Newsletter 13 May 2022



Deputy Headteachers Update

'Fairness is not giving everyone the same thing. It is giving each person what they need to succeed'

Since joining The Schools of Woolton Hill in January I have been working alongside Mrs Callow to further develop the provision we have in our schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


This has included dedicating time to train our brilliant Teaching Assistant team further to ensure that the additional support we offer children with SEND is always effective. Many of our children in the Junior have been working especially hard to secure their phonic knowledge to support their reading and spelling. We have also restarted Sensory Circuits groups at both schools and are using the Mighty Writer programme and NESSY to develop Literacy schools for some children. We have been delighted to see the progress children are making.


We have also been pleased to welcome outside agency support back to the schools and gain the valuable perspectives of our Speech and Language therapist, the team at Primary Behaviour Support and also Outreach staff from Norman Gate special school.


These might be useful places to access further support:

Hampshire Educational Psychology helpline https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/educationalpsychology

Hampshire CAMHS https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/

Autism Berkshire https://www.autismberkshire.org.uk/berkshire-west-autism-adhd-support-service/

Parenting Special Children https://www.parentingspecialchildren.co.uk/support-we-offer/trauma-and-attachment-service-tas/

School Nursing support https://what0-18.nhs.uk/solent/school-nursing


I look forward to working with you to further improve the support we offer for children with SEND. Remember, if you have any concerns about your child’s learning or development and want to access more support for your child or family please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher or make an appointment with me directly.


SATS

Well done to all the Year 6 pupils who took part in their SATS tests. We are really proud of the way they have approached the test this week and for doing their best. We can be very proud of every one of them. I would also like to thank all of the staff for the support they have given to the children and to the kitchen team for providing them with a tasty breakfast each morning.


Learning Support Vacancies

We currently have opportunities to join the team at Woolton Hill junior School. Click on this link to find out more.


Wrap Around Care


I am delighted that Casa Clubs will be delivering our Breakfast and After School Club provision at the Junior school from September. In addition they will also be offering a holiday club, starting from Monday 25th July. Please click on this link to find out more information and to book a place.


For this provision to succeed the clubs need to be used. To help promote the provision and to help parents find out more Casa will be running FREE taster sessions for children where parents can bring their children along and find out more about the clubs. These sessions will take place between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on:

  • Thursday 16th June

  • Thursday 23rd June and

  • Thursday 7th July.

You are welcome to come along if you are interested in either the breakfast, after-school or holiday sessions. Click here to register your interest. They promise to be a lot of fun!


Jubilee Celebrations

To mark this special occasion the School Council members recently held a meeting to decide how to best celebrate and the following was agreed.


Our day of celebration will take place on Friday 27th May.

  • Non-uniform day - with the theme of red, white and blue

  • Afternoon learning activities will have a Jubilee theme

  • Jubilee cake sale after school of homemade cakes (baked by the children at home please)

The School Council unanimously agreed that all money raised from the sale of cakes will be donated to the Ukraine Appeal. We hope everyone enjoys this memorable time. The School Council


Governing Body

The Governing Body is also looking to recruit a new Clerk. This is a paid role and you can find out more by clicking here.


Lost Property

There is a growing number of items in the lost property box in the foyer of the school including many un-named jumpers and cardigans. Please pop in and take a look if your child is missing any items. Please can all school uniform be named to make it easier to return lost items to their owner.

 

Star Awards


Congratulations to the following children for their recent star awards. Star awards are displayed in school for a week and then sent home.


6th May: Zara B, Ella W, Ollie E, Tilly C, Polly P, Henry A, Alice F, Romeo H, Abby C, Jake B, Ava C and all of Hazel Class.


13th May: William A, Adelaide F, Jemima R, Izzy C, Daniel B, Barney B, Tillie H, Romeo H, Amelia R, Stephanie S, Veryan K and Mrs O'Brien.

 

Hot Chocolate Awards


6th May: Harry C, Evie C, Katie D, Emily B and Tom W.


13th May: Noah L, Finn K, Lila R, Grace G and Noah M.

 

Other updates


Cricket

Well done to all the pupils from Years 3 & 4 who represented the school so brilliantly at Falkland Cricket club on Tuesday. They enjoyed a 'festival' of cricket activities that developed their batting, bowling and fielding skills. The children had a fantastic time.

Golf

Congratulations to the group of year 3 children that represented WHJS at the recent tri-golf event at St Barts School, they played brilliantly and finished in second place, look out for more details on the website soon.

Lacrosse

Lacrosse club got off to a great start this week and the group of year 5 and 6 girls enjoyed their introduction to this sport and are looking forward to developing their skills further.



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