Head Teacher

Mrs. D. Allen

General Enquiries

0121 464 1918  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address

Cotysmore Road
Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
B75 6BL

Bike It Tips!

Dear Parents,

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who participated in the Bike Checks Day at Whitehouse Common last week. We had 112 bikes in that day which is a huge success for our first cycle to school day as a Sustrans Bike It school.  This week we also ran a very successful ‘ditch the stabilisers’ session with almost 20 children learning to ride their bikes which is fantastic.  Some parents have asked me to put together a top tips list for carrying out your own bike checks as well as for those children that may have missed the opportunity to take part in the ‘ditch the stabilisers’ sessions for you to do with your child home.  So here goes…

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Bike Checks

· Are your tyres pumped up? They should be nice and hard otherwise you will be prone to punctures.

· Maximum limits. Did you know that on the seat post and the handle bar stem that there is a maximum height you can raise either of these? If you look at either the seat post or stem you will see some lines – this is the maximum safety level you can raise them to. Do not raise them above this limit as this could affect the safety of your child’s bike.

· Brakes – make sure your child’s bike has two working brakes.  

· Remove the stabilisers

· Put your child’s seat as low as possible. They must be able to touch the floor flat footed and comfortably

· Get them to look up. Keep their head up. Get them to find something to look at. · Find a slight downhill slope (a gentle slope will do)

· Get them to scoot with their feet and gradually lift their feet off the ground for longer. This will help them to find their balance.

· Once they have practised this for a few times they should then be able to put their feet on the pedals and… away they go!

· Perseverance is the key. They won’t get it straight away and some children only take 2 mins, others take up to 2 hours! But they will get it. It’s simply down to practise.  

I hope you have found these top tips useful. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring on 07920 865079. Alternatively come and see me next time I am in school.  

Many thanks for your continued support with the Sustrans Bike It project.

Christmas Fayre Friday 2nd December

tree_cardDon't forget that it's the School PTA Christmas Fayre on Friday 2nd December from 6 pm. You can find more information about the Faye and how to get your Grotto tickets in the School Newsletter from 10th November. To view the newsletter please [click here].

India - The long journey home and a heart full of memories

Well, I am writing this as I sit in Dubai airport waiting for the last leg of my journey home. Dubai time it is 2.10am and I have been travelling for the longest time!

I spent most of the day in school again and it was lovely but emotional.

I saw a Grade 4 assembly to start the day and the theme was the environment and caring for our world which is our link project for this year so it was great and I have lots of video to share in an assembly when I get back.

Afer this I sat in on a Maths lesson in the Tech lab and I also visited a Science lesson and talked to the teachers about how the lessons might have been delivered in England and the similarities and differences that I noticed. It is difficult to compare them in many ways because the lessons in India are only half an hour long so there is a lot less time to develop and extend ideas and for the children to explain their ideas and reflect on their learning.

To end my visit, I asked to visit every class so that I could make sure I thanked all of the children and staff for their wonderful hospitality, kindness and for making my trip so special. I really wanted to say goodbye to everyone and had pictures taken with the classes.

When I left, it was very hard and I shared with Ms.Jaspal Gill (the principal) how honoured I felt to have been part of their school for the week and that the trip had taught me a lot, both professionally and personally.

The impact this trip has had on me is astonishing and much of my plane journey has been spent plugged into my ipod, gazing out of the window and thinking back over all I have done and learnt. I am thrilled to be coming back to WHCPS and really cannot wait to share all my experiences with everyone but I feel a strong bond with Bawa Lalvani school and I will never forget this adventure or the special people I met along the way.

See you all soon.

Miss Harper Smile

PE Leading Aspect Award Presentation

Today was an exciting day as we were visited by several special guests. Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor attended our morning assembly to present us with our Leading Aspect Award for Physical Education. Ian was accompanied by representatives from Wilson Stuart Active Society, Wilson Stuart School and Aspire Sports. The award was presented to two of our pupils, Katy and Christopher who accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Following the presentation, Year 6 children enjoyed the opportunity to ask Ian Taylor some questions about his success as a professional sportsman. They all listened very intently and picked up some top tips for a budding future in sport.

We are so proud to have received this special accolade in recognition of the high level of Physical Education and Physical Activity we have at Whitehouse Common. Well done to all staff and children who have contributed to this achievement and shown the world we are a healthy and active school!

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You can read the case study for our PE Leading Aspect Award online, [click here] to read it.

Christmas Shoeboxes

A big thank you all parents and pupils for their generosity and kindness with putting together a fantastic 127 shoeboxes for 'Operation Christmas Child'. All the boxes were collected today by a representative from Samaritan's Purse. Lots of children all over the world are going to be delighted to receive these super presents! For more information about what will now happen to your shoeboxes please [click here].

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Day Five photos

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India - Day Five : My last full day at school

So, today was my last full day at school and what afabulous day it was!

I was once again welcomed to the school with a great dance (this time a modern street dance which was excellently choreographed!) and a song by the school choir. I feel such a part of Bawa Lalvani school already and it is really heart warming that the staff and children want to share their talents with me each day. I really enjoy watching them perform.

After this I visited some classes to observe lessons and talk to the children. I saw an art lesson and a maths lesson and it was interesting to watch the teachers and children at work.

I spoke to different children to answre their questions about England and our school and was even asked to sing the national anthem as the children were interested in the words and tune. I hope I did it justice!!!

Later in the morning I was invited, by special invitation, to an assembly by the infant children. This was superb and I watched every infant class perform, sharing songs, dances and poems with me. All the children from age 3 to 6 took part and each one performed their act beautifully.

I followed the assembly by spending time with each year group in the infants to share stories and songs and we had lots of fun together. I also introduced them to Shay (4JH's class mascot) and they were excited to meet him and shake his hand.

I went to observe another lesson in a junior class, this time it was grammar and again it was interesting to watch how the teaching and learning takes place in the school.

Finally, to round off the school day we used SKYPE to allow some Year 4 children to talk to some Grade 4 children and this was very exciting. The children from BLPS were thrilled to get the chance to see and speak directly with children from WHCPS and, as soon as the SKYPE was over they were asking when we would be able to do this again. It was fun to share questions and answers and to talk to each other from such a distance apart.

After school, I went for a quick power nap before heading out to do just a little more shopping. I am a bit worried that my case will be far too heavy to carry tomorrow! Still, my evening was great fun and I had wonderful conversations and a lot of laughs with the two teachers who accompanied me.

I still have some more time in school tomorrow before I have to head to Amritsar for the start of my long journey back home but I think the visit tomorrow will be tough. I have loved every second of my visit and built strong bonds with the staff and children here who are all wonderful.

I will be sorry to say goodbye to them and I suspect it will be quite emotional but I also look forward to sharing all my experiences with the children and staff at WHCPS when I return and am excited to see you all again, especially my class who I have missed lots while I have been away.

I will try to blog tomorrow when I am en route home but I look forward to seeing you soon...

Miss Harper Smile

More photos - Day 4 in India

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Parent Workshop Information

ParentsResourcesWe had some great Parent Workshops this morning in both the Acorns and Oaks buildings!

Following these, we have published the slides and information from each to the Parent Resources section on our Moodle.

Unlike all other secured areas of our Moodle, the "Parent Resources" section can be accessed by guests, meaning you don't require a log-on to see the information. [Click here] to access the course and look in the box titled "Parent Workshops 16/11/11". 

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