Many of our children have been excited this week as they were looking forward to enjoying Halloween and Bonfire night events and parties. Driving home from school on Tuesday, I noticed homes decorated with glowing pumpkins and children going from house to house in their scary costumes. I think I may have even seen some adults dressed up and enjoying the fun too.
This weekend (Sunday 5th November) Heaton Park will have their Firework Display and thousands of people are expected to attend. Perhaps you will be going with your family or having a treat in your own back garden. Whatever you decide to do, please keep safe. In my assembly this week I read a story to the children about fireworks and also spoke about firework safety. Sadly, every year hundreds of children and adults get injured by fireworks. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (www.rospa.com) is a British charity that aims to save lives and prevent life-changing injuries that occur as a result of accidents. If you visit the website and look at the parent hub, you will find excellent advice to help keep your children safe – including firework safety. It is a website that is definitely worth looking at.
Parents are increasingly asking school for advice on how to keep their child safe online. With advances in technology childhood is changing. This means that as parents it is becoming increasingly important to help keep our children safe when online. Our website has some great links to national websites that promote safety. If you click on the tab for Parents, then click Useful Links you will find CEOP and Think U Know links. Both of these organisations offer important advice for parents and children on e-safety. The resources are age appropriate and child friendly. We are also in the process of putting the link to Parent Zone – Making the internet work for families on the website. Again, a very useful resource to help keep children safe.
Next week we are looking forward to Parents’ Evening. At the meeting you will be given a leaflet for parents on safeguarding. It is an important leaflet and is aimed at adults and therefore not appropriate for children to read. We are writing a child-friendly leaflet on safeguarding which we will give to the children as soon as it is ready.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the fireworks.