Protecting your children’s privacy
With the number of issues related to social media use amongst our young people growing and becoming more and more serious, please look at the advice given by this website which has been launched to help parent, carers, educators to protect children’s privacy and safety online. Not only does the website deal with safety from grooming, predators and ‘stranger danger’, it also tackles identity theft, information privacy and ways to minimise the risk of household computers being compromised.
GCSE grading system
English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE courses will now be assessed differently with pupils achieving grades 9-1 rather than A*-G. Other subjects will use the new grades from 2018.
A good pass is now considered to be a grade 5 and pupils who do not achieve this in English and Mathematics will have to retake the examination until they do, although for the first year, the government will consider a good pass to be grade 4.
W are promoting our new positive behaviour strategy, ‘SOAR at Saint Cecilia’s’. ‘SOAR’, standing for Safety, Ownership, Awareness and Resilience is being promoted through assemblies, mentor meetings and on wall displays. I have attached a copy of the SOAR poster to weekly newsletter for your information.
We are also having a big push on basic manners. At a time when communication via social media appears to be taking the place of healthy face-to-face interaction, I believe we all have a part to play in encouraging good manners and respect. Here at school we will be encouraging all pupils to give eye contact, say please, thank you, good morning and good afternoon, hold doors open for each other, queue sensibly, eat appropriately and talk respectfully. It would be helpful if you could reinforce these basic manners at home, which I am sure many of you do already.
‘House Style’ – Standard of work
Pupils are expected to complete their work in the ‘House Style’, whether it is in books, on paper or on computer.
Please find below links with examples of the ‘House Style’:
School app ‘My Ed’
We have a mobile phone and tablet app called ‘My Ed’. The app is an easy way for parents to access their children’s attendance, timetable, ParentPay, latest news and much more. You can download it via this link.
Free School Meals: Is your child missing out?
Check if you qualify!
You can share with OfSTED your views about the school by completing the Parent View online survey at: http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
Process of removing your child/children from school
Parents must inform the school in writing of their decision to remove their child/children from the school. Within the letter or email, parents must explain the following: ‘the reason/ reasons for removal’ and ‘the Name and address of new school’ (within England).
If the family is being relocated abroad, the school will need to know the following:
- The name of the country the family is moving to
- The name of the home address
- The name and address of the new schoolIf parents wish to inform the school via email, please email the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents’ prayer meetings dates – all welcome!
Parents and carers continue to meet together to pray for the school each month. It is very encouraging for us to have parents who are willing to pray for pupils and staff and the leadership of the school.
If you can’t make these meetings but would like to keep in touch with the prayer group, please send your email address to: The Revd Annie Kurk email@example.com
Please could we ask all parents/carers to be considerate when collecting and dropping off their children at school. Please could parents try to avoid blocking driveways. Some of the residents have noticed some damage being caused, not only to the pavement but also to their driveway. Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.
Parents’ Teaching and Learning Group
If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please email Miss Kennedy on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of the Edinburgh Award helps to bring the best out of young people in a non-competitive environment. The skills they develop are truly valued by employers and will continue to reward them long into their working lives.
If your child would like to obtain further information regarding the scheme, please contact our Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinators: Miss Rachel Skinner email@example.com and Miss Amy Trimble firstname.lastname@example.org