Merry Christmas

Good afternoon, 

We all wish you a merry Christmas and we hope you all have a great Christmas break. 

The pupils have worked really hard this term and we are really proud of them all. We had a fantastic celebration collective worship this morning and all the pupils and staff sang and signed ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. 

Gold System

In September, we shared the changes to our gold system and today, some pupils received their bronze badges today for achieving 25 gold awards. They can wear their badges everyday on their uniform. 

Attendance

We have given 100% attendance stickers at the end of each half term for a number of years. Today, we introduced the enamel badges, which will be given termly. The pupils can wear the badges on their uniform every day. 

We recognise that pupils can’t always be in school everyday due to illness. After Christmas, we will have stickers to celebrate excellent attendance, which will be above 98%. 

1 term Bronze
2 terms Silver
3 terms Gold

Merry Christmas

Mr Woodward

Merry Christmas from Whitfield St James’ Primary School

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15/12/2023 – Update and dates for next week

Good morning, 

I hope you are all ready for the weekend and getting ready for Christmas. 

It has been a very festive week in school and the ‘I Spy Christmas’ nativity, Nursery Christmas songs and ‘Hey Ewe’ nativity were all fantastic. The pupils have really enjoyed the performance, thank you to all the staff for their hard work in making these events very special and thank you all for being a fantastic audience. Taking pictures and video is  really important in capturing these special moments. Please remember not to share or post images of other people’s children as you could put children and their families at risk of harm. 

Our choir is performing this evening at Norfolk square at 5:30pm and you are all welcome to join in the festive celebrations with St James’ Church.

Lates and signing children in

The doors close and the register is completed at 8:55am so learning can start . If pupils arrive after this time parents/guardians are required to bring the pupils to the office and to sign them in on our online system. This supports both our administrative, health and safety and safeguarding arrangements for pupil registration.  The system is very straightforward and the school office will provide any assistance required.

Conduct in school

The governors and I take the welfare and well being of all of our staff, pupils and parents very seriously. Unacceptable conduct toward toward staff, pupils or other parents will not be tolerated and action will be taken as necessary. 

We always strive to support resolve any issues in the best way and if you have any concerns at all, please contact the best person to answer your query. If there are school related issues with other children or parents, please contact me and don’t contact parents directly. 

Have a great weekend.

Mr Woodward

Dates for next week

Monday 18th December Christmas party

Mrs Mackey / Mr Hannan / Miss Meredith’s classes

More information to follow
Monday 18th December Music concert in church 6:30pm – More information to follow
Tuesday 19th December Christmas party

EYFS and Nursery

More information to follow
Tuesday 19th December Movie Night Nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Y2 – Y6 5pm- 7pm

More information to follow

Wednesday 20th December Christmas jumper day Pupils and staff can wear non-uniform and a Christmas jumper
Wednesday 20th December Christmas lunch  
Wednesday 20th December Christmas service 2pm at St James’ church and all friends of our school are welcome
Thursday 21st December Christmas party

Mrs Allan/Mrs Heys and Mrs Collins

More information to follow
Friday 22nd December Christmas jumper day Pupils and staff can wear non-uniform and a Christmas jumper
Friday 22nd December Christmas party

Miss Kuczaj and Miss Warburton

 

More information to follow
 

Book voucher donation from Davis Blank Furniss

A big thank you to Davis Blank Furniss who have donated £50 of books for our school. We are very grateful and this will help foster our love of reading.

Mr Woodward

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01/12/2023 – update and dates for December

Good afternoon, 

I hope you are well and ready for the weekend and the start of the festive season. 

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Nursery and Reception open events this week. Please remember to apply for a reception place by January 15th 2024. 

Reception application form

Colder weather

The colder weather has arrived and please make your child(ren) has a coat and gloves, hat and scarf as needed please. If the weather is particularly wet or we have snow, please send in  a spare pair of socks. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mr Woodward

Dates for December

Date Event Information
Friday 8th December ‘Friends of Whitfield’ lantern parade Parade starting at 3:30pm at school and going to the Vinyard. You can make you own lantern. https://tinyurl.com/s3nkvnut
Tuesday 12th December Swimming Gala in school time Mr Hannan will send out more information for those involved.
Tuesday 12th December Reception / Y1 play 2pm – more information to follow
Thursday 14th December Nursery Christmas songs 2pm – more information to follow
Thursday 14th December Y1/2 Christmas performance 6pm – more information to follow
Friday 14th December Y1/2 Christmas performance 2pm – more information to follow
Friday 14th December Choir singing in Norfolk Square 5:30pm –  more information to follow
Monday 18th December Meredith’s Christmas party

Mrs Mackey / Mr Hannan / Miss

More information to follow
Monday 18th December Music concert in church 6:30pm – More information to follow
Tuesday 19th December Christmas party

EYFS and Nursery

More information to follow
Tuesday 19th December Movie Night Nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Y2 – Y6 5pm- 7pm

More information to follow

Wednesday 20th December Christmas jumper day Pupils and staff can where non-uniform and a Christmas jumper
Wednesday 20th December Christmas lunch  
Wednesday 20th December Christmas service 2pm at St James’ church and all friends of our school are welcome
Thursday 21st December Christmas party

Mrs Allan/Mrs Heys and Mrs Collins

More information to follow
Friday 22nd December Christmas jumper day Pupils and staff can where non-uniform and a Christmas jumper
Friday 22nd December Christmas party

Miss Kuczaj and Miss Warburton

 

More information to follow

Lantern Parade 08/12/23 and templates

The ‘Friends of Whitfield’ group are organising a lantern parade on Friday 8th December. Please see the poster attached. 

The parade is starting here and finishing at the Vinyard and all are welcome to take part. You are welcome to make your own lantern and take part. You can use any design and we have some templates printed in the office if you would like to collect one. 

We are looking forward to seeing your lanterns. 

Have a good weekend.

Mr Woodward

Remembrance Parade 12th November 2023

It was fantastic to see so many of our school community supporting the remembrance parade on Sunday 12th November. A big thank you to Harvey, Robin, Niamh and Jessica who laid a poppy wreath on behalf of our school and were fantastic ambassadors for our school. 

Mr Woodward

Update and dates W/C 20/11/23

I hope you are all well and ready for the weekend. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the ‘Winter Wonderland Fair’ today from 5pm – 7pm. We had our individual and family photographs on Monday and Tuesday this week. This year, we are using ‘Pop up Portraits’ from Photojenix in New Mills and we are looking forward to seeing the pictures. 

Mrs Heys will be returning from maternity leave on Wednesday 22nd November and we are looking forward to welcoming her back.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reception Mrs Cox Mrs Cox Mrs Cox Mrs Allan Mrs Allan
Y1/Y2 Mrs Allan Mrs Allan Mrs Heys Mrs Heys Mrs Heys

Lates

We fully understand that being late for school will happen once in a while. However, there have been 489 lates since September and over 70% has been in the Reception, Year 1 and 2. Children who are often late can have gaps in their learning and struggle more with the transition to school and social and communication skills. The children are missing phonics and spellings in the morning and we don’t want gaps in their learning. 

If you are struggling to get your child here by 9am, please speak with me about how we can help. 

Impact since September 2023
Time Impact and lost learning time
5 minutes 40.75 hours
10 minutes 81.5 hours
15 minutes 122.25 hours

Dates for W/C 20th November 2023

Date Event Information
Tuesday 21st November Nursery Stay and Play From 9:00am parents and family of nursery pupils are welcome to stay and play.
Thursday 23rd November Nursery Stay and Play From 1:00pm parents and family of nursery pupils are welcome to stay and play.

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mr Woodward