Headteacher’s Blog

October is Black History Month in the UK. This year, the theme is Proud to be. During the last few weeks, classes across the school have been learning about and celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of black people, past and present, to British and Global History.

On Thursday, Mr Regan led a whole school assembly to help children understand their right to be safe, including what they could do if they feel worried or scared in a range of situations. Watch the NSPCC ‘Speak out Stay safe’ virtual assembly with your child to see what and how important information was delivered and to discuss and reinforce key messages. The NSPCC provides information, advice and resources to support families in a range of situations, covering some of the issues discussed in the assembly, including family separation, mental health, challenging behaviours and how to talk about difficult topics.

A second follow up report to the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England survey was published at the end of last month. It explores changes since the survey was first carried out in 2017 and the impact of the pandemic. It makes an interesting read and some of the main findings highlight the significant impact of the pandemic upon the lives and experiences of children and young people and factors that we must take into consideration, as we support our children to recover and repair.

It is likely that your child will spend some of this week on a digital device; viewing, gaming, browsing or contacting friends. It is an area of 21st century life that often causes parents and carers worry and frustration. There is always much discussion, information and research relating to children’s on-line behaviours, focusing on trends, safety and habits. thinkuknow is a good place to start, for families looking for advice and information to help keep their children safe online. Childline also offers resources and support as well as advice about how to report online bullying and abuse. Next half-term, all pupils will take part in workshops focusing on online safety, delivered by an external provider.

Currently, Squid Game is in the headlines, prompting concerns from some families, schools and local authorities, as some children act out scenes and games from the show.  We have had several incidences at Bowmansgreen, of pupils playing games inspired by the show and have reminded pupils involved about the nature of the games they play and that their behaviour should reflect our school rules and values at all times. Squid Game is rated 15 by Netflix and the British Board of Film Classification and we would recommend that parents and carers are aware of the themes and content of the show so that they can have informed discussions with their children about it’s suitability. Articles on the following sites may be useful sources of information as well as providing tips and guidance as to the show’s appropriateness for primary age pupils: Safer Schools, HertsLive and BBC News.

Stay healthy and safe this week.

Happy half-term!