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Weekly News – Friday 1st February

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Gosh that was a cold week! Well done on de-icing vehicles and getting children to school. We are quite cosy here. Due to the extreme temperatures on Thursday morning, we didn’t take the children down to the Forest Recreation ground for their additional games session. Whilst the AstroTurf was available and defrosted, the air temperature would have made the walk down/up the hill and the vigour of the exercise too much.

We were delighted by the parent ‘training’ sessions we offered on Wednesday night. The session led by the NSPCC on internet safety offered some very useful resources for parents and explained why many of us find the area a minefield. Here are some of those shared:

  • to find out more about the most popular networks, sites and apps that children are using. This links to further information that will help you and your child set privacy settings, remove content, block people and report abuse
  • has ideas on conversation starters you can use with your children and advice about staying safe on line
  • is advice for parents from CEOPS
  • The UK safer internet centre has further advice and guidance about safety online:

There are many organisations out there to advise and help but the NSPCC start by suggesting that opening conversations about usage with children is a great place to start. Of course internet safety forms a part of our taught curriculum for all pupils as well as being covered in our senior Issues programme.

Mr Dean spoke about the school’s work on children’s mental health. I will write more on this and the final topic over the next two weeks.

Mrs Howlett and Mrs Wright introduced to the parents the new strategy for girls in Years 5 to 11 called Girls On Board. This seeks to empower girls to understand the nature of friendship and to sort some of their problems themselves. The intervention of the school is in providing workshop sessions for whole cohorts of girls when there is an identified friendship upset. This is primarily a single sex issue and the support in this area is deliberately targeting girls. We use different pastoral approaches when dealing with our boys. The staff made it very clear the difference between bullying and friendship issues.

We are always keen to hear parent feedback from sessions and to get a feeling for what other topics you would like some guidance on. As a school we are continually looking to best practice to ensure our pupils are safe and happy and to add to our excellence of provision in the pastoral area.

This week, pupils in Year 7 and 10 have had a Conference Day to look at the areas of the social curriculum (PSCHEE). We now have a further two colleagues trained to a higher level of First Aid to ensure we have excellent coverage on and off site.

Next week, we look forward to the Year 8 Conference Day and the Year 10 Parents’ Evening and the Intermediate Maths Challenge.

In case you have missed this – all letters that go out about school events are put on the website under the parents tab and on our mobile app. Should you not be in receipt of communications about things listed in this weekly update, keep an eye on those pages on the website.

I wish you all a wrapped-up-hats-scarves-and-gloves sort of weekend. There really is nothing better than walking across frozen fields and spotting the early signs of spring (snowdrops and daffodils). Enjoy!

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

A pretty cold week this week! Please could you remind children to make sure they have their coats, in addition to blazers, in school each day along with gloves, hats and scarves.  Unless it is wet, the children do spend all of their playtimes outside.

Another busy week in Junior School. On Tuesday, Miss Wilson took some children for an Able Maths Day which they greatly enjoyed. Our Wednesday evening parent meetings were very successful and informative. Thank you to Emma from NSPCC for delivering her online safety session.  Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day and we will be doing work in school next week on this.

On Monday, Mrs Keyworth will be taking her hockey team to Worksop College for a tournament whilst on Friday, Mr Goodhead will be taking a cross country team to Wollaton.  Good luck to all of them. I hope it warms up a little for them next week!

Next Thursday, we will be holding an after school information meeting for parents with children in Year 3 and 4 about the upcoming residential trip to PGL.  If you cannot make this meeting, we will ensure you receive the important content and any relevant forms.  If you have any other questions about this trip, please contact Miss Purchase.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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