Friday 30th June
As I write this newsletter the Juniors is a hive of activity with members of 'The Friends of Woolton Hill Junior School' busily setting up for this evening's Woolfest!
This is a legendary annual event and I'm sure that all of our families will have a marvellous time.
I would like to thank all the members of the Friends committee who have made this event possible, Mr Chaffe, our caretaker, the school staff for all their help, and all the parents who have given up their time to support. Have a great evening.
Congratulations to Tom and Chloe Scott on the birth of their son Frederick. He was born yesterday, weighing 8lbs 11oz. Mother and baby are both doing well.
Mr Scott will now begin a fortnight's paternity leave.
We are all looking forward to meeting Frederick and welcoming him to the Woolton Hill family.
I am sad to inform you that Michael Cross, former Headteacher of Woolton Hill Primary and then Woolton Hill Junior school has passed away at the age of 89. He became Headteacher of Woolton Hill Primary School in 1972. He then oversaw the building of the new Junior School and became it's first Head in 1976. He was head there for a further eleven years before retiring in 1988 to go and teach in Kenya. He played a great part in the Woolton Hill community during this time, he was very fond of the place and the children at the school were fond of him.
Yesterday, Year R children from Badgers and Hedgehogs visited Marwell Zoo on their first ever school trip as a part of their topic ‘Around the World’. The children enjoyed exploring the wide range of animals across the zoo including, a hippopotamus, rhinos, monkeys, zebras and even some magnificent giraffes.
The children also took part in a fun workshop learning all about Sally the Stick Insect and her rainforest party.
The children had a brilliant day with lots of walking and returned to the bus feeling rather tired (staff included).
A fun, educational day was had by all with a huge thank you going to all our volunteers who helped on the trip.
This year our Federation Sports day will be held on Friday 14th July at the Junior School. The school gates will be open at 9.20am and the whole family is welcome to come along and show their support. A family picnic will take place at lunchtime and afterwards children are free to leave school with their family. Further details will be available closer to the event.
Please remember to show consideration for our neighbours when parking for this event or preferably please walk into school that day.
This year the theme for Arts week is 'Nature and Colour'. All of our children will be taking part in a variety of different art activities, including a visit from the author/illustrator Tim Furr. He will visit each class and lead a workshop based around his new book Monsters, Myths and other Malarkey. A personalised book can be pre-ordered by emailing the school office by the end of the day on Wednesday at a cost of £14.95. Books will not be on sale
I would like to invite all parents to visit their child's classroom from 3pm onwards on Thursday 6th July to view a gallery of work produced across the week.
Hampshire County Council have partnered with the Solihull Approach to provide free, evidence-based online courses with practical tips and advice to boost parent's and carer's confidence, help them navigate family life, and strengthen their relationships. Families receive unlimited access to the courses and can go back to them as their needs change. The interactive courses cover topics like:
Understanding your child with additional needs (0-19 years)
Understanding your child’s mental health and wellbeing
Understanding the impact of the pandemic on your child/teenager
Understanding your brain (for teenagers only)
Understanding your feelings (for teenagers only)
We have also partnered with the Solihull Approach to provide free CPD to all school staff and volunteers on the following topics:
Understanding Brain Development (from antenatal to adolescence) and
These courses are being funded by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Public Health for professionals and families to access.
For more details visit this website
To register for parent courses the following steps will need to be completed: 1. Visit https://inourplace.co.uk/ 2. Select ‘start now: Buy courses or apply code’ 3. Enter the access code: FAMILY 4. Enter your information and select the relevant course
Term Dates & INSETs
Please follow this link to view our term dates and INSET days for 2023/24.