Dear Parents and Carers,
The highlight of our week has been the next step in our ‘Road safety outside school campaign.’ School Council were visited by Smurfit Kappa staff this week who have donated high vis jackets to all of the children in the school. This is so children can be seen easily on their way to and from school. We are aware that the evenings and mornings are lighter now, but these jackets can stay with the children for all of the seasons. In order for this initiative to be effective we ask that road users continue to be mindful of where they park and the speed they drive.
Teachers from George White and Mousehold met after school on Wednesday to share ideas on subject leadership and to work together if leading the same subject. This is great for progression of learning and planned opportunities and enrichment from Nursery to Year 6. Most children who attend Mousehold then attend George White, so this will provide some consistency and shared approaches to teaching.
We have also had some staff from each school visiting the partner school. All staff who have taken part in this have come back to their own school buzzing. It’s been great to share ideas.
On Monday next week, for International Maths Day, Year 2 children will be visiting George White Junior. I’m sure they’ll have a great time.
Dates for your Diary
Friday 18th March – Comic Relief Fundraising Day/Red Nose Day
Friday 1st April
Last day of term
School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April
(our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)
Open Fridays – starting Friday 18th March
Some parents with older children in school will remember when we used to invite parents into school on a Friday after school for 15-20 minutes. This was for parents to see the classrooms and look at their children’s books. We would like to start this again from Friday 18th March. You are all welcome.
Friday 18th March – Comic Relief Fundraising Day/Red Nose Day
Children can wear red to school, for a small donation to the charity. This can be with their uniform on, or own clothes. The red can be an item of clothing or accessory. We aren’t expecting families to buy anything new for the day. Our school jumpers are red so some children might want to wear them.
Safeguarding – Online Safety
It’s never too early to start taking action to keep your child safe online.
As soon as your child starts talking about or exploring the online world, you should start conversations with them about their online activity and put support in place.
Research has found that children form ‘digital habits’ during early development (such as using devices after bedtime). Therefore it is important for parents to support children to develop positive – and lasting – digital habits from an early age.
Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode to help you and your child keep the conversation going.
We use these resources with the children at school too.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre
These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:
CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.
A message from our mental health champions
Spring Family Wellbeing
We hope this email finds you well, Spring has officially started, the lighter mornings and evenings are very welcome to many of us!
Try and get outdoors a little more, take a walk, enjoy the nature around us, trees budding, bulbs beginning to grow, the blossom appearing on the trees.
Action for Happiness has lots of lovely ideas for wellbeing, with an idea for each day of the month. Here is a link for the March calendar actionforhappiness.org/calendar
Mindful March – Action for Happiness
Thanks to Peter Harper for coming up with the original calendar idea. Many thanks also to the generous volunteers who have translated the calendars into other languages, including Lira Sejdini (Albanian), Hala Disi, Carine Bouery & Aida Laubach (Arabic), Yun You & Chun Fat Huang (Chinese), Suzana Kurtusic (Croatian), Gabriela Macova (Czech), Pia Lihme Petersen (Danish), Martine De Ruiter … actionforhappiness.org
Discover new places with free Munzee trails – A 21st century scavenger hunt. Have a go at capturing a trail of QR codes hidden in various surroundings. Lots of hidden QR codes around the city, easy clues, accessible for a variety of ages. Download the free App. norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/activities-and-events-on-the-norfolk-trails/munzee
Have you heard of Norfolk Rocks? It involves decorating a rock and leaving it somewhere for someone to find it. Read this EDP newspaper article for more information and follow the Facebook link if you are interested. edp24.co.uk/news/have-you-found-one-of-the-rocks-hidden-in-norfolk-1084024
Colour walks – choose a colour such as yellow and see how many things you can all spot that are that colour, i.e. a daffodil, a front door, a bus. Have fun photographing/drawing them.
Have a picnic outside, even if it is only Spring and still a little cold. Choose a dry day and wrap up warm. Bring a few favourite stories and a blanket to stay snug and read outside.
Plant some seeds like cress and watch them grow. Cress is a speedy seed that sprouts super quickly. Grow them inside an empty egg shell with some cotton wool and make an egg man with growing hair! Each family member could have one, create a name and have a competition and see which one grows the fastest.
If you have wellies, enjoy jumping in April shower puddles, a fun activity even as an adult, as long as you don’t mind getting a little wet!
Happy Spring everyone!
Thank you for your continued support
Mrs Rebecca Westall