Newsletter 07.07.2021

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Diary Dates

 

Reports – out to parents, electronically, on Wednesday 14th July

Y6 activities – see page 1 of newsletter

Training Days - for staff only Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September

Term starts for - Y1-Y6 Monday 6th September

Reception – will attend one day in the week beginning Monday 6th September

Reception full time from the week beginning Monday 13th September

 

Welcome Back to Lisa

Many of you may have seen or heard that Lisa is now back at school, as I know she said she was made to feel very welcome by parents, at the gate.

Thank you to all staff who managed to keep all children safe during Lisa’s absence but we are extremely pleased to have Lisa’s expertise at hand.

 

Attendance.

Attendance - Our target is 97%

Disappointingly we only reached 94.48% for last week (those isolating are not included in this.)

Well done to 2H 99.20%   and 5FB 97.32%.

Almost there; 6PH – 96.33%.

All other classes need to push a bit harder,

RD 92.17%   RS - 89.13%   1DM-89.62%             1H-93.64%    2B-91.67%   3AF – 93.33%

4C – 95.38%   4W – 94.40%    6PH-94.15

Attendance is one of the criteria that the school is judged on by OFSTED and since returning to school in September we have only had one Friday above 95%. This is when the most important reviews of learning take place in maths, reading and writing!! So regular non-attendance on Friday prevents your child from progressing.

Please support your child to attend school, and to be punctual.

We also still have a small number of families who are regularly late which also disrupts your child’s education and all the other children in the class.

Transition to New Classes and Staff

Under current restrictions, we cannot follow our normal routine of three afternoons for the children with their new classes and staff.

However, we think we have identified something as good, if not better.

On Friday 16th July, the children will spend their last day with their class staff in their current classroom. They will also be told which staff and classroom they will be in from Monday 19th July to Wednesday 21st July.

A newsletter will be sent via Marvellous Me to parents and placed on the website informing you and which school gate the children should enter school via on Monday 19th July.

Please contact the office if you have not signed up to Marvellous Me.

The children will then spend three days preparing the classroom and becoming familiar with their new surroundings, hopefully, lessening any anxiety over the summer holidays.

 

 

Y6 End of Term Arrangements

During the last few weeks of term, Year 6 will be completing a number of projects. They have an embroidery project where they will be creating a quilt to memorialize their time at Osborne using floral symbolism, much like Sikhs do in the Punjab region when they create special Phulkari fabrics. They will be working on a transition booklet to help them think about the changes they will face and strategies they can use when they move on to secondary school. In addition to this they will be preparing songs and role plays to share with the school and parents to commemorate their time at Osborne - which they will be sharing at the end of term.

 

They are also in the process of earning tokens to spend at a funfair, which will be used at a celebration day in school to help a difficult year go out with a bang!

 

 

Government announcement re new rules from 19th July and 16th August

Although the government will relax social distancing rules for the general public and the schools, we, alongside many other local schools, will not be changing anything before the end of term, as it would be too confusing for children, parents and staff.

However, over the next two weeks, school will review our procedures and make sure these are sent out to you before the end of term, so children and parents know what to expect and do, when returning to school on Monday 7th September.

 

Online Safety – URGENT safeguarding notice for parents

Online safety experts have alerted us to two new, extremely dangerous websites and apps which allow users to have video calls with strangers.

One platform markets itself as ‘an alternative to Omegle, with a TikTok vibe’.

Online safety experts have found that they contain large amounts of inappropriate, disturbing, and harmful content transmitted via web cameras.

They also allow users to talk to strangers from all over the world via webcam.

The websites state that all users must be over the age of 18 but there is no age verification.

Staff will be reviewing online safety with the children in school, but it would be wise for parents to also discuss this issue with children at home.

 

 

Top Tips for talking to your child about online risk


Engage young people in a conversation about keeping safe online and who they would talk to if someone made them feel uncomfortable online or if they see something online that worries or upsets them.

When talking to a child or young person, it’s best not to mention the app or website by name. If you do, it is likely that the child or young person will check out the platform on their own if they haven’t done so already. Instead, ask them what kind of new sites/apps they are using with their friends. 

You should support children to understand the implications of sharing content that is explicit, particularly if this involves images or chats with other children.

You can also submit an online report to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) by clicking here.

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a young person, you should contact the emergency services on 999 (emergency number)

 

Parent Pay

We are going cashless from September, please look out for details over the coming weeks.

 

Summer activities

I can’t believe that July is around the corner and our Summer edition of Raring2go! Birmingham is all done and ready to go. We’ve got loads of ideas for parents to keep the children busy over the Summer holidays, along with opportunities to make things, bake things, grow things and take part in the Summer Reading challenge 2021 ( Page 18).

  

Magazine link below

  

https://magazines.raring2go.co.uk/birmingham/summer/  


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