Happy Holidays!


So, here we are at the end of another busy, fun-packed year and I am sure we are all looking forward to the rest of the summer, taking a break from the hurly-burly of daily life. Your children have done really well this year and we need them to get a good break so that they are ready for the demands of the new term in September. As you can imagine, the staff in school have worked really hard and are ready for a break too, but they have really appreciated the fabulous feedback that you have given about your children’s reports. It is so nice that so many of you take time to write such lovely and appreciative comments about our hard-working and dedicated team and it gives everyone a boost of energy at a time when many of us are ready to drop! Thank you – it really means a lot. Our last week of the school year has been an extra busy one, including…

YEAR 6 LEAVERS’ PERFORMANCE – A SMASH HIT!

Well, our Facebook page was fizzing with rave reviews after the first performance of ‘Grease’ on Tuesday and the second performance was just as well received. We really have some stars in our school and so many of them shone brightly this week, giving the performance of their young lives. It was the first time in my time here at school when a performance has warranted a standing ovation (alright, I did a little prompting!) and it was thoroughly well deserved.

It reminded us, as if we needed reminding, that we will really miss this group of Year 6 children when they move on to high school. They have been brilliant and we are looking forward to hearing about their successes over the next few years. Kids, take away a few messages from us here as you go: each of you is unique and very special, find your passion in life and pursue it with all of your heart and you will be happy and successful. As Mr Spock would say, “Live long and prosper!”

MATHLETICS

Just a quick reminder that the children will still be able to access their Mathletics accounts over the summer break so that they can practise their maths skills – always a good idea to keep this going during the break. We have decided to roll the children on to the next year group when they come back in September rather than now but if they are finding things too easy they can always look for the next challenge. They should know where to find it!

WHITKIRK TIGERS AT LEEDS RHINOS

Our brilliant cheerleaders were the stars of the half time show at Leeds’ match with Castleford last night. They put on a great show in front of a large crowd as Leeds were held to a 24-24 draw. I am really pleased that our children, as ever, behaved like true stars (and definitely better than Kevin Sinfield, apparently!). Well done, kids!

SCHOOL MEAL PRICES

I’ve written a lot about school meals recently, so you will know that all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will receive a free school meal from September. However, children in Years 3 to 6 will still need to pay and next year the price will be £2 per day (£10 per week). Please make sure that you send dinner money in each Monday morning in a named envelope for that week’s meals. Thank you.

ATTENDANCE

In assembly this morning we were delighted to present trophies to all 39 children who have achieved a remarkable 100% attendance for the entire year! We always have some children who do this but I can’t remember us having so many as we have this year. This is a brilliant effort and part of the reason why our overall school attendance for 2013/14 is 95.7%, compared with 94.8% the year before. Thank you to everyone for this extra special effort and for realising that every school day matters. Let’s keep it up in 2014/15!

I hope that everyone has a relaxing, peaceful and safe summer so that we can return again to our wonderful school and continue to achieve to our very best. Look after each other and we’ll see you in September.

Steve Clark, Headteacher

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