Dec 10

Whitfield Christmas Lantern Parade Saturday 14th December

Come along to Whitfield Lantern Parade!

Date: Saturday 14th December

4-5pm lanterns on sale at St Mary’s school

5pm parade to Pure Vibes, Ebenezer street via Wood St & Freetown

6pm Carols around the tree with Old Glossop Band

Stalls of sweets, cakes and gifts, refreshments and a special visitor!

Finishes at 8pm

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Nov 27

Whole School Chester Zoo Trip 26/11/19

We all had a fantastic time at Chester Zoo and all will have memories to treasure. 

Nov 22

PTA Update

A big thank you to all who supported our 50/50 raffle.  We paid out £245 in 4 prizes.
 
Another thank you for all the donations of bottles and jars for the upcoming Festive Fair. 
Our next donation day is next Friday the 29th of November and we are asking for the following donations:
 
Nursery, reception, Y1 & Y2 new items for the children’s tombola.(This is anything suitable for a child – soft toys, colouring books, games etc).
 
Y3,4,5 & 6 new items for the Christmas tombola. (This is anything associated with Christmas, cards, decorations, wrapping paper, chocolates, candles, gift sets etc).
 
Without your generosity these events would not happen so thank you for your continued support.
 
Thanks
 
Wendy

Nov 14

Harvest Food Bank Donations

Thank you to everyone who donated for the harvest food  bank collection. It has made a huge difference in our local area. We have a food collection box in our entrance hall all year. Please donate if you can. 

Glossopdale Foodbank Certificate of Appreciation Whitfield St James’ Primary School

Nov 04

Children in Need and TTRockstars

This year we are celebrating Children in Need and Times Table Rockstars day on the same day, which is Friday 15th November. 

Children in need is a very worthy cause and we are requesting a £1 donation, which will all go to children in Need. We are asking that everyone dresses as a rockstar. 

There will be activities around Children in Need and Times Tables Rockstars happening throughout the day. 

 

Oct 22

PTA Film night 22/10/19

Thank you to the PTA for organising this event, it has been really successful and the children have had a great time. 

All money raised will go towards books for our library. All books no longer needed will go to the library project in Zambia.  

 

Oct 20

Longdendale Autumn Fair 27/10/19

Oct 18

H3 Super Kids Programme

See the H3 Superkids page on our well being page in the parent information section.

Oct 12

Car Boot Sale 12/10/19

A huge thank to everyone who supported the school council’s car boot sale, it was a lovely morning and great atmosphere. A special thank to Mrs Fletcher and the school council for organising the event. They raised £81.60 which they will spend to make our school even better from suggestions from the pupils and council members. 

Thank you again and have a great weekend. 

 

Oct 11

Stick Day Monday 14th October

 

 

 

 

Bring a stick to school website

This year we’re embracing the ‘bring a stick to school’ day as part of an initiative created by The Muddy Puddle Teacher. On Monday 14th October, we ask that all children bring a stick into school. The stick needs to be no longer than the length of your child’s arm. We advise that you check the stick for any unknown animal mess beforehand but there’s no need to clean it or dress it up! All that’s needed is a nice, freshly muddied stick. 

 

Why are we doing this?

 

It’s fun and it’s a great way to get children to be more active. All while they have fun in the great outdoors! There are lots of educational benefits too. We’ve all said it in the past. The child plays more with the cardboard box than the present inside it! And that’s what this day is all about. Allowing children to imagine, create and problem solve with simple tools.

 

Today’s child has so much more entertainment available than previous generations and sometimes we need to be mindful of that. We want this day to be about the simple pleasures of life. This day is designed to encourage your children have lots of chats about plastics and learn about how harmful they can be. Children will get the chance to learn about natural and manmade materials, where sticks come from, the names of trees and what mud actually is!

 

So what will the day look like?

 

It completely depends! Each class will be working on different areas of the curriculum so we’ll be taking a blank canvas approach. Some classes might choose to use their sticks to enhance their topics. Other lessons might be more child-led with children creating whatever they want out of their sticks. Children get very creative with their inventions! It’s likely that some may create wands, horses, superhero power charges, stick men or even survival tools.

 

But why is this day so important for children?

Children will get the opportunity to touch and interact with mud! We already know that mud contains good bacteria. This keeps our children healthy and reduces their allergies while they connect with nature. Some of the activities will take place outside and some classes may spend the whole day outside! Others may choose to be more selective and have a few sessions outside, depending on the weather. Either way, the children will be outside at some point of the day!

 

How will we keep safe?

 

At the start of the day, we’ll use our Muddy safe stick song to remind children of safety: “sticks go low they tickle our toe, if they go high, they poke us in the eye”. We’ll then watch and listen to them throughout the day to make sure they stay safe. All of our activities comply with our policies on safety, so rest assured we’ve covered all the necessary bases!

 

What do you need to do?

 

First go for a walk with your child and find a stick. When you find a suitable stick, remind your child of the ‘feet first, then hands’ method. This method is a great way to teach children about safety. Especially if they’re trying to retrieve broken glass or animal mess. If your children are younger, we recommend you supervise these activities.

 

Once your child has found a stick, get them to bring it into school. Ask your child to keep the stick low. Try using our lovely little rhyme: “sticks stay low they tickle our toe, if they go high, they poke us in the eye”. We’ll be using this rhyme on the day, so it’s good for them to practice this beforehand.

 

We also suggest that your child brings in wellies, waterproof clothing and extra layers just in case it’s particularly cold on the day.

 

Thank you for your much needed support! We can’t wait to see what our Muddy inventors get up to!