A letter to young people from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education
I wanted to let you all know how grateful I am for the way you have responded to the huge challenges you have all faced throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Whether this is your first year at school or your final year of college, I know the disruption you have all faced to your education since the pandemic began has been incredibly challenging and has meant completely changing the way you learn - either learning remotely at home or continuing at school or college with fewer of your friends around you and lots of safety measures in place.
Whether you were at home or at school, the disruption last term and throughout last year asked a lot of you and your families. I am filled with admiration for the incredible way you all responded and the resilience you have shown. Not being in school or college with your teachers and friends was a huge sacrifice. Everything you did, with the help of your families and your schools and colleges, and everything you missed out on – time in school, taking exams, seeing friends, playing sport and much more - made such a huge difference to helping us stop the spread of the virus. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you.
Getting all young people back into school and college safely has been my priority throughout the pandemic. I know how vital it is not just for your education but also to spend time with your friends and to feel happy and secure. All our lives have changed a lot in the past year but the challenges that young people have faced have been some of the hardest. I will continue doing everything in my power to make sure that all of you are supported to boost any areas of work you’ve had less time at school to study, get the qualifications you deserve and have the opportunities you need to succeed.
Continuing to follow all the safety measures your schools and colleges have worked hard to put in place, as well as taking a test twice a week, is so important and helps us to stop the virus spreading. The testing that thousands of you have been taking part in at school and college is a vital part of this. I am so grateful to you and all the staff who have supported you to do this. I know your schools and colleges have worked incredibly hard to prepare you to test yourself at home.
As most of you at secondary school and college move to testing yourself regularly at home, it’s vital that you continue to test and report online twice a week through the Easter holidays and after you return to school. Home testing twice a week for you and everyone you live with makes a huge difference and means you are playing a really important role in helping us move back to a more normal way of life. Your school or college will continue to support you and make sure you have tests.
I was delighted to see the enthusiasm with which so many of you returned to school at the beginning of March and I am sure you have had a wonderful few weeks catching up with your friends and teachers. It was fantastic to meet pupils delighted to return to school on my visits to schools like Arden Academy and Bedford Free School and to see so many more of your reunions on social media. I hope that the new term will be just as enjoyable and successful for all of you.
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education
Happy Easter from Nottingham Hospitals Charity!
We hope you are looking forward to the Easter Holidays as much as we are, and to keep your pupils entertained during this time we have a free activity sheet we’d love to share with you and your pupils.
When you have finished, take a snap and send to email@example.com or tag us on social media. Closing date for entries is 18 April 2021, and there is an Easter Surprise for the most creative decoration!
Wellbeing Award for Schools
You may remember being sent a letter during February about the school's intention to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools. If you'd like a refresher, the letter can be found within Key Information on the signpost. The letter can be found by clicking on the rainbow near to the bottom of the page, under the heading 'Physical & Mental Health and Wellbeing'.
Unfortunately, it would appear that the Parent Survey that was sent out never worked so Mrs Howitt has sent another link earlier today. We would REALLY appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete thi s survey as your responses will be used create our school Action Plan.
Fortunately, the Pupil Survey did work and you can find the results for this in the document below. I have to say that we have been very pleased with the children's responses and we feel that we are going in the right direction.
For future reference, WAS stands for Wellbeing Award for Schools.
Thank you for taking the time to have a look.
The St. Peter's Grand Easter Egg Raffle
Tickets will be going on sale for the St. Peter's Grand Easter Egg Raffle tomorrow. Teachers will be selling tickets to their own class. Tickets cost £1 each - please send in correct change so that the money can go straight into a tin and not be touched.
Each class will have the chance to win one of the following prizes:
1 x first prize
2 x second prizes
3 x 3rd prizes
Any eggs that are left over after making up these prizes, will be raffled as individual prizes - every class will have the same number of prizes in relation to the number of children in the class.
The children are invited to come to school on Friday in their own clothes (non-uniform) in exchange for an Easter egg or other yummy Easter treat. These items will then be used to make up the prizes.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards buying new playground equipment for each class.
Thank you for your continued support.
A letter from the team at Junior Bake Off
We are delighted to say, that we have recently opened applications for the 7th series of Junior Bake Off; a Channel 4 programme that celebrates the culinary talent and ambition of the younger generation in Britain.
We are looking for young budding bakers between 9 -15 years old.
Filming would take place from July 2021, but our applications close on Sunday 28th March 2021.
Interested bakers can apply online at - WWW.APPLYFORJUNIORBAKEOFF.CO.UK.
Please see the flyer below for details.
The Junior Bake Off Team
Children's Mental Health Week (1st - 7th February 2021)
I would like to thank you for your continued support with your children's Home Learning. I fully appreciate that it is a very challenging role - especially if you are also trying to work from home yourself.
Whilst the Government guidelines for learning are 3 hours per day for Key Stage One children and four hours for children in Key Stage Two, I would suggest that whilst your child(ren)'s learning is important, their mental health and well being is more important than anything else. Without being in a 'good' place, learning is virtually impossible.
Please do what you can but don't be a slave to Home Learning. If it's causing tears and/or tantrums (maybe your own), put everything down and do something that will put you all in a better frame of mind.
There are some activities from iMoves in the post below that are designed to help with mental health and wee being and below that, you will find some Top Tips. Breathing techniques are particularly useful - ask you child (ren) about Take Five in school and they may be able to take the lead.
I hope that these posts will go some way to make this situation more bearable.
Please have a good week. Enjoy the sunshine and remember to breathe!
With very best wishes from
Top Tips for Supporting Your Child's Mental Health
Dear parents and carers,
Please don't think I'm trying to teach Grandma how to suck eggs; this article could well be reaffirming that you're doing the right thing during these challenging times. I've no doubt that everyone is trying their best.
Maintaining good mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. It affects the way children think, feel and act. As a parent, you play an important role in promoting your child's mental health and recognising when there may be early signs of difficulties.
Put simply, you can do this by:
So, here are our 10 top tips on practical ways you can positively promote your child’s mental health:
Try to have make time every day for an activity where you can connect with your child without distractions that enables comfortable conversation. We all lead busy lives, but doing an activity like this together will offer your child the opportunity for them to feel secure and express how they are doing / feeling;
This is a great way to connect with your child and takes no planning! Uninterrupted quiet time provides an ideal environment for your child to focus and build their attention span. When things are overwhelming, quiet time can help your child reset their thoughts and avoid behaviour escalation to meltdowns;
Recognise their efforts as well as achievements- praise the small steps. For example, say your child has difficulty sitting quietly and calmly at the dinner table. Although desired, it would be unrealistic to initially expect them to do this for half an hour. So small steps might be praising that they achieved 5 -10 minutes. At the next meal this could be built on by reminding them of their previous achievement and setting a new goal of 15 minutes;
Self-esteem is how they feel about themselves, both inside and out. Children with good self-esteem generally have a positive outlook, accept themselves and feel confident. Fostering self-esteem includes showing love and acceptance, asking questions about their activities / interests and helping them to set realistic goals;
That’s really listening to what they are saying and how they are feeling. Often the way children feel may seem unrealistic or disproportionate to adults but remember, children do not have the wisdom of experience and they may need help and direction to make sense of situations and feelings. Try to answer your child's questions and reassure them in an age-appropriate manner. Whilst you may not be able to answer all their questions, talking things through can help them feel calmer;
Following through on commitments and routines builds trust and continuity, important relationship factors. Try to keep to as many regular routines as possible to help your child feel safe and secure. This includes having regular times for going to bed, waking up, eating meals and doing activities /hobbies;
Should the need to break a commitment or routine occur make sure there is a valid reason and take the time to explain why to your child. Remember success comes from keeping your promises to your child;
Play is a fantastic way for children to learn new things and develop problem solving skills. It also offers great opportunities for them to learn how to express their feelings;
Look after your own mental health and wellbeing. Children are intuitive and will readily pick up on feelings such as stress, anxiety, hopelessness and fear.
Teaching children about feelings can be hard as it’s an abstract concept but if they can understand and express their emotions, they will be less likely to ‘act out’. For example, you can discuss how characters in a book are feeling and the reasons why they may be feeling that way;
We hope you find these tips helpful. It is important to recognise and accept that sometimes your child may not feel comfortable talking to you. As a parent this is a tough one, but the reality is that there will be occasions where this is the case. Rather than feel resentful or unhappy, you can take positive action and help them find someone they feel comfortable talking to e.g., a grandparent, an older sibling or another positive adult role model. Above all else, if you have any concerns, no matter how minor, or are at all worried about your child’s behaviour, mental health or wellbeing please contact your GP. In the first instance they may offer a face-to-face appointment or may ask you to speak to them via phone or video call. GPs are experienced professionals trained to help and you shouldn’t worry about wasting their time.
I hope you found the article useful.
iMoves for Home Fun
I have added a number of activities onto the iMoves Home Learning Platform for you to access at your leisure. These include: pilates, disco dancing and mountain biking!
They will change again in a week's time when I will add a slightly different selection.
You can login by typing imoves.com into your address bar.
Then click onto the orange Home Login button at the top of the page.
The class ID is: 36515
I'm sure you'll have great fun!
Co-op Community Champions
As many of you are aware, St. Peter's C of E Primary School was the beneficiary of Misterton Co-op's Community Champions scheme before Christmas. I am delighted to announce that a total of £580. 54 was raised for how school. We are hoping to use the money to buy some new reading books for the school. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible.
MAGICAL MATHS HOME-SCHOOL LEARNING
Magical Maths is offering virtual Maths, Science & English clubs from next week - if interested, more info is available through this link - CLICK HERE
Safeguarding Briefing from leading Safeguarding professional, Andrew Hall
16th November 2020
WhatsApp launches new disappearing messages option
During November, WhatsApp will be rolling out 'disappearing messages' functionality. The feature will allow WhatsApp users to enable disappearing messages on chat conversations between friends, to automatically delete messages after seven days. Wiping will also apply to videos and photos.
Whilst WhatsApp's minimum user age is 16, many children and young people have accounts. Auto-deleting entries could increase the risk to younger users as evidence of any issues may not be available.
I'm also aware of professionals using WhatsApp for professional purposes for various reasons, including connecting with young people directly during lock-down. I wrote about why this is a bad idea here: https://www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/why-schools-shouldnt-use-whatsapp/
A product similar to WhatsApp for business use is Guild. Guild is GDPR-compliant and is free for up to 25 users, 1 group, 1 admin. You can find out more about Guild here: https://guild.co/
A big congratulations to Lennon & Sebe who ran 5K with their mummy during half term to raise money for Cancer Research.
You are all amazing. Well done!
HOW TO ACCESS THE LEARNING PLATFORM
Please find below the link for our home learning platform. If you paste the link, the children will be able to access their learning platform using their logins and passwords provided. If you have any difficulties please contact your class teacher by emailing school and the message will be passed on.