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Whitemoor Newsletter 01.12.2323

by Whitemoor Academy


Welcome to Whitemoor Academy
Weekly Newsletter: 1st December 2023
Head of School Welcome
What an exciting week it has been at Whitemoor Academy!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents/carers for your understanding with yesterday's closure due to the sudden downpour of snow. Closing is never a decision that we take lightly but on this occasion, we did not feel it was safe to remain open. I hope that you were able to get home safely and enjoy the snow day with your children.

I would also like to say a huge congratulations to our choir who performed at this St Austell Festival of Music and Speech on Wednesday this week. I was so thrilled to be able to watch them sing so beautifully on the stage. The children all did so well and should be very proud of themselves. Thank you again to Mrs Arnold for leading the choir.

Mrs G Hooper
Diary Dates
05.12.23: Nursery stay and play 2pm.
06.12.23: Christmas dinner day!
07.12.23: Christmas Fair at 3:15pm (Cake donations needed!)
11.12.23: Class 4 swimming week.
11.12.23: Sponsored run a mile.
12.12.23: EYFS Parent craft afternoon 2pm (NEW DATE)
13.12.23: Christingle at Whitemoor Chapel.
14.12.23: Classes 1 & 2 Nativity at 2pm.
18.12.23: Classes 3 & 4 Christmas Concert at 2pm.
19.12.23: Last Day of Term finish at 1:15pm.

Christmas events and performances
Please see below for the most up to date information on all of our Christmas events/performances.

6th December - Christmas Dinner: All children are encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper with their school uniform on this day.

7th December - WAFA's Christmas fair: This event starts at 3:15pm and we feature the usual favourites of The Secrets' Room and Santa.

11th December - Run a festive mile: We will be asking all children to join in with a sponsored mile run on the 11th. It is optional, but we would like to encourage Christmas themed clothing/fancy dress for this event.

13th December - Christingle: All classes to visit Whitemoor Chapel during the school day for Christingle.

14th December - Class 1 and 2 Nativity: This event starts at 2pm. Doors will open at 1.45pm. Communication to follow from your child's class teacher.

18th December - Class 3 and 4 Christmas concert: This event starts at 2pm. Doors will open at 1.45pm. Communication to follow from your child's class teacher.
Staffing updates
We would like to inform you that Mrs Clarke, our SENDCo, will be retiring at the end of this term after many years of working in education. We are very grateful for all of Mrs Clarke's dedication to the children of Whitemoor and wish her the very best for her retirement. We know she will be missed.
Plans are currently being formulated for Mrs Clarke's replacement. This will be communicated with you in due course.

As you know, Mrs Hooper has been teaching Class 3 on a Friday as a temporary arrangement since Mrs Christopher left. We are delighted to inform you that we have appointed Mrs Knight to take on this role going forward. Mrs Knight is an experienced teacher and has worked across all age ranges in previous schools. She already works in our school two days a week in Class 1 and is enjoying getting to know the Class 3 children. If you would like to say hello at the end of the day, then please do.
After School Clubs
Please note that all after school clubs will finish on Thursday 7th December.
We will send a new club list out in January for next term. Children who have been on the waiting list for clubs this term will get priority booking for clubs next term. 
This week in class...
Class 1

This week in class 1 we have been thinking about other religious celebrations, including Diwali. The children have enjoyed hearing the story of Rami and Sita and the festival of light. 
The children are learning the songs for the nativity and all children were given their parts this week, please check Tapestry for details. 
In maths we have been learning about shapes, focussing on squares and rectangles and noticing the difference between these shapes. A good activity to think about at home is to find squares and rectangles at home or out and about.