19 November 2019

Message from the Headteacher

I am delighted to start this week’s newsletter by welcoming Pierre Kremer to the Governing Board as our newly elected parent governor.  Thank you to both Pierre and Matthew McLean-Brown who was also nominated and was a very close runner-up.  We were all incredibly impressed with the high number of ballot papers returned when we carried out the count this morning. 

This week, you will have received some information from Mr Hannah (our Computing subject leader) and myself regarding free Online Safety training for parents on the National Online Safety platform.  I would encourage you all to log onto the site and have a go at the relevant training – there are also webinars and other training guides available for you to access which will help you to keep your children safe online.  The link to the training is:

http://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/the-william-hogarth-school

This week marked Anti-Bullying Week across the country.  In school, the children have once again explored our Mind To Be Kind Curriculum, this time focusing on Living Without Harm.  Everyone in school has been keeping their eyes open all week for Random Acts of Kindness – I am sure many of you will have spotted a particularly delightful example on our Twitter feed ( @Hogarth_the ) where one child is engrossed in helping another to zip up their coat.  Hopefully, the children will have translated some of their learning to home and you will have enjoyed plenty of random acts of kindness at home too.

As a purposeful link to both online safety and anti-bullying, I have included some information below regarding Ollee – a digital friend for children in Key Stage 2.  Please do have a look with your child.  The link to the Ollee app is:

https://parentzone.org.uk/Ollee

On Monday, we will be sending home a parent questionnaire to find out your needs regarding wrap-around care for the foreseeable future.  We understand that, for many of you, working patterns may well have changed and we want to ensure that we continue to provide a relevant and reliable service for all our families.

I know many of you were disappointed to learn that we were not going to continue our subscription to Doodle because of the high cost.  Thank you to Isma Adams who has negotiated on our behalf with the company, helping us achieve a significant cost saving.  As a result, I am thrilled to let you know that we will be able to not only continue with our existing subscription, but extend it to every child in school.  Once we have login details etc, teachers will send these home in pupil planners. 

The children were very excited to learn about our upcoming Lego / Robot Dress Up Day as part of our fund-raising campaign for Lego Education Resources.  The date for the dress-up event is Friday December 4th – keep an eye out for more information next week.  If you would like to make a donation in the meantime, do please have a look at our fund-raising page:

https://www.rocketfund.org/the-william-hogarth-lego-education-fundraising

A big thank you for the generous donation of Nitty Gritty nit free combs for the whole school from Stanley’s (in Reception) grandmother who was one of the creators of this amazing product.

Have a great weekend.  Make sure you wrap up warm if you are venturing out.  Do please keep up your excellent efforts to remain socially distanced – I know how hard this can be, but it is critical if we are to succeed in reducing community transmission rates of the virus.

Miss Stockley

Category: Cat 1