Important Information/School Closure/Events

Week Beginning 15th July 2019

Sports Day

Will take place on  Tuesday the 16th July  at 5pm. The PTA are organising hot barbecued food after the event.  If you would like to purchase tickets for the food please see Frances Robson or Carol in the office. If the weather is poor we will reschedule to the 17th July.

Leavers Assembly

Our Leavers assembly will take place on Friday 19th July at 1.30pm in Cambo Church.  School will close for the summer holidays after this assembly at around 2.15pm. Children need to be picked up from the church. School will resume on September 4th for Y1,2,3,4, childrenReception will begin school on Thursday 5th September 2019

Arts Award

Well our attainment is in the laps of the Gods. The Arts Examiner came into school for a whole morning on 13/6/19. He looked at work, talked with children and staff and viewed video evidence. Phew we were all on tenderhooks! Now we have to wait 6 weeks to find out if we have each met the criterion. Fingers and toes crossed!

ARTSMARK

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.

 

PE This Term

tennis, hula hooping and Football

Your child will  need their outdoor PE kit for these sessions e.g  training shoes/football boots jogging pants, tee shirt, sweater, gloves, hat… Please make sure ALL of your child’s PE kit is named and placed in a PE bag. Children will not need an indoor PE kit.

THE READ 2 DOGS PROGRAM

We are delighted to inform you that we will be starting 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 Ali and her dog Red joining us in school.
Red 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 Ali, his owner and a member of school staff.
Some children can be nervous about reading out loud or reading to others in a group. Red 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 Red provides comfort and inspires children to have fun reading.
We look forward to seeing Red and Ali in school.

Peripatetic Music with Kathy Anderson

Please ensure that your child has their instrument in school. If your child is interested in playing an instrument please let Carol know as soon as possible and she will arrange for a taster session with Kathy Anderson

E-SAFETY HELP AND ADVICE

CURRENT ISSUES RE E-Safety  

Momo [this could be a hoax, but just incase]

We have been made aware from the media, police other schools of a dangerous and sinister online game:‘Momo’, that some children might have been accessing. The game encourages children to self-harm and has been dubbed the ‘Suicide killer game’. 

What is Momo?

MOMO is a brown haired young woman, with bulging eyes and creepy bird like legs. She was originally created by Japanese artist Midori Hiyashi for the Link Factory, none of which have any connection to the horrifying game.

The game hides itself in the form of other normal looking games so that parents do not suspect it. MOMO then asks the player to add a number on WhatsApp, which may also be found on YouTube.

After adding the number, the scary doll like figure sends graphic violent images, and starts by asking them to complete odd tasks like waking up at random hours.

MOMO becomes sinister after a series of texts, and tasks start to become more dark and dangerous, before finally ending by challenging them to take their own lives.

Various forms now exist both on the internet and via app stores, but the more sinister ones remain hidden.

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.

If a parent suspects a MOMO is targeting their child, contact the police, delete and block the number immediately.

“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. However, we are aware of media reports that the “Momo” challenge has popped up even when these controls are in place so 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.

 

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.

http://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/

Android devices [parental controls]

Android parental controls

Amazon devices [parental controls]

Amazon devices

CEOP
http://ceop.police.uk/

Think You Know? – child friendly information by CEOP

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

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

http://www.swgfl.org.uk/products-services/Online-Safety-Services/E-Safety-Resources

Safer Internet Day (information linked to the annual event)

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources

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

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

‘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.

http://www.getsafeonline.org/

Kid Smart – guidance on different areas of on line communication

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/default.aspx

Net Smartz Kids – child friendly activity site

http://www.netsmartzkids.org/

Newsround Quiz – safety quiz and information from the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/14979083

I Keep Safe – adult orientated sight with strong parenting advice for on line protection
http://www.ikeepsafe.org/parents/?gclid=CNugnqno_cICFfQatAodalYAkA

Visits / events for summer term: 
Class 1 –  Wallington 12/6/19
                 Beach 15/7/19
                 Marble Jar Treat Day 18/7/19
         

Class 2 – Wallington 12.6/19

Kayaking/Paddleboarding 15/7/19

Y4 Newcastle Cathedral 20/06/19

Cricket Festival

Marble Jar Treat Day 18/7/19

SOCKS/SOKS

The SOCKS chair is Frances Robson

The Secretary is Donna Reader/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/football

Tuesday – Cooking/Children’s Choice

Wednesday – Children’s Choice/Code Club with Paul Cowie/Basket Ball

Thursday – Children’s Choice

Friday – Football and Children’s Choice

Football with Donald runs every Friday, weather permitting