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Mrs. D. Allen

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Cotysmore Road
Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
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NEWSLETTER 18th November 2016

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ISA Award ceremony

Señora Stevens was very excited to go to London on Monday evening. She'd been invited to the British Council headquarters in Spring Gardens (which is near Trafalgar Square) to receive the International School Award reaccreditation on behalf of Whitehouse Common. This was particularly exciting as, despite gaining the full ISA in 2011, it was the our first award ceremony. As the certificates were handed out in alphabetical order, Señora Stevens had to wait until last but one, but it was worth the wait as the compere said some lovely things about our international work at Whitehouse Common and congratulated Señora Stevens on her work as an ambassador for international work.

The certificate is now safely back at school awaiting display, we have an ISA flag to hang from the flagpole, and we should soon receive our glass plaque.

Well done everyone for all the hard work!  ISA official

 

Space Camp

The very first Space Camp was a resounding success! 5SG all had an absolutely amazing night stargazing and learning about space.

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Children arrived back at school, after going home at the end of the school day, and upacked their things into their own Space tents.

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They were then put into two groups, Team Peake and Team Armstrong.

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One team began the night with a Science investigation. Does the surface of a planet affect the size of the crater produced?

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While the other team created their own nebulae pictures. The two teams then swapped over activities.

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We then got ready to go outside with Astronomer Greg Brown from the Warwick University Outreach Team for some star gazing. Greg talked to everyone about the different stars in the sky and we learnt all about the solar system. The children were able to look through school’s very own telescope at the night sky as well as using a specail app on our iPads.

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We warmed up back inside with some hot chocolate and settled down to watch Space Chimps.

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The children slept well after the film and enjoyed a filling breakfast in the morning.

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Everyone had an absolutely amazing evening. A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising. 5MM –your turn soon!

Excellent Work (Week Beginning 7/11/16)

WSAS Year 5 and 6 Hockey

A huge well done to all the participants in last week's hockey tournament. You all played brilliantly and represented our school fantastically well. 

After some tough games, Whitehouse Common finished second after reaching the final and losing out to Boldmere. We are very proud of you children, well done!

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Newsletter 4th November 2016

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School Money

As most of you will be aware we now have an online payment system.

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The School Money logon page can be accessed by clicking here. When you're on the homepage of our website, it is also accessible from our Quick Links menu on the right hand side.

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This system is now live for music, trip payments and payment for miscellaneous items like swimming caps and water bottles. Parents will receive a password via text and email. This password cannot be changed and needs to be kept safe. If you need a password reminder then please contact the Oaks Office and this can be sent out to you again. Please note that your password is unique and secure, it cannot be seen by office staff.

Upon login you will see the following screen:

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After this, you will be asked for your child’s first name. As long as you have used the same email address and mobile number you should then see siblings. If you cannot log in at this point it may be that we do not have your up to date email address or mobile number. If you could pop this information in your child’s planner or drop a note into the Oaks Office we can remedy this for you. Please note that the system works using the phone number and email address given as the first priority for contact in the case of emergency for your child. If you wish it to be different to this then please let the office know and we can manually override it.

As soon as the letter regarding a trip goes home with your child/ren the online payment for that trip will be displayed.

Music can now also be paid online. It is set up as 3 instalments. Anything paid by cheque at the end of last year for the first term should already be reflected in the amount owing.

If you have any queries or problems not covered above, please contact Mrs Knight in the Oaks Office. 

Mad Science Assembly

Today Key Stage Two were lucky enough to have an exciting Mad Science assembly with Atomic Abbie. She showed us how science and magic are very closely linked by performing some amazing experiments. One of the experiments made it seem like a cup of water had disappeared. Our favourite was when Atomic Abbie used a leaf blower and toilet paper to make someone into a mummy!

There will be a Mad Science Club for Year 3 starting next Monday.

British Council story writing competition.

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What does the word ‘Belonging’ mean to you? 

All sorts of images might pop into your head - maybe of your family, friends, country, or perhaps even of your favourite sports team! It might not be an image at all, but a particular emotion, memory or sensation. 

Capture what ‘Belonging’ means to you by putting pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard and submitting your story to the British Council Commonwealth Class story writing competition.

 

The competition is open to teachers and students aged 7 to 14 from Commonwealth countries and is a wonderful opportunity for you to add your voice to the Commonwealth’s rich storytelling heritage through writing and illustration (and, of course, be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!)

 

Entering the competition

The competition is open to teachers and students attending/working at a school recognised by the government of a Commonwealth country. 

The deadline for story submissions is 9:00 AM on Monday 14 November 2016.'

Stories can be submitted electronically and by post, so go ahead and be as bold and innovative as you like.

 

Entering the Commonwealth Class story writing competition couldn’t be simpler: 

  • Scan, take a photo or save a PDF version of your story;
  • Complete the competition entry form and upload your story by following this link
  • Read and tick the box to indicate you have read the competition terms of reference and submit everything by clicking the 'Submit Form' button. 

If you prefer, you can post a hard copy of your story and entry form to the following address: 

Elaine Nesbitt

British Council

The Boat, 7th floor

49 Queen’s Square

Belfast

BT1 3FG

Northern Ireland

All the information you need to write your story is outlined below, but if you have any questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Information for students

Students will be split into two different age categories: 7 to 10 year olds and 11 to 14 year olds.

  • Students should write a story set in their own country and based around the theme of ‘Belonging
  • The story must be written in English
  • The story should be illustrated. Take a look at the beautiful covers of the Commonwealth Education Trust's River of Stories anthology as inspiration. Participants are free to choose the medium of their illustrations (for example, they can be hand-drawn, using a computer/tablet etc.)
  • The word limit of the story for the 7-10 year olds category is 300 words
  • The word limit of the story for the 11-14 year olds category is 500 words. 

Shortlisting and prizes 

Shortlisted entries will be judged by Anne Fine, the award winning author and former Children’s Laureate. The winner will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of taking part in a writing master class delivered by Anne Fine herself and a River of Stories anthology published by the Commonwealth Education Trust for the School. 

The following prizes will be given to students awarded first, second and third place in the competition: 

  • First prize: a River of Stories anthology published by the Commonwealth Education Trust for the school AND a £100 book token or equivalent for the student 
  • Second prize: £50 book token or equivalent for the student 
  • Third prize: £30 book token or equivalent for the student. 

 

Why not have a go? You never know what might happen!

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