It’s the longest day of the year and I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend of good weather and long nights!
Our wonderful School Council have produced their own newsletter so you can keep up-to-date with their numerous, varied and successful initiatives.
Not only will it provide our community with useful information, but they’ve also made the decision to keep it electronic so that its environmental cost and legacy is as small as possible. As you’ll see in this issue, recycling and environmental awareness are big priorities for the School Council. We’re all really looking forward to seeing this develop across the school.
This issue of their magazine can be found by clicking here.
As you know, feeling SAFE is one of our core values and we do everything we can to ensure that everyone in our community feels safe and their health and well-being is secure.
In our classrooms, we have introduced worry boxes to help with the children’s health and well-being. And to tackle any anxieties big or small. The idea being that the box keeps the worry so that the child can let it go. Then teachers can address the worries in a sensitive and private way.
We take on-line safety very seriously here at Kingsley and, thankfully, incidents are rare.
It was really useful to welcome our friends at Parent Zone to provide digital resilience assemblies for pupils this week. They, through Ms Kelly, will be providing workshops and further assemblies for pupils and members of our community. More information to follow!
Here are the relevant details:
Free Digital Resilience Workshops provided by[parentzone.org.uk] Parent Zone. Parent Zone is an organisation that works with professionals, young people and parents to ensure young people are resilient to the challenges of the online world
Pupils: Interactive workshops/assemblies giving pupils the critical thinking skills they need to challenge what they see online; identify reliable and unreliable sources of information; and know what to do if they need help.
It was great to welcome UNIQUE TALENT into school this week!
UNIQUE TALENT are a charity set up to prevent young people being drawn into bad choices later in their adolescence. They work with a number of schools in Croydon, Sutton and Merton and their first-hand knowledge of the issues facing young people combined with their inspiring and charismatic delivery makes them highly effective.
They delivered a number of excellent sessions to pupils and will continue to work with them on an on-going basis.
There was also a very successful parents’ workshop, too. Such was its success that they are going to be running another one. If you missed the first one (or even if you attended it) you’ll really enjoy the next one. It’ll be a ‘part two’ rather than a repeat of the first session.
Ms Kelly will be announcing the dates very shortly. Don’t miss it!
Finally and somewhat embarrassingly, I must apologise for a genuine mistake in the letter about behaviour and E-Safety I sent to you yesterday. At the beginning of the last paragraph, the phrase ‘I would you speak’ should have read ‘I would be grateful if you speak’. Somehow, the words got chopped off after the proof-reading stage and prior to printing!
We explored the extraordinary life of Paul McCartney and how he showed that there were NO LIMITS (one of our core values at Kingsley) on what he could achieve. This was in spite of losing his mother as a teenager, coming from a poor family, constantly having to fight against convention and the expectations of others to eventually become one of the most famous and respected musicians in the world.
At the end of the assemblies, I invited pupils to reflect on their BIG DREAMS (from Kingsley’s tag-line) and how NO LIMITS could ever and should never be put on them.
A PDF of the assembly with notes can be found by clicking here