Whitkirk Primary School Blog

A weekly blog from the Headteacher

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Year 3 Reading Certificate winners

We are beginning to get into the Christmas spirit in school, despite it still being November, due to the Christmas tree having been delivered today! This week saw our final Parent Consultation evening on Wednesday. If, for any reason, you were unable to attend an appointment, please get in touch with your child's class teacher as a matter of urgency to set an appointment time. These are incredibly important opportunities for you, as parents and carers, to find out your child's strengths and next steps. Thanks to everyone who attended these; this week or last week.

Towards the end of next week, we have a few highlights to look forward to. Friday sees Year 5 and Year 2 on education visits and on Thursday we have a visiting theatre company performing Snow White for the children.

Next Thursday 3:30 - 6:00pm is our PTA Christmas Fair. As always, this will be a terrific event for all of the family. There will be plenty of opportunities for family fun and I look forward to seeing you all there!

Have an excellent weekend; I'll see everyone on Monday.

Voice Box competition

Below is a link to the letter that was recently shared through ParentMail. If you haven't received this; please ensure that the front office have your most up to date contact details. Thank you.

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:


Thursday 29th November - 3:30 - 6:00pm - Christmas Fair

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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'Holidays are coming!' Photo courtesy of Jenny Purdon

our aim to be a cashless school

As per previous correspondence, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our ambition to be a cashless school; like a growing number of schools across the country.

This will give yourselves as parents and carers much greater flexibility over how you can transfer money to school.


You can pay by debit or credit card, paypal or paypoint.


When you log into your Parent Mail account, you can add items to be paid for to your basket and, when you checkout, you can choose your payment method. It is vital that you keep your contact details up to date on ParentMail to do this, though.


We appreciate that changes to systems can sometimes be problematic and if you would like any support with this, please let us know.


Thanks to all of those of you who are already paying for items in this way.


A copy of a letter that you received some time ago can be accessed below.

FREE AQA Accredited Maths and English Course for Adults

Please see publicity below for a new adult learning opportunity coordinated in partnership with Leeds YMCA and Meadowfield, Templenewsam and Colton Children's Centre:


AQA Accredited Maths and English for Adults: Wednesdays 9.30 to 11.30am from 9th January to Wednesday 20th March at the Temple Learning Academy (Cluster Team office)

Attendance update

Cubs 1 -93.64%

Cubs 2 – 99.09%

Tigers – 93.67%

Cheetahs -93%

Lynx – 93.10%

Snow Leopards – 91.72%

Dolphins – 93.10%

Penguins – 98.46%

Polar Bears -88.67%

Sharks – 96.21%

Golden Eagles –96.21%

Panthers –91.54%

Pumas –96.15%

Jaguars – 92.76%


School average: 93.96% - BELOW National Average


National average: 96%

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

this week's stars of the week

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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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