Whitehill Junior School Blogs

Cold Chocolate Friday!

It was always going to happen. After the miserable weather we had over the Easter break, particularly the second week, the glorious weather would arrive in time for our return to school. I am not moaning, however, as it has been lovely to see the pupils enjoying the field at lunchtimes and making use of the outside learning space, just as much as the inside environments. Our Year 4 Romans looked splendid on Thursday!

I hope you all enjoyed the break and managed to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation. I have been catching up with the pupils, listening to them to talk enthusiastically about their two weeks off.

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National Champions!

Another term comes to an end and as tomorrow is Good Friday, this week’s blog goes out on a Thursday. I think we are all ready for another break and I know the teaching staff always need a rest after parent consultation evenings.

There can only be one place to start this week’s reflections and that has to be Belfast, last Saturday. The majority of the squad took the same flight out of Luton on Friday morning and enjoyed a bit of sightseeing on Friday afternoon. We saw ‘evidence’ of Prince Harry’s visit but unfortunately were not able to see him in person. I think it is appropriate to thank Mrs Manning for all her hard work in arranging various tours and meals for the squad. As I can testify, it can be a frustrating task but we all ate, all enjoyed a tour and all arrived at the venue on the Saturday morning with very little stress… on our part!

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Stage and Screen

Well I said I would get a blog written and published this week and indeed I have. Sent via the wonders of technology from Ireland where I am currently settling in ready for tomorrow’s National Trampoline Finals. It was an exceptionally early start this morning, meeting the majority of the squad and their parents at Luton Airport shortly after 5.00am. The team are naturally very excited and the whole week has been an adventure.

As many of you will have seen, we featured on Anglia TV News on Tuesday night and then had the fun and excitement of effectively taking over an EasyJet flight to Belfast today. ‘It’s like we’re famous,’ remarked one of our bouncers earlier. When I think back to the opportunities I had when I was in junior school (which was in black and white), pupils today are incredibly fortunate. Thanks must go to the staff who give up so much time to facilitate the clubs and activities and also to the parents who so generously support them. It is a fact that without the support of the parents, this trip to Belfast would not be happening and increasingly, school budgets are becoming more and more squeezed meaning the ‘extras’ will soon vanish.

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Dress Down day and Easter Egg Tombola

Just a gentle reminder for tomorrow's dress down day and the Easter Egg Tombola. Thank you to the Friends of Highbury and Whitehill for arranging this fund raising event.

This year we are asking a child to bring in an egg each. The children can then buy a ticket to win an  egg - Tickets are £1.00 for this eggtravaganza raffle. It is sure to be an eggciting day all round.

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There's Been a Murder!

My blog this week worries me! If I manage to get to the end of it with only a minimum number of mistakes, it will be a miracle. I have mentioned before how I like to work to deadlines; unfortunately there have been a few too many arrive today and so couple these with the staff murder mystery and time has been at a premium. That being said, if you are reading this, I must have managed to get something written and published, so fingers crossed it makes sense.

We had a very busy weekend with a group of Year 3 girls taking part in a sports festival at Kingshott School on Saturday morning. I wasn’t able to get there myself but from what I understand, I wouldn’t have been able to get near the pitches as we had an amazing number of parents supporting so vociferously. Our teams always benefit from the support you are able to give them and it is always greatly appreciated by the staff. The girls took part in hockey, netball and football and listening to the report in Achievers’ Assembly this morning, they clearly had a great time. So much so, Lyla didn’t want to come off, despite suffering quite a bad nosebleed. Fair play, Lyla! Special mention must also go to Alice, who was picked out by the Kingshott staff as our ‘player of the day’.

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