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Junior Newsletter

Friday 3rd March

Headteacher's Update

Pupils across the Schools of Woolton Hill were recently treated to an Evening of Star Gazing, supported by the Newbury Astronomical Society. Inspired by the development of our new school house team, (which are all constellations in the sky above our village), the children asked if they could have an opportunity to spot the star patterns for themselves.


The children started by learning about Astronomy that morning, with a talk by Society Chairman, George Sallit who took the children on a multi-media “Journey to the Stars”. The children listened with rapt attention and asked plenty of questions.


Although there was a bit more cloud in the sky that night, it didn’t stop our intrepid families going on to the playground, armed with their own telescopes, binoculars and star gazing Apps to put what they’d learnt into action. The society were on hand with their laser pens to point out areas of interest and answer the children’s questions.


Thanks to the Newbury Astronomical Society for inspiring our children and also a big thank you to the ‘Friends of Woolton Hill Junior School’ for providing the tasty refreshments.

 
Industrial Action

Thank you to all of you for your understanding during this week’s strike action. A reminder that further possible days for our area are: 15th and 16th March. I would advise you to seek alternative child care arrangements in case the school needs to close/partially close. I will write with updated information as it becomes known.

 
Book Week

I hope the children are looking forward to all of the events we have planned for next week's Book Week. We are incredibly lucky to have an author visiting our school to share his books and writing process with the children. Gareth P Jones is a well-known author for books such as ‘Ninja Meerkats’ and ‘Steampunk Pirates’. This event is kindly sponsored by The Friends of Woolton Hill School. Thank you!


On Thursday parents can join the children in school for our special reading café. Click below to book your place.



Children are invited to dress in pyjamas and dressing gown for Friday.


 
Quackers

Quackers are busy preparing to take over as our provider of Breakfast Club from 7.30am and After-School Club care until 6pm. The clubs will be open to all pupils from the Infants and Juniors and will be based at St Thomas'. You can find out more details about Quackers' services and register to book here.


I hope to be able to inform you of the start date soon. In the meantime we will look to maintain the 'emergency' cover. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of our fantastic team who have stepped up to provide this service at very short notice.

 
Governors

Have you ever thought about becoming a school governor? We have vacancies on our Governing Body for both parents and members of the community. Click here to find out more.

 
FWHJS Events

The Friends are pleased to announce that we are supporting an author visit for the pupils later this term, and planning has started for WoolFest 2023!

Please remember Friday 3rd March is the last day you can sign up for our School Disco!


Dates for your diary:

* 9th March - Bag 2 School, 9am

* 9th March - School Disco

* 30th June - WoolFest 2023

 
Bedtime & Screen time

Research shows that there are two clear ways that parents can support their children to perform better at school. the first is to ensure children get a good nights sleep and the second is to limit the amount of time they spend on screens. To assist parents we wanted to share two online resources that give more information and guidance.


Junior children should get 10-11 hours a night - click here for more information.

New screen time guidance advises parents to encourage children not to use phones at bedtime and dinner time to help develop better digital habits. Click here for more information.

 

Star Awards

The following children received Star Awards this week! They should all be really proud, well done!


Ellie Colling

William Alner

Alice Murphy

Grace Hindley

Amariah Willcock

Henry Warwick

Belle Letters

Nicholas Marcham

Jemima Rust


Six Strands Awards

Respect

Charlotte Burgess

Isabelle Gibby

Lucas Brittain

Daniel Bennett

William Smithers


Hot Chocolate

Tyler Willcock

Harper Dunstan

Megan Ashby

Katie Dennis

Martha Manton

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