On Friday 23rd March it is Sport Relief Day! Children are invited to attend school in sportswear – football kits, jogging bottoms, shorts, judo suits etc – whatever they want to wear. We ask for a suggested donation of £1.00 which will go towards Sport Relief.
Today the P6 and P7 volunteers had great fun with a bucket, sponge and a squeegee! They set off to wash windows and the laughter could be heard from all areas of the school. As well as having fun the children were learning life skills. I’m not sure how clean the windows are after they were finished but they were responsible, worked co-operatively and stuck with the job until they had finished it. Well done Community Squad 2!
As part of our process of updating the Anti-bullying policy and the Positive Behaviour policy, when an incident happens in school or in the playground, we will be asking children to reflect on their negative behaviours and the impact that has had on others. This will be completed with a member of staff as part of a restorative approach, sometimes during breaktime. The reflection sheet requires the child to:
consider which of the children’s right have been affected
consider which Golden Rule they have broken
think about and identify their actions
consider the impact of those actions on others
consider what they should have done or what they should do if this happens again.
This will then be sent home for you to read and discuss with your child. It should be signed and returned to school the next day.
We will endeavour to send a Groupcall to families as soon as possible if there is any closure or delayed opening. Please ensure we have your most up to date contact details.
Mr King, our janitor will work hard to clear priority pathways into school which will minimise the chance of slipping in the snow and ice. Please only use the pathways provided and DO NOT ENTER the school car park.
On Wednesday (28th) and Thursday (1st), NSPCC will host a range of assemblies and workshops for pupils and parents.
The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe.programme on Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for P6 and P7.
“NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems.” Child’s feedback
What is the Speak out. Stay safe. programme?
Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.
We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
“This service provides important information in a child-friendly way – it should be made mandatory in all schools. A brilliant service!” Teacher, Wistaston Primary, Crewe
If you would like any more information about the NSPCCSpeak out. Stay safe.programme, including frequently asked questions, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools or please come into speak to me and I can provide more information.
Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children
The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.
The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants
If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/