5th December update on KS2 refurbishments
We have today held a meeting with the Project Management company, contractors, academy buildings manager and one of our governors regarding the progress of the refurbishment.
We have been advised that once the external panelling was removed it became evident that additional structural steel work would be required. An engineer has had to redesign the plan. Unfortunately this has resulted in a delay to completion of the programme. We are told that the contractors will now be on site until the end of the half term break. Completion date has now been revised to 18 February.
In addition, following conversations that took place after school on Friday 24 November, we are planning to hold a meeting for parents to raise any questions they may have directly with the contractors and the project management team. This will be held on Monday 18th December at 5pm in the school hall. Please use the breakfast club door accessed via the car park if you wish to attend.
I have attached drawings showing what the finished building should look like.
For your information we have been inspected by the safety officer from the South Yorkshire fire brigade today. He is happy with all school and contractors procedures. He commented that our fire policy and systems were very well managed and gave us a 'clean bill of health'.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions please email me on email@example.com.
Goodbye Mrs Jackson
After 10 fabulous years Mrs Jackson, one of our fabulous teaching assistants, decided to leave Whiston.
A day to celebrate everything that Mrs Jackson has done for all of us!! She has been an amazing part of the Whiston team and our school will just not be the same without her. We are all definitely sorry to see her go and the children will 100% miss her. Good luck Mrs Jackson with whatever the future may bring!
Follow the link below to see Mrs Jackson's final day on the Year 1 blog
Raising Money for Children In Need - 'Say Yay for Yellow!'
We raised a whopping £301.00, well done Whiston!
This week we held our Harvest Festivals and this year we encouraged our children to value the importance of food and we supported their understanding of where our food comes from. We also helped them understand the difficulties many people in this country and across the world face, while trying to provide their families with nutritious meals. Children across school created and presented poetry, completed art work and KS1 retold a familiar story in song and actions: 'The Enormous Turnip'. The children also took part in a competion for the most creative scarecrows, which have now become extra members of our Whiston family.
Our message was: No one in our local community and the wider world should be without food.
This year our children and their families became 'Harvest Heroes' and helped us support Rotherham's Food Bank by bringing into school food and other household items. The representative from the Food bank Charity was overwhelmed by your generous donations. A very big thank you to all.
Update of access to Breakfast Club and After School Club during refurbishments
Whiston J&I School, Site Access Plan - Update 11/10/17
From Monday 16th October - 22nd December 2017
Pre-School and Breakfast Club Access Via Hungerhill Road Only.
· 07:45 a.m. to 08:30 a.m.
Pre-School after 8:30 via Saville Road
· 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
· 11:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
· 12:45 p.m. to 13:15 p.m.
· 15:00 p.m. to 15:45 p.m.
N.B. Access out of these hours is by arrangement only.
Access to the Main School via Hungerhill Road Only.
· 08:30 a.m. to 09:00 a.m.
· 15:00 p.m. to 15:30 p.m.
After School Club via Hungerhill Road Only
· 16:00 p.m. to 16:30 p.m.
Access to school between 9:00 - 3:00 is at the Saville Road entrance only; however you will need to ring school, so staff can meet and escort you onto school premises through the car park: 01709 828189
White Woods Primary Academy Trust has been successful in securing government funding to refurbish the KS2 external building. Once again we are fortunate in being able to improve our premises without any cost to the school budget. Works to the KS2 block will commence on Thursday 26th October (INSET); however, the builders will need to prepare our school for preliminary works from Monday 16th October.
What will this mean for children and their parents or carers?
From Monday 16th October, until completion of the work, access to school will be limited to the gate on Hunger Hill Road, which will be unlocked and locked at the normal times. This will allow the builders to secure the site and ensure all the Health and Safety requirements are met. They will be closing the main school entrance on Saville Road and erecting security fencing around the KS2 block. There will be no general access via the entrance on Saville Road and the car park will be out of use.
Please see the letter attached for further details
Welcome back to the start of a new school year. I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer and managed to take time to do some exciting and memorable activities together.
A warm welcome also to our new Foundation Stage 2 (FS2) children and their families, who will be settling into new routines. We hope you enjoy your time at Whiston and we look forward to working with you. However, if you have any queries please arrange an appointment to see one of the class teachers, Mrs Lodge or Mrs Perry after school.
We are now open for business!!!
We have had a face lift!
Welcome to our new reception area
We now have a welcoming space for parents and visitors to Whiston
Work has been completed on our new outdoor FS2 learning environment; please take a look at the transformation below.
What a fantastic day we had on Friday raising money for Comic Relief!
Children and adults had a fantastic time raising money for Comic Relief. They took part in lots of activities, including activities which helped them learn about other children in the world and activities which gave them opportunities to raise money.
- They took part in a sponsored mile with Miss Hunt
- A whole school dance performance (in front of parents) with Mrs Denwood
- A session telling jokes with Mrs Francis wearing funny beards and spectacles
- Making red nose cookies with Mrs Woodward
- Listening and finding out about the story of Hassan with Miss Burgin
- Making a Whiston Wish by making someone else smile with Mrs Hall
- Being active on a trampoline with Live and Learn
Our Sport Leaders will count up asap and we will let you know how much money we raised altogether.
Finally, a big thank you to all our parents, staff and children for supporting us to make a difference to others on Comic Relief Day. We raised a fantastic £862.15!!!
Take a look at the new design for FS2 outdoor learning environment - hopefully summer 2017
We are really excited that the school governors have agreed our new plans to extend and create an exciting and immersive outdoor learning environment for FS2.
Hopefully, these will be completed in the summer of 2017.
We all had a fabulous afternoon at our annual Whiston's Got Talent competition and we were joined by two guest judges, the Major of Rotherham and Miss Fretwell form Live and Learn.
Our finalists put on an exciting show, which included dancing, gymnastics, electric guitar, drums, jokes and much more.
Whiston's Got Talent
Over the last two weeks we have had a wonderful opportunity to watch our very own talents of today and tomorrow, perform their routines in the semi-finals of our very own Whiston's Got Talent competition.
The audiences were blown away with the musicality of singers and musicians, the skills of the acrobats and the confidence of the comedians, to name but a few of the different talents presented.
A well done to all of the children.
We are all excited for the final on Friday 3rd February.
The finalists are:
Isla, Connie, Emily and Jess (Y1) performing a gymnastic routine
Aurelia and Ella (Y6) singing
Sam, Laurence and Ben (Y5) telling jokes
Florence, Hollie and Maya (Y2) singing and dancing
Zane (Y1) playing drums
Kacey (Y3) singing
Sienna and Nieve (Y5) dancing
Chelsea (Y3) singing
Molly (Y6) performing a gymnastic routine
Freya (Y1) dancing
Alex (Y6) singing and finally Zach (Y5) on drums.
Good luck to all our finalists.
Welcome to our new school website
Welcome back and a Happy New Year
Happy New Year! 2017 has started with huge energy and enthusiasm here at Whiston. It is lovely to have the children back at school and many of us will enjoy being back into a routine once again.
As we start this New Year, we continue to encourage high standards of attitudes to learning and behaviour and also we continue to embed our ‘Values’ education, where children have an opportunity to observe, explore and celebrate the values of others. The values we are exploring and developing in January are ‘determination and resilience’ and over the next couple of weeks the children will set themselves challenging targets to try and reach by the end of the year!
Congratulations to all the children who joined me last term for a fabulous treat of ‘Afternoon Tea.’ We had a thoroughly lovely time. Each half term teachers choose one member of their class for our special Citizenship Award. This award is given to children who think of others by showing kindness, showing they care or just someone who is uplifting and goes that extra mile for others.