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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 6 - Friday 15 October 2021

Dates to remember:

FS1/2 Spooky Spectacular  Thursday 21 October Optional Dress Up

Y5/6 boys Football final  Wednesday 20 October   South Hunsley 4.30-6.00        

End of term Thursday 21 October (return on Monday 1 November)

Monster Pyjama Party  Monday 1 November

FS2 and Year 1 - 4:30-5:30pm

Year 2, 3 and 4 - 5:45-6:45pm

Year 5 and 6 - 7pm-8pm 

Parents Evening  Monday 8November and Wednesday 10 November

I will begin with a thank you to all of the parents we have spoken to regarding uniforms. The large majority of pupils are now dressed entirely appropriately and in line with our school policy. There still remain a couple of issues with leggings which need resolving (leggings are not appropriate for school) but we are really pleased with the cooperation from parents. 

The main topic of conversation this week in our senior leadership meetings has been around social media. The internet is of course a marvellous tool and the many social media platforms are in the main used respectfully. However in the past few weeks we have seen a rise in inappropriate use of social media by our pupils outside school which we have been made aware of.  

As a staff we follow the ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance and it is our duty to follow up any misuse of social media that we are party to. The guidance states: staff should be aware that technology is a significant component in many safeguarding and wellbeing issues. Children are at risk of abuse online as well as face to face. In many cases abuse will take place concurrently via online channels and in daily life. Children can also abuse their peers online, this can take the form of abusive, harassing, and misogynistic messages. We do record these incidents as cyber bullying and will contact parents of both the pupils who have posted unkind comments and the parents of the ‘victim’.

We are particularly concerned with the misuse of platforms such as ‘Tiktok’ and ‘Snapchat’ where we have had some very unkind content posted among peers. These are even more dangerous as they disappear when posted or can be easily deleted. We would urge you to screen capture or video any messages that your child receives that concern you for evidence. We do talk to the children in school about these incidents and advise parents to contact the police in extreme circumstances as they are classed as malicious communication. It is very difficult for us to monitor communication outside school but inevitably this activity spills into school and has an adverse effect on friendships and behaviour.

The minimum age requirements for most social media platforms is 13 and therefore none of our pupils at Penshurst should be accessing these platforms:

13 years            Instagram, Facebook, Snapshot

16 years            Whatsapp

18 years            YouTube

If you have made a decision to allow your children to access these sites, the NSPCC advises that you monitor their activity closely to avoid any harm coming to them or others. We have had visits from the PCSO and East Riding behaviour team in the last six months to talk to the children about this problem and will continue to work with them to help our pupils understand that their actions online have consequences.

In other news our Y5/6 girls football team played in a tournament on Monday night and did fantastically well winning one match, drawing three and losing one. Well done girls! Not bad for a first ever go! The boys final takes place on the 20 October - good luck boys!

After half term the school choir will resume on a Friday after school -this is open to Y4, 5 and 6 initially and is quite a commitment as we are often asked to sing at events such as the Hessle Light Switch on and at various establishments around Hessle. A Google form will be sent out to sign up and it will be first come, first serve. Please only fill it in if your child is truly interested in singing as we work really hard to get to a high level and dedication and exemplary behaviour is a must in this provision.

For those of you still planning on visiting the Fair - have a great time.  Otherwise have a restful weekend.

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School