Important Information about Internet Messaging

Unfortunately over the last couple of weeks we have been informed of incidents which involve children using obscene and abusive language in instant messaging apps. Often these can be late on in the evening on weekdays beyond 9.30pm.
We appreciate many parents monitor devices closely,  remove them at bedtime and / or have clear rules around the use of games / messaging apps, however if you would like any advice / support, the NSPCC www.net-aware.org.uk/ has a vast array of
information with parent / child views, advice about setting parental controls, how to start conversations and set family agreements, rules around image sharing, keeping personal information private and expert views about various apps, amongst many other things. The site really is worth a look if you haven’t done so before.
We really appreciate your support with this. Many thanks.

Can you help the School Council with their reverse advent calendar?

The School Council are keen to think of ways that we can help in our community in the Wrexham area. We love the idea of a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ where each day we add an item rather than take something away. Each day we are going to add an item to our Reverse Advent calendar box and then donate the contents to a local foodbank. We would welcome donations of food stuff, colouring pencils, teddies, toiletries, baby clothes and games. The items do not have to be new and we don’t want anyone to go out spending money at what is already an expensive time of year, but maybe you have items at home that are in very good condition that could be reused or food in your cupboard that your family don’t eat anymore.
Thank you for all of your support. The School Council

Important Information – Infection Control

Chickenpox – we have had a number of confirmed cases of chickenpox reported since yesterday afternoon. If you are not aware of the symptoms, chickenpox usually starts with red spots that can appear anywhere on the body. The spots become blisters and may spread or stay in one area. The spots then scab over but more blisters may appear whilst this is happening. Other symptoms can be a high temperature above 38’C, aches and pains, generally feeling unwell and loss of appetite. The NHS advise that chickenpox usually gets better itself within about a week without needing to see a GP. Your child will have been infectious for approximately 48 hours before the onset of any rash which is why it can spread quite quickly in schools / nurseries. However your child will still need to stay away from school until all of the spots have crusted over, this is usually about 5 days after the spots first appeared.
Norovirus – this is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. The main symptoms are feeling sick, diarrhoea and being sick. Your child may also have a high temperature of 38’C or above, a headache and/or aching arms and legs. Symptoms usually start suddenly within 1-2 days of being infected. It is essential that if your child is poorly with sickness and/or diarrhoea, they are kept off school until 48 hours after the last episode. Unfortunately a number of children have been coming back to school too soon and this then spreads quickly to other pupils and staff.
Many thanks for your support and consideration.
More information is available on www.nhs.uk

Trespassing on school grounds – can you help?

Over the last couple of months we have been experiencing trespassing on school grounds by groups of people  who appear to be older than primary age pupils. This culminated last night in staff members having to meet police officers at school after reports that people were on the school site again. We would be grateful for anyone who can pass this information to neighbours / friends / other family members to get the message around the community that anyone on school property outside of school hours is trespassing. The school site is covered by CCTV and security patrols will be increased, however if you do notice anything, please ring 101 and report this. Many thanks for your support.

Newyddion Criw Cymraeg

To start the half term, the Criw Cymraeg have chosen ‘Tachwedd’ (November) and ‘mae’n ddrwyg gen i’ (I’m sorry) as our new ‘Gair Yr Wythnos’ – ‘Word of the Week.’ We are all working hard to use these words each day. Llongyfarchiadau to our Siaradwyr Cymraeg Yr Wythnos (Welsh Talkers of the Week): Phoebe, Kayden, Henry, Harry, Lily, Daisy, Summer, Ruby, Jack, Rhoda, Ewan, Faye, Olivia a Evan. We are very proud of you. In our Gwasanaeth (Assembly) next week the Criw Cymraeg will introduce some exciting Welsh Apps that they have been finding out about and learning how to use. We will share these with you in our next news bulletin and maybe you would like to put them on your devices at home.  Enjoy the weekend – Mwynhau’r penwythnos!

NSPCC ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ Programme

The NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme is visiting Barker’s Lane once again on Friday 15th November to make sure that the children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. This will take the form of an infant assembly, a junior assembly and then a further workshop for Y5&6 children. An email has been sent home with further information and links to the NSPCC website which has a wealth of information and advice which is available for parents and carers.

Christmas Shoeboxes

At our school assembly before half term we had representatives from the Christmas shoebox appeal join us to talk about the charity, the work they are involved in and to show videos of where donated gifts go to and who receives them. We have supported this locally based charity for a number of years and they are now preparing to receive filled shoeboxes, having made arrangements with us for a collection day.
Leaflets were sent home explaining the shoebox appeal following the assembly. Thank you to all the parents and children that have said they will help to support this annual initiative; if you could send in your completed box to school by Thursday 21st November 2019 we will ensure that it is added to the collection.
Spare leaflets are available from the school office and additional details are available from the website www.teams4u.com
Many thanks