As ever, our school has really pulled out all the stops to support a brilliant charity. As I write, there are spots all over school, and no sign of a chicken pox outbreak! These days are always a great opportunity to talk to our children about our responsibility as members of any community to come together and support those most in need. Children are generally very open to this notion, as it comes as second nature to them. Once again, I am sure that we have been able to raise a substantial sum of money for this cause today. Thank you for your support. Now, let’s start with an apology…
NASAL FLU IMMUNISATION – Children in Years 1, 2 and 3
A number of parents have been in touch to express their disappointment that their children did not receive this immunisation despite returning the permission slip in time. There is no doubt that we need to tighten up on our communication in school to make sure the nurses know which children they need to see. I have contacted the School Immunisation Team today to see if they would be able to run an additional session here in school. Unfortunately, they do not have the resources to be able to offer this and they have had lots of requests from other schools that they have also had to refuse. They did say that there are other opportunities for parents to access this service in our area and they are:
Wednesday 30th November: Wetherby Health Centre, LS22 6JS from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10th January: Seacroft Clinic, LS14 6PF from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday 16th January: Kippax Health Centre, LS25 7JN from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
You have my unreserved apology for the inconvenience we have caused and my assurances that we will do what we can to improve the system in the future.
STAFFING NEWS – Miss Melia Rejoins Our Team!
I am delighted to be able to announce that Kate Melia has rejoined the Whitkirk team. Miss Melia taught in Year 5 during the summer term last year and she is coming back to us from next week as an additional teacher in Year 6. She was very popular with the children last year and I am sure they will welcome her back when they meet again on Monday.
THE YOUNG’UNS @ WHITKIRK
Once again, we have a great day of singing on Tuesday as Whitkirk’s favourite folk group paid us a visit. The boys worked very hard all day to make sure that they got around every year group and each child had a chance to learn songs and hear some fabulous stories. We are hoping that we might see Sean from the group again in May as we celebrate National Storytelling Week. Let’s hope we find a diary date that works!
I hope that you are now receiving messages though our new system as we think all of the teething problems have been resolved. We sent out two messages this week, on Monday and Wednesday, so please let us know if didn’t get either of them. The best way is to get the app and register an email address so that message alerts come straight to your phone. Messages will arrive by text message if we don’t have a valid email address on the system but you won’t be able to receive attached documents this way. Again, let the office know if you want any help with any of this.
Our overall attendance this term has been above the figure for this time last year so far. Let’s see if that trend has continued this week:
Cubs 1 96.3% Cubs 2 97.2%
Tigers 93.8% Cheetahs 96.3%
Lynx 97.3% Snow Leopards 97.3%
Penguins 93.6% Dolphins 95.3%
Sharks 98.6% Polar Bears 95.2%
Panthers 95.9% Golden Eagles 94.8%
Pumas 96.5% Jaguars 97.9%
Over our target once again at 96.2%. Well done, everyone! Well done, also, to Sharks with a brilliant 98.6%!
STARS OF THE WEEK @ Café Clark
Today, I asked the children to think about the worst thing to do to raise money for charity. Their ideas were mainly about sitting in a bath full of custard, raw meat, baked beans or water melons!! What a group – great fun and great role models. Well done, kids!
Have a good weekend!
Steve Clark, Headteacher
Tuesday 15th – The Young’uns: Singing workshops
Friday 2nd – M&M Theatre – Dick Whittington
Wednesday 7th – Christmas Performance (Years 3 and 4) 2.15 and 6 p.m.
Tuesday 13th – Christmas Service at St Mary’s Church
Tuesday 13th – Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 14th Christmas Performance (Years 1 and 2) 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 15th – Christmas Performance (Reception) 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 15th – Year 5 and Year 6: Mince Pie Medley! 6 p.m.
Friday 16th – School closes for Christmas holiday
Monday 2nd – Bank Holiday: School closed
Tuesday 3rd – TRAINING DAY: School closed for children
Tuesday 28th – Parents Evening 1
Wednesday 1st – Parents Evening 2
Friday 31st – TRAINING DAY: School closed for children
Monday 19th – Health Week
Tuesday 20th – Sports Day
Monday 10th – TRAINING DAY: School closed for children
Wednesday 26th – Last day of term