Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a great break over the festive season and that Santa was suitably generous in your direction (assuming you’ve all been good boys and girls!). As usual, the children have delighted us by returning with the same sense of enthusiasm and positive energy that we have come to expect from them. They have settled straight into some fabulous learning and we have seen great progress already this week. The spring term is traditionally a fairly quiet one, with relatively few events going on and we see this as an opportunity for the children to really push on with their learning, building on the progress and achievements that we saw in the autumn. We will be holding our usual parents evenings later this term (watch out for dates nearer half term) and we expect to be able to let you know  just how well your children are doing. In the meantime, if we think that your child could do with a bit of extra help or support in any areas of their learning, we will talk to you about it and let you know how you can play your part. This is, after all, a partnership and we rely on your support to give your children the best possible chance of success. So, what’s new?


It’s all change in the kitchen this term, as Mrs Bennett has moved on to another post after more than 20 years service at Whitkirk. As is typical of Mrs Bennett, she made me promise that I wouldn’t make a fuss of her leaving. However, we did manage to send her off with a small gift and our best wishes for her future. In the meantime, Hayley Smith has taken over in charge of the kitchen here in school and she is being ably supported in her new role by her fabulous team.



It was great to see so many children and parents enjoying the first Zumba class in school this week. I can see that many in our school community have made resolutions to improve their health and fitness in 2014 and they were certainly giving it their all in this first session! This week also saw the start of our Break Dance club for children and also the first session of Boxercise for Reception and Key Stage 1 children and their parents. Those extra Christmas pounds will be simply dropping off! Look out for more opportunities to join in some great activities throughout the rest of the year.



All of our children have embarked on new curriculum themes this term and are really looking forward to studying some very interesting topics. Year 1 and 2 have ‘Awesome Oceans’, Years 3 and 4 are becoming ‘Eco Warriors’ and Years 5 and 6 are looking at ‘Disasters’ but hopefully not causing any! Look for newsletters from class in case there are ways in which you can help or get involved. For example, Years 3 and 4 are having their ‘Inspiration Day’  next Wednesday – look out for the letter.



Well done to the Tigers this week, who have 100% attendance – what a brilliant start to the new term! No wonder their brains are buzzing with lots of lovely learning – keep it up, kids!

Cubs 1   96.3%      Cubs 2   93.5%

Tigers 100% Cheetahs   98%

Snow Leopards   97%       Lynx   97.3%

Dolphins   96%       Penguins   97.7%

Sharks   92.2%      Polar Bears   95%

Panthers  92.9%       Golden Eagles   89.6%

Jaguars   90.3%

This means that our overall attendance figure for this week is 95% – definitely some room for improvement this term. Let’s all take a leaf from the Tigers’ book and make a real effrort from now on.



The first Cafe Clark of 2014 and we are off to a great start. The children took great delight in hearing about the achievements of the others in the group (as well as taking great delight in the chocolate biscuit that came with it!). A common theme this week was children who had been following the Whitkirk Way by being kind and helpful to others in school. What fabulous role models they are!


So, here’s to a fantastic 2014 for everyone at school. We know that we can always rely on your help and support so that we can ensure success for all of our children. Keep sending them to us each day well fed, rested, smartly dressed and ready to learn and we’ll take it from there!


Have a restful weekend.

Steve Clark, Headteacher


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