South Yorkshire Police and Social Care have received concerning information regarding a new social media App called ‘Frog’. The App is aimed at a Primary aged audience and has recently exploded in popularity. Police have significant concerns as the App is primarily targeted at primary aged children. The App has very limited identity verification requirements.
Specialist Police partners have seen significant information suggesting there is a legitimate risk to Primary aged children being groomed.
Introducing our first Mental Health First Aider. Last week, Mr Thompson completed a two day course learning how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. He is the first of many staff to complete this training.
At St Alban’s we support children’s mental health through teaching them the skills they need to recognise and deal with their emotions, and help those with difficulties get the support they need.
If you would like any further information about how we support children’s mental health, then please get in touch.
This week is Safeguarding Awareness Week and, following a request from the community, Rotherham LEA have produced a short awareness session on how people can spot the signs of Child Exploitation.
The session provides an overview of child exploitation, some of the signs you may see where you live or work and how you can respond confidently to concerns. The video lasts for 15 minutes and can be viewed using the link below.
Safeguarding is everyones responsibility.
Every morning at 8:30am, Mrs Jepson has been encouraging children to run the daily mile in the junior playground. If your child would like to take part, then sign up with Mrs Jepson.
Teachers are also encouraging children to run the daily mile at play and lunchtime. To help the children keep track of every mile, Mrs Jepson has created a bar chart in the junior entrance hall. Ticking off the miles is very motivating!
Exercise and fresh air are so important for health and well being. So sign up to walk or run the daily mile.
Year 6 enjoyed a local walk which including different parts of the curriculum.
Before the walk, the children had practised drawing sketch maps of the school. For the walk, the children had looked at compass points and worked out where North was and then during the walk they continued to look at a compass and relate this to the map we were following.
The children learnt about different buildings around Wickersley, what they were used for and when they were built.
Sometimes, it’s just good to get out of the classroom and have fun.
This week, Year 5 have been thinking about what we are like as people and how when we wear masks people can’t always see how amazing we are. We all created a masked and unmasked portrait to share our personalities.
I look forward to them all being finished and up on display.
Can you guess who is who?
This week we have been discussing our school rules:
Be ready to learn
With the children, we have been looking at how these rules fit into good habits in every aspect of civil and academic conduct.
In collective worship, we launched a competition for the children to design a poster that advertises our school rules. If your child would like to take part in the competition, all entries need to be returned to school by Friday 17th September.
Our school is getting involved in an exciting community challenge called Beat the Street. On Friday we will send home fobs, maps and leaflets with the children.
Beat the Street is a challenge across Rotherham where local schools, workplaces and community groups compete to see who can walk, run, cycle and scoot the furthest by the end of the game.
Find Beat Boxes around your area and hover your contactless fob to earn points for your team and help win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes. Playing the game is easy, just follow these simple steps:
1, Register your fob online at beatthestreet.me/rotherham to join your chosen team.
2, Find your nearest Beat Box and hover your fob until it beeps and flashes.
3, Walk, run, cycle and scoot to a different Beat Box within an hour. Hover your fob to earn 10 points.
4, Carry on your journey to score 10 points for each extra Beat Box you visit.
Please see the attached powerpoint for further information.