Today has been absolutely brilliant. I wanted to say a huge thank you to all the staff for the work they put into planning such inspiring activities for their continents. The children were all so motivated and engaged throughout. It was a pleasure to see how the younger children were supported by the older children, and to listen to their mature ideas and contributions to discussions. We had visitors in from the diocese, Shrewsbury Ark and Fairtrade, who all commented on the exceptional behaviour of our children.
Please ask your children what they learned today, as they may have some ideas for you to try out at home. We didn’t have time to talk about what children already do at home to help with global issues or charities, but we will do this on Monday, so if any of the children want to say something in Worship, they will be able to do so.
We’ve had a science day, Easter art day, a rockstar maths day and now we bring you…. Courageous Advocacy Day! What does this mean, I hear you say? I will endeavour to explain what it means and how you can help.
In essence, it is an extension of what we usually do in our Continents sessions, but with a more meaningful twist. As a caring school, we often teach the children about natural disasters in other countries, discuss suffering of children less fortunate than ourselves and raise money for important causes. BUT on this day, we want the children to understand how their day to day lives here in Baschurch can positively or negatively affect others. Examples might include recycling or buying fair trade food.
The theme of ‘courageous advocacy’, enables our school community to develop a greater awareness of the challenges others face in life and the role that they can play as individual advocates to support causes and make a difference.
In addition to this, we want to encourage the children to take time to reflect and appreciate what we have and how lucky we are to have a well-resourced school. We encourage the children to reflect upon the charities we support and to think for themselves how they too can support initiatives and have a positive impact.
How you can help
Does your child (or family) already raise money for a certain charity?
Have you as a family made changes to the way you shop to help the environment?
Have you or your children changed the way you eat to help the environment?
Do you have any global partnership links yourself?
If you can answer yes to any of these, please could your child bring in a small piece of information to share with their group on the 20th June. It may be as simple as ‘We only buy fairtrade coffee and chocolate’, ‘we have stopped buying plastic straws’ or ‘we did a sponsored walk to raise money for X charity.’ If you are really passionate about something and would like to come and talk to one of the groups, please let us know as we would love real local examples of advocacy.
Thank you very much for your help with this.
We would like to ask parents to help support us with a few social media issues we are having in school. There are a few children who are upsetting each other via these apps, despite talks with parents and teachers. We would like to ask you to consider limiting screen time or access to Instagram, Snapchat, messenger or other such apps so that they cannot receive unkind messages during these periods of time. Many of us have children of our own and so we know how hard it is too extract their phones and tablets from them, but from our experience, if children can tell their friends ‘my phone is locked from X pm’ then this takes the pressure off of them.
Children are coming into school and asking us to tell other children off for messages they have received out of school time. We try to support the children as much as possible, but we must remind you that the main responsibility lies with you.
Below are two links to show you how you can limit apps and set time limits on their devices. A quick google search will bring up lots more advice as well as other apps that can do this for you:
Our priority is the childrens’ safety, their well-being, their ability to achieve their potential in school and being in the right frame of mind to do so. Thank -you very much for your support with this.
Thank-you to all the year 4, 5 and 6 parents who took the time to come and see year 6 demonstrate Book Talk yesterday. As you can imagine, it can be daunting to open up your classroom, so it was nice to see that it was well attended. If you missed out, Miss Clough is offering the same on the 8th May for year 1, 2, 3 parents, but you would be welcome from any year group as the principles apply in all classes.
Next Tuesday, Rev. Linda is spending the day in school helping each class create some Easter collages, which will form part of our end of term Easter church service. Linda will be talking to each class about the meaning of their collages, which are themed on the stations of the cross. We hope this will be an enjoyable way to learn about the Easter story.
There have been a lot of birthdays recently in some classes and children have kindly been bringing in treats to share with their classmates. We wanted to let you know that this is not something that you should feel obliged to do. We try to be a healthy eating school and have some parents who don’t want their child to receive sweets regularly in school. In order to support this, please consider other alternatives to sweets to a similar value if you feel you want to provide something. Our policy is to ask the children to put them in their bag and ask before they eat them to make sure that parents are in charge of how many sweets they have. Please be mindful that teachers and TAs are very busy at the end of the day and don’t have time to cut cakes and suchlike. Thank you for your support with this.