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Junior Newsletter

Friday 2nd February

Headteacher's Update

The wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance, both inside and outside of school. Although our schools enjoy a village location, the road through Woolton Hill can be busy, especially around the the start and end of the school day, recently parents have shared concerns that if we do nothing then an accident will happen.

I recently met with Martin Hainge of the East Woodhay Parish Council (EWPC) to discuss the situation and he will pass on these concerns at the next meeting.

Each school has a natural crossing point, marked by bollards and a narrowing of the road. For the Infants this is outside the carpark for the village park, and the Juniors it's outside and just above the entrance to the school. I would like to ask all families to cross at these points under the close supervision of adults. I would also like to request that motorists reduce their speed outside of our schools - 20 is plenty!

Children's Mental Health Week

At the School of Woolton Hill we will be celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week in the last week of term: Monday 5th – Thursday 8th February. The theme of this year’s mental health week is ‘My Voice Matters’ and will be about empowering the children by providing them with the tools that they need to express themselves.

Over the week we would like to create a proud board where children can bring in a photo or drawing of them doing something that they are really proud of. These will be displayed in the school during the week. They will also be able to share these with their class during the week. 

On Monday we would like to ask that all children bring a scarf into school with them. We will be taking about how there is always somebody around us to talk to and keep us safe. 

On Tuesday we would like the children to bring a small object or small teddy into school with them. This is an object that makes them feel happy and calm. 

On Wednesday we would like the children to come to school dressed in their own home clothes. These clothes can be something that makes them feel great and shows off their personality! 

On Thursday we will have our Federation outdoor learning morning so please ensure that your child has their wellies in school and has a suitable waterproof coat. 

Don't forget to look at the timetable and come along to your child's class to join in with a Stormbreak and board game. 

Stormbreak timetable

Monday 5th Feb 2:15 – 3:15 – Hazel Class

Tuesday 6th Feb 2:15 – 3:15 – Beech and Oak Classes

Wednesday 7th Feb 2:15 – 3:15 – Ash Class

Thursday 8th Feb 2:15 – 3:15 – Rowan Class

Parents Evenings

Our Parents Evenings are: Wednesday 20th March from 3.30pm-6pm and Tuesday 26th March from 3.30pm-6pm. Details on how to book to see your child's teacher will follow after half term.

Exciting Learning

Pupils have taken part in lots of exciting activities linked to their learning. Recently pupils in Upper |School enjoyed playing 'The Traitors' as an introduction to their new English topic studying Murder Mystery Texts and pupils in lower school loved entering the Science Dome to learn about volcanoes!

Maths Challenge Afternoon at St Gabriel's School

Four Year 4 children represented WHJS at the St Gabriel's Maths Challenge event this week. They had a fabulous time and showed determination completing the different challenges.

Sports Events

It's been a busy few weeks with sporting events. A group of year 4 boys represented the school playing football at Park House, they played really well in the freezing conditions. Year 5 and 6 children competed in the Clere Sportshall athletics competition taking part in individual sprint, relay, throwing and jumping events, the competition was really tough but they showed courage and resilience in the different events. A group Yr. 5/6 children also took part in an Archery event at Park House School.


It has been wonderful to see so many children excited about Sora and enjoying the range of books, comics and magazines Sora has to offer. Many children are enthusiastic to share what they have been reading or listening to. Teachers have also been eager to share books with their classes through Sora.

More Amazing Pupil Achievements!

Congratulations to Amaria and Sofiia who came third at the National Cheer Leading Championships. Today the girls shared a video in celebration assembly of their stunning team performance. Well done to Niamh who also took part.

Outdoor Learning Day

Our Mental Health week will end with our second Federation Outdoor Learning morning on Thursday 8 February. All children should have a pair of wellies that they have already brought into school for outdoor learning but if not they must have these in school by Thursday 8th. Children will also need to bring in their waterproof clothes as we will be outside all morning even if it is raining!

World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day we are inviting parents to come into school and read to/with their children on Tuesday 5th March, 9am-9.30am. On Friday 8th March children can come to school dressed up as their favourite book character, author or illustrator.

Understanding Sensory Processing

Please click here to access a guide for parents in understanding sensory processing and integration in children.

Holidays 2024-2025

Please click here which will give you information of this academic year holidays. Please note inset days for this school year have not been confirmed as yet.


Reminder - there is a Bags2School collection on Friday 1st March.  Please bring any bags you have from Wednesday 28th February and put them in the bike shed - thank you.

Star Awards

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

26th January: Logan B-D, Noah P, Elodie H, Jack G, Joseph F, Barney B, Luey P, Harry C, Niamh P-C, Finn K, Noah A, Zara B, William S and Tilly C.

2nd February: Ellis D, Niamh J, Albie T, Seb L, Sofia E, Elodie H, Emily W, Cayden B, Jack B, Zara B, Eileen D, Eve W, Polly P and Darcey H.

Hot Chocolate

26th January: Thomas H, Riley M, Jemima R, Megan A and Alfie W.

2nd February: Etta B-N, Bella K, Barney B, Max A and Addie F.

Life Learning


26th January: Georgie W, Ollie B, Holly S, Martin M-B and Sofiia P

2nd February: Isabella C, Riley M, Sophia C, Megan A and Rayan A


A reminder that school is closed on Friday 9th February for INSET training. School will re-open on Monday 19th February after half term.

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