Article 45: UNICEF can provide expert advice and assistance on children's rights.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Please support us on Friday 27th September 2019 9.00am – 10.15am with our Macmillan Coffee morning – a great time to get together and join us for a coffee and cake – ask friends, relatives, neighbours etc. The more people we involve, the more proceeds go to support this worthy cause. Please support us to by sending cakes in to sell either home cooked or shop bought. Children will be singing at intervals throughout the morning. We ask for a minimum donation of £2 for a coffee and cake. We are asking children to support this worthy cause too – they can wear their own clothes and donate a minimum of £1 – if you do not wish your child to take part they should come to school in their uniform. Normal lessons will be taking place, so please ensure children are dressed appropriately. Thank you.
Parents Evenings Wednesday 16th October and Thursday 17th October 2019 (see change of date for Mr Wade's Class)
We are holding our Parents Evenings this term on Wednesday 16th October, 3.20pm until late and Thursday 17th October 2019 from 3.20pm. Please note that Mr Wade will not be available on Thursday 17th October – therefore his parents evening will differ slightly and take place on Tuesday 15thth and Wednesday 16th October 2019.
For this and future parents evenings, all appointments should be made online.
It is really important that you are logged into the ‘SchoolLife’ app or can access the website via a ‘tablet’ or ‘desktop/laptop’ computer.
All appointments will be ‘active and live’ to book from Saturday 5th October 2019 until Monday 14th October 2019 Yrs Rec – 6.
Nursery appointment lists will be ‘active and live’ to book from Saturday 5th October 2019 until Friday 11th October 2019 – these appointments will be throughout the school day.
Each class teacher will put up appointment lists indicating the times that they are available. Please note that these will vary slightly for each teacher.
This is a valuable opportunity for you to meet with your son or daughter’s class teacher. We do encourage parents to bring their child for a “three way conversation”.
Nursery Parents should enter via the Nursery Entrance.
Yrs Rec- Yr 6 Please enter and exit by the main entrance doors.
As usual there will be seating available in the hall (Yr R, 1, 2), corridor (Yr 3/4) and library (Yr 5/6), so that you can wait in comfort and browse through your child’s books with them before seeing the teacher.
Appointments allow a maximum of 10 minutes for each set of parents. If you need additional discussion time you may need to make a further appointment on another day as we do try our best to ensure minimum waiting times for parents.
To ensure safe dismissal of all children from the playgrounds the following arrangements apply:
I would be grateful if parents did not ring the office to make appointments - we simply do not have the capacity to make appointments on behalf of parents.
How to log on to Schoollife app.
To access our website enter the following web address: https://blanford.sch.life/
‘School Life’ enables us to communicate more efficiently to the people that matter, you the parents and guardians of our children! You will receive push notifications, text messages, newsletters etc. to a number of devices. You would also be able to download the app and have constant access to any messages we are sending out!
You will need to download the school life app from either the Google Play store (for Android smartphones and tablets) or the Apple App Store (for iPhones, iPods and iPads). Search for ‘schoollife’ (all one word) and then look for the School Life logo;
Once downloaded and installed, open the app up and accept the notifications, when asked.
Finally, login with your personal login details below and start receiving all the important notifications.
If you do not have an Apple IOS or Google Android device, you can use your logon details on our school website to get all of the same content.
Monster Mash Fun Night - Thursday 24th October 2019
We would like to invite your child to a ‘Monster Mash Disco’ on Thursday 24th October 2019.
We will be having a Monster/ghouls/witch/wizard/ghost/pumpkin etc themed fancy dress party or children can come in their own clothes, if they prefer. As there are young children attending, we ask that no ‘scary’ clown/scream masks are worn please.
There will be a DJ, as well as dancing and party games, a drink and choc ice provided too.
Entry is by ticket only. The tickets are £4.00. We require tickets to be purchased in advance, so we have accurate numbers for the disco. School staff will supervise the children at the event. You can purchase tickets at the school office from Monday 7th October am until Friday 18th October 3.15pm.
Please note you cannot pay on the door for this event – so please purchase a ticket in plenty of time!
The disco will start at 4.30pm and children must be collected by an adult at 6.00pm.
If you have further questions, please see your child’s class teacher.
Harvest 23rd September until 18th October 2019
In the weeks leading up to half term, we will be celebrating Harvest.
This year we have decided again to help the Black Country Foodbank who collect items to feed families in crisis in our community. The Foodbank would like to collect a range of items so that they don’t have an abundance of some items and a shortfall of others. So, we are going to ask each class to donate particular items, so that we should manage to collect a selection across the school. If you feel able to support this appeal, then please send in the item asked for from your child’s class on the list opposite, anytime from Monday 23rd September to Friday 18th October. We will be launching the appeal in assembly on 23rd September, but thought you may like advance warning so that perhaps you can add an extra item into your shopping.
Please make sure that the foods are “in date”, i.e. within their ‘best before’ dates as the Foodbank can’t give away food that is past its best—before date and we don’t want to waste any donations.
Nursery – Any items from the lists below.
Year R - Miss Cleeton - Tinned meat or fish
Year R — Miss Jordan - Carton of U.H.T.(long life) milk
Year 1 — Mrs Cartwright - Tinned Potatoes, tinned Vegetables
Year 1 - Miss Barclay - Tinned fruit, cartons of orange juice
Year 2 – Miss Postings – Hot chocolate, small jars of coffee, tea
Year 2 — Mr Wade – Sugar, biscuits
Year 3/4 — Mrs Oliver -Soup, (tinned/carton/packet), instant noodles
Year 3/4 — Mr Raybould - Rice, dried pasta, couscous
Year 3/4 — Miss Dorricott - fruit squash/cordial
Year 5/6 — Mr Baker Cereal (preferably non sugared)
Year 5/6 — Mrs Cameron Toiletries (soap, shower gel shampoo, baby toiletries, wipes etc)
Communication with Parents
Please make sure that you have given us your up to date email address. This will mean that all newsletters will be sent to you via your email. Our website has the facility to send notifications to your phone, laptop etc. so that you know to look on the website for new information.
Obviously, to receive the notification, you need to log in using the login details that you received either last academic year (or in your induction pack if your child is new to the school!). If you need help with your log in details then please contact the office.
Driving and Parking
We have already received complaints from extremely upset local residents regarding parents driving at speed along Balfour Road and parking. Balfour Road is particularly busy at the start and end of the day and it is vital that all road users drive cautiously and slowly as there are so many children being dropped off or collected from school. PLEASE help us to keep all of the children safe – no-one wants a child to be knocked over.
Can parents please be considerate of our neighbours and the local community by – not parking across driveways, turning around on residents’ driveways or parking on the grass verges. We would greatly appreciate your co-operation with this. We regularly have irate neighbours contacting the office, furious when they cannot get on or off their drives because parents have blocked them in.
May we also remind parents that the school car park is meant for STAFF ONLY – we would appreciate your cooperation with this by parking on Balfour road and walking to the school – this helps us to keep children safe who may be leaving after school clubs, children arriving late, nursery children etc. This includes collecting children from Breakfast/After school clubs or other clubs such as football, gym etc.
Activities/events that have happened in school so far:
Yr 6 children went on their Residential to Condover Hall in Shrewsbury (4th – 6th Sept) with Miss Stanton, Mrs Oliver and Mrs Barlow. The children had a wonderful time that was fun filled and challenging. They enjoyed a range of activities which included Laser Quest, Camp fire, Abseiling, Climbing Wall, Gladiator Wall, Sensory trail, Aerial Trek and other fun filled opportunities. The children were polite and well-mannered and really benefitted from the experience of being more independent and taking responsibility for themselves. The Instructors commented on how polite the children were to each other. I would like to thank the children and particularly the staff, who have given up their own Family time to make the experience for the children possible.
The Great Fire of London - Year 2
On Friday 6th September, we introduced the children to our topic focusing on London. We have started by looking at The Great Fire of London. We all had a great afternoon making our own version of Pudding Lane, where the fire allegedly started. Mr Wade and Miss Postings then explained that we were going to stage our own 'Great Fire of London' on the field! We discussed fire safety and talked about the equipment that Mr Wade would need to stay safe. We then stood on the back playground while Mr Wade set our houses alight on the field. It was amazing to see how quickly the fire spread, just like it did in 1666. The experience really brought the topic to life for us. The children are really engaged in the topic and Miss Postings, Mr Wade and Miss Riggs are very proud of them
Year Rec Balanceability
From 11th September, Reception class have been taking part in a 40 minute ‘Balanceability’ class every Wednesday morning. These classes teach the early balance skills needed to ride a bicycle. They develop coordination and core strength and have been linked to improvements in writing.
The programme is being delivered by our Sports partners, RB Sports and will be funded from the school’s Sports Premium budget. Classes will take place in the playground unless it is pouring with rain. Please ensure that your child brings a warm, showerproof coat and wears school trousers on Wednesdays. Girls should avoid wearing skirts or dresses as these may get caught up in the equipment. If required, jogging bottoms may be worn for the sessions but children will be required to change back into school uniform after the activity.
Meet the teacher
Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to meet with their child’s class teacher. The session is extremely important and explains clearly the expectations of the child’s curriculum and the importance of home and school working closely together to support your child’s learning. The Powerpoint is available to view on the school website.
Our new team of Peer Supporters have made a fantastic start to the academic year and are helping to sort out worries in the playground. Melissa May, Isabelle A, Mia, Isobel F, Isabelle G, Miley-Jo, Ben, Kian, Simar, Sofia, Luke and Dylan– Year 6, have been trained to listen to others and show empathy when others are having problems. They each have a hi-vis jacket to wear and a Peer Mentor badge so can be easily spotted when on duty. Keep up the good work!
Rights Respecting Schools Award -Gold!
As you are all aware, we are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and achieved our Gold Award in June 2019. We need to continue to embed the convention through our school curriculum. Please look at the children’s rights with your child at home. These can be found in the front of your child’s planner. It is important for you and your child to know about these rights and discuss them when appropriate.
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is the organisation working specifically for children and their rights. Its mission is to campaign for the protection of children’s rights in order to meet children’s basic needs and empower them to realise their full potential.
UNICEF UK believes that these values should be embedded in the ethos and curriculum of our schools, and provides a framework in order to accomplish this. They learn that if they have rights, they need to respect the rights of others.
You may be wondering what this means for your child, so I have enclosed some frequently asked questions for your information.
Why are children learning about their rights at school?
In signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child all Governments have a responsibility to make both children and adults aware of these rights. Schools are the best place to reach the vast majority of children. The RRS programme is based on teaching children about their rights and responsibilities through the UN Convention.
What is meant by ‘rights’?
These are not the same as ‘wants’. What are termed rights are the basic human needs and values that apply or should apply to everyone. The Unicef leaflet outlines them in more detail.
Does the Convention talk about responsibilities?
Yes. With rights come responsibilities. These include:
How does teaching about children's rights fit in with the aims of the school?
The aim of both RRS and the school is to help children in achieving their potential and become responsible citizens. What is taught in the RRS curriculum helps children learn respect for self, others, critical thinking skills, and informed decision-making?
Will children take advantage of adults if they are taught about their rights?
It is made clear that children not only have rights, but also the responsibility to respect the rights of others. That includes respect for parents, their values and culture. The Convention recognises the central importance of parents. It says that the government must respect the responsibility of parents for providing appropriate guidance for their children, including how children shall exercise their rights
What about children's respect for the rights of others?
Research evidence shows that when children are taught in school about their rights and responsibilities under the UN Convention, they are more respecting of the rights of others.( see later) Children who have learnt about their rights show:
Can children still be expected to help their parents with jobs in the home?
Yes The Convention does not regulate the day–to-day details of home life. Its aim is to protect children from exploitation or work that is dangerous to their health or interferes with their other rights, such as to education, rest, leisure, play and recreation. There is nothing in the Convention which prevents parents from expecting that their children clean their rooms and help out at home as long as it is safe and appropriate to their age.
What does the Convention say about the ways parents discipline their children?
The UN Convention makes it clear that children should be protected from all forms of mental and physical violence. It does not specify what methods parents should use. It strongly supports parents providing guidance and direction to their children in non- violent ways, taking account of the age of the child and their best interest.
How can parents support what children are learning about the Convention at school?
Some typical ways of using Rights Respecting language at home