Whitkirk Primary School Blog

A weekly blog from the Headteacher

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Year 5 tree planting at Temple Newsam

This week, the children have been hard at work rehearsing for the Christmas productions, which start next week. For further details of timings, please scroll down or visit our school calendar here.

We've had a safety conscious week, this week, with D-Side in school to teach the children all about online safety and Network Rail / Leeds United teaching us about railway safety in Monday's assembly.

Our new Headteacher, Mrs Kouni, was in school on Thursday as part of her transition and she will join us for a number of additional days between now and the end of term.

Next week is a busy week with a Year 3 trip, Foundation Stage / Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 Christmas performances and Christmas dinner too. As if that wasn't enough to look forward to, we have owls visiting our Year 1 children on Wednesday and Year 4 children planting trees on Thursday!

I'm sure you'll agree that the wide variety of learning experiences your children are engaged in is pretty impressive.

I hope everyone has a super weekend; I'll see you all next week.

Important christmas dates

All of our Christmas events are on the school calendar here, however, I thought it might be useful to have these as a list too:


Wednesday 12th December - 2:00 - 3:00pm and 6:00 - 7:00pm - Lower Key Stage 2 (Y3 & 4) Christmas performance

Thursday 13th December - School Christmas dinner

Thursday 13th December - 6:00 - 7:00pm - Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5 & 6) Christmas performance

Friday 14th December - 9:30 - 10:30 and 2:00 - 3:00pm - Foundation Stage (Cubs) Christmas performance

Tuesday 18th December - 9:30 - 10:30 and 2:00 - 3:00pm - Key Stage 1 (Y1 & 2) Christmas performance

Wednesday 19th - Christmas Services in church:

1:15 - 2:00pm - Foundation Stage and KS1 and 2:00 - 2:45pm - KS2

Friday 21st December - children to wear Christmas clothes / non uniform

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LMSA Christmas Concert

Fuel for school update

Our Fuel for School stall runs every Tuesday and works on a 'pay as you feel' basis. The food is of good quality and there are often lots of fruit and vegetables.


Although it is 'pay as you feel,' the money raised is used to buy butter and replace toasters so the children can have toast every morning at school. This has been really beneficial to our children. When items are bought at a fair price, this helps our children in school and reduces food waste in a broader sense.


Thank you for your continued support of this initiative.

Christmas donations for those in need

Our Junior Leaders wanted to help less fortunate families in our communities and are working with St. Mary's church to do so.

They are welcoming any food donations into Whitkirk Primary between 10th and 14th December.

Whitkirk St. Mary's Youth Group

For information about an upcoming event (This Sunday) at St. Mary's community centre, please see the link below.

New reception parents - applying for a school place

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Attendance update

Cubs 1 -93.64%

Cubs 2 – 93.64%

Tigers – 93%

Cheetahs -94.67%

Lynx – 93.45%

Snow Leopards – 98.62%

Dolphins – 96.55%

Penguins – 99.23%

Polar Bears -86%

Sharks – 94.48%

Golden Eagles –96.21%

Panthers –96.92%

Pumas –96.54%

Jaguars – 92.62%


School average: 94.62% - BELOW National Average


National average: 96%

this week's stars of the week

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Why not follow your child's class on Twitter?

Reception - @2025whitkirk

Y1 - @2024whitkirk

Y2 - @2023whitkirk

Y3 - @2022whitkirk

Y4 - @2021whitkirk

Y5 - @2020whitkirk

Y6 - @2019whitkirk
Whole school - @whitkirkprimary

Upcoming dates

Key dates can be found on the school calendar here.

Recent Letters and Correspondence

Recent letters can be found in previous blog posts here.
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