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Junior Newsletter

Friday 11 November 2022

Headteacher's Update

Its been a very busy week at school. We have been delighted to have the opportunity to host Woolton Hill pre-school, whilst repairs are carried out at the village hall. It was wonderful to see so many parents attend the progress consultations this week. I hope you found the feedback useful and it gave you an insight into how you can support your child's learning. On Monday we will be hosting a maths workshop for all parents in the Federation - do come along to find out about how maths is taught in our classrooms.

I would like to thank you all for an amazing response to our harvest festival appeal. The donations from both schools collected by the West Berkshire Food Bank on 5th October weighed in at 198.8kgs which equates to 417 meals that our school community have provided for West Berks clients who are desperately in need. Thank you for your continued support.

Open Days

Is your child starting school in September 2023. Perhaps they will be transferring to Junior School next September? We have upcoming Open Days, where you can see our brilliant schools in action.


Odd Socks Day Monday 14th November

Monday 14th November is Odd Socks Day, this marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. We would like to invite children to come to school on Monday wearing odd socks to celebrate this. We will have an assembly to introduce the day and to explain the importance of Anti-Bullying Week. The whole school day will have a PSHE focus and pupils will work on different activities linked to this, as part of our PSHE curriculum.

Children in Need Day 18th November

The School Council are organising lots of fun activities in support of BBC Children in Need. The theme this year is 'spots' and activities will include spot the difference, dot to dots, sporting activities aiming to hit the spot and much more. It will be a non-uniform day with the theme of 'spots', please bring a £1 donation. We will also have a baking competition with the theme of 'spots', cakes/biscuits etc should be dropped off at the ICT suite on Friday morning and there will be a cake sale after school with all donations going to Children in Need.

Job Vacancies Across the Federation

There are opportunities to join our staff team at St Thomas Infant and Woolton Hill Junior. Click here to find out more.


Volunteers Required

We are looking for parents and members of our community to volunteer to hear our children read in school. Daily reading is an important part of developing a child's fluency and comprehension skills. Listening to children read and supporting their skills, is fun and rewarding and you will be supported/trained in this role.

This would be a perfect role for Grandparents!

If you have 30 minutes that you can spare each week, then please email your details to

Safeguarding is important in all schools and all volunteers are DBS checked before starting their role.

Sports Events

There was a hive of activity after school on Wednesday with 3 schools visiting for rugby matches and the first netball match of the season.

Netball WHJS 9 - 6 Burghclere

A fantastic start to the season with a victory over Burghclere.

Tag Rugby

The Year 5/6 team played 3 matches against Burghlere, Ecchinswell and Ashford Hill and recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss. The children played brilliantly and showed great team work through the games.


Star Awards

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

4th November: Aria B, Harley H, Charlotte B, Ellie C, Addie F, Daniel B, Niamh P-C, Finley K, Toni-Lea E, Nicholas M, Sophia C, Caden H, Polly P and Emily W.

11th November: Alfie K, Imogen R, Seb L, James M, Albie T, Finn E, Darcey H, Tillie H, Jimmy P, Beth I, and Alice S.

Six Strands Awards


11th November: Brodie C, Torin H, Archie L and all of Ash Class.

Find out more about our 'Six Strands Curriculum' here.

Hot Chocolate

The following children were invite to have Hot Chocolate with Mr Davies and talk about the highlights of their week!

4th November: Brody C, Ellis C, Josie F, William S and Laura H.

11th November: No hot chocolate this week


Thank you for all the donations for Bags 2 School, this raised £147.20 for the school.

Upcoming events include the disco on Thursday 24th November and Grounds Day on Saturday 26th November, emails have been sent with all the details but please contact the school office if you need more information.

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