Keeping our children safe.
Next week is Internet Safety Week. In school we will be focusing on staying safe on the internet and children will be covering thinking once again about this very important subject. Please take this opportunity to talk with your children about
staying safe on the internet and using it wisely.
Key messages to remind children about are:
- Only use websites that your parents or carers are happy for you to access
- Never give personal details out to others
- Never agree to meet anyone that you have spoken to but don’t know personally
- If you see or hear anything at all that makes you feel uncomfortable show an adult and tell them about it straight away so that this can be reported
All Right Charlie
Over the next week we will be delivering a 90 minute lesson that includes short film clips and lots of discussion that is aimed at Years 5 and 6 pupils and deals in a very careful, age appropriate way with the introduction of on line exploitation and
grooming. As part of our PSHE and safeguarding work it is important that we teach our children the skills that they need to stay safe on line, especially as they get older and are more likely to be accessing social media sites. This lesson has been specially written by a team of experts and all schools are being encouraged to deliver it as part of their safeguarding teaching. Please take the opportunity to speak with your
children about this and staying safe on the internet
This week all our Year 1 pupils have taken part in a lesson about safe touch. It has
introduced the children to the concepts of safe and unsafe secrets and also the
underwear rule. We would encourage all parents to talk to their children about this and remind them of the underwear rule and that nobody should touch an area of the body that is covered by underwear.
We know that a number of our children, particularly in Key Stage 2 have mobile phones and some have access to social media sites such as Instagram. We have
recently had some parents expressing concerns about the way some pupils are
speaking to each other on instagram and we would like to remind everyone that if children are using this site they should be monitored carefully to avoid any
possibility of internet bullying.
It has been lovely to see all the children back to school and making a positive start to 2018.
Thank you to all those children and parents who continue to read regularly at home and to complete their reading record book. Can we remind you that we ask that children aim to read 20 times per month at home. This helps to build their fluency and reading stamina , which is vital for them to access the curriculum as they get further and further up the school.
Parents can help by asking questions about the text to help to build comprehension skills. If you are not sure about what sort of questions to ask there are ideas in your child’s reading record book . Alternatively, please come into school to see your child’s teacher.
Comments Questions or Concerns
If you have any comments, questions or concerns we would love to hear them. Please feel welcome to contact school and speak to the class teacher or Mrs Navas at any time. Don’t wait for little worries to become big problems– come and speak to us because we are very happy to help!
The school council have organised this day to be held next Wednesday– 24th January. Children can come to school in their onseie or pyjamas and donate £1 to the children’s chosen charity – Christian Aid. We hope you will feel able to support this and encourage children to become more aware of those who need our help around the world and become global citizens.
A massive well done to all the children who did a fabulous job this week in Foundation and Key Stage 1 nativity plays. We hope that you enjoyed them.
Thanks also to all the staff who have worked so hard to prepare these productions with the children.
The week ahead. . .
Next week will be a very busy one in school:
Monday– Key Stage 2 afternoon carol service
Tuesday– Christmas dinner and Key Stage 2 evening carol service
Wednesday– Foundation and Key Stage 1 Christmas parties
Thursday– Non–uniform “Wear something Christmassy” ( no donation required) and Key Stage 2 Christmas party
New Entry System for school.
You will have noticed if you have visited the office this week that on Monday we had a new entry system fitted to school. This is a development of our safeguarding
systems in school. Every person entering school will need to sign in and will have a photographic identification badge issued, which they will have to wear at all times on the school premises. We will also be asking that parents sign in children who are late using the system, which will require a reason for lateness to be entered onto the system. Children leaving school early due to illness or medical appointments will also need to be signed out on the system. This ensures that we have an accurate electronic record of everyone on the premises at any point in the school day, should there be an emergency, such as a fire.
We hope you will agree that the new electronic system enhances our safeguarding procedures.
Anti Bullying Week
This week has been anti-bullying week. The theme has been :
We are all different and all equal.
Our whole school assemblies have been on the theme of anti-bullying and children have also done some work on this in their classes. Their work will be displayed in an anti– bullying themed display.
Friends of Canon Popham Christmas Fair
Our annual Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 1st December from 3:45 – 5:30. There is a small group of volunteers who have been working hard at the planning for this event and they really need your help to make it a success.
We would be very grateful to receive:
* Offers to help on the day– setting up, running a stall or tidying up
* Contributions of prizes for the tombola
On Friday 1st December it will be a non-uniform day. We ask that children do not bring money but instead bring something ‘chocolatey’ which can then be used to make the chocolate tombola stall.
Operation Christmas Child
The children have worked in pairs to pack boxes for this very worthy cause . They have been completed this afternoon and will be going to the collection centre where they will be processed. The boxes will be going to Belarus and bring a smile to many faces.
This year we have been a collection point for boxes donated by the community and have also worked with parishioners of The Church of the Good Shepherd and together we have donated 262 boxes
Once again, a huge thank you for your support.
We have had one or two cases of children having a sickness bug over the last week or so. Just to reassure parents/carers, the school cleaning staff work hard to ensure that school is cleaned thoroughly every day. We also encourage children to have good hand hygiene and wash hands after every toilet visit. We would like to remind parents /carers that children who have had a stomach bug cannot attend school until 48 hours after the last bout of illness. This is in line with other schools and HSC guidelines in order to prevent the spread of any germs around school.
Relief Lunchtime Supervisors
We are looking to increase our list of people who would be willing to undertake lunchtime supervisor work at short notice e.g. if one of our dinner ladies was off sick. If you would be interested in going on this list please see Mrs Liddle or Mrs Bell in the office for further information. As part of our safeguarding procedures this role would require a full DBS check.
Operation Christmas Child.
Thank you to everyone who has started to donate items for our annual shoe box appeal. However, we currently don’t have enough donations. We would like all the children in school to be involved in helping to pack a box so we really need more items! Please, please continue to send items in so that we can fill as many shoe boxes as possible. Donations of empty shoe boxes are also welcome.
If there is anyone who would be willing to wrap boxes for us please let the office know.
Thank you for your help.
Anti Bullying Week
Next week is anti bullying week. Across the whole school children will be thinking about this very important topic and the work that they produce will form a display in the school. There will be more information about this in next week’s news letter.
Children In Need
On Friday 17th November it is Children in Need day. As a school we like to support this appeal and will therefore be having a non-uniform day on this date. We as for each child to bring a £1 donation which will be sent to Children in need.
We would like to remind you that all Key Stage 2 children should now be wearing their winter uniform. This includes a shirt and tie and NOT polo shirts. In addition, our school uniform policy states that girls can wear bobbles or a small, discrete blue bow but should not be wearing the large ‘jo-jo’ type bows that are fashion items but not part of our uniform policy. We would ask that parents support us in ensuring that children stick to our uniform policy in order that we maintain the high standards of dress that we expect. We will have a uniform check next week.
Thank you for your support.
We are getting towards the time of year when children start to pick up coughs, colds and general illnesses.
Where children are able to, even if they feel a little ‘ under the weather’ they should continue to attend school as normal. However, if they are genuinely too poorly to come to school we would like to remind all parents/carers that they need to ring the school to report their child’s illness on the morning of their first day of absence and each subsequent day until their child is fit to return to school. If we do not get a phone call to give us the reason for an absence we then have to follow our safeguarding procedures and contact parent/carers to determine the reason for absence. It is not sufficient for a sibling in school to report a child’s absence. This has to be confirmed by the parent/carer.
Thank you for your support.
Many thanks to all those parents who have booked appointments for parents evening using our new system. We hope that you found it straight forward to use or that you were able to book an appointment through the school office if you were unable to access the system.
To date, we have had a very positive response from parents regarding this system. However, if you have an opinion about it that you would like to share please speak to Mrs Navas or the office staff. We introduced the electronic booking system on a trial basis. If the general feedback received continues to be positive we will use the system for booking all future parents evening appointments.
Just a reminder that school closes for half term to the children on Thursday 26th October. However, staff will be in school on Friday 27th October for a training day for further First Aid training.
School re opens to pupils for the start of the new half term on Monday 6th November.
Friends of Canon Popham forthcoming events.
On Wednesday 8th November there will be a school disco.
Please see posters for more information next week.
On Friday 1st December we will be holding our Christmas Fair. We will be asking for volunteers to help at this event and also for donations of items.
Please look out for further information at the start of next half term.
ALL MONEY RAISED GOES DIRECTLY TO THE CHILDREN THOUGH PROVIDING THE LITTLE EXTRAS THAT A SCHOOL BUDGET CANNOT SUPPLY SUCH AS ADDITIONAL OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT, WHOLE CLASS READING MATERIAL,SUPPORT FOR YEAR 6 LEAVERS EVENTS AND MUCH MORE.
Please, please get involved in any way you can, however small. Our next PTA meeting will be on
Monday 13th November at 6pm in the school Library. We will be finalising plans for the Christmas Fair and would love to see you there.
Thanks to everyone who donated so generously to our Harvest collection of goods for the Doncaster Food Bank. They are being combined with those donated by parishioners of The Church of the Good Shepherd and will be going to this good cause.
Support for Macmillan Cancer Relief.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed by buying a cake from the cake stall or entering the competitions for guess the height of the cake or the number of jelly beans in the jar. Your generosity has raised £130. Special thanks to Miss Simms ( parent) and Mrs Hall for all the organizing and arranging of this event.
As some of you may be aware, This Morning on ITV are running a Be Kind campaign where children in schools are encouraged to be kind to each other and to stand up for victims of bullying.
In school we regularly talk with the children about anti bullying and how it is important to speak up. This week in one of our assemblies we have talked to the children about the Be Kind campaign and also about speaking out if they are being bullied or if they see other children bullying or being bullied. We are putting posters up around school to remind children to
‘SPEAK OUT, STAND UP, BE KIND’
and would encourage families to talk about this at home as well.
If you have any concerns about anything to do with bullying please come and speak to us in school. The staff team will do our best to help.
Visit from the new Bishop of Sheffield.
On Tuesday we were fortunate to have a visit from the new Bishop of Sheffield, Bishop Pete Wilcox. He is currently undertaking a 50 mile walk around the region, finishing on Friday in Sheffield and he will be welcomed as our new bishop with a service on Saturday in Sheffield Cathedral. As part of his ‘walkabout’ he came to visit us and lead a short service for the children and staff in church. Our school was lucky to be on his itinerary, as one of only a few schools that he was able to visit in this important week for him. As part of his walkabout he is using social media such as ‘Twitter’ to let people know what he is up to and has included his visit to The Church of the Good Shepherd and meeting the children in this.
The Daily Mile
Our Daily Mile is now well established and we are delighted with the children’s response to this. It is a pleasure to see all the children walking or running and being active at break time as well as being able to have a chat with their friends as they go. We have also noticed the positive impact on their learning behavior when they return to the classroom after the break, more energized and ready for learning.
Well done children– keep it up!
Y6 residential to PGL.
On Tuesday 26th September Year 6 will be visiting Caythorpe Court for their residential. They will be undertaking lots of outdoor and adventurous activities including high ropes and kayaking . Have a fantastic trip Year 6 and we are looking forward to hearing about your adventures when you get back!
to all parents and carers who attended our reading information session yesterday after school. We hope you found it useful. The next session, based on helping your child with maths, will be on Tuesday 3rd October at 3:45. Please feel free to bring your child/ children with you to the meeting if necessary. We would love to see you there!
Well done to all the new children and parents who are attending Bookworms on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. We hope you are finding this to be useful and a good start to your morning. If you haven’t tried this yet please feel welcome to drop into church and give it a go. There will be a warm welcome and a hot drink made for you if you wish.