Children and staff at St. Stephen's Junior heartily congratulated a very special group of children in assembly on their progress toward becoming fully-fledged Digital Leaders. Their training is due to complete this term, however, to celebrate their hard work and in preparation for Safer Internet Day on the 11th February, they were presented with unique polo shirts to make them easily identifiable to other children in the school.
Their important role includes providing advice on how to safely navigate the ever-growing digital world. We look forward to their many contributions over the course of the year. Should any parent wish to know more about the programme, please contact us via the school main office.
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.
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.