Issue 1020: 13th October 2023

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Uniform

Now that it seems we have truly entered the Autumn months, I wanted to take the opportunity to ask you to please remind your child(ren) of our expectations around uniform.  Pupils are expected to wear full school uniform, including a school jumper.  Hoodies (including those with the Sweyne Park logo) are not permitted nor should sweatshirts or coats be worn anywhere inside the school building, but rather stored away in lockers or bags.  Finally, a reminder that pupils should not wear white socks, any knee length socks, non-stud earrings or rings.

Please click here to view our school Uniform Policy in full.

 

 

Road Safety

Given that the clocks will go back at the end of this month and that the nights are getting darker much earlier, please can I ask you to spend some time discussing the importance of road safety with your children. Pupils should not assume they have been seen by drivers and, where possible, should always cross at designated crossing points.  Children coming to school on bikes, should take care and remember how important it is to wear a helmet.  Can I also take the opportunity to ask you to remind them about always being respectful when cycling, and to be considerate to pedestrians and other road users.  Thank you!

Achievements Outside of School

We very much enjoy hearing about all the exciting things our pupils and students do outside of school.  We know that so many of them are involved in clubs and charities and make a fantastic contribution to our community.  If your son/daughter has something they would like to share, please do contact us on pupilservices@sweynepark.com, so that we can include a short article, and where possible, accompanying photographs in the Sweyne Park Times. This can relate to a sporting success, charity work, a project they have been involved in or an interesting experience they would like to share.  We really do want to celebrate all the fantastic achievements of our pupils and students.  Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Coming Soon

Please make a note in your diary of the following events we have planned for after the half-term break.  I will, of course, provide further details on each event nearer the time.

 

9th November Sixth Form Open Evening
21st November  Year 7 – 11 Flu Vaccinations
24th November Non-pupil day
30th November Year 13 Parents’ Consultation Evening
5th December Parents’ Forum
18th December Christmas Concert

And Finally….

Have a lovely weekend, wrap up warm, autumn has definitely arrived!

ONLINE SAFETY UPDATE

Sextortion

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has reported a significant increase of cases of sexual extortion, or sextortion, being reported to them.  This essentially involves offenders posing as a young person and enticing them to share sexual images with them.  These are then used to blackmail the young person into giving money, or sometimes into producing further, more graphic images.  The emotional impact of this on a child can be devastating.

The IWF suggests that the age group most at risk is 14-17, with a big increase in the numbers of boys affected; offenders pose as young women in order to get the boys to share the images, and once they have done so, the offenders reveal their real identity.

The IWF has further information for parents about this which can be found here:

https://www.iwf.org.uk/resources/sextortion/

 

Fortnite

Fortnite remains a very popular online game, part of a suite of games produced by Epic Games.  The link below has been produced by Epic Matters and provides guidance for parents about how to keep children safe on these games.  In particular, it describes ‘cabined accounts’, which if a child signs up below the age of 13 are applied by default, and have a number of useful restrictions, for example, they are not able to talk to other players.

https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/gaming-consoles/epic-games-store-parental-controls-guide/

 

WhatsApp

Although it has an age restriction of 16, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app for children in secondary schools.  The link below, also from Internet Matters, provides information for parents about how to ensure that the most appropriate settings are in place for their child’s WhatsApp account.

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/whatsapp-safety-a-how-to-guide-for-parents/

 

 

hopeworx christmas hampers

Hopeworx is a local charity that also runs a local foodbank.
Providing emergency food packs for those who find themselves in crisis.
Over the last five years Hopeworx have been able to provide Christmas hampers to families in need.

This year, Hopeworx are hoping to provide more Christmas hampers. With your help, they may achieve a new record.

Hopeworx have provided a list of items for the Hampers, any donations would be much appreciated.

Items can be either taken directly to their centre:
Hopeworx 33 Brook Rd Rayleigh Essex SS6 7XJ
or can be brought into pupil services by Thursday 30th November.

What do you do when you're not in school?

We would love to hear about your hobbies, interests and achievements...

If you have any stories and/or photos that you would like to share, please contact us at pupilservices@sweynepark.com

celebrating Black History month

This month the library put together a couple of displays, celebrating Black History month

DONATED SCHOOL UNIFORM

We would be most grateful for any donations of items of uniform which are clean and in good condition. If you do have any such items please drop them off to us at Pupil Services. We particularly need size 34, 36 and 38 school jumpers, school ties and school kilts.

Thank you in advance.
Pupil Services

pupilservices@sweynepark.com