Whitkirk Primary School Blog

A weekly blog from the Headteacher

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Blending sounds in Cubs

As anticipated, it was a brilliantly busy and perfectly productive last week of the half term! As you can see from the photos in this week's blog, some of our Year 2 children had a marvellous time practising their cycling skills. We had the PTA - petrify your pumpkin and Halloween disco events, which were really enjoyed by the children. We are incredibly lucky to have such a proactive and talented PTA here at Whitkirk!

House Reward day and the biscuit decorating was a wonderful experience, as was the Indian Dancing event. Education didn't just stay within the school grounds and our Year 1 children had a super day out at Nell Bank on Wednesday.

All that is for me to wish you all a very happy half term break. We will see you all on Monday 5th November.

prospective reception 2019 parents - open mornings

On the first week back after the half term break, we have two dates for prospective Reception parents to visit school to see the learning in our Foundation unit.

These dates are:

Tuesday 6th November - 10:00 - 11:00 am

Thursday 8th November - 10:00 - 11:00 am

If you'd like to attend, please give school a call, on 2606203, to book your place. Although it is half term, you will still be able to speak to a member of our team next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Please share these dates with any parents you may know, who have yet to apply for a Reception place for next year.

Parents evenings

We would like to confirm the Parents Evening dates for Autumn Term; these are:

Tuesday 13th November - 3:30 - 6:30pm

Wednesday 21st November - 3:30 - 6:30pm

Letters with reply slips will be distributed after the half term holidays.

PTA defibrillator bid

Our PTA have been working hard to explore all possible avenues of attracting additional funding into school. One of these projects is through Aviva and, if we are successful, could result in us having a defibrillator for our school and community.

Please can you support this great cause by registering and voting here.

You can use all of your 10 votes for this initiative!

To register and vote will only take a couple of minutes and could make the world of difference in terms of making our community an even safer place.

Thank you so much.

Smarties Challenge

For information regarding the Smarties challenge, please see the flyer below.

This promises to be a fantastic fundraiser for school!

New deputy headteacher appointment

We would like to announce that, as of January 2019, Miss Faye Pashby will be joining our school as Deputy Headteacher.

Miss Pashby is currently a Deputy Headteacher at Hunslett Carr Primary school and we look forward to welcoming her into our school in the new year.

Notifying school of changes to your child's lunchtime meal choice

We have made this process much easier for parents and carers, as this is now done via email as opposed to having to come into school to complete a form.

If you'd like to change your child's dinner option, please send an email to:


If you wish for your child to change from packed lunches to school dinners or from school dinners to packed lunches, in your email, please include:

* your child's name
* your child's class
* what dinner option you would like them to move to

Please note that we require one week's notice to change the meal pattern of your child. All changes to dinner patterns commence on the first Monday after one weeks' notice.

Thank you.

upcoming pta dates

We have a number of exciting PTA events to look forward to. You will receive information about all of these nearer to the time of the events, however an overview is below:

16th November - Non uniform in return for chocolate donations

29th November - Christmas Fair

Please find posters for the Halloween disco and Petrify your Pumpkin below.

children in need

For children in need on Friday 16th November, we are inviting the children to wear spots in return for a money contribution towards this worthwhile cause.

This falls on the same day as our PTA non uniform day in return for chocolate donations for the Christmas fair.

This will be a super joint event, where we will hopefully see as many children as possible in non uniform and / or spots, with a chocolate donation. If you can spare any money for a Children in Need contribution too; that'd be massively appreciated!

Attendance update

Cubs 1 -94.55%

Cubs 2 – 91.82%

Tigers – 98%

Cheetahs -98%

Lynx – 93.10%

Snow Leopards – 95.17%

Dolphins – 98.28%

Penguins – 95%

Polar Bears -98.33%

Sharks – 96.21%

Golden Eagles –94.14%

Panthers –93.85%

Pumas –95.77%

Jaguars – 95.71%

School average: 95.54% - BELOW National Average

National average: 96%

TNCP Introduction to volunteering course & football sessions

Please find leaflets below outlining details of a free course hosted at Temple Learning Academy and also football training sessions at Meadowfield.

October half term events

Please find links below to two documents that outline community events available for your children over the half term break.

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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