Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had a fabulous week learning to use our new sensory circuit! The sensory circuit provides a sequence of activities to provide our pupils with the right type of sensory input in order to calm and organise them for the day ahead ready for the best possible learning to occur. It also develops co-ordination and core strength. This is an example of the universal provision that enables us to meet the needs of every pupil. If you want to see this amazing resource, check it out on Twitter - even the staff have had a go.
Our EWO has been monitoring our attendance which shows that from September to now, it has continued to decline and now stands at 91%. Our school is currently well below the Swansea expectation of 95%. I think we can turn this around but we need your help. We have been directed by our welfare officer to send supportive letters to the parents of pupils whose attendance is below 85%. We appreciate that your child may have been ill, or attendance has been authorised, but this is just to highlight the impact missed days have on your child's well-being and progress. Even the odd day, half a day or collecting your child early or arriving late, means missed learning. If you would like to discuss your child's attendance with the school, or our educational welfare officer, please let us know. Here are other headlines this week:-
Strike Action - The Council has been notified that strike action is to be taken by Trade Unions on 1st February, 14th February, 15th March and 16th March. We will keep you updated but have currently been told to wait for further guidance.
What's App Age restrictions - In Europe and the UK, the minimum age of use for WhatsApp is 16 years old. Like many age restrictions on social media apps, some parents may choose to ignore this. If you, as a parent, do allow your child to use What's App or any other form of social communication, then please discuss with them how to act in group chats, and consider their words and responses carefully, and to monitor this frequently. This has a huge and negative affect on our children's well-being and their learning. We would urge you to read "Is What's App Safe for My Child" by the NSPCC. (Click on this link)
Caffi Cynefin - I cannot express how positively this has impacted upon our pupils' confidence. Thank you so much for your support, and please spread the word. If you can bring an elderly person it would make such a difference to their day.
Parent Evening - You should have no received and invite for parent's evening. Please contact the office if you have had any trouble with this.
Well-Being Workshops for Parents - Jan 25th (When to worry about your worrier - REPEAT) and March 15th (Emotional Regulation) @ 3.30 in School Hall - Amy Glass the in-reach CAHMS worker will be hosting a parent workshop on these dates. Your child can attend sports club. Please let the office know if you want to book a place.
Have a fabulous weekend