Issue 912: 11th December 2020

Rota System

As you know, as of Thursday 10th December, we introduced a rota system and asked a number of year groups to work from home. Going forward, next week, we plan to follow the pattern below:

  In School Working at Home
Monday 14th December Years 7, 8, 10, 11 and 13 Years 9 and 12
Tuesday 15th December Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 Years 7 and 8
Wednesday 16th December Years 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 Years 7 and 10
Thursday 17th December Years 7, 8, 10, 11 and 13 Years 9 and 12

As things are changing very quickly, please do keep an eye on your emails and we will notify you if there are any changes to this timetable. I do appreciate that this is not the end to term that anybody expected, and I am sorry for any inconvenience caused, however the safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff has formed the basis of this decision. Thank you for your ongoing support.

End of Term Arrangements

We will finish for the Christmas break on Thursday 17th December. In order to ensure that we do not mix the Year Group bubbles, and to help ease congestion in the local community, we will be staggering the end of the day as follows:

12.05 pm—Year 13 depart
12.10 pm—Years 10/11 depart
12.20 pm—Years 7/8 depart

(Years 9 and 12 will not be in school on Thursday)

You may have seen on the news that the Government has suggested that schools may choose to finish a day early at Christmas to extend the holiday. Schools would then be expected to make up the extra day at a later point in the year. This, however, does not affect us at Sweyne Park as our published date has always been Thursday 17th December. However, in line with the DfE advice, 4th January 2021 will be a remote learning day. Staff will be in school and will use the day to deal with any issues that may have arisen during the latter part of the Christmas holidays, and pupils will be expected to work at home, using the resources provided. All pupils will return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021.


Important supplies

We were extremely grateful this week to local businesses, Lapwing and Henderson & Taylor Public Works, who have kindly donated a substantial amount of tea, coffee and sugar to us. This is a thank you to all our staff for their hard work this term. It was incredibly generous of them, and a very kind and appreciated gesture.

Safeguarding Briefing for Parents/Carers

Online Child Exploitation is a growing issue, highlighted even more in recent months during the Covid-19 lockdown period. The internet and social media have become so important in our daily lives, as we socialise and work online. For children, the internet has become the new classroom and playground. Sadly, there are people out there who take advantage of this. These resources and information in them aim to help you understand the way your children view the digital world. A world that, to them, is becoming more and more their reality.

It is important to remember that the victim, the child, is NEVER to blame. Victims are always the victims. Online groomers can be very persuasive and children should never be made to feel they did anything to encourage their exploitation. The best response an adult can provide a child who has been a victim of online exploitation is to comfort them, be supportive and help them address the issues they have encountered.

* NEW Video! *

Jim Pearson from The Violence and Vulnerability Unit is talking about how to make new tech safe for your child:

* NEW Video! *

How to have difficult conversations with your child about online activity and boundary setting around online use, managing emotions and reactions to content seen online:

And, of course, it’s not just about when things go wrong. You can help your child to stay safe by creating an environment in which they feel able to speak openly about concerns they may have. You can do this by making good internet habits a part of your daily lives by limiting screen time, no devices at dinnertime/bedtime and by taking an active interest in the games they’re playing. Take a listen to this podcast by The 2 Johns – a general overview of the internet, how we view it, and how our young people are growing up in a world of social media influences:

Last but not least many children will be receiving new tech this Christmas, please do ensure all the privacy settings are updated or put in place.

Safeguarding at Sweyne Park

Book of the Week

by Louisa Reid (YA)

“Joe and Imogen seem like the perfect couple – they’ve been in a relationship for years and are the envy of their friends at school. But after accidentally becoming involved a tragic fatal accident, they become embroiled in a situation out of their control, and Joe and Imogen’s relationship becomes slowly unravelled until the truth is out there for all to see …
Structured around a dramatic and tense court case, the reader becomes both judge and jury in a stunning and page-turning novel of uncovering secrets and lies – who can be believed?”

An immensely powerful and gripping story, yet easy to read & written in verse – a Young Adult must read for ages 14+

8th December was Brownie Day

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