We have recently had a whole school assembly promoting the NSPCC and their campaign for children to “Speak out and Stay Safe”. Speak out Stay safe is a session available to all primary schools in the UK. It aims to equip a generation of children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline.
Year 5 & 6 pupils are also having 1-hour workshops in school this week with NSPCC staff to explore to encourage them to feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe. As a class they explore the topics in more detail using engaging exercises to look at different situations and decide what's OK and what's not OK.
Both the assembly and workshops are offered to our school at no cost. Pupils are taught a fun way to remember the Childline telephone number, the number is free to ring and the type of support they can get. There are online chat rooms and access to a counsellor. Once again this is a free service.
School Eco-Councillors and Year 6 young leaders visited Westgate Towers today and met the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Canterbury. We heard all about the council meetings that are held there and the history of the Mayor’s role, including visits from Royal family members.
Year 6 travelled to the war memorial in Canterbury on Monday 11th November to observe a two minutes silence in respect of those who have made sacrifices for war. The children witnessed the ceremony commence with the last post, and were able to meet some retired soldiers who had fought in past conflicts. They will be later studying World War 2 for their history topic. (Click on the image for a larger view)
Twitter allows short messages, photographs and videos to be shared. Many schools now use Twitter to share regular updates with parents throughout the school day, to keep parents informed about life at their child’s school.
We have been using Twitter as a school now for the past six years (@SSJSCanterbury) and as well as keeping parents up to date with a normal school day, we have been able to keep parents updated whilst on school trips, such as the skiing trip, bushcraft and PGL, as well as during special events such as music concerts and assemblies. We look forward to seeing more of our parents take advantage of this innovative way of sharing their child's journey through school! There is a link to our Twitter feed on the school website.