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Whitemoor Newsletter 13.10.2323

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Welcome to Whitemoor Academy
Weekly Newsletter: 13th October 2023
Head of School Welcome
Firstly, thank you for your understanding about the lack of newsletter last week. We had a high level of staff absence and were unable to get this out to you. Thankfully, most of the staff are now back to work and we are able to resume operating as normal. 

Thank you to the small number of parents who attended the parent forum on the 29th September. These termly meetings are designed to provide parents with some general whole school information and give time for questions. 
At the meeting, we discussed class sizes, school priorities for this academic year and our plans for residential trips. 
Please see the minutes attached to the email that this newsletter was sent in for more information. 
The next parent forum will be held on Tuesday 23rd January. Closer to the time, I will send a message out asking if there is anything specific that you would like to be included on the agenda.
If you have any feedback regarding timings of these meetings then please do let us know so that we can take this into consideration when planning for the future. 

Mrs Hooper
Head of School
Parent survey reminder
We have still only had a small number of responses to our parent survey that we sent out recently. We really value your feedback so please ask that if you have not yet completed the survey, you do so before half term.
Thank you. 

Coats and wellies
As the weather starts to change, we would like to remind all parents/carers that children must bring a suitable waterproof coat to school each day. As you know, we have recently changed our systems so that children can play on the field during the wetter months if they bring wellies to school. Those children who do not have wellies still have access to the playground but children will not be able to play outside at all in the wetter months without a coat. 
We know that children enjoy playing outside whatever the weather. It is important for their physical development and mental health to get outside each day. Since allowing the children more space to play, we have seen a reduction in behaviour issues. Please support us by sending in appropriate wet weather gear so that we can continue making the most of our outdoor spaces. 
Introducing our new School Council
Following a democratic voting process, we are pleased to announce our School Council for 2023-24.

This year, the School Council will be managed by Mrs Hatton. The School Council will have their first meeting on Tuesday afternoon where they will be assigned roles and responsibilities. They will act as the 'voice of the children' and be responsible for acting on the behalf of their year groups. Their first whole school event will be the Whitemoor Bake off on the 23rd November. 
Diary Dates

16.10.23: Nasal Flu Vaccinations
16.10.23: Parents Evening - Clubs Cancelled: Netball
18.10.23: Parents Evening - Clubs cancelled: Choir
20.10.23: Class 4 trip to The Royal Cornwall Museum
20.10.23: Non-Uniform Day: Donations for our Christmas Fair
23-27.10.23: Half Term Week
30.10.23: All children return to school/nursery
02.11.23: WAFA Halloween Spooky Disco, see poster on newsletter (NEW)
02.11.23: WAFA AGM Meeting at 2:30pm (NEW)
03.11.23: Reception Open afternoon for new reception starters 2024 (NEW)
07.11.23: Football fixture against Nanpean School (Home) (NEW)
10.11.23: Tempest Photography: Individuals & Siblings.
13-17.11.23: Anti-Bullying Week.
13.11.23: World Kindness Day.
14.11.23: Football/Netball Fixture against Treverbyn School (Away) (NEW)
16.11.23: Online Safety parent session at 2:30pm (NEW)
16.11.23: KS1 Multi-skills at Brannel (NEW)
17.11.23: Children In Need. (NEW)
20.11.23: Classes 3 & 4 at Hall for Cornwall: The Proms. (NEW)
23.11.23: Whitemoor Bake Off. (NEW)
28.11.23: Football/Netball Fixture against Luxulyan School (Home) (NEW)
30.11.23: Cross Country at Brannel School (during school day) (NEW)

This week, there was an incident in school where a girl in KS2 was playing in the field and her earring got caught in one of the branches of the trees. This was a near miss, and she was absolutely fine, however, we would like to take the opportunity to remind all parents/carers that we prefer for children not to wear earrings at school. When earrings are worn, please can you ensure that they are small studs that are unlikely to be caught in anything to cause injury. All earrings must either be removed or covered for PE lessons. 

Parent session - online safety
Advance notice of a parent session that we will be holding on the 16th November at 2.30pm. This session will be for all parents who would like to learn more about keeping their children safe online. We hope to see you there.