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Woodfield Weekly Blue Sheet

Friday 1st February 2019
 
Dear Parents and Carers,
 

Attendance Lottery Winners:
Year 7: Zeeshan Year 8: Maher Year 9 : Kenisha KS4: Huseen

School Closure Today
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the closure of the school today. The snow and ice that had subsequently formed has made the site unsafe and dangerous to move around, despite the efforts of the site team in salting yesterday evening and attempting to clear pathways early this morning. We always try to remain open, as we appreciate parents can have difficulty finding help for their children at short notice, but safety on site in a top priority for us. We fully expect to be open as usual on Monday, 4th February. Thank you for your understanding.

Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 5th February
We will be doing some activities to celebrate Safer Internet Day next Tuesday, but there is plenty you can do at home as well. The theme for this year is "together for a better internet". Have a look at the video below, it's part of a series of resources and activities designed for parents and carers. More resources are available here

some tips are:
Choose to have a conversation Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel. Listening to your child will give you the best possible idea of how you can support them. Not sure where to begin? Have a look at our suggested conversation starters for parents.
Choose to take a balanced approach As parents it’s natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Remember that your child will use technology and the internet differently given that they are growing up in a world immersed in all things digital. Try to look at both the positive and negative aspects of being online and empower your child with safe choices they can make instead of overwhelming them with restrictions.
Choose to make use of the tools available to you There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online. For advice and guidance on how to make use of parental controls and other safety features on devices, check out our free Parents’ Guide to Technology and Internet Matters’ step-by-step parental controls guides for online services.
Choose to get help and support It can sometimes feel like young people are the experts in all things digital but remember – you are the life experts. You are always there to help your child but make sure you know how to get support too by visiting our Need Help? page. You can take steps to support your child online by using features such as privacy settings on social media and understanding how to make a report on a range of apps, games and services.
Choose to be current and topical This Safer Internet Day focuses on the very relevant topic of consent in the digital world. Use this as an opportunity to support your child with how they tackle digital consent within relationships and friendships as well as how online services use the data we provide. Use our quick activities as a family this Safer Internet Day to help you unpick this topic 

 

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Parent Carer Advice Sessions
Do you need advice or support? The Brent Carers Centre is a charity providing advice and guidance to family carers in Brent on a wide range of subjects including benefits. See their website for more details, or phone 020 3802 7070.

They can check your family entitlement to benefits and help with benefit claims and forms. They can look for grants for families who are struggling financially for things like uniforms or white goods.

They offer support groups, forums activities and respite for carers.

They are holding confidential advice clinics over the next few months on the following dates.
Monday 25th March, Monday 20th May and Monday 15th July.

Please contact Patsy at Woodfield on 02082051977 if you would like to attend a clinic, or for any further information.

A Message from School Money, our on line payments provider
With online payments on the rise, Eduspot (as providers of SchoolMoney) would like to remind you to be extra vigilant when making payments.

Recently, there have been a small number of reports of attempts to defraud parents whilst using SchoolMoney. We thoroughly investigate all reports of attempts to defraud parents using our system (including separate, independent checks) and can confirm that we found we found that no fraud, data breach or malicious attack has occurred.

We believe however, that it important to remind parents to be extra vigilant when making payments online. NEVER give out your ATM pin to anyone – no system or person should ever require this to complete an online transaction. If something looks suspicious, do not complete the payment, close down your browser and start again making sure you are using a genuine website.

You should also ensure all system and app updates are applied to your PC or mobile devices and that they have reliable, up-to-date anti-virus software installed. Increasingly, mobile devices are the targets of malicious software so it’s important that these also have adequate protection.

Eduspot remains committed to protecting your online security and providing you with an easy to use solution to securely make payments to your schools. If you spot something that doesn’t look right relating to SchoolMoney, please contact us at support@schoolmoney.co.uk.

Weather changes
Please can all parent/carers ensure their child comes to school with the appropriate clothing for the current weather. This includes hat, scarf, gloves and shoes with adequate grip. Once again, reminder that all items of clothing must be labelled.
 
School uniform and P.E kit
Please ensure your child is wearing the correct full school uniform. This includes white shirt, black jumper, black trousers or skirt and black footwear. Make sure all uniform is clearly labelled.
Please also remember to send your child P.E kit in to school. if you are unsure of P.E days please contact school office to confirm. 

Makaton
Makaton is a language programme that is used in conjunction with speech to aid the pupils’ understanding of language and help them communicate with each other more effectively. Makaton is used across the school in lessons and break times. We would love for you to learn some signs so that you can sign with your child. See the We Talk Makaton website for more.
Makaton Sign of the Week

Have a good weekend


Nick Cooper

Important dates
 

Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February Half term break


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