased to report the competition went ahead without any glitches at all. I was keeping up to date via twitter and was delighted when the results and photographs started to come in. By the end of a very long day, three teams had qualified for the National Finals and all three teams had finished first. The three teams are: Under 11 Novice Boys; Under 11 Novice Girls and Under 11 Intermediate Girls. An amazing result!

The Nationals this year are being held in Belfast and so early on Monday there were lots of internet searches for the cheapest flights and accommodation. I am extremely grateful to the parents of all our ‘bouncers’ as without their support, we would certainly not be able to attend this prestigious event. The finals take place over the weekend of 24th and 25th March. Fingers crossed for similar success. It is sure to be an amazing experience and I am delighted that I will definitely be able to attend… I wouldn’t miss this for the world!

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Tomorrow's Leaders, Today

It was an early start for our Year 6s this week as they headed off on their annual visit to London to look around the National Gallery and then visit the Houses of Parliament. Traffic was not kind to them, with the journey taking a little longer than planned and so they weren’t able to do everything they wanted in the gallery. They still enjoyed the talks from the art historian and saw for themselves some of the masterpieces. After lunch, they headed to Parliament where they had a look around and also met up with our MP, Mr Bim Afolami. It is a long day for the pupils but worthwhile and supports so many aspects of our creative curriculum.

Whitehill hosted a Global Learning Project celebration on Tuesday with three local schools coming to present the work they have developed in their own schools having attended the workshops Dr Christie has been leading on the Global Goals. It was a lovely afternoon and we also welcomed back two former pupils, Philip and Emma, to talk about the work they are doing with Agta Aid. Through the funding we have received ourselves from the Global Learning Programme, we were able to present each school with a cash prize to enable them to develop their work even more. Well done to Hertford St Andrew Primary School who impressed our judges the most and won the first prize of £600.

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Year 6 - French Revolution Video Link


Year 6's delighted parents and staff earlier this month by performing a French Revolution dance as part of their Rulers and Government history topic. Please follow think YouTube link below.

 

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