It is difficult to think that we will only have one term left, when we break up at the end of this week! The clocks have 'sprung' back and the evenings will be lighter, hopefully to enjoy more of that sun we had at the weekend. However, we shall end this term on a high, with our Musical PlayDay, and what a treat that will be.
Last week saw our Scientists presented with their awards and hopefully you have had chance to see all the wonderful things your child and child's class got up to?
Easter is fast approaching and often the story of Easter is forgotten amid the eggs! In an effort to remind our children how fortunate they are Mark Oliver, Pastor of Plymstock Chapel, visited us and spoke of his friends, who had moved to a town near Bethlehem. He explained they had moved there to help those less fortunate children, who because of their needs, ailments or disabilities, had been abandoned by their parents. It demonstrated that gestures of kindness can mean more than actual material things.
Thursday saw our Go-Ride team take part in the Devon School Games, at a level 3 event,representing Plymouth schools. They had qualified earlier in the year and this took them to Haldon Forest, in Exeter. Although the weather was pretty awful it did not dampen their spirits or sense of fun. Mud was a plenty, causing mayhem, but fortunately no major accidents, just exceptionally muddy bikes and cyclists! Read the news article for even more detail and photos.
Further fun was had on Red Nose Day - wear something red, for Comic Relief! Thank you all for your generosity of time and donations, we know that money raised will go to some of our local causes and make a difference to those that need it, reinforcing our assembly earlier in the week, from Mark.
Whilst we welcome the use of technology and social networks for communicating it has become more apparent that some parents are using this media as a means for complaining about the school or named teachers. There is a concern, complaint, comment and compliment system set up to enable these to be brought to the school so that they may be dealt with appropriately. Although year group pages have been set up, and deemed 'private,' what is written is still in a public domain - a group of parents - and as such is not totally private. It is also a communication that directly or indirectly represents the school. As a head I have been shown posts by parents, that have written by other parents, because they have been concerned by what has been written. The school does not administer these groups but these groups are associated with the school, by the very nature of their set up, Year group parents. Therefore I respectfully request that should you have a concern or complaint you use the correct procedure to inform the school please. It is not acceptable to make defamatory comments about the school or named individuals, the very nature of which often has no evidence or is a personal opinion. A reminder that once a comment is posted it is in a 'public' domain and a digital footprint is left. I see the use of social media as a very positive tool, enabling parents to communicate, ask questions and possibly debate about local issues i.e. the telecommunications mast, within their year group pages. I ask that it should not be used as a tool to voice personal criticism against the school or members of staff. Parents/Carers are encouraged to comment or post appropriately about the school. In the event of any offensive or inappropriate comments being made, the school will ask the parent/carer to remove the post and invite them to discuss the issues in person. If necessary, referring parents to the school’s complaints procedures. Thank you for your support in this matter.
Children across the school continue to amaze us with their enthusiasm and determination, in all that they do. We are really looking forward to their talents in the final week - it promises to be a memorable one!!
A reminder that Monday 17th April is a Bank Holiday and children return to school on Tuesday 18th April.