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Junior Newsletter

Friday 30th June

Headteacher's Update

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 have secured supply cover for this time. This will usually be Mr Davies (no relation) so as to offer continuity to the children.


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.


Year 5/6 Production

Upper KS2 will be proudly presenting a retelling of the Legend of Robin Hood - Hoodwinked on Wednesday 12th July. A swashbuckling modern adaptation of the traditional Robin Hood story, Hoodwinked will have your audience 'booing', 'hissing' and 'cheering' with gusto.


Year 5/6 parents can now book FREE tickets for the shows at 2pm and 5pm via this link to the vents page of our website .

2pm:

5pm:


We are initially limiting tickets to 2 per family per performance. If more tickets become available we will let our families know. This will ensure that there is room for all our families to attend.


Arts Week w/b 3 July

This year the theme for Arts week is 'Nature and Colour'. All of our children we 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. Tim will be signing copies of his book after school on Tuesday at St Thomas' and on Thursday at the Junior School. This personalised book can be pre-ordered prior to the visit at a cost of £14.95. If you would like to pre-order your child a copy of this book please email the school office. Please note - it will not be available after school as previously advised.


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.


Sports Day

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 lunch and afterwards children are free to leave school with their family. The junior school kitchen staff will once again be serving, teas, coffees, scones and cakes, cash only please.


Please remember to show consideration for our neighbours when parking for this event or preferably please walk into school that day.


Term Dates & INSETs

Please follow this link to view our term dates and INSET days for 2023/24.


Reminder

I would like to remind all parents to ensure that all dinner money and trip debts are paid before the end of this term.


Also please can all library books be returned by Friday 7th July and banded reading books by Friday 14th July.


Interactive Courses

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 Attachment,

  • Understanding Brain Development (from antenatal to adolescence) and

  • Understanding Trauma.

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


Sports Events

Hampshire Games: A group of children represented WHJS at the recent Hampshire Games held in Winchester. The day started with an Olympic Style opening ceremony where we were please to display our new banner (thank you Mrs Dickson). Our first activity was Chinese dragon dancing followed by our favourite activity of the day Kin ball, a type of human pin ball. After lunch we had fun taking part in tennis and netball. We really enjoyed the event and hope a team can attend next year. Thank you Mrs Fritz and Miss Carter for accompanying us on the trip.




Star Awards

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


23rd June: Amelie R, Torin H, Niamh J, Isabelle G, Harper D, Zara B, Niamh P-C, Barnaby W, Nicholas M, Polly P and All of Year 6.

30th June: Harley H, Amelie R, Charlie M, Bertie J, Nell W, Louann D, James A, Henry W, Alice F, Lila R and Freddie L.


Hot Chocolate

23rd June: Tyler W, Grace H, Izzy C, Toni-Lea E and Max N


Six Strands Awards

Independence

30th June: Ellie C, Alice M, Xander B, Izzy C and Jasmine B-D




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