Well done to our KS2 children for reaching the final of the Nottingham City Road Safety Quiz. Eight children represented our school brilliantly last night. St Mary’s came 7th out of all the Nottingham City primary schools.
Our school nurse is offering a drop in session for parents/carers on 25th January between 9am and 11am in school. This drop in session is an opportunity for parents to discuss any health concerns they have about their child that does not require emergency treatment e.g. behaviour, continence problems, dental, diet and nutrition, healthy weight, emotional/mental health etc.
This week children will have the opportunity to discuss what bullying means and strategies to use if they are in situations that make them feel uncomfortable.
The theme this year is ‘Power for Good’ and will focus on helping the children to understand ways in which they are powerful and ways they can encourage individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
The Chaplaincy Team delivered a very reflective liturgy on this theme this morning. Some of the children stated:
`It helped me think about how people treat each other. The video clip was emotional` - Bethan
`If someone bullies you, tell the teachers or Mrs Kelly` - Adam
`If you know someone is being bullied you have a responsibility to tell someone` - Kady
The children will be taking home a leaflet about Internet Safety to share with parents. (Staying safe online websites and phone numbers)
Please find a Nottinghamshire Police alert with regard to the new release of Pokemon Go smart phone app. which we would like you to be aware of.
We have also included a link to the NSPCC advice for parents
As always, we stress that this is just one app. of many where there are potential safeguarding and child sexual exploitation risks but with the current craze for Pokemon and the potential risks, we thought it was worth highlighting this advice from our colleagues in the police.
There were a number of occasions last year when children from schools in the city, coming to and from school on their own, were approached by strangers in an inappropriate manner. As a result of this, I ask that all parents/carers bring their children onto the school yard in the morning and collect their child from the yard at the end of the day. I appreciate that parents of children in Y6 may want their child to gain independence and walk to and from school by themselves in preparation for secondary school. Please inform the class teacher in writing if you would like your Y6 child to come and go from school by themselves.
We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Drug Aware Award Standard for Excellence in Early Intervention Practice for Drugs and Alcohol awareness throughout the school. It is important that children today have an age appropriate awareness of safe drugs and harmful drugs and the effect that they have on the body. I would like to thank Mrs Hodgkinson for overseeing this work throughout the school.
Please send your child to school with a sun hat and sun cream. Each morning, please apply sun cream on exposed skin before school - as children are out for a long time at break and lunch time.
We have been informed that a small number of pupils who attend St Mary’s have been diagnosed with suspected/confirmed scarlet fever.
Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce spread to others.
The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach. It then rapidly spreads to other parts of the body.
If you think you or your child have scarlet fever:
• See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible.
• Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
• Stay at home for 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment. Children can then return to school, and any antibiotics needed, can be administered by a member of staff once a medical form has been completed.
You can find more information about scarlet fever by visiting the NHS Choices website:
We have been informed by the Nottingham City Council that they are proposing a number of measures to control parking around the local schools. This will involve the introduction of double yellow lines, ‘No Waiting’ signage and the extension of the existing `School Keep Clear` markings. A full list of proposals and drawings are on our website. They welcome any comments or objections to these proposals.
Thank you for making the beginning and end of the day safer and less hectic.
By standing back from your child’s class line as soon as the bell goes, you ensure a prompt start and a safe dismissal at the end of the day.
If you want to speak to your child’s teacher, please wait until all the children have been dismissed. Thank you again for your support with this.