November 30th 2018

Dear Parent/Carers,

Tomorrow is our Christmas Fair! Do come along to the juniors between 12noon and 4pm, where you can enjoy food, drink and entertainment, all the time raising money for the School. I am very grateful to the members of the PTA who have worked so hard to put on what I am sure will be a wonderful start to the Christmas season! Below is a reminder of the times for the school music groups that are performing at the Fair. The children will need to arrive by the stage in the junior hall ten minutes before their slot. They do not wear school uniform but Christmas hats etc. would be great!

  • Year 3/4 Choir – 1 p.m.
  • Year 2 Choir – 2 p.m.
  • School Orchestra – 2:30 p.m.

This morning, I enjoyed the Year 4 to 6 music concert. I am always amazed at the skill of the performers, whose determined practice enables them to thrill us all. It came at the end of a week of performances; we have had the Junior Gymnastics showcase, the Year 1 and 2 Dance and Junior Dance performances, where I know the pupils’ hard work and dedication were evident in the enthusiasm displayed. Year 2 have been observing ice melting in science, Year 3 have been building their own Lego superheroes and Year 6 have been busy carving soap to sell at the Christmas fair.

You can see photos of these, and more, in the attached newsletter.

 Online Safety

On Wednesday, Peter Cowley, the borough’s online safety advisor came to school to brief us on the biggest dangers facing children online. I want to share key points with you:

  • Children using apps that allow strangers to contact them and leave them vulnerable to exploitation, harassment, abuse and bullying. Many popular apps have a minimum age of 13, meaning that they are not for children at primary school. Parents may allow their children to access these apps, but should not let them do that unsupervised, for example on a parents’ device. These are the minimum age of popular apps, according to their manufacturer:
    13+: Facebook,Instagram, Pinterest, Sarahah, Skype, Snapchat, TikTok, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube
    16+: WhatsApp
  • For more information on some of those apps from the NSPCC, click here.
  • YouTube autoplay function can quickly leave children watching inappropriate videos. We were shown an example of a popular children’s video which, after eleven videos on autoplay, led to a sexually inappropriate video. To avoid this, parents can sign in to YouTube and disable autoplay. We were told that this can be a particular danger for smaller children, who might not be as aware of what they are watching.
  • Parental controls on children’s devices. If you are planning to give your child an internet enable device for Christmas, do set up parental controls before you give the child their gift. There is more information in the attached guide.

Clubs

For information about our clubs, and how to book them, do click on the links on our clubs page.

PE Kits

We are running low on spare PE kit to lead to children who forget theirs, especially at the juniors. If you have any old PE kit and/or plimsolls, and no longer need them, please hand them in at either office.

Christmas Cards

If your child wants to send Christmas cards to children at school, they should post it in our Christmas post boxes, which will be on each site from Wednesday 12th December. Please ensure that all cards have the first name & initial of the child the card is for, as well as the class they are in.

Nursery Cakes Sales

Nursery raised a fantastic £168.30. Thank you to all the bakers and buyers, the money will go towards a visitor bringing in some animals for us to meet.

Year 5 and 6 Choir

Next week Year 5 and 6 choir will be Wednesday, not Thursday, before school. There will still be Advanced Recorders on Wednesday, so if your child is in both, they can attend recorders first and then Mrs Bishop is happy for them to finish earlier and then go to choir.

Recorders and Orchestra

There is a rehearsal for the school concert on Monday afternoon, so recorders and orchestra will need to bring their instruments on Monday.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher