What’s happening this week?

Week beginning 6th February  2023 – MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

Monday  Понеділок

a.m. –  – Whole School Assembly

Sports Crew  – breaktime games Class 2 [Ігри 2 класу на подвір’ї під час гри]

Break Dancing Club with Joseph and Heath [брейк-данс]

p.m. –  Cooking with Dawn and Carol. Session 4

Tuesday –  Вівторок

a.m. -Safer Internet Day [День безпечного Інтернету]

p.m. – Swimming across the school [плавання]

Wednesday . Середа

a.m. – Yoga across the school [йога]

Coding Club with Harry at lunch time [клуб кодування]

p.m. –  Dance across the school with Michelle Hankinson  Indoor PE kit and plimsols  [Танці – фізкультурний набір і плімсоли]]

Thursday –   четвер

a.m. – Gymnastics across the school with Mrs Armstrong [Гімнастика]

a.m. – Music across the school with Mrs Hedley [гри на скрипці]

p.m. – 

 Lunchtime Club with Helen Boucher - Gardening [Садівництво]

p.m. –  

Friday  – П’ятниця

a.m. – Singing with Kathy Anderson across the school [Співає з Кеті Андерсон ]

p.m. -Peripatetic music across the school  [Перипатетична музика з Кеті Андерсон ]

Lunchtime Club with Kathy Anderson - Recorders Class 2 [Рекордери]
p.m. - community assembly [Збори громади ]

No Football  with Donald after school  until the weather improves















Important Information/School Closure/Events

Week Beginning – 

Monday 6th February 2023


Dear Parents this week we will be thinking about the mental health and wellbeing of our children and community. I am attaching some really good videos to share with your child enabling you to support them. they are only 3-4 minutes long.  videos for parents


Illness in school

We have a lot of illness in school at present. I had hoped that the Christmas break would give us an illness circuit breaker, but sadly, this has not been the case. Between Covid, Influenza, hand foot and mouth, Chicken Pox, Tonsilitus, ear infections and the dreaded winter vomiting bug…. It is doing our attendance bags of no good! It is doing everyone no good! Impacting on children , parents, community and staff alike.  Please if your child is unwell do not send them to school, if they are sick then they must stay away from school for 48 hours.

Industrial Action 1/2/23 – An email has already been sent to all staff, Governors and Community. This is just an aide du memoir should the need arise.

Cambo Industrial Action Policy

Strike_Action Contingency Plan cambo

strike action risk assessment cambo


Anti Bullying Week ‘REACH OUT’ –

Odd Socks Day save the date post

Anti bullying Week took place between 14th and 18th November, To begin the week we held an Odd Sock Day on Monday. We encouraged all adults and children to wear odd socks to celebrate our uniqueness and individuality.


CHILDREN IN NEED – Friday 18/11/22

We raised: 156.45

well done everyone. I think that is the most we have ever raised and that is without wrist bands etc!

Thankyou for your cakes and biscuits and thankyou for your support and attendance at our assembly and cake and coffee afternoon. It was lovely to see you all.


For a very good cause too!




Pe this half term will be Dance on Wednesday afternoon and Gymnastics on Thursday morning. – indoor kit required e.g. plimsolls, shorts and top.

Swimming will resume for the half term on 10/1/23. 

Please ensure your child has swimming googles please. No jewellery , including ear rings.

Loose fitting clothes so children can get dressed more easily.









Class 1


Class 2






The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.


Cambo First School Remote Education Policy under covid.docx

 Worried about someone being radicalised?

ACT Early

THE impact of Covid-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online is creating a ‘perfect storm’ which is making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming.

But parents, friends and families can now get specialist support to stop their loved ones being drawn into harmful activities or groups, with the launch of ACT Early – a new dedicated safeguarding website and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).

This new resource will provide advice, guidance and support for anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be at risk from being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content online.

Between 1st January 2019 and 30th June 2020, 17 children have been arrested in relation to terrorism offences. Some were as young as 14 years old, while nearly all will have been radicalised entirely online. In the same time period, more than 1500 children under the age of 15 were helped by the Prevent programme to choose a different path, away from hatred and violence.

Family and friends are best placed to spot the worrying behaviour changes which can indicate that a loved one is heading down a path towards terrorism, but currently just 2% of referrals into the Government’s anti-radicalisation programme Prevent come from that group of people.

Prevent is just that – a preventative programme, delivered locally by teachers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, the police, charities, and religious leaders. It places protection around people vulnerable to radicalisation, stopping them from being drawn into terrorism – regardless of the ideology.

It works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gangs, drug abuse, and sexual exploitation.And with Covid-19 preventing regular access to schools, social workers and mental health support, specialists at CTP are concerned that people who need help are not getting it – which makes it more important for friends and family to use the new ACT Early resources to understand what might be happening to their loved one and what support Prevent can provide.

“We are seeing more young people being drawn towards terrorist activity,” says the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.

“Last year, 12 children under the age of 18 were arrested in relation to terrorism offences, some as young as 14-years-old. That is a relatively new and worrying trend in the UK, because just a few years ago we were not seeing anyone that young amongst our casework.

“What concerns me most is this – there has been a sharp increase in extremist material online in the last few years, and Covid-19 has meant that vulnerable people are spending a lot more time isolated and online, and with fewer of the protective factors that schooling, employment, friends and family can provide.

“In my opinion that is a perfect storm, one which we cannot predict and that we might be feeling the effects of for many years to come.

“But I remain hopeful, because there is something we can do right now to try and stop this. It requires parents, friends and family to help us by acting early, by talking to their children about what they view online, and sharing their concerns and seeking support if they fear someone they know is in danger of being radicalised.

“Asking for help is a difficult and emotional step, but we must see it for what it is – action which won’t ruin their lives but may well save them.”

Someone who knows all about the dangers that extremism and radicalisation can pose is Kath Jack from Families and Extremism Support, whose son was convicted of being a member of the proscribed Right Wing Terrorism group, National Action, after being radicalised online and who now works to help other families in similar situations before it is too late.

Kath said: “My son is now trying to rebuild his life in prison after being drawn down a path by extremists. But his story could have been so different if I had had advice and support like this available to me. I did know something was going wrong in his life but didn’t know enough about what it was, how to talk to him about it without arguments or where to go for help. When the police did try to intervene he refused to engage with them because by then it was too late.

“So I would encourage any other mums, dads or wider friends and families to Act Early and seek help and support. The police and other services can help turn lives around if you tell them what’s going on soon enough.”

If you are worried that someone you know is being radicalised, visit http://www.actearly.uk/ You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.
For help and advice visit www.actearly.uk, or call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, and our specially trained Prevent officers will listen carefully to your concerns.


Arts Award

Well our attainment is in the laps of the Gods. The Arts Examiner came into school for a whole morning on 13/6/22. He looked at work, talked with children and staff and viewed video evidence. Phew we were all on tenderhooks! I am pleased to say that 100% passed their assessment with flying colours!


Dear Children, Parents, Staff and Governors-WELL DONE!

In April 2019 we successfully gained Arts Mark Gold for the school via the Arts Council. A most prestigious award!
We had to submit a statement of intent re the Arts in Cambo regarding the areas we were wanting to improve across the school e.g. Pupil Voice and independence in the arts. Once our project was concluded we then had to submit our case study for assessment. PHEW! what a journey it has been! It isn’t quite finished, if there is such a thing as a finish! Year 1 are to have their Discover Award assessment and the Class 2 children are just about to have their external assessment via the Arts Council for their EXPLORE award having concluded another 75 hours of arts activities and independent learning.
We are so blessed to have such a forward thinking community, Governors who support and encourage, brilliant staff and supportive parents. More importantly we have such wonderful children! nothing has been too much, even when they really didn’t like doing certain things e.g. recorder during lunch times, they got right on and played anyway, performing for parents and the community in the end! I am so proud of everyone. WELL DONE!
This is what the Arts Council said about our development…
Cambo First School’s Case Study was an exciting summary of its commitment to and the effects of a creative, arts-rich approach to teaching and learning. The school describes the Arts as being integral to all it does and that the Arts allow teachers to develop excellent quality provision, teaching and learning. The school uses data very well within the Case Study to show how the culture and ethos underpinning the use of the Arts leads to demonstrable learning gains for children. Their prior legacy of Creative Partnerships and Artsmark is evident throughout all they do. Particularly impressive is the sense of the impacts and effects the work has had and is having. All children in Years 2,3,4 successfully submitted a portfolio of work to gain their Discover Arts Award. Years 3 & 4 have completed over 60 hours work in the Arts and 15 of these have been independently completed. 100% of children have visited numerous art galleries including the Baltic and the Sage. They have also visited museums including Science Museum, British Museum, Discovery and the Imperial War Museum. Such visits are used to drive inquiry questions which in turn lead to an exploratory approach to learning through the curriculum back at school. There is a very strong sense of commitment to CPD in the school and a belief that this is highly effective.
The Arts Council England celebrates your ongoing commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level, and the opportunities established across your whole setting. Your children and young people are offered equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a broad range of high-quality arts and cultural activities, and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff that have measurable effects in these areas. You engage with a wide range of arts and cultural organisations and other settings, and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture, and you are working to share the very good practice you have established.


We are delighted to inform you that we will be continuing the READ 2 DOGS scheme at Cambo First School  in the week beginning 4th March. This program is fully insured and is designed to give children the opportunity  to increase their confidence and enjoyment in reading.  Several charities, such as Canine Concern, Paws to Read and Pets as Therapy are involved in the program and we are lucky enough to have Lesley and her dog Evie joining us in school.
Evie is  a specially trained service dog, who works in schools, hospitals and care homes. Children  will have the opportunity to read with Red under the close supervision of Lesley, her owner and a member of school staff.
Some children can be nervous about reading out loud or reading to others in a group. Evie loves to hear children read, so this is a special time fr the children giving them time to practice and enjoy reading, away from other children.
Children in other schools have really benefited from the READ 2 DOGS Program. It has helped them become less self-conscious and more confident with their reading. They looked forward to reading, because Evie provides comfort and inspires children to have fun reading.
We look forward to seeing Evie and Lesley in school.


How to keep your child safe

To stay safe, parents are warned to always be aware of what their children are watching and reading online, and if possible, limit the apps they can access.

“The most fundamental piece of advice offered is to speak with your children – let them know that they do not have to deal with any concerns on their own. It is crucial that parents are involved with their children’s online lives and we would urge parents to make children aware of online dangers and ensure they know that they can speak to someone if anything or anyone online causes them concern.

“Parents are also advised to ensure that any devices used by children are restricted to age suitable content.  There really is no substitution for supervising the games that children are playing and the videos that they watch online.”

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.

Children who are feeling worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone, on 0800 11 11 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk

 “The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing overall online safety with their children, as well as promoting Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.”

Things to look out for:

§  Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online

§  Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media

§  Are switching screens on their device when approached

§  Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages

§  Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.

Online learning whilst school is closed:

Support whiles working on line at home with children to keep them safe

Below are a selection of websites and resources which children and parents can use to increase their knowledge of how to stay safe on line.
Please pay particular attention to the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website at which parents and children can report any concerns they have. We also have a link on our website.
We would recommend parents view this site by the NSPCC which gives in depth information about popular apps which children use and how to keep them safe, including how to effectively operate privacy settings.



Android devices [parental controls]

Android parental controls

Amazon devices [parental controls]

Amazon devices


Think You Know? – child friendly information by CEOP


South West Grid for Learning (who produce our E safety Scheme of Work)


Safer Internet Day (information linked to the annual event)


Common Sense Media site reviews videos, games, books, and websites to help parents and children know which ones are safe to use.


‘Get Safe On-line’, gives answers to many questions, via ‘Terry Tablet’ who answers any questions, informative videos and includes an update on current on line issues and scams.


Kid Smart – guidance on different areas of on line communication


Net Smartz Kids – child friendly activity site


Newsround Quiz – safety quiz and information from the BBC


I Keep Safe – adult orientated sight with strong parenting advice for on line protection



Northumbria Connected is a new method of communicating targeted information to our communities across the North East; it’s been successfully used by other police forces.














The SOCKS chair- currently a vacancy . Frances Robson’s final child left our school this year, Frances has been the Chair of SOKs/PTA for several years and has helped us get through some difficult times e.g. COVID! We are so grateful to have had her with us at Cambo. Thankyou Frances you have been fabulous for the school. If anyone is interested in the vacancy can you contact Vik Rees or Lindsay Rutherford. 

The Secretary is Lindsay Rutherford

The Treasurer is  Vik Rees

But what is SOCKS/SOKS?

Not a lot of parents realise what the SOCKS/SOKS stands for or what they do on behalf of our children. SOCKS is The Support Our Cambo Kids Association and with your support in developing and attending fund raising  initiatives we raise money to support children in school e.g we go to the theater in January, we have an Autumn fayre, meals etc!  Without their hard work and your support there is so much in school that we couldn’t do!!


After School 
Timetable for the After School:
Monday -Games/children’s choice/

Tuesday – Cambo Cafe/Children’s Choice

Wednesday – Children’s Choice

Thursday – Children’s Choice

Friday – Children’s Choice [we are not sure when football will resume with Donald]


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