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Newsletter 10 – 13th November 2017

This week’s Learning Behaviour: ‘I wait for my turn to speak’

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Cyberbullying

 

Just before the half term break we discovered that some of our pupils had been involved in a serious case of cyberbullying outside of school. Cyberbullying is when the internet is used to bully other children, often by calling them names online. On this particular occasion, children had been publishing videos on You Tube about other children. You might not know this, but children need to be at least 13 years of age to have a You Tube account – the same age as they need to be to have a Facebook account. In addition, children had been commenting on each other’s ideas, often using terrible language.

 

I would ask all parents to be extremely vigilant and recommend that you do the following at the first opportunity:

 

  • If your child has any accounts such as Facebook and You Tube account, close them down;
  • Monitor your child’s use of the internet very carefully;
  • Consider removing tablets, mobile phones etc from children’s bedrooms at bedtimes.

 

The internet can be a very positive resource but unfortunately it also has a much darker side which children need protection from.

 

Class Assemblies

 

A big thank you to our Hawks for their fantastic assembly last week! It was lovely to see so many parents in the hall supporting their children and great that so many were able to stay behind to take part in the workshops organised and run by the children. The next class assembly will be led by our Kestrels and will be taking place on Wednesday 29th November at 8.45am.

 

School Photographer

 

A final reminder that the school photographer will be in school this Thursday (16th November) to take photographs of individuals and family groups. If you have any pre-school aged children who you would like to include as part of a family group, please bring them to the school hall between 8.00 and 8.30am. Children will need to wear their school uniform as usual.

 

Homework Policy

 

This week I am sending home a copy of the school’s new Homework Policy. This follows the homework questionnaire in May this year when parents were asked to give their thoughts and views on homework. The results of this questionnaire were as follows:

 

  • 95% of the parents who responded agreed with the idea of homework;

  • 80% felt that the amount of homework given was about right;

  • 93% of parents felt that homework supports their child’s learning.

     

     

    When asked ‘what homework do you think your child should get each week?’ 72% of parents said reading, 68% said spellings, 63% said handwriting and 58% said times tables/mathematics task.

     

    The new Homework Policy has been written with four key principles in mind:

     

  • Reinforcement of the basics

Following the parent questionnaire, it has been agreed that homework set should reinforce what is often referred to as the ‘3 ‘R’s’ (reading, writing and arithmetic). Therefore all children will be set reading, spellings, handwriting and mathematics work (number bonds and times tables) appropriate to their year group.

 

  • Child work/life balance

The overwhelming majority of our children attend madrassah in the evenings, typically for two hours. With this in mind, any homework given to children should allow for some ‘down time’, free of school or madrassah work. This is for the wellbeing of the children.

 

  • Staff work/life balance

The Governors are mindful of the duty of care they have for staff wellbeing. They are very aware of the fact that the demands on teachers have never been greater and so any homework policy must reflect these increasing demands.

 

  • Parent expertise

The school recognises that parents sometimes feel out of their depth when seeking to support their children with their homework. Staff are also keen to avoid a situation where homework causes conflict between parents and their children.

 

Please take some time to read the policy carefully – all class teachers are now setting homework in line with this policy.

 

Mathletics Challenge

 

Also coming home with this week’s newsletter is some information about the November Numeracy Mathletics challenge which we have entered as a school. Please have a good read and encourage your child to take part – it is open to all children in Year 1 and above.

 

You’ve Been Spotted!

 

Well done to the following children who have been spotted displaying one of our Christian Bible Values:

 

Maariyah Timol (Kestrels) – Compassion Aqsa Waseem (Woodpeckers) – Compassion

 

Sana Khan (Doves) – Compassion

 

Attendance

 

Each week I let parents know the attendance of each class in school, as well as the overall school attendance figure. High levels of attendance are vital for your child to make the progress they are capable of.

 

Last week’s attendance was as follows:

 

Robins - Blue

90%

 

Doves

92.5%

 

Overall attendance for the week: 94.1%

Robins - Green

94.1%

 

Owls

92%

 

Woodpeckers

94.2%

 

Kestrels

97%

 

Overall attendance for the year to date: 95.7%

Kingfishers

99%

 

Hawks

97.2%

 

Swallows

83%

 

Eagles

98.1%

 

(Target for year = 96%)

 

 

Reading Badges

 

Well done to the following children who have recently received a reading badge:

 

Kingfishers

Silver: Alina Mahmood

Swallows

Silver: Hanna Dalal & Eman-Fatima Hussain Gold: Ayaan Diwan

Doves

Silver: Zainab Ahmed & Malikah Jan Gold: Hashim Rehman Ruby: Zunerah Patel

Owls

Bronze: Junaid Barker Topaz: Mohammad Badat

Kestrels

Ruby: Soban Shah

Hawks

Ruby: Noor Shah

Eagles

Bronze: Iqra Kauser, Samra Mudassar & Nicol Altman Silver: Danya Alwan, Laiba Hamayun,

Haajarah Hussain & Saaqib Khan

 

 

Headteacher’s Awards

 

Congratulations to the following children who received certificates in Achievement Assembly on Friday:

 

Robins Blue

Hussain Aswat

 

Owls

Mohammed Saleh Motala

Robins Green

Humayd Nargolia

 

Kestrels

Laiba Ahmed

Woodpeckers

Sana Faisal

 

Hawks

Suhana Patel

Kingfishers

Farhan Iqbal

 

Eagles

Sanna Mobeen

Swallows

Alina Mohammed

 

Lunchtime

Sana Faisal & Manjoor Rangrej

Doves

Nasim Iqbal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Martin’s Class of the Week: Hawks

 

Parents are always very welcome to join us at our Achievement Assembly each Friday at 8.45am.

 

‘Celebration of Faiths’ Event

 

As part of National Interfaith Week on the 12-19th November 2017, Abu Hanifah Foundation along with The Interfaith Forum, Blackburn Diocese and LCM will be hosting a "Celebration of Faiths" event this Saturday, 18th November, 10.00am – 3.00pm at Pleckgate High School. The event is open to the general public and is family friendly. Activities taking place on the day also include Henna painting, Calligraphy workshops, Face painting, Origami etc and of course there will be lots of food!

 

Best wishes

 

 

Julian Rogers

Headteacher

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